Dallas Invents: 142 Patents Granted for Week of March 29

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 9 for patent activity out of 250 metros.

Patents granted include:
• AT&T's media content distribution system
• Bank of America's AR dynamic authentication for electronic transactions
• DJO's personalized image-based guidance for energy-based therapeutic devices
• Huawei's wireless battery charging with improved efficiency
• PACCAR's methods for providing AR support for vehicle service operations
• QORVO US's semiconductor chip suitable for 2.5D and 3D packaging integration
• rewardStyle's location-based dynamic redirection of advertiser affiliate links for online advertising
• Soniclean's electric toothbrush
• Textron's heliport docking system
• The University of Texas System's bone growth agent
• University of Southern California's fasting-mimicking diet

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 March. 29, 2022 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES  9
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING     19
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY       3
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS           9
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING  7
G: PHYSICS        44
H: ELECTRICITY   45

DESIGN: 5


TOP ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas)     15
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Suwon-Si, Kr)           10
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano)          8
Bank of America Corp. (Charlotte, NC)      5
Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston)           4
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison)         4
ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, Ga)         3
Capital One Services (Mclean, Va) 3
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano)         3

UNASSIGNED     11


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Amit Kaistha (Coppell)    2
Brent Randal Achttien (Watauga) 2
Daniel B. Robertson (Southlake)   2
Kirk L. Groninga (Keller)  2
Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas)         2
Matthew Edward Louis (Fort Worth)        2
Michael J. Ryan (Colleyville)         2
Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton)  2
Robert Glenn Vaughn (Keller)      2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Animal feeding apparatus and method
Patent No. 11284602 

Inventor(s): Timothy Lee Griswold (Sanger, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Poznak Dyer Kanar Schefsky Thompson PLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16673394 on 11/04/2019 (876 days app to issue)

Abstract: An animal feeder apparatus includes a hopper defining a cavity configured to store granular animal feed; a cup mounted with respect to the hopper and defining a concavity; and a spout defining a passageway. The spout and passageway are positioned such that, when the cavity contains the granular animal feed, the granular animal feed flows from the cavity, through the passageway, and into the concavity of the cup. The cup, hopper, and passageway are configured and arranged such that the animal feed does not flow as a result of granular friction when the concavity contains more than a predetermined amount of feed.

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


Fasting mimicking diet
Patent No. 11284640 

Inventor(s): Fabrizio Schirano (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
Law Firm: Brooks Kushman P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15432803 on 02/14/2017 (1869 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fasting mimicking diet package providing daily meal portions for a predetermined number of days is provided. The fasting mimicking diet package includes a kale cracker composition, a first vegetable broth composition, a mushroom soup composition, a tomato soup composition, a quinoa-containing minestrone soup composition, a bean-containing minestrone soup composition, and a pumpkin soup composition. Characteristically, the daily meal portions are packaged into meal servings or into a total daily serving to be divided into meals. NULL


Toilet seat
Patent No. 11284755 

Inventor(s): Deepa Patel (Irving, TX), Prajeshkumar Patel (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16221476 on 12/15/2018 (1200 days app to issue)

Abstract: A toilet seat includes a body with a first end and a second end connected by a top surface; a base extending from the body and to rest on a top rim of a toilet; and a connection device extending from the second end to secure the toilet seat to the toilet; the base positions the first end at a height greater than the second end of the body, thereby creating a sloped in the top surface of the body.

[A47K] SANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (connecting to water supply or waste pipe, sinks E03C; water-closets E03D); TOILET ACCESSORIES (cosmetic equipment A45D)


Surgical instruments, systems and methods of use
Patent No. 11284872 

Inventor(s): Andrew Serowski (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): MAQUET CARDIOVASCULAR LLC (Wayne, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16536967 on 08/09/2019 (963 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a mount body, a joint member, an arm, and a working end. The mount body has a top portion, a distal end, a proximal end and a bottom portion. The joint member is pivotally mounted at a distal end portion of the mount body, to allow positioning of a proximal portion of an arm extending distally from the joint member. The joint member is also configured to at least partially constrain movement of the proximal portion of the arm to a plane. The working end is mounted to a distal end portion of the arm. The surgical instrument can be configured as a heart stabilizer or a heart positioner. The joint member may further be configured as a slotted ball, a disk member, or a combination thereof.

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


Devices, systems, and methods for knotless suture anchors
Patent No. 11284882 

Inventor(s): Ami Shyam Joshi (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Medos International Sarl (Le Locle, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16803000 on 02/27/2020 (761 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various devices, systems, and methods for knotless suture anchors are provided. In general, a guide device can be cannulated and can be configured to slidably receive therein an inserter tool configured to deliver a suture anchor into a hole formed in bone, such as with a drill advanced through the guide device. The guide device with the inserter tool therein can be configured to be held as a unit by one hand of a person, e.g., a surgeon or other medical personnel.

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


Intraocular lens platform having improved haptic force distribution
Patent No. 11284992 

Inventor(s): Jian Liu (Keller, TX), John Evan Radle (Flower Mound, TX), Rakhi Jain (Fort Worth, TX), Stephen John Collins (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcon, Inc. (Fribourg, , CH)
Law Firm: Patterson Sheridan, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16223307 on 12/18/2018 (1197 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ophthalmic lens includes an optic comprising an anterior surface, a posterior surface, and an optic edge extending between the anterior surface and the posterior surface, the optic having an optical axis. The ophthalmic lens further includes a plurality of haptics extending from a periphery of the optic, each of the plurality of haptics including a gusset region, a distal region, and an elbow region connecting the gusset region to the distal region. The gusset region of each of the plurality of haptics extends from the periphery of the optic and spans a portion of the periphery of the optic. In addition, the gusset region of each of the plurality of haptics monotonically increases in thickness with increased distance from the periphery of the optic, while the distal region of each of the plurality of haptics monotonically decreases in thickness with increased distance from the elbow region.

[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]


Methods and compositions for treating cancer
Patent No. 11285154 

Inventor(s): Amyn Aziz Habib (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AS REPRESENTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (Washington, DC)
Law Firm: Ballard Spahr LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15940802 on 03/29/2018 (1461 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided herein are methods and pharmaceutical compositions for treating cancer, in a patient in need thereof, said method comprising administering to said patient an effective amount of an EGFR inhibitor and a TNF inhibitor.

[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)


CLEC11a is a bone growth agent
Patent No. 11285190 

Inventor(s): Rui Yue (Dallas, TX), Sean Morrison (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15567762 on 04/18/2016 (2171 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure describes the C-type lectin CLEC11a as a bone growth factor. Clec11a-deficient mice showed reduced bone volume and mineralization, while bone resorption remained unchanged. Administration of recombinant Clec11a systemically promoted bone formation in mice at risk for osteoporosis.

[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)


Golf clubs and golf club heads
Patent No. 11285364 

Inventor(s): David N. Franklin (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16908310 on 06/22/2020 (645 days app to issue)

Abstract: Ball striking devices, such as golf clubs, have a head that includes a face having a striking surface configured for striking a ball, and a body connected to the face and extending rearwardly from the face, with the body having a crown, a sole, a heel side, and a toe side, such that the face and the body combine to define an enclosed internal cavity. A damping member is connected to the body and includes a post extending inwardly into the cavity from an inner surface of the body, a first arm extending from the post toward the heel side of the body, and a second arm extending from the post toward the toe side of the body. The damping member is configured to produce a mass damping effect upon an impact on the face.

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


 

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

Cleaning device
Patent No. 11285502 

Inventor(s): Mark Thompson (Duncanville, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16879699 on 05/20/2020 (678 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cleaning device includes a cartridge assembly, a hose/tubing, a nozzle, and an activator. The cartridge assembly includes at least one cartridge configured to hold a liquid solution. An attachment device is coupled to the cartridge assembly and is configured to secure the position of the cartridge assembly to a user”s arm adjacent the hand. A pump is located within the cleaning device and is located between cartridge and the nozzle, such that pump regulates dispensing of the liquid solution. The nozzle is in communication with the pump and acts as a diffuser to adjust the stream of the liquid solution passed through the hose from pump. The activator is in communication with the pump such that operation of the activator selectively releases a volume of the liquid solution from the cartridge so as to pass through the nozzle. A control unit and interface are permitted.

[B05B] SPRAYING APPARATUS; ATOMISING APPARATUS; NOZZLES (spray-mixers with nozzles B01F 5/20; processes for applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces by spraying B05D) [2]


Ratchet wrench
Patent No. 11285585 

Inventor(s): Stanley D. Winnard (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Booth Albanesi Schroeder PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16278143 on 02/17/2019 (1136 days app to issue)

Abstract: A ratchet wrench comprising a housing, at least one gear supported within the housing, one of the at least one gear comprising a drive hole, a stationary handle extending from the housing, a dynamic handle hingedly extending from the housing such that, the dynamic handle is rotatable between at least one handle open position and a handle closed position, and at least one pawl, each of the at least one pawl adapted to slide between a pawl open position and a pawl closed position, one of the at least one pawl adapted to be in engagement with one of the at least one gear at a time. The dynamic handle disposed in operative communication with the at least one pawl such that, rotating the dynamic handle towards the handle closed position causes the at least one gear rotate in one direction and releasing the dynamic handle causes pawl to return to the pawl open position without causing the at least one gear to rotate in the opposite direction.

[B25B] TOOLS OR BENCH DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, FOR FASTENING, CONNECTING, DISENGAGING, OR HOLDING


Fiber optic paint robot tool
Patent No. 11285623 

Inventor(s): Bryan R. Hunter (Ingersoll, , CA), Christopher M. Sheppard (Tillsonburg, , CA), Jared R. Bentum (Brantford, , CA), Larry G. MacLean (Shakespeare, , CA), Zayd Qasas (Kitchener, , CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16781276 on 02/04/2020 (784 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electrically insulated tool is provided for a paint robot of a robotic painting system. The insulated tool includes an insulated main body having a mounting bracket disposed at a first end of the main body, configured for removably coupling the insulated tool to a paint robot. The tool has an optical sensor system including first and second optical fiber cables, and first and second spaced-apart optic ports coupled to the respective first and second optical fiber cables. The optic ports are configured to provide light communication as a light emitter and a light receiver. An interruption in the light communication between the light emitter and the light receiver indicates a presence of a workpiece component adjacent a detection region of the insulated tool.

[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]


Packaging for prefinished articles
Patent No. 11285709 

Inventor(s): Jimmy Lee McCammon (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): James Hardie Technology Limited (Dublin, , IE)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16875096 on 05/15/2020 (683 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are various embodiments of a protective packaging system suitable for use with a prefinished building article. The protective packaging system generally is designed to reduce shrink back of the flexible substrate after tension is applied. The protective packaging system generally comprises at least one outer layer, at least one core layer and at least one adhesive layer. One or more layers of the protective packaging system may include a roughening agent such that the flexible substrate will not ”gloss” or burnish a coating on a prefinished building article. The protective packaging system may also include one or more biocides.

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


Vehicle seat with morphing portions
Patent No. 11285844 

Inventor(s): Brian J. Pinkelman (Ann Arbor, MI), Mark A. Gummin (Silverton, OR), Ryohei Tsuruta (Ann Arbor, MI), Umesh N. Gandhi (Farmington Hills, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16263879 on 01/31/2019 (1153 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle seat can be configured to selectively provide support to a vehicle occupant in conditions when lateral acceleration is experienced. An actuator can be located within the vehicle seat. When activated, the actuator cause a portion of the seat to morph into an activated configuration. The actuator can be activated based on vehicle speed, steering angle, and/or lateral acceleration. The actuator can include a main body member, a first end member pivotably connected to a first end region of the main body member, and a second end member pivotably connected to a second end region of the main body member. The actuator can include shape memory material connecting members. The actuator can be configured such that, in response to an activation input, the shape memory material connecting members contract, causing the first and second end members pivot, which causes the actuator to morph into an activated configuration.

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


System and method for monitoring a former convict of an intoxication-related offense
Patent No. 11285867 

Inventor(s): Stephen L. Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17006412 on 08/28/2020 (578 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for preventing a restricted individual from operating a motor vehicle. The system monitors a speed of the individual via a smart device associated with the individual. The system activates a monitoring function based on a detected speed of the device, which may evidence the individual riding in a motor vehicle. The system them verifies that the user of the device is the restricted individual through a variety of different identification methods. Once identified, the system accesses various data sources associated with one or more ride applications running on the smart device in order to determine whether the restricted individual has requested a ride from a third party during a relevant time period. After analyzing the data, a determination is made as to whether the individual is driving, or whether more information is needed.

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


Storage rack assemblies for vehicle tailgates
Patent No. 11285884 

Inventor(s): David M. Burke (Farmington, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16942449 on 07/29/2020 (608 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage rack assembly including a tailgate having a recess formed on an interior surface thereof, and a storage rack. The storage rack includes a crossbar, and a pair of support arms having a first end attached to the crossbar and an opposite second end pivotally attached to the interior surface of the tailgate. The pair of support arms are provided on opposite ends of the crossbar. The storage rack is positionable between a stowed position in which the crossbar and the pair of support arms are positioned within the recess of the tailgate, and a use position in which the crossbar and the pair of support arms are positioned out of the recess of the tailgate.

