Dallas Invents: 144 Patents Granted for Week of Aug 24

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

Patents granted include:
• 7-Eleven's virtual store shelf that emulates a physical store shelf
Air Distribution Technologies' HVAC scrubber unit with building management system integration methods
ProBiora Health's use of hydrogen peroxide-producing bacteria for tooth whitening
• Recognition Concepts' digital signage and content manager
Rovi Guides' methods for content rights portability
Salesforce.com's object detection and image classification-based OCR recognition
• Toyota Motor North America's use of sensors to detect hazard from another vehicle while driving
Varidesk's motorized adjustable height table
•  Zixcorp System's harvesting and distributing a certificate based on a DNS name

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 August 24, 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 16
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING 11
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY 5
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 5
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING 9
G: PHYSICS 44
H: ELECTRICITY 50
DESIGN: 4


TOP ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 21
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 9
Bank of America Corp. (Charlotte, NC) 7
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 6
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 6
Micron Technology,Inc. (Boise, ID) 4
True Velocity IP Holdings (Garland) 4
Capital One Services LLC (McLean, VA) 3

UNASSIGNED 11


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton) 4
Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas) 3
Daniel Wu (Plano) 2
Do-Kyoung Kwon (Allen) 2
Felipe G. Salles (Garland) 2
Jaya Bharath R. Goluguri (McKinney) 2
Kai Chirca (Dallas) 2
Madhukar Budagavi (Plano) 2
Manu Kurian (Dallas) 2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Methods and systems for characterizing tissue of a subject utilizing a machine learning
Patent No. 11096602 

Inventor(s): Lori Ann Swalm (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Stryker European Operations Limited (Carrigtwohill, , IE)
Law Firm: Morrison Foerster LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15663290 on 07/28/2017 (1488 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for characterizing tissue of a subject include acquiring and receiving data for a plurality of time series of fluorescence images, identifying one or more attributes of the data relevant to a clinical characterization of the tissue, and categorizing the data into clusters based on the attributes such that the data in the same cluster are more similar to each other than the data in different clusters, wherein the clusters characterize the tissue. The methods and systems further include receiving data for a subject time series of fluorescence images, associating a respective cluster with each of a plurality of subregions in the subject time series of fluorescence images, and generating a subject spatial map based on the clusters for the plurality of subregions in the subject time series of fluorescence images. The generated spatial maps may then be used as input for tissue diagnostics using supervised machine learning.

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


Use of hydrogen peroxide-producing bacteria for tooth whitening
Patent No. 11096770 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Daniel Hillman (Gainesville, FL)
Assignee(s): ProBiora Health, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fish IP, Law, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15582429 on 04/28/2017 (1579 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention provides compositions and methods for whitening teeth of a subject comprising administering one or more isolated, non-pathogenic, hydrogen peroxide-producing bacterial strains to an oral cavity of a subject.

[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)


IOL injector having a spring-assisted IOL delivery mechanism
Patent No. 11096779 

Inventor(s): Jian Liu (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16454466 on 06/27/2019 (789 days app to issue)

Abstract: An IOL injector including a plunger having a spring-assisted IOL delivery mechanism is described.

[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]


Exoskeleton wheelchair system
Patent No. 11096847 

Inventor(s): Christopher Paul Lee (Newark, CA), Douglas Moore (Livermore, CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15423780 on 02/03/2017 (1663 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exoskeleton wheelchair system includes a base, one or more wheels coupled to the base, a body support connected to the base. The body support includes a back support, and one or more leg supports pivotally coupled to the back support. The exoskeleton wheelchair system also includes an actuator linked with the one or more leg supports and configured to rotate the one or more leg supports, a processor, a memory module, and machine readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to rotate the one or more leg supports with the actuator. The one or more leg supports pivot about a first axis when the back support is in a standing position mode, and the first axis is maintained at a fixed position when the one or more leg supports pivot about the first axis while the back support is in the standing position mode.

[A61G] TRANSPORT, PERSONAL CONVEYANCES, OR ACCOMMODATION SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR PATIENTS OR DISABLED PERSONS (appliances for aiding patients or disabled persons to walk A61H 3/00); OPERATING TABLES OR CHAIRS; CHAIRS FOR DENTISTRY; FUNERAL DEVICES (embalming corpses A01N 1/00)


Metabolically robust analogs of CYP-eicosanoids for the treatment of cardiac disease
Patent No. 11096910 

Inventor(s): John Russell Falck (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Max Delbruck-Centrum Fur Molekulare Medizin (Berlin, , DE), Omeicos Therapeutics GmbH (Berlin, , DE), The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert Berghoff LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15746246 on 07/22/2016 (1859 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to compounds according to general formula (I) which are metabolically robust analogues of bioactive lipid mediators derived from omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs). The present invention further relates to compositions containing one or more of these compounds and to the use of these compounds or compositions for the treatment or prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

[A61P] SPECIFIC THERAPEUTIC ACTIVITY OF CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS OR MEDICINAL PREPARATIONS [7]


Use of seaprose to remove bacterial biofilm
Patent No. 11096992 

Inventor(s): Aleksa Jovanovic (Fort Worth, TX), Catherine Van Der Kar (Grand Prairie, TX), Eric Roche (Fort Worth, TX), Lei Shi (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): SMITH NEPHEW, INC. (Memphis, TN)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14399124 on 05/10/2013 (3028 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of disrupting a bacterial biofilm present on a surface, comprising applying a composition that includes a semi-alkaline protease produced by the fermentation of the fungus [i]Aspergillus melleus [/i](Seaprose) to the bacterial biofilm, wherein application of the composition to the bacterial biofilm disrupts the matrix of the bacterial biofilm.

