Dallas Invents: 138 Patents Granted for Week of Nov. 10

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 13 for patent activity out of 250 metros.

Patents granted include:
Amazon Technologies' tech for job processing using a public service network
AT&T's integrated wireline-wireless access using software definition
Capital One's vehicle listing image detection and alert system
Doing Good Better's collaborative giving system and method
FHNC's wastewater separation system
IBM's automated trend detection by self-learning models
State Farm's autonomous vehicle accident and emergency response
Textron's integral life raft, survival kit, and step
Toyota's self-healing metal structures

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of Nov. 10, 2020 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100)

138 patents granted
Ranked No. 13 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES 8
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING 18
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY 4
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 2
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING 7
G: PHYSICS 41
H: ELECTRICITY 52
DESIGN: 6


PATENTS BY LOCALITY
Local to Dallas-Fort Worth

Assignee: 31
Inventor: 67
Both: 40


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 17
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 6
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 4
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America (Plano) 4
Futurewei Technologies (Plano) 3

UNASSIGNED 14


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS)

Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison) 3
Amol P. Joshi (Coppell) 2
Chad Richard Haugeberg (Arlington) 2
Daniel B. Penney (Wylie) 2
Heath Niemi (Southlake) 2
Jory Sprowl (Honey Grove) 2
Michael G. Longman (Coppell) 2
Nazila Dadvand (Richardson) 2
Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett) 2
Skylar Hagler (Anna) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS)

183 days
Mask
Patent No.: 10828448
Assignee: Fisher Paykel Healthcare Limited (Auckland, NZ)
Inventors: Alastair Edwin McAuley (Dallas)

5,328 days
Methods for reduction of pollutants from carbonaceous materials prior to combustion
Patent No.: 10829707
Assignee: Micronizing Technologies (Allen)
Inventors: James P. Yates (Charleston, IL), John C. Crelling (Carbondale, IL), Richard L. Sumner (Vincennes, IN)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N N E C E S S I T I E S

Lint spin brush and method of use for the same
Patent No. 10827825 

Inventor(s): Troi Allen-Gipson (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16392773 on 04/24/2019 (566 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lint removal device with a hollow handle, a tool head with head gears, brushes, rotation motor and gears, with the brushes in rotational mechanical communication with said tool head gears. The brushes work to remove lint from the lint compartment of a dryer in order to maintain the dryer in proper working order. If lint is not removed from most dryers, clothing placed in the dryer may not fully dry or the dryer might overheat and cause a fire. The present invention is designed to overcome these and other problems.

[A46B] BRUSHES (handles not integral with brushware B25G)


Orthopaedic or biologic support structure, methods of making and methods of use
Patent No. 10828108 

Inventor(s): Monty B. Buck (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): Buck Medical Research Ltd. (Rowlett, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15739685 on 06/23/2016 (1601 days app to issue)

Abstract: A support for use with tissue or bone is described, the support having one or more spaced apart brace members, and at least one elongated linking member for linking to the one or more spaced apart brace members. The support may be provided in use in combination with a biologic glue, the biologic glue comprising a first portion containing stabilized blood product, and a second portion containing a growth factor, the first portion and the second portion comingled when or after the support is introduced to the tissue or bone in a subject in need thereof. The support is fabricated by actively producing the support through an additive manufacturing process, in which the support is customized specifically to the tissue or bone by creating a computer-generated construct of the support on a three-dimensional volume rendering of the tissue or bone, and the computer generated construct is interpretable via software directing the additive manufacturing process.

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


Niacin and berberine compositions and methods of use thereof
Patent No. 10828286 

Inventor(s): Odes W. Mitchell (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): GM Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16420048 on 05/22/2019 (538 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to a composition including niacin up to about 1000 mg and berberine up to about 800 mg. In some embodiments, the niacin is in an amount of about 500 mg and the berberine is in an amount of about 100 mg. In some embodiments, the present disclosure pertains to a method that includes administering a composition to a subject in need thereof, where the composition includes niacin up to about 1000 mg and berberine up to about 800 mg. In some embodiments, the niacin is in an amount of about 500 mg and the berberine is in an amount of about 100 mg.

[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)


Ophthalmic compositions with improved dessication protection and retention
Patent No. 10828320 

Inventor(s): David L. Meadows (Colleyville, TX), Howard Allen Ketelson (Dallas, TX), Rekha Rangarajan (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcon Inc. (Fribourg, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16721443 on 12/19/2019 (327 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to artificial tear compositions and ophthalmic compositions suitable for drug delivery. In one embodiment of the present invention, the compositions comprise a galactomannan polymer such as guar or hydroxypropyl guar, hyaluronic acid, and a cis-diol such as sorbitol. In a preferred embodiment, the compositions also comprise a borate compound.

[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)


SiONP related fabrication methods, surface treatments and uses thereof
Patent No. 10828393 

Inventor(s): Azhar Ilyas (Arlington, TX), Philip Kramer (Dallas, TX), Pranesh Aswath (Grapevine, TX), Venu Varanasi (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX), The Texas AM University System (College Station, TX)
Law Firm: Meunier Carlin Curfman LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15455120 on 03/09/2017 (1342 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are compositions, methods and processes for fabricating and using a device or other implement including a surface or surfaces having a nanoscale or microscale layer or coating of SiONP. These coatings and/or layers may be continuous, on the surface or discontinuous (e.g., patterned, grooved), and may be provided on silica surfaces, metal (e.g., titanium), ceramic, and combination/hybrid materials. Methods of producing an implantable device, such as a load-bearing or non-load-bearing device, such as a bone or other structural implant device (load-bearing), are also presented. Craniofacial, osteogenic and disordered bone regeneration (osteoporosis) uses and applications of devices that include at least one surface that is treated to include a nanoscale or microscale layer or coating of SiONP are also provided. Methods of using the treated and/or coated devices to enhance enhanced vascularization and healing at a treated surface of a device in vivo, is also presented.

[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]


Mask
Patent No. 10828448 

Inventor(s): Alastair Edwin McAuley (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Fisher Paykel Healthcare Limited (Auckland, , NZ)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16871683 on 05/11/2020 (183 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mask is disclosed that has a gas outlet which is quiet and provides for a diffused outlet flow of gases. The outlet is preferably a slot formed between a hollow body and cover over said hollow body. The mask also preferably extends and seals under a user”s chin in use.

[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]


Sports equipment bag
Patent No. 10828547 

Inventor(s): Philip C. Herr (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16261619 on 01/30/2019 (650 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sports bag configured as a backpack for use in storing gear is provided. The sports bag includes a main body having a pair of straps coupled to the top or back of the main body, and a pair of storage pouches coupled to the back and bottom of the main body, each pouch including a fastening member to provide access to the pouch, and each pouch including at least one strap to stow the pouch when not in use.

[A45F] TRAVELLING OR CAMP EQUIPMENT; SACKS OR PACKS CARRIED ON THE BODY [2006.01]


Laterally repositionable roller shade
Patent No. 10829991 

Inventor(s): David M. Townsley (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): MCD Innovations, Inc. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15671044 on 08/07/2017 (1191 days app to issue)

Abstract: A roller shade may be retracted and extended. In various implementations, when a roller shade is extended it may be laterally repositioned. The roller shade may include a track and a travelling member.

[A47G] HOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT (book-ends A47B 65/00; knives B26B)


 

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

Wastewater separation system
Patent No. 10828581 

Inventor(s): Kalan Flint Holbrook (Fort Worth, TX), Nicholas Ryan Cain (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): FHNC LTD. CO. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Medley, Behrens Lewis, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14995191 on 01/13/2016 (1763 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wastewater separation system for separating waste from water includes an inlet, a hydrocyclone, a decanter, and a recirculating means. The hydrocyclone receives a first amount of wastewater from the inlet and centrifugally processes the wastewater in order to remove at least some of the waste from the wastewater in order to expel treated water and a second amount of wastewater. The treated water exits the system. The decanter is coupled to the hydrocyclone for accepting the second amount of wastewater in order to separate the second amount of wastewater into a collection of waste and a third amount of wastewater. The recirculating means recirculates the third amount of wastewater back to the hydrocyclone for reprocessing.

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


System and method for manufacturing railcar coupler headcores
Patent No. 10828695 

Inventor(s): David S. Neuman (Genoa, OH), Gerald J. Bricker (Millbury, OH), Joseph L. Gagliardino (Oakdale, PA), Joseph T. Float (Manor, PA), Scott J. Kramer (Pittsburgh, PA)
Assignee(s): MCCONWAY TORLEY, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15486035 on 04/12/2017 (1308 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for manufacturing railcar coupler headcores includes providing a first corebox having internal walls defining at least in part perimeter boundaries of at least one rotor core cavity. The method further comprises at least partially filling the at least one rotor core cavity with a first sand resin to form at least one rotor core. The method also includes providing a second corebox having internal walls defining at least in part perimeter boundaries of at least one headcore cavity. The at least one rotor core is positioned within the second corebox. The method also comprises at least partially filling the at least one headcore cavity with a second sand resin to form at least one headcore.

[B22C] FOUNDRY MOULDING (moulding refractory materials in general B28B)


Housing assemblies for vehicle door actuation assemblies and methods of installing the same
Patent No. 10828970 

Inventor(s): Frank A. Richards (Ann Arbor, MI), Tarakorn Soonthornwinate (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: 16259659 on 01/28/2019 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: An actuation assembly for actuating a door of a sliding door assembly of a vehicle includes a motor inside a motor housing, a mid-pulley assembly comprising a mid-pulley wheel, a guide pulley assembly comprising a guide-pulley wheel, and a cable anchored to the vehicle and operatively coupling the mid-pulley assembly, the guide pulley assembly, and the motor. The motor turns to move the door along the cable and at least some portion of the cable is encased in a unitary casing.

[B60J] WINDOWS, WINDSCREENS, NON-FIXED ROOFS, DOORS, OR SIMILAR DEVICES FOR VEHICLES; REMOVABLE EXTERNAL PROTECTIVE COVERINGS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES (fastening, suspending, closing, or opening of such devices E05)


Vehicles and bumper assemblies having a stowable lighting assembly
Patent No. 10829035 

Inventor(s): Winston Robertson (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: 16259343 on 01/28/2019 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bumper assembly includes a bumper and a stowable lighting assembly. The stowable lighting assembly includes a post and a lighting device. The post includes a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the proximal end is pivotably coupled to the bumper. The lighting device is pivotably coupled to the distal end of the post. The stowable lighting assembly is moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position, wherein the post positioned within or beneath the bumper in the stowed position.

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


Illuminated message display indicator system
Patent No. 10829038 

Inventor(s): Ivan Lopez (Fort Worth, TX), Rodolfo Lara Contreras (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Sanchelima Associates, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16507279 on 07/10/2019 (489 days app to issue)

Abstract: An illuminated message display indicator system for vehicles is disclosed herein. There is to be one illuminated message display indicator system on each of the left and right side on the rear windshield of a vehicle. The illuminated message display indicator system communicates with the turning lever found inside of a vehicle wherein a driver uses the lever to indicate their intended turn direction. So, if a left turn is to be made, the illuminated message display indicator system found on the rear left windshield illuminates to display a message. The illuminated and displayed message may be customized per the choice of the user. This illuminated message display indicator system promotes manners and safer driving to reduce dangers on the road.

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


Active airflow management for tiltrotor hub thermal ventilation
Patent No. 10829199 

Inventor(s): Christopher Edward Foskey (Keller, TX), Michael Christopher Burnett (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16105215 on 08/20/2018 (813 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are directed to an aerodynamic spinner fairing having a sidewall and one or more airflow intakes in the sidewall. The airflow intakes are closed during a first phase of flight and open during a second phase of flight. The first phase of flight may be an airplane mode for a tiltrotor aircraft, and the second phase of flight may be a helicopter mode for the tiltrotor aircraft. The airflow intakes may comprise an opening in the sidewall, and a door that is configured to move between a first position covering the opening and a second position exposing the opening to external airflow. An actuator coupled to the door may operate to move the door between the first position and the second position. One or more guide vanes within the aerodynamic spinner fairing may be configured to direct air received via the airflow intakes to provide convection cooling.

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


Multirotor aircraft with collective for autorotation
Patent No. 10829200 

Inventor(s): Eric R. Gonzalez (Fort Worth, TX), Frank B. Stamps (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15807843 on 11/09/2017 (1097 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multirotor aircraft comprises at least three proprotors. Each proprotor has a plurality of rotor blades pivotably attached to a mast assembly. When a rotor blade pitch angle is changed for a proprotor, all rotor blades on the proprotor change to a same pitch angle. The proprotors are configured to spin freely when a power source is disengaged or fails. In various embodiments, one or more engines provides power to each proprotor, or at least one engine provides power to two or more proprotors. A rotor blade control system is configured to control a collective rotor blade pitch angle on each proprotor independently of the rotor blade pitch on the other proprotors. The rotor blade control system is configured to set a negative collective rotor blade pitch angle on an unpowered proprotor, such as in response to manual inputs by a pilot or in response to current engine conditions.

