Dallas Invents: 144 Patents Granted for Week of June 2

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

Patents granted include:
• IBM's social-geofenced-based application management for battery maximization
• Intuit's integration of real-time personalized documents into a video conference session
• Karsten's golf club with polymeric insert and removable weight
Skycam's infinite virtual pan tilt zoom camera
• TI's turn-on power switch
• Lockheed's method for opening a combination padlock

Dallas Fort Worth: U.S. Patents Granted in the Dallas Fort Worth region.Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include patents granted to local assignees and/or those with a North Texas inventor. Patent activity can be an indicator of future economic growth, as well as the development of emerging markets and talent attraction. By tracking both inventors and assignees in the region, we aim to provide a broader view of the region’s inventive activity. Listings are organized by Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC). 

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of June 2, 202 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 21
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 14
Toyota Motor North America (Plano) 6
Mary Kay Inc. (Addison) 4
Oil States Industries Inc. (Arlington) 3

UNASSIGNED 10


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Amir Ansari (Plano) 2
Alvin R. McQuarters (Euless) 2
David Gan (Southlake) 2
Dianbo Fu (Frisco) 2
Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney) 2
George A. Cowgill (Farmersville) 2
Jason Hoover (Grapevine) 2
Jude P. Ramayya (Richardson) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

188 days
Intravascular devices, systems, and methods to address eye disorders
Patent No. 10668258-B1
Assignee: J.D. Franco Co., LLC (Plano)

10,759 days
Method for opening a combination padlock
Patent No. 10669742-B1
Assignee: Lockheed Corporation (Fort Worth)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Device for catching debris from countertop
Patent No. 10667666 

Inventor(s): Roel E. Hinojosa (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): INNOVATIVE SYNERGIES, LLC (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Wick Phillips Gould Martin LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15973180 on 05/07/2018 (757 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure include a device for catching debris may comprise a flat surface for holding debris; a retaining wall surrounding the flat surface and extending vertically from the flat surface, configured to restrict movement of the debris beyond portions of the flat surface; a rigid counter guide configured to fit against a countertop while at least a portion of the flat surface extends below the countertop, wherein the rigid counter guide allows a user to push the retaining wall and the portion of the flat surface against the countertop; and a handle attached to the flat surface at an opposite end from the rigid counter guide, wherein the handle is shaped to fit a hand of a user.

[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)


Steerable suture retriever
Patent No. 10667805 

Inventor(s): Joshua Silver Redstone (Dallas, TX), Sumant Gopal Krishnan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Composite Surgical, LLC (Coral Gables, FL)
Law Firm: Levine Bagade Han LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16533413 on 08/06/2019 (301 days app to issue)

Abstract: A positioning and retrieval device manipulated by carrying element coupled to an handle and driven by an actuator that allows for axial movement and rotational movement of a capturing portion on the carrying element.

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


Collagen stimulation device and methods
Patent No. 10667830 

Inventor(s): David J Lapeus (Medina, OH), James Mullner (Hudson, OH), Joseph Proctor (Dallas, TX), Ronald J Hegler (North Royalton, OH), Tanzeel Ur Rahman (Strongsville, OH)
Assignee(s): BELLUS MEDICAL, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15566665 on 04/13/2016 (1511 days app to issue)

Abstract: Device for safely and precisely causing micro-injuries to the dermis to stimulate collagen production a skim remodeling. Specifically, needles on the device pierce the epidermis and basal cell layer into the dermis. The device incorporates safety features for the operator to be able to operate the device with one hand while keeping the other had free during procedures. Additionally, the device incorporates single use safety controls to help prevent cross contamination between patients.

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


Tray for temporary storage of catheters and other coiled surgical devices
Patent No. 10667880 

Inventor(s): Kimberly Ahn Hays (Dallas, TX), Sam S. Ahn (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): AHN SURGICAL INNOVATION, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Snyder, Clark, Lesch Chung, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16125127 on 09/07/2018 (634 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage tray provides storage for multiple types of wires, catheters, and other instruments used during surgical procedures. The storage tray includes a base and a set of walls forming a basin that holds liquid. A wire containment section within the basin holds multiple coiled guidewires in a wire channel filled with the liquid. The wire containment section includes an inner wall and one or more wall segments forming an outer boundary of the wire channel. Flaps extend orthogonally from the walls and over portions of the wire channel to prevent the guidewire from springing out of the wire channel. A wire holder outside the wire channel holds end portions of the guidewires. Pulling an end portion of one of the coiled guidewires horizontally causes the guidewire to slide along the inner wall for separation and removal from the storage tray.

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


Compositions of marine botanicals to provide nutrition to aging and environmentally damaged skin
Patent No. 10668008 

Inventor(s): Gopa Majmudar (Grand Rapids, MI)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15841577 on 12/14/2017 (901 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of treating skin is disclosed. The method can include topically applying to skin an effective amount of a composition that has water, an extract comprising [i]Crithmum maritimum[/i], and an extract comprising [i]Ulva lactuca[/i], wherein the extract comprising [i]Ulva lactuca [/i]includes a hydrolysate of [i]Ulva lactuca [/i]proteins.

[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)


Topical skin care formulations comprising plant extracts
Patent No. 10668009 

Inventor(s): David Gan (Southlake, TX), Michelle Hines (Hickory Creek, TX), Tiffany Carle (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16233503 on 12/27/2018 (523 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for treating a person”s skin is disclosed. The method includes topically applying to the skin a composition comprising from 0.001% to 20% by weight of an aqueous, alcoholic, or aqueous-alcoholic extract from [i]Tetracentron sinense[/i], wherein the extract from [i]Tetracentron sinense [/i]reduces oxidation in the skin or reduces MMP-1 activity in the skin.

[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)


Methods and use of inducing apoptosis in cancer cells
Patent No. 10668028 

Inventor(s): John Patrick McCook (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Berg LLC (Framingham, MA)
Law Firm: McCarter English, LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14705591 on 05/06/2015 (1854 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of inducing apoptosis in a cancer cell by delivery of exogenous Coenzyme Q1O or its metabolites thereof in a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier to effectuate cell contact of endogenous Coenzyme Q1O or its metabolites thereof in addition to but not limited to mevalonic acid and oleic acid to form an intracellular complex. The present disclosure also provides a method of modulating the p53 pathway and Bcl-2 protein family in a manner that restores the apoptotic potential to a cancer cell by delivery of Coenzyme Q1O in a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. The present disclosure further provides a method to specifically normalize the ratio of pro-apoptotic and anti-apoptotic members of the Bcl-2 gene family in a proportion to re-program a cancer cell to undergo apoptosis.

[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)


Methods and compositions for treating conditions associated with infection and/or inflammation
Patent No. 10668099 

Inventor(s): Claire Sampson (Fort Worth, TX), Keith Goldan (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): URGO US, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16113331 on 08/27/2018 (645 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides methods and compositions for treating and preventing conditions characterized by infection and/or inflammation, especially of the eyes, ears, nose, and/or throat. The methods of the invention involve administering hypohalous acid to the patient, such as in the form of a composition described herein.

[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)


Compositions comprising kakadu plum extract or acai berry extract
Patent No. 10668124 

Inventor(s): Brian Jones (Flower Mound, TX), David Gan (Southlake, TX), Javier Aravena (Dallas, TX), Michelle Hines (Hickory Creek, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16046621 on 07/26/2018 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of reducing inflammation in skin is disclosed. The method can include topically applying to skin in need thereof a composition comprising 0.001 wt. % to 5 wt. % of a kakadu plum fruit extract to reduce TNF- production in human epidermal keratinocytes of the skin, and 0.001 wt. % to 5 wt. % of an acai berry fruit extract to reduce TNF- production in human epidermal keratinocytes of the skin, wherein topical application of the composition reduces inflammation in the skin.

[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)


Intravascular devices, systems, and methods to address eye disorders
Patent No. 10668258 

Inventor(s): Michael Calhoun (Lighthouse Point, FL), Stephen Michael (Maple Grove, MN), Zachary Tegels (Minneapolis, MN)
Assignee(s): J.D. Franco Co., LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16698560 on 11/27/2019 (188 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method may include accessing an artery in communication with an ophthalmic artery of a subject, and advancing a microcatheter along the accessed artery so as to align a distal end of the microcatheter with an ostium of the ophthalmic artery, wherein the microcatheter includes a lumen having a guidewire positioned therein. In addition, the method includes proximally withdrawing the guidewire relative to the microcatheter so as to enable a distal portion of the microcatheter to assume a curved relaxed configuration, and cannulating the ostium with the distal portion of the microcatheter when the distal portion is in the curved relaxed configuration.

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


Lead stabilizer for deep brain stimulation
Patent No. 10668271 

Inventor(s): Brian A. Buss (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15715895 on 09/26/2017 (980 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surgically implanted lead stabilizer used to stabilize leads is described herein. A lead stabilizer may include a plate that is permanently or semi-permanently surgically installed on a patient”s skull under their skin via screws. The plate may hold one or more lead in place. In further embodiments, the plate has two hinged halves that may be affixed fully closed or may include a slotted arm allowing the two hinged halves to be affixed partially open. The plate may include apertures through which electrical leads may pass. Example leads may be guided through one or more surface channels on the top surface of the plate causing the leads to lay flat along the patient”s skull. In an example use, a burr hole may be formed in a patient”s skull with one or more leads threaded therethrough; a surgeon may open a hinged half of a plate and clamp one or more leads within one or more of the lead holes of the plate, close the hinged halves partially or entirely, affix the plate to the skull, and snap the leads into the surface channels.

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


Systems and methods for deploying a paddle neurostimulation lead
Patent No. 10668274 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey T. Mitchell (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16110959 on 08/23/2018 (649 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for deploying a paddle neurostimulation lead within a patient. A delivery tool includes a delivery tube including a first linear segment, a second linear segment, and an arcuate segment coupled between the first and second linear segments, the second linear segment defining an elongated opening. The delivery tool further includes a stylet positioned within an interior of the delivery tube, and a handle coupled to the delivery tube and including a stylet actuation mechanism, the stylet actuation mechanism configured to selectively advance and retract the stylet between a deployed position and a retracted position, wherein the stylet extends across the elongated opening in the deployed position to engage an engagement member of the paddle neurostimulation lead.

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


Golf club with polymeric insert and removeable weight
Patent No. 10668335 

Inventor(s): Joshua Boggs (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16169732 on 10/24/2018 (587 days app to issue)

Abstract: A golf club head includes a face, a crown, a sole, and defines a bore that is configured to receive and to selectively retain an elongate weight. The bore is aligned on a longitudinal axis that intersects the face. An elongate weight is insertable into the bore. The elongate weight is rotatable between a first angular position and a second angular position. The golf club head can further include a compliant stop positioned to contact a protrusion of the elongate weight, such that a torque threshold must be overcome to rotate the elongate weight.

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


Substituted N-(1H-indazol-4-yl)imidazo[1,2-a]pyridine-3-carboxamide compounds as type III receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors
Patent No. 10669269 

Inventor(s): James P. Rizzi (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Array BioPharma Inc. (Boulder, CO)
Law Firm: Viksnins Harris Padys Malen LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15717700 on 09/27/2017 (979 days app to issue)

Abstract:

[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)


 

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

Cutter head for automated hair cutting system
Patent No. 10668636 

Inventor(s): Matthew W. Krenik (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14051201 on 10/10/2013 (2427 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cutter head for use with automated hair cutting systems are provided. The cutter head comprises a coupling apparatus for attaching the cutter head to an automated hair cutting device; a top comb comprising a plurality of top cutting members; a bottom comb comprising a plurality of bottom cutting members; and a control apparatus having a plurality of control modes for controlling movement of the top and bottom cutting members.

[B26B] HAND-HELD CUTTING TOOLS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (for harvesting A01D; for horticulture, for forestry A01G; for butchering or meat treatment A22; for manufacturing or repairing footwear A43D; nail clippers or cutters A45D 29/02; kitchen equipment A47J; for surgical purposes A61B 17/00; for metal B23D; cutting by abrasive fluid jets B24C 5/02; plier-like tools with cutting edges B25B 7/22; pincers B25C 11/02; handles for hand implements, in general B25G; guillotine-type cutters B26D; for erasing B43L 19/00; for textile materials D06H)


Joining structural members using foam
Patent No. 10668705 

Inventor(s): Dave Carlson (North Richland Hills, TX), James Donn Hethcock (Colleyville, TX), Paul K. Oldroyd (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15625538 on 06/16/2017 (1082 days app to issue)

Abstract: One aspect of a process of forming an aircraft component includes bonding a first end of a honeycomb structure to a surface of an aircraft skin member, the honeycomb structure including multiple connected cells. Foam is sprayed on a second end of the honeycomb structure opposite the first end. The process also includes curing the foam on the second end of the honeycomb structure.

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


Multi-coil charging system for distributed in-wheel motors
Patent No. 10668828 

Inventor(s): Chi-Ming Wang (Ann Arbor, MI), Ercan M. Dede (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15703886 on 09/13/2017 (993 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for inductively charging a vehicle. The inductive charging system includes multiple inductive coils for receiving a wireless transferred power. The inductive charging system includes a power electronics circuit that converts the wireless transferred power to a DC current and one or more power storage devices for storing the electrical energy by charging the one or more power storage devices using the DC current. The inductive charging system includes one or more motors configured to move the vehicle using the electrical energy. The inductive charging system includes an electronic control unit that is configured to control at least one of an amount of the electrical energy that is stored in each of the one or more power storage devices or an amount of the electrical energy that is distributed to the one or more motors to move the vehicle.

