Dallas Invents: 139 Patents Granted for Week of Oct. 1

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

Patents granted include:
•  Apple's adaptive multiplexing and transmit/receive diversity for wireless devices
•  Arch Holdings' method for media destruction using a kiosk
•  AT&T's system for grouping users to different speed tiers
•  Bank of America's data security based on quantum particle states
•  Capital One's vehicle location system
•  SMU's privacy preserving disclosure of a shared, identity-linked secret
•  Wells Fargo Bank's biometric electronic signature tokens
•  Toyota's smart necklace for social awareness

Toyota's patent granted for a Smart necklace for social awareness for people with impaired vision or on the autism spectrum.

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 Oct. 1, 2019 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES 
(NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments (Dallas) 22
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 9
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 4
Orthofix Inc. (Lewisville) 3
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 3

UNASSIGNED 14


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS 
(NO. OF PATENTS)
 

Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney) 3
Jae Won Choi (Dallas) 3
Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine) 3
Qiaochu Tang (The Colony) 3
Stephen Michael Wylie (Carrollton) 3
Steve Blake (Allen) 3
Donald Keith Smith (Prosper) 2
Micah Price (Plano) 2
Paparao Palacharla (Richardson) 2
Qingya She (Allen) 2


FIRST SEEN 
(COMPANIES THAT MAY BE ORIGINATING A PATENT IN DFW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2019, ACCORDING TO PATENT INDEX.) 

Epiroc Drilling Solutions
Patent No. 10428638
System and method for controlling a drilling machine

NNB Nutrition USA
Patent No. 10428357
Preparation of (R)-3-hydroxybutyric acid or its salts by one-step fermentation

Warner Wireless Int’l Inc
D0861475
Cellular phone accessory package

Wicked Aim
Patent No. 10429147
Portable shooting stabilization assist clamp


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE
(NO. OF DAYS) 

208 days
Methods and systems for managing application configurations
Patent No. 10430179
Assignee: Capital One Services
Inventors: Lokesh Vijay Kumar (Frisco), Poornima Bagare Raju (Plano)

3,260 days
Load balancing to provide a target grade of service (GOS)
Patent No. 10433207
Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
Inventors: Sergio Aguirre (Southlake)


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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

Pumping/nursing garment
Patent No. 10426203 

Inventor(s): Joy Kosak (Moraga, CA)
Assignee(s): Simple Wishes LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Cooley LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15873456 on 01/17/2018 (622 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus are described herein for providing a garment (e.g. a bra) that can be used by a wearer during extraction of breast milk using a breast pump. In some embodiments, a garment can include an inner panel that defines one or more openings and an outer panel that can cover the openings. Each of the openings can receive a portion of a breast pump, and the inner panel can provide support to the breast pump during milk extraction. The outer panel can be removably coupled to the inner panel with a clasp such that the outer panel can be at least partially removed from the inner panel to gain access to the opening(s). In some embodiments, the inner panel can be removably coupled to another portion of the garment such that the inner panel can be partially removed and/or fully removed from the remaining portions of the garment.

[A41C] CORSETS; BRASSIERES


Adjustable height table
Patent No. 10426259 

Inventor(s): David Patton (Flower Mound, TX), Lio Yenwei Chang (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Varidesk, LLC (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15672022 on 08/08/2017 (784 days app to issue)

Abstract: A table having a table top having an upper surface and a lower surface. The table further having a first and second guide track located on the lower surface. A first leg is pivotally connected to a second leg, the first leg comprising a first slide adapted to slidably engage the first guide track, and the second leg comprising a second slide adapted to slidably engage the second guide track. The table further includes a first retainer adapted to engage the first slide and the first guide track to prevent sliding of the first slide with respect to the first guide track, and a second retainer adapted to engage the second slide and the second guide track to prevent sliding of the second slide with respect to the second guide track. The table may be an adjustable height table. Other features of the table are also described.

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


Portable organizer system
Patent No. 10426264 

Inventor(s): Teri Kramer (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15884529 on 01/31/2018 (608 days app to issue)

Abstract: A portable organizer system, including a base, a column coupled to the base, a plurality of receivers coupled to the column, wherein each receiver in the plurality of receivers includes a back element adapted to couple to the column and having a lower edge, and an angled planar element sharing the lower edge of the back element.

[A47F] SPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS, OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS


Customized dental prosthesis for periodontal or osseointegration and related systems
Patent No. 10426578 

Inventor(s): Lea Ellermeier Nesbit (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): NATURAL DENTAL IMPLANTS, AG (Berlin, , DE)
Law Firm: Bracewell LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13247843 on 09/28/2011 (2925 days app to issue)

Abstract: Custom dental prosthesis or implants each individually designed and manufactured to replace nonfunctional natural teeth positioned in a jawbone of a specific pre-identified patient are provided. An example dental prosthesis/implant includes a dental implant body having a prosthesis interface formed therein to receive an occlusal-facing dental prosthesis component. The prosthesis interface has a custom three-dimensional surface shape positioned and formed to create a form locking fit with respect to the occlusal-facing dental prosthesis component when positioned thereon.

[A61C] DENTISTRY; APPARATUS OR METHODS FOR ORAL OR DENTAL HYGIENE (non-driven toothbrushes A46B; preparations for dentistry A61K 6/00; preparations for cleaning the teeth or mouth A61K 8/00, A61Q 11/00)


Multifocal lens having reduced chromatic aberrations
Patent No. 10426599 

Inventor(s): Myoung-Taek Choi (Arlington, TX), Xin Hong (Fort Worth, TX), Yueai Liu (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Novartis AG (Basel, , CH)
Law Firm: BAKER BOTTS L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15363398 on 11/29/2016 (1036 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system provide a multifocal ophthalmic device. The ophthalmic lens has an anterior surface, a posterior surface and at least one diffractive structure including a plurality of echelettes. The echelettes have at least one step height of at least one wavelength and not more than two wavelengths in optical path length. The diffractive structure(s) reside on at least one of the anterior surface and the posterior surface. The diffractive structure(s) provide a plurality of focal lengths for the ophthalmic lens.

[A61F] FILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, E.G. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS (dental prosthetics A61C) [2006.01]


Child support structure
Patent No. 10426678 

Inventor(s): Cathryn Tamney (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Culhane Meadows PLLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15970410 on 05/03/2018 (516 days app to issue)

Abstract: A support device created for children having a disability limiting their ability to stand-alone for extended periods of time, for those who are a fall risk, and for those with any physical or intellectual disability. The device has a frame that gives stability to the whole member. A seat is positioned in the middle of the frame for a child to use as a place to rest when desired, where the seat can catch the child if the child stumbles or falls. The seat is configured to be positioned below the child”s torso when the child is standing as a safety support. This allows the child to stand, such as to watch TV, or stand on a movable game hoard of a video game system. The frame has a member that can be selectively removed or retracted such that the child can walk into the frame. Ankle restraints are provided and configured to attach to the child and keep the child”s feet inside of the device and below the child.

[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
Patent No. 10426723 

Inventor(s): David Gan (Southlake, TX), Geetha Kalahasti (Addison, TX), Lisha VanPelt (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14958252 on 12/03/2015 (1398 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are compositions and methods that can be used to improve the skin”s visual appearance. In certain aspects, the compositions disclosed herein can include, for example, a combination of ingredients to exfoliate, reduce or eliminate irritation from exfoliation, renew the skin, increase skin radiance, sooth the skin, or increase skin smoothness. This combination of ingredients can be included in a wide-range of product formulations (e.g., serums, eye creams, toners, gels, masks, peels, etc.).

[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)


Protective sterilization system
Patent No. 10426851 

Inventor(s): Elizabeth Sharp (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15436830 on 02/19/2017 (954 days app to issue)

Abstract: A protective sterilization system that provides protection to implements for dental or surgical procedures while being sterilized and stored afterward. The system has a protective container that suspends the implement during this process to prevent it from being damaged by either the container or other implements. The container also serves to restrict contaminants from reaching the implements after sterilization.

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


Methods for implanting electrodes and treating a patient with gastreosophageal reflux disease
Patent No. 10426955 

Inventor(s): Bevil Hogg (Murrieta, CA), Jay Miazga (Seattle, WA), Kaila Raby (Albuquerque, NM), Matt Joseph Gani (Seattle, WA), Paul V. Goode (Round Rock, TX), Shai Policker (Tenafly, NJ), Virender K. Sharma (Paradise Valley, AZ)
Assignee(s): EndoStim, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Novel IP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15332861 on 10/24/2016 (1072 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present specification discloses devices and methodologies for the treatment of transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxations (tLESRs). Individuals with tLESRs may be treated by implanting a stimulation device within the patient”s lower esophageal sphincter and applying electrical stimulation to the patient”s lower esophageal sphincter, in accordance with certain predefined protocols. The presently disclosed devices have a simplified design because they do not require sensing systems capable of sensing when a person is engaged in a wet swallow and have improved energy storage requirements.

[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]


 

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

Transfer press split idle station locking mechanism
Patent No. 10427203 

Inventor(s): Thoney R. Charles (Georgetown, 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: 15455543 on 03/10/2017 (935 days app to issue)

Abstract: A split idle station assembly, a transfer press assembly including a split idle station assembly and a method of operating an idle station for a transfer press assembly. The split idle station includes numerous workpiece mounting brackets that are insertable into corresponding parts of a multi-component movable base assembly such that upon moving from a split configuration into a support configuration, a locking mechanism cooperates with base assembly parts and mounting brackets to form a locking interference fit or engagement for each mounting bracket in order to securely support a workpiece on the brackets. Likewise, the cooperative movement of the first and second base assembly sections away from one another causes a release the interference fit from the notch to effect disengagement of the locking mechanism. The construction of the locking mechanism is such that both the engagement and disengagement may be performed as part of a one-handed operation.

[B21D] WORKING OR PROCESSING OF SHEET METAL OR METAL TUBES, RODS OR PROFILES WITHOUT ESSENTIALLY REMOVING MATERIAL; PUNCHING METAL (working or processing of wire B21F)


Glass run sealing members including hinged sealing projection structures for vehicles
Patent No. 10427510 

Inventor(s): Blaine C. Benson (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: 15428548 on 02/09/2017 (964 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle door including a door body portion, a door frame portion and a door window that is retractable from the door frame portion and extendable into the door frame portion. The door frame portion includes an upper portion including a glass run channel that receives an upper edge of the door window with the door window in a closed configuration. A glass run sealing member is located in the glass run channel. The glass run sealing member includes an exterior side including an interior face that faces toward the glass run channel. The glass run sealing member includes a hinged sealing projection structure including an inboard sealing member that extends from the interior face into the glass run channel and an inboard sealing sub-member connected to the inboard sealing member. The inboard sealing sub-member rotates into contact with an exterior side of the door window as the inboard sealing member moves with an upper edge of the door window as the door window enters the glass run channel.

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


Trailer for loading and unloading heat exchanger tube bundles
Patent No. 10427581 

Inventor(s): Thomas B. Boisture (Baytown, TX)
Assignee(s): Austin Industrial Services, LP (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15688723 on 08/28/2017 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved trailer for loading and unloading a heat exchanger tube bundle is disclosed. The trailer provides for the transport of tube bundles and includes seal pans which capture debris and other materials falling from the tube bundle during transport. The present invention also provides for the periodic placement of slideable supports under a bundle as it is pushed onto a trailer.

[B60P] VEHICLES ADAPTED FOR LOAD TRANSPORTATION OR TO TRANSPORT, TO CARRY, OR TO COMPRISE SPECIAL LOADS OR OBJECTS (vehicles with special provisions for transporting patients or disabled persons, or their personal conveyances A61G 3/00)


Automatically adjustable airbag system
Patent No. 10427634 

Inventor(s): Danil V. Prokhorov (Canton, 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: 15433428 on 02/15/2017 (958 days app to issue)

Abstract: An adjustable airbag system for a vehicle. The system includes an airbag assembly having an inflatable airbag within a housing, and an airbag housing orientation mechanism operatively coupled to the airbag housing. The airbag housing orientation mechanism is structured to enable control of an orientation of the airbag housing so as to enable deployment of the airbag to cushion an occupant positioned in either one of a driver side or a front passenger side of the vehicle.

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


Active side shield
Patent No. 10427730 

Inventor(s): Paxton S. Williams (Milan, MI), Scott L. Frederick (Brighton, 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: 15604723 on 05/25/2017 (859 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transition region between a first vehicle component and a second vehicle component can be actively managed. In a pick-up truck, the first vehicle component can be a deck and the second vehicle component can be a cabin. A side shield can be movable between a stowed position and a deployed position. In the stowed position, the side shield can be located within the deck. In the deployed position, the side shield can extend at least partially out of the deck in a direction toward the cabin. Responsive to receiving an input indicating the position for the side shield, the side shield can be caused to be moved into or maintained in the indicated position. In some instances, the input can be provided automatically by the vehicle based on a detected vehicle condition, environment condition, and/or other condition. In some instances, the input can be received from a vehicle occupant.

