Dallas Invents: 140 Patents Granted for Week of Jan. 26

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

Patents granted include:
BlackBerry's enhanced group communication services
Capital One's vehicle selection platform
Enseo's geolocationing system and method for use of same
Kidkraft's compact multiple gable house design and assembly
Lintec's nanofiber yarn spinning system
NCR Corporation's automated assistance in retail decisions
STMicroelectronics double-tap event detection device
TCU's carbon nanotube-assisted antibiotic delivery
TI's motion detection and cancellation using ambient light
Boeing's aircraft digital event ledger

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 Jan. 26, 2021 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES 14
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING 15
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURG
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 6
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING 4
G: PHYSICS 37
H: ELECTRICITY 54


TOP  ASSIGNEES 
(NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments (Dallas) 26
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 10
SanDisk Technologies (Addison) 5
Enseo Inc. (Plano) 4
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 4
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY) 4
Capital One Services LLC (McLean, VA) 3
Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, Japan) 2
NCH Corporation (Irving) 2

UNASSIGNED 8


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS 
(NO. OF PATENTS) 

William C. Fang (Plano) 4
Binghua Hu (Plano) 2
Dianbo Fu (Frisco) 2
Ercan M. Dede (Ann Arbor, MI) 2
Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney) 2
Jason Hoover (Grapevine) 2
Masanori Tsutsumi (Yokkaichi, , JP) 2
Qiaochu Tang (The Colony) 2
Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine) 2
Thomas R. Miller (Plano) 2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Apparatus for planting seeds
Patent No. 10897843 

Inventor(s): Dennis Scryba (Forney, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Sanchelima Associates, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16161560 on 10/16/2018 (833 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for planting seeds comprises an elongated tube comprising a piston, a shaft coupled to the piston, and a cylinder coupled to the piston. The apparatus comprises a foot bar and a handle bar, coupled to the elongated tube. The handle bar comprises a lever coupled to the shaft. Further, the apparatus comprises a container provided at the handle bar to store seeds. The container comprises a first conduit extended over the length of the elongated tube. A user of the apparatus applies pressure on the foot bar to insert the elongated tube in ground. The lever is operated to lift the container via the shaft and the piston such that the dirt collected in the container creates a hole in the ground. Subsequently, the seeds are made to fall in the hole through the first conduit. Further, the lever is operated to drop the dirt collected in the container into the hole to cover the seeds in the hole.

[A01C] PLANTING; SOWING; FERTILISING (combined with general working of soil A01B 49/04; parts, details or accessories of agricultural machines or implements, in general A01B 51/00-A01B 75/00)


Composition and method for germinative compounds in probiotic food and beverage products for human consumption
Patent No. 10897922 

Inventor(s): Amanda Rosmarin (Lantana, TX), Charles J. Greenwald (Irving, TX), Daniel Aberle (Irving, TX), Gabriel F. K. Everett (Mansfield, TX), George Aboagye (Derby, , GB), Jordan E. Church (Dallas, TX), Judy Pruitt (Mesquite, TX
Assignee(s): NCH Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Scheef Stone, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16178905 on 11/02/2018 (816 days app to issue)

Abstract: A composition and method for activating probiotic spores in food and beverage products, such as steeped teas, coffee, soups, and sauces. A nutrient-germinant composition comprises one or more L-amino acids, optionally one or more buffers to maintain the pH of the composition when added to water in a range of around 6-8, optionally D-glucose, D-fructose, or both D-glucose and D-fructose, and optionally, an osmoprotectant. The nutrient-germinant composition, one or more species of [i]Bacillus [/i]spores, and a food or beverage product may be pre-mixed in any combination. Water is added to the mixture and heated to a temperature range of 42 to 100 C. to germinate the probiotic spores prior to being consumed.

[A61K] PREPARATIONS FOR MEDICAL, DENTAL, OR TOILET PURPOSES (devices or methods specially adapted for bringing pharmaceutical products into particular physical or administering forms A61J 3/00; chemical aspects of, or use of materials for deodorisation of air, for disinfection or sterilisation, or for bandages, dressings, absorbent pads or surgical articles A61L; soap compositions C11D)


Brush device that dispenses cleaning fluid
Patent No. 10897986 

Inventor(s): Terry Treacy (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Handley Law Firm, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15440046 on 02/23/2017 (1433 days app to issue)

Abstract: A brush device for dispensing a cleaning fluid may include a cleaning head section; a neck section connected to the cleaning head section; a handle section connected to the neck section; a bellows formed in the neck section to apply the cleaning fluid to the cleaning head section; a dispensing outlet valve being formed in the cleaning head section to dispense the cleaning fluid from the brush device; a handle cap being removable and formed in the handle section. The cleaning brush may be integral formed except for the bellows, the dispensing outlet valve and the handle cap.

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


Motion detection and cancellation using ambient light
Patent No. 10898087 

Inventor(s): Jaiganesh Balakrishnan (Bangalore, , IN), Sarma Sundareswara Gunturi (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15835646 on 12/08/2017 (1145 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus to detect a heart rate of a user includes a motion detection circuit configured to generate a motion status signal indicative of a motion status of the user. The apparatus also comprises a filter circuit coupled to the motion detection circuit that is configured to generate a filter circuit output signal based on dynamically variable. The coefficients are dependent on the motion status signal and a first signal received by the filter circuit. The apparatus also comprises a combination circuit coupled to the filter circuit and configured to receive a second signal indicative of the ambient light, the motion of the user, and non-ambient light reflected from the user. The combination circuit is configured to determine a difference between the second signal and the filter circuit output signal to generate a combination circuit output signal.

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


Transcutaneous analyte sensor systems and methods
Patent No. 10898115 

Inventor(s): Neal Davis Johnston (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): DexCom, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15387393 on 12/21/2016 (1497 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems for applying a transcutaneous monitor to a person can include a telescoping assembly, a sensor, and a base with adhesive to couple the sensor to skin. The sensor can be located within the telescoping assembly while the base protrudes from a distal end of the system. The system can be configured to couple the sensor to the base by compressing the telescoping assembly.

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


Devices and methods for treating an artery
Patent No. 10898212 

Inventor(s): Michael Calhoun (Lighthouse Point, FL), Robert Vidlund (Forest Lake, MN)
Assignee(s): J.D. Franco Co., LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15993359 on 05/30/2018 (972 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for treating tissue of at least one of an internal carotid artery, an ophthalmic artery, or an ostium between the internal carotid artery and the ophthalmic artery of a subject may include expanding a first expandable device of a first device in the internal carotid artery. The method also may include delivering a second device in the ophthalmic artery via the first device and expanding a second expandable device of the second device in the ophthalmic artery. Further, the method may include adjusting a radial position of the second expandable device relative to the first expandable device.

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


Systems, devices and methods of making mammary implants and tissue expanders having ribbed shells
Patent No. 10898313 

Inventor(s): John Haroutunian (Grapevine, TX), Vikram Garadi (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Mentor Worldwide LLC (Irvine, CA)
Law Firm: Doherty IP Law Group LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16528797 on 08/01/2019 (544 days app to issue)

Abstract: An implantable prosthesis includes a shell having an apex, a base, a radius located between the apex and the base, and a dome extending between the apex and the radius. The shell has an outer surface and an inner surface that surrounds an interior volume of the shell. At least one rib is integrally formed with the inner surface of the shell and projects inwardly from the inner surface of the shell into the interior volume of the shell. The shell has an interior volume that is adapted to receive a biocompatible filler material.

[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]


Polymer coatings containing drug powder of controlled morphology
Patent No. 10898353 

Inventor(s): James P. DeYoung (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Micell Technologies, Inc. (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz Mentlik, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15705489 on 09/15/2017 (1229 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for depositing a coating comprising a polymer and pharmaceutical agent on a substrate, comprising the following steps: discharging at least one pharmaceutical agent in a therapeutically desirable morphology in dry powder form through a first orifice; discharging at least one polymer in dry powder form through a second orifice; depositing the polymer and/or pharmaceutical particles onto said substrate, wherein an electrical potential is maintained between the substrate and the pharmaceutical and/or polymer particles, thereby forming said coating; and sintering said coating under conditions that do not substantially modify the morphology of said pharmaceutical agent.

[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]


System and method for treatment of eustachian tube from middle ear approach
Patent No. 10898384 

Inventor(s): Marc Dean (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Acclarent, Inc. (Irvine, CA)
Law Firm: Frost Brown Todd LLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16053925 on 08/03/2018 (907 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dilation catheter includes a shaft and an expandable element. The shaft includes a proximal portion and a distal portion. The distal portion includes a tip and a bend. The tip is sized and configured to pass through an isthmus of a Eustachian tube (ET). The bend is proximal to the tip. The bend is formed at an angle configured to provide insertion of the tip into the isthmus of the ET via an ear canal associated with the ET. The expandable element is disposed at the distal portion of the shaft. The expandable element is configured to transition between a non-expanded state and an expanded state. The expandable element in the non-expanded state is configured for insertion into the ET via the isthmus. The expandable element in the expanded state is configured to dilate the ET.

[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]


Single-walled carbon nanotube-assisted antibiotic delivery and imaging techniques
Patent No. 10898434 

Inventor(s): Anton V. Naumov (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16366007 on 03/27/2019 (671 days app to issue)

Abstract: A new route is shown for at delivery in fighting drug resistant infections. Nanotubes and antibiotics and complexed non-covalently, with no chemical bonding, but through adsorption of antibiotics onto the nanotube surface governed by sufficiently strong molecular attraction between hydrophobic systems of the two. This allows the antibiotics to be freed from the nanotubes more easily as they reach the cell membrane. When antibiotics are introduced with nanotubes in this manner, bacterial resistance is mitigated by nanotube transport potentially into the membrane of the bacteria. Nanotubes used in this way help to overcome antibiotic resistance.

[A61K] PREPARATIONS FOR MEDICAL, DENTAL, OR TOILET PURPOSES (devices or methods specially adapted for bringing pharmaceutical products into particular physical or administering forms A61J 3/00; chemical aspects of, or use of materials for deodorisation of air, for disinfection or sterilisation, or for bandages, dressings, absorbent pads or surgical articles A61L; soap compositions C11D)


Inhibitors of multidrug resistance transporter p-glycoprotein
Patent No. 10898485 

Inventor(s): Courtney A. Follit (Dallas, TX), Frances K. Brewer (Waxahachie, TX), John G. Wise (Dallas, TX), Pia D. Vogel (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16715779 on 12/16/2019 (407 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of treating a subject that is resistant to one or more drugs by identifying a subject having one or more drug resistant cells; administering to the subject a pharmaceutically effective amount of an inhibitor compound, and contacting one or more drug resistant cells with the inhibitor compound to reduce the export of the inhibitor compound from the one or more drug resistant tumor cells and to block the transport of drug(s) from the one or more drug resistant cells.

[A61K] PREPARATIONS FOR MEDICAL, DENTAL, OR TOILET PURPOSES (devices or methods specially adapted for bringing pharmaceutical products into particular physical or administering forms A61J 3/00; chemical aspects of, or use of materials for deodorisation of air, for disinfection or sterilisation, or for bandages, dressings, absorbent pads or surgical articles A61L; soap compositions C11D)


Cancellous bone product including viable osteogenic cells
Patent No. 10898611 

Inventor(s): Earl Fender (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NuVasive, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15622985 on 06/14/2017 (1322 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bone implant comprising cancellous bone that is essentially free of blood cells, and which has been treated with at least one loosening agent, such as collagenase or a digestive enzyme, for a time and at a concentration to loosen the osteogenic cells in the cancellous bone matrix. The osteogenic cells in the matrix are viable cells. The treatment of the cancellous bone with at least one loosening agent enables the osteogenic cells to be more available for carrying out their osteogenic function and to provide for an increased rate of bone formation. Such implant also may include demineralized bone, such as demineralized cortical bone, which enhances the bone regenerative capacity of the cancellous bone.

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


Amorphous silicon oxide, amorphous silicon oxynitride, and amorphous silicon nitride thin films and uses thereof
Patent No. 10898618 

Inventor(s): Pranesh Aswath (Grapevine, TX), Venu Varanasi (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX), THE TEXAS AM UNIVERSITY SYSTEM (College Station, TX), UT-BATTELLE, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
Law Firm: Meunier Carlin Curfman LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14848107 on 09/08/2015 (1967 days app to issue)

Abstract: Amorphous SiOx (SiO2), SiONx, silicon nitride (Si3N4), surface treatments are provided, on both metal (titanium) and non-metal surfaces. Amorphous silicon-film surface treatments are shown to enhance osteoblast and osteoblast progenitor cell bioactivity, including biomineral formation and osteogenic gene panel expression, as well as enhanced surface hydroxyapatite (HA) formation. A mineralized tissue interface is provided using the amorphous silicon-based surface treatments in the presence of osteoblasts, and provides improved bone cell generation/repair and improved interface for secure attachment/bonding to bone. Methods for providing PEVCD-based silicon overlays onto surfaces are provided. Methods of increasing antioxidant enzyme (e.g., superoxide dismutase) expression at a treated surface for enhanced healing are also provided. Continuous generation and release of Si4+ ion into an in vitro or in vivo environment in the presence of osteoblasts/osteoblast progenitor cells, methods of employing same for enhancing the rate of bone healing/bone regeneration, is also described.

