Dallas Invents: 143 Patents Granted for Week of July 2

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

Patents granted include:
•  Honda Motor Cos.' method of identifying a user of a charging station
•  Match Group's display screen with a graphical user interface of an electronic device
•  Taylor Made's golf club with unique mass properties
•  The Big O's personal item management apparatus
•  Texas A&M's new variety of Zoysiagrass: DALZ 0102
•  Ilumi Solutions' wireless control device

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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 July 2, 2019 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 24
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 6
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 5
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 4
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 4
Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson) 3
Bella Vaughn LLC (Dallas) 2

UNASSIGNED 12


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

David Patrick Magee (Allen) 2
Der-Kai Hung (Dallas) 2
Eric Perez (Hickory Creek) 2
LoriAnn Vaughan Biggers (Southlake) 2
Rotem Fartook (Dallas) 2
Stephen Anthony Avila (Sanger) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

167 days
Computing node job assignment for distribution of scheduling operations
Patent No. 10338964
Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Inventors: Chris Sering (Van Alstyne), David Gillam (The Colony), Gopi Kancharla (Frisco)

2,832 days
Processing of whole fruits and vegetables, processing of side-stream ingredients of fruits and vegetables, and use of the processed fruits and vegetables in beverage and food products
Patent No. 10334870
Tropicana Products Inc. (Bradenton, FL)
Inventors: Jun Yang (Plano), Jung H. Han (Frisco), Laixin Wang (Plano), Sola Lamikanra (Frisco, Thomas A. Trezza (Plano)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Composite plant cage with locking clips
Patent No. 10334792 

Inventor(s): M. John Fakhari (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): ALF Operating Partners, Ltd. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Erickson Kernell IP, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15206398 on 07/11/2016 (1086 days app to issue)

Abstract: A plant cage for supporting growing plants includes horizontal and vertical support rods connected by locking clips to form a cage of a desired size and shape. The locking clip includes a clamp at each end of an elongated body, with each clamp formed of two tabs extending outwardly at oblique angles, with an aperture formed in each tab for receiving a horizontal or vertical support rod. The outwardly extending tabs are resilient and flexible such that the tabs can be moved towards each other to a deflected position so that the apertures align and a support rod can be inserted, the resiliency of the material then biases the tabs away from each other when released so that the apertures become unaligned so that the inserted rod is frictionally captured by the clamp.

[A01G] HORTICULTURE; CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES, FLOWERS, RICE, FRUIT, VINES, HOPS, OR SEAWEED; FORESTRY; WATERING (picking of fruits, vegetables, hops, or the like A01D 46/00; plant reproduction by tissue culture techniques A01H 4/00; devices for topping or skinning onions or flower bulbs A23N 15/08; propagating unicellular algae C12N 1/12; plant cell culture C12N 5/00)


Processing of whole fruits and vegetables, processing of side-stream ingredients of fruits and vegetables, and use of the processed fruits and vegetables in beverage and food products
Patent No. 10334870 

Inventor(s): Jun Yang (Plano, TX), Jung H. Han (Frisco, TX), Laixin Wang (Plano, TX), Sola Lamikanra (Frisco, TX), Thomas A. Trezza (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TROPICANA PRODUCTS, INC. (Bradenton, FL)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13249289 on 09/30/2011 (2832 days app to issue)

Abstract: Processing and use of whole fruits and vegetables or side-stream ingredients of juice extraction, paste, or ketchup process, or canning industry, in particular, the processing of the by-products, including pomace, and its use in beverage and food products. NULL


Personal item management apparatus
Patent No. 10334938 

Inventor(s): Jane Dunne Cooke (Dallas, TX), Mary Caroline Nix (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): THE BIG O, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15966700 on 04/30/2018 (428 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment personal item management apparatus includes a wearable band having a fixed circumference that defines a first outer diameter; and a clasp coupled to the wearable band, the clasp having a second outer diameter that is less than the first outer diameter and being adapted to couple a personal item to the wearable band. In an exemplary embodiment, the ratio of the second outer diameter to the first outer diameter is about 0.4.

[A45F] TRAVELLING OR CAMP EQUIPMENT; SACKS OR PACKS CARRIED ON THE BODY [2006.01]


Table with retractable power cables
Patent No. 10334943 

Inventor(s): Carl Brock Brandenberg (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15857867 on 12/29/2017 (550 days app to issue)

Abstract: A table for concealing one or more power adapters, each power adapter having a power cord, includes a frame, at least one table top supported by the frame, a volume at least partially concealed by the table top, at least one power outlet disposed within the volume for receiving the one or more power adapters, and at least one cord organizing member operably associated with one or more power cords, each cord organizing member being disposed at least partially within the volume for organizing the one or more power cords.

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


Surgical burs with decoupled rake surfaces and corresponding axial and radial rake angles
Patent No. 10335166 

Inventor(s): Donald E. Stearns (Fort Worth, TX), John W. Kulas (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): MEDTRONICS PS MEDICAL, INC. (Louisville, CO)
Law Firm: Harness Dickey (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14664258 on 03/20/2015 (1565 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surgical bur including flutes and lands. Each of the flutes includes a cutting edge, rake surfaces and a clearance surface. The rake surfaces of one of the flutes are decoupled from each other. Each of the lands is disposed between a pair of the flutes.

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


Lockable pedicle fastener
Patent No. 10335202 

Inventor(s): Francesco A. Larosa (Neptune, NJ), John Lovell (North Bergen, NJ), Michael A. Hammer (Cranford, NJ), Nelson Li (Celina, TX), Tara Ziolo (Hewitt, NJ)
Assignee(s): BLACKSTONE MEDICAL, INC. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14593384 on 01/09/2015 (1635 days app to issue)

Abstract: A spinal fixation system comprising at least one fastener having a fastener head at a proximal end and at least one body. The body comprises a rod receiving channel for receiving a fixation rod, a pressure cap for engaging the fastener head, and a fastener head receiving chamber for retaining the fastener head within the body. The fastener head receiving chamber allows for multi-axial movement of the body in relation to the fastener when the pressure cap is disengaged from the fastener head. The body is secured in a mono-axial position in relation to the fastener when the pressure cap is biased against the fastener head.

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


Variable angle screws, plates and systems
Patent No. 10335212 

Inventor(s): Guy F. Birkenmeier (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Orthofix S.R.L. (Verona, , IT)
Law Firm: Baker McKenzie LLP (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15253247 on 08/31/2016 (1035 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates, according to some embodiments, to orthopedic implantable device technology, and more specifically to variable angle implantable devices, systems, and methods.

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


Methods of treating a thrombus in a vein using cyclical aspiration patterns
Patent No. 10335260 

Inventor(s): Vallabh Janardhan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Insera Therapeutics, Inc. (Sacramento, CA)
Law Firm: Knobbe Martens Olson Bear LLP (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16239888 on 01/04/2019 (179 days app to issue)

Abstract: Vascular treatment devices and methods include a woven structure including a plurality of bulbs that may be self-expanding, a hypotube, for example including interspersed patterns of longitudinally spaced rows of kerfs, and a bonding zone between the woven structure and the hypotube. The woven structure may include patterns of radiopaque filaments measurable under x-ray. Structures may be heat treated to include various shapes at different temperatures. The woven structure may be deployable to implant in a vessel. A catheter may include a hypotube including interspersed patterns of longitudinally spaced rows of kerfs and optionally a balloon. Laser cutting systems may include fluid flow systems.

[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]


Combination therapy of a HIF-2-alpha inhibitor and an immunotherapeutic agent and uses thereof
Patent No. 10335388 

Inventor(s): Eli M. Wallace (Richardson, TX), Guangzhou Han (Plano, TX), John A. Josey (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): PELOTON THERAPEUTICS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15564348 on 04/14/2016 (1174 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides methods and pharmaceutical compositions for treating proliferative disorders. The method involves step of administering to said subject a HIF-2alpha inhibitor and an immunotherapeutic agent.

[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)


Microporous zirconium silicate for the treatment of hyperkalemia
Patent No. 10335432 

Inventor(s): Alvaro F. Guillem (Lantana, TX), Donald Jeffrey Keyser (Southlake, TX), Jeff Gilmore (Broomfield, CO)
Assignee(s): ZS PHARMA, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Arent Fox LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15254688 on 09/01/2016 (1034 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to novel microporous zirconium silicate compositions that are formulated to remove toxins, e.g. potassium ions, from the gastrointestinal tract at an elevated rate without causing undesirable side effects. The preferred formulations are designed avoid increase in pH of urine in patients and/or avoid potential entry of particles into the bloodstream of the patient. Also disclosed is a method for preparing high purity crystals of UZSi-9 exhibiting an enhanced level of potassium exchange capacity. These compositions are particularly useful in the therapeutic treatment of hyperkalemia.

[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 club
Patent No. 10335649 

Inventor(s): John Kendall (Wylie, TX), Justin Honea (Richardson, TX), Tim Reed (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC. (Carlsbad, CA)
Law Firm: Dawsey Co., LPA (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16108299 on 08/22/2018 (314 days app to issue)

Abstract: A golf club having unique mass properties and all the benefits afforded therefrom.

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


Golf clubs and golf club heads
Patent No. 10335655 

Inventor(s): David N. Franklin (Granbury, TX), Jamil Jacaman (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15849511 on 12/20/2017 (559 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention is a golf club head with a strike face including a first elongated channel and a second elongated channel which both extend from a top-to-bottom center line of the striking face toward the heel edge and the toe edge of the strike face. The channels can be filled with a fill material, for example a polymer, and a groove may be defined in the strike face or in the fill material of one or more of the channels. The height of the channels, the hardness of the fill material, and the positioning of the groove can all affect the performance of the golf club head. In some embodiments, the golf club head is a putter-type club head.

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


Baseball bat control system and method of use
Patent No. 10335658 

Inventor(s): Richard Sharum (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15608382 on 05/30/2017 (763 days app to issue)

Abstract: A control apparatus for securing to a handle, the control apparatus includes a shaped insert to removably attach to the handle; a sleeve to elastically secure to the handle, the sleeve having a tubular body; and a pocket extending from a bottom end of the tubular body; the pocket is to receive the shaped insert; the shaped insert alters a grip associated with the handle.

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


Component connector servicer
Patent No. 10335839 

Inventor(s): Floyd A. Fazi, Jr. (Fort Worth, TX), Jeffrey Allen Lucas (Arlington, TX), Ling Zhang Larson (Arlington, TX), Michael Vincent Wozniak (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15196300 on 06/29/2016 (1098 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a body having a front end and a back end, a channel within the body that is configured to hold at least a portion of a service unit, a guiderail extending along a portion of the channel and configured to couple with a pushrod, and an adapter configured to couple with a portion of the service unit and a portion of the body. The channel also includes a front opening positioned proximate to the front end of the body, wherein the front opening is configured to allow at least a portion of the service unit, or at least a portion of a connector, to pass through the front opening, and a back opening positioned proximate to the back end of the body, wherein the back opening is configured to allow at least a portion of the pushrod to pass through the back opening.

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


Electronic ear protection devices
Patent No. 10341760 

Inventor(s): Doug Mann (Carlsbad, CA)
Assignee(s): IP Holdings, Inc. (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15910640 on 03/02/2018 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: Electronic ear protection devices are provided herein. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, an electronic ear protection device comprises a pair of ear cups, each comprising a speaker, and a headband that interconnects and supports the pair of ear cups on opposite ends of the headband. The device also includes an electronic sound control module disposed outside of the ear cups. The module comprises one or more microphones configured to detect an ambient sound, and one or more inputs operable to control a volume of the ambient sound signal delivered to the speakers.

[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]


Zoysiagrass plant named DALZ 0102
Patent No. PP030653 (Plant)

Inventor(s): Anthony D. Genovesi (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Texas AM University System (College Station, TX)
Law Firm: Dentons US LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15731369 on 06/02/2017 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: DALZ 0102 is a new variety of zoysiagrass distinguished by having superior turf quality, rapid rate of establishment, rapid recovery rate following damage, comparable cold hardiness, good shade tolerance, good fall color retention, high shoot density, low seedhead number, good resistance to bluegrass billbug, excellent resistance to zoysiagrass mite, good resistance to dollar spot, and good resistance to take-all patch, as disclosed herein. Patent Class: N/A


 

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

System for spraying a dispensable material and methods relating thereto
Patent No. 10335817 

Inventor(s): Jonathan D. Bellante (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): S. C. Johnson Son, Inc. (Racine, WI)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15025083 on 09/26/2014 (1740 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention, a method for directing the use of a sprayer includes the step of directing a user to affix a sprayer to a neck of a water bottle ([b]114[/b]) via an attachment mechanism ([b]112[/b]). The method further includes the step of directing the user to adjust the attachment mechanism ([b]112[/b]) to change the internal geometry thereof and attach the sprayer to the neck of the bottle.

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


Methods and devices for dicing components from a sheet of copper alloy
Patent No. 10335875 

Inventor(s): Wan Mohd Misuari Suleiman (Kuala Lumpur, , MY)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15165578 on 05/26/2016 (1132 days app to issue)

Abstract: A saw blade for dicing a sheet of copper alloy to form individual resistors is disclosed, wherein the sheet of copper alloy has a thickness of less than 0.3 mm. The saw blade includes a ring having a first side, a second side, and a circumferential surface, wherein the thickness of the ring between the first side and the second side is less than 0.6 mm.

