Dallas Invents: 141 Patents Granted for Week of May 25

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

Patents granted include:
7-Eleven’s selective verification of algorithmically populated shopping carts
AT&T’s ad placement based on viewer movement
Bank of America’s voice-based time-sensitive task processing
Berenson Consulting Group’s infusion monitoring and patient compliance system
Capital One’s vehicle information in augmented reality
Cisco’s speaker anticipation in a video conference
Home Depot’s method for creating an augmented reality experience
Inertechip’s air curtain containment system for data centers
Intellective AI’s anomalous object interaction detection and reporting
Leland Stanford Junior University’s micro needle patches for transdermal delivery
USAA’s machine-learning based call routing-system
Verizon’s prevention of unauthorized voice detection via fiber links


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 25, 2021 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES 9
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING 18
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY 4
D: TEXTILES; PAPER 1
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 6
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING 12
G: PHYSICS 39
H: ELECTRICITY 43
DESIGN 9


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 9
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 9
ATT Intellectual Property (Atlanta, GA) 5
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 5
Capital One Services LLC (McLean, VA) 4
CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC) 4
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 4
Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson) 4
Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ) 4

UNASSIGNED 12


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Bryan Marshall (Mansfield) 2
Eric Norman Tucker (Denton) 2
Joseph Richard Carpenter (Kennedale) 2
Liju Mathews (Plano) 2
Ponnazhakan Subramanian (McKinney) 2
Romelia H. Flores (Keller) 2
Satish Chikkaveerappa (McKinney) 2
Steve Michael Loveland (Fort Worth) 2
Xiangyang Ai (Plano) 2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

System and method for infant securing device
Patent No. 11013348 

Inventor(s): Huixiang Sullivan (Coppell, TX, US), Matthew Sullivan (Coppell, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Bold IP, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16874253 on 05/14/2020 (376 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for an infant securing apparatus that allows for infants to remain safely in a crib wherein the infant is prevented from rolling over on their stomach, sit, or stand up and injure themselves, the apparatus having a stable blanket to keep an infant warm while avoiding the infant being suffocated by the blanket.

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


Compounds supports hematopoietic stem cells and red blood cells
Patent No. 11013704 

Inventor(s): Chengcheng Zhang (Dallas, TX, US), Chuo Chen (Dallas, TX, US), Mi Deng (Plano, TX, US), Yi Liu (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX, US)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15312790 on 05/12/2015 (2205 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods of using a compound to induce regeneration of hematopoietic stem cells or increase the recovery of red blood cells. In some aspects, the present methods can be used to with or in place of erythropoietin in patients to mitigate the side effects of erythropoietin.

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


Inhibitors of multidrug resistance transporter p-glycoprotein
Patent No. 11013739 

Inventor(s): Alexander R. Lippert (Dallas, TX, US), Amila K. Nanyakkara (Dallas, TX, US), Courtney A. Follit (Dallas, TX, US), Frances K. Brewer (Waxahachie, TX, US), John G. Wise (Dallas, TX, US), Maha Ali Aljowni (Tabuk, , SA), Pia D. Vogel (Dallas, TX,
Assignee(s): Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16675882 on 11/06/2019 (566 days app to issue)

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

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


Library of pH responsive polymers and nanoprobes thereof
Patent No. 11013818 

Inventor(s): Baran D. Sumer (Dallas, TX, US), Gang Huang (Plano, TX, US), Jinming Gao (Plano, TX, US), Tian Zhao (Irving, TX, US), Xinpeng Ma (Dallas, TX, US), Yang Li (Dallas, TX, US), Yiguang Wang (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX, US)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16114187 on 08/27/2018 (1002 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to polymers which contain a hydrophobic and hydrophilic segment which is sensitive to pH. In some aspects, the polymers form a micelle which is sensitive to pH and results in a change in fluorescence based upon the particular pH. In some aspects, the disclosure also provides methods of using the polymers for the imaging of cellular or extracellular environment or delivering a drug.

[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)


Anesthetic breast pad
Patent No. 11013882 

Inventor(s): Joni Ann Wilson (Allen, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15219495 on 07/26/2016 (1764 days app to issue)

Abstract: An anesthetic breast pad includes a polyester panel having a front surface, a rear surface, a continuous peripheral edge and a central aperture for accommodating a wearer’’s breast nipple. A sectoral notch extending from the peripheral edge to the central aperture allows the aperture and the panel to expand, contract and contort to comfortably adapt to the wearer. On the rear surface of the panel, along the entire peripheral edge, is an adhesive strip for tenuously securing the pad to the wearer. Within the boundary formed by the continuous adhesive strip is a thin sheet pretreated with a topical anesthetic. Accordingly, prior to surgery, a patient adhesively secures the pad to the breast to conveniently apply the anesthetic to the underlying area.

[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]


Microneedle patches for transdermal delivery
Patent No. 11013899 

Inventor(s): Feng Xu (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY (Stanford, CA, US)
Law Firm: Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15997412 on 06/04/2018 (1086 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiment provided herein are directed to microneedle patches for agent application on a mammal skin. The microneedle patch may comprise a patch scaffold having a surface, and a plurality of microneedles disposed on the surface. Each of the microneedles may be capable of piercing the skin 50 m to 1000 m deep, and comprises a composite material comprising polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and one or more additional copolymers selected from the group consisting of maltose, leucine, and dileucine.

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


Infusion monitoring device and patient compliance system
Patent No. 11017894 

Inventor(s): Mitchell Thomas Berenson (Royse City, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Berenson Consulting Group Inc. (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: Hitchcock Evert LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17003793 on 08/26/2020 (272 days app to issue)

Abstract: An infusion monitoring device (IMD) for facilitating infusion pump medication treatment compliance. The IMD having at least one sensor to monitor data on a tube extending from an infusion pump. The IMD may be part of a compliance system. The IMD able to collect data and communicate data to a network for remote compliance analysis. The system provides compliance feedback to support the patient and improve compliance with the treatment process.

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


Impact barrier for a storage unit
Patent No. 11013328 

Inventor(s): Victor A. Sahm, III (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Southwest Agri-Plastics, Inc. (Addison, TX, US)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15220104 on 07/26/2016 (1764 days app to issue)

Abstract: An impact barrier for a storage rack support structure includes an arcuate outer wall having opposed first and second ends, the first and second ends being spaced apart to form a gap therebetween. The impact barrier further includes a first deflection element, a second deflection element, and a third deflection element, wherein the third deflection element is positioned between the first and second deflection elements. The first deflection element extends from the first end to a first medial position on the outer wall between the first end and the third deflection element, and the second deflection element extends from the second end to a second medial position on the outer wall between the second end and the third deflection element. Upon impact, the first, second and third deflection elements deform to dissipate the energy generated by the impact.

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


Apparatus for protecting telecommunication radios and methods of using the same
Patent No. 11019741 

Inventor(s): Mark George Spaulding (Wylie, TX, US)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC, US)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16386614 on 04/17/2019 (769 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present application describes an apparatus for protecting telecommunications radios. Methods of using the same are also provided.

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


 

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

Processability of polymeric substrates and related methods
Patent No. 11013835 

Inventor(s): Walter Voit (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14376352 on 02/03/2013 (3033 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention discloses a method for adhering a metal layer to a polymer substrate. The metal layer is deposited on a sacrificial substrate of a mold to form part of an interior surface of the mold, and a solution of monomers is deposited on the metal layer. The monomers are then polymerized together to form the polymer substrate on the metal layer. Then the polymer substrate is removed from the mold such that the metal layer is removed from the mold and adhered to the polymer substrate.

[B05D] PROCESSES FOR APPLYING LIQUIDS OR OTHER FLUENT MATERIALS TO SURFACES, IN GENERAL (conveying articles or workpieces through baths of liquid B65G, e.g. B65G 49/02) [2]


Diesel dehydrator
Patent No. 11014022 

Inventor(s): Brandon Schwartz (Aledo, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Power Drives, Inc. (Buffalo, NY, US)
Law Firm: Simpson Simpson, PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15979053 on 05/14/2018 (1107 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fuel dehydrator, including a control panel, a fuel pump electrically connected to the control panel, the fuel pump including a first inlet fluidly connected to a fuel supply, and a first outlet, a fuel filter including a second inlet fluidly connected to the first outlet and a second outlet, a water separator, including a third inlet fluidly connected to the second outlet, a third outlet fluidly connected to a fuel return, and an automatic water drain valve fluidly connected to a water drain and electrically connected to the control panel.

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


Needle bending assembly
Patent No. 11014141 

Inventor(s): John Spiegel Michels, Jr. (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Greenfield Invention and Patent Consulting, Inc. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17037568 on 09/29/2020 (238 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of assemblies used for bending spinal needles and method for producing bent spinal needles used in medical procedures are disclosed. In one embodiment, a straight needle is placed in position for a fulcrum to apply pressure onto a designated spot on the needle and apply a bending pressure to bend the needle while the needle is supported at both ends. A barrier wall is configured to limit the movement of the needle resulting from the bending force to prevent overbending of the needle. In two other embodiments, a dual angle bending member enables selecting the bending angle desired by the user to be applied onto the needle. The angle of the bent needle is considerably reduced due to metal relaxation; however, the angle reduction is predictable and is taken into account in calculating the target bending angle.

[B21F] WORKING OR PROCESSING OF METAL WIRE (rolling of metal B21B; by drawing, auxiliary operations used in connection with metal-working without essentially removing material B21C; bundling articles B65B 13/00)


Automated pick and place apparatuses with object alignment systems
Patent No. 11014226 

Inventor(s): Charles K. Hibner, Jr. (Ona, WV, US), David W. Newberry (Gallipolis, OH, US), Eric L. Stroud (Gallipolis Ferry, WV, US), Kathy Lester (Gallipolis, OH, US), Lisa M. Lovejoy (Ona, WV, US)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16172052 on 10/26/2018 (942 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automated pick and place apparatus includes a robotic arm having at least three degrees of freedom. An end effector is mounted to the robotic arm and includes a gripping device for gripping a target object. An actuator actuates the gripping device. An object alignment device is mounted to the robotic arm. The object alignment device includes a body having a base and an end face opposite the base. An alignment projection is slidingly received by the body within an opening and extending outwardly beyond the end face. The alignment projection has an extended configuration and a retracted configuration. A sensor detects when the alignment projection is in the retracted configuration and provides a signal to a processor.

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


Extrusion printing of liquid crystal elastomers
Patent No. 11014285 

Inventor(s): Cedric P. Ambulo (Plano, TX, US), Jennifer M. Boothby (Plano, TX, US), Julia J. Henricks (Dallas, TX, US), Mohand O. Saed (Dallas, TX, US), Taylor H. Ware (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX, US), University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16104574 on 08/17/2018 (1012 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of ink-extrusion printing an object, including providing a mixture including liquid crystal monomers and photo-catalyzing or heating the mixture to produce a liquid crystal ink. The ink is in a nematic phase. The method includes extruding the ink through a print-head orifice moving along a print direction to faun an extruded film of the object. The extruded film exhibits birefringence. Also disclosed are a liquid crystal ink. The ink includes a mixture including liquid crystal monomers. The mixture when at a target printing temperature is in a nematic phase. Also disclosed is ink-extrusion-printed object. The object includes an extrusion-printed film including a nematic liquid crystal elastomer, wherein the film exhibits birefringence along an extrusion axis of the film.

[B33Y] ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING [2015.01]


Hybrid electric vehicle battery charge reduction for improved cooling performance
Patent No. 11014437 

Inventor(s): David W. Cosgrove (Royal Oak, MI, US), Hidekazu Hirabayashi (Ann Arbor, MI, US), Luis Carlos Quinteros Torres (Ann Arbor, MI, US)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter Hampton LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16127135 on 09/10/2018 (988 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for vehicle battery charge reduction. A hybrid electric vehicle is disclosed. The vehicle comprises an internal combustion engine; an electric motor; a battery electrically coupled to the electric motor; a battery charger electrically coupled to the battery and mechanically coupled to the internal combustion engine; one or more sensors, wherein each sensor provides a respective sensor signal, wherein each sensor signal represents a respective current operating condition of the hybrid electric vehicle; and a computing component configured to: perform a first comparison of a state-of-charge of the battery to a charge threshold, perform a second comparison of one or more of the current vehicle operating conditions to respective nominal vehicle operating conditions, wherein none of the vehicle operating conditions describe a condition of the battery, and reduce charging of the battery based on the first comparison and the second comparison.

[B60K] ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PROPULSION UNITS OR OF TRANSMISSIONS IN VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PLURAL DIVERSE PRIME-MOVERS IN VEHICLES; AUXILIARY DRIVES FOR VEHICLES; INSTRUMENTATION OR DASHBOARDS FOR VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH COOLING, AIR INTAKE, GAS EXHAUST OR FUEL SUPPLY OF PROPULSION UNITS IN VEHICLES [2006.01]


Variable strap location on wheel restraint system
Patent No. 11014485 

Inventor(s): Chauncy D. Farrow (Arlington, TX, US), Jason L. Leatherman (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, US), John T. Gilliam (North Richland Hills, TX, US), Paul K. Brown (Benbrook, TX, US), Robert J. Cencer (Tipton, MI, US), William R. Martin (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Assignee(s): TRINITY PARTS COMPONENTS, LLC (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16345288 on 10/30/2017 (1303 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to some embodiments, a wheel restraint system comprises a chock track coupled to a vehicle transport, an anchor mandrel, a ratchet mandrel, and a strap. The anchor mandrel is coupled to the chock track on a first side of a vehicle tire and comprises a pair of strap guides. The distance between the pair of strap guides is wider than the strap. The ratchet mandrel is coupled to the chock track on a second side of the tire. The ratchet mandrel comprises a ratchet for applying a rotational force and a slot for receiving the strap. The slot is wider than the strap. One end of the strap is coupled to the anchor mandrel and the other is inserted into the ratchet mandrel slot. Applying a rotational force to the ratchet mandrel produces a tightening force that tightens the strap around a portion of the vehicle tire.

