Dallas Invents: 139 Patents Granted for Week of Oct. 13

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

Patents granted include:
•  Fossil's activity monitoring device
•  Magic Leap's virtual image generation system using emotional states of user
•  Microfabrica's counterfeiting deterrent and security devices
•  Siemens Healthcare's virtual biopsy techniques for analyzing diseases
•  Topgolf's RFID golf ball testing apparatus and systems
•  Toyota's on-the-fly autonomous vehicle refueling and recharging
•  USAA's predictive customer service support system and method

Week of: 10/13/2020 For: Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (19100) Total patents this week: 139 Ranked (11) this week in patent production out of 250 metros nationally.

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of Oct. 13, 2020 | 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 Inc. (Dallas) 23
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 8
Sandisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 6
Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson) 5
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 4

UNASSIGNED 4


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison) 2
Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney) 2
Jason Hoover (Grapevine) 2
Manu Kurian (Dallas) 2
Micah Price (Plano) 2
Minhua Zhou (Plano) 2
Qiaochu Tang (The Colony) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

77 days
Techniques for providing SOS call routing for emergency calls
Patent No. 10805462-B1
Assignee: Bandwidth Inc. (Raleigh, NC)
Inventor: Thomas Ginter (Allen)

3,268 days
Wafer-level chip-scale package device having bump assemblies configured to maintain standoff height
Patent No. 10804233-B1
Assignee: MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS INC. (San Jose, CA)
Inventors: Karthik Thambidurai (Plano), Viren Khandekar (Flower Mound), Vivek Swaminathan Sridharan (Addison) 


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Feeder bag with trough portion
Patent No. 10798914 

Inventor(s): Timothy B. Noe (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15824740 on 11/28/2017 (1050 days app to issue)

Abstract: A feeder bag includes a bag portion formed of a front panel and a rear panel. A lower flap is pivotally coupled to the front panel at a lower flap junction and is disposed proximate a bottom end of the bag portion. An upper flap is pivotally coupled to the front panel at an upper flap junction and is disposed above the lower flap. The upper and lower flaps include slots. A first side brace defines a first upper tab and a first lower tab, and a second side brace defines a second upper tab and a second lower tab. The tabs of the braces are received in the slots of the flaps to create a trough portion. The front panel of the bag portion defines at least one through hole disposed between the upper flap junction and the lower flap junction.

[A01K] ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; CARE OF BIRDS, FISHES, INSECTS; FISHING; REARING OR BREEDING ANIMALS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NEW BREEDS OF ANIMALS


Debris catcher devices
Patent No. 10799035 

Inventor(s): Trevor Clayton Tollett (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Tollettries, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Thompson Patent Law (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16148828 on 10/01/2018 (743 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus relate to a debris catcher extending substantially in a plane from an integrated skirt toward a front lip that extends upward out of the plane less than a lateral lip extends upwards out of the plane. In an exemplary embodiment, a collar may be attachable to a debris catcher to provide a soft contact. In various embodiments, at least one perimeter rib may be embedded in the debris catcher to provide a rigid and stable flat portion. In some implementations, at least one partition rib may be arranged on the debris catcher to provide separated areas. In various embodiments, the debris catcher may not only keep debris retained on the debris catcher but also may enable the debris catcher to be pulled under a table.

[A47D] FURNITURE SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR CHILDREN (school benches or desks A47B 39/00, A47B 41/00)


Tissue ligation devices and controls therefor
Patent No. 10799241 

Inventor(s): Douglas Todd Ellison (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): SENTREHEART LLC (Redwood City, CA)
Law Firm: Cooley LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14928836 on 10/30/2015 (1810 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described here are devices for closing one or more tissues, and handles for controlling these devices. Generally, the devices described here comprise a snare loop assembly, wherein the snare loop assembly comprises a snare and a suture loop, and a handle for controlling the snare loop assembly. In some variations the snare loop assembly may comprise a retention member that may releasably connect the suture loop to the snare. In other variations the devices comprise one or more force-reducing suture locks to help prevent the suture loop from inadvertently disengaging from the snare loop assembly. In still other variations, the excess-suture management features. The handles described here may be configured to remove excess suture from a suture loop, and may also be configured to release the suture loop from the snare loop assembly.

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


Intraocular lens having a capsular ring for inhibiting capsular opacification
Patent No. 10799340 

Inventor(s): Douglas B. Wensrich (Bedford, TX), John Radle (Flower Mound, TX), Niranjana Nandakumar (Plano, TX), Stephen Collins (Fort Worth, TX), Stephen Van Noy (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcon Inc. (Fribourg, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14821891 on 08/10/2015 (1891 days app to issue)

Abstract: An IOL system includes a capsular ring having a concave exterior surface extending around its circumference that is configured, upon insertion into a capsular bag of a patient”s eye, to engage an equatorial region of the capsular bag. The concave exterior surface extends between an anterior surface and a posterior surface of the capsular ring. A first one or more flaps are arranged on the anterior surface such that at least a portion of each of the first one or more flaps, upon insertion into the capsular bag of a patient”s eye, engages an anterior portion of the capsular bag. Similarly, a second one or more flaps are arranged on the posterior surface such that at least a portion of each of the second one or more flaps, upon insertion into a capsular bag of a patient”s eye, engages a posterior portion of the capsular bag.

[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]


Pliant members for receiving and aiding in the deployment of vascular prostheses
Patent No. 10799378 

Inventor(s): Zeke Eller (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (South Jordan, UT)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15718419 on 09/28/2017 (1111 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vascular prosthesis deployment device and related methods are disclosed. In some embodiments the deployment device may include a delivery catheter assembly. The delivery catheter assembly may include a pliant member, wherein the pliant member is configured receive a vascular prosthesis. The pliant member may also be configured to aid in incrementally deploying a vascular prosthesis.

[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]


Intravascular devices, systems, and methods to address eye disorders
Patent No. 10799688 

Inventor(s): Michael Calhoun (Lighthouse Point, FL), Stephen Michael (Maple Grove, MN), Zachary Tegels (Minneapolis, MN)
Assignee(s): J.D. Franco Co., LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16698654 on 11/27/2019 (321 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method may include accessing an artery in communication with an ophthalmic artery of a subject, and advancing a microcatheter along the accessed artery so as to align a distal end of the microcatheter with an ostium of the ophthalmic artery, wherein the microcatheter includes a lumen having a guidewire positioned therein. In addition, the method includes proximally withdrawing the guidewire relative to the microcatheter so as to enable a distal portion of the microcatheter to assume a curved relaxed configuration, and cannulating the ostium with the distal portion of the microcatheter when the distal portion is in the curved relaxed configuration.

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


System and method for providing a coach with live training data of an athlete as the athlete is performing a swimming workout
Patent No. 10799763 

Inventor(s): Todd Martin (Lexington, OH)
Assignee(s): FINISH TIME HOLDINGS, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Sheridan Ross, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16443741 on 06/17/2019 (484 days app to issue)

Abstract: An athlete tracking system and method for tracking an athlete during training sessions. The system includes a mobile tracking device wearable around a portion of the athlete”s head, and a training log server for maintaining an athlete profile that includes a training record updatable by the athlete and a training plan supplied by a coach.

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


RFID golf ball testing apparatus and systems
Patent No. 10799770 

Inventor(s): Adrian Torrance Chaney (Denver, CO), Brian David Burdette (McKinney, TX), Clinton Scott Lovejoy (Dallas, TX), Hieu Nguyen-Minh Duong (Garland, TX), Mark Joseph Semsak (Des Plaines, IL), Robert Benton Ahlfinger (Addison, TX, U
Assignee(s): Topgolf International, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16383397 on 04/12/2019 (550 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and apparatus for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) golf ball testing include, in at least one aspect, an apparatus including: one or more RFID readers having associated read zones; a star wheel unit defining cavities to receive golf balls; golf ball sensors including at least one sensor for each respective path through the read zones; kickers including at least one kicker positioned after each respective path through the read zones and arranged to change a golf ball”s direction of travel when the at least one kicker is activated; and a controller coupled with the kickers, the golf ball sensors, and the one or more RFID readers, wherein the controller is configured to activate any of the kickers responsive to the one or more RFID readers inadequately reading an RFID tag in a golf ball detected by the at least one sensor for that kicker”s associated path through a read zone.

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


Golf club head or other ball striking device having impact-influencing body features
Patent No. 10799772 

Inventor(s): Eric A. Larson (Arlington, TX), Joshua M. Boggs (Aledo, TX), Kevin Harper (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14968504 on 12/14/2015 (1765 days app to issue)

Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, has a face with a striking surface configured for striking a ball and a channel extending across a portion of the sole. The channel may be recessed from adjacent surfaces of the sole and have a depth of recession from the adjacent surfaces of the sole. A pair of ribs are positioned within the channel. The ribs may diverge away from one another and may have a first rib located in a toe portion of the channel and a second rib located in the heel portion of the channel.

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


Golf club head having trip step feature
Patent No. 10799773 

Inventor(s): Marc Schmidt (Dallas, TX), Michael Scott Burnett (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC (Carlsbad, CA)
Law Firm: Dawsey Co., LPA (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15715681 on 09/26/2017 (1113 days app to issue)

Abstract: A golf club incorporating a trip step feature located on the crown section. A portion of the trip step is located between a crown apex and the back of the club head and may be continuous or discontinuous. The trip step enables a reduction in aerodynamic drag force.

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


Golf club head or other ball striking device with weighted body member
Patent No. 10799777 

Inventor(s): David N. Franklin (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16513551 on 07/16/2019 (455 days app to issue)

Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club, includes a head that includes a face having a ball striking surface configured for striking a ball and a body connected to the face and extending rearward from the face. A face member formed primarily of a metallic material forms the face, and a body member is connected to the face member and extends rearward from the face member to form at least a portion of the body. The body member is formed at least partially of a polymer material, and has a doped portion containing a doping material dispersed within the polymer material. The doping material may have a different density than the polymer material, such that the doped portion has a different density than the portions of the body member not containing the doping material. A co-molding method may be used to form the ball striking device.

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


Advanced hybrid iron type golf club
Patent No. 10799778 

Inventor(s): Clive Roberts (Allen, TX), Tim Reed (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC (Carlsbad, CA)
Law Firm: Dawsey Co., LPA (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16118500 on 08/31/2018 (774 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is a unique advanced hybrid iron type golf club having a curved face. The golf club incorporates the discovery of unique relationships among key club head engineering variables such as volume, blade length, heel blade length section, Zcg, front-to-back dimension, and club moment arm.

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


Technique for controlling virtual image generation system using emotional states of user
Patent No. 10802580 

Inventor(s): Graeme John Devine (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): Magic Leap, Inc. (Plantation, FL)
Law Firm: Vista IP Law Group, LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16713434 on 12/13/2019 (305 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating a virtual image generation system comprises allowing an end user to interact with a three-dimensional environment comprising at least one virtual object, presenting a stimulus to the end user in the context of the three-dimensional environment, sensing at least one biometric parameter of the end user in response to the presentation of the stimulus to the end user, generating biometric data for each of the sensed biometric parameter(s), determining if the end user is in at least one specific emotional state based on the biometric data for the each of the sensed biometric parameter(s), and performing an action discernible to the end user to facilitate a current objective at least partially based on if it is determined that the end user is in the specific emotional state(s).

[A63F] CARD, BOARD OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [5]


 

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Honeycomb core sandwich panels
Patent No. 10800129 

Inventor(s): Michael D. Ishmael (Bedford, TX), Robert Mark Chris (Dallas, TX), Ronald J. Turner (Fort Worth, TX), Suvankar Mishra (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15414181 on 01/24/2017 (1358 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment of the present disclosure, a method for manufacturing a honeycomb core sandwich panel includes placing a thermoset facesheet in contact with a thermoplastic honeycomb core without using a separate adhesive and attaching the thermoset facesheet to the thermoplastic honeycomb core by using a curing profile comprising a temperature that is lower than a gel point temperature of the thermoset facesheet and higher than a softening point temperature of the thermoplastic honeycomb core.

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


Contact charging system for vehicle-mounted batteries
Patent No. 10800267 

Inventor(s): Lon B. Radin (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): Media Cart Holdings, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13984164 on 02/07/2012 (3171 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for charging a vehicle-mounted battery comprising a vehicle, a battery, a plurality of electrical contacts, wherein the plurality of electrical contacts is coupled to the vehicle and at least one of the plurality of electrical contacts is electrically connected to the battery, a plurality of electric power transfer components, wherein at least one of the plurality of electric power transfer components rotates about an axis, and wherein each of the plurality of electric power transfer components is configured to prevent undesired connections between the plurality of electric power transfer components and the vehicle, and a power source.