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


Adjustable armrest system
Patent No. 10829202 

Inventor(s): Chad Richard Haugeberg (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15695738 on 09/05/2017 (1162 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle control structure including a control podium, a control stick mounted on the control podium and having a range of motion, a mounting sleeve affixed to the control podium, and an armrest having a platform structure and an armrest support, wherein a first portion of the armrest support is disposed in the mounting sleeve. The platform structure is adjustably attached to the armrest support a first angle of a plurality of angles relative to the armrest support, and a first angle of the plurality of angles corresponds to the range of motion.

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


Electric reaction control system
Patent No. 10829204 

Inventor(s): Carlos Fenny (Fort Worth, TX), Jouyoung Jason Choi (Southlake, TX), Kip Campbell (Hurst, TX), Sung Kim (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16206088 on 11/30/2018 (711 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electric reaction control system that can selectively expel a ”burst” or ”puff” of air to alter the orientation of the aircraft during flight. An aircraft incorporating ducting, an air compressor, an electric motor, and a plurality of nozzles can facilitate in-flight trajectory modifications. When an air burst is needed to provide thrust for the purposes of reaction control, nozzles are selectively opened and closed to provide roll, pitch, and yaw of the aircraft. The ERCS can facilitate an electric aircraft that would be very agile and very light, utilizing electric power, as opposed to jet power.

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


Non-jamming shrink latch mechanism
Patent No. 10829207 

Inventor(s): William E. Luce (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): GOODRICH CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15841757 on 12/14/2017 (1062 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non jamming shrink latch is provided and may comprise a cradle, a first rocker arm, a first inboard pivot, and a first outboard pivot, wherein the first inboard pivot is coupled to the first rocker arm at a first end and the first outboard pivot is coupled to the first rocker arm at a second end opposite the first end, and wherein the cradle is coupled to the first outboard pivot. In various embodiments, a non jamming shrink latch may further comprise a second rocker arm coupled to the cradle at a second outboard pivot and a second inboard pivot coupled to the second rocker arm opposite the second outboard pivot.

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


Integral life raft, survival kit, and step
Patent No. 10829231 

Inventor(s): Chad Richard Haugeberg (Arlington, TX), Timothy Carr (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15890249 on 02/06/2018 (1008 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment rotorcraft structure includes a step disposed at an exterior of the rotorcraft, and an emergency kit installed into the recess of the step. The step is faired into a skin on the exterior of the rotorcraft. The emergency kit includes a container and a life raft. The container includes a container body that has a storage cavity, a container panel, and a first attachment element. The container body is disposed in the recess of the step, attached to the step, and has a storage cavity. The container panel is disposed at a bottom of the storage cavity, and the life raft is disposed in the storage cavity. The first attachment element releasably couples a first edge of the container panel to the container body, and encloses the life raft in the container under the step.

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


Tiltrotor aircraft inlet-barrier filter method and apparatus
Patent No. 10829237 

Inventor(s): George Ryan Decker (Mansfield, TX), James Everett Kooiman (Fort Worth, TX), Jeffrey Matthew Williams (Hudson Oaks, TX), Michael Rinehart (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15906108 on 02/27/2018 (987 days app to issue)

Abstract: An inlet barrier filter system for a tiltrotor aircraft comprising a filter duct extending from a filter to a filter outlet, a ram air duct extending from a ram air inlet to an engine where the filter duct connects to the ram air duct at the filter outlet, and a closure member movable between a first position blocking the ram air duct and a second position blocking the filter outlet. In use, the inlet barrier filter system provides for two mutually exclusive air flow paths, one for introducing ram air to the engine while closing off the filter and another air flow path for introducing filtered air to the engine while closing off the ram air duct.

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


Electrical load shed to increase available aircraft power
Patent No. 10829239 

Inventor(s): Thomas Dewey Parsons (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16059655 on 08/09/2018 (824 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are directed to systems and methods for managing electrical load in an aircraft comprising a generator coupled to an aircraft engine, and a power distribution controller configured to monitor current engine operating parameters and to reduce an electrical load on the generator when the engine operating parameters reach a limit during specified aircraft operating conditions. The system may further comprise a non-essential electrical bus coupled to the generator, wherein the electrical load on the generator is reduced by disconnecting the non-essential bus from the generator. The generator may be coupled to the aircraft engine via an accessory gearbox or a transmission gearbox. The monitored current engine operating parameters comprise one or more of an engine torque, a gas generator RPM, and a temperature. The aircraft operating conditions may comprise one or more of a takeoff, a landing, or an engine failure.

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


Drive link mounted flapping sensor systems
Patent No. 10829242 

Inventor(s): Kyle T. Cravener (Watauga, TX), Tyler Wayne Baldwin (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15967007 on 04/30/2018 (925 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotor system is provided in one example embodiment and may include a rotor system may be provided and may include a drive link associated with a rotor hub of the rotor system, the drive link comprising an inner member and an outer member; and a sensor system mounted to the drive link, the sensor system to accommodate motions of the drive link to track rotor hub flapping. The sensor system for the rotor system may further include a sensor, the sensor comprising a sensor arm, wherein the sensor is mounted proximate to the inner member of the drive link; and a sensor link, the sensor link comprising a first end portion moveably coupled to the sensor arm, a second end portion coupled to the outer member of the drive link, and an angled portion between the first end portion and the second end portion.

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


Angle-normalizing gearmotor life extension for high speed diverter system
Patent No. 10829314 

Inventor(s): Angelo Vanigli (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Siemens Logistics LLC (DFW Airport, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16585003 on 09/27/2019 (410 days app to issue)

Abstract: A diverter system includes a diverter arm and an actuator assembly for operating and moving the diverter arm, wherein the diverter arm and the actuator assembly are configured such that the diverter arm is moveable between a retracted dwell position and a plurality of extended dwell positions within an impact dwell range.

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


Power driven circuit wire box
Patent No. 10829340 

Inventor(s): Andrew P. Hull (McKinney, TX), John L. Rhoads (The Colony, TX), William T. Bigbee, Jr. (Melissa, TX)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16246982 on 01/14/2019 (666 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for the dispensing and retraction of wire or cable. The apparatus including a first and second plate, at least one shaft attached to the first plate and the second plate, a spool gear attached to the shaft, a power gear shaft attached to the first or second plate, and a power gear attached to the power gear shaft and in mesh with the spool gear, wherein when the power gear is rotated, the spool gear is rotated.

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


Piezoelectric optical MEMS device with embedded moisture layers
Patent No. 10829365 

Inventor(s): Ricky A. Jackson (Richardson, TX), YungShan Chang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15802706 on 11/03/2017 (1103 days app to issue)

Abstract: A piezoelectric optical micro-electro-mechanical systems (POMEMS) device includes a glass layer having a first surface and an opposite second surface. The device may also include a first moisture barrier layer having a first surface and an opposite second surface in which the second surface of the first moisture barrier layer is substantially coextensive with and interfaces with the first surface of the glass layer. A piezo stack may be attached on the first side of the first moisture barrier layer. The device may also include a second moisture barrier layer having a first surface and an opposite second surface. The first surface of the second moisture barrier is substantially coextensive with and interfaces with the second surface of the glass layer. A semiconductor substrate may be attached on the second side of the second moisture barrier layer.

[B81B] MICROSTRUCTURAL DEVICES OR SYSTEMS, e.g. MICROMECHANICAL DEVICES (piezo-electric, electrostrictive or magnetostrictive elements per se H01L 41/00) [7]


Impact media sharing
Patent No. 10832699 

Inventor(s): Stephen Paul McFarland, Jr. (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16705211 on 12/05/2019 (341 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation includes one or more of associating a transport with an impact in proximity to one or more other transports, transmitting, by a device in proximity to the impact, media related to the impact, receiving, by a server, the media, determining, by the server, one or more sounds based on the media, and associating, by the server, the one or more sounds with one or more of the transport and the one or more other transports.

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


 

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

Settable compositions comprising remediated fly ash (RFA) and methods of cementing in subterranean formations
Patent No. 10829414 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Alexander Whidden (Brentwood, MO), Joseph Earl Thomas (Malad City, ID)
Assignee(s): CR Minerals Company, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: O”Connor Company (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16577168 on 09/20/2019 (417 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention comprise a method of cementing comprising: placing a settable composition into a well bore, the settable composition comprising RFA, hydraulic cement, and water; and allowing the settable composition to set. Other embodiments comprise a method of cementing comprising: placing a settable composition into a well bore, the settable composition comprising RFA, calcium hydroxide (lime), and water; and allowing the settable composition to set. Other embodiments comprise a settable composition comprising: RFA, hydraulic cement, calcium hydroxide, natural pozzolan and water; and allowing the composition to set. Other embodiments comprise a settable composition comprising RFA and any combination of hydraulic cement, calcium hydroxide, slag, fly ash, and natural or other pozzolan.

[C04B] LIME; MAGNESIA; SLAG; CEMENTS; COMPOSITIONS THEREOF, e.g. MORTARS, CONCRETE OR LIKE BUILDING MATERIALS; ARTIFICIAL STONE; CERAMICS (devitrified glass-ceramics C03C 10/00); REFRACTORIES (alloys based on refractory metals C22C); TREATMENT OF NATURAL STONE [4]


Naphthoquinones, pro-drugs, and methods of use thereof
Patent No. 10829427 

Inventor(s): Gang Huang (Plano, TX), Jinming Gao (Plano, TX), Qi Wei (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16063347 on 12/16/2016 (1425 days app to issue)

Abstract:

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


Process for flashing a reaction medium
Patent No. 10829428 

Inventor(s): Mark O. Scates (Houston, TX), Ronald D. Shaver (Houston, TX), Yaw-Hwa Liu (Missouri City, TX)
Assignee(s): CELANESE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16862942 on 04/30/2020 (194 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process for producing acetic acid is disclosed in which the methyl iodide concentration is maintained in the vapor product stream formed in a flashing step. The methyl iodide concentration in the vapor product stream ranges from 24 to less than 36 wt. % methyl iodide, based on the weight of the vapor product stream. In addition, the acetaldehyde concentration is maintained within the range from 0.005 to 1 wt. % in the vapor product stream. The vapor product stream is distilled in a first column to obtain an acetic acid product stream comprising acetic acid and up to 300 wppm hydrogen iodide and/or from 0.1 to 6 wt. % methyl iodide and an overhead stream comprising methyl iodide, water and methyl acetate.

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


Methods for reduction of pollutants from carbonaceous materials prior to combustion
Patent No. 10829707 

Inventor(s): James P. Yates (Charleston, IL), John C. Crelling (Carbondale, IL), Richard L. Sumner (Vincennes, IN)
Assignee(s): Micronizing Technologies, LLC (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Harper Bates Champion LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 11918175 on 04/10/2006 (5328 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for reducing potential pollutants in carbonaceous materials such as coal, lignites and the like prior to utilization such as by combustion, the invention in preferred embodiments processes such materials by resonance disintegration including inter alia subjection to rapid pressure increases and decreases to reduce the materials to particle sizes of a preferable mean value of approximately fifty microns or less. Pollutants such as sulfur, mercury and other heavy metals bound in a mineral fraction and micronized by such processing can then removed by classification techniques based on physical differences between a micronized carbonaceous fraction and the mineral fraction. Combustion of the micronized carbonaceous fraction substantially free of the mineral fraction results in emissions having reduced levels of sulfur, mercury and other toxic substances. The methods of the invention further include removal of water from carbonaceous materials such as coal, lignites and the like by subjection of such materials to resonance disintegration.

[C10G] CRACKING HYDROCARBON OILS; PRODUCTION OF LIQUID HYDROCARBON MIXTURES, e.g. BY DESTRUCTIVE HYDROGENATION, OLIGOMERISATION, POLYMERISATION (cracking to hydrogen or synthesis gas C01B; cracking or pyrolysis of hydrocarbon gases to individual hydrocarbons or mixtures thereof of definite or specified constitution C07C; cracking to cokes C10B); RECOVERY OF HYDROCARBON OILS FROM OIL-SHALE, OIL-SAND, OR GASES; REFINING MIXTURES MAINLY CONSISTING OF HYDROCARBONS; REFORMING OF NAPHTHA; MINERAL WAXES [6]


 

F I X E D C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Impact resistant full view door
Patent No. 10829983 

Inventor(s): Charles A. Haba (Massillon, OH), Dwayne J. Kornish (Navarre, OH), Gregory R. Taylor (Cantonment, FL)
Assignee(s): Overhead Door Corporation (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15443574 on 02/27/2017 (1352 days app to issue)

Abstract: An overhead door includes a plurality of articulating panels. At least one of the plurality of articulating panels includes a frame defining an opening, the frame having a ledge and a lip extending from the ledge into the opening and a transparent panel having a first side and an opposing second side. The transparent panel is positioned adjacent to both the lip and the ledge with the first side of the transparent panel positionable adjacent the lip. The plurality of articulating panels further includes a retainer member positionable adjacent the second side of the transparent panel and operable to be fastened to the frame.