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


Energy absorption for D-ring attachment bracket
Patent No. 11014528 

Inventor(s): James M. Williams (Ypsilanti, MI, US), Todd Rupert Muck (Fowlerville, MI, US), Yuji Yagi (Ann Arbor, MI, US)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16389433 on 04/19/2019 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle D-ring attachment bracket assembly includes a vehicle D-ring attachment bracket having a first mounting hole, a second mounting hole, and a D-ring bolt hole positioned between the first and second mounting holes. The assembly also includes a first energy absorber attached to the attachment bracket. The first energy absorber includes a first energy absorber first hole positioned coaxially or substantially coaxially with the bracket first mounting hole, and a first energy absorber second hole positioned coaxially or substantially coaxially with the bracket second mounting hole.

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


System and method for reconfiguring an autorack
Patent No. 11014582 

Inventor(s): David W. Higginbotham (Cartersville, GA, US), Gary V. Turner (Lawrenceville, GA, US), Kyle R. Coston (Forney, TX, US), Robert J. DeGroot (Keller, TX, US)
Assignee(s): TRINITY RAIL GROUP, LLC (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16166879 on 10/22/2018 (946 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method comprises removing a first deck of a plurality of decks and a second deck of the plurality of decks from an autorack. The method further comprises removing one or more of a plurality of posts of the autorack and coupling a cross-brace assembly to one or more of the plurality of posts, wherein the cross-brace assembly is coupled to the one or more of the plurality of posts at a location above an existing brace bay of the autorack. The method also comprises coupling the second deck of the plurality of decks to the autorack at a location above or below the cross-brace assembly.

[B61D] BODY DETAILS OR KINDS OF RAILWAY VEHICLES (vehicles in general B60; adaptation of vehicles to special systems B61B; underframes B61F)


Hopper car discharge gates
Patent No. 11014583 

Inventor(s): Lee A. Reitz (Euless, TX, US)
Assignee(s): TRINITY RAIL GROUP, LLC (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15980950 on 05/16/2018 (1105 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to some embodiments, a railcar comprises: an underframe comprising a center sill extending longitudinally along a centerline of the railcar; a hopper coupled to the underframe and comprising a discharge opening; and a discharge assembly coupled to the hopper. The discharge assembly comprises: a sloped side sheet, and a discharge gate frame in a plane offset from horizontal and extending from a bottom of the sloped side sheet to proximate the center sill. The discharge gate frame at least partially surrounds the discharge opening. The discharge assembly further comprises a discharge gate coupled to the discharge gate frame. The discharge gate is operable to move from a closed position that restricts a lading from discharging to an open position that permits the lading to discharge. Moving from the closed position to the open position comprises moving at an angle upward and transverse to the railcar.

[B61D] BODY DETAILS OR KINDS OF RAILWAY VEHICLES (vehicles in general B60; adaptation of vehicles to special systems B61B; underframes B61F)


Vehicle bed side wall configured for vertical load support
Patent No. 11014617 

Inventor(s): Herbert Meingast (Ann Arbor, MI, US), Matthew A. Jansma (Saline, MI, US), Wei Jiang (Ann Arbor, MI, US)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16421768 on 05/24/2019 (732 days app to issue)

Abstract: A side wall of a vehicle bed can be configured to provide support against vertical loads, such as step loading, imposed on a lateral side wall of the bed. The bed can be defined in part by a first lateral side wall and a second lateral side wall. The first and/or second lateral side wall can include an inner wall member, an outer wall member, and a top protector. The top protector can being operatively connected to the inner and outer wall members. The top protector can define a top surface of the respective lateral side wall. The inner wall member can include a transverse portion that extends to an innermost end. The innermost end can be substantially adjacent to an inner side of the top protector. Thus, the inner and outer wall members can support the top protector across substantially its entire width.

[B62D] MOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS (steering, or guiding on a desired track, of agricultural machines or implements A01B 69/00; wheels, castors, axles, increasing wheel adhesion B60B; vehicle tyres, tyre inflation or tyre changing B60C; connections between vehicles of a train or the like B60D; vehicles for use on rail and road, amphibious or convertible vehicles B60F; suspension arrangements B60G; heating, cooling, ventilating or other air treating devices B60H; windows, windscreens, non-fixed roofs, doors or similar devices, protective coverings for vehicles not in use B60J; propulsion plant arrangements, auxiliary drives, transmissions, controls, instrumentation or dashboards B60K; electric equipment or propulsion of electrically-propelled vehicles B60L; power supply for electrically-propelled vehicles B60M; passenger accommodation not otherwise provided for B60N; adaptations for load transportation or to carry special loads or objects B60P; arrangement of signalling or lighting devices, the mounting or supporting thereof or circuits therefor, for vehicles in general B60Q; vehicles, vehicle fittings or vehicle parts, not otherwise provided for B60R; servicing, cleaning, repairing, supporting, lifting, or manoeuvring, not otherwise provided for B60S; brake arrangements, brake control systems or parts thereof B60T; air-cushion vehicles B60V; motorcycles, accessories therefor B62J, B62K; testing of vehicles G01M)


Autorotative enhancement system
Patent No. 11014655 

Inventor(s): Bryan Marshall (Mansfield, TX, US), Carlos Alexander Fenny (Fort Worth, TX, US), Cory M. Hitte (Fort Worth, TX, US), Dudley E. Smith (Arlington, TX, US)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16103083 on 08/14/2018 (1015 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for providing supplemental power includes: a motor-generator or a hydraulic pump-motor configured to attach to a transmission of an engine, a controller connected to the motor-generator or the hydraulic pump-motor, and a battery system or a hydraulic accumulator coupled to the motor-generator or the hydraulic pump-motor, respectively. During normal operation of the engine, the engine drives the transmission to rotate rotor blades connected to the transmission, and the motor-generator or the hydraulic pump-motor draws an energy from the transmission and store the energy in the battery system or the hydraulic accumulator, respectively. Upon a manual and/or an automatic control by the controller, the battery system or the hydraulic accumulator discharges the energy to the motor-generator or the hydraulic pump-motor, respectively, and the motor-generator or the hydraulic pump-motor provides the supplemental power to drive the transmission to rotate the rotor blades.

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


Zero-fastener flushmount balance weight system preserving rotor-blade tip with integral tuning weight retention feature
Patent No. 11014656 

Inventor(s): Bryan Marshall (Mansfield, TX, US), Christopher E. Foskey (Keller, TX, US), Jared Mark Paulson (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15627819 on 06/20/2017 (1435 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes a balancing system that includes a weight box, mounted substantially within the rotor-blade spar, flush with a rotor-blade spar outer surface, operably accessible from a rotor-blade tip, and retained within the rotor-blade spar by a weight-box retention pin, one or more weight-box contact surfaces bonded to a rotor-blade-spar inner surface, or a weight-box lip providing a bearing contact with an edge of a spar rotor-blade spar cutout; and a weight package attached to the weight box, the weight package including a weight-box cover, two or more weight guide-rods attached to the weight-box cover, wherein one of the two or more weight guide-rods is positioned forward of a pitch change axis or center of twist and wherein one of the two weight guide-rods is positioned aft of the pitch change axis or center of twist, and one or more balance weights mounted on the weight guide-rods.

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


Rotorcraft flapping lock
Patent No. 11014659 

Inventor(s): Frank B. Stamps (Colleyville, TX, US), Troy Schank (Keller, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Providence, RI, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16042706 on 07/23/2018 (1037 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of selectively preventing flapping of a rotor hub includes providing a flapping lock proximate to a rotor hub and shaft assembly and moving the flapping lock from an unlocked position to a locked position, the flapping lock operable in the locked position to prevent at least some flapping movement of the rotor hub relative to the shaft, the flapping lock operable in the unlocked position to allow the at least some flapping movement of the rotor hub relative to the shaft.

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


Aerial vehicle with a flight module
Patent No. 11014663 

Inventor(s): Tom M. Neuman (Ann Arbor, MI, US)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16040919 on 07/20/2018 (1040 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aerial vehicle includes a body defining a stowage compartment, and a flight module supported by the body in the stowage compartment. The flight module includes rotors operable to generate aerodynamic force, and is reconfigurable between a stowage configuration and a flight configuration. In the stowage configuration, the flight module is housed by the stowage compartment, with each rotor tucked inboard the body in a stowage position. In the flight configuration, each rotor is perched outboard the body with a skyward-facing orientation in a flight position. Aerodynamic force generated by the rotors is thereby usable for flying through the air.

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


Command interpreter or command parser based control architecture for aircraft control, interface units and/or illuminated pushbutton switches
Patent No. 11014689 

Inventor(s): Craig Jay Coley (Burleson, TX, US), Steven A. Edwards (North Richland Hills, TX, US), Trang Tran Myers (Keller, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Applied Avionics, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16539640 on 08/13/2019 (651 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft control or interface unit with a programmable controller includes an isolated, non-volatile command memory containing the complete, fixed set of non-compiled, text-format commands used for every application programmed into an instance of the aircraft control or interface unit. A command interpreter automatically and sequentially interprets and executes the command set in a continuous loop, where the command set encompasses all commands necessary for the ability to activate, implement and disable all available input, output and processing capabilities within the hardware configuration of the aircraft control or interface unit. A command parser that process and stores the entire command set into executable commands for automatic and sequential execution in a continuous loop, where the command set encompasses all commands necessary for the ability to activate, implement and disable all available input, output and processing capabilities within the hardware configuration of the aircraft control or interface unit.

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


Polymeric films and bags
Patent No. 11014712 

Inventor(s): Brad A. Cobler (Irving, TX, US)
Assignee(s): POLY-AMERICA, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16369722 on 03/29/2019 (788 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of incrementally stretching polymeric film formed from a blown film extrusion process. The present invention is further directed to a polymeric bag formed from an incrementally stretched polymeric film. The incremental stretching is performed on a collapsed polymeric bubble via a pair of intermeshing rollers. The incrementally stretched polymeric film may be stretched only along a portion of its width. The polymeric bag may be a drawstring trash bag with an extended hem where only the extended hem of the bag or the body of the bag comprises incrementally stretched polymeric film.

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


Container and/or container lid with recordable audio player
Patent No. 11014723 

Inventor(s): Kurt L. Jacobs (Allen, TX, US)
Assignee(s): NobleIQ LLC (Patterson, NY, US)
Law Firm: LaBatt, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16252620 on 01/19/2019 (857 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lid including one or more messages relating to a product is provided. The lid can store and play one or more audio messages on an audio device attached thereto. The audio messages can be recorded onto the audio device, loaded onto the audio device at a point of sale, and/or pre-loaded on the audio device at a factory. The lid can also include one or more visual and/or surface texture indicia corresponding to the product, such as the product name, color(s) uniquely corresponding to the product, and/or the like.

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


 

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

Mineral grinding
Patent No. 11014858 

Inventor(s): Larry R. Gibson, II (Coppell, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16089816 on 03/28/2017 (1519 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention pertains to the discovery that short chain aliphatic fatty acids, such as potassium sorbate, can be used in liquid-additive grinding compositions in the amount of at least 10%, more preferably at least 20%, and most preferably at least 30%, to mill carbonate materials into smaller particle size. The carbonate material can optionally be combined with another inorganic material in the grinding operation, such as limestone, lime, dolomites, talc, titanium dioxide, alumina, and kaolin, ceramics, and cement clinker. The use of the particularly described grinding additive composition are food-grade or food-contact approved, and are believed by the present inventors to resist the humectant behavior of the resultant ground particles which could in herently otherwise decrease efficiency of the particulate grinding process.

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


Processes for producing an acetic acid product having low butyl acetate content
Patent No. 11014867 

Inventor(s): Mark O. Scates (Houston, TX, US), Yaw-Hwa Liu (Missouri City, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Celanese International Corporation (Irving, TX, US)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton, LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16209355 on 12/04/2018 (903 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process for producing an acetic acid product having low butyl acetate content via a carbonylation reaction. The carbonylation reaction is carried out at a temperature from 100 to 300 C., a hydrogen partial pressure from 0.3 to 2 atm, and a metal catalyst concentration from 100 to 3000 wppm, based on the weight of the reaction medium. The butyl acetate concentration in the acetic acid product may be controlled by removing acetaldehyde from a stream derived from the reaction medium and/or by adjusting at least one of reaction temperature, hydrogen partial pressure, and metal catalyst concentration.

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


Powder coating compositions and coatings formed therefrom
Patent No. 11015080 

Inventor(s): Travis Owen Bush (Valley View, TX, US)
Assignee(s): PPG Industries Ohio, Inc. (Cleveland, OH, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16541850 on 08/15/2019 (649 days app to issue)

Abstract: A powder coating composition can include: a polyester polymer comprising carboxylic acid functional groups; a crosslinker reactive with the carboxylic acid functional groups of the polyester polymer; and a thermoplastic fluoropolymer unreactive with the polyester polymer and crosslinker. The powder coating composition is substantially free of an isocyanate functional crosslinker.