[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]


Travel lane identification without road curvature data
Patent No. 10668922 

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Smalley (Canton, MI), John-Michael McNew (Ann Arbor, MI), Miles J. Johnson (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15982060 on 05/17/2018 (747 days app to issue)

Abstract: One or more dynamic trailing objects can be detected in an external environment of a vehicle. Position data of the dynamic trailing object(s) can be acquired. It can be determined whether a current position of one of the trailing objects is at substantially the same longitudinal position as a previous position of the ego vehicle. If the current position of the dynamic trailing object is at substantially the same longitudinal position as a previous position of the ego vehicle, a lateral offset between the current position of the trailing object and the previous position of the ego vehicle can be determined. The lateral offset can be used to identify a current travel lane of the ego vehicle, determine lane crossings, and/or determine travel lane probability distributions.

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


Cloaking devices with converging lenses and a hexagonal prism and vehicles comprising the same
Patent No. 10668953 

Inventor(s): Debasish Banerjee (Ann Arbor, MI), Kyu-Tae Lee (Ann Arbor, MI), Mindy Zhang (Ann Arbor, MI), Songtao Wu (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15945392 on 04/04/2018 (790 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cloaking device assembly comprises an object-side, an image-side, a reference optical axis extending from the object-side to the image-side, a cloaked region positioned between the object-side and the image-side and a cloaked article positioned within the cloaked region. An object-side converging lens is positioned on the object-side, an image-side converging lens is positioned on the image-side, and a hexagonal prism is positioned within the cloaked region between the object-side converging lens and the image-side converging lens. Light from an object positioned on the object-side of the cloaking device and obscured by the cloaked region propagates through the object-side converging lens, the hexagonal prism, and the image-side converging lens to form an image of the object on the image-side of the cloaking device such that the cloaked region and the cloaked article within the cloaked region do not appear to be positioned between the object and the image.

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


Porch mounted variable reluctance measurement technology tendon tension monitoring system
Patent No. 10668988 

Inventor(s): Daniel Joseph Tye (Dallas, TX), John Ray Baileys (Arlington, TX), Joseph Michael O”Neil (Irving, TX), Michael Eugene Hogan (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Oil States Industries, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16381683 on 04/11/2019 (418 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention relates to floating platform mooring and involves an improved platform mounted tendon tension monitoring system with porch-mounted variable reluctance measurement technology sensors configured. The variable reluctance measurement technology sensors of this system are optimized for porch mounting. The porch-mounted tendon tension monitoring system can also be configured such that the porch-mounted optimized variable reluctance measurement technology sensors are replaceable. Sensors may be replaced to extend the desired useful lifetime of a tendon tension monitoring system or in the event that a sensor happens to malfunction. A plurality of variable reluctance measurement technology sensors can be configured in sensor packs at the corners or at other locations where tendon tension monitoring can be useful for a floating platform.

[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 with counter-rotating rotor blades capable of simultaneously generating upward lift and forward thrust
Patent No. 10669020 

Inventor(s): Anh Vuong (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15943516 on 04/02/2018 (792 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotorcraft with counter-rotating rotor blades can hover in place, translate forwards, backwards, or side-to-side irrespective of the airspeed over the rotorcraft. The rotorcraft includes a fuselage, a first axial-flow rotor, a radial-flow rotor, a propulsion funnel, and a plurality of lift funnels. The fuselage is used to house passengers, cargo, flight electronics, and or fuel. The first axial-flow rotor rotates independent of the radial-flow rotor and generates forward thrust for propelling the rotorcraft. The radial-flow rotor in the opposite direction of the first axial-flow rotor and generates upward thrust for lifting the rotorcraft. The airflow generated by the first axial-flow rotor travels through the propulsion funnel and exits out of the back of the rotorcraft. The airflow generated by the radial-flow rotor travels through the plurality of lift funnels which gradually directs the airflow downwards.

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


Method of optimizing and customizing rotor blade structural properties by tailoring large cell composite core and a rotor blade incorporating the same
Patent No. 10669021 

Inventor(s): James D. Hethcock, Jr. (Colleyville, TX), John R. McCullough (Weatherford, TX), Patrick R. Tisdale (Keller, TX), Paul K. Oldroyd (Azle, TX), Wei-Yueh Lee (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14022524 on 09/10/2013 (2457 days app to issue)

Abstract: An airfoil member can have a root end, a tip end, a leading edge, and a trailing edge. The airfoil member can include an upper skin, a lower skin, and a composite core member having a plurality of cells, an upper surface network of the cells can be bonded to the upper skin, a lower surface network of the cells can be bonded to the lower skin. The composite core can have a septum layer embedded in the cells that form the composite core, the septum layer being configured to provide tailored characteristics of the airfoil member.

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


Engine inlet system with integral firewall seal
Patent No. 10669038 

Inventor(s): Brent Scannell (L”ile-Bizard, , CA), Thomas Mast (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15958277 on 04/20/2018 (774 days app to issue)

Abstract: One embodiment is an inlet plenum assembly for a rotary aircraft that includes an inlet plenum defined on a first side by an inlet plenum wall and on a second side by a forward firewall assembly, the forward firewall assembly having an inlet aperture configured to receive a drive shaft to rotatably coupled to an engine; and a seal connected to the forward firewall assembly via a seal retainer disposed around a periphery of the inlet aperture. The forward firewall assembly may further include a forward firewall upper portion and a forward firewall lower portion, the forward firewall upper portion configured to removably seat to the forward firewall lower portion. The seal retainer may be attached to the forward firewall assembly via a plurality of bolts disposed around the periphery of the seal retainer. In some embodiments, the seal is connected to an inlet duct 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


 

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

Heterogeneous wet synthesis process for preparation of high purity tungsten pentahalide
Patent No. 10669160 

Inventor(s): Zhiwen Wan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): American Air Liquide, Inc. (Fremont, CA), L”Air Liquide, Socit Anonyme pour l”Etude et l”Exploitation des Procds Georges Claude (Paris, , FR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15966799 on 04/30/2018 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: Synthesis of tungsten pentahalide compositions having low impurity profiles are disclosed. The specific impurity profile permits deposition of high purity tungsten-containing films using vapor deposition processes or other semiconductor manufacturing processes without introduction of performance-impacting contaminants.

[C01G] COMPOUNDS CONTAINING METALS NOT COVERED BY SUBCLASSES C01D OR C01F (metal hydrides C01B 6/00; salts of oxyacids of halogens C01B 11/00; peroxides, salts of peroxyacids C01B 15/00; thiosulfates, dithionites, polythionates C01B 17/64; compounds containing selenium or tellurium C01B 19/00; binary compounds of nitrogen with metals C01B 21/06; azides C01B 21/08; metal amides C01B 21/092; nitrites C01B 21/50; phosphides C01B 25/08; salts of oxyacids of phosphorus C01B 25/16; carbides C01B 32/90; compounds containing silicon C01B 33/00; compounds containing boron C01B 35/00; compounds having molecular sieve properties but not having base-exchange properties C01B 37/00; compounds having molecular sieve and base-exchange properties, e.g. crystalline zeolites, C01B 39/00; cyanides C01C 3/08; salts of cyanic acid C01C 3/14; salts of cyanamide C01C 3/16; thiocyanates C01C 3/20; fermentation or enzyme-using processes for the preparation of elements or inorganic compounds except carbon dioxide C12P 3/00; obtaining metal compounds from mixtures, e.g. ores, which are intermediate compounds in a metallurgical process for obtaining a free metal C21B, C22B; production of non-metallic elements or inorganic compounds by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25B)


Adhered roof structure with two component adhesives
Patent No. 10669451 

Inventor(s): Daniel J. Cotsakis (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): Carlisle Construction Materials, LLC (Carlisle, PA)
Law Firm: Wood Herron Evans LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16281650 on 02/21/2019 (467 days app to issue)

Abstract: A roof structure comprises a roof membrane and a roof substrate. A first surface of the roof membrane is adhered to the roof substrate by a two component adhesive, the adhesive being capable of adhering the first surface of the roof membrane to the roof substrate without the use of a high VOC solvent. The two component adhesive includes a Michael donor and a Michael acceptor, and the Michael donor and the Michael acceptor react to form an adhesive film.

[C09J] ADHESIVES; NON-MECHANICAL ASPECTS OF ADHESIVE PROCESSES IN GENERAL; ADHESIVE PROCESSES NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; USE OF MATERIALS AS ADHESIVES (surgical adhesives A61L 24/00; adhesives on the basis of non specified organic macromolecular compounds used as bonding agents in layered products B32B; labelling fabrics or comparable materials or articles with deformable surface using adhesives and thermo-activatable adhesives respectively B65C 5/02, B65C 5/04; preparation of glue or gelatine C09H; adhesive labels, tag tickets or similar identification of indication means G09F 3/10) [5]


Polyurethane based adhesive for polarizing structure and polarized lens
Patent No. 10669459 

Inventor(s): Aref Jallouli (Dallas, TX), Ronald A. Berzon (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Essilor International (Charenton-le-Pont, , FR)
Law Firm: Young Thompson (32 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14778215 on 03/20/2013 (2631 days app to issue)

Abstract: A polyurethane based adhesive containing one polyol compound derived from caprolactone monomer having a number average molecular weight between 200 and 1000 combined with a polyisocyanate compound. The functionality of the polycaprolactone polyol is between 1 and 4. Other aspects include a polarizing layered structure, a polarized lens and a method for manufacturing same all of which include the polyurethane based adhesive. The adhesive avoids delamination and is useful in optical applications where it will be in contact with water, for example during surfacing or edging process.

[C09J] ADHESIVES; NON-MECHANICAL ASPECTS OF ADHESIVE PROCESSES IN GENERAL; ADHESIVE PROCESSES NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; USE OF MATERIALS AS ADHESIVES (surgical adhesives A61L 24/00; adhesives on the basis of non specified organic macromolecular compounds used as bonding agents in layered products B32B; labelling fabrics or comparable materials or articles with deformable surface using adhesives and thermo-activatable adhesives respectively B65C 5/02, B65C 5/04; preparation of glue or gelatine C09H; adhesive labels, tag tickets or similar identification of indication means G09F 3/10) [5]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Closet collar adaptations
Patent No. 10669707 

Inventor(s): Michael J. Schuster (Shorewood, IL)
Assignee(s): Danco, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14693584 on 04/22/2015 (1868 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for facilitating the installation of a toilet over a closet collar for a drain pipe. According to various embodiments, a pipe extension for a closet collar adaptation assembly is positioned with the closet collar. The toilet is positioned over the closet collar adaptation assembly. At least one seal is provided between the toilet and the closet collar adaptation assembly to thereby facilitate passage of matter from the toilet through the closet collar.

[E03D] WATER-CLOSETS OR URINALS WITH FLUSHING DEVICES; FLUSHING VALVES THEREFOR


Process for assembling a unitized panel for use within an exterior dynamic curtain wall assembly
Patent No. 10669709 

Inventor(s): Arndt Andresen (North Richland Hills, TX), Chad Stroike (Roanoke, TX), Nathan Jennings (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Hilti Aktiengesellschaft (Schaan, , LI)
Law Firm: Grneberg and Myers PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16610420 on 05/18/2018 (746 days app to issue)

Abstract: An approved dynamic construction is used for effectively thermally insulating and sealing of a safing slot between a floor of a building and an exterior wall construction, wherein the exterior wall construction includes a curtain wall configuration defined by an interior wall glass surface, including one or more aluminum framing members. In particular, a process for assembling a unitized panel for use within an exterior dynamic curtain wall assembly, which includes glass, especially vision glass extending to the finished floor level below, is described as well as a unitized panel assembled according to said process and its installation to improve fire stopping at the safing slot.

[E04B] GENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS; WALLS, e.g. PARTITIONS; ROOFS; FLOORS; CEILINGS; INSULATION OR OTHER PROTECTION OF BUILDINGS (border constructions of openings in walls, floors, or ceilings E06B 1/00)


Demountable wall system and method
Patent No. 10669712 

Inventor(s): Conor McDonald (Cleveland, OH), Gavin Brin (Concord, , CA), James P. Clark (Terrell, TX), Jarett Gibson (Terrell, TX), Jeffrey James Phillips (Grand Rapids, MI), Joseph Schiavone (Queen Creek, AZ), Kelley Douglass (Weston,
Assignee(s): Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16265869 on 02/01/2019 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: A demountable wall system includes a frame component. The frame component may include a front channel that receives a panel of the demountable wall system. In addition to the front channel, the frame component may include at least one of a front cover, a removable back cover, a leveling system, a supplemental channel, or a joining system. In some examples, the demountable wall system includes a door support system for movably supporting a door relative to the panel of the demountable wall system.

[E04B] GENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS; WALLS, e.g. PARTITIONS; ROOFS; FLOORS; CEILINGS; INSULATION OR OTHER PROTECTION OF BUILDINGS (border constructions of openings in walls, floors, or ceilings E06B 1/00)


Method for opening a combination padlock
Patent No. 10669742 

Inventor(s): Andrew O. Williams (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Corporation (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 07629456 on 12/18/1990 (* days app to issue)

Abstract: A frame is provided with structure for releasably securing the casing member in a first embodiment, and the shackle member in a second embodiment, to the frame wherein the unsecured shackle member or casing member is free to move relative to the frame. Also provided is a movement sensitive device for sensing movement between the shackle and the casing while force is applied between the shackle and casing to determine the combination numbers.

[E05B] LOCKS; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR; HANDCUFFS


Multi-function latch and latch bolt
Patent No. 10669746 

Inventor(s): Trung T Nguyen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14805479 on 07/22/2015 (1777 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-function latch and latch bolt includes a pair of mechanical fastener to be installed on a gate for the purpose of holding the gate in closed position, and that a person standing on the inside of the fence can disengage the latch hook bracket from the latch bolt, or disengage the latch bolt from the latch hook bracket in any of which method to unlatch and open the gate from inside the fence even when the outside of the latch is locked. On the other hand, when the latch is not locked on the inside but locked on the outside with an incorporated lock, keyed or combination padlock; then a person standing on the outside of the gate may open the gate if he/she has an appropriate key or knows the combination codes in order to unlock, unlatch and open the gate from outside the fence.

