Dallas Invents: 141 Patents Granted for Week of May 19

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

Patents granted include:
Dell's software integrity validation using blockchain
• Dolby's light spreading with blurring element in projector systems
G-CON's modular, self-contained, mobile cleanroom
NCH's probiotic composition for animals and plants
NEC's facial recognition system
• TI's real-time traffic sign recognition
USAA's methods for detecting and reducing distracted driving
Zonal Systems' placing of virtual geographic zone markers
Motus Labs' motorized gearbox mechanism

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 May 19, 2020 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 15
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 6
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 6
Textron Innovation Inc. (Fort Worth) 3

UNASSIGNED 13


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

David Gerard Ledet (Allen) 2
Douglas Edward Wente (Murphy) 2
Huanzhang Huang (Plano) 2
James P. Appleyard (Grapevine) 2
Mustafa Ulvi Erdogan (Allen) 2
Pratik A. Naik (Dallas) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

154 days
Embedded universal serial bus 2 repeater
Patent No. 10657090
Assignee: Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas)
Inventors: Bhupendra Sharma (Bangalore, , IN), Douglas Edward Wente (Murphy, TX, US), Huanzhang Huang (Plano, TX, US), Mustafa Ulvi Erdogan (Allen, TX, US), Suzanne Mary Vining (Plano, TX, US), Win Naing Maung (Plano, TX, US)

4,626 days
System and method of providing a customer with method of making a payment to a third party using a remote dispensing machine
Patent No. 10657503
Assignee: Capital One Services LLC (McLean, VA)
Inventors: Hector Luis Crespo (Frisco)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Collapsible litter box
Patent No. 10653106 

Inventor(s): Adam Ward Weber (Fort Worth, TX), David Veness (Fort Worth, TX), Melaney Northrop (Mansfield, TX), Michael Harper (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14273626 on 05/09/2014 (2202 days app to issue)

Abstract: A litter box includes upper and lower shells having corrugations formed therein that strengthen the walls of the shell and that enable the walls themselves to be relatively thinner than would be required in the absence of corrugations. The relatively thinner walls thus enable the litter box to be formed from less material. The corrugations are configured to enable molding with conventional two-part molds. An upper shell portion has a handle integrally molded therein. When assembled, the upper shell sits atop the lower shell, and the line of junction between the upper and lower shells is oriented oblique to a bottom surface of the lower shell and thus oblique to a floor upon which the litter box may sit. The oblique angle enables a relatively low step-over height at the front and a relatively high height at the rear to resist the penetration of urine.

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


Barbecue oven and method of operation
Patent No. 10653272 

Inventor(s): William H. Karau (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): KBQ TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Southlake, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15363834 on 11/29/2016 (1267 days app to issue)

Abstract: A barbecue oven that enables operator control of the combustion process through selective control of gas flow through and/or around a hot, oxygenated bed of coals and further enables automatic control of oven temperature through thermostatic regulation of forced draft.

[A47J] KITCHEN EQUIPMENT; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; APPARATUS FOR MAKING BEVERAGES [6]


Detail cleaner
Patent No. 10653285 

Inventor(s): Gene David Ruble (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15788970 on 10/20/2017 (942 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and system for removing residue from surfaces to be cleaned includes a detail cleaner that can be mounted to a handle or pole. The detail cleaner includes a pole attachment portion with a head portion having a face set substantially 45 degrees relative to the handle. The face includes a recess that tapers inwardly for the insertion and seating of an interchangeable scraper and a coupling for an interchangeable scrubbing pad with plate.

[A47L] DOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING (brushes A46B; cleaning quantities of bottles or of other hollow articles of one kind B08B 9/00; laundry D06F); SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL (cleaning in general B08)


Four corner fusion device
Patent No. 10653468 

Inventor(s): Ben Casey (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15689957 on 08/29/2017 (994 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus for bone fusion. Bone fusion can be performed using an elongated plate having a top face and a bottom face and defining a plurality of screw apertures therethrough. The elongated plate has a longitudinal dimension between a first and second ends and a lateral dimension between first and second sides. The screw apertures are defined in a generally straight line along the longitudinal dimension of the elongated plate, and three or more of the screw apertures are configured to facilitate different trajectories of bone screws through each of the three or more screw apertures. The screw apertures are configured to facilitate trajectories of bone screws to secure at least three bones to the elongated plate.

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


Electrospun PTFE coated stent and method of use
Patent No. 10653511 

Inventor(s): Bart Dolmatch (Dallas, TX), Zeke Eller (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (South Jordan, UT)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13360444 on 01/27/2012 (3035 days app to issue)

Abstract: A stent or other prosthesis may be formed by coating a single continuous wire scaffold with a polymer coating. The polymer coating may consist of layers of electrospun polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Electrospun PTFE of certain porosities may permit endothelial cell growth within the prosthesis.

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


Electrospun PTFE coated stent and method of use
Patent No. 10653512 

Inventor(s): Zeke Eller (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (South Jordan, UT)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14152590 on 01/10/2014 (2321 days app to issue)

Abstract: A stent or other prosthesis may be formed by coating a single continuous wire scaffold with a polymer coating. The polymer coating may consist of layers of electrospun polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Electrospun PTFE of certain porosities may permit endothelial cell growth within the prosthesis.

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


Fluid-driven bubble actuator arrays
Patent No. 10653538 

Inventor(s): Muthu Wijesundara (Arlington, TX), Wei Carrigan (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16052450 on 08/01/2018 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure includes bubble actuator arrays and methods for making and using the same. Some bubble actuator arrays include a first flexible layer having a substantially flat first portion and a plurality of second portions that protrude away from the first portion to define chambers, a flexible second layer sealed to the first layer to define a plurality of cells in the chambers and between the layers, and where the array can be coupled to a fluid source such that the internal pressures of the cells can be varied. Some of the present methods include adjusting with a processor and fluid source the pressure in the cells of an array. Others of the present methods include placing sacrificial material into chambers of a molded first layer such that a plurality of cells is formed when a second layer is molded coincident to the first and the sacrificial material is removed.

[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]


Foam boosting saccharide blend
Patent No. 10653602 

Inventor(s): Amit Patel (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Coast Southwest Inc. (Placentia, CA)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16040077 on 07/19/2018 (670 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a foam booster that is capable of producing or increasing the amount of foam in any given composition. The foam booster includes a saccharide blend having 30 wt. % to 50 wt. % of an aldohexose or mixture of aldohexoses, 20 wt. % to 55 wt. % of a ketohexose or mixture of ketohexoses; and 10 wt. % to 20 wt. % of a disaccharide or mixture of disaccharides.

[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)


Delivery system and probiotic composition for animals and plants
Patent No. 10653729 

Inventor(s): Adrian Denvir (Richardson, TX), Alex Erdman (Irving, TX), Charles Greenwald (Irving, TX), John Knope (Flower Mound, TX), Judith Gayle Pruitt (Mesquite, TX), Scott Martell Boyette (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): NCH Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Ross Barnes LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14524858 on 10/27/2014 (2031 days app to issue)

Abstract: Probiotic compositions that comprise one or more bacteria species in spore form, a thickener to form a stabilized suspension and to preferably act as a prebiotic, one or more acids or salts of acids, and optionally a water activity reducer. A system for delivering probiotic compositions by gravity feed or non-contact pump to a point of consumption by a plant or animal, preferably in conjunction with acidified drinking water, comprising a collapsible container with attachable tubing that prevent contamination of the probiotic composition within the container. Delivery may be actuated in response to a timer, motion detector, fluid level sensor, RFID tag, or other mechanism to periodically or continuously dispense a dosage of probiotic composition directly to the soil surrounding a plant or to the water or feed for an animal. A method for increasing beneficial bacteria in an animal”s GIT comprises adding probiotics to acidified drinking water.

[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)


Retroviral particles expressing Sirt1 embedded within PPCN
Patent No. 10653782 

Inventor(s): Michele Jen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Nortwestern University (Evanston, IL)
Law Firm: Casimir Jones SC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15529288 on 11/25/2015 (1637 days app to issue)

Abstract: Compositions and methods are provided for improved wound healing. In particular, provided herein are compositions and methods for the direct delivery of Sirtuin-1 (Sirt1) or vectors encoding Sirt1 to the wounds (e.g., of diabetic patients). In some embodiments, provided herein are therapeutic devices comprising: (a) a vector encoding Sirtuin-1 (Sirt 1); and (b) a hydrogel carrier. In some embodiments, the vector comprises a viral vector comprising a polynucleotide sequence encoding Sirt 1. In some embodiments, the vector comprises a non-viral vector comprising a polynucleotide sequence encoding Sirt1.

[A01N] PRESERVATION OF BODIES OF HUMANS OR ANIMALS OR PLANTS OR PARTS THEREOF (preservation of food or foodstuff A23); BIOCIDES, e.g. AS DISINFECTANTS, AS PESTICIDES OR AS HERBICIDES (preparations for medical, dental or toilet purposes which kill or prevent the growth or proliferation of unwanted organisms A61K); PEST REPELLANTS OR ATTRACTANTS; PLANT GROWTH REGULATORS (mixtures of pesticides with fertilisers C05G)


Systems and methods for musculoskeletal tissue treatment
Patent No. 10653881 

Inventor(s): Erik Waldorff (Lewisville, TX), James T. Ryaby (Lewisville, TX), Maciej Zborowski (Bay Village, OH), Ronald Midura (Shaker Heights, OH)
Assignee(s): Orthofix, Inc. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15870352 on 01/12/2018 (858 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) tissue engineering enhances musculoskeletal tissue stimulation. A tissue engineering device may include both low and high pulse frequency signal generation components that may alternatively drive one or more coils to generate PEMFs. These PEMFs may be applied to bone tissue, tendons, ligaments, and/or cartilage. A prescribed treatment regimen using the tissue engineering device may include a first period of time where a first pulse frequency is used in treatment that supports tissue proliferation followed by a second period of time where a second pulse frequency (less than the first pulse frequency) is used in treatment that supports tissue differentiation. A treatment regimen may also include, with the frequency characteristic, applying a slew rate to the pulse characteristics that is on the order of around 30 to 100 Tesla per second to drive tissue differentiation in a targeted manner.

[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]


Digital control for pulse generators
Patent No. 10653884 

Inventor(s): David J. Howard (North Ridgeville, OH), Jeffrey A. Weisgarber (Jewett, OH), Richard J. Polefko (Parma, OH), Stephen C. Trier (Mayfield Heights, OH)
Assignee(s): NUVECTRA CORPORATION (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15726458 on 10/06/2017 (956 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller for implementing a method, device and/or system for generating arbitrary waveforms of a desired shape that can be used for generating a stimulation pulse for medical purposes such as for spinal cord stimulation therapy, where such arbitrary waveforms can also be used for charge balancing purposes.

[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]


Fire extinguishing system and diagnostic methods
Patent No. 10653905 

Inventor(s): Charles P. Schaefer (Garland, TX), J. Paul Rouse (Forney, TX), Richard Bolack (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): GUARDIAN SAFETY SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Millen, White, Zelano Branigan, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15400288 on 01/06/2017 (1229 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fire extinguishing system prevents fires or other emergency conditions on a heating device, such as a stove. The system uses sensors to detect the emergency and alert an operator. The system dumps lire suppressant material onto the heating device. The system also may shut-off power to the heating device. An alarm circuit and associated functionality assures the system is in working order by using diagnostic tests and other checks.

[A62C] FIRE-FIGHTING (fire-extinguishing compositions, use of chemical substances in extinguishing fires A62D 1/00; spraying, applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces in general B05; fire-fighting aircraft B64D 1/16; alarm arrangements G08B, e.g. fire alarms actuated by smoke or gases G08B 17/10)


Golf club head or other ball striking device having impact-influencing body features
Patent No. 10653925 

Inventor(s): Joshua M. Boggs (Aledo, TX), Robert M. Boyd (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16263699 on 01/31/2019 (474 days app to issue)

Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, has a face with a striking surface configured for striking a ball and a channel extending across a portion of the sole. The channel may be recessed from adjacent surfaces of the sole and have a depth of recession from the adjacent surfaces of the sole, wherein the channel comprises a center portion extending across a center of the sole, a heel portion extending from a heel end of the center portion toward the heel, and a toe portion extending from a toe end of the center portion toward the toe, wherein the width and the depth of the center portion of the channel are substantially constant, and wherein the depth of the channel is greater at the heel and toe portions than at the center portion.

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


Groove pattern for a putter head
Patent No. 10653931 

Inventor(s): Blair M. Philip (Dallas, TX), Jeffrey T. Halstead (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): Tru2Sports LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15874776 on 01/18/2018 (852 days app to issue)

Abstract: A putter head is provided. The putter head includes a putter face defining a groove pattern extending in a heel-to-toe direction of the putter face. The groove pattern includes multiple sets of grooves spaced apart from one another in a vertical direction of the putter face. The sets of grooves have different cross-sectional configurations to adjust a launch angle of a golf ball based on an impact location of the golf ball along the vertical direction of the putter face.

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


Action or position triggers in a game play mode
Patent No. 10653945 

Inventor(s): Carey Leigh Lotzer (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16260140 on 01/29/2019 (476 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, apparatus and non-transitory computer readable medium that, in one embodiment, interprets a user motion sequence comprises beginning a session, capturing the user motion sequence via a motion capturing device during the session, processing, via a processor, the user motion sequence into a predetermined data format, comparing the processed user motion sequence to at least one predetermined motion sequence stored in a database and determining whether to perform at least one of interpreting the user motion sequence as a universal command and registering the user motion sequence as a new command.