[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 vehicle sharing
Patent No. 11285896 

Inventor(s): Luke D. Heide (Plymouth, MI), Nishikant Narayan Puranik (Frisco, TX), Prince R. Remegio (Lewisville, TX), Roger Akira Kyle (Lewisville, TX), Ryoma Kakimi (Ann Arbor, MI), Scott A. Friedman (Dallas, TX), Tim Uwe Falkenmaye
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16000114 on 06/05/2018 (1393 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, a system, and non-transitory computer readable medium for vehicle sharing are provided. The method includes receiving a user request via a ride share agent. The ride share agent is communicatively coupled to a server. The method further includes identifying a vehicle from one of ride share providers based on the user request, retrieving one or more settings associated with one or more systems of the identified vehicle from the server, determining a setting of a system of the identified vehicle based on at least one physical characteristic of the user when the setting of the system is not stored in the server, and implementing the one or more settings on the identified vehicle.

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


Vehicles, systems, and methods for operating a trailer brake output circuit according to a trailer profile
Patent No. 11285929 

Inventor(s): Chris Conrad (Ann Arbor, MI), Coh Yoshizaki (Wixom, MI), Frankie Reed (Ypsilanti, MI), Jeffrey E. Pierfelice (Canton, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16547056 on 08/21/2019 (951 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a vehicle makes a determination, during a second ignition-on cycle of the vehicle, that a trailer brake output circuit of the vehicle was operated during a first ignition-on cycle of the vehicle preceding the second ignition-on cycle. In response to making the determination, the vehicle presents a query, via a user interface of the vehicle, whether to operate the trailer brake output circuit according to a previously-used trailer profile according to which the trailer brake output circuit was operated during the first ignition-on cycle preceding the second ignition-on cycle. The vehicle receives a reply, associated with the query, via the user interface and, in response to receiving the reply, operates the trailer brake output circuit based on the reply.

[B60T] VEHICLE BRAKE CONTROL SYSTEMS OR PARTS THEREOF; BRAKE CONTROL SYSTEMS OR PARTS THEREOF, IN GENERAL (control of electrodynamic brake systems B60L 7/00; conjoint control of brakes and other drive units of vehicles B60W); ARRANGEMENT OF BRAKING ELEMENTS ON VEHICLES IN GENERAL; PORTABLE DEVICES FOR PREVENTING UNWANTED MOVEMENT OF VEHICLES; VEHICLE MODIFICATIONS TO FACILITATE COOLING OF BRAKES [2006.01]


System and method for modifying actions taken by an autonomous vehicle
Patent No. 11285967 

Inventor(s): Paxton S. Williams (Milan, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16790131 on 02/13/2020 (775 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for modifying actions taken by an autonomous driving module of an autonomous vehicle may include one or more processors, an input device having an actuator, and a memory having an input module and a modification module. The input module includes instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to determine when the actuator of the input device is actuated by a passenger of the autonomous vehicle when the autonomous driving module is in an autonomous mode. The modification module includes instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to modify one or more actions to be performed by the autonomous driving module while maintaining the autonomous mode of the autonomous driving module when the actuator of the input device is actuated by the passenger. The one or more actions may include increasing an amount of sensor data considered by the autonomous driving module.

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


Mechanisms and methods to prevent debris from entering a vehicle cabin
Patent No. 11286010 

Inventor(s): Colby Steven Williams (Milan, MI), Paxton S. Williams (Milan, MI), Scott Louis Frederick (Brighton, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16718441 on 12/18/2019 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pickup truck includes a cab having a rear wall and a rear window positioned in the rear wall. An airflow duct extends along a portion of the cab. The airflow duct has an inlet and an outlet and defines an airflow passage extending between the inlet and the outlet. The outlet is positioned rearwardly of the cab and within a space defined by a first horizontal plane extending through an edge of the rear window and a second horizontal plane spaced apart a predetermined distance from the first horizontal plane in a direction away from the rear window.

[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)


Starting device for a motorcycle
Patent No. 11286016 

Inventor(s): Bradley J. Smith (Lindale, TX), Paul Perebijnos (Wildomar, CA), Scott Boyer (Valencia, CA)
Assignee(s): ED TUCKER DISTRIBUTOR, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16243456 on 01/09/2019 (1175 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to an aspect of the disclosed embodiments, an apparatus for a motorcycle includes a first component having a pair of arms configured to be coupled to an inner shaft of a suspension fork. A locking plate is coupled to the pair of arms. A second component includes a housing configured to be coupled to a telescopic outer shaft of the suspension fork. The housing extends along a first longitudinal axis. A pin is configured to rotate about a second longitudinal axis extending transverse to the first longitudinal axis relative to the housing. The pin has a tip configured to engage the locking plate of the first component.

[B62K] CYCLES; CYCLE FRAMES; CYCLE STEERING DEVICES; RIDER-OPERATED TERMINAL CONTROLS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR CYCLES; CYCLE AXLE SUSPENSIONS; CYCLE SIDECARS, FORECARS, OR THE LIKE


Ducted rotor blade tip extension
Patent No. 11286036 

Inventor(s): Brent Randal Achttien (Watauga, TX), Daniel B. Robertson (Southlake, TX), Kirk L. Groninga (Keller, TX), Matthew Edward Louis (Fort Worth, TX), Michael J. Ryan (Colleyville, TX), Robert Glenn Vaughn (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16159178 on 10/12/2018 (1264 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotor system is provided in one example embodiment and may include a rotor duct; at least one rotor blade, wherein the at least one rotor blade comprises a tip end; and a tip extension affixed at the tip end of the at least one rotor blade, wherein the tip extension is comprised, at least in part, of a flexible material and the rotor blade has a fixed extended length based on the tip extension. The tip extension may provide a clearance distance between the tip extension and the rotor duct.

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


Ducted rotor blade tip extension
Patent No. 11286037 

Inventor(s): Brent Randal Achttien (Watauga, TX), Daniel B. Robertson (Southlake, TX), Kirk L. Groninga (Keller, TX), Matthew Edward Louis (Fort Worth, TX), Michael J. Ryan (Colleyville, TX), Robert Glenn Vaughn (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16159208 on 10/12/2018 (1264 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotor system is provided in one example embodiment and may include a rotor duct; at least one rotor blade, wherein the at least one rotor blade comprises a tip end; and a tip extension affixed at the tip end of the at least one rotor blade, wherein the tip extension comprises a plurality of flexible elements and the rotor blade has a fixed extended length based on the tip extension. The tip extension may provide a clearance distance between the tip extension and the rotor duct.

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


System for internal payload extension and retraction using telescoping mechanism
Patent No. 11286047 

Inventor(s): Clegg Benjamin Brian Smith (Fort Worth, TX), Franklin Foster Caldwell (North Richland Hills, TX), James Everett Kooiman (Fort Worth, TX), Jeffrey Matthew Williams (Hudson Oaks, TX), Michael E. Rinehart (Euless, TX), Tjepke He
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16841050 on 04/06/2020 (722 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system is described and includes a rack for carrying payload disposed in a payload bay; and a payload extension assembly for affecting linear translation of the rack between a first position in which the rack is fully retracted within the payload bay and a second position in which the payload extension assembly is fully extended and the rack is supported outside the payload bay. The payload extension assembly comprises forward and aft tracks respectively attached to forward and aft walls of the payload bay; a first stage for providing linear translation of the rack relative to the forward and aft tracks; and a second stage for providing linear translation of the rack relative to the first stage. The system further comprises a payload actuator system for selectively causing the rack extension assembly to move the rack between the first and second positions.

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


Heliport docking system
Patent No. 11286058 

Inventor(s): Matthew Holvey (North Richland Hills, TX), Michael McNair (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16223653 on 12/18/2018 (1197 days app to issue)

Abstract: A heliport docking system provides automated transport, fueling, maintenance, and logistical management of VTOLs. The heliport docking system can include a plurality of helipads that can be autonomously transported from area-to-area to assist in the logistics of heliport management and control. The helipad system can include a surface on which a VTOL can land and a controller that can perform functions related to routing, maintenance, object detection, and transport, among others. The helipad system can releasably secure the VTOL to the helipad and transport the VTOL to different areas of the heliport system. The helipad system can also fuel the VTOL by providing, electricity, combustible fuel, or other suitable energy source, and perform a maintenance check of the VTOL and create maintenance crew of any VTOL irregularities.

[B64F] GROUND OR AIRCRAFT-CARRIER-DECK INSTALLATIONS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR USE IN CONNECTION WITH AIRCRAFT; DESIGNING, MANUFACTURING, ASSEMBLING, CLEANING, MAINTAINING OR REPAIRING AIRCRAFT, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; HANDLING, TRANSPORTING, TESTING OR INSPECTING AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Method and apparatus for applying a label to a spool or reel
Patent No. 11286077 

Inventor(s): Clifton S. Thompson (Lucas, TX), William T. Bigbee, Jr. (Melissa, TX)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17093247 on 11/09/2020 (505 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for applying a label to a spool or reel containing wire and a wire tail extending from the spool or reel, the apparatus comprising a wire tail sensor, wherein the wire tail sensor identifies the location of the wire tail protruding from the spool or reel and a label application mechanism, wherein the labeling mechanism applies a label to the spool or reel and wherein the label does not contact the wire tail protruding from the spool or reel.

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


Fuel tank lifting apparatuses and methods of use
Patent No. 11286142 

Inventor(s): Brian McElroy (Winchester, KY), Robert Aaron Allex (Ewing, KY), Ronald Scott Friend (Jeffersonville, KY)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16589813 on 10/01/2019 (910 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fuel tank lifting apparatus includes a first lifting apparatus including a first lifting base and a second lifting base that is connected to the first lifting base by a first actuator. A positioning mount is fixedly mounted to the second lifting base. The positioning mount is configured to support a fuel tank thereon. A powered fastening gun is fixedly mounted to the first lifting base. The first actuator raises and lowers the second lifting base relative to the first lifting base. A second lifting apparatus comprising a second actuator that raises and lowers the first lifting assembly.

[B66F] HOISTING, LIFTING, HAULING, OR PUSHING, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, e.g. DEVICES WHICH APPLY A LIFTING OR PUSHING FORCE DIRECTLY TO THE SURFACE OF A LOAD (mounting artificial islands on piles or like supports E02B 17/00; scaffolds combined with lifting devices E04G 1/22, E04G 3/28; lifting devices for sliding forms E04G 11/24; lifting of buildings E04G 23/06; shores or struts E04G 25/00; lifts or other hoisting devices on ladders E06C 7/12; props for mining E21D 15/00)


Apparatus and methods for marking optical fibers using an ink stream
Patent No. 11287597 

Inventor(s): Kelvin Nguyen (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Incorporated (Corning, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16715234 on 12/16/2019 (834 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of marking an optical fiber is disclosed, wherein the method includes forming an ink stream, moving an optical fiber over a fiber path that resides adjacent the ink stream, and periodically changing the position of the fiber path so that the optical fiber at least partially enters the ink stream so that the ink from the ink stream forms spaced apart marks on the outer surface of the optical fiber. An optical fiber marking apparatus is also disclosed that includes payout and take modules that move the optical fiber over the fiber path, a marking unit configured to form an ink stream adjacent the fiber path, and a fiber positioning device that causes the optical fiber to periodically intersect the ink stream so that ink from the ink stream forms spaced apart marks on the outer surface of the optical fiber.

[B41J] TYPEWRITERS; SELECTIVE PRINTING MECHANISMS, i.e. MECHANISMS PRINTING OTHERWISE THAN FROM A FORME; CORRECTION OF TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS (composing B41B; printing on special surfaces B41F; laundry marking B41K; erasers, rubbers or erasing devices B43L 19/00; fluid media for correction of typographical errors by coating C09D 10/00; recording the results of measuring G01; recognition or presentation of data, marking record carriers in digital fashion, e.g. by punching, G06K; franking or ticket-printing and issuing apparatus G07B; electric keyboard switches, in general H01H 13/70, H03K 17/94; coding in connection with keyboards or like devices, in general H03M 11/00; receivers or transmitters for transmission of digital information H04L; transmission or reproduction of documents, or the like, e.g. facsimile transmission, H04N 1/00; printing mechanisms specially adapted for apparatus, e.g. cash registers, weighing machines, producing records of their own performance, see the relevant subclasses)


 

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

Polymer reinforced glass mat with enhanced nail shank shear resistance, shingles including the same, and methods of manufacturing the same
Patent No. 11286360 

Inventor(s): Brian Lee (Linden, NJ), Jim Svec (Kearny, NJ), Ming-Liang Shiao (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Assignee(s): BMIC LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17333955 on 05/28/2021 (305 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure relate to an article comprising a reinforced glass mat. In some embodiments, the reinforced glass mat includes a glass mat and a reinforcement material. In some embodiments, the glass mat includes a web of glass fibers. In some embodiments, the reinforcement material is embedded into the web of glass fibers of the glass mat. In some embodiments, the reinforced glass mat includes a sufficient amount of the reinforcement material, so as to result in a nail shank shear resistance of 13 lbs to 17 lbs, when the article is tested according to ASTM 1761 at 140 F. Methods of making the article, specific embodiments of the reinforcement material in the form of a polymeric binder, and methods of forming a roofing shingle from the article are also disclosed.