[E05B] LOCKS; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR; HANDCUFFS


Non-metallic centralizer for downhole drilling apparatus
Patent No. 10669789 

Inventor(s): Jimmy Dale Sandsness (Mounds, OK), Nicholas Frederick Budler (Claremore, OK)
Assignee(s): Oil States Industries, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Blank Rome LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16448832 on 06/21/2019 (347 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-metallic centralizer for use with downhole operations. The centralizer is formed of a hollow, cylindrical body, a plurality of non-metallic blades protruding from the outer surface of the cylindrical body, and a plurality of wear buttons positioned on each of the plurality of blades, each of the wear buttons having a surface designed to reduce grabbing or sticking and wear of the hollow cylindrical body.

[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]


Adaptor for electronic submersible pump
Patent No. 10669805 

Inventor(s): Barrett Hartman (Choctaw, OK), Paul Kalivas (Edmond, OK), Tom Clay (Edmond, OK)
Assignee(s): OIL STATES INDUSTRIES, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16290583 on 03/01/2019 (459 days app to issue)

Abstract: An adaptor is provided for a system including an electronic submersible pump. The adaptor includes a body including an upper surface and a lower surface opposite the lower surface. The body forms an adaptor passage and a channel. The adaptor passage extends along a vertical axis between the upper surface and the lower surface. The channel extends between the upper surface and the lower surface and is operable to receive a cable coupled with the electronic submersible pump. The channel extends in a direction that forms an angle relative to the vertical axis. The upper surface is operable to receive a valve assembly forming a valve passage that aligns with the adaptor passage.

[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]


Unibody bypass plunger and valve cage with sealable ports
Patent No. 10669824 

Inventor(s): Garrett S. Boyd (Godley, TX), Mitchell A. Boyd (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): Flowco Production Solutions, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: FisherBroyles, LLP (Local + 17 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16294660 on 03/06/2019 (454 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bypass plunger includes a unibody, or one-piece hollow body and valve cage, retains a dart valve within the valve cage portion using a threaded retaining nut secured by crimple detents, and includes sealable flow parts. A series of helical grooves surround the central portion of the outer surface of the hollow body of the plunger to control spin during descent. A canted-coil-spring disposed within the retaining nut functions as a clutch. The valve cage includes ports that may be configured to control flow through the plunger during descent. Other embodiments include clutch assemblies using canted-coil springs with split bobbins, and surfaced valve stems surfaced.

[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

 

Constructing valve positioners for hazardous areas
Patent No. 10670054 

Inventor(s): Anatoly Podpaly (Sharon, MA), Harold Randall Smart (Portsmouth, RI), Jagdish Gattu (Southborough, MA), Jonathan Fredric Cohen (Sharon, MA), Lei Lu (Westwood, MA), Paul Talmage Tirrell (Plymouth, MA)
Assignee(s): Dresser, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Paul Frank + Collins P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15793315 on 10/25/2017 (951 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller for a valve assembly that is configured to meet requirements for use in hazardous areas. These configurations may regulate flow of instrument air to a pneumatic actuator to operate a valve. The controller may comprise enclosures, including a first enclosure and a second enclosure, each having a peripheral wall forming an interior space, and circuitry comprising a barrier circuit disposed in the interior space of one of the enclosures that power limits digital signals that exits that enclosure. In one example, the peripheral wall of enclosures are configured to allow instrument air into the interior space of the first enclosure but to prevent instrument air from the interior space of the second enclosure.

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


Collapsible pin
Patent No. 10670067 

Inventor(s): Heidi L. Hakes (Mansfield, TX), Mason Scott Hayes (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Menlo Park, CA)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15843158 on 12/15/2017 (900 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a first pin half, a second pin half opposite the first pin half, and a center pull pin disposed between the first and second pin halves. The first and second pin halves each include a first end, a second end opposite the first end, a bottom portion proximate the second end, and a middle portion adjacent to the bottom portion. The bottom portion extends in a radial direction a first distance. The middle portion extends in the radial direction a second distance less than the first distance. The center pull pin is removable from between the first and second pin halves. The first and second pin halves are collapsible towards each other when the center pull pin is removed from between the first and second pin halves.

[F16B] DEVICES FOR FASTENING OR SECURING CONSTRUCTIONAL ELEMENTS OR MACHINE PARTS TOGETHER, e.g. NAILS, BOLTS, CIRCLIPS, CLAMPS, CLIPS OR WEDGES; JOINTS OR JOINTING (couplings for transmitting rotation F16D)


Valve assemblies, valve packing assemblies and related systems and methods
Patent No. 10670166 

Inventor(s): Richard J. Gradle (Garner, NC)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Phillips Winchester (Local + 28 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16001735 on 06/06/2018 (727 days app to issue)

Abstract: Valve stem packing assemblies may include at least one end ring and at least one sealing ring. The at least one end ring may include an inner ring and an outer ring. Valves include a valve body, a valve stem, and a valve stem packing assembly.

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


Manifold and methods of manufacturing same
Patent No. 10670176 

Inventor(s): Ed Kotapish (Willow Park, TX), Frank Murtland (Fort Worth, TX), Joseph H. Byrne (Hudson Oaks, TX)
Assignee(s): S.P.M. Flow Control, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15226486 on 08/02/2016 (1400 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one aspect, a manifold defines an internal region and a first inside surface. A fluid liner is permanently bonded to the first inside surface, and dynamically responds to pressure fluctuations within the internal region during fluid flow therethrough while the permanent bond is maintained. According to another aspect, an end cap is connected to the elongated member and defines a second inside surface. The fluid liner is engaged with each of first and second inside surfaces, and defines a third inside surface. A first thickness of the fluid liner is defined between the first and third inside surfaces, a second thickness of the fluid liner is defined between the second and third inside surfaces, and the second thickness is greater than the first thickness. According to another aspect, a plug opening is formed through the fluid liner, and a liner plug extends within the plug opening.

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


Outdoor top cover having integrated drain features
Patent No. 10670281 

Inventor(s): Steven Jones (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Trane International Inc. (Davidson, NC)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15926532 on 03/20/2018 (805 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein are embodiments of a top cover for an outdoor HVAC unit. The top cover may comprise a dome-shaped top surface; outer edges surrounding the dome-shaped top surface; at least one ventilated grille disposed between the outer edges and the outdoor unit; and a plurality of channels configured to drain water from the dome-shaped top surface and away from the at least one ventilated grille.

[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)


Air-cooled ammonia refrigeration systems and methods
Patent No. 10670307 

Inventor(s): Marcos Rente Braz (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Walmart Apollo, LLC (Bentonville, AR)
Law Firm: Fitch, Even, Tabin Flannery LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15649742 on 07/14/2017 (1054 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, an air-cooled ammonia refrigeration system comprises: an air-cooled condenser comprising a heat exchanger and at least one axial fan; an evaporator coupled to the air-cooled condenser; a subcooler positioned between the air-cooled condenser and the evaporator; a compressor coupled to the evaporator; an oil cooler coupled to the compressor; a water system coupled to the air-cooled condenser, the water system comprising a water source, a water pump, and a plurality of spray nozzles positioned below the air-cooled condenser; and a control circuit coupled to the air-cooled condenser and the water system, the control circuit configured to pulse atomized water through the plurality of spray nozzles to a surface of the air-cooled condenser when a head pressure of the air-cooled condenser is higher than a predetermined value.

[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)


Highly cost effective technology for capture of industrial emissions without reagent for clean energy and clean environment applications
Patent No. 10670334 

Inventor(s): Dilip Kumar De (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15915007 on 03/07/2018 (818 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cryogenic technology for the cost-efficient capture of each known component of emissions, such as carbon dioxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, any other acid vapor, mercury, steam, in a liquefied or frozen/solidified form, and unreacted nitrogen (gas) from industrial plants, such that each of the components is captured separately with minimum use of energy and is industrially useful.

[F25J] LIQUEFACTION, SOLIDIFICATION, OR SEPARATION OF GASES OR GASEOUS MIXTURES BY PRESSURE AND COLD TREATMENT (cryogenic pumps F04B 37/08; gas storage vessels, gas-holders F17; filling vessels with, or discharging from vessels, compressed, liquefied, or solidified gases F17C; refrigeration machines, plants, or systems F25B)


 

P H Y S I C S

Systems and methods for autoclave operating evaluation and verification
Patent No. 10668177 

Inventor(s): Michael James D”Onofrio (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: North Weber Baugh LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15840796 on 12/13/2017 (902 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are described for logging parameter data in autoclave operating cycles. The system has capacity to compensate the response delay to thereby accurately track the ambient gas parameters, such as temperature, pressure, humidity, sterilization gas density, within the autoclave during operation. By properly correcting for the thermal delay, the data accuracy of the measured gas temperature is thus greatly enhanced. Methods for evaluating and verifying autoclave operation cycle are also described. Furthermore, the system may also be used for autoclave pre-maintenance and performance trend analysis.

[G21C] NUCLEAR REACTORS (fusion reactors, hybrid fission-fusion reactors G21B; nuclear explosives G21J)


Building automation and control system modeling and reporting
Patent No. 10670287 

Inventor(s): Jack Bullock (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Cenergistic LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15592008 on 05/10/2017 (1119 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for modeling, reporting, controlling and optimizing HVAC systems are provided. A server receives HVAC system data, processes the data and sends the processed data to a client device. The client device receives the processed data and then makes certain choices of analog and digital rules to apply to the data to reach conclusions about certain mechanical states of the system and flow efficiencies. The rule choices are sent to the server. The server analyzes the HVAC system based on the rules and generates a report. The report can be used to optimize the mechanical components of the HVAC system or control them directly in a feedback loop.

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


Polarization selective, frequency selective, and wide dynamic range detectors, imaging arrays, readout integrated circuits, and sensor systems
Patent No. 10670466 

Inventor(s): George Dee Skidmore (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16396217 on 04/26/2019 (403 days app to issue)

Abstract: This relates to sensor systems, detectors, imagers, and readout integrated circuits (ROICs) configured to selectively detect one or more frequencies or polarizations of light, capable of operating with a wide dynamic range, or any combination thereof. In some examples, the detector can include one or more light absorbers; the patterns and/or properties of a light absorber can be configured based on the desired measurement wavelength range and/or polarization direction. In some examples, the detector can comprise a plurality of at least partially overlapping light absorbers for enhanced dynamic range detection. In some examples, the detector can be capable of electrostatic tuning for one or more flux levels by varying the response time or sensitivity to account for various flux levels. In some examples, the ROIC can be capable of dynamically adjusting at least one of the frame rate integrating capacitance, and power of the illumination source.

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


Layout for reduced cross-talk in common terminal transistor
Patent No. 10670638 

Inventor(s): Abidur Rahman (Richardson, TX), Min Chu (Plano, TX), Sualp Aras (Dallas, TX), Vijay Krishnamurthy (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15947389 on 04/06/2018 (788 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microelectronic device has a common terminal transistor with two or more channels, and sense transistors in corresponding areas of the channels. The channels and the sense transistors share a common node in a semiconductor substrate. The sense transistors are configured to provide sense currents that are representative of currents through the corresponding channels. The sense transistors are located so that a ratio of the channel currents to the corresponding sense currents have less than a target value of cross-talk. The microelectronic device may be implemented without a compensation circuit which provides a compensation signal used to adjust one or more of the sense currents to reduce cross-talk. A method of forming the microelectronic device, including estimating a potential distribution in the semiconductor substrate containing the common node of the common terminal transistor, and selecting locations for the sense transistors based on the estimated potential distribution, is disclosed.

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


Bondwire testing of IC using pin diode signatures
Patent No. 10670649 

Inventor(s): David Anthony White (McKinney, TX), Michael Nolan Jervis (McKinney, TX), Ronald Andrew Michallick (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15887702 on 02/02/2018 (851 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of bondwire integrity testing a packaged IC includes forcing a pin current or pin voltage level sufficient to forward bias a parasitic diode at a plurality of pins relative to a selected reference pin. The pins are connected to bond pads (BPs) on the IC by a bondwire. The bond pads coupled to a diffusion of a first type that forms the parasitic diode (D) with a region doped the second type coupled to a bondpad wirebonded to the reference pin. The resulting pin voltages or pin currents at measured, and present pin-pin relationships are determined. The present pin-pin relationships are compared to stored pin-pin relationship data for a device design of the IC. Results from the comparing are used to determine whether any present pin-pin relationships are significantly different as compared to the stored pin-pin relationships to identify a bondwire problem for at least one pin.

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


Wearable partial discharge detector
Patent No. 10670667 

Inventor(s): Finley Lee Ledbetter (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): GROUP CBS, INC. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15442246 on 02/24/2017 (1194 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for detecting a partial discharge from electrical equipment. The system includes a vest dimensioned for wear by a user. An antenna is associated with the vest, and a receiver is coupled to the antenna and associated with the vest. At least one indicator device is associated with the best. Circuitry is associated with the vest and coupled to the receiver. The circuitry is configured to monitor ambient radiofrequency energy in real time, and determine that the partial discharge has occurred as a function of the ambient radiofrequency energy. The circuitry actuates the at least one indicator device as a function of the determination that the partial discharge has occurred, and transmits the determination that the partial charge has occurred to a control station via the wireless transmitter.