[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)


Gadolinium-based contrast agents for sensitive detection of Zn[superscript]2+[/superscript]with MRI
Patent No. 11097017 

Inventor(s): A. Dean Sherry (Dallas, TX), Christian Preihs (Dallas, TX), Jing Yu (Coppell, TX), Khaled Nasr (Dallas, TX), Sara Chirayil (Plano, TX), Veronica Clavijo Jordan (Dallas, TX), Yunkou Wu (Coppell, 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: 16246890 on 01/14/2019 (953 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some aspects, the present disclosure provides novel ligands, which may be used to make novel MRI contrast agents for the detection of zinc. In further aspects, by the present disclosure also provides methods of using as imaging agents and compositions thereof.

[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)


Computerized oral prescription administration devices and associated systems and methods
Patent No. 11097085 

Inventor(s): Christy Corey (Fishers, IN), Susan B. Owen (Dallas, TX), Thomas M. Rouse (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BERKSHIRE BIOMEDICAL, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16246122 on 01/11/2019 (956 days app to issue)

Abstract: Computerized oral prescription administration (COPA) devices, systems, and methods are provided. In one embodiment, a method of dispensing a substance to an intended user is provided. The method comprises identifying an intended user based on a biological marker of the intended user; determining whether a unique dentition of the intended user is positioned within a recess of a mouthpiece based on a comparison to data associated with the intended user”s unique dentition being positioned within the recess; and dispensing a substance from a reservoir coupled to the mouthpiece in response to identifying the intended user and determining that the intended user”s unique dentition is positioned within the recess of the mouthpiece.

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


Golf clubs and golf club heads
Patent No. 11097167 

Inventor(s): Gary G. Tavares (Azle, TX), John T. Stites (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): KARSTEN MANUFACTURING CORPORATION (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17003441 on 08/26/2020 (363 days app to issue)

Abstract: Golf clubs and/or golf club heads include a club head body defining an interior chamber, structure for engaging a shaft with the body, and/or a shaft engaged with the body. The club head body may have an overall length of at least 4.5 inches and an overall breadth of at least 4.2 inches. In other examples, the club head body may have an overall length of at least 4.6 inches and a ratio of the overall breadth dimension to the overall length dimension of 1 or less. If desired, the ratio of the head breadth to head length dimensions may be in a range from at least 0.94 to 1 or less.

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


Light source illuminating the rim, net and backboard of a basketball system
Patent No. 11097173 

Inventor(s): Louis Celenza, Jr. (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Plager Schack LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16925074 on 07/09/2020 (411 days app to issue)

Abstract: A basketball illumination system includes a light source mounted beneath a basketball rim to prevent glare and improve visibility of the rim in low lit conditions. Some embodiments include an L.E.D. strip arranged in a hoop directly below the rim. A bungee cord may couple the L.E.D. strip to the rim under tension to prevent the L.E.D. strip from straying into the path of balls travelling through the rim. Some embodiments include a rebound sensor and/or a shot senor. Each sensor may change the illumination of the L.E.D. strip in a different way upon detection.

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


Block copolymer and micelle compositions and methods of use thereof
Patent No. 11098150 

Inventor(s): David Boothman (Dallas, TX), Jinming Gao (Plano, TX), Kejin Zhou (Dallas, TX), Yiguang Wang (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16006885 on 06/13/2018 (1168 days app to issue)

Abstract:

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


Undergarment support system and method of use
Patent No. 11096428 

Inventor(s): Khanthamala Bounkhong (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16525662 on 07/30/2019 (756 days app to issue)

Abstract: A suspender system and method of use includes an elongated belt strap that removably engages around the midsection of the user; a first connector secured to a top edge of the elongated belt strap and engaged with a first garment of clothing worn by the user; a second connector secured to a bottom edge of the elongated belt strap and engaged with a second garment of clothing worn by the user.

[A41C] CORSETS; BRASSI»RES


Motorized adjustable height table
Patent No. 11096481 

Inventor(s): David Patton (Flower Mound, TX), Lio Y. Chang (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): VARIDESK, LLC (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16047246 on 07/27/2018 (1124 days app to issue)

Abstract: A table includes a table top having a frame attached to a lower surface of the table top. The table also includes a first leg having lugs and a second leg having lugs. The lugs of the first leg and the second leg are received in slots of the frame to attach the legs to the table. The legs are telescopically movable to adjust the height of the table top.

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


Self-assembling artificial tree
Patent No. 11096510 

Inventor(s): Tiffani Tucker (Waxahachie, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16534654 on 08/07/2019 (748 days app to issue)

Abstract: A disclosed artificial tree includes telescoping tubes in series of progressively smaller diameters nested within each other. The telescoping pole is engineered to erect in response to an erecting force. A base is configured to support the telescoping pole orthogonal to a top side of the base parallel to a floor side of the base. The base includes a release control switch for erection and for retraction of the artificial tree. An artificial helical bough encircles the telescoping pole many times. The artificial helical bough is mounted at an outside end to the base and mounted on an inside end to a smallest diameter telescoping tube. The artificial helical bough is preconfigured with an engineered spring force greater than a weight of the bough plus a weight of the telescoping pole to erect the artificial tree based on a state of the release control switch.

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


Corneal topography system and methods
Patent No. 11096573 

Inventor(s): Vrunjal Mehta (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Intelligent Diagnostics, LLC (Los Angeles, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17045475 on 04/23/2020 (488 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile communication device-based corneal topography system includes an illumination system, an imaging system, a topography processor, an image sensor, and a mobile communication device. The illumination system is configured to generate an illumination pattern reflected off a cornea of a subject. The imaging system is coupled to an image sensor to capture an image of the reflected illumination pattern. A topography processor is coupled to the image sensor to process the image of the reflected illumination pattern. The mobile communications device includes a display, the mobile communications device is operatively coupled to the image sensor. The mobile communications device includes a mobile communications device (MCD) processor. A housing at least partially encloses one or more of the illumination system, the imaging system, or the topography processor.

