Dallas Invents: 144 Patents Granted for Week of April 13

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

Patents granted include:
STMicroelectronics' context awareness of a smart device
Berg's inhalable pharma compositions
Toyota's invisible sound barrier
Proof of Life's life detection system
SwipeSense's system for more accurate hygiene compliance determinations
BlackBerry Limited's optimized short message transport
Bank of America's synthesized voice authentication engine
McKesson's methods for determining patient financial responsibility for multiple prescription products

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 April 13, 2021 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES 12
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING 14
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY 5
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 5
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING 12
G: PHYSICS 41
H: ELECTRICITY 48
DESIGN: 7


TOP ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 24
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 5
Capital One Services LLC (McLean, VA) 4
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY) 4
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 4
Bank of America Corp. (Charlotte, NC) 3
Flowserve Management Company (Irving) 3
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 3
STMicroelectronics Inc. (Coppell) 3
UNASSIGNED 12


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Hongyan Lei (Plano) 2
Jory Sprowl (Honey Grove) 2
Manu Kurian (Dallas) 2
Roy R. Pelfrey (Sherman) 2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Gig with multiple spear head assemblies attached to a stringer
Patent No. 10973214 

Inventor(s): Justin Grudzinski (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Sheri Higgins Law, PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16218799 on 12/13/2018 (852 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gig comprises a shaft; a spear head assembly comprising: a spear shaft; one or more spear prongs located at a first end of the spear shaft; and a ring, wherein the ring is secured to the spear shaft; and a stringer, wherein the stringer is removably or slidably connected to the ring. There can be more than one spear head assembly that can be used to spear more than one fish. Each of the spear head assemblies can be connected to the stringer via the rings whereby the fish can remain in the water until such time as it is desired to remove the fish. At that point, a person can simply draw the stringer towards them in order to retrieve the fish.

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


Eating utensil for feeding infants
Patent No. 10973350 

Inventor(s): Faisal Khan (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16152972 on 10/05/2018 (921 days app to issue)

Abstract: An eating utensil adapted for feeding infants includes an elongated handle, having a neck connected to a first end of the elongated handle; a feeding head secured to the neck, the feeding head having a soft outer shell; and a core composed of cotton and extending from the neck into an interior of the feeding head; the core maintains the shape of the feeding head; the soft outer shell provides a barrier between an infant”s mouth and the core.

[A47G] HOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT (book-ends A47B 65/00; knives B26B)


Methods, systems, and apparatus for identifying and tracking involuntary movement diseases
Patent No. 10973454 

Inventor(s): Romelia H. Flores (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Kunzler Bean Adamson (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16058807 on 08/08/2018 (979 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods that can that can identify involuntary movement diseases are provided. One method includes sensing, by a set of sensors of a computing device, behavior of a user while the user interacts with the computing device and identifying, by a processor of the computing device, involuntary movement patterns for the user based on one or more characteristics of the sensed behavior. Systems and apparatus that can include, perform, and/or implement the methods are also provided.

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


Steerable suture retriever
Patent No. 10973512 

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: 16874567 on 05/14/2020 (334 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)


Laser hair treatment system
Patent No. 10973577 

Inventor(s): Stephan Martinez (Haltom City, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15466536 on 03/22/2017 (1483 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for hair treatment. The system includes a vacuum system configured to apply negative pressure of the scalp of a user and a laser system operably associated with the vacuum system and configured to emit light to a hair follicle of the user to promote hair growth. The method includes promoting blood flow on the scalp with the vacuum system and stimulating hair growth with the laser system. The system and method being routed through a dual layered helmet configured to include a central vacuum chamber for the equal distribution of pressure to the scalp.

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


Systems for reverse shoulder implants
Patent No. 10973645 

Inventor(s): Sumant Krishnan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Tornier Orthopedics Ireland, Ltd. (Cork, , IE)
Law Firm: Duane Morris LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16020873 on 06/27/2018 (1021 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include a convertible prosthesis that is capable of conversion from a humeral head replacement to a reverse reconstruction without any removal of parts integrated into the patient”s bony anatomy (e.g. implant stems). A desired overall implant inclination angle may be achieved by matching various implant stems with various reverse inserts, thus permitting a resection surface to be matched with an implant stem selection while also permitting a desired overall implant inclination angle to be achieved through the selection of an appropriate insert.

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


Compression belts for selective chest compression following thoracic and cardiothoracic surgery and for rib fracture stabilization
Patent No. 10973672 

Inventor(s): Leslie D. White (Dallas, TX), Michael W. Freitas (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): PELVICBINDER, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16152138 on 10/04/2018 (922 days app to issue)

Abstract: A compression belt encircles a selected portion of a patient”s body to provide temporary compression. The compression belt comprises an elongated belt body having first and second free ends free, a tensioning cord, a handle attached to the end of the tensioning cord, closing mechanism providing a mechanical advantage, a one-way tension mechanism and a selective release mechanism. Pulling the handle causes the closing mechanism to pull the first and second free ends closer together to compress the patient”s body and engage the one-way tension mechanism that maintains compression even in the absence of continued pulling of the handle, unless the selective release mechanism is activated to release the compression. A buffer made of compressible material can be attached to the underside of the belt body to provide inward pressure when the belt is tightened. The belt body can further include a respiratory expansion panel that elongates elastically under tension.

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


Inhalable pharmaceutical compositions
Patent No. 10973763 

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: 13526333 on 06/18/2012 (3221 days app to issue)

Abstract: Inhalable pharmaceutical compositions can include an aqueous dispersion of particles including a hydrophobic bioactive agent (e.g., CoQ10) suitable for continuous aerosolization. Due to their chemical composition and methods of manufacture, the pharmaceutical compositions exhibit distinctive physicochemical properties that provide advantageous aerosol transmission and output.

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


Golf club
Patent No. 10974106 

Inventor(s): John Kendall (Wylie, TX), Justin Honea (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC. (Carlsbad, CA)
Law Firm: Dawsey Co., LPA (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16853159 on 04/20/2020 (358 days app to issue)

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

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


Golf putting training aid
Patent No. 10974115 

Inventor(s): Enrico G T Pianori (Arlington, TX), James Donn Hethcock, Jr. (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16266062 on 02/02/2019 (801 days app to issue)

Abstract: A golfing appartaus for assisting a golfer in putting includes a guide member adapted to encourage only certain motions during the golf swing to improve the engagement of ball with club and subsequently improve ball control, trajectory and speed. Further the golfing apparatus includes a movable member configured to slide along a path defined by the guide member and coupled with the putter handle. The guide member is afixed to the waist of a golfer. The guide member is curved to follow a natural rotation of arms and shoulders of the golfer and can be adjusted for proper angle that best fits a golfer”s stance and has a second planar back stop surface to further align and control the movement of the putter club head, thereby assisting the golfer in putting.

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


Advanced gaming visualization system
Patent No. 10974134 

Inventor(s): Ivan Arbouzov (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Incyte Corporation (Wilmington, DE)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16439157 on 06/12/2019 (671 days app to issue)

Abstract: A monocular unit permits visualization of image data received from an imaging device associated with a mobile computing device. The image data is displayed on a display of the mobile computing device. A trigger unit indicates a trigger actuation, where the trigger unit includes a trigger and a trigger bar, and where the trigger bar is moved by actuation of the trigger. A mounting component mounts the mobile computing device in relation to the monocular unit and the trigger unit. Adjustment wheels permit adjustment of the position of the mobile computing device in relation to the monocular unit, the trigger unit, and the mounting component.

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


Endotrophin neutralization and use thereof
Patent No. 10975142 

Inventor(s): Jiyoung Park (Dallas, TX), Philipp Erich Scherer (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16244097 on 01/09/2019 (825 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to methods and reagents for increasing chemosensitivity to platinum-based chemotherapy. In one aspect, a method of increasing chemosensitivity to platinum-based chemotherapy is provided, comprising administering to a patient in need thereof an effective amount of an endotrophin-neutralizing agent. The agent can be a monoclonal antibody, or fragment thereof, capable of binding to the C5 domain of the alpha3 chain of collagen VI. In some embodiments, the method can further include administering an effective amount of thiazolidinedione to said patient.

[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

Multi-mode fluid nozzles
Patent No. 10974259 

Inventor(s): Xinqi Rong (Karamay, , CN)
Assignee(s): Innomist LLC (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16249877 on 01/16/2019 (818 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-mode fluid nozzle includes a generally-cylindrical mixing chamber with a stream mode fluid inlet connected to one side of the chamber, a fluid outlet connected to the opposite side of the chamber and a plurality of mist mode fluid inlets connected to the periphery of the chamber. The discharge pattern of the multi-mode fluid nozzle is dependent upon the inlets from which fluid enters the mixing chamber such that when the fluid enters the mixing chamber through the stream mode fluid inlet, the fluid exits the fluid outlet in a stream flow discharge pattern, when the fluid enters the mixing chamber through the mist mode fluid inlets, the fluid exits the fluid outlet in a mist flow discharge pattern and when the fluid enters the mixing chamber through the stream mode and the mist mode fluid inlets, the fluid exits the fluid outlet in a droplet flow discharge pattern.

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


Sprinkler deflector head with device to machine adjustment
Patent No. 10974261 

Inventor(s): Jon Cameron (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15852283 on 12/22/2017 (1208 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method to direct a communication from a user device to rotate a deflector guide located proximal to a sprinkler head. The sprinkler head rests on a sealed bottom ring comprised of a waterwheel, transformer, rotating slider, and D2M communications device. When water is deployed from the sprinkler head, the waterwheel inside the sealed bottom ring rotates to generate energy. This starts the communication device which maintains a D2M communication signal until the water is turned off. The communication device is managed by a user on a user device through a user interface. After communication signal is selected in the user interface of the user device, the deflector head responds to commands and pivots along a circular path. The deflector comprises an opening that limits the spray from the sprinkler head to a more limited range than if the deflector was not used.

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


Pivoting razors
Patent No. 10974404 

Inventor(s): Craig A. Provost (Newport Beach, CA), John W. Griffin (Moultonborough, NH), William E. Tucker (Plymouth, MA)
Assignee(s): SHAVELOGIC, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Leber IP Law (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16356227 on 03/18/2019 (757 days app to issue)

Abstract: Replaceable shaving assemblies are disclosed that include a blade unit, an interface element configured to removably connect the blade unit to a handle, on which the blade unit is pivotably mounted, and an elastomeric element disposed between the blade unit and interface element. Shaving systems including such shaving assemblies are also disclosed, as are methods of using such shaving systems.

[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)


Method of making a paper straw with a bend
Patent No. 10974477 

Inventor(s): Wei Hsu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16536847 on 08/09/2019 (613 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of making a paper straw with a bend includes coating a strip of paper with polyethylene on a first side and a second side of the strip of paper; cutting the strip of paper to a desired length; providing a spring apparatus of a predetermined length; rolling the strip of paper around the spring apparatus such that the strip of paper partially overlaps with itself to form a straw, the polyethylene holding the strip of paper in a rolled position; applying steam to the straw; and bending the straw to create a bend, the straw remains bent; and removing the spring apparatus from the straw.

[B31D] MAKING ARTICLES OF PAPER, CARDBOARD OR MATERIAL WORKED IN A MANNER ANALOGOUS TO PAPER, NOT PROVIDED FOR IN SUBCLASSES B31B OR B31C (manufacture by dry processes of articles made from particles or fibres consisting of wood or other lignocellulosic or like organic material B27N; making layered products not composed wholly of paper or cardboard B32B; making articles from cellulosic fibrous suspensions, e.g. wood pulp, D21J)


Limit for compressor speed based on inverter temperature for air conditioner in vehicle
Patent No. 10974570 

Inventor(s): Hidekazu Hirabayashi (Ann Arbor, MI), Netsanet S. Chevers (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: 15957820 on 04/19/2018 (1090 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that limits the speed of the compressor to allow for the adoption or use of an internal heat exchanger. The HVAC system includes a compressor configured to drive refrigerant flow and an inverter configured to control a speed of the compressor. The HVAC system includes a first sensor configured to measure a temperature of the inverter and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to obtain, from the first sensor, the temperature of the inverter. The electronic control unit is configured to determine a range of speeds for the compressor based on the obtained temperature of the inverter. The electronic control unit is configured to operate the compressor within the determined range of speeds.

[B60H] ARRANGEMENTS OR ADAPTATIONS OF HEATING, COOLING, VENTILATING, OR OTHER AIR-TREATING DEVICES SPECIALLY FOR PASSENGER OR GOODS SPACES OF VEHICLES


Truck bed swing-out rail for tailgating accessories
Patent No. 10974657 

Inventor(s): David Wentworth (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: 16687099 on 11/18/2019 (512 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rack system for a vehicle includes a first rack member rotatably coupled to a support element in a cargo bed of the vehicle, a second rack member rotatably coupled to the first rack member, and a third rack member coupled to first rack member so as to be rotatable with respect to the first rack member independently of the second rack member. The rack members may be stowed when not in use, and deployed when the vehicle is stationary to enable various accessories to be mounted from the rack members. This enables the accessories to be spatially arranged for use according to user preferences and convenience.

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


Life detection system
Patent No. 10974676 

Inventor(s): Erik C. Hatfield (Denton, TX), Michael D. White (Krum, TX)
Assignee(s): Proof of Life Innovations LLC (Krum, TX)
Law Firm: Zarley Law Firm, P.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16239702 on 01/04/2019 (830 days app to issue)

Abstract: A life and property protection system including a monitoring member having a plurality of sensors and devices for monitoring the interior of the vehicle and communicating with phone devices of designated individuals and 911 dispatch. The system has an activation mode that is triggered when motion is detected, a pre-alarm mode triggered when preset criteria is met, and an alarm mode when the system is not manually reset after a preset time period following a text to designated phone devices.