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


Interrogator and system employing the same
Patent No. 10670707 

Inventor(s): Hugh Logan Scott (Fort Collins, CO), John P. Volpi (Garland, TX), Steven D. Roemerman (Highland Village, TX)
Assignee(s): Lone Star IP Holdings, LP (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16443163 on 06/17/2019 (351 days app to issue)

Abstract: An interrogator and system employing the same. In one embodiment, the interrogator includes a receiver configured to receive a return signal from a tag and a sensing module configured to provide a time associated with the return signal. The interrogator also includes a processor configured to employ synthetic aperture radar processing on the return signal in accordance with the time to locate a position of the tag.

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


Multi-input voltage regulator
Patent No. 10671105 

Inventor(s): Anand Kudari (Bangalore, , IN), Michael James Mills (Plano, TX), Timothy Bryan Merkin (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15913321 on 03/06/2018 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes an amplifier configured to compare a feedback input, corresponding to a voltage of an output voltage node, with respect to a reference input and to provide a control output to control the output voltage node based on a difference between the feedback input and the reference input. At least two source circuits are coupled with the output voltage node. Each of the source circuits are configured to provide respective voltage sources to supply electrical power to the output voltage node.

[G05F] SYSTEMS FOR REGULATING ELECTRIC OR MAGNETIC VARIABLES (regulating the timing or recurrence frequency of pulses in radar or radio navigation systems G01S; regulation of current or voltage, specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces G04G 19/02; closed-loop systems for regulating non-electric variables by electric means G05D; regulating power supply of digital computers G06F 1/26; for obtaining desired operating characteristics of electromagnets with armatures H01F 7/18; regulating electric power distribution networks H02J; regulating the charging of batteries H02J 7/00; regulating of the output of static converters, e.g. switching regulators, H02M; regulation of the output of electric generators H02N, H02P 9/00; controlling transformers, reactors or choke coils H02P 13/00; regulating frequency response, gain, maximum output, amplitude or bandwidth of amplifiers H03G; regulating tuning of resonant circuits H03J; controlling generators of electronic oscillations or pulses H03L; regulating characteristics of transmission lines H04B; controlling electric light sources H05B 37/02, H05B 39/04, H05B 41/36; electric control of X-ray apparatus H05G 1/30) [5]


Scalable low output impedance bandgap reference with current drive capability and high-order temperature curvature compensation
Patent No. 10671109 

Inventor(s): Anand Veeravalli Raghupathy (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Vidatronic Inc. (College Station, TX)
Law Firm: Liang Legal Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16020983 on 06/27/2018 (706 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bandgap reference circuit includes a circuit for high-order temperature curvature compensation; and a circuit for low output impedance and current drive capability, wherein an output voltage of the bandgap reference circuit can be independently adjusted to be either above or below a silicon bandgap voltage without impacting temperature curvature.

[G05F] SYSTEMS FOR REGULATING ELECTRIC OR MAGNETIC VARIABLES (regulating the timing or recurrence frequency of pulses in radar or radio navigation systems G01S; regulation of current or voltage, specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces G04G 19/02; closed-loop systems for regulating non-electric variables by electric means G05D; regulating power supply of digital computers G06F 1/26; for obtaining desired operating characteristics of electromagnets with armatures H01F 7/18; regulating electric power distribution networks H02J; regulating the charging of batteries H02J 7/00; regulating of the output of static converters, e.g. switching regulators, H02M; regulation of the output of electric generators H02N, H02P 9/00; controlling transformers, reactors or choke coils H02P 13/00; regulating frequency response, gain, maximum output, amplitude or bandwidth of amplifiers H03G; regulating tuning of resonant circuits H03J; controlling generators of electronic oscillations or pulses H03L; regulating characteristics of transmission lines H04B; controlling electric light sources H05B 37/02, H05B 39/04, H05B 41/36; electric control of X-ray apparatus H05G 1/30) [5]


Social-geofenced-based application management for battery maximization
Patent No. 10671142 

Inventor(s): Tushar Kumar Jayantilal (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Konrad Raynes Davda Victor LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15957558 on 04/19/2018 (775 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for providing social-geofenced-based application management for battery maximization. Social traffic information is collected for a defined cohort of persons within one or more predefined geofences, wherein the defined cohort of persons is based on one or more individual or group attributes, and the social traffic information includes battery usage for devices used by the defined cohort of persons. The social traffic information is analyzed to classify conditions derived therefrom into one or more categories. Application performance is controlled on a user”s device, based on the conditions classified into the categories, to optimize battery usage of the user”s device.

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


Coding scheme for indirect addressing of multiple action memories
Patent No. 10671304 

Inventor(s): Patrick Bosshart (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Barefoot Networks, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Compass IP Law PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16376902 on 04/05/2019 (424 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for configuring unit memories to implement first and second sets of entries, the second set of which references the first set. The method configures a first pool of unit memories to implement the first set. Each entry in the first set is located at a particular location in at least one of the memories of the first pool. The method configures a second pool of unit memories to implement the second set. Each entry in the second set includes a particular number of bits for indicating (i) an initial first-pool unit memory at which the first-set entry referenced by the second-set entry is found and (ii) a number of subsequent first-pool memories across which the first-set entry is divided. A number of bits required to identify a single first-pool memory is one fewer than the particular number of bits.

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


System and method for dynamic virtualized network function descriptor management
Patent No. 10671420 

Inventor(s): Haitao Xia (Shenzhen, , CN), Xu Yang (Beijing, , CN), Zhixian Xiang (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15150238 on 05/09/2016 (1485 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Virtual Network Function Descriptor (VNFD) parameter may include subfields that allow a management entity to determine whether the VNFD parameter can be updated. The subfields may include a write-ability subfield that indicates whether the VNFD parameter is a dynamic/configurable VNFD parameter or a fixed/static VNFD parameter. The VNFD parameter may also include an access permission subfield that indicates which entities are authorized to modify/update the VNFD parameter. The VNFD parameter may also include an administrative priority subfield that indicates a priority of an entity that set an attribute of the VNFD parameter. The VNFD parameter may also include a constraints subfield that indicates one or more conditions that are required to occur in order for the VNFD parameter to be updated.

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


Application performance analytics platform
Patent No. 10671507 

Inventor(s): Anu Prabath (Plano, TX), Manisha Bodala (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16171033 on 10/25/2018 (586 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments are generally directed to techniques of collecting analyzing information on various types of applications in an environment by an application performance analytics platform and acting on the analyzed information. The application performance analytics platform may include at least a monitoring system, a time series database, and an APM tool collector, all of which may be programmatically interfaced with or connected to each other. The APM tool collector may access or pull APM metrics from one or more APM tools and input the metrics to the monitoring system. The time series database may access or pull log files and extract log data for analysis. Based on the analysis, the application performance analytics platform may generate one or more alerts.

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


Link width scaling across multiple retimer devices
Patent No. 10671553 

Inventor(s): Casey Thomas Morrison (San Jose, CA), Pakyiu Leung (Hayward, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15858366 on 12/29/2017 (886 days app to issue)

Abstract: Differing widths of retimers are developed using differing numbers of individual retimer elements combined together. To maintain synchronous operation, various signals are provided between the individual retimer elements to allow synchronization of the various operations. A first signal is a wired-OR signal that is used for event and operation synchronization. A second set of signals form a serial bus used to transfer proper state information and operation correction data from a master retimer element to slave timer elements. The combination of the wired-OR signal and the serial bus allow the various state machines and operations inside each retimer element to be synchronized, so that the entire width of the link is properly synchronized.

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


Statement based migration for adaptively building and updating a column store database from a row store database based on query demands using disparate database systems
Patent No. 10671594 

Inventor(s): Aniket Adnaik (Sunnyvale, CA), Chi Yong Ku (San Ramon, CA), Mengmeng Chen (San Jose, CA), Ron-Chung Hu (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14489192 on 09/17/2014 (2085 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for updating a column store database and includes establishing a row store database, wherein each row comprises a plurality of attributes. The method includes establishing a column store database including attribute vectors corresponding to at least one attribute in the row store, wherein each attribute vector includes data used to satisfy at least one of previously received analytic queries. The method includes collecting a SQL change statements beginning from a synchronization point indicating when the row store database and the column store database are synchronized, and continuing until an analytic query is received. The method includes sending the plurality of SQL change statements to the column store database upon receipt of the analytic query for updating the column store database for purposes of satisfying the query, wherein the analytic query is directed to a queried range of primary key attributes in the plurality of attributes.

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


Communications-enabled dynamic social network routing utilizing presence
Patent No. 10671600 

Inventor(s): Christopher Moss (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Avaya Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: Sheridan Ross P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 11864189 on 09/28/2007 (4631 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is directed to architectures for receiving, from requestors, requests for information, identifying appropriate responders, unknown to the requestors, to provide the requested information, and effecting interactions between the requestors and responders.

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


Pipeline dependent tree query optimizer and scheduler
Patent No. 10671607 

Inventor(s): Masood Mortazavi (San Jose, CA), Min Qiu (Fremont, CA), Ron-Chung Hu (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15274681 on 09/23/2016 (1348 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes traversing a query plan tree having multiple nodes, each node representative of an operation on data that is the subject of a query, to extract multiple pipelines from the query plan tree, identify dependencies between the multiple extracted pipelines, and provide a pipeline dependent tree based on the dependencies between the multiple extracted pipelines for execution of the query by multiple processors.

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


Systems and methods for RFID-based access management of electronic devices
Patent No. 10671821 

Inventor(s): John D. Profanchik, Sr. (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Baker McKenzie LLP (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15979088 on 05/14/2018 (750 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for preventing unauthorized persons from using an electronic device within a facility. In such an embodiment, the system may include an RFID tag having unique identification information associated with a wearer of the RFID tag. The RFID tag may be comprised in a non-removable item worn by the wearer, such as a bracelet. This system may also include an RFID reader associated with the electronic device and having an RFID coverage zone for detecting RFID tags within the coverage zone. A device management system may be connected to the reader and configured to determine whether a wearer in the coverage zone is authorized to use the electronic device based at least in part on detected RFID tag”s unique identification information. In such an embodiment, the device management system is configured to activate the electronic device if it determines the authorized wearer is detected in the coverage zone.

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


Method for determining correct scanning distance using augmented reality and machine learning models
Patent No. 10671867 

Inventor(s): Daniel Martinez (Plano, TX), Jonathan Castaneda (Plano, TX), Staevan Duckworth (The Colony, TX), William Hardin (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16694609 on 11/25/2019 (190 days app to issue)

Abstract: A smart device is provided with an application program for displaying a video feed received from the smart device”s camera. The application can determine the coordinates for an intersection point, which is a point on the ground where the smart device is pointing at. The application can display a target on the visual representation of the intersection point. Based on whether the smart device is at an appropriate distance from the intersection point, the user interface can superimpose an indicator on the video feed received from the camera. This can inform the user whether the smart device is at an optimal scan distance from the intersection point (or an object) so that the object can be identified by a machine learning model.

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


Vehicle based notification record
Patent No. 10671876 

Inventor(s): Todd Hodnett (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): VAAS INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS (Chicago, IL)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15719380 on 09/28/2017 (978 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for generating and storing a vehicle based notification record including evidentiary License Plate Recognition (LPR) information are presented herein. A vehicle based notification record includes evidentiary images generated by an LPR imaging system, a portable imaging system, or a combination thereof. The vehicle based notification record includes the collected evidentiary images in their native format including metadata. The collected images and metadata are preserved in their original format during communication, storage, and retrieval operations. In some embodiments, the geographic location of image capture is appended to the image metadata. In some embodiments, the images are digitally signed after capture and the digital signature is appended to the metadata of each respective image. In some embodiments, a clock of the LPR imaging system and a clock of the portable imaging system are synchronized with a network time server and time of image capture is appended to image metadata.

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


Object detection using image classification models
Patent No. 10671886 

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: DLA Piper LLP (US) (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16253490 on 01/22/2019 (497 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method for or performing single-pass object detection and image classification. The method comprises receiving image data for an image in a system comprising a convolutional neural network (CNN), the CNN comprising a first convolutional layer, a last convolutional layer, and a fully connected layer; providing the image data to an input of the first convolutional layer; extracting multi-channel data from the output of the last convolutional layer; and summing the extracted data to generate a general activation map; and detecting a location of an object within the image by applying the general activation map to the image data.

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


System and methods for management of mobile field assets via wireless handheld devices
Patent No. 10671949 

Inventor(s): Frank A. Barbosa (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Intellectual Ventures II LLC (Wilmington, DE)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15660685 on 07/26/2017 (1042 days app to issue)

Abstract: Communication from enterprise servers to handheld devices in the field supports dispatch, data synchronization, logistics and personnel. Bi-directional data delivery from enterprise-based servers over wireless data networks is enabled using wireless capabilities resident in handheld personal computing devices. Real time communications facilitates real-time access to remote programs, assistance and/or information related to the field operations and asset (personnel and inventory) resource management. Management is facilitated for at least one of: construction industry project analysis, HVAC system analysis, project management, equipment readiness inspection, troubleshooting, inventory tracking, inventory ordering, sales (e.g., providing cost estimates to customers), customer invoicing, conducting legal investigations, field data collection, and multi-user remote function coordination.

[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]


Payment processing system, apparatus and method in real estate transactions
Patent No. 10671982 

Inventor(s): Ashley Cook (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ZOCCAM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves Savitch LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14703907 on 05/05/2015 (1855 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a method for processing of earnest money checks comprising the steps of: a. receiving a physical earnest money check from a buyer that is a party to a real estate purchase and sale contract for a real estate property, b. via a computing device connected to the Internet, accessing an online application for the processing of physical check payments, c. selecting a Send Earnest Money Check functionality in the application and at one or more prompts capturing a photo of an image of a front face of the physical check and an image of a back face of the check, and d. at one or more prompts inputting information for an earnest money payment transaction, the information comprising buyer information, the real estate property information and title company information for a title company that is approved by the buyer and a seller to the real estate purchase contract for managing escrow and closing.