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


Display method and system for enabling an operator to visualize and correct alignment errors in imaged data sets
Patent No. 10657662 

Inventor(s): James D. Susinno (Dallas, TX), Rakesh M. Lal (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): D4D Technologies, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15675874 on 08/14/2017 (1009 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method to visualize and correct alignment errors between paired 2D and 3D data sets is described. In a representative embodiment, a display interface used for dental implant planning includes one or more display areas that enable the operator to visualize alignment errors between the paired 2D and 3D data sets. A first display area renders 3D cone beam data. A second display area renders one or more (and preferably three (3) mutually orthogonal views) slices of the cone beam data. A third display area displays a view of a 2D scanned surface map (obtained from an intra-oral scan, or the scan of a model). According to a first aspect, the view of the 2D scanned surface map in the third display area is ”textured” by coloring the 2D surface model based on the intensity of each 3D pixel (or ”voxel”) that it intersects.

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


 

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

Modular, self-contained, mobile clean room
Patent No. 10654036 

Inventor(s): David M. Shanahan (Dallas, TX), Phillip B. Maples (Pilot Point, TX)
Assignee(s): G-CON Manufacturing, Inc. (College Station, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15727002 on 10/06/2017 (956 days app to issue)

Abstract: Biosafety units, methods of making and sealing the same are disclosed herein. The present invention includes a unitary structure able to be validated for pharmaceutical manufacturing comprising: at least one controlled air, sealable, sterilizable cleanroom; a mechanical system room adjacent to and separate from the cleanroom comprising: one or more air handling units that provide conditioned air to the cleanroom; and one or more power busses that provide power to electrical outlets in the cleanroom from two sources, wherein the at least two power supplies are connectable to one or more external electrical power sources; an integrated fire suppression system integral to the cleanroom; and one or more corridor connectors, wherein a corridor can be attached at the corridor connector.

[B01L] CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL LABORATORY APPARATUS FOR GENERAL USE (apparatus for medical or pharmaceutical purposes A61; apparatus for industrial purposes or laboratory apparatus whose construction and performance are comparable to that of similar industrial apparatus, see the relevant classes for industrial apparatus, particularly subclasses of B01 and C12; separating or distilling apparatus B01D; mixing or stirring devices B01F; atomisers B05B; sieves B07B; corks, bungs B65D; handling liquids in general B67; vacuum pumps F04; siphons F04F 10/00; taps, stop-cocks F16K; tubes, tube joints F16L; apparatus specially adapted for investigating or analysing materials G01, particularly G01N; electrical or optical apparatus, see the relevant classes in sections G and H)


Cyclonic shear plates and method
Patent No. 10654044 

Inventor(s): Paul J. Aitken (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: DanBrown Law Office (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15267120 on 09/15/2016 (1342 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cyclonic comminuting device includes a set of shearing plates that is adaptable to any colloid mill for improved efficiency and effectiveness in the production of all commodities including, but not limited to, asphalt or bitumen modification, tar, plastics, polymers, cosmetic processing and foods processing. The set of shearing plates includes a set of concave cutting edges. The set of concave cutting edges is applied to radial teeth of a rotor plate and/or a stator plate of the set of shearing plates forming a cyclonic flow pattern of a commodity as the commodity is passed through the comminuting device. The resulting turbulence created by the intersecting concave cutting edges on the rotor plate and the stator plate increases the effective hydraulic shear generated by the rotor plate and the stator plate resulting in greater particle pulverization and resulting in higher quality emulsions with reduced cost of materials required for production.

[B02C] CRUSHING, PULVERISING, OR DISINTEGRATING IN GENERAL; MILLING GRAIN (obtaining metallic powder by crushing, grinding or milling B22F 9/04)


Micro-peck feed drill clutch
Patent No. 10654114 

Inventor(s): Blake Forrest Babcock (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16003835 on 06/08/2018 (711 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a spindle, a pecking mechanism, and a clutch mechanism coupled to the pecking mechanism. The spindle includes a drill tool and the spindle is configured to be fed in a first direction during a drilling operation. The pecking mechanism is configured to retract the drill periodically during the drilling operation. The clutch mechanism is configured to selectively engage the pecking mechanism during a portion of the drilling operation. The clutch mechanism is configured to constrain the rotation of the washer such that the spindle drill is retracted a predefined distance periodically.

[B23B] TURNING; BORING (using an electrode which takes the place of a tool B23H, e.g. making holes B23H 9/14; working by laser beam B23K 26/00; arrangements for copying or controlling B23Q)


Assembly fixture with anisotropic thermal properties
Patent No. 10654208 

Inventor(s): David G. Carlson (North Richmond Hills, TX), Douglas K. Wolfe (Denton, TX), James A. Cordell (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15710797 on 09/20/2017 (972 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method may comprise heating a composite material into a viscous form, wherein the composite material comprises a thermoplastic and a plurality of reinforcement fibers, wherein the plurality of reinforcement fibers is randomly arranged within the thermoplastic. The method may further comprise extruding a plurality of strands of the composite material, wherein extruding the plurality of strands causes the plurality of reinforcement fibers within each strand to align. The method may further comprise arranging the plurality of strands of the composite material to form an assembly fixture, wherein the assembly fixture comprises an anisotropic thermal expansion property, and wherein the anisotropic thermal expansion property is based on an orientation of the plurality of reinforcement fibers within the assembly fixture.

[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]


Composite article and methods therefor
Patent No. 10654246 

Inventor(s): Elliott Keller Schulte (Hurst, TX)
Assignee(s): GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (Schenectady, NY)
Law Firm: General Electric (61 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13687117 on 11/28/2012 (2729 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided for forming a composite article to have a primary composite structure and an integral secondary composite structure that extends out of a plane defined by the primary composite structure. The method includes laying-up first plies to construct the primary composite structure. The first plies contain continuous reinforcement material and extend from a first zone that will define the primary composite structure into a second zone that will define the secondary composite structure. During laying-up of the first plies, additional plies are interleaved with the first plies within the second zone but not the first zone. The additional plies originate within a build-up zone between the first and second zones and extend therefrom into the second zone. After interleaving the plies, the build-up zone is deformed to orient the second zone and form the secondary composite structure that extends out of the plane defined by the continuous reinforcement material of the first plies.

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


Multi-layer anti-fog compositions and processes for making same
Patent No. 10654252 

Inventor(s): Joanna Marshall (Lichfield Staffs, , GB), Kevin Parker (Hilton, , GB)
Assignee(s): CELANESE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15598855 on 05/18/2017 (1097 days app to issue)

Abstract: Multi-layer anti-fog compositions comprising an anti-fog layer and a protective layer. The anti-fog layer comprises cellulose acetate and a plasticizer and has opposing major planar surfaces. The protective layer has opposing major planar surfaces that are oriented substantially coplanar, at least in part, to the anti-fog layer that forms a multi-layered structure. The multi-layer anti-fog compositions further comprise one or more connectors, and at least one of the connectors extends through the multi-layered structure.

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


Method and apparatus for a wireless charging system
Patent No. 10654364 

Inventor(s): Bo Zhang (Edison, NJ), James D. Allen (LaGrange, KY), Oleg Logvinov (East Burnswik, NJ)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16198118 on 11/21/2018 (545 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment is a system including a first wireless charging pad coupled to a wireless charging system and an energy source, the first wireless charging pad being configured to transmit an energy by a magnetic field. The system further includes a second wireless charging pad coupled to a second system, the second wireless charging pad configured to receive at least a portion of the energy from the first wireless charging system for operating the second system. Further embodiments include a least one of an electronic compass configured to provide alignment data of the first and second wireless charging pads, and an interface configured to receive the alignment data and affect an alignment of the first and second wireless charging pads.

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


Automatic hazard light systems and methods
Patent No. 10654409 

Inventor(s): Katsumi Nagata (Foster City, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter Hampton LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16534695 on 08/07/2019 (286 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods of automatically operating a vehicle”s hazards lights are provided. The speed of vehicle can be determined. When the speed of the vehicle is compared to an expected speed of the vehicle given various operating conditions, e.g., the output of the vehicle”s engine (engine RPM) or motor (motor rotation), is slower than expected, it is assumed that the vehicle is towing a load. When the vehicle is towing a load and is also traveling at a speed that is substantially slower than the flow of traffic, a current speed limit, etc., a determination can be made to automatically activate the vehicle”s hazard lights. Alternatively, even if the vehicle is towing a load, but is traveling at a speed that does not warrant activation of the vehicle”s hazard lights, the hazard lights may be automatically deactivated.

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


Systems and methods for detecting and reducing distracted driving
Patent No. 10654414 

Inventor(s): Bradly Jay Billman (Celina, TX), Luis Eduardo Santana (Crowley, TX), Matthew T. Flachsbart (Grapevine, TX), Rachel Csabi (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16509125 on 07/11/2019 (313 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving, with one or more processors, biometric information of a first user. The method also includes determining, with the one or more processors, whether there is an indication that the first user is distracted based on the biometric information. The method further includes receiving, with the one or more processors, vehicle speed information. The method also includes determining, with the one or more processors, whether there is an indication that the first user is driving based on the vehicle speed information. The method further includes in response to determining that the first user is distracted and that the first user is driving, instructing, with the one or more processors, a mobile device associated with the first user to contact a second user or a call center.

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


Acceleration booster
Patent No. 10654488 

Inventor(s): Abril Galang (Ann Arbor, MI), Justin Chow (Ann Arbor, MI), Shannon Wrobel (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15914850 on 03/07/2018 (804 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for providing an acceleration boost. The acceleration boosting system provides or outputs a boosted acceleration. The acceleration boosting system includes a communication device, a navigation unit or a first sensor that is configured to obtain acceleration information. The acceleration boosting system includes a second sensor that is configured to detect or measure an applied force of an accelerator pedal. The applied force corresponds to a first amount of energy that is used to power or propel the vehicle. The acceleration boosting system includes an electronic control unit that is configured to determine that the acceleration information indicates that a driver should accelerate. The electronic control unit is configured to determine that the accelerator pedal is depressed within a threshold time limit of the indication and cause a second amount of energy to be converted to move or propel multiple wheels.

[B60W] CONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT [2006.01]


Railcar towing systems and railcar towing methods using the same
Patent No. 10654497 

Inventor(s): Sean Vosahlo (Moorcroft, WY)
Assignee(s): BNSF Railway Company (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15692460 on 08/31/2017 (992 days app to issue)

Abstract: A block, towing system, and a method for towing rail cars is provided. The block includes a first channel, a second channel, a third channel and a fourth channel. The first channel is located on a first side of the block. The second channel is located adjacent to the first channel on the first side of the block. The third channel is located on an opposite side of the block from the first channel. The fourth channel is located adjacent to the third channel on the opposite side of the block from the second channel.

[B61G] COUPLINGS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR RAILWAY VEHICLES; DRAUGHT OR BUFFING APPLIANCES SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR RAILWAY VEHICLES


Rotor hub with enforced collective coning
Patent No. 10654558 

Inventor(s): Frank B. Stamps (Colleyville, TX), Jouyoung Jason Choi (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15938979 on 03/28/2018 (783 days app to issue)

Abstract: One example of a rotor assembly comprises: a rotor hub operable to rotate based on rotation of a mast; a first rotor blade pivotally attached to the rotor hub; a bracing member pivotally attached to the rotor hub at a first end and pivotally attached to the first rotor blade at a second end; and a linkage mechanism coupling the first rotor blade to a second rotor blade. The bracing member is operable to transfer a coning movement of the first rotor blade to a movement of the linkage mechanism and a corresponding coning movement of the second rotor blade.

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


Rotorcraft fly-by-wire go-around mode
Patent No. 10654561 

Inventor(s): Luke Dafydd Gillett (Grapevine, TX), Robert Worsham (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15422886 on 02/02/2017 (1202 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fly-by-wire system for a rotorcraft includes a computing device having control laws. The control laws are operable to engage a level-and-climb command in response to a switch of a pilot control assembly being selected. The level-and-climb command establishes a roll-neutral (”wings level”) attitude with the rotorcraft increasing altitude. The switch may be disposed on a collective control of the pilot control assembly (e.g., a button on a grip of the collective control). Selection of the switch may correspond to a button depress. The level-and-climb command may include a roll command and a collective pitch command. One or more control laws may be further operable to increase or decrease forward airspeed in response to pilot engagement of the level-and-climb command. The level-and-climb command may correspond to a go-around maneuver, an abort maneuver, or an extreme-attitude-recovery maneuver to be performed by the rotorcraft.

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


Integrated main rotor hub and shaft
Patent No. 10654566 

Inventor(s): Bryan Kenneth Baskin (Arlington, TX), Ron William Waldo (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION (Stratford, CT)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15508585 on 09/28/2015 (1695 days app to issue)

Abstract: A main rotor system for a rotary wing aircraft is provided including a lower rotor hub to which lower rotor blades are attachable. The lower rotor hub rotates about an axis in a first direction. A hollow rotor shaft extends through the lower rotor hub. The first end of the rotor shaft couples to a component of the rotary wing aircraft for rotation about an axis. An upper rotor hub arranged at the second end of the rotor shaft includes a plurality of similar upper rotor members equidistantly spaced about a circumference of the rotor shaft to form an open center aligned with a hollow interior of the rotor shaft. An opening configured to receive an upper rotor blade is formed between adjacent upper rotor members and the upper rotor hub is configured to rotate in a second direction, opposite the first direction.