[E06B] FIXED OR MOVABLE CLOSURES FOR OPENINGS IN BUILDINGS, VEHICLES, FENCES, OR LIKE ENCLOSURES, IN GENERAL, e.g. DOORS, WINDOWS, BLINDS, GATES (shades or blinds for greenhouses A01G 9/22; curtains A47H; lids for car boots or bonnets B62D 25/10; sky-lights E04B 7/18; sunshades, awnings E04F 10/00)


Apparatus and methods for uninterrupted drilling
Patent No. 10830033 

Inventor(s): An Binh Ho (Lewisville, TX), John Jeremy Cantwell (Fredericksburg, TX), William Edward Weideman (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Motive Drilling Technologies, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16591387 on 10/02/2019 (405 days app to issue)

Abstract: During slide drilling, certain transient variances in differential pressure may indicate that a subsequent and temporary variance in a toolface angle error does not indicate that drilling should be interrupted. The transient variances in the differential pressure may be within a range of particular threshold pressures.

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


 

M E C H A N I C A L E N G I N E E R I N G
LIGHTING | HEATING | WEAPONS | BLASTING

 

Simplified gearbox mechanism
Patent No. 10830318 

Inventor(s): Carlos A. Hoefken (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): MOTUS LABS, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16266629 on 02/04/2019 (645 days app to issue)

Abstract: The improved gearbox mechanism of the present invention includes a plurality of cam-actuated simplified gear block assemblies, which transfer power from a power shaft to a secondary or output gear element. Each gear block assembly includes a gear block having a surface that periodically interfaces with a secondary or output gear element. In a preferred embodiment the interface surface comprises a plurality of projections or teeth which correspond to complementary projections or gear teeth on the output gear element. Each gear block assembly further includes a gear block, a torque lever arm, cam followers and/or a socket, which connect or link the gear block to a cam assembly, which in turn is connected to a power source. The cam assembly includes about its circumference a unique pathway or groove for each linkage assembly of a particular gear block assembly so that the movement of the gear block may be controlled in two dimensions in accordance with a certain design parameter.

[F16H] GEARING


Gearbox filler assembly
Patent No. 10830333 

Inventor(s): Scott David Poster (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15967935 on 05/01/2018 (924 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gearbox filler assembly includes a cylindrical insert attached to an interior of a port disposed within a housing of the gearbox. The cylindrical insert has a first end disposed within the port, a second end extending outward from the port and is configured to receive a detachable filler cap, a retaining lip around at least a portion of a first interior circumference proximate to the first end, and a retaining slot around at least a second interior circumference between the retaining lip and the second end. A retaining ring is detachably coupled within the retaining slot. A cylindrical baffle is detachably retained between the retaining ring and the retaining lip.

[F16H] GEARING


HVAC scrubber unit operational control systems and methods
Patent No. 10830467 

Inventor(s): Amol P. Joshi (Coppell, TX), Michael G. Longman (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): AIR DISTRIBUTION TECHNOLOGIES IP, LLC (Milwaukee, WI)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15799687 on 10/31/2017 (1106 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for improving operation of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, which includes a scrubber unit coupled to an air handling unit via a return air conduit. The scrubber unit includes a contaminant filter, which sorbs air contaminants from a surrounding environment when at a target pressure differential and releases previously sorbed air contaminants into the surrounding environment when at target temperature, a return inlet actuator coupled to a return inlet damper, and scrubber control circuitry programmed to determine parameters of outside air and instruct the return inlet actuator to ramp the return inlet damper from a closed position to an open position during a bleed phase of a regeneration cycle to enable venting of the previously sorbed air contaminants using return air when the parameters of the outside air are not within corresponding target parameter ranges.

[F24F] AIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING (removing dirt or fumes from areas where they are produced B08B 15/00; vertical ducts for carrying away waste gases from buildings E04F 17/02; tops for chimneys or ventilating shafts, terminals for flues F23L 17/02)


HVAC scrubber unit mechanical improvement systems and methods
Patent No. 10830468 

Inventor(s): Amol P. Joshi (Coppell, TX), Michael G. Longman (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): AIR DISTRIBUTION TECHNOLOGIES IP, LLC (Milwaukee, WI)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15799701 on 10/31/2017 (1106 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and methods for improving implementation of a scrubber unit in a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. The scrubber unit includes a housing that house a plurality of filter cartridges, which each includes a chemical compound that facilitates sorbing air contaminants. The housing includes a first sidewall and a second sidewall. The scrubber unit includes an internal wall enclosed within the housing, a cross-member coupled between the first sidewall and the second sidewall perpendicular to the internal wall, and a contaminant filter that includes the plurality of filter cartridges coupled between a top cartridge deck and a bottom cartridge deck, in which the bottom cartridge deck is coupled to the cross-member when the contaminant filter is completely enclosed within the housing to facilitate reducing likelihood of the bottom cartridge deck deforming under weight of the plurality of filter cartridges.

[F24F] AIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING (removing dirt or fumes from areas where they are produced B08B 15/00; vertical ducts for carrying away waste gases from buildings E04F 17/02; tops for chimneys or ventilating shafts, terminals for flues F23L 17/02)


Systems and methods of predicting energy usage
Patent No. 10830474 

Inventor(s): Peter Hrejsa (Frisco, TX), Rohini Brahme (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16182273 on 11/06/2018 (735 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a heating, ventilation, and air condition (”HVAC”) system includes determining a current temperature of the enclosed space and receiving a first comfort temperature. The method further including determining, based on a selection of a time period, a first consumption value indicating a predicted amount of energy required to maintain the first comfort temperature for the time period, wherein the first consumption value is determined based at least on a first predicted value and a second predicted value, the first predicted value being indicative of an amount of energy required to condition the enclosed space to the first comfort temperature from the current temperature and the second predicted value being indicative of an amount of energy required to, upon conditioning the enclosed space to the first comfort temperature, maintain the first comfort temperature for the time period.

[F24F] AIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING (removing dirt or fumes from areas where they are produced B08B 15/00; vertical ducts for carrying away waste gases from buildings E04F 17/02; tops for chimneys or ventilating shafts, terminals for flues F23L 17/02)


Method and apparatus for charge compensator reheat valve
Patent No. 10830514 

Inventor(s): Blake Bachellor (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16014436 on 06/21/2018 (873 days app to issue)

Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (”HVAC”) system includes an evaporator coil and a compressor fluidly coupled to the evaporator coil via a suction line. A condenser coil is fluidly coupled to the compressor via a discharge line and fluidly coupled to a metering device via a liquid line. A charge compensator is fluidly coupled to the liquid line via a connection line. A charge compensator re-heat valve is disposed in the connection line.

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


Outdoor electronics enclosure with dual heat exchangers
Patent No. 10830541 

Inventor(s): Komen Shliker (Plano, TX), Stephen P. Watson (Richardson, TX), Walter Mark Hendrix (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16046104 on 07/26/2018 (838 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronics cabinet includes: an enclosure having a floor, a ceiling, a rear wall, opposed side walls, and a front wall that define an interior cavity; a divider panel that divides the interior cavity into upper and lower chambers; a first cooling system mounted to the enclosure to cool the upper chamber; and a second cooling system mounted to the enclosure to cool the lower chamber.

[F28F] DETAILS OF HEAT-EXCHANGE OR HEAT-TRANSFER APPARATUS, OF GENERAL APPLICATION (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; water or air traps, air venting F16)


 

P H Y S I C S

Fall detection using sensors in a smart monitoring safety system
Patent No. 10827951 

Inventor(s): Derek del Carpio (Corinth, TX), James M. Fathman (Carrollton, TX), Steven Gail Johnson (Highland Village, TX)
Assignee(s): CareView Communications, Inc. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Meister Seelig Fein LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16389237 on 04/19/2019 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: A smart monitoring system comprising a plurality of sensor devices coupled to appliances and fixtures within a dwelling environment, where at least one of the plurality of sensor devices comprises sensor elements including an accelerometer. The system further comprising a computing device operative to receive event signals from the plurality of sensor devices, identify a possible fall event from one or more of the plurality of sensor devices based on the event signals, sample sensor data from one or more of the plurality of sensor devices wherein the sensor data includes measurements of movement. The computer device is further operative to determine a fall has occurred based on the sampled sensor data, sample additional sensor data from the one or more of the plurality of sensor devices for additional motion at a period of time subsequent to the possible fall event, and determine a recovery from the fall based on the additional sensor data.

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


Smart processing device with selective configuration function control
Patent No. 10828926 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16210391 on 12/05/2018 (706 days app to issue)

Abstract: Smart processing devices and systems for controlling functionality of smart processing devices are provided. In some examples, a smart processing device may include a central segment and a plurality of removable segments. The removable segments may be connected to the central segment in a plurality of different configurations. In some examples, each configuration may enable or disable functionality associated with the smart processing device. Further, a system may receive data associated with a current physical configuration of a smart processing device. The current physical configuration data may be compared to pre-stored configuration data in order to identify one or more functions to be enabled or disabled for the smart processing device. The system, computing platform, or the like, may generate an instruction, command or signal enabling or disabling functionality and may transmit the signal to the smart processing device for execution and control of functions provided by the smart processing device.

[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]


User controlled directional interface
Patent No. 10830601 

Inventor(s): Brian D. Owens (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Goodhue, Coleman Owens, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15350570 on 11/14/2016 (1457 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for providing directional feedback. A wireless connection is established between a first directional interface and one or more directional interfaces. A free form path is received from a user utilizing the first directional interface. The free form path is converted to directional feedback in which the free form path is wrapped to available paths communicated by the first directional interface and the one or more directional interfaces to generate the directional feedback. The directional feedback is sent to the one or more directional interfaces wirelessly connected to die first directional interface. The directional feedback is communicated to one or more users associated with the one or more directional interfaces utilizing user preferences associated with the one or more directional interfaces.

[G01C] MEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY (measuring liquid level G01F; radio navigation, determining distance or velocity by use of propagation effects, e.g. Doppler effect, propagation time, of radio waves, analogous arrangements using other waves G01S)


Envelope based sample correction for digital flow metrology
Patent No. 10830619 

Inventor(s): Amardeep Sathyanarayana (Austin, TX), Anand G. Dabak (Plano, TX), David Patrick Magee (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Ebby Abraham (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14866779 on 09/25/2015 (1873 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a system for measuring material flow in a pipe is disclosed. A first transducer is operable to transmit a first signal having a first frequency at a first time and receive a second signal at a second time, and a second transducer spaced apart from the first transducer and is operable to receive the first signal and transmit the second signal having the first frequency. A signal processing circuit communicatively coupled to the first transducer and the second transducer, the signal processing circuit is operable to determine a first envelope of the first signal and a second envelope of the second signal and calculate a flow rate based on the first envelope of the first signal and the second envelope of the second signal.

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


Method and apparatus for performing field elongation measurements
Patent No. 10830655 

Inventor(s): Bradley Wayne Cook (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): e-Longation, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16229583 on 12/21/2018 (690 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for evaluating post-tensioning tendons, where the apparatus uses a positioning head placed directly into the pocket and against the anchor without making contact with the wedges as the apparatus seats on the tendon. From this position the apparatus evaluates the tendon by marking, measuring the tendon, and/or determining its location with increased reliability and precision.

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


Real-time mapping of induced fracture geometry by RFID networks
Patent No. 10830919 

Inventor(s): John David Newton (Crowley, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16171060 on 10/25/2018 (747 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of mapping subsurface fracture geometry below a surface of the ground includes two independently powered systems, namely a plurality of sensors distributed through a hole in the subsurface and a downhole tool to facilitate reception and transmission of signal data from the plurality of sensors. The sensors are distributed into fissures within formations that have been hydraulically fractured. The sensors send signal data to the downhole tool for transmission to a unit on the surface. The signal data permits for the mapping of the fissures within the fractured formations.

[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]


Method for producing MPS-compatible water gradient contact lenses
Patent No. 10830923 

Inventor(s): Kasey Jon Minick (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcon Inc. (Fribourg, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16204729 on 11/29/2018 (712 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention is related to a process for producing contact lenses that not only comprise a water gradient structural configurations, but also have a minimized uptakes of polyquaternium-1 and a long-lasting surface hydrophilicity and wettability even after being undergone a simulated 30-days lens care regime.

[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]


Methods and apparatus for increasing efficiency and optical bandwidth of a microelectromechanical system piston-mode spatial light modulator
Patent No. 10831018 

Inventor(s): Adam Joseph Fruehling (Dallas, TX), James Norman Hall (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15836521 on 12/08/2017 (1068 days app to issue)

Abstract: In methods and apparatus for increasing efficiency and optical bandwidth of a microelectromechanical system piston-mode spatial light modulator, an example apparatus includes: an electrode with spring legs; a base electrode; a mirror displacement determiner to determine a periodic signal corresponding to a displacement distance of the electrode beyond an instability point of the electrode; and a voltage source to output a periodic voltage to the base electrode in response to the periodic signal. The periodic voltage causes the spring legs to vary displacement of the electrode with respect to the base electrode according to the periodic voltage. The displacement includes distances beyond the instability point.