[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]


Method for authenticating a wager using a system and method for interacting with virtual geographic zones
Patent No. 10672226 

Inventor(s): James L. Northrup (Dallas, TX), Robert L. Pierce, II (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ZONAL SYSTEMS, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15131965 on 04/18/2016 (1506 days app to issue)

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

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


Systems and methods for monitoring roadways using magnetic signatures
Patent No. 10672266 

Inventor(s): Alex Baranga (Flower Mound, TX), Chris Georgieff (Mission Viejo, CA)
Assignee(s): TollSense, LLC (Flower Mound, TX)
Law Firm: RegitzMauck PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15901615 on 02/21/2018 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for using magnetic signatures at predetermined positions along a roadway to monitor traffic travelling along the roadway by comparing the predetermined magnetic signatures with magnetic signatures being dynamically and continuously measured by each vehicle as they travel along the roadway. Magnetometers incorporated into mobile devices or otherwise incorporated within the vehicle measure magnetic signatures for comparison to the predetermined magnetic signatures that form a connection graph or database of points that correspond to possible paths along a roadway. When a magnetic signature match is made, the system recognizes that the vehicle has passed a particular point on a roadway and forwards that information to the appropriate entity for further processing, analysis, or toll assessment.

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


Smart notification center
Patent No. 10672267 

Inventor(s): Katsumi Nagata (Foster City, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16261471 on 01/29/2019 (490 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for controlling notifications in a vehicle includes an output device, a sensor to detect at least one of a vehicle condition or an environment of the vehicle, and a memory to store a notification center including notifications to be output by the output device. The system further includes an ECU to determine a new notification to be added to the notification center based on the sensor data and to add the new notification to the notification center. The ECU is further designed to determine a priority of each of the notifications in the notification center and to control the output device to output a highest priority notification from the notification center. The ECU is further designed to identify an obsolete notification to be removed from the notification center based on the sensor data. The ECU is further designed to remove the obsolete notification from the notification center.

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


Gap detection for consecutive write operations of a memory device
Patent No. 10672441 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX), Liang Chen (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16051202 on 07/31/2018 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: Method and devices include a shifter that is configured to receive a write command for a memory device and is configured to produce multiple shifted write commands from the write command. Multiple flip-flops that are configured to receive a subset of the multiple shifted write commands from the shifter. The multiple flip-flops also are configured to output an indicator of whether subsequent write commands of the subset of write commands is asserted when the write command has completed shifting through the shifter as a write start signal.

[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)


Electronic device with a fuse array mechanism
Patent No. 10672489 

Inventor(s): John E. Riley (McKinney, TX), Scott E. Smith (Plano, TX), Yu-Feng Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16446848 on 06/20/2019 (348 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device including: a fuse array including: fuse elements organized along a first direction and a second direction, wherein each fuse element is configured to store information, and a selection circuit configured to provide access to the fuse elements according to positions of the fuse elements along the first direction and the second direction; and a fuse read circuit connected to the fuse array, the fuse read circuit configured to generate a fuse-read output based on reading from one or more of the fuse elements.

[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)


Sample and hold circuit
Patent No. 10672493 

Inventor(s): Vadim Valerievich Ivanov (Tucson, AZ)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16248283 on 01/15/2019 (504 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sample and hold circuit with long hold time. A sample and hold circuit includes an amplifier, a capacitor, a switch, and a sampling network. The capacitor includes a first terminal coupled to an inverting input of the amplifier. The switch includes a first terminal that is coupled to an output of the amplifier, and a second terminal that is coupled to the inverting input of the amplifier. The sampling network is coupled to a non-inverting input of the amplifier.

[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)


Devices and methods to write background data patterns in memory devices
Patent No. 10672496 

Inventor(s): Gary Howe (Plano, TX), Harish N. Venkata (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15792473 on 10/24/2017 (952 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device may include a command controller and a memory array with multiple memory cells. The command controller may receive commands to write a data pattern to the memory cells of the memory array. The data pattern may be repeated across multiple cells of the memory array without further input from input/output data lines. Additionally, the memory device may include one or more counters to assist in accessing the memory cells of the memory array.

[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)


Fast turn-on power switch
Patent No. 10673423 

Inventor(s): Ariel Dario Moctezuma (Garland, TX), Hassan Pooya Forghani-Zadeh (Fort Worth, TX), Sujan Kundapur Manohar (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15234722 on 08/11/2016 (1391 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, in response to a voltage at an external power terminal falling below a safe limit: a charge pump is operated at a first frequency to produce a voltage at a charge pump node; and a first controlled current is coupled from the charge pump node to a control terminal of a power switch transistor. The power switch transistor has a conduction path coupled between the external power terminal and an internal power terminal at which an internal power source is connected. In response to the voltage at the external power terminal reaching a selected level: the charge pump is operated at a second frequency, lower than the first frequency; and a second controlled current, lower than the first controlled current, is coupled from the charge pump node to the control terminal of the power switch transistor.

[G05F] SYSTEMS FOR REGULATING ELECTRIC OR MAGNETIC VARIABLES (regulating the timing or recurrence frequency of pulses in radar or radio navigation systems G01S; regulation of current or voltage, specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces G04G 19/02; closed-loop systems for regulating non-electric variables by electric means G05D; regulating power supply of digital computers G06F 1/26; for obtaining desired operating characteristics of electromagnets with armatures H01F 7/18; regulating electric power distribution networks H02J; regulating the charging of batteries H02J 7/00; regulating of the output of static converters, e.g. switching regulators, H02M; regulation of the output of electric generators H02N, H02P 9/00; controlling transformers, reactors or choke coils H02P 13/00; regulating frequency response, gain, maximum output, amplitude or bandwidth of amplifiers H03G; regulating tuning of resonant circuits H03J; controlling generators of electronic oscillations or pulses H03L; regulating characteristics of transmission lines H04B; controlling electric light sources H05B 37/02, H05B 39/04, H05B 41/36; electric control of X-ray apparatus H05G 1/30) [5]


Integrating real-time personalized documents into a video conference session
Patent No. 10673642 

Inventor(s): Sybil Mulokwa (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): INTUIT, INC. (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15667108 on 08/02/2017 (1035 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer readable media which perform an operation comprising establishing a video conference between a first application instance and a second application instance, and during the video conference: receiving, by an application server from the first application instance, an indication of a first data element required to prepare a tax return, storing, by a notification server, the indication of the first data element, and publishing, by a notification server, the indication of the first data element to the second application instance, wherein the second application instance is configured to output the indication of the data element for display.

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


System and method for WiFi authentication and selection
Patent No. 10674433 

Inventor(s): Zhixian Xiang (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15953178 on 04/13/2018 (781 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method embodiment for network authentication includes selecting, by a user equipment (UE), an access network for establishing a network connection and receiving one or more network authentication status indications for a network associated with the access network. The method further includes implementing a network authentication and selection policy in accordance with the one or more network authentication status indications.

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


 

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Multi-services application gateway and system employing the same
Patent No. 10672508 

Inventor(s): Alvin R. McQuarters (Euless, TX), Amir Ansari (Plano, TX), George A. Cowgill (Farmersville, TX), Jude P. Ramayya (Richardson, TX), Ramprakash Masina (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): KIP PROD P1 LP (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16514803 on 07/17/2019 (321 days app to issue)

Abstract: An intelligent gateway device provided at a premise (home or business) for providing and managing application services associated with use and support of a plurality of digital endpoint devices associated with the premises. The device includes a communications and processing infrastructure integrated with a peer and presence messaging based communications protocol for enabling communications between the device and an external support network and between the device and connected digital endpoint devices. A services framework at the gateway device implements the communications and processing infrastructure for enabling service management, service configuration, and authentication of user of services at the intelligent gateway. The framework provides a storage and execution environment for supporting and executing received service logic modules relating to use, management, and support of the digital endpoint devices. Thus, the gateway device provides a network-based services point of presence for a plurality of digital endpoint devices at the premises.

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


Hybrid cable assembly with internal nylon jacket
Patent No. 10672534 

Inventor(s): Paul W. Abernathy (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16407001 on 05/08/2019 (391 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wire cable comprising a ground conductor and an insulated conductor wherein the insulated conductor comprises a metal conductor, an insulated material surrounding the metal conductor, and a nylon jacket surrounding the insulated material. A binder surrounds the ground conductor and the insulated conductor and a jacket surrounds the binder.

[H01B] CABLES; CONDUCTORS; INSULATORS; SELECTION OF MATERIALS FOR THEIR CONDUCTIVE, INSULATING OR DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES (selection for magnetic properties H01F 1/00; waveguides H01P)


Smart acoustical electrical switch
Patent No. 10672572 

Inventor(s): John Willis (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Scott P. Zimmerman, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15984472 on 05/21/2018 (743 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electrical switch responds to acoustic inputs. A microphone integrated into the electrical switch generates electrical signals in response to the acoustic inputs. A network interface integrated into the electrical switch provides addressable communication with controllers, computers, and other networked devices. The electrical switch may thus be installed or retrofitted into the electrical wiring of all homes and businesses. Users may thus speak voice commands, which are received by the electrical switch and sent for voice control of appliances and other automation tasks.

[H01H] ELECTRIC SWITCHES; RELAYS; SELECTORS; EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE DEVICES (contact cables H01B 7/10; electrolytic self-interrupters H01G 9/18; emergency protective circuit arrangements H02H; switching by electronic means without contact-making H03K 17/00)


Leadframe having organic, polymerizable photo-imageable adhesion layer
Patent No. 10672692 

Inventor(s): Bernardo Gallegos (McKinney, TX), Jaimal Mallory Williamson (McKinney, TX), Jose Carlos Arroyo (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15820266 on 11/21/2017 (924 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lead frame that is partially covered with an adhesion layer. A method for forming a lead frame with an adhesion layer starting with a lead frame and using a photo-imageable polyimide or epoxy material to form the adhesion layer. A method for forming a lead frame with an adhesion layer starting with a lead frame blank and using a photo-imageable polyimide or epoxy material to form the adhesion layer.

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


Semiconductor package having reduced internal power pad pitch
Patent No. 10672730 

Inventor(s): HongLiang Cai (Shanghai, , CN), Hongying Zhang (Shanghai, , CN), Shiqun Gu (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16414304 on 05/16/2019 (383 days app to issue)

Abstract: A packaged Integrated Circuit (IC) includes an IC and a package. The package has a bottom dielectric layer and a plurality of redistribution layers (RDLs) formed on the bottom dielectric layer. Each the RDLs includes patterned conductors, a dielectric layer, and a plurality of vias that extend between the patterned conductors to a differing RDL or to external connections. The package includes a plurality of package pads that have a first lateral separation pitch. The IC includes a plurality of IC pads that electrically connect to the plurality of package pads that have a first lateral separation pitch. The package also includes a plurality of Printed Circuit Board (PCB) pads that extend through the bottom dielectric layer and contact the plurality of patterned conductors of the first RDL. Power PCB pads and ground PCB pads of the plurality of PCB pads have a second lateral separation pitch that exceeds the first lateral separation pitch.

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


Three-dimensional memory device having dual configuration support pillar structures and methods for making the same
Patent No. 10672780 

Inventor(s): Akihisa Sai (Yokkaichi, , JP), Naoki Ihata (Yokkaichi, , JP), Takeshi Kawamura (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16284240 on 02/25/2019 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: Memory openings and support openings are formed in a memory array region and a staircase region, respectively, through an alternating stack of insulating layers and spacer material layers. Pedestal channel portions and pedestal semiconductor portions are formed at the bottom of the memory openings and the support openings, respectively. Semiconductor oxide plates are provided only in a distal subset of the support openings that are spaced from the memory array region by more than a threshold separation distance. Memory openings are filled with memory opening fill structures, and support openings are filled with support pillar structures. Proximal support pillar structures located adjacent to the memory array region provide internal electrically conductive paths for discharging accumulated electrical charges. During an anisotropic etch process that forms the backside trench, the proximal support pillar structures prevent or reduce deformation of the backside trench, and reduce damage to the memory opening fill structures.

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


Power transistor with terminal trenches in terminal resurf regions
Patent No. 10672901 

Inventor(s): Christopher Boguslaw Kocon (Mountain Top, PA), Hideaki Kawahara (Plano, TX), Satoshi Suzuki (Ibaraki, , JP), Seetharaman Sridhar (Richardson, TX), Simon John Molloy (Allentown, PA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16277719 on 02/15/2019 (473 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a transistor formed on a substrate. The transistor includes an n-type drain contact layer, an n-type drain layer, an oxide layer, a p-type body region, a p-type terminal region, body trenches, and terminal trenches. The n-type drain contact layer is near a bottom surface of the substrate. The n-type drain layer is positioned on the n-type drain contact layer. The oxide layer circumscribes a transistor region. The p-type body region is positioned within the transistor region. The p-type terminal region extends from under the oxide layer to an edge of the transistor region, thereby forming a contiguous junction with the p-type body region. The body trenches is within the transistor region and interleaves with the p-type body region, whereas the terminal trenches is outside the transistor region and interleaves with the p-type terminal region.

[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 producing thermoelectric material
Patent No. 10672966 

Inventor(s): Debasish Banerjee (Ann Arbor, MI), Li Qin Zhou (Ann Arbor, MI), Michael Paul Rowe (Pinckney, MI), Minjuan Zhang (Ann Arbor, MI), Takuji Kita (Susono, , JP)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14303878 on 06/13/2014 (2181 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process for manufacturing a thermoelectric material having a plurality of grains and grain boundaries. The process includes determining a material composition to be investigated for the thermoelectric material and then determining a range of values of grain size and/or grain boundary barrier height obtainable for the material composition using current state of the art manufacturing techniques. Thereafter, a range of figure of merit values for the material composition is determined as a function of the range of values of grain size and/or grain boundary barrier height. And finally, a thermoelectric material having the determined material composition and an average grain size and grain boundary barrier height corresponding to the maximum range of figure of merit values is manufactured.