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


Composite yoke fitting for bearing attachment to rotorcraft blade
Patent No. 10654567 

Inventor(s): Andrew Haldeman (Fort Worth, TX), Drew Sutton (Hurst, TX), Frank Bradley Stamps (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14669977 on 03/26/2015 (1881 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotor blade assembly includes a rotor blade comprising an inboard end and an outboard end. A composite yoke fitting made from a composite material is attached to the rotor blade. The composite yoke fitting includes an outboard portion inserted into the inboard end of the rotor blade, an inboard portion, and a flexure region about which the rotor blade is configured to flex. The inboard portion and the flexure region are outside the rotor blade.

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


Tiltrotor outboard fixed engine configuration with offset rotation spindle and interconnect drive shaft
Patent No. 10654580 

Inventor(s): Brent Chadwick Ross (Flower Mound, TX), Daniel B. Robertson (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELIPCOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15625452 on 06/16/2017 (1068 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes a rotorcraft drive system, method, and aircraft comprising a fixed engine; a rotating spindle that rotates a proprotor gearbox and rotor pylon between a hover and forward flight position, wherein the rotating spindle rotates about a rotation bearings on two inboard ribs of a wing member; and an interconnect drive shaft connected to the fixed engine, wherein the interconnect drive shaft passes through an aft cove of the wing member and connects to the engine via a forward-aft drive shaft, wherein the forward-aft drive shaft is connected to the proprotor gearbox to provide power to a proprotor.

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


Rotor wireless load and motion monitoring sensor network
Patent No. 10654588 

Inventor(s): Brian Dean Bouquillon (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION (Stratford, CT)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15301104 on 03/26/2015 (1881 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of data collection from a rotor system of an aircraft includes positioning a plurality of sensors at a plurality of locations of a rotating portion of the rotor system. One or more antennae are located at one or more rotationally fixed locations of the aircraft. Rotor system data is collected via the sensors and is wirelessly transmitted from the sensors to the antennae and is transferred from the antennae to a gateway where it is normalized and synchronized. In another embodiment, a data collection system for a rotor includes a plurality of sensors located at rotating locations of the rotor, the sensors configured to collect and wirelessly transmit rotor data. Antennae are located at a fixed location of the aircraft. The antennae are configured to send and receive data from the sensors. A gateway is connected to the antennae to normalize and synchronize the rotor data.

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


System and apparatus for applying labels to cable or conduit
Patent No. 10654607 

Inventor(s): Mark D. Bennett (Dodd City, TX), Stephen S. Griffin (McKinney, TX), William T. Bigbee, Jr. (Melissa, TX)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16030528 on 07/09/2018 (680 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for applying labels to cable or conduit including at least one label and a label applicator. The label applicator including at least one guide roller, at least one tamping device comprising at least one tamping pad for applying at least one label onto the moving cable or conduit, and a guide shoe assembly. The guide shoe assembly comprises a guide shoe, the guide shoe comprises a rounding member, a plurality of springs for providing flexibility to the rounding member when the moving cable or conduit passes the at least one guide shoe, a support mount for supporting the at least one guide shoe, a plurality of pivots disposed between the rounding member and the rounding member support for adjusting the set of springs, and a fitted member for providing an anchor for the at least one guide shoe to connect with the support mount.

[B65C] LABELLING OR TAGGING MACHINES, APPARATUS, OR PROCESSES (nailing or stapling in general B25C, B27F; processes for applying decalcomanias B44C 1/16; applying labels for packaging purposes B65B; labels, name-plates G09F)


Heating system and method for microfluidic and micromechanical applications
Patent No. 10654714 

Inventor(s): Fuchao Wang (Plano, TX), Ming Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15234312 on 08/11/2016 (1377 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated semiconductor heating assembly includes a semiconductor substrate, a chamber formed therein, and an exit port in fluid communication with the chamber, allowing fluid to exit the chamber in response to heating the chamber. The integrated heating assembly includes a first heating element adjacent the chamber, which can generate heat above a selected threshold and bias fluid in the chamber toward the exit port. A second heating element is positioned adjacent the exit port to generate heat above a selected threshold, facilitating movement of the fluid through the exit port away from the chamber. Addition of the second heating element reduces the amount of heat emitted per heating element and minimizes thickness of a heat absorption material toward an open end of the exit port. Since such material is expensive, this reduces the manufacturing cost and retail price of the assembly while improving efficiency and longevity thereof.

[B81C] PROCESSES OR APPARATUS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR THE MANUFACTURE OR TREATMENT OF MICROSTRUCTURAL DEVICES OR SYSTEMS (making microcapsules or microballoons B01J 13/02; processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment of piezo-electric, electrostrictive or magnetostrictive elements per se H01L 41/22) [7]


Floor board and method for manufacturing such floor boards
Patent No. 10655338 

Inventor(s): Aaron Shaw (High Point, NC), Dieter D”Hondt (Sint-andries, , BE)
Assignee(s): UNILIN NORTH AMERICA, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Bacon Thomas, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15571576 on 05/06/2016 (1474 days app to issue)

Abstract: A floor board including a decorative surface layer applied to a substrate, where the substrate has MDF or HDF material at a side edge thereof, where the side edge is treated both with an impregnation agent and/or a sealing agent based on a superabsorbing material. Also a method for manufacturing such floor boards.

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


Apparatus, system, and method for aligning apertures of structures
Patent No. 10655663 

Inventor(s): Brian Beavers (Fort Worth, TX), Derek Michael Newman (Fort Worth, TX), Harry Robert Jacobs (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15720481 on 09/29/2017 (963 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a system includes a first structure comprising a first aperture and a second structure comprising a second aperture. The system also includes a first pin configured to be inserted into the first aperture of the first structure and a retaining device configured to be coupled to the first pin. The system further includes a second pin configured to be inserted into the second aperture of the second structure and coupled to the first pin. The first pin includes a first shoulder and a second shoulder, the first shoulder having a different diameter than the second shoulder.

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


 

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Custom nut system and method of adapting non-conforming tower base
Patent No. 10655354 

Inventor(s): Hock Hai Lim (Alvarado, TX), Leo Dan Padron (Springtown, TX), Majed Jamel Saleh (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): Sabre Communications Corporation (Sioux City, IA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16154865 on 10/09/2018 (588 days app to issue)

Abstract: A utility pole anchoring system and associated methods are shown. In one example, a set of anchoring nuts is provided having at least one non-standard thread dimension. In one method of anchoring, a number anchor nuts from a set of non-standard thread dimensioned anchor nuts are selected to correspond to measured deviations in anchor thread dimensions.

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


Methods for preventing unintended activation of power slide door
Patent No. 10655370 

Inventor(s): Frank A. Richards (Michigan Center, MI), Tarakorn Soonthornwinate (Ann Arbor, MI), Yoshiki Ishikawa (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15676404 on 08/14/2017 (1009 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for preventing the unintentional operation of a flush mounted handle assembly for a power slide door of a vehicle. A dual-directional handle base may be provided, pivotally coupled to a case fixed in a recess of a power slide door of a vehicle. The handle base may have a first end and a second opposing end. The first and seconds ends may be configured for a selective pivotal movement in opposite directions about a pivot axis. A bell crank may be provided, coupled to the case, and configured to rotate upon engagement with the handle base in order to actuate a switch assembly sending a signal to an ECU. Methods may include determining, at the ECU, that the signal was not transmitted as a result of a vehicle impact. After such determination, the method includes activating operation of the power slide door.

[E05B] LOCKS; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR; HANDCUFFS


Flush powered slide door handle with self-centering bell crank
Patent No. 10655371 

Inventor(s): Frank A. Richards (Michigan Center, MI), Tarakorn Soonthornwinate (Ann Arbor, MI), Yoshiki Ishikawa (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15683289 on 08/22/2017 (1001 days app to issue)

Abstract: A self-centering handle assembly is provided for a vehicle door. The handle assembly includes a pivoting handle base coupled to the vehicle door at a pivot axis, and includes a front face having a first and second opposing ends. The first and seconds ends are configured for a selective pivotal movement in opposite directions about the pivot axis. First and second drive arms are provided extending a distance from a rear portion of the handle base and configured for coordinated movement with the respective first and second ends of the handle base. A bell crank is provided, coupled to the handle assembly, and configured to rotate about a second pivot axis. Rotation of the bell crank is driven by movement of the first and second drive arms. A biasing member is in contact with the bell crank and urges the bell crank to a return to a self-centering, rest position.

[E05B] LOCKS; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR; HANDCUFFS


Rotary gate
Patent No. 10655389 

Inventor(s): Colin William Robert Hewitt (Hertfordshire, , GB), Stephen May (Hertfordshire, , GB)
Assignee(s): CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15489075 on 04/17/2017 (1128 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed to facilitate a rotary gate controller moving from one state to another in a manner wherein the gate controller uses the state condition to determine if an exit is taking place when an entry request has been sent. Once such an occurrence is determined to exist, the MID will send an exit request allowing the exiting customer to continue through the gate. When the internal state changes to going to a home position, the MID will send a new entry request, and the MID will indicate through MID display that the entering customer can pass through the rotary gate. The original payment of the entering customer will have been accepted and will allow the entering customer to proceed through the gate. On completion of the entry rotation, the rotary gate controller will revert back to free exit and restricted entry states.

[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)


Degradable, frangible components of downhole tools
Patent No. 10655411 

Inventor(s): Matthew James Merron (Dallas, TX), Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zachary William Walton (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15762535 on 12/29/2015 (1603 days app to issue)

Abstract: Frangible components like shear pins, rupture disks, retainer rings, and shear rings of downhole tools (e.g., frac plugs, sliding sleeves, darts, packers, expansion joints, valves, and tool-conveyance coupling apparatuses) may be composed of a degradable material that degrades in a wellbore environment at a desired time during the performance of a subterranean formation operation. For example, a tool string may include a conveyance or top adapter sub threadably coupled to a first end of a stinger; a wellbore tool coupled to the stinger via a coupling at a second end opposing the first end of the stinger, wherein the coupling comprises a frangible, degradable shear pin and a frangible, degradable shear ring, wherein the frangible, degradable shear pin and the frangible, degradable shear ring independently comprise a degradable metal alloy selected from the group consisting of a magnesium alloy, an aluminum alloy, and any combination thereof.

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


Method to delay swelling of a packer by incorporating dissolvable metal shroud
Patent No. 10655423 

Inventor(s): Darrell Adkins (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16069849 on 03/01/2016 (1540 days app to issue)

Abstract: Swellable packer assemblies, and associated systems and methods are described for operation in connection with a subterranean wellbore. The swellable packer assemblies may include a shroud for maintaining a sealing element in a fully inactivated configuration until the packer assemblies reach a predetermined location in the wellbore. The shroud may be formed of a dissolvable metal material such that fluids in the wellbore may remove the shroud, and thereafter the sealing element may be rapidly expanded by exposure to fluids in the wellbore or by exposure to a trigger fluid pumped from the a surface location. The expanded sealing element may establish a seal with an outer tubular structure to isolate adjacent portions of the wellbore.

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


Buckle prevention ring
Patent No. 10655424 

Inventor(s): Max White (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Harper Bates Champion LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15193705 on 06/27/2016 (1422 days app to issue)

Abstract: A buckle prevention ring assembly for use within a conduit, such as casing, having at least one buckle prevention ring may be provided. The buckle prevention ring may be bonded and may provide a fluid and gas tight seal to prevent fluid and gas from leaking out of the casing in a downhole environment.

[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]


Top-down squeeze system and method
Patent No. 10655430 

Inventor(s): Daniel Keith Moeller (Argyle, TX), Matthew Ryan Gray (Dallas, TX), Nicholas Lee Strohla (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15554635 on 11/15/2016 (1281 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole tool subassembly having an outer sleeve with a first set of apertures extending from an inner bore through an external surface of the outer sleeve. The downhole tool subassembly further includes a pin coupled to the outer sleeve and extending inward from the inner bore of the outer sleeve, and an inner sleeve slidingly engaged with the with outer sleeve. The inner sleeve has a slot and a second set of apertures extending from a sleeve bore of the inner sleeve through an external surface of the inner sleeve, and is operable to restrict flow across the first set of apertures when the inner sleeve is in a first position. The pin engages the slot, which includes a first tracking path and a second tracking path. The slot also includes a first transition path extending from the first tracking path to the second tracking path.

[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]


Bypass diverter sub for subsurface safety valves
Patent No. 10655431 

Inventor(s): Andrew Kelbie (Dallas, TX), Merced Gonzalez (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15777188 on 03/11/2016 (1530 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bypass diverter sub including a housing defining a flow passage, a control line bypass piston arranged within a control line bypass bore defined in a wall of the housing, and a balance line bypass piston arranged within a balance line bypass bore defined in the wall. An outer magnet is disposed within a magnet chamber and is operatively coupled to the control and balance line bypass. A flow tube profile is positioned within the flow passage and provides an inner magnet magnetically coupled to the outer. The flow tube profile is movable between a first position, where control line and balance line pressures circulate through the bypass diverter sub to a subsurface safety valve, and a second position, where the control line pressure is diverted into the flow passage and the balance line pressure is diverted into a balance line jumper conduit.

[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]


Multilateral junction with wellbore isolation using degradable isolation components
Patent No. 10655433 

Inventor(s): David Joe Steele (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15034472 on 12/29/2014 (1968 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wellbore isolation system includes a junction positioned at an intersection of a first wellbore and a second wellbore, and a deflector disposed in the junction such that a path into the first leg of the junction is obstructed and engaged with the first leg of the junction to form a fluid and pressure tight seal. The junction includes a first leg extending downhole into the first wellbore, and a second leg extending downhole into the second wellbore. The deflector includes a channel extending axially through the deflector, and a degradable plug disposed in the channel and engaged with the channel to prevent fluid flow through the channel.