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


Adaptive treatment planning for hyperthermia-enhanced radiation therapy
Patent No. 10898728 

Inventor(s): Robert Michael Staruch (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V. (Eindhoven, , NL)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15769078 on 10/13/2016 (1566 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes generating a hyperthermia heat plan for tissue of interest, generating a hyperthermia adapted radiation therapy plan for the tissue of interest, controlling a heat source ([b]126[/b]) to deliver heat to the tissue of interest according to the hyperthermia heat plan, and controlling a radiation source of a radiation therapy system ([b]100[/b]) to deliver radiation to the tissue of interest according to the hyperthermia adapted radiation therapy plan. A system includes a radiation treatment planner ([b]124[/b]) configured to generate a hyperthermia adapted radiation therapy plan for the tissue of interest, a radiation therapy system ([b]100[/b]) configured to deliver radiation in accordance with the hyperthermia adapted radiation therapy plan, and a hyperthermia heat delivery system ([b]126[/b]) configured to deliver heat in accordance with a hyperthermia plan.

[A61N] ELECTROTHERAPY; MAGNETOTHERAPY; RADIATION THERAPY; ULTRASOUND THERAPY (measurement of bioelectric currents A61B; surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body A61B 18/00; anaesthetic apparatus in general A61M; incandescent lamps H01K; infra-red radiators for heating H05B) [6]


 

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

Thiourethane polymers, method of synthesis thereof and use in additive manufacturing technologies
Patent No. 10899072 

Inventor(s): Benjamin R. Lund (Wylie, TX), Gregory T. Ellson (Dallas, TX), Walter Voit (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Adaptive 3D Technologies (Dallas, TX), Board of Resents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15458220 on 03/14/2017 (1414 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semi-crystalline thiourethane polymer. The semi-crystalline thiourethane polymer comprises a sequential chain of a first type of monomer covalently bonded to a second type of monomer via thiourethane linkages. Each of the first type of monomer includes two or more thiol functional groups and each of the second type of monomer includes two or more isocyanate functional groups. The first and second types of monomers are polymerized together in an anionic step-growth polymerization reaction that is catalyzed by a non-nucleophillic base having a pKa greater than 7, produced by photo-initiated decomposition of a photolatent base. A method of synthesizing, and polymer jetting and stereolithography methods of manufacturing a polymer part, are also disclosed.

[B29C] SHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF MATERIAL IN A PLASTIC STATE, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; AFTER-TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING (making preforms B29B 11/00; making laminated products by combining previously unconnected layers which become one product whose layers will remain together B32B 37/00-B32B 41/00) [4]


Methods for forming composite structures
Patent No. 10899084 

Inventor(s): Jesse J. Wrabel (Ft. Worth, TX), Suvankar Mishra (Carrollton, TX), Vance N. Cribb, III (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16036228 on 07/16/2018 (925 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided in one example embodiment and may include forming a ply stack comprising a plurality of uncured composite plies, wherein one or more uncured composite ply of the plurality of uncured composite plies comprises a plurality of perforations that extend, at least partially, through a thickness of the one or more uncured composite ply; and compacting the ply stack to form a composite structure. The plurality of perforations may provide paths for volatiles to be removed through the thickness of the one or more uncured composite ply of the ply stack during the compacting. Volatiles may also be removed through edges of the ply stack during the compacting. In some instances, all uncured composite plies of the ply stack may include a plurality of perforations that extend, at least partially, through the thickness of each uncured composite ply.

[B29C] SHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF MATERIAL IN A PLASTIC STATE, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; AFTER-TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING (making preforms B29B 11/00; making laminated products by combining previously unconnected layers which become one product whose layers will remain together B32B 37/00-B32B 41/00) [4]


Sinusoidal wheel
Patent No. 10899172 

Inventor(s): Robert Patrick (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Cionca IP Law P.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16679058 on 11/08/2019 (445 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wheel set assembly having a plurality of sinusoidal channeled wheels. The sinusoidal channeled wheels having a sinusoidal channel disposed around a circular exterior surface of each of the sinusoidal channeled wheels. The wheel set assembly allows for better maneuverability and longevity in comparison to other materials handling equipment wheels because of the sinusoidal channels. The sinusoidal channels also provide heat dissipation along with the ability to push debris out of the way of the materials handling equipment.

[B60B] VEHICLE WHEELS (making wheels or wheel parts by rolling B21H 1/00, by forging, hammering or pressing B21K 1/28); CASTORS; AXLES FOR WHEELS OR CASTORS; INCREASING WHEEL ADHESION


Wheel lock key assembly and wheel lock key retention mechanism
Patent No. 10899175 

Inventor(s): Dale R. Williams (Cambridge, , CA), Matt R. Cormier (Cambridge, , CA), Philip A. Lavallee (St. George, , CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16183225 on 11/07/2018 (811 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wheel lock key assembly includes a wheel lock key portion configured to engage with keyslot features on a wheel lock. A driving tool coupling portion is connected to the wheel lock key portion and includes a surface structured to be rotationally coupled to a driving tool so as to enable rotation of the wheel lock key portion by the driving tool by a force acting on the surface. The surface extends along a plane extending parallel to the wheel lock key portion rotational axis. A retaining member is deformable to vary a radial distance the exterior surface extends from the rotational axis. A retaining member deformation mechanism is actuatable to deform the retaining member to vary the radial distance, such that the exterior surface extends at least a predetermined distance past the plane prior to rotational coupling of the wheel lock key assembly to the driving tool.

[B60B] VEHICLE WHEELS (making wheels or wheel parts by rolling B21H 1/00, by forging, hammering or pressing B21K 1/28); CASTORS; AXLES FOR WHEELS OR CASTORS; INCREASING WHEEL ADHESION


Tonneau cover structured to redirect airflow around vehicle
Patent No. 10899207 

Inventor(s): Paxton S. Williams (Milan, MI), Scott Louis Frederick (Brighton, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16453060 on 06/26/2019 (580 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tonneau cover for a vehicle cargo bed includes a first airflow passage extending along an interior of the tonneau cover. An airflow inlet is structured to enable airflow from an exterior of the tonneau cover into the first airflow passage. An airflow outlet is structured to enable a discharge of air from the first airflow passage to an exterior of the tonneau cover. A cross-sectional area of the first airflow passage decreases in a direction extending from the airflow inlet toward the airflow outlet.

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


Seat assemblies for temporarily attaching a seat assembly to a vehicle
Patent No. 10899256 

Inventor(s): Edward Qiu (Forest Hills, NY), Jacob C. Herget (Ypsilanti, MI), John Salvia (Ann Arbor, MI), Patrick J. Edgar (Ann Arbor, MI), Robert Jones (Lexington, KY), Shelby L. Brown (Brighton, MI), Vikas Bhatia (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: 16449798 on 06/24/2019 (582 days app to issue)

Abstract: A seat assembly, for a vehicle having a frame member, includes a seat back, a seat cushion, and a seat bracket. The frame member extends along a floor of the vehicle and includes a bore. The seat cushion is pivotally coupled to the seat back for movement between a use position and a raised position. The seat bracket is coupled to at least one of the seat back and the seat cushion. The seat bracket includes a pin that extends downwardly in a vehicle vertical direction. The pin engages with the bore to temporarily attach the seat cushion and the seat back to the frame member on the floor of the vehicle and inhibit a rotation of the seat assembly in a vehicle forward direction when the seat cushion is in the raised position due to the engagement of the pin extending through the bore of the frame member.

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


Reinforcing trim panel for vehicle interior
Patent No. 10899289 

Inventor(s): Jacob Blaharski (Northville, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16364607 on 03/26/2019 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle interior assembly includes a motor vehicle dashboard, a motor vehicle center console spaced apart from the dashboard, and a reinforcing trim panel formed separately from the dashboard and the center console. The reinforcing trim panel is attached to both the dashboard and the center console so as to anchor the center console to the dashboard.

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


Remote optical wind detection and aerodynamic control system for ground vehicle
Patent No. 10899398 

Inventor(s): Clifton Ellis (Weatherford, TX), Jeffrey P. Smith (Prosper, TX), Kenneth H. Damon (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): PACCAR INC (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15993421 on 05/30/2018 (972 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aerodynamic control system for a ground vehicle comprises a LiDAR module including at least one LiDAR sensor configured to obtain wind data upstream of the ground vehicle; a computing device; an aerodynamic device controller; and an aerodynamic device including a control surface. The computing device is configured to receive the wind data from the LiDAR module and generate output signals based on the wind data. The aerodynamic device controller is configured to receive the output signals from the computing device and generate control signals to control the aerodynamic device to adjust aerodynamic properties of the ground vehicle based at least in part the wind data. Changes to the configuration of the control surface may include increasing or decreasing a deflection angle of the at least one aerodynamic device. The aerodynamic device may include, e.g., a pneumatically actuated aerodynamic device or an electro-mechanically actuated aerodynamic device.

[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)


Door hoist apparatuses including multi-bar actuation assemblies with suction end effectors and methods using the same
Patent No. 10899404 

Inventor(s): Blair C. Perkins (Georgetown, KY)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15877821 on 01/23/2018 (1099 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-bar actuation assembly for use in installing a vehicle door to a vehicle includes a drive comprising a piston arm and a casing that movably receives the piston arm, a multi-bar linkage that includes a base support structure, a first bar link pivotally connected to the base support structure, a second bar link pivotally connected to the drive and the base support structure, and a toggle link that connects the first bar link and the second bar link, and a suction end effector pivotally connected to the toggle link at an end effector pivot that engages a window of the vehicle door. The drive extends and contracts the piston arm thereby moving the end effector pivot along a door arc about a door pivot axis with the suction end effector engaged with the window of the vehicle door.

[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)


Lighting system for a leaning vehicle
Patent No. 10899406 

Inventor(s): Peymon Hashimoto (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Patent Grove LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16853443 on 04/20/2020 (281 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lighting system for a leaning vehicle includes a pivot frame configured to be fixed to a light emitting and/or light reflective device, a mount configured to be fixed to a light fitting, and a motor attached to the pivot frame and the mount. The motor is configured to provide rotational movement of the pivot frame relative to the mount. A controller in electrical communication with the motor is configured to receive sensor data of a leaning angle of the leaning vehicle and control the motor to rotate the pivot frame to a desired angle relative to the mount based on the leaning angle.

[B62J] CYCLE SADDLES OR SEATS; ACCESSORIES PECULIAR TO CYCLES AND NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, e.g. ARTICLE CARRIERS OR CYCLE PROTECTORS (registration plates B60R 13/10; cyclometers, i.e. wheel-revolution counters, G01C 22/00)


Planar vibration isolator
Patent No. 10899437 

Inventor(s): David E. Heverly, II (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15960931 on 04/24/2018 (1008 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system to isolate vibrations, including a first pair of fluid chambers disposed to isolate first vibrations between a first body and a second body, wherein the first vibrations are parallel to a first axis, wherein the first body is a propeller hub, a rotor hub, a pylon attachment, or an engine, and wherein the second body is a propeller shaft, a rotor mast, or a body attachment; a second pair of fluid chambers disposed to isolate second vibrations between the first and second bodies, wherein the second vibrations are parallel to a second axis perpendicular to the first axis; first and second inertia tracks disposed to place the first and second pairs of chambers in fluid communication, respectively; and a plurality of elastic energy storage devices coupled to the first body and the second body and disposed to isolate vibrations between the first and second bodies.

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


Seals for rotor system fairings
Patent No. 10899438 

Inventor(s): Bryan K. Baskin (Arlington, TX), Chris P. Butler (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Stratford, CT)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15774659 on 10/07/2016 (1572 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fairing system, includes a hub fairing and a fixed fairing, such as a shaft fairing or a pylon fairing, both arranged about a rotation axis. A gap is defined between the hub fairing and the fixed fairing, and a seal assembly is axially interposed between the hub fairing and the fixed fairing. The fixed fairing and the hub fairing are both removably mounted to the seal assembly such that either or both of the fairings can be dismounted from the seal assembly without disturbing the seal assembly to provide access to components disposed within the fairing.

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


Unmanned aerial vehicles with interchangeable wing modules
Patent No. 10899446 

Inventor(s): Dakota Charles Easley (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16113577 on 08/27/2018 (883 days app to issue)

Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle has an airframe having first and second wing modules with first and second pylons extending therebetween. A thrust array is coupled to the airframe including two propulsion assemblies coupled to each of the first and second wings. An electric power system is operably associated with the thrust array and operable to provide power to each propulsion assembly. A flight control system is operably associated with the thrust array and operable to independently control the speed of each propulsion assembly. Each wing module is selected from a plurality of wing modules each having a respective function and each interchangeably couplable with the first and second pylons to enable the airframe to support the functions of the plurality of wing modules.

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


Reusable cup with integrated ribbed heat sink sheath
Patent No. 10899492 

Inventor(s): Carter Ash (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Airlite Plastics Co. (Omaha, NE)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16686409 on 11/18/2019 (435 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to a cup including a base, a sidewall extending upward from the base to a top of the cup to define an internal cavity and an open top, wherein the sidewall includes an upper sidewall and a lower sidewall located between the upper sidewall and the base. The lower sidewall can include a lower wall and a plurality of raised ribs extending radially outward from the lower wall and being separated by recesses and the ribs and recesses being elongated in a direction between the top and the base. The cup can include an annular ledge connects the upper sidewall to the lower sidewall, wherein the annular ledge extends inwardly from the upper sidewall to the lower sidewall and forms a reduction in width of the sidewall between the upper sidewall and the lower sidewall.

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


Telescoping conveyor incorporating operator safety feature
Patent No. 10899552 

Inventor(s): Christopher Schikevitz (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): Siemens Logistics LLC (DFW Airport, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16863017 on 04/30/2020 (271 days app to issue)

Abstract: A telescoping conveyor includes a base section and one or more boom sections mounted on the base section and operable to be telescopically extended and retracted in relation to the base section. Control switches are located at multiple locations to enable operator control to extend or retract the one or more boom sections. The telescoping conveyor is configured such that, during a retraction operation, when a predefined degree of retraction is reached, a change in operator control is imposed to enable an operator to continue retraction of the one or more boom sections. The changed operator control requires the operator to be positioned away from a location of a potential hazard during the continued retraction operation.