[C08J] WORKING-UP; GENERAL PROCESSES OF COMPOUNDING; AFTER-TREATMENT NOT COVERED BY SUBCLASSES C08B, C08C, C08F, C08G or C08H (working, e.g. shaping, of plastics B29) [2]


Mutant Cas9 proteins
Patent No. 11286470 

Inventor(s): Frank J. Poelwijk (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16852592 on 04/20/2020 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of making mutant Cas9 proteins are described.

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


Method for vapor deposition of optical substrate
Patent No. 11286553 

Inventor(s): Alain Mathieu (Dallas, TX), Brian McCrady (Dallas, TX), Cesar Maksoud (Dallas, TX), Todd Lane Jacobs (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Essilor International (Charenton-le-Pont, , FR)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15557032 on 03/11/2015 (2575 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided is a method of vacuum deposition to deposit at least two functional coatings to a substrate, including (a) evaporating a first film forming material from a first evaporation source disposed in a vacuum deposition chamber, (b) depositing the evaporated first film forming material on a substrate located above the first evaporation source to form at least a portion of an anti-reflective coating on the substrate, (c) evaporating a second film forming material from a second evaporating source disposed in the vacuum deposition chamber, and (d) depositing the evaporated second film forming materials on the substrate located above the second evaporation source to form a hydrophobic coating on the substrate.

[C23C] COATING METALLIC MATERIAL; COATING MATERIAL WITH METALLIC MATERIAL; SURFACE TREATMENT OF METALLIC MATERIAL BY DIFFUSION INTO THE SURFACE, BY CHEMICAL CONVERSION OR SUBSTITUTION; COATING BY VACUUM EVAPORATION, BY SPUTTERING, BY ION IMPLANTATION OR BY CHEMICAL VAPOUR DEPOSITION, IN GENERAL (applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces in general B05; making metal-coated products by extrusion B21C 23/22; covering with metal by connecting pre-existing layers to articles, see the relevant places, e.g. B21D 39/00, B23K; working of metal by the action of a high concentration of electric current on a workpiece using an electrode B23H; metallising of glass C03C; metallising mortars, concrete, artificial stone, ceramics or natural stone C04B 41/00; paints, varnishes, lacquers C09D; enamelling of, or applying a vitreous layer to, metals C23D; inhibiting corrosion of metallic material or incrustation in general C23F; treating metal surfaces or coating of metals by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25D, C25F; single-crystal film growth C30B; by metallising textiles D06M 11/83; decorating textiles by locally metallising D06Q 1/04; details of scanning-probe apparatus, in general G01Q; manufacture of semiconductor devices H01L; manufacture of printed circuits H05K) [4]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Panelized veneer wall covering system and method
Patent No. 11286674 

Inventor(s): Stephen N. Loyd (Garland, TX), William Ty May (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Stephen N. Loyd Irrevocable Family Trust (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16746404 on 01/17/2020 (802 days app to issue)

Abstract: In certain embodiments, a system includes a support rail configured to attach to a wall and a veneer mounting plate configured to attach to the wall via the support rail. The mounting plate includes a first surface and an opposite second surface that faces the wall when the mounting plate is attached to the wall. The mounting plate includes a support shelf and a retention clip each extending from the first surface and spaced apart such that a channel is formed between them. A veneer object is attached to the mounting plate in the first channel by the retention clip and the support shelf. The retention clip and the support shelf are configured to contact first and second edges, respectively, of the veneer object. The veneer object is retained in position on the mounting plate at least in part by the retention clip and the support shelf.

[E04F] FINISHING WORK ON BUILDINGS, e.g. STAIRS, FLOORS (windows, doors E06B)


Vacuum insulated architectural covering systems and methods
Patent No. 11286708 

Inventor(s): Neil A. Kozisek (Grand Island, NE), Scott A. Juengst (Grand Island, NE)
Assignee(s): Overhead Door Corporation (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16786766 on 02/10/2020 (778 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for an architectural opening may include a plurality of panels. At least one of the plurality of panels may include a frame including a pair of rails and a pair of stiles secured to the pair of rails at respective interfaces. The frame may define at least one opening. The interfaces may be sealed in a manner allowing a vacuum to be created inside at least a portion of the frame. An inset panel may be secured within the at least one opening. At least portions of the frame may be vacuum insulated. One or more hinges may secure a first panel of the plurality of panels to a second panel of the plurality of panels. The member may be a transparent or translucent window. The apparatus may be a garage door, an entry door, a window, or a storefront.

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


Systems and methods for controlling a drilling path based on drift estimates
Patent No. 11286719 

Inventor(s): Sashmit Bhaduri (Austin, TX), Teddy Chen (Austin, TX), Todd W. Benson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX), Motive Drilling Technologies, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16592226 on 10/03/2019 (908 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a drilling system, a control system coupled to a drilling rig controls a bottom hole assembly (BHA) to drill a borehole through a geological formation along a drilling path. The control system determines a present position of the BHA and calculates a toolface vector to create a convergence path from the present position of the BHA to a desired target path. The control system also receives geological information and compensates the toolface vector to account for an estimated geologic formation drift. The control system causes at least one control parameter to be modified in order to alter a drilling direction of the BHA based on the calculated toolface vector and transmits the at least one control parameter to the drilling rig to target the BHA in accordance with the calculated toolface vector. The control system iteratively performs this process until convergence with the desired target path is achieved.

[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 tools comprising oil-degradable sealing elements
Patent No. 11286741 

Inventor(s): Charles Timothy Smith (McKinney, TX), Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zach Walton (Carrollton, TX), Zachary Murphree (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14433304 on 05/07/2014 (2883 days app to issue)

Abstract: Downhole tools comprising a body, wherein at least a portion of the body is degradable when exposed to a wellbore environment; and at least one oil-degradable sealing element composed of an oil-degradable elastomer, wherein the oil-degradable sealing element degrades in the wellbore environment. The oil-degradable elastomer is selected from the group consisting of an oil-degradable natural rubber, an oil-degradable synthetic rubber, and any combination thereof.

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


Method and apparatus for diverting load within a cut-to-release packer
Patent No. 11286744 

Inventor(s): Shane Robert Burckhard (Sanger, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16322446 on 03/14/2018 (1476 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cut-to-release packer can include a bottom sub, a wedge assembly, a mandrel, and a load diverting snap ring. The mandrel extends within the wedge assembly. The mandrel can include a support portion with a first cross-sectional thickness and a cut zone portion with a second cross-sectional thickness less than the first cross-sectional thickness, wherein the cut zone portion is disposed between the bottom sub and the support portion. Both the mandrel and the wedge assembly can be coupled to the bottom sub. The load diverting snap ring can be engaged with the mandrel along the support portion, wherein the load diverting snap ring facilitates transfer of tensile load between the wedge assembly and the support portion of the mandrel.

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


Wellbore gun perforating system and method
Patent No. 11286758 

Inventor(s): John T. Hardesty (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17026607 on 09/21/2020 (554 days app to issue)

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

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


Systems and methods for injecting fluids into high pressure injector line
Patent No. 11286760 

Inventor(s): Herbe Gomez Conzatti y Martinez (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Schlumberger Technology Corporation (Sugar Land, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16331170 on 09/07/2017 (1664 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a hydraulic fracturing system including a tank having a slurry and an injector line, where the injector line is disposed between a high-pressure pump and a treatment line to fluidly couple to a wellhead. The system includes a plurality of valves disposed adjacent to the injector line and a control system communicatively coupled to the plurality of valves. The control system fluidly isolates the injector line using the plurality of valves, fills the injector line with an amount of the slurry using a first valve of the plurality of valves, and injects the slurry into the treatment line using a second valve of the plurality of valves.

[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]


Water hydration system
Patent No. 11286762 

Inventor(s): Raymond C. Sherry (Cleburne, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Roger N. Chauza, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17165376 on 02/02/2021 (420 days app to issue)

Abstract: A water hydration system for disposing of the water content of production fluid generated by a hydrocarbon well. The production water is processed to remove particulate matter, and then to separate the water from crude oil. The water is heated and pressurized and passed through a nozzle to produce a spray which flashes into steam in a duct carrying fresh air. The water vapor hydrates the air that is forced through the duct by a high capacity fan which blows the hydrated air into the atmosphere.

[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]


Accessible wellbore devices
Patent No. 11286767 

Inventor(s): Kevin Dwain Fink, Jr. (McKinney, TX), Mark S. Holly (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16630591 on 03/29/2019 (1096 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wellbore assembly for use downhole in a wellbore may include a casing string comprising a mandrel. The mandrel may include a side pocket in an inner region of the mandrel. A downhole device may be positioned within the side pocket of the mandrel. The downhole device may include an electronics package, a power source, and a transmitter for transmitting data from the downhole device via a wireless communications link to a downhole tool for transmitting the data to a surface of the wellbore for monitoring a downhole environment of the wellbore.

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


 

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Pistons for use in fluid exchange devices and related devices, systems, and methods
Patent No. 11286958 

Inventor(s): Andreas Dreiss (Hamburg, , DE), David Olexson (Irving, TX), Jason Bandi (Irving, TX), Neil Havrilla (Coplay, PA), Norman R. Le Doux, Jr. (Orefield, PA)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16679037 on 11/08/2019 (872 days app to issue)

Abstract: Pistons and related methods may be configured to separate fluids and to at least partially prohibit one fluid from traveling to one side of the piston from another side of the piston. Pressure exchange devices and systems may include such pistons.

[F04F] PUMPING OF FLUID BY DIRECT CONTACT OF ANOTHER FLUID OR BY USING INERTIA OF FLUID TO BE PUMPED (containers or packages with special means for dispensing liquid or semi-liquid contents by internal gaseous pressure B65D 83/14); SIPHONS [2]


Unibody components for high-pressure valves
Patent No. 11287049 

Inventor(s): James Allen Jefferies (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): IMS Machine, LLC (Granbury, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16740970 on 01/13/2020 (806 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high-pressure valve assembly includes a valve body, a unibody choke valve stem, and a unibody choke valve seat having surface hardened wear surfaces formed thereon. The wear surfaces formed are interacting wear surfaces, as with tribological applications. The wear surfaces are hardened using a boronization process or a thermal spray application process. The boronization process is performed using discrete parameters to obtain one of a minimum depth of deposited boronization elements and a desired measured surface hardness value.

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


Fluid flow control devices and systems, and methods of flowing fluids therethrough
Patent No. 11287059 

Inventor(s): Bradford Haines (Spanish Fork, UT), Gifford Decker (Springville, UT), Jeff Parish (Springville, UT)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Phillips Winchester (Local + 28 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17104941 on 11/25/2020 (489 days app to issue)

Abstract: Fluid flow control devices comprise a cylindrical body extending along a longitudinal axis and having a sidewall. The cylindrical body has a first channel extending longitudinally along the sidewall and a second channel extending longitudinally along the sidewall. At least a portion of one of the at least one first channel and the at least one second channel extends longitudinally at an oblique angle with respect to the longitudinal axis to form a pattern of channels for improving the flow characteristics of a fluid through the channels.

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


Lightweight sealing gasket for low pressure and non-pressure applications
Patent No. 11287072 

Inventor(s): Bernal Rojas (Heredia, , CR), Guido Quesada (San Jose, , CR), Mark A. Weih (San Jose, , CR), Rodney Pacheco (San Jose, , CR)
Assignee(s): SB Technical Products, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16997359 on 08/19/2020 (587 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pipe sealing gasket is shown which is designed to be received within a raceway provided within the female, belled end of a section of plastic pipe which is assembled with a mating male pipe end to form a plastic pipe joint. The gasket is made up of a hard plastic band having an outer circumferential surface and an inner circumferential surface, and two separated elastomer portions. A first of the separated elastomer portions forms an outer ring which circumscribes the outer circumferential surface of the hard plastic band. The second of the separated elastomer portions forms an inner lip which circumscribes the inner circumferential surface of the hard plastic band. The two separate elastomer portions are connected during the gasket molding operation by a series of spaced ribs which form a continuous body of elastomer connecting the first and second separated elastomer portions at spaced intervals.

[F16L] PIPES; JOINTS OR FITTINGS FOR PIPES; SUPPORTS FOR PIPES, CABLES OR PROTECTIVE TUBING; MEANS FOR THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL


Quasi-sparse optical illumination
Patent No. 11287101 

Inventor(s): Vikrant R. Bhakta (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16829079 on 03/25/2020 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a DMD includes micromirrors. A first light source generates a first beam profile illuminating a first set of micromirrors of the DMD. A second light source generates a second beam profile illuminating a second set of micromirrors of the DMD. The first and second beam profiles partially overlap on at least some micromirrors of the DMD. The first light source is source-modulated independently of the second light source for adjusting power and brightness in response to a sensed driving condition. The micromirrors of the DMD are modulated in response to the sensed driving condition.

[F21S] NON-PORTABLE LIGHTING DEVICES; SYSTEMS THEREOF [7]


Method and apparatus for risk reduction during refrigerant leak
Patent No. 11287153 

Inventor(s): Payam Delgoshaei (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16700104 on 12/02/2019 (848 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of monitoring a refrigerant leak. The method includes monitoring, by a first controller, operation of a first HVAC system for conditioning air within a first level of a residence, monitoring, by a second controller, operation of a second HVAC system for conditioning air within a second level of the residence and determining, using a plurality of leak detectors, whether refrigerant within the first HVAC system is leaking. Responsive to a positive determination in the determining step, receiving, by the first controller, a refrigerant leak warning signal, forwarding, by the first controller to the second controller, the refrigerant leak warning signal. Responsive to receiving the refrigerant leak warning signal from the first controller, activating, by the second controller, a variable-speed circulation fan of the second HVAC system.