[C09D] COATING COMPOSITIONS, e.g. PAINTS, VARNISHES OR LACQUERS; FILLING PASTES; CHEMICAL PAINT OR INK REMOVERS; INKS; CORRECTING FLUIDS; WOODSTAINS; PASTES OR SOLIDS FOR COLOURING OR PRINTING; USE OF MATERIALS THEREFOR (cosmetics A61K; processes for applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces, in general, B05D; staining wood B27K 5/02; glazes or vitreous enamels C03C; natural resins, French polish, drying-oils, driers, turpentine, per se, C09F; polishing compositions other than French polish, ski waxes C09G; adhesives or use of materials as adhesives C09J; materials for sealing or packing joints or covers C09K 3/10; materials for stopping leaks C09K 3/12; processes for the electrolytic or electrophoretic production of coatings C25D) [5]


Non-metallic belt-driven crosshead drive system for hydraulic decoking
Patent No. 11015124 

Inventor(s): Daniel O. Arzuaga (Hermosa Beach, CA, US), Hrishikesh Raghunath Gadre (Long Beach, CA, US)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving, TX, US)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl, LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16909127 on 06/23/2020 (336 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for raising and lowering a cutting tool within a decoking drum, a decoking system and a method of raising and lowering a decoking system cutting tool. Instead of using metallic ropes, chains, or a self-propelled gear-based approach, non-metallic belts are secured at respective ends to a crosshead and one or more counterweights to enable vertical movement of the crosshead that in turn permits vertical movement of the cutting tool throughout the height of the drum. A motorized pulley system controls the movement of the belt, and preferably avoids having the motor be carried by the crosshead. The belts on each pulley are preferably arranged as cooperative sets so that within each set, both primary load belts and secondary load belts are present. Enhanced engagement between at least the primary load belts and the pulleys promotes greater load-bearing capability, while the secondary load belts are sufficiently strong to ensure positional stability of the crosshead and decoking tool upon damage to or failure of one or more of the primary load belts.

[C10B] DESTRUCTIVE DISTILLATION OF CARBONACEOUS MATERIALS FOR PRODUCTION OF GAS, COKE, TAR, OR SIMILAR MATERIALS (cracking oils C10G; underground gasification of minerals E21B 43/295) [5]


[D] TEXTILES; PAPER


System for drying personal protective equipment
Patent No. 11015284 

Inventor(s): Alex Ignacio Cacho (Crowley, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16597225 on 10/09/2019 (594 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for supporting and drying personal protective equipment includes a ducting frame assembly, ventilated equipment racks connected to the frame assembly, and valves between the equipment racks and the ducting frame assembly. The system is supported by a base assembly, bracing, or a combination of a base and braces. A blower forces air through the frame assembly and may heat the air and add disinfecting or deodorizing substances to the air flow. Valves may be opened to direct the forced air into equipment racks and through ventilation apertures or openings in the racks. Personal protective equipment may be disposed upon the equipment racks, so that air is ventilated out of the racks and onto and around protective equipment on the racks.

[D06F] LAUNDERING, DRYING, IRONING, PRESSING OR FOLDING TEXTILE ARTICLES (apparatus for blocking, pressing, steaming, or stretching hats A42C; treating textile materials by liquids, gases or vapors D06B; chemical matters, see D06L, D06M)


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Downhole tool with fixed cutters for removing rock
Patent No. 11015394 

Inventor(s): Carl Aron Deen (Fort Worth, TX, US), Christopher M. Casad (Benbrook, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Ulterra Drilling Technologies, LP (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16104854 on 08/17/2018 (1012 days app to issue)

Abstract: A drag bit includes a blade extending from the bit body and supporting inner cutters proximate the longitudinal axis and outer cutters spaced from the longitudinal axis. The inner cutters are rotationally offset from the outer cutters. During operation the inner cutters deposit cut material in a channel that is contiguous with a channel that receives material cut by the outer cutters. The cutters and the contiguous channels flush agglomerating material from the slots.

[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]


Filament-reinforced composite material with load-aligned filament windings
Patent No. 11015415 

Inventor(s): Brian David Oligschlaeger (Aledo, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Nine Downhole Technologies, LLC (Houston, TX, US)
Law Firm: Vinson Elkins L.L.P. (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15981592 on 05/16/2018 (1105 days app to issue)

Abstract: A filament-reinforced composite material having with load-aligned filament windings enables improvement of mechanical properties for specific loading of parts made from the material. The orientation of the winding within the part may be changed depending on an orientation of an external load to the part. In one example, the part may be a slip in a frac plug or a bridge plug in a downhole application.

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


Wellbore isolation devices with degradable slip assemblies with slip inserts
Patent No. 11015416 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX, US), Zachary William Walton (Carrollton, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX, US)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16206778 on 11/30/2018 (907 days app to issue)

Abstract: Downhole tools including a wellbore isolation device that provides a plurality of components including a mandrel, and a slip assembly comprising a plurality of slip elements including a slip wedge and a slip, wherein an element of the slip assembly is composed of a degradable metal material, and wherein the slip comprises a slip insert embedded therein, the slip insert having a compressive strength of greater than about 120,000 psi.

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


System and method for transmitting information in a borehole
Patent No. 11015442 

Inventor(s): Todd W. Benson (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Helmerich Payne Technologies, LLC (Tulsa, OK, US)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16440381 on 06/13/2019 (712 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for producing controlled vibrations within a borehole. In one example, the system includes a movement mechanism and a controller. The movement mechanism is configured to enable translational movement of a first surface relative to a second surface to allow the first surface to impact the second surface to produce a plurality of beats. The frequency and amplitude of the beats may be selectively controlled by suppressing or dampening the beats. The controller is configured to selectively control an amplitude or frequency of the beats to encode information therein, where the amplitude of a beat may be selectively controlled by dampening or suppressing the impact of the first surface and the second surface.

[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]


Electrochemical sensing using optical systems with electrochemical probes for wellbore applications
Patent No. 11015445 

Inventor(s): Neal Gregory Skinner (Lewisville, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX, US)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16326830 on 10/03/2016 (1695 days app to issue)

Abstract: A property of a downhole fluid, for example, a chemical species or ion concentration, may be accurately determined and logged based on measurements received from an optical detector where the optical detector is fed information or signals from an optical system coupled to one or more electrochemical probes calibrated for one or more properties of a fluid. The one or more electrochemical probes provide a potential to the optical system based, at least in part, on exposure to the downhole fluid. The optical system receives an optical signal from a light source that is transmitted via a transmission line, such as a fiber optic cable. Downhole information from the optical system is transmitted to the surface via the same or another transmission line. Thus, the signals are in the optical domain rather than the electrical domain. Multiple properties may be measured simultaneously using the same transmission line.

[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]


Downhole pump system
Patent No. 11015590 

Inventor(s): William R. Howell, Sr. (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15893116 on 02/09/2018 (1201 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole pump system for increasing production of a well includes a mechanical steam pump, a steam generator, a plurality of electrical pumps, and a cable. The mechanical steam pump is disposed within a horizontal section of the well. The electrical pumps are disposed in series within the vertical section of the well above the steam generator. The cable connects the mechanical steam pump, the steam generator, and the electrical pumps.

[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]


 

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LIGHTING | HEATING | WEAPONS | BLASTING

 

Auto start/stop control based on cooled seat signal systems and methods
Patent No. 11015563 

Inventor(s): Abhishek Srivastava (Ann Arbor, MI, US), David W. Cosgrove (Milford, MI, US), Hidekazu Hirabayashi (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter Hampton LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16430273 on 06/03/2019 (722 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for managing auto start of a vehicle during an auto-stop condition may include: determining an operational status of a vehicle climate control system; receiving a target air outlet temperature from the vehicle climate control system; receiving data indicating a state of a cooled seat of the vehicle; and inhibiting a start-engine command to restart an internal combustion engine of the vehicle because of a cabin cooling requirement when the data indicates that the cooled seat of the vehicle is activated.

[F02N] STARTING OF COMBUSTION ENGINES (starting of free-piston combustion-engines F02B 71/02; starting of gas-turbine plants F02C 7/26); STARTING AIDS FOR SUCH ENGINES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Method and apparatus for pressure equalization in rotary compressors
Patent No. 11015604 

Inventor(s): Brandon Ullrich (Grand Prairie, TX, US), Shawket Ayub (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX, US)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16687873 on 11/19/2019 (553 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high side compressor system includes a compressor housing, motor, and a compression chamber. The compression chamber is disposed within the compressor housing. An accumulator is fluidly coupled to the compressor housing via a pressure-equalization tube. A pressure-equalization valve is disposed in the pressure-equalization tube. The pressure-equalization valve closes access to the pressure-equalization tube responsive to an electrical current being applied to the pressure-equalization valve. The pressure-equalization valve is electrically coupled to a compression mechanism such that interruption of electrical current to the compression mechanism interrupts electrical current to the pressure-equalization valve thereby opening the pressure-equalization valve.

[F04C] ROTARY-PISTON, OR OSCILLATING-PISTON, POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES FOR LIQUIDS (engines driven by liquids F03C); ROTARY-PISTON, OR OSCILLATING-PISTON, POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT PUMPS (engine fuel-injection pumps F02M)


Pinned cylindrical roller bearing
Patent No. 11015644 

Inventor(s): Curtis Harrison (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Engineered Bearing Technology, Inc. (Ft. Worth, TX, US)
Law Firm: Registered Patent Attorney PA (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16894789 on 06/06/2020 (353 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pinned roller bearing assembly having a plurality of pinned rollers, wherein each of the pins has a first threaded end received in a threaded aperture of a first support ring, and a second unthreaded and shouldered end received in a countersunk and unthreaded aperture of a second support ring. Each end of each pin extends through its respective support ring and is rivetingly domed outside the support ring to secure its position and configuration. The pinned roller bearings and support rings are disposed within an outer and inner race.

[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]


Hybrid elastomeric self-lubricated bearing
Patent No. 11015652 

Inventor(s): Bryan Kenneth Baskin (Arlington, TX, US)
Assignee(s): LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION (Bethesda, MD, US)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16253004 on 01/21/2019 (855 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hybrid bearing system includes a self-lubricated bearing assembly including a self-lubricated bearing element and at least one elastomeric bearing assembly arranged adjacent the self-lubricated bearing assembly. The elastomeric bearing assembly is torsionally mated with the self-lubricated bearing element as a torsional load is applied about an axis of the self-lubricated bearing.

[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]


Axial cam gearbox mechanism
Patent No. 11015685 

Inventor(s): Barry F. Koch (Ingolstadt, , DE), Carlos A. Hoefken (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): MOTUS LABS, LLC (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16874379 on 05/14/2020 (376 days app to issue)

Abstract: The gearbox mechanism includes a plurality of cam-actuated rocker block assemblies, for transferring power to an output gear. Each rocker block assembly includes a gear pad having a surface that periodically interfaces with the output gear. The interface surface comprises a plurality of projections which correspond to complementary projections on the output gear. Each rocker block assembly further includes a gear pad, a rocker arm, cam followers and/or path followers, which connect or link the rocker block to a cam assembly, which in turn is connected to a power source. The cam assembly includes about its circumference a unique pathway or groove for each cam followers and/or a second unique pathway or groove in the cam’’s planar surface for the pathway follower so that the movement of the gear block may be controlled in two or three dimensions in accordance with a certain design parameter.

[F16H] GEARING


Air curtain containment system and assembly for data centers
Patent No. 11015824 

Inventor(s): Ken Nguyen (Danbury, CT, US)
Assignee(s): INERTECHIP LLC (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Weber Rosselli Cannon LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15695807 on 09/05/2017 (1358 days app to issue)

Abstract: An air curtain containment system and assembly for data centers forms an air curtain over the server cabinets thereby separating hot air in a hot aisle from cool ambient air. The air curtain containment system includes ducts which include a hot air intake section that receives hot air discharged from servers, which are disposed in server cabinets. The ducts include heat exchangers for cooling the hot air and at least one air curtain discharge section. A housing is coupled to a wall of the ducts, and includes a cooling edge device fan. The cooling edge device fan is disposed along the ducts, and is configured to draw the hot air for cooling through the heat exchangers. An air curtain fan assembly is disposed along the ducts. The air curtain fan assembly expels cold air through the air curtain discharge section, and thereby forms an air curtain over the server cabinets.

[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)


Automated climate control system with override
Patent No. 11015826 

Inventor(s): Alan E. Bennett (Denton, TX, US), Anna Vishinsky (Little Elm, TX, US), Anuradha Sundararajan (Allen, TX, US), John Manby (McKinney, TX, US), Rosa Maria Leal (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX, US)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15209233 on 07/13/2016 (1777 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one embodiment, a system includes at least one of a cooling system and a heating system, an automation controller, a sensor, and a switch. The automation controller provides a first input indicating a first temperature set point. The sensor detects a temperature of a second space proximate the sensor and provides a second input indicating the temperature of the second space and a second temperature set point. The switch activates at least one of the cooling system and the heating system based on the second temperature set point in response to a determination that the second input overrides the first input.

[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)


Brackets for mounting components within a furnace
Patent No. 11015837 

Inventor(s): Joshua Brian Coley (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Trane International Inc. (Davidson, NC, US)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16422024 on 05/24/2019 (732 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to mounting components of a furnace. A mounting assembly may include brackets attached to a burner box of the furnace. Each bracket includes an opening configured to receive a gas line, a recess configured to receive a gas supply valve, a pressure transducer aperture configured to receive a pressure transducer, and slots adjacent to the pressure transducer aperture. The slots are configured to secure the pressure transducer to the bracket.