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


 

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

C17-heteroaryl derivatives of oleanolic acid and methods of use thereof
Patent No. 10898499 

Inventor(s): Christopher F. Bender (Garland, TX), Melean Visnick (Irving, TX), Xin Jiang (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): REATA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16527171 on 07/31/2019 (545 days app to issue)

Abstract:

[C07J] STEROIDS (seco-steroids C07C) [2]


Systems and methods for cleanable and slip resistant tile
Patent No. 10899655 

Inventor(s): Aaron C. Dilbeck (Dallas, TX), David A. Earl (Corning, NY), Linda Robledo (Mesquite, TX), Norman Elias (Terrell, TX), Terry Adams (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Daltile Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16002690 on 06/07/2018 (964 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are floor tiles comprising, for instance, a substrate and a surface coating, wherein the surface coating comprises (i) a base formula comprising a glaze and (ii) particles comprising alumina trihydrate.

[C03C] CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF GLASSES, GLAZES, OR VITREOUS ENAMELS; SURFACE TREATMENT OF GLASS; SURFACE TREATMENT OF FIBRES OR FILAMENTS FROM GLASS, MINERALS OR SLAGS; JOINING GLASS TO GLASS OR OTHER MATERIALS


Processes for purifying acetic acid and hydrating anhydride
Patent No. 10899696 

Inventor(s): Mark O. Scates (Houston, TX), Ronald D. Shaver (Houston, TX), Yaw-Hwa Liu (Missouri City, TX)
Assignee(s): CELANESE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton, LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16856748 on 04/23/2020 (278 days app to issue)

Abstract: Processes for purifying acetic acid by distilling a process stream in a column in which acetic anhydride is formed in the lower portion of the column. The product stream withdrawn from the column comprises acetic acid, water at a concentration of no more than 0.2 wt. %, and acetic anhydride at a concentration of no more than 600 wppm. The process further comprises hydrating the acetic anhydride in the product stream to form a purified acetic acid product comprising acetic anhydride at a concentration of no more than 50 wppm.

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


Oil soluble rheology modifying star macromolecules
Patent No. 10899863 

Inventor(s): Nicolay Tsarevsky (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Pilot Polymer Technologies, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA)
Law Firm: Ulmer Berne, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15189763 on 06/22/2016 (1679 days app to issue)

Abstract: Oil soluble rheology modifying star macromolecules having a core and five or more polymeric arms, and compositions comprising the same. The polymeric arms on a star are covalently attached to the core of the star; each polymeric arm comprises one or more (co)polymer segments; and each polymeric arm comprises a monomeric unit of a methyl methacrylate. The oil soluble rheology modifying star macromolecules and compositions comprising the same for use in oil based systems.

[C08F] MACROMOLECULAR COMPOUNDS OBTAINED BY REACTIONS ONLY INVOLVING CARBON-TO-CARBON UNSATURATED BONDS (production of liquid hydrocarbon mixtures from lower carbon number hydrocarbons, e.g. by oligomerisation, C10G 50/00; fermentation or enzyme-using processes to synthesise a desired chemical compound or composition or to separate optical isomers from a racemic mixture C12P; graft polymerisation of monomers containing carbon-to-carbon unsaturated bonds on to fibres, threads, yarns, fabrics or fibrous goods made from such materials D06M 14/00) [2]


[D] TEXTILES; PAPER


Nanofiber yarn spinning system
Patent No. 10900145 

Inventor(s): BaeKyun Kim (Frisco, TX), Julia Bykova (Richardson, TX), Luis Plata (Allen, TX), Marcio D. Lima (Richardson, TX), Yang Yang (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): LINTEC OF AMERICA, INC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Greenblum Bernstein, P.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15844756 on 12/18/2017 (1135 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for fabricating nanofiber yarn at rates of at least 30 m/min (1.8 kilometers (km)/hour (hr)) using a ”false twist” nanofiber yarn spinner and a false twist spinning technique are disclosed. In a false twist spinning technique, a twist is introduced to nanofibers in a strand by twisting the nanofibers at points between ends of the strand. This is in contrast to the ”true twist” technique where one end of a strand is fixed and the opposing end of the strand is rotated to introduce the twist to intervening portions of yarn.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Compact multiple gable house design and assembly
Patent No. 10898820 

Inventor(s): Frederick Rieber (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): KIDKRAFT, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16603149 on 04/04/2018 (1028 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates, according to some embodiments, to a playhouse comprising a plurality of walls comprising a plurality of wall elements, configured to be connected to a gable roof; and a gable roof; comprising a plurality of gables, wherein the gable roof is configured to be attached to the plurality of walls; and a plurality of roof modules, wherein the first roof module is configurable to be connected and adjacent to the second roof module, wherein each roof module comprises a plurality of roof panels and at least one hinge, wherein the first roof panel is adjacent to the second roof panel and is connected by the at least one hinge, wherein the gable roof is configured to be mounted on a plurality of gables, and wherein the playhouse is configurable to a packed configuration or an assembled configuration.

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


Adjustable locator retaining wall block and mold apparatus
Patent No. 10899049 

Inventor(s): William H. Karau (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): PAVESTONE, LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16693994 on 11/25/2019 (428 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system of retaining wall blocks, a method of assembling a retaining wall block assembly, and a mold for manufacturing retaining wall blocks having adjustable engagement configurations.

[E02D] FOUNDATIONS; EXCAVATIONS; EMBANKMENTS (specially adapted for hydraulic engineering E02B); UNDERGROUND OR UNDERWATER STRUCTURES [6]


Wirelessly actuated cover for a structure
Patent No. 10900258 

Inventor(s): Thomas E. Byrd (Grand Prairie, TX), Thomas Hiromoto (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16894034 on 06/05/2020 (235 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cover is configured to selectively engage with a portion of a structure in response to receiving a wireless electrical power signal at a receiver antenna of the cover from a wireless power source located in an outside environment, to separate a first environment on a first side of the cover from a second environment on a second side of the cover opposite the first side. In response to wirelessly receiving the electrical power signal, a fastening subassembly of the cover changes from a secured mode configured to inhibit opening a cover body with respect to the structure, to an unsecured mode configured to facilitate opening the cover body with respect to the structure. This in turn allows the cover to be matingly engaged with a portion of the structure to form a smooth continuous surface, without any exposed fasteners on the exterior side of the cover.

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


Fixed cutter completions bit
Patent No. 10900290 

Inventor(s): Charles Daniel Johnson (Porter, TX), Jeffery Lewayne Johnson (Cypress, TX), Johnathan Walter Howard (Conroe, TX), Matthew Charles Stroever (Spring, TX)
Assignee(s): VAREL INTERNATIONAL IND., L.L.C. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16444722 on 06/18/2019 (588 days app to issue)

Abstract: A completions bit for use in a wellbore includes: a shank having a coupling formed at an upper end thereof; a body mounted to a lower end of the shank; and a cutting face forming a lower end of the bit. The cutting face includes: a blade protruding from the body; a tangentially oriented leading cutter mounted to a bearing face of the blade adjacent to a leading edge of the blade at an inner portion of the cutting face; and a radially oriented leading cutter mounted to the bearing face of the blade in proximity to the leading edge thereof at an outer portion of the cutting face.

[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]


Setting tool for downhole applications
Patent No. 10900309 

Inventor(s): Antony F. Grattan (Mansfield, TX), Douglas J. Streibich (Fort Worth, TX), Mark Lancaster (Alvarado, TX), Michael C. Robertson (Arlington, TX), Roy L. Sparkman (Haltom City, TX)
Assignee(s): Robertson Intellectual Properties, LLC (Mansfield, TX)
Law Firm: Matthews, Lawson, McCutcheon Joseph, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16371981 on 04/01/2019 (666 days app to issue)

Abstract: A setting tool for deploying a downhole tool within a wellbore is described herein. The setting tool uses an in situ non-explosive gas-generating power source to generate high-pressure gas, which drives a mechanical linkage to actuate the deployment of the downhole tool. According to certain embodiments the non-explosive gas-generating setting tool contains no hydraulic stages and may contain only a single piston. The setting tool may be fitted to provide different stroke lengths and can provide usable power over a greater percentage of its stroke length, compared to setting tools using explosive/pyrotechnic power sources. Methods of using a non-explosive gas-generating setting tool to deploy a downhole tool within a wellbore are also disclosed.

[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]


Sliding sleeve having a flow inhibitor for well equalization
Patent No. 10900324 

Inventor(s): Adam Evan Beck (Flower Mound, TX), Joseph Steven Grieco (McKinney, TX), Kevin Robin Passmore (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15743426 on 12/30/2016 (1488 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sliding sleeve apparatus that has a flow inhibitor that slows the fluid flow between the interior passageway of the sliding sleeve and the well annulus to allow pressure equalization between the interior passageway of the sliding sleeve and the well annulus to occur prior to placing the sliding sleeve in a fully open position. The inhibited or restricted fluid flow reduces wear on the seals and other components of the sliding sleeve, which extends the operative life of the tool.

[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

 

Grease delivery system
Patent No. 10900394 

Inventor(s): Jason Edwards (Heath, TX)
Assignee(s): NCH CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Ramey Schwaller, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15566004 on 12/15/2015 (1869 days app to issue)

Abstract: A grease delivery system is provided which includes refilling containers with a fluid from a larger reservoir to eliminate excess cost and waste. The container and reservoir are connected using hoses, a pump, and quick connect couplings. The containers are used to provide equipment with the fluid.

[F01M] LUBRICATING OF MACHINES OR ENGINES IN GENERAL; LUBRICATING INTERNAL-COMBUSTION ENGINES; CRANKCASE VENTILATING [2]


Contaminant scrubber of an HVAC system
Patent No. 10900681 

Inventor(s): 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: 16014949 on 06/21/2018 (950 days app to issue)

Abstract: A contaminant scrubber of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system includes a housing having a first side wall and a second side wall opposite to the first side wall. The contaminant scrubber also includes a first compartment formed within the housing, a second compartment formed within the housing and having a cartridge set removably disposed therein, and a third compartment formed within the housing, where the second compartment is positioned between the first compartment and the third compartment. The contaminant scrubber also includes a first cross-member beam extending along a first bottom end of the first compartment and a second top end of the second compartment, where the first cross-member beam extends from the first side wall of the housing to the second side wall of the housing. The contaminant scrubber also includes a second cross-member beam extending along a second bottom end of the second compartment and a third top end of the third compartment, wherein the second cross-member beam extends from the first side wall of the housing to the second side wall of the housing.

[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)


Follower for blank cartridges, unitary/integrated magazine with follower, and methods for manufacturing same
Patent No. 10900728 

Inventor(s): Matthew A. Harding (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): SafeTacMag, LLC (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: DLA Piper LLP (US) (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16412272 on 05/14/2019 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods herein relate to a safety magazine for blank ammunition or ”blanks”. In one illustrative implementation, a specially-shaped follower is utilized to engage and advance the blank ammunition without jamming, i.e., when holding and feeding blank cartridges into the chamber of a firearm. In other implementations, integrated/unitary magazines including such a follower are disclosed, which also prevent jams otherwise common in the field of magazines converted to handle blank rounds of ammunition. According to such implementations, live ammunition or cartridges are prevented from being loaded into the magazine and a specialized follower that prevents the ammunition form jamming is provided.

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


Method of making a polymer ammunition cartridge
Patent No. 10900760 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Singleton Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15972436 on 05/07/2018 (995 days app to issue)

Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a method of making a polymeric ammunition cartridge having wicking texturing about the projectile aperture.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Systems and methods for determining a destination location from a communication
Patent No. 10900799 

Inventor(s): Eric Randell Schmidt (Northville, MI), Jeffrey Edward Pierfelice (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: 12902406 on 10/12/2010 (3759 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for determining a destination location from a communication are described. One embodiment of a method includes receiving electronic communications data from a mobile communications device, at a computing device. The electronic communications data is parsed to identify a partial address term of interest related to the destination location in the electronic communications data. A position of the destination location is determined from the partial address term of interest. Routing data of a vehicle from a current location of the vehicle to the destination location is determined and provided to a user of the vehicle.

[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)


Augmented reality directions utilizing physical reference markers
Patent No. 10900801 

Inventor(s): Avid Ghamsari (Frisco, TX), Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16434551 on 06/07/2019 (599 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects described herein may allow for displaying augmented reality directions utilizing physical markers. Systems and methods described herein may allow a device to scan to provide augmented reality directions using one or more physical markers as reference points. One or more physical markers may be left along a path, and directions may be provided from one physical marker to the next. A device, such as a mobile device, may be used to scan the physical markers and/or display the augmented reality directions on a display overlaid over a depiction of the surrounding environment.

[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)


Integrated compact MMW spectroscopy cell system and method
Patent No. 10900837 

Inventor(s): Adam Joseph Fruehling (Garland, TX), Argyrios Dellis (Dallas, TX), Juan Alejandro Herbsommer (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16234195 on 12/27/2018 (761 days app to issue)

Abstract: A compact mmW spectroscopy cell system for detecting volatile organic compounds (compounds) in a gas. The system includes a gas collection chamber, an input buffer cavity for receiving the gas from the gas collection chamber, pumping devices to pass the gas from the buffer cavity to an absorption cell and maintain pressure, and a transceiver connected to the cell. The transceiver interrogates the absorption cell filled with the gas by passing a high frequency electromagnetic signal and sweeping the signal to generate an absorption spectra which is compared to a spectroscopy database for detecting the compounds in the gas. The absorption cell, collection chambers, and pumping devices are fabricated with standard CMOS processing techniques at chip and wafer scale. The transceiver bonded to the absorption cell with chip scale integration.