[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)


Electric cold flow tipjet rotorcraft
Patent No. 10427780 

Inventor(s): Carlos A. Fenny (Fort Worth, TX), Daniel B. Robertson (Southlake, TX), Kirk L. Groninga (Keller, TX), Troy C. Schank (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15298959 on 10/20/2016 (1076 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotorcraft capable of a hover mode and a forward cruise mode including a fuselage, a first electric propulsion system, a second electric propulsion system, and an electric power control unit to control power to the first and second electric propulsion systems in the hover and forward cruise modes. The first electric propulsion system is a tip jet cold flow system that imparts rotation on a pair of rotor blades disposed above a top surface of the fuselage, and a first electric motor configured to drive the tip jet cold flow system. The second electric propulsion system includes a propeller disposed in the rear of the fuselage and a second electric motor configured to drive the propeller.

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


Secondary containment unit and methods
Patent No. 10427868 

Inventor(s): Jack Sheng (Keller, TX), Larry L. Perkins (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): ASSET GUARD PRODUCTS INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15230951 on 08/08/2016 (1149 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment, a modular secondary containment unit is adapted to surround an above-ground fluid storage tank and includes a plurality of corner assemblies. Two or more components of each of the corner assemblies are composed of one or more reinforced resin composite materials. In several exemplary embodiments, the modular secondary containment units and the above-ground fluid storage tanks are used in oil and gas exploration and production operations. In an exemplary embodiment, an assembly for a modular secondary containment unit includes a track segment including first and second channels, a wall segment mounted on the track segment and extending within the first channel of the track segment, and a brace engaged with the wall segment and extending within the second channel of the track segment. In an exemplary embodiment, a method of constructing a modular secondary containment unit is provided.

[B65D] CONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES


Hermetically sealed MEMS device and its fabrication
Patent No. 10427932 

Inventor(s): John Charles Ehmke (Garland, TX), Virgil Cotoco Ararao (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15879212 on 01/24/2018 (615 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a hermetic package of a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) structure includes a substrate having a surface with a MEMS structure of a first height. The substrate is hermetically sealed to a cap forming a cavity over the MEMS structure. The cap is attached to the substrate surface by a vertical stack of metal layers adhering to the substrate surface and to the cap. The stack has a continuous outline surrounding the MEMS structure while spaced from the MEMS structure by a distance. The stack has: a first bottom metal seed film adhering to the substrate and a second bottom metal seed film adhering to the first bottom metal seed film; and a first top metal seed film adhering to the cap and a second top metal seed film adhering to the first top metal seed film.

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


 

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

Engineered micro-voids for toughening ceramic composites
Patent No. 10427985 

Inventor(s): Daniel H. Hecht (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Menlo Park, CA)
Law Firm: BAKER BOTTS L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15912857 on 03/06/2018 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: A ceramic composite material comprises a ceramic compound, a plurality of shaping particles dispersed in the ceramic compound, and a plurality void spaces dispersed in the ceramic compound. The plurality of shaping particles are contained within the plurality of void spaces, and each of the plurality of void spaces is a closed cell. The plurality of shaping particles also comprise nanostructures have a length to diameter ratio of less than or equal to 10 to 1 and a length of less than or equal to 500 nanometers.

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


Methanol slicing of wine
Patent No. 10428298 

Inventor(s): Carl Michael Panasik (Garland, TX), James Fred Salzman (Anna, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16173017 on 10/29/2018 (337 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus are presented for reducing the methanol content in a fermented solution to create forms healthier to human consumption, thereby reducing headaches and hangovers. In accordance with the disclosed embodiments, the fermented solution is placed in a vacuum vessel and heated to a fixed temperature. Pulling a fixed vacuum within the vessel lowers the boiling point of the solution, creating a vapor selectively of the low-end congeners, for example, methanol. The methanol-rich vapor is condensed and disposed leaving a healthier fermented solution with reduced methanol content. In some embodiments, the fixed temperature is lower than or equal to 32 degrees C. which preserves the aroma and taste of the fermented solution.

[C12G] WINE; OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES; PREPARATION THEREOF (beer C12C)


Preparation of (R)-3-hydroxybutyric acid or its salts by one-step fermentation
Patent No. 10428357 

Inventor(s): Kylin Liao (Nanjing, , CN), Wenchao Fan (Nanjing, , CN)
Assignee(s): NNB Nutrition USA, LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: Venture Partner, LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15944331 on 04/03/2018 (546 days app to issue)

Abstract: The subject invention relates to a process of preparing (R)-3-hydroxybutyric acid or a salt thereof by one-step fermentation with a nonpathogenic microorganism. The fermentation of (R)-3-hydroxybutyric acid was performed by supplying with certain carbon and nitrogen sources. These microorganisms include a Glutamic acid Bacterium HR057 strain or one type of genetically engineered [i]Corynebacterium Glutamicum. [/i]

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


Production of high cotton number or low denier core spun yarn for weaving of reactive fabric and enhanced bedding
Patent No. 10428445 

Inventor(s): Arun Agarwal (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: LegalForce RAPC Worldwide (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15622052 on 06/13/2017 (840 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes drawing a roving thread from a roving bobbin through a roving guide, an aft drafting roller, and a mid drafting roller to a front drafting roller, and drawing a spandex core from a spandex bobbin using a guide roller. The method also includes associating the roving thread and the spandex core by drawing the roving thread and the spandex core in an approximately parallel fashion through the front drafting roller, and drawing the associated roving thread and the spandex core through a lappet hook and an anti-ballooning guide. Further, the method includes winding the drawn associated roving thread and the spandex core on a ring-frame bobbin including a ring traveler attached to a rotatable ring. The circular motion of the ring traveler around the ring-frame bobbin causes the drawn associated roving thread to twist around the drawn associated spandex core, forming a core spun yarn.

[D02G] CRIMPING OR CURLING FIBRES, FILAMENTS, YARNS, OR THREADS; YARNS OR THREADS


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Snow melter machine
Patent No. 10428480 

Inventor(s): Mark A Lewis (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Meroni Meroni, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15310392 on 01/14/2016 (1356 days app to issue)

Abstract: A snow and ice melting device having an insulated chamber a heater located inside the insulated chamber a reservoir located at the distal end of the insulated chamber a pump operationally connected to the reservoir a snow port located at the proximal end of the insulated chamber the snow port comprising a body and a portal between the body and the insulated chamber and a power supply connected to the heater and the pump.

[E01H] STREET CLEANING; CLEANING OF PERMANENT WAYS; CLEANING BEACHES; CLEANING LAND; DISPERSING FOG IN GENERAL (mowers convertible to apparatus for sweeping or cleaning lawns or other surfaces, e.g. to remove snow, or capable of sweeping or cleaning lawns or other surfaces A01D 42/06; cleaning in general B08B) [4]


Rooftop rainwater drainage assembly
Patent No. 10428529 

Inventor(s): James Tanghongs (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Sam Sokhansanj PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15997396 on 06/04/2018 (484 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rooftop rainwater drainage assembly that is at least partially concealed from view from an exterior of a dwelling. In particular, the rooftop drainage assembly can include an opening spout secured to a roof deck region of a dwelling, and an elongated downspout having a first region disposed between an exterior wall and an interior wall of the dwelling and secured to the opening spout, thereby at least partially concealing the downspout from view from both the interior wall and exterior wall of the dwelling.

[E04D] ROOF COVERINGS; SKY-LIGHTS; GUTTERS; ROOF-WORKING TOOLS (coverings of outer walls by plaster or other porous material E04F 13/00)


Entangled mesh roof vent with integrated external baffle
Patent No. 10428530 

Inventor(s): Grayson M. Griffin (Grand Prairie, TX), Robert B. Holland (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): AIR VENT, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Duane Morris LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15664397 on 07/31/2017 (792 days app to issue)

Abstract: A roof vent includes a continuous elongate mat composed of a mesh of randomly oriented fibers. The mat has a top surface, a bottom surface, and a first longitudinally extending side surface. A portion of the mat proximate to and forming the first longitudinally extending side surface is configured as a wind baffle. The wind baffle includes a wind deflector lip, formed from the mesh, which extends above the top surface of the mat.

[E04D] ROOF COVERINGS; SKY-LIGHTS; GUTTERS; ROOF-WORKING TOOLS (coverings of outer walls by plaster or other porous material E04F 13/00)


Portable, protective shelter
Patent No. 10428541 

Inventor(s): Shweta Harve (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Sheri Higgins Law (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15636691 on 06/29/2017 (824 days app to issue)

Abstract: A shelter includes: at least two side walls; a back wall; and a roof, wherein the side walls, the back wall, and the roof comprise a material that is weatherproof and insulated, and wherein the shelter is collapsible, detachable, and portable. The shelter can also include at least two side walls, wherein an upper end of the at least two side walls conjoin to form a roof. The shelter is lightweight, detachable, and portable. The shelter can be weatherproof and insulated for permanently or temporarily housing people and/or animals. The shelter can be transported to a desired location and assembled on-site with ease. When the use of the shelter is no longer desired, the shelter can be quickly disassembled and transported to another location.

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


Bit for drilling with casing or liner string and manufacture thereof
Patent No. 10428584 

Inventor(s): Bruno Cuillier de Maindreville (Pau, , FR), Gary M. Thigpen (Houston, TX), Gilles Gallego (Ibos, , FR)
Assignee(s): VAREL INTERNATIONAL IND., L.P. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15629083 on 06/21/2017 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bit for drilling with a casing or liner string includes: a tubular stem made from a high strength metal or alloy; a head: having a cutting face with an inner cone, an outer shoulder, and an intermediate nose between the cone and the shoulder; attached to an end of the stem; and made from a nonferrous metal or alloy; a plurality of blades formed integrally with the head, made from the nonferrous metal or alloy, and each extending from a center of the cutting face to the shoulder; a plurality of superhard cutters mounted along each blade; a plurality of gauge pads formed integrally with the stem; and a flush joint formed between each blade and a respective gauge pad. A yield strength of the high strength metal or alloy is at least twice a yield strength of the nonferrous metal or alloy.

[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]


Rotational motion-inducing variable flow resistance systems having a sidewall fluid outlet and methods for use thereof in a subterranean formation
Patent No. 10428618 

Inventor(s): Jason D. Dykstra (Carrollton, TX), Michael L. Fripp (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13642871 on 11/10/2011 (2882 days app to issue)

Abstract: Variable flow resistance systems can be used to regulate fluid flow in various applications, particularly within a subterranean formation. A variable flow resistance system can comprise a chamber configured to induce rotational motion of a fluid flowing therethrough, a fluid inlet coupled to the chamber, and a fluid outlet coupled to the chamber that allows the fluid to exit through at least a sidewall of the chamber. If desired, a plurality of the chambers can be connected in series fluid flow communication with one another.

[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]


Production estimation in subterranean formations
Patent No. 10428626 

Inventor(s): Helena Gamero-Diaz (Frisco, TX), Ian C. Walton (Frisco, TX), Marc Jean Thiercelin (Dallas, TX), Ruhao Zhao (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (Sugar Land, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13275118 on 10/17/2011 (2906 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system has a tool capable of obtaining data that characterizes a stimulated reservoir or from which the stimulated reservoir can be characterized. The system also includes a processor capable of predicting the production of the stimulated reservoir using the characterizing data and outputting the predicted production. A reservoir may be stimulated using a stimulation process and data may be obtained that characterizes the stimulated reservoir or from which the stimulated reservoir can be characterized. The production of the stimulated reservoir may be predicted using the data. Alternatively, a reservoir may be stimulated using a stimulation process and data that characterizes the stimulated reservoir or from which the stimulated reservoir can be characterized may be obtained. One or more 3-D volumes may be produced based on the characterizing data, and inferences about the stimulated reservoir may be made using the one or more 3-D volumes.

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


System and method for controlling a drilling machine
Patent No. 10428638 

Inventor(s): Peter D. Miller (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): Epiroc Drilling Solutions, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15465798 on 03/22/2017 (923 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for drilling a borehole using a drilling rig having a rotary drill bit includes monitoring one or more drilling parameters; determining whether the one or more monitored drilling parameters are within predetermined specifications for one or more of the monitored drill parameters; and, executing an exception control procedure for control of a drilling parameter. The exception control procedure receives an input sensor value associated with a drilling parameter and applies feedback control to establish a scaled error value that is used to compute a setting value for the drilling parameter. The drilling parameters controlled may include the rotation speed of the drill bit, the feed rate of the drill bit, the weight-on-bit, or rotation torque during retraction of the drill bit. A computer-readable database of specifications of drill bits may be provided as a part of the system.