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


Method for generating a personalized classifier for human motion activities of a mobile or wearable device user with unsupervised learning
Patent No. 11096593 

Inventor(s): Arun Kumar (New Delhi, , IN), Ghanapriya Singh (New Delhi, , IN), Mahesh Chowdhary (San Jose, CA), Rajendar Bahl (Gurugram, , IN)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16783569 on 02/06/2020 (565 days app to issue)

Abstract: Motion activity data is collected from at least one sensor. An initial motion activity classifier function is applied to the motion activity data to produce an initial motion activity posteriorgram. Pre-processing and segmenting the motion activity data into windows produces segmented motion activity data from which sensor specific features are extracted. An updated motion activity classifier function is generated from the extracted sensor specific features. Subsequent motion activity data is also collected from the at least one sensor, and the updated motion activity classifier function is applied to the subsequent motion activity data to produce an updated motion activity posteriorgram.
[A61B] DIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION (analysing biological material G01N, e.g. G01N 33/48)


 

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Hybrid layered structure, method and system including same
Patent No. 11097311 

Inventor(s): Brian Duffy (Dallas, TX), Li-Ying Yang (Whippany, NJ), Yan Zheng (Dallas, TX), Yixi Xiao (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BMIC LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17150812 on 01/15/2021 (221 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure relate to methods and roofing systems including a hybrid layered structure. In some embodiments, the hybrid layered layer structure, method, and system are used for waterproofing at least one steep slope roof substrate. In some embodiments, the at least one steep slope roof substrate at least one protruding member protruding from the at least one steep slope roof substrate. In some embodiments, the hybrid layered structure comprises a first coating layer, a roofing membrane, and a second coating layer.

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


Foam stiffened structure and method of making the same
Patent No. 11097507 

Inventor(s): Mark Chris (Dallas, TX), Mike Mikel (Fort Worth, TX), Ramesh Thiagarajan (Plano, TX), Suvankar Mishra (Carrollton, TX), William Evans, III (Hurst, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15195501 on 06/28/2016 (1883 days app to issue)

Abstract: A structure includes a skin and a foam member. The foam member has a molded contour, the mold contour being configured to provide tooled surface for the skin. When the skin is a composite skin, the foam member provides support for the skin so that the skin can be cured under heat and pressure. A method of making the foam member for a foam stiffened structure includes creating a mold having an interior cavity which resembles a desired shape the foam member. A subsequent step involves introducing a foam mixture into the mold. Next, the foam mixture is allowed to polymerize so as to expand and distribute within the cavity of the mold. The method further includes selectively controlling a density of the foam member in the mold. The foam member is at least partially cured. The foam member is assembled with a skin to produce the foam stiffened structure.

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


L-arm protection system and method of use
Patent No. 11097643 

Inventor(s): Raj Mane (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16557479 on 08/30/2019 (725 days app to issue)

Abstract: An L-arm protection system includes an L-arm assembly to engage with wheels of a vehicle for towing the vehicle, the L-arm assembly having a first side and a second side; a sleeve to secure over the first side of the L-arm assembly, the sleeve having a body extending from a first side to a second side and having a channel, the first side being open and the second side being closed; a set screw extending through the body and to tighten the body to the first side of the L-arm assembly; and a chain link secured to the second side of the body and to provide a securing point; the body of the sleeve is to secure around the first side of the L-arm assembly via the set screw.

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


Selectively sealable vehicle bed partition and vehicle incorporating the same
Patent No. 11097649 

Inventor(s): Paxton S. Williams (Milan, MI), Randy Badia (Saline, 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: 16377357 on 04/08/2019 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: The selectively sealable vehicle bed partition comprises a partition body comprising a top edge, a bottom edge, a first end edge extending between the top edge and the bottom edge, an opposed second end edge extending between the top edge and the bottom edge, a first face bounded by the top edge, bottom edge, first end edge, and second end edge, and an opposed second face bounded by the top edge, bottom edge, first end edge, and second end edge; and a selectively inflatable seal comprising an inflation chamber disposed on the partition body, the selectively inflatable seal disposed on and extending along the first end edge, bottom edge, and second end edge, the selectively inflatable seal comprising a selectively openable and closable valve that is configured to receive and retain a gas for inflation of the inflation chamber and release the gas to deflate the inflation chamber.

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


Electronic control units, vehicles, and methods for controlling trailer brake output circuits based on vehicle wheel ABS statuses
Patent No. 11097703 

Inventor(s): Lisa DiMaggio (Ann Arbor, MI), Mikhal el Arculli (Celina, TX), Yuichi Shimizu (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15672472 on 08/09/2017 (1476 days app to issue)

Abstract: Electronic control units, vehicles, and methods for controlling trailer brake output circuits based on vehicle wheel ABS statuses are disclosed. An electronic control unit for controlling a trailer brake output circuit based on vehicle wheel ABS statuses is configured to determine a first vehicle wheel ABS status, determine a second vehicle wheel ABS status, and control the trailer brake output circuit based on the first vehicle wheel ABS status and the second vehicle wheel ABS status. The first vehicle wheel ABS status is indicative of whether braking of a first vehicle wheel is being controlled in accordance with a vehicle ABS mode. The second vehicle wheel ABS status is indicative of whether braking of a second vehicle wheel is being controlled in accordance with the vehicle ABS mode.

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


Transport lane usage
Patent No. 11097735 

Inventor(s): Felipe G. Salles (Garland, TX), Jaya Bharath R. Goluguri (McKinney, TX), Joshua V. Marasigan (Carrollton, TX), Robert D. Slater (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16824471 on 03/19/2020 (523 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation includes one or more of traveling, by a first transport, in a first lane, determining, by the first transport, that a speed of a second transport is greater than a speed of the first transport when the second transport is behind the first transport, determining, by the first transport, that no other transports are ahead of the first transport by a first distance in the first lane and beside the first transport by a second distance in a second lane, maneuvering, by the first transport, to the second lane allowing the second transport to pass the first transport in the first lane, and maneuvering, by the first transport, to the first lane when there are no other transports traveling in the first lane at a third distance behind the first transport and at or near the speed of the second transport.