[B60L] PROPULSION OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES (arrangements or mounting of electrical propulsion units or of plural diverse prime-movers for mutual or common propulsion in vehicles B60K 1/00, B60K 6/20; arrangements or mounting of electrical gearing in vehicles B60K 17/12, B60K 17/14; preventing wheel slip by reducing power in rail vehicles B61C 15/08; dynamo-electric machines H02K; control or regulation of electric motors H02P); SUPPLYING ELECTRIC POWER FOR AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES (electric coupling devices combined with mechanical couplings of vehicles B60D 1/64; electric heating for vehicles B60H 1/00); ELECTRODYNAMIC BRAKE SYSTEMS FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL (control or regulation of electric motors H02P); MAGNETIC SUSPENSION OR LEVITATION FOR VEHICLES; MONITORING OPERATING VARIABLES OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES; ELECTRIC SAFETY DEVICES FOR ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES [4]


Vehicle cargo assist
Patent No. 10800313 

Inventor(s): Paxton S. Williams (Milan, MI), Scott L. Frederick (Brighton, MI), Scott P. Robison (Dexter, 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: 15883356 on 01/30/2018 (987 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cargo assist can help a user in loading, unloading, and/or transporting items in a vehicle. The cargo assist can include a cargo assist arm. A cargo carrier can be operatively connected to the cargo assist arm and can be selectively disconnected therefrom. The cargo assist arm can be selectively movable between at least a stowed position and a deployed position. In the stowed position, the cargo assist arm can be located entirely within a cargo space of the vehicle. At least a portion of the cargo assist arm and at least a portion of the cargo carrier can be received within a recess defined within a first lateral side wall of the cargo space. In the deployed position, the cargo carrier and a portion of the cargo assist arm can extend through an access opening to the cargo space and can be located outside 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)


Sand trailer
Patent No. 10800316 

Inventor(s): Alan Arthur Martens (Chilliwack, , CA), Gary Wayne Teichrob (Rosedale, , CA), Kevin Brent Thiessen (Rosedale, , CA), Patrick Scott Mason (Cultus Lake, , CA)
Assignee(s): Continental Intermodal Group-Trucking LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lathrop GPM, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15893074 on 02/09/2018 (977 days app to issue)

Abstract: A trailer for transporting granular material, such as sand or proppant, has a purpose-built shape, and loading and unloading hatches at top and bottom. The trailer includes a hollow vessel for holding granular material. The vessel is enclosed with top and bottom hatches. The vessel has a tapered lower section and a domed upper section, allowing bulk material to be piled and concentrated horizontally below and above the hatches. A chassis extends fore and aft of the vessel, and potentially through an interior of the vessel. The chassis may extend upward from a wheeled section so as to pass through a vertically central part of the vessel. The chassis may also act as a trailer suspension system. The vessel may be made of aluminium and mounted to the steel chassis.

[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)


Dual side mirror assemblies and methods of controlling the same
Patent No. 10800334 

Inventor(s): Brendan R. Dodge (South Lyon, 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: 16254913 on 01/23/2019 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dual side mirror assembly, of a vehicle, includes a housing pivotally coupled to the vehicle between an unfolded position and a folded position. The housing includes a primary mirror coupled to the housing and a secondary mirror coupled to the housing. In the unfolded position, the primary mirror is in a reflective state and the secondary is in an unreflective state. In the folded position, the primary mirror is in the unreflective state and the secondary mirror is in the reflective state.

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


Roof ditch sealing assemblies for vehicles and methods for sealing roof ditches
Patent No. 10800351 

Inventor(s): Daniel G. Shriver (Ann Arbor, MI), Prasanth Mohankumar (Canton, 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: 16290257 on 03/01/2019 (592 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle includes a roof assembly including a roof having an outer facing surface and a roof ditch that extends below the outer facing surface. The roof ditch extends in a vehicle longitudinal direction between a front windshield and a rear window. A rear roof ditch molding is located at least partially within the roof ditch at a rear portion of the roof ditch. A cured roof ditch sealer extends along a front portion of the roof ditch and rearward in the vehicle longitudinal direction toward the rear roof ditch molding. A roof ditch sealer dam is located between a rear end of the cured roof ditch sealer and a front end of the rear roof ditch molding.

[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)


Selectively engageable aircraft driveshaft off-axis from component stow axis
Patent No. 10800510 

Inventor(s): David Russell Bockmiller (Fort Worth, TX), Eric Stephen Olson (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15898550 on 02/17/2018 (969 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods include providing an aircraft with a fuselage and a wing assembly rotatable relative to the fuselage about a stow axis between a flight position and a stowed position. The aircraft includes a gearbox having a retractable driveshaft that selectively engages the mid-wing gearbox via axially translatable motion along a rotation axis when the wing assembly is in the flight position. The retractable driveshaft also selectively disengages the mid-wing gearbox in the flight position to allow selectively rotation of the wing assembly about the stow axis from the flight position to the stowed position resulting in the mid-wing gearbox being misaligned with the retractable driveshaft when the wing assembly is in the stowed position.

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


Bearing for axial stiffening
Patent No. 10800518 

Inventor(s): Dalton T. Hampton (Fort Worth, TX), Frank Stamps (Colleyville, TX), Robert L. Milliken (North Richland Hills, TX), Thomas Parham (Colleyville, TX), Timothy Kent Ledbetter (Euless, TX), Zachary Edwin Dailey (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16272091 on 02/11/2019 (610 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example of a hub for a tail rotor includes a body configured to couple to a mast of a rotor system, a trunnion disposed within the body, first and second shafts disposed on opposite sides of the trunnion, first and second end plates secured to the body, and first and second end bearings, the first end bearing disposed between the first shaft and the first end plate and the second end bearing disposed between the second shaft and the second end plate.

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


Aircraft adapter
Patent No. 10800526 

Inventor(s): Alan Carl Ewing (Keller, TX), Antonio Cardenas Munguia (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15591705 on 05/10/2017 (1252 days app to issue)

Abstract: An adapter is disclosed for use with an aircraft including wingtip stations defining mounting surfaces. The adapter is configured and dimensioned for connection to the wingtip stations on either wing of the aircraft to facilitate the connection of a weapons rack to the aircraft. The adapter includes a backing plate, and a body connected to the backing plate that is configured and dimensioned to support the weapons rack. The backing plate is configured and dimensioned in correspondence with the mounting surfaces defined by the wingtip stations. The body includes a base extending outwardly from the backing plate along a first axis, and a support member extending outwardly from the base along a second axis. In one particular embodiment of the adapter, the first and second axes define an angle of 45 therebetween.

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


Passenger communication system
Patent No. 10800543 

Inventor(s): Kevin Waters (Denton, TX), Nahum Madrid (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Safran Seats USA LLC (Gainesville, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16489979 on 03/30/2018 (928 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication system for a vehicle seat includes a visual indicator having a lighting mechanism configured to display a plurality of colors, a control portion electrically connected to the visual indicator, and a plurality of modes. Each mode may be associated with one of the plurality of Selection of one of the plurality of modes causes the control portion to signal the lighting mechanism to display the color associated with the selected mode.

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


HVAC scrubber unit with modular control and graphical user interface systems and methods
Patent No. 10801744 

Inventor(s): Amol P. Joshi (Coppell, TX), Michael G. Longman (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): AIR DISTRIBUTION TECHNOLOGIES IP, LLC (Milwaukee, WI)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15799735 on 10/31/2017 (1078 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods to facilitate controlling operation of a scrubber unit implemented in a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. The scrubber unit includes a scrubber housing, which encloses a contaminant filter; and a control panel coupled in a sidewall of the scrubber housing. The control panel includes a controller module, which includes a first module housing that encloses scrubber control circuitry and a first plurality of input/output ports. The scrubber control circuitry communicates with first equipment in the scrubber unit via the first plurality of input/output ports. The control panel includes an input/output module, which includes a second module housing that encloses a second plurality of input/output ports; and a communication bus coupled between the controller module and the input/output module that enables the scrubber control circuitry to communicate with second equipment in the scrubber unit via the second plurality of input/output ports.

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


Robotics process automation macro bot
Patent No. 10802453 

Inventor(s): Ryan Eric Davis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15612164 on 06/02/2017 (1229 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for managing process automation with a macro bot is provided. By allowing for modifications to RPA bot behavior without changing the code of the RPA bots and providing for an efficient querying and reporting function, the system addresses a number of computer technology-centric challenges. The system allows the entity to push updates to bot behavior through a rules database without individually reconfiguring each bot. This ensures that the functionality of the bots may be updated for future entity needs and objectives while minimizing bot downtime. Furthermore, providing updates without changing the code of the bots allows the system to increase computing efficiency by reducing the demands on computer resources associated with applying a system-wide update, such as processing power, memory space, storage space, cache space, electric power, and networking bandwidth.

[B25J] MANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES (robotic devices for individually picking fruits, vegetables, hops or the like A01D 46/30; needle manipulators for surgery A61B 17/062; manipulators associated with rolling mills B21B 39/20; manipulators associated with forging machines B21J 13/10; means for holding wheels or parts thereof B60B 30/00; cranes B66C; arrangements for handling fuel or other materials which are used within nuclear reactors G21C 19/00; structural combination of manipulators with cells or rooms shielded against radiation G21F 7/06) [5]


Reverse tactile cue for rotorcraft rotor overspeed protection
Patent No. 10802482 

Inventor(s): Christopher Mike Bothwell (Grapevine, TX), Jillian Samantha Alfred (Fort Worth, TX), Luke Dafydd Gillett (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15443493 on 02/27/2017 (1324 days app to issue)

Abstract: A flight control computer (FCC) for a rotorcraft includes a processor and a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program to be executed by the processor, with the program including instructions for providing main rotor overspeed protection. The instructions for providing the main rotor overspeed protection include instructions for monitoring sensor signals indicating a main rotor RPM, determining a target operating parameter, determining one or more flight parameters in response to a relationship between the main rotor RPM and the target operating parameter indicating a main rotor overspeed condition. Determining the one or more flight parameters includes determining a setting for a flight control device of the rotorcraft that changes the main rotor RPM, controlling positioning of a pilot control according to the flight parameters, and controlling the flight control device of the rotorcraft according to positioning of the pilot control.

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


 

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

System and method for reinsurance of air purification
Patent No. 10800664 

Inventor(s): Allen K. Bettilyon (Dallas, TX), Robert Adams (Austin, TX)
Assignee(s): PurWorld Technologies LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15787650 on 10/18/2017 (1091 days app to issue)

Abstract: A chemical disinfection process for vehicles using chlorine dioxide and titanium dioxide with calculated re-treatment formulas and schedules based on bacterial infestation data. Systems and methods that include client devices and servers that monitor and control a chemical disinfection process. The system generates a surety arrangement that facilitates re-treatment and electronic notification alerts to chemical solution vendors, dealers and vehicle owners.

[C01G] COMPOUNDS CONTAINING METALS NOT COVERED BY SUBCLASSES C01D OR C01F (metal hydrides C01B 6/00; salts of oxyacids of halogens C01B 11/00; peroxides, salts of peroxyacids C01B 15/00; thiosulfates, dithionites, polythionates C01B 17/64; compounds containing selenium or tellurium C01B 19/00; binary compounds of nitrogen with metals C01B 21/06; azides C01B 21/08; metal amides C01B 21/092; nitrites C01B 21/50; phosphides C01B 25/08; salts of oxyacids of phosphorus C01B 25/16; carbides C01B 32/90; compounds containing silicon C01B 33/00; compounds containing boron C01B 35/00; compounds having molecular sieve properties but not having base-exchange properties C01B 37/00; compounds having molecular sieve and base-exchange properties, e.g. crystalline zeolites, C01B 39/00; cyanides C01C 3/08; salts of cyanic acid C01C 3/14; salts of cyanamide C01C 3/16; thiocyanates C01C 3/20; fermentation or enzyme-using processes for the preparation of elements or inorganic compounds except carbon dioxide C12P 3/00; obtaining metal compounds from mixtures, e.g. ores, which are intermediate compounds in a metallurgical process for obtaining a free metal C21B, C22B; production of non-metallic elements or inorganic compounds by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25B)


Methods of igniting a fuel source, lighter fluid compositions and self-lighting charcoal briquettes
Patent No. 10800989 

Inventor(s): Marcus Leonard Smith (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. (Athens, GA)
Law Firm: Thomas|Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15949293 on 04/10/2018 (917 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present application provides methods of igniting a fuel source with a lighter fluid composition including fusel oil; self-lighting charcoal briquettes infused with fusel oil, flammable compositions including fusel oil, methods of making flammable compositions including fusel oil, and lighter devices including fusel oil.

[C10L] FUELS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NATURAL GAS; SYNTHETIC NATURAL GAS OBTAINED BY PROCESSES NOT COVERED BY SUBCLASSES C10G OR C10K; LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS; USE OF ADDITIVES TO FUELS OR FIRES; FIRE-LIGHTERS [5]


Genetically engineered microorganisms and processes for the production of cannabinoids from a carbon source precursor
Patent No. 10801049 

Inventor(s): Brian Chan (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): SYNTIVA THERAPEUTICS, INC. (Baltimore, MD)
Law Firm: Ware, Fressola, Maguire Barber LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16442066 on 06/14/2019 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided for biosynthetic production of cannabinoids in microorganisms from a carbon source precursor. This method describes the genetic modifications needed to engineer microorganisms to produce cannabinoids as well as a method for identifying and quantifying cannabinoids from fermentation broth. A system is also provided for tuning the method to produce different cannabinoids of interest by systematically modulating the enzymes encoded by the genetic modifications introduced in the microorganism.