[B23D] PLANING; SLOTTING; SHEARING; BROACHING; SAWING; FILING; SCRAPING; LIKE OPERATIONS FOR WORKING METAL BY REMOVING MATERIAL, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (making toothed gears or the like B23F; cutting metal by applying heat locally B23K; arrangements for copying or controlling B23Q)


Stud welding gun set up teaching tool
Patent No. 10335885 

Inventor(s): Aditya Nitin Dhora (Brampton, , CA), Dung Tien Bui (Waterloo, , 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: 14175842 on 02/07/2014 (1971 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for teaching a programmed controlled robot at least one of two set up position coordinates by use of a tool having a first surface aligned with the end of a stud welding gun collet when the tool is mounted in the collet, a second surface on the tool spaced from the first surface by a predetermined set up distance. A probe carried by the stud welding engagable with the second surface on the tool to establish a predetermined set up distance. A third surface on the tool spaced from the first surface and engagable with a work piece to establish a minimum stud-welding gun set up dimension. The coordinates of the stud-welding gun when the third surface is engaged with the work piece are transmitted to a robot control program to establish the predetermined stud weld gun travel distance dimension.

[B23K] SOLDERING OR UNSOLDERING; WELDING; CLADDING OR PLATING BY SOLDERING OR WELDING; CUTTING BY APPLYING HEAT LOCALLY, e.g. FLAME CUTTING; WORKING BY LASER BEAM (making metal-coated products by extruding metal B21C 23/22; building up linings or coverings by casting B22D 19/08; casting by dipping B22D 23/04; manufacture of composite layers by sintering metal powder B22F 7/00; arrangements on machine tools for copying or controlling B23Q; covering metals or covering materials with metals, not otherwise provided for C23C; burners F23D)


Methods and apparatus for additive manufacturing
Patent No. 10336006 

Inventor(s): Adam Cohen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15157404 on 05/18/2016 (1140 days app to issue)

Abstract: Additive manufacturing methods and apparatus are described for the direct, automated, tooling-less fabrication of composite parts with complex shapes such as fiber-reinforced composite parts with isotropic properties. In some embodiments, fibers parallel to one axis (e.g. Z) are provided initially (e.g., as a preform) and layers are fabricated by selectively curing a resin around these fibers while adding other fibers with other orientations. In some embodiments, fibers are rendered substantially transparent by immersing them in a refractive index matching liquid, thus allowing selective curing of a resin in the presence of the fibers.

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


Identifying a user of a charging station
Patent No. 10336206 

Inventor(s): Charles Bradford Vincent (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD. (Tokyo, , JP), IBM CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Arent Fox LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14748468 on 06/24/2015 (1469 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with identifying a user of a charging station. According to one embodiment, a system includes a communication logic and an authorization logic. The communication logic aggregates transaction data to an authorizing entity. The transaction data is associated with a user and a chargeable vehicle. The authorization logic receives an authorization request to authorize a transaction between the chargeable vehicle and the charging station. The authorization logic sends a response to the authorization request. The communication also enables the chargeable vehicle to receive a charge from the charging station based on the response to the authorization request.

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


Truck bed rear cargo tie down engagement structure
Patent No. 10336238 

Inventor(s): Paxton S. Williams (Milan, MI), Scott L. 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: 15724641 on 10/04/2017 (636 days app to issue)

Abstract: A load securement apparatus for a vehicle incorporating a cargo bed and a tailgate movable between a raised configuration and a lowered configuration to open and close the cargo bed. The load securement apparatus includes at least one tie-down engagement structure connected to another portion of the vehicle in a position located such that a tie-down member is engaged with the tie-down engagement structure by extending a portion of the tie-down member into a gap formed between an end of the cargo bed and the tailgate when the tailgate is in the lowered configuration.

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


Pool flotation tether assembly
Patent No. 10336407 

Inventor(s): Heidi Kennedy (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16103095 on 08/14/2018 (322 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly and method for the use of a float in a pool. The assembly provides a stable platform to place food, drink, and decorations. Additionally, the assembly reduces the number of small animals drowning or dying in a pool by providing a stable platform in which to climb onto to get out of the water. The assembly includes a foam float, tether, and anchor. The anchor and tether confine the area the float can travel. The anchor is attached to the pool wall, eliminating a tripping hazard next to the pool.

[B63B] SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPPING (arrangements of vessel ventilation, heating, cooling, or air-conditioning B63J 2/00; floating substructures as supports of dredgers or soil-shifting machines E02F 9/06) [2]


Rotorcraft fly-by-wire control laws
Patent No. 10336438 

Inventor(s): Christopher M. Bothwell (Grapevine, TX), Sung K. Kim (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Forth Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15688164 on 08/28/2017 (673 days app to issue)

Abstract: A flight control system includes a pilot control module configured to receive commands from a pilot, a flight control module operable to transmit an instruction to change at least one operating condition of an aircraft, and a flight control computer in communication between the flight control module and the pilot control module. The flight control computer is configured to receive a pilot command to change a first flight characteristic, wherein changing the first flight characteristic would result in an expected change to a second flight characteristic. The flight control computer may instruct the flight control module to transmit an instruction to change a first operating condition of the aircraft and instruct the flight control module to transmit an instruction to change a second operating condition of the aircraft to at least partially offset the expected change to the second flight characteristic.

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


Retractable and deployable flight rotor system
Patent No. 10336443 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Robertson (Southlake, TX), Frank B. Stamps (Colleyville, TX), Matthew E. Louis (Fort Worth, TX), Michael John Ryan (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15627373 on 06/19/2017 (743 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises a shaft, a rotor, and a cam surface. The shaft comprises a spiral spline along a length of the shaft. The rotor comprises a blade extending from the rotor and a tubular hole extending into the rotor. The tubular hole comprises a spiral groove configured to mate with the spiral spline on the shaft. Relative rotation between the spiral spline and the spiral groove causes the rotor to linearly move along the shaft. The cam surface comprising a recession. The blade nesting in the recession to constrains rotation of the rotor about the shaft and allows linear movement of the rotor along the shaft.

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


High flapping yoke hub assembly using a cylindrical elastomeric attachment to avoid holes
Patent No. 10336445 

Inventor(s): Andrew Haldeman (Fort Worth, TX), Andrew Maresh (Lewisville, TX), Frank Bradley Stamps (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13797334 on 03/12/2013 (2303 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprising a rotor yoke comprising two longitudinal side portions interconnected by two outboard portions, wherein a center portion of each longitudinal side portion comprises a build-up of material that is configured to accommodate a yoke hub clamp. Included is an apparatus comprising a rotor yoke comprising two longitudinal side portions interconnected by two outboard portions, wherein no apertures pass through the two longitudinal side portions and the two outboard portions. Also included is a method of coupling aircraft blades comprising providing a rotor yoke comprising two longitudinal side portions interconnected by two outboard portions, wherein no apertures pass through the two longitudinal side portions and the two outboard portions.

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


Folding proprotor gimbal lock and blade lock mechanism
Patent No. 10336447 

Inventor(s): Chyau-Song Tzeng (Arlington, TX), Troy Cyril Schank (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14957321 on 12/02/2015 (1308 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gimbal lock mechanism for a rotor hub can include a cam member having a cuff lock lobe and a gimbal lock lobe. The cam member is configured so that rotation can cause the first cuff lobe to become adjacent to the root end of the rotor blade and at the same time causes the gimbal lock lobe to become adjacent to a gimbal so as to inhibit gimbaling of the gimbal. A first moveable pin can be located on the root end portion of the rotor blade and inserted into the cuff lock lobe to prevent pitch change of the rotor blade.

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


Clamped splines for aircraft engine mount assemblies
Patent No. 10336459 

Inventor(s): Brett Rodney Zimmerman (Fort Worth, TX), Bruce Bennett Bacon (Forth Worth, TX), Clegg Benjamin Brian Smith (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15409996 on 01/19/2017 (894 days app to issue)

Abstract: An engine mount assembly for coupling an engine to an airframe. The engine mount assembly includes a torsion bar coupled between the engine and the airframe. The torsion bar includes an external spline. The engine mount assembly also includes a bell crank having a clamp forming an internal spline with the internal spline of the bell crank adapted to mate with the external spline of the torsion bar to secure the bell crank to the torsion bar such that the bell crank rotates with the torsion bar responsive to movements of the engine.

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


Polymeric bags and method of forming polymeric bags
Patent No. 10336535 

Inventor(s): Brad A. Cobler (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Poly-America, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15397821 on 01/04/2017 (909 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to improvements for the manufacturing of a wave-cut bag of polymeric film, more specifically a wave-cut bag with a body having improved shock, tear and puncture resistance. The polymeric film has an embossed pattern of a plurality of embossed regions that are comprised of a plurality of parallel, linear embosses. Further disclosed is a process for intermittently applying the embossed pattern to a collapsed tube of a blown film extrusion process. The collapsed tube with the intermittently applied embossed pattern is particularly well suited for constructing wave-cut trash bags with the embossed pattern applied to a central body of the wave-cut bags.

[B65F] GATHERING OR REMOVAL OF DOMESTIC OR LIKE REFUSE (disinfecting refuse A61L; refuse disintegrators B02C; sorting refuse B03B, B07B; handcarts for transporting refuse receptacles B62B; sack holders B65B 67/00; converting refuse into fertilisers C05F; converting refuse into solid fuels C10L; sewers, cesspools E03F; arrangements in buildings for the disposal of refuse E04F 17/10; refuse-consuming furnaces F23G)


 

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

Pharmaceutical targeting of a mammalian cyclic di-nucleotide signaling pathway
Patent No. 10336786 

Inventor(s): Chuo Chen (Dallas, TX), Heping Shi (Dallas, TX), Jiaxi Wu (Dallas, TX), Lijun Sun (Dallas, TX), Zhijian Chen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Dechert LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14653586 on 12/16/2013 (2024 days app to issue)

Abstract: Cyclic-GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) and cyclic-GMP-AMP (cGAMP), including 23-cGAMP, 22-cGAMP, 32-cGAMP and 33-GAMP, are used in pharmaceutical formulations (including vaccine adjuvants), drug screens, therapies and diagnostics.

[C07H] SUGARS; DERIVATIVES THEREOF; NUCLEOSIDES; NUCLEOTIDES; NUCLEIC ACIDS (derivatives of aldonic or saccharic acids C07C, C07D; aldonic acids, saccharic acids C07C 59/105, C07C 59/285; cyanohydrins C07C 255/16; glycals C07D; compounds of unknown constitution C07G; polysaccharides, derivatives thereof C08B; DNA or RNA concerning genetic engineering, vectors, e.g. plasmids, or their isolation, preparation or purification C12N 15/00; sugar industry C13) [2]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Autonomously controlled animal waste disposal system and method of use
Patent No. 10337156 

Inventor(s): Joshua Thurlkill (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15486532 on 04/13/2017 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method to dispose of animal feces includes providing an autonomous aerial vehicle having a body with a plurality of rotor assemblies, an articulated claw secured to a bottom surface of the body, and a sensor secured to the body; detecting the presences of the animal feces with the sensor; activating the plurality of rotor assemblies; flying to the location of the animal feces; capturing the animal feces with the claw; flying to a disposal dropoff location; and disposing of the animal feces at the dropoff location.

[E01H] STREET CLEANING; CLEANING OF PERMANENT WAYS; CLEANING BEACHES; CLEANING LAND; DISPERSING FOG IN GENERAL (mowers convertible to apparatus for sweeping or cleaning lawns or other surfaces, e.g. to remove snow, or capable of sweeping or cleaning lawns or other surfaces A01D 42/06; cleaning in general B08B) [4]


Tungsten carbide insert bit with milled steel teeth
Patent No. 10337254 

Inventor(s): Nam Duy Nguyen (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): PDB Tools, Inc. (Grapevine, TX)
Law Firm: Handley Law Firm, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14960250 on 12/04/2015 (1306 days app to issue)

Abstract: An earth boring bit has rotary cutters with embedded tungsten carbide inserts and milled steel teeth. The teeth and the grooves are first milled into the cutters, with the grooves extending between bases of the teeth, parallel to the crests of the teeth. Hard facing is applied to surfaces of the teeth and the grooves, and then the cutters are heat treated. Insert sockets are drilled into the teeth, centrally disposed in crests of the teeth. The tungsten carbide inserts are secured in the insert sockets, aligned for forming cutting profiles with respective ones of the milled teeth. The cutters are preferably frustoconically shaped and used for a rotary cone rock bit, and the tungsten carbide inserts configured as chisel-shaped inserts having crests which are aligned parallel to the crests of the milled steel teeth.

[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]


Universal joint
Patent No. 10337261 

Inventor(s): Beau J. St. Pierre (Hudson Oaks, TX), Jason Maw (Beaumont, CA), Nikolai Kummer (Edmonton, , CA)
Assignee(s): Ulterra Drilling Technologies, L.P. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15268618 on 09/18/2016 (1017 days app to issue)

Abstract: A universal joint assembled to a drill string transfers torque and axial force between two components along a longitudinal axis where the shafts of the components are not completely aligned. The universal joint includes axially spaced members joined by transversely spaced links. As the joint rotates the links move to accommodate misalignment between the drill string components and the connected members.