[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]


Stimulation of light tight shale oil formations
Patent No. 10655441 

Inventor(s): Myron I. Kuhlman (Houston, TX)
Assignee(s): World Energy Systems, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15548277 on 02/05/2016 (1565 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for stimulating light tight shale oil formations to recover hydrocarbons from the formations. One embodiment includes positioning a downhole burner in a first well, supplying a fuel, oxidizer, and water to the burner to form steam, injecting the steam and surplus oxygen into the shale reservoir to form a heated zone within the shale reservoir, wherein the surplus oxygen reacts with hydrocarbons in the reservoir to generate heat; wherein the heat from the reactions with the hydrocarbons and the steam increases permeability in a kerogen-rich portion of the shale reservoir, and producing hydrocarbons from the shale reservoir.

[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

 

Mast bearing system for a tiltrotor aircraft
Patent No. 10654569 

Inventor(s): Ezra M. Tiprigan (North Richland Hills, TX), Russell L. Mueller (Coppell, TX), Tyson T. Henry (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16049553 on 07/30/2018 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tiltrotor aircraft may be provided and may include a mast assembly, in which the mast assembly may include a mast; a bearing system; a housing; and a housing cap secured to the housing, wherein the bearing system is between the mast and the housing. The bearing system may further include a first bearing assembly including a first inner race, a first outer race, and a plurality of first tapered roller bearings; a second bearing assembly including a second inner race, a second outer race, and a plurality of second tapered roller bearings; an inner spacer and an outer spacer in which the inner and outer spacers are between the first and second bearing assemblies; and a retaining device in which the retaining device and the housing cap provide, at least in part, pre-loading for the first and second bearing assemblies.

[F16C] SHAFTS; FLEXIBLE SHAFTS; MECHANICAL MEANS FOR TRANSMITTING MOVEMENT IN A FLEXIBLE SHEATHING; ELEMENTS OF CRANKSHAFT MECHANISMS; PIVOTS; PIVOTAL CONNECTIONS; ROTARY ENGINEERING ELEMENTS OTHER THAN GEARING, COUPLING, CLUTCH OR BRAKE ELEMENTS; BEARINGS [5]


Fan-coupling device with unitary magnetic pole construction
Patent No. 10655688 

Inventor(s): Archibald E. Pinto (Fort Worth, TX), Conrado Vargas Cardenas (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): Standard Motor Products, Inc. (Long Island City, NY)
Law Firm: Dykema Gossett PLLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15898321 on 02/16/2018 (823 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fan-coupling device with a unitary magnetic pole is disclosed. The magnetic pole is of a unitary, ring-shaped construction and includes a choke space and a ridge that promote an increased amount of magnetic flux generated by an electromagnet to travel to a magnetic armature on a fluid flow valve, resulting an increase in the amount of magnetic force that acts upon the valve. This is an improvement over the prior art two-piece magnetic pole structure and over a unitary magnetic pole without the choke space and ridge. The magnetic pole also includes apertures in which protrusions on a sound dampening gasket are inserted to reduce the noise resulting from the armature striking the magnetic pole.

[F16D] COUPLINGS FOR TRANSMITTING ROTATION (gearing for conveying rotation F16H, e.g. fluid gearing F16H 39/00-F16H 47/00); CLUTCHES (dynamo-electric clutches H02K 49/00; clutches using electrostatic attraction H02N 13/00); BRAKES (electrodynamic brake systems for vehicles in general B60L 7/00; dynamo-electric brakes H02K 49/00) [2]


Motorized gearbox mechanism
Patent No. 10655715 

Inventor(s): Carlos A. Hoefken (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Motus Labs, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16208129 on 12/03/2018 (533 days app to issue)

Abstract: The improved motorized gearbox mechanism of the present invention includes a plurality of cam-actuated gear block assemblies, which transfer power from an integral rotor and stator assembly contained in a cam/rotor assembly, to a secondary or output gear element. Each gear block assembly includes a gear block having a surface that periodically interfaces with a secondary or output gear element. When energized, the stator assembly interacts with the rotor assembly inducing the cam/rotor assembly to rotate about its central axis, thereby driving the output gear element via the plurality of cam-actuated gear block assemblies. The motorized gearbox mechanism may be powered electrically, hydraulically, pneumatically or by steam, or any conventional power source that can be adapted to use an integral stator/rotor assembly configured in the cam assembly body to generate rotative power in the cam/rotor assembly.

[F16H] GEARING


Lubrication system with passive valve
Patent No. 10655726 

Inventor(s): Scott Poster (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc.. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15729112 on 10/10/2017 (952 days app to issue)

Abstract: A valve with supplemental media and a piston configured to open the valve when a first force is greater than a second force. The pressure of the supplemental media exerts a substantial portion of the first force. The valve also has a biasing member that changes volume as temperature changes and exerts a substantial portion of the second force. The second force decreases as the temperature of the biasing member increases.

[F16H] GEARING


Evaporator coil protection for HVAC systems
Patent No. 10655877 

Inventor(s): Marcus Troxell (Frisco, TX), Wenqian Liu (Plano, TX), William Clay Toombs (Carrollton, TX), Zer Kai Yap (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15876687 on 01/22/2018 (848 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to certain embodiments, a system comprises a controller and an HVAC system with components comprising an evaporator unit comprising an evaporator coil, an indoor fan, and a discharge air duct and a condenser unit comprising a compressor, a condenser coil, and an outdoor fan. The system is configured to determine that a first or a second level of evaporator coil freeze risk is present and to communicate an instruction to the HVAC system with a first or a second action to counteract the freeze risk. For example, in certain embodiments, the actions comprise changing the indoor fan speed, changing the compressor speed, and changing the outdoor fan speed.

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


Method and apparatus for common pressure and oil equalization in multi-compressor systems
Patent No. 10655897 

Inventor(s): Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX), Siddarth Rajan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15824060 on 11/28/2017 (903 days app to issue)

Abstract: The compressor system includes a first compressor, a second compressor, and a third compressor. A common equalization line fluidly couples the first compressor, the second compressor, and the third compressor. The common equalization line provides a single path for passage of fluids between the first compressor, the second compressor, and the third compressor. An obstruction device is disposed in the common equalization line between the first compressor and the second compressor. When the first compressor is deactivated, the second compressor is activated, and the third compressor is activated, the obstruction device is in a closed configuration. Prevention of fluid flow between the first compressor and the second compressor causes at least minimum prescribed fluid levels to be maintained in the first compressor, the second compressor, and the third compressor.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Fiber optic and slip ring rotary joint for suspension arm
Patent No. 10653498 

Inventor(s): David P. Chase (Southlake, TX), Wojciech K. Timoszyk (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Stryker Corporation (Kalamazoo, MI)
Law Firm: Morrison Foerster LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14854585 on 09/15/2015 (1708 days app to issue)

Abstract: A medical suspension arm assembly including a plurality of suspension arms, with each adjacent pair of the suspension arms being connected to each other by a joint and with at least one of the joints comprising an infinite rotation joint. The infinite rotation joint allows the suspension arms at the infinite rotation joint to have unlimited rotation relative to one another. Cabling including at least one fiber optic cable extends through each of the suspension arms and each joint. A wired medical unit is connected to an end of the plurality of suspension arms. High definition video, data and power can be transferred along each one of the suspension arms through the cabling and across each joint.

[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]


Control surface transitioning for hybrid VTOL aircraft
Patent No. 10654560 

Inventor(s): Matthew E. Louis (Fort Worth, TX), Stephen Yibum Chung (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15880216 on 01/25/2018 (845 days app to issue)

Abstract: One embodiment is a method including defining a maximum deflection for a first axis of a control surface axis of an aircraft; defining a maximum deflection for a second axis of the control surface; and creating a graphical representation of the maximum deflection for the first and second control surface axes. The method further includes determining an angle of rotation of a structure on which the control surface is carried, wherein the angle of rotation is relative to a body of the aircraft; rotating the graphical representation in accordance with the determined angle of rotation; calculating a distance between a point representing a selected combination of roll moment and yaw moment and each edge of the graphical representation; and calculating a control surface deflection based on the calculated distances.

[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)


High density slider clamp fixture
Patent No. 10655959 

Inventor(s): Anthony M. Bagus (Caloocan, , PH), Darrick T. Smith (San Jose, CA), Glenn P. Gee (San Jose, CA), Sharon C. Agtina (Santa Rosa, , PH), Teodosio B. Quilapquilap, Jr. (Las Pinas, , PH)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15852068 on 12/22/2017 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high density slider clamp fixture is disclosed for accurately positioning a large number of head sliders for metrology testing. The slider clamp fixture may include a single piece, monolithic structure comprising a large number of slider nests, aligned in rows and columns in the slider fixture. Each slider nest includes a reference datum surface machined to precisely align with all other reference datum surfaces in a row of the monolithic structure. Each slider nest further includes a flexure clamp for independent clamping of each slider in the row against the reference datum surfaces.

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


Systems and methods for direction finding based on minimum distance search to principal components
Patent No. 10656235 

Inventor(s): James M. Bowden (Forney, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Daly, Crowley, Mofford Durkee LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16267564 on 02/05/2019 (469 days app to issue)

Abstract: The concepts, systems and method described herein provide direction finding (DF) methods based on a minimum distance (MINDIST) search to principal components. In an embodiment, the method includes capturing samples of data from one or more array elements. The samples may be samples of a signal received at the array elements. The method includes generating a spatial sample covariance matrix (SCM) using the samples of data, extracting principal components from the SCM and generating a principal component table using angle and frequency measurement for each of the principal components. The method further includes determining a distance between a test point and each value in the principal component table and identifying a minimum distance point corresponding to a direction of the received signal. The minimum distance point may correspond to direction of arrival of a signal on the one or more array elements.

[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


Separable infinite rotation fiber optic and slip ring rotary joint for suspension arm
Patent No. 10656341 

Inventor(s): David Chase (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Stryker Corporation (Kalamazoo, MI)
Law Firm: Morrison Foerster LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15645081 on 07/10/2017 (1044 days app to issue)

Abstract: A suspension arm assembly including at least two members relatively rotatable about each other at a joint, with at least one of the joints comprising an infinite rotation joint. The infinite rotation joint allows the members at the infinite rotation joint to have unlimited rotation relative to one another. The infinite rotation joint is configured to pass at least an optical signal therethrough. The infinite rotation joint includes a stator and a rotor. At least two portions of the infinite rotation joint are separable and can automatically form a unit when adjacent arms are connected together such that the infinite rotation joint can be separated into the at least two portions. The at least two portions are configured to be automatically connected to allow the optical signal to pass therethrough once the at least two portions are engaged.

[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]


Initiating actions responsive to user expressions of a user while reading media content
Patent No. 10656708 

Inventor(s): James P. Appleyard (Grapevine, TX), Pratik A. Naik (Dallas, TX), Subil M. Abraham (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16409874 on 05/13/2019 (372 days app to issue)

Abstract: First media content including text is presented on a display. User expressions of a user, including eye movement, are tracked by an image detector while the user is reading the text of the first media content. User expression data is generated based on the user expressions of the user. A determination can be made as to whether the user expression data indicates that the user gazes at a portion of the text presented on the display for a period exceeding a threshold value. Responsive to determining that the user expression data indicates that the user gazes at a portion of the text presented on the display for a period exceeding a threshold value, one or more actions can be automatically initiated. For example, additional media content that provides further explanation of the media content can be presented.

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


Initiating actions responsive to user expressions of a user while reading media content
Patent No. 10656709 

Inventor(s): James P. Appleyard (Grapevine, TX), Pratik A. Naik (Dallas, TX), Subil M. Abraham (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16411011 on 05/13/2019 (372 days app to issue)

Abstract: First media content including text is presented on a display. User expressions of a user, including eye movement, are tracked by an image detector while the user is reading the text of the first media content. User expression data is generated based on the user expressions of the user. A determination can be made as to whether the user expression data indicates that the user gazes at a portion of the text presented on the display for a period exceeding a threshold value. Responsive to determining that the user expression data indicates that the user gazes at a portion of the text presented on the display for a period exceeding a threshold value, one or more actions can be automatically initiated. For example, an analysis of a plurality of reviews pertaining to at least a portion of the content can be presented on the display.

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


Dynamic document updating application interface and corresponding control functions
Patent No. 10656788 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14472769 on 08/29/2014 (2090 days app to issue)

Abstract: A user interface configuration may permit a user to make selections while the interface is dynamically adjusting and reconfiguring its layout and appearance for optimized user satisfaction. One example method of operation may include receiving an input command on a first menu displayed on a touch receptive surface of a user device, selecting a menu item responsive to the received at least one input command and receiving an additional input command that is different from the first input command type. The method may also provide identifying the additional input command as a multiple item gesture command, and storing the multiple item gesture command in memory.

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


Using history of I/O sizes and I/O sequences to trigger coalesced writes in a non-volatile storage device
Patent No. 10656842 

Inventor(s): Akshay Mathur (Los Gatos, CA), Baskaran Kannan (Round Rock, TX), Chayan Biswas (Newark, CA), Dharani Kotte (Fremont, CA), Sumant K. Patro (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14323921 on 07/03/2014 (2147 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods and/or devices are used to enable using history of I/O sizes and I/O sequences to trigger coalesced writes in a non-volatile storage device. In one aspect, the method includes (1) receiving a plurality of input/output (I/O) requests to be performed in a plurality of regions in a logical address space of a host, and (2) performing one or more operations for each region of the plurality of regions in the logical address space of the host, including (a) determining whether the region has a history of I/O requests to access data of size less than a predefined small-size threshold during a predetermined time period, (b) determining whether the region has a history of sequential write requests during the predetermined time period, and (c) if both determinations are true, coalescing subsequent write requests to the region.