[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]


Method for operating a building closure
Patent No. 10432113 

Inventor(s): Christian Dietz (Wipperfrth, , DE), Willi Ressel (Witten, , DE)
Assignee(s): OVERHEAD DOOR CORPORATION (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14740016 on 06/15/2015 (1569 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a building closure having the shape of an overhead sectional door or of a garage door including at least one spring-loaded counterweight device and an electrical drive device is disclosed. A control unit simultaneously monitors the position of the building closure and a motor current for the drive device. When the building closure is in an open or a closed position, the motor current is reduced and maintained at a level to residually energize the drive device to reliably maintain the building closure in a desired position.

[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)


End terminal
Patent No. RE047626 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Barry D. Stephens (Roseville, CA), Brian Smith (Dallas, TX), Patrick A. Leonhardt (Loomis, CA)
Assignee(s): ENERGY ABSORPTION SYSTEMS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks, Gilson Lione (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15248707 on 08/26/2016 (1131 days app to issue)

Abstract: An end terminal for a guardrail system includes an elongated guardrail beam and a flattening or reshaping device defining a channel having an inlet and an outlet vertically aligned along a longitudinal axis. The guardrail beam is moveable along the longitudinal axis through the channel from the inlet to the outlet. An anchor is vertically spaced below the outlet, with a tether coupled between the anchor and an end portion of the guardrail beam. The tether is adapted to pull the guardrail beam downwardly from a first height at the outlet to a second height vertically spaced from the first height free of any engagement with any other structure once the guardrail beam exits the outlet, and with a bending of the deformed guardrail beam in only one direction after the deformed guardrail beam leaves the outlet. Methods of assembly and operation are also provided. Patent Class: N/A


 

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LIGHTING | HEATING | WEAPONS | BLASTING

 

Hydroelectric turbine system
Patent No. 10428786 

Inventor(s): Richard M. Navarro (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15722362 on 10/02/2017 (729 days app to issue)

Abstract: The active water hydroelectric system uses a hydraulic ram pump to increase pressure to turbine blades using water from a low head water source, the system comprising a housing, drive pipe, delivery pipe, pressure vessel, turbine, waterwheel, and first and second generators. The drive pipe is fluidly coupled to the low head water source and pressure vessel. A primary flow moves across a turbine turning a first generator. Primary and secondary flows turn the waterwheel which turns the second generator. The passive hydroelectric system a floatation device such as a ship or barge. A vertical siphon pipe and vector siphon pipe comprise a siphon mechanism that delivers water to the hydraulic ram pump. A primary flow of water flows from the pump to a drive pipe to the turbine. Primary and secondary flows of water turn the waterwheel. Water exits through an exit pipe.

[F01D] NON-POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES OR ENGINES, e.g. STEAM TURBINES (combustion engines F02; machines or engines for liquids F03, F04; non-positive-displacement pumps F04D)


Radially expanding post extender
Patent No. 10428849 

Inventor(s): Ian A. Hill (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Oz-Post International, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15791944 on 10/24/2017 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: A post coupler expands laterally. The post coupler includes a first member that is hollow and has a first slanted face. A second member is also hollow and has a second slanted face that is abutted with the first slanted face. A rod extends through the first and second members; the rod has a head that is disposed at a head end and threads disposed at a thread end. A nut is engaged with the threads, and rotating the nut causes the first member to extend in a first lateral direction and causes the second cylindrical member to extend in a second lateral direction opposite the first radial direction.

[F16B] DEVICES FOR FASTENING OR SECURING CONSTRUCTIONAL ELEMENTS OR MACHINE PARTS TOGETHER, e.g. NAILS, BOLTS, CIRCLIPS, CLAMPS, CLIPS OR WEDGES; JOINTS OR JOINTING (couplings for transmitting rotation F16D)


Spiral cam gearbox mechanism
Patent No. 10428916 

Inventor(s): Carlos A. Hoefken (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Motus Labs, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16194053 on 11/16/2018 (319 days app to issue)

Abstract: The improved gearbox mechanism of the present invention includes a plurality of cam-actuated gear block assemblies, which transfer power from a power shaft to a secondary or output gear element. Each gear block assembly includes a gear block having a surface that periodically interfaces with a secondary or output gear element. In a preferred embodiment the interface surface comprises a plurality of projections or teeth which correspond to complementary holes, projections or gear teeth on the output gear element. Each gear or torque block assembly further includes pivot assemblies, which connect or link the torque block to a cam assembly, which in turn is connected to a power source. The cam assembly comprises a set of corresponding cam elements arranged in a tandem configuration and having a unique circuitous pathway or groove formed therein so that the movement of the torque block may be controlled in three dimensions in accordance with a certain design parameter. In a preferred embodiment, a portion of the pathway is generally spiral in shape.

[F16H] GEARING


Braze preform for powder metal sintering
Patent No. 10428931 

Inventor(s): Brady Gambatese (Iowa City, IA), Nicholas S. Vernon (Brighton, MI), Shail N. Shah (Pleasanton, CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15443657 on 02/27/2017 (946 days app to issue)

Abstract: A planetary carrier subassembly for a transmission is provided that is sintered using braze preforms. The carrier subassembly may include a powder metal carrier member having a plurality of carrier legs extending a distance therefrom, and a powder metal cover member having a plurality of cover legs extending a distance therefrom. The carrier member and cover member are positioned such that respective ends of the carrier legs and ends of the cover legs are aligned with one another. The subassembly is provided with at least one braze preform including a braze material and a sacrificial binder, such as a wax. The braze preform is placed between a respective pair of the aligned carrier legs and the cover legs. The braze preform is provided with a geometry configured to direct a flow of braze material during a subsequent sintering process.

[F16H] GEARING


Integrated suction header assembly
Patent No. 10429111 

Inventor(s): Robert H. Austin, Jr. (Columbus, GA)
Assignee(s): Heatcraft Refrigeration Products LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14630695 on 02/25/2015 (1679 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present application provides a refrigeration system. The refrigeration system may include an evaporator assembly, a suction header assembly with a suction header heat exchanger therein, and a liquid header in communication with the suction header heat exchanger.

[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)


Portable shooting stabilization assist clamp
Patent No. 10429147 

Inventor(s): Cody Williams (Rockport, TX), Dan Dipprey (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Wicked Aim, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Gehrke Associates, SC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15177026 on 06/08/2016 (1210 days app to issue)

Abstract: A portable, quick-release shooting stabilization assist clamp designed for quick and easy, single-handed attachment and detachment on to a shooting rail or similar solid object. Once attached to an object, the clamp supports a firearm fore-stock, forend, frame, stock, or barrel allowing the user a steadier aim for more accurate shot placement. The clamp provides the capacity of a rapid attachment and detachment by using a spring clamp design. In its preferred embodiment, the clamp provides a rest with two angled prongs, above the pivot of the spring clamp, to help to easily place and retain the gun on the clamp. In alternative embodiments, multiple rests are provided as well as movable, pivoting rests. In addition to assisting shooters and hunters, the clamp could also be used to stabilize a camera, telescope, small video camera, or other device that is enhanced by stabilization.

[F41A] FUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS COMMON TO BOTH SMALLARMS AND ORDNANCE, e.g. CANNONS; MOUNTINGS FOR SMALLARMS OR ORDNANCE [5]


Recapture of remotely-tracked command guided vehicle into the tracker”s field-of-view
Patent No. 10429151 

Inventor(s): Brian D. Pautler (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15621484 on 06/13/2017 (840 days app to issue)

Abstract: Upon loss of a valid track of a remotely-sensed command guided vehicle, a delta actuator command including an orthogonal component orthogonal to the straight-line path is generated as a next sample of a time-based alternating signal. The time-based delta actuator command is added to the nominal actuator command, which is ”held” upon loss of valid track, to maneuver the vehicle in first and second orthogonal directions back and forth across the straight-line path to increase an area of vehicle motion relative to the tracker”s FOV. This increases the likelihood of recapture of the vehicle given vehicle motion after track is broken. The penalty is a reduction in energy efficiency. In certain embodiments, this is accomplished without modification to guidance system hardware or the existing tracking valid or invalid guidance algorithms.

[F41G] WEAPON SIGHTS; AIMING (optical aspects thereof G02B)


Subsonic polymeric ammunition cartridge
Patent No. 10429156 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14725699 on 05/29/2015 (1586 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a subsonic ammunition cartridge including a polymeric casing body comprising a generally cylindrical hollow polymer body having a body base at a first end thereof and a mouth at a second end to define a propellant chamber; a propellant insert positioned in the propellant chamber to reduce the internal volume of the propellant chamber, wherein the propellant chamber has an internal volume that is at least 10% less than the open internal volume of a standard casing of equivalent caliber; and a primer insert positioned at the body base and in communication with the propellant chamber.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Brake installation measurement and verification system
Patent No. 10427666 

Inventor(s): Leonard Van Haecke (Wills Point, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16274787 on 02/13/2019 (230 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pushrod measurement and verification system for determining a cutback length at which to sever a pushrod extending from a brake chamber so that a slack adjuster is properly mounted in an air brake system. The system includes a measurement member having a body member that includes opposed lower and upper ends, the body member having a thin and planar configuration. The body member defines a plurality of holes adjacent the lower end corresponding to sizes of the slack adjuster to be installed. The measurement member includes a cradle portion mounted to the upper end of the body member, the cradle portion having a bottom wall and a pair of side walls extending upwardly from the bottom wall and defining an open top, the cradle portion configured to cradle a pushrod. A front surface of the cradle portion includes measurement indicia for determining a cutback length of the pushrod.

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


Single wavelength reflection for leadframe brightness measurement
Patent No. 10429174 

Inventor(s): Chien-Hao Wang (Taipei, , TW), Fu-Kang Lee (New Taipei, , TW), Hung-Yu Chou (Taipei, , TW), Liang-Kang Su (Tainan, , TW), Tse-Tsun Chiu (New Taipei, , TW)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15848157 on 12/20/2017 (650 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for evaluating a leadframe surface includes positioning a leadframe on a measurement apparatus at a first predetermined distance relative to an end portion of a light source of an optical sensor; irradiating a predetermined area on a surface of the leadframe with light having a single predetermined wavelength from the light source; receiving, with a light receiver of the optical sensor, reflected light from the predetermined area on the surface of the leadframe, and converting the reflected light into an electric signal; determining a reflection intensity value of the predetermined area on the surface of the leadframe based on the electric signal; and calculating a reflection ratio of the predetermined area on the surface of the leadframe based on the reflection intensity value and a predetermined reference reflection intensity value associated with the light source.

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


Socket device adapted to send, receive, and loopback test signals
Patent No. 10429493 

Inventor(s): Brian P. Ginsburg (Allen, TX), Guor-Chaur Jung (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15005638 on 01/25/2016 (1345 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes: generating, via a testing signal source, a test transmission signal; receiving the test transmission signal at an input port of a socket device having the input port, an input coupler, a divider, a combiner, an output coupler and an output port; providing, via the input coupler, an input signal based on the test transmission signal; providing, via the divider, portions of the input signal to each of respective inputs of m receivers of a transceiver having n transmitters and the m receivers; combining, via the combiner, signals provided at the respective outputs of the n transmitters into a combined output signal; providing a coupled output signal to the input coupler; providing a measured output signal to the output port; providing, via the output port, the measured output signal to a receiving signal measuring device; and testing, via the receiving signal measuring device, the measured output signal.

[G01S] RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES


Method and apparatus for GNSS signal tracking
Patent No. 10429515 

Inventor(s): Jawaharlal Tangudu (Bangalore, , IN), Karthik Subburaj (Bangalore, , IN), Saurabh Khanna (Delhi, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15629860 on 06/22/2017 (831 days app to issue)

Abstract: A GNSS receiver to track low power GNSS satellite signals. The GNSS receiver includes a frequency locked loop (FLL) that measures a current doppler frequency of the satellite signal. A delay locked loop (DLL) measures a current code phase delay of the satellite signal. A current operating point corresponds to the current doppler frequency and the current code phase delay of the satellite signal. A grid monitor receives the satellite signal and the current operating point, and measures a satellite signal strength at a plurality of predefined offset points from the current operating point. The FLL and the DLL are centered at the current operating point. A peak detector is coupled to the grid monitor and processes the satellite signal strengths at the plurality of predefined offset points and re-centers the FLL and the DLL to a predefined offset point with the satellite signal strength above a predefined threshold.