[C12P] FERMENTATION OR ENZYME-USING PROCESSES TO SYNTHESISE A DESIRED CHEMICAL COMPOUND OR COMPOSITION OR TO SEPARATE OPTICAL ISOMERS FROM A RACEMIC MIXTURE [3]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Stabilizing features in a wear member assembly
Patent No. 10801188 

Inventor(s): Isai Diaz (Arlington, TX), Mohamad Bilal (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Hensley Industries, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16886350 on 05/28/2020 (138 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wear member assembly may include a nose attachable to a bucket lip. The nose may include a rear portion having a first set of substantially planar surfaces including a first, second, and third subset of surfaces. The third subset of surfaces may be angled and positioned between the first subset of surfaces and the second subset of surfaces. The nose may also include a forward portion positioned forwardly adjacent to the rear portion, the forward portion having a second set of substantially planar surfaces including a fourth, fifth, and sixth subset of surfaces. The sixth set of surfaces may be angled and positioned between the first subset of surfaces and the second subset of surfaces. The wear member assembly may also include a wear member having a cavity comprising rear and forward bearing surfaces corresponding to the third and sixth subset of surfaces.

[E02F] DREDGING; SOIL-SHIFTING (winning peat E21C 49/00)


Tool positioning and latching system
Patent No. 10801286 

Inventor(s): Douglas J. Streibich (Fort Worth, TX), Michael C. Robertson (Arlington, TX), William F. Boelte (New Iberia, LA)
Assignee(s): Robertson Intellectual Properties, LLC (Mansfield, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15954405 on 04/16/2018 (911 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for positioning a tool within a tubular segment or a tubular tool, wherein the interior surface of the tubular segment or tubular tool is provided with one or more pluralities of grooves, each defining a selected profile. A downhole tool is lowered into the tubular segment or tubular tool, having a blade in communication therewith. The blade includes a plurality of protruding members thereon, which define a profile complementary to one of the selected profiles formed by one of the pluralities of grooves. A biasing member biases the blade toward the interior surface of the tubular segment or tubular tool to engage the protruding members of the blade within the complementary profile of the tubular segment or the tubular tool. The system and method further include a slip and wedge assembly usable to position a tubular segment or tubular tool within a tubular member or wellbore.

[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]


Wellbore gun perforating system and method
Patent No. 10801308 

Inventor(s): John T. Hardesty (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16515196 on 07/18/2019 (453 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wellbore perforating system and method with reliable and safer connections in a perforating gun assembly is disclosed. The system/method includes a gun string assembly (GSA) deployed in a wellbore with multiple perforating guns attached to plural switch subs. The perforating guns are pre-wired with a cable having multi conductors; the multi conductors are connected to electrical ring contacts on either end of the perforating guns. The switch subs are configured with electrical contacts that are attached to the electrical contacts of the perforating guns without the need for manual electrical connections and assembly in the field of operations. The system further includes detonating with a detonator that is positioned upstream of the perforating gun. The detonator is wired to a switch that is positioned downstream of the perforating gun.

[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]


Degradable isolation devices with data recorders
Patent No. 10801315 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zachary William Walton (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15755439 on 10/28/2015 (1812 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include methods to obtain measurements of a wellbore and data logging devices. In one embodiment, the method includes measuring, by a sensor of a wellbore isolation device, at least one condition of the wellbore proximate to the sensor. The wellbore isolation device has a dissolvable portion, and the sensor is releasable from the wellbore isolation device upon dissolution of the dissolvable portion. The method also includes storing measurements of the at least one condition of the wellbore in a machine-readable medium. The method further includes providing the stored measurements of the sensor to a controller following dissolution of the dissolvable portion.

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


 

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

Method and apparatus for pressure equalization in rotary compressors
Patent No. 10801510 

Inventor(s): Brandon Ullrich (Grand Prairie, TX), Wei Wang (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15495061 on 04/24/2017 (1268 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotary compressor system includes a compressor housing that includes a compressor motor that draws in fluid from a suction side. The fluid is compressed within a compression chamber and discharged through a discharge side. The compression chamber is disposed between the suction side and the discharge side. An overload-protection switch is electrically coupled in series with the compressor motor and is adapted to cut power to the compressor motor responsive to an overload event. A solenoid valve is fluidly coupled between the compression chamber and a location upstream of the suction side and is electrically coupled in series with the overload-protection switch. An interruption of electrical current to the compressor motor also interrupts electrical current to the solenoid valve, which opens the solenoid valve to equalize pressure between the suction side and the discharge side.

[F04D] NON-POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT PUMPS (engine fuel-injection pumps F02M; ion pumps H01J 41/12; electrodynamic pumps H02K 44/02)


Protective labyrinth over mast seal to protect from water intrusion
Patent No. 10801624 

Inventor(s): Scott David Poster (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15703381 on 09/13/2017 (1126 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes a helicopter rotor seal assembly comprising: a rotor mast having a longitudinal axis and an outer surface; a sleeve aligned longitudinally with the axis and surrounding a portion of the rotor mast, the sleeve having an outer surface, and an inner surface; an annular horizontal seal between the inner surface of the sleeve and the outer surface of the rotor mast; and an upper annular rotor mast seal affixed to the outer surface of the rotor mast and extending outwardly sufficient to cover the annular horizontal seal.

[F16J] PISTONS; CYLINDERS; PRESSURE VESSELS IN GENERAL; SEALINGS


Valve seats, valve assemblies, and related methods
Patent No. 10801627 

Inventor(s): Paul Simon Warbey (Horsham, , GB)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Phillips Winchester (Local + 28 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16213638 on 12/07/2018 (676 days app to issue)

Abstract: Valve seats may include an insert and an outer housing. The insert may comprise a first material and the outer housing may comprise a second material. The second material of the outer housing may exhibit a hardness that is greater than a hardness of the first material of the insert. Valve assemblies and related method may include valve seats.

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


Method and apparatus for re-heat circuit operation
Patent No. 10801742 

Inventor(s): Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX), Wenqian Liu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15948102 on 04/09/2018 (918 days app to issue)

Abstract: A metering device is fluidly coupled to the condenser coil. A distributor is fluidly coupled to the metering device. An evaporator coil is fluidly coupled to the distributor via a plurality of evaporator circuit lines. A re-heat coil is disposed adjacent to the evaporator coil. The re-heat coil includes a first fluid connection to the metering device via a re-heat return line and a second re-heat feed line. The re-heat coil includes a second fluid connection to the condenser coil via a connecting line and a condenser intake line. A first check valve is disposed between the connecting line and the condenser intake line. A second check valve is disposed between the re-heat return line and the second re-heat feed line.

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


Air conditioner with multiple expansion devices
Patent No. 10801763 

Inventor(s): Harold Gene Havard, Jr. (Carrollton, TX), Terry Jewell (Dallas, TX), Yi Qu (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16188643 on 11/13/2018 (700 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, an air conditioner may include more than one expansion device. Refrigerant flow through the expansion device(s) may be controlled based at least partially on an operational property of the air conditioner.

[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)


Variable speed blower control for HVAC systems
Patent No. 10801765 

Inventor(s): Der-Kai Hung (Dallas, TX), Roger Hundt (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16029175 on 07/06/2018 (830 days app to issue)

Abstract: A temperature control system that includes a sensor, a variable speed blower, and a controller. The controller is configured to receive an air temperature measurement from the sensor and determine a temperature value based on the received air temperature measurement. The controller is further configured to compare the determined temperature value to a first threshold value and a second threshold value and to operate the variable speed blower based on the comparison. The controller is configured to set the variable speed blower to a first fan speed when the temperature value is below the first threshold value and to a second fan speed when the temperature value is above the second threshold value. The controller is further configured to set the variable speed blower to a third fan speed that linearly correlates with temperature when the temperature value is between the first threshold and the second threshold.

[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)


Condenser fan motor mounts and guards
Patent No. 10801771 

Inventor(s): Albert Stephen Troutman (Conyers, GA)
Assignee(s): Heatcraft Refrigeration Products LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Hubbard Johnston, PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15979450 on 05/14/2018 (883 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a fan mounting assembly for use in refrigeration system includes a mounting body having a first side and a second side with a fan opening. The mounting body includes a collar extending from the second side of the mounting body around the fan opening, a flange extending outboard of the collar, and a plurality of retainers extending from the second side of the mounting body outward from the fan opening. Each retainer has a fastener opening extending therethrough. The fan mounting assembly further includes a motor mount and guard that includes a plurality of rings and a plurality of legs extending radially from a center portion. Each leg has a proximal end with a proximal eyelet formed thereon and a distal end with a distal eyelet formed thereon. The distal eyelet is configured to align with the fastener opening of a corresponding retainer.

[F25D] REFRIGERATORS; COLD ROOMS; ICE-BOXES; COOLING OR FREEZING APPARATUS NOT COVERED BY ANY OTHER SUBCLASS (refrigerated showcases A47F 3/04; thermally-insulated vessels for domestic use A47J 41/00; refrigerated vehicles, see the appropriate subclasses of classes B60-B64; containers with thermal insulation in general B65D 81/38; 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; thermally-insulated vessels for liquefied or solidified gases F17C; air-conditioning or air-humidification F24F; refrigeration machines, plants, or systems F25B; cooling of instruments or comparable apparatus without refrigeration G12B; cooling of engines or pumps, see the relevant classes)


 

P H Y S I C S

Counterfeiting deterrent and security devices, systems, and methods
Patent No. 10801119 

Inventor(s): Adam L. Cohen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Microfabrica Inc. (Van Nuys, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16182989 on 11/07/2018 (706 days app to issue)

Abstract: A counterfeiting deterrent device according to one implementation of the disclosure includes a plurality of layers formed by an additive process. Each of the layers may have a thickness of less than 100 microns. At least one of the layers has a series of indentations formed in an outer edge of the layer such that the indentations can be observed to verify that the device originated from a predetermined source. According to another implementation, a counterfeiting deterrent device includes at least one raised layer having outer edges in the shape of a logo. A light source is configured and arranged to shine a light through a slit in a substrate layer of the device and past an intermediate layer to light up the outer edge of the raised layer. The layers of the device are formed by an additive process and have a thickness of less than 100 microns each.

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


Automatic vehicle map display scaling system
Patent No. 10801856 

Inventor(s): Andrew G. Sata (Irvine, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15865108 on 01/08/2018 (1009 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for dynamically scaling a map of a navigation display system of a vehicle. The system includes a GPS unit configured to detect a current location of the vehicle. The system includes a transceiver configured to receive a current traffic condition from a remote data server. The system includes a display configured to display the map. The system also includes an ECU configured to dynamically determine a map display scale based on a location of the vehicle and a traffic condition. The ECU is also configured to render the map using the dynamically determined map display scale. The ECU is also configured to change the map display scale based on a change in location of the vehicle or a change in traffic condition.

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


Extended range ADC flow meter
Patent No. 10801868 

Inventor(s): Anand Dabak (Plano, TX), Venkata Ramanan (Tucson, AZ)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14300303 on 06/10/2014 (2317 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of calculating a time difference is disclosed. The method includes sampling a first ultrasonic signal (r[superscript]21[/superscript]) to produce a first sampled signal (y[b]1[/b]([i]i[/i])) and sampling a second ultrasonic signal (r[superscript]12[/superscript]) to produce a second sampled signal (y[b]2[/b]([i]i[/i])). A first time (LEAD_LAG) is determined between a time the first sampled signal crosses a threshold ([b]1[/b]) and a time the second sampled signal crosses the threshold. The first sampled signal is cross correlated with the second sampled signal to produce a second time (SAMP_OFFSET). The time difference is calculated in response to the first and second times.

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


Apparatus and methods for high-speed marking of optical fibers
Patent No. 10801883 

Inventor(s): Kelvin Nguyen (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Incorporated (Corning, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16554005 on 08/28/2019 (412 days app to issue)

Abstract: The apparatus and methods include moving an optical fiber over a fiber path that includes a marking location at which resides a printer unit. The moving optical fiber has an amount of undamped fiber vibration that can exceed a fiber vibration tolerance at high fiber speeds. The printer unit is configured to dispense ink onto the optical fiber to form wet ink marks along the optical fiber as it moves past the marking location. The wet ink marks are dried and counted for quality control. The marked optical fiber is then covered with an overcoat to protect the ink marks. A position sensor measures an amount of vibration of the optical fiber substantially at the marking location. One or more vibration dampers disposed along the fiber path are used to reduce the fiber vibration below the fiber vibration tolerance. This allows for high-speed marking of the optical fiber.

[G01H] MEASUREMENT OF MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS OR ULTRASONIC, SONIC OR INFRASONIC WAVES [4]


NMR-based non-invasive and quantitative food attribute measurement apparatus and method
Patent No. 10801979 

Inventor(s): Jason Ballengee (Dallas, TX), Kevin Minard (Kennewick, WA), Rick W. Bajema (Rhinelander, WI)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16176899 on 10/31/2018 (713 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-invasive NMR based apparatus for measuring a food attribute (moisture, sugar content) in food products comprises a magnetic chamber, an RF pulsing device attached to the magnetic chamber, a sensor receiver, and a data processing unit in communication with the sensor receiver. The pulsing device exposes the food ingredients/snacks to an RF field and produces an NMR response signal that is detected by the sensor receiver. The data processing unit quantitatively measures a food attribute of the food product based on the NMR response signal.

[G01N] INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES (measuring or testing processes other than immunoassay, involving enzymes or microorganisms C12M, C12Q)


Sensing capacitor with a permeable electrode
Patent No. 10801985 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Mehmet Aslan (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15173468 on 06/03/2016 (1593 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) with an impedance sensor fabricated on a surface of the substrate is disclosed. The impedance sensor includes a bottom conductive plate formed on the substrate. A sensing membrane is formed on the bottom conductive plate. A top conductive plate is formed on the sensing membrane, in which the top conductive plate is a fusion of conductive nanoparticles having a random three dimensional porosity that is permeable to a reagent.