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


System, method, and computer-readable storage medium for traffic intersection navigation
Patent No. 10974732 

Inventor(s): Vladimeros Vladimerou (Whitmore Lake, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16240053 on 01/04/2019 (830 days app to issue)

Abstract: A host vehicle includes a plurality of sensors communicably coupled to the host vehicle. Additionally, the host vehicle includes processing circuitry configured to map-match a location of the host vehicle in response to approaching a traffic intersection, receive traffic intersection information from the plurality of sensors in response to approaching the traffic intersection, the plurality of sensors having a predetermined field of view corresponding to a host vehicle field of view, estimate a driver field of view based on the host vehicle field of view, determine whether navigating through the traffic intersection is safe based on the driver field of view, and modify driver operation in response to a determination that navigation through the traffic intersection is not safe based on the driver field of view.

[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]


Trolley and method for moving long pallets
Patent No. 10974749 

Inventor(s): Bruce Kevin Kuhl (Grand Island, NE), Douglas G. Tank (Wood River, NE), Jamye Lee Sautter (Grand Island, NE), Jason Peterson (Grand Island, NE), Jordan Ly”Ron Pearson (Grand Island, NE), Kent Kaiser (Grand Island, NE), Sa
Assignee(s): OVERHEAD DOOR CORPORATION (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15960313 on 04/23/2018 (1086 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pallet trolley includes: a frame having two ends, the frame defining a longitudinal axis; a handle assembly attached to the frame; a first wheel assembly attached to the frame at one end; and a second wheel assembly attached to the frame at the other end, the first and second wheel assemblies are oriented to allow the pallet trolley to roll in a direction other than parallel to the longitudinal axis of the frame. A method of moving a pallet includes: providing a pallet trolley having first and second wheel assemblies; locating the first and second wheel assemblies under a pallet; lowering the pallet onto the trolley; and moving the pallet on the trolley and a fork truck.

[B62B] HAND-PROPELLED VEHICLES, e.g. HAND CARTS OR PERAMBULATORS; SLEDGES (characterised by animal propulsion B62C; propulsion of sledges by driver or engine B62M)


Latch assembly for shock strut
Patent No. 10974819 

Inventor(s): William E. Luce (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Goodrich Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16171048 on 10/25/2018 (901 days app to issue)

Abstract: A latch assembly for a shock strut may comprise a first linkage coupled to a strut cylinder and a shrink piston of the shock strut. A second linkage may be coupled to the strut cylinder. The second linkage may be configured to rotate the first linkage in response to the shock strut translating between a landing gear up position and a landing gear down position.

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


Anti-tail buffet system
Patent No. 10974822 

Inventor(s): Jouyoung Jason Choi (Southlake, TX), Michael Reaugh Smith (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16169745 on 10/24/2018 (902 days app to issue)

Abstract: An anti-tail buffet device leverages existing rotorcraft components to attenuate a tailboom”s lateral ”ringing” from air buffeting. Anti-buffet masses are tuned to the tailboom”s lateral-bending or torsional natural frequency such that when lateral motion occurs, the response at this frequency is cancelled by the anti-buffet system, preventing this vibration from entering into the tailboom structure. Motion stops prevent over-travel. The mass of the tail rotor actuator is soft-mounted, such that its natural frequency is equal to the tailboom”s lateral-bending or torsional natural frequency. When lateral loading occurs on the tail rotor disk, the lateral response at this frequency is attenuated by the soft-mounted tail rotor actuator, thereby preventing the vibration in the tailboom structure.

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


System and method for maintaining and configuring rotorcraft
Patent No. 10974851 

Inventor(s): Daniel Wesley Rowe (Mansfield, TX), Jeremy Robert Chavez (Colleyville, TX), Mark Howard Thomson (Arlington, TX), Peter Shultz (Hurst, TX), Thomas Kurt Schneider (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16186158 on 11/09/2018 (886 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a method includes: collecting usage and maintenance data for a rotorcraft at a computer of the rotorcraft; sending the usage and maintenance data to a fleet management server; generating individualized equipment data for the rotorcraft according to the usage and maintenance data at the fleet management server, the individualized equipment data including a lightweight digital representation of the rotorcraft and technical publications for the rotorcraft, the lightweight digital representation including mesh-based 3D visualizations of each component of the rotorcraft, the technical publications having views referencing the mesh-based 3D visualizations; sending the individualized equipment data to the computer of the rotorcraft; and persisting the individualized equipment data at the computer of the rotorcraft.

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


Container cover, dispenser and method of use
Patent No. 10974890 

Inventor(s): Sherwood Nol Wagner (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Colhurst Covers, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Hitchcock Evert LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16830472 on 03/26/2020 (383 days app to issue)

Abstract: A container cover and dispenser system is disclosed herein. The cover fits over a container and allows a user to access contents through an opening. The cover may include a notch to leave an open section for a user to access the contents. The dispenser may hold a roll of container covers that may be pulled out and individually removed from the roll. The dispenser may include a protrusion to create a tab and notch design on the removed covers to facilitate users” access of the contents.

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


Device and method for aligning material sheets
Patent No. 10974919 

Inventor(s): Robert Patrick (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Cionca IP Law P.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16536072 on 08/08/2019 (614 days app to issue)

Abstract: A material aligning device having a plurality of sine waves, wherein the sine waves can be in the form of protrusions repeating along an outer surface of a roller. The material aligning device provides an oscillation to the material sheet moving on it to cancel its vibrations, which allows for faster and improved alignment while printing, web converting, and during other similar processes. The material aligning device also relieves the high amount of tension typically necessary for the printing, converting, and other similar material processing using machines. The reduction in tension also reduces the likelihood of the material sheet being overly stretched or for it to rip.

[B65H] HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES


 

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

Acesulfame potassium compositions and processes for producing same
Patent No. 10975047 

Inventor(s): Arvind Yadav (Hessen, , IN), Christoph Mollenkopf (Frankfurt am Main, , DE), Peter Groer (Babenhausen, , DE)
Assignee(s): Celanese International Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Dority Manning, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16984356 on 08/04/2020 (252 days app to issue)

Abstract: Improved processes for producing high purity acesulfame potassium. In one embodiment, the process comprises the steps of contacting a solvent, e.g., dichloromethane, and a cyclizing agent, e.g., sulfur trioxide, to form a cyclizing agent composition and reacting an acetoacetamide salt with the cyclizing agent in the composition to form a cyclic sulfur trioxide adduct. The contact time is less than 60 minutes. The process also comprises forming from the cyclic sulfur trioxide adduct composition a finished acesulfame potassium composition comprising non-chlorinated, e.g., non-chlorinated, acesulfame potassium and less than 35 wppm 5-halo acesulfame potassium, preferably less than 5 wppm.

[C07D] HETEROCYCLIC COMPOUNDS (macromolecular compounds C08) [2]


High flow fiber-reinforced propylene composition having low emissions
Patent No. 10975233 

Inventor(s): Jimmy Kanuteh (Offenbach am Main, , DE), Juergen Stuermer (Giessen, , DE), Markus Dehe (Lahnstein, , DE), Paul Kenny (Holmen, WI), Timothy L. Tibor (Winona, MN), Uta Schoenwald-Otten (Rodenbach, , DE)
Assignee(s): Celanese International Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Dority Manning, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15865306 on 01/09/2018 (1190 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fiber-reinforced polymer composition that contains a polymer matrix and a plurality of long reinforcing fibers that are distributed within the polymer matrix is provided. The polymer matrix contains a propylene polymer and constitutes from about 30 wt. % to about 90 wt. % of the composition. The fibers constitute from about 10 wt. % to about 70 wt. % of the composition. Further, the polymer composition exhibits a spiral flow length of about 450 millimeters or more as determined in accordance with ASTM D3123-09 and a volatile organic content of about 100 micrograms per gram or less as determined by VDA 277.

[C08L] COMPOSITIONS OF MACROMOLECULAR COMPOUNDS (compositions based on polymerisable monomers C08F, C08G; artificial filaments or fibres D01F; textile treating compositions D06) [2]


Polyol compositions for hot melt adhesives
Patent No. 10975277 

Inventor(s): Zhijin Chen (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): IFS Industries Inc. (Reading, PA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15888909 on 02/05/2018 (1163 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are polyether and polyesters polyol condensations. The polyols are uniquely suited for ease of manufacture and improved adhesive characteristics particularly for low surface energy materials. The materials can be used in urethane adhesives.

[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]


Method and composition comprising hydrolyzed starch
Patent No. 10975404 

Inventor(s): Justin A. French (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): The Quaker Oats Company (Chicago, IL)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15930631 on 05/13/2020 (335 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and composition comprising hydrolyzed starch. In a first aspect, the method comprises several steps. A first step comprises combining at least a portion of pulse and a suitable enzyme to form an enzyme-pulse starting mixture. The enzyme-pulse starting mixture comprises starch. A second step comprises heating the enzyme-pulse starting mixture to between about 48.89 C. and about 93.33 C. to begin to hydrolyze the starch, thereby providing a heated pulse mixture. A third step comprises extruding the heated pulse mixture to continue hydrolyzing the starch and further to gelatinize and cook the heated pulse mixture thereby providing a pulse product comprising gelatinized, hydrolyzed starch. In a second aspect, the invention provides a composition comprising at least a portion of pulse, and the at least a portion of pulse comprises gelatinized, hydrolyzed starch.

[C12P] FERMENTATION OR ENZYME-USING PROCESSES TO SYNTHESISE A DESIRED CHEMICAL COMPOUND OR COMPOSITION OR TO SEPARATE OPTICAL ISOMERS FROM A RACEMIC MIXTURE [3]


Method of manufacturing a heat pipe
Patent No. 10975488 

Inventor(s): Evan B. Fleming (Ann Arbor, MI), Gaohua Zhu (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jordan IP Law, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16540513 on 08/14/2019 (608 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of manufacturing a heat transfer device includes manipulating the microstructure of a metal alloy to thereby remove one or more chemical components of the alloy to form resultant heat pipe structure having an envelope composed of the precursor metal alloy and a porous wick structure composed of the dealloyed metal. Manipulation of the microstructure may be conducted by selective etching of a substrate composed of a metal or metal alloy using a dealloying process.

[C25D] PROCESSES FOR THE ELECTROLYTIC OR ELECTROPHORETIC PRODUCTION OF COATINGS; ELECTROFORMING (manufacturing printed circuits by metal deposition H05K 3/18); JOINING WORKPIECES BY ELECTROLYSIS; APPARATUS THEREFOR (anodic or cathodic protection C23F 13/00; single-crystal growth C30B) [6]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Bridge heating system and method of use
Patent No. 10975531 

Inventor(s): Jackson Tyler Christie (Midlothian, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15957359 on 04/19/2018 (1090 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bridge heating system includes mounting boxes, each of the mounting boxes having one or more access doors; and one or more mounting points to provide a point to attach the mounting boxes to an underneath side of a bridge; the one or more access doors are to provide access to an interior of the mounting box; heating devices secured inside each of the mounting boxes; a control system, having a thermostat; a heat generator; and a power source; the heat generator is to heat the devices; the control system is to activate heating devices based upon a predetermined temperature recorded by the thermostat.

[E01C] CONSTRUCTION OF, OR SURFACES FOR, ROADS, SPORTS GROUNDS, OR THE LIKE; MACHINES OR AUXILIARY TOOLS FOR CONSTRUCTION OR REPAIR (forming road or like surfaces by compacting or grading snow or ice E01H)


Degradable abrasive for erosive jet cutting
Patent No. 10975626 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zach Walton (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16067679 on 03/24/2016 (1846 days app to issue)

Abstract: An erosive jet can propel degradable, abrasive grit conveyed in a carrier fluid to erode a downhole structure, such as a tubular (e.g., cutting through a tubular) or formation (e.g., perforation actions). The abrasive grit can be selected to degrade or dissolve in the wellbore fluid (e.g., in carrier fluid pumped into the wellbore or in fluid originating from the wellbore). The abrasive grit can provide increased cutting or erosion efficiency in the erosive jet during the cutting operation, then may degrade (e.g., dissolve) in the wellbore fluid to avoid certain complications, such as clogging or residue build-up in the wellbore formation or on downhole equipment. A degradation accelerator can be introduced (e.g., in carrier fluid) to accelerate degradation of the abrasive grit in the wellbore fluid. Degradation accelerators can be temperature-activated, pH-activated, or otherwise time-delayed so the abrasive grit remains sufficiently intact to perform the desired erosion operation.

[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]


Tubing guide stabilization
Patent No. 10975634 

Inventor(s): Antonio Ruiz (Fort Worth, TX), Kevin Edwin AuBuchon (Fort Worth, TX), Marcus Joseph Doran (Arlington, TX), Timothy Scott Steffenhagen (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO, L.P. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16131291 on 09/14/2018 (942 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to novel and advantageous devices, systems, and methods for stabilizing a coiled tubing guide extending from a coiled tubing unit. Stabilization of the guide may mitigate movement of the guide from lateral operational forces. The guide may be stabilized by clamping or anchoring a connection point between the guide and the unit, such as between the guide and a coiled tubing injector frame or a tubing guide mount coupled to the coiled tubing injector frame. In general, a clamp or other mechanism may operate to preload the pinned connection with a prescribed force. The direction of the force may be perpendicular, or near perpendicular, to an axis of rotation about which lateral loading on the guide causes moment forces.

[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]


Box by pin perforating gun system and methods
Patent No. 10975671 

Inventor(s): Charles Levine (Waxahachie, TX), William Richard Collins (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): Hunting Titan, Inc. (Pampa, TX)
Law Firm: Arnold Saunders, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16299952 on 03/12/2019 (763 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for a perforating gun having a box by pin perforating gun system using swaged down gun bodies. The box by pin perforating gun system may include a removable cartridge to hold a detonator with a switch and an insulated charge holder as an electrical feed-through.