[G01S] RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES


Systems and methods for testing convergence of closed-loop control systems
Patent No. 10429811 

Inventor(s): James P. Kapinski (Redondo Beach, CA), Jyotirmoy V. Deshmukh (Torrance, CA), Xiaoqing Jin (Torrance, CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl, LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15093975 on 04/08/2016 (1271 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for evaluating closed-loop control systems are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of evaluating a control system includes determining, using a processing device, one or more convergence classifier functions from a closed-loop model, wherein the one or more convergence classifier functions convey convergent behavior of the closed-loop model over a pre-determined period of time. The method further includes generating, using the processing device, a plurality of test cases of an input space of the closed-loop model under evaluation, and determining, using the processing device, whether one or more individual test cases of the plurality of test cases do not satisfy the one or more convergence classifier functions.

[G05B] CONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS (fluid-pressure actuators or systems acting by means of fluids in general F15B; valves per se F16K; characterised by mechanical features only G05G; sensitive elements, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. G12B, subclasses of G01, H01; correcting units, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. H02K)


System and methods for providing an interactive user interface using a film, visual projector, and infrared projector
Patent No. 10429996 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Michael Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15915702 on 03/08/2018 (572 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to interactive projection systems. In one implementation, a system for projecting a user interface may include a film affixed to a surface; a first projector configured to project a user interface onto the film; a second projector configured to project a plurality of light beams such that the plurality of light beams form a plane above the film that does not intersect the film; and an image sensor configured to receive reflections caused by the projected plurality of light beams. The system may further include at least one processor configured to receive an indication of a reflection from the image sensor; determine a location associated with the reflection; in response to the received indication, determine a change for the user interface based on the determined location; and transmit a command to the first projector to modify the projected user interface according to the determined change.

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


Server management method and server for backup of a baseband management controller
Patent No. 10430082 

Inventor(s): Jinshui Liu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD. (Shenzhen, , CN)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15877997 on 01/23/2018 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: A server management method and a server, where the server is divided into two parts, a computing component and a storage component, according to a part maintenance cycle. The computing component and the storage component are connected in a detachable manner. The computing component includes a part with a short maintenance cycle, and the storage component includes a part with a long maintenance cycle. Therefore, the computing component or the storage component can be flexibly replaced during server maintenance, and maintenance efficiency is high.

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


Dynamic memory reallocation for match-action packet processing
Patent No. 10430095 

Inventor(s): Patrick W. Bosshart (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BAREFOOT NETWORKS, INC. (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Adeli LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16108516 on 08/22/2018 (405 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pool of unit memories is provided in order to flexibly allocate memory capacity to implement various tables and/or logical memories such as those for implementing an OpenFlow switch. The pool is structured with routing resources for allowing flexible allocation and reallocation of memory capacity to the various tables. The unit memories and logical units in the pool are interconnected by a set of horizontal routing resources and a set of vertical routing resources.

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


Memory block cycling based on memory wear or data retention
Patent No. 10430112 

Inventor(s): Liam Michael Parker (Edinburgh, , GB), Neil Richard Darragh (Edinburgh, , GB), Sergey Anatolievich Gorobets (Edinburgh, , GB)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14977155 on 12/21/2015 (1380 days app to issue)

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

[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)


Methods and systems for managing application configurations
Patent No. 10430179 

Inventor(s): Lokesh Vijay Kumar (Frisco, TX), Poornima Bagare Raju (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: DLA Piper LLP (US) (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16295892 on 03/07/2019 (208 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method for managing a configuration of an application. A property of an application to update may be identified. A request to update the property to a change management process can be sent. The property of the application can be updated in a test environment. A test of the application with the updated property in the test environment can be identified as successful, and the request can be identified as approved. The property of the application can be updated in a database. A notification can be sent over a network to a computer system executing the application, where the notification causes the application to refresh the property by replacing the property with the updated property from the database without restarting or recreating the application.

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


Systems and methods for selectively controlling multithreaded execution of executable code segments
Patent No. 10430190 

Inventor(s): Dean E. Walker (Plano, TX), Joe Bolding (Allen, TX), John D. Leidel (McKinney, TX), Kevin R. Wadleigh (Plano, TX), Tony Brewer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13834362 on 03/15/2013 (2391 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods which provide a modular processor framework and instruction set architecture designed to efficiently execute applications whose memory access patterns are irregular or non-unit stride are disclosed. A hybrid multithreading framework (HMTF) of embodiments provides a framework for constructing tightly coupled, chip-multithreading (CMT) processors that contain specific features well-suited to hiding latency to main memory and executing highly concurrent applications. The HMTF of embodiments includes an instruction set designed specifically to exploit the high degree of parallelism and concurrency control mechanisms present in the HMTF hardware modules. The instruction format implemented by a HMTF of embodiments is designed to give the architecture, the runtime libraries, and/or the application ultimate control over how and when concurrency between thread cache units is initiated. For example, one or more bit of the instruction payload may be designated as a context switch bit (CTX) for expressly controlling context switching.

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


Locking/unlocking CPUs to operate in safety mode or performance mode without rebooting
Patent No. 10430205 

Inventor(s): Alexandre Pierre Palus (Austin, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15225342 on 08/01/2016 (1156 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a method for changing a multi-processor system from a performance mode to a safety mode while the system continues to run software. When an external event or exception occurs, context is switched from the performance mode to the safety mode. After context is switched, at least one pair of CPUs is synchronized to operate in the safety mode. In addition, a multi-processor system may be switched form the safety mode to the performance mode while the software continues to operate.

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


Configuring virtual machines in a cloud computing platform
Patent No. 10430219 

Inventor(s): Andrew Keller (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Yokogawa Electric Corporation (Musashino-shi, Tokyo, , JP)
Law Firm: Sughrue Mion, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14297960 on 06/06/2014 (1943 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is provided a virtual machine control with the ability to configure a virtual machine”s behavior when certain conditions are met. The conditions include configuring a virtual machine based on an amount of time of inactivity. The conditions include configuring a virtual machine based on exceeding a cost for a given time frame. The virtual machine control removes the need to have a user manually monitor and shut down unused virtual machines. Accordingly, the virtual machine is automatically commanded to shut down if it exceeds a threshold operational cost or is inactive beyond a threshold amount of time. The virtual machine control also provides a calculation of the projected cost of running a virtual machine.

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


Fault-tolerant and highly-available configuration of distributed services
Patent No. 10430240 

Inventor(s): Daniel Rothfus (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): PALANTIR TECHNOLOGIES INC. (Palo Alto, CA)
Law Firm: Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15284959 on 10/04/2016 (1092 days app to issue)

Abstract: Fault-tolerant and highly available configuration of distributed services including a computer-implemented method for role-based configuration discovery comprising receiving a request comprising an identifier of a role; identifying a first key, in a replica of a distributed configuration store, comprising a first value that matches the role identifier; identifying one or more other key-value pairs associated in the replica with the first key; and returning a response to an entity that sent the request comprising the value of at least one key-value pair that is specific to the role the service has. Also disclosed are techniques for log forwarding.

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


Classifying warning messages generated by software developer tools
Patent No. 10430315 

Inventor(s): Jong Chun Park (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15725250 on 10/04/2017 (727 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for classifying warning messages generated by software developer tools includes receiving a first data set. The first data set includes a first plurality of data entries, where each data entry is associated with a warning message generated based on a first set of software codes, includes indications for a plurality of features, and is associated with one of a plurality of class labels. A second data set is generated by sampling the first data set. Based on the second data set, at least one feature is selected from the plurality of features. A third data set is generated by filtering the second data set with the selected at least one feature. A machine learning classifier is determined based on the third data set. The machine learning classifier is used to classify a second warning message generated based on a second set of software codes to one of the plurality of class labels.

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


Non-volatile cache and non-volatile storage medium using single bit and multi bit flash memory cells or different programming parameters
Patent No. 10430328 

Inventor(s): Amir Shaharabany (Kochav Yair, , IL), Elad Baram (Sunnyvale, CA), Hadas Oshinsky (Kfar Saba, , IL), Miki Sapir (Nes Ziona, , IL), Rafi Abraham (Herzliyya, , IL), Rotem Sela (Haifa, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14487905 on 09/16/2014 (1841 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for configuring, controlling and operating a non-volatile cache are disclosed. A host system may poll a memory system as to the memory system”s configuration of its non-volatile cache. Further, the host system may configure the non-volatile cache on the memory system, such as the size of the non-volatile cache and the type of programming for the non-volatile cache (e.g., whether the non-volatile cache is programmed according to SLC or the type of TRIM used to program cells in the non-volatile cache). Moreover, responsive to a command from the host to size the non-volatile cache, the memory system may over or under provision the cache. Further, the host may control operation of the non-volatile cache, such as by sending selective flush commands.

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


Optimizing thread selection at fetch, select, and commit stages of processor core pipeline
Patent No. 10430342 

Inventor(s): Matthew Smittle (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Oracle International Corporation (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert Goetzel, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14945054 on 11/18/2015 (1413 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a buffer configured to store a plurality of instructions previously fetched from a memory, wherein each instruction of the plurality of instructions may be included in a respective thread of a plurality of threads. The apparatus also includes control circuitry configured to select a given thread of the plurality of threads dependent upon a number of instructions in the buffer that are included in the given thread. The control circuitry is also configured to fetch a respective instruction corresponding to the given thread from the memory, and to store the respective instruction in the buffer.

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


USB bridge circuitry and of RID A, RID GND inputs, IDGND output
Patent No. 10430360 

Inventor(s): Arnaud Deconinck (Toulouse, , FR), Peter Brendan Considine (Peymeinade, , FR), Sylvain Berthout (Saint Laurent du Var, , FR)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16220593 on 12/14/2018 (291 days app to issue)

Abstract: A physical layer integrated circuit (PHY), including an accessory charger adapter (ACA) bridge circuit to communicate with an ACA via a universal serial bus (USB) cable having at least an ID pin and a VBUS pin. The PHY is also to communicate with an ACA-agnostic USB controller configured to act as an A-device or as a B-device. The ACA comprises a USB accessory port. The ACA bridge circuit comprises detection and control logic configured to detect, based on a resistance sensed on the ID pin, that a B-device is connected to the USB accessory port of the ACA and, as a result of such a detection, generate a signal to the USB controller that causes the USB controller to act as an A-device and ignore a VBUS drive signal from the USB controller that, if not ignored, would cause the PHY to drive the VBUS pin. The detection and control logic is also configured to detect, based on a resistance sensed on the ID pin, that an off/idle A-device or nothing is connected to the USB accessory port of the ACA and, as a result of such a detection, modify a signal to the USB controller that prevents the USB controller from being aware of a voltage on the VBUS pin.

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


Computer and methods for solving math functions
Patent No. 10430494 

Inventor(s): Kyong Ho Lee (Plano, TX), Manish Goel (Plano, TX), Seok-Jun Lee (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15426277 on 02/07/2017 (966 days app to issue)

Abstract: Computers and methods for performing mathematical functions are disclosed. An embodiment of a computer includes an operations level and a driver level. The operations level performs mathematical operations. The driver level includes a first lookup table and a second lookup table, wherein the first lookup table includes first data for calculating at least one mathematical function using a first level of accuracy. The second lookup table includes second data for calculating the at least one mathematical function using a second level of accuracy, wherein the first level of accuracy is greater than the second level of accuracy. A driver executes either the first data or the second data depending on a selected level of accuracy.

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


Medication preparation queue
Patent No. 10430554 

Inventor(s): Thomas William Utech (Dallas, TX), William Lee Webster (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): CareFusion 303, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13901501 on 05/23/2013 (2322 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for managing preparation of a medication for a patient are provided. In one aspect, a method includes receiving information indicative of an order for medication for a patient from an electronic data feed, and determining whether the order for medication for the patient can be filled with a returned medication. The method also includes providing a notification to fill the order with the returned medication when the determination indicates the order can be filled with a returned medication, and providing a notification to fill the order by preparing the medication when the determination indicates a returned medication is not available to fill the order. Systems and machine-readable media are also provided.

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


Monitoring treatment compliance using patient activity patterns
Patent No. 10430557 

Inventor(s): Paul Duesterhoft (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Elwha LLC (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15400462 on 01/06/2017 (998 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring compliance of a patient with a prescribed treatment regimen are described. Patient activity is detected unobtrusively with an activity sensor at the patient location, and activity data is transmitted to a monitoring location. Patient speech detected during use of a communication system such as a mobile telephone by the patient may also be used as an activity signal. Patient activity and/or speech is processed at the patient location or monitoring location to identify activity parameters or patterns that indicate whether the patient has complied with the prescribed treatment regimen. The activity sensor and other components at the patient location may be incorporated into, or associated with, a cell phone, computing system, game system, or vehicle system, for example. The system may provide a report to an interested party, for example a medical care provider or insurance company, regarding patient compliance with the prescribed treatment regimen.