[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]


Autonomous vehicle accident and emergency response
Patent No. 10831191 

Inventor(s): Craig M. Main (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY (Bloomington, IL)
Law Firm: Faegre Drinker Biddle Reath (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15935556 on 03/26/2018 (960 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring use, determining risk, and pricing insurance policies for a vehicle having one or more autonomous or semi-autonomous operation features are provided. According to certain aspects, the operating status of the features, the identity of a vehicle operator, risk levels for operation of the vehicle by the vehicle operator, or damage to the vehicle may be determined based upon sensor or other data. According to further aspects, decisions regarding transferring control between the features and the vehicle operator may be made based upon sensor data and information regarding the vehicle operator. Additional aspects may recommend or install updates to the autonomous operation features based upon determined risk levels. Some aspects may include monitoring transportation infrastructure and communicating information about the infrastructure to vehicles.

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


Marker based navigation system for robotic vehicle
Patent No. 10831211 

Inventor(s): Matthew Flachsbart (Grapevine, TX), Snehal Desai (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16005196 on 06/11/2018 (883 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for operating a robotic vehicle. A sensor is positioned on the robotic vehicle to identify a first marker positioned in a first area within a space defined by a structure. Data is received from the sensor descriptive of one or more characteristics of the marker. A first instruction is identified corresponding to the one or more characteristics. The robotic vehicle is caused to change a physical orientation characteristic of the first marker and move to a second area within the space.

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


Command selection policy
Patent No. 10831682 

Inventor(s): Patrick A. La Fratta (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Brooks, Cameron Huebsch, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16103585 on 08/14/2018 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and methods related to command selection policy for electronic memory or storage are described. Commands to a memory controller may be prioritized based on a type of command, a timing of when one command was received relative to another command, a timing of when one command is ready to be issued to a memory device, or some combination of such factors. For instance, a memory controller may employ a first-ready, first-come, first-served (FRFCFS) policy in which certain types of commands (e.g., read commands) are prioritized over other types of commands (e.g., write commands). The policy may employ exceptions to such an FRFCFS policy based on dependencies or relationships among or between commands. An example can include inserting a command into a priority queue based on a category corresponding to respective commands, and iterating through a plurality of priority queues in order of priority to select a command to issue.

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


Data integration system for triggering analysis of connection oscillations
Patent No. 10831901 

Inventor(s): David Michael Steele (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16858779 on 04/27/2020 (197 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to data integration and threat assessment for triggering analysis of connection oscillations in order to improve data and connection security. The invention leverages a security threat assessment engine and an analytics engine to gather and process data from a combination of internal and external data sources for a third party connection. The system continuously monitors and updates a generated threat level for a third party connection to determine changes or triggers indicating a potential security threat. In response to these determined changes or triggers, the system then responds to a detected security threat and minimizes damages resulting from data compromised by third party systems. Further, the system may extract and recover data from the third party systems and alter connection channels in order to further limit losses.

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


Techniques for automatic bucket access policy generation
Patent No. 10831906 

Inventor(s): Timothy Elliott (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16653869 on 10/15/2019 (392 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments are generally directed to techniques for generating updating, and/or validating one or more aspects of an access policy for a data bucket, such as based on usage data corresponding to the data bucket, for instance. Some embodiments are particularly directed to automatically generating, updating, and/or validating an access policy for a data bucket based on analysis of log data corresponding to the data bucket. In some embodiments, log data comprising access records to a data bucket may be analyzed to determine access requirements for a set of entities. In some such embodiments, the access requirements for the set of entities may then be used to generate an access policy for the data bucket.

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


Database system consensus-based access control
Patent No. 10831917 

Inventor(s): Andrew Vishnyakov (Frisco, TX), Dan Flynn (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16174171 on 10/29/2018 (743 days app to issue)

Abstract: A processing system may obtain an operations set associated with database sources of a database system from a client entity, the operations set including a statement, the statement including a query, identify data sets from the operations set, transmit, a request to a first owner to permit access to a first data set, and a request to a second owner to permit access to a second data set, and receive approvals from the first and second owners. The processing system may retrieve a first portion of data stored in the first data set and a second portion of data stored in the second data set in accordance with the approvals, execute the operations set in accordance with the first portion of data and the second portion of data to generate a result set, and provide the client entity access to the result set.

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


On-the-fly marking systems for consumer packaged goods
Patent No. 10832015 

Inventor(s): Gregory J. Allen (O”Fallon, IL), Joseph A. Hattrup (Plano, TX), Nathaniel Evert Lawson (Collinsville, IL), Ralph P. French (Maryville, IL)
Assignee(s): Joseph A. Hattrup Trust dated July 16, 1996, as Amended (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Stinson LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15692878 on 08/31/2017 (1167 days app to issue)

Abstract: An on-the-fly package label printing system for a variety of packages containing a variety of products printed on each package of a web of successive packages a permanent record indicative of the product weight and product ingredients in the package. The system comprises a package handling device, a clock, and a printer system.

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


Medical labeling system and method of use
Patent No. 10832025 

Inventor(s): Peter S Baek (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15346622 on 11/08/2016 (1463 days app to issue)

Abstract: A labeling system for creating labels for medicine containers. The system includes a label printer having an interior area configured to carry a plurality of printing sheets therein; a scanner in data communication with the label printer, the scanner having a reader to scan a drug administer barcode and a drug barcode; and a label sheet printed by the label printer, the label sheet having a plurality of labels adhesively bonded thereto, the label printer being configured to print onto the plurality of labels data information scanned from the administrator barcode and the drug barcode. The label sheet includes a first label having an image corresponding to a part of a body; and a second label having the image of the first label.

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


Methods and systems for automatically predicting the repair costs of a damaged vehicle from images
Patent No. 10832065 

Inventor(s): He Yang (The Colony, TX), Marigona Bokshi-Drotar (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company (Bloomington, IL)
Law Firm: Faegre Drinker Biddle Reath (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16009983 on 06/15/2018 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and computer-implemented method for automatically predicting the labor, hours, and parts costs for repair of a vehicle includes receiving one or more images of the vehicle from a policyholder. A damage assessment model is accessed. The damage assessment model corresponds to features of vehicle damage based on a plurality of damaged vehicle images contained in an image training database. The damage assessment model is compared to the images of the vehicle and vehicle damage is identified based on the images. In addition, in response to identifying the vehicle damage, total labor costs, total parts costs, and total hours for repair of the vehicle are predicted based on the associated total labor costs, total parts costs, and total hours for repair data contained in the historical claims database.

[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]


Tamper-evident item and item validation system and method
Patent No. 10832112 

Inventor(s): Anne Marie Pellerin (Leesburg, FL), Michal Carrie Morgan-Rottman (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): BIRDE TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Flower Mound, TX)
Law Firm: Sandberg Phoenix von Gontard, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16627962 on 07/05/2018 (859 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tamper sensing element is provided which can be applied to a product having a housing or casing with a critical area where the housing or casing can be opened or separated at or along a critical area. The tamper sensing element is operable to determine if the housing or casing has been opened or separated at or along the critical area. The tamper sensing element comprises a sensor for detecting a change in a monitored parameter indicative of the housing or casing having been opened or separated at or along the critical area, a memory for storing product data and tag data; a circuit for updating the memory upon detection of a change in the parameter monitored by the sensor; and means for transmitting information contained in the memory upon being queried by a scanning device. Also disclosed is a system and method for use at security check points for scanning/screening products provided with the tamper sensing element so that a security official/screener can readily determine if a product has potentially been tampered with.

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


Techniques for resolving entities in received questions
Patent No. 10832145 

Inventor(s): Swaminathan Chandrasekaran (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14874934 on 10/05/2015 (1863 days app to issue)

Abstract: A technique for resolving entities provided in a question includes creating respective entity context vectors (ECVs) for respective entities in an applicable knowledge graph (KG). A question is received from a user. A first entity is identified in the question. The first entity is associated with a matching one of the entities in the KG. An ECV for the matching one of the entities in the KG is modified. An answer to the question is generated based on the modified ECV.

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


Systems and methods for determining relative importance of one or more variables in a non-parametric machine learning model
Patent No. 10832147 

Inventor(s): Cheng Jiang (Plano, TX), Jacky Huang Zheng Kwok (Allen, TX), Kurt Adrian Wolf (Frisco, TX), Ruoyo Shao (Allen, TX), Sang Jin Park (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16716604 on 12/17/2019 (329 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for determining relative importance of one or more variables in a non-parametric model include: receiving, raw values of the variables corresponding to one or more entities; processing the raw values using a statistical model to obtain probability values for the variables and an overall prediction value for each entity; determining a plurality of cumulative distributions for the variables based on the raw values and the number of entities having a specific raw value; grouping the variables into a plurality of equally sized buckets based on the cumulative distributions; determining a mean probability value for each bucket; assigning a rank number for each bucket based on the mean probability values; compiling a table for the entities based on the raw values and the buckets corresponding to the raw values; and determining the relative importance of the variables for the entities based on the rank numbers.

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


System and method for determining node order fulfillment performance
Patent No. 10832205 

Inventor(s): Saurabh Gupta (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Scully, Scott, Murphy Presser, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15087609 on 03/31/2016 (1685 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system determining node order fulfillment performance considering cancelation costs. The method includes receiving a current order for fulfillment node assignment and calculating a cancelation ratio of a node of a plurality of nodes by dividing orders canceled due to back order from the node by orders scheduled from the node collected from a pre-assigned time period. The method also includes determining a cancelation cost of the node based on the cancelation ratio of said node. The method then includes automatically generating a node order assignment based on the determined cancelation cost for fulfillment of a current order.

[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]


Methods, devices and systems for managing group membership and record verification using blockchain
Patent No. 10832220 

Inventor(s): Aarthi Reddy (Allen, TX), Johan Muedsam (Plano, TX), Joshua Whitney (Richardson, TX), Matt Dugan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16049192 on 07/30/2018 (834 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, embodiments include receiving first user-generated input from a recruiter device. The recruiter device is associated with a manager of a group. Further embodiments include generating a first smart contract between an applicant and the manager according to the first user-generated input. The generating of the first smart contract comprises generating the first smart contract on a blockchain. Additional embodiments can include providing the applicant access to the group according to the first smart contract, receiving second user-generated input from the recruiter device, and generating a second smart contract between a record keeper and the manager according to the second user-generated input. The generating of the second smart contract comprises generating the second smart contract on the blockchain. Also, embodiments can include providing the record keeper access to the group according to the second smart contract. Other embodiments are disclosed.

[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]


Collaborative giving system and method
Patent No. 10832292 

Inventor(s): Carl Christopher Tierney (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): DOING GOOD BETTER, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16125333 on 09/07/2018 (795 days app to issue)

Abstract: A collaborative giving system/method that coordinates the decimation and sharing of donor gifts within a cooperating group of donee recipients is disclosed. The system/method allows donee-specific donor databases to drive automated and spatially-distributed fundraising efforts for a collaborative project with donated funds being decimated and shared among collaborative donees while simultaneously guaranteeing that donor anonymity is maintained with respect to each individual donee-specific donor database. This donor/donee anonymity permits large groups of potentially diverse donors to be assembled to support collaborative projects while still maintaining donor privacy and donee autonomy. Within the context of this typical gifting application the disclosed system/method provides the necessary accounting interface and reports to ensure that the internal/external accounting/tax issues associated with the decimated gifting transaction are properly accounted for with the donor and all collaborating donees.

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


System, method, and apparatus for providing a prediction-based marketplace
Patent No. 10832325 

Inventor(s): Paresh Ashok Khanapurkar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Ferraiuoli LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16241529 on 01/07/2019 (673 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided is a system, method, and apparatus for implementing a prediction-based marketplace. For example, the system may include one or more processing units operable to: receive a prediction for an outcome of an event from a seller, determine a price to offer the prediction for sale to the buyer, provide the prediction to a buyer, receive an indication by the buyer to purchase the prediction, process a payment from the buyer to purchase the prediction, determine the actual outcome of the event that is predicted, compare the actual and predicted outcomes of the event; and distribute the payment in a manner so that the buyer and seller each receive a portion of the payment based on the comparison of the actual and predicted outcomes.

[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]


Automated trend detection by self-learning models through image generation and recognition
Patent No. 10832393 

Inventor(s): Steven Hurley (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Heslin Rothenberg Farley Mesiti P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16371993 on 04/01/2019 (589 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, computer program product, and a system where a processor(s) obtains data comprising trends recognized by an observer of the system over time; data comprised of more than one vintage. The processor(s) transforms the data measurable dimensions and assigns the transformed data to vintages and to distinct periods of time. The processor(s) generates an image from the transformed data that represents the trends, organized by the distinct periods of times and the vintages.