[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]


Well pipe guide spool
Patent No. 10337265 

Inventor(s): Brian Edward le Vann (Sewickley, PA), Caleb Everett McKendree Fulks (McKinney, TX), Steven Michael Byra (McDonald, PA)
Assignee(s): Consolidated Rig Works, LP (Fort Worth, TX), Deep Well Services (Zelienople, PA)
Law Firm: The Webb Law Firm (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16111944 on 08/24/2018 (312 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tubular guide assembly provides lateral support to a tubular extending through a BOP. The inner diameter of the BOP encasement is larger than the joint diameter. The assembly has a guide spool with a central bore extending therethrough along a longitudinal axis, wherein the diameter of the guide spool central bore is greater than the joint diameter of the tubular. At least two guide spool apertures extend radially inwardly through a wall of the guide spool to the central bore. A guide post for each guide spool aperture is movable through the respective guide spool aperture into the guide spool central bore to limit lateral displacement of a tubular extending therethrough. A method for providing lateral support to a tubular extending through a BOP during a snubbing operation uses their guide assembly.

[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 positioning and anchoring device
Patent No. 10337271 

Inventor(s): Antony F. Grattan (Mansfield, TX), Douglas J. Streibich (Fort Worth, TX), Marcelo J. Laxalt (Dallas, TX), Michael C. Robertson (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): Robertson Intellectual Properties, LLC (Mansfield, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15147755 on 05/05/2016 (1153 days app to issue)

Abstract: An anchoring tool for positioning a downhole tool within a wellbore conduit is described herein. The anchor tool uses replaceable blades having protrusions that are configured to align with corresponding grooves in an anchor sub receptacle that is located at a known position along the wellbore conduit. The blades of the anchor tool are configured to move radially relative to the anchor tool body until the anchor tool is aligned with a compatible anchor sub. When the anchor tool and the compatible anchor sub are aligned, the protrusions of the anchor tool blade extend into the grooves of the anchor sub receptacle and a locking mechanism within the anchor tool inhibits further radial movement of the blades. A downhole tool connected to the anchor tool can therefore be positioned at a precise location relative to the known location of an anchor sub receptacle.

[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]


Hybrid roller cone and junk mill bit
Patent No. 10337272 

Inventor(s): Johnathan Walter Howard (Conroe, TX), Matthew Charles Stroever (Spring, TX), Sterling Robinson (Houston, TX)
Assignee(s): VAREL INTERNATIONAL IND., L.P. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15400163 on 01/06/2017 (907 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hybrid bit for use in a wellbore includes: a body having a shank for connection to a drilling motor or drill pipe and a plurality of legs attached to the shank; and a plurality of cutting structures. The cutting structures include a roller cone mounted to a first one of the legs and a fixed mill mounted to a second one of the legs and including a pad dressed with a cermet material.

[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]


Resisting collapse of downhole tools
Patent No. 10337280 

Inventor(s): Roderick Brand Falconer (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14412001 on 10/25/2013 (2076 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole tool includes a housing including a connection for coupling with a conveyance that extends from a terranean surface into a wellbore; a first tubular member coupled with the housing, the first tubular member including a first compound cylinder; and a second tubular member coupled with the housing and concentrically positioned radially adjacent the first tubular member, the second tubular member including a second compound cylinder, the first and second tubular members defining a pressure chamber between an inner surface of the first tubular member and an outer surface of the second tubular member.

[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]


Perforating apparatus and method having internal load path
Patent No. 10337299 

Inventor(s): John H Hales (Frisco, TX), John P. Rodgers (Roanoke, TX), Samuel Martinez (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Chamberlain Hrdlicka (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14367332 on 03/02/2012 (2678 days app to issue)

Abstract: A perforating apparatus for a gun string is presented. The apparatus experiences an axial load and potentially a radial load during use. A central charge-carrier supports shaped-charges and substantially bears the axial load on the apparatus during use. The charge-carrier is positioned within an exterior sleeve and the plurality of shaped-charges, upon detonation, perforate the exterior sleeve. The exterior sleeve does not bear a substantial portion of the axial load on the apparatus and can therefore be thinner and cheaper than in prior art assemblies. An annular space can be defined between the charge-carrier and exterior sleeve. The exterior tubular can bear the radial load due to differential pressure in one embodiment. Alternately, the apparatus includes radial support members extending between the charge-carrier and sleeve for transmitting radial load to the charge-carrier. Alternately, the sleeve and charge-carrier abut one another along a substantial portion of the length of the charge-carrier.

[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 for the enhancement and stimulation of oil and gas production in shales
Patent No. 10337310 

Inventor(s): David S. Wesson (Millsap, TX), John Thomas Hardesty (Millsap, TX), Matthew Robert George Bell (Millsap, TX), Nathan Garret Clark (Millsap, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15470198 on 03/27/2017 (827 days app to issue)

Abstract: By removing material of low permeability from within and around a perforation tunnel and creating at least one fracture at the tip of a perforation tunnel, injection parameters and effects such as outflow rate and, in the case of multiple perforation tunnels benefiting from such cleanup, distribution of injected fluids along a wellbore are enhanced. Following detonation of a charge carrier, a second explosive event is triggered within a freshly made tunnel, thereby substantially eliminating a crushed zone and improving the geometry and quality (and length) of the tunnel. In addition, this action creates substantially debris-free tunnels and relieves the residual stress cage, resulting in perforation tunnels that are highly conducive to injection under fracturing conditions for disposal and stimulation purposes, and that promote even coverage of injected fluids across the perforated interval.

[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 systems for capturing data for physical states associated with perforating string
Patent No. 10337320 

Inventor(s): John D. Burleson (Denton, TX), John Patrick Rodgers (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14783007 on 06/20/2013 (2203 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects are directed to capturing data regarding physical states associated with a perforating string. In one aspect, a sensing tool is provided. The sensing tool includes at least one sensor and a processor positioned in an isolated chamber of the sensing tool. The processor samples data from the sensor at a first sampling rate associated with the deployment of a perforating string. The data is associated with at least one parameter with respect to the perforating string. The processor detects a trigger condition associated with a perforation operation of the perforating string. The processor switches to a second sampling rate in response to detecting the trigger condition. The second sampling rate is greater than the first sampling rate and is associated with the perforation operation. The processor samples data at the second sampling rate for a period of time in which the perforation operation is at least partially performed.

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


 

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

 

Gear and method of lubricating a gear
Patent No. 10337601 

Inventor(s): Eric Stephen Olson (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14870170 on 09/30/2015 (1371 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gear includes a toothed portion that has a plurality of teeth, an inner wall that defines a cavity, and a lubricant feed aperture. The lubricant feed aperture extends from the inner wall portion to a surface of a tooth. The lubricant feed aperture can deliver lubricant from the cavity to the surface of the tooth.

[F16H] GEARING


Flexible pipe joint having an annular flexible boot thermally or chemically insulating an annular elastomeric flexible element
Patent No. 10337655 

Inventor(s): Danton Gutierrez-Lemini (Cedar Park, TX), Eric Luke (Hurst, TX), James G. Patrick (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): OIL STATES INDUSTRIES, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15167982 on 05/27/2016 (1131 days app to issue)

Abstract: A flexible pipe joint has a body and an annular elastomeric flexible element flexibly coupling an extension pipe to the body for pivoting of the extension pipe with respect to the body. The flexible pipe joint also has an annular flexible boot for thermally or chemically insulating the annular elastomeric flexible element from the fluid flowing through a lumen of the flexible pipe joint. The annular flexible boot encircles the lumen, and the annular flexible boot has a first annular end attached to the extension pipe and a second annular end mounted so that pivoting of the extension pipe with respect to the body causes a flexing of the annular flexible boot, and a majority of the annular flexible boot has a shape conforming to shape of neighboring components of the flexible pipe joint.

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


Furnace inducer choke and a gas furnace employing the same
Patent No. 10337727 

Inventor(s): Jeff Gedcke (West Columbia, SC), Lawrence Austin (West Columbia, SC)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16133903 on 09/18/2018 (287 days app to issue)

Abstract: A furnace inducer choke and a gas furnace employing the furnace inducer choke. In one embodiment, the furnace inducer choke includes: (1) a choke body configured to engage a furnace inducer blower, the choke body having an opening extending entirely therethrough to limit an amount of combustion air entering a furnace that the furnace inducer blower is attached, and (2) a tab protruding from the choke body a distance sufficient to identify the opening when the choke body and furnace inducer blower are installed in the furnace.

[F24D] DOMESTIC- OR SPACE-HEATING SYSTEMS, e.g. CENTRAL HEATING SYSTEMS; DOMESTIC HOT-WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS; ELEMENTS OR COMPONENTS THEREFOR (preventing corrosion C23F; water supply in general E03; using steam or condensate extracted or exhausted from steam engine plants for heating purposes F01K 17/02; steam traps F16T; domestic stoves or ranges F24B, F24C; water or air heaters having heat generating means F24H; combined heating and refrigeration systems F25B; heat exchange apparatus or elements F28; removing furring F28G; electric heating elements or arrangements H05B)


Convection oven
Patent No. 10337745 

Inventor(s): Lee Thomas VanLanen (McKinney, TX), Philip R. McKee (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Alto-Shaam, Inc. (Menomonee Falls, WI)
Law Firm: Boyle Fredrickson S.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15094645 on 04/08/2016 (1180 days app to issue)

Abstract: A convection oven having one or more intermediate air plenums is disclosed. An intermediate air plenum placed within an oven cavity defines the bottom of an upper cooking chamber and the top of a lower cooking chamber. Each intermediate air plenum comprises a left side air inlet for receiving heated air from a left side air channel located on a left side cavity wall of the oven cavity, a right side air inlet for receiving heated air from a right side air channel located on a right side cavity wall of the oven cavity, a top plenum surface including a plurality of top air outlets configured to direct a portion of the heated air upwards, and a bottom plenum surface including a plurality of bottom air outlets configured to direct a portion of the heated air downwards. The top and bottom plenum surfaces are preferably shaped to optimize even distribution of heated air flow into the oven cavity.

[F24C] OTHER DOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES; DETAILS OF DOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES, OF GENERAL APPLICATION (radiator stoves of the fluid-circulating type F24H)


Method and apparatus for reheat dehumidification with variable air volume
Patent No. 10337755 

Inventor(s): Derek Phillips (Carrollton, TX), Rakesh Goel (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14954531 on 11/30/2015 (1310 days app to issue)

Abstract: The HVAC system includes an evaporator coil and a metering device fluidly coupled to the evaporator coil via a distribution line. The HVAC system includes a variable-speed circulation fan for circulating air around the evaporator coil. A temperature sensor is thermally exposed to the distribution line. At least one controller is operatively coupled to the temperature sensor and to the variable-speed circulation fan. The at least one controller adjusts a speed of the variable-speed circulation fan to increase latent capacity of the HVAC system responsive to a determination that a temperature of fluid in the distribution line exceeds an optimal distribution line temperature.

[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)


Transition module for an energy recovery ventilator unit
Patent No. 10337759 

Inventor(s): Bryan Smith (McKinney, TX), Eric Perez (Hickory Creek, TX), Geoffrey Curtis (Plano, TX), Justin McKie (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15260636 on 09/09/2016 (1026 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transition module for an energy recovery ventilator unit. The module comprises a frame having two opposing major surfaces with two separate through-hole openings therein. The module also comprises a self-sealing surface on one of the major surfaces and surrounding the two through-hole openings. One of the through-hole openings is configured to separately overlap with return air openings or supply air openings located in a first target side of one an energy recovery ventilator unit or an air handling unit and in a second target side of the other one of the energy recovery ventilator unit or the air handling unit. The other of the through-hole openings is configured to separately overlap with the other of the return air openings or the supply air openings located in the first and second sides.

[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)


Controlling air conditioning systems
Patent No. 10337777 

Inventor(s): Der-Kai Hung (Dallas, TX), Eric Perez (Hickory Creek, TX), Shawn Niemann (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13600763 on 08/31/2012 (2496 days app to issue)

Abstract: Air conditioning systems and processes may monitor properties of the system and/or properties related to the system. The air conditioning system may allow operation based on user requests and/or allow stress operation(s) based on monitored properties.

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


Variable refrigerant flow system operation in low ambient conditions
Patent No. 10337780 

Inventor(s): Der-Kai Hung (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14930357 on 11/02/2015 (1338 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system comprising a compressor coupled to a first coil through a first valve and a second coil through a second valve, wherein the first coil and the second coil are coupled to a third coil. The system further comprises a fan operable to blow ambient air across the first coil, a first expansion valve coupled to and positioned between the first coil and the third coil and a second expansion valve coupled to and positioned between the second coil and the third coil. The system comprises a controller operable to monitor a pressure of the refrigerant, operate the first expansion valve to reduce refrigerant flow into the first, and operate the second expansion valve to reduce refrigerant flow through the second coil.

