Dallas Invents: 139 Patents Granted for Week of June 28

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

Patents granted include:
AMI Investments' remote monitoring of water distribution system
Avrio Genetics' transdermal patch with separated regions for delivery of immunomodulators
Cenergistic's building automation and control system modeling and reporting
Change Healthcare Holdings' augmented reality pharmacy system and method
DT Labs' apparatus for customer authentication of an item
Global E-Dentity's biometric authentication for an augmented reality or a virtual reality device
Lennox Industries' demand defrost with frost accumulation failsafe
Magic Leap's matching content to a spatial 3D environment
Salesboost's voice analysis training system
The Container Store's clothes hanger
Toyota's vehicle seat with morphing portions
Wells Fargo Banks' complaint prioritization

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 June 28, 2022 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES 12
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING 17
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY 2
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 5
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING 6
G: PHYSICS 43
H: ELECTRICITY 44

DESIGN: 9
REISSUE: 1


TOP ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 24
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 12
Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (Houston) 4
ATT Intellectual Property I L.P. (Atlanta GA) 3
Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte NC) 3
Raytheon Company (Waltham MA) 3
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 3
The Container Store Inc. (Coppell) 3
Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge NJ) 3

UNASSIGNED 14


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Jinsheng Lu (Guilin, , CN) 3
Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton) 3
Debasish Banerjee (Ann Arbor, MI) 2
Eric Berg (The Colony) 2
James M. Costanza (Flower Mound) 2
Jason Anthony Lochhead (Frisco) 2
Jory Sprowl (Honey Grove) 2
Madhukar Budagavi (Plano) 2
Michael P. Rowe (Pinckney, MI) 2
Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett) 2


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Patent information is provided by Joe Chiarella, founder of patent analytics company Patent Index and publisher of The Inventiveness IndexFor additional details on the patents granted below, search the USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database


UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Sound attenuation device
Patent No. 11369066 

Inventor(s): Darryl Stimpson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16506369 on 07/09/2019 (1085 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sound attenuation device for reducing noise generated by a leaf blower includes a shell, which is insulated and defines an interior space. A first cutout that is positioned in a front of the shell and a second cutout that extends from the front into a first side of the shell are shaped substantially complementarily to an engine compartment of a leaf blower and to a cross-sectional profile of a pipe of the leaf blower, respectively. The first cutout is configured to insert the engine compartment into the interior space so that the pipe extends from the shell through the second cutout. A coupler that is coupled to the shell proximate to the front is configured to couple the shell to the leaf blower so that the shell substantially encapsulates the engine compartment. The shell is configured to attenuate sound that is generated by an engine of the leaf blower. Patent Class: [A01G] HORTICULTURE; CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES, FLOWERS, RICE, FRUIT, VINES, HOPS, OR SEAWEED; FORESTRY; WATERING (picking of fruits, vegetables, hops, or the like A01D 46/00; plant reproduction by tissue culture techniques A01H 4/00; devices for topping or skinning onions or flower bulbs A23N 15/08; propagating unicellular algae C12N 1/12; plant cell culture C12N 5/00)


Ultralight belt, pocketbook, and footwear
Patent No. 11369158 

Inventor(s): Veronica Holland Graves (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16828478 on 03/24/2020 (826 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ultralight belt, ultralight crossbody strap, ultralight pocketbook, ultralight tote, ultralight backpack, and ultralight footwear, each having an endoskeletal structure having improved properties such stability, lightness, breathability, expandability, comfort, and/or superior biomechanical alignment and load/weight management distribution. Patent Class: [A41F] GARMENT FASTENINGS; SUSPENDERS


Suitcase with integrated garment bag
Patent No. 11369173 

Inventor(s): Ivory Johnson (Hutchins, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Haverstock Owens, A Law Corporation (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16376030 on 04/05/2019 (1180 days app to issue)

Abstract: A suitcase with an integrated garment bag is able to be used to neatly store items to prevent them from being wrinkled or otherwise disarranged. Patent Class: [A45C] PURSES; LUGGAGE; HAND CARRIED BAGS


Urine evaporation device for evaporating evaporative ingredients from urine
Patent No. 11369240 

Inventor(s): Lance McClendon (Midlothian, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Sherri Higgins Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16322714 on 08/01/2016 (2157 days app to issue)

Abstract: A urine evaporation device comprises an outer housing; a panel assembly comprising a panel, wherein the panel assembly is contained within the outer housing, and wherein the panel comprises a liquid-absorbent substance; a fluid inlet, wherein urine contacts the panel after flowing through the fluid inlet; and an evaporator, wherein the evaporator causes evaporative ingredients in the urine to evaporate. A method of evaporating evaporative ingredients in urine comprises flowing urine into a fluid inlet of the urine evaporation device; allowing the urine to contact the panel after flowing into the fluid inlet; and causing or allowing the evaporative ingredients in the urine to evaporate. Patent Class: [A47K] SANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (connecting to water supply or waste pipe, sinks E03C; water-closets E03D); TOILET ACCESSORIES (cosmetic equipment A45D)


Implants for spinal fixation and or fusion
Patent No. 11369419 

Inventor(s): Isador H. Lieberman (Plano, TX), Jeffrey B. Phelps (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): SI-Bone Inc. (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Shay Glenn LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16276430 on 02/14/2019 (1230 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention generally relates to bone implants. More specifically, the present invention relates to bone implants used for the fixation and or fusion of the sacroiliac joint and/or the spine. For example, a system for fusing and or stabilizing a plurality of bones is provided. The system includes an implant structure having a shank portion, a body portion and a head portion. The body portion is coupled to the shank portion and is configured to be placed through a first bone segment, across a bone joint or fracture and into a second bone segment. The body portion is configured to allow for bony on-growth, ingrowth and through-growth. The head portion is coupled to the proximal end of the shank portion and is configured to couple the shank portion to a stabilizing rod. Methods of use are also disclosed. Patent Class: [A61B] DIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION (analysing biological material G01N, e.g. G01N 33/48)


Artificial spinal disk prosthesis
Patent No. 11369420 

Inventor(s): Jeff Phelps (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): Globus Medical, Inc. (Audubon, PA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16865510 on 05/04/2020 (785 days app to issue)

Abstract: Intervertebral endoprosthesis discs suitable for surgical implantation between two vertebrae having and methods thereof. The prosthetic disc may have an endoprosthesis body including an anterior region and a posterior region designed to be positioned between a first vertebra and a second vertebra with a first and second movable insert positioned rotatably in anterior cavities and is rotatable to adjust the fasteners. Patent Class: [A61B] DIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION (analysing biological material G01N, e.g. G01N 33/48)


Lumbar traction device
Patent No. 11369505 

Inventor(s): Charles Wolfer (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16599199 on 10/11/2019 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lumbar traction device for treating a lower back of a user includes a shell that is coupled to and extends from a rear edge of a panel. The shell and the panel are configured to position on a seat and in abutment a backrest of a chair, respectively. A coupling means that extends through a front of the shell is coupled to a plate positioned in the shell. The coupling means is configured to couple to a torso of the user to couple the user to the plate. An actuator, which is positioned in the shell and operationally coupled to the plate, is positioned to selectively raise the plate relative to the seat of the chair. The coupling means is configured to transmit an upward force from the actuator to the torso of the user to place a lumbar region of a spine of the user in traction. Patent Class: [A47C] CHAIRS (seats specially adapted for vehicles B60N 2/00); SOFAS; BEDS (upholstery in general B68G)


Compact treatment, examination and waiting station
Patent No. 11369536 

Inventor(s): James Albert Lennon (Del Mar, CA)
Assignee(s): HKS, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Monty L Ross PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17153531 on 01/20/2021 (524 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device that adapts/upgrades an existing, or new medical facility to provide a method of examining and treating occupants in a safe, efficient manner which is one quarter the size of conventional examination and treatment spaces through the use of a system that utilizes a modular frame and compartments to organize medical utilities, services and equipment to be more space efficient than conventional examination and treatment spaces. The frame and compartments have a shaped surface that focuses acoustic energy to increase intelligibility between a caregiver and the occupant and at the same time reduce ambient acoustic energy propagation. Additionally, the device can be disassembled, moved and reassembled easily. Further, the surface over the compartments creates a safety barrier between expensive and delicate utilities that mitigates tampering, accidental damage and reduces the possibility of infectious disease transmission. Patent Class: [A61G] TRANSPORT, PERSONAL CONVEYANCES, OR ACCOMMODATION SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR PATIENTS OR DISABLED PERSONS (appliances for aiding patients or disabled persons to walk A61H 3/00); OPERATING TABLES OR CHAIRS; CHAIRS FOR DENTISTRY; FUNERAL DEVICES (embalming corpses A01N 1/00)


Cosmetic compositions and methods
Patent No. 11369562 

Inventor(s): Geetha Kalahasti (Addison, TX), Kim Wilson (Addison, TX), Lee Vickers (Addison, TX), Lisha VanPelt (Addison, TX), Michael Frushour (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16806751 on 03/02/2020 (848 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates generally to methods of use and compositions useful for treating skin. The composition includes a combination of one or more of [i]Butyrospermum parkii [/i](shea butter), PEG-50 shea butter, glycerin, [i]Helianthus annuus [/i](sunflower) seed oil, [i]Prunus armeniaca [/i](apricot) kernel oil, acrylates copolymer, sodium lauryl sulfate, lauramidopropyl betaine, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, glycerin, and polyquaternium-7. Patent Class: [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)


Transdermal patch with separated regions for delivery of immunomodulators
Patent No. 11369576 

Inventor(s): Jovan Hutton Pulitzer (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): AVRIO GENETICS LLC (Allentown, PA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15865001 on 01/08/2018 (1632 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for creating a consolidated compound for delivering an immunomodulatory and imiquimod to a patient, comprising diluting immunomodulator extract to a desired dilution by transferring a desired quantity of the concentrated immunomodulator to an associated sterile container, the associated sterile container having a defined volume of diluted immunomodulator after dilution thereof, providing a viscous encapsulation material, selecting a prescribed amount of concentrated immunomodulator, the prescribed amount defined as that amount of the diluted immunomodulator extract required to provide a number of doses equal to the number of dispensable increments from the container containing the viscous encapsulation material, introducing the selected amount of each of the diluted immunomodulator extract into the viscous encapsulation material, introducing an amount of imiquimod into the viscous encapsulation material, and mixing the introduced amount of each of the diluted immunomodulator extracts and the introduced amount of imiquimod with the viscous encapsulating material. Patent Class: [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)


Stimulation lead and method including a multi-dimensional electrode array
Patent No. 11369788 

Inventor(s): Cory Brinkman (Celina, TX), Jodi T. Dubuclet (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ADVANCED NEUROMODULATION SYSTEMS, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Small Patent Law Group LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15631127 on 06/23/2017 (1831 days app to issue)

Abstract: Stimulation lead includes an elongated lead body having distal and proximal ends and wire conductors extending therebetween. The stimulation lead also includes a lead paddle having a multi-dimensional array of electrodes positioned along a contact side of the lead paddle. The electrodes are electrically coupled to the wire conductors. The lead paddle includes a paddle body and a conductor organizer disposed within the paddle body. The conductor organizer has multiple channels extending along the lead paddle. The channels receive the wire conductors and retain the wire conductors in a designated arrangement with respect to the lead paddle. The conductor organizer has openings to the channels. The wire conductors extend through the openings and are terminated to the respective electrodes. Patent Class: [A61N] ELECTROTHERAPY; MAGNETOTHERAPY; RADIATION THERAPY; ULTRASOUND THERAPY (measurement of bioelectric currents A61B; surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body A61B 18/00; anaesthetic apparatus in general A61M; incandescent lamps H01K; infra-red radiators for heating H05B) [6]


Balancing exercise rod apparatus
Patent No. 11369825 

Inventor(s): Mary Holton (Seagoville, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17011044 on 09/03/2020 (663 days app to issue)

Abstract: A balancing exercise rod apparatus for working out while walking or jogging includes a grip bar having a left end and a right end. A pair of wheels is coupled to the grip bar. The pair of wheels includes a left wheel and a right wheel rotatably coupled to the left end and the right end of the grip bar, respectively. Each of the wheels has a hub rotatably coupled to the grip bar, a plurality of spokes extending from the hub, and a rim portion. The rim portion has an inner side, an outer side, an interior face, and an exterior face. The plurality of spokes extends from the hub to the interior face. A plurality of wheel weights is coupled to the pair of wheels. The plurality of wheel weights is coupled within the rim portion. Patent Class: [A63B] APPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT (apparatus for passive exercising, massage A61H)


Electronic cigarette with liquid reservoir
Patent No. RE049114 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Kyle D. Newton (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): JUUL Labs, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16359938 on 03/20/2019 (1196 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic cigarette including an housing that has a mouthpiece with an aerosol outlet, and an atomizer disposed within an atomizing chamber. The atomizer selectively generates an aerosol of the liquid in response to suction pressure at the aerosol outlet. The atomizing chamber has an air inlet, an atomizer outlet coupled to the aerosol outlet, and a first wick aperture. A liquid reservoir is disposed within the housing, which is sealably separated from the atomizing chamber. A wick disposed through the first wick aperture between the liquid reservoir and the atomizing chamber and it is configured to transfer the liquid by capillarity from the liquid reservoir to the atomizer. Patent Class: N/A


 

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Liquid filtration filter cap
Patent No. 11369902 

Inventor(s): Wes Russell (Bridgeport, TX)
Assignee(s): A. O. SMITH WATER TREATMENT (NORTH AMERICA), INC. (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17393202 on 08/03/2021 (329 days app to issue)

Abstract: A filter cap includes a first end and a second end facing away from the first end. A first cylindrical projection projects from the first end of the filter cap and a second cylindrical projection projects from the second end. An annular recess is formed around the first cylindrical projection. The second cylindrical projection includes at least one peripheral groove for an O-ring and a plurality of radially inward extending ridges. A passageway extends through the first and second projections. The passageway has a first dimension in the first projection, a second dimension greater than the first dimension in the second projection near a distal end of the second projection, and a third dimension smaller than the second dimension within the second projection between the plurality of ridges. Patent Class: [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]


Acoustic resonator device
Patent No. 11369960 

Inventor(s): David Doerr (Plano, TX), Matthew Wasilik (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo Biotechnologies, LLC (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16868092 on 05/06/2020 (783 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of fabricating a bulk acoustic wave resonator structure for a fluidic device. The methods can include a first step of disposing a first conductive material over a portion of a first surface of a substrate to form at least a portion of a first electrode, the substrate having a second surface opposite the first surface. Then, a piezoelectric material may be disposed over the first electrode. Next, a second conductive material can be disposed over the piezoelectric material to form at least a portion of a second electrode. The second conductive material extends substantially parallel to the first surface of the substrate and the second conductive material at least partially extends over the first conductive material. The overlapping region of the first conductive material, the piezoelectric material, and the second conductive material form a bulk acoustic wave resonator, the bulk acoustic wave resonator having a first side and an opposing second side. An acoustic energy management structure is then disposed over a first side of the bulk acoustic wave resonator. Next a third conductive material is disposed over a portion of the second conductive material that extends beyond the bulk acoustic wave resonator, wherein the third conductive material forms an interconnect extending above the acoustic energy management structure in a direction substantially perpendicular to the first surface of the substrate. Finally a portion of the second surface of the substrate is removed to Patent Class: [B01L] CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL LABORATORY APPARATUS FOR GENERAL USE (apparatus for medical or pharmaceutical purposes A61; apparatus for industrial purposes or laboratory apparatus whose construction and performance are comparable to that of similar industrial apparatus, see the relevant classes for industrial apparatus, particularly subclasses of B01 and C12; separating or distilling apparatus B01D; mixing or stirring devices B01F; atomisers B05B; sieves B07B; corks, bungs B65D; handling liquids in general B67; vacuum pumps F04; siphons F04F 10/00; taps, stop-cocks F16K; tubes, tube joints F16L; apparatus specially adapted for investigating or analysing materials G01, particularly G01N; electrical or optical apparatus, see the relevant classes in sections G and H)