[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]


Use of natural gas for well enhancement
Patent No. 10975674 

Inventor(s): Koby Knight (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): STABILIS ENERGY LLC (Beaumont, TX)
Law Firm: Locklar PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16508845 on 07/11/2019 (642 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for producing hydrocarbons includes the steps of a) providing a source of liquefied natural gas (LNG), b) regasifying the LNG at the well, c) pressurizing the regasified LNG above the formation pressure, d) injecting the pressurized LNG into the well, e) allowing the injection stream to flow into the producing formation, and f) recovering and transporting the regasified LNG and produced gas from the formation. The injection stream may include at least 85% methane and no more than 5 PPM water. Step f) may be carried out without separating the recovered gases. Step d) may continue for at least 24 hours. Step b) may comprise passing the LNG through a vaporizer. Step c) may be carried out before step b). An apparatus for injecting regasified LNG into a hydrocarbon formation may comprise an LNG tank, a vaporizer, a compressor, and a fluid connection to the producing formation.

[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

 

Valve adapter connection assembly
Patent No. 10975862 

Inventor(s): Jake Buford (The Colony, TX), Khashayar A. Nashery (Dallas, TX), Mark A. Michnevitz (Frisco, TX), Roy R. Pelfrey (Sherman, TX)
Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16112270 on 08/24/2018 (963 days app to issue)

Abstract: A self-centering valve adapter connection assembly includes a first equipment flange that is connected to a second equipment flange with an adapter ring. The adapter ring includes a first longitudinal flange with a tapered inner surface and a cylindrical outer surface. The adapter ring aids in centering the first and second equipment flanges while smoothing a fluid flow corridor between the first equipment flange and the second equipment flange.

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


Packing nut locking apparatus and methods
Patent No. 10975905 

Inventor(s): Ryan Payne (Granbury, TX), Wesley Freed (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): FORUM US, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson Sheridan, L.L.P. (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16676217 on 11/06/2019 (524 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to packing nut locking apparatus and methods for fluid ends, and associated components thereof. In one implementation a fluid end apparatus includes a fluid end body having an outer surface, and one or more stay rods disposed at least partially externally to the outer surface of the fluid end body. The fluid end also includes one or more packing nuts, and a lock assembly. The lock assembly includes a first block in contact with the one or more stay rods, and a second block in contact with the one or more packing nuts.

[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)


Radially and axially self-aligning split seal ring
Patent No. 10975967 

Inventor(s): Glenn Robert Owens, Jr. (Kalamazoo, MI), Mark David Volz (Scotts, MI)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Maine Cernota Rardin (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16325026 on 09/12/2017 (1309 days app to issue)

Abstract: A split seal ring having end faces that self-align in both the axial and radial directions is prepared by forming an opposing first pair of angled grooves extending from an inner edge partway across the seal ring inner diameter, and a second pair of angled grooves extending from the inner edge partway across the seal ring rear surface. In embodiments, corresponding grooves meet to form V-shapes. Additional grooves can extend from the outer edge partway across the inner diameter. Corresponding grooves extending from the outer and inner edges on the inner diameter can terminate at locations that are offset radially and/or angularly. By applying an outward force, the seal ring is split at the groove locations into split ring sections having mating end faces. The resulting end face geometry is sufficiently complex to cause both radial and axial realignment as the seal ring halves are mated together.

[F16J] PISTONS; CYLINDERS; PRESSURE VESSELS IN GENERAL; SEALINGS


Drive shaft axle seal for performance testing of transmissions
Patent No. 10975968 

Inventor(s): Andrea L. Hudson (Fraziers Bottom, WV), Jason W. McFarland (Buffalo, WV), Mike Taylor (Ashton, WV)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16198070 on 11/21/2018 (874 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a fluid seal to prevent fluid and lubricant loss during automotive transmission testing. The fluid seal may be disposed on a surface of an axle shaft such that a variety of transmissions may be evaluated without replacement of the axle shaft, a laborious and ergonomically stressful task. Moreover, the fluid seal may be disposed on a standard collar of the axle shaft for interaction with an internal surface of a transmission coupler.

[F16J] PISTONS; CYLINDERS; PRESSURE VESSELS IN GENERAL; SEALINGS


Valve plug assembly for pressure regulator
Patent No. 10975971 

Inventor(s): Chun Lin (McKinney, TX), Roy R. Pelfrey (Sherman, TX)
Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16509910 on 07/12/2019 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: A valve plug adapted for sealing engagement with a seat ring. The valve plug includes a cylindrical body with an annular flange having a groove. A pair of bores is disposed in the body, each bore having a first diameter, a first end, and a second end disposed within the body. Each bore is also adapted to receive a fastener to couple the valve plug to a mounting portion, and a recess is disposed at the second end of the bore, forming a stepped portion. The recess is adapted to receive at least one of a portion of a retainer or a portion of the fastener. A sealing disk is disposed within the groove of the annular flange and is one of a machined sealing disk or a molded sealing disk.

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


Position sensors for valve systems and related assemblies, systems and methods
Patent No. 10975985 

Inventor(s): Bruce J. Butler (Payson, UT), Michael P. Nelson (Lehi, UT)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16642754 on 12/05/2017 (1225 days app to issue)

Abstract: Positioner assemblies may be configured to sense at least one position of at least a portion of a valve assembly that is moved along a first axis of movement. A movable element of the positioner assembly is configured to rotate about a second axis of movement, where the first axis of movement is substantially parallel to the second axis of movement. Valve systems and methods of sensing a position of a component of a valve system may include such a positioner assembly.

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


Seismic conduit joint connector
Patent No. 10975991 

Inventor(s): Jim Jones (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): REVELATION CONNECTION TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Los Angeles, CA)
Law Firm: Duane Morris LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15817357 on 11/20/2017 (1240 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gripping element includes a body extending lengthwise from a first end to a second end. The body includes a first wall, a second wall extending from the first wall, and a third wall extending between the first wall and the second wall. The first wall, the second wall, and the third wall collectively define a hollow interior of the body. The body also defines an opening at each of its first and second ends. The opening at each of the first and second ends is in communication with the hollow interior of the body to permit an elastomeric material to be received within the opening at the first end of the body, within the hollow interior of the body, and within the opening at the second end of the body.

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


Flexible object with decorative light
Patent No. 10976014 

Inventor(s): Cheng-Chun Zhang (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): Gemmy Industries Corporation (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Muncy, Geissler, Olds Lowe, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16773247 on 01/27/2020 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: A flexible object has a flexible body being flexible and at least one decorative light attached to the flexible body and having a light strand and multiple threads. The light strand of each one of the at least one decorative light has a cord and multiple light emission diode units. The multiple light emission diode units are electrically connected to one another in series via the cord and are arranged along the cord. The multiple threads of each one of the at least one decorative light are sewed on the flexible body to fix the light strand of the decorative light to the flexible body. The multiple threads of each one of the at least one decorative light has a first thread wavily extending along and across the cord of the light strand of the decorative light.

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


Decorative lights and related methods
Patent No. 10976017 

Inventor(s): Cheng-Chun Zhang (Shenzhen, , CN), Lio Yenwei Chang (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): GEMMY INDUSTRIES CORP. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16520805 on 07/24/2019 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: A decorative light can include: a housing defining an interior space and having an open front; a cover mounted to the open front of the housing, the cover including a beam-splitter light lens shade and a substantially planar lens portion disposed around the beam-splitter light lens shade; a motor located in the interior space of the housing, the motor including an output shaft; a first light module located in the interior space and including first light units disposed about the output shaft of the motor, where the output shaft is rotatable with respect to the first light units; a second light module located in the interior space and including second light units disposed about the output shaft of the motor, wherein the output shaft is rotatable with respect to the second light units; and a rotating lens module connected to the output shaft of the motor for rotation.

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


Direct LED lighting system and method
Patent No. 10976022 

Inventor(s): Dan Kelleher (Plano, TX), Derek B. Vinson (Frisco, TX), George Berman (Dallas, TX), John F. Barr (Garland, TX), Kent Solberg (Murphy, TX), Labon Ruth (Highland Village, TX), Marty Masias (Plano, TX), Ramin Safavi (Pla
Assignee(s): Luminator Holding LP (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16264178 on 01/31/2019 (803 days app to issue)

Abstract: A direct lighting system and method is provided that includes a plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) secured within a light fixture. The lighting system further includes a diffusive transmissive element adapted to transmit light from the LEDs therethrough and provide diffused light to an area requiring illumination.

[F21V] FUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS OF LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF; STRUCTURAL COMBINATIONS OF LIGHTING DEVICES WITH OTHER ARTICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [7]


Cooking apparatus and method for use of same
Patent No. 10976059 

Inventor(s): Paul Robert Artt (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): QNC, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16931791 on 07/17/2020 (270 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cooking apparatus and method for use of the same are disclosed that utilize forced convection and radiant heating cooking. In one embodiment, the cooking apparatus includes an oven housing defining a cooking chamber, a circulation chamber, and a catalyst chamber. The catalyst chamber is superposed to the circulation chamber and the circulation chamber is superposed to the cooking chamber. Heating elements are located in at least one of the cooking chamber and the circulation chamber. An airflow circulation loop is located between the cooking chamber and the circulation chamber. An exhaust airflow path is provided from the circulation chamber to the catalyst chamber to an exterior of the oven housing. A fan subassembly is located within the oven housing and the fan subassembly circulates convection air along the airflow circulation loop with a portion of the convection air being diverted into the exhaust airflow path.

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


Method of and system for detecting loss of refrigerant charge
Patent No. 10976064 

Inventor(s): David Omlor (Flower Mound, TX), LiYing Guo (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16445405 on 06/19/2019 (664 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of determining loss of refrigerant charge in a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The method includes receiving, using a controller, a plurality of temperature values from a plurality of temperature sensors placed at multiple locations within the HVAC system and calculating, using the controller using the plurality of temperature values, a plurality of temperature-dependent values. The method further includes determining, using the controller, whether a first temperature-dependent value of the plurality of temperature-dependent values is above a first predetermined temperature value and responsive to a determination that the first temperature-dependent value is above the first predetermined temperature value, transmitting, using the controller to a user interface, a notification indicating that the HVAC system is operating with low refrigerant charge.

[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)


 

P H Y S I C S

Context awareness of a smart device through sensing transient and continuous events
Patent No. 10976337 

Inventor(s): Arun Kumar (New Delhi, , IN), Ghanapriya Singh (New Delhi, , IN), Mahesh Chowdhary (San Jose, CA), Rajendar Bahl (New Delhi, , IN)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16257694 on 01/25/2019 (809 days app to issue)

Abstract: A distributed computing system for artificial intelligence in autonomously appreciating a circumstance context of a smart device. Raw context data is detected by sensors associated with the smart device. The raw context data is pre-processed by the smart device and then provided to a cloud based server for further processing. At the cloud based server, various sets of feature data are obtained from the pre-processed context data. The various sets of feature data are compared with corresponding classification parameters to determine a classification of a continuous event and/or a classification of transient event, if any, which occur in the context. The determined classification of the continuous event and the transient event will be used to autonomously configure the smart device or another related smart device to fit the context.

[G01P] MEASURING LINEAR OR ANGULAR SPEED, ACCELERATION, DECELERATION OR SHOCK; INDICATING PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF MOVEMENT; INDICATING DIRECTION OF MOVEMENT (measuring angular rate using gyroscopic effects G01C 19/00; combined measuring devices for measuring two or more variables of movement G01C 23/00; measuring velocity of sound G01H 5/00; measuring velocity of light G01J 7/00; determining direction or velocity of solid objects by reflection or reradiation of radio or other waves and based on propagation effects, e.g. Doppler effect, propagation time or direction of propagation, G01S; measuring speed of nuclear radiation G01T)


Serial data communication modes on TDI/TDO, receive TMS, send TMS
Patent No. 10976365 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16710765 on 12/11/2019 (489 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure describes using the JTAG Tap”s TMS and/or TCK terminals as general purpose serial Input/Output (I/O) Manchester coded communication terminals. The Tap”s TMS and/or TCK terminal can be used as a serial I/O communication channel between; (1) an IC and an external controller, (2) between a first and second IC, or (3) between a first and second core circuit within an IC. The use of the TMS and/or TCK terminal as serial I/O channels, as described, does not effect the standardized operation of the JTAG Tap, since the TMS and/or TCK I/O operations occur while the Tap is placed in a non-active steady state.

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


System and method for feeding a cable into an enclosure in a sealed and accessible manner
Patent No. 10976511 

Inventor(s): Jason James Brown (Keller, TX), William Julius McPhil Giraud (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Research Development Corporation (Corning, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16565928 on 09/10/2019 (581 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for passing a plurality of optical fibers into an enclosure configured to enclose in an interior thereof a plurality of optical communication connections may include accessing the interior of the enclosure. The method may also include separating a module plate associated with a floor of the enclosure to provide an opening between an exterior of the enclosure and the interior of the enclosure. The method may also include feeding the plurality of optical fibers through the opening and into the interior of the enclosure. The method may further include associating the module plate with the enclosure, such that the module plate at least partially defines an aperture through which the plurality of optical fibers pass from the exterior of the enclosure to the interior of the enclosure.

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


Anamorphic refractive objective lens assembly
Patent No. 10976528 

Inventor(s): Douglas J. Hartnett (The Colony, TX), Marco A. Avila (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lando Anastasi, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16290435 on 03/01/2019 (774 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects and embodiments are generally directed to compact anamorphic refractive objective lens assemblies. In one example, a refractive objective lens assembly includes a passively athermal anamorphic lens group including at least a first cylindrical lens having a surface optically powered in a first dimension, the first anamorphic lens group positioned to receive thermal infrared radiation, a focus cell positioned to receive the radiation from the anamorphic lens group, the focus cell including a first group of lenses each having a rotationally symmetric surface optically powered in the first dimension and a second dimension orthogonal to the first dimension, a relay lens group positioned receive the radiation from the focus cell, the relay lens group including a second group of lenses each having a rotationally symmetric surface optically powered in both the first and second dimensions, and a dewar assembly including a cold stop and an optical detector.