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


Storage device with multi-die management
Patent No. 10656872 

Inventor(s): Lee Gavens (Milpitas, CA), Meiqing He (Fremont, CA), Yoav Weinberg (Thornhill, , CA)
Assignee(s): Western Digital Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15922689 on 03/15/2018 (796 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example of a system includes a plurality of non-volatile memory dies, a memory bus coupled to the plurality of non-volatile memory dies, and one or more control circuits coupled to the plurality of non-volatile memory dies through the memory bus. The one or more control circuits include a plurality of die-specific request queues configured in a one-to-one correspondence with the plurality of non-volatile memory dies. The one or more control circuits are configured to add die-specific atomic requests to individual die-specific request queues of the plurality of die-specific request queues independently of each other in response to die-specific triggering events.

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


Using object flow integrity to improve software security
Patent No. 10656885 

Inventor(s): Kevin W. Hamlen (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16173358 on 10/29/2018 (568 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method of creating an object flow integrity (OFI) library module, capable of redirecting an object-like programmatic call, by initiating a multi-pass, recursive process to analyze a module”s interfaces, function parameters, and data types. In another aspect, a method is disclosed to modify the binary code of an untrusted module to enable its usage of the OFI library module. In another aspect, during runtime operations of an untrusted module, the OFI library module can receive an object from a caller module, substitute a proxy object, stored in a secure location, and continue the programmatic call using the proxy object.

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


Methods and instructions for a 32-bit arithmetic support using 16-bit multiply and 32-bit addition
Patent No. 10656914 

Inventor(s): Manish Goel (Plano, TX), Seok-Jun Lee (Allen, TX), Srinivas Lingam (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16545132 on 08/20/2019 (273 days app to issue)

Abstract: Instructions for 32-bit arithmetic support using 16-bit multiply and 32-bit addition without a barrel shifter. Illustrative instructions include operations that include receiving a first 32-bit operand, receiving a second 32-bit operand, shifting the second 32-bit operand right 16 or 15 bits to obtain a shifted second 32-bit operand, and adding the shifted second 32-bit operand and the first 32-bit operand to generate a 32-bit sum.

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


Sparse object instantiation
Patent No. 10656921 

Inventor(s): Kulvir S. Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15633669 on 06/26/2017 (1058 days app to issue)

Abstract: A code reuse user interface executed by a processor allows a code developer to specify unused data variables of a coded object definition to be reused, from pre-existing code within a new application, as a partial object without instantiation of the unused data variables. An indication from the code developer that at least one data variable of the reused coded object definition is specified as unused in the new application is detected within the code reuse user interface. The specified at least one unused data variable of the reused coded object definition is externalized from the code reuse user interface to a runtime environment, where as part of execution of the new application in the runtime environment, the runtime environment instantiates the reused coded object definition as the partial object without instantiation of the specified at least one unused data variable.

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


Systems and methods for software integrity validation using blockchain
Patent No. 10656936 

Inventor(s): Andrew T. Fausak (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Dell Products L.P. (Round Rock, TX)
Law Firm: Egan Peterman Enders Huston (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16117890 on 08/30/2018 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that that may be implemented to track software developer code contributions and their respective revisions. In one exemplary implementation, a distributed ledger may be utilized to track software developer code contributions and their respective revisions. Each code contribution digest, code digest ID, developer public key and previous blockchain block may be compiled for a new block in the blockchain, and the compilation may first be hashed and signed by the private key of the developer. Each developer may have his/her own blockchain that resides within a code repository site and which may also be cached locally on the end user device and used to verify the integrity of the code contribution (e.g., application/service/executable) at the time it is installed on the end user device.

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


System and method for transfer of an application state between devices
Patent No. 10656963 

Inventor(s): Paul Lipari (Frisco, TX), Robert DeAnna (Frisco, TX), Robert R. Hauser (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16391681 on 04/23/2019 (392 days app to issue)

Abstract: To enable continuous execution of an application, a system and method for transferring an application state is provided. A gesture corresponding to a transfer act is detected by a gesture detection module in a first device executing the application. The first device communicates with a registration and relay server to determine eligible transfer recipients based on criteria such as location and/or devices that are currently executing the application. A transfer recipient is selected and platform independent application state Data Transfer Objects are generated that describe the state of execution on the first device. The application state DTOs are transferred via the server to the recipient device which enacts the application state DTOs to continue the execution of the application on the recipient device. Because the application state DTOs are platform independent, the application state can be transferred to almost any device that is able to execute the application.

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


Scheduling graph computing on heterogeneous processing resources based on energy efficiency
Patent No. 10656970 

Inventor(s): Hui Zang (Cupertino, CA), Yinglong Xia (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15279315 on 09/28/2016 (1329 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for scheduling graph computing on heterogeneous platforms based on energy efficiency. A scheduling engine receives an edge set that represents a portion of a graph comprising vertices with at least one edge connecting two or more of the vertices. The scheduling engine obtains an operating characteristic for each processing resource of a plurality of heterogeneous processing resources. The scheduling engine computes, based on the operating characteristics and an energy parameter, a set of processing speed values for the edge set, each speed value corresponding to a combination of the edge set and a different processing resource of the plurality of heterogeneous processing resources. The scheduling engine identifies an optimal processing speed value from the set of computed speed values for the edge set.

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


Method and system for secure remote interaction
Patent No. 10657191 

Inventor(s): Benson Wong (Brampton, , CA), Christiano Ferraro (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Voconomy, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Hunt Pennington Kumar Dula, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16244617 on 01/10/2019 (495 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments may include systems, apparatus, and methods for direct onscreen computer system or software navigation and guidance without the need for direct user computer access or control, or the download of any additional software, thereby enabling such navigation and guidance without the risk of exposure of sensitive information from the user device.

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


Protecting cognitive systems from gradient based attacks through the use of deceiving gradients
Patent No. 10657259 

Inventor(s): Farhan Tejani (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15800697 on 11/01/2017 (930 days app to issue)

Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for providing a hardened neural network. The mechanisms configure the hardened neural network executing in the data processing system to introduce noise in internal feature representations of the hardened neural network. The noise introduced in the internal feature representations diverts gradient computations associated with a loss surface of the hardened neural network. The mechanisms configure the hardened neural network executing in the data processing system to implement a merge layer of nodes that combine outputs of adversarially trained output nodes of the hardened neural network with output nodes of the hardened neural network trained based on the introduced noise. The mechanisms process, by the hardened neural network, input data to generate classification labels for the input data and thereby generate augmented input data which is output to a computing system for processing to perform a computing operation.

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


Automatic dynamic generation of electronic forms using form definition, document metadata and supplemental metadata
Patent No. 10657320 

Inventor(s): Rui Fan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15015825 on 02/04/2016 (1566 days app to issue)

Abstract: An eForm system includes defining an eForm, defining document metadata associated with the eForm, and defining supplemental metadata associated with the eForm. In response to a document generation request, the eForm definition, the associated document metadata, and the associated supplemental metadata are assembled. In response to a document display request, an eForm display is generated based on the eForm definition, the associated document metadata, and the associated supplemental metadata.

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


Facial recognition system
Patent No. 10657362 

Inventor(s): Algernon Callier (Orlando, FL), Allen Ganz (Irving, TX), Alvin Leong Ying Yap (Irving, TX), Ashlee Phillips (Irving, TX), Krishna Ranganath (Irving, TX), Michael Molinari (Orlando, FL)
Assignee(s): NEC Corporation of America (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Reising Ethington P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15739924 on 06/30/2016 (1419 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments of a facial recognition system are provided. In one embodiment, a processor determines a value for a lighting parameter associated with a captured facial image, determines whether any previously obtained images in a biometric database includes a similar value for the lighting parameter and, if not, stores the newly captured image in the database along with the lighting parameter value. In another embodiment, the processor calculates a score indicative of the likelihood that the face in the captured facial image is identical to the face of a previously obtained image in the database, determines whether the score exceeds a threshold value and, if so, generates a signal indicating a match. The processor adjusts the threshold based on one or more parameter values.

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


Stationary-vehicle structure from motion
Patent No. 10657389 

Inventor(s): Manu Mathew (Karnataka, , IN), Prashanth Ramanathpur Viswanath (Karnataka, , IN), Soyeb Nagori (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16434542 on 06/07/2019 (347 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicular structure from motion (SfM) system can store a number of image frames acquired from a vehicle-mounted camera in a frame stack according to a frame stack update logic. The SfM system can detect feature points, generate flow tracks, and compute depth values based on the image frames, the depth values to aid control of the vehicle. The frame stack update logic can select a frame to discard from the stack when a new frame is added to the stack, and can be changed from a first in, first out (FIFO) logic to last in, first out (LIFO) logic upon a determination that the vehicle is stationary. An optical flow tracks logic can also be modified based on the determination. The determination can be made based on a dual threshold comparison to insure robust SfM system performance.

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


Real time traffic sign recognition
Patent No. 10657395 

Inventor(s): Arun Shankar Kudana (Karnataka, , IN), Manu Mathew (Karnataka, , IN), Soyeb Nagori (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16376438 on 04/05/2019 (410 days app to issue)

Abstract: Advanced driver assistance systems can be designed to recognize and to classify traffic signs under real time constraints, and under a wide variety of visual conditions. This disclosure provides techniques that employ binary masks extracted by color space segmentation, with a different binary mask generated for each sign shape. Temporal tracking is employed to add robustness to the detection system. The system is generic, and is trainable to the traffic signs used in various countries.

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


Anomaly score adjustment across anomaly generators
Patent No. 10657434 

Inventor(s): Gang Xu (Katy, TX), Ming-Jung Seow (The Woodlands, TX), Tao Yang (Katy, TX), Wesley Kenneth Cobb (The Woodlands, TX)
Assignee(s): Intellective Ai, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15091209 on 04/05/2016 (1505 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for generating an anomaly score for a neuro-linguistic model of input data obtained from one or more sources. According to one embodiment, generating an anomaly score comprises receiving a score indicating how often a characteristic is observed in the input data. Upon receiving the score, comparing the score with an unusual score model to determine an unusualness score and comparing the unusualness score with an anomaly score model based on one or more unusual score models to generate the anomaly score indicating an overall unusualness for the input data.

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


System and method for load distribution in a network
Patent No. 10657449 

Inventor(s): Renaud Arnoux-Prost (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): AMADEUS S.A.S. (Biot, , FR)
Law Firm: Thompson Hine LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14430274 on 09/26/2013 (2427 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented reservation method and a corresponding system are utilized for controlling execution of a decision process to maintain data access efficiency upon receipt of a computation inquiry. The method comprises associating to a computer backend machine a configuration file containing at least a decision rule that drives the decision process and that is computed at least from a current value of a statistical indicator and a target value of the statistical indicator; periodically obtaining an updated value of the statistical indicator; upon detection that the updated value is differing from the target value, dynamically updating the configuration file and storing in real-time a recomputed decision rule in the configuration file.

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


System and method for integrating employee feedback with an electronic time clock or computer login
Patent No. 10657479 

Inventor(s): Jamie Griffin (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15297931 on 10/19/2016 (1308 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for integrating employee feedback with an electronic time clock or computer login may be used for a variety of reasons including to measure an employee”s level of engagement, assess the quality of programming, and seek feedback in how to improve the workplace. Surveying employees in this manner may allow the employer to receive immediate feedback from its employees. It also may allow an opportunity to change or target survey questions based on one or more factors including, but not limited to, time in position, previous answers, level of engagement, and branch/location performance. Data collected may be used to develop predictive analytics that may help the employer to ascertain what percentage of the employee base may remain employed with the employer over a specified period of time or what percentage of the employee base may leave within a specified period of time.

[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]


Time tracking device and method
Patent No. 10657499 

Inventor(s): David Hess (Carrollton, TX), Rocky Cherry (Carrollton, TX), Zack Cherry (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): ZR Investments, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Nasr Patent Law LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15960286 on 04/23/2018 (757 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method to manage employee time at a set of job sites. A time management system comprises a server in communications with a database in which a set of job site data is stored. An employee device application is installed on a set of employee devices. The set of employee devices are in communication with the server through the employee device application. The set of employee devices collect a set of time punch data and a set of photos from the set of employees at check-in events and check-out events. The set of time punch data and the set of photos are sent to the server and stored in the database with the set of job site data. A supervisor management application is installed on a set of supervisor devices to monitor the set of job site data, validate photos and activate employee devices.

[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 of providing a customer with method of making a payment to a third party using a remote dispensing machine
Patent No. 10657503 

Inventor(s): Hector Luis Crespo (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Troutman Sanders LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 11857861 on 09/19/2007 (4626 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for a financial transaction system are provided. Additionally, computer-implemented methods for providing a customer with a method of making a payment to a third party. These methods may include generating a token associated with financial transaction information and representing a single transaction to the third party on behalf of the customer, where the financial transaction information may include a payment amount, transmitting the token based on the financial transaction information to a system, and receiving the token from the third party at the remote dispensing machine.