Devices and methods for detecting analytes
Patent No. 11369967 

Inventor(s): Aditya Das (Arlington, TX), Purnendu Dasgupta (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Nexsen Pruet, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16855782 on 04/22/2020 (797 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cartridge comprises a housing; a sample mixing compartment disposed within the housing, the sample mixing compartment comprising: an activation pouch, and a sample collection region; and a gas transporter tube having a first end and a second end, the tube being disposed within the housing adjacent to the sample mixing compartment, wherein the sample mixing compartment is partially defined by a moveable door of the housing, the moveable door providing access to the sample mixing compartment when the door is in an open position and preventing access to the sample mixing compartment when the door is in a closed position; and wherein the door is configured to release contents of the activation pouch upon movement from the open position to the closed position. Patent Class: [B01L] CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL LABORATORY APPARATUS FOR GENERAL USE (apparatus for medical or pharmaceutical purposes A61; apparatus for industrial purposes or laboratory apparatus whose construction and performance are comparable to that of similar industrial apparatus, see the relevant classes for industrial apparatus, particularly subclasses of B01 and C12; separating or distilling apparatus B01D; mixing or stirring devices B01F; atomisers B05B; sieves B07B; corks, bungs B65D; handling liquids in general B67; vacuum pumps F04; siphons F04F 10/00; taps, stop-cocks F16K; tubes, tube joints F16L; apparatus specially adapted for investigating or analysing materials G01, particularly G01N; electrical or optical apparatus, see the relevant classes in sections G and H)


System for and method of by-product removal from a metal substrate
Patent No. 11370000 

Inventor(s): Allan Stanfield (Dallas, TX), Jon Loshinsky (Dallas, TX), Joseph Wayne Deskin (Dallas, TX), Preston Cray Smith (Dallas, TX), Ronnie Dwaine Phelps (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Nameplate Company, Inc. (Lancaster, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17371284 on 07/09/2021 (354 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for and method of removing residues, deposits, and debris from a substrate that has been marked by a chemical etching process is disclosed. The system includes one or more upper sprayers that deposit a cleaning solution to a top surface of the product as it passes beneath the one or more upper sprayers. The system further includes at least one upper brush that operates to scrub the top surface of the product after the cleaning solution has been applied thereto. The system optionally includes one or more lower sprayers and lower brushes to clean a bottom surface of the product as it is conveyed through the system. The system further includes an air knife system that assists with drying the product prior to exiting the system. The system further includes a controller that is operable to adjust various system parameters. Patent Class: [B08B] CLEANING IN GENERAL; PREVENTION OF FOULING IN GENERAL (brushes A46; devices for domestic or like cleaning A47L; separation of particles from liquids or gases B01D; separation of solids B03, B07; spraying or applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces in general B05; cleaning devices for conveyors B65G 45/10; concurrent cleaning, filling and closing of bottles B67C 7/00; inhibiting corrosion or incrustation in general C23; cleaning streets, permanent ways, beaches or land E01H; parts, details or accessories of swimming or splash baths or pools, specially adapted for cleaning E04H 4/16; preventing or removing electrostatic charges H05F)


Wheeled saw support apparatus
Patent No. 11370142 

Inventor(s): Dennis Westbrook (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16929476 on 07/15/2020 (713 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wheeled saw support apparatus for creating horizontal cuts in drywall and other vertical surfaces includes a base platform and a plurality of wheels is coupled to a base bottom side. A pair of side supports is coupled to a base top side adjacent a base front side. The pair of side supports comprises a left side support and a right side support coupled adjacent a base left side and a base right side, respectively. A pair of crossbars is coupled to the pair of side supports with each crossbar extending between a support inner side of each side support. A plurality of mounting clamps is coupled to the pair of crossbars. The plurality of mounting clamps secures a circular saw to the pair of crossbars. Patent Class: [B27B] SAWS FOR WOOD OR SIMILAR MATERIAL; COMPONENTS OR ACCESSORIES THEREFOR (saws specially adapted for pruning or debranching A01G 3/08; sawing apparatus specially adapted for felling trees A01G 23/091; features not restricted to a particular type of wood saw B23D, e.g. attaching saw blades B23D 51/00; machine tool frames, beds, pillars or like members, in general B23Q 1/01) [5]


Changing a density of a nanofiber sheet using an edged surface
Patent No. 11370191 

Inventor(s): Julia Bykova (Richardson, TX), Marcio D. Lima (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): LINTEC OF AMERICA, INC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Greenblum Bernstein, P.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16044739 on 07/25/2018 (1434 days app to issue)

Abstract: A density of a nanofiber sheet can be changed using an edged surface, and in particular an arcuate edged surface. As described herein, a nanofiber sheet is drawn over (and in contact with) an arcuate edged surface. Depending on whether the arcuate surface facing a direction opposite the direction in which the nanofiber sheet is being drawn is convex or concave determines whether the nanofiber sheet density is increased relative to the as-drawn sheet or decreased relative to the as-drawn sheet. Patent Class: [B32B] LAYERED PRODUCTS, i.e. PRODUCTS BUILT-UP OF STRATA OF FLAT OR NON-FLAT, e.g. CELLULAR OR HONEYCOMB, FORM


Wheel assembly
Patent No. 11370248 

Inventor(s): Desmond D”Keith Dixon (DeSoto, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Plager Schack LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16600745 on 10/14/2019 (988 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wheel assembly is configured to display graphic designs and digital information. The wheel assembly has a wheel, joined to a spinner hub with a spinner base. A weight is joined to a spinner base lower portion. A spacer is joined to the spinner base above the weight. A bracket is joined to the spinner base and arranged against the spacer. A mobile device is housed within the bracket. A cover plate is joined to the spinner base, and further comprises a central opening with graphic designs that surrounds the bracket. As the wheel rotates, the weight causes the spinner base rotate opposite the wheel thus maintaining the mobile device in a stable position so that the mobile device displays the digital information. Patent Class: [B60B] VEHICLE WHEELS (making wheels or wheel parts by rolling B21H 1/00, by forging, hammering or pressing B21K 1/28); CASTORS; AXLES FOR WHEELS OR CASTORS; INCREASING WHEEL ADHESION


Method for determining recirculation mode in vehicles
Patent No. 11370269 

Inventor(s): Sarang Goel (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16840355 on 04/04/2020 (815 days app to issue)

Abstract: Automotive Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning system includes a recirculation mode to control movement of cabin air in vehicle. Air is recirculated within the vehicle cabin space when the vehicle recirculation mode is on. Air is drawn from outside when the recirculation mode is turned off. Because of the buildup of carbon dioxide (CO2) inside the vehicle, the vehicle needs regular ventilation to maintain low CO2 levels in the vehicle cabin space. A method is described for determining and communicating recirculation mode in a vehicle for improving cabin air quality. The method comprises of capturing an image or video of the traffic ahead of the vehicle using a dashboard or windshield mounted smartphone camera or a vehicle camera, followed by analyzing the image or video of traffic to determine traffic condition as the weighted sum of the sizes of vehicles detected in traffic. The method further comprises of acquiring the number of vehicle occupants and vehicle speed, determining outside air acceptability state based on the traffic condition and the vehicle speed, determining carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the vehicle cabin space based on the number of vehicle occupants present, determining the final recirculation mode based on the outside air acceptability state and the CO2 levels in the vehicle cabin space, and communicating the final recirculation mode to the vehicle controller or vehicle occupant. Patent Class: [B60H] ARRANGEMENTS OR ADAPTATIONS OF HEATING, COOLING, VENTILATING, OR OTHER AIR-TREATING DEVICES SPECIALLY FOR PASSENGER OR GOODS SPACES OF VEHICLES


Vehicle seat with morphing portions
Patent No. 11370330 

Inventor(s): Brian J. Pinkelman (Ann Arbor, MI), Mark A. Gummin (Silverton, OR), Ryohei Tsuruta (Ann Arbor, MI), Umesh N. Gandhi (Farmington Hills, 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: 16361856 on 03/22/2019 (1194 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle seat can be configured to selectively provide support to a vehicle occupant in conditions when lateral acceleration is experienced. An actuator can be located within the vehicle seat. When activated, the actuator cause a portion of the seat to morph into an activated configuration. The actuator can be activated based on vehicle speed, steering angle, and/or lateral acceleration. The actuator can include end members connected by a shape memory material connecting member. Actuator blocks with sliding surfaces can be located between the end members. The actuator can be configured such that, in response to an activation input, the shape memory material connecting member contracts, which draws the end members toward each other and causes corresponding sliding surfaces of the plurality of actuator blocks to engage and slide relative to each other. In this way, the actuator morphs into an activated configuration in which its overall height increases. Patent Class: [B60N] VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (furniture construction A47)


Systems and methods for actuating pillows including actuating muscles
Patent No. 11370340 

Inventor(s): Michael P. Rowe (Pinckney, MI), Ryohei Tsuruta (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: 16931569 on 07/17/2020 (711 days app to issue)

Abstract: An actuating pillow includes a pillow body and a plurality of artificial muscles arranged within the pillow body. Each of the artificial muscles includes a housing having an electrode region and an adjacent expandable fluid region, an electrode pair positioned in the electrode region of the housing, and a dielectric fluid housed within the housing. The plurality of artificial muscles are configured to actuate from a non-actuated state to an actuated state, actuation from the non-actuated state to the actuated state directs the dielectric fluid into the expandable fluid region and increases a height of the pillow body. Patent Class: [B60N] VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (furniture construction A47)


Cloaking devices with tilt correction and vehicles comprising the same
Patent No. 11370358 

Inventor(s): Debasish Banerjee (Ann Arbor, MI), Kyu-Tae Lee (Ann Arbor, MI), Songtao Wu (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: 15959789 on 04/23/2018 (1527 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cloaking device comprises an object-side, an image-side, a cloaked region between the object-side and the image-side. An object-side optical component and an object-side tilt correction (TC) component are positioned on the object-side, and an image-side optical component and an image-side TC component are positioned on the image-side. The cloaking device is tilted relative to an object positioned on the object-side such that light from the object is incident on the cloaking device at an acute angle. The object-side TC component redirects light from the object incident on the cloaking device such that the light propagates through the cloaking device generally normal to the object-side and image-side optical components. The image-side TC component redirects light propagating through the cloaking device back to normal to the object to form an image of the object on the image-side of the cloaking device which, if not for the TC components, would be distorted. Patent Class: [B60R] VEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for vehicles A62C 3/07)


Schedule-based power management system
Patent No. 11370374 

Inventor(s): Andrew L. Wells (Denton, TX), Eric Randell Schmidt (Northville, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16181804 on 11/06/2018 (1330 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for managing a supply of power to a communications system in a vehicle. A power management system obtains at least one of schedule information for a party associated with the vehicle or historical data for the communications system is obtained. The power management system controls the supply of power from a power source to the communication system when the vehicle is turned off based on the at least one of the schedule information or the historical data. Patent Class: [B60R] VEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for vehicles A62C 3/07)


Retractable canopy assemblies and pickup trucks having the same
Patent No. 11370495 

Inventor(s): Ruben Ramirez, Jr. (Jourdanton, TX)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16811807 on 03/06/2020 (844 days app to issue)

Abstract: A canopy assembly includes a truck bed and a pair of retractable canopies. The truck bed includes a floor and a pair of spaced apart sidewalls. Each of the pair of sidewalls includes an exterior wall, an opposite interior wall, and an elongated cavity positioned between the exterior wall and the interior wall of each of the pair of sidewalls. The pair of retractable canopies are movable between a stored and use positions. In the stored position, each of the retractable canopies are positioned within the elongated cavity defined in each of the pair of sidewalls. In the use position, each of the pair of retractable canopies are positioned to extended at least partially outside of the elongated cavity of each of the pair of sidewalls and extend beyond the exterior wall of the sidewalls in a vehicle lateral direction. Patent Class: [B62D] MOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS (steering, or guiding on a desired track, of agricultural machines or implements A01B 69/00; wheels, castors, axles, increasing wheel adhesion B60B; vehicle tyres, tyre inflation or tyre changing B60C; connections between vehicles of a train or the like B60D; vehicles for use on rail and road, amphibious or convertible vehicles B60F; suspension arrangements B60G; heating, cooling, ventilating or other air treating devices B60H; windows, windscreens, non-fixed roofs, doors or similar devices, protective coverings for vehicles not in use B60J; propulsion plant arrangements, auxiliary drives, transmissions, controls, instrumentation or dashboards B60K; electric equipment or propulsion of electrically-propelled vehicles B60L; power supply for electrically-propelled vehicles B60M; passenger accommodation not otherwise provided for B60N; adaptations for load transportation or to carry special loads or objects B60P; arrangement of signalling or lighting devices, the mounting or supporting thereof or circuits therefor, for vehicles in general B60Q; vehicles, vehicle fittings or vehicle parts, not otherwise provided for B60R; servicing, cleaning, repairing, supporting, lifting, or manoeuvring, not otherwise provided for B60S; brake arrangements, brake control systems or parts thereof B60T; air-cushion vehicles B60V; motorcycles, accessories therefor B62J, B62K; testing of vehicles G01M)


Programmable texture surfaces having artificial muscles
Patent No. 11370496 

Inventor(s): Jillian M. Jakubiec (Bloomfield Hills, MI), Madison Emmett (Boulder, CO), Michael P. Rowe (Pinckney, MI), Shardul Panwar (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: 16778314 on 01/31/2020 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: A programmable texture surface including one or more artificial muscles is provided. Each artificial muscle includes a housing having a first wall opposite a second wall and an electrode region adjacent an expandable fluid region. One or both of the first wall and the second wall include an interior tapered portion within the electrode region. A dielectric fluid is housed within the housing and an electrode pair is housed within the electrode region of the housing. The electrode pair includes a first electrode coupled to the first wall and a second electrode coupled to the second wall, such that at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode is coupled to the interior tapered portion. The electrode pair is actuatable between a non-actuated state and an actuated state such that actuation from the non-actuated state to the actuated state directs the dielectric fluid into the expandable fluid region. Patent Class: [B62D] MOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS (steering, or guiding on a desired track, of agricultural machines or implements A01B 69/00; wheels, castors, axles, increasing wheel adhesion B60B; vehicle tyres, tyre inflation or tyre changing B60C; connections between vehicles of a train or the like B60D; vehicles for use on rail and road, amphibious or convertible vehicles B60F; suspension arrangements B60G; heating, cooling, ventilating or other air treating devices B60H; windows, windscreens, non-fixed roofs, doors or similar devices, protective coverings for vehicles not in use B60J; propulsion plant arrangements, auxiliary drives, transmissions, controls, instrumentation or dashboards B60K; electric equipment or propulsion of electrically-propelled vehicles B60L; power supply for electrically-propelled vehicles B60M; passenger accommodation not otherwise provided for B60N; adaptations for load transportation or to carry special loads or objects B60P; arrangement of signalling or lighting devices, the mounting or supporting thereof or circuits therefor, for vehicles in general B60Q; vehicles, vehicle fittings or vehicle parts, not otherwise provided for B60R; servicing, cleaning, repairing, supporting, lifting, or manoeuvring, not otherwise provided for B60S; brake arrangements, brake control systems or parts thereof B60T; air-cushion vehicles B60V; motorcycles, accessories therefor B62J, B62K; testing of vehicles G01M)