[G01N] INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES (measuring or testing processes other than immunoassay, involving enzymes or microorganisms C12M, C12Q)


Tracking energy consumption using a sepic-converter technique
Patent No. 10802058 

Inventor(s): Anton Brauchle (Mering, , DE), Horst Diewald (Freising, , DE), Johann Zipperer (Unterschleissheim, , DE), Peter Weber (Allershausen, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15889010 on 02/05/2018 (981 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and method for tracking energy consumption. An energy tracking system comprises at least one switching element, at least one inductor and a control block to keep the output voltage at a pre-selected level. The switching elements are configured to apply the source of energy to the inductors. The control block compares the output voltage of the energy tracking system to a reference value and controls the switching of the switched elements in order to transfer energy for the primary voltage into a secondary voltage at the output of the energy tracking system. The electronic device further comprises an ON-time and OFF-time generator and an accumulator wherein the control block is coupled to receive a signal from the ON-time and OFF-time generator and generates switching signals for the at least one switching element in the form of ON-time pulses with a constant width ON-time.

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


Methods of investigating formation samples using NMR data
Patent No. 10802099 

Inventor(s): Erik Rylander (Frisco, TX), Richard E. Lewis (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (Sugar Land, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15943787 on 04/03/2018 (924 days app to issue)

Abstract: A methods are provided for investigating a sample containing hydrocarbons by subjecting the sample to a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) sequence using NMR equipment, using the NMR equipment to detect signals from the sample in response to the NMR sequence, analyzing the signals to extract a distribution of relaxation times (or diffusions), and computing a value for a parameter of the sample as a function of at least one of the relaxation times (or diffusions), wherein the computing utilizes a correction factor that modifies the value for the parameter as a function of relaxation time for at least short relaxation times (or as a function of diffusion for at least large diffusion coefficients).

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


High resolution seismic data derived from pre-stack inversion and machine learning
Patent No. 10802171 

Inventor(s): Robert A. Meek (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Blank Rome LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15965767 on 04/27/2018 (900 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method combines model-based inversion and supervised neural networks to develop high resolution rock property volumes from surface seismic data. These volumes have higher frequency and are calibrated to fit well log data. In addition to rock volumes, a Reflection Coefficient (RC) volume is derived from the acoustic impedance volume. The RC volume has much higher frequency, better lateral continuity, and ties to the well logs better than conventional seismic or frequency enhanced data. By interpreting and mapping with this RC volume, a much more accurate depth model can be built, which allows for a horizontal well to be accurately drilled.

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


Beam dumps having tailored absorbing surfaces
Patent No. 10802181 

Inventor(s): Curtis Kyhl (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16597608 on 10/09/2019 (370 days app to issue)

Abstract: Laser energy has a non-uniform energy distribution in its profile such that at least one first portion of the laser energy is more intense than at least one second portion of the laser energy. The laser energy is absorbed using a beam dump having an absorbing surface, which converts the laser energy into thermal energy. A shape of the absorbing surface is based on the profile. At least one first portion of the absorbing surface has one or more first angles of incidence with respect to the laser energy and receives the first portion(s) of the laser energy. At least one second portion of the absorbing surface has one or more second angles of incidence with respect to the laser energy and receives the second portion(s) of the laser energy. The one or more first angles of incidence are larger than the one or more second angles of incidence.

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


Fiber optic enclosure for retrofitting pedestals in the field
Patent No. 10802236 

Inventor(s): John D. Moser (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15966216 on 04/30/2018 (897 days app to issue)

Abstract: A telecommunications device includes a module that mounts within an interior of a housing. The housing has a door that latches closed. The module includes a module frame having a bulkhead that divides the interior of the housing into first and second regions. Fiber optic adapters are mounted to the bulkhead. First ports of the adapters are accessible at the first region of the housing interior and second ports are accessible at the second region of the housing interior. The module includes a removable cover for restricting access to the first region. The removable cover including a latch catch that interlocks with the door latch to secure the door in the closed position. The module includes a tray mounted to the module frame within the first region of the housing.

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


On-the-fly autonomous vehicle refueling and recharging
Patent No. 10802490 

Inventor(s): Matthew A. Jansma (Saline, MI), Ryan C. Harris (Saline, 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: 15293278 on 10/14/2016 (1460 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein are embodiments of an autonomous drone for refueling. The autonomous drone may comprise a fuel storage area; a fuel delivery mechanism coupled to the fuel storage area; a delivery connection coupled to the fuel delivery mechanism; a drive mechanism; and a central controller. The central controller may be configured to receive a refueling location; and control the drive mechanism to pilot the autonomous drone to the refueling location.

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


Control techniques in a heating, ventilation and air conditioning network based on environmental data
Patent No. 10802515 

Inventor(s): Ammar Kailani (Carrollton, TX), Darko Hadzidedic (Carrollton, TX), Muhammad Al Mirza (Farmers Branch, TX), Timothy E. Wallaert (Wylie, TX), Timothy H. Thorson (McKinney, TX), Wojciech Grohman (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14451154 on 08/04/2014 (2262 days app to issue)

Abstract: An HVAC controller includes (1) an interface coupled to an air quality sensor proximate to the premises and coupled to a data source external to the HVAC system, the interface configured to receive environmental data from both the air quality sensor and the external data source and (2) a processor configured to automatically operate a demand unit of the HVAC system based on the environmental data.

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


Multi-mode voltage regulator
Patent No. 10802517 

Inventor(s): Angelo William Pereira (Allen, TX), Rida Shawky Assaad (Murphy, TX), Terry Lee Mayhugh, Jr. (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16455056 on 06/27/2019 (474 days app to issue)

Abstract: A voltage regulator circuit includes a bias circuit having an input and an output. The input of the bias circuit is coupled to an input voltage supply rail. A Zener diode has a cathode coupled to the output of the bias circuit. A resistor network is coupled to the output of the bias circuit. The resistor network includes a first circuit path, which includes a first resistor, connected in parallel with the Zener diode and a second circuit path, which includes a second resistor, coupled between the output of the bias circuit and a node. A current control circuit is coupled to the bias circuit and the resistor network. An output stage has an input and an output. The input of the output stage is coupled to the node.

[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]


System and method of determining whether an electronic device is in contact with a human body
Patent No. 10802572 

Inventor(s): Mahaveer Jain (Santa Clara, CA), Mahesh Chowdhary (San Jose, CA), Sankalp Dayal (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15423318 on 02/02/2017 (1349 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system may include a motion sensor configured to generate a motion signal in response to a movement of an electronic device, and at least one feature detection circuit configured to determine at least one metric based on the motion signal. The system may further include a classifying circuit configured to determine whether the electronic device is in contact with a human body based on the at least one metric.

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


Touch sensor circuit
Patent No. 10802656 

Inventor(s): Ge Shen (Shanghai, , CN), Jun Zhang (Shanghai, , CN), Songhua Hu (Shanghai, , CN), Yi Zhou (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16257546 on 01/25/2019 (627 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a timer to count edges of a clock from an initial count value to a terminal count value and to output a timer signal responsive to the terminal count value being reached. A random number generator circuit generates a plurality of random number values. Each generated random number value is sequentially loaded into the timer as one of the initial count value or the terminal count value. A capacitive sensor circuit determines, responsive to receipt of a plurality of timer signals from the timer, a touch event of a capacitive touch sensor.

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


Data storage device configuration for accessing data in physical realms
Patent No. 10802739 

Inventor(s): Ralph O. Weber (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Western Digital Technologies, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Barry IP Law, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16410750 on 05/13/2019 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data storage device includes a disk and a plurality of actuators for reading and writing data on the disk in different physical realms. Each physical realm is associated with at least one logical zone domain including at least one logical zone. The at least one logical zone domain corresponds to an actuator of a plurality of actuators that accesses the physical realms associated with the at least one logical zone domain. In one aspect, reading and writing of data is enabled in one or more logical zones in response to a SATA zone activate command. In another aspect, a SATA read or write command is received indicating at least one logical address for data to read or written on the disk. Data is read or written in a physical realm using the actuator corresponding to a logical zone domain including the at least one logical address.

[G11B] INFORMATION STORAGE BASED ON RELATIVE MOVEMENT BETWEEN RECORD CARRIER AND TRANSDUCER (recording measured values in a way that does not require playback through a transducer G01D 9/00; recording or playback apparatus using mechanically marked tape, e.g. punched paper tape, or using unit records, e.g. punched or magnetically marked cards G06K; transferring data from one type of record carrier to another G06K 1/18; circuits for coupling output of reproducer to radio receiver H04B 1/20; gramophone pick-ups or like acoustic electromechanical transducers or circuits therefor H04R)


Vehicle virtual assistance systems for expediting a meal preparing process
Patent No. 10802793 

Inventor(s): Luke D. Heide (Plymouth, MI), Nishikant Narayan Puranik (Frisco, TX), Prince R. Remegio (Lewisville, TX), Roger Akira Kyle (Lewisville, TX), Ryoma Kakimi (Ann Arbor, MI), Scott A. Friedman (Dallas, TX), Tim Uwe Falkenmaye
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15821139 on 11/22/2017 (1056 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle virtual assistance system include one or more processors, one or more memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or more processors, a microphone communicatively coupled to the one or more processors, wherein the microphone receives acoustic vibrations, and machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules. The vehicle virtual assistance system receives, through the microphone, a voice request for a meal from a user of a vehicle, determines a recipe for the meal based on the voice request, retrieve one or more ingredients based on the recipe, locates a store within a predetermined distance from the vehicle, and transmits an instruction related to the one or more ingredients to a store.

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


Systems and methods of virtual resource monitoring for robotic processes
Patent No. 10802889 

Inventor(s): Dhurai Ganesan (Chennai, , IN), Harsh Vinayak (Gurgaon, , IN), Sankar Chandrasekaran (Chennai, , IN), Tanvir Khan (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): NTT DATA Services, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16038880 on 07/18/2018 (818 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes monitoring, in real-time, a plurality of resources including a first robotic process resident on a first RPA platform and a second robotic process resident on a second RPA platform. The first RPA platform and the second RPA platform provide robotic process data in heterogeneous data formats via heterogeneous interfaces. The method also includes, responsive to a trigger, invoking at least one function on a unified interface. The method also includes receiving at least one function call reply from the unified interface responsive to the invoking, the at least one function call reply including homogeneous data related to the first robotic process and the second robotic process. In addition, the method includes determining real-time statuses of the first robotic process and the second robotic process using the homogeneous data. The method also includes updating a real-time dashboard with the real-time statuses.

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


Networked data system for data transmission remediation
Patent No. 10802905 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15987487 on 05/23/2018 (874 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for remediating the transmission of data from a sending computing device to a receiving computing device. An administrative computing device may determine data that has been transmitted and a predicted transmission path taken by the transmitted data. The administrative computing device may include or be communicatively coupled with a machine learning model. The administrative computing device may receive, from one or more computing devices involved in transmitting the transmitted data, status data corresponding to the transmitted data. The status data may include, for example, timestamps associated with the data, hash values of the data, processing information associated with the data, or the like. Based on the status data, the administrative computing device may cause one or more computing devices to take remedial actions.

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


Memory location remapping and wear-levelling
Patent No. 10802936 

Inventor(s): Ryan Akkerman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Park, Vaughan, Fleming Dowler LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15759547 on 09/14/2015 (1856 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one example a system includes a memory, and at least one memory controller to: detect a failed first memory location of the memory, remap the failed first location of the memory to a spare second location of the memory based on a pointer stored at the failed first memory location, and wear-level the memory. To wear-level the memory, the memory controller may copy data from the spare second location of the memory to a third location of the memory, and keep the pointer in the failed first memory location.

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


Integrated testing data provisioning and conditioning system for application development
Patent No. 10802948 

Inventor(s): Bayyareddy Sreenivasulu Reddy (Frisco, TX), Sujata Devon Raju (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16035064 on 07/13/2018 (823 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a system, computer program product, and method for providing a centralized, automated, and integrated platform for management and provisioning of testing data. In particular, the integrated platform may provide users with a comprehensive interface through which the user may procure and/or customize data for the purposes of testing an application within a testing environment before migrating the application to a production environment. In this regard, the integrated platform may comprise various applications that allow users to migrate, mine, verify, condition, sanitize, reserve, synthesize, and/or provision testing data, among other such functions.

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


Data access tool
Patent No. 10802973 

Inventor(s): Maruthi Shanmugam (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16458883 on 07/01/2019 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a first database, a memory, and first and second processors. The first database stores a list including a first identifier assigned to the first processor and a second identifier assigned to the second processor. The processors each randomly shuffle a copy of the list and place the first element of their shuffled copy in a third list. Each processor further determines that the first identifier appears a first number of times and the second identifier appears a second number of times in the third list, the first number greater than the second number. In response to determining that the first number is greater than the second number, the first processor copies data stored in a second database into the memory and sets a flag to true, while the second processor determines that the flag is set to true and accesses the data copy stored in the memory.

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


Virtual network pre-arbitration for deadlock avoidance and enhanced performance
Patent No. 10802974 

Inventor(s): Daniel Wu (Plano, TX), Kai Chirca (Dallas, TX), Matthew David Pierson (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16653378 on 10/15/2019 (364 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a data path, a first interface configured to receive a first memory access request from a first peripheral device, and a second interface configured to receive a second memory access request from a second peripheral device. The device further includes an arbiter circuit configured to, in a first clock cycle, a pre-arbitration winner between a first memory access request and a second memory access request based on a first number of credits allocated to a first destination device and a second number of credits allocated to a second destination device. The arbiter circuit is further configured to, in a second clock cycle select a final arbitration winner from among the pre-arbitration winner and a subsequent memory access request based on a comparison of a priority of the pre-arbitration winner and a priority of the subsequent memory access request.