[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)


Trigger assembly
Patent No. 11287205 

Inventor(s): Jack Richard Biegel (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): CMC Triggers Corp. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Wood Herron Evans LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17151283 on 01/18/2021 (435 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided is a trigger mechanism having a trigger member is pivotally supported by a housing and having a forwardly extending finger portion and an actuation blade portion and a sear fixed in position relative to each other. A hammer pivotally supported inside the housing has a tooth and a disconnector has hook portion. A safety selector movable between safe and fire positions has a first surface that confronts the finger portion to block pivotal movement of the trigger member when in the safe position and a recess that receives the finger portion and allows movement of the trigger member when in the fire position. When the trigger member is pulled, cycling of the firearm action pivots the hammer to engage the tooth with the hook portion and hold the hammer until the trigger member is released to allow the sear to engage the hammer as the hook releases the tooth.

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


 

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Method and apparatus for monitoring waste removal and administration
Patent No. 11286108 

Inventor(s): Michael S. Fisher (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Advanced Custom Engineered Systems Equipment Co. (St. Charles, IL)
Law Firm: McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert Berghoff LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16709109 on 12/10/2019 (840 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for a municipality to control, track, and monitor waste or refuse receptacles requires a permit for use of a waste receptacle. An issuing organization issues a permit associated with a discreet receptacle identifier. An RFID tag is provided with the permit and attached to a discreet receptacle. The RFID tag transmits a signal carrying data associated with the discreet receptacle identifier. The signal may be read by a portable reader carried by municipal personnel to record violations of municipal code associated with the use of the discreet receptacle.

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


Systems and methods to improve memory management for route optimization algorithms
Patent No. 11287274 

Inventor(s): Jose Mejia Robles (Ocala, FL), Scott L. Gowdish (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): IMERCATUS HOLDINGS LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17380517 on 07/20/2021 (252 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technologies are provided for memory management for route optimization algorithms. An example method can include determining a cost surface of a route-based project associated with an area, the cost surface including nodes comprising costs associated with respective locations within the area; determining whether a cache has data of each neighbor of a current node being processed to determine a least-cost path from a start node to an end node; obtaining, from the memory cache, the data of each neighbor; for each particular neighbor that is not a boundary node in the cost surface, determining a projected cost of the particular neighbor based on an accumulated cost of the particular neighbor and an additional cost estimated based on a distance between the particular neighbor and the end node; and based on the projected cost of each particular neighbor, determining the least-cost path from the start node to the end node.

[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)


Container disturbance filtering for capacitive liquid level sensing
Patent No. 11287301 

Inventor(s): Haozhe Tang (Shanghal, , CN), Songhua Hu (Shanghai, , CN), Yang Li (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16750207 on 01/23/2020 (796 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for filtering touches and disturbances of a container comprises a processing unit (PU) and computer-readable storage devices storing machine instructions. The PU obtains and sums together sensor values for a first sampling time from electrodes affixed to the container. The PU determines a difference between the sum for the first sampling time and a sum for a second sampling time, which is compared to a threshold representative of a change in capacitance due to a touch on the container. The PU determines whether the touch on the container has occurred at the first sampling time based on the comparison. If a touch occurred, the PU continues to obtain additional sensor values for additional sampling times and determine whether a touch on the container has occurred at the additional sampling times, until determining no touch occurred. The PU determines liquid level for the container after determining no touch occurred.

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


Vortex fluid sensing to determine fluid properties
Patent No. 11287357 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Delizio, Peacock (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16484576 on 12/28/2018 (1187 days app to issue)

Abstract: Components and systems are disclosed for determining fluid component concentrations. In some embodiments, a vortex chamber is configured to rotationally direct fluid flow. A first pressure sensor is disposed on an inner radial position within the vortex chamber. A second pressure sensor is disposed on an outer radial position within the vortex chamber. A fluid property detector is configured to determine a fluid property based, at least in part, on pressure values detected by the first and second pressure sensors.

[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)


Ion chromatography system and methods utilizing a weak acid or weak base extraction device
Patent No. 11287403 

Inventor(s): Charles Phillip Shelor (Arlington, TX), Hongzhu Liao (Arlington, TX), Purnendu K. Dasgupta (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Frost Brown Todd LLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15377833 on 12/13/2016 (1932 days app to issue)

Abstract: A permeative amine/acid introduction device (PAID) is placed after a conventional KOH eluent suppressed conductometric anion chromatography (SCAC) system. The PAID converts the suppressed eluites from the acid form to the corresponding salt. For example, when the analytes are acids, they are converted to the corresponding ammonium salt (NR[subscript]2[/subscript]H+HXNR[subscript]2[/subscript]H[subscript]2[/subscript][superscript]+[/superscript]+X[superscript][/superscript]) and allows very weak acids HX (pK[subscript]a[/subscript]7.0) that cannot normally be detected by SCAC to be measured by a second conductivity detector following the PAID. Permeative reagent introduction is dilutionless, can be operated without pumps and provides good mixing with low band dispersion (as small as 30 L). An exemplary amine is diethylamine (DEA), which was chosen as the amine source due to its low pK[subscript]b [/subscript]value (pK[subscript]b [/subscript]3.0), high vapor pressure, and low toxicity and low odor.

[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)


Dynamic reverse gas stack model for portable chemical detection devices to locate threat and point-of-source from effluent streams
Patent No. 11287407 

Inventor(s): Guido Fridolin Verbeck, IV (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): University of North Texas (Denton, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15769265 on 10/12/2016 (1994 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes an apparatus and method for detecting the location of one or more sources of one or more target molecule, the apparatus comprising: a molecule detector; and a processor connected to the molecule detector and to a global position system, wherein the processor calculates the presence of the one or more target molecules, runs a computer code that determines a dynamic reverse gas stack model for the one or more target molecules, and triangulates the possible position for a source or effluent of the one or more target molecules based on the dynamic reverse gas stack model. The determined reverse gas stack model may have a Gaussian dispersion over one or more sampled locations.

[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)


Tap, command, router circuitry, and data register
Patent No. 11287473 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17117532 on 12/10/2020 (474 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure describes different ways to improve the operation of a device”s 1149.1 TAP to where the TAP can perform at-speed Update Capture, Shift Capture and Back to Back Capture Shift operations. In a first embodiment of the disclosure the at-speed operations are achieved by time division multiplexing CMD signals onto the TMS input to the TAP. The CMD signals are input to a CMD circuit that operates in conjunction with a Dual Port Router to execute the at-speed operations of a circuit. In a second embodiment of the disclosure the at-speed operations are achieved by detecting the TAP”s Exit1DR state as a CMD signal that is input to the CMD circuit that operates in conjunction with a Dual Port Router to execute the at-speed operations of a circuit. In a third embodiment of the disclosure the at-speed operations are achieved by detecting the TAP”s Exit1DR and PauseDR states and in response producing Capture and Update signals that are input to a Programmable Switch that operates in conjunction with a Dual Port Router to execute the at-speed operations of a circuit. In a fourth embodiment of the disclosure the at-speed operations are achieved by detecting the TAP”s Exit1DR and PauseDR states and inputting these states to a Dual Port Router to control the at-speed operations of a circuit. Each of the embodiments may be augmented to include externally accessible Update and Capture input signals that can be selected to allow a tester to directly control the at-speed ope

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


Non-rigid blind mate connector system
Patent No. 11287579 

Inventor(s): Kurt M. Chankaya (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16841102 on 04/06/2020 (722 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a first connector portion and a second connector portion. The first connector portion includes a first magnet, an electrical pin, and a first fiber optic connector. The second connector portion is configured to form a non-rigid connection to the first connector portion. The second connector portion includes a second magnet configured to mate with the first magnet of the first connector portion, an electrical contact configured to mate with the electrical pin of the first connector portion, and a second fiber optic connector configured to mate with the first fiber optic connector of the first connector portion.

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


System for remote vehicle door and window opening
Patent No. 11287895 

Inventor(s): Mingher F. Shen (Ann Arbor, MI), Salem Bensalem (Lansing, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTHAMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16797989 on 02/21/2020 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle door and window opening system comprising a controller that includes a user control, a motion sensor configured to detect a first defined motion and a second defined motion of the controller, and a transmitter configured to transmit signals related to the motion sensor and the user control. The system also includes at least one actuator, a receiver configured to receive the signals, and a control unit in communication with the receiver and the at least one actuator. When the user control is activated and released, the control unit commands a first action from the at least one actuator. When the user control is activated and held while the motion sensor detects the first defined motion, the control unit commands a second action from the at least one actuator. When the user control is activated and held while the motion sensor detects the second defined motion, the control unit commands a third action from the at least one actuator.

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


Method and system for deploying a virtual distributed unit on a network device
Patent No. 11288018 

Inventor(s): Abdul Subhan (Irving, TX), Ravi Potluri (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16829723 on 03/25/2020 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may obtain network information associated with a network device to be installed at a particular location in a network. The device may select, based on the network information, a virtual distributed unit (vDU), of a plurality of vDUs, to be deployed on the network device. The device may generate, based on selecting the vDU, deployment information associated with the vDU, where the deployment information includes configuration information that is configured for the particular location. The device may send the deployment information to the network device to cause the vDU to be automatically deployed on the network device.

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


Vector reverse
Patent No. 11288067 

Inventor(s): Duc Bui (Grand Prairie, TX), Timothy D. Anderson (University Park, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16422795 on 05/24/2019 (1040 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method to reverse source data in a processor in response to a vector reverse instruction includes specifying, in respective fields of the vector reverse instruction, a source register containing the source data and a destination register. The source register includes a plurality of lanes and each lane contains a data element, and the destination register includes a plurality of lanes corresponding to the lanes of the source register. The method further includes executing the vector reverse instruction by creating reversed source data by reversing the order of the data elements, and storing the reversed source data in the destination register.

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


Loop execution control for a multi-threaded, self-scheduling reconfigurable computing fabric using a reenter queue
Patent No. 11288074 

Inventor(s): Tony M. Brewer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Gamburd Law Group LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16371065 on 03/31/2019 (1094 days app to issue)

Abstract: Representative apparatus, method, and system embodiments are disclosed for configurable computing. A representative system includes an interconnection network; a processor; and a plurality of configurable circuit clusters. Each configurable circuit cluster includes a plurality of configurable circuits arranged in an array; a synchronous network coupled to each configurable circuit of the array; and an asynchronous packet network coupled to each configurable circuit of the array. A representative configurable circuit includes a configurable computation circuit and a configuration memory having a first, instruction memory storing a plurality of data path configuration instructions to configure a data path of the configurable computation circuit; and a second, instruction and instruction index memory storing a plurality of spoke instructions and data path configuration instruction indices for selection of a master synchronous input, a current data path configuration instruction, and a next data path configuration instruction for a next configurable computation circuit.

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


Systems and methods for developing a web application using micro frontends
Patent No. 11288103 

Inventor(s): Dustin Nation (The Colony, TX), Jibins Joseph (Prosper, TX), Jonathan Michael Darling (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16881203 on 05/22/2020 (676 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for developing a web-based application using micro frontends. A web application architecture system may include a plurality of web servers and a plurality of single page applications. Each one of the plurality of single page applications may be hosted on a single respective one of the plurality of web servers. The web application architecture system may further include one or more shared libraries that are accessed by each of the plurality of single page applications. The one or more shared libraries may include shared interface components for each of the plurality of single page applications such that the plurality of single page applications are a part of a single web-based application. Additionally, the web application architecture system may include a load balancer configured to route traffic to each of the plurality of single page applications.

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


Software production load and software test load synchronization feedback system
Patent No. 11288175 

Inventor(s): Serge M. Manning (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Sprint Communications Company L.P. (Overland Park, KS)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16897457 on 06/10/2020 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of testing production server applications. The method comprises monitoring a production server that is executing a first version of a production application by an agent application executing on the production server, recording changes made on the production server by the agent application in a reporting file on the production server, launching a test application on a test server, wherein the test application is associated with a second version of the production application, in response to launching the test application, reading the reporting file by a script executing on the test server, determining by the script that changes were made on the production server based on reading the reporting file, and sending by the script a notification about the changes made on the production server, whereby a tester testing the second version of the production application is made aware of changes that have been made on the production server.

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


Command selection policy
Patent No. 11288214 

Inventor(s): Patrick A. La Fratta (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Brooks, Cameron Huebsch, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17093104 on 11/09/2020 (505 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and methods related to command selection policy for electronic memory or storage are described. Commands to a memory controller may be prioritized based on a type of command, a timing of when one command was received relative to another command, a timing of when one command is ready to be issued to a memory device, or some combination of such factors. For instance, a memory controller may employ a first-ready, first-come, first-served (FRFCFS) policy in which certain types of commands (e.g., read commands) are prioritized over other types of commands (e.g., write commands). The policy may employ exceptions to such an FRFCFS policy based on dependencies or relationships among or between commands. An example can include inserting a command into a priority queue based on a category corresponding to respective commands, and iterating through a plurality of priority queues in order of priority to select a command to issue.

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


System for refining cognitive insights using travel-related cognitive graph vectors
Patent No. 11288317 

Inventor(s): John N. Faith (Austin, TX), Kyle W. Kothe (Austin, TX), Scott E. Goldberg (Park City, UT)
Assignee(s): REALPAGE, INC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16740057 on 01/10/2020 (809 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system and computer-usable medium are disclosed for using travel-related cognitive graph vectors.