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


System and method for estimating a dynamic origin-destination matrix
Patent No. 10430736 

Inventor(s): Boris Chidlovskii (Meylan, , FR)
Assignee(s): CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13480802 on 05/25/2012 (2685 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for dynamically estimating an origin-destination matrix. An origin-destination matrix is initialized with a set of origin stops and destination stops. Validation sequences are acquired for a set of travelers on a transportation system which include a plurality of the origin stops and respective timestamps. Corresponding destination stops may be known or inferred. For each validation sequence, a set of subsequences is generated, each including a respective one of the origin stops and the associated timestamp. Subsequences which, in combination, constitute a valid transfer trip are identified. For a combination of subsequences constituting a valid transfer trip, the method includes determining whether the valid transfer trip is a multi-goal trip for which there is least a first destination stop with an intermediate goal and a second destination stop with a final goal. The origin-destination matrix is updated, based on the determination.

[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 a graphical interface including a graphical representation of medical data
Patent No. 10430761 

Inventor(s): Candida Arvelo (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): ICU Medical, Inc. (San Clemente, CA)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14973236 on 12/17/2015 (1384 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure describes systems and methods for a graphical interface including a graphical representation of medical data. The graphical interface platform may receive medical data and provide medical safety reporting capabilities including reporting of history data and real-time visual monitoring data. The graphical interface platform may be configured to identify potential problems and corrections to medical devices in operation while a reporting cycle is underway through visual representation of performance metrics.

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


Media life cycle management system
Patent No. 10430767 

Inventor(s): James R. Curtis (Carrollton, TX), John Laspia, III (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): ARCH HOLDINGS, LP (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15604190 on 05/24/2017 (860 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for media destruction utilizing a kiosk. The system and method comprises a kiosk that allows a user to submit a plurality of media items to the kiosk for verification and destruction and then the destruction of the item is reported to the appropriate entity. The accounting subsystem generates reports and tracks the royalty reimbursement received from entities based on the media destroyed. The destroyed media is then recycled.

[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]


Image analysis and identification using machine learning with output estimation
Patent No. 10430876 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Michael Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15916218 on 03/08/2018 (572 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for processing an image including a vehicle using machine learning can include a processor in communication with a client device, and a storage medium storing instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to perform operations including: receiving an image of a vehicle from the client device, extracting one or more features from the image, based on the extracted features and using a machine learning algorithm, identifying one or more attributes of the vehicle, based on the identified attributes of the vehicle, determining a make and a model of the vehicle, obtaining comparison information based at least in part on the determined make and model, estimating a quote for the vehicle based on the comparison information; and transmitting the estimated quote for display on the client device.

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


Fuel level indication in a vehicle
Patent No. 10431017 

Inventor(s): Christopher Lee Rovik (Northville, 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: 15488333 on 04/14/2017 (900 days app to issue)

Abstract: The indication of a fuel level in a vehicle is disclosed herein. The vehicle can monitor the ignition switch to determine whether the vehicle is on or off. Also, the vehicle can determine a fuel level when state of the vehicle changes (e.g., switches from on to off, and vice versa). When the fuel level at the on state (e.g., ignition-on fuel level) is different from the fuel level at the off state, the vehicle can determine whether the vehicle is located at a fueling station. If the vehicle is located at the fueling station, the vehicle can generate an indication of the ignition-on fuel level within a user interface.

[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)


Computer gaming device and method for computer gaming
Patent No. 10431051 

Inventor(s): Jerry W. Biesel (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Rational FT Enterprises Limited (Onchan, , GB)
Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15861080 on 01/03/2018 (636 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for computer gaming includes a processor configured to provide a first table of a first group of players grouped together to play a first hand and provide to each of the first group of players one or more cards for the first hand. The system includes an interface couple to the processor and configured to receive from a first player of the first group of players a request to fold the one or more cards of the first player. The processor is also configured to automatically move the first player to a second table of a second group of players grouped together to play a second hand.

[G07F] COIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS (coin sorting G07D 3/00; coin testing G07D 5/00) [7]


Vehicle location system
Patent No. 10431098 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Michael Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: DLA Piper LLP (US) (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16289928 on 03/01/2019 (214 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer system receives a request to locate a vehicle within a facility. The computer system parses the request to identify one or more characteristics of the vehicle. The computer system identifies a sensor corresponding to the vehicle based on the one or more characteristics of the vehicle. The computer system identifies a most recent location of the vehicle based on the last registered position of the vehicle within the facility. The computer system transmits a signal to a parking spot sensor at the most recent location of the vehicle in the facility. The computer system receives the unique identification. The computer system determines that the unique identification of the vehicle sensor co-located with the parking spot sensor matches the sensor of the requested vehicle. The computer system reports to the user a current location of the vehicle within the facility based on a location of the parking spot sensor.

[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]


Smart necklace for social awareness
Patent No. 10431107 

Inventor(s): Suhas E. Chelian (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15451602 on 03/07/2017 (938 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device for providing feedback includes an imaging device configured to capture an image of a subject, a feedback device, and a controller communicatively coupled to the imaging device and the feedback device. The controller includes at least one processor and at least one memory storing computer readable and executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the controller to determine one or more identifying characteristics of the subject, set one or more parameters for determining a facial expression of the subject in the image based on the one or more identifying characteristics of the subject, determine the facial expression of the subject in the image based on the one or more parameters, and provide the feedback with the feedback device based on the determined facial expression.

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


Dialog device with dialog support generated using a mixture of language models combined using a recurrent neural network
Patent No. 10431205 

Inventor(s): Jean-Michel Renders (Quaix-en-Chartreuse, , FR), Marc Dymetman (Grenoble, , FR), Phong Le (Amsterdam, , NL)
Assignee(s): CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15139886 on 04/27/2016 (1252 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dialog device comprises a natural language interfacing device (chat interface or a telephonic device), and a natural language output device (the chat interface, a display device, or a speech synthesizer outputting to the telephonic device). A computer stores natural language dialog conducted via the interfacing device and constructs a current utterance word-by-word. Each word is chosen by applying a plurality of language models to a context comprising concatenation of the stored dialog and the current utterance thus far. Each language model outputs a distribution over the words of a vocabulary. A recurrent neural network (RNN) is applied to the distributions to generate a mixture distribution. The next word is chosen using the mixture distribution. The output device outputs the current natural language utterance after it has been constructed by the computer.

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


Systems and methods for maintaining refresh operations of memory banks using a shared address path
Patent No. 10431288 

Inventor(s): Joosang Lee (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16192389 on 11/15/2018 (320 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device includes memory banks that each has multiple rows with row addresses. The memory device also includes a counter that stores and increments a first row address of a first row of a first set of memory banks to a second row address of a second row of the first set of memory banks in response to a first refresh operation when the memory device is operating in a first mode. The memory device further includes circuitry that blocks incrementing the second row address to a third row address of a third row of the first set of memory banks when the memory device transitions from the first mode to a second mode and the first refresh operation is not paired with a second refresh operation that is performed when the memory device is operating in the first mode.

[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)


Write level arbiter circuitry
Patent No. 10431294 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16051210 on 07/31/2018 (427 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices and methods include utilizing memory including a group of storage elements, such as memory banks. A command interface is configured to receive a write command to write data to the memory. A data strobe is received to assist in writing the data to the memory. Phase division circuitry is configured to divide the data strobe into a plurality of phases to be used in writing the data to the memory. Arbiter circuitry is configured to detect which phase of the plurality of phases captures a write start signal for the write command.

[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)


Grouping memory cells into sub-blocks for program speed uniformity
Patent No. 10431313 

Inventor(s): James Kai (Santa Clara, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Yingda Dong (San Jose, CA), Zhengyi Zhang (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15923064 on 03/16/2018 (564 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional stacked memory device is configured to provide uniform programming speeds of different sets of memory strings formed in memory holes. In a process for removing sacrificial material from word line layers, a block oxide layer in the memory holes is etched away relatively more when the memory hole is relatively closer to an edge of the word line layers where an etchant is introduced. A thinner block oxide layer is associated with a faster programming speed. To compensate, memory strings at the edges of the word line layers are programmed together, separate from the programming of interior memory strings. A program operation can use a higher initial program voltage for programming the interior memory strings compared to the edge memory strings.

[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)


Multiphase DC-DC converter with configurable current sharing and phase management
Patent No. 10432093 

Inventor(s): Kuang-Yao Cheng (Bedford, NH), Wenkai Wu (East Greenwich, RI), Yipeng Su (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15790868 on 10/23/2017 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multiphase DC-DC converter includes a first phase circuit including a higher inductance inductor and a second phase circuit including a lower inductance inductor. An output of the inductors are tied together providing a Vout. A phase manager and current sharing (PMCS) block receives a feedback signal from a feedback network coupled between Vout and the PMCS block that receives current feedback from phase circuits. The PMCS block generates driver control signals at a first time when a load is requesting a lower load current for controlling the phase circuits to operate with a first current sharing ratio to provide the lower load current, and at a second time when the load is requesting a higher load current controls the phase circuits to operate at a second current sharing ratio that is different from the first current sharing ratio having a higher average second phase circuit current.

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


Transconductor systems
Patent No. 10432157 

Inventor(s): Ryan Erik Lind (Knoxville, TN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16228926 on 12/21/2018 (284 days app to issue)

Abstract: One example includes a transconductor system. The system includes a first transconductance amplifier that generates a control current in response to a first input voltage. The system also includes a second transconductance amplifier that generates an output signal in response to a second input voltage. The system further includes an intermediate amplifier that generates a control voltage in response to the control current and a third input voltage. The control voltage can be provided to the first and second transconductance amplifiers to set a transconductance of each of the first and second transconductance amplifiers to be approximately equal.

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


Channel switchover power multiplexer circuits, and methods of operating the same
Patent No. 10432184 

Inventor(s): Bixia Li (Plano, TX), Jae Won Choi (Dallas, TX), Johnny Klarenbeek (Dallas, TX), Richard Turkson (Princeton, TX), Sungho Beck (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16217658 on 12/12/2018 (293 days app to issue)

Abstract: Channel switchover power multiplexer circuits, and methods of operating the same are disclosed. An example power multiplexer a first transistor coupled to a first input, a second transistor coupled to the first transistor to couple a first voltage at the first input to an output, a third transistor coupled to a second input, a fourth transistor coupled to the third transistor to couple a second voltage at the second input to the output, a diode amplifier to provide a third voltage to a gate of the first transistor to block a reverse current, and a soft-start amplifier to provide a fourth voltage to a gate of the fourth transistor to turn on (with adjustable VOUT ramp rate) the fourth transistor with a constant ramp rate.

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


Multi-type parity bit generation for encoding and decoding
Patent No. 10432232 

Inventor(s): Alexander Bazarsky (Holon, , IL), Eran Sharon (Rishon Lezion, , IL), Idan Alrod (Herzeliya, , IL), Ran Zamir (Ramat Gan, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15252753 on 08/31/2016 (1126 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-volatile memory system may be configured to generate a codeword with first-type parity bits and one or more second-type parity bits. If a storage location in which the codeword is to be stored includes one or more bad memory cells, the bit sequence of the codeword may be arranged so that at least some of the second-type parity bits are stored in the bad memory cells. During decoding, a first set of syndrome values may be determined for a first set of check nodes and a second set of syndrome values may be determined for a second set of check nodes. In some examples, a syndrome weight used for determining if convergence is achieved may be calculated using check nodes that are unassociated with the second-type parity bits.

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


Border gateway protocol for communication among software defined network controllers
Patent No. 10432427 

Inventor(s): Huaimo Chen (Bolton, MA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15446820 on 03/01/2017 (944 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first network element comprising a memory comprising instructions executable by a processor and a processor coupled to the memory and configured to execute the instructions. Executing the instructions causes the processor to receive, from a second network element during a border gateway protocol communication session, a communications capabilities message indicating capabilities of the second network element, receive, from the second network element, an advertisement message indicating connections and accesses of a second domain controlled by the second network element, receive a request to route data between a source located in a first domain and a destination, transmit a first request message to the second network element to cause the second network element to compute a path segment through the second domain, and transmit a second request message to create a segment of an end-to-end tunnel between the source and the destination crossing the first domain and the second domain.

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


Fusion of inertial and depth sensors for movement measurements and recognition
Patent No. 10432842 

Inventor(s): Chen Chen (Richardson, TX), Jian Wu (Richardson, TX), Kui Liu (Dallas, TX), Nasser Kehtarnavaz (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): THE TEXAS AM UNIVERSITY SYSTEM (College Station, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15092347 on 04/06/2016 (1273 days app to issue)

Abstract: A movement recognition system includes an inertial sensor, a depth sensor, and a processor. The inertial sensor is coupled to an object and configured to measure a first unit of inertia of the object. The depth sensor is configured to measure a three dimensional shape of the object using projected light patterns and a camera. The processor is configured to receive a signal representative of the measured first unit of inertia from the inertial sensor and a signal representative of the measured shape from the depth sensor and to determine a type of movement of the object based on the measured first unit of inertia and the measured shape utilizing a classification model.