[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]


Vibration attenuation system for electric and hybrid electric vehicles
Patent No. 11097836 

Inventor(s): Joseph Richard Carpenter (Kennedale, TX), Jouyoung Jason Choi (Southlake, TX), Michael Reaugh Smith (Colleyville, TX), Steve Michael Loveland (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16360803 on 03/21/2019 (887 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, an aircraft comprises an airframe, a rotor system coupled to the airframe, and a vibration attenuation system. The rotor system is operable to exert a vibratory force on the airframe. The vibration attenuation system comprises two or more batteries and elastic devices. The two or more batteries are operable to supply power to the rotor system. The elastic devices coupled to the two or more batteries and the airframe. The elastic devices are configured to attenuate the vibratory force based on facilitating oscillation of the two or more batteries. In other examples, a method comprises coupling elastic devices to two or more batteries and an airframe of an aircraft. The elastic devices receiving a vibratory force via the airframe and attenuate the vibratory force based on facilitating oscillation of the two or more batteries.

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


Bearingless gimbaled rotor hubs and swashplates
Patent No. 11097837 

Inventor(s): Kyle Thomas Cravener (Watauga, TX), Tyler Wayne Baldwin (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16004689 on 06/11/2018 (1170 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gimbal joint may employ a plurality of wear sleeves, each disposed between a pin or pin receptive bore of a first structure and a corresponding bore or pin of a second structure and between another pin or bore of the second structure and a corresponding bore or pin of a third structure. Each of these structures may be adapted to rotate in a single plane, with one structure adapted to also tilt about a first axis, and one other structure adapted to tilt about a second axis. Each integral flanged wear sleeve may comprise a right circular hollow cylindrical body portion, which may be interiorly sized to be retained on one of the pins and externally sized to be retained in one of the pin receptive bores, and a flange portion may radiate from one end of the cylindrical body portion.

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


Duct with optimized horizontal stator shape
Patent No. 11097838 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Robertson (Southlake, TX), Kirk L. Groninga (Keller, TX), Matthew E. Louis (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16442180 on 06/14/2019 (802 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary ducted fan with an optimized stator includes a duct surrounding a rotor hub from which blades radially extend and the stator having a stator span extending horizontally across an inside diameter of the duct, the stator having a stator chord extending from a leading edge to a trailing edge, wherein a length of the stator chord varies across the stator span.

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


Proppant with enhanced interparticle bonding
Patent No. 11098242 

Inventor(s): Spyridon Monastiriotis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Preferred Technology, LLC (Radnor, PA)
Law Firm: Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16124742 on 09/07/2018 (1082 days app to issue)

Abstract: Polymer coated proppants for hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells have an outer layer portion that comprises an organofunctional coupling agent, preferably an organofunctional silane coupling agent. The use of an organofunctional silane coupling agent in the outer layer portion of the proppant coating is preferably chosen to expose functionalities that will be reactive towards similar functionalities of adjacent and similarly coated proppants so that, when introduced downhole, these proppants form interparticle bonds at the temperatures and crack closure pressures found downhole in fractured strata. Such enhanced interparticle bonding helps keep the proppant in the fracture and maintains conductivity with reduced flowback. The invention also helps proppants designed for low temperature well to bond more firmly and allows proppants designed for high temperature wells to bond well even at lower downhole temperatures, thereby extending their useful range.

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


HVAC scrubber unit with building management system integration systems and methods
Patent No. 11098911 

Inventor(s): Amol P. Joshi (Coppell, TX), Michael G. Longman (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): AIR DISTRIBUTION TECHNOLOGIES IP, LLC (Milwaukee, WI)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15799723 on 10/31/2017 (1393 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for integrating a building management system communicatively coupled to a security subsystem via a communication network, in which the building management system determines occupancy data, with a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning subsystem that includes a scrubber unit communicatively coupled to the building management system via the communication network. The scrubber unit includes a contaminant filter that sorbs air contaminants from a surrounding environment when an elevated pressure differential is introduced across the contaminant filter; an inlet sensor that determines sensor data indicative of contaminant level present in return air received by the scrubber unit from an internal portion of the building; and scrubber control circuitry that selectively instructs the scrubber unit to operate in one of multiple regeneration modes based at least in part on the occupancy data and the sensor data to facilitate improving filtering efficiency provided by the contaminant filter during subsequent operation.

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


 

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

Oxygen-enhanced Claus carbon dioxide recovery
Patent No. 11097952 

Inventor(s): Denny Li (Fountain Valley, CA), Ghaith Aljazzar (Irvine, CA), Ryan Y. D. Chow (Bethesda, MD), Thomas K. T. Chow (Villa Park, CA)
Assignee(s): Fluor Technologies Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16435056 on 06/07/2019 (809 days app to issue)

Abstract: Processes and systems for oxygen-enhanced Claus carbon dioxide recovery are disclosed. Oxygen is fed to a sulfur recovery unit instead of air. The tail gas is fed to a tail gas treatment unit which produces a treated tail gas, and the treated tail gas is processed in a carbon dioxide recovery unit to produce a carbon dioxide product. A method for retrofitting an existing sulfur recovery unit and tail gas treatment unit so as to recover the carbon dioxide product is also disclosed.

[C01B] NON-METALLIC ELEMENTS; COMPOUNDS THEREOF (fermentation or enzyme-using processes for the preparation of elements or inorganic compounds except carbon dioxide C12P 3/00; production of non-metallic elements or inorganic compounds by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25B)


Methods for treating ocular diseases with brolucizumab
Patent No. 11098110 

Inventor(s): Werner Schmidt (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): NOVARTIS AG (Basel, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16018244 on 06/26/2018 (1155 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided for reducing the treatment burden for patients who have an intraocular neovascular disorder, the method comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of VEGF antagonist on a dosing schedule that includes treatment intervals of 8 and/or 12 weeks.