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


Systems and methods for variable control and operation of HVAC components
Patent No. 10338546 

Inventor(s): Alan Edens Bennett (Denton, TX), Farhad Nick Abrishamkar (Arlington, TX), Krag Wilson Mercer (The Colony, TX), Rosa Maria Leal (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15058508 on 03/02/2016 (1217 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of controlling operations of an HVAC system includes measuring temperature within an enclosed space, receiving a setpoint temperature within the enclosed space, calculating a temperature difference between the measured temperature and the received setpoint temperature, and determining whether the temperature difference between the measured temperature and the received setpoint temperature is greater than or equal to a first predetermined temperature differential value. If the temperature difference between the measured temperature and the received setpoint temperature is greater than or equal to the first predetermined temperature differential value, determining whether the temperature difference between the measured temperature and the received setpoint temperature is greater than or equal to a second predetermined temperature differential value. If the temperature difference between the measured temperature and the received setpoint temperature is less than the second predetermined temperature differential value, selecting a first operating mode of a plurality of operating modes of the 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)


Lighting assembly with multiple lighting units
Patent No. 10339841 

Inventor(s): David Siucheong Auyeung (Carrollton, TX), Simon Magarill (Mountain View, CA), William Y. Hall (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Ultravision Technologies, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15939565 on 03/29/2018 (460 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method can be used to illuminate a surface that includes a number of non-overlapping portions. The method includes simultaneously illuminating each of the portions so that the surface is substantially uniformly lit. Each portion is illuminated by a respective lighting assembly. Each lighting assembly includes a plurality of LEDs and a plurality of optical elements proximate the plurality of LEDs. For each lighting assembly, when all LEDs of the lighting assembly are operating, the entire portion of the surface is illuminated with an illumination level and a uniformity. Failure of one or more LEDs of the lighting assembly will cause the illumination level of light impinging the portion of the surface to decrease while the uniformity of light impinging the portion of the surface remains substantially the same.

[F21K] LIGHT SOURCES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Rotor flux angle and torque trajectory control apparatus and methods
Patent No. 10340821 

Inventor(s): David Patrick Magee (Allen, TX), Eric James Thomas (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15702130 on 09/12/2017 (658 days app to issue)

Abstract: Low speed and high speed estimates of rotor angle and speed relative to the stator are received from a low speed estimator and a high speed estimator, respectively. LS__EST and a subset of torque-controlling I_Q trajectory curve (”IQTC”) parameter values appropriate to low speed rotor operation are selected for rotor speeds below a low speed threshold value _LOW_THRS. HS__EST and a subset of IQTC curve parameter values appropriate to high speed rotor operation are selected for rotor speeds above a high speed threshold value _HIGH_THRS. LS__EST and the low speed subset of IQTC parameter values remain selected for rotor speeds less than _HIGH_THRS after accelerating to a rotor speed greater than _LOW_THRS. HS__EST and the subset of high speed IQTC parameter values remain selected for rotor speeds greater than _LOW_THRS after decelerating to a rotor speed less than _HIGH_THRS.

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


 

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Multi-spectral boresight alignment methods and systems
Patent No. 10337857 

Inventor(s): Benjamin P. Lane (Garland, TX), Justin Martin (Anna, TX), Liam Skoyles (Allen, TX), Tyler Layne Hook (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lando Anastasi, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15786273 on 10/17/2017 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects are generally directed to multi-sensor boresight alignment methods and systems for a multi-spectral reimaging optical system. In one example, a multi-sensor boresight alignment system includes a system interface to receive a first image frame from a first sensor and a second image frame from a second sensor, the first image frame having a contrast within a first spectral band and including a first image of a plate having a pattern of apertures, and the second image frame having a contrast within a second spectral band and including a second image of the plate. The system includes a field programmable gate array (FPGA) coupled to the system interface, the FPGA configured to spot track each image frame to identify a corresponding centroid of the pattern of apertures and correct an optical alignment between the first and second sensors based on a position of the corresponding centroids.

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


Pressure sensor temperature coefficient offset adjustment
Patent No. 10337942 

Inventor(s): Carl Stewart (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, NJ)
Law Firm: Seager, Tufte Wickhem LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15231306 on 08/08/2016 (1058 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for adjusting a temperature coefficient of the offset voltage (TCO) for a pressure sensor, the method comprising assembling the pressure sensor, wherein the sensor comprises a plurality of resistive elements; determining the TCO distribution for the sensor; increasing the resistance of one of a stress induced resistor or a leadout resistor of a first resistor; and decreasing the resistance of one of the stress induced resistor or the leadout resistor of the first resistor to adjust the TCO of the sensor.

[G01L] MEASURING FORCE, STRESS, TORQUE, WORK, MECHANICAL POWER, MECHANICAL EFFICIENCY, OR FLUID PRESSURE (weighing G01G) [4]


Spectrographic material analysis based on inductive sensing
Patent No. 10338055 

Inventor(s): George Pieter Reitsma (Redwood City, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15678095 on 08/15/2017 (686 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-frequency inductive sensing system can be used for spectrographic material analysis of a conductive target material (such as tissue) based on electrical impedance spectroscopy. An inductive senor can be driven with an excitation current at multiple sensor excitation frequencies () to project a time-varying magnetic field into a sensing area on the surface of the target material, inducing eddy currents within the target material. The inductive sensor can be characterized by a sensor impedance Z() as a function of the sensor excitation frequency (), and the resulting induced eddy currents. Multiple sensor impedance Zs() measurements, at the multiple sensor excitation frequencies (), can be determined, which represent electromagnetic properties of the target material (such as permittivity , permeability , and resistivity ), based on the induced eddy currents. The multiple sensor excitation frequencies (), and corresponding multiple sensor impedance Zs() measurements, can be selected for particular target penetration depths.

[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)


System and method for high voltage stress testing plurality of parallel units
Patent No. 10338131 

Inventor(s): Joseph Milton Yehle (Dallas, TX), L Rene Graves (Prosper, TX), Xu Gao (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14950922 on 11/24/2015 (1316 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system has a chip mounting board and a docking board. The chip mounting board can be loaded with test samples in a low voltage environment and can then be transported to a high voltage environment. The chip mounting board can be connected to the docking board and allows high voltage testing of multiple samples in parallel. The chip mounting board can then be disconnected from the docking board and transported back to a low voltage environment to unload the tested samples.

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


Eyeglasses equipment including a joint and method for manufacturing such an eyeglasses equipment
Patent No. 10338405 

Inventor(s): Gabriel Keita (Dallas, TX), Philip Miller (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL (Charenton-le-Pont, , FR)
Law Firm: Young Thompson (32 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15540671 on 12/30/2015 (1280 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is eyeglasses equipment ([b]1[/b]) including a frame ([b]10[/b]), and at least one ophthalmic lens ([b]20[/b]) mounted into the frame. The equipment includes a colored interface ([b]30[/b]) that is placed between the frame and the lens.

[G02C] SPECTACLES; SUNGLASSES OR GOGGLES INSOFAR AS THEY HAVE THE SAME FEATURES AS SPECTACLES; CONTACT LENSES


Trigonometric display and method thereof
Patent No. 10338532 

Inventor(s): L. Franklin Kemp (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16160055 on 10/15/2018 (260 days app to issue)

Abstract: A trigonometric function display clock includes a clock face that has a center aligned with a central axis, axial markings aligned with an x-axis and a y-axis, and a secondary circle having a diameter equal to a radius of the axial markings. A first point on the secondary circle is aligned at the center of the central axis, and the secondary circle is configured to be rotatable about the first point. The secondary circle is configured to overlap and align with at least a portion of the axial markings as the secondary circle rotates about the first point.

[G04B] MECHANICALLY-DRIVEN CLOCKS OR WATCHES; MECHANICAL PARTS OF CLOCKS OR WATCHES IN GENERAL; TIME-PIECES USING THE POSITION OF THE SUN, MOON, OR STARS (spring- or weight-driven mechanisms in general F03G; electromechanical clocks or watches G04C; electromechanical clocks with attached or built-in means operating any device at preselected times or after predetermined time intervals G04C 23/00; clocks or watches with stop devices G04F 7/08; structural details or housings specially adapted for electronic time-pieces with no moving parts G04G 17/00)


HVAC controller having multiplexed input signal detection and method of operation thereof
Patent No. 10338545 

Inventor(s): Anitha Rajappan (Chennai, , IN), Darko Hadzidedic (Carrollton, TX), Sakthi Narayan Kumar Murugesan (Chennai, , IN)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14692350 on 04/21/2015 (1533 days app to issue)

Abstract: A heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) controller, a method of detecting multiplexed input signals and an HVAC system employing the controller or the method. In one embodiment, the HVAC controller includes: (1) a signal conditioner configured to convert received alternating current (AC) input signals into corresponding square wave signals of a digital logic voltage, (2) a multiplexer coupled to the signal conditioner and configured to select one of the square wave signals and (3) a sample analyzer coupled to the multiplexer and configured to evaluate multiple samples of the selected one of the square wave signals to derive a binary state.

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


Method and apparatus for flight control of tiltrotor aircraft
Patent No. 10338606 

Inventor(s): Kenneth E. Builta (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15853322 on 12/22/2017 (557 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus provide for automatically controlling the flight of a tiltrotor aircraft while the aircraft is in flight that is at least partially rotor-borne. The method and apparatus provide for automatically tilting nacelles in response to a longitudinal-velocity control signal so as to produce a longitudinal thrust-vector component for controlling longitudinal velocity of the aircraft. Simultaneously, cyclic swashplate controls are automatically actuated so as to maintain the fuselage in a desired pitch attitude. The method and apparatus also provide for automatically actuating the cyclic swashplate controls for each rotor in response to a lateral-velocity control signal so as to produce a lateral thrust-vector component for controlling lateral velocity of the aircraft. Simultaneously, collective swashplate controls for each rotor are automatically actuated so as to maintain the fuselage in a desired roll attitude. The method and apparatus provide for yaw control through differential longitudinal thrust produced by tilting the nacelles.

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


Voltage regulator in USB power delivery integrated circuit
Patent No. 10338621 

Inventor(s): Byungchul Brandon Jang (Allen, TX), Nghia Trong Tang (Dallas, TX), Timothy Bryan Merkin (Princeton, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16127948 on 09/11/2018 (294 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) comprises an output and a voltage regulator. The voltage regulator comprises an amplifier having a first input coupled to a reference voltage source and a second input coupled to the output, a first resistor coupled to the output and coupled to a ground terminal, a metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) having a gate coupled to an output of the amplifier and a drain coupled to the output, and a second resistor coupled to a source of the MOSFET and coupled to the ground terminal.

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


Hall switch with adaptive threshold
Patent No. 10338642 

Inventor(s): Jason Chilcote (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, NJ)
Law Firm: Thompson Patent Law (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15160473 on 05/20/2016 (1138 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device incorporating a magnet and a Hall-effect sensor to determine a location of a portion of the electronic device. The electronic device comprises a magnet mechanically coupled to a first portion of the electronic device and a Hall-effect sensor coupled to a second portion of the electronic device where the first portion and the second portion are moveable with reference to each other and where the Hall-effect sensor receives a magnetic field of the magnet. The device further comprises an electronic stage that outputs a comparison threshold signal based on peak detecting an output of the Hall-effect sensor using a long term adjustment and resetting the long term adjustment to a current output of the Hall-effect sensor in response to a short term adjustment and a switch electronic stage that switches in response to the output of the Hall-effect sensor exceeding the comparison threshold output.

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


System and method for redirecting content based on gestures
Patent No. 10338689 

Inventor(s): John Patoskie (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15494721 on 04/24/2017 (799 days app to issue)

Abstract: Content such as advertisements received into a mobile device may be more appropriately displayed on an alternative device remote from the mobile device. When ad content is received into the mobile device, the user may perform a physical gesture such as movement of the device or an associated motion sensor. The physical gesture is analyzed in the mobile device and causes the ad content to be redirected to the remote device. Additional physical gestures by the user can be interpreted in the mobile device to manipulate the content on the remote device.

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


Systems and methods for storage recovery
Patent No. 10338817 

Inventor(s): Jim Peterson (San Jose, CA), Michael Callahan (Salt Lake City, UT)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14659403 on 03/16/2015 (1569 days app to issue)

Abstract: Storage divisions are selected for garbage collection by use of a first selection criterion that is based on an amount of storage capacity freed by reclaiming the respective storage divisions. The first selection criterion may be overridden by a second, different selection criterion in response to determining that a wear variance of the storage divisions exceeds a threshold. The second selection criterion may select a storage division to reclaim based on a wear-level of the storage division. Overrides of the first selection criterion may be limited to a particular override frequency and/or period. The first selection criterion may comprise a logarithmic comparison of the amount of invalid data within the storage divisions. The amount of invalid data in a storage division may be calculated in terms of recovery blocks, having a size that exceeds the size of the physical storage locations within the storage divisions.

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


Inter-object validation system and method using chained specialized configuration applications
Patent No. 10338934 

Inventor(s): Jeffery J. Hayward (Lucas, TX), Mark S. Tuck (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15082570 on 03/28/2016 (1191 days app to issue)

Abstract: An inter-object validation system includes a computing system that executes a specialized configuration application to receive an aggregated object configuration comprising a plurality of design elements (DEs) associated with multiple objects of a test system, and invoke each of multiple specialized configuration applications to determine whether at least a subset of the DEs in the aggregated object configuration meet a specified criteria associated with a behavior that the subset of DEs is to provide, the specified criteria associated with each specialized configuration application being different from one another. The specialized configuration application controller may then generate a report indicating the results of the determination. The execution of the specialized configuration applications is controlled by the specialized application controller, and additionally, the specialized configuration application is separate and distinct from the specialized application controller that controls the logic.