[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]


Electrochemical cells having ionic liquid-containing electrolytes
Patent No. 10673095 

Inventor(s): Douglas R. MacFarlane (Clayton, , AU), Mega Kar (Beaconsfield, , AU), Oscar Tutusaus (Ann Arbor, MI), Rana Mohtadi (Northville, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15702997 on 09/13/2017 (993 days app to issue)

Abstract: Electrolytes and electrochemical cells include a novel ionic liquid having a quaternary cation and a boron cluster anion. In some versions, the boron cluster anion will be a functionalized or unfunctionalized icosahedral boranyl or carboranyl anion. Electrochemical cells have an electrolyte including the ionic liquid. In some versions, the ionic liquid is used as a solvent to dissolve an ionic shuttle salt for transport of active material, with an optional co-solvent. Methods to synthesize the ionic liquid include contacting a boron cluster salt with a quaternary salt to form the ionic liquid by a metathesis reaction.

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


Resonant cavity resonance analyzer
Patent No. 10673120 

Inventor(s): Siva RaghuRam Prasad Chennupati (Unterschleissheim, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15977825 on 05/11/2018 (753 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a radio frequency (RF) resonator including a cavity and a tuning component, where the cavity includes a resonance property that can be changed in response to the tuning component. A transmitter generates an RF signal at each of a set of determined frequencies for transmitting individually within the cavity. A receiver receives the RF signal transmitted individually at each of the determined frequencies and determines a respective amplitude for each of the determined frequencies.

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


Semiconductor devices with depleted heterojunction current blocking regions
Patent No. 10673206 

Inventor(s): Dennis G. Deppe (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): sdPhotonics LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Taboada Law Firm, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16551258 on 08/26/2019 (281 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device includes an upper and lower mirror. At least one active region for light generation is between the upper and lower mirror. At least one cavity spacer layer is between at least one of the upper and lower mirror and the active region. The device includes an inner mode confinement region and an outer current blocking region. A depleted heterojunction current blocking region (DHCBR) including a depleting impurity is within the outer current blocking region of 1 of the upper mirror, lower mirror, and the first active region. A middle layer including a conducting channel is within the inner mode confinement region that is framed by the DHCBR. The DHCBR forces current flow into the conducting channel during normal operation of the light source.

[H01S] DEVICES USING STIMULATED EMISSION


System and device for exporting power, and method of configuring thereof
Patent No. 10673246 

Inventor(s): Dianbo Fu (Frisco, TX), Heping Dai (Plano, TX), Huibin Zhu (Plano, TX), Xiaolin Mao (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15829846 on 12/01/2017 (914 days app to issue)

Abstract: System, device and method for exporting power are provided including at least one AC optimizer with plurality of DC inputs each connecting with respective one of plurality of DC sources, and independent maximum power point tracking (MPPT) performed for each respective DC source to extract power from each DC source for output and coupling to AC grid. When multiple AC optimizers are employed, with each AC optimizer having multiple DC inputs, each DC input can be connected to PV module with independent MPPT function. Since, each AC optimizer can serve multiple PV modules, significant cost saving and efficiencies can be achieved. Optionally, on PV sub-module level, each of the multiple DC inputs can be used as an independent MPPT channel for a PV sub-module cell string.

[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)


Converter apparatus and method with auxiliary transistor for protecting components at startup
Patent No. 10673318 

Inventor(s): Dianbo Fu (Frisco, TX), Fei Ye (Shanghai, , CN), Lei Shi (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16266983 on 02/04/2019 (484 days app to issue)

Abstract: In certain embodiments, an apparatus includes an inductor having first and second terminals. The first terminal is configured to be coupled to a power source. The apparatus includes a pair of serially-coupled transistors coupled to the second terminal of the inductor. A transistor intermediate node is positioned between the pair of serially-coupled transistors. The apparatus includes a pair of serially-coupled diodes coupled to the second terminal of the inductor. A diode intermediate node is positioned between the pair of serially-coupled diodes. The apparatus includes a first capacitor coupled in parallel with the serially-coupled transistors and the serially-coupled diodes. The apparatus includes a sub-circuit having a second capacitor serially-coupled with an auxiliary transistor. The sub-circuit is coupled between the transistor intermediate node and the diode intermediate node and is in parallel with a transistor of the pair of serially coupled transistors and with a diode of the pair of serially-coupled diodes.

[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]


Power factor correction zero current detection
Patent No. 10673322 

Inventor(s): Ananthakrishnan Viswanathan (Allen, TX), Salvatore Giombanco (Cassaro, , IT), William James Long (Cork, , IE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16544425 on 08/19/2019 (288 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power factor correction controller zero current detection circuit includes a differentiator circuit, a comparator, a first qualification timer circuit, an idle ringing detector circuit, a second qualification timer circuit, and a flip-flop. The comparator is coupled to the differentiator circuit. The first qualification timer circuit includes an input coupled to an output of the comparator. The idle ringing detector circuit includes a first input coupled to the output of the comparator, and a second input coupled to an output of the first qualification timer circuit. The second qualification timer circuit includes a first input coupled to the output of the first qualification timer circuit, and a second input coupled an output of the idle ringing detector circuit. The flip-flop includes a first input coupled to the output of the comparator, and a second input coupled to an output of the second qualification timer 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]


Systems and methods for isolated low voltage energy storage for data centers
Patent No. 10673327 

Inventor(s): Subrata K. Mondal (South Windsor, CT)
Assignee(s): Inertech IP LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Weber Rosselli Cannon LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15853704 on 12/22/2017 (893 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods of this disclosure use low voltage energy storage devices to supply power at a medium voltage from an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to a data center load. The UPS includes a low voltage energy storage device (ultracapacitor/battery), a high frequency (HF) bidirectional DC-DC converter, and a multi-level (ML) inverter. The HF DC-DC converter uses a plurality of HF planar transformers, multiple H-bridge circuits, and gate drivers for driving IGBT devices to generate a medium DC voltage from the ultracapacitor/battery energy storage. The gate drivers are controlled by a zero voltage switching (ZVS) controller, which introduces a phase shift between the voltage on the primary and secondary sides of the transformers. When the primary side leads the secondary side, the ultracapacitor/battery discharges and causes the UPS to supply power to the data center, and when the secondary side leads the primary side, power flows from the grid back to the UPS, thereby recharging the ultracapacitor/battery.

[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]


Switched-mode DC/DC converter having a bootstrapped high-side driver
Patent No. 10673337 

Inventor(s): Eduardas Jodka (Freising, , DE), Julian Becker (Freising, , DE), Stefan Dietrich (Freising, , DE)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16265027 on 02/01/2019 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: A switch-node rising edge detection circuit is provided for a switched-mode DC/DC boost converter. A high-side gate-driver couples a gate of the high-side NMOS power transistor to either a first terminal of a bootstrap capacitor or the switch-node. The detection circuit includes an AND gate that receives an activation signal on a first input and provides a switching signal to the high-side gate-driver. A PMOS transistor is coupled in series with an inverter between the first terminal of the bootstrap capacitor and a second input of the AND gate. The inverter receives supply voltages from the first terminal of the bootstrap capacitor and the switch-node. The gate of the PMOS transistor receives the activation signal. An NMOS transistor is coupled between an output voltage and a node between the PMOS transistor and the inverter. A gate of the NMOS transistor is coupled to the bootstrap capacitor”s first terminal.

[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]


Hysteretic control for transformer based power converters
Patent No. 10673339 

Inventor(s): Michael D. Seeman (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15073964 on 03/18/2016 (1537 days app to issue)

Abstract: Hysteretic control for power converters. In an example arrangement, an apparatus includes a converter for converting an input voltage to an output voltage including a transformer; at least one primary side driver switch coupled to supply current from an input voltage terminal to the primary side of the transformer; at least one inductor coupled between the secondary side of the transformer and the output voltage terminal; at least one secondary side switch coupled between the inductor and a ground potential; and a hysteretic controller coupled to supply a first on-time signal to the at least one primary side switch and a second on-time signal to the at least one secondary side switch, the hysteretic controller configured for sensing the output voltage and having at least one current input coupled for sensing current flowing in the inductor and generating primary side driver switch on-time pulses to control the output voltage.

[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]


Delaying turn on time to transistor comparing global, peak current
Patent No. 10673432 

Inventor(s): Cetin Kaya (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16219345 on 12/13/2018 (537 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to control parallel transistors. An example system includes a first transistor coupled in parallel to a second transistor, a pulse width modulation generator coupled to the first transistor. The pulse width modulation generator is to generate a first signal. The example system further includes a first switch timing controller coupled to the pulse width modulation generator. The first switch timing controller is to compare a first peak current of the first transistor with a second peak current and generate a second signal based on the comparison of the first peak current and the second peak current. The example system further includes a gate driver coupled to the first switch timing controller and the gate driver is to control the first transistor in response to the second signal.

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


Auto-corrected IO driver architecture
Patent No. 10673434 

Inventor(s): Anand Sharma (Karnataka, , IN), Shiv Harit Mathur (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16145839 on 09/28/2018 (613 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit or associated system or method comprises a first driver including a first transistor bank and a first resistor connected in series between a first predetermined voltage and an output pad, the first transistor bank including a first driver transistor and a plurality of first calibration transistors, wherein the plurality of first calibration transistors are respectively controlled based on a combination of bits of a first calibration code and on an output of at least one first logic gate.

[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]


Failsafe device
Patent No. 10673436 

Inventor(s): Bharat Gajanan Hegde (Sirsi, , IN), Devraj Matharampallil Rajagopal (Bangalore, , IN), Srikanth Srinivasan (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16538513 on 08/12/2019 (295 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a failsafe circuit having a supply node configured to couple to a supply voltage source, a pad node configured to couple to an input/output (I/O) pin, and a bulk node configured to couple to a bulk of a transistor coupled to the I/O pin. The failsafe circuit is configured to assert a failsafe indicator signal when the supply node voltage falls below the pad node voltage by a threshold voltage, and couple the higher of the supply node voltage and the pad node voltage to the bulk node. The device also includes a pull-down stack coupled to the failsafe circuit and to a ground node, and a sub-circuit configured to turn off the pull-down stack in response to the supply node discharging to the threshold voltage below the pad node voltage.

[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]


Techniques to improve linearity of R-2R ladder digital-to-analog converters (DACs)
Patent No. 10673450 

Inventor(s): Atul Kumar Agrawal (Bengaluru, , IN), Gautam Salil Nandi (Bengaluru, , IN), Siddharth Malhotra (Panchkula, , IN), Tanmay Neema (Indore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16197132 on 11/20/2018 (560 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit includes a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) core including a plurality of thermometric arms and an R-2R ladder, the DAC core to convert a DAC code to an analog signal. The integrated circuit includes additional components as well. A differential non-linearity (DNL) calibration circuit outputs DNL coefficients based on the DAC code. A memory stores a value indicative of a product of a resistor temperature coefficient (TC) and a resistor self-heating coefficient (SHC). A current DAC (IDAC) couples to the R-2R ladder. A self-heating calibration circuit generates a self-heating trim code based on the value from the memory. An adder adds a value indicative of the DNL coefficients with the self-heating trim code to generate an IDAC trim code and provides the IDAC trim code to the IDAC to trim the R-2R ladder.

[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]


Analog-to-digital converter with interpolation
Patent No. 10673452 

Inventor(s): Rishi Soundararajan (Bengaluru, , IN), Visvesvaraya Pentakota (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16217643 on 12/12/2018 (538 days app to issue)

Abstract: An analog-to-digital converter has first and second comparators and an interpolation comparator. The first comparator receives an input signal and a comparison signal, and generates an output as a function of the input signal and the comparison signal. The second comparator receives the input signal and a second comparison signal (different from the first comparison signal), and generates a second output as a function of the input signal and the second comparison signal. The interpolation comparator, operatively connected to the first and second comparators, receives the first and second outputs, and generates a third output based on relative timing of the first and second outputs.

[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]


Delay-based residue stage
Patent No. 10673453 

Inventor(s): Chirag Chandrahas Shetty (Thane, , IN), Rishi Soundararajan (Bengaluru, , IN), Shagun Dusad (Bengaluru, , IN), Visvesvaraya Appala Pentakota (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16517796 on 07/22/2019 (316 days app to issue)

Abstract: An analog-to-digital converter has a logic gate for generating an output signal having a delay corresponding to a delay between input signals. The logic gate includes inputs for receiving the input signals, and an output for outputting the output signal. A delay comparator generates a digital signal representative of the order of the input signals, and generates a delay signal having a delay corresponding to the delay between the input signals. The delay comparator has inputs for receiving the input signals, a digital output for outputting the digital signal, and a delay output for outputting the delay signal. A delay-based analog-to-digital converter, with a front stage and successive residual stages, is also disclosed. A delay comparator having merged comparator, sign-out, and delay-out circuits, and which may be operated within one of successive stages, without a clock, is also disclosed.

[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]


Sample and hold circuit with indefinite holding time
Patent No. 10673455 

Inventor(s): Kaustubh Ulhas Gadgil (Bangalore, , IN), Rahul Vijay Kulkarni (Bangalore, , IN), Shridhar Atmaram More (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15977910 on 05/11/2018 (753 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a capacitive digital to analog converter (CDAC) that further includes a plurality of capacitors to sample an analog input signal. The sampled analog input signal is converted into a digital signal and the digital signal is stored by a successive approximation register (SAR). Thereafter, the SAR regenerates the stored digital signal to a reset plurality of capacitors, and a comparator is configured as an amplifier to generate an equivalent analog voltage of the stored digital signal.