Tiltrotor with inboard engines
Patent No. 11370535 

Inventor(s): Brent C. Ross (Flower Mound, TX), Steven R. Ivans (Ponder, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16196247 on 11/20/2018 (1316 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft is described and includes a fuselage, a wing coupled to the fuselage, and a rotor system including a proprotor system and an engine. An interconnect driveshaft gear is configured to communicate mechanical energy between a gearbox and an interconnect driveshaft. An accessory gear is coplanar with and in mechanical communication with the driveshaft gear. A proprotor gear is coplanar with and in mechanical communication with the interconnect driveshaft gear and the accessory gear and communicates mechanical energy to the proprotor system. An engine gear coplanar and in mechanical communication with the interconnect driveshaft ear, the accessory gear, and the proprotor gear transmits mechanical energy to the proprotor system via the proprotor gear. Patent Class: [B64C] AEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS (air-cushion vehicles B60V)


Translating payload bay pallet for aircraft
Patent No. 11370544 

Inventor(s): Brandon Anthony Magalhaes (Bedford, TX), Carlos A. Fenny (Fort Worth, TX), Gary John Coleman, Jr. (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16891947 on 06/03/2020 (755 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system is described and includes a first track assembly for connecting a top surface of a pallet supporting payload to an upper interior surface of a payload bay of an aircraft; a second track assembly for connecting a side surface of the pallet to a side interior surface of the payload bay; and a pallet actuator system for selectively moving the pallet along the first and second track assemblies between a first position in which the pallet is fully extended from the payload bay and a second position in which the pallet is fully retracted into the payload bay. Patent Class: [B64D] EQUIPMENT FOR FITTING IN OR TO AIRCRAFT; FLYING SUITS; PARACHUTES; ARRANGEMENTS OR MOUNTING OF POWER PLANTS OR PROPULSION TRANSMISSIONS IN AIRCRAFT


Network configuration of top-of-rack switches across multiple racks in a data center
Patent No. 11374879 

Inventor(s): Jason Anthony Lochhead (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Cyxtera Data Centers, Inc. (Coral Gables, FL)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig (27 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16442997 on 06/17/2019 (1107 days app to issue)

Abstract: Top-of-rack (TOR) switches are connected to a network fabric of a data center. Each TOR switch corresponds to a respective rack of the data center, and is configured to provide access to the network fabric for computing devices mounted in the respective rack. A request is received, from a client device via a portal, to configure a first rack of the data center. Configuration data is received, from the client device, for a first virtual network to be accessed by a first computing device mounted in the first rack. In response to receiving the configuration data, a first TOR switch of the first rack is configured, which includes associating the first virtual network with the first TOR switch. Patent Class: [B66F] HOISTING, LIFTING, HAULING, OR PUSHING, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, e.g. DEVICES WHICH APPLY A LIFTING OR PUSHING FORCE DIRECTLY TO THE SURFACE OF A LOAD (mounting artificial islands on piles or like supports E02B 17/00; scaffolds combined with lifting devices E04G 1/22, E04G 3/28; lifting devices for sliding forms E04G 11/24; lifting of buildings E04G 23/06; shores or struts E04G 25/00; lifts or other hoisting devices on ladders E06C 7/12; props for mining E21D 15/00)


 

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

Antimicrobial coatings comprising organosilane homopolymers
Patent No. 11369114 

Inventor(s): Craig Grossman (Point Roberts, WA), Daniel Moros (New York, NY), Gavri Grossman (Dallas, TX), Jie Fang (Carrollton, TX), Maha El-Sayed (Fremont, CA), Parham Asgari (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Allied Bioscience, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17177850 on 02/17/2021 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aqueous antimicrobial coating compositions are disclosed comprising at least one organosilane homopolymer, present as a distribution of polymer chain lengths, and optionally at least one amine. A method of preparing an antimicrobial coating comprises coating a surface with the aqueous antimicrobial coating composition and allowing the composition to dry into a film that exhibits residual antimicrobial efficacy against microorganisms even after mechanical abrasion of the coating. The organosilane homopolymer may comprise only 3-aminopropylsilanetriol homopolymer, mixtures of 3-aminopropylsilanetriol homopolymer, 3-chloropropylsilanetriol homopolymer and 3-(trihydroxysilyl)propyl dimethyloctadecyl ammonium chloride homopolymer, or any one of various unique organosilane homopolymers having multiple amine functionality. Patent Class: [C09D] COATING COMPOSITIONS, e.g. PAINTS, VARNISHES OR LACQUERS; FILLING PASTES; CHEMICAL PAINT OR INK REMOVERS; INKS; CORRECTING FLUIDS; WOODSTAINS; PASTES OR SOLIDS FOR COLOURING OR PRINTING; USE OF MATERIALS THEREFOR (cosmetics A61K; processes for applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces, in general, B05D; staining wood B27K 5/02; glazes or vitreous enamels C03C; natural resins, French polish, drying-oils, driers, turpentine, per se, C09F; polishing compositions other than French polish, ski waxes C09G; adhesives or use of materials as adhesives C09J; materials for sealing or packing joints or covers C09K 3/10; materials for stopping leaks C09K 3/12; processes for the electrolytic or electrophoretic production of coatings C25D) [5]


Hexagonal boron nitride structures
Patent No. 11370662 

Inventor(s): Archana Venugopal (Dallas, TX), Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Luigi Colombo (Dallas, TX), Nazila Dadvand (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16230070 on 12/21/2018 (1285 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microstructure comprises a plurality of interconnected units wherein the units are formed of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) tubes. The graphene tubes may be formed by photo-initiating the polymerization of a monomer in a pattern of interconnected units to form a polymer microlattice, removing unpolymerized monomer, coating the polymer microlattice with a metal, removing the polymer microlattice to leave a metal microlattice, depositing an h-BN precursor on the metal microlattice, converting the h-BN precursor to h-BN, and removing the metal microlattice. Patent Class: [C01B] NON-METALLIC ELEMENTS; COMPOUNDS THEREOF (fermentation or enzyme-using processes for the preparation of elements or inorganic compounds except carbon dioxide C12P 3/00; production of non-metallic elements or inorganic compounds by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25B)


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Rolling door guide area heating method and system
Patent No. 11371285 

Inventor(s): Sree Lakshmi Kanuri (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): OVERHEAD DOOR CORPORATION (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15990324 on 05/25/2018 (1495 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for heating a door guide area includes: a first and second conduit for channeling a flow of heated air; a heater fluidly connected to the first conduit and configured to provide air to the first and second conduits; first and second openings providing fluid communication between the first and second conduits to allow the air to circulate through the first and second conduits; a heat transfer wall part of the second conduit, to transfer heat from the flow of heated air in the second direction to a space outside of the second conduit that is defined, in part, by the heat transfer wall; and two side supports connected to the heat transfer wall, the side supports located opposing each other and dimensioned and located along with the heat transfer wall to form three sides to encompass a portion of a roll-up door. Patent Class: [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)


Wireline depth monitoring system with valve lockout
Patent No. 11371297 

Inventor(s): Terry Cree (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Lang Patent Law LLC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16785171 on 02/07/2020 (872 days app to issue)

Abstract: A depth monitoring and valve lockout automatically resists operation of a valve when a wireline is being used within a well. The system utilizes components which can be attached to presently available wellheads, wireline lubricators, and accumulators without modification. A wellhead unit detects a beacon secured to a wireline lubricator to determine the wellhead for which the lubricator is being used. Proximity sensors detect proximity indicators secured to the wireline reel to detect rotation of the reel. Rotation of the reel is used to determine the presence of wireline within the wellhead having the wireline lubricator. An accumulator unit actuates linear actuators to move the presently existing lockout controls in response to the presence or removal of the wireline. Patent Class: [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]


Remote-open barrier valve
Patent No. 11371317 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Thomas Jules Frosell (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16493356 on 12/31/2018 (1275 days app to issue)

Abstract: An actuation system for remotely transitioning a downhole wellbore tool between distinct operational configurations includes a sensor that can detect a downhole pressure in a tubular string extending into a wellbore and an electronic decoder that monitors the pressure the tubular string until a target pressure profile is detected. When the target pressure profile is detected, the decoder issues a command to an actuation mechanism, causing the downhole wellbore tool to transition between the distinct operational configurations. The target pressure profile may be transmitted from the surface location by operating a pump to produce specific downhole pressure levels for specific time intervals. The specific downhole pressures do not need to be applied directly to the downhole wellbore tool, and thus the each of a plurality of various downhole wellbore tools may be operated independently without interfering with one another. Patent Class: [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]


Energy transfer mechanism for a junction assembly to communicate with a lateral completion assembly
Patent No. 11371322 

Inventor(s): David Joe Steele (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16616551 on 09/19/2017 (1743 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method to controlling fluid flow to/from multiple intervals in a lateral wellbore. The system and method can include a unitary multibranch inflow control (MIC) junction assembly (a primary passageway through a primary leg and a lateral passageway through a lateral leg) installed at an intersection of main and lateral wellbores. An upper energy transfer mechanism (ETM) can be mounted along the primary passageway, and control lines [b]100[/b] can provide communication between the upper ETM [b]214[/b] and lower completion assembly equipment. A lower ETM can be mounted along the lateral passageway, with the upper ETM in communication with the lower ETM via the control lines. A tubing string can be extended through the primary passageway to access lower completion assembly equipment. The upper ETM can communicate with a tubing string ETM to receive/transmit control, data, and/or power signals from/to lower completion equipment in the lateral wellbores. Patent Class: [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]


Electronic controlled fluidic siren based telemetry
Patent No. 11371343 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Richard Decena Ornelaz (Frisco, TX), Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16474450 on 02/08/2018 (1601 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for fluidic siren based telemetry is provided. The system includes a non-rotating restrictor and a rotating restrictor positioned relative to the non-rotating restrictor that is configured to control a flow passage to the non-rotating restrictor. The system includes a turbine coupled to the rotating restrictor and configured to rotate in response to fluid flow along a flow path. The system also includes a generator coupled to the turbine and a controller device electrically coupled to the generator. The controller device is configured to provide one or more encoded signals to the generator to adjust a rotational velocity of the rotating restrictor and causing the rotating restrictor to create different acoustic signatures through the flow passage for wireless communication of a telemetry signal to a surface based on the adjusted rotational velocity of the rotating restrictor. Patent Class: [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

 

Tip gap control systems with active blade tips
Patent No. 11370536 

Inventor(s): George Matthew Thompson (Lewisville, TX), Jonathan Andrew Knoll (Burleson, TX), Nicholas Ralph Carlson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16907071 on 06/19/2020 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tip gap control system for a ducted aircraft includes a flight control computer including a blade length control module configured to generate a blade tip actuator command and a proprotor system in data communication with the flight control computer. The proprotor system includes a duct and proprotor blades surrounded by the duct. Each of the proprotor blades includes an active blade tip movable into various positions including a retracted position and an extended position. The tip gap control system also includes one or more actuators coupled to the active blade tips. The one or more actuators move the active blade tips between the various positions based on the blade tip actuator command, thereby controlling a tip gap between the proprotor blades and the duct. Patent Class: [F04D] NON-POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT PUMPS (engine fuel-injection pumps F02M; ion pumps H01J 41/12; electrodynamic pumps H02K 44/02)


Integral flexured carriers for aircraft planetary gear systems
Patent No. 11370537 

Inventor(s): Russell Lee Mueller (Coppell, TX), Tyson T. Henry (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17401210 on 08/12/2021 (320 days app to issue)

Abstract: A drivetrain for an aircraft includes an engine, a driveshaft receiving rotational energy from the engine and a gearbox including a planetary gear system receiving rotational energy from the driveshaft. The planetary gear system includes a sun gear, planet gears, a ring gear and an integral carrier forming flexured carrier posts. Each flexured carrier post supports a respective one of the planet gears and has a fixed proximal end and a cantilevered distal end. The planetary gear system includes flexured roller races, each having a fixed end and a cantilevered end. The fixed end of each flexured roller race is coupled to the cantilevered distal end of a respective flexured carrier post. The planet gears engage with the flexured roller races to rotate about the flexured carrier posts. The cantilevered ends of the flexured roller races experience cantilevered motion to absorb loads from the planet gears. Patent Class: [F16H] GEARING


Pivot clip
Patent No. 11371630 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Brian Shaffer (Lipan, TX)
Assignee(s): ASC Engineered Solutions, LLC (Exeter, NH)
Law Firm: Taylor English Duma LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16369127 on 03/29/2019 (1187 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pipe coupling can comprise a first segment comprising a first end and a second end distal to the first end; a second segment comprising a first end and a second end distal to the first end; a first tightening element configured to draw the second end of the first segment towards the first end of the second segment; a second tightening element configured to draw the first end of the first segment towards the second end of the second segment; and a pivot clip between the second end of the first segment and the first end of the second segment, the pivot clip configured to maintain a separation distance between the second end of the first segment and the first end of the second segment. Patent Class: [F16L] PIPES; JOINTS OR FITTINGS FOR PIPES; SUPPORTS FOR PIPES, CABLES OR PROTECTIVE TUBING; MEANS FOR THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL


Method and system for utilizing a bypass humidifier for dehumidification during cooling
Patent No. 11371728 

Inventor(s): Eric Berg (The Colony, TX), Eric Perez (Hickory Creek, TX), Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16208858 on 12/04/2018 (1302 days app to issue)

Abstract: An HVAC system includes an indoor heat-exchange coil disposed between a supply air duct and a return air duct. A damper is disposed in a re-circulation duct and is moveable between an open position and a closed position. A controller is configured to determine if the HVAC system is operating in a heating mode or an air-conditioning mode. Responsive to a determination that the HVAC system is operating in the air-conditioning mode, the controller is configured to determine if the variable-speed indoor circulation fan is operating at a minimum speed and if the relative humidity measured by the humidity sensor is above a pre-determined threshold. Responsive to a determination that the variable-speed indoor circulation fan is operating at the minimum speed and the relative humidity of the enclosed space is above the pre-determined threshold, the controller signals the damper to move to the open position. Patent Class: [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)


Building automation and control system modeling and reporting
Patent No. 11371733 