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


Vehicle listing image detection and alert system
Patent No. 10832400 

Inventor(s): Avid Ghamsari (Frisco, TX), Geoffrey Dagley (Mckinney, TX), Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16742194 on 01/14/2020 (301 days app to issue)

Abstract: An image error identification system retrieves an image associated with a vehicle listing and uses various machine learning models to classify the image and generate identification data that may include a vehicle make, model, trim level, and/or various features of the vehicle present in the image. The identification data is compared to the rest of the vehicle listing to detect a mismatch between the image and the vehicle listing. An alert is generated, when a mismatch is detected, indicating the one of the image or the data in the vehicle listing is incorrect.

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


Doorbell customization assembly
Patent No. 10832534 

Inventor(s): Rahsaan Currie (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16505942 on 07/09/2019 (490 days app to issue)

Abstract: A doorbell customization assembly includes a doorbell mount mountable on a wall of a building. A switch is coupled to the doorbell mount and the switch is electrically coupled to a doorbell for ringing the doorbell. A receiver is coupled to the doorbell mount, the receiver surrounds the switch and the receiver has a plurality of keyways therein. A disk engages each of the keyways in the receiver such that the disk is removably coupled to the receiver. The disk turns the switch on when the disk is depressed to ring the doorbell. Logo indicia are printed on the disk to enhance the ornamental appeal of the doorbell on the building.

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


Systems and methods for generating composite real-time traffic images based on triggering events using data from vehicle borne sensors
Patent No. 10832567 

Inventor(s): Michael C. Edwards (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16165815 on 10/19/2018 (753 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of generating composite image data using a first vehicle including a first camera and first network interface hardware and a second vehicle including a second camera and second network interface hardware includes establishing an external connection between the first vehicle and the second vehicle with the first network interface hardware and the second network interface hardware, generating a triggering event signal in the first vehicle in response to a triggering event, sending the triggering event signal to the second vehicle, capturing first image data using the first camera and capturing second image data using the second camera, and stitching the first image data and the second image data into composite image data.

[G08G] TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS (guiding railway traffic, ensuring the safety of railway traffic B61L; radar or analogous systems, sonar systems or lidar systems specially adapted for traffic control G01S 13/91, G01S 15/88, G01S 17/88; radar or analogous systems, sonar systems or lidar systems specially adapted for anti-collision purposes G01S 13/93, G01S 15/93, G01S 17/93; control of position, course, altitude or attitude of land, water, air or space vehicles, not being specific to a traffic environment G05D 1/00) [2]


Network connected parking system
Patent No. 10832575 

Inventor(s): Devang Parekh (Dallas, TX), Wilson-Boon Siang Khoo (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16209049 on 12/04/2018 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for alerting a driver of a vehicle of parking conditions within a predetermined distance of a destination. The system includes a transceiver of the vehicle configured to receive, from one or more other vehicles, parking condition data including one or more indicators of parking conditions within the predetermined distance of the destination. The system also includes an electronic control unit (ECU) of the vehicle connected to the transceiver. The ECU is configured to determine a parking congestion level based on the parking condition data. The ECU is also configured to determine whether the parking congestion level exceeds a threshold parking congestion level. The ECU is also configured to instruct an output device to alert the driver of parking congestion near the destination when the parking congestion level exceeds the threshold parking congestion level.

[G08G] TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS (guiding railway traffic, ensuring the safety of railway traffic B61L; radar or analogous systems, sonar systems or lidar systems specially adapted for traffic control G01S 13/91, G01S 15/88, G01S 17/88; radar or analogous systems, sonar systems or lidar systems specially adapted for anti-collision purposes G01S 13/93, G01S 15/93, G01S 17/93; control of position, course, altitude or attitude of land, water, air or space vehicles, not being specific to a traffic environment G05D 1/00) [2]


Method and device for processing whispered speech
Patent No. 10832660 

Inventor(s): Amin Fazeldehkordi (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15949358 on 04/10/2018 (945 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides embodiments of method, system and devices to convert whispered speech to normal speech intelligently through deep learning, therefore whispered speech can be more robust to interference and more intelligible to listener. A first audio signal is received including first whispered speech; a first plurality of computations are performed on the first audio signal to extract a first features; the first features are provided as input to a trained deep neural network (DNN) model to obtain output of the DNN model comprising a second features; and an inverse of the first plurality of computations are performed on the second features to produce a second audio signal corresponding to a non-whispered version of the first whispered speech.

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


System and method for efficient processing of universal background models for speaker recognition
Patent No. 10832683 

Inventor(s): Milind Borkar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ILLUMA Labs LLC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: MB IP Analysts, LLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16203077 on 11/28/2018 (713 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for efficient universal background model (UBM) training for speaker recognition, including: receiving an audio input, divisible into a plurality of audio frames, wherein at least a first audio frame of the plurality of audio frames includes an audio sample having a length above a first threshold extracting at least one identifying feature from the first audio frame and generating a feature vector based on the at least one identifying feature; generating an optimized training sequence computation based on the feature vector and a Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM), wherein the GMM is associated with a plurality of components, wherein each of the plurality of components is defined by a covariance matrix, a mean vector, and a weight vector; and updating any of the associated components of the GMM based on the generated optimized training sequence computation.

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


Perpendicular spin transfer torque MRAM memory cell with cap layer to achieve lower current density and increased write margin
Patent No. 10832750 

Inventor(s): Goran Mihajlovic (San Jose, CA), Jui-Lung Li (San Jose, CA), Tiffany Santos (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16283625 on 02/22/2019 (627 days app to issue)

Abstract: A perpendicular spin transfer torque MRAM memory cell includes a magnetic tunnel junction that has a free layer, a pinned layer and a tunnel barrier between the free layer and the pinned layer. The free layer has a switchable direction of magnetization perpendicular to the plane of the free layer. A cap layer is provided adjacent to the magnetic tunnel junction. The thickness of the cap layer is increased so that the cap layer acts as a heating layer, which results in a reduction of the current density during writing and increases the write margin. In some embodiments, a resistive heating layer is added to the memory cell, adjacent to the cap layer, in order to achieve the lower current density and increased write margin while also improving signal to noise ration during reading by eliminating shot noise.

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


Systems and methods for improving write preambles in DDR memory devices
Patent No. 10832760 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX), Gary L. Howe (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, P.C. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16690598 on 11/21/2019 (355 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device includes a data write circuitry. The data write circuitry is configured to capture a first write command received via an external input/output (I/O) interface. The data write circuitry is further configured to generate a first internal write start (InternalWrStart) in a data strobe (DQS) domain after capture of the first write command. The data write circuitry is additionally configured to write a first one or more data bits into at least one memory bank based on the first InternalWrStart, wherein the first InternalWrStart is generated internally in the memory device.

[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)


Single pulse memory operation
Patent No. 10832770 

Inventor(s): Ali Al-Shamma (San Jose, CA), Jeffrey Lee (Fremont, CA), Yadhu Vamshi Vancha (Rancho Cordova, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16352749 on 03/13/2019 (608 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for a single pulse memory operation. An electrical source is configured to generate an electrical pulse. A selector for a memory cell is configured to conduct an electrical pulse from an electrical source to a memory cell in response to the electrical pulse exceeding a threshold. A control circuit is configured to maintain at least an operational level for the electrical pulse for a predefined time period to perform an operation on the memory cell.

[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)


Negative voltage wordline methods and systems
Patent No. 10832778 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (San Jose, CA), Huai-yuan Tseng (San Jose, CA), Xiang Yang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16455872 on 06/28/2019 (501 days app to issue)

Abstract: A methodology and structure for driving a selected wordline to a negative voltage without the need for a negative wordline voltage generator. The methodology includes the step of boosting a non-selected wordline to a first positive voltage. The methodology proceeds with holding a selected wordline, which is adjacent to and capacitively coupled with the non-selected wordline, at zero voltage. The methodology continues with floating the selected wordline. The methodology proceeds with driving the non-selected wordline to a lower voltage to shift the selected wordline to less than zero volts due to capacitance effects. The methodology continues with the step of accelerating charge loss in a defective memory cell connected to the selected wordline while at a negative voltage during a soft erase operation.

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


Non-volatile memory with countermeasure for program disturb including purge during precharge
Patent No. 10832785 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (Fremont, CA), Dengtao Zhao (Santa Clara, CA), Nan Lu (San Jose, CA), Peng Zhang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16840156 on 04/03/2020 (221 days app to issue)

Abstract: Program disturb is a condition that includes the unintended programming of a memory cell while performing a programming process for other memory cells. Such unintended programming can cause an error in the data being stored. In some cases, program disturb can result from electrons trapped in the channel being accelerated from one side of a selected word line to another side of the selected word line and redirected into the selected word line. To prevent such program disturb, it is proposed to open the channel from one side of a selected word line to the other side of the selected word line after a sensing operation for program verify and prior to a subsequent programming voltage being applied.

[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)


Apparatuses and methods for adjusting victim data
Patent No. 10832792 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX), Jason M. Brown (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16459507 on 07/01/2019 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: Addresses of accessed word lines are stored. Data related to victim word lines associated with the accessed word line are also stored. The victim word lines may have data stored in relation to multiple accessed word lines. The data related to the victim word lines is adjusted when the victim word line is refreshed during a targeted refresh operation or an auto-refresh operation. The data related to the victim word lines is adjusted when the victim word line is accessed during a memory access operation.

[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)


Medical labeling system and method of use
Patent No. 10832806 

Inventor(s): Peter S. Baek (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15928055 on 03/21/2018 (965 days app to issue)

Abstract: A labeling system for creating labels for medicine containers. The system includes a label printer having an interior area configured to carry a plurality of printing sheets therein; a scanner in data communication with the label printer, the scanner having a reader to scan a drug administer barcode and a drug barcode; and a label sheet printed by the label printer, the label sheet having a plurality of labels adhesively bonded thereto, the label printer being configured to print onto the plurality of labels data information scanned from the administrator barcode and the drug barcode. The label sheet includes a first label having an image corresponding to a part of a body; and a second label having the image of the first label. NULL


Dynamic resource allocation for sensor devices on a mixed-infrastructure network
Patent No. 10834015 

Inventor(s): Venkata S. Amulothu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16585943 on 09/27/2019 (410 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and associated systems for on-demand bandwidth allocation on a mixed-infrastructure network in response to continuously changing populations of sensor devices. Sensors autonomously add themselves to or delete themselves from sensor clusters available to the network. A physical cluster controller detects each change, identifies resulting changes in a cluster”s bandwidth requirements, and stores this information in a local database. If a sensor-population change satisfies a triggering condition, the controller requests that a network-management component of the network adjust the controller”s bandwidth allocation. The network-management component aggregates this and similar requests from all connected controllers in a global database, and when controller bandwidth requirements satisfy a second triggering condition, the component, using a standard API, asks the network-management component to reprovision the component”s virtual bandwidth allocation. The component then distributes the adjusted bandwidth among its sensor-cluster controllers, which in turn allocate their adjusted bandwidths among their sensor devices.

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


Public service network job processing
Patent No. 10834140 

Inventor(s): Darryl Chalmers (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Amazon Technologies, Inc. (Seattle, WA)
Law Firm: Thorpe North Western, LLP. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16391274 on 04/22/2019 (568 days app to issue)

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

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


Transaction log acceleration
Patent No. 10834224 

Inventor(s): Dhananjoy Das (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler Bean Adamson, PC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15996308 on 06/01/2018 (893 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for transaction log acceleration. A log module is configured to determine transaction log records indicating a sequence of operations performed on data. A commit module is configured to send transaction log records to one or more volatile memory pages accessible over a network. Volatile memory pages are configured to ensure persistence of transaction log records. A storage module is configured to send transaction log records to a non-volatile storage device in response to an acknowledgment that one or more volatile memory pages store the transaction log records.

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


 

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Hearing protection device
Patent No. 10828201 

Inventor(s): Kirk Herring (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Brennan, Manna Diamond, LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15911621 on 03/05/2018 (981 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hearing protection device for attaching to a wearable article. The device comprises a housing, a recoil assembly, a cord, and a pair of ear engaging components. The device further comprises a mounting component for attaching the device to the wearable article such as a baseball cap or a helmet. A user may extend the pair of ear engaging components out of or away from the housing for use, and retract the pair of ear engaging components back toward or into the housing when no longer needed. When not in use, the device remains attached to the wearable article so that it is convenient to access when needed.

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


Self-healing metal structures
Patent No. 10830544 

Inventor(s): Naoya Take (Canton, MI), Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16176121 on 10/31/2018 (741 days app to issue)

Abstract: A self-healing metal structure is provided for transferring heat between an electronics component and a substrate. The self-healing metal structure includes a base metal structural component. A phase change material is provided adjacent at least a portion of the base metal structural component. A protective component at least partially encapsulates the phase change material. Upon the presence of a spatial defect in the base metal structural component, the phase change material reacts with the base structural component to form an intermetallic compound to at least partially occupy the spatial defect. The phase change material at least partially encapsulated with the protective component may be disposed within the base metal structural component as a plurality of separate capsules incorporated therein, or the phase change material at least partially surrounds the base metal structural component.