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


Processor with table lookup processing unit
Patent No. 10803009 

Inventor(s): Ching-Yu Hung (Pleasanton, CA), Jagadeesh Sankaran (Allen, TX), Peter Chang (Colleyville, TX), Shinri Inamori (Kanagawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13548955 on 07/13/2012 (3014 days app to issue)

Abstract: A processor includes a scalar processor core and a vector coprocessor core coupled to the scalar processor core. The scalar processor core is configured to retrieve an instruction stream from program storage, and pass vector instructions in the instruction stream to the vector coprocessor core. The vector coprocessor core includes a register file, a plurality of execution units, and a table lookup unit. The register file includes a plurality of registers. The execution units are arranged in parallel to process a plurality of data values. The execution units are coupled to the register file. The table lookup unit is coupled to the register file in parallel with the execution units. The table lookup unit is configured to retrieve table values from one or more lookup tables stored in memory by executing table lookup vector instructions in a table lookup loop.

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


Dynamic data management system for selectively transferring data files
Patent No. 10803011 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15975054 on 05/09/2018 (888 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dynamic data management system includes a computing platform having at least one processor, a memory, and a communication interface which may receive from a dynamic data management gateway, a data file. The computing platform may retrieve, based on the data file, a data file profile associated with the data file. The computing platform then may identify, based on the data file profile and a machine learning dataset, one or more organization computing systems authorized to receive the data file. The computing platform may establish a connection with the one or more organization computing systems and, while the connection is established, issue a command to transfer the data file to the one or more organization computing systems. The command, when processed by the one or more organization computing systems, causes a notification to be displayed on at least one recipient computing device.

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


Methods, systems, and computer program products for web browsing
Patent No. 10803140 

Inventor(s): Robert Paul Morris (Raleigh, NC)
Assignee(s): VULPECULA, LLC (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: The Caldwell Firm, LLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16360001 on 03/20/2019 (573 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various embodiments, a system and method are provided for: at a device including a display, memory, one or more processors communicatively coupled to the display and the memory: displaying, utilizing a network browser, a network browser user interface including a first window associated with a first tab; detecting an indication to access first content utilizing a first uniform resource locator (URL) including a host portion that identifies a first name in a first domain in a network domain name system; in response to the detection of the indication to access the first content utilizing the first URL including the host portion that identifies the first name in the first domain in the network domain name system, accessing the first content; based on the first URL, presenting, by a first computing process, the first content in the first window associated with the first tab; and in response to, while the first content is presented in the first window associated with the first tab, an indication being detected to access third content utilizing a third URL including a host portion that identifies a third name in a second domain in the network domain name system: accessing, utilizing the third URL, the third content, and based on the third URL, presenting, by a second computing process, the third content in the first window associated with the first tab.

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


Virtual biopsy techniques for analyzing diseases
Patent No. 10803143 

Inventor(s): David Liu (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Siemens Healthcare GmbH (Erlangen, , DE)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15223927 on 07/29/2016 (1537 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method for deriving biopsy results in a non-invasive manner includes acquiring a plurality of training data items. Each training data item comprises non-invasive patient data and one or more biopsy derived scores associated with an individual. The method further includes extracting a plurality of features from the non-invasive patient data based on the one or more biopsy derived scores and training a predictive model to generate a predicted biopsy score based on the plurality of features and the one or more biopsy derived scores.

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


System for managing parking of autonomous driving vehicles
Patent No. 10803423 

Inventor(s): George Frederick Baker, Sr. (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Parking Genius, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15280790 on 09/29/2016 (1475 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle sensing system includes a vehicle sensing device configured to detect entry of a vehicle into a given area, and in response, to send to the vehicle an instruction message. At least one beacon device is disposed somewhere between a location of entry of the vehicle into the given area and an available parking space. A parking server communicates with the vehicle based on the instruction message, and sends parking instructions to the vehicle, the parking instructions instructing the vehicle to autonomously drive toward the available parking space, and informing the vehicle of expected interactions with the beacon device as it autonomously drives toward the available parking space. The beacon device performs the expected interactions with the vehicle if the vehicle is driving on a proper path toward the available parking space, with the proper path including the vehicle autonomously driving within wireless communication range of the beacon 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]


System, method and computer-accessible medium for resource centric authorization in multi partner ecosystem
Patent No. 10803453 

Inventor(s): David Gillam (The Colony, TX), Nag Prajval Bindumalyam Chandrashekar (Little Elm, TX), Pedro Betancourt (McKinney, TX), Satish Kesiboyana (Plano, TX), Suresh Pandey (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16687960 on 11/19/2019 (329 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary system, method and computer accessible medium can include receiving an authorization token related to a customer(s), determining a client identification (ID) associated with the customer(s) based on the authorization token, and determining access to a microservices(s) based on the client ID. An application for a loan(s) from the customer (s) can be received based on the client ID and the loan(s) can be associated with an application ID(s). A further authorization token related to a further customer(s) can be received, a further client ID can be determined based on the further authorization token, a determination can be made as to whether the further client ID has access to the application, and access to the application can be granted to the further customer(s) if the further client ID is determined to have access to the application.

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


Method, medium, and system for deal simulation between merchants and purchasers
Patent No. 10803508 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Habeeb Hooshmand (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16861884 on 04/29/2020 (167 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to certain aspects of the disclosure, a computer-implemented method may be used for determining one or more vehicle recommendations. The method may include receiving at least one vehicle purchase requirement and transmitting the at least one vehicle purchase requirement to at least one merchant. Additionally, the method may include determining a vehicle cost based on the at least one vehicle purchase requirement and historical transaction information of the at least one merchant and comparing the vehicle cost with a credit profile of the purchase. Additionally, the method may include determining at least one available vehicle based on the at least one vehicle purchase requirement and the vehicle cost, wherein a price of the at least one vehicle satisfies a predetermined cost threshold based on the credit profile of the purchaser and transmitting the at least one available vehicle to the purchaser and the at least one merchant.

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


Apparatus, system, and method supporting compliance with customs/border requirements
Patent No. 10803539 

Inventor(s): John M. Parrish (Fort Worth, TX), Kelly C. Tuggle (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board (DFW Airport, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15339532 on 10/31/2016 (1443 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a portable device, information associated with a traveler. The information includes information from a passport of the traveler, a photograph of the traveler, and travel-related information associated with the traveler. The method also includes wirelessly transmitting at least a portion of the information to an external system and receiving a disposition code from the external system. The disposition code indicates whether the traveler is allowed to pass a customs/border enforcement area or is required to enter the customs/border enforcement area for additional processing. The method further includes presenting the disposition code or information associated with the disposition code on a display of the portable 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]


Systems and methods for enhancing machine vision object recognition through accumulated classifications
Patent No. 10803544 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16425279 on 05/29/2019 (503 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed technology includes systems and methods for enhancing machine vision object recognition based on a plurality of captured images and an accumulation of corresponding classification analysis scores. A method is provided for capturing, with a camera of a mobile computing device, a plurality of images, each image of the plurality of images comprising a first object. The method includes processing, with a classification module comprising a trained neural network processing engine, at least a portion of the plurality of images. The method includes generating, with the classification module and based on the processing, one or more object classification scores associated with the first object. The method includes accumulating, with an accumulating module, the one or more object classification scores. And responsive to a timeout or an accumulated score exceeding a predetermined threshold, the method includes outputting classification information of the first object.

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


Methods and apparatus to perform graphics processing on combinations of graphic processing units and digital signal processors
Patent No. 10803651 

Inventor(s): Ajay Jayaraj (Sugar Land, TX), Anand Balagopalakrishnan (Bangalore, , IN), Erick Zadiel Narvaez (Dallas, TX), Hemant Hariyani (Plano, TX), Jason A. T. Jones (Richmond, TX), Mihir Narendra Mody (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16353792 on 03/14/2019 (579 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to perform graphics processing on combinations of graphic processing units and digital signal processors are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes processing first data representing input vertices to create second data, the first data using a first format organized by vertex, the second data using a second format organized by components of the vertices. A digital signal processor (DSP) is to perform vertex shading on the second data to create third data, the third data formatted using the second format, the vertex shading performed by executing a first instruction at the DSP, the first instruction generated based on a second instruction capable of being executed at a graphics processing unit (GPU). The third data is processed to create fourth data, the fourth data formatted using the first format.

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


Cassette system for secure resource distribution
Patent No. 10803710 

Inventor(s): Matthew Edward Williams (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15633238 on 06/26/2017 (1205 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems, methods, and computer program products for a cassette system and device network for secure resource replenishment and distribution among a plurality of computer terminals. A resource replenishment device comprising a tamper-proof, sealable container may securely store and transport one or more resources within the interior of the device. The resource replenishment device may be used for efficiently fulfilling calculated resource deficiency requests at one or more computer terminals, wherein resources may be transferred to the resource replenishment device from a resource reserves station for transport and transfer to a resource-deficient, requesting computer terminal.

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


Systems and methods for peripheral device power control
Patent No. 10803734 

Inventor(s): John Stachler (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): HARMAN PROFESSIONAL, INC. (Northridge, CA)
Law Firm: McCoy Russell LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16249790 on 01/16/2019 (636 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to power management of a remote control device by a host control device. In one embodiment, a method for power management includes detecting, by a host control device, a status indication of the remote control device, wherein the status indication is associated with a power-on state of the remote control device. The method also includes monitoring received sensor data associated with user presence, and outputting a control signal to the remote control device for the remote control device to enter a low power state. Power management may be provided for loudspeaker units, communications devices, and display devices.

[G08C] TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS FOR MEASURED VALUES, CONTROL OR SIMILAR SIGNALS (fluid pressure transmission systems F15B; mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member into a different variable G01D 5/00; mechanical control systems G05G) [4]


Field dress instruction
Patent No. 10803771 

Inventor(s): Jordan L. B. Williams (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16368309 on 03/28/2019 (565 days app to issue)

Abstract: An instruction kit for field dressing is disclosed. The instruction kit relates to a field dressing model, to be used for learning field dressing of any animal. The instruction kit consists of a life size animal model with furs as epidermis and the body of the animal is wrapped with Velcro and magnets to provide a real feel of cutting the animal and the pressure to be applied. The kit is provided with a plastic molded knife for serving as a knife to cut the animal model. The anus and genital are attached with the body with magnets and removed using the knife. The field dressing of the animal is required to remove the internal sacks and organs to get untainted meat. The instruction kit is reusable. The instruction kit contains good quality and durable materials to avoid wear and tear in frequent practicing.

[G09B] EDUCATIONAL OR DEMONSTRATION APPLIANCES; APPLIANCES FOR TEACHING, OR COMMUNICATING WITH, THE BLIND, DEAF OR MUTE; MODELS; PLANETARIA; GLOBES; MAPS; DIAGRAMS


Fast voltage compensation without feedback
Patent No. 10803912 

Inventor(s): Ali Al-Shamma (Mountain View, CA), Jeffrey Lee (Fremont, CA), Tz-Yi Liu (Palo Alto, CA), Yadhu Vamshi Vancha (Pleasanton, CA), Yingchang Chen (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16251484 on 01/18/2019 (634 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit or associated system or apparatus includes a first transistor, a second transistor, a first switch, a second switch, a first current source, and a third switch. The first transistor is configured to sample a first current of a control line. The second transistor is configured to apply a second current to the control line. The second transistor is also configured to match the second current to the first current. The first switch is connected in series between a control terminal of the first transistor and a control terminal of the second transistor. The second switch is connected in series between the second transistor and the control line. The third switch is connected in series between the first current source and the control line.

[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)


Internal write leveling circuitry
Patent No. 10803924 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX), Ming-Bo Liu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16514819 on 07/17/2019 (454 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods include capture circuitry configured to capture a write signal from a host device using a data strobe signal from the host device and to output one or more indications of capture of the write signal. Calculation circuitry is configured to receive the data strobe signal, receive the one or more indications of capture, and determine a delay between a first edge of the data strobe signal and receipt of the one or more indications of capture. The systems and methods also include transmission and control circuitry configured to launch subsequent write signals at a time based at least in part on the delay.

[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 apparatus to control switching of a sampling circuit
Patent No. 10803968 

Inventor(s): BoQiang Xiao (Tucson, AZ), Keith Edmund Kunz (Tucson, AZ)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16809474 on 03/04/2020 (223 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to control switching of a sampling circuit. An example apparatus includes an offset window detector to determine whether a first voltage meets a first threshold of a target input voltage; a settling time detector coupled to the offset window detector, the settling time detector to determine whether a second voltage meets a second threshold, the second voltage dependent on a delay of the settling time detector, the delay of the settling time detector to track a time response of a scaling amplifier; and a sample acquisition controller coupled to the offset window detector and the settling time detector, the sample acquisition controller operable to cause a reference voltage to be sampled, in response to the first threshold and the second threshold being met.