Inventor(s): Jack Bullock (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Cenergistic LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15929986 on 06/01/2020 (757 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for modeling, reporting, controlling and optimizing HVAC systems are provided. A server receives HVAC system data, processes the data and sends the processed data to a client device. The client device receives the processed data and then makes certain choices of analog and digital rules to apply to the data to reach conclusions about certain mechanical states of the system and flow efficiencies. The rule choices are sent to the server. The server analyzes the HVAC system based on the rules and generates a report. The report can be used to optimize the mechanical components of the HVAC system or control them directly in a feedback loop. Patent Class: [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)


Demand defrost with frost accumulation failsafe
Patent No. 11371762 

Inventor(s): Eric Berg (The Colony, TX), Pete Hrejsa (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16881156 on 05/22/2020 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: A defrost method for a heat pump system includes running the heat pump system in a heating mode to provide heat to an enclosed space and determining if an outdoor temperature is less than an outdoor threshold temperature. Responsive to a determination that the outdoor temperature is below the outdoor threshold temperature, determining if a calibration state has been previously run. Responsive to a determination that the calibration state has not been previously run, running the heat pump system in the calibration state. Responsive to a determination that the calibration state has been previously run, determining if a temperature difference between a temperature of an evaporator coil of the heat pump system and the outdoor temperature exceeds a temperature threshold value. Responsive to a determination that the temperature difference between the evaporator coil and the outdoor temperature is greater than the temperature threshold value, running the heat pump system in a defrost state. Patent Class: [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)


 

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Systems and methods for determining vehicle usage
Patent No. 11371849 

Inventor(s): Dany Benjamin (Rowlett, TX), Michael C. Edwards (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16523207 on 07/26/2019 (1068 days app to issue)

Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to determining vehicle usage. In one embodiment, a method includes identifying a travel route of a vehicle, identifying a pattern of travel based on the travel route over a predetermined period of time, and determining whether the vehicle is being used as a private vehicle for an on-demand delivery service based on the pattern of travel. The method includes, when the vehicle is being used as a private vehicle for an on-demand delivery service, generating a notification to an entity associated with the vehicle, wherein the notification includes information relating to the vehicle being used as a private vehicle for an on-demand delivery service. Patent Class: [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)


Pressure detection and management methods for determining a resultant force and apparatus incorporating the same
Patent No. 11371903 

Inventor(s): Caleb M. Rogers (Lexington, KY), Tyler A. Flood (Stamping Ground, KY)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16897936 on 06/10/2020 (748 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for determining a resultant force is provided including performing a standard calibration by evenly applying a force across a plurality of sensing areas of a sensor system, performing a non-standard calibration by non-evenly applying a force across the plurality of sensing areas of the sensor system, developing a machine learning algorithm based on data collected during the standard calibration and the non-standard calibration, detecting a field use force applied to a sensing area of the sensor system, and using the machine learning algorithm to correct a force measurement of the field use force applied to the sensing area of the sensor system. Patent Class: [G01L] MEASURING FORCE, STRESS, TORQUE, WORK, MECHANICAL POWER, MECHANICAL EFFICIENCY, OR FLUID PRESSURE (weighing G01G) [4]


Sensing frost and ice accumulation using capacitance
Patent No. 11371954 

Inventor(s): Andreas Felix Martin Kraemer (Eichenau, , DE), Bjoern Oliver Eversmann (Zolling, , DE), Michael Seidl (Freising, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15936059 on 03/26/2018 (1555 days app to issue)

Abstract: A capacitance sensing system for sensing frost and ice accumulation. The capacitance sensing system comprises a first capacitor formed by a portion of a metal heat exchanger and a sensor electrode electrically isolated from the metal heat exchanger, a tank oscillator comprising a second capacitor and an inductor connected in parallel with each other and coupled in parallel with the first capacitor, and a circuit coupled to the tank oscillator. The circuit coupled to the tank oscillator is configured to determine a resonant frequency of the tank oscillator, determine a capacitance value based on the resonant frequency of the tank oscillator, determine that the capacitance value is greater than a predefined threshold, and transmit a heater activation command in response to determining the capacitance value is greater than the predefined threshold. Patent Class: [G01N] INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES (measuring or testing processes other than immunoassay, involving enzymes or microorganisms C12M, C12Q)


Remote monitoring of water distribution system
Patent No. 11371977 

Inventor(s): Brian Morrow (Carrollton, TX), Charles Kitowski (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): AMI Investments, LLC (Coppel, TX)
Law Firm: Maynard Cooper Gale, P. C. (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17478001 on 09/17/2021 (284 days app to issue)

Abstract: A liquid monitoring system includes a remote measurement device located at a location of the fire hydrant that is in contact with water provided by a water main. The remote measurement device has sensors that measure characteristics of the water and a communication interface that transmits measured information to a communication network device that may be located elsewhere on the fire hydrant. The communication network device communicates with a communication network. Patent Class: [G01N] INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES (measuring or testing processes other than immunoassay, involving enzymes or microorganisms C12M, C12Q)


Voltage monitor using a capacitive digital-to-analog converter
Patent No. 11372032 

Inventor(s): Bernhard Ruck (Freising, , DE), Danielle Griffith (Richardson, TX), James Murdock (Richardson, TX), Per Torstein Roine (Oslo, , NO), Rajat Chauhan (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15717219 on 09/27/2017 (1735 days app to issue)

Abstract: One example relates to a monitoring circuit that includes a capacitive digital-to-analog converter that receives a binary code, a reference voltage, a monitored voltage, and a ground reference, the capacitive digital-to-analog converter outputting an analog signal based on the binary code, the reference voltage, the monitored voltage, and the ground reference. The monitoring circuit further includes a comparator including a first input coupled to receive the analog signal and a second input coupled to the reference voltage, the comparator comparing the analog signal to the reference voltage and outputting a comparator signal based on the comparison. The monitoring circuit yet further includes a binary code generator that generates the binary code based on the comparator signal, the binary code approximating a magnitude of the monitored voltage. Patent Class: [G01R] MEASURING ELECTRIC VARIABLES; MEASURING MAGNETIC VARIABLES (indicating correct tuning of resonant circuits H03J 3/12)


Circuit for detecting pin-to-pin leaks of an integrated circuit package
Patent No. 11372056 

Inventor(s): Dat Tran (San Jose, CA), Kirubakaran Periyannan (Santa Clara, CA), Loc Tu (San Jose, CA), Nyi Nyi Thein (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16883718 on 05/26/2020 (763 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques and apparatuses are provided for detecting a short circuit between pins of an integrated circuit package. The tested pins can be adjacent or non-adjacent on the package. Various types of short circuits can be detected, including resistive, diode and capacitive short circuits. Additionally, short circuits of a single pin can be tested, including a short circuit to a power supply or to ground. The test circuit includes a current mirror, where the input path has a first path connected to a first pin and a parallel second path connected to a second pin. A comparator is connected to the output path of the current mirror. By controlling the on and off states of transistors in the first and second paths, and evaluating the voltage of the output path, the short circuits can be detected. Patent Class: [G01R] MEASURING ELECTRIC VARIABLES; MEASURING MAGNETIC VARIABLES (indicating correct tuning of resonant circuits H03J 3/12)


Optical fiber box
Patent No. 11372184 

Inventor(s): Liang Zhou (Shenzhen, , CN), Masaya Nakagawa (Greer, SC), Qiyue Wang (Shenzhen, , CN), Xiaohui Liu (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): SUNCALL AMERICA INC. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Suiter Swantz pc llo (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17124149 on 12/16/2020 (559 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides assemblies for supporting optical fiber connections. In embodiments, an optical fiber box includes a main body and a cover defining an installation cavity. A separator and a plurality of spacers are arranged in the main body and divide the installation cavity into first and second cavities and a plurality of installation channels for receiving optical fiber connectors of a type including a sleeve. Installation holes arranged at intervals along the length of the separator receive the sleeves. The plurality of installation channels and the plurality of installation holes are arranged in one-to-one correspondence. The optical fiber box optionally includes a shutter assembly at the entrance to each installation channel. In embodiments, at least the main body, the separator, and the plurality of spacers are integrally formed to provide a connection solution that does not require separate optical fiber adapters. Patent Class: [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]


Microsection sample stabilizer
Patent No. 11372227 

Inventor(s): Darrin Green (McKinney, TX), Joseph F. Colangelo (Carrollton, TX), Stephen T. Fasolino (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16280943 on 02/20/2019 (1224 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microsection sample stabilizer for aligning and stabilizing a microsection sample for microscopic inspection includes a frame including a base and at least one leveling portion supported by the base. The at least one leveling portion can define a viewing window for a microscope. The microsection sample stabilizer includes an interior region within the frame, and at least one compliant device operable within the interior region of the frame and operable to be supported by the base. The compliant device receives and supports the microsection sample, and biases the microsection sample against the at least one leveling portion of the frame to stabilize the microsection sample, such that an examination plane surface of the microsection sample is aligned and viewable through the viewing window by the microscope. Patent Class: [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]


Unmanned vehicle morphing
Patent No. 11372400 

Inventor(s): Kade Scott (The Colony, TX), Matthew Flachsbart (Grapevine, TX), Richard Daniel Graham (Plano, 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: 16143653 on 09/27/2018 (1370 days app to issue)

Abstract: Unmanned vehicles may be terrestrial, aerial, nautical, or multi-mode. Unmanned vehicles may accomplish tasks by breaking out into sub-drones, re-grouping itself, changing form, or re-orienting its sensors. Patent Class: [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)


In-memory software package installation and testing
Patent No. 11372635 

Inventor(s): Jason Lantz (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): salesforce.com, inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Holland Hart LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16887880 on 05/29/2020 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices supporting in-memory software package installation and testing are described. Some systems (e.g., a multi-tenant cloud computing platform) may support installation of software packages, where each package may be defined by a set of metadata. If a tenant selects to install a package, the system may test the package for conflicts between the package and the tenant”s production environment. The system may automatically detect additional packages linked to the package based on dependencies defined in the metadata and may temporarily install the one or more packages in-memory at one or more servers. The system may pull a subset of data from the tenant”s production environment into the in-memory testing environment based on a metadata testing file in order to support running tests defined by the metadata testing file. The system may test the package(s) in-memory at the server(s) for any conflicts using the metadata testing file. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Exit history based branch prediction
Patent No. 11372646 

Inventor(s): David E. Smith, Jr. (Allen, TX), Kai Chirca (Dallas, TX), Paul D. Gauvreau (Dallas, TX), Timothy D. Anderson (University Park, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16684410 on 11/14/2019 (957 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes fetching a fetch-packet containing a first hyper-block from a first address of a memory. The fetch-packet contains a bitwise distance from an entry point of the first hyper-block to a predicted exit point. The method further includes executing a first branch instruction of the first hyper-block. The first branch instruction corresponds to a first exit point. The first branch instruction includes an address corresponding to an entry point of a second hyper-block. The method also includes storing, responsive to executing the first branch instruction, a bitwise distance from the entry point of the first hyper-block to the first exit point. The method further includes moving a program counter from the first exit point of the first hyper-block to the entry point of the second hyper-block. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Extended tags for speculative and normal executions
Patent No. 11372648 

Inventor(s): Steven Jeffrey Wallach (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig (27 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17158999 on 01/26/2021 (518 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cache system having cache sets, registers associated with the cache sets respectively, and a logic circuit coupled to a processor to control the cache sets according to the registers. When a connection to an address bus of the system receives a memory address from the processor, the logic circuit can be configured to: generate an extended tag from at least the memory address; and determine whether the generated extended tag matches with a first extended tag for a first cache set or a second extended tag for a second cache set of the system. Also, the logic circuit can also be configured to implement a command received from the processor via the first cache set in response to the generated extended tag matching with the first extended tag and via the second cache set in response to the generated extended tag matching with the second extended tag. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Split-brain resolution in virtual network function components
Patent No. 11372670 

Inventor(s): Keith William Melkild (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17123081 on 12/15/2020 (560 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation may include a system, comprising one or more of: receiving a heartbeat message from a peer VNFCI indicating a current operational state of active, when the VNFCI is in active state, determining a first network isolation indicator, by a network isolation subsystem, by checking if the VNFCI was network isolated while becoming active, sending a first heartbeat message to the peer VNFCI indicating a current operational state as active and network isolation boolean since active, obtaining a second network isolation indicator of the peer VNFCI from a heartbeat message datastore, sending a second heartbeat message to the peer VNFCI indicating the current operational state as active and a desired operational state as active when at least one of: the second network isolation indicator was yes, and the first network isolation indicator was no, and sending a third heartbeat message to the peer VNFCI indicating the current operational state as active and a desired operational state as active when at least one of: the VNFCI is not the preferred standby instance, the second network isolation indicator was no, and the first network isolation indicator was no. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Jobs synchronize framework
Patent No. 11372675 

Inventor(s): Douglas J. Goddard (McKinney, TX), Nadeem Panjwani (Carrollton, TX), Paul Eric Hazboun (Flower Mound, TX), Vinod Patil (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16901151 on 06/15/2020 (743 days app to issue)

Abstract: Current systems for synchronizing multiple database systems suffer from technical drawbacks. For example, archive jobs run on a second database system are typically started independently of operational jobs that are run on a first database system and generate the output data that needs to be archived. The lack of synchronization between first and second database systems delays access to the output data from within the second database system. Apparatus and methods described herein synchronize migration of output data generated by a first database system into a second database system, despite incompatibility between the first and second database systems. Apparatus and methods may synchronize the second database system such that it archives output data generated by the first database system within a target time of successful generation of output data by the first database system. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Error correction hardware with fault detection
Patent No. 11372715 

Inventor(s): Abhishek Ganapati Karkisaval (Karnataka, , IN), Indu Prathapan (Karnataka, , IN), Saket Jalan (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16790444 on 02/13/2020 (866 days app to issue)

Abstract: Error correction code (ECC) hardware includes write generation (Gen) ECC logic and a check ECC block coupled to an ECC output of a memory circuit with read Gen ECC logic coupled to an XOR circuit that outputs a syndrome signal to a syndrome decode block coupled to a single bit error correction block. A first MUX receives the write data is in series with an input to the write Gen ECC logic or a second MUX receives the read data from the memory circuit in series with an input of the read Gen ECC logic. A cross-coupling connector couples the read data from the memory circuit to a second input of the first MUX or for coupling the write data to a second input of the second MUX. An ECC bit comparator compares an output of the write Gen ECC logic to the read Gen ECC logic output. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Context-sensitive debug requests for memory access
Patent No. 11372745 

Inventor(s): Jason Lynn Peck (Houston, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instmments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16827081 on 03/23/2020 (827 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include a processing device having a debug controller that issues a context-sensitive debug request. The context-sensitive debug request includes at least one conditional criteria. A processing core receives the debug request, determines whether all of the at least one conditional criteria are true, and services the debug request when all of the at least one conditional criteria are true by accessing a data location indicated in the debug request. The servicing of the debug request may be performed in real-time mode without suspending the processing device, and the accessing can be a read or a write operation depending on the type of access indicated in the debug request. The conditional criteria may include one or more of a processor mode condition, a virtual machine identifier condition, and a debug context condition. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Methods and apparatus to transition devices between operational states
Patent No. 11372798 