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


Selective presentation of content types and sources in search
Patent No. 11288331 

Inventor(s): David Yen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): GOOGLE LLC (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: Dority Manning, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16412662 on 05/15/2019 (1049 days app to issue)

Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure include actions of receiving a search query, identifying potential search results responsive to the search query, the potential search results corresponding to digital content stored in one or more computer-readable storage media, determining that the potential search results include user-generated content that is generated using one or more computer-implemented social services, receiving data associated with the user-generated content, the data including one or more scores, determining, based on the one or more scores, that the user-generated content is to be provided as a search result, generating search results, the search results including web-based search results and at least a portion of the user-generated content, and transmitting the search results to a client computing device for display to the searching user.

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


System and method for authenticating users using weak authentication techniques, with differences for different features
Patent No. 11288346 

Inventor(s): Charles E. Gotlieb (San Francisco, CA), Valery Zubovsky (San Francisco, CA)
Assignee(s): Charles Schwab Co., Inc. (Southlake, TX)
Law Firm: Innovation Partners LLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14637053 on 03/03/2015 (2583 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method uses different authentication techniques, including weak passive authentication techniques, to authenticate users by generating a score and comparing it to a threshold selected according to the feature the user is requesting.

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


Distractional variable identification for authentication of resource distribution
Patent No. 11288366 

Inventor(s): William August Stahlhut (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16594477 on 10/07/2019 (904 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for capturing communication variables associated with a communication between two or more parties and implementing a quantum optimizer to analyze the communication variables to determine the actual context of a communication held by one or more parties to the communication. Once the actual context is determined, a further determination is made as to whether the actual context poses or potentially poses a security threat to one or more parties to the communication or a third-party and, if so, notifies the party of the security threat. In this regard, parties to a communication that are unaware of the actual context of the communication held by another party are made aware of that actual context poses a security threat and, in some embodiments, notifies the parties while the communication is still occurring.

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


Systems, methods, and devices for obfuscation of browser fingerprint data on the world wide web
Patent No. 11288398 

Inventor(s): Tuan Dao (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig LLP (19 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16598734 on 10/10/2019 (901 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for obfuscation of browser fingerprint data are disclosed. In one embodiment, in an information processing apparatus comprising at least one computer processor, a method may include: (1) receiving an electronic communication from an electronic device to a destination; (2) identifying a raw device fingerprint value in the electronic communication from an electronic device; (3) selecting at least one replacement value for the raw device fingerprint value; (4) replacing the raw device fingerprint value with the replacement value in the electronic communication; and (5) sending the electronic communication with the replacement value to the destination.

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


Deep learning method for a progressive lens simulator with an artificial intelligence engine
Patent No. 11288416 

Inventor(s): Gergely T. Zimanyi (Berkeley, CA)
Assignee(s): Neurolens, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16294959 on 03/07/2019 (1118 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Progressive Lens Simulator comprises an Eye Tracker, for tracking an eye axis direction to determine a gaze distance, an Off-Axis Progressive Lens Simulator, for generating an Off-Axis progressive lens simulation; and an Axial Power-Distance Simulator, for simulating a progressive lens power in the eye axis direction. The Progressive Lens Simulator can alternatively include an Integrated Progressive Lens Simulator, for creating a Comprehensive Progressive Lens Simulation. The Progressive Lens Simulator can be Head-mounted. A Guided Lens Design Exploration System for the Progressive Lens Simulator can include a Progressive Lens Simulator, a Feedback-Control Interface, and a Progressive Lens Design processor, to generate a modified progressive lens simulation for the patient after a guided modification of the progressive lens design. A Deep Learning Method for an Artificial Intelligence Engine can be used for a Progressive Lens Design Processor. Embodiments include a multi-station system of Progressive Lens Simulators and a Central Supervision Station.

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


Point cloud registration with error propagation
Patent No. 11288493 

Inventor(s): Corey J. Collard (Plano, TX), Jody D. Verret (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16800819 on 02/25/2020 (763 days app to issue)

Abstract: Discussed herein are devices, systems, and methods for merging point cloud data with error propagation. A can include reducing a sum aggregate of discrepancies between respective tie points and associated 3D points in first and second 3D images, adjusting 3D error models of the first and second 3D images based on the reduced discrepancies to generate registered 3D images, and propagating an error of the first or second 3D images to the registered 3D image to generate error of the registered 3D images.

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


Tracking positions using a scalable position tracking system
Patent No. 11288518 

Inventor(s): Caleb Austin Boulio (Lewisville, TX), Madan Mohan Chinnam (Irving, TX), Sailesh Bharathwaaj Krishnamurthy (Irving, TX), Sarath Vakacharla (Irving, TX), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Celina, TX), Trong Nghia Nguyen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): 7-ELEVEN, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16941825 on 07/29/2020 (608 days app to issue)

Abstract: A scalable tracking system processes video of a space to track the positions of people within a space. The tracking system determines local coordinates for the people within frames of the video and then assigns these coordinates to time windows based on when the frames were received. The tracking system then combines or clusters certain local coordinates that have been assigned to the same time window to determine a combined coordinate for a person during that time window.

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


Systems and methods to aggregate and distribute dynamic information of crowdsourcing vehicles for edge-assisted live map service
Patent No. 11288520 

Inventor(s): Baekgyu Kim (Mountain View, CA), Qiang Liu (Charlotte, NC), Rui Guo (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing N.A. Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16912033 on 06/25/2020 (642 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving sensor data, with one or more sensor of a vehicle, wherein the sensor data is associated with an environment of the vehicle, detecting an object based on the sensor data, determining pixel coordinates of the object based on the sensor data, converting the pixel coordinates of the object to world coordinates of the object, extracting a set of features associated with the object, and transmitting the set of features and the world coordinates to a remote computing device.

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


Object detection for distorted images
Patent No. 11288525 

Inventor(s): Debapriya Maji (Bengaluru, , IN), Deepak Poddar (Bengaluru, , IN), Manu Mathew (Bengaluru, , IN), Soyeb Nagori (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16588157 on 09/30/2019 (911 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques including receiving a distorted image from a camera disposed about a vehicle, detecting, in the distorted image, corner points associated with a target object, mapping the corner points to a distortion corrected domain based on one or more camera parameters, mapping the corner points and lines between the corner points back to a distorted domain based on the camera parameters, interpolating one or more intermediate points to generate lines between the corner points in the distortion corrected domain mapping the corner points and the lines between the corner points back to a distorted domain based on the camera parameters, and adjusting a direction of travel of the vehicle based on the located target object.

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


Deep long short term memory network for estimation of remaining useful life of the components
Patent No. 11288577 

Inventor(s): Shuai Zheng (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Hitachi, Ltd. (Tokyo, , JP)
Law Firm: Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves Savitch LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16074495 on 10/11/2016 (1995 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example implementations described herein are directed to systems and methods for estimating the remaining useful life of a component or equipment through the application of models for deriving functions that can express the remaining useful life over time. In an aspect, the failure acceleration time point is determined for a given type of component, and a function is derived based on the application of models on the failure acceleration time point.

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


Self-learning selection of information-analysis runtimes
Patent No. 11288601 

Inventor(s): Jo Arao Ramos (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmesier, Olsen Watts (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16360118 on 03/21/2019 (1104 days app to issue)

Abstract: A self-learning computer-based system has access to multiple runtime modules that are each capable of performing a particular algorithm. Each runtime module implements the algorithm with different code or runs in a different runtime environment. The system responds to a request to run the algorithm by selecting the runtime module or runtime environment that the system predicts will provide the most desirable results based on parameters like accuracy, performance, cost, resource-efficiency, or policy compliance. The system learns how to make such predictions through training sessions conducted by a machine-learning component. This training teaches the system that previous module selections produced certain types of results in the presence of certain conditions. After determining whether similar conditions currently exist, the system uses rules inferred from the training sessions to select the runtime module most likely to produce desired results.

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


Grounded operations management system and method therefor
Patent No. 11288605 

Inventor(s): Angela Roush (Fort Worth, TX), Douglas Harvey Gage (Como, MS), Jimmy H Pang (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): BNSF Railway Company (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16952669 on 11/19/2020 (495 days app to issue)

Abstract: A grounded operations facilities management system is disclosed that can facilitate communications in grounded operations facilities. Specifically, a method is provided for managing and supervising trucks as they park in truck spots to await freight deposits. Check-in instances reflecting, among other things, the actual truck spot a fleet vehicle is parked in can be retrieved by a client from a server or database in operable communication with the client, and upon instantiation and execution of several processes, the check-in instance can be updated and retrieved/served as needed throughout the system. The system can be managed and controlled via a geofence, such that fleet vehicle operators can only check-in to particular truck spots when located within the geofence.

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


Systems and methods of detecting, identifying and classifying objects positioned on a surface
Patent No. 11288629 

Inventor(s): Yevgeni Tsirulnik (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TOSHIBA GLOBAL COMMERCE SOLUTIONS, INC. (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17146050 on 01/11/2021 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods of detecting, identifying, and classifying objects positioned on a shelf are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, a sensor pad comprises a plurality of electrical contacts disposed in the pad as a matrix of rows and columns of electrical contacts. Further, each contact corresponds to a different surface area of the pad and has a first electrical conductor positioned on a first layer and a second electrical conductor positioned opposite to the first conductor on a second layer. Also, at least one of the first and second conductors is operable to vary in resistance or capacitance based on an amount of pressure applied to that conductor. In addition, each contact is configured to enable an electrical connection between the first and second conductors with a resistance or capacitance that varies based on an amount of pressure applied to a corresponding area of the pad when an object is positioned on that pad.

[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]


Vehicle value as a token
Patent No. 11288641 

Inventor(s): Mathew D. Gardner (Lewisville, TX), Shravanthi Denthumdas (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P, (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16363181 on 03/25/2019 (1100 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for tracking and validating value of a vehicle, includes a memory device, a wireless communication device, authentication processor that authenticates the vehicle and generates one or more security keys, and a processor maintaining a token linked to the vehicle that designates the vehicle as a stake. The processor executes instructions to when a condition change event of the vehicle occurs, receive information of a change of state from the vehicle, generate a message including the change of state information, sign the message with a private key, transmit the signed message using the wireless communication device, choosing a node of a blockchain distributed network, evaluating, via the chosen node, the signed message in accordance with distributed contract rules to determine an updated token value and a residual token, and receive and maintain the updated token value and the residual token.

[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]


Augmented reality dynamic authentication for electronic transactions
Patent No. 11288679 

Inventor(s): Manu J. Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16783607 on 02/06/2020 (782 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for authorizing an electronic transaction in an augmented reality environment comprises an augmented reality user device and an authentication server. The augmented reality user device includes a display that overlays virtual objects onto a field of view of the user. The user device receives a request to verify information about a payment card used in an electronic transaction. The request includes a virtual authentication object, which is a virtual representation of an object capable of being manipulated by the user in a particular sequence to enter an authentication code. The user device displays the virtual authentication object to the user and detects gestures performed on the virtual authentication object. The user device sends the detected gestures to the authentication server. The authentication server determines the authentication code using the virtual authentication object and the detected gestures, and uses it to authorize the transaction.

[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, device, and method of performing data analytics for generating sales tasks for sales representatives
Patent No. 11288681 

Inventor(s): Margaret L Brooks (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): SalesBoost, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16440736 on 06/13/2019 (1020 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system is provided for interpreting conversation profile records and generating sales task. The system includes a data store having a plurality of data items including conversation profile data and consumer product data and a resource management module configured to evaluate the data items and create a plurality of sales representative tasks and assign to each task at least one of a customer, a product, a sales representative, at least one action plan queue, and a priority level according to the evaluation. The evaluation of the data items can include identifying patterns between the data items.

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


System and method for location based dynamic redirection of advertiser affiliate links for online advertising
Patent No. 11288706 

Inventor(s): Baxter Box (Dallas, TX), Forrest Jordan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): rewardStyle, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17205698 on 03/18/2021 (376 days app to issue)

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

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


Personalized car recommendations based on customer web traffic
Patent No. 11288731 

Inventor(s): Avid Ghamsari (Frisco, TX), Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Kacvinsky Daisak Bluni PLLC (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17005832 on 08/28/2020 (578 days app to issue)

Abstract: One or more embodiments are generally directed to techniques to provide specific vehicle recommendations. Various techniques, methods, systems, and apparatuses include utilizing user web-traffic and/or one or more tags generated by application of a machine learning model to a data source, where the data source may include language with respect to one or more automobiles or vehicles, to provide a recommendation for a particular automobile.

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


Systems and methods for a refinancing savings widget
Patent No. 11288737 

Inventor(s): Adam Shackleton (Dallas, TX), Patrick Eberle (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16536661 on 08/09/2019 (963 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for calculating a savings amount for loan refinancing. According to one implementation, a method includes displaying a graphic user interface comprising a widget at a client device and receiving input data from a user regarding a loan. In some embodiments, the input data may include the user”s credit level and the current monthly payment, APR, and payoff amount associated with the user”s current loan. The method further includes determining a saving amount based on a comparison of the input data with historical savings data accessible to the widget, and displaying the savings amount in the graphic user interface.