[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]


Adaptive manufacturing table
Patent No. 10832835 

Inventor(s): Daniel Garcia (Denton, TX), Travis D. Doolittle (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Safran Seats USA LLC (Gainesville, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14907090 on 07/22/2014 (2303 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described is an adaptive manufacturing table ([b]100[/b]) including a structural frame assembly ([b]300[/b]), a moveable table assembly ([b]400[/b]) including a table surface ([b]130[/b]), and a projector ([b]101[/b]) such that the projector ([b]101[/b]) is rigidly mounted to the structural frame assembly ([b]300[/b]). The projector ([b]101[/b]) may be configured to directly project an image onto the table surface ([b]130[/b]).

[H01B] CABLES; CONDUCTORS; INSULATORS; SELECTION OF MATERIALS FOR THEIR CONDUCTIVE, INSULATING OR DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES (selection for magnetic properties H01F 1/00; waveguides H01P)


Interlocking nest wafer protector
Patent No. 10832927 

Inventor(s): Albert Winston Dulay Escusa (Garland, TX), Lorence S. Pareja (Garland, TX), William Casuga Nisperos (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14974166 on 12/18/2015 (1789 days app to issue)

Abstract: An interlocking ring wafer separator for reducing particles during shipment of integrated circuit wafers has a wafer shelf, an interlocking tab which prevents the edge of the wafer from coming into contact with the inner wall of the wafer shipping container, and an interlocking slot into which the interlocking tab of a second interlocking ring wafer separator may be inserted locking the two interlocking ring wafer separators together in the coin stacked wafers.

[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]


Environmental protection for wafer level and package level applications
Patent No. 10832984 

Inventor(s): Andrew Ketterson (Dallas, TX), Christo Bojkov (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16743345 on 01/15/2020 (300 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes the steps of fabricating one or more semiconductor devices on a semiconductor wafer and depositing one or more conformal organic environmental protection layers over the semiconductor wafer using a vapor deposition process. By depositing the one or more conformal organic environmental protection layers using a vapor deposition process, thin film conformal organic environmental protection layers may be provided that offer excellent protection against water and oxygen ingress, thus increasing the ruggedness and reliability of the resulting semiconductor die.

[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]


Leadless packaged device with metal die attach
Patent No. 10832991 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Nazila Dadvand (Richardson, TX), Sreenivasan Koduri (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16404958 on 05/07/2019 (553 days app to issue)

Abstract: A leadless packaged semiconductor device includes a metal substrate having at least a first through-hole aperture having a first outer ring and a plurality of cuts through the metal substrate to define spaced apart metal pads on at least two sides of the first through-hole aperture. A semiconductor die that has a back side metal (BSM) layer on its bottom side and a top side with circuitry coupled to bond pads is mounted top side up on the first outer ring. A metal die attach layer is directly between the BSM layer and walls of the metal substrate bounding the first through-hole aperture that provides a die attachment that fills a bottom portion of the first through-hole aperture. Bond wires are between metal pads and the bond pads. A mold compound is also provided including between adjacent ones of the metal pads.

[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]


Packaged multichip device with stacked die having a metal die attach
Patent No. 10832993 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Nazila Dadvand (Richardson, TX), Sreenivasan Koduri (Allex, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16408108 on 05/09/2019 (551 days app to issue)

Abstract: A leadless multichip semiconductor device includes a metal substrate having a through-hole aperture with an outer ring for holding a bottom semiconductor die with an inner row and an outer row of metal pads. The bottom semiconductor die has a back side metal (BSM) layer on its bottom side and a top side with bond pads mounted top side up on the ring. A metal die attach layer is directly between the BSM layer and walls of the metal substrate providing a die attachment that fills a bottom portion of the aperture. Bond wires are between the inner metal pads and the bond pads. A top semiconductor die has top bond pads mounted top side up on a dielectric adhesive on the bottom semiconductor die. Pins connect the top bond pads to the outer metal pads. A mold compound provides isolation between adjacent ones of the metal pads.

[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]


Interconnect for electronic device
Patent No. 10833036 

Inventor(s): Christopher Daniel Manack (Flower Mound, TX), Patrick Francis Thompson (Allen, TX), Rakshit Agrawal (Lewisville, TX), Stefan Herzer (Marzling, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16233841 on 12/27/2018 (684 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor die includes a substrate and an integrated circuit provided on the substrate and having contacts. An electrically conductive layer is provided on the integrated circuit and defines electrically conductive elements electrically connected to the contacts. Electrically conductive interconnects coupled with respective electrically conductive elements. The electrically conductive interconnects have at least one of different sizes or shapes from one another.

[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 including a deformation-resistant edge seal structure and methods for making the same
Patent No. 10833100 

Inventor(s): Akio Nishida (Yokkaichi, , JP), Kenji Sugiura (Yokkaichi, , JP), Mitsuteru Mushiga (Kuwana, , JP), Yuji Fukano (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16816552 on 03/12/2020 (243 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vertically alternating stack of insulating layers and dielectric spacer material layers is formed over a semiconductor substrate. The vertically alternating stack is patterned into a first alternating stack located at a center region of a memory die and a second alternating stack that laterally encloses the first alternating stack. Memory stack structures are formed through the first alternating stack, and portions of the dielectric spacer material layers in the first alternating stack are replaced with electrically conductive layers while maintaining the second alternating stack intact. At least one metallic wall structure is formed through the second alternating stack. An edge seal assembly is provided, which includes at least one vertical stack of metallic seal structures. Each vertical stack of metallic seal structures vertically extends contiguously from a top surface of the semiconductor substrate to a bonding-side surface of the memory die, and includes a respective metallic wall structure.

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


Three-dimensional memory device with horizontal silicon channels and method of making the same
Patent No. 10833101 

Inventor(s): Hiroyuki Ogawa (Nagoya, , JP), Satoru Mayuzumi (Cupertino, CA), Shigeki Shimomura (Cuptertino, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16291673 on 03/04/2019 (617 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vertically alternating sequence of multi-fingered silicon-germanium layers and multi-fingered silicon layers is formed over a substrate. The multi-fingered silicon-germanium layers include silicon-germanium wires, and the multi-fingered silicon layers include silicon wires. Tubular memory films and multi-fingered gate electrodes are formed. Each gate electrode includes a respective gate electrode bar which overlies the silicon wires and a respective set of vertically-extending gate electrode fingers which is adjoined to a bottom portion of the respective gate electrode bar and spaced apart by the silicon wires. The multi-fingered silicon-germanium layers are removed selective to multi-fingered silicon layers. First active regions are formed at an end portion of each of the silicon wires. Second active regions are formed on silicon plate portions of the multi-fingered silicon layers.

[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]


Roadway heat absorption system for battery heating
Patent No. 10833305 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey D. Gaither (Brighton, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16102568 on 08/13/2018 (820 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for warming a battery of a vehicle. The battery is configured to power a motor of the vehicle. The system includes a vent located below the battery and within an opening in the bottom surface of the vehicle, the vent configured to be in an open state or a closed state, the opening being substantially open when the vent is in the open state and the opening being substantially covered when the vent is in the closed state. The system includes an electronic control unit (ECU) coupled to the vent and the battery and configured to determine whether a temperature of the battery is below a threshold temperature, and cause the vent to move from the closed state to the open state when the temperature of the battery is below the threshold temperature to allow the battery to directly absorb heat radiated from the ground surface.

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


Electrical outlet cover with integrated lighting
Patent No. 10833460 

Inventor(s): Donnye Winship (Dallas, TX), Michael O”Reilly (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): O”REILLY WINSHIP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16834803 on 03/30/2020 (225 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lighting device and system having a faceplate and a backplate. The faceplate or the backplate may have an arm or a set of arms having electrical conductors to connect or couple to the electrical contact points of an outlet, plug, or switch. The electrical conductors can receive a voltage from a voltage source such as an AC voltage source. A voltage regulation circuit may provide for the regulation or conversion of the voltage source. A switch can allow for a control circuit connected to the voltage regulation circuit to be bypassed or switch from one operational mode to another operational mode. The operational modes may be in an emergency lighting mode, and a nightlight mode. The voltage source can be connected to a light source or sensor through the control circuit or the switch, and the light source may be activated based on the output of the sensor.

[H02G] INSTALLATION OF ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES, OR OF COMBINED OPTICAL AND ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES (insulated conductors or cables with arrangements for facilitating mounting or securing H01B 7/40; distribution points incorporating switches H02B; guiding telephone cords H04M 1/15; cable ducts or mountings for telephone or telegraph exchange installations H04Q 1/06)


Pyro-fuse circuit
Patent No. 10833499 

Inventor(s): Taraka Rama Chandra Reddy Kambham (Freising, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16018759 on 06/26/2018 (868 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus and method for controlling a pyro-fuse. A pyro-fuse control system includes a current sensing circuit and a diagnostic circuit. The current sensing circuit is configured to determine whether the current flowing in conductor exceeds a threshold current. The diagnostic circuit is coupled to the current sensing circuit. The diagnostic circuit is configured to determine whether an indication of current exceeding the threshold current generated by the current sensing circuit is caused by current flowing the conductor and is not caused by a fault in the current sensing circuit.

[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)


Reverse voltage recovery circuit
Patent No. 10833501 

Inventor(s): Justin Patrick Vogt (Plano, TX), Michael James Mills (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15801925 on 11/02/2017 (1104 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power circuit having a reverse voltage recovery boost circuit that speeds up a recovery time of the power circuit after a reverse voltage condition has cleared is provided. The power circuit includes a reverse voltage detector that detects the reverse voltage condition. After the reverse voltage condition clears, the reverse voltage recovery boost circuit transfers a portion of power to one transistor that is stored in another transistor thereby transitioning the one transistor from a non-conductive state to a conductive state, which allows a transfer of power from the input voltage to the output voltage.

[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)


Systems and methods for high efficiency power conversion
Patent No. 10833529 

Inventor(s): Kevin E. Linehan (Rowlett, TX), Morgan C. Kurk (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Fogg Powers LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16340673 on 10/05/2017 (1132 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for high efficiency power conversion are provided. In one embodiment, a high efficiency electric power converter circuit comprises: an electric power converter that provides a first electric power output; a storage device that provides a second electric power output; and a power arbitrating switch that receives the first and second electric power outputs and selectively supplies a third electric power output using at least one of the first electric power output and the second electric power output. The switch is configured with a first sensor to measure a charge level of the device and with a second sensor to measure a power demand drawn from the third electric power output. The power arbitrating switch switches the third electric power output between being supplied from the first electric power output and being supplied from the second electric power output based on the power demand and the charge level.

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


Circuit and method for jitter generation in quasi-resonant converter
Patent No. 10833578 

Inventor(s): Wei Chuan Su (Taipei, , TW)
Assignee(s): Diodes Incorporated (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16667585 on 10/29/2019 (378 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Quasi-Resonant (QR) converter includes a power switch controlling the primary current flow and a time-varying capacitance coupled in parallel to the power switch. The time-varying capacitance is configured to add a frequency jitter to the frequency switch of the 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]


Scalable switched capacitor integrated buck (SCIB) regulator for high conversion step down application
Patent No. 10833585 

Inventor(s): Sombuddha Chakraborty (Redwood City, CA), Yichao Tang (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16207051 on 11/30/2018 (711 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein is a technology for implementing a scalable SCIB regulator for high conversion step down application. Particularly, the SCIB is configured to include stacked input switch circuits with parallel-connected output switch circuits. The input switch circuits are stacked with or without DC shift switch circuits in between. Furthermore, the input voltage is stepped down to a biasing voltage by input switch circuits and then is regulated to one or more output voltages having one or more independent and predetermined values by output switch circuits. The input switch circuits, output switch circuits and DC shift switch circuits can be modified for scalable power capability and ease of control and manufacturing.

[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]


Single-stage DC-DC power converter
Patent No. 10833591 

Inventor(s): Arturo Silva (Allen, TX), Jouni Uusitalo (Rockwall, TX), Loc Ngo (Carrollton, TX), Richard Yeager (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): ABB Power Electronics Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15657786 on 07/24/2017 (1205 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power converter is provided. The power converter includes an input side having a first input winding and a second input winding coupled in electrical series to the first input winding. The power converter also includes an output side having a first output winding and a second output winding coupled in electrical parallel to the first output winding.

[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]


Acoustic management in integrated circuit using phononic bandgap structure
Patent No. 10833648 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Daniel Lee Revier (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15792591 on 10/24/2017 (1113 days app to issue)

Abstract: An encapsulated integrated circuit is provided that includes an integrated circuit (IC) die. A phonon device is fabricated on the IC die that is configured to emit or to receive phonons that have a range of ultrasonic frequencies. An encapsulation material encapsulates the IC die. A phononic bandgap structure is included within the encapsulation material that is configured to have a phononic bandgap with a frequency range that includes at least a portion of the range of ultrasonic frequencies. A phononic channel is located in the phononic bandgap structure between the phonon device and a surface of the encapsulated IC.