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


Systems and methods for providing currency exchange information via augmented reality
Patent No. 10657596 

Inventor(s): Rachel Elizabeth Csabi (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16119267 on 08/31/2018 (627 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method may include receiving image data representative of cash acquired via one or more image sensors, identifying a first currency depicted in the cash based on a plurality of images associated with a plurality of currencies, and determining a currency conversion rate between the first currency and a second currency. The method may also include generating a visualization representative of a currency value of the cash in the second currency based on the currency conversion rate and overlaying the visualization on the image 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]


Systems and methods for providing augmented reality support for vehicle service operations
Patent No. 10657721 

Inventor(s): David Wei-Cheng Yin (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): PACCAR INC (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15893342 on 02/09/2018 (830 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments of the present disclosure, augmented reality and/or virtual reality technologies are used to present information for a vehicle to a technician. A virtual object model file that includes a context model and at least one assembly detail model is created based on a vehicle design model. A VR/AR device uses its camera to generate video of a vehicle, and superimposes a depiction of a vehicle component or assembly from the virtual object model file over the video in the location in which the vehicle component or assembly is actually located, as if the vehicle were ”see-through.” The VR/AR device may then also allow the technician to select specific components of the depicted assembly in order to retrieve and display detailed information about the component.

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


System and method for adaptable trend detection for component condition indicator data
Patent No. 10657735 

Inventor(s): Brian Edward Tucker (Fort Worth, TX), Matthew Curtis Ledbetter (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15728159 on 10/09/2017 (953 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for adaptable trend detection for component condition indicator data includes a sensor operable to measure an operating condition of a vehicle and generate a sensor signal associated with the operating condition and a data server operable to acquire a current condition indicator of a condition indicator set according to the sensor signal, and to determine whether a trend in the condition indicator set is indicated according to at least the current condition indicator, at least one previous condition indicator of the condition indicator set and a volatility of at least a portion of the condition indicator set. The data server is further operable to provide an alert in response to determining that the trend is indicated.

[G07C] TIME OR ATTENDANCE REGISTERS; REGISTERING OR INDICATING THE WORKING OF MACHINES; GENERATING RANDOM NUMBERS; VOTING OR LOTTERY APPARATUS; ARRANGEMENTS, SYSTEMS OR APPARATUS FOR CHECKING NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE (identification of persons A61B 5/117; indicating or recording apparatus for measuring in general, analogous apparatus but in which the input is not a variable to be measured, e.g. a hand operation, G01D; clocks, clock mechanisms G04B, G04C; time-interval measuring G04F; counting mechanisms per se G06M)


Vehicle error identification system
Patent No. 10657737 

Inventor(s): Andrew G. Sata (Irvine, CA), Daniel Folick (Long Beach, CA), Jared Farnsworth (Gardena, CA), Tomoo Yoshizumi (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15791018 on 10/23/2017 (939 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes an input device that receives desirable performance characteristics of a vehicle a diagnostic processor that receives vehicle test data, and determines undesirable vehicle performance data points by comparing the desirable vehicle performance characteristics to the test data. The diagnostic processor also determines undesirable system data points that correspond to likely causes of the undesirable vehicle performance data points by comparing the desirable system performance characteristics to the test data, and determines undesirable component data points that correspond to likely causes of the undesirable system data points by comparing the desirable component performance characteristics to the test data. The diagnostic processor also generates an analysis of the undesirable component data points including selected component data points of the undesirable component data points that are likely causes of the undesirable vehicle performance data points, and controls an output device to output the analysis of the undesirable component data points.

[G07C] TIME OR ATTENDANCE REGISTERS; REGISTERING OR INDICATING THE WORKING OF MACHINES; GENERATING RANDOM NUMBERS; VOTING OR LOTTERY APPARATUS; ARRANGEMENTS, SYSTEMS OR APPARATUS FOR CHECKING NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE (identification of persons A61B 5/117; indicating or recording apparatus for measuring in general, analogous apparatus but in which the input is not a variable to be measured, e.g. a hand operation, G01D; clocks, clock mechanisms G04B, G04C; time-interval measuring G04F; counting mechanisms per se G06M)


Vehicle tire monitoring systems and methods
Patent No. 10657739 

Inventor(s): Joseph Thomas Mader (Southlake, TX), Neal Jonathon Lowell (Roanoke, TX), Raymond Charles Daley (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Solera Holdings, Inc. (Westlake, CA)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15725028 on 10/04/2017 (958 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving on-board diagnostic (OBD) data from an OBD port of a vehicle, receiving tire pressure data from one or more tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensors, and receiving accelerometer data from one or more accelerometers. The method further includes determining, based on at least some of the OBD data and at least some of the accelerometer data, recommended tires to install on the vehicle. The method further includes determining, based on at least some of the OBD data and at least some of the tire pressure data, a recommended tire pressure for at least one tire of the vehicle. The method further includes sending information to display the recommended tires to install on the vehicle and the recommended tire pressure on a display device.

[G07C] TIME OR ATTENDANCE REGISTERS; REGISTERING OR INDICATING THE WORKING OF MACHINES; GENERATING RANDOM NUMBERS; VOTING OR LOTTERY APPARATUS; ARRANGEMENTS, SYSTEMS OR APPARATUS FOR CHECKING NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE (identification of persons A61B 5/117; indicating or recording apparatus for measuring in general, analogous apparatus but in which the input is not a variable to be measured, e.g. a hand operation, G01D; clocks, clock mechanisms G04B, G04C; time-interval measuring G04F; counting mechanisms per se G06M)


Regulating access to electronic entertainment to incentivize desired behavior
Patent No. 10657741 

Inventor(s): Douglas Cooper (Richardson, TX), Israel Smallwood (Dallas, TX), Paul Wolf (Dallas, TX), Tyler Smith (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16531780 on 08/05/2019 (288 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one example, the present disclosure describes a device, computer-readable medium, and method for regulating access to electronic entertainment to incentivize desired behavior. For instance, in one example, the behavior of an individual is monitored through data received from an electronic device. The behavior is compared to a predefined behavioral goal stored in a profile for the individual, and a predefined incentive associated with satisfaction of the predefined behavioral goal by the user is identified. The predefined incentive comprises access to an electronic entertainment medium. An instruction to the electronic entertainment medium is generated to grant access to the individual when it is determined that the individual has satisfied the predefined behavioral goal.

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


System and method for placing virtual geographic zone markers
Patent No. 10657768 

Inventor(s): James L. Northrup (Dallas, TX), Robert L. Pierce, II (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Zonal Systems, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16518773 on 07/22/2019 (302 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for user interaction includes a network, a server connected to the network, a supervisor device receiving information from a global positioning system and connected to the network, a user device receiving information from the global positioning system and connected to the network. The supervisor, having the supervisor device, defines a set of virtual geographic zones, sub-zones, and micro-zones in which the user device is tracked, and saves the set of virtual geographic zones and sub-zones to a supervisor account on the server. The user downloads a user application, sets-up a user account, and downloads the set of virtual geographic zones and sub-zones. As the user, having the user device, moves through the virtual geographic zones, sub-zones and micro-zones the location of the user device is determined and a set of supervisor-defined actions are executed on the user device based on the location of the user device.

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


Vehicular communication system
Patent No. 10657808 

Inventor(s): John Lindsay (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16383522 on 04/12/2019 (403 days app to issue)

Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention are directed to a system for monitoring, recording, and analyzing driver activity. An exemplary system comprises a sensor module configured to receive data from one or more sensors that measure acceleration or deceleration associated with a vehicle. A stop detection module is configured to receive the sensor module data, process the sensor module data, and determine an abrupt acceleration or deceleration event. A location module is configured to retrieve the location of the vehicle simultaneous with an abrupt acceleration or deceleration event. The system stores the location of the abrupt acceleration or deceleration event in an event record in an event database.

[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]


Travel lane identification without road curvature data
Patent No. 10657811 

Inventor(s): John-Michael McNew (Ann Arbor, MI), Miles J. Johnson (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15724630 on 10/04/2017 (958 days app to issue)

Abstract: One or more dynamic leading objects can be detected in an external environment of a vehicle. The dynamic leading object(s) can be tracked by acquiring position data of the dynamic leading object(s) over time. When it is determined whether a current position of the ego vehicle is at substantially the same longitudinal position as one of the dynamic leading objects at a prior time based on the acquired position data of the dynamic leading object, a lateral offset between the current position of the ego vehicle and the previous position of the dynamic leading object can be determined. The lateral offset can be used to identify a current travel lane of the ego vehicle, determine lane crossings, and/or determine travel lane probability distributions.

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


System and method for increasing efficiency of medical laboratory data interpretation, real time clinical decision support, and patient communications
Patent No. 10658076 

Inventor(s): Peter Gulati (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16155805 on 10/09/2018 (588 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for enhancing the efficiency and accuracy of analysis and interpretation of medical diagnostic laboratory test data for real-time clinical decision support, utilizing artificial intelligence techniques to automatically improve analytical performance and enhance provider and patient communications. NULL


System processed emojis
Patent No. 10659415 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15910086 on 03/02/2018 (809 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of determining appropriate emojis on at least one user”s originating device by interfacing with the application and data of the user”s originating device, performing a search of the at least one user”s data to obtain actions relevant to the at least one user of the system, determining an action associated with the emoji, setting at least one of the determined emojis as a system emoji, and transmitting the determined emojis from the user”s originating device to a system network as an emoji stream.

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


Memory sharing for buffered macro-pipelined data plane processing in multicore embedded systems
Patent No. 10659534 

Inventor(s): Russell C. McKown (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15949426 on 04/10/2018 (770 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and method of operating and allocating a shared memory between various applications operating via a processing computing platform. One example may include receiving a first buffer context switch request message from a first application operating via a processor, transmitting a first buffer context switch flag to the processor operating the application confirming the first buffer context switch request was received, receiving a second buffer context switch request from a second application with a different processing cycle operating via the processor and transmitting a second buffer context switch flag to the processor operating the second application confirming the second buffer context switch request was received. Once the applications have been identified and confirmed, a synchronization operation may be performed to create a shared number of memory units between at least two different buffers and provide the shared memory units to the first application and the second application.

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


 

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Embedded universal serial bus 2 repeater
Patent No. 10657089 

Inventor(s): Bhupendra Sharma (Bangalore, , IN), Douglas Edward Wente (Murphy, TX), Huanzhang Huang (Plano, TX), Mustafa Ulvi Erdogan (Allen, TX), Suzanne Mary Vining (Plano, TX), Win Naing Maung (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16404433 on 05/06/2019 (379 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide for a method. In at least some examples, the method includes receiving, at a circuit, data via a differential input signal. The method further includes detecting a falling edge in the data received via the differential input signal. The method further includes holding an output of the circuit at a final logical value of the data. The method further includes disabling a transmitter of the circuit while holding the output of the circuit at the final logical value of the data. The method further includes releasing the output of the circuit from the final logical value of the data.

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


Embedded universal serial bus 2 repeater
Patent No. 10657090 

Inventor(s): Bhupendra Sharma (Bangalore, , IN), Douglas Edward Wente (Murphy, TX), Huanzhang Huang (Plano, TX), Mustafa Ulvi Erdogan (Allen, TX), Suzanne Mary Vining (Plano, TX), Win Naing Maung (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16716891 on 12/17/2019 (154 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide for a method. In at least some examples, the method includes receiving, at a circuit, data via a differential input signal. The method further includes detecting a falling edge in the data received via the differential input signal. The method further includes holding an output of the circuit at a final logical value of the data. The method further includes disabling a transmitter of the circuit while holding the output of the circuit at the final logical value of the data. The method further includes releasing the output of the circuit from the final logical value of the data.

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


Data structures for semiconductor die packaging
Patent No. 10658211 

Inventor(s): Joseph Anthony Boduch (Frisco, TX), Michael Francis Pas (Richardson, TX), Robert Daniel Orr (Allen, TX), Sandia You Ni Chiu (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16057598 on 08/07/2018 (651 days app to issue)

Abstract: At least some embodiments are directed to a system that comprises storage comprising a data structure that cross-references an identifier of a semiconductor wafer, a location of a die in the wafer, an identifier of a lead frame strip, a location of a lead frame in the lead frame strip, and results of a first test on the die. The system also comprises mechanical equipment configured to test packaged die. The system further comprises a processor, coupled to the storage and to the mechanical equipment, configured to perform a second test on a package containing the die and the lead frame using the mechanical equipment and the results of the first test.

[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]


Semiconductor die singulation
Patent No. 10658240 

Inventor(s): Genki Yano (Beppu, , JP), Hiroyuki Sada (Beppu, , JP), Shoichi Iriguchi (Beppu, , JP)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16291995 on 03/04/2019 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a described example, a method includes: forming stress induced dislocations along scribe lanes between semiconductor dies on a semiconductor wafer using a laser; mounting a first side of the semiconductor wafer on the first side of a first dicing tape; removing a backgrinding tape from the semiconductor wafer; attaching a second dicing tape to a second side of the semiconductor wafer opposite the first side, the second dicing tape adhering to portions of the first dicing tape that are spaced from the semiconductor wafer, forming a dual taped wafer dicing assembly; separating the semiconductor dies by stretching the first dicing tape and stretching the second dicing tape; removing the second dicing tape from the semiconductor dies; and removing the semiconductor dies from the first dicing tape.

[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]


Electrical device terminal finishing
Patent No. 10658278 

Inventor(s): Sreenivasan K Koduri (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16104049 on 08/16/2018 (642 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a terminal (e.g., a conductive terminal) includes a base material, a plating stack and a solder finish. The base material can be a metal, such as copper. The plating stack is arranged on a surface of the base material, and includes breaks in the plating stack. The breaks in the plating stack extend from a first surface of the plating stack to a second surface of the plating stack adjacent to the surface of the base material. The solder finish is coated over the breaks in the plating stack.