[F24H] FLUID HEATERS, e.g. WATER OR AIR HEATERS, HAVING HEAT-GENERATING MEANS, IN GENERAL (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; tube furnaces for thermal non-catalytic cracking C10G 9/20; devices, e.g. valves, for venting and aerating enclosures F16K 24/00; steam traps or like apparatus F16T; steam generation F22; combustion apparatus F23; domestic stoves or ranges F24B, F24C; domestic- or space-heating systems F24D; furnaces, kilns, ovens, retorts F27; heat-exchangers F28; electric heating elements or arrangements H05B)


HVAC condenser coil isolators
Patent No. 11015849 

Inventor(s): Aylan A. Him (Coppell, TX, US), Miguel Montemayor (Carrollton, TX, US), Tate Joseph Byers (Farmers Branch, TX, US), William Toombs, Jr. (Carrollton, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX, US)
Law Firm: Hubbard Johnston, PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16015174 on 06/21/2018 (1069 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one instance, an isolator for a heating, ventilating, and cooling (HVAC) system is provided that is a formed plastic member that is disposed between dissimilar metals of the bottom of the condenser and a base pan that supports the condenser or between two dissimilar metals of another HVAC heat exchanger. The isolator separates the two dissimilar metals involved from each of those components and also provides gaps or apertures to drain any water that otherwise might become standing water that potentially causes oxidation or increased oxidation. Other aspects are disclosed.

[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)


Adjustable multi-pass heat exchanger system
Patent No. 11015882 

Inventor(s): Mark Olsen (Carrollton, TX, US), Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX, US)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16242168 on 01/08/2019 (868 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, a heat exchanger system may include one or more flow paths. At least one of the flow paths may be associated with more than one pass and/or fluid flow through the flow path may be restricted. A setting of the heat exchanger system may include associations between flow path(s) and/or pass(es). A setting for the heat exchanger system may be determined, and the heat exchanger system may be allowed to operate in the determined setting, in some implementations.

[F28F] DETAILS OF HEAT-EXCHANGE OR HEAT-TRANSFER APPARATUS, OF GENERAL APPLICATION (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; water or air traps, air venting F16)


System and method for marksmanship training
Patent No. 11015902 

Inventor(s): James L. Northrup (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Shooting Simulator, LLC (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16814860 on 03/10/2020 (441 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for and method of use of an augmented reality display is provided. The preferred system is implemented by one or more tactical units calculating a target path from a weapon position and a range. A lead is calculated. A phantom target is displayed at the lead. A virtual laser and virtual tracer are provided to assist in target tracking. A spotter unit is also provided to supplement target path and range data. A neural network is provided to learn from tracking and successful lead data and to predict lead in the tactical theatre.

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


Control line stabilizer for a pressure regulator
Patent No. 11016514 

Inventor(s): Justin W. Hart (Melissa, TX, US), Tony A. Durant (McKinney, TX, US)
Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney, TX, US)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16152853 on 10/05/2018 (963 days app to issue)

Abstract: A control line stabilizer includes a body defining an inlet chamber, an outlet chamber, a passageway connecting the inlet chamber and the outlet chamber, a first seat, and a second seat. A disc is disposed in the passageway and is movable between a first closed position, in which the disc engages the first seat, an open position, in which the disc is spaced away from the first seat and the second seat, and a second closed position in which the disc engages the second seat. A first spring is disposed in the outlet chamber and is operatively coupled to the disc. A second spring is disposed in the inlet chamber and is operatively coupled to the disc. The disc restricts fluid flow through the passageway by moving to the first closed position and by moving to the second closed position.

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


 

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Remote access of transports
Patent No. 11014534 

Inventor(s): Andrew L. Wells (Denton, TX, US), Felipe G. Salles (Garland, TX, US), Joshua C. Batie (Frisco, TX, US), Joshua V. Marasigan (Carrollton, TX, US), Neil Dutta (Addison, TX, US), Robert D. Slater (Murphy, TX, US), Ryan T. Oehler (Plano, TX, US), Se
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16510888 on 07/13/2019 (682 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of connecting, by a processor of a transport, to a network comprised of a plurality of transports, receiving, by the processor of the transport, an access key request to the transport from a device, broadcasting, by the processor of the transport, the request to the network, collecting, by the processor of the transport, authorizations from a subset of the plurality of the transports, and sending a one-time access key to the device, if the authorizations are received from a minimal required number of the transports.

[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)


Systems and methods for longitudinal position correction of a vehicle using mapped landmarks
Patent No. 11015940 

Inventor(s): Kristofer D. Kusano (Ann Arbor, MI, US)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15929033 on 07/13/2018 (1047 days app to issue)

Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to correcting the longitudinal position of a vehicle using mapped landmarks. One embodiment identifies, in stored map data, a mapped landmark that is within a predetermined distance from the vehicle; identifies one or more detected stationary objects that are within a predetermined distance from the mapped landmark; tracks the one or more detected stationary objects for at least a first predetermined time period; matches, with the mapped landmark, a particular object among the one or more tracked detected stationary objects; tracks the particular object for at least a second predetermined time period; calculates a longitudinal distance between the particular object and the mapped landmark; and corrects the longitudinal position of the vehicle based on the longitudinal distance.

[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)


Method and apparatus for path based map matching
Patent No. 11015941 

Inventor(s): Qi Mao (Arlington, TX, US)
Assignee(s): HERE GLOBAL B.V. (Eindhoven, , NL)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15990264 on 05/25/2018 (1096 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method map matches probe data to a candidate road segment or node. Methods may include: searching for candidate road segments or nodes for each probe data point to be matched to, where searching for candidate road segments or nodes includes: searching within a predefined radius of each probe data point for road segments or nodes and in response to no road segments or nodes being found within the predefined radius of the respective probe data point, iteratively increasing the predefined radius and searching again until a predefined maximum radius is reached or at least two road segment candidates or node candidates are found; map matching each probe data point to a respective road segment candidate or node candidate based on the road segment candidate or node candidate found in the search; and generating a path based on the map matched probe data points from a respective probe.

[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)


Indicator of sterilization efficacy using a data logger with cloud/software application
Patent No. 11015983 

Inventor(s): Carlos Manuel Contreras (Denton, TX, US), Michael James D’’Onofrio (Dallas, TX, US), Raghunath Puttaiah (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA, US)
Law Firm: North Weber and Baugh LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15778133 on 11/14/2016 (1653 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention relates to a device ([b]6[/b]) for communicating data with a data logger ([b]28[/b]) that measures the temperature of ambient gas and logs the temperature data into a memory ([b]55[/b]). The device ([b]6[/b]) includes a body ([b]73[/b]) for mounting a data logger ([b]28[/b]) thereon, wherein the data logger ([b]28[/b]) is disposed inside a capsule ([b]12, 40[/b]). The data logger ([b]28[/b]) includes: top and bottom covers ([b]50, 51[/b]) that define an enclosed space and includes an electrical circuit ([b]52[/b]) disposed in the enclosed space and having a memory ([b]55[/b]) for storing data; a pair of electrodes ([b]71, 72[/b]) for extending through two holes ([b]18, 32[/b]) formed in the capsule ([b]12, 40[/b]) and contacting the top and bottom covers ([b]50, 51[/b]) of the data logger, respectively; a processor ([b]1001[/b]) for retrieving data stored in the memory ([b]55[/b]) through the pair of electrodes ([b]71, 72[/b]); and a communication device ([b]1015[/b]) for transmitting the data.

[G01K] MEASURING TEMPERATURE; MEASURING QUANTITY OF HEAT; THERMALLY-SENSITIVE ELEMENTS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (radiation pyrometry G01J 5/00)


Vehicular simulation
Patent No. 11016004 

Inventor(s): Craig Lee (Frisco, TX, US)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA, US)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15191610 on 06/24/2016 (1796 days app to issue)

Abstract: Vehicle profiles allow drivers of vehicles to select any vehicle they desire to simulate. A graphical dashboard may be reconfigured to assume a graphical interface of any vehicle. A prospective buyer of an electric vehicle may configure the dashboard of a conventional, internal combustion vehicle to visually simulate an electric vehicle.

[G01M] TESTING STATIC OR DYNAMIC BALANCE OF MACHINES OR STRUCTURES; TESTING OF STRUCTURES OR APPARATUS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Reaction vessel moving member for moving reaction vessels from a processing track to a rotating device in a diagnostic analzyer
Patent No. 11016109 

Inventor(s): Robert Luoma (Colleyville, TX, US)
Assignee(s): ABBOTT LABORATORIES (Abbott Park, IL, US)
Law Firm: Klintworth Rozenblat IP LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16376069 on 04/05/2019 (781 days app to issue)

Abstract: A diagnostic analyzer includes a rotating device, a first optical reader, and a second optical reader. The rotating device includes a first darkened compartment, a second darkened compartment, and an optical path along which the first darkened compartment and the second darkened compartment travel. The first optical reader is operable to read the first darkened compartment and the second optical reader is operable to read the second darkened compartment.

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


Method, apparatus and system for detecting stray magnetic field
Patent No. 11016150 

Inventor(s): Jason Chilcote (Frisco, TX, US)
Assignee(s): HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC. (Morris Plains, NJ, US)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16429524 on 06/03/2019 (722 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems for detecting a stray magnetic field are provided. An example apparatus may include a first magnetic sensor element at a first position relative to a magnetic field source to detect a target magnetic field emitted by the magnetic field source, a second magnetic sensor element at a second position relative to the magnetic field source to detect the target magnetic field emitted by the magnetic field source, and a processor element electronically coupled to the first magnetic sensor element and the second magnetic sensor element. In some examples, the processor element may be configured to: receive a first output from the first magnetic sensor element, receive a second output from the second magnetic sensor element, and detect the stray magnetic field interfering with the target magnetic field based at least in part on the first output and the second output.

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


Method and apparatus for a shaped optical path length extender
Patent No. 11016307 

Inventor(s): D. Scott Dewald (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Avegant Corp. (San Mateo, GA, US)
Law Firm: Nicholson De Vos Webster Elliott LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16559121 on 09/03/2019 (630 days app to issue)

Abstract: A digital light path length modulator includes an optical path length extender (OPLE) and a polarization modulator. The OPLE has two light paths with different path lengths, such that the light having a first polarization is directed through a first light path, and the light having a second polarization is directed through a second light path.

[G02F] DEVICES OR ARRANGEMENTS, THE OPTICAL OPERATION OF WHICH IS MODIFIED BY CHANGING THE OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF THE MEDIUM OF THE DEVICES OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CONTROL OF THE INTENSITY, COLOUR, PHASE, POLARISATION OR DIRECTION OF LIGHT, e.g. SWITCHING, GATING, MODULATING OR DEMODULATING; TECHNIQUES OR PROCEDURES FOR THE OPERATION THEREOF; FREQUENCY-CHANGING; NON-LINEAR OPTICS; OPTICAL LOGIC ELEMENTS; OPTICAL ANALOGUE/DIGITAL CONVERTERS [4]


Method and system for creating a personalized experience in connection with a stored value token
Patent No. 11016557 

Inventor(s): Andrew Harper (Dallas, TX, US), Mackenzie Squires (Dallas, TX, US), Nathan Clark (Forney, TX, US), Randy Lee Bradshaw (Wylie, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Home Depot Product Authority, LLC (Atlanta, GA, US)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15590539 on 05/09/2017 (1477 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for creating an augmented reality experience. The method includes receiving a value to associate with a stored value token, searching a database for one of products and services that are sold close to the value, matching at least one of a product and a service which is sold close to the value, and creating a record comprising a token identifier and a graphical item representing one of the product and service that is found during matching, receiving a request to initiate the augmented reality experience. The method further includes, in response to the request, preparing data comprising augmented reality information including a video file and the record. The method further includes sending the data over a computer network.

[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]


Serializing access to fault tolerant memory
Patent No. 11016683 

Inventor(s): Gary Gostin (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX, US)
Law Firm: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Patent Department (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16707946 on 12/09/2019 (533 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to an example, a lock may be requested by a first redundancy controller from a parity media controller to perform a first sequence that accesses multiple memory modules in a stripe. The lock may be acquired for the stripe so that the first sequence may be performed on the stripe. The lock may then be released from the stripe.

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


Advertising placement based on viewer movement
Patent No. 11016713 

Inventor(s): Gregory Harp (Allen, TX, US)
Assignee(s): ATT Global Network Services Slovakia, s.r.o. (Bratislava, , SK), ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA, US)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16537231 on 08/09/2019 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method in which a processing system obtains data regarding location and trajectory of a prospective advertising viewer, and monitoring the activity and physical environment of the viewer. The method also includes predicting a future condition of the viewer, and predicting a time, location and duration of an exposure of the viewer to an advertising display, in order to define an advertising placement window. The method also includes predicting a level of viewer attention to the advertising display while within the placement window. The method further includes predicting an effectiveness of advertising content exposure to the viewer, based on the advertising content and the predicted attention level; offering an ad placement in the advertising placement window to an advertising entity; and placing an advertisement provided by the advertising entity in accordance with the advertising placement window. Other embodiments are disclosed.

[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]


Enhancing presentation content delivery associated with a presentation event
Patent No. 11016728 

Inventor(s): Erik H. Katzen (Argyle, TX, US), Romelia H. Flores (Keller, TX, US), Sumit Patel (Irving, TX, US)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14326619 on 07/09/2014 (2512 days app to issue)

Abstract: A presenter and an audience associated with a presentation event can be detected. The presentation event can be a real world occurrence and/or a computing session occurrence. The presenter can convey a presentation content to the audience. Presentation data associated with the presentation event can be identified. The presentation data can include the presentation content. The presentation content can include a text and/or a media. A real-time metrics associated with the presenter and the audience can be captured from one or more computing devices associated with the presenter and the audience during the presentation event. The real-time metrics can be analyzed to determine a presenter and an audience recommendation. The presenter recommendation can be presented to the presenter and the audience recommendation to an audience member.

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


Overflow detection and correction in state machine engines
Patent No. 11016790 

Inventor(s): Brian Lewis Brown (Prosper, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID, US)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15645252 on 07/10/2017 (1415 days app to issue)

Abstract: State machine engines are disclosed, including those having an inter-rank bus control system, which may include a register. The state machine engine may include a plurality of configurable elements, such that each of the plurality of configurable elements comprises a plurality of memory cells. These cells may analyze data and output a result of the analysis. The IR bus control system may halt a write operation of data to be analyzed by the cells based, at least in part, on one or more conditions.