[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]


Vacancy processing
Patent No. 11288762 

Inventor(s): Aghyad Saleh (Grand Prairie, TX), Devang H. Parekh (Dallas, TX), Joshua C. Batie (Frisco, TX), Louis Brugman (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16831793 on 03/26/2020 (733 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of receiving, by a destination processing node, a notification from a transport regarding a probable vacancy, determining, by the destination processing node, a probable time of availability and a location of the vacancy based on the notification, querying, by the destination processing node, a plurality of transports in a proximity of the vacancy, and assigning the location of the vacancy to a specific transport of the plurality of the transports.

[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]


Lossy compression of point cloud occupancy maps
Patent No. 11288843 

Inventor(s): Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX), Neha Dawar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16730532 on 12/30/2019 (820 days app to issue)

Abstract: A decoding device, an encoding device and methods for point cloud encoding and decoding are disclosed. The method for decoding includes decoding an attribute frame, a geometry frame, and occupancy map frame from a received bitstream. The attribute and geometry frames include pixels representing points of a 3D point cloud and the occupancy map frame includes values. The method also includes generating a binary occupancy map frame based on comparing the values in the occupancy map frame to a scaling threshold to determine whether the pixels included in the attribute and geometry frames at corresponding positions in the binary occupancy map frame are valid pixels. The method further includes generating the 3D point cloud using the attribute frame, the geometry frame, and the binary occupancy map frame.

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


Systems and methods for providing augmented reality support for vehicle service operations
Patent No. 11288872 

Inventor(s): David Wei-Cheng Yin (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): PACCAR Inc. (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16862127 on 04/29/2020 (699 days app to issue)

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

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


Devices, systems, and methods for monitoring controlled spaces for transitory uses
Patent No. 11288946 

Inventor(s): John Knowles (Haslet, TX), Mark A. Cieri (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16926017 on 07/10/2020 (627 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention includes electronic monitoring-device for monitoring controlled spaces, as well as systems and methods for such monitoring. The monitoring-devices may be battery powered devices, with various sensors and capable of wireless communications. Installation of the monitoring-device may not require any wiring. These monitoring-devices may be installed at a given controlled space to monitor that given controlled space and to electronically communicate occurrences of that given controlled space to various interested stakeholders, such as, but not limited to, a tenant of the given controlled space, facility operators of the given controlled space, the provider of the electronic monitoring-device, and/or third-parties (e.g., insurance companies, first responders, and/or law enforcement). The monitoring-device may provide details, information, alerts, reminders, notices, notifications, alarms, and/or the like to various authorized stakeholders of the occurrences within that given controlled space. One example of a controlled space is a self-storage unit.

[G08B] SIGNALLING OR CALLING SYSTEMS; ORDER TELEGRAPHS; ALARM SYSTEMS


Fleet controller
Patent No. 11288972 

Inventor(s): Matthew David Holvey (North Richland Hills, TX), Naveed Ahmed Siddiqui (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16720543 on 12/19/2019 (831 days app to issue)

Abstract: An method for controlling an autonomous vehicle fleet, including obtaining, by a fleet controller, from a master schedule, a mission for a vehicle of a fleet of autonomous vehicles, where the mission is associated with a mission entry of the master schedule, generating vehicle commands according to mission parameters associated with the mission, maintaining a persistent connection with the vehicle, sending the vehicle commands to the vehicle using the connection, the vehicle commands causing the vehicle to execute the mission under control of the fleet controller, and monitoring operation of the vehicle during performance of the mission.

[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]


Multi-level ultra-low power inference engine accelerator
Patent No. 11289171 

Inventor(s): Michael Grobis (Campbell, CA), Michael Nicolas Albert Tran (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17061820 on 10/02/2020 (543 days app to issue)

Abstract: Non-volatile memory structures for performing compute-in-memory inferencing for neural networks are presented. A memory array is formed according to a crosspoint architecture with a memory cell at each crosspoint junction. The multi-levels memory cells (MLCs) are formed of multiple of ultra-thin dielectric layers separated by metallic layers, where programming of the memory cell is done by selectively breaking down one or more of the dielectric layers by selecting the write voltage level. In an alternate set of embodiments, the memory cells are formed as anti-fuses.

[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)


Personalized image-based guidance for energy-based therapeutic devices
Patent No. 11289186 

Inventor(s): Pierre-Yves Lampo (Bretigny-sur-Morrens, , CH)
Assignee(s): DJO, LLC (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Knobbe Martens Olson Bear LLP (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16564980 on 09/09/2019 (932 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining the placement of energy-delivery nodes of an energy-based therapeutic device. In one aspect, recommended placement locations are customized by analyzing an image or video of the user and may be superimposed on an image corresponding to an affected body part. NULL


System for remote medical care
Patent No. 11289195 

Inventor(s): Kevin Patel (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17346066 on 06/11/2021 (291 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for remote medical care are described. In some embodiments, a system may include a case that houses one or more of a display, a microphone, a camera, a plurality of medical devices, and a computing device. In some embodiments, the computing device may be configured to communicate with one or more of the display, the microphone, the camera, and the plurality of medical devices. The computing device may be further configured to communicate with one or more nodes of a telecommunications network.

[G08B] SIGNALLING OR CALLING SYSTEMS; ORDER TELEGRAPHS; ALARM SYSTEMS


Managing pulse-width modulation trip signals from multiple sources
Patent No. 11290099 

Inventor(s): Martin Staebler (Freising, , DE), Thomas Anton Leyrer (Geisenhausen, , DE), William Cronin Wallace (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17066660 on 10/09/2020 (536 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated communications subsystem (ICSS) includes a pulse-width modulator which drives a power stage, such as a motor. The pulse-width modulator is configured shut off the power stage when the pulse-width modulator receives a trip signal from a logic circuit of the ICSS. The logic circuit can easily be reprogrammed to send a trip signal only when certain error conditions are detected. Moreover, the ICSS contains one or more filters which can adjust the sensitivity of the logic circuit to error signals, enabling the ICSS to distinguish between true errors which require shutdown and glitches, which can be ignored during operation of the ICSS.

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


 

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Resistor replicator
Patent No. 11289245 

Inventor(s): Roy Alan Hastings (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16911039 on 06/24/2020 (643 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an example, a device comprises a first resistor coupled to a second resistor and to a trim resistor, the second resistor and the trim resistor coupled to a port configured to couple to a third resistor. The device also comprises a comparator having an inverting input coupled to a first node between the second resistor and the port and a non-inverting input coupled to a second node between the first resistor and the trim resistor. The device further includes a trim control circuit coupled to an output of the comparator and having an output coupled to the trim resistor, the trim control circuit configured to couple to multiple integrated trim resistors external to the device.

[H01C] RESISTORS


Semiconductor chip suitable for 2.5D and 3D packaging integration and methods of forming the same
Patent No. 11289377 

Inventor(s): Deep C. Dumka (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): QORVO US, INC. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16701722 on 12/03/2019 (847 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a fabrication process of a semiconductor chip, which starts with providing a precursor wafer mounted on a carrier. The precursor wafer includes a precursor substrate and component portions between the carrier and the precursor substrate. The precursor substrate is then thinned down to provide a thinned substrate, which includes a substrate base adjacent to the component portions and an etchable region over the substrate base. Next, the etchable region is selectively etched to generate a number of protrusions over the substrate base. Herein, the substrate base is retained, and portions of the substrate base are exposed through the protrusions. Each protrusion protrudes from the substrate base and has a same height. A metal layer is then applied to provide a semiconductor wafer. The metal layer selectively covers the exposed portions of the substrate base and covers at least a portion of each protrusion.

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


Semiconductor die including edge ring structures and methods for making the same
Patent No. 11289388 

Inventor(s): Hidetoshi Nakamoto (Yokkaichi, , JP), Michimoto Kaminaga (Yokkaichi, , JP), Shuya Hatao (Yokkaichi, , JP), Takahiro Tanamachi (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16838283 on 04/02/2020 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor die includes semiconductor devices located over a substrate, at least one dielectric material portion that laterally surrounds the semiconductor devices, and interconnect-level dielectric material layers. At least one edge seal ring structure can be provided, each including a composite edge seal via structure and a set of metal barrier structures. The composite edge seal via structure includes a metallic material layer and a dielectric fill material portion. Alternatively or additionally, at least one slit ring structure can laterally surround the semiconductor devices and the metal interconnect structures. Each slit ring structure continuously extends through each of the interconnect-level dielectric material layers and into the at least one dielectric material portion, and includes at least one dielectric material.

[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]


Package substrate with partially recessed capacitor
Patent No. 11289412 

Inventor(s): Jaimal Mallory Williamson (McKinney, TX), Snehamay Sinha (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16795873 on 02/20/2020 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor package includes a multilayer substrate including a dielectric layer, a first conductive layer forming a first set of electrical contacts, a second conductive layer forming package electrical contacts and two capacitor electrical contacts, conductive vias extending through the dielectric layer between the first conductive layer with the second conductive layer, and a solder mask layer over the second conductive layer. The semiconductor package further includes a semiconductor die on the first side of the multilayer substrate electrically connected a capacitor on the second side of the multilayer substrate. A recessed portion of the capacitor is within a capacitor opening of the solder mask layer between the two capacitor electrical contacts and a board-side surface of the solder mask layer.

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


Three-dimensional memory device containing amorphous and crystalline blocking dielectric layers
Patent No. 11289416 

Inventor(s): Genta Mizuno (Yokkaichi, , JP), Kazuki Isozumi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Masanori Tsutsumi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Naohiro Hosoda (Yokkaichi, , JP), Ryo Nakamura (Yokkaichi, , JP), Shuichi Hamaguchi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yu Ueda (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16695775 on 11/26/2019 (854 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor structure includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate, memory openings vertically extending through the alternating stack, memory opening fill structures located in the memory openings, where each of the memory opening fill structures contains a memory film and a vertical semiconductor channel that extend vertically, and each memory film includes a crystalline blocking dielectric metal oxide layer, and a metal oxide amorphous dielectric nucleation layer located between each of the vertically neighboring electrically conductive layers and insulating layers, and located between each of the crystalline blocking dielectric metal oxide layers and each of the electrically conductive layers.

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


Three-dimensional memory die containing stress-compensating slit trench structures and methods for making the same
Patent No. 11289429 

Inventor(s): Kazuma Shimamoto (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16594892 on 10/07/2019 (904 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vertically alternating sequence of continuous insulating layers and continuous sacrificial material layers is formed over a substrate. Memory stack structures are formed through the vertically alternating sequence. Divider trenches and slit trenches are formed such that the divider trenches laterally extend along a first horizontal direction and divide the vertically alternating sequence into a plurality of alternating stacks of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers, and the slit trenches laterally extend along a second horizontal direction that is perpendicular to the first horizontal direction. The sacrificial material layers are replaced with electrically conductive layers employing the divider trenches as a conduit for an etchant and for a reactant. Each of the divider trenches and the slit trenches are filled with material portions to provide a plurality of divider trench fill structures in the divider trenches and to provide a plurality of slit trench fill structures in the slit trenches.

[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]


Connectivity and field replaceability of radios mounted on base station antennas
Patent No. 11289798 

Inventor(s): Amit Kaistha (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16875336 on 05/15/2020 (683 days app to issue)

Abstract: A base station antenna assembly that may include a base station antenna having a frame and a radome that covers the frame; and a first radio mounted to a radio support plate on a rear side of the base station antenna. The radio support plate may be configured to attach to the base station antenna by at least one guide rail that cooperates with one or more guide structures of the radio support plate. A rear surface of the radome may include a plurality of access holes, and the base station antenna assembly may include a plurality of connectorized cables soldered to components within an interior of the base station antenna that extend from the interior of the base station antenna through respective ones of the access holes.

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


Base station antennas with compact remote electronic tilt actuators for controlling multiple phase shifters
Patent No. 11289799 

Inventor(s): Amit Kaistha (Coppell, TX), Paul D. Everest (Flower Mound, TX), Sean G. Thomas (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17048171 on 04/12/2019 (1082 days app to issue)

Abstract: Base station antennas include a RET actuator, a plurality of phase shifters and a plurality of mechanical linkages, where each mechanical linkage is connected between the RET actuator and a respective one or more of the phase shifters. The RET actuator includes a drive element, a rotatable element and a mechanical linkage selection system that is configured to move a selected one of the mechanical linkages into engagement with the drive element. The drive element is configured to move linearly in response to rotation of the rotatable element to move the selected one of the mechanical linkages.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Tunable aperture for multiple spectrums
Patent No. 11289808 

Inventor(s): Timothy R. Holzheimer (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Daly Crowley Mofford Durkee, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16661333 on 10/23/2019 (888 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a tunable dual spectrum antenna aperture including a RF antenna having first and second portions, wherein the first portion comprises a photoconductor material having a conductive state and a non-conductive state, and an IR sensor to detect IR energy. The state of the first portion determines a size of the RF antenna.

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


Dual-band and dual-polarized mm-wave array antennas with improved side lobe level (SLL) for 5G terminals
Patent No. 11289824 

Inventor(s): Gary Xu (Allen, TX), Hamid Reza Memar Zadeh Tehran (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16856771 on 04/23/2020 (705 days app to issue)

Abstract: An antenna array and a user equipment (UE) including the antenna array. The antenna array includes a plurality of unit cells. Each unit cells includes first and second patches, phase shift transmission lines, a third patch, and a transmission line. The first and second patches radiate at a first frequency band and positioned in a first plane of the antenna array. The phase shift transmission lines connect the first and second patches and shift a phase of a signal between the first and second patches. The third patch is positioned in a second plane of the antenna array and beneath the first patch and radiates at a second frequency band that is lower than the first frequency band. The transmission line excites at least the third patch.