[G01J] MEASUREMENT OF INTENSITY, VELOCITY, SPECTRAL CONTENT, POLARISATION, PHASE OR PULSE CHARACTERISTICS OF INFRA-RED, VISIBLE OR ULTRA-VIOLET LIGHT; COLORIMETRY; RADIATION PYROMETRY [2]


Corrosion prevention survey system and method of use
Patent No. 10900887 

Inventor(s): Russell Barnett (Millsap, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16205954 on 11/30/2018 (788 days app to issue)

Abstract: A corrosion prevention survey system for determining locations of faults along an underground structure includes a data collector to record location data and voltage data; a voltage reading system to secure to a leg of a user, the voltage reading system having a pole with a spike to be inserted into a ground surface, the spike being able to read a voltage current running through the ground; an attachment device to secure the pole to the leg of a user; and one or more wires to connect the pole to the data collector; the pole is a predetermined length not greater than 2 feet; the voltage data is transmitted from the pole to the data collector; and the location data and voltage data are used in analysis to determine directions of voltage gradients for further determination of location of faults along the underground structure.

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


Bi-directional electric energy meter
Patent No. 10901016 

Inventor(s): Cong Deng (Nanjing, , CN), Rujun Ji (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16658418 on 10/21/2019 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electric energy meter for a poly-phase electricity network includes a power transformer having a primary side and a secondary side, a first analog front end (AFE) unit is coupled to the secondary side of the power transformer, and a microcontroller coupled to the primary side of the power transformer. The first AFE unit is to be coupled to a first phase of the poly-phase electricity network. The microcontroller is configured to transmit a digitized request signal to, and to receive a measurement signal from, the first AFE unit via the power transformer. More specifically, the first AFE unit, upon receiving the digitized request signal, is to extract information from the digitized request signal.

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


Channel circuitry, tap linking module, scan tap, debug tap domains
Patent No. 10901033 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16717236 on 12/17/2019 (406 days app to issue)

Abstract: Testing of die on wafer is achieved by; (1) providing a tester with the capability of externally communicating JTAG test signals using simultaneously bidirectional transceiver circuitry, (2) providing die on wafer with the capability of externally communicating JTAG test signals using simultaneously bidirectional transceiver circuitry, and (3) providing a connectivity mechanism between the bidirectional transceiver circuitry”s of the tester and a selected group or all of the die on wafer for communication of the JTAG signals.

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


TSVS, test circuits, scan cells, comparators, electrical source, and resistor
Patent No. 10901034 

Inventor(s): Baher S. Haroun (Allen, TX), Lee D. Whetsei (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16795842 on 02/20/2020 (341 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure describes a novel method and apparatus for testing TSVs within a semiconductor device. According to embodiments illustrated and described in the disclosure, a TSV may be tested by stimulating and measuring a response from a first end of a TSV while the second end of the TSV held at ground potential. Multiple TSVs within the semiconductor device may be tested in parallel to reduce the TSV testing time according to the disclosure.

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


Method and system for user equipment location determination on a wireless transmission system
Patent No. 10901067 

Inventor(s): Geng Wu (Plano, TX), Jun Li (Richardson, TX), Neng Wang (Plano, TX), Yuqiang Tang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Kowert, Hood, Munyon, Rankin Goetzel, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16438652 on 06/12/2019 (594 days app to issue)

Abstract: Neighbor cell hearability can be improved by including an additional reference signal that can be detected at a low sensitivity and a low signal-to-noise ratio, by introducing non-unity frequency reuse for the signals used for a time difference of arrival (TDOA) measurement, e.g., orthogonality of signals transmitted from the serving cell sites and the various neighbor cell sites. The new reference signal, called the TDOA-RS, is proposed to improve the hearability of neighbor cells in a cellular network that deploys 3GPP EUTRAN (LTE) system, and the TDOA-RS can be transmitted in any resource blocks (RB) for PDSCH and/or MBSFN subframe, regardless of whether the latter is on a carrier supporting both PMCH and PDSCH or not. Besides the additional TDOA-RS reference signal, an additional synchronization signal (TDOA-sync) may also be included to improve the hearability of neighbor cells.

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


Optical power transfer devices with an embedded active cooling chip
Patent No. 10901161 

Inventor(s): Christopher Valdivia (Ottawa, , CA), Denis Masson (Ottawa, , CA), Ercan M. Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Karin Hinzer (Ottawa, , CA), Matthew Wilkins (Ottawa, , CA), Philippe-Olivier Provost (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, , CA), Simon Fafard (
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16131842 on 09/14/2018 (865 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical power transfer device with an embedded active cooling chip is disclosed. The device includes a cooling chip made of a semiconductor material, and a first subassembly and a second subassembly mounted on the cooling chip. The cooling chip comprises at least one metallization layer on a portion of a first surface of the cooling chip, at least one inlet through a second surface of the cooling chip, wherein the second surface is opposite to the first surface, at least one outlet through the second surface and one or more micro-channels extending between and fluidly coupled to the at least one inlet and the at least one outlet. A cooling fluid flows through the one or more micro-channels. The first subassembly is mounted on the at least one metallization layer and comprises a laser. The second subassembly comprises a phototransducer configured to receive a laser beam from the laser.

[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]


Double-tap event detection device, system and method
Patent No. 10901529 

Inventor(s): Ashish Bhargava (San Jose, CA), Mahaveer Jain (Santa Clara, CA), Stefano Paolo Rivolta (Desio, , IT)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16040331 on 07/19/2018 (922 days app to issue)

Abstract: Digital signal processing circuitry, in operation, determines, based on accelerometer data, a carry-position of a device. Double-tap detection parameters are set using the determined carry-position. Double-taps are detected using the set double-tap detection parameters. In response to detection of a double-tap, control signals, such as a flag or an interrupt signal, are generated and used to control operation of the device. For example, a device may enter a wake mode of operation in response to detection of a double-tap.

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


Bitonic sorting accelerator
Patent No. 10901692 

Inventor(s): Indu Prathapan (Bangalore, , IN), Pankaj Gupta (Bangalore, , IN), Puneet Sabbarwal (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16237447 on 12/31/2018 (757 days app to issue)

Abstract: An accelerator for bitonic sorting includes a plurality of compare-exchange circuits and a first-in, first-out (FIFO) buffer associated with each of the compare-exchange circuits. An output of each FIFO buffer is a FIFO value. The compare-exchange circuits are configured to, in a first mode, store a previous value from a previous compare-exchange circuit or a memory to its associated FIFO buffer and pass a FIFO value from its associated FIFO buffer to a subsequent compare-exchange circuit or the memory; in a second mode, compare the previous value to the FIFO value, store the greater value to its associated FIFO buffer, and pass the lesser value to the subsequent compare-exchange circuit or the memory; and in a third mode, compare the previous value to the FIFO value, store the lesser value to its associated FIFO buffer, and pass the greater value to the subsequent compare-exchange circuit or the memory.

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


Method for customizing software functionality with a configuration file
Patent No. 10901750 

Inventor(s): Kevin Kitchen (Arlington, TX), Ricardo Price (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): S-Tec Corporation (Mineral Wells, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15250334 on 08/29/2016 (1611 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of generating data outputs as instructed by a configuration file on a computer system for an aircraft includes processing, as instructed by one or more parameters of the configuration file, data from a first data source. In some embodiments, the first data source comprises either a sensor associated with the aircraft or an addressable memory. In some embodiments, the one or more parameters comprise instructions for using one or more certified functions. The method also includes outputting the processed data to at least one of the addressable memory, a display, and an external device.

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


Distributed load balancing for processing of high-volume data streams
Patent No. 10901805 

Inventor(s): Gregory E. Feldkamp (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16224314 on 12/18/2018 (770 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies directed to distributed load balancing for processing of high-volume data streams in datacenters are disclosed herein. In various aspects, a system can include a processor and memory storing instructions that, upon execution, cause performance of operations. The operations can include receiving raw data items in an incoming queue, and generating, within each of a plurality of worker processing threads, a load hash set that includes a load hash value for each of the raw data items in the incoming queue. The operations can include determining, within each worker processing thread, which of the raw data items to process from the incoming queue based on the load hash set, and processing, via one of the plurality of worker processing threads, each of the raw data items in the incoming queue based on the load hash value for each of the raw data items.

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


Two address translations from a single table look-aside buffer read
Patent No. 10901913 

Inventor(s): Joseph Zbiciak (San Jose, CA), Son H. Tran (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16251795 on 01/18/2019 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: A streaming engine employed in a digital data processor specifies a fixed read only data stream. An address generator produces virtual addresses of data elements. An address translation unit converts these virtual addresses to physical addresses by comparing the most significant bits of a next address N with the virtual address bits of each entry in an address translation table. Upon a match, the translated address is the physical address bits of the matching entry and the least significant bits of address N. The address translation unit can generate two translated addresses. If the most significant bits of address N+1 match those of address N, the same physical address bits are used for translation of address N+1. The sequential nature of the data stream increases the probability that consecutive addresses match the same address translation entry and can use this technique.

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


Programmable link training sequences
Patent No. 10901933 

Inventor(s): John M. Wastlick (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Trop, Pruner Hu, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16443435 on 06/17/2019 (589 days app to issue)

Abstract: A technique includes, in response to feedback received from ongoing link training with an endpoint device over a serial communication link, a processor identifying a first training set sequence to be communicated as part of the ongoing link training. The technique includes the processor selecting a first state machine of a plurality of state machines; and the processor programming the selected first state machine to communicate the first training set sequence to the serial communication link. The programming of the first state machine includes programming the first state machine with a data pattern that is associated with the first training set sequence and programming the first state machine with a condition to regulate a number of times that the state machine communicates the data pattern to the serial communication link.

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


Health care clinical data controlled data set generator
Patent No. 10901980 

Inventor(s): James A. Sexton (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16174639 on 10/30/2018 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mechanism is provided in a data processing system comprising a processor and a memory, the memory comprising instructions that are executed by the processor to specifically configure the processor to implement a data set generator. A statistics gathering engine executing within the data set generator calculates statistics and metrics across multiple data dimensions for a plurality of clients and a plurality of each client”s data sources. The statistics gathering engine stores the statistics and metrics in a client-specific data map data structure for each client. An aggregated data map engine executing within the data set generator aggregates the statistics and metrics into an aggregated data map. The aggregated data map engine stores the aggregated data map in an aggregated data map data structure. The data set generator creates a client database construct. An insert engine executing within the data set generator populates the client database construct with new data based on the aggregated data map data structure. NULL


Systems and methods for context development
Patent No. 10902011 

Inventor(s): Gordon Bailey (Coppell, TX), Patrick Moore (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16778656 on 01/31/2020 (361 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are methods, systems, and non-transitory computer-readable medium for context development. For instance, a first method may include obtaining first micro-application actor information associated with a first micro-application actor. The first micro-application actor information may include information for workflow rules, and the workflow rules may include data set rules, extract, transform, load (ETL) rules, and functional expressions. The first method may further include obtaining data from data sources based on the data set rules; applying the ETL rules to the obtained data to generate processed data; applying the functional expressions to the processed data to obtain an output; and performing at least one processing action based on the output. A second method may include generating a system component corresponding to a blueprint based on a user request. The second method may further include associating the system component with a domain of a user account, and performing processes associated the system component.

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


Automated background check via voice pattern matching
Patent No. 10902054 

Inventor(s): Danny C. Milliorn (Waxahachie, TX)
Assignee(s): Securas Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15926718 on 03/20/2018 (1043 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments use electronic speech samples of detainees and automatically scan electronic speech sample databases to detect when a detainee has a criminal record and to alert controlled-environment facility personnel to that record. An electronic speech sample of the detainee is captured during booking or at another time. The electronic speech sample is compared to a database of electronic speech samples of individuals with criminal records. If the electronic speech sample matches an existing electronic speech sample in the database, then information associated with the matching electronic speech sample is provided to the controlled-environment facility personnel. The information is analyzed to identify key issues, such as active warrants. The controlled-environment facility personnel are alerted to any such key information.

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


Monitoring circuit for allowing a processor to enter secure mode upon confirming proper execution of a non-speculative instruction
Patent No. 10902092 

Inventor(s): Gregory Remy Philippe Conti (Saint Paul, , FR), Jerome Laurent Azema (Villeneuve-Loubet, , FR)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14596017 on 01/13/2015 (2205 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system of verifying proper execution of a secure mode entry sequence. At least some of the exemplary embodiments may be a method comprising delivering an instruction from a memory to a processor across an instruction bus (the instruction at least partially configures the processor for secure mode of operation different that privilege modes of the processor), verifying delivery of the instruction across the instruction bus, and checking for proper execution of the instruction using a trace port of the processor.

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


Services platform for managing a verifiable permissioned ledger in a distributed database management system
Patent No. 10902140 

Inventor(s): Avneesh Bhatnagar (Plano, TX), Riaz Mohamed Vellamparambil (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): CBRE, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA)
Law Firm: Almanac IP Advisors LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16011613 on 06/18/2018 (953 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide an endorsed value in a permissioned ledger in a DDBMS. The permissioned ledger includes entries, each comprising a key and at least one value. Permission is required for a peer node to access the ledger. Digital transactions may only be appended to the ledger. Each peer node maintains at least a portion of a replica of the ledger. A request for valuation of an object is received. A candidate object value of the object is obtained. An endorsed object value of the object is obtained based upon a consensus protocol among peer nodes in the network. A data block is added to the ledger including the endorsed object value, where the added data block is cryptographically linked to a previous data block.