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


Methods and apparatus to detect and correct errors in destructive read non-volatile memory
Patent No. 11016842 

Inventor(s): Manish Goel (Plano, TX, US), Sai Zhang (Urbana, IL, US), Yuming Zhu (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16122575 on 09/05/2018 (993 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, data are stored in a destructive read non-volatile memory (DRNVM). The DRNVM includes an array of DRNVM cells organized as rows of data. The rows of data are subdivided into columns of code word symbols. Each column of code word symbols is encoded to store an error correction code symbol for each column of code word symbols.

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


Memory sub-system for decoding non-power-of-two addressable unit address boundaries
Patent No. 11016885 

Inventor(s): Patrick A. La Fratta (McKinney, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID, US)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16285909 on 02/26/2019 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system generating, using a first addressable unit address decoder, a first addressable unit address based on an input address, an interleaving factor, and a number of first addressable units. The system then generating, using an internal address decoder, an internal address based on the input address, the interleaving factor, and the number of first addressable units. Generating the internal address includes: determining a lower address value by extracting lower bits of the internal address, determining an upper address value by extracting upper bits of the internal address, and adding the lower address value to the upper address value to generate the internal address. Using an internal power-of-two address boundary decoder and the internal address, the system then generating a second addressable unit address, a third addressable unit address, a fourth addressable unit address, and a fifth addressable unit address.

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


System and method for search with the aid of images associated with product categories
Patent No. 11017034 

Inventor(s): Farid Khafizov (Plano, TX, US), Margarita Khafizova (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15974537 on 05/08/2018 (1113 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present application describes performing a user initiated search query comprising receiving user input comprising description details of at least one desired object, retrieving a plurality of objects from a database sharing one or more of the description details of the user input, retrieving an image of the at least one desired object based on one or more of the plurality of objects, generating a contour of the image and comparing the generated contour with other related contours of other images stored in the database, displaying all of the available contours of all of the images that match the generated contour, receiving a selection of one of the available contours from the user and performing the search query based on the user selected contour.

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


Secure integration of diagnostic device data into a web-based interface
Patent No. 11017116 

Inventor(s): Jon Riddle (Mansfield, TX, US), Steve Staneff (Flower Mound, TX, US)
Assignee(s): ONSITE HEALTH DIAGNOSTICS, LLC (Coppell, TX, US)
Law Firm: Clayton, McKay Bailey, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15941077 on 03/30/2018 (1152 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of securely integrating device data from an external device with a user device may include implementing a local data call function of a remote application through a native application of the user device such that the remote application receives device data without the device data being permanently stored on the user device; validating the device data with the remote application according to data elements of the device data and a first set of local fields; requesting a first authorization to integrate the device data; associating a first data control element with the data elements according to a first request result; requesting a second authorization to integrate the device data; and populating storage fields that are maintained by a backend and associated with the first control data element, with the data elements according to a second request result.

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


Concolic equivalence checking
Patent No. 11017139 

Inventor(s): Pankaj Chauhan (San Ramon, CA, US), Pritam Roy (Fremont, CA, US), Sagar Chaki (Sewickley, PA, US)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16828642 on 03/24/2020 (427 days app to issue)

Abstract: This application discloses a computing system to select a set of one or more values for control signals internal to multiple circuit designs, generate input stimulus for the circuit designs based, at least in part, on the selected set of values for the control signals, and simulate the circuit designs with the input stimulus, which configures the simulated values of the control signals internal to the circuits designs to the selected set of values. The computing system can perform an equivalence check on the circuit designs using results of the simulation. The computing system can select another set of values for the control signals, and determine that at least the other set of values for the control signals are not realizable during simulation with any input stimulus.

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


Form board merge
Patent No. 11017144 

Inventor(s): Adam Bedford (Preston, , GB), Alexander Sumner (Chorley, , GB), Frank Hemmersbach (Frechen, , DE), Mohamed El-Morsy (Sale, , GB), Vikas Maddukuri (Altrincham, , GB)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16505181 on 07/08/2019 (687 days app to issue)

Abstract: This application discloses a computing system to merge a first form board design describing a configuration for use in manufacturing a first wire harness with a second form board design describing a configuration for use in manufacturing a second wire harness. The computing system places the first form board design into a merged form board design, matches portions of the second form board design to portions of the first form board design, and aligns the second form board design with the merged form board design based on the matches. The computing system places an unmatched portion of the second form board design in the merged form board design based on the alignment of the second form board design with the merged form board design. The merged form board design describes a form board configuration for use in manufacturing both the first wire harness and the second wire harness.

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


Edge-based camera for characterizing semiconductor layout designs
Patent No. 11017147 

Inventor(s): Ahmed Hamed Fathi Hamed (Giza, , EG), Hazem Hegazy (Cairo, , EG), Omar Elsewefy (Giza, , EG)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16556794 on 08/30/2019 (634 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and methods for an edge-based camera are disclosed. Semiconductor layout designs are a representation of an integrated circuit that are used to manufacture the integrated circuit. Parts of the layout design, such as points of Interest (POIs), may be subject to analysis with regard to a downstream application, such as hotspot detection. Unlike pixel-based characterizations, POIs are characterized using topological features indicative of quantized values and dimensional features indicative of analog values. For example, an edge may be characterized using a set of relations, which characterizes corners and polygons (including the polygon on which the POI resides and external polygons). In turn, the set of relations may be used to define image representations, including images in different directions relative to the POI (including cardinal and ordinal image). In this way, the topological/dimensional characterization of the POI may be used to analyze the POI in the layout design.

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


Group pattern based electronic dictionary modification and presentation
Patent No. 11017157 

Inventor(s): Kulvir Singh Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY, US)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16412516 on 05/15/2019 (741 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for using target audience based attributes for modifying an electronic dictionary is provided. The method includes detecting a communication application being enabled via an electronic device. In response, electronic communications of a user are monitored and analyzed with respect to the electronic device and user attributes. Linguistic patterns associated with the electronic communications are determined and with respect to additional electronic communications of said user and a weighted prioritization list of the common terms is generated and electronic dictionary software is modified accordingly. A specified electronic communication currently being entered into the electronic device is monitored and each term of the specified electronic communication is analyzed. In response to the analysis, suggested terms for entering within the specific electronic communication are presented via a graphical user interface of the electronic device.

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


Millimeter wave radar and camera fusion based face authentication system
Patent No. 11017209 

Inventor(s): Abhishek Sehgal (Richardson, TX, US), Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX, US), Wenxun Qiu (Allen, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16586441 on 09/27/2019 (606 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device, a method and computer readable medium for multimodal authentication are disclosed. The method includes receiving a request for authentication, facial signature data generated based on an input from a radar source of the electronic device, and facial image data generated based on an input from a camera of the electronic device. The method also includes identifying an illumination condition and a sensor condition associated with the electronic device. The method additionally includes assigning a weight associated with the camera and the radar source based on the illumination condition and the sensor condition. The method further includes granting the request when at least one of the facial signature data and the facial image data are within a threshold of similarity with a preregistered facial data associated with the weight.

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


System and method for selectively verifying algorithmically populated shopping carts
Patent No. 11017229 

Inventor(s): Matthew Raymond Magee (Sanger, TX, US), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Celina, TX, US)
Assignee(s): 7-Eleven, Inc. (Irving, TX, US)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17104472 on 11/25/2020 (181 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a memory and a processor. The memory stores a set of inputs, an algorithmic shopping cart, and a machine learning algorithm. The set of inputs includes information collected from sensors located in a physical store during a shopping session of a person. The algorithmic shopping cart includes items determined by an algorithm, based on the set of inputs, to have been selected during the shopping session. The machine learning algorithm is configured to use the set of inputs to select between using the algorithmic shopping cart and using a virtual shopping cart to process a transaction associated with the shopping session. The processor uses the machine learning algorithm to determine, based on the set of inputs, to use the algorithmic shopping cart to process the transaction. In response, the processor generates a receipt based on the algorithmic shopping cart. The processor sends the receipt to the person.

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


Systems and methods for depicting vehicle information in augmented reality
Patent No. 11017230 

Inventor(s): Liju Mathews (Plano, TX, US), Ponnazhakan Subramanian (McKinney, TX, US), Satish Chikkaveerappa (McKinney, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA, US)
Law Firm: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16247642 on 01/15/2019 (861 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for depicting information about a vehicle in augmented reality. An exemplary method may include determining identification information of a vehicle based on input received from a client device and obtaining, from an information source, vehicle information based on the identification information. The method may also include analyzing the vehicle information using an artificial intelligence engine and extracting vehicle history data from the vehicle information based on the analysis. The method may also include identifying a portion of the vehicle associated with the vehicle history data and providing instructions, based on the vehicle history data, to an augmented reality-enabled device to superimpose an indicator on a visual representation of the vehicle at a location corresponding to the portion of the vehicle.

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


Anomalous object interaction detection and reporting
Patent No. 11017236 

Inventor(s): Dennis G. Urech (Katy, TX, US), Kishor Adinath Saitwal (Pearland, TX, US), Wesley Kenneth Cobb (The Woodlands, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Intellective Ai, Inc. (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16522926 on 07/26/2019 (669 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for analyzing a scene depicted in an input stream of video frames captured by a video camera. The techniques include evaluating sequence pairs representing segments of object trajectories. Assuming the objects interact, each of the sequences of the sequence pair may be mapped to a sequence cluster of an adaptive resonance theory (ART) network. A rareness value for the pair of sequence clusters may be determined based on learned joint probabilities of sequence cluster pairs. A statistical anomaly model, which may be specific to an interaction type or general to a plurality of interaction types, is used to determine an anomaly temperature, and alerts are issued based at least on the anomaly temperature. In addition, the ART network and the statistical anomaly model are updated based on the current interaction.

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


Primary preview region and gaze based driver distraction detection
Patent No. 11017249 

Inventor(s): Fatih Porikli (San Jose, CA, US), Hai Yu (San Jose, CA, US), Yuzhu Wu (Sunnyvale, CA, US)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15882581 on 01/29/2018 (1212 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method of detecting distracted driving comprises: determining, by one or more processors, a primary preview region (PPR) in a representation of an environment; determining, by the one or more processors, a gaze point for a driver based on a sequence of images of the driver; determining, by the one or more processors, that the gaze point is outside of the PPR; based on the determined gaze point being outside of the PPR, decreasing, by the one or more processors, an attention level for the PPR; based on the attention level for the PPR, generating, by the one or more processors, an alert.

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


System and method for expanding and training convolutional neural networks for large size input images
Patent No. 11017267 

Inventor(s): Beilei Xu (Penfield, NY, US), Jess R. Gentner (Rochester, NY, US), Orhan Bulan (Webster, NY, US), Peter Paul (Penfield, NY, US), Safwan R. Wshah (Webster, NY, US)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: Gibb Riley, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16367309 on 03/28/2019 (789 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to exemplary methods of training a convolutional neural network, input images are received into a computerized device having an image processor. The image processor evaluates the input images using first convolutional layers. The number of first convolutional layers is based on a first size for the input images. Each layer of the first convolutional layers receives layer input signals comprising features of the input images and generates layer output signals that include signals from the input images and ones of the layer output signals from previous layers within the first convolutional layers. Responsive to an input image being a second size larger than the first size, additional convolutional layers are added to the convolutional neural network. The number of additional convolutional layers is based on the second size in relation to the first size. The additional convolutional layers are initialized using weights from the first convolutional layers. Feature maps comprising the layer output signals are created.

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


Method, apparatus and computer program product for reservations, inventory control, shopping, and booking with attribute based pricing
Patent No. 11017326 

Inventor(s): Ben Vinod (Grapevine, TX, US), David Hobt (Flower Mound, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Sabre GLBL Inc. (Southlake, TX, US)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14705391 on 05/06/2015 (2211 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided for booking a hotel room that improves the satisfaction level for a consumer and increases revenue for the hotelier. Consumers may benefit from being able to select property-specific and room-specific attributes for which they perceive enhanced value, while property-specific and room-specific attributes that a consumer does not particularly value may be avoided in an effort for the consumer to spend on features they desire. Further, hoteliers may benefit from being able to offer room-specific attributes and add-on features that create additional revenue streams for the hotel. Additionally, the transparency afforded the consumer of the room-specific attributes available versus those selected provides the consumer with a level of expectation that is more aligned with the hotel and the specific room they selected, thereby improving customer satisfaction.

[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]


N-level replication of supplemental content
Patent No. 11017362 

Inventor(s): Christian Briggs (Austin, TX, US), Robert K. Spitz (Amherst, NH, US), Todd Downing (Irving, TX, US)
Assignee(s): AiBUY, Inc. (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16383890 on 04/15/2019 (771 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving a transacting media container having video content and an affiliate tracking identifier with first entity information associated with a first entity. The method also includes identifying second entity information associated with a second entity and retrieving supplemental content based on the second entity information. The method further includes adding the supplemental content to the transacting media container and the second entity information to the affiliate tracking identifier.

[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]


Online transactions
Patent No. 11017385 

Inventor(s): Jan Fedak (Colleyville, TX, US)
Assignee(s): NCR Corporation (Atlanta, GA, US)
Law Firm: Schwegman, Lundberg Woessner (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14697774 on 04/28/2015 (2219 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for online transactions. A web page of an online store includes a payment option that allows a payment application on a user device to pay for the merchandise using card payment information that does not include the account number of the card or require that the account number be shared with the online store merchant.