[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 secure acquisition and transmission of an image
Patent No. 10803979 

Inventor(s): Andres Gutierrez Ovalles (Dallas, TX), Federico Osorio (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): MD Cloud Practice Solutions, L.L.C. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16505320 on 07/08/2019 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems allow secure acquisition and transmission of images by a mobile communication device. The method includes acquiring an image by the mobile device and allocating volatile memory space in the mobile device for a defined session. The image may be acquired by a digital camera built in the mobile device. The method includes digitally storing the acquired image in the allocated volatile memory space. The method includes encrypting and transmitting the stored image using a secure transmission protocol during the session. The method includes de-allocating the volatile memory space at the termination of the session. The de-allocation of the volatile memory space may cause the digitally stored image to be erased from the volatile memory space. Thus, the stored image is not persistently retained by the mobile device.

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


Virtual network endpoints for internet of things (IOT) devices
Patent No. 10805104 

Inventor(s): Lei Zhang (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16018298 on 06/26/2018 (840 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods herein represent an IoT device as an endpoint of private cloud. A virtualization service receives an IoT identifier for an IoT device and a network address for a virtual endpoint for the IoT device. The virtual endpoint for the IoT device is included in a host cloud platform. The virtualization service maps the IoT identifier to the network address in a distributed data structure for the service provider network and provides instructions, for an edge node for the service provider network, to provide network-layer access controls based on the mapping. The edge node for the service provider network receives an access request from the IoT device, applies a network-layer access control for the IoT device based on the instructions, receive IoT data from the IoT device when the edge node permits access by the IoT device, and forwards the IoT data to the virtual endpoint.

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


Location based notifications
Patent No. 10805409 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14837967 on 08/27/2015 (1874 days app to issue)

Abstract: A location-based notification application may generate a location based notification on a client device based on a location of the client device and data stored within the client device.

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


 

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Method for replacement of mercury switches in a switchgear with alternative switch types
Patent No. 10804057 

Inventor(s): Finley Lee Ledbetter (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): Vacuum Interrupters, Inc. (Farmers Branch, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16249713 on 01/16/2019 (636 days app to issue)

Abstract: For replacing position detecting switches in a breaker, a mechanical breaker switch is moved to permit removal of first and second position detecting switches, the first indicating whether the mechanical breaker switch is in a first position by transitioning between first and second states when disposed at or greater than a first threshold angle, the second indicating whether the mechanical breaker switch is in the second position by transitioning between first and second states when disposed at or less than a second threshold angle. The position detecting switches are removed and replaced with replacement position detecting switches. The first replacement switch is adjusted to transition between the first and second states at when disposed at or greater than the first threshold angle, and the second replacement switch is adjusted to transition between the first and second states at when disposed at or less than the second threshold angle.

[H01H] ELECTRIC SWITCHES; RELAYS; SELECTORS; EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE DEVICES (contact cables H01B 7/10; electrolytic self-interrupters H01G 9/18; emergency protective circuit arrangements H02H; switching by electronic means without contact-making H03K 17/00)


Methods for making a multilevel leadframe by etching a conductive sheet from two opposite sides
Patent No. 10804114 

Inventor(s): Lee Han [email protected] Eugene Lee (Muar, , MY), You Chye How (Melaka, , MY)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15138298 on 04/26/2016 (1631 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for forming a multilevel leadframe for an integrated circuit is provided. A conductive sheet is etched from one side to form a thinner region within a frame region for leads lines and bond pads. The conductive sheet is etched to form a plurality of bond pads in a first level of the thinner region arranged in at least a first row and a second row. Each bond pad has a pad width and is separated from an adjacent bond pad by a bond pad clearance distance. The conductive sheet is etched from an opposite side to form a plurality of lead lines in a second level of the thinner region having a line width and is separated from an adjacent lead line by at least a lead line clearance distance. Each bond pad of the second plurality of bond pads is connected to one of the plurality of lead lines on the second level that is routed between adjacent bond pads in the first row, so that the lead lines are routed on a different level from the bond pads.

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


Integrated circuit chip with a vertical connector
Patent No. 10804185 

Inventor(s): Abram M. Castro (Fort Worth, TX), Steven Kummerl (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14985947 on 12/31/2015 (1748 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) chip can include a die with an interconnect conductively coupled to a leadframe, wherein the leadframe forms a portion of a given surface of the IC chip. The IC chip can also include an encapsulating material molded over the die and the leadframe. The encapsulating material can form another surface of the IC chip. The other surface of the IC chip opposes the given surface of the IC chip. The IC chip can further include a vertical wire extending through the encapsulating material in a direction that is substantially perpendicular to the given surface of the IC chip and the vertical wire protruding through the other surface of the IC chip to form a vertical connector for the IC chip. The vertical connector can be coupled to the interconnect on the die.

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


Memory die containing stress reducing backside contact via structures and method of making the same
Patent No. 10804197 

Inventor(s): Arata Okuyama (Nagoya, , JP), Jixin Yu (Milpitas, CA), Kengo Kajiwara (Yokkaichi, , JP), Motoki Kawasaki (Yokkaichi, , JP), Xun Gu (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16516726 on 07/19/2019 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes a pair of alternating stacks of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a semiconductor region, and laterally spaced from each other by a backside trench, memory stack structures extending through the pair of alternating, each memory stack structure containing a vertical semiconductor channel and a memory film, and a backside contact assembly located in the backside trench. The backside contact assembly includes an isolation dielectric spacer contacting the pair of alternating stacks, a conductive liner contacting inner sidewalls of the isolation dielectric spacer and a top surface of the semiconductor region, and composite non-metallic core containing at least one outer dielectric fill material portion that is laterally enclosed by a lower portion of the conductive liner and a dielectric core contacting an inner sidewall of the at least one outer dielectric fill material portion.

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


Dissimilar material interface having lattices
Patent No. 10804201 

Inventor(s): Archana Venugopal (Dallas, TX), Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Luigi Colombo (Dallas, TX), Nazila Dadvand (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16236101 on 12/28/2018 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: A structure for a semiconductor device includes a dielectric layer and a metal layer. The structure also includes a plurality of unit cells. Each unit cell is formed of interconnected segments. The plurality of unit cells forms a lattice. The lattice is between the dielectric layer and the metal layer.

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


Bonded assembly including a semiconductor-on-insulator die and methods for making the same
Patent No. 10804202 

Inventor(s): Akio Nishida (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16278372 on 02/18/2019 (603 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first semiconductor die is provided, which includes a first substrate, first semiconductor devices, first interconnect-level dielectric material layers, first metal interconnect structures, and first bonding pads. A second semiconductor die is provided, which includes a semiconductor-on-insulator (SOI) substrate, second semiconductor devices, second interconnect-level dielectric material layers, second metal interconnect structures, and second bonding pads. The second bonding pads are bonded to the first bonding pads. A bulk substrate layer of the SOI substrate is removed exposing an insulating material layer of the SOI substrate, which may be retained or also removed. An external bonding pad is electrically connected to a node of the second semiconductor devices.

[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]


Wafer-level chip-scale package device having bump assemblies configured to maintain standoff height
Patent No. 10804233 

Inventor(s): Karthik Thambidurai (Plano, TX), Viren Khandekar (Flower Mound, TX), Vivek Swaminathan Sridharan (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Advent, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13287254 on 11/02/2011 (3268 days app to issue)

Abstract: Wafer-level (chip-scale) package semiconductor devices are described that have bump assemblies configured to maintain standoff (bump) height. In an implementation, the wafer-level chip-scale package devices include an integrated circuit chip having an array of bump assemblies disposed over the integrated circuit chip. The array of bump assemblies comprises a plurality of first bump assemblies that include solder bumps composed at least substantially of a solder composition (i.e., do not include a core). The array further includes at least one second bump assembly including a solder bump having a core configured to maintain standoff height of the wafer-level package device.

[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]


Power electronic assemblies with high purity aluminum plated substrates
Patent No. 10804236 

Inventor(s): Naoya Take (Canton, MI), Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16170432 on 10/25/2018 (719 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly that includes a first substrate, a second substrate, and a stress mitigation layer disposed between the first and the second substrates. The stress mitigation layer is directly bonded onto the second substrate, and the second substrate is separated from the intermetallic compound layer by the stress mitigation layer. The stress mitigation layer has a high purity of at least 99% aluminum such that the stress mitigation layer reduces thermomechanical stresses on the first and second substrates. The assembly further includes an intermetallic compound layer disposed between the first substrate and the stress mitigation layer such that the stress mitigation layer is separated from the first substrate by the intermetallic compound layer.

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


Switching field plate power MOSFET
Patent No. 10804263 

Inventor(s): Frank Baiocchi (Allentown, PA), Haian Lin (Bethlehem, PA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15274402 on 09/23/2016 (1481 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power MOSFET IC device including a source-down enhancement mode transistor formed in a semiconductor substrate and a depletion mode transistor formed in a doped region of the semiconductor substrate. A gate terminal of the depletion mode transistor is formed over at least a portion of the doped region as a field plate that is switchably connectable to a source terminal of the source-down enhancement mode transistor. A control circuit may be provided to facilitate a connection between the gate terminal of the depletion mode transistor and the source terminal of the source-down enhancement mode transistor when the power MOSFET integrated circuit is in an OFF state. The control circuit may also be configured to facilitate connection of the gate terminal of the depletion mode transistor to a gate terminal of the source-down enhancement mode FET device or to an external driver that provides a reference voltage, when the power MOSFET is in an ON state.

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


Three-dimensional memory devices using carbon-doped aluminum oxide backside blocking dielectric layer for etch resistivity enhancement and methods of making the same
Patent No. 10804282 

Inventor(s): Ashish Baraskar (Santa Clara, CA), Ching-Huang Lu (Fremont, CA), Fei Zhou (San Jose, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16272468 on 02/11/2019 (610 days app to issue)

Abstract: An alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers is formed over a substrate, and memory stack structures are formed through the alternating stack. A backside trench is formed through the alternating stack, and backside recesses are formed by removing the sacrificial material layers. An undoped aluminum oxide backside blocking dielectric layer is formed in the backside recesses and on sidewalls the backside trench. A portion of the undoped aluminum oxide backside blocking dielectric layer located at an upper end of the backside trench is converted into a carbon-doped aluminum oxide layer. An electrically conductive material is deposited in the backside recesses and at peripheral regions of the backside trench. The electrically conductive material at the peripheral regions of the backside trench is removed by an etch process, with the carbon-doped aluminum oxide layer providing etch resistivity during the etch process.

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


Three-dimensional memory device containing bidirectional taper staircases and methods of making the same
Patent No. 10804284 

Inventor(s): Hiroyuki Ogawa (Nagoya, , JP), Jun Akaiwa (Yokkaichi, , JP), Kiyokazu Shishido (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yasushi Ishii (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15950356 on 04/11/2018 (916 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate, memory stack structures vertically extending through the alternating stack, each memory stack structure including a memory film and a vertical semiconductor channel, and a contact well set that includes contact wells extending through a respective upper region of the alternating stack. Each of the contact wells contains first stepped surfaces which have a stepwise descending vertical profile along a first horizontal direction and second stepped surfaces which have a stepwise descending vertical profile along a second horizontal direction which is perpendicular to the first horizontal direction.

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


Three-dimensional memory device using epitaxial semiconductor channels and a buried source line and method of making the same
Patent No. 10804291 

Inventor(s): Adarsh Rajashekhar (Santa Clara, CA), Fei Zhou (San Jose, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Rahul Sharangpani (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16407310 on 05/09/2019 (523 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a single crystalline semiconductor layer, a single crystal epitaxial source semiconductor layer located between the single crystalline semiconductor layer and the alternating stack and epitaxially aligned to the single crystalline semiconductor layer, and a memory stack structure vertically extending through the alternating stack and containing a memory film and an epitaxial vertical semiconductor channel including a single crystal semiconductor material that is epitaxially aligned to the epitaxial source semiconductor layer at an interface.

[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]


SOI FinFET transistor with strained channel
Patent No. 10804377 

Inventor(s): John H. Zhang (Altamont, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15920384 on 03/13/2018 (945 days app to issue)

Abstract: Stress is introduced into the channel of an SOI FinFET device by transfer directly from a metal gate. In SOI devices in particular, stress transfer efficiency from the metal gate to the channel is nearly 100%. Either tensile or compressive stress can be applied to the fin channel by choosing different materials to be used in the gate stack as the bulk gate material, a gate liner, or a work function material, or by varying processing parameters during deposition of the gate or work function materials. P-gates and N-gates are therefore formed separately. Gate materials suitable for use as stressors include tungsten (W) for NFETs and titanium nitride (TiN) for PFETs. An optical planarization material assists in patterning the stress-inducing metal gates. A simplified process flow is disclosed in which isolation regions are formed without need for a separate mask layer, and gate sidewall spacers are not used.

[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]


Rechargeable USB electrical outlet with integrated lighting
Patent No. 10804658 

Inventor(s): Donnye Winship (Dallas, TX), Michael O”Reilly (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): O”REILLY WINSHIP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16665887 on 10/28/2019 (351 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electrical outlet device and system for providing light and power during the night or during a power failure. The device and system includes rechargeable energy storage devices that can be utilized to provide power to the outlet(s) and the light sources. The device and system can have two sections, a main and a removable section both having their own energy storage devices and light sources. The light sources can be controlled by a control circuit that can utilize one or more switches or sensors to control the activation or deactivation of the light sources and also the transfer of energy from the energy storage devices to the light sources or outlets of the main section. The main section can also have USB and electrical outlets or plugs to allow the device and system to be plugged into an AC or DC power source, and can transfer that energy to the USB and electrical outlets or plugs.