[C07K] PEPTIDES (peptides containing fl-lactam rings C07D; cyclic dipeptides not having in their molecule any other peptide link than those which form their ring, e.g. piperazine-2,5-diones, C07D; ergot alkaloids of the cyclic peptide type C07D 519/02; single cell proteins, enzymes C12N; genetic engineering processes for obtaining peptides C12N 15/00) [4]


Aqueous polymer dispersions
Patent No. 11098147 

Inventor(s): Harald Petri (Aarbergen, , DE), Matthias Junk (Alsbach-Hhnlein, , DE), Stephan Krieger (Hofheim, , DE)
Assignee(s): CELANESE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Roberts Calderon Safran Cole P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16480796 on 01/27/2017 (1670 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aqueous polymer dispersion is produced by multistage emulsion polymerization, in which a monomer composition I comprising 19 to 29 wt % hard monomers and 64 to 74 wt % soft monomers is polymerized to produce a first polymer phase and then a monomer composition II comprising 65 to 95 wt % hard monomers and 5 to 35 wt % soft monomers is polymerized to produce a second polymer phase. Monomer composition I also comprises from 1 to 5 wt % of at least one monomer selected from ethylenically unsaturated sulfonic acids, phosphonic acids, phosphoric acids, carboxylic acids, carboxylic amides, carboxylic anhydrides and mixtures thereof and 1 to 7.5 wt % of ethylenically unsaturated monomers containing keto groups. The weight ratio of monomer composition I to monomer composition II ranges from 50:50 to 65:35 and the polymer dispersion also contains a water-soluble cross-linking component selected from polyfunctional carboxylic hydrazides and/or polyfunctional amines.

[C08F] MACROMOLECULAR COMPOUNDS OBTAINED BY REACTIONS ONLY INVOLVING CARBON-TO-CARBON UNSATURATED BONDS (production of liquid hydrocarbon mixtures from lower carbon number hydrocarbons, e.g. by oligomerisation, C10G 50/00; fermentation or enzyme-using processes to synthesise a desired chemical compound or composition or to separate optical isomers from a racemic mixture C12P; graft polymerisation of monomers containing carbon-to-carbon unsaturated bonds on to fibres, threads, yarns, fabrics or fibrous goods made from such materials D06M 14/00) [2]


System and method for flexible sealant with density modifier
Patent No. 11098174 

Inventor(s): Devin Kocurek (Crowley, TX), Jonathan Perriello (Granbury, TX), Sandra Kocurek (Crowley, TX)
Assignee(s): POLYMER ADHESIVES SEALANT SYSTEMS, INC. (Mineral Wells, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15388841 on 12/22/2016 (1706 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed latex system comprises a one-component, closed-cell, semi-foam, mastic sealant using gas-filled, flexible, organic microspheres to create a product that is elastic and compressible under pressure without protruding in an outward direction when compressed, thereby allowing the applied sealant to compress in an enclosed, maximum-filled channel unlike typical mastic sealants (while retaining the ability to rebound). This allows the sealant to function as a gasket, and, once fully cured, to have properties including vibration damping, insulating, and condensation resistance. The sealant can be formulated as an air barrier or a vapor barrier and at various degrees of moisture resistance. It may be applied by different packaging variations including aerosol can (bag in can or bag on valve), airless sprayer, cartridge tubes, foil tubes, squeeze tubes, and buckets to be applied using a brush, trowel, spatula, etc. The disclosed mastic sealant can also be formulated to be smoke-resistant and flame-resistant.

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


Machine for coating an optical article with an anti-soiling coating composition and method for using the machine
Patent No. 11098400 

Inventor(s): Grald Fournand (Flower Mound, TX), Narendra Borgharkar (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Essilor International (Charenton-le-Pont, , FR), Satisloh AG (Baar, , CH)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15287079 on 10/06/2016 (1783 days app to issue)

Abstract: A machine for coating an optical article with an anti-soiling coating composition, includes a vacuum chamber ([b]8[/b]) configured to receive the optical article, a vacuum pump ([b]20[/b]) connected to the vacuum chamber ([b]8[/b]), a plasma generator ([b]11[/b]) configured to carry out a vacuum plasma treatment of the optical article, an evaporation device ([b]10[/b]) configured to carry out a vacuum evaporation treatment of the composition for depositing it on the optical article, a control unit ([b]2[/b]) controlling the plasma generator for removing an initial outermost anti-soiling coating of the article, controlling the evaporation device for recoating the article with the anti-soiling coating composition, being configured to causes the vacuum pump ([b]20[/b]) to suck gases from the chamber ([b]8[/b]) during vacuum plasma treatment and being further configured to causes the vacuum pump ([b]20[/b]) not to suck gases from the chamber ([b]8[/b]) during vacuum evaporation treatment.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Polycrystalline-diamond compact air bit
Patent No. 11098541 

Inventor(s): Ben Chrest (Holmen, WI), Carl Aron Deen (Fort Worth, TX), Christopher M. Casad (Benbrook, TX), Kerry Sisson (Commerce City, CO), Kristy Everheart (Fishers, IN), Thomas A. Damian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Ulterra Drilling Technologies, L.P. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16147318 on 09/28/2018 (1061 days app to issue)

Abstract: A PDC drill bit for use in downhole air drilling includes a body with a face for engaging a bottom of a hole being drilled and a gauge for engaging a side of the hole being drilled. The face includes a cone, a nose outward of the cone, a shoulder outward of the nose. The bit further includes channels formed in the face of the bit that extend from within the cone to the gauge. The channels define a plurality of blades separated by the channels. Each of the plurality of blades has a leading edge with PDC cutters mounted thereon. One or more of the channels are defined by two side walls and a bottom wall and has a length, width and depth. The width or depth remains substantially constant from a first point on its length within the cone to a second point within the shoulder.

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


Well system with attached sealant line
Patent No. 11098555 

Inventor(s): Erik R. Piatt (Lantana, TX), Lance I. Robinson (Parrish, FL)
Assignee(s): EN RX Chemical, Inc. (Flower Mound, TX)
Law Firm: Smith Hopen, P. A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16447561 on 06/20/2019 (796 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device and method for collecting sample fluids from an underground source which includes sample wells terminating in a corrugated conduit and sieve. The sampling regions for each sample well is separated by a grout or expanding seal barrier. Negative pressure is optionally applied to extract fluids from the underground matrix for sampling. The device can also be used for remediating an environmental contaminant from soil or aquifers. Upon identification of at least one environmental contaminant, a remediation composition is injected into the soil or aquifer using the sampling wells of the device. The remediation fluids can be directed to specific locations by selectively utilizing one or more sampling wells to inject the remediation fluid.