[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]


Heterogenous 3D chip stack for a mobile processor
Patent No. 10658335 

Inventor(s): Guofang Jiao (San Diego, CA), Jinghua Zhu (Dongguan, , CN), Shiqun Gu (San Diego, CA), Yu Lin (Shenzen, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15880455 on 01/25/2018 (845 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit package and a system including the integrated circuit package as well as a process for assembling the integrated circuit package are provided. The integrated circuit package includes a first die manufactured on a first wafer utilizing a first node size, a second die manufactured on a second wafer utilizing a second node size, and a substrate coupled to the second die at a plurality of bump sites on a bottom surface of the second die. The first die may be mounted on a top surface of the second die utilizing a hybrid wafer bonding technique, micro bumps, or electrode-less plating.

[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]


Driver for driving a capacitive load
Patent No. 10658357 

Inventor(s): Pranav Kumar (Hatia, , IN), Yogesh Darwhekar (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15990880 on 05/29/2018 (721 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a first bipolar junction transistor (BJT) including a first base, a first collector, and a first emitter, the first collector connected to a first supply voltage node and a second BJT including a second base, a second collector, and a second emitter, the second collector connected to the first emitter at an output node. The circuit also includes a capacitor including a first capacitor terminal and a second capacitor terminal, the first capacitor terminal connected to the second emitter of the second BJT and the second capacitor terminal connected to a second supply voltage node. A current source device is also included that is connected in parallel with the capacitor.

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


Three-dimensional memory device with reduced etch damage to memory films and methods of making the same
Patent No. 10658377 

Inventor(s): Koji Miyata (Yokkaichi, , JP), Kota Funayama (Yokkaichi, , JP), Tomohiro Kubo (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16019677 on 06/27/2018 (692 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first memory film and a sacrificial fill structure are formed within each first-tier memory opening through a first alternating stack of first insulating layers and first spacer material layers. A second alternating stack of second insulating layers and second spacer material layers is formed over the first alternating stack, and a second-tier memory opening is formed over each sacrificial fill structure. A second memory film is formed in each upper opening, and the sacrificial fill structures are removed from underneath the second-tier memory openings to form memory openings. A semiconductor channel is formed on each vertically neighboring pair of a first memory film and a second memory film as a continuous layer. The first memory film is protected by the sacrificial fill structure during formation of the second-tier memory openings.

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


Memory die having wafer warpage reduction through stress balancing employing rotated three-dimensional memory arrays and method of making the same
Patent No. 10658381 

Inventor(s): Chun Ge (San Jose, CA), Fumiaki Toyama (Cupertino, CA), Jixin Yu (Milpitas, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Masaaki Higashitani (Cupertino, CA), Tong Zhang (Palo Alto, CA), Xin Yuan Li (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16367455 on 03/28/2019 (418 days app to issue)

Abstract: Memory dies on a wafer may include multiple memory blocks including bit lines extending along different directions. A memory die may include a first-type plane including first memory blocks and a second-type plane including second memory blocks. In this case, memory blocks having different bit line directions may be formed within a same memory die. An exposure field may include multiple types of memory dies that are oriented in different orientations. The bit line directions may be oriented differently in the multiple types of memory dies. Each lithographic exposure process may include a first step in which lithographic patterns in first exposure fields are oriented in one direction, and a second step in which lithographic patterns in second exposure fields are oriented in another direction. The different orientations of bit lines and word lines may change local directions of stress to reduce wafer distortion.

[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]


Waveguide housing channels for wireless communications
Patent No. 10658868 

Inventor(s): Ali Djabbari (Saratoga, CA), Juan Alejandro Herbsommer (Allen, TX), Ralf J. Muenster (Saratoga, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15228665 on 08/04/2016 (1384 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing for an electronic circuit. The housing includes at least three planes that form a structure to house the electronic circuit. At least one channel is formed along at least one of the three planes to provide a waveguide in the housing for wireless communications. A wireless communications module communicates via the waveguide to control the electronic circuit enclosed in the housing.

[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)


Power conditioning circuit with hybrid full wave rectifiction using matched virtual junction rectifier
Patent No. 10658943 

Inventor(s): Jiyuan Luan (Fremont, CA), Michael Oye (Oxnard, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15201371 on 07/01/2016 (1418 days app to issue)

Abstract: An input power conditioning circuit (PCC) for a switched-mode power converter includes a hybrid full wave rectifier. Hybrid rectification is provided by a main rectifier and a matched virtual junction (VJ) rectifier, both with four-transistor gate fully cross-coupled. The VJ rectifier includes a voltage divider (such as a resistive voltage divider) to generate a virtual junction reference voltage VJ_ref (which can be less than transistor Vth). A power conversion controller (such as a boost controller) includes circuitry (such as an error amplifier) to regulate the input voltage VIN (main rectifier) to be substantially equal to VJ_ref from the VJ rectifier. Hybrid rectification, with VIN regulation, can be used to eliminate reverse (flow back) current, improving power conversion efficiency.

[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)


Process of operating a hybrid controller for brushless DC motor
Patent No. 10658956 

Inventor(s): Ruochen Zhang (Shanghai, , CN), Wei Zuo (Beijing, , CN), Yisong Lu (Shrewsbury, MA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16022056 on 06/28/2018 (691 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a processor that analyzes a pulse width modulated (PWM) signal feedback from a brushless DC motor to determine a transition between a mutual inductance zero crossing condition and a Back Electro Motive Force (BEMF) zero crossing condition of the brushless DC motor. A mutual inductance controller is executed by the processor to commutate the brushless DC motor at startup of the motor when the mutual inductance zero crossing condition is detected by the processor. A BEMF controller is executed by the processor to commutate the brushless DC motor after startup of the motor when the BEMF zero crossing condition is detected by the processor.

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


High voltage gate driver current source
Patent No. 10659033 

Inventor(s): Justin Patrick Vogt (Plano, TX), Michael James Mills (Plano, TX), Sujan Kundapur Manohar (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15802787 on 11/03/2017 (928 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power supply system for USB Power Delivery includes a current source drive circuit to control a power FET to regulate the supply of power along a power path. The current source drive circuit includes a cascode current source and a cascode protection circuit formed by a source follower and a feedback voltage divider. The source follower can be a transistor with its gate connected to a cascode node between upper- and lower-stage transistors of the cascode current source. The divider node of the voltage divider is connected to the gate of the lower-stage transistor. The current source drive circuit can operate within the gate-source voltage specifications of 30-volt DEPMOS devices, and can provide high output impedance to the gate of power FET and a current limit circuit during current limiting operation, without requiring an extra high-voltage mask during fabrication.

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


Multi-phase clock generation circuit
Patent No. 10659059 

Inventor(s): Olga Pavlovna Pope (Dallas, TX), Robert Floyd Payne (Lucas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16454982 on 06/27/2019 (327 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-phase clock circuit includes a first delay circuit, a second delay circuit, a third delay circuit, a first clock mixer circuit, and a second clock mixer circuit. The first, second, and third delay circuits are coupled in series. The first clock mixer circuit includes a first input and a second input. The first input is coupled to an output of the first delay circuit. The second input is coupled to an output of the second delay circuit. The second clock mixer circuit also includes a first input and a second input. The first input of the second clock mixer circuit is coupled to an output of the second delay circuit. The second input of the second clock mixer circuit is coupled to an output of the third delay circuit.

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


Timing for IC chip
Patent No. 10659078 

Inventor(s): Brian Ginsburg (Allen, TX), Jasbir Singh Nayyar (Khanna. Distt Ludhiana Punjab, , IN), Karthik Subburaj (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16200061 on 11/26/2018 (540 days app to issue)

Abstract: A integrated circuit (IC) chip can include a root timer that generates a frame pulse based on a start trigger signal. The IC chip can also include a hardware clock control that provides a clock signal based on a selected one of the frame pulse and the synchronization signal provided from one of the root timer and another IC chip. The IC chip can further include a plurality of analog to digital converters (ADCs). Each of the plurality of ADCs being configured to sample an output of a respective one of a plurality of radio frequency (RF) receivers based on the clock signal.

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


Channel hopping based on channel performance statistics
Patent No. 10659100 

Inventor(s): Il Han Kim (Frisco, TX), Jianwei Zhou (Allen, TX), Jyotirmoy Banik (Dallas, TX), Xiaolin Lu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16137456 on 09/20/2018 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of generating a channel hopping sequence for a link in a wireless sensor network is provided that includes receiving performance quality data for respective frequency channels of a plurality of frequency channels in the link in a monitoring system, determining a channel quality indicator (CQI) by the monitoring system for each frequency channel based on the respective performance quality data, and determining a repetition factor by the monitoring system for each frequency channel based on the respective CQI, wherein a repetition factor for a frequency channel indicates a number of times the frequency channel is repeated in the channel hopping sequence.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for explicit CSI reporting in advanced wireless communication systems
Patent No. 10659118 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Allen, TX), Md. Saifur Rahman (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15490561 on 04/18/2017 (1127 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for a channel state information (CSI) feedback. The method comprises receiving CSI feedback configuration information for the CSI feedback including a spatial channel information indicator based on a linear combination (LC) codebook, wherein the spatial channel information comprises at least one of a downlink channel matrix, a covariance matrix of the downlink channel matrix, or at least one eigenvector of the covariance matrix of the downlink channel matrix; deriving the spatial channel information indicator using the LC codebook that indicates a weighted linear combination of a plurality of basis vectors or a plurality of basis matrices as a representation of at least one of a downlink channel matrix, a covariance matrix of the downlink channel matrix, or at least one eigenvector of the covariance matrix of the downlink channel matrix; and transmitting over an uplink channel, the CSI feedback including the spatial channel information indicator.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Methods and apparatus for channel quality indication feedback in a communication system
Patent No. 10659131 

Inventor(s): Farooq Khan (Allen, TX), Jiannan Tsai (Plano, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Irving, TX), Zhouyue Pi (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): QUALCOMM Incorporated (San Diego, CA)
Law Firm: Seyfarth Shaw LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15170863 on 06/01/2016 (1448 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for feeding back channel quality indication in a communication system. First, a first channel quality indication index is determined in dependence upon a channel quality estimation of a first transmission channel, and a second channel quality indication index is determined in dependence upon a channel quality estimation of a second transmission channel. A differential channel quality indication index of the second channel quality indication index is determined with reference to the first channel quality indication index in dependence upon a differential compression scheme. Then, the first channel quality indication index and the differential channel quality indication index are reported.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Workflow management via distributed ledgers and smart contracts
Patent No. 10659219 

Inventor(s): Jacob Creech (Mckinney, TX), Jayaraman Ganeshmani (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16549263 on 08/23/2019 (270 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods as described herein may include creating and monitoring workflows in a blockchain network. A workflow may be implemented by using a smart contract or the steps in the workflow may be recorded in a distributed ledger in a blockchain network. Completion of a workflow step may be verified by identifying a blockchain transaction executed by the workflow step performer assigned to the workflow step. The blockchain transaction is associated with encryption keys of the workflow step performer assigned to the workflow step. The completion of the execution of a workflow may be verified by determining whether the status of the last workflow step is complete, and identifying a blockchain transaction associated with encryption keys of the workflow step performer assigned to the last workflow step.

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


Automatic power over ethernet pulse width signaling correction
Patent No. 10659241 

Inventor(s): Jean Picard (Hooksett, NH)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16545130 on 08/20/2019 (273 days app to issue)

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

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


Multi-core lock-free rate limiting apparatus and method
Patent No. 10659372 

Inventor(s): Jun Li (Beijing, , CN), Wei Xu (Dublin, CA), Xiaofeng Yang (Pleasanton, CA), Yan Sun (Santa Clara, CA), Yizhen Liu (Milpitas, CA), Zhe Fu (Beijing, , CN), Zhi Liu (Beijing, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15415329 on 01/25/2017 (1210 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus, such as a network element, comprises a receiver to receive a plurality of packets. A memory stores instructions and forms a first and second set of virtual queues to store the plurality of packets. A processor having one or more cores with one or more packet classifiers provides a classification of a packet in the plurality of packets. The processor in communication with the memory executes instructions to transfer the packet from the receiver to a virtual queue in the first set of virtual queues based on the classification. The processor also transfers the packet from the virtual queue to a transmitter based on a demand rate value and supply rate value associated with the virtual queue.

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


Transaction processing throttle with dynamic transaction load balancing and transaction starvation prevention
Patent No. 10659388 

Inventor(s): Gopikrishna Nemalikanti (Frisco, TX), Jayachandra Varma (Irving, TX), Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX), Saritha Vrittamani (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16400140 on 05/01/2019 (384 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for throttling an allocation of resources for processing digital transmissions is provided. The method may include receiving initial digital transmissions from a plurality of client systems and analyzing the initial digital transmissions. The analyzing may determine a cluster of digital transmissions, an amount of resources for processing the cluster and a time-window for processing the cluster. The method may further include allocating the determined amount of resources to each of the clusters. The method may also include processing recurrently, for each of the systems, digital transmissions received after the initial digital transmissions. Concurrently with the periodic processing, the method may include, for each client system, monitoring digital transmissions including recording a transmission log, identifying changes in the log, assigning a credibility score and throttling, dynamically, the amount of resources allocated, based on the credibility score and the identified change.