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


Condensed outlet having alternate plug in configurations which share a common buss
Patent No. 11289853 

Inventor(s): Thomas G Stephens (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16809282 on 03/04/2020 (755 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device for imparting electrical energy to one or more male plugs, the device including female receiving ports for receiving the blades from one or more male plugs side by side such that the female receiving port capable of receiving a hot blade from the male plug is screened on both sides by female receiving ports capable of receiving a neutral blade from the male plug, and the device including female receiving ports for receiving the blades from an earth pin, the ports extending outwardly beyond the edge of the faceplate and to a portion of a grounded mounting bracket.

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


Suppressing overvoltage transients in a serial interface
Patent No. 11289903 

Inventor(s): Byungchul Jang (Allen, TX), Roland Son (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16152268 on 10/04/2018 (1272 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a transistor coupled between an input pin and an output pin and an overvoltage detection circuit configured to receive a serial interface signal from the input pin and generate an enable signal in response to a voltage of the serial interface signal exceeding a voltage threshold. The apparatus also includes a first circuit configured to apply a clamping voltage to a gate of the transistor based on the enable signal to regulate a voltage provided at the output pin.

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


Wireless battery charging with improved efficiency
Patent No. 11289936 

Inventor(s): Songnan Yang (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen, , CN)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16555829 on 08/29/2019 (943 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein are wireless battery charging systems and methods for use therewith. Such a system can include a wireless power receiver (RX) that receives power wirelessly from a wireless power transmitter (TX) and in dependence thereon produces a DC output voltage (Vout). The system can also include a closed-loop charger and an open-loop charger each including a voltage input terminal and a voltage output terminal. The voltage input terminal of each of the chargers accepts the output voltage (Vout) from the wireless power RX. The voltage output terminal of each of the chargers is couplable to a terminal of the battery to be charged. A controller selectively enables one of the closed-loop or open-loop chargers at a time so that during a first set of charging phases the closed-loop charger is used to charge the battery, and during a second set of the charging phases the open-loop charger is used.

[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)


Current limiting technique for buck converters
Patent No. 11289998 

Inventor(s): Antti Juhani Korhonen (Oulu, , FI), Ari Kalevi Vnnen (Oulu, , FI), Janne Matias Pahkala (Oulu, , FI), Juha Olavi Hauru (Oulu, , FI), Jussi Matti Aleksi Srkk (Oulunsalo, , FI)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16945666 on 07/31/2020 (606 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, an apparatus comprises a switching regulator circuit, an output circuit, a duty cycle comparison circuit, a current comparison circuit, and a switching regulator control circuit. The switching regulator circuit switches between first and second voltages. The output circuit has a voltage input and a voltage output and generates a signal based on the first and second voltages. The duty cycle comparison circuit asserts a first signal responsive to a voltage at the voltage output exceeding a product of a multiplier and a reference signal. The current comparison circuit asserts a second signal responsive to a voltage at the voltage input exceeding a first reference voltage and to assert a third signal responsive to the voltage at the voltage input being below a second reference voltage. The switching regulator control circuit controls the switching regulator circuit based on the first, the second, and the third signals.

[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]


Wireless charging receiver circuit and chip, and wireless charging receiver
Patent No. 11290027 

Inventor(s): Songnan Yang (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Halo Microelectronics Co., Ltd. (Foshan, , CN)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17410694 on 08/24/2021 (217 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless charging receiver circuit includes a first bridge arm unit connected to the first node and a common ground node, a second bridge arm unit connected to the second node and the common ground node, a first voltage converter unit connected to the second node and the common ground node, a second voltage converter unit connected to the first node and a common ground node, a filter circuit, a bias power supply circuit, and a control unit configure to control the switch transistors, such that the voltage output terminals of the first voltage converter unit and the second voltage converter unit output a voltage 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]


Generation of pulse width modulated (PWM) pulses
Patent No. 11290089 

Inventor(s): Nirav Ginwala (Sugar Land, TX), Subrahmanya Bharathi Akondy (Cypress, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16934342 on 07/21/2020 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a base pulse generator to generate a first pulse width modulated (PWM) pulse, a first clock generation circuit to generate M clocks of a first frequency and phase-shifted with respect to each other, and a second clock generation circuit to receive the M clocks and to generate N clocks each at a second lower frequency and the M clocks are phase-shifted with respect to each other. Each of a plurality of flip-flops includes a clock input to receive a different one of the N clocks, a data input coupled to receive the first PWM pulse, and a flip-flop output. A selection circuit includes a plurality of inputs and a selection circuit output. Each of the plurality of inputs is coupled to a corresponding flip-flop output. The selection circuit provides, responsive to a control signal, a selected one of the flip-flop outputs as the selection circuit output.

[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]


Compact delay lines and associated circuitry useful for wideband phased-array system
Patent No. 11290093 

Inventor(s): Sudipto Chakraborty (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Harrington Smith (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17229181 on 04/13/2021 (350 days app to issue)

Abstract: A phased array system includes tunable delay elements having active delay element(s) and passive delay element(s). A second resolution by the passive delay element is smaller than a first resolution by the active delay element, and the resolution corresponds to delay applied to an input signal and has discrete steps for phase over which the delay element can be operated. For multiple sets of tunable delay elements, a calibration process sets, for one set of the delay elements, all but an n-th active delay element and the passive delay element to a first phase, and the n-th active delay element to a second phase. In a second set of the delay elements, all of the active delay elements are set to the first phase and the passive delay element is set to the second phase. A phase difference is detected and adjusted to meet a criterion between the two sets.

[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]


System and method for calibration of pulse width modulation signals with higher resolution increments
Patent No. 11290098 

Inventor(s): Eric Patrick Best (Howell, MI)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17001410 on 08/24/2020 (582 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for calibrating a pulse width modulation (PWM) signal that extends the on time by a higher resolution increment. The system comprises a PWM generator that receives a VDDIO rail to generate first and second PWM signals, the second PWM signal having an on time extended by the higher resolution increment having a commanded length. The system further comprises a VDDIO circuit that receives the VDDIO rail and outputs a VDDIO signal. First and second analog-to-digital converters are configured to generate a first and second sets of PWM samples and first and second sets of VDDIO samples. A microcontroller is configured to calculate an actual increment length based on the samples, and to compensate for a difference between the commanded length and the actual increment length.

[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]


Method and system for providing a variation resistant magnetic junction-based XNOR cell usable in neuromorphic computing
Patent No. 11290110 

Inventor(s): Mark S. Rodder (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15886179 on 02/01/2018 (1517 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hardware cell and method for performing a digital XNOR of an input signal and weights are described. The hardware cell includes input lines, a plurality of pairs of magnetic junctions, output transistors and at least one selection transistor coupled with the output transistors. The input lines receive the input signal and its complement. The magnetic junctions store the weight. Each magnetic junction includes a reference layer, a free layer and a nonmagnetic spacer layer between the reference layer and the free layer. The free layer has stable magnetic states and is programmable using spin-transfer torque and/or spin-orbit interaction torque. The first magnetic junction of a pair receives the input signal. The second magnetic junction of the pair receives the input signal complement. The output transistors are coupled with the magnetic junctions such that each pair of magnetic junctions forms a voltage divider. The output transistors form a sense amplifier.

[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]


Frequency synthesizer
Patent No. 11290118 

Inventor(s): Apoorva Bhatia (Lucknow, , IN), Arpan Sureshbhai Thakkar (Vadodara, , IN), Jagdish Chand (Bengaluru, , IN), Jayawardan Janardhanan (Bengaluru, , IN), Pranav Kumar (Hatia, , IN), Srinivas Theertham (Bengaluru, , IN), Subhashish Mukher
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17128791 on 12/21/2020 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: A frequency synthesizer includes a phase-locked loop (PLL). The PLL includes a first voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) and a second VCO, each comprising an oscillator, a capacitor bank, and a bias circuit. The capacitor bank is configured to selectably adjust an output frequency of the oscillator. The bias circuit is configured to provide a bias current to the oscillator, and includes a current digital-to-analog converter (IDAC), and an amplifier coupled to the IDAC and configured to drive the oscillator.

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


Loop delay compensation in a sigma-delta modulator
Patent No. 11290123 

Inventor(s): Meghna Agrawal (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17183433 on 02/24/2021 (398 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a transconductance stage having first and second outputs. The circuit also includes a comparator having first and second inputs. The first input is coupled to the first output, and the second input is coupled to the second output. The comparator includes first through fifth transistors and a pair of cross-coupled transistors. The pair of cross-coupled transistors is coupled to the second current terminals of the first and second transistors. The second current terminal of the third transistor is coupled to the second current terminal of the first transistor, and the first current terminals of the first, second, and third transistors are coupled together. The second current terminals of the fourth and fifth transistors are coupled together and to the control input of the third transistor.

[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]


System and method for multi-cell access
Patent No. 11290153 

Inventor(s): Deping Liu (Schaumburg, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL), Yunsong Yang (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14332159 on 07/15/2014 (2814 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for multi-cell access are provided. A method includes transmitting at least one control channel to a communications device. The at least one control channel includes control information, and the transmitting is performed by at least one cell in a subset of a cooperating set. The method also includes transmitting to the communications device based on control information transmitted to the communications device, or receiving from the communications device based on control information transmitted to the communications device. The transmitting is performed by at least one other cell in the cooperating set, or the receiving is performed by the at least one other cell in the cooperating set.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Frequency division duplex channel state information acquisition based on Kronecker product
Patent No. 11290167 

Inventor(s): Ahmed Atef Ibrahim (Plano, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Yeqing Hu (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16796688 on 02/20/2020 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: A base station, method, and computer-readable storage medium for channel state information (CSI) acquisition. The base station includes a transceiver configured to transmit a first, unprecoded channel state information reference signal (CSI-RS) on a first antenna dimension; receive a first CSI report on the first antenna dimension; transmit a second, precoded CSI-RS on a second antenna dimension; and receive a second CSI report on the second antenna dimension. The first CSI report includes a precoding matrix index (PMI), a rank indicator (RI), and channel quality indicator (CQI) for the first antenna dimension; and the second CSI report comprises a PMI, a RI, and a CQI for the second antenna dimension. The base station also includes a processor operably connected to the transceiver, the processor configured to generate a downlink (DL) CSI for multi-user multi-input, multi-output (MU-MIMO) scheduling and precoding based on the first CSI report and the second CSI report.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Signaling of measurement signals based on a tree structure
Patent No. 11290240 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Murphy, Bilak Homilier, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17153085 on 01/20/2021 (433 days app to issue)

Abstract: One or more nodes transmit CSI-RS symbols in a set of N CSI-RS elements, each CSI-RS element in the set corresponding to at least one resource element in a time-frequency grid of resource elements. The nodes select, from the N CSI-RS elements, a first set of CSI-RS elements to be measured by a first wireless device, the first set comprising one or several of the N CSI-RS elements. The nodes also transmit, to the first wireless device, a message comprising a first K-bit indicator identifying the first set of CSI-RS elements, wherein KN. The nodes then receive a measurement report. The first K-bit indicator is one of a predetermined set of K-bit indicators, where each member of the predetermined set of K-bit indicators uniquely corresponds to a CSI-RS element or group of CSI-RS elements from among the N CSI-RS, according to a predetermined mapping.

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


System and method for VNF termination management
Patent No. 11290303 

Inventor(s): Fang Yu (Beijing, , CN), Zhixian Xiang (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16929435 on 07/15/2020 (622 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method for terminating a virtual network function (VNF) instance according to termination requirements of the VNF instance. The termination requirements may be defined in a VNF descriptor corresponding to the VNF instance. A network function virtualization (NFV) management entity may obtain the termination requirements and initiate termination of the VNF instance based on the obtained termination requirements.

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


System and method for setting cyclic prefix length
Patent No. 11290315 

Inventor(s): Yunsong Yang (San Diego, CA), Zhigang Rong (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16789113 on 02/12/2020 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for communicating in a wireless communications system includes receiving a trigger frame comprising scheduling information and a cyclic prefix indicator indicating a first length of a first cyclic prefix, wherein the trigger frame is received in accordance with the first cyclic prefix, determining a second length of a second cyclic prefix for a transmission in accordance with the scheduling information and the cyclic prefix indicator, and transmitting the transmission with the second cyclic prefix.

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


System and method for establishing network element personality profiles using AI/ML
Patent No. 11290327 

Inventor(s): Brian A. Ward (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17122099 on 12/15/2020 (469 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device receives personality profiles sent from multiple network elements of a network and obtains configuration parameters for each of the multiple network elements from the personality profiles. The device receives first scores generated for the multiple network elements, where each of the first scores relates to assessing a usefulness status of a respective one of the multiple network elements. The device identifies a network element of the multiple network elements for modifying the identified network element”s configuration based on the obtained configuration parameters and the received first scores.