[H03H] IMPEDANCE NETWORKS, e.g. RESONANT CIRCUITS; RESONATORS (measuring, testing G01R; arrangements for producing a reverberation or echo sound G10K 15/08; impedance networks or resonators consisting of distributed impedances, e.g. of the waveguide type, H01P; control of amplification, e.g. bandwidth control of amplifiers, H03G; tuning resonant circuits, e.g. tuning coupled resonant circuits, H03J; networks for modifying the frequency characteristics of communication systems H04B)


Circuits with low-pass filters and differential amplifiers
Patent No. 10833663 

Inventor(s): Michael Schultz (Munich, , DE), Robert Callaghan Taft (Munich, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORTED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16509526 on 07/12/2019 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit comprises a first set of serially-connected inverters comprising an input port, the first set of serially-connected inverters comprising a first subset of serially-connected inverters, the first subset of serially-connected inverters odd in number and comprising an input port and an output port; a first low-pass filter comprising an input port coupled to the output port of the first subset of serially-connected inverters, and an output port; a second low-pass filter comprising an input port coupled to the input port of the first subset of serially-connected inverters, and an output port; and a first differential amplifier comprising a first input port coupled to output port of the first low-pass filter, a second input port coupled to the output port of the second low-pass filter, and an output port coupled to the input port of the first set of serially-connected inverters.

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


Phase error correction for clock signals
Patent No. 10833665 

Inventor(s): Jianfeng Jiang (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16551263 on 08/26/2019 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-phase clock generator circuit includes a phase reference generator circuit configured to generate a phase reference signal in response to a phase selection signal and a peak ramp signal. A phase error correction circuit is configured to provide an error signal based on a synchronization clock signal and a multi-phase clock signal. The error signal is applied to the phase reference signal to correct for phase errors in the multi-phase clock signal. A comparator is configured to compare a ramp signal and the phase reference signal to produce the multi-phase clock signal.

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


Linearized wide tuning range oscillator using magnetic balun/transformer
Patent No. 10833685 

Inventor(s): Sudipto Chakraborty (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Scully, Scott, Murphy Presser, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16445898 on 06/19/2019 (510 days app to issue)

Abstract: A voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) circuit and method achieves linearized frequency tuning over an extended range of analog tuning voltage by implementing a magnetic balun/transformer for biasing and coupling varactor elements. An active negative transconductance circuit of cross-coupled transistors have drains connected with a resonant tank circuit and at least a first varactor element having ends connected to respective first ends of respective first coils of a respective first and second magnetic balun. Respective second ends of respective first coils of respective first and second baluns are connected to a first reference supply voltage. A second varactor element has ends connecting respective first ends of respective second coils of said first and second baluns. A sinking of a bias current through the resonant tank circuit and the transconductance circuit generates an oscillating signal. A calibration method achieves precise VCO gain over wide tuning voltage range, thereby enhancing VCO linearity.

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


Kickback compensation for a capacitively driven comparator
Patent No. 10833690 

Inventor(s): Anukruti Chakraborty (Bengaluru, , IN), Minkle Eldho Paul (Bengaluru, , IN), Yujendra Mitikiri (Hyderabad, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16654062 on 10/16/2019 (391 days app to issue)

Abstract: An analog-to-digital converter (ADC) includes a comparator, a voltage reference circuit, a first capacitive digital-to-analog converter (CDAC), and a second CDAC. The first CDAC includes a plurality of capacitors. Each of the capacitors of the first CDAC includes a top plate coupled to a first input of the comparator, and a bottom plate switchably coupled to an output of the voltage reference circuit. The second CDAC includes a plurality of capacitors. Each of the capacitors of the second CDAC includes a top plate coupled to a second input of the comparator, and a bottom plate switchably coupled to a ground reference.

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


Analog-to-digital converter
Patent No. 10833695 

Inventor(s): Zhenyong Zhang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16259165 on 01/28/2019 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes an analog-to-digital converter receiving input signals. One particular input signal has a particular analog value, and the analog-to-digital converter uses a fixed reference to convert the particular analog value to a particular digital value. The analog-to-digital converter uses the particular analog value as a reference for converting the analog values of the remaining input signals.

[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]


Mechanisms for reduced density CSI-RS
Patent No. 10833747 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16301219 on 05/15/2017 (1275 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to some embodiments, a method for use in a network node of transmitting channel state information reference signals (CSI-RS) comprises: transmitting, to the wireless device, an indication of the subset of PRBs that the wireless device should use to measure CSI-RS; and transmitting CSI-RS on the indicated subset of PRBs. According to some embodiments, a method for use in a wireless device of receiving CSI-RS comprises: receiving an indication of a subset of PRBs that the wireless device should use to measure CSI-RS associated with an antenna port; and receiving CSI-RS on the indicated subset of PRBs. In some embodiments, the indication of the subset of PRBs that the wireless device should use to measure CSI-RS comprises a density value and a comb offset.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Configuration sub-system for telecommunication systems
Patent No. 10833780 

Inventor(s): Ahmed H. Hmimy (Richardson, TX), Matthew Thomas Melester (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Andrew Wireless Systems GmbH (Buchdorf, , DE)
Law Firm: Fogg Powers LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15220147 on 07/26/2016 (1568 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects are directed to a configuration sub-system for telecommunication systems. The configuration sub-system can include a test signal generator, a power measurement device, at least one additional power measurement device, and a controller. The test signal generator can be integrated into components of a telecommunication system. The test signal generator can provide a test signal to a signal path of the telecommunication system. The power measurement device and the additional power measurement device can respectively be integrated into different components of the telecommunication system. The power measurement device and the additional power measurement device can respectively measure the power of the test signal at different measurement points in the signal path. The controller can normalize signals transmitted via the telecommunication system by adjusting a path gain for the signal path based on measurements from the power measurement device and the additional power measurement device.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Encryption system and method
Patent No. 10833850 

Inventor(s): Manish Nigam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16672962 on 11/04/2019 (372 days app to issue)

Abstract: A key management tool comprises a memory, an interface, a compatibility engine, a validation engine, a distribution engine, and a verification engine. The compatibility engine is configured to determine that the first device is compatible with the key management tool, the validation engine is configured to validate the first device, and the distribution engine is configured to communicate a first temporary key to the first device. The verification engine is configured to perform a first set of one or more checks on the first device after the first temporary key is communicated to the first device, the distribution engine is further configured to communicate a first permanent key to the first device if the first device passes the first set of one or more checks, and, subsequent to the communication of the first permanent key, the interface is configured to receive a request for a second permanent key.

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


Carrier sense multiple access (CSMA) protocols for power line communications (PLC)
Patent No. 10833890 

Inventor(s): Robert W. Liang (Frisco, TX), Shu Du (San Jose, CA), Xiaolin Lu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16154626 on 10/08/2018 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for carrier sense multiple access (CSMA) protocols for power line communications (PLC) are described. In some embodiments, a method may include performing a virtual carrier sensing operation and, in response to the virtual carrier sensing operation indicating that a communication channel is idle, calculating a contention window. The method may also include performing a physical carrier sensing operation subsequent to the virtual carrier sensing operation, the physical carrier sensing operation based, at least in part, upon the contention window. In response to the physical carrier sensing operation indicating that the communication channel is idle, the method may then include transmitting data over the channel. In other embodiments, another method may include determining that a data transmission is a unicast transmission and that an acknowledgement message has not been received. The method may further include incrementing a backoff parameter and repeating one or more carrier sense operations.

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


Receiver with selectable digital equalization filter options
Patent No. 10833895 

Inventor(s): Kalpesh Laxmanbhai Rajai (Bengaluru, , IN), Raghu Ganesan (Bengaluru, , IN), Saravanakkumar Swaminathan Radhakrishnan (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16575151 on 09/18/2019 (419 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a receiver having analog front-end circuitry and a digital signal processing (DSP) circuit. The DSP circuit is configured to select one of a plurality of digital equalization (DEQ) filter options and to perform DEQ operations based on the selected DEQ filter option, wherein the DSP circuit is configured to select one of the plurality of DEQ filter options based on a channel length estimate and a plurality of different sets of DEQ filter coefficients predetermined for different channel lengths.

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


Methods and apparatus to convert router configuration data
Patent No. 10833930 

Inventor(s): Gregory Blaine Adolphson (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16237693 on 01/01/2019 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus to convert configuration data associated with a first router are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a selector tool to identify a first port of a first router having a first set of data lines, and identify, via the selector tool, a second port of a second router to receive the first set of data lines to be migrated from the first port of the first router. The first router and the second router use different, incompatible configuration data formats. A data transceiver is to capture first port configuration data associated with the first port of the first router. A configuration data converter is to identify a type of interface associated with the captured first port configuration data and convert the captured first port configuration data from a first format compatible with the first router to a second format compatible with the second router based on the identified type of interface. A conversion file generator is to generate a configuration file containing the converted first port configuration data in the second format.

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


System and method for providing intelligent diagnostic support for cloud-based infrastructure
Patent No. 10833951 

Inventor(s): Hoang Huy Do (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16377024 on 04/05/2019 (585 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cloud infrastructure diagnostics system comprises a cloud state configuration module operative to define a cloud state model with respect to a cloud infrastructure, wherein the cloud state model comprises a structured collection of selected operational characteristics relative to the cloud infrastructure components. The cloud state model may include a definition of dependencies between the cloud infrastructure components where applicable. A cloud state monitoring module is operative, responsive to the cloud state model definition, to collect periodic cloud state updates with respect to the cloud infrastructure. A cloud state analysis module is operative, responsive to receiving the periodic cloud state updates, to perform: comparing one or more cloud state updates to a corresponding predefined set of reference states; and determining one or more notifications to be transmitted with respect to the operational characteristics of the cloud infrastructure components.

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


Configuration and/or deployment of a service based on location information and network performance indicators of network devices that are to be used to support the service
Patent No. 10833961 

Inventor(s): Priya Moczygemba (Sachse, TX), Sachindra K. Nalluri (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16455436 on 06/27/2019 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device receives a request for a service and identifies, based on information included in the request, a set of sites that include a set of network devices that are capable of being used to support the service. The device obtains network performance indicator (NPI) data that is associated with a subset of network devices, of the set of network devices, and that includes NPI values that satisfy a set of performance criteria. The device causes the NPI data to be made available via an interface accessible to a user. The device receives device selection data that specifies a plurality of network devices, of the subset of network devices, that have been selected by the user. The device causes cause the plurality of network devices to be configured in a manner that allows the plurality of network devices to support the service.

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


Integrated wireline and wireless access using software defined networking
Patent No. 10833978 

Inventor(s): Paul Edward Smith, Jr. (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16258853 on 01/28/2019 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated wireless and wireline access system that uses software defined networking is provided to deliver communication services to user equipment via a variety of network access technologies. The software defined networking system can dynamically choose which network access technology to use to deliver services to the user equipment based on network conditions, quality of service concerns, and user equipment context. The user equipment can have different addresses based on the network access technology, and the software defined networking can redirect communications that are directed to a first address associated with the device on a first network to a second address associated with the same device on a second network.

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


Self-driving packets with conditional commands
Patent No. 10834001 

Inventor(s): Alexander Clemm (Los Gatos, CA), Kiran Makhijani (Los Gatos, CA), Renwei Li (Fremont, CA), Uma S. Chunduri (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16124770 on 09/07/2018 (795 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mechanism is disclosed for implementing conditional commands carried by network data packets. A data flow including a data packet is received. The data packet includes a conditional command. A condition and a command are obtained from the conditional command. The mechanism determines that the condition is satisfied. Based on the determination that the condition is satisfied, the command is executed to alter handling of the data flow, alter handling of the data packet, or alter a context for the data flow.

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


Harvesting and distributing a certificate based on a DNS name
Patent No. 10834071 

Inventor(s): Bryan Adam Joyner (Plano, TX), David Joseph Robertson (Richardson, TX), Kelly Sue Morrison (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ZixCorp Systems, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15896655 on 02/14/2018 (1000 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to certain embodiments, a delivery manager comprises an interface and processing circuitry. The interface is configured to receive a certificate that a DNS associates with a DNS name of a first endpoint. The processing circuitry is configured to distribute the certificate to a second endpoint. The second endpoint is configured to store the certificate in a local memory of the second endpoint and, in response to a future determination to establish a connection with the first endpoint, use the certificate from the local memory of the second endpoint to establish transport layer security (TLS) for the connection.

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


Device discovery for cloud-based network security gateways
Patent No. 10834138 

Inventor(s): John Devasia (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Cambridge, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16101785 on 08/13/2018 (820 days app to issue)

Abstract: Among other things, this document describes systems, methods and devices for discovering and identifying client devices that attempt to access out-of-policy network services via a secure web gateway (or other network security gateway) that lacks visibility into the client network actual IP space. This is a common problem with cloud hosted SWG services that enforce access policy from outside of a customer network (e.g., external to an enterprise network), due to network address translation at the interface between the customer network and the public Internet where the cloud-hosted SWG resides. The teachings hereof address this problem. In one embodiment, a cloud hosted SWG can redirect a client to a bouncer device inside the customer network; that bouncer device can capture the actual client IP address.