[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]


Conversion and folding circuit for delay-based analog-to-digital converter system
Patent No. 10673456 

Inventor(s): Chirag Chandrahas Shetty (Thane, , IN), Shagun Dusad (Bengaluru, , IN), Visvesvaraya Appala Pentakota (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16410698 on 05/13/2019 (386 days app to issue)

Abstract: A conversion and folding circuit includes a voltage-to-delay converter block, including preamplifiers, for converting a voltage signal into delay signals, and a folding block, including logic gates coupled to the preamplifiers, for selecting earlier-arriving and later-arriving ones of the delay signals. If desired, the logic gates may include odd and even chains for outputting delay signals to first and second analog-to-digital converters. If desired, the conversion and folding circuit may include first and second chains, and a chain selection circuit for selectively outputting a delay signal from a desired one of the first and second chains.

[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]


Isolation for communication and power
Patent No. 10673489 

Inventor(s): Eric Blackall (Plano, TX), Ross E. Teggatz (Plano, TX), Wayne T. Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TRIUNE IP LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16113077 on 08/27/2018 (645 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system configured to provide galvanic isolation of data or power signals between primary and secondary sides. In various forms, the system may provide galvanic isolation with primary side passive or active sensing of a secondary side load, and with secondary side control for dual data and power control over a single galvanic interface; with series capacitive, series capacitive and resistive, alternating series capacitive and resistive, or series and parallel capacitive galvanic isolation, or series and parallel capacitive galvanic isolation for multiple isolated ground planes; using Manchester encoding across the galvanic isolation region; using differential power and data across the galvanic isolation region; using an isolated common reference for data and power links across the galvanic isolation region; using controller area networking across the galvanic isolation region; or using a resonant configuration and having feedback between the galvanic interface, only on the primary side, or only on the secondary side.

[H01F] MAGNETS; INDUCTANCES; TRANSFORMERS; SELECTION OF MATERIALS FOR THEIR MAGNETIC PROPERTIES [2]


Method and arrangements in a telecommunication system
Patent No. 10673497 

Inventor(s): Bo Gransson (Sollentuna, , SE), George Jngren (Stockholm, , SE), Lei Wan (Beijing, , CN)
Assignee(s): Unwired Planet, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16046009 on 07/26/2018 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and arrangements are described for Multi User Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MU-MIMO) signaling via Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) antennas between a base station and one of a plurality of mobile terminals supporting both Single User and Multi User Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (SU-MIMO and MU-MIMO) signaling modes. Switching between the modes is supported, and the modes have partly shared signaling. SU-MIMO mode signaling which is not needed for MU-MIMO mode signaling is identified. Data bits of the identified signaling is interpreted to comprise signaling information associated with MU-MIMO mode.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for channel state information reference signal (CSI-RS)
Patent No. 10673507 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Hongbo Si (Plano, TX), Thomas David Novlan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16415901 on 05/17/2019 (382 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for CSI reporting mechanisms are provided. A user equipment (UE) includes a transceiver and a processor operably connected to the transceiver. The transceiver is configured to receive information indicating a channel state information reference signal (CSI-RS) resource configuration, uplink-related downlink control information (DCI), and a CSI-RS associated with a selected CSI-RS resource in a same subframe as the uplink-related DCI. The processor configured to determine, in response to a CSI request included in the uplink-related DCI, an aperiodic CSI in reference to the CSI-RS. The transceiver is further configured to report the aperiodic CSI by transmitting the aperiodic CSI on an uplink channel.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Desktop signal booster
Patent No. 10673517 

Inventor(s): Michael James Mouser (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): WILSON ELECTRONICS, LLC (St. George, UT)
Law Firm: Thorpe North Western (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16288695 on 02/28/2019 (460 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technology for a desktop signal booster is disclosed. The desktop signal booster can include a cellular signal amplifier, an integrated device antenna coupled to the cellular signal amplifier, an integrated node antenna coupled to the cellular signal amplifier, and wireless charging circuitry. The cellular signal amplifier can be configured to amplify signals for a wireless device, and the wireless device can be within a selected distance from the desktop signal booster. The integrated device antenna can be configured to transmit signals from the cellular signal amplifier to the wireless device. The integrated node antenna can be configured to transmit signals from the cellular signal amplifier to a base station. The wireless charging circuitry can be configured to wirelessly charge the wireless device when the wireless device is placed in proximity to the desktop signal booster.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Cellular command, control and application platform for unmanned aerial vehicles
Patent No. 10673520 

Inventor(s): Warren J. Westrup (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15806044 on 11/07/2017 (938 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device can be configured to detect a physical connection with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight controller through an interface. The device can identify a UAV identifier associated with the UAV flight controller and determine, based on the UAV identifier, an application programming interface (API) for communicating with the UAV flight controller. Using the API, the device can establish a communications link with the UAV flight controller and perform an action based on the communications link.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for data transfer in a peer-to-peer hybrid communication network
Patent No. 10673568 

Inventor(s): Satish Gundabathula (Irving, TX), Sivakumar Chaturvedi (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): DAMAKA, INC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14808046 on 07/24/2015 (1775 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved system and method are disclosed for peer-to-peer communications. In one example, the method enables an endpoint to transfer data directly to another endpoint.

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


Method and device for processing HARQ feedback in a mobile communication system
Patent No. 10673578 

Inventor(s): Aris Papasakellariou (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Jefferson IP Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15926450 on 03/20/2018 (805 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device and method for handling HARQ feedback in a mobile communication system are disclosed. The HARQ feedback handling method includes: analyzing a control message from a base station to recognize presence of HARQ feedback relationships between downlink carriers and uplink carriers; determining an uplink carrier (a downlink carrier) to support HARQ feedback in response to downlink traffic (uplink traffic) sent through a downlink carrier (an uplink carrier); and sending (receiving) HARQ feedback through the determined uplink carrier (downlink carrier).

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and method for providing network support services and premises gateway support infrastructure
Patent No. 10673645 

Inventor(s): Alvin R. McQuarters (Euless, TX), Amir Ansari (Plano, TX), George A. Cowgill (Farmersville, TX), Jude P. Ramayya (Richardson, TX), Ramprakash Masina (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): KIP PROD PI LP (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16002945 on 06/07/2018 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: A service management system communicates via wide area network with gateway devices located at respective user premises. The service management system remotely manages delivery of application services, which can be voice controlled, by a gateway, e.g. by selectively activating/deactivating service logic modules in the gateway. The service management system also may selectively provide secure communications and exchange of information among gateway devices and among associated endpoint devices. An exemplary service management system includes a router connected to the network and one or more computer platforms, for implementing management functions. Examples of the functions include a connection manager for controlling system communications with the gateway devices, an authentication manager for authenticating each gateway device and controlling the connection manager and a subscription manager for managing applications services and/or features offered by the gateway devices. A service manager, controlled by the subscription manager, distributes service specific configuration data to authenticated gateway devices.

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


System and method for providing explicit feedback in the uplink
Patent No. 10673652 

Inventor(s): Bin Liu (San Diego, CA), Hongcheng Zhuang (Shenzhen, , CN), Nathan Edward Tenny (Poway, CA), Pengfei Xia (San Diego, CA), Richard Stirling-Gallacher (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15448102 on 03/02/2017 (1188 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for transmitting feedback includes generating explicit channel feedback for a plurality of transmit beam-receive beam combinations (TRBCs) between the user device and a transmit-receive point (TRP), generating a modified resource in accordance with explicit feedback configuration information, the modified resource configured to convey the explicit channel feedback, wherein an explicit channel feedback associated with each TRBC is conveyed on a different data symbol of the modified resource, and transmitting the modified resource to the TRP using a single TRBC.

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


Image distortion correction in a wireless terminal
Patent No. 10673658 

Inventor(s): Hong Jiang (Kernersville, NC), Jamil Mark Forrester (Summerfield, NC), Zhihang Zhang (Cary, NC)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16505619 on 07/08/2019 (330 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit in a wireless communications terminal/device and a method is described for reducing an image distortion. By measuring three gain mismatches of I path and Q path of a transceiver, and estimating a value of an IQ mismatch coefficient based on the three gain mismatches; and applying a measurement adjustment to the I path or the Q path based on the value of the IQ mismatch coefficient, the image distortion is reduced.

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


Ring based network interconnect
Patent No. 10673693 

Inventor(s): Andrew W. Hull (Grapevine, TX), Daniel M. Herring (Fort Worth, TX), Robert A. Woodward (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): ELBIT SYSTEMS OF AMERICA, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: KL Gates LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15648217 on 07/12/2017 (1056 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network. At least some embodiments are a network including a first root node connected to a first port of a first switch and a second root node connected to a first port of a second switch. A first link is connected to a second port of the first switch and connected to a second port of the second switch. A second link is connected to a third port of a first switch and connected to a third port of the second switch.

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


Method, apparatus, and system for load balancing of service chain
Patent No. 10673760 

Inventor(s): Linda Dunbar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen, , CN)
Law Firm: Leydig, Voit Mayer, Ltd. (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15336287 on 10/27/2016 (1314 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, an apparatus, and a system are provided for load balancing of a service chain. The method includes: receiving, by a flow classifier, a service chain selection and control policy sent by a policy and charging rules function PCRF unit; hashing, by the flow classifier according to a hash quantity, a service flow corresponding to a service chain identifier, to obtain multiple subflows, and adding the service chain identifier and hashing factors to packets of the subflows, where different subflows correspond to different hashing factors; and sending, by the flow classifier, the packets of the subflows after the service chain identifier and the hashing factors are added, to a forwarding device.

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


Learning or emulation approach to traffic engineering in information-centric networks
Patent No. 10673763 

Inventor(s): Cedric Westphal (San Francisco, CA), Serhat Nazim Avci (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16058277 on 08/08/2018 (664 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented in a network element (NE) configured to operate in an information centric network (ICN) including receiving a test traffic flow as a copy of a traffic flow in a forwarding plane of the ICN during a defined interval, emulating the ICN at a state determined at an arrival time of the test traffic flow based on an active traffic flow in the ICN, measuring a first impact of a first candidate path for the test traffic flow in the emulated ICN to the active traffic flow, selecting the first candidate path based on the first impact measurement, and constructing a forwarding rule based on the state and the selection of the first candidate path.

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


Indefinitely expandable high-capacity data switch
Patent No. 10673783 

Inventor(s): Forrest Lawrence Pierson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): OMEGA SWITCHING SYSTEMS, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: NK Patent Law (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16261279 on 01/29/2019 (490 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data switch for a packet data switch includes switching nodes connected to each other in an interconnecting matrix, providing a multiplicity of data paths between an incoming data or telecom port and an outgoing data or telecom port of the data switch. The interconnecting switching nodes can achieve high capacity data switching by providing a partial switching solution at each node, distributing the switching load. A switching protocol for interconnecting switching nodes allows data packets to be selectively passed from any incoming port on an interconnecting switch node to any interconnecting switching node or outgoing port connected to it. In at least one example, the switching protocol has mechanisms in it to provide for the duplicating of the contents of the data packet and pass them to multiple interconnecting switching nodes or outgoing ports.

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


Controlled environment secure media streaming system
Patent No. 10673856 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee Hodge (Plano, 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: 16372994 on 04/02/2019 (427 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Controlled Environment Secure Media Streaming System manages the delivery of content to Secured Devices. Cloud Services provide content to Integration Hub. The Integration Hub interfaces with various cloud services providers and prepares content for consumption by a resident of a secured facility. Integration Hub utilizes Content Filter to inspect content received from cloud service providers for suitability for use in a secured environment. Once content is retrieved, filtered, formatted, and packaged by Integration Hub, the content is stored in Data Warehouse. Secured Devices request content from the Distribution Hub, the Distribution Hub retrieves the content from the Data Warehouse, and then Distribution Hub manages the transfer of content to the Secured Devices. In some embodiments, Distribution Hub utilizes Content Filter to determine whether or not a particular Secured Device can access particular content.

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


Privileged communication indication
Patent No. 10673860 

Inventor(s): Luke Keiser (Frisco, TX), Scott Passe (Forney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16195355 on 11/19/2018 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods, which can provide for an indication of a privileged communication, are provided. A method, according to an embodiment, uses at least one processor of a communication server device. Addressee information of one or more addressee(s) of a communication, sender information of a sender of the communication, or a combination thereof is received. The sender information, the addressee information, or a combination thereof is compared to registered user information maintained in a database. The registered user information corresponds to registered users to or from whom privileged communications may be sent or received. An indication that the communication is privileged is provided when the sender information, the addressee information, or the combination thereof corresponds to respective registered user information maintained in the database.

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


Devices and systems for voice over internet protocol codec selection
Patent No. 10673908 

Inventor(s): Timothy B. Dentry (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Edgewater Networks, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Brooks, Cameron Huebsch, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16002867 on 06/07/2018 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices and systems for voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) codec selection are described herein. One or more embodiments include a VoIP device for selecting a codec comprising a link monitor to detect an Internet link and an interface coupled to the link monitor, wherein the interface determines a bandwidth, usage, and/or type of the Internet link to select the codec.

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


System and method for maintaining user session continuity across multiple devices and/or multiple platforms
Patent No. 10673958 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Anna, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16549252 on 08/23/2019 (284 days app to issue)

Abstract: A session continuity platform may detect a user action during a first user session associated with a first user device, wherein the first user session is associated with a first platform. The session continuity platform may determine identification information of a user associated with the user session. The session continuity platform may determine a continuity record identifier associated with the identification information. The session continuity platform may obtain, based on the continuity record identifier, activity data from a plurality of continuity records of a distributed ledger. The session continuity platform may determine, based on the activity data, activity information associated with the user action and the second user session. The session continuity platform may cause the first user device to present the activity information via a display of the user device.