Inventor(s): Adam Rappoport (Grapevine, TX), Bennett Lau (Plano, TX), Chung San Roger Chan (Coppell, TX), Gary Chard (Murphy, TX), T-Pinn Koh (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17025757 on 09/18/2020 (648 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to transition devices between operational modes. An example apparatus comprising: an activity detector configured to be coupled to a communication bus; a communication bus controller coupled to the activity detector; a hardware wakeup controller coupled to the activity detector; a switching circuit coupled to the hardware wakeup controller; a first oscillator coupled to the switching circuit; and a second oscillator the second oscillator coupled to the switching circuit and the hardware wakeup controller. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Processing system using natural language processing for performing dataset filtering and sanitization
Patent No. 11373006 

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: 16983082 on 08/03/2020 (694 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to processing systems using natural language processing with improved dataset filtering and sanitization techniques. A computing platform may receive a dataset file and commands directing the computing platform to sanitize the dataset file. In response to the commands, the computing platform may identify confidential information contained in the dataset file using named entity recognition and one or more dynamic entity profiles, extract the confidential information, and replace the confidential information with non-confidential information to produce a sanitized dataset file. Based on identifying the confidential information contained in the dataset file, the computing platform may update the dynamic entity profiles. The computing platform may send the sanitized dataset file to the target environment host server, causing the target environment host server to use the sanitized dataset file in a testing environment that is prohibited from containing confidential information. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Cross-modality automatic target recognition
Patent No. 11373064 

Inventor(s): Shane A. Zabel (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16518728 on 07/22/2019 (1072 days app to issue)

Abstract: Discussed herein are systems, devices, and methods for automatic target recognition based on a non-visible input image. A method can include providing, as input to a first machine learning (ML) model for object classification, pixel data of a non-visible image, the first ML model including an encoder from a second ML model, the second ML model trained to generate a visible image representation of an input non-visible image, and receiving, from the first ML model, data indicating one or more objects present in the non-visible image. Patent Class: [G06K] RECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS (printing per se B41J)


Apparatuses and methods for complaint prioritization
Patent No. 11373128 

Inventor(s): Jennifer Aydelott (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16441882 on 06/14/2019 (1110 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product for complaint risk identification and prioritization are provided. An example method includes receiving, by a computing device, one or more internal complaints each associated with an internal user and one or more external complaints each associated with an external user. An internal user has access to one or more internal applications of the computing device while an external user lacks access to said internal applications. The method further includes determining, via risk evaluation circuitry, one or more risk indicia for each internal complaint and each external complaint. The method includes generating, via integration circuitry, a compiled complaint dataset of the one or more internal complaints and the one or more external complaints. The method may subsequently include ranking, by risk prioritization circuitry, the compiled complaint dataset based upon the risk indicia for each internal complaint and each external complaint. Patent Class: [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]


RFID enterprise inventory management systems and methods
Patent No. 11373137 

Inventor(s): Clinton Leroy Tennill (Frisco, TX), Craig Lawrence Tennill (Frisco, TX), Samuel Andrew Shaw (Plano, TX), Travis Clayton Ernst (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): SML Intelligent Inventory Solutions LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Boisbrun Hofman, PLLC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15929828 on 05/22/2020 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and method for simulating the operation of an enterprise inventory management system. The general method includes instantiating at least a first instance of a simulated RFID interrogator subsystem on a computing system; generating, by the simulated RFID interrogator subsystem, data representative of the simulated reading of RFID tags associated with virtual inventory items and reporting the data to a global inventory database subsystem; receiving, at the global inventory database subsystem, the data from the simulated RFID interrogator subsystem; generating one or more performance metrics for the global inventory database subsystem based on the receipt of the data from the simulated RFID interrogator subsystem; and, in response to the one or more performance metrics, altering the generation rate of the data by the first instance of the simulated RFID interrogator subsystem, or instantiating additional instances of the simulated RFID interrogator subsystem to generate additional data, until a performance metric of the global inventory database system reaches a predefined limit. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Automated utilization driven inventory management
Patent No. 11373139 

Inventor(s): Thomas William Utech (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): CAREFUSION 303, INC. (San Diego, CA)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16855973 on 04/22/2020 (797 days app to issue)

Abstract: Medical item usage is monitored, and a number of new items to store in a dispensing device is determined. A first maximum number of items that can be stored in a first compartment of the dispensing device is determined based on a volumetric space of an item unit loaded into the first compartment, and a second maximum number of items that can be stored in a second compartment is determined based on the determined first maximum number, the volumetric space of the respective item unit loaded into the first compartment, and a change of volume between the first and second compartments and, when the number of new item units to store in the dispensing device exceeds the first maximum number of items that can be stored the first compartment, the second compartment is assigned for storage of new item units, and a notification is sent regarding the assignment. Patent Class: [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]


Token device for distributed ledger based interchange
Patent No. 11373187 

Inventor(s): Duane Cash (McKinney, TX), Hudson R. Jameson (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17001239 on 08/24/2020 (673 days app to issue)

Abstract: A portable token device is described, the token device useable to request transactions performed over an interchange system. The token device authenticates a user through the use of biometric data such as a fingerprint. When in proximity to a point of sale (POS) terminal, the token device communicates with the POS terminal over a wireless network to authorize a transaction involving the user. The interchange system employs blockchain elements that can be used in a payment apparatus for managing payments or other types of transactions, and for managing user accounts. The interchange system enables users to enroll in the system, and enables the various users” computing devices to be used as confirmation centers for new transactions and/or funds transfers between users. Patent Class: [G06Q] DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [2006.01]


Apparatus for customer authentication of an item
Patent No. 11373192 

Inventor(s): Douglas Peckover (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): DT LABS, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16836593 on 03/31/2020 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus is provided for authentication of an item or a label by storing unique random serial numbers or codes in a remote secure storage that can be used to authenticate the item or the label, generating a pointer to each stored unique random serial number/code and storing the generated pointer(s) in a client data storage. During or prior to a production run of the item(s) or label(s): the generated pointer(s) are sent from the client data storage to one or more media devices, the generated pointer(s) are obtained from the media device using a post-content manager, the unique random serial number(s)/code(s) are obtained from the server via the post-content manager using the generated pointer(s), the obtained unique random serial number(s)/code(s) are sent to the media device, and the received unique random serial number(s)/code(s) are imprinted on the item(s) or the label(s) using the media device. Patent Class: [G06Q] DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [2006.01]


Systems and methods for targeted advertising
Patent No. 11373195 

Inventor(s): Gregory A. Pater (Fairfield, CA), W. Jeffrey Butler (Fairfield, CA)
Assignee(s): NEXTLEVEL ASSOCIATION SOLUTIONS, INC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16403276 on 05/03/2019 (1152 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for targeted advertising are described. The method may include receiving information regarding a future event. The information may include a time and a user identification. Receiving local additional information regarding the user from the one or more databases; requesting third party additional information regarding the user from one or more third party databases; accessing advertiser information from the one or more databases; selecting one or more advertisements based on the advertiser information, information regarding the future event, the local additional information, and the third party additional information; creating a communication template for the one or more selected advertisers; and sending the communication template. Patent Class: [G06Q] DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [2006.01]


Systems and methods for providing an enhanced analytical engine
Patent No. 11373226 

Inventor(s): Amit Ramit Deshpande (McKinney, TX), Mithra Kosur Venuraju (Frisco, TX), Satish Chikkaveerappa (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17018928 on 09/11/2020 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: An enhanced analytical engine system may perform the steps of providing optimized individual transaction recommendations. The system may receive a request comprising customer financial information, customer identification information, and vehicle identification information. The system may collect information associated with one or more vehicles within an inventory listing associated with one or more dealership systems. The system may then provide data representing information associated with the one or more vehicles within an inventory listing associated with the one or more dealership systems. The system may receive data indicating selection of a vehicle of interest. The system may determine a proposed offer package for the vehicle of interest comprising an associated overall price and at least one from among a warranty option, maintenance option, and service contract option based on the customer preferences information and historical transaction data. The system may provide the determined proposed offer package for presentation to the customer. Patent Class: [G06Q] DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [2006.01]


Systems and methods of utility management
Patent No. 11373254 

Inventor(s): Rafael Sanchez Mejias (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TUPL, Inc. (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15622036 on 06/13/2017 (1841 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system of managing a utility system having a plurality of subsystems. A utility management server receives performance measurement data of a subsystem of a first utility system is received, from a first utility monitoring device (UMD). A type of the subsystem and a type of the first UMD is determined. Static rules are applied based on the type of subsystem and the type of UMD. Upon determining that the predetermined condition based on the static rules is not met, identifying a subsystem and its corresponding UMD responsible for a malfunction by retrieving contextual information from the measurements megastore server, analyzing the data from the first UMD and the contextual information, and sending a notification to the UMD having the subsystem that has been identified as being the source of the malfunction. Patent Class: [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]


Depth sensing with a ranging sensor and an image sensor
Patent No. 11373322 

Inventor(s): Chang Myung Ryu (San Jose, CA), James Kath (Danville, CA), Rui Xiao (San Jose, CA), Xiaoyong Yang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16727792 on 12/26/2019 (915 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides a device and method for depth sensing by utilizing the combination of a ranging sensor and an image sensor. The ranging sensor can accurately detect distance measurement from an object. The image sensor can take images with high resolution of the object. By combining each sensor data from the ranging sensor and the image sensor, accurate depth information with high resolution of the object may be obtained. A structured light having patterned shapes are used in conjunction with the ranging sensor to receive reflected patterned shapes of the object. These reflected patterned shapes are used to analyze distance measurements associated with the specific patterned shapes. These distance measurements from both the ranging sensor and the image sensor is aligned and combined to generate an accurate depth map with high resolution using a processor of an electronic device including the ranging sensor and the image sensor. Patent Class: [G06T] IMAGE DATA PROCESSING OR GENERATION, IN GENERAL [2006.01]


Image padding in video-based point-cloud compression CODEC
Patent No. 11373338 

Inventor(s): Esmaeil Faramarzi (Richardson, TX), Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16732159 on 12/31/2019 (910 days app to issue)

Abstract: An encoding device and a method for point cloud encoding are disclosed. The method includes generating, for a 3D point cloud, an attribute frame and an occupancy map. The method also includes reducing a resolution of the frames over a number of sequential steps, until the frames are a predetermined size. After the frames are reduced to the predetermined size, the method includes increasing the resolution of the frames over the number of sequential steps while adding padding to modify at least some of the pixels in the attribute frame that do not represent points of the 3D point cloud. While the resolution of the attribute frame is incrementally increased, the method includes performing smoothing on the pixels in the attribute frame that do not represent the points of the 3D point cloud. The method additionally includes encoding the frames to generate a bitstream and then transmitting the bitstream. Patent Class: [G06T] IMAGE DATA PROCESSING OR GENERATION, IN GENERAL [2006.01]


Matching content to a spatial 3D environment
Patent No. 11373376 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Edward Ruediger (McKinney, TX), John A. Gotcher (Prosper, TX), Matthew Schon Bogue (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Magic Leap, Inc. (Plantation, FL)
Law Firm: Vista IP Law Group, LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17142210 on 01/05/2021 (539 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for matching content elements to surfaces in a spatially organized 3D environment. The method includes receiving content, identifying one or more elements in the content, determining one or more surfaces, matching the one or more elements to the one or more surfaces, and displaying the one or more elements as virtual content onto the one or more surfaces. Patent Class: [G06T] IMAGE DATA PROCESSING OR GENERATION, IN GENERAL [2006.01]


Methods and systems for improving human hair and scalp using vehicle cameras and big data AI analytics
Patent No. 11373420 

Inventor(s): Alexander T. Pham (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16857949 on 04/24/2020 (795 days app to issue)

Abstract: Hair loss/gain and scalp changes are monitored using vehicle cameras and sensors of connected vehicles. Each vehicle is equipped with at least one camera which images the hair and scalp of a person riding in the vehicle. Each vehicle is operatively connected to a hair and scalp improvement application in a computing cloud which includes a registration module which registers each vehicle. Additionally, the person may register with the hair and scalp improvement application to have his/her hair and scalp analyzed when travelling in any of the registered vehicles. The hair and scalp improvement application is operatively connected to a hair and scalp data artificial intelligence (AI) analytics module and a data lake to search and analyze information related to the changes in the hair and scalp images. A hair and scalp treatment recommendation is transmitted to the person. NULL


Systems including image detection to inhibit vehicle operation
Patent No. 11373447 

Inventor(s): Katsumi Nagata (Foster City, CA), Prathap Alvakonda (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16794594 on 02/19/2020 (860 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system including a vehicle electronic control unit, an imaging device, and a controller is disclosed. The controller includes a processor and memory storing computer-readable medium including executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the controller to capture an image of an operator of a vehicle by the imaging device, determine a facial expression of the operator, and transmit a vehicle operation command to the vehicle electronic control unit. The vehicle operation command causes the vehicle electronic control unit to perform a vehicle operation action based on the facial expression of the operator and an operation state of the vehicle. NULL


Vehicle test drive system and method of use
Patent No. 11373465 

Inventor(s): Frank M Terlep (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17316121 on 05/10/2021 (414 days app to issue)

Abstract: A test drive system that tracks the status of a repair of a vehicle or a request for a test drive. The system captures information from the vehicle or the operator while the test drive is performed. The data is used to document aspects of the test drive such as distance, speed and performance of the ADAS of the vehicle. Patent Class: [G07C] TIME OR ATTENDANCE REGISTERS; REGISTERING OR INDICATING THE WORKING OF MACHINES; GENERATING RANDOM NUMBERS; VOTING OR LOTTERY APPARATUS; ARRANGEMENTS, SYSTEMS OR APPARATUS FOR CHECKING NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE (identification of persons A61B 5/117; indicating or recording apparatus for measuring in general, analogous apparatus but in which the input is not a variable to be measured, e.g. a hand operation, G01D; clocks, clock mechanisms G04B, G04C; time-interval measuring G04F; counting mechanisms per se G06M)


Systems and methods for unlocking a digital lock
Patent No. 11373470 

Inventor(s): Masashi Nakagawa (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17227784 on 04/12/2021 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for unlocking a digital lock. A system may include a master key and a nested key. The master key may be configured to transmit authorization data to the digital lock or the nested key. The nested key may be configured to unlock the digital lock upon the digital lock or the nested key receiving the authorization data. The nested key may be configured to transmit the authorization data to the digital lock to unlock the digital lock if the master key is configured to transmit the authorization data to the nested key. Alternatively, the nested key may be configured to transmit key data to the digital lock to unlock the digital lock if the master key is configured to transmit the authorization data to the digital lock. Patent Class: [G07C] TIME OR ATTENDANCE REGISTERS; REGISTERING OR INDICATING THE WORKING OF MACHINES; GENERATING RANDOM NUMBERS; VOTING OR LOTTERY APPARATUS; ARRANGEMENTS, SYSTEMS OR APPARATUS FOR CHECKING NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE (identification of persons A61B 5/117; indicating or recording apparatus for measuring in general, analogous apparatus but in which the input is not a variable to be measured, e.g. a hand operation, G01D; clocks, clock mechanisms G04B, G04C; time-interval measuring G04F; counting mechanisms per se G06M)