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


Computing node job assignment for distribution of scheduling operations
Patent No. 10338964 

Inventor(s): Chris Sering (Van Alstyne, TX), David Gillam (The Colony, TX), Gopi Kancharla (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16249621 on 01/16/2019 (167 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing node may receive, from a set of computing nodes including the computing node, a corresponding set of heartbeat messages related to selecting a scheduler computing node for scheduling one or more jobs for the set of computing nodes. The computing node may determine, based on the set of heartbeat messages, whether the computing node is to be selected as the scheduler computing node based on: whether the computing node has been selected as the scheduler computing node a fewest number of times as compared to other computing nodes included in the set of computing nodes, and whether the scheduler is being executed by any computing node included in the set of computing nodes. The computing node may selectively schedule the one or more jobs for the set of computing nodes based on determining whether the computing node is to be selected as the scheduler computing node.

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


Managing a set of resources
Patent No. 10338965 

Inventor(s): Christopher Michael Brueggen (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Patent Department (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13438357 on 04/03/2012 (2646 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one example, a controller for managing a set of resources. A first structure has a first entry statically associated with one of the resources. A second structure has a second entry dynamically associative with one of the resources. A resource sharing mechanism borrows for the second structure an idle resource associated with the first structure.

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


Storage system and method for reducing XOR recovery time by excluding invalid data from XOR parity
Patent No. 10339000 

Inventor(s): Grishma Shah (Milpitas, CA), Nian Niles Yang (Mountain View, CA), Philip Reusswig (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15264279 on 09/13/2016 (1022 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage system and method for reducing XOR recovery time are provided. In one embodiment, a storage system is provides comprising a memory and a controller. The controller is configured to generate a first exclusive-or (XOR) parity for pages of data written to the memory; after the first XOR parity has been generated, determine that there is at least one page of invalid data in the pages of data written to the memory; and generate a second XOR parity for the pages of data that excludes the at least one page of invalid data, wherein the second XOR parity is generated by performing an XOR operation using the first XOR parity and the at least one page of invalid data as inputs. Other embodiments are possible, and each of the embodiments can be used alone or together in combination.

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


Method and system for generating production data pattern driven test data
Patent No. 10339038 

Inventor(s): Jagmohan Singh (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15718457 on 09/28/2017 (642 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention relates to implementing a test data tool that generates test data based on production data patterns. According to an embodiment of the present invention, the test data tool comprises: a processor configured to: receive, via the data input, production data from the one or more production environments, the production data comprises personally identifiable information; identify a plurality of attributes from the production data; for each attribute, identify one or more data patterns; generate one or more rules that define the one or more data patterns for each attribute; generate a configuration file based on the one or more rules; apply the configuration file to generate test data in a manner that obscures personally identifiable information existing in the production data; and transmit the test data to a UAT environment.

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


Method and system for blending data reclamation and data integrity garbage collection
Patent No. 10339044 

Inventor(s): James M. Higgins (Chandler, AZ), Ryan R. Jones (Mesa, AZ)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15422418 on 02/01/2017 (881 days app to issue)

Abstract: The various implementations described herein include systems, methods and/or devices used for garbage collection in memory system. The method includes: (1) determining occurrences of triggering events including data reclamation events, urgent data integrity recycling events, and scheduled data integrity recycling events, and (2) recycling, in response to each of a plurality of triggering events, data in a predefined quantity of memory units from a source memory portion to a target memory portion of the memory system. A respective data reclamation event corresponds to the occurrence of host data write operations in accordance with a target reclamation to host write ratio. A respective urgent data integrity recycling event occurs when a memory portion satisfies predefined urgent read disturb criteria. A respective scheduled data integrity recycling event occurs at a rate corresponding to a projected quantity of memory units to be recycled by the memory system over a period of time.

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


Systems, methods and apparatus for cache transfers
Patent No. 10339056 

Inventor(s): Bhavesh Mehta (Sunnyvale, CA), Michael F. Brown (Campbell, CA), Vikram Joshi (Los Gatos, CA), Yang Luan (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler Bean Adamson, PC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13687979 on 11/28/2012 (2407 days app to issue)

Abstract: A virtual machine cache provides for maintaining a working set of the cache during a transfer between virtual machine hosts. In response to a virtual machine transfer, the previous host of the virtual machine is configured to retain cache data of the virtual machine, which may include both cache metadata and data that has been admitted into the cache. The cache data may be transferred to the destination host via a network (or other communication mechanism). The destination host populates a virtual machine cache with the transferred cache data to thereby reconstruct the working state of the cache.

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


Streaming engine with flexible streaming engine template supporting differing number of nested loops with corresponding loop counts and loop offsets
Patent No. 10339057 

Inventor(s): Joseph Zbiciak (Farmers Branch, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15384487 on 12/20/2016 (924 days app to issue)

Abstract: A streaming engine employed in a digital data processor specifies a fixed read only data stream defined by plural nested loops. An address generator produces address of data elements for the nested loops. A steam head register stores data elements next to be supplied to functional units for use as operands. A stream template specifies loop count and loop dimension for each nested loop. A format definition field in the stream template specifies the number of loops and the stream template bits devoted to the loop counts and loop dimensions. This permits the same bits of the stream template to be interpreted differently enabling trade off between the number of loops supported and the size of the loop counts and loop dimensions.

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


System and method for caching and parameterizing IR
Patent No. 10339137 

Inventor(s): Cheng Zhu (San Jose, CA), Kumar Rajeev Rastogi (Babusapalya, , IN), Yonghua Ding (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14960894 on 12/07/2015 (1303 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method of caching and parameterizing intermediate representation code includes receiving, by a database, a query, parsing, by the database, the query to obtain a plan tree comprising a plurality of plan nodes arranged in hierarchical order descending from a top plan node, generating, by the database, node intermediate representations (IRs) for the plan nodes, executing, by the database, a first query using the node IRs, and reusing, by the database, the node IRs to execute subsequent queries.

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


Aerodynamic analysis for quality assurance of manufactured parts
Patent No. 10339228 

Inventor(s): Benjamin M. Green (Fort Worth, TX), Donald W. Axley (Keller, TX), George R. Decker (Fort Worth, TX), Jimmy Charles Narramore (Austin, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13356821 on 01/24/2012 (2716 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one embodiment, a quality analyzer receives aerodynamic performance data for a part that has been manufactured according to a design. The aerodynamic performance data expresses aerodynamic performance of the part as calculated from a plurality of coordinates measured on the part. The quality analyzer determines whether the aerodynamic performance data for the part satisfies minimum aerodynamic performance requirements.

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


System and method for passive verification
Patent No. 10339237 

Inventor(s): Felicia James (Carrollton, TX), Michael Krasnicki (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): ZIPALOG, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15889932 on 02/06/2018 (511 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer implemented method of passive verification of an electronic design, comprising receiving an electronic design file of said electronic design comprised at least in part of a mixed signal or analog system including a plurality of subsystems. At least one analog subsystem of the plurality of subsystems has at least two design representations within the electronic design file that are intended to be equivalent for the at least one analog subsystem being simulated. First and second input subsystem data is collected for a first and second subsystem design representation of the at least two design representations from an analog stimulus to at least one input of the first and second subsystem design representation which is analog. First and second output subsystem data is collected from at least one output of the first and second subsystem design representation of the at least two design representations caused by the analog stimulus to the at least one input of the first and second subsystem design representation. At least one parameter of said first and second input subsystem data is analyzed with respect to said first and second output subsystem data. The at least one parameter of the first subsystem design representation is compared with the at least one parameter of second subsystem design representation. The electronic design file of the electronic design is verified responsive to the determined analysis between the at least one input of the subsystem and the at least

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


Method to improve transistor matching
Patent No. 10339251 

Inventor(s): Ashesh Parikh (Frisco, TX), Chi-Chien Ho (Plano, TX), Rajni J. Aggarwal (Garland, TX), Thomas John Smelko (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15495016 on 04/24/2017 (799 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method to adjust transistor gate geometries in a design data base to compensate for transistor-to-transistor active overlap of gate differences and to form a reticle. A method to adjust transistor geometries in a design data base to compensate for transistor-to-transistor active overlap of gate differences and to compensate for transistor turn on voltage drop off where the transistor gate crosses the isolation/active interface.

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


System and method for creating, processing, and distributing images that serve as portals enabling communication with persons who have interacted with the images
Patent No. 10339283 

Inventor(s): Claude A. Bailey (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TAUTACHROME, INC. (Oro Valley, AZ)
Law Firm: Bacon Thomas, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15888381 on 02/05/2018 (512 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for processing, storage, distribution, and interaction with electronic images created or captured by mobile devices having network communications capabilities, such as smartphones, allows a user whose image-displaying device includes enhanced viewer software to use an image displayed on the image-displaying device as a portal for communication with others who have interacted with the image, including authors and facilitators of the image. Watermarking and security measures are provided to enable source and content verification of a displayed image so that user morphing of imagery can be tracked to maintain stability of image-based interaction and so that malicious imagery tamper can be prevented.

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


Electromagnetic marking device and methods for its use
Patent No. 10339344 

Inventor(s): Darwin Wayne Belt (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Caldwell Intellectual Property Law (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16133830 on 09/18/2018 (287 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for marking objects using an electromagnetic marking device includes a first electromagnetic marking device, including a body having a top surface and a bottom surface. The body includes a first part having a through-hole in the first part, the through-hole having a first opening in the top surface of the body and a second opening in the bottom surface of the body, and a first member disposed within the through-hole, the first member including a first proximal end attached to the body and a first distal end not attached to the body. The body includes a second part attached to the first part. The electromagnetic marking device includes a signal generator attached to the second part, the signal generator further including a wave generator circuit and a wave modulator circuit.

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


Band with RFID chip holder and identifying components
Patent No. 10339347 

Inventor(s): Jordan Bowman (Henderson, CO)
Assignee(s): S.P.M. Flow Control, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15938278 on 03/28/2018 (461 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus is adapted to be coupled to a component of a system associated with a wellhead. The apparatus includes a band adapted to be coupled to the component; a holder coupled to the band; an electronic identifying device attached to the holder and adapted to identify the component; and an identifying component coupled to the band. The identifying component visually conveys information about at least one of: the electronic identifying device, and the component to which the band is adapted to be coupled. The system associated with the wellhead is a system for pumping fluid to the wellhead. In one embodiment, the electronic identifying device is, or includes, an RFID chip.

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


RGB-D scene labeling with multimodal recurrent neural networks
Patent No. 10339421 

Inventor(s): Danil V. Prokhorov (Canton, MI), Haibin Ling (Cherry Hill, NJ), Xue Mei (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15474027 on 03/30/2017 (824 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for multimodal recurrent network processing. In an embodiment, a system for evaluating multimodal data comprising a multimodal data input and a multimodal processing module is described. The multimodal data input may comprise the multimodal data, the multimodal data may comprise a first modality and a second modality. The multimodal processing module may be configured to receive the multimodal data comprising the first modality and the second modality; evaluate the first modality using a first recursive neural network comprising a first transformation matrix; evaluate the second modality using a second recursive neural network comprising the first transformation matrix; and determine an output based, at least in part, on evaluating the first modality and the second modality.

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


System and method for risk evaluation in EFT transactions
Patent No. 10339526 

Inventor(s): Jamie Cerutti (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Calfee, Halter Griswold LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14305191 on 06/16/2014 (1842 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a computer-implemented method for facilitating risk assessment for an EFT transaction. The transaction occurs between at least an originating participant and a destination participant. The method includes maintaining an alias table stored in a computer memory, the alias table containing country information for facilitating identification of a corresponding country associated with at least one EFT participant. The method additionally includes making a country identification implementing a computer processor through consultation with the alias table and execution of a matching process, the matching process incorporating the EFT data and alias table country information to identify the corresponding country. The method further includes passing the country identification to risk analysis components for evaluating risk associated with 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]


Systems and methods for enhancing machine vision object recognition through accumulated classifications
Patent No. 10339622 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Troutman Sanders LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15910578 on 03/02/2018 (487 days app to issue)

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

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


Methods, systems, and media for qualitative and/or quantitative indentation detection
Patent No. 10339647 

Inventor(s): Douglas Johanneman (Lexington, KY), John Tierney (Georgetown, KY), Thomas Paul King (Georgetown, KY)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15286987 on 10/06/2016 (999 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for qualitative and/or quantitative indentation detection are provided. A method includes receiving imaging data comprising a plurality of indentations within a region on a surface. The method further includes obtaining a size measurement for each indentation. The method further includes calculating a number of indentations within the region are equal to or above a minimum size.

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


Interactive multimedia process flow chart builder
Patent No. 10339681 

Inventor(s): Erik M. Moore (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14087356 on 11/22/2013 (2048 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to an aspect a method for building an interactive multimedia process flow chart is provided. The method includes displaying a process flow chart in an interactive graphically editable format on a user interface. The process flow chart includes a plurality of nodes each located entirely in a single node cell of a node grid. A pair of output hubs on a decision node of the process flow chart is linked to a pair of nodes defining a yes-path and a no-path. An output hub of a process step node of the process flow chart is linked to a single node defining a next process step. A link is established to an end node of the process flow chart absent any output links from the end node. The decision node, process step node, and end node each have a common shape including a display region and an editing command region.

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


System, method, and recoding medium for emergency identification and management using smart devices and non-smart devices
Patent No. 10339792 

Inventor(s): David T. Adamo, Jr. (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES COPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: McGinn IP Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15849445 on 12/20/2017 (559 days app to issue)

Abstract: An emergency method, system, and non-transitory computer readable medium include a detection device configured to detect an emergency situation and switch a first device to emergency mode, an emergency mode device configured to gather information regarding the emergency situation while the first device is in emergency mode, and an actuation and discovery device configured to discover a second device in a vicinity of the first device and actuate the second device to perform an action based on the emergency situation detected by the detection device.