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


Molecular atomic clock with wave propagating rotational spectroscopy cell
Patent No. 10976708 

Inventor(s): Adam Joseph Fruehling (Dallas, TX), Argyrios Dellis (Dallas, TX), Bichoy Bahr (Richardson, TX), Juan Alejandro Herbsommer (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16871835 on 05/11/2020 (337 days app to issue)

Abstract: A clock apparatus includes: (a) a gas cell, including a continuous path cavity including a sealed interior for providing a signal waveguide; (b) an apparatus for providing an electromagnetic wave to travel along the continuous path cavity and for circulating around the continuous path cavity back toward and past a point of entry of the electromagnetic wave in the continuous path cavity; (c) a dipolar gas inside the sealed interior of the cavity; and (d) receiving apparatus for detecting an amount of energy in the electromagnetic wave, wherein the amount of energy is responsive to an amount of absorption of the electromagnetic wave as the electromagnetic wave passes through the dipolar gas.

[G04F] TIME-INTERVAL MEASURING (measuring pulse characteristics G01R, e.g. G01R 29/02; in radar or like systems G01S; masers H01S 1/00; generation of oscillations H03B; generation or counting of pulses, frequency dividing H03K; analogue/digital conversion in general H03M 1/00) [2]


Control systems for valve actuators, valve actuators and related systems and methods
Patent No. 10976757 

Inventor(s): Daniel E. Carlson (Rustburg, VA), Mark D. Ollander (Forest, VA), Michael Adam Rumore (Lynchburg, VA)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Phillips Winchester (Local + 28 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16388656 on 04/18/2019 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: Valve systems and related methods include valve actuators and control systems configured to monitor at least one characteristic of the valve system during movement of a valve element to a position in the valve system and to determine a drift of the position based on the monitored at least one characteristic of the valve system.

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


Two conductor wireline guided control and an HVAC system employing the same
Patent No. 10976759 

Inventor(s): Jayprakash Charavda (Irving, TX), Steve Lazar (San Antonio, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16192997 on 11/16/2018 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system includes a control unit, a central controller coupled to the control unit via a first two-conductor wireline structure, and a plurality of HVAC system components coupled to the central controller via a second two-conductor wireline structure. The central controller is configured to receive, via the first two-conductor wireline structure, control information corresponding to an enclosed space, generate control data, and transmit, via the first two-conductor wireline structure, the control data to at least one of the plurality of HVAC system components to regulate operations thereof.

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


Temperature drift compensation
Patent No. 10976763 

Inventor(s): Sandeep Shylaja Krishnan (Kozhikode, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16716841 on 12/17/2019 (483 days app to issue)

Abstract: A voltage reference circuit includes a bandgap circuit and a temperature compensation circuit. The temperature compensation circuit includes a first trim circuit, a second trim circuit, and a resistive digital-to-analog converter. The resistive digital-to-analog converter is coupled to the first trim circuit, the second trim circuit, and the bandgap circuit. The resistive digital-to-analog converter is configured to generate a temperature compensation voltage, and to provide the temperature compensation voltage to the bandgap circuit.

[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]


Cover glass to housing interface system
Patent No. 10976772 

Inventor(s): Brian Sudderth (Leonard, TX), Daniel McBroom (Leonard, TX), Michael McBroom (Leonard, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16387372 on 04/17/2019 (727 days app to issue)

Abstract: A display cover to housing interface system includes a display screen fronted by a display cover having front and obverse faces and a distal edge between the faces around a circumference thereof (i.e., edge thickness), and also an outer housing that provides support for the display cover. A portion of the display cover distal edge or thickness is fully exposed to outside, such that the display cover is exposed and substantially visible when viewed directly from the front and at least one side while installed. The display cover can be glass, while the housing is metal. A protective layer located between the housing and display cover protects the display cover from the housing. Various support components hold the display cover in place, and can include magnets and/or a stabilizer assembly affixed along a bottom edge of the display cover and adapted to couple to a bottom chin of the housing.

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


Management of data using templates
Patent No. 10977016 

Inventor(s): Timothy Bruce (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): EMC IP Holding Company LLC (Hopkinton, MA)
Law Firm: Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams Aughtry (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15764861 on 10/31/2017 (1260 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing device includes a persistent storage and a processor. The persistent storage includes an asset. The processor obtains a computation request for the asset, instantiates an executable entity based on a computation prototype and a manifest associated with the asset, performs the computation request using the instantiated executable entity and metadata specified by the manifest associated with the asset to obtain a computation result; and provides the obtained computation result.

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


Computer-based systems configured to generate and/or maintain resilient versions of application data usable by operationally distinct clusters and methods of use thereof
Patent No. 10977028 

Inventor(s): Drake Sanderson (Flower Mound, TX), Sohan Ganapathy (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16749411 on 01/22/2020 (447 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods associated with generating and/or maintaining resilient versions of application data usable by operationally distinct clusters are disclosed. In one embodiment, an exemplary method may comprise operating plural instances of a software application in a first cluster and a second cluster, assessing requirements of streaming architecture of both clusters that impact the instances” ability to process application data, creating at least two versions of the application including a main version in one cluster and a replica version for an operationally distinct cluster, automatically mirroring, in real time, replica versions of the application data from each cluster into a distinct cluster for access and use by the software instance in the distinct cluster, and locally storing indexes for main and replica versions and all data that the software application requires to provide consistent responses in all of the operationally distinct clusters.

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


Systems and methods for performing virtual machine updates without rebuild of distributed databases thereon
Patent No. 10977069 

Inventor(s): Babitha Bandi (Plano, TX), Nathan Gloier (Frisco, TX), Raveender Kommera (Flower Mound, TX), Suresh Gubba (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16165322 on 10/19/2018 (907 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for updating virtual machines without rebuilding distributed databases thereon. In one example, a system for updating a virtual machine on a cloud service may include at least one processor configured to: generate and transmit, to the cloud service, a first command to disconnect a virtual storage from a first virtual machine; after the virtual storage is disconnected, generate and transmit, to the cloud service, a second command to offline the first virtual machine; generate and transmit, to the cloud service, a third command to build a second virtual machine; after the second virtual machine is built, generate and transmit, to the cloud service, a fourth command to connect the virtual storage to the second virtual machine; and generate and transmit, to the cloud service, a fifth command to online the second virtual machine with the address of the virtual machine.

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


Computing node job assignment for distribution of scheduling operations
Patent No. 10977077 

Inventor(s): Chris Sering (Van Alstyne, TX), David Gillam (The Colony, TX), Gopi Kancharla (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16456539 on 06/28/2019 (655 days app to issue)

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

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


Test management system and method for an integrated computing system
Patent No. 10977163 

Inventor(s): Harshita Rumalla (Dallas, TX), Orone Laizerovich (Plano, TX), Puja Sarda (Plano, TX), Qing Xia (Frisco, TX), Russell Anderson (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): EMC IP Holding Company LLC (Round Rock, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15581251 on 04/28/2017 (1446 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for use as part of a test management system for an integrated computing system may obtain a first object instance of the integrated computing system in which the first object instance generated by applying configuration attributes of the integrated computing system to an object model of the integrated computing system. The first object instance includes a plurality of hierarchally arranged sub-object instances representing a plurality of hierarchally arranged resources of the integrated computing system. The instructions also generate a second object instance from the first object instance, including, for each sub-object instance included within the second object instance, identifying one or more criteria associated with the sub-object instance, generating one or more test procedures to verify proper operation of the resources associated with the sub-object instance according to the one or more criteria, and including the generated test procedures in the sub-object instance of the second object instance.

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


Prefetching data to reduce cache misses
Patent No. 10977176 

Inventor(s): David Carlson (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): Marvell Asia Pte, Ltd. (Singapore, , SG)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16199852 on 11/26/2018 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first memory request including a first virtual address is received. An entry in memory is accessed. The entry is selected using information associated with the first memory request, and includes at least a portion of a second virtual address (first data) and at least a portion of a third virtual address (second data). The difference between the first data and the second data is compared with differences between a corresponding portion of the first virtual address and the first data and the second data respectively. When a result of the comparison is true, then a fourth virtual address is determined by adding the difference between the first data and the second data to the first virtual address, and then data at the fourth virtual address is prefetched into the cache.

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


Automated document extraction and classification
Patent No. 10977291 

Inventor(s): Amar J. Mattey (Frisco, TX), Chinnadurai Duraisami (Plano, TX), Chiranjeev Jagannadha Reddy (Frisco, TX), Deepankar Mohapatra (The Colony, TX), Karpaga Ganesh Patchirajan (Plano, TX), Ram Mohan Shamanna (Frisco, TX), Ronn
Assignee(s): Intuit Inc. (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16054781 on 08/03/2018 (984 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method including receiving a source file containing a plurality of documents which, to a computer, initially are indistinguishable from each other. A first classification stage is applied to the source file using a convolutional neural network image classification to identify source documents in the multitude of documents and to produce a partially parsed file having a multitude of identified source documents. The partially parsed file includes sub-images corresponding to the plurality of identified source documents. A second classification stage, including a natural language processing artificial intelligence, is applied to sets of text in bounding boxes of the sub-images, to classify each of the multitude of identified source documents as a corresponding sub-type of document. Each of the sets of text corresponding to one of the sub-images. A parsed file having a multitude of identified sub-types of documents is produced. The parsed file is further computer processed.

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


Processing documents in content repositories to generate personalized treatment guidelines
Patent No. 10977292 

Inventor(s): Fang Wang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16247722 on 01/15/2019 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer system processes documents in a content repository. Each document of a plurality of documents is classified into one of a functional category and a clinical category. Each document is annotated using one or more corpora to generate document annotations. Documents satisfying one or more query terms are identified by comparing each query term to the document annotations. The identified documents are ranked based on a determined relevance. Guidelines are produced based on the ranking of the identified documents. Embodiments of the present invention further include a method and program product for processing documents in a content repository in substantially the same manner described above.

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


Technologies for using image data analysis to assess and classify hail damage
Patent No. 10977490 

Inventor(s): Jing Wan (Allen, TX), Marigona Bokshi-Drotar (McKinney, TX), Sandra Kane (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company (Bloomington, IL)
Law Firm: Lee Hayes, P.C. (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16175126 on 10/30/2018 (896 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for analyzing image data to assess property damage are disclosed. According to certain aspects, a server may analyze segmented digital image data of a roof of a property using a convolutional neural network (CNN). The server may extract a set of features from a set of regions output by the CNN. Additionally, the server may analyze the set of features using an additional image model to generate a set of outputs indicative of a confidence level that actual hail damage is depicted in the set of regions.

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


Estimation of time to collision in a computer vision system
Patent No. 10977502 

Inventor(s): Deepak Kumar Poddar (Bangalore, , IN), Manu Mathew (Bangalore, , IN), Prashanth Ramanathpur Viswanath (Bangalore, , IN), Soyeb Nagori (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16272415 on 02/11/2019 (792 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for estimating time to collision (TTC) of a detected object in a computer vision system is provided that includes determining a three dimensional (3D) position of a camera in the computer vision system, determining a 3D position of the detected object based on a 2D position of the detected object in an image captured by the camera and an estimated ground plane corresponding to the image, computing a relative 3D position of the camera, a velocity of the relative 3D position, and an acceleration of the relative 3D position based on the 3D position of the camera and the 3D position of the detected object, wherein the relative 3D position of the camera is relative to the 3D position of the detected object, and computing the TTC of the detected object based on the relative 3D position, the velocity, and the acceleration.

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


Computer-based systems and methods involving biometric authentication aspects for handling exceptions, enabling deactivation and/or performing other functionality
Patent No. 10977538 

Inventor(s): Michael Bailey (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services. LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16874623 on 05/14/2020 (334 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods involving biometric authentication of transaction cards including aspects of exception handling, deactivation and other features are disclosed. In one embodiment, an exemplary computer-implemented method may comprise generating a first user interface having one or more interactive UI elements that enable a card owner to manage a plurality of features associated with a transaction card, and determining, if a biometric-activated control is enabled and the vendor is not excluded from the biometric-activated control, whether the transaction card is biometrically-active. Further, the interactive UI elements may include elements such as a first UI element that is configured to allow the card owner to enable a biometric-activated control of the transaction card, and/or a second UI element that is configured to allow the card owner to exclude one or more vendors from the biometric-activated control.

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


Efficient decision tree traversal in an adaptive boosting (AdaBoost) classifier
Patent No. 10977560 

Inventor(s): Pramod Kumar Swami (Bangalore, , IN), Shyam Jagannathan (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16390082 on 04/22/2019 (722 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for object classification in a decision tree based adaptive boosting (AdaBoost) classifier implemented on a single-instruction multiple-data (SIMD) processor is provided that includes receiving feature vectors extracted from N consecutive window positions in an image in a memory coupled to the SIMD processor and evaluating the N consecutive window positions concurrently by the AdaBoost classifier using the feature vectors and vector instructions of the SIMD processor, in which the AdaBoost classifier concurrently traverses decision trees for the N consecutive window positions until classification is complete for the N consecutive window positions.

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


Automated vehicular accident detection
Patent No. 10977567 

Inventor(s): Karl J. Cama (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15912788 on 03/06/2018 (1134 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle accident detection method and system is provided. The method includes receiving location coordinates associated with a location of an occurring vehicular accident. Data associated with possible causes of the vehicular accident is received from sensors. Traffic related rules associated with a geographical location are retrieved and analyzed with respect to the data. Parameters associated with at least one vehicle involved in the vehicular accident and a possible cause are determined via execution of programming logic and transmitted to additional systems. The possible cause for the vehicular accident is determined from all possible causes based on matching current and historical accident circumstances. Additionally, weighting factors may be available and adjusted over time for accurate accident detection. A possible cause comprising a greatest weighting factor may be used to identify a most likely cause.