Dynamic edge network management of vehicular traffic
Patent No. 11373525 

Inventor(s): Martin McEnroe (Plano, TX), Sanjiv Singh (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17157515 on 01/25/2021 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes determining that a prioritized vehicle plans to traverse an intersection and receiving sensor data from a plurality of sources in a vicinity of the intersection. The method also includes, based on the sensor data, determining a traffic solution to enable the prioritized vehicle to traverse the intersection, the traffic solution identifying a traffic lane and, based on the traffic solution, controlling a traffic light to cause traffic in the traffic lane to disperse and controlling a second traffic light to instruct traffic in an adjacent traffic lane to stop. The method includes instructing the prioritized vehicle to travel via the traffic lane. The traffic in the traffic lane and the traffic in the adjacent traffic lane are traveling in a same direction. Patent Class: [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]


System and method for ground-based advertising
Patent No. 11373562 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Elias Blumenthal (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Standley Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16657419 on 10/18/2019 (984 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for installing an advertising unit on a ground surface includes cleaning an installation area located at the ground surface, applying an adhesive at the installation area, depositing the advertising unit at the installation area atop the adhesive, and curing the adhesive. In some embodiments, the advertising unit comprises a back unit having a track which accommodates a cover in a sliding fashion. In some embodiments, the installation area may be excavated to render an upper surface of the advertising unit flush with the surface of the ground when deposited. Patent Class: [G09F] DISPLAYING; ADVERTISING; SIGNS; LABELS OR NAME-PLATES; SEALS


Transparent display projection
Patent No. 11373623 

Inventor(s): Zhongyan Sheng (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17139831 on 12/31/2020 (544 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, an apparatus includes a light source. The light source is configured to operate in a first mode by emitting light during a first period of time during which a display screen reflecting the light is substantially opaque. The light source is also configured to operate in a second mode by not emitting light during a second period of time during which the display screen is substantially transparent. The light source is also configured to repeatedly alternate between the first mode and the second mode to create a perception of an image resulting from the display screen reflecting the light being displayed on a transparent screen. Patent Class: [G09G] ARRANGEMENTS OR CIRCUITS FOR CONTROL OF INDICATING DEVICES USING STATIC MEANS TO PRESENT VARIABLE INFORMATION (arrangements for transferring data between digital computers and displays G06F 3/14; static indicating arrangements comprising an association of a number of separate sources or light control cells G09F 9/00; static indicating arrangements comprising integral associations of a number of light sources H01J, H01K, H01L, H05B 33/12; scanning, transmission or reproduction of documents or the like, e.g. facsimile transmission, details thereof H04N 1/00) [5]


Voice analysis training system
Patent No. 11373651 

Inventor(s): Margaret L Brooks (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): SALESBOOST, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16797928 on 02/21/2020 (858 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for performing voice analysis includes storing, in a database, a simulation file for conducting a training session with a user, the simulation file including at least a script, storing desired attributes associated with the simulation file, retrieving the simulation file from the database and providing a user interface to conduct the voice analysis using the simulation file from the database, receiving one or more voice impressions from a user and analyzing, at an audio analysis tool, at least one of the voice impressions of the user determining, at the audio analysis tool, attributes of the at least one voice impression in response to analyzing the at least one voice impression and comparing, at the audio analysis tool, the determined attributes to the desired attributes associated with the simulation file. The method provides, by the client application, feedback to the user based on the comparison. Patent Class: [G10L] SPEECH ANALYSIS OR SYNTHESIS; SPEECH RECOGNITION; SPEECH OR VOICE PROCESSING; SPEECH OR AUDIO CODING OR DECODING [4]


Time division peak power management for non-volatile storage
Patent No. 11373710 

Inventor(s): Hua-Ling Cynthia Hsu (Fremont, CA), Mark Murin (Kfar Saba, , IL), Mark Shlick (Ganey-Tikva, , IL), Yu-Chung Lien (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17165703 on 02/02/2021 (511 days app to issue)

Abstract: Time division peak power management in non-volatile memory systems is disclosed. The memory system has a memory controller and a number of semiconductor dies. Each die is assigned a time slot in which to perform high current portions of memory operations. The memory controller provides an external clock to each die. Each die tracks repeating time slots based on the external clock. The memory controller may synchronize this tracking. If a die is about to perform a high current portion of a memory operation, the die checks to determine if its allocated slot has been reached. If not, the die halts the memory operation until its allocated time slot is reached. When the allocated time slot is reached, the halted memory operation is resumed at the high current portion. Therefore, the high current portion of the memory operation occurs during the allocated time slot. Patent Class: [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)


Contact layer traces to program programmable ROM
Patent No. 11373719 

Inventor(s): Ayaskanta Behera (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17460368 on 08/30/2021 (302 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a programmable ROM circuit, an address circuit, and a processor. The programmable ROM circuit includes multiple physically contiguous pairs of bit-cells, each pair of bit-cells includes an active layer trace extending continuously across both of the bit-cells, each pair of bit-cells comprises a shared contact layer point when the pair of bit-cells is programmed to a value of one and no shared contact layer point when the pair of bit-cells is programmed to a value of zero. The address circuit is coupled to the programmable ROM circuit and configured to address only a first bit-cell of each pair of bit-cells. The processor is coupled to the address circuit and the programmable ROM circuit and configured to use the address circuit to read data from one or more pairs of bit-cells of the programmable ROM circuit. Patent Class: [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)


Management of multiple memory in-field self-repair options
Patent No. 11373726 

Inventor(s): Devanathan Varadarajan (Allen, TX), Varun Singh (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16539805 on 08/13/2019 (1050 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a processor and a memory set coupled to the processor. The system also includes a repair circuit coupled to the memory set. The repair circuit includes a first repair circuit and a second repair circuit. The repair circuit also includes a test controller configured to select between the first repair circuit and the second repair circuit to perform an in-field self-repair of the memory set. Patent Class: [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)


Augmented reality pharmacy system and method
Patent No. 11373742 

Inventor(s): Aaron D. Howard (Fort Worth, TX), Brad T. Crosslin (Keller, TX), Brandi D. Sherill (Springtown, TX), Clinton S. Ferguson, III (Arlington, TX), Shrikant M. Patel (Irving, TX), Tara L. Long (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): CHANGE HEALTHCARE HOLDINGS LLC (Nashville, TN)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16549872 on 08/23/2019 (1040 days app to issue)

Abstract: An augmented reality pharmacy system and method for assisting pharmacy personnel with health care-related tasks is presented. The augmented reality pharmacy system can reduce or eliminate common pharmacy fulfillment errors attributable to human error. The present disclosure improves pharmacy fulfilment error rates by providing image processing systems adapted to characterize prescription and drug related information to verify prescription fulfillment; incorporates augmented reality systems with pharmacy systems to provide enhanced fulfillment systems where real-world objects can be over-laid with virtual reality elements to provide additional pharmaceutical information to a user; and shortens the time spent by a user looking for a specific drug bottle in a maze of similar-looking drug bottles by incorporating wayfinding technology coupled with location based components. NULL


System for real-time management of session objects and for application programming interface (API) mocking
Patent No. 11375022 

Inventor(s): Priyank R. Shah (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17408919 on 08/23/2021 (309 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for real-time management of a plurality of session objects and for mocking a plurality of application programming interfaces (APIs). The system may include a cluster of servers. Each server may provide a backend service to a virtual assistant. Each backend service may execute an API. The system may also include a computing device operable to execute the virtual assistant in a test mode. The system may include a communication channel between the computing device and the cluster of servers. The communication channel may transmit API requests from the virtual assistant to the cluster, and JSON responses from the cluster to the virtual assistant. The system may include a mocked-up services server operable to replicate the cluster. The system may include a bypass communication channel between the communication channel and mocked-up services server. The bypass communication channel may redirect API requests to the mocked-up services server. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


 

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Busway joint connection monitoring system and methods of assembling the same
Patent No. 11372060 

Inventor(s): Gary Dean Kirkpatrick (Garland, TX), Jayesh Ranchhodbhai Patel (Richardson, TX), Roy Jaescentt Davis (Rowlett, TX), Stanley Gene Kotwitz, Jr. (Kaufman, TX)
Assignee(s): ABB POWER ELECTRONICS INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Armstrong Teasdale LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16107456 on 08/21/2018 (1407 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power distribution busway joint monitoring sensor assembly is provided. A first sensor is configured to measure a first position temperature and generate a first signal indicative of the first position temperature, wherein the first position is proximate to a busway joint. A second sensor is configured to measure a second position temperature and generate a second signal indicative of the second position temperature. A sensor controller is configured to i) receive the first signal and the second signal, ii) process the first signal and the second signal, and iii) generate a processed first signal and a processed second signal. A system controller is configured to receive the processed first signal and the processed second signal and generate an alert when a temperature differential between the first position temperature and the second position temperature is greater than a predetermined threshold temperature. Patent Class: [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)


System and method for controlling data using containers
Patent No. 11372987 

Inventor(s): Alan Rodriguez (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17326592 on 05/21/2021 (403 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device for managing secured data containers, the electronic device comprising at least one network interface, at least one memory storing executable instructions, and at least one processor coupled to the at least one network interface and the at least one memory. Execution of the executable instructions by the at least one processor causes the electronic device to receive a request for data container creation, retrieve data related to the request for data container creation, retrieve one or more parameters constraining use of the data, encrypt the data using a public encryption key, encode the encrypted data into a data storage area of a data container, encode the one or more parameters constraining use of the data into a machine readable parameter storage area of the data container, and assign a UUID to the data container. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Method of making leadframe strip
Patent No. 11373940 

Inventor(s): Anis Fauzi bin Abdul Aziz (Kedah, , MY), Lee Han [email protected] Lee (Johor, , MY), Wei Fen Sueann Lim (Melaka, , MY)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17028843 on 09/22/2020 (644 days app to issue)

Abstract: A leadframe strip for use in making leaded integrated circuit packages includes a plurality of integrally connected leadframes that each have a die attach pad and first and second dam bars located adjacent to opposite first and second sides of the die attach pad, respectively. A plurality of continuous lead structures extend, uninterrupted by other structure, between opposing ones of the dam bars of horizontally adjacent leadframes. The plurality of integrally connected leadframes are arranged in a plurality of vertical columns, wherein die attach pads in one vertical column are vertically offset from die attach pads in adjacent vertical columns. Patent Class: [H01L] SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (use of semiconductor devices for measuring G01; resistors in general H01C; magnets, inductors, transformers H01F; capacitors in general H01G; electrolytic devices H01G 9/00; batteries, accumulators H01M; waveguides, resonators, or lines of the waveguide type H01P; line connectors, current collectors H01R; stimulated-emission devices H01S; electromechanical resonators H03H; loudspeakers, microphones, gramophone pick-ups or like acoustic electromechanical transducers H04R; electric light sources in general H05B; printed circuits, hybrid circuits, casings or constructional details of electrical apparatus, manufacture of assemblages of electrical components H05K; use of semiconductor devices in circuits having a particular application, see the subclass for the application) [2]


Three-dimensional memory device containing III-V compound semiconductor channel and contacts and method of making the same
Patent No. 11374020 

Inventor(s): Ashish Baraskar (Santa Clara, CA), Peter Rabkin (Cupertino, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16887659 on 05/29/2020 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers, and a memory stack structure vertically extending through the alternating stack. The memory stack structure includes a vertical semiconductor channel and a memory film. The vertical semiconductor channel can include a III-V compound semiconductor channel material. A III-V compound substrate semiconductor layer or a III-V compound semiconductor source region can be used to provide low-resistance electrical connection to a bottom end of the vertical semiconductor channel, and a drain region including a graded III-V compound semiconductor material can be used to provide low-resistance electrical connection to a top end of the vertical semiconductor channel. Patent Class: [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]


Forming replacement low-k spacer in tight pitch fin field effect transistors
Patent No. 11374111 

Inventor(s): Chun-Chen Yeh (Danbury, CT), Qing Liu (Irvine, CA), Ruilong Xie (Niskayuna, NY), Xiuyu Cai (Niskayuna, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Tutunjian Bitetto, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16743293 on 01/15/2020 (895 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device that a fin structure, and a gate structure present on a channel region of the fin structure. A composite spacer is present on a sidewall of the gate structure including an upper portion having a first dielectric constant, a lower portion having a second dielectric constant that is less than the first dielectric constant, and an etch barrier layer between sidewalls of the first and second portion of the composite spacer and the gate structure. The etch barrier layer may include an alloy including at least one of silicon, boron and carbon. Patent Class: [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]


Protection of drain extended transistor field oxide
Patent No. 11374124 

Inventor(s): Binghua Hu (Plano, TX), Henry Litzmann Edwards (Garland, TX), James Robert Todd (Plano, TX), Xiaoju Wu (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16021647 on 06/28/2018 (1461 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described examples include integrated circuits, drain extended transistors and fabrication methods in which a silicide block material or other protection layer is formed on a field oxide structure above a drift region to protect the field oxide structure from damage during deglaze processing. Further described examples include a shallow trench isolation (STI) structure that laterally surrounds an active region of a semiconductor substrate, where the STI structure is laterally spaced from the oxide structure, and is formed under gate contacts of the transistor. Patent Class: [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]


Patterned photovoltaic cell arrangements in solar module laminations
Patent No. 11374139 

Inventor(s): Babak Farhangi (Kew Gardens Hills, NY)
Assignee(s): BMIC, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16440335 on 06/13/2019 (1111 days app to issue)

Abstract: A photovoltaic module incorporates a lamination including a back-sheet, an array of solar cells supported on the back-sheet, and a transparent protective covering over the array of solar cells. The solar cells are arranged in offset or staggered patterns on the back-sheet to present a more random and less rigid industrial appearance to an observer. In some cases, cleaved solar cell segments are arranged into groups that are staggered on the back-sheet. This allows for finer control of the net voltage produced by a module. In other embodiments, full single wafer solar cells are arranged into larger groups, which themselves are staggered on the back-sheet. In either case, the result is a photovoltaic module with an appearance that is more organic and acceptable to homeowners and architects than traditional modules having cells arranged in rigid aligned rows and columns. Patent Class: [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]


Fuel cell vehicle with a water system
Patent No. 11374241 

Inventor(s): Christopher Lee Rovik (McKinney, TX), Daniel Charles Folick (Long Beach, CA), Luke A. Rippelmeyer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16939596 on 07/27/2020 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle includes at least one fuel cell stack, a water reservoir housed higher than the at least one fuel cell stack, a first water pump, a second water pump and a control module. The at least one fuel cell stack is operable to generate electrical energy and water. The water reservoir is operable to store water. The first water pump is operable to pump water from the at least one fuel cell stack into the water reservoir against gravity. The second water pump is operable to dispense water from the water reservoir under assistance from gravitational potential energy of water in the water reservoir. The control module is configured to operate the second water pump on an on-demand basis, and operate the first water pump on a time-selective basis. Patent Class: [H01M] PROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY [2]


NiMn based Heusler alloys for thermal regulation applications
Patent No. 11374272 

Inventor(s): David G. Cahill (Champaign, IL), Debasish Banerjee (Ann Arbor, MI), Gaohua Zhu (Ann Arbor, MI), Qiye Zheng (Beijing, , CN)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16264376 on 01/31/2019 (1244 days app to issue)