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


System and method for dynamic creation of product links from a web browser application
Patent No. 11017441 

Inventor(s): Alexei Stoliartchouk (Kensington, CA, US), Baxter Box (Dallas, TX, US), Forrest Jordan (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): rewardStyle, Inc. (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16679843 on 11/11/2019 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system is provided for facilitating affiliate link generation using a web browser application. A publisher enables the system by identifying a webpage on an affiliate web site. The system performs an initial assessment of the page to extract webpage information, which is compared to information stored in a database. If the extracted information matches stored information, a record of the webpage is displayed and an affiliate link is dynamically generated for immediate use. If the extracted information does not match stored information, a new record of the webpage is created. If the webpage contains product-specific data, a product-specific record is stored. If the webpage does not contain product-specific data, a non-product record is stored. An affiliate link is then dynamically created. The new record of the product and dynamically created affiliate link is added to the database for immediate use.

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


Identifying property usage type based upon smart sensor data
Patent No. 11017480 

Inventor(s): Sripriya Sundararaman (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY (Bloomington, IL, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16906408 on 06/19/2020 (340 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method for identifying a property usage type based upon sensor data includes, with customer permission or affirmative consent, receiving data generated by various sensors; generating a report that includes a listing of events recorded by each sensor; analyzing data from the report to determine a property usage type score; receiving data regarding types and levels of insurance coverage associated with the property usage type score; receiving data derived from a homeowner’’s insurance policy; comparing the types and levels of insurance coverage associated with the property usage type score with the types and levels of insurance coverage from the homeowner’’s current insurance policy; and transmitting a message to the homeowner to update their insurance policy if there are differences between (i) the insurance coverage that the homeowner has, and (ii) the insurance coverage the homeowner should have based upon the property usage type score.

[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]


Techniques to detect vehicle anomalies based on real-time vehicle data collection and processing
Patent No. 11017619 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX, US), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX, US), Micah Price (Plano, TX, US), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX, US), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA, US)
Law Firm: Kacvinsky Daisak Bluni PLLC (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16544883 on 08/19/2019 (645 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments may be directed to systems, devices, apparatuses to perform techniques such as determining vehicle data for a plurality of vehicles, wherein the vehicle data may be based on detections made by input devices of a plurality of mobile devices. Embodiments may further include determining vehicle attributes for the plurality of vehicles and environmental data. Embodiments also include training a machine-learning model with the vehicle data, the vehicle attributes, and the environmental data, and the machine-learning model may be trained to detect anomalies associated with vehicles having the at least one of the vehicle attributes. Embodiments may also include a trained machine-learning model to data to detect anomalies associated with a vehicle.

[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)


Intermediate vehicle repeater for out of range vehicles
Patent No. 11017670 

Inventor(s): Drew Cunningham (Superior Township, MI, US)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter Hampton LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16054201 on 08/03/2018 (1026 days app to issue)

Abstract: Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication through short range communication techniques can be extended by sending messages from a host vehicle to a target vehicle using an intermediate vehicle. The host vehicle identifies road conditions which may be of interest to a target vehicle. An intermediate vehicle relays the message detailing the identified road conditions from the host vehicle to the target vehicle. The message can be rebroadcast by the intermediate vehicle to target vehicles in its communication range, or it can generate a new message to transmit the information to target vehicles.

[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]


Voice-based time-sensitive task processing over a high generation cellular network
Patent No. 11017773 

Inventor(s): Prabhat Ranjan (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC, US)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16505939 on 07/09/2019 (686 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to voice-based time-sensitive task processing over a high generation cellular network. A computing platform may establish a communication channel with a computing device. The computing platform may authenticate a user of the computing device, where the user is authorized to access the enterprise server. Then, the computing platform may detect, via the communication interface, a voice-based interaction from the authenticated user. The computing platform may cause the voice-based interaction to be captured as audio data. Subsequently, the computing platform may transform the audio data to textual data. The computing platform may analyze the textual data to identify a time-sensitive task related to an entity. Then, the computing platform may generate, based on the identified time-sensitive task, one or more instructions to execute the time-sensitive task. Subsequently, the computing platform may send, to an enterprise server, the one or more instructions to execute the time-sensitive task.

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


Programming process combining adaptive verify with normal and slow programming speeds in a memory device
Patent No. 11017869 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (Fremont, CA, US), Huai-Yuan Tseng (San Ramon, CA, US), Xiang Yang (Santa Clara, CA, US)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX, US)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16893626 on 06/05/2020 (354 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are provided to adaptively determine when to begin verify tests for memory cells during a program operation. The memory cells are programmed using a normal programming speed until their threshold voltage exceeds an initial verify voltage. The memory cells are then programmed further using a reduced programming speed until their threshold voltage exceeds a final verify voltage. In one aspect, a count of memory cells which exceeds the initial verify voltage is used to determine when to begin verify tests for a higher data state. In another aspect, a count of the higher state memory cells which exceeds the initial or final verify voltage is used to determine when to begin verify tests for the higher data state. The counted memory cells are not subject to the reduced programming speed.

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


Onboarding a VNF which includes a VDU with multiple VNFCs
Patent No. 11018899 

Inventor(s): Keith William Melkild (Allen, TX, US)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16727865 on 12/26/2019 (516 days app to issue)

Abstract: The instant solution includes at least one element or action described or depicted herein.

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


Quality-of-experience for adaptive bitrate streaming
Patent No. 11019126 

Inventor(s): Kamakshi Sridhar (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Tong, Rea, Bentley Kim, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15631245 on 06/23/2017 (1432 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure generally discloses an adaptive bitrate streaming support capability configured to support adaptive bitrate streaming of content. The adaptive bitrate streaming support capability is configured to support adaptive bitrate streaming of content via a wireless access network including an application scheduler and a wireless access device. The application scheduler receives an adaptive bitrate streaming flow and sends the adaptive bitrate streaming flow toward the wireless access device based on scheduling of the adaptive bitrate streaming flow at the application scheduler. The wireless access device determines feedback information associated with the adaptive bitrate streaming flow and provides the feedback information associated with the adaptive bitrate streaming flow to the application scheduler. The application scheduler determines scheduling of the adaptive bitrate streaming flow, for transmission toward the wireless access device, based on the feedback information associated with the adaptive bitrate streaming flow.

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


Dynamically managing data sharing
Patent No. 11019153 

Inventor(s): Romelia H. Flores (Keller, TX, US)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY, US)
Law Firm: Zilka-Kotab, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16584694 on 09/26/2019 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method according to one embodiment includes receiving, at a server device, characteristics of a plurality of historical events from a plurality of client devices, receiving, at the server device, historical data sharing behavior associated with the plurality of historical events from the plurality of client devices, saving, by the server device, the characteristics of the plurality of historical events in association with the historical data sharing behavior, and automatically implementing, by the server device, one or more data sharing actions in response to an initialization of an event, utilizing the characteristics of the plurality of historical events and the historical data sharing behavior.

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


 

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Method and apparatus for nanoscale-dimension measurement using a diffraction pattern filter
Patent No. 11018063 

Inventor(s): Koetsu Sawai (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX, US)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16199564 on 11/26/2018 (911 days app to issue)

Abstract: A measurement apparatus for measuring dimensions within a semiconductor device includes an illumination source configured to direct light onto a stage configured to hold the semiconductor device, and a detection assembly configured to receive light diffracted by the semiconductor device, in which the detection assembly includes a detector configured to receive light diffracted by the semiconductor device and determine a measurement of a periodic structure within the semiconductor device based on the received diffracted light, and a diffraction pattern filter configured to permit light diffracted by the periodic structure to be measured to reach the detector and block at least a portion of light diffracted by other structures in the semiconductor device from reaching the detector. Embodiments include methods of measuring a semiconductor device using the measurement apparatus and methods of making the diffraction pattern filter.

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


Wafer level derived flip chip package
Patent No. 11018111 

Inventor(s): James Huckabee (Sherman, TX, US), Rongwei Zhang (Plano, TX, US), Vikas Gupta (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16423104 on 05/27/2019 (729 days app to issue)

Abstract: A leadless integrated circuit (IC) package includes a spaced apart plurality of lead terminals on at least two sides of the leadless IC package, and an IC die including a substrate having at least a semiconductor surface including circuitry coupled to bond pads with the bond pads having bonding features thereon. The bonding features are flip chip bonded to the plurality of lead terminals. Mold compound is above the IC die and between adjacent lead terminals. The lead terminals and the substrate both extend out to have exposed surfaces at edges of the leadless IC package, and the lead terminals also provide a back side bondable contact.

[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 flat NAND memory device including wavy word lines and method of making the same
Patent No. 11018151 

Inventor(s): Ryosuke Kaneko (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX, US)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16423500 on 05/28/2019 (728 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes alternating stacks of insulating strips and electrically conductive strips located over a substrate, generally extending along a first horizontal direction, and laterally spaced apart from each other along a second horizontal direction by width-modulated line trenches, memory films located on a respective sidewall of the alternating stacks, the memory films containing a charge storage layer and blocking dielectric which generally extend along the first horizontal direction and laterally undulate along the second horizontal direction, and a plurality of discrete vertical semiconductor channels located on a sidewall of a respective one of the memory films.

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


Method for etching bottom punch-through opening in a memory film of a multi-tier three-dimensional memory device
Patent No. 11018152 

Inventor(s): Kengo Kajiwara (Yokkaichi, , JP), Naohiro Hosoda (Yokkaichi, , JP), Ryousuke Itou (Yokkaichi, , JP), Tatsuya Hinoue (Odawara, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX, US)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16503884 on 07/05/2019 (690 days app to issue)

Abstract: First memory openings are formed through a first alternating stack of first insulating layers and first spacer material layers. Each first memory opening is filled with a first memory film, a sacrificial dielectric liner, and a first-tier opening fill material portion. Second memory openings are formed through a second alternating stack of second insulating layers and second spacer material layers. A second memory film is formed in each second memory opening. The first-tier opening fill material portions are removed selective to the sacrificial dielectric liners. The sacrificial dielectric liners are removed selective to the second memory films and the first memory films. A vertical semiconductor channel can be formed on each vertical stack of a first memory film and a second memory film.

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


Three-dimensional memory device containing alternating stack of source layers and drain layers and vertical gate electrodes
Patent No. 11018153 

Inventor(s): James Kai (Santa Clara, CA, US), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA, US), Murshed Chowdhury (Fremont, CA, US)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX, US)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16539103 on 08/13/2019 (651 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of source layers and drain layers located over a substrate, gate electrodes vertically extending through each of the source layers and the drain layers of the alternating stack, memory films laterally surrounding a respective one of the gate electrodes, and semiconductor channels laterally surrounding a respective one of the memory films and connected to a respective vertically neighboring pair of a source layer and a drain layer. An array of memory openings can vertically extend through the alternating stack, and each of the gate electrodes can be located within a respective one of the 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]


Lithium potassium element oxide compounds as Li super-ionic conductor, solid electrolyte and coating layer for lithium metal battery and lithium-ion battery
Patent No. 11018375 

Inventor(s): Chen Ling (Troy, MI, US), Qiang Bai (College Park, MD, US), Xingfeng He (Greenbelt, MD, US), Yifei Mo (Fulton, MO, US)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16570888 on 09/13/2019 (620 days app to issue)

Abstract: Solid-state lithium ion electrolytes of lithium potassium element oxide based compounds are provided which contain an anionic framework capable of conducting lithium ions. The element atoms are Ir, Sb, I Nb and W. An activation energy of the lithium potassium element oxide compounds is from 0.15 to 0.50 eV and conductivities are from 10[superscript]3 [/superscript]to 22 mS/cm at 300K. Compounds of specific formulae are provided and methods to alter the materials with inclusion of aliovalent ions shown. Lithium batteries containing the composite lithium ion electrolytes are also provided. Electrodes containing the lithium potassium element oxide based materials and batteries with such electrodes are also provided.

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


Small cell antennas suitable for MIMO operation
Patent No. 11018416 

Inventor(s): Xiangyang Ai (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC, US)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15875555 on 01/19/2018 (1222 days app to issue)

Abstract: A base station antenna includes a first set of radiating elements that are configured to generate a first antenna beam that has a first peanut-shaped antenna pattern in an azimuth plane and a second set of radiating elements that are configured to generate a second antenna beam that has a second peanut-shaped antenna pattern in the azimuth plane. A longitudinal axis of the first peanut-shaped antenna pattern in the azimuth plane is rotated approximately ninety degrees from a longitudinal axis of the second peanut-shaped antenna pattern in the azimuth plane.

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


Multi-band base station antennas having broadband decoupling radiating elements and related radiating elements
Patent No. 11018437 

Inventor(s): Gangyi Deng (Allen, TX, US)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC, US)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16545790 on 08/20/2019 (644 days app to issue)

Abstract: Radiating elements include a first and second dipole arms that extend along a first axis and that are configured to transmit RF signals in a first frequency band. The first dipole arm is configured to be more transparent to RF signals in a second frequency band than it is to RF signals in a third frequency band, and the second dipole arm is configured to be more transparent to RF signals in the third frequency band than it is to RF signals in the second frequency band. Related base station antennas are also provided.

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


Battery sensing voltage controller
Patent No. 11018517 

Inventor(s): Bradford Lawrence Hunter (Spicewood, TX, US), Wan Laan Jackie Hui (Allen, TX, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16795092 on 02/19/2020 (461 days app to issue)

Abstract: A battery pack includes a housing, a battery, a battery pack output voltage path that includes a charge power switch and a discharge power switch, and a battery sense output. A switch can be operably coupled between the battery and the battery sense output and configured to selectively open and close a battery sense path between the battery and the battery sense output. By one approach a first control circuit controls the open and close state of the aforementioned switch (in response, for example, to a comparison of the voltage differential across the switch to a predetermined threshold such that the switch is opened when the voltage differential across the switch becomes too positive or too negative with respect to battery voltage).