[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]


End protectors for jet perforating guns
Patent No. 11098562 

Inventor(s): Armando Duputel (Burleson, TX), Christopher C. Hoelscher (Arlington, TX), Lewis Douglas Box (Mansfield, TX), Marie Orpah Mills (Alvarado, TX), Nicholas G. Harrington (Midlothian, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16339343 on 12/12/2017 (1351 days app to issue)

Abstract: Perforating gun end protectors including pin end protectors and box end protectors include both a polymer component and a metal component. The pin end protectors and box end protectors herein meet packaging and shipping regulations for shipping perforating gun protectors having charges installed. The pin end protectors and box end protectors of the disclosure are less costly, reduces overall weight, and provide additional safety benefits as compared to traditional metal pin end protectors and metal box end protectors. The polymer component is configured to melt in a deflagration situation thereby venting of the perforating gun to prevent pressure build-up.

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


Perforating gun connection system
Patent No. 11098563 

Inventor(s): Wesley Neil Ludwig (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16911527 on 06/25/2020 (425 days app to issue)

Abstract: A perforating gun apparatus comprising a bulkhead connector located between an upper gun body thread and lower gun body thread. The bulkhead connector has seals in sealing arrangement with an upper gun body and a lower gun body with a support sleeve in contact with an inner groove support shoulder on the lower gun body. The support sleeve is radially deformable into the inner groove by a shockwave produced by firing the charges in the lower gun section. The deformation of the support sleeve attenuates the impact of the shockwave on the threaded connection. The bulkhead connector isolates the threaded connection from the pressure spike. The deformed support sleeve attenuates the shockwave from the charges firing in the upper gun section and transfers the resultant force away from the threaded connection.

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


Well completion method
Patent No. 11098567 

Inventor(s): David S. Wesson (Ft. Worth, TX), John T. Hardesty (Fort Worth, TX), Philip M. Snider (Houston, TX), Steve Baumgartner (Houston, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16816743 on 03/12/2020 (530 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for fracturing a well casing includes forming plural perforation clusters into a stage N associated with the well casing; fracturing the plural perforation clusters; forming a current stage N+1 by placing a plug within the stage N, to isolate a first subset of the plural perforation clusters from a second subset of the plural perforation clusters; and fracturing a second time the second subset, but not the first subset.

[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

 

Apparatus for converting wind into circular mechanical motion
Patent No. 11098693 

Inventor(s): Nicholas Aruhn Aylor Suetrong (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13815811 on 03/16/2013 (3083 days app to issue)

Abstract: Pocket and cup sails formed from flexible materials, especially such sails formed with excess material, have spar like supports attached at their deepest point to maintain the depth of the said sails when the wind fills them so that the sails expand to maximize resistance to the wind coming into the openings of the sails and so that the sails deflate when the wind is coming from the back of the sails to minimize resistance to the wind, the said sails being attached to rotor arms on rotary devices to provide torque, the torque being used to rotate decorative structures including the sails themselves, generate electricity, bring airplane tires up to speed before landing, and/or measure wind speed, and sails optionally having cuffs on the inside to help the sails inflate and/or maintain inflation by minimizing spillage of air.

[F03D] WIND MOTORS


Spa tub and spa chair having a sprayer with a thermal meter
Patent No. 11098721 

Inventor(s): Kevin Le (Richland Hills, TX), Thanh Le (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Luraco, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16510862 on 07/12/2019 (774 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is directed to a spa tub (and to a spa chair that includes a spa tub) that has a sprayer with a thermal meter so that an employee does not need to touch or feel the water and/or fluids to gauge the temperature of the water and/or fluids. The spa tub may also have a water pump and/or an air pump assembly that is designed and configured to be mounted to the wall of a basin for providing massage therapy to a user. In addition, the spa tub may additionally have a liner and/or an air dispenser. As a non-limiting embodiment, a spa chair includes a spa tub, a basin, a mounting housing member, and a sprayer with a thermal meter. The spa chair may also include a jet assembly, an air pump assembly a spa base, a gasket or seal, an air dispenser, and/or a liner.

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


Lighting system and method for operating lighting system
Patent No. 11098889 

Inventor(s): Craig Webster (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Winston Strawn LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16875966 on 05/15/2020 (466 days app to issue)

Abstract: The contemplated system allows users to engage in a recording activity with studio quality light. Because the system is portable and easily deployable, the system can be carried to and quickly set up by the user in any location where the recording will occur. The system includes a lighting instrument that can be installed on the display with the web camera exposed. The lighting instrument includes a light source configuration that can reduce lens flare. The system allows for operation as a dock station when not deployed. The contemplated method allows users to operate the system. The method helps the user achieve the optimal light intensity and angle for the recording area with reduced time and efforts. The method may consider distance, ambient light, location of the subject and other factors in its determination. The method allows users to further adjust the intensity and angle if necessary.

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


HVAC systems and methods with refrigerant purge
Patent No. 11098915 

Inventor(s): Carl Travis Crawford (Hickory Creek, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Hubbard Johnston, PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16286564 on 02/26/2019 (910 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system using a flammable refrigerant, a concentration sensor is used to check concentrations in the conditioned air or other locations. If concentrations are detected indicative a catastrophic or large leak, a purge valve is activated to immediately purge the refrigerant from the closed-conduit circuit of the system to a safe location. With lesser leaks, the blower may be activated and the leak monitored.

[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)


Cooling devices including a variable angle contact surface and methods for cooling heat-generating devices with a cooling device
Patent No. 11098960 

Inventor(s): Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl, LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16208819 on 12/04/2018 (994 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cooling device includes a substrate defining a substrate upper surface, and a fin positioned on the substrate upper surface, the fin including a deformable encapsulating layer coupled to the substrate upper surface and defining an interior region, and a phase-change material encapsulated within the interior region, where the phase-change material changes from a first matter phase to a second matter phase at a boiling point of a working fluid positioned on the deformable encapsulating layer.