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


System, method and computer program product for order fulfillment in retail supply networks
Patent No. 10902373 

Inventor(s): Saurabh Gupta (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Scully, Scott, Murphy Presser, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15154249 on 05/13/2016 (1719 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to the field of retail supply networks. In one specific example, mechanisms are provided to model markdown-avoidance savings for omni-channel fulfillment in retail supply networks. In various embodiments, systems, methods and computer program products are provided.

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


Methods and apparatus for monitoring and control of electronic devices
Patent No. 10902380 

Inventor(s): Paul I. Reeder (Greenville, TX)
Assignee(s): Spireon, Inc. (Irvine, CA)
Law Firm: Luedeka Neely Group, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16113365 on 08/27/2018 (883 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various aspects of the present invention relate generally to telemetry methods and systems and more particularly, to telemetry network connectivity systems, devices and methods. In some embodiments, an inventory management system may be configured to provide machine-to-machine network connectivity. The inventory management system may be used in conjunction with a location device configured to transmit a vehicle identification number (VIN) and a device identifier of the location device. In some embodiments, the inventory management system may be configured to: (1) track whether the location device is located within a predetermined perimeter; (2) provide current inventory and ownership status associated the location device; and/or (3) place the location device in a sleep and/or passive state with periodic check-ins.

[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]


Aircraft digital event ledger
Patent No. 10902387 

Inventor(s): Marco R. Calderon (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): The Boeing Company (Chicago, IL)
Law Firm: Yee Associates, P.C. (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15687018 on 08/25/2017 (1250 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating an aircraft. The method includes sensing, using a trusted sensor, a trusted parameter of the aircraft during operation of the aircraft; receiving, at a processor, the trusted parameter; entering, by the processor, the trusted parameter as a first immutable entry into a ledger stored on an immutable non-transitory computer-recordable storage medium, wherein immutable is defined as unchangeability of data stored on the non-transitory computer-recordable storage medium, and wherein the ledger also contains additional immutable entries regarding operations of the aircraft and an aircraft environment; executing, by the processor, a recursive analysis algorithm on the first immutable entry together with the additional immutable entries to produce analyzed data; and using, by the processor, the analyzed data to improve future operational performance of the aircraft by ordering changes in how a component of the aircraft performs during operation of the aircraft based on the analyzed data.

[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]


Host-formatted select proximity payment system environment response
Patent No. 10902411 

Inventor(s): Hiteshkumar M. Shah (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Google LLC (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: Dority Manning, PA (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16278785 on 02/19/2019 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: Informing near field communication (NFC) payment readers of NFC target device payment application availability. A payment application executing under a host operating system of an NFC target device formats a SELECT proximity payment system environment (PPSE) RESPONSE as one or more NFC Application Protocol Data Units (APDUs). The SELECT PPSE RESPONSE is formatted to respond to a SELECT PPSE command from an NFC payment reader. The SELECT PPSE RESPONSE includes a list of one or more Application Identifiers (AIDs) corresponding to one or more payment options available on the NFC target device. The payment application communicates the formatted SELECT PPSE RESPONSE to a PPSE applet executing on the NFC target device. The PPSE applet receives a SELECT PPSE command from an NFC payment reader. The PPSE applet communicates the SELECT PPSE RESPONSE to the NFC payment reader, in response to receiving the SELECT PPSE command from the NFC payment reader.

[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]


Interactive product evaluation and service within a virtual universe
Patent No. 10902437 

Inventor(s): Kulvir S. Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 12139297 on 06/13/2008 (4610 days app to issue)

Abstract: An approach that provides interactive product evaluation and service within a virtual universe is described. In one embodiment, there is an evaluation indicating component that is configured to permit an owner of a virtual universe product to indicate a desire to have at least one avatar in the virtual universe evaluate the virtual universe product. An evaluation generating component is configured to generate an invitation that requests an evaluation of the virtual universe product. An evaluation collecting component is configured to collect the evaluation of the virtual universe product.

[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]


Real-time, stream data information integration and analytics system
Patent No. 10902468 

Inventor(s): Bhavani Thuraisingham (Dallas, TX), Gautum Ganesh (Dallas, TX), Latifur Khan (Plano, TX), Nathan McDaniel (Richardson, TX), Vaibhav Khadilkar (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Talem IP Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14746576 on 06/22/2015 (2045 days app to issue)

Abstract: A real-time, stream data information integration and analytics system can include an information engine that performs real-time entity extraction to create key-value pairs of attributes for a personal profile and integrates similar personal profiles generated from same or different data sources into a single person-of-interest profile. The real-time, stream data information integration and analytics system can further include a real-time analytics module that performs a variety of analytics using the person-of-interest profiles and updates the person-of-interest profiles with scores and other results of the variety of analytics. The variety of real-time analytics can include sentiment analysis and at least some aspects of threat detection analysis. The sentiment analysis can be used to provide a recommender system and the threat detection analysis can be used to identify and predict threats and opportunities.

[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 and method for location based dynamic redirection of advertiser affiliate links for online advertising
Patent No. 10902470 

Inventor(s): Baxter Box (Dallas, TX), Forrest Jordan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): rewardStyle, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16741637 on 01/13/2020 (379 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method is provided for dynamically managing advertiser affiliate links for online marketing. A global redirect server accepts a visitor”s web browser request for a product or non-product webpage associated with an affiliate network advertiser URL, and returns a corresponding product or non-product webpage to the visitor that is corrected for the visitor”s geographic region if such a webpage exists, or returns the originally requested webpage if it does not. The server determines the visitor”s geographic region based upon request metadata, and can generate a corrected webpage that affords analytic and commission tracking even if no corresponding affiliate network exists in the determined geographic region. The server includes a database for locating products within the determined geographic region that are comparable to the product of the product webpage request, in the event that the exact product is not available in the geographic region.

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


Automated assistance in retail decisions
Patent No. 10902505 

Inventor(s): Erika Thomas (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): NCR Corporation (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Schwegman, Lundberg Woessner (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14523352 on 10/24/2014 (2286 days app to issue)

Abstract: User-defined criterion defines goods and services of interest to a user. An aggregated listing of the goods and services is generated that spans multiple retailers within a geographic range of a current location of the user. The aggregating listing is presented to the user for making a retail decision.

[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]


Vehicle selection platform
Patent No. 10902515 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Anna, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16548060 on 08/22/2019 (523 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device receives transaction data associated with an individual that is participating in a transaction for a vehicle. The device identifies transaction term values relating to the transaction. The device determines scores indicating likelihoods of the transaction term values contributing to prevention of completion of the transaction. The device receives vehicle inventory data describing vehicles. The device identifies one or more recommended vehicles, of the vehicles, based on performing a vehicle search of the vehicles described by the vehicle inventory data, where the vehicle search identifies the one or more recommended vehicles based on one or more filters. The device provides vehicle offer data for the one or more recommended vehicles to one or more other devices to permit the one or more other devices to use the vehicle offer data as part of another transaction for a particular vehicle of the one or more vehicles.

[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 and method for electronic die inking after automatic visual defect inspection
Patent No. 10902576 

Inventor(s): Brant William Paquette (Allen, TX), Charles David Gordon (McKinney, TX), David Matthew Curran (Plano, TX), Eric Robert Trumbauer (Celina, TX), Jon Evan Button (Dallas, TX), Michael Jay Jenson (Richardson, TX), Vince Chris
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15497925 on 04/26/2017 (1371 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of providing a semiconductor device and a computer-readable medium having instructions for performing the method are disclosed. The method includes receiving a first wafer defect map that defines comparison regions and identifies visual defect locations for a wafer. A format of the comparison regions is determined, with the format chosen from a group including die-to-die, partial-shot-to-partial-shot and full-shot-to-full-shot. If the comparison format is not die-to-die, mapping information is received that provides die locations within the comparison regions. A wafer layout map is provided that identifies die locations within the wafer.

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


System and method for managing movable objects
Patent No. 10902723 

Inventor(s): Marquis D. Doyle, III (Lewisville, NC)
Assignee(s): OMNITRACS, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Arent Fox LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16273401 on 02/12/2019 (714 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for managing a plurality of movable objects are disclosed. The systems and methods include determining a proposed pairing of a first movable object and a second movable object and confirming a coupling of the proposed pairing based on, at least in part on, detecting that the first movable object and the second movable object are moving in unison.

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


Configuration bit sequencing control of nonvolatile domain and array wakeup and backup
Patent No. 10902895 

Inventor(s): Steven Craig Bartling (Plano, TX), Sudhanshu Khanna (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15623441 on 06/15/2017 (1321 days app to issue)

Abstract: A processing device includes a plurality of non-volatile logic element array domains having two or more non-volatile logic element arrays to store [b]2006[/b] a machine state of the processing device stored in a plurality of volatile store elements. Configuration bits are read to direct which non-volatile logic element array domains are enabled first and to direct an order in which the first enabled non-volatile logic element array domains are restored or backed up in response to entering a wakeup or backup mode. Configuration bits can be read to direct an order of and a parallelism of how individual non-volatile logic element arrays in a first enabled non-volatile logic element array domain are restored or backed up. The order of restoration or backing up can be controlled by instructions from non-volatile arrays of the first enabled of the plurality of non-volatile logic element array domains.

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


Flash memory bitcell erase with source bias voltage
Patent No. 10902921 

Inventor(s): Corey Rollin O”Brien (Frisco, TX), Vijaya Subramaniam Vemuri (Dallas, TX), Xiang-Zheng Bo (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16230778 on 12/21/2018 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, a flash memory comprises a first gate and a second gate located over a semiconductor substrate a third gate located between the first gate and the second gate a floating gate located between the third gate and the semiconductor substrate; and a doped region located within the semiconductor substrate and proximate the second gate, wherein the doped region is configured to receive a positive bias voltage with respect to the semiconductor substrate during an erase cycle.

[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)


Peak and average current reduction for open block condition
Patent No. 10902925 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (Fremont, CA), Michael Huai-Yuan Tseng (San Ramon, CA), Yu-Chung Lien (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDiskTechnologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16688587 on 11/19/2019 (434 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory apparatus and method of operation is provided. The apparatus includes a block of memory cells arranged in strings and connected to word lines overlying one another in a stack. The apparatus includes a control circuit configured to determine whether the memory cells of the block are all programmed. The control circuit determines a boundary word line splitting the word lines into first and second word line sets connected to the memory cells that are respectively programmed and not programmed in response to determining the memory cells of the block are not all programmed. The control circuit applies a delta adjusted read voltage being a default read pass voltage minus a delta voltage to a subset of the second word line set separated from the boundary word line in the stack by at least an offset number of the word lines while reading a first group of memory cells.

[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)


System and method for machine learning application for providing medical test results using visual indicia
Patent No. 10902951 

Inventor(s): Jovan Hutton Pulitzer (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): RELIANT IMMUNE DIAGNOSTICS, INC. (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16137213 on 09/20/2018 (859 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for providing diagnostic test results is provided. The method comprises providing a software application to be stored on a mobile device, the mobile device having a camera and a viewing screen, initiating operation of the camera, aligning the camera with a visual trigger associated with the diagnostic test, capturing an image of the diagnostic test, sending the image to a server, creating a pixel value array from the pixel values in the image, providing the pixel value array as inputs in a trained neural network, and providing either a positive or negative result from the trained neural network in response to the pixel value array. NULL


Controlled-environment facility resident and associated non-resident telephone number investigative linkage to e-commerce application program purchases
Patent No. 10904297 

Inventor(s): Isaac Parampottil (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Securas Technologies, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16442615 on 06/17/2019 (589 days app to issue)

Abstract: Investigative systems and methods linking controlled-environment facility residents and associated non-resident telephone numbers to e-commerce application program (app) purchases capture (a) non-resident telephone number(s) associated with (an) electronic communication(s) with a controlled-environment facility resident and/or (a) telephone number(s) associated with a non-resident communicating with a controlled-environment facility resident. E-commerce app accounts associated with the captured telephone number(s) are determined, e-commerce app account(s) associated with the captured telephone number(s) is (are) accessed and information about purchases made by a non-resident associated with the accessed e-commerce app account(s), through the accessed app account(s) is gathered. A determination is then made whether information about (a) purchase(s) made through the accessed e-commerce app account(s) correlate with the resident, and an investigative lead resulting from information about the purchase(s) made through the at least one accessed e-commerce app account correlating with the resident is provided.

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


Multi-screen application enabling and distribution service
Patent No. 10904331 

Inventor(s): Guangbin Fan (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16735349 on 01/06/2020 (386 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented by an application (app) store system that includes receiving a first request for a first version of an app for the mobile phone; pushing the first version of the app for the mobile in response to the first request; automatically pushing a second version of the app to a watch associated with the mobile phone, the mobile phone and the watch having different operating systems; receiving a second request for a third version of the app for the mobile phone; pushing the third version of the app for the mobile phone in response to the second request, where the third version of the app for the mobile phone comprises an update to the first version of the app; and automatically pushing a fourth version of the app to the watch, where the fourth version of the app comprises an update to the second version of the app.

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


 

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Simultaneous operation of a networked device using multiple disparate networks
Patent No. 10901720 

Inventor(s): Kevin V. Nguyen (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16236748 on 12/31/2018 (757 days app to issue)

Abstract: Performing at least one of transmitting a request for an update responsive to at least one of at least two applications executing on a network device via at least one available network connection, wherein the network device utilizes at least two network adapters and the first network adapter is configured for transmitting the request for the update, via a first network connection, and the second network adapter is configured for transmitting a confirmation request requesting the update, via a second network connection, wherein the second network connection is a faster data connection than the first network connection, and downloading the update for the at least two applications via the second network connection.