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


Multi-level data channel and inspection architectures
Patent No. 11290356 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17086551 on 11/02/2020 (512 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to a method for inspecting a data stream. The method may include conveying the data stream through a multi-level data channel and inspection architecture. The architecture includes a multi-level data pipeline. The pipeline is formed from pipes arranged serially such that each output of one pipe provides an input to a successive one of the plurality of pipes. The pipeline receives the data stream at an upstream portion of the pipeline, and inspects the data in the data stream. Thereafter, the pipeline outputs inspected data at a downstream portion of the pipeline. The outputted inspected data becomes inputted date for a successive one of the pipes. A data manager may be configured to coordinate passage of the data into and out of the pipeline, and between one or more of the group of mechanisms. Each pipe is configured to inspect the data on a different level of data channel inspection, each level of data channel inspection having individual data attribute and/or metadata extracting capabilities, from any of the other of the plurality of pipes.

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


Split-tiered point-to-point inline authentication architecture
Patent No. 11290453 

Inventor(s): Hemanth Prasad Mulpuru (Plano, TX), Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16509589 on 07/12/2019 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for authenticating presumptively incompatible elements in a digital network are provided. A method may include receiving an access request from a client node in the network. The access request may be requesting access to an application in the network. The access request may be associated with a uniform resource identifier (”URI”). The method may include extracting a target application from the URI. The method may include determining an authentication protocol that is supported by the target application. The method may include generating, based on the authentication protocol, a series of one or more authentication tests that, in combination, satisfy the authentication protocol. The authentication tests may satisfy the authentication protocol even when the client node natively supports a different authentication protocol. The method may include executing the series of authentication tests to authenticate the client node vis–vis the target application.

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


Network vulnerability assessment tool
Patent No. 11290480 

Inventor(s): Ruchira Ghosh (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16883443 on 05/26/2020 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a plurality of servers hosting a plurality of software applications, a data lake, and a vulnerability assessment tool. The data lake is configured to store data related to vulnerabilities in the servers and applications. The data lake also stores data on the number of intrusion events detected on each application. The vulnerability assessment tool is configured to generate logic tables relating the data on server vulnerabilities, application vulnerabilities, and application intrusion counts. The vulnerability assessment tool may use the extrapolations from the newly ordered data to flag applications or servers for prioritized security improvements.

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


Encrypted electronic messaging exchange
Patent No. 11290499 

Inventor(s): David Woody (Allen, TX), Stephen Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17400034 on 08/11/2021 (230 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for secure electronic message exchange includes receiving an encrypted message between one of an inmate or an outside user. The message is transmitted between the users without decrypting the message at the server to ensure privacy. In various configurations, the message is stored at the server in encrypted form and a notification message is transmitted to a recipient. The recipient may then request retrieval of the message from the server. After being authenticated, the encrypted message is provided to the recipient without being decrypted at the server.

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


Method and apparatus for encapsulation of motion picture experts group media transport assets in international organization for standardization base media files
Patent No. 11290510 

Inventor(s): Imed Bouazizi (Plano, TX), Kong Posh Bhat (Plano, TX), Youngkwon Lim (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14091243 on 11/26/2013 (3045 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes receive path circuitry configured to receive a Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG) Media Transport (MMT) container and a processing device configured to identify locations of one or more media fragment units (MFUs) in the MMT container using a hint track within the MMT container. Another apparatus includes transmit path circuitry configured to transmit an MMT container and a processing device configured to identify locations of one or more MFUs in the MMT container using a hint track within the MMT container.

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


System and method for scheduling computer tasks
Patent No. 11290534 

Inventor(s): Leonardo E. Reiter (Allen, TX), Robert L. Sherrard (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): AGARIK SAS (Saint-Ouen, , FR)
Law Firm: Arc IP Law, PC (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16663661 on 10/25/2019 (886 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system, and computer-readable storage medium for a reconfigurable computing system are disclosed. One method involves configuring one or more computing resources (selected according to a workflow that specifies an application to be executed) of a computing node and executing, using the one or more computing resources, at least a portion of an application at the computing node. At least one of the one or more computing resources is a reconfigurable logic device, and the configuring, at least in part, configures the reconfigurable logic device according to a configuration script of the workflow. The executing comprises performing one or more operations. The one or more operations are performed by the reconfigurable logic device. The reconfigurable logic device is configured to perform the one or more operations by virtue of having been configured according to the configuration script.

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


Intra-prediction estimation using approximate reconstructed samples
Patent No. 11290729 

Inventor(s): Mahant Siddaramanna (Karnataka, , IN), Naveen Srinivasamurthy (Karnataka, , IN), Ranga Ramanujam Srinivasan (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16010926 on 06/18/2018 (1380 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for intra-prediction estimation is provided that includes determining a best intra-prediction mode for a block of samples, wherein at least some of the neighboring samples used for intra-prediction estimation include approximate reconstructed samples, applying approximate reconstruction to the block of samples using the best intra-prediction mode to generate a block of approximate reconstructed samples, and storing the block of approximate reconstructed samples for use in intra-prediction estimation of other blocks of samples.

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


Systems and methods for adaptive livestreaming
Patent No. 11290753 

Inventor(s): Matthew T. Flachsbart (Grapevine, TX), Richard Daniel Graham (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17108768 on 12/01/2020 (483 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer products provide techniques handling media data based on triggers. A video portion of a first stream and an audio portion of a second stream can be merged based on correlation of the streams and quality analyses of the respective video and audio portions. A variety of triggers can be identified and utilized to determine the use or playback of streams.

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


Method and apparatus of point-cloud streaming
Patent No. 11290758 

Inventor(s): Chenghao Liu (Frisco, TX), Imed Bouazizi (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16113855 on 08/27/2018 (1310 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying three dimensional (3D) content to stream. A method includes receiving information indicating a view field of a client device and identifying an amount of bandwidth available to stream the 3D content to the client device. The method includes assigning, for one or more of the objects, the bandwidth by, for each of the objects: determining whether the each object is within the view field of the client device based on a position of the each object; assigning a greater amount of the bandwidth to objects at least partially within the view field. The method includes streaming the 3D content to the client device according to the assigned bandwidth.

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


Alternate channel for command streaming
Patent No. 11290760 

Inventor(s): Daniel Solero (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16880024 on 05/21/2020 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method in which a processing system actuates a control processor connected to a network, and configures the control processor to receive signals from equipment of a service provider, so that the control processor is enabled to control remote devices. The processing system selects a device, configures the selected device for control by the control processor, and selects a streaming service to be associated with the selected device. The streaming service delivers audiovisual content in a first stream and provides, via an application programming interface of the streaming service, a control command to the control processor in a second stream. The control processor translates the control command to a device command and transmits the device command to control the selected device. Other embodiments are disclosed.

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


Media content distribution system and methods for use therewith
Patent No. 11290764 

Inventor(s): Andre Fuetsch (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16854243 on 04/21/2020 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device configured for generating a number of content groups by grouping a number of tagged media segments according to their corresponding content designators. The device can be further configured for detect an activity of a user, determining a particular segment length and content designator according to the detected activity, and generating a selected content group according to the particular segment length and content designator. A content group is selected according to the particular segment length and the content designator. Other embodiments are disclosed.

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


Automatic emergency call activation and notification system and method
Patent No. 11290840 

Inventor(s): Malcolm Pipes (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16706669 on 12/06/2019 (844 days app to issue)

Abstract: An Automatic Emergency Call Initiator (AECI) initiates an automatic emergency call protocol on a mobile communication system, which can be done using signaling messages. The user uses the AECI to initiate the call on a mobile station. GPS or other location data is automatically determined. Data is stored on an Emergency Notification Server (ENS) associated with an event identifier for easy retrieval or notification to emergency responders. The ENS generates an automated call to a call center and also supports the automatic emergency call protocol by storing GPS and identifying info on mobile stations meeting location criteria of the AECI initiated call. The ENS can also tag a mobile station to continue tracking mobile stations coming within a specified distance of the mobile station. A security alert protocol for predetermined mobile stations detected by a network can also be implemented using the ENS.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Establishing connections in transports
Patent No. 11290856 

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Risberg (Flower Mound, TX), Manoj Kalamkar (McKinney, TX), Sachin J. Ahire (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16836907 on 03/31/2020 (728 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of identifying, via a transport, at least one person in proximity to the transport, determining the at least one person matches one or more profile attributes of a profile of at least one transport occupant, sending a notification to a communication device in the transport to prompt the at least one transport occupant about the identified at least one person and the matched one or more profile attributes, and responsive to receiving a communication request from the communication device, transmitting a communication invite to a mobile device of the at least one person.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Real-time lightweight NAT keep-alive interval optimization for multi-SIM mobile devices
Patent No. 11290866 

Inventor(s): Shu Wang (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16994305 on 08/14/2020 (592 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes setting, using at least one processor of an electronic device that includes multiple subscriber identity module (SIM) cards, a maximum Network Address Translation (NAT) interval to be a maximum value among NAT keep-alive intervals associated with the multiple SIM cards. The method also includes triggering, using the at least one processor, a partial call setup from a first SIM card of the multiple SIM cards to a second SIM card of the multiple SIM cards. The method further includes determining, using the at least one processor, whether the electronic device receives the partial call setup. In addition, the method includes, in response to determining that the electronic device receives the partial call setup, setting, using the at least one processor, the NAT keep-alive interval for each of the multiple SIM cards to be equal to the maximum NAT interval.

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


Measurement in MBMS
Patent No. 11290899 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Richardson, TX), Thomas David Novlan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16719817 on 12/18/2019 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: Drive testing for network optimization has been supplemented by the use of information measuring radio conditions collected by mobile terminals (i.e. UEs). To improve the user experience of multicast and broadcast services based on cellular telecommunications networks, such as MBMS and eMBMS, a mechanism is described that adapts UE-based reporting of measurement reports to multicast and broadcast services.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Sequence design of wake-up signals and resynchronization sequence
Patent No. 11290957 

Inventor(s): Hongbo Si (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16171316 on 10/25/2018 (1251 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a base station (BS) in a wireless communication system is provided. The method comprises identifying a first configuration including a first set of resources for a first type of user equipment (UE) and a second configuration including a second set of resources for a second type of UE, generating a first sequence and a second sequence based on (i) the first set of resources and the second set of resources, respectively, and (ii) a physical cell identifier (PCID), generating, using the first sequence, a first signal to be transmitted to the first type of UE in the first set of resources, generating, using the second sequence, a second signal to be transmitted to the second type of UE in the second set of resources, transmitting, to the first type of UE, the first signal, and transmitting, to the second type of UE, the second signal.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for signaling in support of uplink multi-beam operation
Patent No. 11291008 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Md. Saifur Rahman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17140810 on 01/04/2021 (449 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for uplink multi-beam operation. A method for operating a user equipment (UE) includes receiving, from a base station, an aperiodic reference signal (RS) trigger and, at a later time instant, an uplink (UL) beam indication. The method further includes decoding the aperiodic RS trigger and decoding the UL beam indication. The method includes determining, from the UL beam indication, a transmit spatial filter applied to a signal to be transmitted on a physical uplink shared channel (PUSCH) or a physical uplink control channel (PUCCH) and transmitting, to the base station, the signal on the PUSCH or the PUCCH. The transmit spatial filter corresponds to a reference RS. The UL beam indication includes a state of a transmit configuration associated with the reference RS.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Detection of failure in a backhaul communications link
Patent No. 11291067 

Inventor(s): Hongyan Lei (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16290507 on 03/01/2019 (1124 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments disclosed herein provide for reestablishing a backhaul connection due a failed connection. According to some embodiments, a system can comprise detecting a failure in a backhaul communication link between a first node device and a second node device, wherein the second node device is communicatively connected to a core network device of a core network, selecting a new node device, other than the first node device and the second node device, that is communicatively connected to the core network device for establishment of a new backhaul communication link to replace the backhaul communication link, and establishing a connection with the new node device to provide a backhaul communication link failure indication to a controller and to request the controller to provide resources to establish the new backhaul communication link with the new node device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for migrating agents between mobile devices
Patent No. RE049003 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Mark Gerard (Plano, TX), Robert W. Peterson (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): OL SECURITY LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (Wilmington, DE)
Law Firm: Schwabe, Williamson Wyatt (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16551544 on 08/26/2019 (946 days app to issue)

Abstract: Mobile agents can be deployed to location aware mobile devices within specific regions of interest to achieve specific goals in respect of events occurring in the region of interest. In order to ensure that the agent can persist within the region of interest until the agent goals are achieved, the agent is configured to locate other devices within the region of interest and to propagate itself, by moving or copying itself, to those other devices. When a device hosting the agent exits the region of interest, the agent is terminated, thereby freeing device resources. Patent Class: N/A


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Electric toothbrush
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Inventor(s): Shuai Yang (Guangdong, , CN)
Assignee(s): Soniclean Technology Ltd. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29718216 on 12/21/2019 (829 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Accessory attachment rack
Patent No. D947006 

Inventor(s): William Jason Cohen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jason H. Rosenblum, PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29772047 on 02/26/2021 (396 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Tire tread
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Inventor(s): Allaeddin Jallad (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29721154 on 01/17/2020 (802 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Support block
Patent No. D947134 

Inventor(s): Orlando Bueno (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Haydon Corporation (Wayne, NJ)
Law Firm: Lowenstein Sandler LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29665230 on 10/01/2018 (1275 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Model vehicle axle carrier
Patent No. D947290 

Inventor(s): Casey Christen Jens Christensen (McKinney, TX), Kent Poteet (Lucas, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29757026 on 11/02/2020 (512 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A —

 

 

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