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


Image processing apparatus and method
Patent No. 10432976 

Inventor(s): Kazushi Sato (Kanagawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): VELOS MEDIA, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15880045 on 01/25/2018 (614 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present technology relates to an image processing apparatus and method that are capable of enhancing encoding efficiency while suppressing a decrease in the efficiency of encoding processing. The image processing apparatus includes an encoding mode setter that sets, in units of coding units having a hierarchical structure, whether a non-compression mode is to be selected as an encoding mode for encoding image data, the non-compression mode being an encoding mode in which the image data is output as encoded data, and an encoder that encodes the image data in units of the coding units in accordance with a mode set by the encoding mode setter. The present disclosure can be applied to, for example, an image processing apparatus.

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


 

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Wireless device application interaction via external control detection
Patent No. 10429958 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16190137 on 11/13/2018 (322 days app to issue)

Abstract: Wireless device application interaction via external control detection comprises identifying a first position of a wireless device and identifying a first change in the wireless device”s position. The method may also provide calculating a first distance vector. The method may also perform comparing the first distance vector to a first threshold distance and calculating a second distance vector based on a distance between the second position and a third position and comparing the second distance vector to a second threshold distance, and changing a current operating state of the wireless device to a different operating state if the first distance vector exceeds the first minimum distance and the second distance vector does not exceed the first maximum distance.

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


Vertically-constructed, temperature-sensing resistors and methods of making the same
Patent No. 10431357 

Inventor(s): Andrew Strachan (Santa Clara, CA), Gregory Keith Cestra (Pleasanton, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15811069 on 11/13/2017 (687 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus providing a vertically constructed, temperature sensing resistor are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a semiconductor substrate including a first doped region, a second doped region, and a third doped region between the first and second doped regions, the third doped region including a temperature sensitive semiconductor material; a first contact coupled to the first doped region; a second contact opposite the first contact coupled to the second doped region; and an isolation trench to circumscribe the third doped region.

[H01C] RESISTORS


Apparatuses and methods for cancellation of inhomogenous magnetic fields induced by non-biological materials within a patient”s mouth during magnetic resonance imaging
Patent No. 10431361 

Inventor(s): Nancy K. Rollins (Dallas, TX), Yong Jong Park (Dallas, TX), Zhiyue J. Wang (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15134211 on 04/20/2016 (1259 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure includes magnetic field correction devices and methods for using the same. In particular, some magnetic field corrections devices include an arch-shaped body configured to be worn outside of a user”s mouth such that the arch-shaped body follows a contour of the user”s face; and where the arch-shaped body comprises one or more sidewalls configured to be coupled to a plurality of members comprising magnetically permeable material. Other embodiments employ a forehead support, frame, and one or more straps coupled to an arch-shaped body. Other embodiments employ a hybrid of intraoral and external embodiments.

[H01F] MAGNETS; INDUCTANCES; TRANSFORMERS; SELECTION OF MATERIALS FOR THEIR MAGNETIC PROPERTIES [2]


High current, low equivalent series resistance printed circuit board coil for power transfer application
Patent No. 10431372 

Inventor(s): Jorge Zabaco (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15725530 on 10/05/2017 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for a multilayer printed circuit board (PCB) coil, comprising: a first coil layer of a PCB; a plurality of vias coupled to and distributed to cover substantially the surface of the first coil layer within the PCB; and a second coil layer of the PCB and coupled to the vias to cover substantially the surface of the second coil layer, wherein the vias are positioned between the first coil layer and the second coil layer and enable substantially high current and low equivalent series resistance (ESR) for the multilayer PCB coil.

[H01F] MAGNETS; INDUCTANCES; TRANSFORMERS; SELECTION OF MATERIALS FOR THEIR MAGNETIC PROPERTIES [2]


Method for high aspect ratio photoresist removal in pure reducing plasma
Patent No. 10431469 

Inventor(s): James Paris (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Mattson Technology, Inc. (Fremont, CA)
Law Firm: Dority Manning, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14406256 on 07/16/2013 (2268 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for removing photoresist, an oxidation layer, or both from a semiconductor substrate is disclosed. The method includes placing a substrate in a processing chamber, the processing chamber separate from a plasma chamber for generating a non-oxidizing plasma to be used in treating the substrate; generating a first non-oxidizing plasma from a first reactant gas and a first carrier gas in the plasma chamber, wherein the first non-oxidizing plasma comprises from about 10% to about 40% of the first reactant gas, wherein the first reactant gas has a flow rate of from about 100 standard cubic centimeters per minute to about 15,000 standard cubic centimeters per minute, and wherein the first carrier gas has a flow rate of from about 500 standard cubic centimeters per minute to about 20,000 standard cubic centimeters per minute; and treating the substrate by exposing the substrate to the first non-oxidizing plasma in the processing chamber.

[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]


Visual identification of semiconductor dies
Patent No. 10431551 

Inventor(s): Hubert Joseph Payne (Parker, TX), Kalyan Chakravarthy Cherukuri (Allen, TX), Kenneth Michael Butler (Richardson, TX), Stephanie Watts Butler (Richardson, TX), Venkataramanan Kalyanaraman (Dallas, TX), Yazdi Dinshaw Contractor
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15868738 on 01/11/2018 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for visual identification of semiconductor dies are described. In some embodiments, a method may include: receiving a semiconductor wafer having a plurality of dies and printing a unique visual identification mark on each of the plurality of dies. In other embodiments, a method may include receiving an electronic device comprising a die and a package surrounding at least a portion of the die and reading, from the electronic device, a unique visual identification mark that encodes a Cartesian coordinate of the die relative to a reference point on a semiconductor wafer.

[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]


Vertical vacuum channel transistor
Patent No. 10431682 

Inventor(s): Chun-chen Yeh (Clifton Park, NY), Qing Liu (Irvine, CA), Ruilong Xie (Schenectady, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15693952 on 09/01/2017 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of fabricating features of a vertical transistor include performing a first etch process to form a first portion of a fin in a substrate; depositing a spacer material on sidewalls of the first portion of the fin; performing a second etch process using the spacer material as a pattern to elongate the fin and form a second portion of the fin in the substrate, the second portion having a width that is greater than the first portion; oxidizing a region of the second portion of the fin beneath the spacer material to form an oxidized channel region; and removing the oxidized channel region to form a vacuum channel.

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


Method for improving transistor performance
Patent No. 10431684 

Inventor(s): Matthew John Sherbin (Dallas, TX), Saumya Gandhi (Irving, TX), Steven Kummerl (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15136097 on 04/22/2016 (1257 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method to improve transistor performance uses a wafer ([b]100[/b]) of single-crystalline semiconductor with a first zone ([b]102[/b]) of field effect transistors (FETs) and circuitry at the wafer surface, and an infrared (IR) laser with a lens for focusing the IR light to a second depth ([b]112[/b]) farther from the wafer surface than the first depth of the first zone. The focused laser beam is moved parallel to the surface across the wafer to cause local multi-photon absorption at the second depth for transforming the single-crystalline semiconductor into a second zone ([b]111[/b]) of polycrystalline semiconductor with high density of dislocations. The second zone has a height and lateral extensions, and permanently stresses the single-crystalline bulk semiconductor; the stress increases the majority carrier mobility in the channel of the FETs, improving the transistor performance.

[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]


Shaped magnetic bias circulator
Patent No. 10431865 

Inventor(s): Cary C. Kyhl (Grapevine, TX), Karl L. Worthen (Dallas, TX), Sankerlingam Rajendran (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Daly, Crowley, Mofford Durkee, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15999435 on 08/20/2018 (407 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circulator is provided, comprising, first second and third conductors forming three equally spaced junctions and a permanent magnet configured to apply a shaped bias magnetic field to a ferrite resonator in operable communication with the first, second, and third conductors. The permanent magnet comprises a substantially planar monolithic structure having defined thereon at least first and second substantially concentric regions having first and second respective magnetic field strength levels, wherein the second magnetic field strength level is lower than the first magnetic field strength level. The first and second magnetic field strength levels are configured to cooperate to shape an external bias magnetic field of the permanent magnet to counteract at least a portion of a demagnetizing effect resulting from of an overall shape of the ferrite resonator, to achieve a substantially uniform internal magnetic bias within at least a portion of the ferrite resonator.

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


Battery charger with user interface
Patent No. 10431992 

Inventor(s): Kent Poteet (Lucas, TX), Tom Kawamura (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14690360 on 04/17/2015 (1628 days app to issue)

Abstract: A battery charger may accommodate simultaneous charging of one or more batteries. The battery charger may also accommodate high power charging of a single battery. Li-type and/or Ni-type Batteries equipped with RFID technology may communicate with the battery charger equipped with similar technology to provide default charge settings in response to battery chemistry type, cell count, recommended charge rates, number of charges on the battery, among other information. The charge parameters may be user-adjustable in an advanced mode of the battery charger. Several safety features may be included.

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


Sub for a pipe assembly and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 10431998 

Inventor(s): Laslo Olah (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15862725 on 01/05/2018 (634 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sub for a pipe assembly and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, the sub includes a mandrel having a body section including an internal flow passage that extends generally axially through the mandrel from an upper connection end to a lower connection end. A battery charger is located within a recessed region within the mandrel. Capacitors include opposing spaced plates having contact segments thereon. An output power increasing, electrically resistive fluid is held within and partially fills an enclosed chamber. In response to movement of the sub, induced relative motion between the output power increasing, electrically resistive fluid and contact segments varies the fluid-contact segment contact within the enclosed chamber, thereby generating an electrical charge. An electronic circuit, which is coupled to the opposing spaced plates, is configured to transfer the electrical charge to a battery associated with the mandrel.

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


Self-calibrated DC-DC converter
Patent No. 10432092 

Inventor(s): Yu Wang (Shanghai, , CN), Zhangyi Xie (Shanghai, , CN), Zhenglin Pu (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16032718 on 07/11/2018 (447 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller is configured to perform self-calibration to maintain approximately a desired switching frequency of a power converter. The self-calibration performed by the controller at least partially mitigates detrimental effects associated with variation in an actual switching frequency of the power converter from a designed switching frequency. The controller maintains approximately the desired switching frequency, in one example, in view of a delay inherent in the control by the controller of the power converter.

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


Isolated phase shifted DC to DC converter with secondary side regulation and sense coil to reconstruct primary phase
Patent No. 10432102 

Inventor(s): Giacomo Calabrese (Freising, , DE), Giovanni Frattini (Travaco” Siccomario, , IT), Joyce Marie Mullenix (San Jose, CA), Maurizio Granato (Milan, , IT), Pierluigi Albertini (Gropello Cairoli, , IT), Roberto Giampiero Massolini (Pavia
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15712330 on 09/22/2017 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include isolated dual active bridge (DAB) DC to DC converters with first and second bridge circuits, a transformer with a sense coil, and a secondary side control circuit to provide secondary side switching control signals to regulate an output voltage or current signal by controlling a phase shift angle between switching transitions of the secondary side switching control signals and switching transitions of a secondary side clock signal, where the secondary side control circuit includes a clock recovery circuit to synchronize the secondary side clock signal to transitions in a sense coil voltage signal of the sense coil.

[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]


Low quiescent current load switch
Patent No. 10432175 

Inventor(s): Abidur Rahman (Richardson, TX), Jae Won Choi (Dallas, TX), Sungho Beck (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16119457 on 08/31/2018 (396 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus, devices, and systems to provide a low quiescent current load switch are disclosed. A disclosed load switch circuit includes a transconductor to convert a voltage to a current input to a transistor gate, the current input to the transistor gate to control the gate to deliver power to a load from a power supply. The example circuit includes a resistor to provide power from a charge pump to the gate as controlled by the transconductor. A disclosed apparatus includes a driver to control a gate of a transistor, the gate to enable the transistor to deliver power to a load from a power supply when the gate is activated, and a gate slope control to control a rate of change over time of a voltage associated with the gate to activate the gate and to disable the driver when the gate is activated.

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


Methods, apparatus, and system for frequency doubler using a passive mixer for millimeter wave devices
Patent No. 10432179 

Inventor(s): Abdellatif Bellaouar (Richardson, TX), See Taur Lee (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC. (Grand Cayman, , KY)
Law Firm: Williams Morgan, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15928910 on 03/22/2018 (558 days app to issue)

Abstract: We disclose frequency doublers for use in millimeter-wave devices. One such frequency doubler comprises at least one passive mixer comprising at least one of the following: at least one transistor configured to receive a back gate voltage; at least one first input driver circuit; and two second input driver circuits. We also disclose a method comprising determining a target output voltage of a frequency doubler comprising at least one passive mixer comprising at least one transistor configured to receive a back gate voltage; determining an output voltage of the frequency doubler; increasing a back gate voltage of the at least one transistor, in response to determining that the output voltage is below the target output voltage; and decreasing the back gate voltage of the at least one transistor, in response to determining that the output voltage is above the target output voltage.