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


Wireless control device and methods thereof
Patent No. 10339796 

Inventor(s): Corey Egan (Dallas, TX), Qinghui Tang (Plano, TX), Swapnil Bora (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ILUMI SULUTIONS, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15204990 on 07/07/2016 (1090 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless control device includes a power source, one or more sensors, one or more switches, a wireless transceiver circuit, an antenna connected to the wireless transceiver circuit, and a processor communicably coupled to the power source, the one or more sensors, the one or more switches, and the wireless transceiver circuit. The processor receives a data from the one or more sensors or the one or more switches, determines a pre-defined action associated with the data that identifies one or more external devices and one or more tasks, and transmits one or more control signals via the wireless transceiver circuit and the antenna that instruct the identified external device(s) to perform the identified task(s).

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


Operator training and maneuver refinement system for powered aircraft
Patent No. 10339828 

Inventor(s): Thomas J. Shaw (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Ross Barnes LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14464431 on 08/20/2014 (1777 days app to issue)

Abstract: An operator training and maneuver refinement system and method that enhance the degree of control an operator is able to exercise over a controlled device such as an aircraft, vehicle, equipment or other device by sequentially providing and visually displaying to the operator a direct comparison of real-time input controller positions for at least one operating parameter with stored empirical input controller positions for the same or a similar operating parameter over a predetermined time interval, preferably also displaying the deviation between the real-time and stored empirical controller positions.

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


Methods and apparatus for low cost voice activity detector
Patent No. 10339962 

Inventor(s): David Patrick Magee (Allen, TX), Ganesan Thiagarajan (Bangalore, , IN), Tarkesh Pande (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15485165 on 04/11/2017 (812 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a method for detecting voice activity includes: receiving a first input signal containing noise; sampling the first input signal to form noise samples; determining a first value corresponding to the noise samples; subsequently receiving a second input signal; sampling the second input signal to form second signal samples; determining a second value corresponding to the second signal samples; forming a ratio of the second value to the first value; comparing the ratio to a predetermined threshold value; and responsive to the comparing, indicating whether voice activity is detected in the second input signal.

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


Multi-phase clock division
Patent No. 10339997 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15845874 on 12/18/2017 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices and methods include receiving write command at a command interface of the semiconductor device to write data to memory. An external data strobe is received at a data strobe pin of the semiconductor device. The received external data strobe is divided into multiple phases using phase division circuitry to divide the data strobe into multiple phases to be used in writing the data to the memory.

[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)


Modifying signal associations in complex computing networks
Patent No. 10341395 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey W. Mankoff (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Baker McKenzie LLP (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15147884 on 05/05/2016 (1153 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure is directed to an apparatus for modifying a temporal signal association in a complex computing network such that a future computing operation is intelligently executed based on the modified signal association.

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


Systems and methods for facilitating access to content associated with a media content session based on a location of a user
Patent No. 10341717 

Inventor(s): Sameer Gavade (Irving, TX), Tariq Roshan (Lewisville, TX), Venkata S. Adimatyam (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14231134 on 03/31/2014 (1919 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary method includes a content delivery system determining that a user profile of a user is logged in to a first access device during a media content session associated with the first access device in which the first access device presents media content to the user, detecting that the user moves outside a vicinity of the first access device while the user profile is logged in to the first access device during the media content session, identifying, in response to the user moving outside the vicinity of the first access device, a second access device associated with the user and that is within a vicinity of the user, and automatically providing, in response to the identifying, session management content corresponding to the media content session associated with the first access device for presentation by the second access device while the user is outside the vicinity of the first access device. Corresponding systems and methods are also described.

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


 

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Ultrasonic transducer device with through-substrate via
Patent No. 10335827 

Inventor(s): Ira Oaktree Wygant (Palo Alto, CA), Peter B. Johnson (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15345741 on 11/08/2016 (966 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducer (CMUT) device includes at least one CMUT cell including a first substrate having a top side including a patterned dielectric layer thereon including a thick and a thin dielectric region. A membrane layer is bonded on the thick dielectric region and over the thin dielectric region to provide a movable membrane over a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) cavity. A through-substrate via (TSV) includes a dielectric liner which extends from a bottom side of the first substrate to a top surface of the membrane layer. A top side metal layer includes a first portion over the TSV, over the movable membrane, and coupling the TSV to the movable membrane. A patterned metal layer is on the bottom side surface of the first substrate including a first patterned layer portion contacting the bottom side of the first substrate lateral to the TSV.

[H02N] ELECTRIC MACHINES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Circuits and methods for providing power and data communication in isolated system architectures
Patent No. 10338613 

Inventor(s): Amer H. Atrash (Dallas, TX), David J. Baldwin (Allen, TX), Eric C. Blackall (Plano, TX), Ross E. Teggatz (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Triune Systems, L.L.C. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15058701 on 03/02/2016 (1217 days app to issue)

Abstract: A switch controller, an isolated system incorporating an integrated circuit (IC) and a method of operating a power switch. In one embodiment, the IC includes: (1) a monolithic substrate, (2) a drive circuit supported by the monolithic substrate and configured to drive a power switch, (3) a diagnostics block supported by the monolithic substrate and configured to provide diagnostic signals indicating at least one attribute associated with the power switch and (4) a control block supported by the monolithic substrate and configured to drive the drive circuit in response to control signals developed based on the diagnostic signals.

[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)


Mechanical couplings designed to resolve process constraints
Patent No. 10340152 

Inventor(s): Fu-Kang Lee (New Taipei, , TW), Hung-Yu Chou (Taipei, , TW), Steven Alfred Kummerl (Carrollton, TX), Yuh-Harng Chien (New Taipei, , TW)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15857988 on 12/29/2017 (550 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit package having a shunt resistor with at least one self-aligning member that protrudes from a first surface, and a lead frame with at least one self-aligning feature that is a cavity within which the at least one self-aligning member is located, and an integrated circuit located on the lead frame.

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


Method to co-integrate SiGe and Si channels for finFET devices
Patent No. 10340195 

Inventor(s): Nicolas Loubet (Guilderland, NY), Prasanna Khare (Schenectady, NY), Qing Liu (Irvine, CA)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15813071 on 11/14/2017 (595 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for co-integrating finFETs of two semiconductor material types, e.g., Si and SiGe, on a bulk substrate is described. Fins for finFETs may be formed in an epitaxial layer of a first semiconductor type, and covered with an insulator. A portion of the fins may be removed to form voids in the insulator, and the voids may be filled by epitaxially growing a semiconductor material of a second type in the voids. The co-integrated finFETs may be formed at a same device level.

[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]


System in package device including inductor
Patent No. 10340210 

Inventor(s): Siew Kee Lee (Kedah, , MY), Yien Sien Khoo (Melaka, , MY)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15693059 on 08/31/2017 (670 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described examples include a system in package (SIP) device, including: a first leadframe having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface; an integrated circuit die including solder bumps on a first surface and having a second opposite surface, the solder bumps mounted to the second surface of the first leadframe; a second leadframe having a first surface including a die pad portion, and a second opposite surface, the die pad portion attached to the second surface of the integrated circuit die; and an inductor mounted to the first surface of the first leadframe, the inductor having terminals with exterior portions electrically connected and mechanically connected to the first surface of the first leadframe, the inductor terminals spaced from one another by a portion of an inductor body, the portion of the inductor body between the inductor terminals spaced from the first surface of the first leadframe by a gap of at least 100 ms.

[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]


Wire ball bonding in semiconductor devices
Patent No. 10340246 

Inventor(s): Chen Xiong (Chengdu Sichuan, , CN), Han Zhong (Chengdu, , CN), Xi Lin Li (Chengdu, , CN), Yong Qiang Tang (Chengdu, , CN), Zi Qi Wang (Chengdu Sichuan, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15980948 on 05/16/2018 (412 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of interconnecting components of a semiconductor device using wire bonding is presented. The method includes creating a free air ball at a first end of an aluminum wire that has a coating surrounding the aluminum wire, wherein the coating comprises palladium, and wherein the free air ball is substantially free of the coating. The method further includes the step of bonding the free air ball to a bond pad on a semiconductor chip, the bond pad having an aluminum surface layer, wherein the resultant ball bond and the bond pad form a substantially homogenous, aluminum-to-aluminum bond. The method may further include bonding a second, opposing end of the coated-aluminum wire to a bond site separate from the semiconductor chip, the bond site having a palladium surface layer, wherein the second end of the coated-aluminum wire and the bond site form a substantially homogenous, palladium-to-palladium bond.

[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]


High voltage device with multi-electrode control
Patent No. 10340252 

Inventor(s): Michael D. Seeman (Palo Alto, CA), Sandeep R. Bahl (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15947227 on 04/06/2018 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high-voltage transistor (HVT) structure adapts a low-voltage transistor (LUT) to high-voltage environments. The HVT structure includes a drain node, a source node, a control gate, and a field electrode. The drain node and the source node define a conductive channel, in which mobilized charges are regulated by the control gate. While being isolated from the control gate, the field electrode is configured to spread the mobilized charges in response to a field voltage. The field electrode is structured and routed to prevent charge sharing with any one of the drain node, source node, or control gate. Advantageously, the isolated field electrode minimizes the capacitance of the control gate as well as the drain and source nodes, such that the HVT can switch with less power loss and a more robust performance in a high-voltage environment.

[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]


Resistive memory device containing carbon barrier and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10340449 

Inventor(s): Alvaro Padilla (San Jose, CA), Ming-Che Wu (San Jose, CA), Tanmay Kumar (Pleasanton, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15611029 on 06/01/2017 (761 days app to issue)

Abstract: A resistive memory device, such as a BMC ReRAM device, includes at least one resistive memory element which contains a carbon barrier material portion and a resistive memory material portion that is disposed between a first electrode and a second electrode.

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


Method of forming broad radiation patterns for small-cell base station antennas
Patent No. 10340604 

Inventor(s): Nikolay V. Chistyakov (Plano, TX), Scott L. Michaelis (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies, LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14526177 on 10/28/2014 (1708 days app to issue)

Abstract: A base station antenna system includes a plurality of sector antennas angularly spaced around a support structure at approximately equal azimuth angles. A feed network is coupled to the plurality of sector antennas and provides a common RF signal to the plurality of sector antennas and applies at least one phase difference to at least one sector antenna of the plurality of sector antennas. In one example, the base station antenna system includes first, second and third sector antennas angularly spaced at 120 intervals and the feed network applies a 120 phase difference to the second sector antenna and a 240 phase difference the third sector antenna. In another example, the base station antenna system includes first, second, third and fourth sector antennas angularly spaced at 90 intervals and the feed network applies a 180 phase difference to the second and fourth sector antennas.

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


Cable connector clocking device and related components, systems, and methods
Patent No. 10340648 

Inventor(s): Karl D. Freyberg (Bedford, TX), Lammoon K. Thiphavanthong (Euless, TX), Scott T. Page (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15163378 on 05/24/2016 (1134 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cable connector clocking assembly for clocking and torqueing a cable connector. In one example, the clocking assembly has a socket adapter sub-assembly configured to be mounted in an adapter holder sub-assembly. The socket adapter sub-assembly includes a socket portion and an adapter portion having a generally cylindrical body portion secured to the socket portion with a fastener. The adapter portion also has at least one indicium configured to indicate a clock angle of a cable connector when the cable connector is connected to the socket portion. The clocking assembly also includes an adapter holder sub-assembly comprising a clamp portion and a face portion having indicia representative of different clock angles. The clamp portion has an unclamped configuration, wherein the socket sub-assembly can be rotated to a desired clock angle, and a clamped configuration, wherein the socket sub-assembly is securely retained in the clamp portion at the desired clock angle.

[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)


ESD protection circuit and method with high immunity to hot plug insertion and other transient events
Patent No. 10340687 

Inventor(s): Liang Wang (Plano, TX), Zhong Chen (Fayetteville, AR)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15062350 on 03/07/2016 (1212 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include an ESD protection circuit to protect an IC pad with high immunity against hot-plug surges, switching noise or other transient voltage conditions on the protected pad. The ESD protection circuit includes a clamp transistor and a trigger circuit responsive to rises in the protected pad voltage at or above a first slew rate to turn on the clamp transistor, as well as a second circuit coupled between the control terminal of the clamp transistor and a voltage supply node. The second circuit responds to rises in a voltage of the clamp transistor control terminal at a second, lower slew rate to reduce the voltage of the first control node to at least partially turn the clamp transistor off to reduce leakage current flow through the clamp transistor during transient voltage conditions on the protected pad.

[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)


Flywheel energy storage device with induction torque transfer
Patent No. 10340768 

Inventor(s): Raymond James Walsh (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Shaver Swanson, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15878236 on 01/23/2018 (525 days app to issue)

Abstract: A flywheel energy storage device includes the Halbach Motor/Generator with rolling biphasic coil control, continuously variable torque transfer via magnetic induction and a reluctance magnetic levitation system known as the Axial-Loading Magnetic Reluctance Device. Electric energy input turns the magnetically coupled rotors of the Halbach motor, and torque is transferred to a flywheel through a copper cylinder variably inserted between the Halbach magnet rotors. In idle mode, the energy is stored kinetically in the spinning flywheel, which is levitated by a permanent magnet bearing. Electric energy output is achieved by transferring torque from the flywheel through the copper cylinder to the rotors of the Halbach Generator by magnetic induction. Rolling biphasic motor control includes dividing Halbach motor coils into increments, then energizing groups of contiguous increments into virtual coils, which revolve in tandem with the magnet rotors so to achieve continuous and optimal torque.