[F28D] HEAT-EXCHANGE APPARATUS, NOT PROVIDED FOR IN ANOTHER SUBCLASS, IN WHICH THE HEAT-EXCHANGE MEDIA DO NOT COME INTO DIRECT CONTACT (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; fluid heaters having heat generating means and heat transferring means F24H; furnaces F27; details of heat-exchange apparatus of general application F28F); HEAT STORAGE PLANTS OR APPARATUS IN GENERAL [4]


Method of making polymer ammunition cartridge having a two-piece primer insert
Patent No. 11098990 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Singleton Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16278499 on 02/18/2019 (918 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides ammunition cartridge having a two piece primer insert with a flange, a polymeric middle body extending from the primer insert to a cylindrical middle body coupling region, and a polymeric projectile end having a projectile aperture mated to the polymeric middle body.

[F42B] EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, e.g. FOR BLASTING; FIREWORKS; AMMUNITION (explosive compositions C06B; fuzes F42C; blasting F42D) [5]


Method of making polymer ammunition cartridge having a two-piece primer insert
Patent No. 11098991 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Singleton Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16278504 on 02/18/2019 (918 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides ammunition cartridge having a two piece primer insert with a flange, a polymeric middle body extending from the primer insert to a cylindrical middle body coupling region, and a polymeric projectile end having a projectile aperture mated to the polymeric middle body.

[F42B] EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, e.g. FOR BLASTING; FIREWORKS; AMMUNITION (explosive compositions C06B; fuzes F42C; blasting F42D) [5]


Method of making polymer ammunition cartridge having a two-piece primer insert
Patent No. 11098992 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): True Velocity IP Holdings, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Singleton Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16377777 on 04/08/2019 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides ammunition cartridge having a two piece primer insert with a flange, a polymeric middle body extending from the primer insert to a cylindrical middle body coupling region, and a polymeric projectile end having a projectile aperture mated to the polymeric middle body.

[F42B] EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, e.g. FOR BLASTING; FIREWORKS; AMMUNITION (explosive compositions C06B; fuzes F42C; blasting F42D) [5]


Method of making polymer ammunition cartridge having a two-piece primer insert
Patent No. 11098993 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): True Velocity IP Holdings, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Singleton Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16377799 on 04/08/2019 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides ammunition cartridge having a two piece primer insert with a flange, a polymeric middle body extending from the primer insert to a cylindrical middle body coupling region, and a polymeric projectile end having a projectile aperture mated to the polymeric middle body.

[F42B] EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, e.g. FOR BLASTING; FIREWORKS; AMMUNITION (explosive compositions C06B; fuzes F42C; blasting F42D) [5]


 

P H Y S I C S

Intermediate navigation destinations
Patent No. 11099023 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15397886 on 01/04/2017 (1693 days app to issue)

Abstract: Navigation applications may utilize various different data sources to provide route information. In one example, a method of operation may include receiving at least one destination and creating a navigation route from a current location to a final destination, retrieving a plurality of user characteristics and a plurality of user preferences from at least one of a local memory of a user device and a remote memory of a remote device, modifying the navigation route to include intermediate routes based on the plurality of user characteristics and the plurality of user preferences, and transmitting a notification to a user device comprising at least one suggestion for an intermediate route.

[G01C] MEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY (measuring liquid level G01F; radio navigation, determining distance or velocity by use of propagation effects, e.g. Doppler effect, propagation time, of radio waves, analogous arrangements using other waves G01S)


System, method and apparatus for lading measurement in a rail car
Patent No. 11099048 

Inventor(s): Corey D. Wills (Berryton, KS), Darrell Robert Krueger (Lawrence, KS)
Assignee(s): BNSF Railway Company (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15720420 on 09/29/2017 (1425 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rail vehicle includes a truck having wheels for engaging a railroad track, a bolster supported by the truck, and a tank supported by the bolster for storing a lading. A measurement system measures the level of the lading within the tank and includes gauges and a controller. The gauges are disposed at selected points on the bolster for sensing at least one of lateral and longitudinal localized displacement experienced by the bolster during motion of the rail vehicle. The controller calculates the level of the lading within the tank and compensates for changes in the level of the lading during motion of the rail vehicle in response to signals generated by the gauges.

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


Low-cost measurement system using time domain reflectometry
Patent No. 11099052 

Inventor(s): Chester Wildey (Euless, TX), Gagik Farmanyan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16173993 on 10/29/2018 (1030 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Time Domain Return measurement system for measuring liquid level, linear movement or other measurements which includes a first and second electrode, the second electrode spaced from the first electrode to define a gap, and an electronics assembly connected to the first and second electrodes equipped with a generator for transmitting an electromagnetic signal for propagation along the electrodes. The signal generator has a first analog timing circuit for actuating a slow-rising function of voltage versus time, a second analog timing circuit associated with the first analog timing circuit for actuating a fast-rising function of voltage versus time, and a receive circuit electrically connected to the electrodes, the receive circuit being activated for receiving return echo data associated with the electromagnetic signal transmitted when the fast-rising function is equal or greater than the slow-rising function to determine the position of the second medium with respect to the electrodes.

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


Systems and methods for copper etch rate monitoring and control
Patent No. 11099131 

Inventor(s): Alex Lambert (Denton, TX), Oliver Ming-Ren Chyan (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): University of North Texas (Denton, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16465238 on 12/06/2017 (1357 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for copper etch monitoring and control are described. Certain embodiments include utilizing thin-film cells to measure the absorbance of a copper etch solution to determine the etch rate of the solution. In another embodiment, a method of controlling etch rate of a copper etch solution includes detecting characteristics of the copper etch solution utilizing a sensor device, e.g., flow cell and/or attenuated total reflection probe, calculating, based on the detected characteristics of the copper etch solution, the etch rate of the copper etch solution, and adjusting the etch rate of the copper etch solution in response to the calculated etch rate deviating from a specified value.