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


System and method for utilizing customer data in a communication system
Patent No. 10834254 

Inventor(s): Christopher M. Lyman (Culver City, CA)
Assignee(s): Fonality, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dentons US LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15960347 on 04/23/2018 (932 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for utilizing customer data in a communication system are provided. In exemplary embodiments, customer records at a customer data warehousing system are accessed. Customer data from the customer records are extracted and associated with a customer identifier. The customer data is then stored to an indexed database, the extracted customer data being indexed according to the identifier. When an incoming communication is received, the communication system will determine a communication identifier of the incoming communication. A lookup and matching process is then performed using the communication identifier in the indexed customer information database. If a matching customer identifier is found, associated customer data may be retrieved and used to provide enhanced communication system services including communication routing and customer data alerts.

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


Video encoding
Patent No. 10834401 

Inventor(s): Prashanth N. Subramanya (Karnataka, , IN), Ramakrishna Adireddy (Andhra Pradesh, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16290256 on 03/01/2019 (620 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system can include a video processing engine to determine an estimated Quantization Parameter (QP) for a row of Coding Tree Units (CTUs) in a frame of a video. The processing engine can encode the row of CTUs in the frame of the video. A CTU in the row of CTUs can be encoded with a QP equal to the estimated QP. The system includes another video processing engine to determine an estimated QP for another row of CTUs of the frame of the video. The other processing engine can set a running QP to the estimated QP for the row of CTUs prior to the given video processor encoding a last CTU in the given row of CTUs. The other processing engine can further encode the other row of CTUs. CTUs encoded by the video processing engine and the other video processing engine can be stored in memory.

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


Deblocking filtering
Patent No. 10834427 

Inventor(s): Andrey Norkin (Solna, , SE), Kenneth Andersson (Gvle, , SE), Rickard Sjberg (Stockholm, , SE)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15921328 on 03/14/2018 (972 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of reducing blocking artifacts associated with pixels of a block boundary of an image. Pixel values of pixels from a first block and a neighboring block, being located on opposite sides of a block boundary, are evaluated. A first offset for the two pixels of each block located next to the block boundary is calculated, after which the first offset is compared to a first threshold value. If abs[first offset]first threshold, the pixel values of consecutive pixels from the first block and the pixel values of consecutive pixels from the second block are modified by applying normal filtering on the respective pixels, while if instead abs[first offset]=first threshold, the pixel values of consecutive pixels from the first block and the pixel values of consecutive pixels from the second block are modified by applying weak filtering or no filtering at all on the respective pixels.

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


Dynamically scheduling non-programming media items in contextually relevant programming media content
Patent No. 10834451 

Inventor(s): Wassim Samir Chaar (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Chip Law Group (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15865716 on 01/09/2018 (1036 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hardware media items scheduling and packaging system, which schedules and distributes channels to be viewed on a plurality of consumer devices, extracts contextual data from program-specific information associated with programming media content of a channel received from a distribution source device. A plurality of potential non-programming media items is determined for a plurality of users based on a match between a sentiment type of each of a plurality of non-programming media items and the extracted contextual data. Based on at least the extracted contextual data and the sentiment type of each of the plurality of potential non-programming media items, a plurality of candidate spots in the programming media content is determined. Based on at least a set of constraints and user estimation data associated with the plurality of users, a schedule of non-programming media item(s) is dynamically generated for at least one candidate spot in the programming media content.

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


Multi-path mitigation in rangefinding and tracking objects using reduced attenuation RF technology
Patent No. 10834531 

Inventor(s): Felix Markhovsky (Saratoga, CA), Truman Prevatt (Brooksville, FL)
Assignee(s): POLTE CORPORATION (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16517133 on 07/19/2019 (480 days app to issue)

Abstract: An autonomous system with no Customer Network Investment is described, wherein the system is configurable to operate on in a band in addition to the LTE band. Such system allows the definition of hybrid operations to accommodate the positioning reference signals (PRS) of LTE and already existing reference signals. The system can operate with PRS, with other reference signals such as cell-specific reference signals (CRS), or with both signal types. As such, the system provides the advantage of allowing network operator(s) to dynamically choose between modes of operation depending on circumstances, such as network throughput and compatibility. The system further enables information collected at a network device to be processed at a locate server without involving any processing at the network device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Wireless device and methods for use in a paging network
Patent No. 10834539 

Inventor(s): Robert M. Kennard (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): THL Holding Company, LLC (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Garlick Markison (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16837481 on 04/01/2020 (223 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless device includes a user interface that generates a pairing signal in response to an indication from a user to pair the wireless device to at least one remote device and generates a first location request signal in response to a second indication from a user to locate the at least one remote device. A short-range wireless transceiver communicates RF signals to pair the wireless device to the at least one remote device and that transmits a first RF paging signal to the at least one remote device in response to the location request signal.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods and systems for provisioning emergency numbers
Patent No. 10834565 

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P. C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16745167 on 01/16/2020 (299 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is provided a method and device for provisioning emergency number information on a user equipment. When a dialed number matches an emergency number from the provisioned emergency number information, the user equipment selects either the circuit switched domain or the packet switched domain and executes a call setup procedure for that domain.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for authentication sharing
Patent No. 10834594 

Inventor(s): Anjaneya Pericharla (Irving, TX), Sagar Mahurkar (Frisco, TX), Sanjay Ahuja (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16654475 on 10/16/2019 (391 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first device may discover, using a short-range wireless communication protocol, an authentication service advertised by a second device, and may establish, with the second device, a connection using the short-range wireless communication protocol. The first device may display, after establishing the connection with the second device, a first identifier, and may provide to the second device a confirmation request including the first identifier to permit the second device to determine whether a second identifier, input by a user into the second device, matches the first identifier. The first device may receive, from the second device, encrypted credentials to authenticate the user to access a service based on the second device determining whether the second identifier matches the first identifier. The first device may decrypt the encrypted credentials to obtain credentials, and may authenticate, using the credentials, the user to access the service.

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


Facilitating model-driven automated cell allocation in fifth generation (5G) or other advanced networks
Patent No. 10834608 

Inventor(s): Wei Yuan (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16513588 on 07/16/2019 (483 days app to issue)

Abstract: Facilitating model-driven automated cell allocation in advanced networks (e.g., 5G and beyond) is provided herein. Operations of a method can comprise determining, by a system comprising a processor, a solution to an integer programming problem based on input data associated with a network inventory and configuration data for network devices of a group of network devices included in a communications network. Also, the method can comprise determining, by the system, respective cell identities and respective root sequence index assignments for the network devices. Further, the method can comprise implementing, by the system, a deployment of the respective cell identities and respective root sequence index assignments at the network devices.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for transmitting a control signal to a self organizing network controller
Patent No. 10834616 

Inventor(s): Shomik Pathak (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16284795 on 02/25/2019 (624 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for transmitting a control signal to a self organizing network controller, are disclosed. For example, the method implemented via a processor receives a change, determines whether the change to at least one network element maintains an acceptable level for one or more service quality metrics based on a predicted service quality metric calculated using a modeling function, generates a control signal based on the determining, and transmits the control signal to the self organizing network controller to cause the self organizing network controller to configure the at least one network element in a communication network in accordance with the control signal.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Link aggregation for mesh networks
Patent No. 10834659 

Inventor(s): Farooq Khan (Allen, TX), Pravir Patel (Plano, TX), Robert Clark Daniels (Round Rock, TX)
Assignee(s): Phazr, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16292159 on 03/04/2019 (617 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for determining a route from a mesh network to an external network includes identifying route segments from a user equipment (UE) to the external network. The route segments comprise at least a first route segment from the UE to a first mesh access point (AP), a second route segment from the first mesh AP to the external network through a wide area cellular wireless network (WACWN), and a third route segment from the first mesh AP to the external network through an alternative network. The method further includes determining respective bandwidth of at least the first, second and third route segments and selecting the route based on the bandwidth of the first, second and third route segments, wherein the route comprises at least two of the route segments. The method also includes routing data between the UE and the external network via the selected route.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for uplink multi-antenna power control in a communications system
Patent No. 10834686 

Inventor(s): Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15472509 on 03/29/2017 (1322 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for uplink multi-antenna power control in a communications system are provided. A method for user equipment operations includes determining a transmit power level for transmit antennas of the user equipment having at least two transmit antennas, and setting a power amplifier output level for each of the at least two transmit antennas in accordance with a respective transmit power level.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for NR sidelink SS/PBCH block
Patent No. 10834708 

Inventor(s): Hongbo Si (Plano, TX), Li Guo (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16503409 on 07/03/2019 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a first UE comprises: determining a sidelink synchronization identity (SL-SID) and a set of resources; generating at least one sidelink synchronization signal and physical broadcast channel (S-SSB) based on the SL-SID and the set of resources, wherein each S-SSB of the at least one S-SSB includes first two symbols for a sidelink primary synchronization signal (S-PSS) and second two symbols for a sidelink secondary synchronization signal (S-SSS); generating a first sequence corresponding to the S-PSS, wherein the first sequence is determined based on a binary phase shift keying (BPSK) modulated M-sequence with a 127 of sequence length and a low cross-correlation with a PSS; generating a second sequence corresponding to the S-SSS, wherein the second sequence is determined based on a BPSK modulated Gold-sequence with a 127 of sequence length; and transmitting, the at least one S-SSB over sidelink channels established with the second UE.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method to deliver companion experiences to handheld devices
Patent No. 10834764 

Inventor(s): Kapildev Rathan (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16214751 on 12/10/2018 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device including a processing system including a processor, and a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processing system, facilitate performance of operations, where the operations include receiving an advertisement identifier; hashing the advertisement identifier, thereby creating a Bluetooth service identifier; transmitting device data including the Bluetooth service identifier in a Bluetooth transmission; and receiving content in a push notification, wherein a system associates the device data with the advertisement identifier to determine whether to create the push notification. Other embodiments are disclosed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for indicating coverage types for user devices in dual connectivity wireless networks
Patent No. 10834774 

Inventor(s): Esneyder Ospina (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16451715 on 06/25/2019 (504 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods described herein improve a customer experience for non-standalone celular networks by displaying a secondary cell group (SCG) network icon after data activity ends while a user device likely remains in SCG coverage. When connected to the SCG, the user device detects inactivity on the connection and initiates a first timer, based on the detecting, while continuing to present an SCG-related icon. If the first timer expires while the user device is in an idle state, the user device initiates a second timer, while continuing to present the SCG-related icon. If the user device detects an active connection before expiration of the second timer, the user device initiates a third timer while continuing to present the SCG-related icon. If the user device fails to detect a connection to the SCG before expiration of the third timer, a master cell group (MCG)-related icon is displayed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Hermetic chip on board
Patent No. 10834825 

Inventor(s): John M. Bedinger (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lando Anastasi, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16406774 on 05/08/2019 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: A low permeability laminate film includes one or more low moisture permeability homogeneous polymer films with a total thickness between 0.5 and ten mils without glass or ceramic fillers and with a moisture permeability measured at 37 C. and 100% RH of less than 2.6 E-05 atmccmm/in[superscript]2[/superscript]sec of air. The polymer film includes one of polychlorotrifluoroethylene, polytetrafluorethylene, fluorinated ethylene propylene, and perfluoro alkoxy alkane. The low permeability laminate film further includes a nanolaminate including alternate combinations of nanolaminate material that is selected from the group consisting of alumina, titanium dioxide, zirconium oxide, beryllium oxide, hafnium oxide, titanium oxide, silicon nitride, tantalum nitride, silica, parylene F, parylene AF-4, parylene HT and PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene). A resulting coated nanolaminate film has a moisture permeability less than an equivalent standard leak rate per square inch of 3.0 E-08 atmcc/in[superscript]2[/superscript]sec of air.

[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]


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Fabric with camouflage pattern
Patent No. D901187 

Inventor(s): Heath Niemi (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Middleton Reutlinger (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29685524 on 03/28/2019 (593 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Fabric with camouflage pattern
Patent No. D901188 

Inventor(s): Heath Niemi (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Middleton Reutlinger (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29685525 on 03/28/2019 (593 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Exercise mat
Patent No. D901209 

Inventor(s): Brittney Hall (Dallas, TX), Tyler Hall (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29689911 on 05/02/2019 (558 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Washer for use on a vehicle
Patent No. D901288 

Inventor(s): Jory Sprowl (Honey Grove, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX), Skylar Hagler (Anna, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29688096 on 04/18/2019 (572 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Washer for use on a vehicle
Patent No. D901289 

Inventor(s): Jory Sprowl (Honey Grove, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX), Skylar Hagler (Anna, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29688176 on 04/18/2019 (572 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Adjustable concave cover plate
Patent No. D901546 

Inventor(s): Brian Robertson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29673172 on 12/12/2018 (699 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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