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


Bonded assembly including a semiconductor-on-insulator die and methods for making the same
Patent No. 10903164 

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: 16884326 on 05/27/2020 (244 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]


Isolation network for multi-way power divider/combiners
Patent No. 10903178 

Inventor(s): Charles Forrest Campbell (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16687981 on 11/19/2019 (434 days app to issue)

Abstract: An isolation network for multi-way power divider/combiners is provided. The isolation network provides a planar power divider/combiner according to an ideal design. Embodiments realize the isolation network using a series of isolation channels, each with an airbridge spanning over an isolation resistor and a common resistor bus connecting the isolation resistors together. In this manner, a symmetric multi-way power divider/combiner can be provided with superior performance to conventional approaches, including high isolation and low insertion loss.

[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 solder layer and exterior coating, and methods of forming the same
Patent No. 10903186 

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: 16165563 on 10/19/2018 (830 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly that includes a first substrate, a second substrate, and a pair of bonding layers disposed between and bonded to the first and second substrates. The assembly further includes a solder layer disposed between the pair of bonding layers such that the solder layer is isolated from contacting the first substrate and the second substrate. The solder layer has a low melting temperature relative to a high melting temperature of the bonding layers. A coating is disposed over at least the pair of bonding layers and the solder layer such that the coating encapsulates the solder layer between the pair of bonding layers. The solder layer melts into a liquid form when the assembly operates at a temperature above the low melting temperature of the solder layer and the coating maintains the liquid form of the solder layer between the pair of bonding layers.

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


Three-dimensional memory device containing a carbon-doped source contact layer and methods for making the same
Patent No. 10903222 

Inventor(s): Kiyohiko Sakakibara (Yokkaichi, , JP), Masaaki Higashitani (Cupertino, CA), Masanori Tsutsumi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Zhixin Cui (Nagoya, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16408722 on 05/10/2019 (627 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes source-level material layers located over a substrate and including a lower semiconductor layer, a source contact layer, and an upper semiconductor layer. The lower semiconductor layer includes a first boron-doped semiconductor material, the upper semiconductor layer includes carbon doped second boron-doped semiconductor material, and the source contact layer includes a boron-doped semiconductor material. An alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers is located over the source-level material layers. Memory stack structures vertically extend through the alternating stack, the upper semiconductor layer, and the source contact layer. Each of the memory stack structures includes a respective memory film and a respective vertical semiconductor channel that contacts the source contact layer. Carbon atoms in the upper semiconductor layer and optionally the lower semiconductor layer suppress diffusion of boron atoms into the vertical semiconductor channel.

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


Three-dimensional memory device containing through-memory-level contact via structures and method of making the same
Patent No. 10903230 

Inventor(s): Michimoto Kaminaga (Nagoya, , JP), Zhixin Cui (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16181721 on 11/06/2018 (812 days app to issue)

Abstract: A contact via structure vertically extending through an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers is provided in a staircase region having stepped surfaces. The contact via structure is electrically isolated from each electrically conductive layer of the alternating stack except for an electrically conductive layer that directly underlies a horizontal interface of the stepped surfaces. A laterally-insulated structure includes a conductive via structure having an upper conductive via portion overlying and contacting an annular area of a top surface of one of the electrically conductive layers, a lower conductive via portion having a lesser lateral dimension than the upper conductive via portion and extending through at least a bottommost one of the electrically conductive layers, and an interconnection conductive via portion located between the upper conductive via portion and the lower conductive via portion and contacting a cylindrical sidewall of the one of the electrically conductive layers.

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


Three-dimensional memory devices containing memory stack structures with laterally separated charge storage elements and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10903232 

Inventor(s): Masanori Tsutsumi (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16273393 on 02/12/2019 (714 days app to issue)

Abstract: Laterally alternating sequences of memory opening fill structures and isolation dielectric pillars are formed between alternating stacks of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers. Each of the memory opening fill structures includes, from inside to outside, a vertical semiconductor channel, a tunneling dielectric layer, and an aluminum oxide liner. Backside recesses are formed by removing the sacrificial material layers selective to the insulating layers. Discrete silicon nitride portions are formed on physically exposed surfaces of the aluminum oxide liners employing a selective silicon nitride deposition process, and are employed as charge storage elements. Electrically conductive layers are formed in remaining volumes of the backside recesses. The silicon nitride portions are formed as a pair of discrete silicon nitride portions at each level of the electrically conductive layers within each memory opening fill structure.

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


Three-dimensional memory device including stepped connection plates and methods of forming the same
Patent No. 10903237 

Inventor(s): Hiroyuki Ogawa (Nagoya, , JP), Naohiro Hosoda (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yuki Mizutani (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16671561 on 11/01/2019 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: Memory stack structures and dielectric wall structures are formed through a vertically alternating sequence of continuous insulating layers and continuous sacrificial material layers. Backside trenches are formed to divide the vertically alternating sequence into multiple alternating stacks. First portions of the continuous sacrificial material layers are replaced with electrically conductive layers. A connection region including a pair of dielectric wall structures is provided between a first memory array region and a second memory array region of a first alternating stack. Second portions of the continuous sacrificial material layers remain between the pair of dielectric wall structures as a vertical stack of dielectric plates. An upper subset of the first electrically conductive layers is patterned and is divided into multiple discrete portions. The multiple discrete portions are electrically connected by a respective set of connection metal interconnect structures. A metal via structure may be formed through the dielectric plates.

[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 trench capacitor
Patent No. 10903306 

Inventor(s): Binghua Hu (Plano, TX), Hideaki Kawahara (Plano, TX), Sameer P. Pendharkar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16163606 on 10/18/2018 (831 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of a deep trench capacitor are disclosed. In one example a plurality of deep trenches is located in a first region of a semiconductor wafer, the first region having a first conductivity type. A corresponding dielectric layer is located on a surface of each of the plurality of deep trenches, and a corresponding doped polysilicon filler is located within each of the dielectric layers. Dielectric-filled trenches are located between each of the dielectric layers and the surface of the semiconductor wafer.

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


Transistor with source field plates and non-overlapping gate runner layers
Patent No. 10903320 

Inventor(s): Hiroshi Yamasaki (Aizuwakamatsu, , JP), Hiroyuki Tomomatsu (Dallas, TX), Sameer Pendharkar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16383857 on 04/15/2019 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transistor device includes a field plate that extends from a source runner layer and/or a source contact layer. The field plate can be coplanar with and/or below a gate runner layer. The gate runner layer is routed away from a region directly above the gate metal layer by a gate bridge, such that the field plate can extend directly above the gate metal layer without being interfered by the gate runner layer. Coplanar with the source runner layer or the source contact layer, the field plate is positioned close to the channel region, which helps reduce its parasitic capacitance. By vertically overlapping the metal gate layer and the field plate, the disclosed HEMT device may achieve significant size efficiency without additional routings.

[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 MOSFET with metal filled deep sinker contact for CSP
Patent No. 10903345 

Inventor(s): Ho Lin (Chengdu, , CN), Hong Yang (Richardson, TX), Qiuling Jia (Chengdu, , CN), Sheng Zou (Chengdu, , CN), Tianping Lv (Chengdu, , CN), Yufei Xiong (Chengdu, , CN), Yunlong Liu (Chengdu, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15831112 on 12/04/2017 (1149 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming an IC including a power semiconductor device includes providing a substrate having an epi layer thereon with at least one transistor formed therein covered by a pre-metal dielectric (PMD) layer. Contact openings are etched from through the PMD into the epi layer to form a sinker trench extending to a first node of the device. A metal fill material is deposited to cover a sidewall and bottom of the sinker trench but not completely fill the sinker trench. A dielectric filler layer is deposited over the metal fill material to fill the sinker trench. An overburden region of the dielectric filler layer is removed stopping on a surface of the metal fill material in the overburden region to form a sinker contact. A patterned interconnect metal is formed providing a connection between the interconnect metal and metal fill material on the sidewall of the sinker trench.

[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]


LDMOS device with body diffusion self-aligned to gate
Patent No. 10903356 

Inventor(s): Binghua Hu (Plano, TX), Henry Litzmann Edwards (Garland, TX), James Robert Todd (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15865028 on 01/08/2018 (1114 days app to issue)

Abstract: A laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductor (LDMOS) device includes a substrate having a p-epi layer thereon, a p-body region in the p-epi layer and an ndrift (NDRIFT) region within the p-body to provide a drain extension region. A gate stack includes a gate dielectric layer over a channel region in the p-body region adjacent to and on respective sides of a junction with the NDRIFT region. A patterned gate electrode is on the gate dielectric. A DWELL region is within the p-body region. A source region is within the DWELL region, and a drain region is within the NDRIFT region. An effective channel length (Leff) for the LDMOS device is 75 nm to 150 nm which evidences a DWELL implant that utilized an edge of the gate electrode to delineate an edge of a DWELL ion implant so that the DWELL region is self-aligned to the gate electrode.

[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]


Metal-metal battery
Patent No. 10903487 

Inventor(s): Chen Ling (Ann Arbor, MI), Fuminori Mizuno (Ann Arbor, MI), Ruigang Zhang (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: 13870799 on 04/25/2013 (2833 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electrochemical cell includes a metal containing anode M capturing and releasing cations, a metal containing cathode M and an electrolyte including an anion X[superscript][/superscript] and a cation M[superscript]+[/superscript]. During the charge process, the electrolyte allows reversible reactions wherein the anion dissociates from the electrolyte and reacts with the metal cathode forming MX[subscript]y[/subscript]. At the same time, cations M[superscript]+ [/superscript]from the electrolyte deposit on the anode side. The reverse process happens during the discharge process.

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


Optimized heat conducting member for battery cell thermal management
Patent No. 10903537 

Inventor(s): Ercan M. Dede (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: 16263806 on 01/31/2019 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: A battery cell includes a first electrode, a second electrode, and a heat conducting member that is in thermal communication with the first electrode and the second electrode. The heat conducting member includes a thermally insulating portion and a thermally conducting portion that includes an individual thermal conductivity morphology.

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


Magnetic balun/transformer with post processing adjustments
Patent No. 10903544 

Inventor(s): Sudipto Chakraborty (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Scully, Scott, Murphy Presser, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16394608 on 04/25/2019 (642 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high input impedance magnetic balun/transformer having a phase balancing network (PBN) and method of operating. The balun is fully configurable and trimmable post fabrication using independently adjustable resistive and reactive parts by changing the resistance of a programmed transistor, e.g., NMOS. Parallel connected legs each having a field effect transistors (FETs) that make up NMOS device alter the impedance at the balun output terminals. The ground terminal of a secondary winding or coil at an unbalanced, single-ended side is connected to a phase balancing network. The phase balancing network includes at least two parallel legs, each leg having a resistive element in the form of a transistor device and at least one leg including a capacitive element. The transistor device at a leg can be operated in a linear region to trim the resistance and capacitances at the unbalanced side in order to achieve proper phase balancing and amplitude matching.

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


Dipole antenna arrays
Patent No. 10903584 

Inventor(s): Espen Wium (Oslo, , NO), Fredrik Georg Kervel (Hosle, , NO), Reidar Myhr (Oslo, , NO)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16572037 on 09/16/2019 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: Dipole antenna arrays are disclosed. An example dipole antenna array includes a ground plane having a first serrated edge, and a first dipole antenna, at least a portion of the first dipole antenna disposed parallel to the first serrated edge.

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


Extended-life asset tracking and sensing power source and management system
Patent No. 10903655 

Inventor(s): James Gripp (Plano, TX), Wojciech Grohman (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): I.D. Systems, Inc. (Woodcliff Lake, NJ)
Law Firm: Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15496386 on 04/25/2017 (1372 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power source and power management system including: a controller configured to transmit tracking information of the power source and power management system; an energy harvesting power source; a non-degrading rechargeable power source electrically connected to the energy harvesting power source and configured to be recharged by energy generated by the energy harvesting power source; and a power manager configured to control switching of a system power source between the energy harvesting power source and the non-degrading rechargeable power source based on a power state of the energy harvesting power source and a power state of the non-degrading rechargeable power source.

[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)


Multilevel inverter device and method
Patent No. 10903656 

Inventor(s): Bo He (Shenzhen, , CN), Dianbo Fu (Frisco, TX), Quan Li (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16544525 on 08/19/2019 (526 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system comprises a first five-level inverter connected between a dc power source and an ac grid, a second five-level inverter connected between the dc power source and the ac grid and a third five-level inverter connected between the dc power source and the ac grid, wherein each five-level inverter comprises a first boost apparatus and a second boost apparatus.

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


Methods and apparatus to adjust a transient response
Patent No. 10903743 

Inventor(s): Brian Thomas Lynch (Brookline, NH), Joseph Maurice Khayat (Bedford, NH), Stefan Wlodzimierz Wiktor (Raleigh, NC)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16399576 on 04/30/2019 (637 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to adjust a transient response. An example apparatus includes a clamping circuit including a first input, a second input, a third input, and an output, wherein the first input is adapted to be coupled to a selector, a reference voltage generator including an output, wherein the output of the reference voltage generator is coupled to the second input of the clamping circuit, an error amplifying circuit including an output, wherein the output of the error amplifying circuit is coupled to the third input of the clamping circuit, and a pulse width modulator including an input, wherein the input of the pulse width modulator is coupled to the output of the clamping circuit.

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


Load dependent in-rush current control with fault detection across Iso-barrier
Patent No. 10903746 

Inventor(s): Anant Kamath (Plano, TX), Keith Edmund Kunz (Bryan, TX), Maurizio Granato (Milan, , IT), Prajkta Vyavahare (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15669345 on 08/04/2017 (1271 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for providing electrical power using an isolated DC-DC converter include: using a power supply to provide multiple amplitudes of open loop current to a primary side of a transformer. The amplitudes are selected to increase stepwise, at predetermined times, to ramp a voltage across output terminals connected to a secondary side of said transformer so that after said power supply provides a maximum open loop current amplitude, said voltage reaches a threshold sufficient to enable a closed loop controller connected to said output terminals to send a feedback signal to said primary side. The threshold voltage is insufficient to fully power said output terminals. The feedback signal is selected to control said power supply to increase current to said primary side at closed loop current levels until said output terminals are fully powered.