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


Task delegation system that transparently and constructively rewards timely and accurate completion of tasks to increase productivity and morale of workers
Patent No. 10977598 

Inventor(s): Noel Peng (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Plager Schack LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15492966 on 04/20/2017 (1454 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system is disclosed to increase productivity and morale by delegating clearly defined tasks and rewarding timely completion of tasks positively with points/scores/advancements, which is constructive and transparent. In some embodiments, the system creates a rewarding, friendly competitive, and fun environment and culture to encourage timely completion of tasks with constructive, transparent feedback.

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


System for generating paper and digital resource distribution documents with multi-level secure authorization requirements
Patent No. 10977624 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15485879 on 04/12/2017 (1462 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to systems, methods and computer program products for electronic generation of resource distribution documents via system integrated interface on a platform application. A user may input information for generating a digital resource distribution document via system controlled applications within the external platform application. The system may generate the resource distribution document for digital or physical use. Furthermore, the system deploys multi-level security authorization requirements for distribution of resources via the resource distribution documents. In this way, the system encrypts the information inputted into an encrypted scannable code; the system generates a digital photo of the generated document, and stores device information associated with the device that was used to generate the document. This multi-level authorization is reviewed by a receiving institution prior to authorizing deployment of resources from the generated resource distribution document.

[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]


Prospective management system for medical benefit prescriptions
Patent No. 10977702 

Inventor(s): Melissa Sampson (N. Richland Hills, TX), Michael Escuder (Flushing, NY), Minalkumar Patel (Weehawken, NJ), Mohan P. Charles (St. Louis, MO)
Assignee(s): AXON HEALTHCARE SERVICES, INC. (Southlake, TX)
Law Firm: Amster, Rothstein Ebenstein LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13107322 on 05/13/2011 (3623 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides an interactive, electronic, knowledge-based ordering process for specialty/biotech pharmaceuticals (medically coded drugs) which results in less waste, improved procedural efficiencies, and greater cost savings than the current ordering systems. The knowledge-base of the system is based on the health plan”s clinical policies as well as the status of the patient and their entitled benefits with the health plan, and it is applied in an interactive manner through a web-enabled system which provides a real-time, prospective examination and control over requests for authorization to dispense the medically coded drugs. The system also includes a feedback loop from the specialty pharmacies to provide information on the medicines that have actually been dispensed. The system also provides to the patient, educational material and adherence reminders to affect therapeutic outcomes.

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


System and method for securely dispensing medication
Patent No. 10977753 

Inventor(s): Stephen L. Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15139015 on 04/26/2016 (1813 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for securely dispensing medication are described herein. The system includes a telemedicine center that communicates with medical assistant station and a medication distribution station located at a correctional facility and a physician center remote to the correctional facility. The medical assistant station transmits a request for medication to the telemedicine center. The telemedicine center verifies an identity of the medical assistant requesting the medication and transmits the request to the physician center. When the telemedicine center receives a confirmation to dispense medicine from the physician center, an identity of the physician transmitting the confirmation is verified. The telemedicine center then verifies an identity of an inmate to receive the medication, by way of the medication distribution station, and allows the medication distribution station to dispense the medication.

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


Systems and methods for processing volumetric data using a modular network architecture
Patent No. 10977855 

Inventor(s): Vidhya Seran (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16587285 on 09/30/2019 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary volumetric processing system includes a set of point cloud generators, a point cloud organizer, a voxelizer, and a set of patch renderers. The point cloud generators correspond to image capture systems disposed at different vantage points to capture color and depth data for an object located within a capture area. The point cloud generators generate respective point clouds for the different vantage points based on the captured surface data. The point cloud organizer consolidates point cloud data that corresponds to a surface of the object. The voxelizer generates a voxel grid representative of the object based on the consolidated point cloud data. The set of patch renderers generates, based on the voxel grid, a set of rendered patches each depicting at least a part of the surface of the object. Corresponding systems and methods are also disclosed.

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


System and method for modifying vehicle design based on sensors
Patent No. 10977876 

Inventor(s): Neil Dutta (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16224366 on 12/18/2018 (847 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for improving vehicle design. The system includes a plurality of first version vehicles, each first version vehicle of the plurality of first version vehicles having a first version vehicle design, and including one or more sensors for detecting sensor data, and a vehicle transceiver configured to communicate the sensor data. The system also includes a remote data server configured to receive the sensor data from the plurality of first version vehicles and determine one or more improvements to the first version vehicle design based on the received sensor data. The system also includes a computing device coupled to the remote data server and configured to execute vehicle design software for designing a second version vehicle design, the second version vehicle design including the one or more improvements to the first version vehicle design.

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


Proximity alert system
Patent No. 10977908 

Inventor(s): Ricky Philippi (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16205738 on 11/30/2018 (865 days app to issue)

Abstract: A proximity alert system creates an audible warning when a child or pet applies force to mat that is positioned near a hazard or other protected area. A bladder, when squeezed discharges air through a horn to create the warning. The bladder is enclosed in a durable outer covering.

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


Invisible sound barrier
Patent No. 10978038 

Inventor(s): Hideo Iizuka (Ann Arbor, MI), Taehwa Lee (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: 16025630 on 07/02/2018 (1016 days app to issue)

Abstract: An invisible sound barrier includes a periodic array of spaced apart, columnar unit cells. Each unit cell includes a pair of joined, and inverted, columnar Helmholtz resonators, having neck portions that point in opposite directions. Each of the Helmholtz resonators can be formed of a sound absorbing material and coated with a light reflective material causing light to reflect around the resonators, thereby conferring invisibility. Each of the Helmholtz resonators can alternatively be formed of a light reflecting material, and positioned in between vertical mirrors, with a transparent material filling space between the resonators and the vertical mirrors.

[G10K] SOUND-PRODUCING DEVICES (sound-producing toys A63H 5/00); METHODS OR DEVICES FOR PROTECTING AGAINST, OR FOR DAMPING, NOISE OR OTHER ACOUSTIC WAVES IN GENERAL; ACOUSTICS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [6]


Synthesized voice authentication engine
Patent No. 10978078 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX), Saritha Prasad Vrittamani (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16559800 on 09/04/2019 (587 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for creating a synthetic voice identifier may include a plurality of synthesized voice authorization (SVA) devices and a biometric combinatory device (BCD). The SVAs may be communicatively coupled to the BCD via a network and may communicate utilizing a markup language. The SVA devices may capture an audio signal of a voice of a user, modify the audio signal with a randomized audio frequency signal to generate a modified audio signal, and communicate, the modified audio signal as a synthesized voice signal associated with the user. The BCD may receive biometric information corresponding to a user, the biometric information comprising at least audio information associated with a voice of the user, receive, at an integration module, location information corresponding to a location of the user, combine, the location information and audio signal information associated with the user to generate a synthesized voice identifier associated with the user, and communicate the synthesized voice identifier to a remote device for use in an authentication process of the user.

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


Architecture for resolution of data and refresh-path conflict for low-power digital isolator
Patent No. 10978135 

Inventor(s): Kashyap Barot (Bengaluru, , IN), Kumar Anurag Shrivastava (Bengaluru, , IN), Niranjan Shankar (Chennai, , IN), Sreeram Subramanyam Nasum (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16793447 on 02/18/2020 (420 days app to issue)

Abstract: An encoding and transmitting system for a digital isolator system includes a transmitter for transmitting combined edge indicator signals through an isolation barrier, an encoder for generating the combined edge indicator signals based on first and second signals, a refresh clock generator for generating a refresh clock signal based on the first signal, and a refresh edge generator for masking at least a portion of the refresh clock signal, such that the portion of the refresh clock signal is not reflected in the second signal. The isolation barrier of the digital isolator system may be a capacitive isolation barrier for galvanically isolating a receiver from the transmitter. If desired, the refresh edge generator may include a refresh mask generator, one or more logic gates, and a glitch filter. A method of operating a digital isolator system is also described.

[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)


Programming to minimize cross-temperature threshold voltage widening
Patent No. 10978145 

Inventor(s): Biswajit Ray (Madison, AL), Changyuan Chen (San Ramon, CA), Gerrit Jan Hemink (San Ramon, CA), Mohan Dunga (Santa Clara, CA), Peter Rabkin (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16540862 on 08/14/2019 (608 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and techniques are provided for programming memory cells while reducing widening of a threshold voltage distribution due to changes in the temperature between the time of programming and the time of a subsequent read operation. One technique is based on a correlation between program speed and temperature coefficient (Tco). A different verify test is used for different memory cells which have a common assigned data state according to the program loop number and the temperature. Another technique is based on sensing the memory cells to measure their subthreshold slope and classifying the memory cells into groups. The sensing can occur as a separate operation before programming or as part of the programming of user data. The subsequent programming of the memory cells involves adjusting the verify test of each memory cell based on its group and the temperature.

[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)


Adaptive VPASS for 3D flash memory with pair string structure
Patent No. 10978152 

Inventor(s): Hardwell Chibvongodze (Hiratsuka, , JP), Ken Oowada (Fujisawa, , JP), Rajdeep Gautam (Yokohama, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16682730 on 11/13/2019 (517 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing program disturb when programming portions of a memory array are described. A memory array may include a first set of NAND strings and a second set of NAND strings that share a common bit line that is connected to the drain-side end of drain-side select gates of the NAND strings and/or share a common source-side select gate line that connects to the gates of source-side select gates of the NAND strings. During programming of the first set of NAND strings a first pass voltage (e.g., 7V) may be applied to unselected word lines of the memory array and subsequently during programming of the second set of NAND strings a second pass voltage (e.g., 9V) greater than the first pass voltage may be applied to the unselected word lines 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)


Concurrent programming of multiple cells for non-volatile memory devices
Patent No. 10978156 

Inventor(s): Aaron Lee (San Jose, CA), Gerrit Jan Hemink (San Jose, CA), Ken Oowada (San Jose, CA), Toru Miwa (San Jose, CA), Xiang Yang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16024002 on 06/29/2018 (1019 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are disclosed for concurrently programming non-volatile storage cells, such as those of an SLC NAND array. The non-volatile storage cells may be arranged into a first block comprising a first string of storage cells that intersects with a first word line at a first storage cell, a second block comprising a second string of storage cells that intersects with a second word line at a second storage cell, a bit line electrically connectable to the first string and the second string, and controller configured to apply a programming pulse, at an elevated voltage, to the first word line and second word line to concurrently program the first and second storage cells.

[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)


Mitigating grown bad blocks
Patent No. 10978160 

Inventor(s): Jianzhi Wu (Milpitas, CA), Jun Wan (San Jose, CA), Xiang Yang (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Volpe Koenig (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16236792 on 12/31/2018 (834 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example techniques that mitigate against memory hole shorts during an erase operation for memory cells in a string include an example method in which, during an erase operation, erase pulses are applied to the word lines of the memory string and terminated at different times based. In some instances, the erase pulses applied to the word lines of the memory string are terminated based on the temperature of the memory cells of the memory string. In further implementations, the erase pulses applied to the word lines of the memory string are boosted for different times depending on the location of the word line along the memory string during the erase operation.

[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)


Systems and methods for determining patient financial responsibility for multiple prescription products
Patent No. 10978198 

Inventor(s): Roger G. Pinsonneault (Alpharetta, GA)
Assignee(s): MCKESSON CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16180915 on 11/05/2018 (890 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining patient financial responsibility for multiple prescription products across multiple healthcare transactions. A service provider computer can receive multiple healthcare transactions, and can evaluate each to determine if it includes a total group transaction number and a transaction number. The service provider computer can compare the transaction number to the total group transaction number to determine if all transactions within a group have been received. Once received, the transactions can be transmitted to the claims processor computer for adjudication. Upon receiving the adjudicated response for each transaction within the group, the service provider computer can identify the patient co-pay for each of the adjudicated responses in the group and can calculate a total patient pay amount based on the group of patient co-pays. The total patient pay amount may then be transmitted to a healthcare provider computer associated with a healthcare provider. NULL


Method and system for increasing accuracy of hygiene compliance determinations
Patent No. 10978200 

Inventor(s): Harikrishna K. Rajabather (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): SwipeSense, Inc. (Chicago, IL)
Law Firm: Renaissance IP Law Group, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16540903 on 08/14/2019 (608 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present inventive concept leverage RSS patterns, accelerometer patterns, hygiene event information, and hub locations to increase accuracy of room-level positioning of objects and people, and to ensure a high accuracy detection of zone entry and/or exit times in an indoor environment, all of which facilitate an accurate hand hygiene compliance monitoring system in hospitals and other medical facilities, as well as a variety of other applications.

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


Onboarding a VNF which includes a VNFC composed of manageable software elements
Patent No. 10979248 

Inventor(s): Keith William Melkild (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16727871 on 12/26/2019 (474 days app to issue)

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

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


Synchronized distributed processing in a communications network
Patent No. 10979307 

Inventor(s): Bruno Morel (Montral, , CA), Johnny Ghibril (Boston, MA), Madhu Nunna (Reston, VA), Rikard Kjellberg (Soquel, CA), Santiago Molina (Crdoba, , AR)
Assignee(s): B.yond, Inc. (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: Fenwick West LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16399844 on 04/30/2019 (714 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and a method are disclosed for implementing distributed processing in edge nodes. In an embodiment, a respective edge node receives data from a client of the respective edge node. The respective edge node generates a prediction of a respective activity based on the data, and determines whether the prediction is valid by feeding the prediction into a validator module and receiving a validation response from the validator module. The respective edge node, in response to determining that the prediction is valid, activates a function.