Abstract: Thermal management systems include a heat generating device that is to be kept within a desired temperature range. A thermoregulating layer coats, or is otherwise positioned in adjacent proximity to the heat generating device. The thermoregulating layer includes a NiMn based Heusler alloy that exhibits an unprecedented differential in thermal conductivity across a relevant temperature range, based on a martensitic transition from an asymmetric lattice structure to a symmetric lattice structure with increasing temperature. Patent Class: [H01M] PROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY [2]


Thermal management systems including multiple phase changing materials and vehicles including the same
Patent No. 11374273 

Inventor(s): Ercan Mehmet Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16176799 on 10/31/2018 (1336 days app to issue)

Abstract: A battery module including a battery cell and a thermal management system for removing heat from the battery cell. The thermal management system includes two or more unit cells in an array. Each unit cell includes a primary shell comprising a primary phase change material (PCM), and a secondary shell comprising a secondary PCM that is thermally coupled to the primary shell. The battery cell is thermally coupled to the primary shell at a heat transfer interface and the secondary shells of adjacent unit cells in the array are separate. Patent Class: [H01M] PROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY [2]


Multi-tunnel electric motor/generator
Patent No. 11374442 

Inventor(s): Fred E. Hunstable (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): Linear Labs, LLC (Granbury, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16566132 on 09/10/2019 (1022 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a new and improved electrical motor/generator, specifically a motor/generator comprising: a plurality of coils radially positioned about a coil assembly, a plurality of magnetic tunnels forming a relative rotational path for the coil assembly, wherein the all of plurality of magnets forming each magnetic tunnel have like poles facing inward toward the interior of the magnetic tunnel or facing outward away from the interior of the magnetic tunnel such that each magnetic field of any magnetic tunnel is of an opposite polarity to the magnetic field of an adjacent magnetic tunnel. Patent Class: [H02K] DYNAMO-ELECTRIC MACHINES (dynamo-electric relays H01H 53/00; conversion of DC or AC input power into surge output power H02M 9/00)


Magnetic coupler with force balancing
Patent No. 11374480 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Richard Decena Ornelaz (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: KL Gates LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15764797 on 12/28/2016 (2008 days app to issue)

Abstract: A magnetic coupling system and a method of balancing a magnetic coupler are provided. The magnetic coupling system includes a follower magnet magnetically coupled to a drive magnet, and a magnetic balancing component located to a side of the follower magnet. Movement of the drive magnet induces corresponding movement of the follower magnet. The magnetic balancing component and the drive magnet exert attractive magnetic forces on the follower magnet in opposite directions. Patent Class: [H02K] DYNAMO-ELECTRIC MACHINES (dynamo-electric relays H01H 53/00; conversion of DC or AC input power into surge output power H02M 9/00)


DC-DC converter having a switch on-time control loop with a switched-capacitor circuit for error-based adjustment
Patent No. 11374483 

Inventor(s): Masahiro Yoshioka (Allen, TX), Taisuke Kazama (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17014881 on 09/08/2020 (658 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a direct-current to direct-current (DC-DC) converter having an output terminal and at least one electronic switch. The DC-DC converter also includes: 1) a first feedback loop configured to control a voltage at the output terminal by adjusting a first switching parameter of the at least one electronic switch; and 2) a second feedback loop configured to adjust a second switching parameter of the at least one electronic switch. The second feedback loop includes a switched-capacitor circuit configured to determine a threshold signal based on an error between a reference signal and a control signal for the at least one electronic switch. The second feedback loop is configured to adjust the second switching parameter based on a comparison of an on-time signal with the threshold signal. Patent Class: [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]


Motor resistance and inductance values from initial position detection timing parameters
Patent No. 11374521 

Inventor(s): Ganapathi Hegde (Bengaluru, , IN), Venkata Pavan Mahankali (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16900316 on 06/12/2020 (746 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes: a motor having a stator and a rotor; and a pulse generation circuit coupled to the stator. The system also includes a motor controller coupled to the pulse generation circuit. The motor controller is configured to: determine inductance and resistance values of the motor based on timing parameters obtained during an initial position detection (IPD) interval; determine a rotor position based on the determined inductance and resistance values; and generate control signals for the pulse generation circuit based on the determined rotor position. Patent Class: [H02P] CONTROL OR REGULATION OF ELECTRIC MOTORS, ELECTRIC GENERATORS OR DYNAMO-ELECTRIC CONVERTERS; CONTROLLING TRANSFORMERS, REACTORS OR CHOKE COILS [4]


Adaptive model feedback for haptic controllers
Patent No. 11374522 

Inventor(s): David Hernandez (Fort Worth, TX), Supriyo Palit (Kolkata, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16906364 on 06/19/2020 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include an apparatus for closed loop control of a linear resonant actuator comprising a motor drive circuit configured to provide a motor drive signal, a current and voltage sensing circuit coupled to the output terminal of the motor drive circuit and across the motor, and having current sense and a voltage sense outputs. A resonant frequency and back emf extraction circuit receives the current sense and voltage sense outputs, and outputs a resonant frequency signal output and a measured back emf signal output. An actuator model circuit has inputs coupled to the output of the motor drive circuit, the resonant frequency signal output, and a mechanical system quality factor signal generated by an adaptation circuit having an input coupled to the error summing circuit output. The error summing circuit has inputs coupled to the output of the actuator model and the measured back emf signal. Patent Class: [H02P] CONTROL OR REGULATION OF ELECTRIC MOTORS, ELECTRIC GENERATORS OR DYNAMO-ELECTRIC CONVERTERS; CONTROLLING TRANSFORMERS, REACTORS OR CHOKE COILS [4]


Zero IF transmitter with decoupling between mixer and programmable gain stage
Patent No. 11374536 

Inventor(s): Eeshan Miglani (Chhindwara, , IN), Jagannathan Venkataraman (Bengaluru, , IN), Rahul Sharma (Bengaluru, , IN), Sandeep Kesrimal Oswal (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17158449 on 01/26/2021 (518 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a Zero IF transmitter having a mixer and a programmable gain stage. The Zero IF transmitter also includes an intermediate stage between the mixer and the programmable gain stage, wherein the intermediate stage is configured to decouple the mixer and the programmable gain stage. Patent Class: [H03C] MODULATION (masers or lasers H01S; coding, decoding or code conversion H03M)


Common mode rejection for differential receiver in high speed data channel
Patent No. 11374541 

Inventor(s): David G. Haedge (Dallas, TX), Thanh Thien Tran (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Burns Levinson LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17069725 on 10/13/2020 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: A common-mode rejection receiver including a first differential amplifier arranged to receive a differential signal including receiving a positive signal of the differential signal at a first non-inverting input port and receiving a negative signal of the differential signal at a first inverting input port, and output a first differentiated signal based on a voltage differential between the positive signal and the negative signal. A clamping circuit is arranged to limit a magnitude of the first differentiated signal to a pre-determined limit. A second differential amplifier is arranged to receive the positive signal at a second inverting input port and receive the negative signal at a second non-inverting input port, and output a second differentiated signal. A matching circuit is arranged to receive the second differentiated signal output and output a matched signal. A summing circuit adds the clamped signal and matched signal and outputs a receiver output signal. Patent Class: [H03F] AMPLIFIERS (measuring, testing G01R; optical parametric amplifiers G02F; circuit arrangements with secondary emission tubes H01J 43/30; masers, lasers H01S; dynamo-electric amplifiers H02K; control of amplification H03G; coupling arrangements independent of the nature of the amplifier, voltage dividers H03H; amplifiers capable only of dealing with pulses H03K; repeater circuits in transmission lines H04B 3/36, H04B 3/58; application of speech amplifiers in telephonic communication H04M 1/60, H04M 3/40)


Automatic volume control for land mobile radio
Patent No. 11374546 

Inventor(s): Christian K. Barker (Roanoke, TX), Joshua Alan Johnson (Lincoln, NE), Marshall Pommier Schiring (Lincoln, NE), Stephen Joseph Borer (Lincoln, NE)
Assignee(s): E.F. Johnson Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16664472 on 10/25/2019 (977 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides a radio and method for automatically adjusting, in response to ambient noise, the volume setting of a radio. The radio comprises a microphone for receiving ambient audio and generating a microphone signal; a codec for receiving the microphone signal and generating a processor signal representative of the ambient audio; and processor circuitry operable to receive the processor signal, determine an ambient audio level in response to the processor signal, and determine an adjusted radio volume to generate a radio volume control signal, wherein the adjusted radio volume is determined by calculating a difference between a baseline volume level and ambient audio level and adding a current volume level setting, wherein the codec is also operable to receive the radio volume control signal and generate an output signal to adjust the radio volume setting to maintain a net difference between the adjusted radio volume and ambient audio. Patent Class: [H03G] CONTROL OF AMPLIFICATION (impedance networks, e.g. attenuators, H03H; control of transmission in lines H04B 3/04)


Pad limited configurable logic device
Patent No. 11374571 

Inventor(s): Joao Carlos Brito (Murphy, TX), Philip Anthony Coyle (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17015645 on 09/09/2020 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit provides a semiconductor die with I/O bond pads, a power bond pad, and a circuit ground pad. Each I/O bond pad is associated with an input circuit that has an input circuit output lead. Sets of digital logic functional circuitry on the die provide different digital logic functions. Each function includes logic input leads and logic output leads. Output circuits each have an output circuit in lead and an output circuit out lead. Strapping structures, such as vias, formed in the semiconductor die electrically couple input circuits to a selected set of digital logic functions and the selected set of digital logic functions to output circuit in leads. Upper level metal conductors couple output circuit out leads and selected I/O bond pads. Patent Class: [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]


Self-diagnostic counter
Patent No. 11374576 

Inventor(s): Maheedhar Janaki Jalasutram (Bangalore, , IN), Prasanth Viswanathan Pillai (Karnataka, , IN), Shailesh Ganapat Ghotgalkar (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17138569 on 12/30/2020 (545 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a counter system includes a counter, a parity detector, a toggle flop, and a comparator. The counter iterates a count through a set of binary states in response to a clock signal, so that a binary value of a single bit of the count changes at each iteration. The parity detector detects the parity of the count. The toggle flop output is coupled to the toggle flop input. The toggle flop outputs a binary flop value. The binary flop value toggles between zero and one in response to the toggle flop input and the clock signal. The comparator compares the parity of the count and the toggle flop output, and outputs a first comparator value if the parity of the count and the toggle flop output are the same, and a second comparator value if the parity of the count and the toggle flop output are different. Patent Class: [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]


Interleaving ADC error correction methods for Ethernet PHY
Patent No. 11374601 

Inventor(s): Kalpesh Laxmanbhai Rajai (Bengaluru, , IN), Raghu Ganesan (Bengaluru, , IN), Saravanakkumar Radhakrishnan (Aruppukottai, , IN), Soumyajit Roul (Bengaluru, , IN), Sumantra Seth (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17200426 on 03/12/2021 (473 days app to issue)

Abstract: A receiver circuit includes an interleaved ADC, a first delay circuit, a second delay circuit, a first processing channel, a second processing channel, and an interleaving ADC timing error detector circuit. The interleaved ADC includes a first ADC and a second ADC in parallel. The first delay circuit delays a first clock signal provided to the first ADC. The second delay circuit delays a second clock signal provided to the second ADC. The first processing channel processes data samples provided by the first ADC, and includes a first slicer. The second processing channel processes data samples provided by the second ADC, and includes a second slicer. The interleaving ADC timing error detector circuit controls delay of the first delay circuit and the second delay circuit based on an output signal of the first slicer, and an output signal or an input signal of the second slicer. Patent Class: [H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for sensor assisted beam selection, beam tracking, and antenna module selection
Patent No. 11374635 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Jianhua Mo (Garland, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Mandar Narsinh Kulkarni (Richardson, TX), Pengda Huang (Allen, TX), Won-Suk Choi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16246284 on 01/11/2019 (1264 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure includes a method and apparatus for sensor assisted beam selection. A method for sensor assisted beam selection includes receiving an input from a sensor indicating a presence of an obstacle proximate to the sensor. The method further includes identifying an antenna module proximate to the sensor. The method further includes deactivating at least a portion of the identified antenna module based on the input from the sensor. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Generalized virtual PIM measurement for enhanced accuracy
Patent No. 11374661 

Inventor(s): Linjie Leng (Flower Mound, TX), Ramasamy Gopalan (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16973810 on 06/13/2018 (1476 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus, method and work product is disclosed. The method comprises measuring plural transmit signals and corresponding receive signals and determining, using a model describing a relation between each of the plural transmit signals and a respective passive intermodulation signal, a standardized passive intermodulation signal as one or more nth order intermodulation products for a standardized transmit signal consisting of two tones each of a power of substantially 20 Watts. The method may also comprise identifying in the model one or more n[superscript]th [/superscript]order cross-intermodulation products resulting from three or more transmit signals having different respective carrier frequencies. Responsive to the identification, the method may comprise adapting the standardized two-tone passive intermodulation signal by determining an offset for producing an adapted two-tone standardized passive intermodulation signal, n is an odd integer greater than two. Patent Class: [H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Phase spectrum based delay estimation method and module
Patent No. 11374669 

Inventor(s): Jawaharlal Tangudu (Bengaluru, , IN), Sarma Sundareswara Gunturi (Bengaluru, , IN), Sashidharan Venkatraman (Bengaluru, , IN), Yeswanth Guntupalli (Guntur, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16593401 on 10/04/2019 (998 days app to issue)

Abstract: A phase spectrum based delay estimating method of tracking channel responses, extracting phase responses from the tracked channel responses, and generating a delay estimate, wherein the delay estimate is based on a slope and intercept estimates of the extracted phase responses with high quality metric to improve delay estimation, and a system thereof. Patent Class: [H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Data integrity validation via degenerate keys
Patent No. 11374770 

Inventor(s): Michael John Line (University Park, MD)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16693795 on 11/25/2019 (946 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for developing a novel public/private key pair having unique properties are disclosed, whereby standard data security operations in existing data security infrastructures return a data integrity validation resultbut do not provide the intended data security of such infrastructures. These novel keys are referred to as degenerate keys and may be used to replace the public and private keys in existing public/private key cryptosystems. Because degenerate key data integrity validation may leverage existing data security infrastructures that are already widely-implemented, such examples may be applied immediately and configured to seamlessly transition from integrity only modes back to secure modes. In some instances, the degenerate key examples described herein may be employed during a software testing and/or factory validation stage of product development to allow for data integrity validation before burning in a developer”s active (i.e., non-degenerate) key to the product, thereby pairing the software to the hardware. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Automated logging of patching operations via mixed reality based labeling
Patent No. 11374808 

Inventor(s): Mark Robert Dagley (Haslet, TX), William Julius McPhil Giraud (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Research Development Corporation (Corning, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17573679 on 01/12/2022 (167 days app to issue)

Abstract: A machine vision device is provided including a camera, a processor, and a device memory including computer program code stored thereon. The computer program code is configured, when executed by the processor, to receive an image, from the camera, including at least one readable digital label associated with communication equipment, determine if an anchor label is present in the image, receive equipment information based on the anchor label and generate a search matrix based on the equipment information and the anchor label The search matrix includes one or more search matrix locations of assets associated with the communication equipment. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Software defined network device exposure to third parties
Patent No. 11374813 