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


Circuit providing reverse current protection for high-side driver
Patent No. 10804691 

Inventor(s): Sri Navaneethakrishnan Easwaran (Plano, TX), Timothy Paul Duryea (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15913465 on 03/06/2018 (952 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic control unit (ECU) operates between first and second voltage rails and includes an amplifier circuit and a single current sense circuit coupled to carry a signal to a bus pin and to protect the bus pin from both a short to ground and a short to battery. The single current sense circuit includes a switch circuit that passes the signal to the bus pin and a forward current sensing circuit that provides a second current that is proportional to an output current at the bus pin. The forward current sensing circuit causes the second current to be substantially zero when voltage on the bus pin is above a given value. The single current sense circuit also includes a forward current protection circuit and a reverse current switching circuit that receives the second current and closes a connection to the second voltage when the second current is zero.

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


Wireless power transfer for a rotating turret system
Patent No. 10804747 

Inventor(s): David L. Hunn (Kennedale, TX), Joshua E. Baer (Fort Worth, TX), Thomas E. Byrd (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15479043 on 04/04/2017 (1288 days app to issue)

Abstract: A turret system includes a base subassembly and a turret subassembly. The base subassembly includes a base housing and a first turret mounting interface coupled to the base housing. The base subassembly also includes a first antenna configured to wirelessly transmit an electrical power signal. The turret subassembly includes a turret housing and a second turret mounting interface coupled to the turret housing. The second turret mounting interface is configured to rotate with respect to the first turret mounting interface, thereby rotating the turret housing with respect to the base housing. The turret subassembly further comprises a second antenna configured to wirelessly receive the electrical power signal from the first antenna.

[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)


Triboelectric generator and network for mechanical energy harvesting
Patent No. 10804818 

Inventor(s): Chi-Ming Wang (Ann Arbor, MI), Debasish Banerjee (Ann Arbor, MI), Ercan Mehmet Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Khoa Vo (Superior Township, MI), Shailesh Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI), Songtao Wu (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15639739 on 06/30/2017 (1201 days app to issue)

Abstract: A triboelectric generator includes a resiliently-deformable hexagonal housing including a first housing wall and a second housing wall positioned opposite the first housing wall. A first electrode resides along the first housing wall, and a second electrode resides along the second housing wall. A dielectric contact layer is positioned in intimate contact with the first electrode and between the first electrode and the second electrode. The dielectric contact layer is spaced apart from the second housing wall. The first housing wall is coupled to the second housing wall such that at least one of the first housing wall and the second housing wall is resiliently movable toward the other one of the first housing wall and the second housing wall so as to enable contact between the dielectric contact layer and the second electrode during operation of the triboelectric generator.

[H02N] ELECTRIC MACHINES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Apparatus for communication across a capacitively coupled channel
Patent No. 10804845 

Inventor(s): Kumar Anurag Shrivastava (Bangalore, , IN), Sreeram Subramanyam Nasum (Bangalore, , IN), Subhashish Mukherjee (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16601081 on 10/14/2019 (365 days app to issue)

Abstract: For communication across a capacitively coupled channel, an example circuit includes a first plate substantially parallel to a substrate, forming a first capacitance intermediate the first plate and the substrate. A second plate is substantially parallel to the substrate and the first plate, the first plate intermediate the substrate and the second plate. A third plate is substantially parallel to the substrate, forming a second capacitance intermediate the third plate and the substrate. A fourth plate is substantially parallel to the substrate and the third plate, the third plate intermediate the substrate and the fourth plate. An inductor is connected to the first plate and the third plate, the inductor to, in combination with the first capacitance and the second capacitance, form an LC amplifier.

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


Low-power low-phase-noise oscillator
Patent No. 10804848 

Inventor(s): Ali Kiaei (San Jose, CA), Seong-Ryong Ryu (Pleasanton, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15366149 on 12/01/2016 (1412 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure describes a low-power, low-phase-noise (LPLPN) oscillator. The LPLPN oscillator includes a resonator load, an amplifier stage, and a loop gain control circuit. The resonator load is structured to resonate at a primary resonant frequency. The amplifier stage is coupled with the resonator load to develop a loop gain that peaks at the primary resonant frequency. The loop gain control circuit is coupled with the amplifier stage, and it is structured to regulate the loop gain for facilitating the amplifier stage to generate an oscillation signal at the primary resonant frequency and suppress a noise signal at a parasitic parallel resonant frequency (PPRF).

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


Slow clamp circuit for bipolar junction transistor (BJT) buffers
Patent No. 10804887 

Inventor(s): Sudheer Prasad (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16584529 on 09/26/2019 (383 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes: 1) a buffer circuit; 2) circuitry coupled to an input of the buffer circuit; 3) a load coupled to an output of the buffer circuit; and 4) a clamp circuit coupled between an input of the buffer circuit and the output of the buffer circuit. The clamp circuit includes: 1) a bipolar junction transistor (BJT); 2) a first resistor with a first end coupled to a base terminal of the BJT and with a second end coupled to a collector terminal of the BJT; and 3) a second resistor with a first end coupled to the collector terminal of the BJT and with a second end coupled to the input of the buffer circuit. The second resistor is between an output of the circuitry and the input of the buffer 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]


Pad limited configurable logic device
Patent No. 10804900 

Inventor(s): Joao Carlos Brito (Murphy, TX), Philip Anthony Coyle (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16107388 on 08/21/2018 (784 days app to issue)

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

[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]


Bidirectional data link
Patent No. 10804956 

Inventor(s): Abishek Manian (Santa Clara, CA), Amit Rane (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16599377 on 10/11/2019 (368 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bidirectional data link includes a forward channel transmitter circuit and a forward channel receiver circuit. The forward channel transmitter circuit includes a forward channel driver circuit, and a back channel receiver circuit. The back channel receiver circuit is coupled to the forward channel driver circuit. The back channel receiver circuit includes a summation circuit and an active filter circuit. The summation circuit is coupled to the forward channel driver circuit. The active filter circuit is coupled to the summation circuit. The forward channel receiver circuit includes a forward channel receiver, and a back channel driver circuit. The back channel driver circuit is coupled to the forward channel receiver.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for downlink and uplink CSI acquisition
Patent No. 10804993 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Hongbo Si (Plano, TX), Md. Saifur Rahman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16677580 on 11/07/2019 (341 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for CSI reporting mechanisms are provided. A user equipment (UE) includes a transceiver configured to receive configuration information for channel state information (CSI) calculation and reporting. The configuration information includes settings comprising at least one CSI reporting setting, at least one reference signal (RS) setting, and a measurement setting. The UE also includes a processor operably connected to the transceiver. The processor is configured to decode the configuration information and calculate CSI according to the settings, The transceiver is further configured to transmit the calculated CSI on an uplink (UL) channel.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Optical amplifiers that support gain clamping and optionally power loading
Patent No. 10805008 

Inventor(s): Edwin A. Zak (McKinney, TX), Wayne S. Pelouch (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Neptune Subsea IP Limited (London, , GB)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16593748 on 10/04/2019 (375 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes an optical amplifier configured to receive an input optical signal and generate an amplified output optical signal. The optical amplifier includes multiple amplifier stages including at least a first amplifier stage and a second amplifier stage. The apparatus also includes a gain clamp configured to accumulate optical power from the first amplifier stage after an optical power level of the input optical signal drops and provide a first portion of the accumulated optical power to the first amplifier stage to clamp a gain applied by the first amplifier stage. The gain clamp is also configured to provide a second portion of the accumulated optical power to the second amplifier stage to adjust a gain applied by the second amplifier stage. The second amplifier stage is configured to amplify the second portion of the accumulated optical power.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method of using time domain subspace signals and spatial domain subspace signals for location approximation through orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing
Patent No. 10805022 

Inventor(s): Tiejun Shan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): THE EUCLIDE 2012 INVESTMENT TRUST (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16276288 on 02/14/2019 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for location approximation through time-domain subspace signals and spatial domain subspace signals is provided with an orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM)-based wireless device that includes a wireless terminal, a multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) antenna, a spatial subspace processor, and a temporal subspace processor. An uplink signal is transmitted from the wireless terminal towards a plurality of targets positioned within an operational range of the MIMO antenna. A plurality of reflected signals generated from the plurality of targets and is received through the MIMO antenna. The plurality of reflected signals is processed at the spatial subspace processor to determine a direction of arrival (DOA) for each of plurality of reflected signals. Each of the plurality of reflected signals is processed by the temporal subspace processor to determine a time delay. The time delay and the DOA are utilized to derive a location approximation for the plurality of targets.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


ID-based data plane security for identity-oriented networks
Patent No. 10805082 

Inventor(s): Alexander Clemm (Los Gatos, CA), Padmadevi Pillay-Esnault (Cupertino, CA), Uma S. Chunduri (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15640156 on 06/30/2017 (1201 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method of transmitting encrypted data comprises accessing, by one or more processors of an origination endpoint, first data to be transmitted to a destination having a corresponding identifier; generating, by the one or more processors, an identifier security header; generating, by the one or more processors, second data from the first data and the identifier security header; encrypting, by the one or more processors, the second data; generating, by the one or more processors, authentication data based on the encrypted second data; generating, by the one or more processors, third data from the encrypted second data and the authentication data; generating, by the one or more processors, fourth data from the identifier corresponding to the destination and the third data; and sending, by the one or more processors, the fourth data to the destination.

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


Adaptive frequency correlation estimation for channel estimation
Patent No. 10805120 

Inventor(s): Yang Li (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Fay Kaplun Marcin, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15696956 on 09/06/2017 (1133 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is disclosed where a user equipment (”UE”) determines a value of a first parameter and determines a value of a second parameter to select a regularization method for correlation estimate values based on the first parameter value and the second parameter value.

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


Crosstalk generation and detection for digital isolators
Patent No. 10805123 

Inventor(s): Atul Singh (Bangalore, , IN), Kumar Anurag Shrivastava (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15914753 on 03/07/2018 (951 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of detecting crosstalk for a digital isolator having first and second channels including two die with channels including a transmit side, receive side, with 1 die including a capacitive barrier for each channel. A first clock signal at a first frequency in a first pulse pattern and a second clock signal at a second frequency in a second pulse pattern are configured, wherein the pulse patterns have a phase difference. The transmit side of the channels each encode their received clock pulse pattern, then modulate with a carrier frequency to provide a fc1 and a fc2 signal, respectively. The receive side of the channels demodulate received signals during a rising or falling edge of their clock signal to generate a delayed received version of the first and second clock pulse pattern. Missing pulses are identified by comparing the delayed received clock pulse patterns to their clock pulse patterns.

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


Subscription-based event notification techniques for reducing data buffering in mobile networks
Patent No. 10805178 

Inventor(s): Malgorzata Kaczmarska-Wojtania (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15823144 on 11/27/2017 (1051 days app to issue)

Abstract: Subscription-based, user equipment (UE) event notification techniques for use in a mobile network are described. In one illustrative example, an event subscription request from an application server may be received at a network exposure function (NEF) entity of a 5G mobile network. The event subscription request may include a list of one or more subscribed events for a UE, which may include a UE attach event and/or a UE detach event. A context which indicates the one or more subscribed events may be created for the UE. Sometime during network operation, an indication of an occurrence of an event associated with the UE is received. The indication is received from a policy and charging function (PCF) entity when the UE is configured for IP data delivery, or from an access and mobility management function (AMF) entity when the UE is configured for non-IP data delivery (NIDD).

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


Database functions-defined network switch and database system
Patent No. 10805241 

Inventor(s): Guogen Zhang (San Jose, CA), Qingqing Zhou (Santa Clara, CA), Yu Dong (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15408206 on 01/17/2017 (1365 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system are provided, including executing an application programming interface (API) in a network switch to define at least one of one or more database functions, performing, using one or more processors, the one or more database functions on at least a portion of data contained in a data message received at the switch, to generate result data, and routing the result data to one or more destination nodes. A database function-defined network switch includes a network switch and one or more processors to perform a pre-defined database function on query data contained in data messages received at the switch, to produce result data, wherein the pre-defined database function is performed on the query data in a first mode of operation to a state of full completion, generating complete result data and no skipped query data, or to a state of partial completion, generating partially completed result data and skipped query data.

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


System for automated malfeasance remediation
Patent No. 10805342 

Inventor(s): Donald Joseph Cardinal (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16033681 on 07/12/2018 (824 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system for automated malfeasance detection. Dedicated communication channels are established between a computing device system of a first entity and a computing device system of a service provider, where the service provider manages, operates, or is otherwise associated with certain web pages. The presence of a malfeasance within one of these web pages of the service provider is detected, and a malfeasance report is generated in response to detecting the malfeasance. This malfeasance report includes an automatic malfeasance remediation action that, when transmitted to the computing device system of the service provider, causes the computing device system of the service provider to automatically execute one or more actions that are responsive to the malfeasance.

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


System and method for determining trust for SIP messages
Patent No. 10805360 

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15594298 on 05/12/2017 (1250 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for performing initial registration is provided. The method includes receiving a server timeout message, the server timeout message including at least a field set to a value equal to a value received during a first registration. The method further includes initiating restoration procedures by performing an initial registration.