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


Microphone array auto-directive adaptive wideband beamforming using orientation information from MEMS sensors
Patent No. 10979805 

Inventor(s): Arun Kumar (New Delhi, , IN), Mahesh Chowdhary (San Jose, CA), Prasanth Logaraman (Tamil Nadu, , IN), Rajendar Bahl (Gurugram, , IN)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16235947 on 12/28/2018 (837 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for auto-directive adaptive beamforming for a microphone array using microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensor orientation information are provided. The microphone array captures audio and the MEMS sensor detects an orientation of the microphone array. A direction of arrival of a source signal is estimated based on the data representative of the audio. A change in an orientation of the microphone array is detected based on the orientation and the direction of arrival is compensates based on the change in the orientation of the microphone array. The apparatus pre-steers a beam of a beam pattern of the microphone array based on the compensated direction of arrival to retain the source signal in a broadside of the microphone array and performs adaptive wideband beamforming to null one or more interfering sources in the beam pattern while retaining the source signal in the broadside of the microphone array.

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


 

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Picture coding and decoding
Patent No. 10974107 

Inventor(s): Clinton Priddle (Indooroopilly, , AU), Rickard Sjberg (Stockholm, , SE)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16575362 on 09/18/2019 (573 days app to issue)

Abstract: A picture with multiple slices is encoded by generating a coded slice representation for each of the slices. A slice flag is set to a first value for the first slice in the picture and corresponding slice flags of the remaining slices are set to a second defined value. A respective slice address is generated for each remaining slice to enable identification of the slice start position within the picture for the slice. A coded picture representation of the picture comprises the coded slice representations, the slice addresses and the slice flags. The slice flags enable differentiation between slices for which slice addresses are required and the slice per picture for which no slice address is needed to identify its slice start position.

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


Sharing input and output devices in networked systems
Patent No. 10976810 

Inventor(s): Keerthy J (Bangalore, , IN), Keshava Munegowda (Bangalore, , IN), Veeramanikandan Raju (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13401356 on 02/21/2012 (3339 days app to issue)

Abstract: A technique for sharing a peripheral device among a group of systems comprises capturing a set of images of a user, and processing the set of images of the user to determine a user directive to designate a first system in the group as an owner of a peripheral device of a second system in the group. If the peripheral device is an input device, the technique further comprises redirecting, responsive to the user directive, from the second system to the first system, data entered using the input device of the second system. If the peripheral device is an output device, the technique further comprises forwarding, responsive to the user directive, from the first system to the second system, data for processing by the output device of the second system. In an embodiment, the user directive is in the form of the user”s eye gaze directed at a camera.

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


Analyzing information to provide topic avoidance alerts
Patent No. 10978066 

Inventor(s): Kulvir S. Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Tutunjian Bitetto, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16242492 on 01/08/2019 (826 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for determining whether a conversation topic induces stress in participants of the conversation that includes registering participants of a conversation with a conversation content control system, wherein said registering the participants includes providing a listing of social media accounts for each of the participants. The method may further include developing a baseline of avoidance topics from user content selected from the group consisting of capturing training conversation characterized into the avoidance topics by natural language processing (NLP), analyzing the social media accounts for content to be characterized into said avoidance topics, and combinations thereof. The method may further include monitoring real time conversation using natural language processing (NLP) to discern avoidance topics from the real time conversation.

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


Embedded coil assembly and method of making
Patent No. 10978239 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Michael Sutton (Dallas, TX), Haiying Li (Elk Grove, CA), Ming Li (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15634336 on 06/27/2017 (1386 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embedded coil assembly embodiment includes a ferrite ring having an annular axis. The ferrite ring is positioned on a conductive metal surface. A plurality of separate, spaced apart conductive structures extend over the ferrite ring and are attached to the conductive metal surface in a first region of the conductive surface positioned radially outwardly of the annular axis of the ferrite ring and in a second region of the conductive surface positioned radially inwardly of the annular axis of the ferrite ring. An encapsulation layer covers, the ferrite ring and at least a portion of the plurality of conductive structures.

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


High mobility transistors
Patent No. 10978353 

Inventor(s): Charles Frank Machala, III (Plano, TX), Hiroaki Niimi (Dallas, TX), Manoj Mehrotra (Bangalore, , IN), Rick L. Wise (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16206045 on 11/30/2018 (865 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit containing an n-channel finFET and a p-channel finFET is formed by forming a first polarity fin epitaxial layer for a first polarity finFET, and subsequently forming a hard mask which exposes an area for a second, opposite, polarity fin epitaxial layer for a second polarity finFET. The second polarity fin epitaxial layer is formed in the area exposed by the hard mask. A fin mask defines the first polarity fin and second polarity fin areas, and a subsequent fin etch forms the respective fins. A layer of isolation dielectric material is formed over the substrate and fins. The layer of isolation dielectric material is planarized down to the fins. The layer of isolation dielectric material is recessed so that the fins extend at least 10 nanometers above the layer of isolation dielectric material. Gate dielectric layers and gates are formed over the fins.

[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]


Zener-triggered transistor with vertically integrated Zener diode
Patent No. 10978443 

Inventor(s): Akram Ali Salman (Plano, TX), Jun Cai (Allen, TX), Krishna Praveen Mysore Rajagopal (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16433632 on 06/06/2019 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device contains a Zener-triggered transistor having a Zener diode vertically integrated in a first current node of the Zener-triggered transistor. The first current node includes an n-type semiconductor material contacting a p-type semiconductor material in a substrate. The Zener diode includes an n-type cathode contacting the first current node, and a p-type anode contacting the n-type cathode and contacting the p-type semiconductor material. The semiconductor device may be formed using an implant mask, with an opening for the Zener diode. Boron and arsenic are implanted into the substrate in an area exposed by the opening in the implant mask. The substrate is subsequently heated to diffuse and activate the implanted boron and arsenic. The Zener-triggered transistor may be used in an ESD circuit or a snubber circuit.

[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]


Integrated fluxgate device
Patent No. 10978448 

Inventor(s): Mark L. Jenson (Allen, TX), Mark R. Kimmich (Frisco, TX), Mona M. Eissa (Allen, TX), Sopa Chevacharoenkul (Richardson, TX), Sudtida Lavangkul (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15003856 on 01/22/2016 (1908 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit has a substrate, a circuit, a core structure, a first encapsulation layer, a second encapsulation layer, and an oxide layer. The circuit includes transistors with active regions developed on the substrate and a metal layer formed above the active regions to provide interconnections for the transistors. The core structure is formed above the metal layer. The first encapsulation layer covers the core structure, and it has a first thermal expansion coefficient. The second encapsulation layer covers the first encapsulation layer over the core structure, and it has a second thermal expansion coefficient that is different from the first thermal expansion coefficient. As a part of the stress relief structure, the oxide layer is formed above the second encapsulation layer. The oxide layer includes an oxide thickness sufficient to mitigate a thermal stress between the first and second encapsulation layers.

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


Ferroelectric memory device with select gate transistor and method of forming the same
Patent No. 10978482 

Inventor(s): Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Yanli Zhang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16456736 on 06/28/2019 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory cell includes a ferroelectric memory transistor, and a select gate transistor which shares a common semiconductor channel, a common source region and a common drain region with the ferroelectric memory transistor. The select gate transistor controls access between the common source region and the common semiconductor channel.

[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]


Integrated capacitor with sidewall having reduced roughness
Patent No. 10978548 

Inventor(s): Elizabeth Costner Stewart (Dallas, TX), Jay Sung Chun (Plano, TX), Jeffrey A. West (Dallas, TX), Joseph Andre Gallegos (Dallas, TX), Thomas D. Bonifield (Dallas, TX), Zhiyi Yu (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15348580 on 11/10/2016 (1615 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming an integrated capacitor on a semiconductor surface on a substrate includes etching a capacitor dielectric layer including at least one silicon compound material layer on a bottom plate which is above and electrically isolated from the semiconductor surface to provide at least one defined dielectric feature having sloped dielectric sidewall portion. A dielectric layer is deposited to at least partially fill pits in the sloped dielectric sidewall portion to smooth a surface of the sloped dielectric sidewall portion. The dielectric layer is etched, and a top plate is then formed on top of the dielectric feature.

[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]


MOS transistor with folded channel and folded drift region
Patent No. 10978559 

Inventor(s): Alexei Sadovnikov (Sunnyvale, CA), Sheldon Douglas Haynie (Morgan Hill, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16983585 on 08/03/2020 (253 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a folded drain extended metal oxide semiconductor (DEMOS) transistor. The semiconductor device has a substrate including a semiconductor material with a corrugated top surface. The corrugated top surface has an upper portion, a lower portion, a first lateral portion extending from the upper portion to the lower portion, and a second lateral portion extending from the upper portion to the lower portion. The folded DEMOS transistor includes a body in the semiconductor material, a gate on a gate dielectric layer over the body, a drift region contacting the body, and a field plate on a field plate dielectric layer, all extending continuously along the upper portion, the first lateral portion, the second lateral portion, and the lower portion of the corrugated top surface. Methods of forming the folded DEMOS transistor are disclosed.

[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]


Electromagnetic generator transformer
Patent No. 10978922 

Inventor(s): Babak Fahimi (Arlington, TX), Carl E. Copeland, Jr. (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): Prototus, Ltd. (San Pedro Town, , BZ)
Law Firm: Dunlap Codding, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16371650 on 04/01/2019 (743 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electromagnetic generating transformer comprises one or more flux assembly having one or more magnetic field source having a positive pole and a negative pole and a magnetic field passing in a path between the positive pole and the negative pole and a conductor magnetically coupled with the one or more magnetic field source, the magnetic field source and the conductor being fixed relative to one another; a shunt is coupled with a motive source and configured to move the shunt into a primary position and a secondary position, wherein the magnitude of the magnetic field passing between the positive pole and the negative pole varies when the shunt is moved between the primary position and the secondary position.

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


Multi-switch voltage regulator
Patent No. 10978944 

Inventor(s): Kishalay Datta (Kolkata, , IN), Vinod Menezes (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16039644 on 07/19/2018 (999 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, a voltage regulator includes a first pair of switches controllable by a first clock signal having a first phase. The switches in the first pair are coupled to each other via a capacitor. The voltage regulator also includes a second pair of switches controllable by a second clock signal having a second phase. The first and second phases are non-overlapping. The switches in the second pair are coupled to each other via the capacitor.

[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 supply system with reduced bulk capacitance
Patent No. 10978962 

Inventor(s): Heping Dai (Plano, TX), Liming Ye (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen, , CN)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16502500 on 07/03/2019 (650 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes detecting a voltage across a bulk capacitor of a power supply system, wherein the power supply system comprises a rectifier, a boost converter and a power converter, and wherein the bulk capacitor is between the boost converter and the power converter, activating the boost converter after the voltage across the bulk capacitor decreases and reaches a first voltage threshold and disabling the boost converter after the voltage across the bulk capacitor increases and reaches a second voltage threshold, wherein the second voltage threshold is greater than the first voltage threshold.

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


Triboelectric generator
Patent No. 10978965 

Inventor(s): Jaeah Lee (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): LINTEC OF AMERICA, INC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Greenblum Bernstein, P.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15957087 on 04/19/2018 (1090 days app to issue)

Abstract: A triboelectric generator include at least two yarns, one of which has been infiltrated with a material having a positive triboelectric affinity and one of which has been infiltrated with a material having a negative triboelectric affinity. The at least two yarns are threaded through holes within a disk so that both of the yarns are disposed on both sides of the disk and pass through the holes within the disk. The at least two yarns are helically wrapped (or ”coiled”) together on both sides of the disk. During uncoiling, the moving contact between the two yarns, infiltrated with materials having opposite triboelectric affinities, causes an electrical charge to develop. The generated electrical charge can be conducted away for use as electricity.

[H02N] ELECTRIC MACHINES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Oscillator apparatus
Patent No. 10978996 

Inventor(s): Kumar Anurag Shrivastava (Bangalore, , IN), Madhulatha Bonu (Bangalore, , IN), Subhashish Mukherjee (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16670741 on 10/31/2019 (530 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus generate an oscillating output signal having a voltage swing greater than a voltage swing across nodes of active devices. An example oscillator includes a tank to generate an oscillating output signal in response receiving an edge of an enable signal; a feedback generator including a first gain stage forming a first feedback loop with the tank, the first feedback loop providing a first charge to maintain the oscillating output signal and a second gain stage forming a second feedback loop with the tank, the second feedback loop providing a second charge to maintain the oscillating output signal, the first and second charges combining with the oscillating output signal to generate a high voltage swing; and an attenuator connected between the tank and the feedback generator to isolate the tank from active components of the feedback generator.

[H03B] GENERATION OF OSCILLATIONS, DIRECTLY OR BY FREQUENCY-CHANGING, BY CIRCUITS EMPLOYING ACTIVE ELEMENTS WHICH OPERATE IN A NON-SWITCHING MANNER; GENERATION OF NOISE BY SUCH CIRCUITS (generators specially adapted for electrophonic musical instruments G10H; masers or lasers H01S; generation of oscillations in plasma H05H)


Chopper-stabilized current feedback amplifier
Patent No. 10979006 

Inventor(s): Charles Parkhurst (Murphy, TX), Julio E. Acosta (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16437441 on 06/11/2019 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: A chopper-stabilized current feedback amplifier includes an input buffer having a non-inverting input and an inverting input. A first group of chopper circuits modulate current at the non-inverting and inverting inputs. The current feedback amplifier further includes a plurality of current mirrors coupled to the input buffer. A second group of chopper circuits modulate current in the current mirrors. The current feedback amplifier also includes phase detector circuitry coupled to the current mirrors and configured to detect a transition current in the current mirrors. The current feedback amplifier also includes a switched capacitor filter having an input coupled to the current mirrors. The switched capacitor filter is turned OFF responsive to the detection of the transition current by the phase detector circuitry. The current feedback amplifier also includes an output stage having an input coupled to the switched capacitor filter and is configured to produce an output signal.