Inventor(s): Manish Srivastava (Frisco, TX), Sivanaga Ravi Kumar Chunduru Venkata (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17238386 on 04/23/2021 (431 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods described herein provide a co-managed configuration service. A network device stores parameters for the co-managed configuration service. The parameters identify exposed services for an enterprise network that uses devices from a network service provider. The network device receives, via a customer portal, a vendor-agnostic change request for the enterprise network. The change request includes a user role and a change request name for one of the exposed services. The network device authenticates the change request based on the user role and the change request name and retrieves vendor director information for an SDN device implementing the configuration change. The network device invokes, in response to the change request, the configuration change for the enterprise network based on the vendor director information. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Automated deployment of internet connectivity to rack switches in a data center
Patent No. 11374880 

Inventor(s): Adam Scott Wayne (Keller, TX), David Hess (Arlington, TX), Jason Anthony Lochhead (Frisco, TX), Manikandan Subramanian (Flower Mound, TX), Michael Andra Ballard (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Cyxtera Data Centers, Inc. (Coral Gables, FL)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig (27 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16695663 on 11/26/2019 (945 days app to issue)

Abstract: Top-of-rack (TOR) switches are connected to a network fabric of a data center. Each TOR switch corresponds to a respective rack of the data center, and is configured to provide access to the network fabric for computing devices mounted in the respective rack. A request is received, from a client device via a portal of the data center, to provide IP connectivity to one or more computing devices mounted in a rack. IP addresses are assigned that correspond to the IP connectivity. A virtual network is created in a network fabric of the data center. The created virtual network is associated with the assigned IP addresses. One or more of the TOR switches are configured to connect one or more ports of each respective TOR switch to the created virtual network. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Presence-based communications in a controlled environment
Patent No. 11374883 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): GLOBAL TEL*LINK CORPORATION (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16436531 on 06/10/2019 (1114 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, method, and computer program product embodiments for providing presence-based communications in a controlled environment. In an embodiment, a presence management system monitors communication status information related to communication devices within a controlled facility as well as communication device external to the controlled facility. Communication statuses indicate the availability of users to receive certain types of communications, such as, for example, video conferencing, audio calls, and/or textual messages. In an embodiment, an inmate of the controlled environment can view communication statuses of external individuals. The presence management system informs the inmate of the availability of the external individuals and facilitates communications between the inmates and external individuals. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Biometric authentication for an augmented reality or a virtual reality device
Patent No. 11374929 

Inventor(s): Mark Schnitzer (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): GLOBAL E-DENTITY, INC. (Wilmington, DE)
Law Firm: Law Office Of Dorian Cartwright (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17525844 on 11/12/2021 (228 days app to issue)

Abstract: An augmented reality or virtual reality device is detected as being attached to the specific user. In response, an access request for the specific user for use of the augmented reality or virtual reality device is automatically generated. Access is granted utilizing biometric authentication enhanced with non-invasive internal scanning of the body for characteristics unique to the specific user. Access can be granted for a device, a specific app on the device, or for a specific virtual or augmented location within the specific app. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Streamlining cryptographic processes in a test environment
Patent No. 11374973 

Inventor(s): David Gary DeSanto (Plano, TX), Li Yang (Plano, TX), Suma Subbarao (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Spirent Communications, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Haynes Beffel Wolfeld LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16228714 on 12/20/2018 (1286 days app to issue)

Abstract: The technology disclosed is a method of testing handling of secure communication sessions of clients with servers by device or system under test (DUT). The method includes (i) establishing a secure communication session between the client and the server while the client and the server transitions past a standards-required verification step or validation step without performing the required verification or validation, (ii) establishing a secure communication session between the client and the server while the client and the server reuse standards-required security mechanisms without generating or obtaining new standards-required security mechanisms, or (iii) establishing a secure communication session between the client and the server while the client and the server generate and transmit content contrary to an established standard-based procedure that poses certain requirements of the content. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Collaborative meeting interest analyzer based on capture attempts
Patent No. 11374986 

Inventor(s): Rama Krishna Vedula (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17301674 on 04/12/2021 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment for analyzing user interest in presented content based on capture attempts during a meeting is provided. The embodiment may include receiving presentation content from a meeting host. The embodiment may also include analyzing one or more capture applications on a device of one or more users for a capture event in response to receiving the presentation content from the meeting host. The embodiment may further include in response to determining the capture event has occurred, identifying information relating to the capture event and the one or more users who initiated the capture event. The embodiment may also include presenting the meeting host with the information relating to the capture event and the one or more users who initiated the capture event. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Streaming content cache scheduling
Patent No. 11374994 

Inventor(s): Rudolph Mappus (Plano, TX), Vijayan Nagarajan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17347408 on 06/14/2021 (379 days app to issue)

Abstract: A processing system including at least one processor may collect a first set of time series features relating to requests for a content item at a content distribution node in a communication network, generate a first prediction model based upon the first set of time series features to predict levels of demand for the content item at the content distribution node at future time periods, identify, via the first prediction model, a first time period of the future time periods when a predicted level of demand for the content item exceeds a threshold level of demand, identify a second time period of the future time periods when a predicted level of utilization of the communication network is below a threshold level of utilization, the second time period being prior to the first time period, and transfer the content item to the content distribution node in the second time period. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Group communication and service optimization system
Patent No. 11375026 

Inventor(s): Xiaoming Zhao (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: 17064260 on 10/06/2020 (630 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for optimizing group communication services, the method including determining a current location and an assigned home server for one or more devices associated with each of a plurality of group members, determining whether the one or more devices of the plurality of group members has moved to a visiting location, wherein the visiting location is a location outside of locations associated with the assigned home server based on the current location and assigned home server for the one or more devices, and assigning a group control application server associated with the visiting location to the to the one or more devices to serve as the assigned home server. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


IP-enabled information delivery
Patent No. 11375060 

Inventor(s): Monica Rose Martino (Plano, TX), Taylor Cleghorn (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FIRST ORION CORP. (North Little Rock, AR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16551624 on 08/26/2019 (1037 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system, and computer readable medium comprising instructions for providing Internet protocol enabled information delivery are provided. Information from a calling party is received at an Internet protocol enabled device. A lookup of information relating to the calling party is performed in a database via an Internet protocol connection. A message is received from the database comprising information relating to the calling party. Patent Class: [H04M] TELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION (circuits for controlling other apparatus via a telephone cable and not involving telephone switching apparatus G08)


Image data processing for multi-exposure wide dynamic range image data
Patent No. 11375131 

Inventor(s): Rajasekhar Reddy Allu (Plano, TX), Shashank Dabral (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17001398 on 08/24/2020 (673 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include integrated circuits, merge circuits and methods of processing multiple-exposure image data, in which a single pre-processing circuit is used for pre-processing first input exposure data associated with a first exposure of the image, and then for pre-processing second input exposure data associated with a second exposure of the image, and the first and second pre-processed exposure data are merged to generate merged image data for tone mapping and other post-processing. An example merge circuit includes a configurable gain circuit to apply a gain to the first and/or second exposure data, as well as a configurable weighting circuit with a weight calculation circuit and a motion adaptive filter circuit to compute a first and second weight values for merging the pre-processed first and second exposure data. Patent Class: [H04N] PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION [4]


Method and system for constraining tile processing overhead in video coding
Patent No. 11375190 

Inventor(s): Minhua Zhou (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17386603 on 07/28/2021 (335 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for encoding a picture of a video sequence in a bit stream that constrains tile processing overhead is provided. The method includes computing a maximum tile rate for the video sequence, computing a maximum number of tiles for the picture based on the maximum tile rate, and encoding the picture wherein a number of tiles used to encode the picture is enforced to be no more than the maximum number of tiles. Patent Class: [H04N] PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION [4]


Reducing context coded and bypass coded bins to improve context adaptive binary arithmetic coding (CABAC) throughput
Patent No. 11375197 

Inventor(s): Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX), Vivienne Sze (Cambridge, MA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17477588 on 09/17/2021 (284 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for context-adaptive binary arithmetic coding (CABAC) coding with a reduced number of context coded and/or bypass coded bins are provided. Rather than using only truncated unary binarization for the syntax element representing the delta quantization parameter and context coding all of the resulting bins as in the prior art, a different binarization is used and only part of the resulting bins are context coded, thus reducing the worst case number of context coded bins for this syntax element. Further, binarization techniques for the syntax element representing the remaining actual value of a transform coefficient are provided that restrict the maximum codeword length of this syntax element to 32 bits or less, thus reducing the number of bypass coded bins for this syntax element over the prior art. Patent Class: [H04N] PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION [4]


Systems and methods for evaluating models that generate recommendations
Patent No. 11375280 

Inventor(s): Ankit Naidu (Lewisville, TX), Frolov Volodymyr (Dallas, TX), Haripriya Srinivasaraghavan (Plano, TX), Pratik Sarkar (Irving, TX), Rajeshwar Makam (Irving, TX), Yevhen Rutskyi (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17305612 on 07/12/2021 (351 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may receive content data, a first model, and a second model. The first model may be trained on different types of metadata than the second model. The content data may include a first identifier of a first content item and a first set of metadata associated with the first content item. The device may process the first set of metadata to generate first recommendations from the first model and second recommendations from the second model. The device may provide the first identifier and a combination of the first recommendations and the second recommendations to client devices. The device may receive, from the client devices, user-generated target recommendations based on the combination. The device may process the user-generated target recommendations, the first recommendations, and the second recommendations, to provide feedback to update the first model and the second model. Patent Class: [H04N] PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION [4]


Optical network power conservation
Patent No. 11375299 

Inventor(s): Frank Effenberger (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen, , CN)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17156319 on 01/22/2021 (522 days app to issue)

Abstract: An OLT comprises a processor configured to: obtain optical powers associated with ONUs, and generate an instruction instructing a transmit order of transmissions based on the optical powers; a transmitter coupled to the processor and configured to transmit the instruction to the ONUs; and a receiver coupled to the processor and configured to receive the transmissions from the ONUs based on the instruction. An apparatus comprises a receiver configured to receive an instruction instructing a transmit order of transmissions based on optical powers associated with ONUs; a processor coupled to the receiver and configured to process the instruction; and a transmitter coupled to the processor and configured to transmit a transmission based on the instruction. Patent Class: [H04Q] SELECTING (switches, relays, selectors H01H; wireless communication networks H04W) [2009.01]


Network architecture and methods for location services
Patent No. 11375341 

Inventor(s): David Goodwin Shaw (Dallas, TX), Felix Markhovsky (Dallas, TX), Russ Markhovsky (Dallas, TX), Truman Prevatt (Dallas, TX), Tyler Matthew Smith (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): POLTE CORPORATION (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17090247 on 11/05/2020 (600 days app to issue)

Abstract: UE location determined by collecting and preprocessing signal data at a detector and sending extracted data to a remote locate server. The detector buffers samples from signals provided by receive channels, detects known reference signals from receive channels based on reference signal parameters, isolates symbols carrying the reference signal from frames, extracts data from symbols, and sends extracted data to locate server. The locate server receives the extracted data, estimates locate observables based on the extracted data and calculates the UE location based on the estimated locate observables, the reference signal parameters and the extracted data. The detector and/or the server may also generate correlation coefficients between reference signals carrying spectrum received from a serving cell and utilize the correlation coefficients to cancel a serving cell signal in symbols that include known in advance reference signals from the serving cell and one or more neighboring cells of the wireless system. Patent Class: [H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods and systems for provisioning emergency numbers
Patent No. 11375355 

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: 17064336 on 10/06/2020 (630 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. Patent Class: [H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for temporarily barring UE network slice usage
Patent No. 11375374 

Inventor(s): Parry Cornell Booker (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17210841 on 03/24/2021 (461 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and method are provided for a temporary network slice usage barring service within a core network. A network device in the core network receives a slice barring information message for an application function (AF). The slice barring information message includes a unique subscriber identifier associated with a user equipment (UE) device to be barred from a network slice and indicates a barring expiration time. The network device stores barring parameters based on the slice barring information message. The barring parameters include a slice identifier associated with the AF, the unique subscriber identifier, and the barring expiration time. The network device sends a barring instruction message to another network device associated with the network slice. The barring instruction message includes the unique subscriber identifier and the barring expiration time. The other network device enforces temporary barring of the UE device from the network slice based on the barring instruction message. Patent Class: [H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Wireless chip-to-chip switching
Patent No. 11375429 

Inventor(s): Baher S. Haroun (Allen, TX), Marco Corsi (Parker, TX), Martin J. Izzard (Dallas, TX), Nirmal Chindhu Warke (Irving, TX), Siraj Akhtar (Richardson, TX), Srinath Hosur (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15632858 on 06/26/2017 (1828 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a system and method for chip to chip communications in electronic circuits. In one embodiment, a networking device includes an input port circuit having a transmitter circuit coupled one or more transmitter antennas, wherein the input port circuit transmits a data packet to a first output port circuit using millimeter wave signals. The networking device includes output port circuits including at least the first output port circuit, each of the output port circuits having a receiver circuit coupled to one or more receiver antennas. The networking device includes a beamforming circuit coupled to the one or more transmitter antennas of the input port circuit, wherein the beamforming circuit causes the one or more transmitter antennas to transmit an antenna beam directed at the one or more receiver antennas of the first output port circuit. Patent Class: [H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


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Hanger for accessories
Patent No. D955762 

Inventor(s): Jinsheng Lu (Guilin, , CN)
Assignee(s): The Container Store, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Hubbard Law, PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29765916 on 01/12/2021 (532 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Clothes hanger
Patent No. D955763 

Inventor(s): Jinsheng Lu (Guilin, , CN)
Assignee(s): The Container Store, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Hubbard Law, PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29765914 on 01/12/2021 (532 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Clothes hanger for pants and skirts
Patent No. D955764 

Inventor(s): Jinsheng Lu (Guilin, , CN)
Assignee(s): The Container Store, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Hubbard Law, PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29765915 on 01/12/2021 (532 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Fender
Patent No. D955946 

Inventor(s): Mark Hanson (Dallas, TX), Travis Kirkman (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): OVERKILL MOTORSPORTS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29776276 on 03/29/2021 (456 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Vehicle mirror
Patent No. D955947 

Inventor(s): Dimitri Trinidad Medina (Plano, TX), Jeffrey Paul Smith (Prosper, TX), Jon Forrest Acton (Fort Worth, TX), Victor Garcia (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): PACCAR Inc (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29753020 on 09/29/2020 (637 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Open-walled cooling environment
Patent No. D956112 

Inventor(s): Christopher Thompson (Fort Worth, TX), James M. Costanza (Flower Mound, TX), Rahul Sharma (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): KPS GLOBAL LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29728110 on 03/16/2020 (834 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Open-walled cooling environment
Patent No. D956113 

Inventor(s): James M. Costanza (Flower Mound, TX), Michael Cline (Azle, TX), Rahul Sharma (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): KPS GLOBAL LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29776515 on 03/30/2021 (455 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Model vehicle bumper
Patent No. D956147 

Inventor(s): Jory Sprowl (Honey Grove, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS, L.P. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29761815 on 12/11/2020 (564 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Model vehicle bumper
Patent No. D956148 

Inventor(s): Jory Sprowl (Honey Grove, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS, L.P. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29761818 on 12/11/2020 (564 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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