[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)


Adaptive synchronous rectification in a voltage converter
Patent No. 11018582 

Inventor(s): Michael G. Amaro (Naperville, IL, US), Michael Thomas DiRenzo (Coppell, TX, US), Robert Allan Neidorff (Bedford, NH, US), Saurav Bandyopadhyay (Dallas, TX, US), Thomas Matthew LaBella (Raleigh, NC, US)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16399793 on 04/30/2019 (756 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a first transistor and a second transistor coupled to the first transistor at a switch node and to a ground node. An estimator circuit receives a first signal to control an on and off state of the first transistor. The estimator circuit generates a second signal to control the on and off state of the second transistor. The second signal has a pulse width based on a pulse width of the first signal. A clocked comparator includes a clock input, a first input, and a second input. The first input receives a voltage indicative of a voltage of the switch node. The second input is coupled to a ground node. The clock input receives a third signal indicative of the second signal. The clocked comparator generates a comparator output signal. The estimator circuit adjusts the pulse width of the second signal based on the comparator output signal.

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


Adaptive minimum on time control for a switching regulator
Patent No. 11018584 

Inventor(s): Jiancong Ruan (Shenzhen, , CN), Runqin Tan (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16665227 on 10/28/2019 (575 days app to issue)

Abstract: A switching regulator includes a high side transistor coupled to an input voltage node. The switching regulator also includes a low side transistor coupled to the high side transistor at a switch node. An adaptive on-time control circuit is also included and is configured to cause the high side transistor to turn on for an adaptive period of time based on a ratio of an output voltage from the switching regulator to input voltage. The adaptive period of time is configured to occur responsive to a current through an inductor falling below a predetermined threshold.

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


Methods and apparatus to reduce switching losses in power converters
Patent No. 11018587 

Inventor(s): Isaac Cohen (Dix Hills, NY, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16510625 on 07/12/2019 (683 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to reduce switching losses occurring in power converters. An example a converter including an input voltage node and an output voltage node, a controller coupled to the converter, and a compensation network coupled to the converter and to the controller, the compensation network adapted to conduct a current to the converter in response monitoring a first voltage at the input voltage node being a threshold difference than a second voltage at the output voltage node.

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


Linear switch circuits and methods
Patent No. 11018663 

Inventor(s): Craig Bennett Greenberg (Mt. Vernon, TX, US), Indumini Ranmuthu (Plano, TX, US), Roland Karl Son (Richardson, TX, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16984015 on 08/03/2020 (295 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes an output terminal and a linear switch circuit coupled to the output terminal. The linear switch circuit includes a first power field-effect transistor (FET) having: a first channel width; a control terminal; a first current terminal; and a second current terminal, wherein the second current terminal is coupled to the output terminal. The linear switch circuit also includes a second power FET having: a second channel width smaller than the first channel width; a control terminal; a first current terminal coupled to the first current terminal of the first power FET; and a second current terminal coupled to the output terminal. The system also comprises a control circuit coupled to the control terminal of the first power FET and to the control terminal of the second power FET. The control circuit detects a drain-to-source voltage (V[subscript]DS[/subscript]) saturation condition and controls the first and second power FETs accordingly.

[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]


Output buffer circuit
Patent No. 11018670 

Inventor(s): Ariel Dario Moctezuma (Richardson, TX, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16773273 on 01/27/2020 (484 days app to issue)

Abstract: An output buffer circuit includes an output terminal, a transistor, and a resistor. The transistor includes a first terminal coupled to the output terminal, a second terminal coupled to a ground rail, and a third terminal coupled to an output signal source. The resistor includes a first terminal coupled to a fourth terminal of the transistor, and a second terminal coupled to the ground rail.

[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]


Voltage detector
Patent No. 11018686 

Inventor(s): Divya Kaur (Delhi, , IN), Santhosh Kumar Gowdhaman (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16913189 on 06/26/2020 (333 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device for monitoring voltage in a battery-operated system, the device including: a ladder selector configured to select between a first resistive ladder and a second resistive ladder; the first resistive ladder includes: a first string of resistors coupled between a sensing input node and a first node of the ladder selector; and a first set of transistors configured to tap intermediate nodes of a set of resistors in the first string of resistors; the second resistive ladder includes: a second string of resistors coupled between the sensing input node and a second node of the ladder selector; and a second set of transistors configured to tap intermediate nodes of a set of resistors in the second string of resistors; and wherein a selected transistor in one of the first set of transistors or the second set of transistors is turned on, and non-selected transistors of the first set of transistors and the second set of transistors are turned off to set a threshold voltage for a sensing output node.

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


Method and apparatus for emulating multiple cards in mobile devices
Patent No. 11018724 

Inventor(s): Hsin Pan (Fremont, CA, US), Liang Seng Koh (Fremont, CA, US), Xiangzhen Xie (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): RFCyber Corp. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13782948 on 03/01/2013 (3007 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for mobile devices configured to support or function as multiple contactless cards, such as Mifare contactless cards, are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a mobile device embedded with an emulator is loaded with a plurality of software modules or applications, each emulating one card or one type of contactless cards. An emulator is implemented in a secure element that is personalized for a user of the mobile device while the applications are respectively provisioned via their respective providers per the personalized secure element. When the mobile device is to be used as a contactless card to perform a monetary function, a corresponding application is loaded into and executed in the emulator. When the mobile device is to be used to perform another monetary function, a corresponding application is loaded into the emulator to replace the previous application entirely or partially in the emulator. As a result, the mobile device can be used as a monetary device in lieu of multiple contactless cards.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Network for enabling beyond visual line of sight aircraft command and control communications
Patent No. 11018755 

Inventor(s): Mark David Stoufflet (Arlington, TX, US)
Assignee(s): BELL TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16541960 on 08/15/2019 (649 days app to issue)

Abstract: One embodiment is an apparatus comprising an aircraft and an aerial network communications system associated with the aircraft. The network communications system may comprise an antenna physically connected to an outside surface of the aircraft; and a transceiver electrically connected to the antenna. The aerial network communications system receives signals from and transmits signals to an unmanned aerial vehicle (‘’UAV’’) via a communications network comprising a control station and a plurality of airborne network nodes.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for automatic provisioning of optical module
Patent No. 11018760 

Inventor(s): Changhwan Jung (Lewisville, TX, US), Justin Peterson (Chesterfield, MO, US), Kwanho Kim (Frisco, TX, US)
Assignee(s): HFR Networks (Richardson, TX, US)
Law Firm: Harness, Dickey Pierce, P.L.C. (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17016319 on 09/09/2020 (258 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for tuning a wavelength of an optical signal outputted by first optical module installed on central office terminal (COT) equipment on a central office side and a wavelength of an optical signal outputted by second optical module installed on a remote office side in an optical communication system, which perform port deactivation by blocking a signal input/output at a front-end port corresponding to a rear-end port installed with the first optical module.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method to prevent unauthorized voice detection via fiber links
Patent No. 11018778 

Inventor(s): Glenn Wellbrock (Wylie, TX, US), Tiejun Xia (Richardson, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16878668 on 05/20/2020 (370 days app to issue)

Abstract: A random acoustic phase scrambler device is installed in-line with a telecommunications fiber link to prevent voice detection via fiber links. The device includes a transducer to produce vibrations; a length of optical fiber positioned to receive the vibration from the transducer; and a random acoustic phase driver configured to control the intensity and frequency of the vibrations. The transducer produces randomized vibrations within an acoustic bandwidth. The device is configured to introduce device-induced phase changes to signals within the telecommunications fiber link. The bandwidth of the device-induced phase changes is greater than the bandwidth of voice-induced phase changes, and the device-induced phase changes are greater in intensity than the voice-induced phase changes. The device-induced phase changes mask voice-induced phase changes through the telecommunications fiber link that are otherwise detectable by voice detection equipment tapped to the telecommunications fiber link.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


OFDM frame communication method and apparatus
Patent No. 11018821 

Inventor(s): Akihiko Matsuoka (Kanagawa, , JP), Masayuki Orihashi (Kanagawa, , JP), Yoichi Nakagawa (Tokyo, , JP), Yutaka Murakami (Osaka, , JP)
Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16285646 on 02/26/2019 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first OFDM frame signal includes a grid of multiple frequency subcarriers and multiple time periods.An OFDM symbol is transmitted using multiple frequency subcarriers during a time period and includes known reference OFDM symbols assigned to corresponding time-frequency resource elements in the grid. Each resource element is defined by a one of the multiple frequency subcarriers and one of the multiple time periods. A second OFDM frame signal is also generated, but the resource elements assigned to the known reference OFDM symbols are different from the time-frequency resource elements in the grid assigned to the known reference OFDM symbols in the first OFDM frame signal. The first and second OFDM frame signals are converted to a first and second radio signals. The first radio signal is transmitted from a first antenna and the second radio signal from a second, different antenna.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Blockchain management platform for performing asset adjustment, cross sectional editing, and bonding
Patent No. 11018848 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC, US)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16237930 on 01/02/2019 (874 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to processing systems perform dynamic asset adjustment. A computing platform may split a parent element of a stored element chain into sub-elements, containing a fixed parameter and a variable parameter and each linked to the parent element through the stored element chain. The computing platform may determine a change in the variable parameter, resulting in a modified variable parameter. Based on a comparison of the modified variable parameter to a plurality of predetermined discrepancy thresholds, the computing platform may determine a number of quorum approvers for approval of the change to the variable parameter. The computing platform may receive quorum approval inputs corresponding to the number of quorum approvers for the approval of the change to the variable parameter. Based on the plurality of quorum approval inputs received, the computing platform may determine that a quorum approval threshold is satisfied.

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


Workflow management via distributed ledgers and smart contracts
Patent No. 11018853 

Inventor(s): Jacob Creech (McKinney, TX, US), Jayaraman Ganeshmani (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA, US)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16846526 on 04/13/2020 (407 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]


Asynchronous step-up authentication for client applications
Patent No. 11018867 

Inventor(s): Hieu Nguyen (Southlake, TX, US), Hoang Trung Vo (Little Elm, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (USAA) (San Antonio, TX, US)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16898360 on 06/10/2020 (349 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments described herein disclose methods and systems for authorizing transactions received from client applications. The transaction request can include a first access token. After validating the first access token, the system can determine whether additional authentication is needed to authorize the transaction. If additional authentication is needed, the system can determine the authentication requirements. Once the additional authentication is received and verified, the system can generate a second access token and authorize the transaction by releasing the first access token.

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


Validating and securing caller identification to prevent identity spoofing
Patent No. 11018872 

Inventor(s): Lulia Ann Barakat (McKinney, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16037951 on 07/17/2018 (1043 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device receives call information associated with a call from a first user device to a second user device, where the first user device is associated with a first network, and the second user device is associated with a second network separate from the first network. The call information includes a caller identification and is received via an originating network device of the first network. The device determines whether the caller identification is verified, and adds authentication information to the call information when the caller identification is verified. The device receives the call information and the authentication information from a terminating network device of the first network, and removes the authentication information from the call information. The device adds a cryptographic signature to the call information, and causes the call information and the cryptographic signature to be provided to the second network for routing to the second user device.

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


Telemetry aggregation and network autonomic scaling
Patent No. 11018945 

Inventor(s): Dhruv Dhody (Bangalore, , IN), James Guichard (Hollis, NH, US), Ricard Vilalta (Castelldefels, , ES), Satish Karunanithi (Bangalore, , IN), Young Lee (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15919130 on 03/12/2018 (1170 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented by a central controller is provided. The method includes receiving traffic monitoring information from a client, and sending a traffic monitor request to a network controller, the traffic monitor request requesting the network controller to monitor one or more traffic parameters based on the traffic monitoring information. The method further includes receiving a traffic report from the network controller, and responsive to determining that a monitored traffic parameter in the traffic report does not satisfy a condition specified by the traffic monitoring information, initiating a scaling operation based on data contained in the traffic report.

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


System and method for generating enhanced distributed online registry
Patent No. 11019046 

Inventor(s): Liju Mathews (Plano, TX, US), Ponnazhakan Subramanian (Mckinney, TX, US), Satish Chikkaveerappa (Mckinney, TX, US)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA, US)
Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16362088 on 03/22/2019 (795 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for generating an enhanced distributed online registry that utilizes an interoperable framework, and machine learning and natural language processing technologies to automatically provide compatible registry items. A persistent secure connection across distributed systems facilitates automatic synchronization of the generated online registry items across the distributed systems and devices accessing those systems. The online registry application processor utilizes machine learning and natural language technologies to generate an acquisition trending model which may be utilized to generate an enhanced distributed online registry that may determine and provide registry items that are compatible with the customer acquisition. Utilizing a persistent bi-directional connection, the online registry application processor may automatically synchronize the enhanced distributed online registry in real time as registry items are added and purchased.

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


Connectionless service and other services for devices using microservices in 5G or other next generation communication systems
Patent No. 11019157 

Inventor(s): Sangar Dowlatkhah (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA, US), ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA, US)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16294648 on 03/06/2019 (811 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for instantiating and managing microservices for use in connection with devices associated with a core network are presented. A service management component (SMC) can determine a subgroup of services to be used for a group of one or more devices based on results of analysis of characteristics and service conditions associated with the group of devices, wherein a characteristic can relate to whether a device is stationary or mobile. At a desired time(s), which can be periodically, dynamically, or upon request, SMC can instantiate or facilitate instantiating the subgroup of services to facilitate communicating data associated with the device(s) using the subgroup of services. The services can comprise a connectionless service, connection-oriented service, charging service, authentication service, UPF services, or other services. SMC can employ the connectionless service when a device is stationary, but the connectionless service can be extended to devices when they are nomadic or mobile.