[H03F] AMPLIFIERS (measuring, testing G01R; optical parametric amplifiers G02F; circuit arrangements with secondary emission tubes H01J 43/30; masers, lasers H01S; dynamo-electric amplifiers H02K; control of amplification H03G; coupling arrangements independent of the nature of the amplifier, voltage dividers H03H; amplifiers capable only of dealing with pulses H03K; repeater circuits in transmission lines H04B 3/36, H04B 3/58; application of speech amplifiers in telephonic communication H04M 1/60, H04M 3/40)


Reverse current protection circuit
Patent No. 10979037 

Inventor(s): Eddie W. Yu (Plano, TX), Juergen Luebbe (Fairview, TX), Roland Karl Son (Dallas, TX), Sujan Kundapur Manohar (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16167151 on 10/22/2018 (904 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a power interface subsystem includes power transistors, each having: a conduction path coupled between a battery terminal and an accessory terminal; and a control terminal. A differential amplifier has: a first input coupled to the battery terminal; a second input coupled to the accessory terminal; and an output node. An offset voltage source is coupled to cause an offset of a selected polarity at one of the inputs to the differential amplifier. The offset has a first polarity in a first operating mode and a second polarity in a second operating mode. Gate control circuitry is coupled to apply a control level at the control terminal(s) of selected one(s) of the power transistors responsive to a voltage at the output node, and to apply an off-state control level to the control terminal(s) of unselected one(s) of the power transistors.

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


Transistor ringing adjustment circuit and method
Patent No. 10979045 

Inventor(s): Anuj Jain (Lewisville, TX), Michael Edwin Butenhoff (Minnesota City, MN), Rakesh Raja (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16205576 on 11/30/2018 (865 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transistor, e.g., field effect transistor FET, ringing adjustment circuit and method comprising the measuring of a voltage from a transistor (e.g., a node of a FET) during the transistor turning on and turning off, determining the voltage oscillation in the measured voltage by performing a derivative function on the measured voltage and detecting a switch in a voltage change rate from positive to negative or negative to positive, and comparing the voltage change rate after the detected switch to adjust drive current applied to the transistor to optimize efficiency while minimizing voltage oscillation and ringing.

[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]


Level shifter circuit generating bipolar clock signals
Patent No. 10979052 

Inventor(s): Biraja Prasad Dash (Tucson, AZ), Dimitar Trifonov (Vail, AZ), Ravinthiran Balasingam (Tucson, AZ)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16774018 on 01/28/2020 (441 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, a level shifter circuit comprises: a first transistor pair cascoded at a first input node; a second transistor pair cascoded at a second input node, wherein the first and transistor pairs couple at a first node, a second node, a third node, and a fourth node; a third transistor pair coupled to the first transistor pair at the first and the third nodes, wherein the third transistor pair is configured to generate a first bipolar clock signal; a fourth transistor pair coupled to the second transistor pair at the second and the fourth nodes, wherein the fourth transistor pair is configured to generate a second bipolar clock signal; and a clock generation circuit coupled to the first node, the second node, the third node, and the fourth node.

[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]


Matrix compression accelerator system and method
Patent No. 10979070 

Inventor(s): Arthur John Redfern (Plano, TX), Dan Wang (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16899632 on 06/12/2020 (305 days app to issue)

Abstract: A matrix compression/decompression accelerator (MCA) system/method that coordinates lossless data compression (LDC) and lossless data decompression (LDD) transfers between an external data memory (EDM) and a local data memory (LDM) is disclosed. The system implements LDC using a 2D-to-1D transformation of 2D uncompressed data blocks (2DU) within LDM to generate 1D uncompressed data blocks (1DU). The 1DU is then compressed to generate a 1D compressed superblock (CSB) in LDM. This LDM CSB may then be written to EDM with a reduced number of EDM bus cycles. The system implements LDD using decompression of CSB data retrieved from EDM to generate a 1D decompressed data block (1DD) in LDM. A 1D-to-2D transformation is then applied to the LDM 1DD to generate a 2D decompressed data block (2DD) in LDM. This 2DD may then be operated on by a matrix compute engine (MCE) using a variety of function operators.

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


Method and apparatus for reference signal signaling for advanced wireless communications
Patent No. 10979191 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Li Guo (Allen, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15617922 on 06/08/2017 (1405 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a user equipment (UE) for configuring a phase noise reference signal (RS) in an advanced communication system. The method comprises receiving, from a base station (BS), configuration information of the phase noise RS using a radio resource control (RRC) signal and downlink control information (DCI) through a hybrid signaling scheme including information of the phase noise RS; identifying an RS mapping pattern based on the configuration information of the phase noise RS signaled in the RRC and DCI through the hybrid signaling scheme; performing a channel estimation and phase tracking for a downlink channel in a scheduled bandwidth (BW) according to the identified RS mapping pattern; and receiving, from the BS, downlink data over the downlink channel in the scheduled BW.

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


Dynamic transmitter processing modification
Patent No. 10979252 

Inventor(s): Amit Rane (Santa Clara, CA), Yanli Fan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16892943 on 06/04/2020 (313 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide for a circuit comprising a transmitter. In at least some examples, the transmitter is configured to receive an input signal and a loss of signal indication signal. The transmitter is further configured to dynamically modify processing of the input signal based on the loss of signal indication signal. The transmitter modifies processing of the input signal based on the loss of signal indication signal by processing the input signal via a limiting driver signal path to generate an output signal when the loss of signal indication signal has a first value and processing the input signal via a linear driver signal path to generate the output signal when the loss of signal indication signal has a second value.

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


IQ mismatch correction for zero-IF/low-IF TX/RX
Patent No. 10979262 

Inventor(s): Jaiganesh Balakrishnan (Bangalore, , IN), Jawaharlal Tangudu (Bangalore, , IN), Sthanunathan Ramakrishnan (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16902529 on 06/16/2020 (301 days app to issue)

Abstract: IQ mismatch correction for analog chain IQ mismatch impairments is based on a two-filter architecture. In either RX or TX, an IQmc mismatch corrector (digital chain) filters I and Q digital signals, and includes an I-path to receive the I signal, and a Q-path to receive the Q signal, and is configured with two filters: an in-path filter to filter either the I signal or the Q signal received in the same path; and a cross-path filter to filter either the I signal or the Q signal received in the other path. The IQmc mismatch corrector can include: an I-path delay element to provide a delay to the I signal corresponding to a delay through either the in-path filter or the cross-path filter; and a Q-path delay element to provide a delay to the Q signal corresponding to a delay through either the in-path filter or the cross-path filter.

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


Method for waveform bandwidth compression
Patent No. 10979271 

Inventor(s): Jerrold Prothero (Washington, DC)
Assignee(s): Astrapi Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Maier Maier, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16303909 on 05/23/2017 (1421 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for waveform bandwidth compression (WBC) and a system configured to perform the method, which may include the steps of: processing information to produce an input sequence of real-valued amplitude signals; fitting a polynomial to the input sequence covering at least one transmission time interval; converting the polynomial to a transmission signal comprising a sum of sinusoids with continuously time-varying amplitudes; transmitting the transmission signal; and receiving the transmission signal as a time-amplitude sequence. This method may significantly improve the spectral efficiency of existing transmission systems, while at the same time requiring only minimal modification to traditional radio architecture design.

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


Carrier frequency recovery in a receiver
Patent No. 10979277 

Inventor(s): Anand Ganesh Dabak (Plano, TX), Baher Haroun (Allen, TX), Gerd Schuppener (Allen, TX), Salvatore Luciano Finocchiaro (Dallas, TX), Siraj Akhtar (Richardson, TX), Swaminathan Sankaran (Allen, TX), Timothy Mark Schmidl (Dal
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16731823 on 12/31/2019 (469 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a method of operating a transmitter includes generating a frequency reference signal having a reference frequency and outputting the frequency reference to a phase locked loop (PLL) that includes a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO). The VCO output is locked to the frequency reference signal to form a carrier signal. The transmitter receives an I input signal, a Q input signal, and a direct current (DC) leaky carrier signal. Either the I input signal or the Q input signal is added to the leaky carrier signal. The carrier signal is modulated with the resulting two signals using an I-Q mixer to generate a modulated signal that includes an unmodulated carrier signal component. The modulated signal is then transmitted.

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


Methods and apparatus for supporting network access using cable and radio communications links
Patent No. 10979343 

Inventor(s): Manish Jindal (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Charter Communications Operating, LLC (St. Louis, MO)
Law Firm: Straub Straub (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15820302 on 11/21/2017 (1239 days app to issue)

Abstract: Both wireless communication and communications via a cable modem are supported between a network node and a customer premises. Alternative communications links provide redundancy and the possibility to take advantage of the different types of links capacity to provide a level of service that would not be possible using a single communications link to a customer premises. In various embodiments a network node, such as a cable network node hubsite, has an optical connection to the Internet or another communications network and provides network access to one or a plurality of customer premises. The network node includes a wireless access point, e.g., pole mounted base station, as well as one or more cable modem interfaces to thereby allow for both wireless and cable modem based communications. This allows for packets of different applications to traverse different links and/or to switch between links in the event of maintenance or reliability issues.

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


Packet processing match and action unit with configurable memory allocation
Patent No. 10979353 

Inventor(s): Hun-Seok Kim (Dallas, TX), Patrick W. Bosshart (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15622936 on 06/14/2017 (1399 days app to issue)

Abstract: A packet processing block. The block comprises an input for receiving data in a packet header vector, the vector comprising data values representing information for a packet. The block also comprises circuitry for performing packet match operations in response to at least a portion of the packet header vector and data stored in a match table, and circuitry for performing one or more actions in response to a match detected by the circuitry for performing packet match operations and according to information stored in an action table. Each of said match table and said action table comprise one or more memories selected from a pool of unit memories, wherein each memory in the pool of unit memories is configurable to operate as either a match memory or an action memory.

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


Systems and methods for updating creatives generation models
Patent No. 10979369 

Inventor(s): Anil Konduru (Plano, TX), Gunjan Patel (Frisco, TX), Jie Shen (Plano, TX), Kelly L. Birch (Dallas, TX), Kirankumar Kulkarni (McKinney, TX), Patrick James Manion (Richardson, TX), Savio Joseph Darivemula (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16808935 on 03/04/2020 (405 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments provide systems and methods related to updating creatives generation models. The system may include at least one memory unit for storing instructions and at least one processor configured to execute the instructions to perform operations. The operations may include receiving a feedback indication concerning an email message sent to a target, the email message constructed using a first template and associated with a first context, the feedback indication including a recommendation identifier; updating, in response to receiving the feedback indication, a feedback value for the email message stored in a delay buffer; obtaining the updated feedback value upon satisfaction of a time delay condition; updating, using the updated feedback data and the recommendation identifier, a machine learning model configured to recommend templates based on contexts; and constructing and providing a second email message using a second template recommended by the updated machine learning model for a second context.

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


Cyber threat attenuation using multi-source threat data analysis
Patent No. 10979391 

Inventor(s): Michael Weinberger (Dallas, TX), Scott E. Millis (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Cyber adAPT, Inc. (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16395248 on 04/26/2019 (718 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cyber threat attenuation system. The system comprises a cyber threat data store, a plurality of sensor control points (SCPs), wherein at least one SCP is located in each local area network (LAN) segment of an enterprise network, and an analytics correlation system (ACS). Each SCP comprises a plurality of sensor applications that analyze data packets transported by the LAN segment in which the SCP is located and transmits a notification identifying the transmitting sensor, an identity of the source of the data packet, an identity of the destination of the data packet, and a notification reason to the data store. The ACS comprises an application that determines unusual data packet traffic in the enterprise network and transmits a notification comprising information about the unusual data packet traffic and an identity of a host computer associated with the unusual data packet traffic to the data store.

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


Preventing unauthorized access to secure enterprise information systems using a multi-filtering and randomizing control system
Patent No. 10979392 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15787816 on 10/19/2017 (1272 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to preventing unauthorized access to secure enterprise information systems using a multi-filtering and randomizing control system. A computing platform may receive, from a source user computing device, a request to pull source data from an enterprise system of record and may generate a transport pattern. Subsequently, the computing platform may generate and send one or more first configuration commands for the enterprise system of record based on the transport pattern. Then, the computing platform may generate and send one or more second configuration commands for a virtualization platform associated with the enterprise system of record based on the transport pattern. Thereafter, the computing platform may generate and send an initiation instruction command for the source user computing device based on the transport pattern, which may direct the source user computing device to send at least one request to at least one data filtering system.

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


Method to prevent cloning of electronic components using public key infrastructure secure hardware device
Patent No. 10979417 

Inventor(s): David Tamagno (Austin, TX), John Tran (Austin, TX), Sean Newton (Austin, TX)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16443686 on 06/17/2019 (666 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic component includes a processor and a memory. The electronic component has a secure platform capable of storing at least one dual key pair and a corresponding digital signature. There is also a system including a host machine and an electronic component capable of being operated by the host machine. The electronic component has a processor, a memory, and a secure platform capable of storing at least one dual key pair and a corresponding digital signature. Another aspect describes a method, which includes reading a public key from an electronic component by a host machine, verifying the public key against a stored key in the host machine, digitally signing data using a private key from the electronic component, verifying the signed data against the stored key, and using the electronic component by the host machine only if the signed data and the public key are verified.