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


Resonant isolated converters for power supply charge balancing systems and other systems
Patent No. 10903753 

Inventor(s): David I. Anderson (Saratoga, CA), Giovanni Frattini (Travaco Siccomario, , IT), Maurizio Granato (Salerno, , IT), Roberto G. Massolini (Giussago, , IT)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13074760 on 03/29/2011 (3591 days app to issue)

Abstract: A converter circuit includes a primary side having a resonator and a first control circuit configured to control the resonator. The converter circuit also includes a secondary side having a resonant rectifier and a second control circuit configured to control the resonant rectifier. The converter circuit further includes a transformer configured to electrically isolate the primary side from the secondary side. The second control circuit is configured to turn the resonant rectifier on and off. The first control circuit may be configured to detect when the resonant rectifier is off and, in response, turn the resonator off without using a feedback signal from the secondary side. The first control circuit may be configured to detect when the resonant rectifier is off by detecting when input power to the primary side decreases. The resonant rectifier could be turned on and off by detuning the resonant rectifier.

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


Hybrid multilevel inverters with reduced voltage stress
Patent No. 10903758 

Inventor(s): Dianbo Fu (Frisco, TX), Lei Shi (Shanghai, , CN), Zhaohui Wang (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16566242 on 09/10/2019 (504 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method comprises during a first half cycle, configuring a first switch to operate as an always-on switch, turning on a second switch prior to turning on a third switch and turning off the third switch prior to turning off the second switch, wherein the first switch and the second switch are connected in series and further in parallel with the third switch between a first terminal of a power source and a filter and during a second half cycle, configuring a fourth switch to operate as an always-on switch, turning on a fifth switch prior to turning on a sixth switch and turning off the sixth switch prior to turning off the fifth switch, wherein the fourth switch and the fifth switch are connected in series and further in parallel with the sixth switch between a second terminal of the power source and the filter.

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


System, apparatus and method for high torque density permanent magnet switched reluctance machine
Patent No. 10903771 

Inventor(s): Amir Parsapour (Richardson, TX), Babak Fahimi (Plano, TX), Mehdi Moallem (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regente, The University ofTexas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16352679 on 03/13/2019 (685 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high torque density permanent magnet switched reluctance apparatus with a structure similar to a switched reluctance motor. The apparatus has an inner stator having a plurality of poles, and a rotor disposed radially outward of the inner stator and having a plurality of segments serving as poles. A respective winding is disposed between every pair of adjacent poles of the stator. The apparatus operates with a plurality of separately excitable phases, a given phase being excited by energizing the windings corresponding to the given phase. Excitation of a given phase causes induction of magnetic fluxes traversing a region substantially confined to the region of the stators and rotor segments corresponding to the given phase, and causes a substantial amount of flux to enter rotor segments not in the radial direction but perpendicular to the radial direction.

[H02P] CONTROL OR REGULATION OF ELECTRIC MOTORS, ELECTRIC GENERATORS OR DYNAMO-ELECTRIC CONVERTERS; CONTROLLING TRANSFORMERS, REACTORS OR CHOKE COILS [4]


Analog based speaker thermal protection in class-D amplifiers
Patent No. 10903802 

Inventor(s): Jasjot Singh Chadha (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16553369 on 08/28/2019 (517 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit comprises a sensing resistor with a resistance Rs, a first amplifier circuit with a first gain factor G, a second amplifier circuit with a second gain factor (1/A), a third amplifier circuit, a current mirror, a buffer, and a peak voltage detector. The first amplifier circuit is coupled to the sensing resistor at a first node and a second node and to the second amplifier circuit, which is further coupled to the current mirror. The buffer is coupled to the current mirror and to the third amplifier circuit, which is further coupled to the peak voltage detector and configured to receive a voltage across a load and a voltage on a ground node. In some implementations, the load is a speaker. In some implementations, a filter is coupled between the first and the second amplifier circuits.

[H03F] AMPLIFIERS (measuring, testing G01R; optical parametric amplifiers G02F; circuit arrangements with secondary emission tubes H01J 43/30; masers, lasers H01S; dynamo-electric amplifiers H02K; control of amplification H03G; coupling arrangements independent of the nature of the amplifier, voltage dividers H03H; amplifiers capable only of dealing with pulses H03K; repeater circuits in transmission lines H04B 3/36, H04B 3/58; application of speech amplifiers in telephonic communication H04M 1/60, H04M 3/40)


Differential amplifier with variable neutralization
Patent No. 10903804 

Inventor(s): Brian P. Ginsburg (Allen, TX), Krishnanshu Dandu (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16676898 on 11/07/2019 (446 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include differential amplifier circuits and variable neutralization circuits for providing an adjustable neutralization impedance between an amplifier input node and an amplifier output node, including neutralization impedance T circuits with first and second impedance elements in series between the amplifier input and output, and a third impedance element, including a first terminal connected to a node between the first and second impedance elements, and a second terminal connected to a transistor. The transistor operates according to a control signal to control the neutralization impedance between the amplifier input node and the amplifier output node.

[H03F] AMPLIFIERS (measuring, testing G01R; optical parametric amplifiers G02F; circuit arrangements with secondary emission tubes H01J 43/30; masers, lasers H01S; dynamo-electric amplifiers H02K; control of amplification H03G; coupling arrangements independent of the nature of the amplifier, voltage dividers H03H; amplifiers capable only of dealing with pulses H03K; repeater circuits in transmission lines H04B 3/36, H04B 3/58; application of speech amplifiers in telephonic communication H04M 1/60, H04M 3/40)


Continuously correcting capacitor switch controller system and method
Patent No. 10903833 

Inventor(s): Evan Fritts (Richardson, TX), James L Landes (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): VALQUEST SYSTEMS, INC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Singleton Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15836664 on 12/08/2017 (1145 days app to issue)

Abstract: A control device for commercially available high voltage capacitor switches to close the circuit on electric utility power factor correction shunt capacitors or motor start assistance shunt capacitors precisely as each phase of the AC power source passes through zero volts.

[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)


Delay-based residue stage
Patent No. 10903845 

Inventor(s): Chirag Chandrahas Shetty (Thane, , IN), Rishi Soundararajan (Bengaluru, , IN), Shagun Dusad (Bengaluru, , IN), Visvesvaraya Appala Pentakota (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16941718 on 07/29/2020 (181 days app to issue)

Abstract: A clock-less delay comparator coupled to a first input signal and a second input signal, the clock-less delay comparator comprising: a first transistor having a control terminal coupled to the second input signal, a first current terminal coupled to a first voltage supply, and a second current terminal; a second transistor having a control terminal, a first current terminal coupled to the first voltage supply, and a second current terminal; a third transistor having a control terminal, a first current terminal coupled to the first voltage supply, and a second current terminal; a fourth transistor having a control terminal coupled to the first input signal, a first current terminal coupled to the first voltage supply, and a second current terminal; a fifth transistor having a control terminal coupled to the second input signal, a first current terminal, and a second current terminal coupled to the control terminal of the third transistor; a sixth transistor having a control terminal coupled to the first input signal, a first current terminal, and a second current terminal coupled to the control terminal of the second transistor and the second current terminal of the third transistor; a seventh transistor having a control terminal coupled to the control terminal of the second transistor, a first current terminal coupled to a second voltage supply, and a second current terminal coupled to the first current terminal of the fifth transistor; an eighth transistor having a control t

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


Long preamble and duty cycle based coexistence mechanism for power line communication (PLC) networks
Patent No. 10903874 

Inventor(s): Kumaran Vijayasankar (Allen, TX), Ramanuja Vedantham (Allen, TX), Tarkesh Pande (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16552911 on 08/27/2019 (518 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of methods and systems for supporting coexistence of multiple technologies in a Power Line Communication (PLC) network are disclosed. A long coexistence preamble sequence may be transmitted by a device that has been forced to back off the PLC channel multiple times. The long coexistence sequence provides a way for the device to request channel access from devices on the channel using other technology. The device may transmit a data packet after transmitting the long coexistence preamble sequence. A network duty cycle time may also be defined as a maximum allowed duration for nodes of the same network to access the channel. When the network duty cycle time occurs, all nodes will back off the channel for a duty cycle extended inter frame space before transmitting again. The long coexistence preamble sequence and the network duty cycle time may be used together.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Multi-beam CSI reporting
Patent No. 10903880 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16483839 on 12/21/2017 (1132 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for multi-beam Channel State Information (CSI) reporting are provided. In some embodiments, a method of operation of a second node connected to a first node in a wireless communication network for reporting multi-beam CSI includes reporting a rank indicator and a beam count indicator in a first transmission to the first node. The method also includes reporting a cophasing indicator in a second transmission to the first node. The cophasing indicator identifies a selected entry of a codebook of cophasing coefficients where the number of bits in the cophasing indicator is identified by at least one of the beam count indicator and the rank indicator. In this way, feedback for both a rank indicator and a beam count indicator may be possible which may allow robust feedback and variably sized cophasing and beam index indicators.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Ordering of CSI in UCI
Patent No. 10903886 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16179588 on 11/02/2018 (816 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for reporting Channel State Information (CSI), including ordering of CSI in Uplink Control Information (UCI), are provided herein. According to one embodiment, a method performed in a wireless device for reporting CSI comprises at least one of: receiving an indication of a resource allocation for an UL transmission; determining, from the indication, a maximum container size for a CSI report; mapping the one or more information bits of a CSI report to a bitstream, optionally such that a first CSI subset is mapped to more significant bits than a second CSI subset; and omitting the one or more least significant bits of the bitstream.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Re-generation and re-transmission of millimeter waves for building penetration using dongle transceivers
Patent No. 10903906 

Inventor(s): Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NxGen Partners IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16682325 on 11/13/2019 (440 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transceiver dongle enables signal penetration into a building. The transceiver dongle includes an interface for connecting the transceiver dongle with a processing circuit that provides a received RF signal. A signal processing chipset converts the received RF signals to a format that overcomes losses occurring when the RF signals penetrate a structure of the building over a wireless communications link. Transceiver circuitry converts between the RF signals and signals in the format that overcomes losses occurring when the RF signals penetrate the structure of the building as controlled by the signal processing chipset. An antenna transmits and receives the signals in the format that overcomes losses from the transceiver circuitry between the transceiver dongle and a second transceiver dongle.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


In-service defragmentation in optical networks using wavelength conversion
Patent No. 10903930 

Inventor(s): Francois Georges Joseph Moore (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16779245 on 01/31/2020 (361 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for in-service defragmentation may identify optical signals having wavelengths within a first predefined optical wavelength band for transition from a current channel to an alternate channel within the first band and may determine directions and amounts by which to move the wavelengths. The identified wavelengths in the first band may be slowly and deliberately drifted by the determined amounts, using multiple incremental adjustments, and converted to corresponding wavelengths in a second predefined optical wavelength band for transmission. During the transitions, the drifting optical signals in the second band may be combined with optical signals remaining in their current channels in the first band for transmission. Once the wavelength transitions are complete, the transitioned optical signals may be transmitted on their alternate channels in the first band. Collections of wavelength transitions that do not cross each other may be identified and may be performed substantially in parallel.

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


Transmit power equalization in a reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer
Patent No. 10903931 

Inventor(s): David Dal Farra (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16549657 on 08/23/2019 (522 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical system including a ROADM including previously in-service channels; a SDN computing module in communication with the ROADM over a DCN, the SDN computing module providing an instruction to place in-service an additional channel at the ROADM; an optical controller included by the ROADM and configured to, in response to the instruction to place in-service the additional channel at the ROADM: obtain optical power targets for each in-service channel including the previously in-service channels and the additional in-service channel; equalize a transmit power for each in-service channel of the ROADM, including: identify the transmit power of each in-service channel; transition each in-service channel to a power mode; adjust the transmit power of each in-service channel based on, for each in-service channel, the optical power target for the in-service channel and the identified transmit power for the in-service channel; and transition each in-service channel to a steady state mode.

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


Method and arrangement for retransmission using HARQ
Patent No. 10903940 

Inventor(s): Henning Wiemann (Aachen, , DE), Mats Fredrik Sagfors (Kyrkslatt, , FI), Michael Meyer (Aachen, , DE), Per Johan Torsner (Masaby, , FI)
Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15606821 on 05/26/2017 (1341 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and device for enhancing coverage of a power-limited mobile terminal by sending information relating to a single Hybrid Automatic Repeat Request (HARQ) process from the mobile terminal to a base station using several transmission time intervals.

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


Systems and methods for adaptive pilot allocation
Patent No. 10903951 

Inventor(s): Carmela Cozzo (San Diego, CA), Lukasz Krzymien (Rolling Meadows, IL), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, 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: 15168780 on 05/31/2016 (1701 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and method embodiments are provided for adaptive pilot allocation. In an embodiment, a method in a communication controller for adaptive pilot allocation includes determining at least one channel condition parameter for a wireless channel between the communications controller and a user equipment (UE). The method includes selecting a microframe pilot pattern to use for subsequent communications on the wireless channel according to the at least one channel condition parameter. Additionally, the method includes signaling an indication of the selected microframe pilot pattern to the user equipment. The method further includes transmitting data to the UE using the selected microframe pilot pattern.

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


Pulse width modulated receiver systems and methods
Patent No. 10904048 

Inventor(s): Saravanakumar Durairaj (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDiskTechnologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16421560 on 05/24/2019 (613 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for improving timing between solid state devices, e.g., in non-volatile memory device is described and includes generating timing signals from the data stream so that the data stream is free from synchronization bits. The PWM data stream is converted from CML to CMOS level. An even decoder decodes the even data signal. An odd decoder decodes the odd signal. The decoders rely on the respective signal, even or odd, to increase past a slower rising signal based on both the odd and even signals to change from a default low state to a high state. The clock signal is derived from edges of the data itself.