[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]


Turn-off of power switching device
Patent No. 10432185 

Inventor(s): Jae Won Choi (Dallas, TX), Richard Turkson (Princeton, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16119902 on 08/31/2018 (396 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a storage capacitor coupled between an input voltage source and a ground terminal, a voltage sensing circuit coupled to the input voltage source and to the storage capacitor, a first transistor coupled to the voltage sensing circuit, a current mirror circuit coupled to the first transistor, a diode coupled between the storage capacitor and the current mirror circuit, and a second transistor configured to couple between a gate of a power switching device and the ground terminal. A gate of the second transistor is coupled to the storage capacitor by way of the voltage sensing circuit.

[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]


Power-on reset circuit
Patent No. 10432192 

Inventor(s): Divya Kaur (Delhi, , IN), Rajat Chauhan (Karnataka, , IN), Vipul Kumar Singhal (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16110892 on 08/23/2018 (404 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes an input stage that includes a first transistor device configured to generate a first output signal in response to a first bias current activating the first transistor device by exceeding a first threshold voltage of the first transistor device. A compensation stage includes a second transistor device coupled with a third transistor device. The second transistor device is activated in response to the first output signal exceeding a second threshold voltage of the second transistor device. The third transistor device is activated in response to activation of the second transistor device and a second bias current. The compensation stage is configured to generate a second output signal in response to the activation of the third transistor device. An output stage is configured to generate a reset signal in response to the second output signal exceeding a third threshold voltage.

[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]


Adaptive multiplexing and transmit/receive diversity
Patent No. 10432292 

Inventor(s): Yang Li (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Meyertons Hood Kivlin Kowert and Goetzel PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15994708 on 05/31/2018 (488 days app to issue)

Abstract: Adaptive multiplexing and transmit/receive diversity. A wireless device may include multiple antennas. A first set of antennas may be used for communication. One or more trigger conditions may be determined, and additional antennas may be activated for measurement. Based on the measurement(s), a second set of antennas may be selected and used for communication.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


High-speed optical transceiver field reader
Patent No. 10432301 

Inventor(s): Anthony Poblete (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Facebook, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA)
Law Firm: Van Pelt, Yi James LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15807428 on 11/08/2017 (692 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device comprises an interface, a transmitter, a receiver, a processor, and a dynamically updating indicator on the device. The interface is configured to connect to an optical network transceiver. The transmitter is configured to send to the optical network transceiver a binary signal generated by the device. The receiver is configured to receive data provided by the optical network transceiver in response to sending the generated binary signal. The processor is configured to analyze the received data and the dynamically updating indicator is configured to indicate a test status of the optical network transceiver.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and system for privacy preserving disclosure of a shared, identity linked secret
Patent No. 10432400 

Inventor(s): Raymond Dwight Horne, Jr. (Greenville, TX), Sukumaran Nair (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15791131 on 10/23/2017 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system securely discloses a shared, identity linked secret known by two parties, while preserving the privacy of the parties. The first party generates a challenge value that only the second party could respond correctly to if and only if the second party shares secret S with the first party. The first party generates a counter-challenge for the challenge value, computes a verifier associated with the challenge and counter-challenge, and sends the counter-challenge to the server. The server sends the counter-challenge value to the second party. The second party computes a verifier associated with the challenge and counter-challenge, the verifier matches the verifier computed by the second party if and only if the second party shares secret S with the first party. The parties execute a gradual release process, which confirms a match if and only if the secret S is shared between the parties.

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


Secure file sharing method and system
Patent No. 10432401 

Inventor(s): Rick L. Orsini (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Security First Corp. (Ladera Ranch, CA)
Law Firm: Haley Guiliano LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16036749 on 07/16/2018 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for securely sharing data. A processor forms two or more shares of a data set encrypted with a symmetric key, the data set associated with a first user device, and causes the encrypted data set shares to be stored separately from each other in at least one remote storage location. The processor generates first and second encrypted keys by encrypting data indicative of the symmetric key with a first asymmetric key of first and second asymmetric key pairs associated with the first user device and a second user device, respectively, and causes the encrypted key to be stored in the at least one storage location. To restore the data set, a predetermined number of the two or more encrypted data set shares and at least one of the second asymmetric keys of the first and second asymmetric key pairs are needed.

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


Biometric electronic signature tokens
Patent No. 10432402 

Inventor(s): Jeff J. Stapleton (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16218183 on 12/12/2018 (293 days app to issue)

Abstract: The methods and system allow for the generation of a biometric electronic signature token using a subsequent biometric sample after an enrollment of a biometric reference value in a biometric system. The biometric electronic signature token is such that the data would be signed data, cryptographic message type, to package this signature, providing two authentication factors: the possession of the private key associated with the public/private key pair used to sign the signed data and the biometric sample of the user that could be matched against the template. The process allows a signing party to enroll in a biometric service, sign a piece of data or content using a public key, that may be tied to a trusted anchor certificate authority, and submit a biometric sample. Subsequently, the relying party may validate the information on that piece of data or content to confirm the identity of the signing party.

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


Retention and revocation of operation keys by a control unit
Patent No. 10432408 

Inventor(s): Jin-Meng Ho (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15632820 on 06/26/2017 (827 days app to issue)

Abstract: A control unit device in one disclosed embodiment includes a receiver and a memory that stores one or more operation keys and program instructions. The control unit further includes a processor coupled to the receiver and the memory. The program instructions are executable by the processor to cause the control unit device to, in response to a revocation command received by the receiver, perform a revocation process by selecting which of the one or more operation keys to retain in the memory based on, for each of the one or more operation keys, whether the control unit receives a message encrypted by the operation key during the revocation process.

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


Automatic power over ethernet pulse width signaling correction
Patent No. 10432413 

Inventor(s): Jean Picard (Hooksett, NH)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15594547 on 05/12/2017 (872 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a Power over Ethernet (PoE) system, a Powered Device (PD) having circuitry to measure the load current from a Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) in the PD. Circuitry compares the measured load current with a first threshold. Circuitry automatically generates load pulses for signaling the PSE. The pulse widths of the load pulses are measured and the widths are automatically adjusted, that power to the PD should be maintained.

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


Soft bit computation unit for MIMO detection and error correction
Patent No. 10432433 

Inventor(s): Leo G. Dehner (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): NXP USA, Inc. (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15827798 on 11/30/2017 (670 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus are provided for computing soft bits in a non-linear MIMO detector which decodes a signal received at a plurality of receive antennas using channel estimate information and a decoding tree to produce output data for a bit estimation value which includes a maximum likelihood solution along with a naturally ordered vector identifying all explored node metrics and node indices, where soft bits are computed for each bit estimation value by determining a set of bit-masks through repetition and indexing operations applied on the explored node indices, masking the naturally ordered vector with the set of bit-masks to generate masked node metrics, determining candidate soft bit values by subtracting metrics of all nodes that form the maximum likelihood solution from the masked node metrics, and determining a final soft bit value by identifying which of the candidate soft bit values has a lowest value.

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


MSK transceiver of OQPSK data
Patent No. 10432439 

Inventor(s): Tomas Motos (Hamar, , NO), Wenxun Qiu (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15858771 on 12/29/2017 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless transmitter for transmitting bits to a wireless receiver. The wireless transmitter comprises: (i) circuitry for generating binary data bits; and (ii) circuitry for providing a first spreading sequence for a first bit in the binary data bits and for providing a second spreading sequence for a second bit in the binary data bits, wherein the second bit is complementary to the first bit. Each spreading sequence consists of an integer number N of bits, and the circuitry for providing provides a same bit value in an integer number M of bit positions in the first and second spreading sequences, where MN.

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


Pseudowire servicing across multiple administrative systems using border gateway protocol-link state
Patent No. 10432516 

Inventor(s): Evgeny Tantsura (Palo Alto, CA), Uma S. Chunduri (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15788215 on 10/19/2017 (712 days app to issue)

Abstract: Servicing a pseudowire communication across multiple Administrative Systems (AS) by components of packet data networks. A first Provider Edge (PE) router of a first AS receives a first Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP) message from a source PE router of the first AS that includes pseudowire data. The first PE router creates a first Border Gateway Protocol Link State (BGP-LS) message that includes the pseudowire data and transmits the first BGP-LS message to a second PE router of a second AS and intended for a destination PE router of the second AS. The first PE router then receives a second BGP-LS message from the second PE router that includes modified pseudowire data. The first PE router creates a second IGP message that includes the modified pseudowire data and transmits the second IGP message to the source PE router.

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


Packet flow optimization in a network
Patent No. 10432518 

Inventor(s): Devaki Chandramouli (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS OY (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15120364 on 02/21/2014 (2048 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various communication systems may benefit from improvements in communication flow. For example, a network may benefit from packet flow optimization. A method can include receiving a flow at an entity of a communication system having a virtualized control plane. The method can also include dynamically deciding how to route the flow to an entity selected from a group of entities comprising at least one virtualized part of an entity. The method can further include routing the flow as decided.

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


Packet header field extraction
Patent No. 10432527 

Inventor(s): Patrick Bosshart (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BAREFOOT NETWORKS, INC. (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Adeli LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15729555 on 10/10/2017 (721 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for processing a packet for a pipeline of a hardware switch. The pipeline, in some embodiments, includes several different stages that match against packet header fields and modify packet header fields. The method receives a packet that includes a set of packet headers. The method then populates, for each packet header in the set of packet headers, (i) a first set of registers with packet header field values of the packet header that are used in the pipeline, and (ii) a second set of registers with packet header field values of the packet header that are not used in the pipeline.

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


Service function chaining based on resource availability in the time dimension
Patent No. 10432537 

Inventor(s): Paparao Palacharla (Richardson, TX), Qingya She (Allen, TX), Qiong Zhang (Plano, TX), Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano, TX), Weisheng Xie (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: BAKER BOTTS L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15977922 on 05/11/2018 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: A resource orchestration framework may include vertices representing physical network nodes and a resource orchestrator. The resource orchestrator may receive a service function chain request specifying service functions to perform on respective physical nodes and a first starting time for launching a first one of the service functions. The resource orchestrator may determine an ending time for performing the first service function that, with the first starting time, defines a time duration for the first service function, identify vertices at which the first service function is available during the time duration, map a first vertex to the first service function in a candidate service function chain, determine a second starting time for launching a second one of the service functions dependent on the first starting time, and provide the candidate service function chain, the first starting time, and the second starting time to a neighbor vertex of the first vertex.

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


Just-enough-time provisioning of service function chain resources
Patent No. 10432552 

Inventor(s): Paparao Palacharla (Richardson, TX), Qingya She (Allen, TX), Qiong Zhang (Plano, TX), Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano, TX), Weisheng Xie (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: BAKER BOTTS L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15977942 on 05/11/2018 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: A resource orchestration framework may include vertices representing physical network nodes and a resource orchestrator. The resource orchestrator may obtain a service function chain specifying, for multiple service functions, mappings of the service functions to respective physical nodes along a specified forwarding path, and a first starting time at which to instantiate resources for a first service function in the chain on the first mapped physical node. The resource orchestrator may instantiate the resources for the first service function on the first mapped physical node at the first starting time, prior to arrival of a first packet in a packet flow for the service function chain at the first mapped physical node and, subsequently, instantiate resources for a second service function in the chain on the second mapped physical node at a second starting time, prior to arrival of the first packet at the second mapped physical node.

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


Device-bound certificate authentication
Patent No. 10432609 

Inventor(s): Craig S. Etchegoyen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Device Authority Ltd. (Bracknell, , GB)
Law Firm: Cooley LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13791006 on 03/08/2013 (2398 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device-bound certificate authority binds a certificate to one or more devices by including digital fingerprints of the devices in the certificate. A device only uses a device-bound certificate if the digital fingerprint of the device is included in the certificate and is verified. Thus, a certificate is only usable by one or more devices to which the certificate is explicitly bound. Such device-bound certificates can be used for various purposes served by certificates generally such as device driver authentication and authorization of access to secure content, for example.

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


Secure data corridors for data feeds
Patent No. 10432642 

Inventor(s): Brett Peppe (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): T-Mobile USA, Inc. (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Han Santos, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15394170 on 12/29/2016 (1006 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method of providing a secure data corridor are provided. A request from a subject for at least one data element of a data feed is received. A use-case is identified for the data feed. A security label is assigned to the use-case. A clearance of the subject is compared to the security label of the use-case. Upon determining that a clearance of the subject is at or above the data sensitivity rating of the use-case, the subject is allowed access privilege to the data feed via the secure data corridor.