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


Cloud-based communication system for monitoring and facilitating collaboration sessions
Patent No. 10979465 

Inventor(s): Mona Abou-Sayed (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Mitel Networks (International) Limited (London, , GB)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17000133 on 08/21/2020 (235 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cloud-based communication system for monitoring a collaboration session. Based on the monitoring, the system identifies a collaboration event that indicates desirability of a break or that a digression from a session topic has or is occurring. When a collaboration event is identified, a prompt is communicated to the facilitator of the collaboration session. The collaboration event may be defined in a variety of ways such as participant fatigue, participant distraction, or the like. The system provides the facilitator with actions to be initiated by the system (automatically or in response to facilitator/user input) to respond to an identified communication event. The actions include initiating a break, acting to avoid or reduce session digressions, and creating a highlight reel of the collaboration session, including a number of unique features enabling more efficient retrieval and/or review of data. A distracted or fatigued participant can be directed to access the highlight reel.

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


Contextualized information bus
Patent No. 10979536 

Inventor(s): Guo-Qiang Wang (Santa Clara, CA), Ravishankar Ravindran (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15986916 on 05/23/2018 (1056 days app to issue)

Abstract: An NE comprising a plurality of physical interfaces configured to communicate to a plurality of remote NEs in an ICN, a receiver coupled to the plurality of physical interfaces and configured to receive a request for a service from a first of the remote NE via the ICN, wherein the service request comprises a requested service name and a requested service context, a memory comprising a service profile comprising a supported service associating with a supported service name and a supported service context, a processor coupled to the memory and the receiver and configured to generate a service response when the requested service name matches the supported service name and the requested service context matches the supported service context, and a transmitter coupled to the processor and the plurality of physical interfaces and configured to transmit the service response to the first NE via the ICN.

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


Near field communications activated door access panel
Patent No. 10979553 

Inventor(s): Brent Buescher, Jr. (Wooster, OH), James Emery Midyette, III (Millersburg, OH)
Assignee(s): OVERHEAD DOOR CORPORATION (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15151718 on 05/11/2016 (1798 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein is an access control apparatus for a barrier movement system that moves a barrier. The access control apparatus includes a near field communications (NFC) module, a radiofrequency (RF) module, and a controller coupled to the NFC module and RF module. The controller is configured to read an NFC signal from an authenticated external device, via the NFC module. In response to reading the NFC signal, the controller transmits a command signal, via the RF module, that commands the barrier movement system to move the barrier.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Detecting and reporting user triggered call drops
Patent No. 10979556 

Inventor(s): Anilkumar Kollipara (Allen, TX), James Eric Wilson (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): NetScout Systems, Inc (Westford, MA)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15950890 on 04/11/2018 (1098 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for detecting user triggered call drops includes identifying one or more user terminated calls from a plurality of monitored calls. Signaling information associated with the identified user terminated calls is correlated with media channel information associated with the identified user terminated calls. A determination is made if termination of the one or more of the identified user terminated calls is related to quality of media across corresponding media channels. A predefined cause code is assigned to the one or more of the identified user terminated calls, in response to determining that the termination of the one or more of the identified user terminated calls is related to the quality of media across the corresponding media channels.

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


Non-resident initiated communication with a controlled-environment facility resident
Patent No. 10979563 

Inventor(s): Uday R. Parekh (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16459459 on 07/01/2019 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for initiating communication with a controlled-environment facility resident by a non-resident may employ a controlled-environment facility secure communication platform that receives an incoming communication request from a non-resident, directed to a telephone number assigned to a controlled-environment facility resident and/or a controlled-environment facility media and/or communications device associated with the resident, for a communication with the resident. The facility secure communication platform sends an event notice to the device associated with the resident or a controlled-environment facility media and/or communications terminal associated with the resident, in response to receipt of the incoming communication request. The device or terminal presents an option to accept the event notice and the controlled-environment facility secure communication platform and/or the device or terminal connects an outgoing communication from the device or terminal to a device associated with the non-resident, in response to acceptance of the event notice.

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


Secure nonscheduled video visitation system
Patent No. 10979670 

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: 16291861 on 03/04/2019 (771 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described are methods and systems in which the censorship and supervision tasks normally performed by secured facility personnel are augmented or automated entirely by a Secure Nonscheduled Video Visitation System. In embodiments, the Secure Nonscheduled Video Visitation System performs voice biometrics, speech recognition, non-verbal audio classification, fingerprint and other biometric authentication, image object classification, facial recognition, body joint location determination analysis, and/or optical character recognition on the video visitation data. The Secure Nonscheduled Video Visitation utilizes these various analysis techniques in concert to determine if all rules and regulations enforced by the jurisdiction operation the secured facility are being followed by the parties to the video visitation session.

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


Plenoptic cellular imaging system
Patent No. 10979699 

Inventor(s): Jordan David Lamkin (Fort Worth, TX), Kyle Martin Ringgenberg (Fort Worth, TX), Mark A. Lamkin (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: 15890711 on 02/07/2018 (1161 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, an electronic display assembly includes a microlens layer and a pixel array layer. The microlens layer includes a plurality of cells. The pixel array layer is adjacent to the microlens layer. The pixel array layer includes a plurality of pixels. Each cell of the plurality of cells includes a transparent lenslet and one or both of: a plurality of opaque walls configured to prevent light from bleeding into adjacent cells; and a filter layer on one end of each cell of the plurality of cells. The filter layer is configured to limit light passing through the filter layer to a specific incident angle.

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


Methods and devices for emulating low-fidelity coding in a high-fidelity coder
Patent No. 10979715 

Inventor(s): Dake He (Waterloo, , CA), David Flynn (Kitchener, , CA), Nguyen Nguyen (Waterloo, , CA)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16581618 on 09/24/2019 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of encoding and decoding video in a low-fidelity mode are described. A coding unit level low-fidelity flag is present in the bitstream to signal whether low-fidelity mode is enabled for a particular coding unit or not. If enabled, then, for that coding unit, the chroma quantization parameter is determined using the luma quantization parameter adjusted by a low-fidelity-mode offset. If not enabled, then, for that coding unit, the chroma quantization parameter is determined using the luma quantization parameter without adjustment by the low-fidelity-mode offset. The chroma quantization parameter is then used in the scaling of quantized chroma transform domain coefficients. Use with luma or other video components is also proposed.

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


Image processing apparatus and method
Patent No. 10979739 

Inventor(s): Kazushi Sato (Kanagawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16581575 on 09/24/2019 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present technology relates to an image processing apparatus and method that are capable of enhancing encoding efficiency while suppressing a decrease in the efficiency of encoding processing. The image processing apparatus includes an encoding mode setter that sets, in units of coding units having a hierarchical structure, whether a non-compression mode is to be selected as an encoding mode for encoding image data, the non-compression mode being an encoding mode in which the image data is output as encoded data, and an encoder that encodes the image data in units of the coding units in accordance with a mode set by the encoding mode setter. The present disclosure can be applied to, for example, an image processing apparatus.

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


Optimized short message transport
Patent No. 10979880 

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16745276 on 01/16/2020 (453 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for transferring data using optimized short message transport includes receiving at a first network node an attach request message. The attach request message includes short-message data. The first network node receives from a second network node a short-message data response message. The short-message data response message includes at least one of an address for a short message service center, an indication that indicates no mobile-terminated message is pending for the UE, or a short-message entity destination address.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Dynamic configuration and use of wireless base stations in a network
Patent No. 10979911 

Inventor(s): Hossam H. Hmimy (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Charter Communications Operating, LLC (St. Louis, MO)
Law Firm: Armis IP Law, LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15942892 on 04/02/2018 (1107 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one configuration, a wireless communication system includes antenna hardware, radio communication hardware, and a controller. The controller defines wireless sectors of coverage and configures them dynamically depending on network conditions. The radio communication hardware is coupled to the antenna hardware. The antenna hardware includes multiple antenna elements to wirelessly communicate in a network environment. During operation, the controller generates configuration settings to control a configuration of the radio communication hardware and the antenna hardware. The controller applies the configuration settings to the radio communication hardware to define corresponding wireless coverage provided by one or more software defined sectors in multiple base stations in a network environment. The one or more instantiated base stations (as indicated by the configuration settings) provide multiple communication devices in the network environment access to a remote network such as the Internet.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for maintaining synchronization in connectionless transmissions
Patent No. 10979934 

Inventor(s): Nathan Edward Tenny (San Diego, CA), Xiaoxiao Zheng (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16691939 on 11/22/2019 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a receiving device includes receiving a first protocol data unit (PDU) of a first burst transmission, the first PDU includes a first transmission identifier (T_ID) associated with the first burst transmission, and the first PDU further includes a final PDU indication indicating that the first PDU is a final PDU of the first burst transmission, and releasing a first radio link control (RLC) resource associated with the first T_ID when the first RLC resource associated with the first T_ID exists.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Network edge controller and remote field service system
Patent No. 10979971 

Inventor(s): Ralph McCoy (Irving, TX), Tim Garcia (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): APPTRICITY CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Hemingway Hansen, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16490007 on 07/06/2018 (1012 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is machine-to-machine (M2M) mobile platform that has a controller that can communicate with RFID tags and receives RFID information into a mobile vehicle foreign network with an all-in-one mobile solution and also communicates with a home network having a computer server. The present invention provides an integrated command and communication platform to support communications by cell phone, WiFi, GPS, RFID controller, vehicle information controller, and real-time integration to optimize performance of the remote tracking network. With the use of the present invention, fleet services, mobile inventory, and asset tracking can be efficiently organized and conducted across a fleet vehicles, a multitude of remote tracking devices, and geographically around the world.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Integrated access and backhaul link selection
Patent No. 10979972 

Inventor(s): Hongyan Lei (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16509809 on 07/12/2019 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed technology is generally directed towards communicating whether a small deployed (e.g., millimeter wave 5G) cell is capable of operating as a self-backhaul device and can thereby operate as a relay node for another network device”s backhaul (e.g., integrated access and backhaul) traffic. Data communicated between network devices, such as an attribute in in the CellAccessRelatedInfo information element of the system information block (e.g., a SIB type 1) message, can be used to convey the self-backhaul capability information. The network device that is searching for a self-backhaul cell evaluates the self-backhaul data of another cell, along with other selection criteria, to determine if the other cell can serve as a backhaul link; if the criteria is met, that other cell is selected, otherwise another cell is searched for such a capability.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Apparatus and method to identify total communication device resources
Patent No. 10980033 

Inventor(s): Hongyan Lei (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): AT T Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16369794 on 03/29/2019 (746 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, transmitting a first message to a first network node, wherein the first message identifies a total count of resources available to a processing system across a plurality of carriers, transmitting a second message to a second network node that causes the second network node to obtain the total count of resources from the first network node, connecting the processing system to the first network node to receive first services in accordance with a first portion of the total count of resources, and connecting the processing system to the second network node to receive second services in accordance with a second portion of the total count of resources. Other embodiments are disclosed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for supporting inter-band carrier aggregation with different UL/DL TDD configurations
Patent No. 10980054 

Inventor(s): Jun Li (Richardson, TX), Yiping Wang (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16597767 on 10/09/2019 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some implementations, a method of wireless communications between a wireless communications network and wireless user equipment includes receiving, using a primary Time Division Duplex (TDD) configuration, data on a primary component carrier in a first frequency band. Using a secondary TDD configuration, data on a secondary component carrier is received in a second frequency band different from the first frequency band. A Hybrid Automatic Repeat Request (HARQ) for data received on the secondary component carrier is transmitted using a supplemental TDD configuration. A transmission or retransmission on the secondary component carrier uses a supplemental TDD configuration as well. The supplemental TDD configuration is different from the secondary TDD configuration. Furthermore, an uplink supplemental configuration may be different from a downlink supplemental configuration.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Radio communications using random access in wireless networks
Patent No. 10980064 

Inventor(s): Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Murali Narasimha (Vernon Hills, IL), Qian Cheng (Aurora, IL), Vipul Desai (Palatine, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16008783 on 06/14/2018 (1034 days app to issue)

Abstract: An efficient random access procedure is provided for reduced control overhead of connections in random access systems. A base station transmits one or more synchronization signal (SS) blocks. A UE detects and determines a preferred SS block. The UE transmits multiple random access signals (e.g., PRACH signals) in a RACH occasion. Each PRACH signal is transmitted on a different beam and includes a RACH preamble. The base station receives one or more of the PRACH signals. The RACH occasion and optionally the RACH preamble identify the preferred SS block. The base station determines a preferred PRACH signal. The base station sends a RAR to the UE using the transmit beam of the preferred SS block. The RAR indicates the preferred PRACH signal and an uplink resource allocation. The UE receives the RAR and transmits a message using the transmit beam of the preferred PRACH signal and the uplink resource allocation.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


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Package
Patent No. D915882 

Inventor(s): Carlos Caicedo (Dallas, TX), Carol Monza (Dallas, TX), Carolyn Eckert (Dallas, TX), David Shin (Dallas, TX), Don Miller (Dallas, TX), Michael Comiskey (Dallas, TX), Natalie Cruz (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29746434 on 08/13/2020 (243 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Model vehicle tire
Patent No. D916001 

Inventor(s): Jory Sprowl (Honey Grove, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29713037 on 11/13/2019 (517 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Model vehicle tire
Patent No. D916002 

Inventor(s): Jory Sprowl (Honey Grove, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29713038 on 11/13/2019 (517 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


One-piece coupling
Patent No. D916033 

Inventor(s): Terry Henry (Greenville, TX)
Assignee(s): Robroy industriesTexas, LLC (Gilmer, TX)
Law Firm: The Webb Law Firm (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29669054 on 11/05/2018 (890 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Game
Patent No. D916195 

Inventor(s): Jason Starne (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Braxton Perrone, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29670403 on 11/15/2018 (880 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Fenceline support base
Patent No. D916328 

Inventor(s): Ronald Alvin Gonzales (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29683030 on 03/11/2019 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cross-shaped cremation urn
Patent No. D916424 

Inventor(s): Elizabeth Ann Hoag (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): LIVING FULLY, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29696943 on 07/02/2019 (651 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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