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


Verifying inmate presence during a facility transaction
Patent No. 10904067 

Inventor(s): Joseph Higgs (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13858183 on 04/08/2013 (2850 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to methods, apparatuses, and systems for verifying inmate presence during a secure facility transaction. In one embodiment, a method may include receiving input information to initiate a user session at an interactive data terminal, generating user presence information to track the presence of the user at the interactive data terminal, determining that the user has left the interactive data terminal in response to the presence information, and automatically terminating the user session in response to a determination that the user has left the interactive data terminal.

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


Policy generation in airborne systems
Patent No. 10904279 

Inventor(s): Gregory A. Ladd (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16008625 on 06/14/2018 (957 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method can include detection of policy anomalies in packets on a 1553B bus of an airborne system. A computer network defense (CND) capability message is decoded and indicates an interface to monitor. The interface is a 1553B bus of the airborne system. A CND command message, associated with the CND capability message, is decoded and includes a policy set. Packets are received from the 1553B bus. The 1553B packets are analyzed based on the policy set to determine anomalies. Non-anomalous 1553B packets are allowed to reach destinations of the non-anomalous 1553B packets. Anomalous 1553B packets are discarded such that the anomalous 1553B packets do not reach respective destinations of the anomalous 1533B packets.

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


Management of controlled-environment facility resident image and/or background during video visitation
Patent No. 10904296 

Inventor(s): Daniel Wright (Little Elm, TX), Ligit Mathew (Flower Mound, TX), Nikita Dehoumon (Montreal, , CA)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15581933 on 04/28/2017 (1369 days app to issue)

Abstract: Information associated with a controlled-environment facility resident communications and/or data device, such as device location within the controlled-environment facility, may be used to determine whether the resident device is approved for two-way video visitation or restricted to on-way video visitation. Video visitation may be initiated and voice and video captured and streamed by a non-resident communications and/or data device, as well as voice and/or video captured and streamed by the resident device, is received by a controlled-environment facility electronic communications management system. Voice and video captured at the non-resident device is transmitted to the resident device and, if the resident device is permitted two-way video visitation, voice and video captured by the resident device is transmitted to the non-resident device, if the resident device is restricted to one-way video visitation, only voice is transmitted to the non-resident device.

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


Transport communication
Patent No. 10904302 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16675126 on 11/05/2019 (448 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, apparatus and non-transitory computer readable storage medium, in one embodiment, associating at least one autonomous transport and at least one user, determining at least one characteristic of said at least one user based on at least one of at least one user search history and at least one user preference selection, determining at least one user location of said at least one autonomous transport and querying at least one adjacent entity based at least on said determined at least one characteristic within a predetermined range of said at least one user location.

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


Selected forwarding between serially chained devices
Patent No. 10904478 

Inventor(s): David Rosselot (Atlanta, GA), Vijaya Ceekala (San Jose, CA), Xin Liu (Saratoga, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16420396 on 05/23/2019 (614 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a receiver includes a receiver input adapted to receive input data. A selector is coupled to an output of the receiver and is configured to generate a destination indication at an output of the selector. A switch is coupled to the receiver input. The switch is adapted to generate a first transmission at a switch local output in response to an indication of the selector output and the input data. The switch is further adapted to generate a second transmission at a switch system output in response to the input data. The switch local output is adapted to be coupled to a first destination node, and the switch system output is adapted to be coupled to a second destination node.

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


Video coding using intra block copy
Patent No. 10904551 

Inventor(s): Do-Kyoung Kwon (Allen, TX), Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14229839 on 03/29/2014 (2495 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for decoding encoded blocks of pixels from an encoded video bit stream is provided that includes decoding a block vector corresponding to an encoded block of pixels from the encoded bit stream, verifying that the block vector indicates a block of reconstructed pixels in a search area including reconstructed pixels of a largest coding unit (LCU) including the encoded block of pixels and N left neighboring reconstructed LCUs of the LCU, and decoding the encoded block of pixels, wherein the block of reconstructed pixels is used as a predictor for the encoded block of pixels.

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


Geolocationing system and method for use of same
Patent No. 10904582 

Inventor(s): Raymond S. Horton (McKinney, TX), Thomas R. Miller (Plano, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16733041 on 01/02/2020 (390 days app to issue)

Abstract: A geolocationing system and method for providing awareness in a multi-space environment, such as a hospitality environment or educational environment, are presented. In one embodiment of the geolocationing system, a vertical and horizontal array of gateway devices is provided. Each gateway device includes a gateway device identification providing an accurately-known fixed location within the multi-space environment. Each gateway device includes a wireless transceiver that receives a beacon signal from a proximate wireless-enabled personal locator device. The gateway devices, in turn, send gateway signals to a server, which determines estimated location of the wireless-enabled personal locator device.

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


Geolocationing system and method for use of same
Patent No. 10904583 

Inventor(s): Thomas R. Miller (Plano, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16733076 on 01/02/2020 (390 days app to issue)

Abstract: A geolocationing system and method for providing awareness in a multi-space environment, such as a hospitality environment or educational environment, are presented. In one embodiment of the geolocationing system, a vertical and horizontal array of gateway devices is provided. Each gateway device includes a gateway device identification providing an accurately-known fixed location within the multi-space environment. Each gateway device includes a wireless transceiver that receives a beacon signal from a proximate wireless-enabled personal locator device. The gateway devices, in turn, send gateway signals to a server, which determines estimated location of the wireless-enabled personal locator device.

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


Predicting digital personas for digital-content recommendations using a machine-learning-based persona classifier
Patent No. 10904599 

Inventor(s): Somdeb Sarkhel (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ADOBE INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Keller Jolley Preece (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15994776 on 05/31/2018 (971 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure relates to methods, non-transitory computer readable media, and systems that determine multiple personas corresponding to a user account for digital content and train a persona classifier to predict a given persona (from among the multiple personas) for content requests associated with the user account. By using the persona classifier, the disclosed methods, non-transitory computer readable media, and systems accurately detect a given persona for a content request upon initiation of the request. Based on determining the given persona, in some implementations, the methods, non-transitory computer readable media, and systems generate a digital-content recommendation for presentation on a client device associated with the user account.

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


Video providing textual content system and method
Patent No. 10904625 

Inventor(s): Steve Bakke (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: The Law Firm of H. Dale Langley, Jr., P.C. (Local + 217 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15387195 on 12/21/2016 (1497 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for interacting with a video includes a processor, a video decoder communicatively connected to the processor, a storage communicatively connected to the demultiplexer, the storage contains at least one video file having more than one video frame, at least one of the video frame including at least one respective metadata segment of the video frame, and an input device communicatively connected to the processor. The processor, responsive to the input device, processes the at least one of the video frame including the at least one respective metadata segment, controlling selection of another of the more than one video frame for the video decoder.

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


Content management system and method for use of same
Patent No. 10904636 

Inventor(s): Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16511326 on 07/15/2019 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: A content management system and method for use of same is disclosed. In one embodiment of the system, the set-top box is configured to receive a source signal which includes a stream of network programming having time slots interposed therein. The set-top box detects signaling data indicative of a designated time slot within the network programming and responsive thereto, interposes content stored at the set-top box at the designated time slot within the network programming. The set-top box then forwards the interposed content to the display. Following the forwarding of the interposed content, the set-top box returns to receiving network programming and forwarding the network programming to the display. The set-top box also provides confirmation of the displayed interposed content to a server, which may map the confirmation information.

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


Content management system and method for use of same
Patent No. 10904640 

Inventor(s): Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16511446 on 07/15/2019 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: A content management system and method for use of same is disclosed. In one embodiment of the system, the set-top box is configured to receive a source signal which includes a stream of network programming having time slots interposed therein. The set-top box detects signaling data indicative of a designated time slot within the network programming and responsive thereto, interposes content stored at the set-top box at the designated time slot within the network programming. The set-top box then forwards the interposed content to the display. Following the forwarding of the interposed content, the set-top box returns to receiving network programming and forwarding the network programming to the display. The set-top box also provides confirmation of the displayed interposed content to a server, which may map the confirmation information.

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


Enhancing group communication services
Patent No. 10904713 

Inventor(s): Yi Song (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15958008 on 04/20/2018 (1012 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some implementations, a method in a user equipment (UE) for supporting group communication service includes receiving, from a base station, a group communication on a Physical Downlink Shared Channel (PDSCH). The UE determines a first Hybrid Automatic Repeat reQuest (HARQ) information that corresponds to the group communication on the PDSCH. The UE transmits the first HARQ information. In some implementations, the UE determines a group Channel State Information (CSI) for a group communication that is transmitted by a base station on a PDSCH. The UE determines a unicast CSI for a unicast communication that is transmitted by the base station on the PDSCH. The UE transmits the group CSI. The UE transmits the unicast CSI.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Emergency reporting application
Patent No. 10904735 

Inventor(s): Keyan Zandy (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Kirby Drake (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16009544 on 06/15/2018 (956 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless communication-based casualty reporting, responder-ready emergency application system permits users to notify one or more pre-programmed responders of an emergency event so that an emergency alert can be broadcast to notify the users in the facility/site of the emergency. The system includes a check-in and verification component to provide access with respect to each specific facility/site. The system further includes a data storage provision coupled with the main application and is configured to maintain logs of alert events and other relevant information for future reference to build protocols and check for any patterns. To facilitate these operations, the system is programmed to relay crisis management plans and standard emergency protocols to users within a facility/site when an emergency event arises.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for authentication
Patent No. 10904753 

Inventor(s): Phillip Barber (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen, , CN)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16159235 on 10/12/2018 (837 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment method includes receiving, by an access point (AP), a first authentication request from a station (STA) that requests authentication of the STA, transmitting, by the AP, a second authentication request to a server that requests including extensible authentication protocol (EAP) authentication signaling to verify mutual possession of a shared key between the STA and the server, and receiving, by the AP, a first authentication response from the server in response to the second authentication request. The first authentication response includes an indication that authentication of the STA was successful. The method further includes transmitting, by the AP, a second authentication response to the STA, and receiving, by the AP, an association request that includes a message integrity code (MIC) from the STA.

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


Call flow system and method for use in a legacy telecommunication system
Patent No. 10904816 

Inventor(s): Andrew Silver (Frisco, TX), Lathan Lewis (Dallas, TX), Patricia Landgren (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TANGO NETWORKS, INC. (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16667767 on 10/29/2019 (455 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating a network server, such as a mobile application gateway, connect devices on a cellular or carrier network with individual networks, such as enterprise voice and data networks or residential networks. The effects of the present invention are far reaching in terms of transferring effective call control from the cellular network into the control of the individual network, such as the enterprise, and enabling new business models for the purchase of cellular service from a public cellular carrier by an enterprise.

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


System and method for sharing a control channel for carrier aggregation
Patent No. 10904870 

Inventor(s): Sean Michael McBeath (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Guangdong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd. (Guangdong, , CN)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15675243 on 08/11/2017 (1264 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for processing a control channel at a user agent (UA) to identify at least one of an uplink and a downlink resource allocated by a resource grant within a multi-carrier communication system wherein resource grants are specified by control channel element (CCE) subset candidates wherein the carriers used for data transmission and reception are configured carriers, the method comprising the steps of receiving activation signals specifying active and deactivated carriers from among the configured carriers, for active carriers (i) identifying a number of CCE subset candidates to decode and (ii) decoding up to the identified number of CCE subset candidates in an attempt to identify the resource grant; and for deactivated carriers, ignoring CCE subset candidates associated with the deactivated carriers.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Overvoltage detection circuit with first and longer second response times
Patent No. 10904977 

Inventor(s): Daniel Ross Herrington (Fort Collins, CO), James Harbison Masson (Boulder, CO), James Michael Patterson (Lafayette, CO), Michael James Drake (Berthoud, CO), Sumeet Prakash Kulkarni (Munich, , DE), Vahid Yousefzadeh (Boulder, CO
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16380830 on 04/10/2019 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: A light emitting diode system allows for high current end user LED matrix applications while mitigating internal damage to control circuitry that may be caused by excess current flow. In one example, multiple switches operate in parallel across an LED. When an overvoltage condition is detected in a first switch, a logic circuit determines those switches programmed to operate in parallel and causes them to conduct current. This reduces the amount of current flowing through any one switch and mitigates harm to the device. The parallel configuration of switches may be driven by a single pulse width modulated current. This allows the drive current to be divided between parallel transistors, limiting the damaging effects that can be caused by high currents flowing through the transistors.

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


DESIGN PATENTS

Angle divider
Patent No. D908516 

Inventor(s): Rod Bonham (Decatur, TX)
Assignee(s): AFFINITY TOOL WORKS, LLC (Troy, MI)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29665553 on 10/04/2018 (845 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Concave cover plate
Patent No. D908549 

Inventor(s): Brian Robertson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29673167 on 12/12/2018 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Portable tool controller
Patent No. D908622 

Inventor(s): Abhishek Vinod Vazrekar (Saginaw, MI), Kevin Le (Richland Hills, TX), Tom Le (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Luraco, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29672320 on 12/04/2018 (784 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Insulated cover for whole-house fan
Patent No. D908860 

Inventor(s): Grayson M. Griffin (Grand Prairie, TX), Robert B. Holland (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): Air Vent, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Duane Morris LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29662718 on 09/07/2018 (872 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet toy stick
Patent No. D908985 

Inventor(s): Lawrence Yeung (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): DEXAS INTERNATIONAL, LTD. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29705563 on 09/12/2019 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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