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


System and method for injecting a tag into a computing resource
Patent No. 10659451 

Inventor(s): Manu J. Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15652614 on 07/18/2017 (1036 days app to issue)

Abstract: In certain embodiments, a system determines to assign a computing resource to one or more users that are affiliated with an institution. The system pre-injects a first tag into a first portion of the computing resource and then assigns the computing resource to the one or more users. The first tag is associated with the institution and requires a first token to access the first portion of the computing resource. The system mid-process or post injects a second tag into a second portion of the computing resource. The second tag is associated with one of the users and requires a second token to access the second portion of the computing resource. The system controls access to the first and second portions of the computing resource based on whether subsequent requests to access the computing resource comprise the first token, the second token, or both.

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


Robotic process automation resource insulation system
Patent No. 10659482 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15793708 on 10/25/2017 (937 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for implementing robotic process automation (RPA) to enhance computer network security. Specifically, RPA is used to detect an unauthorized attempt to access a dataset and, in response, the unauthorized entity is provided access to a bot-generated modified dataset that includes modified data elements that are reasonable facsimiles of the actual data elements and do not expose confidential data. Once access to the modified data set is provided, RPA is implemented to track actions by the unauthorized entity accessing the modified data set and, once copied, RPA is implemented to track usage of the data by the unauthorized entity. Additionally, RPA may be implemented to mitigate damages caused by attempts or actual accessing of the actual datasets by performing actions that prevent further damages, such as deactivating/activating resource storage and authorizing previously configured resource events.

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


Originator-based network restraint system for identity-oriented networks
Patent No. 10659497 

Inventor(s): Alexander Clemm (Los Gatos, CA), Padmadevi Pillay-Esnault (Cupertino, CA), Uma S. Chunduri (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15639976 on 06/30/2017 (1054 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method of extending generic resilient identity services (GRIDS) is provided that comprises: receiving, by a mapping server, a resolve request from an originator endpoint for a locator of a destination endpoint; sending, by the mapping server, a request for authorization to provide the requested locator, the request for authorization indicating an identifier of the originator endpoint; receiving, by a policy server, the request for authorization; accessing, by the policy server, from a database, a set of policies for the destination endpoint; based on the identifier of the originator endpoint and the set of policies for the destination endpoint, sending, by the policy server, an authorization response to the mapping server; and based on the authorization response, sending, by the mapping server, a response to the resolve request to the originator endpoint.

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


Preferred contact decision service
Patent No. 10659524 

Inventor(s): Erik H. Katzen (Argyle, TX), Sumit Patel (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15172608 on 06/03/2016 (1446 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an approach for determining a preferred communication channel, the computer receives a query that includes a unique client identifier. The computer retrieves one or more communication channels from an entry within a data repository, wherein the entry is associated with the received query. The computer determines one or more communication channel results based, at least in part, on one or more success rates respectively associated with the retrieved one or more communication channels within the data repository. The computer creates a first ordered list of communication channel results in which the determined one or more communication channel results are ordered based, at least in part, on the one or more success rates of the determined one or more communication channels. The computer selects a preferred communication channel from the created first ordered list of communication channel results. The computer initiates a communication via the selected preferred communication channel.

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


System and method for calling a service representative using an intelligent voice assistant
Patent No. 10659585 

Inventor(s): Richard Daniel Graham (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): United States Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Plumsea Law Group, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16404806 on 05/07/2019 (378 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for making a call to a service provider on behalf of a user is disclosed. The system and method include using an intelligent voice assistant to call the service provider and having the intelligent voice assistant navigate an interactive voice response system to reach a representative. The system and method also include using the intelligent voice assistant to reconnect a user with a representative after an interrupted call.

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


Control of light spreading with blurring element in projector systems
Patent No. 10659739 

Inventor(s): Brad Walker (Plano, TX), Duane Scott Dewald (Dallas, TX), Nathan Shawn Wainwright (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16403287 on 05/03/2019 (382 days app to issue)

Abstract: Projection systems and/or methods comprising a blurring element are disclosed. In one embodiment, a blurring element may comprise a first plate having a pattern on a first surface and second plate. The first plate and the second plate may comprise material having a slight difference in their respective index of refraction. In another embodiment, a blurring element may comprise a first plate having a pattern thereon and a second immersing material. The blurring element may be placed in between two modulators in a dual or multi-modulator projector system. The blurring element may be configured to give a desired shape to the light transmitted from a first modulator to a second modulator.

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


Multi-level significance maps for encoding and decoding
Patent No. 10659782 

Inventor(s): Dake He (Waterloo, , CA), Nguyen Nguyen (Seattle, WA), Tianying Ji (Albany, CA)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton, PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16226870 on 12/20/2018 (516 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of encoding and decoding for video data are described in which multi-level significance maps are used in the encoding and decoding processes. The significant-coefficient flags that form the significance map are grouped into contiguous groups, and a significant-coefficient-group flag signifies for each group whether that group contains no non-zero significant-coefficient flags. If there are no non-zero significant-coefficient flags in the group, then the significant-coefficient-group flag is set to zero. The set of significant-coefficient-group flags is encoded in the bitstream. Any significant-coefficient flags that fall within a group that has a significant-coefficient-group flag that is non-zero are encoded in the bitstream, whereas significant-coefficient flags that fall within a group that has a significant-coefficient-group flag that is zero are not encoded in the bitstream.

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


Methods and systems for decoding a video bitstream
Patent No. 10659786 

Inventor(s): Christopher A. Segall (Camas, WA), Kiran Misra (Vancouver, WA)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16412522 on 05/15/2019 (370 days app to issue)

Abstract: A video bitstream is decoded by decoding, in a slice header associated with a picture, a first syntax element indicating a number of entropy slices defining a first slice. Each slice contains plural largest coding units (LCUs). A second syntax element indicates an offset with an index, and a third syntax element indicates a slice type of the first slice. When the third syntax element indicates a B slice, a flag indicating one of two coding context initialization methods to be used is decoded. When the third syntax element indicates a P slice, the coding context is initialized using one of two initialization methods. When the third syntax element indicates an I slice, the coding context is initialized using a third initialization method.

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


Set-top box, system and method for providing awareness in a hospitality environment
Patent No. 10659821 

Inventor(s): Thomas R. Miller (Plano, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16155588 on 10/09/2018 (588 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for providing awareness in a hospitality environment are presented. In one embodiment, a vertical and horizontal array of set-top boxes is provided and each set-top box includes an identification corresponding to the room in which the set-top box is placed. Each set-top box includes a wireless transceiver that periodically transmits an identification beacon that is received by a proximate wireless-enabled interactive device. The proximate wireless-enabled interactive device, in turn, broadcasts data packets including an indication of the strength of set-top box identification signals received. The broadcasts are received by a server via an array of wireless routers. The location of the proximate wireless-enabled interactive device is determined based on the signal strength information in the data packets.

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


Headset and method for automatic reduction of ear pressure and barotrauma
Patent No. 10659865 

Inventor(s): Brianna Marie Royer (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15981552 on 05/16/2018 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: A headset and method for controlling pressure in the ears of a user is disclosed. The headset includes a headband, a control earpiece connected to the headband, an earpiece connected to the headband, and a control system housed in the control earpiece and the earpiece to manually and/or automatically control the pressure in each of the control earpiece and the earpiece. In one embodiment, the pressure in each of the control earpiece and the earpiece is manually controlled by increasing and/or decreasing the pressure in each of the control earpiece and the earpiece. In another embodiment, the pressure in each of the control earpiece and the earpiece is automatically adjusted in a ground pressure mode, an ascent mode, and/or a descent mode.

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


System and method for basic service set association
Patent No. 10660028 

Inventor(s): Bin Chen (Shenzhen, , CN), George Calcev (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16415266 on 05/17/2019 (368 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for Basic Service Set (BSS) association, comprises receiving, by a station (STA) from an access point (AP), a frame comprising a traffic type indicator, wherein the traffic type indicator indicates a type of STA that is allowed to associate with the AP and the frame is a beacon frame or a probe response frame; and associating the STA with the AP upon determining that a device type of the STA is indicated by the traffic type indicator.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for network adaptation support in wireless network
Patent No. 10660046 

Inventor(s): Hossein Bagheri (Arlington Heights, IL), Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Qian Cheng (Aurora, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14274484 on 05/09/2014 (2202 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are provided for implementing network adaptation schemes, including small cell on/off adaptation and transmission power control. In an embodiment method for supporting network adaptation, a network component receives a discovery reference signal (DRS) from a network controller that is in a switch-off transmission mode. The network component then performs measurements according to the DRS, and reports the measurements to a network associated with the network controller. In return, the network component receives a radio resource control (RRC) signaling from the network. The RRC signaling includes configuration information allowing a connection between the network component and the network controller. The network component then connects with the network controller in accordance with the configuration information.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for efficient signaling of IoT devices in a wireless telecommunications network
Patent No. 10660067 

Inventor(s): Craig A. Barth (Roanoke, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16114800 on 08/28/2018 (630 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system described herein may provide a mechanism for efficiently delivering messages to a User Equipment (”UE”) associated with a wireless telecommunications network, such as a UE that is frequently in an inactive state. A message for the UE may be received and buffered. Once the network determines that the UE has transitioned from the inactive state to the active state (e.g., as detected by a Mobility Management Entity (”MME”) or an Access and Mobility Management Function (”AMF”)), the buffered message may be provided to the UE using control plane signaling.

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


Inactivity coordination for multi-rat dual-connectivity
Patent No. 10660104 

Inventor(s): Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15997116 on 06/04/2018 (715 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods described herein provide for coordination of inactivity procedures between wireless stations in a multi-RAT dual connectivity scenario. A wireless station identifies, for an end device, a multi-radio access technology (RAT) dual connectivity scenario with dedicated bearers and detects inactivity for a bearer using the master wireless station. In response to the detecting, the master wireless station sends, to a secondary wireless station, an inactivity status check for another bearer of the multi-RAT dual connectivity scenario. When a response to the inactivity status check is received from the secondary wireless station within a designated time window, the master wireless station waits for a release request from the secondary wireless station and initiates an inactivity procedure for the end device when the release request is received.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


FDM transmission for inter-RAT dual connectivity UE
Patent No. 10660114 

Inventor(s): Yang Li (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Kowert Hood Munyon Rankin and Goetzel PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15969653 on 05/02/2018 (748 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods for a wireless device to perform simultaneous uplink activity for multiple RATs in the same carrier using frequency division multiplexing. The wireless device may establish a first wireless link with a first base station according to a first radio access technology (RAT) and a second wireless link with a second base station according to a second RAT. The first base station may provide a first cell operating in a first system bandwidth and the second base station may provide a second cell operating in a second system bandwidth. The wireless device may determine whether the wireless device has uplink activity scheduled according to both the first RAT and the second RAT. If so, the wireless device may perform uplink activity for both the first RAT and the second RAT in the first system bandwidth using frequency division multiplexing.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods and apparatus for device to device synchronization priority
Patent No. 10660146 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Thomas David Novlan (Dallas, TX), Ying Li (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14640846 on 03/06/2015 (1901 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Device to Device (D2D) user equipment (UE) is configured to support synchronization in a D2D network. The D2D UE includes an antenna configured to communicate via a D2D communication. The D2D UE also includes processing circuitry configured to enter a communication Mode 2 when certain conditions are met. The certain conditions include: when a first timer (T[b]310[/b]) for detecting radio link failure is running, a second timer (T[b]311[/b]) for initiating the connection reestablishment is running, or a third timer (T[b]301[/b]) for requesting connection reestablishment is running. In communication Mode 2, the D2D UE, on its own, selects resources from resource pool(s) to transmit D2D data and D2D control information. The processing circuitry further configured to exit the communication Mode 2 and enter a communication Mode 1 when the certain condition is no longer met. In communication Mode 1, the D2D UE uses resources configured by another station.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Emergency call support using multiple network technologies
Patent No. 10660153 

Inventor(s): Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16214287 on 12/10/2018 (526 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may connect to a first wireless network; determine whether the first wireless network provides a particular service for determining a position of the device; select the first wireless network as a primary network if the first wireless network provides the particular service for determining a position of the device, or select the second wireless network as the primary network if the first wireless network does not provide the particular service for determining a position of the device. If the device selects the first wireless network as the primary network, the device may send a first request to the first wireless network to make a first emergency call to an endpoint over the first wireless network.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

Tire
Patent No. D884587 

Inventor(s): Limin Jiang (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Braxton Perrone, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29628732 on 12/07/2017 (894 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Computer mouse
Patent No. D884699 

Inventor(s): Shazim Mohammad (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Glorious PC Gaming Race LLC (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Creedon PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29677402 on 01/19/2019 (486 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Display screen or portion thereof with graphical user interface
Patent No. D884726 

Inventor(s): Richard Deitch (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): PALANTIR TECHNOLOGIES INC. (Palo Alto, CA)
Law Firm: McAndrews, Held Malloy, Ltd. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29678498 on 01/29/2019 (476 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Display screen with animated graphical user interface
Patent No. D884740 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Skylar Radcliffe (Carrollton, TX), Bryan Joseph Tamayo (Allen, TX), Geoffrey Wayne Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Staevan Alan Duckworth (The Colony, TX, U
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29690657 on 05/09/2019 (376 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Insulated wood reinforced structural building panel
Patent No. D884925 

Inventor(s): Richard L Rue (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Handley Law Firm, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29694553 on 06/11/2019 (343 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Insulated reinforced structural building panel
Patent No. D884926 

Inventor(s): Richard L. Rue (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Handley Law Firm, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29694598 on 06/12/2019 (342 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet feeder
Patent No. D884985 

Inventor(s): Yunhao Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: ZANIP (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29685159 on 03/27/2019 (419 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet feeder
Patent No. D884986 

Inventor(s): Yunhao Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: ZANIP (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29685160 on 03/27/2019 (419 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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