[H02K] DYNAMO-ELECTRIC MACHINES (dynamo-electric relays H01H 53/00; conversion of DC or AC input power into surge output power H02M 9/00)


Dynamic threshold selection for transient detection in a coverter
Patent No. 10340789 

Inventor(s): Ryan Lee Wallace (Plainfield, IL)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15395655 on 12/30/2016 (914 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dynamic threshold determining circuit changes the threshold voltage used to determine when to inject additional energy to increase a power converter”s output voltage in response to a low voltage transient for the converter. By being able to change the threshold, finer control of the energy input for correcting transients is possible. In one implementation, the threshold is closer to the target voltage than a typical static threshold value used for transient correction, and the energy injected is smaller than that typically used for transient correction. Thus, the power converter will have a fast response to a transient but be less likely to overshoot the correction. Should the transient continue, the threshold can be changed to move further from the target value while an increased amount of energy is added so that the system can dynamically move to correct bigger transients.

[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]


Regulator control integrated circuit having COT and valley current modes
Patent No. 10340797 

Inventor(s): Masashi Nogawa (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): Active-Semi, Inc. (, , VG)
Law Firm: Imperium Patent Works (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15828337 on 11/30/2017 (579 days app to issue)

Abstract: A voltage regulator control integrated circuit includes constituent parts including an error amplifier circuit, a comparator circuit, a compensation signal generator circuit, an oscillator/one-shot circuit, a latch, and a current sense circuit. In a first example, the integrated circuit is operable in a first mode and in a second mode. In the first mode, the various parts are configured and interconnected in such a way that they operate together as a valley current mode regulator control circuit. In the second mode, the various parts are configured and interconnected in such a way that they operate together as a current-mode constant on-time mode regulator control circuit. In another example, a voltage regulator control integrated circuit has the same basic constituent parts and is operable in a first mode as a peak current mode regulator control circuit, or in a second mode as a constant off-time time mode regulator control circuit.

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


DC-DC converter having predicted zero inductor current
Patent No. 10340803 

Inventor(s): Antonio Priego (Bavaria, , DE), Michael Couleur (Bavaria, , DE), Neil Gibson (Bavaria, , DE), Stefan Herzer (Bavaria, , DE), Syed Wasif Mehdi (Bavaria, , DE)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15135987 on 04/22/2016 (1166 days app to issue)

Abstract: A DC-to-DC voltage converter includes a converter input for receiving a DC voltage. A first switch is coupled between the input and a first node. A second switch is coupled between the first node and a ground. An inductor is coupled between the first node and a converter output. A capacitor is coupled between the converter output and ground. An output voltage synthesizer is coupled to the converter input and the converter output for synthesizing the voltage at the first node and for generating a control signal for at least one of the first switch and the second switch in response to the voltages at the converter input and the converter output.

[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]


Gate drive apparatus for resonant converters
Patent No. 10340807 

Inventor(s): Daoshen Chen (Allen, TX), Dianbo Fu (Plano, TX), Heping Dai (Plano, TX), Liming Ye (Frisco, TX), Xujun Liu (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15838745 on 12/12/2017 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device comprises a gate drive bridge coupled between a bias voltage of a power converter and ground and a transformer connected to the gate drive bridge, wherein the transformer comprises a primary winding connected to two legs of the gate drive bridge respectively and a plurality of secondary windings configured to generate gate drive signals for low side switches, high side switches and secondary switches of the power converter.

[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]


High performance low retention mode leakage flip-flop
Patent No. 10340899 

Inventor(s): Keshav Bhaktavatson Chintamani (Karnataka, , IN), Soman Purushothaman (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15715290 on 09/26/2017 (644 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention is a retention circuit retaining the state of a circuit node driven by a primary drive circuit. This circuit includes cross coupled first and second inverters and a transmission gate. The transmission gate receives a retention mode signal and isolates the retention circuit and the circuit node when a retention mode is active and connects the retention circuit and the circuit node when the retention mode is inactive. In the preferred embodiment the primary drive circuit is constructed of transistors having a standard voltage threshold and the retention circuit is constructed of transistors having a high voltage threshold greater than said standard voltage threshold. A tristate inverter isolates the retention circuit from the circuit node when not in retention mode and supplies an inverse of a signal from output of said first inverter when in retention mode.

[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]


Successive approximation register analog-to-digital converter with kickback linearization
Patent No. 10340939 

Inventor(s): Raghu Nandan Srinivasa (Bengaluru, , IN), Sabu Paul (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15974752 on 05/09/2018 (419 days app to issue)

Abstract: A successive approximation register analog-to-digital converter with improved kick-back linearization includes a signal input terminal, a capacitive digital-to-analog converter, a first switch, and a second switch. The signal input terminal is configured to receive a signal to be digitized. The capacitive digital-to-analog converter includes a first capacitor array, a second capacitor array, and a coupling capacitor. The first capacitor array includes a plurality of capacitors. The second capacitor array includes a plurality of capacitors. The coupling capacitor connects the first capacitor array to the second capacitor array. The first switch is configured to switchably connect a bottom plate of each of the capacitors of the first capacitor array to the signal input terminal. The second switch is configured to conduct a voltage on the bottom plate of the coupling capacitor to the signal input terminal.

[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]


Trim digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for an R2R ladder DAC
Patent No. 10340941 

Inventor(s): Gautam Salil Nandi (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16183522 on 11/07/2018 (237 days app to issue)

Abstract: A digital-to-analog converter (DAC) includes a first stage comprising a plurality of first circuit arms coupled together, each first circuit arm including a resistor. A second stage includes a plurality of second circuit arms coupled together, each second circuit arm comprising a first resistor and a pair of series-connected resistors. The first resistors of the second circuit arms are connected in series. A current digital-to-analog converter (IDAC) trim circuit is connected to a plurality, but not all, of the second circuit arms of the second stage. The IDAC trim circuit includes a plurality of first current sources. Each first current source is coupled to a respective node between a pair of the series-connected resistors of a corresponding second circuit arm, and each of the first current sources is configured to produce a same current level as the other first current sources.

[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]


Fast transient settling in a digital step attenuator
Patent No. 10340966 

Inventor(s): Rajendrakumar Joish (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15855052 on 12/27/2017 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides an RF receiver. The RF receiver includes an input driver. The input driver receives a coarse signal, and generates an input signal. A digital step attenuator (DSA) is coupled to the input driver and receives the input signal. An analog to digital converter (ADC) is coupled to the DSA. The DSA includes a sampling capacitor coupled to the ADC. The DSA also includes a time dependent resistor coupled to a source voltage and to the sampling capacitor.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Codebook for CSI reporting in advanced wireless communication system
Patent No. 10340989 

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: 15822059 on 11/24/2017 (585 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for channel state information (CSI) reporting are provided. A UE capable of CSI reporting includes a transceiver configured to receive, from a base station (BS), CSI configuration information including a number (L) of beams and a number (T) of CSI reports. L and T are positive integers. The UE also includes at least one processor operably connected to the transceiver and configured to generate the T CSI reports. Each of the CSI reports is generated based on a subset of the L beams. The transceiver is further configured to transmit, to the BS, the T CSI reports in T CSI reporting instances, respectively. Each of the T CSI reports is independently decodable.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for securing transmit opportunities for RF calibrations of Wi-Fi devices
Patent No. 10341033 

Inventor(s): Lars Henrik Mucke (Carlsbad, CA), Zhemin Xu (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14843763 on 09/02/2015 (1399 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device is configured to perform a method for performing a radio frequency (RF) calibration of a Wi-Fi device. The method includes transmitting, by a transmitter, a CTS (clear-to-send)-to-self frame, the CTS-to-self frame having a duration field indicating a first time duration of the RF calibration. The method also includes waiting, by at least one processor, for a second time duration associated with a distributed inter-frame space (DIFS) time period. The method further includes performing, by the at least one processor, the RF calibration.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and arrangements in a telecommunication system for handling status information of data units
Patent No. 10341059 

Inventor(s): Henning Wiemann (Aachen, , DE), Johan Torsner (Masaby, , FI), Michael Meyer (Aachen, , DE)
Assignee(s): OPTIS CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15787322 on 10/18/2017 (622 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided in a receiving node for handling status information of data units transmitted from a sending node to the receiving node over a radio link. The receiving node establishes that a number of data units that has been transmitted by the sending node are missing. The receiving node sends a reduced status message to the sending node over the radio link, which message is reduced such that it comprises the negative acknowledgement for a first part of missing data units and omits negative acknowledgements for the rest of the missing data units. The omitted negative acknowledgement for the rest of the missing data units will not erroneously be interpreted as correctly received data units by the sending node.

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


Radio transmission apparatus and methods
Patent No. 10341071 

Inventor(s): Akihiko Matsuoka (Kanagawa, , JP), Masayuki Orihashi (Kanagawa, , JP), Yutaka Murakami (Osaka, , JP)
Assignee(s): Wi-Fi One, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15494666 on 04/24/2017 (799 days app to issue)

Abstract: A radio transmission apparatus includes a first antenna, a second antenna, and circuitry configured, based on information associated with an estimated communications channel condition, to generate a single modulation signal or a plurality of modulation signals based on the estimated communications channel condition information, and to (i) transmit the single modulation signal from the first antenna or (ii) transmit the plurality of modulation signals which include different information from each other over an identical frequency band from the first antenna and the second antenna at an identical temporal point. The single modulation signal and the plurality of modulation signals contain parameter information indicating a number of modulation signals transmitted at the same time.

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


Delay modulated clock division
Patent No. 10341082 

Inventor(s): Jaiganesh Balakrishnan (Bangalore, , IN), Nagalinga Swamy Basayya Aremallapur (Bangalore, , IN), Sarma Sundareswara Gunturi (Bangalore, , IN), Shagun Dusad (Bangalore, , IN), Srinivas Kumar Reddy Naru (Markapur, , IN), Visvesvaraya Pen
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15906000 on 02/27/2018 (490 days app to issue)

Abstract: A clock divider comprises a clock delay line that comprises a plurality of delay elements, a clock delay selector coupled to the clock delay line and configured to select one of the plurality of delay elements and a bit pattern source coupled to the clock delay selector. The clock delay line is configured to generate a modulated divided clock signal with a suppressed fundamental spectral component.

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


Segment-based transforms in digital signal processing
Patent No. 10341158 

Inventor(s): Tao Zhang (Shanghai, , CN), Weizhong Chen (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15597357 on 05/17/2017 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: A segment-based approach for fast fourier transforms of input signals is provided for the generation of baseband signals. A FFT is performed individually for each of the segments from the input signal and the FFT result from each segment is accumulated to provide a final FFT for an input signal symbol. After the samples are received for one segment, a FFT can be performed to generate an intermediate FFT result while samples for the additional segment(s) are received. The system accumulates the intermediate result from the segments into a final FFT result that can be used to generate the baseband signal. Segment-based processing of an input signal can provide faster and more efficient processing to generate a baseband signal. Segment-based processing can also decrease the required size of the input buffers for antennas.

[H04K] SECRET COMMUNICATION; JAMMING OF COMMUNICATION


Cross-domain orchestration of switch and service functions
Patent No. 10341201 

Inventor(s): Paparao Palacharla (Richardson, TX), Qiong Zhang (Plano, TX), Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FUJITSU LIMITED (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15423134 on 02/02/2017 (880 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one or more embodiments, one or more systems, methods, and/or processes may determine one or more auxiliary edges that bypass at least one vertex of vertices that represent physical nodes of a network domain; evaluate at least one edge, that includes the one or more auxiliary edges and that interconnect the vertices, to evaluate a portion of the vertices that excludes the at least one vertex that was bypassed to identify at least one vertex that is associated with at least one service function of a service function chain request specifying service functions to be performed via at least a portion of physical nodes of network domains; and configure a first physical node of the physical nodes of the network domain and associated with the at least one vertex that is associated with the at least one service function to process data via the at least one service function.

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


High performance cloud storage
Patent No. 10341435 

Inventor(s): William T. Prange (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC (Broomfield, CO)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13915153 on 06/11/2013 (2212 days app to issue)

Abstract: This document discloses high performance data storage solutions. In an aspect, some solutions can be employed in a cloud-computing environment that provides shared storage for a plurality of customers. In other aspects, the solutions provided by some embodiments can provide multiple tiers of storage, each having a different performance level. This feature can provide a customer with the ability (e.g., through a web portal) to design its own custom storage solution that blends multiple tiers of storage at different capacity and performance levels to attain an optimal level of capacity, performance, and cost. Some disclosed solutions provide a novel arrangement of different types of storage devices that are provisioned through a common API, which can access each storage device”s native management interface, as well as the host computer for which the storage will be provisioned, to allocate multiple tiers of storage to the host computer in an automated manner.