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


Compiler and hardware interactions to remove action dependencies in the data plane of a network forwarding element
Patent No. 10805437 

Inventor(s): Patrick Bosshart (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Barefoot Networks, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Compass IP Law PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16383276 on 04/12/2019 (550 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of configuring a forwarding element that includes several data plane message processing stages. The method stores a set of action codes in an instruction memory in the data plane of the forwarding element. Each action code identifies an operation to perform on a field of a message received at the data plane. The method determines action codes required to process each field of the message in each message processing stage. The method configures a data-plane processing unit of the forwarding element to concurrently perform a group of the action codes in the same data plane processing stage when (i) the action codes are the same and (ii) operate on the same field of the message.

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


Providing audio announcement to called parties
Patent No. 10805446 

Inventor(s): Kevin V. Nguyen (Allen, TX), Monica Rose Martino (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FIRST ORION CORP. (Little Rock, AR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16552811 on 08/27/2019 (413 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure describes a system, method, and computer-readable medium for providing audio announcement of communications to a called party in a communication network. The method includes receiving communication from a calling party and performing a lookup of information relating to the calling party in a database via an Internet Protocol connection based on an identifier of at least one of the calling party and the called party. The information comprises one or more audio files. The method then provides the audio announcement to a called party based on the audio files.

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


Techniques for providing SOS call routing for emergency calls
Patent No. 10805462 

Inventor(s): Thomas Ginter (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Bandwidth, Inc. (Raleigh, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16941025 on 07/28/2020 (77 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for providing SOS call routing for emergency calls are disclosed. One example system includes a first computing device that receives a message including identification information from a telephony endpoint; and retrieves location information for an IoT device based on the message. The system includes a second computing device that receives a call from the telephony endpoint that includes call information. The first computing device receives a notification of the call from the second computing device that includes the call information; verifies the call is associated with the message based on the identification information and call information; and generates instructions for the second computing device that includes forwarding the call using the location and callback information to a public safety answering point (PSAP). The second computing device receives the instructions from the first computing device and forwards the call with the emergency information to the PSAP, which services a location of the IoT device.

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


Predictive customer service support system and method
Patent No. 10805465 

Inventor(s): Victor Kwak (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16228342 on 12/20/2018 (663 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes one or more processors configured to receive call-specific data during a call between a customer and a customer service representative, and the call-specific data includes a verbal input. The one or more processors are configured to determine one or more characteristics of the verbal input and to determine an initial inquiry of the customer based at least in part on the one or more characteristics of the verbal input. The one or more processors are also configured to determine one or more follow-up inquiries based at least in part on the initial inquiry and to provide information related to the one or more follow-up questions in a window on a display of a computing system for visualization by the customer service representative.

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


System and method of displaying watermarks
Patent No. 10805502 

Inventor(s): Dongli Wu (Allen, TX), James Darrell Testerman (McKinney, TX), Jonathan Nathan Yanez (Allen, TX), Ricardo Antonio Ruiz (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Dell Products L.P. (Round Rock, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16017616 on 06/25/2018 (841 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one or more embodiments, one or more systems, methods, and/or processes may redirect a request to open a document to a background process that controls access to the document; may determine policy information associated with the document and a user of an application; may provide the document to the application; may determine an area of a user interface of the application that displays information of the document; may determine watermark information based at least on the policy information; may generate one or more watermarks based at least on the watermark information; and may display the one or more watermarks, based at least on the watermark information, on the area of the user interface of the application that displays the information of the document.

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


Scalable prediction type coding
Patent No. 10805617 

Inventor(s): Minhua Zhou (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13746063 on 01/21/2013 (2822 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for encoding a video sequence is provided that includes signaling in the compressed bit stream that a subset of a plurality of partitioning modes is used for inter-prediction of a portion of the video sequence, using only the subset of partitioning modes for prediction of the portion of the video sequence, and entropy encoding partitioning mode syntax elements corresponding to the portion of the video sequence, wherein at least one partitioning mode syntax element is binarized according to a pre-determined binarization corresponding to the subset of partitioning modes, wherein the pre-determined binarization differs from a pre-determined binarization for the least one partitioning mode syntax element that would be used if the plurality of partitioning modes is used for inter-prediction.

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


Methods and systems for chroma residual data prediction
Patent No. 10805619 

Inventor(s): Ajit Deepak Gupte (Bengaluru, , IN), Ranga Ramanujam Srinivasan (Villupuram, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15954139 on 04/16/2018 (911 days app to issue)

Abstract: Several methods and systems for chroma residual data prediction for encoding blocks corresponding to video data are disclosed. In an embodiment, at least one coefficient correlating reconstructed luma residual samples and corresponding reconstructed chroma residual samples is computed for one or more encoded blocks of video data. Predicted chroma residual samples are generated for encoding a block of video data based on corresponding reconstructed luma residual samples and the at least one coefficient.

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


Method, system and computer program product for adjusting a stereoscopic image in response to decoded disparities between views of the stereoscopic image
Patent No. 10805625 

Inventor(s): Minhua Zhou (Plano, TX), Veeramanikandan Raju (Bangalore, , IN), Wei Hong (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13532105 on 06/25/2012 (3032 days app to issue)

Abstract: From a bit stream, at least the following are decoded: a stereoscopic image of first and second views; a maximum positive disparity between the first and second views; and a minimum negative disparity between the first and second views. In response to the maximum positive disparity violating a limit on positive disparity, a convergence plane of the stereoscopic image is adjusted to comply with the limit on positive disparity. In response to the minimum negative disparity violating a limit on negative disparity, the convergence plane is adjusted to comply with the limit on negative disparity.

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


System and method for blending multiple frames into a single frame
Patent No. 10805649 

Inventor(s): Hamid R. Sheikh (Allen, TX), Ibrahim E. Pekkucuksen (Plano, TX), John Glotzbach (Allen, TX), Rahul Rithe (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15862465 on 01/04/2018 (1013 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and device for blending multiple related frames into a single frame to reduce noise is disclosed. A method includes comparing an input frame to a corresponding reference frame in order to determine if at least one object that is in both frames moves in the input frame, and also to determine edge strengths of the at least one object. The method further includes, based on the comparison, determining which regions of the input frame to blend with corresponding regions of the reference frame, which regions of the input frame not to blend with corresponding regions of the reference frame, and which regions of the input frame to partially blend with corresponding regions of the reference frame.

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


System and method for tracking a vehicle”s course by comparing geolocation data from a known course
Patent No. 10805763 

Inventor(s): Jerry Lee Chappell, Jr. (Lewisville, TX), Vincent G. Monteleone (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): LapKing Holdings, LLC (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16594769 on 10/07/2019 (372 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for tracking a vehicle”s course using geolocation data is provided. The method comprises obtaining a set of predetermined GPS locations representing a closed course; tracking movements of a user using a GPS controller; authenticating the movements of the user against the set of predetermined GPS locations while the client terminal is within a predetermined distance of at least one of the set of predetermined GPS locations; and presenting consolidated timing information about the user”s movements along the set of predetermined GPS locations. The system comprises a central processing server in communication with a computer network and configured to obtain information from a central database; and one or more client terminals in communication with the central processing server via the computer network, and configured to provide a graphical user interface for user interaction with the central processing server.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for providing authenticated identity of mobile phones
Patent No. 10805799 

Inventor(s): William F. Copeland (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16574208 on 09/18/2019 (391 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods validate that a subscriber identity module (SIM) number of an end device connected to a network is the same number that was activated for that device. A network device obtains a SIM number and a device universal identifier (UID) during an activation procedure. The network device generates a unique SIM authentication code based on the SIM number, the UID, and a master key. The network device sends the SIM authentication code to the end device during activation. After activation, the network device receives, from the end device, an authentication message that includes a first one-time password (OTP), the UID, a time value, the SIM number, and the SIM authentication code. The network device generates a second OTP based on the UID, the time value, the SIM number, and the master key and validates pairing of the end device and the SIM number when the two OTPs match.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


BLE-based location services in high density deployments
Patent No. 10805829 

Inventor(s): Shankar Ramanathan (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Behmke Innovation Group LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16270640 on 02/08/2019 (613 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a device obtains telemetry data indicative of channel usage by a plurality of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) tags. The device also obtains tag characteristic data indicative of one or more characteristics of the BLE tags. The device determines that usage of a particular channel by the BLE tags exceeds a predefined threshold, based on the obtained telemetry data. The device selects a subset of the plurality of BLE tags, based on their one or more characteristics indicated by the obtained tag characteristic data. The device instructs, for each of the selected subset of BLE tags, the selected BLE tag to increase an interval of time between BLE advertisements sent by the selected BLE tag.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Apparatus and method for transmission of uplink sounding reference signals in a wireless network
Patent No. 10805886 

Inventor(s): Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15651815 on 07/17/2017 (1184 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile station for use in a wireless network that operates according to the Long-Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) standard is configured to transmit an aperiodic sounding reference signal (SRS) to a base station in response to a triggering grant received from the base station. The bandwidth on which the mobile station transmits the aperiodic SRS depends on a type of the triggering grant. The type of the triggering grant is one of a downlink grant, an uplink multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) grant, and an uplink single-input, multiple-output (SIMO) grant.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


User equipment localization through time series search
Patent No. 10805901 

Inventor(s): Abhishek Mishra (Dallas, TX), Rudolph Mappus (Plano, TX), Vijayan Nagarajan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16799253 on 02/24/2020 (232 days app to issue)

Abstract: A processing system collects data points, wherein each data point indicates a location of user equipment in a telecommunication service provider network at a point in time, generates, for a first data point, a set of features over a plurality of time windows, wherein the set includes time series features, estimates an importance of each feature, wherein the importance indicates an accuracy with which the feature allows for estimation of an unseen location of the user equipment, wherein the unseen location is a location that is not identified in the plurality of data points, selects a threshold number of features from the set, wherein the threshold number of features have a greatest importance relative to all features in the set, generates a plurality of predictions of the unseen location, using the threshold number of features, aggregates the plurality of predictions, and estimates the unseen location based on the aggregating.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Communications in a wireless network for carrier selection and switching
Patent No. 10805928 

Inventor(s): Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Qian Cheng (Aurora, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16036015 on 07/16/2018 (820 days app to issue)

Abstract: Communications in a wireless network for carrier Selection and switching are provided. A terminal in the wireless network is simultaneously receiving data on at most m carriers. A base station in the wireless network sends an activation command associated with more than m carriers to the terminal. The terminal activates the more than m carriers. Then the base station selects a first subset from the activated carriers, and sends a first monitoring command associated with the first subset via a first physical-layer signaling to the terminal. When load and/or interference situations are changed, the base station selects a second subset from the activated carriers, and sends a second monitoring command associated with the second subset via a second physical-layer signaling to the terminal, wherein the first subset is different from the second subset.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Supported extended emergency information type
Patent No. 10805982 

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Trop, Pruner Hu, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16397606 on 04/29/2019 (533 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, a wireless device receives, from a wireless access network node, an indication of a supported extended emergency information (EEI) type supported by a wireless local area network (WLAN). The supported EEI type is selected from among a plurality of different EEI types. The wireless device sends a message relating to an emergency call, the message including EEI data according to the supported EEI type.

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


Metalized fabric heating blanket and method of manufacturing such
Patent No. 10805988 

Inventor(s): Eric James Howard (Dallas, TX), Kelley Terrell (Ferris, TX)
Assignee(s): Encompass Group, LLC (McDonough, GA)
Law Firm: Baker Donelson (Local + 58 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15841044 on 12/13/2017 (1035 days app to issue)

Abstract: A warming blanket ([b]8[/b]) has a metalized fabric exterior layer and a heating element formed from a random fiber carbon veil material ([b]52[/b]). A conductive ink layer ([b]56[/b]) is deposited onto opposite side edges of the carbon veil material as side rails. Lower conductive strips ([b]58[/b]) are attached onto a bottom edge of the carbon veil material. Each lower conductive strip is electrically coupled to a side rail. The lower conductive strips have connecting ends ([b]60[/b]) which are spaced from each other so as to accept a connection circuit board. Side conductive strips ([b]62[/b]) are coupled to the conductive ink side rails. Electrical current controlled by the connection circuit board is passed through the carbon veil material to create heat.

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


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Decorative structural connector
Patent No. D898559 

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: 29703732 on 08/29/2019 (411 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Activity monitoring device
Patent No. D898596 

Inventor(s): Adam Mekeel Mack (Menlo Park, CA), Derek Chan (Shingle Springs, CA), Diana Chang (San Francisco, CA), James Toggweiler (San Francisco, CA), Kyle Hartelt (San Francisco, CA), Ryan Geraghty (San Francisco, CA), Tim Chang (S
Assignee(s): Fossil Group, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Cooley LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29651520 on 08/20/2018 (785 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cell phone
Patent No. D898713 

Inventor(s): Huixiang Liu (Cupertino, CA), Jiang Ai (San Jose, CA), Yiwen Gong (San Jose, CA), Yuehui Ouyang (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29656826 on 07/17/2018 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Smart phone case
Patent No. D898725 

Inventor(s): Dwight N. Haddock (Crandall, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29703300 on 08/26/2019 (414 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Convertible spine book
Patent No. D898823 

Inventor(s): Linda Lusk (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): THOMSON REUTERS ENTERPRISE CENTRE GMBH (Zug, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29637353 on 02/16/2018 (970 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Medical emesis basin being convertible to a medical tool holder combination
Patent No. D898906 

Inventor(s): Brian K. Reaux (Red Oak, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29651352 on 05/31/2018 (866 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pharmaceutical product cassette for an injection device
Patent No. D898908 

Inventor(s): Neal Johnston (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): AMGEN INC. (Thousand Oaks, CA)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29645873 on 04/30/2018 (897 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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