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


Electronic security keys for data security based on quantum particle states that indicates type of access
Patent No. 10432663 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15496442 on 04/25/2017 (889 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and method for determining for determining the type of unauthorized access that occurs when a quantum-level encrypted message is tampered with or otherwise accessed during message communication/transmission. The quantum-level encrypted message is configured to change quantum particle states in response to at least an attempt to access the message. The messages may be logically programmed such that the message records, in an encrypted block, the type of access or the type of access may correspond to a quantum particle state. In other embodiments, a neural network storing empirical data associated with previous quantum-level encrypted messages that have been accessed is analyzed to determine the type of unauthorized access and, in some embodiments, the entity, nodes or infrastructure associated with the unauthorized access.

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


Metadata synchronization system
Patent No. 10432716 

Inventor(s): Michelle A. Boston (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15056452 on 02/29/2016 (1310 days app to issue)

Abstract: A metadata synchronization system is provided. The metadata synchronization system may include a plurality of metadata elements included in a plurality of applications. The plurality of applications may be coupled to a plurality of application hubs. The plurality of application hubs may be coupled to a federated metadata repository. The plurality of application hubs may be coupled to a governed metadata repository. The system may include crawling the plurality of applications, the plurality of application hubs, the federated metadata repository and the governed metadata repository to ensure that the metadata elements are synchronized across all of the components. In the event that a metadata element is not synchronized across any one of the components, the system may notify interested parties and/or resolve the discrepancy.

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


System, method, and apparatus for service grouping of users to different speed tiers for wireless communication
Patent No. 10432798 

Inventor(s): Tony Wah-Tung Wong (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15990475 on 05/25/2018 (494 days app to issue)

Abstract: A speed tier based pricing scheme is utilized to increase average revenue per user (ARPU). To offer a speed tier based pricing scheme, the radio environment at a location of the UE can be analyzed to determine the speed tiers that can be offered to the user. In one aspect, an outer-loop scheduler can be utilized to allocate radio bearers to the UE based on a target data throughout associated with a user-selected speed tier. The priority of the non-guaranteed bit rate (GBR) bearers of the UE can be dynamically adjusted to track the target data throughput. In another aspect, a throttling function can be implemented to limit the data throughput of the UE to the target data throughput.

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


Wearable computing device for detecting photography
Patent No. 10432851 

Inventor(s): John Tierney (Georgetown, KY)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15338210 on 10/28/2016 (1068 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wearable computing device for detecting photography includes an outer casing configured to be worn by a user. The wearable computing device also includes a device camera coupled to the outer casing. The device camera is designed to detect image data corresponding to a person holding a remote camera in an environment of the wearable computing device. The wearable computing device also includes a mobile processor coupled to the device camera. The mobile processor is designed to determine that a photograph will be taken based on the image data corresponding to the person holding the remote camera. The wearable computing device also includes an output device coupled to the mobile processor. The output device is designed to output data indicating that the photograph of the wearable computing device will be taken.

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


Systems and methods for integrating and conducting video sessions
Patent No. 10432892 

Inventor(s): David W. Gaither (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15415342 on 01/25/2017 (979 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems described in this disclosure describe an integration of video sessions across platforms, transforming the user experience. In some embodiments, a user can participate in an interaction via a channel. Next, the system can determine whether the interaction is eligible for a video session with a representative. When the interaction is elgible for the video session, an option for the video session can be displayed on a user interface of the device. After receiving a request for the video session, the video session can be routed to a uniquly skilled representative, where the uniquely skilled representative is determined based, at least in part, on the interaction and a location of the device.

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


Advertisement scheduler
Patent No. 10432992 

Inventor(s): Wassim Samir Chaar (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEMS, INC. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Chip Law Group (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16026422 on 07/03/2018 (455 days app to issue)

Abstract: An advertisement scheduler receives a commercial break schedule generated from a completed assignment of one or more spots that correspond to the deals comprising advertiser”s orders to place the spots into one or more commercial breaks in the commercial break schedule based on constraints and placement requirements. The advertisement scheduler may determine representative liability per pending spot for the deals and reshuffle the placement of the spots based on the representative liability of the deals in order to minimize liability associated with the deals. The advertisement scheduler may reshuffle the placement of the spots for maximum delivery of candidate deals, where the reshuffle is based on a forecast of expected viewership associated with the deals, and a pacing computation of cumulative demographics guaranteed at a particular point in time, modify the forecast based on weighting factor, and generate a finalized commercial break schedule based on the reshuffling.

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


Stereo audio system and method
Patent No. 10433062 

Inventor(s): Hideto Takagishi (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): DIODES INCORPORATED (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15870757 on 01/12/2018 (627 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit receives a first input signal and a second input signal, and provides three driving signals to three output wires, respectively. A first driving signal is provided to a first output wire, and is based on a difference between the first input signal and the second input signal. A second driving signal is provided to a second output wire, and is based on a sum of the first input signal and the second input signal. A third driving signal is provided to a third output wire, and is based on an inverse of the first driving signal. A first output signal between the first output wire and the second output wire is based on the second input signal. A second output signal between the third output wire and the second output wire is based on the first input signal.

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


System and method for enabling polygon geofence services on mobile devices
Patent No. 10433107 

Inventor(s): Baopu Li (Santa Clara, CA), Jun Yang (Milpitas, CA), Shuo Huang (Los Gatos, CA), Yiwei Zhao (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15987319 on 05/23/2018 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for location-based services, and in particular, to geofencing. A computing device generates multiple circular shaped geofences to cover a geographic region defined by a polygon shaped geofence. The multiple circular shaped geofences are monitored to detect a current location of user equipment entering a boundary of any of the circular shaped geofences. Based on the detection, determining that the current location of the user equipment is within the polygon shaped geofence. A location based service is notified that the user equipment has entered the polygon shaped geofence.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Angle of arrival (AOA) positioning method and system for positional finding and tracking objects using reduced attenuation RF technology
Patent No. 10433111 

Inventor(s): Michael John Buynak (Dallas, TX), Truman Prevatt (Brooksville, FL)
Assignee(s): POLTE CORPORATION (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16137435 on 09/20/2018 (376 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for determining user equipment (UE) locations within a wireless network using reference signals of the wireless network are described. The disclosed systems and methods utilize a plurality of in-phase and quadrature (I/Q) samples generated from signals provided by receive channels associated with two or more antennas of the wireless system. Based on received reference signal parameters the reference signal within the signals from each receive channel among the receive channels is identified. Based on the identified reference signal from each receive channel, an angle of arrival between a baseline of the two or more antennas and incident energy from the UE to the two or more antennas is determined. That angle of arrival is then used to calculate the location of the UE. The angle of arrival may be a horizontal angle of arrival and/or a vertical angle of arrival.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Uplink signaling for cooperative multipoint communication
Patent No. 10433159 

Inventor(s): Anthony Ekpenyong (Farmers Branch, TX), Ralf Bendlin (Plano, TX), Runhua Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13952588 on 07/27/2013 (2257 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating a wireless communication system is disclosed (FIG. [b]6[/b]). The method includes receiving a virtual cell identification (VCID) parameter ([b]600[/b]) from a remote transmitter. A base sequence index (BSI) and a cyclic shift hopping (CSH) parameter ([b]604,606[/b]) are determined in response to the VCID. A pseudo-random sequence is selected in response to the BSI and CSH ([b]610,612[/b]). A reference signal is generated using the selected pseudo-random sequence ([b]614[/b]).

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


Urban mobile network system
Patent No. 10433183 

Inventor(s): Didier Gallais (Bieville-Beuville, , FR), Guillaume Crinon (Douvres-la-Dlivrande, , FR), Nicolas Constantinidis (Cresserons, , FR)
Assignee(s): BEELINX USA, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16155484 on 10/09/2018 (357 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment of a mobile communication system includes a plurality of mobile units operating within a defined operating area, each of the mobile units having a processor, a memory for storing a mobile unit file structure, an application running on the processor for operating on the mobile unit file structure, and a receiver for receiving on a common receive communication channel data. The mobile communication system further includes a plurality of geolocation markers disposed within the defined operating area, each having a memory for storing geolocation information to define a relative position within the defined operating area, and a geolocation transmitter for transmitting the defined geolocation information on the common receive communication channel, the geolocation transmitter having a geolocation transmit range less than the defined operating area.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Load balancing to provide a target grade of service (GOS)
Patent No. 10433207 

Inventor(s): Sergio Aguirre (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 12914472 on 10/28/2010 (3260 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving metrics associated with traffic that complies with a grade of service (GOS) associated with a customer premises equipment (CPE) device, where the metrics identify a group of cells via which the traffic is received by the CPE device. The method also includes retrieving information associated with traffic conditions within a group of base stations; initiating a load balancing operation when traffic conditions within a base station indicate that a particular cell, associated with the base station, is congested; and sending, to a set of base stations that send traffic to the CPE device, a notification, where the notification causes traffic, not destined for the CPE device, to be rerouted to another base station, which enables the base station to send traffic, that complies with the GOS, to the CPE device, or causes the CPE device to receive traffic, that complies with the GOS, from a further based station.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Adjusting power of a control channel based on a characteristic of a message in the control channel
Patent No. 10433259 

Inventor(s): Mark A. Harris (Plano, TX), Yuqiang Tang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert Goetzel, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13962395 on 08/08/2013 (2245 days app to issue)

Abstract: An entity, such as a base station, in a wireless communications network performs power control of a control channel based on one or more characteristics of a message in the control channel. For example, the control channel can be a paging channel. The one or more characteristics include, as examples, the size and/or the type of message in the control channel.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and system for integrated backhaul and wireless access network
Patent No. 10433269 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Li Guo (Allen, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15785149 on 10/16/2017 (715 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure includes systems and methods for an integrated wireless backhaul and access network. A relay node (RN) comprises a transceiver configured to receive, from a second node, which may be an anchor base station (ABS) or a second RN, a synchronization signal burst comprising a plurality of synchronization signal blocks, each of the plurality of synchronization signal blocks transmitted using a set of channel resources. The RN further comprises a processor operably connected to the transceiver, the processor configured to measure the received plurality of synchronization signal blocks and to identify, based at least in part on the measurement of the plurality of synchronization signal blocks, at least one of the plurality of synchronization signal blocks to monitor as a synchronization reference for the second node.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for PUCCH subband feedback signaling in a wireless network
Patent No. RE047631 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Lingjia Liu (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15422423 on 02/01/2017 (972 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile station for use in a wireless network. The mobile station transmits feedback reports to a base station of the wireless network. The feedback reports comprise a first feedback report, a second feedback report and a third feedback report. The first feedback report includes a precoder type indication (PTI) value that indicates at least one of a period of the second feedback report and a period of the third feedback report. The PTI value indicates a ratio of the second feedback report period to the third feedback report period. The PTI value also indicates the selected feedback information contained in the second feedback report and the third feedback report. Patent Class: N/A


DESIGN PATENTS

Separable bag for cold compression device
Patent No. D861322 

Inventor(s): Gary Chiu (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Pai Patent Trademark Law Firm (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29637218 on 02/14/2018 (594 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cellular phone accessory package
Patent No. D861475 

Inventor(s): James Giwani (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Warner Wireless Int”l Inc (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29650267 on 06/05/2018 (483 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Electrical system tester
Patent No. D861519 

Inventor(s): Justin Peters (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): GE Global Sourcing LLC (Norwalk, CT)
Law Firm: McCoy Russell LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29637185 on 02/14/2018 (594 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Handrail enclosure
Patent No. D861620 

Inventor(s): William C. Anderson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): AMPTHINK, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: AmpThink, LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29627451 on 11/27/2017 (673 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Handrail enclosure
Patent No. D861621 

Inventor(s): William C. Anderson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): AMPTHINK, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: AmpThink, LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29627454 on 11/27/2017 (673 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Eyeglasses
Patent No. D861774 

Inventor(s): Justin Harmon (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Costa Del Mar, Inc. (Daytona Beach, FL)
Law Firm: Malloy Malloy, P.L. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29633773 on 01/16/2018 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Medical device
Patent No. D861898 

Inventor(s): Steve Blake (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ORTHOFIX INC. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29639249 on 03/05/2018 (575 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Medical device
Patent No. D861899 

Inventor(s): Steve Blake (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ORTHOFIX INC. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29639258 on 03/05/2018 (575 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Medical device
Patent No. D861900 

Inventor(s): Steve Blake (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ORTHOFIX INC. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29639287 on 03/05/2018 (575 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Hockey lamp
Patent No. D861961 

Inventor(s): Donald Keith Smith (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29655808 on 07/06/2018 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Football lamp
Patent No. D861962 

Inventor(s): Donald Keith Smith (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29655809 on 07/06/2018 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cosmetic compact
Patent No. D861992 

Inventor(s): Alexa Hanna (Addison, TX), Jenny DeMarco Staab (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29663262 on 09/13/2018 (383 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


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