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


Multifunction wireless device
Patent No. 10341484 

Inventor(s): Christopher McNitt (Fort Worth, 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: 15889941 on 02/06/2018 (511 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication device and system are disclosed for providing communication and data services to residents of a controlled facility. The device can be restricted to communicating only using an internet protocol so as to restrict the device communication to an internal intranet. Wireless access points may be disposed throughout the environment to route calls and data between the device and a central processing center. By converting a protocol of the communications received from the device to a protocol used by the central processing center, minimal modifications to the central processing center are needed to support a wireless communication infrastructure. Many restrictions and safeguards may be implemented within the phone and system in order to prevent improper use.

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


Caller identity and authentication service
Patent No. 10341485 

Inventor(s): Rinkesh Patel (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): FMR LLC (Boston, MA)
Law Firm: Proskauer Rose LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15981875 on 05/16/2018 (412 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method is described for authenticating the identity of a caller. A mobile computing device receives, via a wireless communications network, an incoming call setup request initiated by a phone system of a caller, and executes an identity service application upon receipt of the incoming call setup request. The call includes a plurality of data packets. The mobile computing device extracts a caller identifier from the plurality of data packets. The caller identifier includes one or more bits at a first predetermined position within the plurality of data packets. The mobile computing device forwards the caller identifier to an identity service computing device. The identity service computing device determines an identity status of the caller. The mobile computing device receives, from the identity service computing device, an authentication token and the identity status of the caller. The mobile computing device displays the identity status of the caller.

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


Systems and methods for multiple-resolution storage of media streams
Patent No. 10341605 

Inventor(s): James Walter Exner (Plano, TX), Robert V. Vanman (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): WatchGuard, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15481214 on 04/06/2017 (817 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a method includes continuously receiving, from a camera, raw video frames at an initial resolution. The method also includes, for each raw video frame, as the raw video frame is received: downscaling the raw video frame to a first resolution to yield a first scaled video frame; downscaling the raw video frame to a second resolution distinct from the first resolution to yield a second scaled video frame; identifying a location of a target; cropping at least video frame based, at least in part, on the location of the target; and storing the first scaled video frame, the second scaled video frame, and information related to the cropped at least one video frame as part of a first video stream, a second video stream, and a third video stream, respectively.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and system for reducing slice header parsing overhead in video coding
Patent No. 10341653 

Inventor(s): Minhua Zhou (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15295495 on 10/17/2016 (988 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for encoding a picture of a video sequence in a bit stream that reduces slice header parsing overhead is provided. The method includes determining weighting factors that may be used for weighted prediction in encoding at least one slice of the picture, wherein a total number of the weighting factors is constrained to not exceed a predetermined threshold number of weighting factors, wherein the threshold number is less than a maximum possible number of weighting factors, and signaling weighted prediction parameters including the weighting factors in a slice header in the bit stream.

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


Methods and systems for entropy coder initialization
Patent No. 10341662 

Inventor(s): Christopher A. Segall (Camas, WA), Kiran Misra (Vancouver, WA)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14996547 on 01/15/2016 (1264 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the present invention are related to systems and methods for initialization of entropy encoders and decoders.

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


System and method for wavelength conversion and switching
Patent No. 10341747 

Inventor(s): Greg Bernstein (Fremont, CA), Young Lee (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15401553 on 01/09/2017 (904 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network component comprising at least one processor configured to implement a method comprising collecting wavelength availability information associated with a wavelength switched optical network (WSON), receiving a path computation request to transport a signal through the WSON, calculating at least one route through the WSON for the signal, and assigning at least one wavelength for the signal to use along the route. Also disclosed is a network comprising a first path computation element (PCE) configured to compute at least one route for a signal between a source and a destination, and a second PCE in communication with the first PCE, wherein the second PCE is configured to receive the route from the first PCE and assign at least one wavelength to the route.

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


Anonymizing location data
Patent No. 10341813 

Inventor(s): Erik H. Katzen (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Keohane D”Alessandro PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15622358 on 06/14/2017 (748 days app to issue)

Abstract: Approaches presented herein enable servicing a location request for a user device by providing anonymized location data. Specifically, a location request for a user device is received from an application server associated with a location-based/location-tracking application. Based on an application setting option associated with the location-based/location-tracking application, a geographic cell is defined. A set of available participating devices within the geographic cell is identified. A participating device is selected from the set of available participating devices. The location request is routed to the selected participating device, wherein the selected participating device forwards a location of the selected participating device to the application server.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for direct mode push to talk communication protocols
Patent No. 10341823 

Inventor(s): Brahmananda R Vempati (Dallas, TX), Ramu Kandula (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): KODIAK NETWORKS INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15856832 on 12/28/2017 (551 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment method includes discovering, by a user equipment (UE), a plurality of UE-to-Network relays available to the first UE. The UE is located outside a coverage area of a wireless communications network. The method includes receiving, by the first UE, one or more capacity indications from the plurality of UE-to-Network relays and selecting, by the first UE, a first UE-to-Network relay from the plurality of UE-to-Network relays to connect to the wireless communications network in accordance with a relay selection policy and the one or more capacity indications. The method includes connecting, by the first UE, to the first UE-to-Network relay using direct mode communications.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Creating a secure physical connection between a computer terminal and a vehicle
Patent No. 10341854 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15365436 on 11/30/2016 (944 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer terminal typically includes a retractable conduit and an actuator connected to the retractable conduit. The retractable conduit typically includes a proximal end, a distal end, and a barrier between the proximal end and the distal end. The distal end is typically configured to engage a portal of a vehicle positioned proximate to the computer terminal. The actuator is typically configured to extend the distal end of the retractable conduit away from the computer terminal and toward the portal of the vehicle. The computer terminal is typically configured to determine that the vehicle is proximate to the computer terminal; determine a location of the portal of the vehicle; and transmit a control signal that causes the actuator to extend the distal end of the retractable conduit away from the computer terminal so that the distal end engages the portal of the vehicle.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Dynamic network slice resolution
Patent No. 10341872 

Inventor(s): Niranjan B. Avula (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15699390 on 09/08/2017 (662 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first device can receive an attach request that includes information associated with a user device. The user device can provide the attach request to request access to a network. The first device can provide, to a second device and using the information associated with the user device, a request for information associated with a group identifier that is associated with the user device. The first device can receive, from the second device, the information associated with the group identifier that is associated with the user device based on providing the request for information associated with the group identifier. The first device can determine a network slice identifier that is associated with the user device based on the information associated with the group identifier that is associated with the user device. The first device can permit the user device to access a network slice, of the network, that is associated with the network slice identifier based on determining the network slice identifier.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for circuit switched fallback in IMS centralized services
Patent No. 10341906 

Inventor(s): Dan Chen (Shenzhen, , CN), Michael Brett Wallis (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Mavenir Systems, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero Perle, L.L.P. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15727734 on 10/09/2017 (631 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of performing CSFB in an IMS comprises receiving, at a TAS, an incoming voice call for a UE attached to an EPS; paging the UE by the first ICS GW; receiving, by a second ICS GW associated with a second CS RAN currently connected to the UE, a Location Update message from the UE, the Location Update message containing a first CSFB indicator; transmitting, by the second ICS GW, a Registration message to the TAS, the Registration message containing a second CSFB indicator in response to the first CSFB indicator in the Location Update message; transmitting, by the TAS, a Cancel message to the first ICS GW; and transmitting, by the TAS, an Invite message to the second ICS GW to complete the voice call with the UE.

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


Enhancement of access points to support heterogeneous networks
Patent No. 10341912 

Inventor(s): Hongyan Lei (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15493115 on 04/20/2017 (803 days app to issue)

Abstract: An interface between access points is enhanced by enabling an exchange of a cell characteristic information element (IE). The cell characteristic information can provide an access point with information about the characteristics/features/capabilities of its neighbor cells. Automatic neighbor relations are also enhanced to store and/or manage the cell characteristic information. Moreover, the cell characteristic information can be utilized by the access point to significantly improve handover (HO) decisions, increase load balancing performance, and/or decrease inter cell interference. The cell characteristic information can also improve network efficiency and avoid bottlenecks during cell reselection in Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets).

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Node selection in virtual evolved packet core
Patent No. 10341947 

Inventor(s): Stinson Mathai (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15497955 on 04/26/2017 (797 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure includes gateways and methods for node selection of virtual network nodes in virtual evolved packet core networks. The methods include receiving, at a gateway from an evolved Node B (eNodeB), an attach request for a user equipment (UE), and determining a network selection hint corresponding to the received attach request, where the network selection hint is used for determining a virtual network node for selection in a mobile cloud network. The methods further include determining a domain name for establishing a network connection based at least in part on the network selection hint, where the selected domain name is associated with a virtual network node in the mobile cloud network. The methods also include selecting a virtual network node associated with the determined domain name, and establishing a network session to the selected virtual network node.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Low power packet detection circuit for WLAN receivers
Patent No. 10341953 

Inventor(s): Jaiganesh Balakrishnan (Bangalore, , IN), Sarma Sundareswara Gunturi (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15727891 on 10/09/2017 (631 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides a low power receiver. The receiver includes a first channel that receives an RF signal and generates an input signal. The receiver also includes a second channel and a packet detection circuit. The packet detection circuit is coupled to the first channel and the second channel. The packet detection circuit detects a valid packet in the input signal, and activates the second channel on detection of the valid packet.

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


Mapping schemes for secondary synchronization signal scrambling
Patent No. 10341969 

Inventor(s): Anand Ganesh Dabak (Plano, TX), Badri Varadarajan (Mountain View, CA), Eko Nugroho Onggosanusi (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15672160 on 08/08/2017 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a transmitter, a receiver and methods of operating a transmitter and a receiver. In one embodiment, the transmitter includes a synchronization unit configured to provide a primary synchronization signal and a secondary synchronization signal having first and second segments. The transmitter also includes a secondary scrambling unit configured to provide a scrambled secondary synchronization signal, wherein scrambling agents for the first and second segments are derived from a primary synchronization sequence of the primary synchronization signal. The secondary scrambling unit is further configured to provide an additional scrambling of one of the first and second segments, wherein a second scrambling agent is derived from the remaining segment of a secondary synchronization sequence of the secondary synchronization signal. The transmitter further includes a transmit unit configured to transmit the primary synchronization signal and the scrambled secondary synchronization signal.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Using a cell as a pathloss or timing reference
Patent No. 10341974 

Inventor(s): Rene Waraputra Purnadi (Irving, TX), Zhijun Cai (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Trop, Pruner Hu, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15825149 on 11/29/2017 (580 days app to issue)

Abstract: Information is communicated indicating whether a cell on a first carrier of a first type is to be used as a reference cell, wherein the reference cell is at least one selected from among a pathloss reference cell and a timing reference cell, and wherein the first carrier of the first type is part of a carrier aggregation that further includes at least a second carrier of a second, different type.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Wireless Internet system and method
Patent No. 10342059 

Inventor(s): Elad Pinhas Barkan (Kfar Sirkin, , IL)
Assignee(s): Barkan Wireless Access Technologies, L.P. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15451363 on 03/06/2017 (848 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus, including a program encoded on computer-readable medium, for transmitting data to a server. A wireless communication connection is established between a first computing device and a second computing device. Data transmitted from the first computing device to the second computing device is received over the wireless communication connection and stored on the second computing device for uploading to a server on an IP based network. The wireless communication connection is disconnected. An IP communication connection is established between the second computing device and the server on the IP based network, and at least a portion of the stored data is transmitted from the second computing device to the server on the IP based network over the IP communication connection after the wireless communication connection between the first computing device and the second computing device is disconnected.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Resource remapping and regrouping in a wireless communication system
Patent No. RE047486 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Farooq Khan (Allen, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Zhouyue Pi (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14261197 on 04/24/2014 (1895 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for remapping and regrouping transmission resources in a wireless communication system. First, a set of new permutation algorithms based on Galois field operation is proposed. Then the proposed algorithms and the known Pruned Bit Reversal Ordering (PBRO) algorithm are applied to several of various resource mapping schemes, including slot or symbol level Orthogonal Cover (OC)/Cyclic Shift (CS) mapping, cell-specific slot-level and symbol-level CS hopping patterns, and subframe and slot level base sequence hopping patterns. Patent Class: N/A


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Tool rack
Patent No. D852553 

Inventor(s): Stephen Anthony Avila (Sanger, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29565344 on 05/19/2016 (1139 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Tool rack
Patent No. D852558 

Inventor(s): Stephen Anthony Avila (Sanger, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29565342 on 05/19/2016 (1139 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Ring
Patent No. D852667 

Inventor(s): LoriAnn Vaughan Biggers (Southlake, TX), Rotem Fartook (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BELLA VAUGHAN, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Beusse Wolter Sanks Maire, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29611716 on 07/25/2017 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Ring
Patent No. D852668 

Inventor(s): LoriAnn Vaughan Biggers (Southlake, TX), Rotem Fartook (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BELLA VAUGHAN, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Beusse Wolter Sanks Marie, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29611718 on 07/25/2017 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Display screen or portion thereof with a graphical user interface of an electronic device
Patent No. D852809 

Inventor(s): Andrew Rudmann (Los Angeles, CA), Sean Rad (Los Angeles, CA)
Assignee(s): Match Group, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29575876 on 08/30/2016 (1036 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Nasal dilator
Patent No. D852952 

Inventor(s): Brian D. Owens (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): SIMPLICITY, LLC (Springville, UT)
Law Firm: Goodhue, Coleman Owens, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29615047 on 08/25/2017 (676 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Warming unit for eyelash press
Patent No. D853029 

Inventor(s): Clay Campbell (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29646765 on 05/07/2018 (421 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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