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


Auxiliary user interface and method
Patent No. 11019192 

Inventor(s): Eric Harrell (Cleburne, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Runyan Law (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16254867 on 01/23/2019 (853 days app to issue)

Abstract: An auxiliary user interface for a mobile device is disclosed herein. The auxiliary user interface includes a mobile device encasement configured to enclose the mobile device and an auxiliary capacitive touchscreen fixed to the mobile device encasement and configured to communicably couple with the mobile device when the mobile device encasement is attached to the mobile device. The auxiliary capacitive touchscreen is configured to operate as a user interface of the mobile device. The auxiliary user interface may be useful for providing protection and an auxiliary interface for the mobile device.

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


Machine learning based call routing-system
Patent No. 11019211 

Inventor(s): Jesse Williams Plymale (Dallas, TX, US), Seth E. Ethington (McKinney, TX, US), Victor Kwak (Frisco, TX, US)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX, US)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16837957 on 04/01/2020 (419 days app to issue)

Abstract: Machine learning technology can analyze in real-time the data from a call between a person and a customer service representative. Based on this analysis, a server can determine a sentiment score that describes a sentiment expressed by the person or the customer service representative. If the server determines that the sentiment score is less than or equal to a pre-determined value, the server can inform the customer service representative’’s manager so that the manager can take further action to help the person and/or the customer service representative.

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


Speaker anticipation
Patent No. 11019308 

Inventor(s): Nathan Buckles (McKinney, TX, US)
Assignee(s): CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC. (San Jose, CA, US)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16678729 on 11/08/2019 (564 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for anticipating a video switch to accommodate a new speaker in a video conference comprising a real time video stream captured by a camera local to a first videoconference endpoint is analyzed according to at least one speaker anticipation model. The speaker anticipation model predicts that a new speaker is about to speak. Video of the anticipated new speaker is sent to the conferencing server in response to a request for the video on the anticipated new speaker from the conferencing server. Video of the anticipated new speaker is distributed to at least a second videoconference endpoint.

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


Fractional quantization parameter offset in video compression
Patent No. 11019339 

Inventor(s): Roman Chernyak (San Jose, CA, US), Sergey Ikonin (Moscow, , RU), Shan Liu (San Jose, CA, US)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16029132 on 07/06/2018 (1054 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of coding includes receiving a bitstream, obtaining a chroma quantization parameter range offset, a luma quantization parameter, quantization parameter offsets, and coefficients; calculating first intermediate chroma quantization parameters using the chroma quantization parameter range offset, the luma quantization parameter, and the quantization parameter offsets; where the first intermediate chroma quantization parameters have non-integer values; determining second intermediate chroma quantization parameters based on the first intermediate chroma quantization parameters, where the second intermediate chroma quantization parameters have non-integer values; calculating final chroma quantization parameters based on the second intermediate chroma quantization parameters and the chroma quantization parameter range offset; calculating a quantization step using the final chroma quantization parameters; quantizing the coefficients using the quantization step to produce quantized coefficients and transforming the quantized coefficients to residual pixels; and combining the residual pixels with prediction pixels to obtain reconstructed pixels.

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


Methods and devices for context set selection
Patent No. 11019340 

Inventor(s): Dake He (Waterloo, , CA), Nguyen Nguyen (Seattle, WA, US), Tianying Ji (Albany, CA, US)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16112992 on 08/27/2018 (1002 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of encoding and decoding for video data are described for encoding or decoding multi-level significance maps. Distinct context sets may be used for encoding the significant-coefficient flags in different regions of the transform unit. In a fixed case, the regions are defined by coefficient group borders. In one example, the upper-left coefficient group is a first region and the other coefficient groups are a second region. In a dynamic case, the regions are defined by coefficient group borders, but the encoder and decoder dynamically determine in which region each coefficient group belongs. Coefficient groups may be assigned to one region or another based on, for example, whether their respective significant-coefficient-group flags were inferred or not.

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


Channel usage management in terrestrial distribution systems
Patent No. 11019370 

Inventor(s): Srinivas Anumala (Irving, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16801457 on 02/26/2020 (454 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices, methods, and storage media provide for identifying, by an ad insertion device, at least one prospect for inserting a selected ad via a set of hidden channels during a target programming timeslot based on ad schedules for a plurality of networks; determining based on hidden channel usage data for a programming timeslot corresponding to the target programming timeslot, that a likelihood of availability of at least one hidden channel of the set of hidden channels during the target programming timeslot exceeds a first threshold level; and sending an instruction to an interface device to insert the selected ad via the at least one hidden channel during the target programming timeslot.

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


Interactive asset location and management system and method of use
Patent No. 11019471 

Inventor(s): Michael S. Hanna (Coppell, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15178910 on 06/10/2016 (1810 days app to issue)

Abstract: A car location identifier system includes a parking lot having a plurality of parking spaces; a plurality of cars parked in the parking spaces; a transmitter tag carried within each car of the plurality of car; a computer database configured to store the position of each transmitter tag; and a portable computer in data communication with the computer database, the portable having a visual display for identifying the location of the transmitter tag.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Multi-beam base station antennas having wideband radiating elements
Patent No. 11019506 

Inventor(s): Joy Huang (Plano, TX, US), Xiangyang Ai (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC, US)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16956229 on 06/25/2019 (700 days app to issue)

Abstract: A twin beam base station antenna includes a first array that has a plurality of columns of first frequency band radiating elements, the first array configured to form a first antenna beam that provides coverage throughout a first sub-sector of a three-sector base station. The radiating elements in a first of the columns in the first array have a first azimuth boresight pointing direction and the radiating elements in a second of the columns in the first array have a second azimuth boresight pointing direction that is offset from the first azimuth boresight pointing direction by at least 10. The radiating elements in the second of the columns in the first array are electrically steered.

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


Apparatus and method for radio resource management for high reliability and low latency traffic
Patent No. 11019510 

Inventor(s): Bin Liu (San Diego, CA, US), Nathan Edward Tenny (San Diego, CA, US)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16868047 on 05/06/2020 (384 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are provided for managing and mitigation contention of high reliability and low latency transmissions in wireless communications networks. According to an embodiment, a network entity indicates a first grant to a first device associated with a first service. The first grant includes a first resource for transmitting for the first service and a second resource for retransmitting for the first service. The network entity also indicates a second grant to a second device associated with a second service. The second grant includes the first resource for transmitting for the second service and a third resource for retransmitting for the second service. A third grant is also indicated to a third device associated with a third service. The third grant includes the first resource for transmitting for the third service. The first service and the second service have higher transmission reliability and latency requirements than the third service.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Facilitation of dynamic spectrum aggregation for 5G or other next generation network
Patent No. 11019542 

Inventor(s): Hongyan Lei (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA, US), ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA, US)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16790075 on 02/13/2020 (467 days app to issue)

Abstract: When frequency range (FR)1 (e.g., Sub6Ghz radio coverage), and FR2 (e.g., mmW coverage) are present in a given area, there can be a broader coverage from FR1 broadcasting in addition to targeted coverage from FR2 broadcasting. Consequently, FR1 can overlap FR2. To generate system efficiencies, the FR1 and FR2 spectrums can be combined by carrier aggregation (CA) and/or dual connectivity (DC). Thus, a hybrid approach can combine use of both CA and DC, based on radio access network instructions and radio frequency conditions experienced by a user equipment device as it transitions between CA and DC coverage areas.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Roaming consortium identifier (RCOI)-based system for handling identity requirements
Patent No. 11019564 

Inventor(s): Malcolm Muir Smith (Richardson, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA, US)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16511879 on 07/15/2019 (680 days app to issue)

Abstract: Roaming Consortium Identifier (RCOI)-based handling of identity requirements may be provided. First, an access device may advertise an identifier. The identifier may identify a roaming federation and an identity type used by a service provider in order to provide service by the access device. Next, a request to associate with the access device may be received from a user device. The request may be compliant with the identity type advertised in the identifier. The user device may then be associated with the access device in response to receiving the request.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Automated power-aware green radio resource management (RRM)
Patent No. 11019565 

Inventor(s): Shankar Ramanathan (Richardson, TX, US)
Assignee(s): CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC. (San Jose, CA, US)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16548727 on 08/22/2019 (642 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed technology relates to a process for managing power consumption of Wi-Fi access points. The solution is composed of three parts. A first part creates power profiles for each of the switches having access points within a computer network that detail how power consumption for an access point can be modified based on changing one or more elements associated with the access point. The second part creates a time-based radio constraint profile that details power requirements for an access point based on client devices connected to the access point within a pre-defined area to ensure that each client device can connect and stay connected with the access point. The third part utilizes machine learning to generate a model that identifies optimal settings for the access point in order to achieve a specific level of power consumption for the access point.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for advanced frequency offset indication
Patent No. 11019588 

Inventor(s): Hongbo Si (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16562332 on 09/05/2019 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system is provided. The method comprises receiving, from a base station (BS), a synchronization signal and physical broadcast channel block (SS/PBCH block) over a downlink channel of an unlicensed band; identifying a frequency location selected from a set of synchronization raster entries for receiving the SS/PBCH block, wherein the frequency location is aligned with a center resource element (RE) of the SS/PBCH block; determining a first RE in a first lowest frequency domain location of the SS/PBCH block based on the identified frequency location; and determining a second RE in a second lowest frequency domain location of a control resource set #0 (CORESET #0) that includes a fixed frequency offset between the first RE of the SS/PBCH block and the second RE of the CORESET #0.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for a multi-tier self-organizing network architecture
Patent No. 11019644 

Inventor(s): Krishna K. Bellamkonda (Roanoke, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16570016 on 09/13/2019 (620 days app to issue)

Abstract: A middle-tier self-organizing network (mSON) may obtain configuration parameters concerning a cluster, one or more operating profiles, and one or more usage schedules respectively associated with the one or more operating profiles, from a centralized self-organizing network (cSON). The mSON may identify a distributed self-organizing network (dSON) of one or more dSONs associated with the cluster and may select, based on identifying the dSON, an operating profile, of the one or more operating profiles, and a respective usage schedule of the one or more usage schedules. The mSON may generate, based on the configuration parameters, monitoring information, and may send the operating profile, the usage schedule, and the monitoring information to the dSON.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Multiple network allocation vector operation
Patent No. 11019662 

Inventor(s): Dae Won Lee (Lake Forest, CA, US), Sungho Moon (Lake Forest, CA, US), Young Hoon Kwon (Lake Forest, CA, US), Yujin Noh (Lake Forest, CA, US)
Assignee(s): ATLAS GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Frisco, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16404591 on 05/06/2019 (750 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless device determines a Basic Service Set (BSS) associated with a wireless transmitter by receiving a first frame, determining an address of the first frame, receiving a second frame, and determining, using the address of the first frame, a property of the second frame. Determining the property of the second frame may include determining whether the second frame is intra-BSS frame or an inter-BSS frame. Determining the property of the second frame may be performed by comparing an address of the second frame with the address of the first frame, and the second frame determined to be an intra-BSS frame when the address of the first frame matches the address of the second frame, and determined to be an inter-BSS frame otherwise. The address of the first frame may be a transmitter address (TA).

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Advanced signaling procedure exclusion in a next generation 5G network
Patent No. 11019677 

Inventor(s): Paul Edward Smith, Jr. (Rockwall, TX, US)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA, US)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16439560 on 06/12/2019 (713 days app to issue)

Abstract: When machine-to-machine (M2M) devices attach to a mobile communication network, the associated communication session can be treated differently than the attachment of other devices. For example, upon determining that a subscriber device that attaches to a communication network is an M2M device and has completed a given network transaction, the M2M device can be immediately detached without waiting on expiration of an inactivity timer. As another example, upon determining that a subscriber device that attaches to a communication network is an M2M device, the M2M device can be excluded from various signaling procedures such as load-balancing procedures.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


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Infant fork
Patent No. D920057 

Inventor(s): Faisal Khan (Frisco, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29621202 on 10/05/2017 (1328 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Active cover plate
Patent No. D920079 

Inventor(s): Daniel Rego (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29696570 on 06/28/2019 (697 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Door wedge
Patent No. D920091 

Inventor(s): Alain Abramovits (Frisco, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Schultz Associates P.C. (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29706181 on 09/18/2019 (615 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Vehicle grille cover
Patent No. D920195 

Inventor(s): Eric Norman Tucker (Denton, TX, US)
Assignee(s): PACCAR INC (Bellevue, WA, US)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29722319 on 01/28/2020 (483 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Vehicle grille cover
Patent No. D920196 

Inventor(s): Eric Norman Tucker (Denton, TX, US)
Assignee(s): PACCAR INC (Bellevue, WA, US)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29722320 on 01/28/2020 (483 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Aircraft
Patent No. D920213 

Inventor(s): Joseph Richard Carpenter (Kennedale, TX, US), Matthew E. Louis (Fort Worth, TX, US), Steve Michael Loveland (Fort Worth, TX, US), Timothy Carr (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Assignee(s): BELL TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29719437 on 01/03/2020 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Combined stator and spindle for a ducted rotor
Patent No. D920216 

Inventor(s): Allen Brittain (Flower Mound, TX, US), Joseph Richard Carpenter (Kennedale, TX, US), Steve Michael Loveland (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Assignee(s): BELL TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29719446 on 01/03/2020 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Smart phone case
Patent No. D920319 

Inventor(s): Dwight N. Haddock (Crandall, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29703271 on 08/26/2019 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Nasal dilator
Patent No. D920508 

Inventor(s): Brian D. Owens (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): SIMPLICITY, LLC (Spanish Fork, UT, US)
Law Firm: Goodhue, Coleman Owens, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29615938 on 08/31/2017 (1363 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

 

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