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


Multiple vendor services oriented architecture (SOA) service requesting proxy
Patent No. 10673973 

Inventor(s): Mirza Baig (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16128923 on 09/12/2018 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: A single service proxy for requesting services from multiple different service vendors with different communication protocols. In this way, a single communication protocol can be used by a service consuming entity to request various services, through the multiple vendor proxy, from various vendors, with the multiple vendor proxy converting the requests into the communication protocol (for example, syntax) appropriate for the vendor from whom the service is being requested on behalf of the service consuming entity.

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


System and method for detecting and controlling contraband devices in a controlled environment
Patent No. 10674008 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16250820 on 01/17/2019 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides details of a system and method for detecting and monitoring a contraband device including communication devices by utilizing a combination of mobile devices, fixed monitoring devices, and a contraband monitoring center. The mobile devices include smart phones or tablets that are borrowed, rented, or purchased by an inmate from a correctional facility. These mobile devices are configured to detect, monitor, and intervene in the communications of target devices. Further, the mobile devices are configured to communicate with fixed monitoring devices located throughout the correctional facility in performing intervention operations. The contraband monitoring center may also be utilized in the coordination, monitoring, and intervention of target devices.

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


Rear-stitched view panorama for rear-view visualization
Patent No. 10674079 

Inventor(s): Janice Shuay-Ann Pan (Houston, TX), Vikram VijayanBabu Appia (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16387817 on 04/18/2019 (411 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rear-stitched view panorama (RSVP) system is provided that includes at least one processor and a memory storing software instructions that, when executed by the least one processor, cause the RSVP system to compute a disparity map for a left center rear image and a right center rear image captured by a stereo camera mounted on a rear of a vehicle, transform a right rear image, a left rear image, a reference center rear image, and the disparity map to a virtual world view, the right rear image and left rear image captured by respective right and left cameras mounted on the vehicle, compute an optimal left seam and an optimal right seam based on the transformed disparity map, and stitch the transformed images based on respective optimal seams to generate a panorama.

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


Infinite virtual pan tilt zoom camera
Patent No. 10674094 

Inventor(s): Stephen Wharton (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): SKYCAM, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Schroeder Intellectual Property Law Group, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16011515 on 06/18/2018 (715 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for generating an infinite number of isolated image sequences using a single camera, wherein an X-, Y-coordinate system is generated for the area and an image sequence within the field of view of a camera within the area is captured. By tracking the movements and positions of at least two assets in the field of view of the camera relative to the X-, Y-grid, at least one individual image sequence for each of the at least two assets using the image sequence captured by the camera, wherein each individual image sequence has one asset from the at least two assets as a focal point of the individual image sequence.

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


Image processing device and image processing method
Patent No. 10674153 

Inventor(s): Junichi Tanaka (Kanagawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16276187 on 02/14/2019 (474 days app to issue)

Abstract: An image processing device including an acquiring section configured to acquire quantization matrix parameters from an encoded stream in which the quantization matrix parameters defining a quantization matrix are set within a parameter set which is different from a sequence parameter set and a picture parameter set, a setting section configured to set, based on the quantization matrix parameters acquired by the acquiring section, a quantization matrix which is used when inversely quantizing data decoded from the encoded stream, and an inverse quantization section configured to inversely quantize the data decoded from the encoded stream using the quantization matrix set by the setting section.

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


Parsing friendly and error resilient merge flag coding in video coding
Patent No. 10674157 

Inventor(s): Minhua Zhou (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16252373 on 01/18/2019 (501 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for parsing friendly and error resilient merge flag coding in video coding are provided. In some methods, in contrast to merging candidate list size dependent coding of the merge flag in the prior art, a merge flag is always encoded in the encoded bit stream for each inter-predicted prediction unit (PU) that is not encoded using skip mode. In some methods, in contrast to the prior art that allowed the merging candidate list to be empty, one or more zero motion vector merging candidates formatted according to the prediction type of the slice containing a PU are added to the merging candidate list if needed to ensure that the list is not empty and/or to ensure that the list contains a maximum number of merging candidates.

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


Media content distribution system and methods for use therewith
Patent No. 10674197 

Inventor(s): Andre Fuetsch (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15907697 on 02/28/2018 (825 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system configured for obtaining a plurality of segments of media content, generating a plurality of tagged media segments by tagging each of the plurality of segments of media content according to one of a plurality of content designators, and generating a plurality of content groups by grouping the plurality of tagged media segments according to their corresponding content designators. The system can be further configured for identifying an activity of a user according to activity data collected from at least one device, generating, according to the activity of the user, a selected content group by selecting a content group from the plurality of content groups, and transmitting to a target communication device a notification associated with the selected content group. Other embodiments are disclosed.

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


Speaker excursion protection
Patent No. 10674263 

Inventor(s): Abhishek Singh (Bhojpur, , IN), Kevin Selva Prasanna Valanarasu (Chennai, , IN), Supriyo Palit (Kolkata, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16402509 on 05/03/2019 (396 days app to issue)

Abstract: An audio circuit includes an amplifier, a voltage sensor, a current sensor, and an excursion control circuit. The voltage sensor is coupled to an output of the amplifier. The current sensor is coupled to the output of the amplifier. The excursion control circuit is coupled to the amplifier, the voltage sensor, and the current sensor. The excursion control circuit includes back electro-magnetic force (EMF) measurement, a back-EMF model, and excursion protection. The back-EMF measurement is to measure back electro-magnetic force of a speaker based on voltage measurements received from the voltage sensor and current measurements received from the current sensor. The back-EMF model is updated based on measurements of the back-EMF and is converted to an excursion model. The excursion protection is to limit amplitude of audio signal provided to the amplifier based on the excursion model of the speaker and amplitude of an audio input signal.

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


System and method for dynamically configuring a handshake protocol
Patent No. 10674327 

Inventor(s): Qin Ye (Plano, TX), Robert W. Peterson (Plano, TX), Thomas T. Wheeler (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16127736 on 09/11/2018 (630 days app to issue)

Abstract: In order to enable a dynamic handshake procedure, a device may be configured with a list of handshake contributors. Contributors with connection handshake properties may be added to the contributor list. To perform handshake, the contributor list is processed to extract the connection handshake properties of each contributor to the handshake. Handlers for handling the connection handshake properties may also be dynamically added and invoked when a handshake is received.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods and systems for provisioning emergency numbers
Patent No. 10674345 

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16538414 on 08/12/2019 (295 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is provided a method and device for provisioning emergency number information on a user equipment. When a dialed number matches an emergency number from the provisioned emergency number information, the user equipment selects either the circuit switched domain or the packet switched domain and executes a call setup procedure for that domain.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Wireless communication data analysis and reporting
Patent No. 10674388 

Inventor(s): Rafael Sanchez-Mejias (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TUPL, Inc. (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16231787 on 12/24/2018 (526 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication analytics engine that executes in conjunction with a data collection platform may provide a unified and scalable solution for call data aggregation and processing. A data collection platform may establish a communication connection with a wireless carrier network. The data collection platform may collect call data of multiple user devices via the communication connection, in which the multiple user devices may use the wireless carrier network to initiate and receive calls to one or more additional devices. The data collection platform may convert the call data into a format that is readable by the communication analytics engine. The communication analytics engine may analyze the call data to generate analytic results that includes one or more key performance indicators (KPIs).

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for reducing network latency
Patent No. 10674394 

Inventor(s): Hang Shi (Fremont, CA), Huida Dai (Cupertino, CA), Ulas Can Kozat (Mountain View, CA), Yinghua Ye (Los Gatos, CA), Zhipeng Hou (Beijing, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15796183 on 10/27/2017 (949 days app to issue)

Abstract: A protocol independent network condition service (PINCS) apparatus is provided, comprising a memory storage comprising instructions and one or more processors in communication with the memory. The processors execute the instructions to receive a subscription for network condition information of at least one network from at least one network condition consumer (NCC) node, the network condition information being related to at least one target data flow provided to at least one node in the network via the NCC node, obtain information about a plurality of network conditions from at least one network condition provider (NCP) node configured to monitor a plurality of network conditions including network conditions related to the at least one target data flow, process the information about the plurality of network conditions to generate an aggregated network conditions information, and send the aggregated network conditions information the NCC node as indicated by the subscription.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for transmitting data packets and method and apparatus for receiving data packets
Patent No. 10674401 

Inventor(s): Frederic Charpentier (Langen, , DE), Joachim Lhr (Wiesbaden, , DE)
Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16454384 on 06/27/2019 (341 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data packet comprises a header and a payload. At least one digital signal processor is used to configure the payload to transport at least one full service data unit, one or two service data unit fragments, or at least one full service data unit and at least one service data unit fragment. A service data unit fragment is only located (i) at the beginning of the payload or at the end of the payload or (ii) at the beginning of the payload and at the end of the payload. At least one digital signal processor is used to configure a single field in the header consisting of a first bit and a second bit, even when a number of full service data units and service data unit fragments in the payload is more than two, the single field indicating whether (i) the payload begins with a fragment of a service data unit and (ii) the payload ends with a service data unit fragment. At least one digital signal processor is used to form the data packet including the configured header and the configured payload. A transmitter transmits the data packet.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for executing originating services in a terminating network for IMS and non-IMS applications
Patent No. 10674419 

Inventor(s): Andrew Silver (Frisco, TX), Lathan Lewis (Dallas, TX), Patricia Landgren (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Tango Networks, Inc. (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14970232 on 12/15/2015 (1631 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile application gateway for connecting devices on a cellular network with individual networks, such as enterprise voice and data networks and/or residential networks. The effects of the present invention are far reaching in terms of transferring effective call control from the cellular network into the control of the individual network such as the enterprise, and enabling new business models for the purchase of cellular service from a public cellular carrier by an enterprise. The invention may consist of a primarily of core network and services components based on the IMS network architecture, and is backward compatible to support legacy systems in place in current telecom and data networks.

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


System and method for asynchronous wake-up mode and related mode switching
Patent No. 10674450 

Inventor(s): Yunsong Yang (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): FutureWei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15843484 on 12/15/2017 (900 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a wake-up radio (WUR) receiver of a receiving device includes receiving, from a transmitting device, information conveying a first mode of operation and a second mode of operation, wherein the first mode of operation is used for operating the WUR receiver of the receiving device when the transmitting device does not transmit any WUR beacons and the second mode of operation is used for operating the WUR receiver of the receiving device when the transmitting device transmits WUR beacons periodically, and determining, by the receiving device, that the transmitting device does not transmit any WUR beacons, and based thereon, operating, by the receiving device, the WUR receiver of the receiving device in accordance with the first mode of operation.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Relay reception synchronization system and method
Patent No. 10674490 

Inventor(s): James Earl Womack (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16160728 on 10/15/2018 (596 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for informing a relay node when to receive data. The method includes the relay node being informed of a fixed point in a subframe of data when an access node will begin transmitting relevant data over a physical downlink shared channel. The method further includes the relay node beginning to receive data at approximately the fixed point.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Device, network, and method for communications with opportunistic transmission and reception
Patent No. 10674535 

Inventor(s): Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL), Yuan Xia (Beijing, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15345235 on 11/07/2016 (1303 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method of subframe configuration in licensed-assisted access using long-term evolution (LAA-LTE) with carrier aggregation (CA). A wireless device such as an eNodeB (eNB) may transmit control information in a subframe from a secondary cell (SCell) in downlink control information (DCI) to a user equipment (UE). The SCell may operate in an unlicensed band. The control information may indicate at least one of a non-ending subframe in a data burst, an ending subframe, and a duration of the ending subframe. The duration may be one of a predefined number of orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) symbol durations, and the ending subframe may be a partial or full subframe. A partial ending subframe may use a time slot structure in a time division duplexing (TDD) scheme, e.g., downlink pilot time slots (DwPTS). The eNB may then transmit to the UE data in the subframe according to the control information.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for managing contention in a wireless communications system
Patent No. 10674539 

Inventor(s): Bin Chen (Shenzhen, , CN), George Calcev (Hoffman Estates, IL), Lin Cai (Schaumburg, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15982849 on 05/17/2018 (747 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for transmitting to an access point includes receiving a selection condition and a selection contention period from the access point, and comparing the selection condition to a selection parameter. The method also includes contending for use of a transmission medium during the selection contention period if the selection parameter meets the selection condition.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


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Upper portion of a garment
Patent No. D885713 

Inventor(s): Jody Stein (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Gottlieb, Rackman Reisman, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29667252 on 10/19/2018 (592 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Tableware organizer for large group gatherings
Patent No. D885844 

Inventor(s): Jean Paul Beebe (Ennis, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29647236 on 05/10/2018 (754 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Ammunition cartridge
Patent No. D886231 

Inventor(s): Christopher William Overton (Richardson, TX), Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29630036 on 12/19/2017 (896 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Drain stopper and cleaner
Patent No. D886247 

Inventor(s): Stian Nilsen (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29682755 on 03/07/2019 (453 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Chiminea
Patent No. D886259 

Inventor(s): Phillip W. Bellingan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Mitchell Law PLLC (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29658903 on 08/03/2018 (669 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Roller
Patent No. D886315 

Inventor(s): Christian Hicken (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): BLACKTOP PLUS, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Goodhue, Coleman Owens, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29683998 on 03/18/2019 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Razor cartridge
Patent No. D886377 

Inventor(s): Douglas R. Kohring (Arrowsic, ME), William E. Tucker (Attleboro, MA)
Assignee(s): ShaveLogic, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Leber IP Law (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29656463 on 07/12/2018 (691 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cosmetic compact
Patent No. D886385 

Inventor(s): Jenny DeMarco Staab (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29686533 on 04/04/2019 (425 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet toy
Patent No. D886397 

Inventor(s): Nicholas Baker (Fort Worth, TX), Sunil Pinto (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29640555 on 03/15/2018 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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