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


Fiber optic connectors and connectorized cable assembly with collapsing cantilevered gasket
Patent No. 11099335 

Inventor(s): Daniel Leyva, Jr. (Arlington, TX), Michael De Jong (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Research Development Corporation (Corning, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16781232 on 02/04/2020 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fiber optic connector that includes a connector body comprising a ferrule retaining portion, a pusher engagement portion and a body cable passage extending through the pusher engagement portion and the ferrule retaining portion. The connector includes a ferrule assembly structurally configured to be retained by the ferrule retaining portion with an optical fiber bore of the ferrule assembly in alignment with the body cable passage. The connector includes a pusher structurally configured to axially engage the pusher engagement portion with a pusher cable passage in alignment with the body cable passage, and a collapsing cantilevered gasket structurally configured to form an axially compressed sealing interface between the connector body and the pusher and an omnidirectionally compressed sealing interface between the gasket and a cable passing through a cable passage of the gasket.

[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]


Telescope bypass mirror mechanism with minimized stow volume
Patent No. 11099371 

Inventor(s): Andrew Short (Allen, TX), Kirk A. Miller (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15839573 on 12/12/2017 (1351 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical system (e.g., a telescope) comprising an optical assembly that reflects and refracts light rays through a single window about an optical path to a detector. A field-of-view bypass assembly comprises a bypass mirror movably coupled with respect to the optical assembly. The bypass mirror is selectively translatable and tiltable between a bypass configuration and a retracted configuration. In the bypass configuration, the bypass mirror is disposed in and interrupts the primary optical path and oriented to define a secondary optical path to the detector. In the retracted configuration, the bypass mirror is both disposed out of the primary optical path and is properly shielded to prevent stray light reflections.

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


System, method, and computer-readable storage medium for automated manufacturing defect detection
Patent No. 11099549 

Inventor(s): Joshua Batie (Frisco, TX), Raja Shekar Kilaru (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16283008 on 02/22/2019 (914 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automated manufacturing defect detection system includes processing circuitry configured to receive historical parts statistics corresponding to a failure of parts used in a vehicle assembly, receive vehicle sensor statistics corresponding to a failure of parts of post manufactured vehicles, and receive historical assembly line statistics corresponding to a failure of assembly of parts during the vehicle assembly. Additionally, the processing circuitry is configured to generate a profile for one or more parts used in the vehicle assembly, receive an analysis of each of the one or more parts of the assembled vehicle, determine whether any of the one or more analyzed parts deviate from the profile generated for that part, and in response to a determination that any of the one or more analyzed parts deviate from the profile generated for that part by greater than an expected quality threshold, automatically communicate an alert corresponding to the deviation.

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


Power combiner and balancer
Patent No. 11099588 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Anthony Morroni (Highlands Ranch, CO)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16889892 on 06/02/2020 (448 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power combining technique includes receiving a first voltage at a first input and a second voltage at a second input. The power combining technique further includes combining, with at least two power converters, power received from the first and second inputs into a single power rail. A power balancing technique further includes controlling the at least two power converters such that a first one of the power converters outputs an amount of current to the single power rail that is proportional to and/or equal to the amount of current output by another of the power converters.

[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]


Methods and systems for displaying content based on a scroll pattern
Patent No. 11099729 

Inventor(s): Chi-San Ho (Allen, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Yue Duan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16886930 on 05/29/2020 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for displaying content on a user device. For example, a method of displaying content on a user device may include: receiving a first set of content data; arranging and displaying the first set of content in a first sequence of consecutive segments; detecting user input indicative of a scroll pattern of the user through the first sequence of consecutive segments; determining a preferred category based on the detected user input; receiving a second set of content data; arranging the second set of content data into a second sequence of consecutive segments based on the preferred category; and displaying the second set of content data in the arranged second sequence of consecutive segments on the display of the user device.

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


Command address input buffer bias current reduction
Patent No. 11099774 

Inventor(s): Gary Howe (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15691447 on 08/30/2017 (1455 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device may include one or more memory banks that store data and one or more input buffers. The input buffers may receive command address signals to access the one or more memory banks. The memory device may operate in one of a first mode of operation or a second mode of operation. The one or more input buffers may operate under a first bias current when the memory device is in the first mode of operation or a second bias current when the memory device is in the second mode of operation, and the first bias current may be greater than the second bias current.

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


Crosspoint memory architecture for high bandwidth operation with small page buffer
Patent No. 11099784 

Inventor(s): Martin Lueker-Boden (Fremont, CA), Raj Ramanujan (Federal Way, WA), Ward Parkinson (Boise, ID), Won Ho Choi (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16717468 on 12/17/2019 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and techniques are described for reading crosspoint arrays of memory cells with high bandwidth and a relatively small page buffer. Multiple crosspoint arrays (XPAs) are read in parallel, with one memory cell per XPA being read, in a bank of XPAs. To reduce the read time, a row can be selected for the XPAs, after which memory cells in different columns are read, one column at a time, while the same row is selected. This avoids the need to transmit commands and a row address for re-selecting the row in each successive read operation. The XPAs may be ungrouped, or one XPA may be accessible at a time in a group. In one option, the XPAs are arranged in sets, either individually or in groups, and one set is accessible at a time.

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


Linking access commands for a memory sub-system
Patent No. 11099785 

Inventor(s): Scheheresade Virani (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Holland Hart LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16726124 on 12/23/2019 (610 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for linking access commands for a memory sub-system of a memory sub-system are described. A first write command that includes first data can be received. The first write command can be associated with a first identifier. An internal read command to retrieve data stored in the transfer unit of the memory sub-system can be issued based on receiving the first write command. A second write command that includes second data can be received. The second write command can be associated with a second identifier. The first and second identifiers can be linked based on receiving the second write command and an internal write command that includes the first data associated with the first write command and the second data associated with the second write command can be issued.

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


Transcendental function evaluation
Patent No. 11099815 

Inventor(s): Alexander Tessarolo (Lindfield, , AT), Prasanth Viswanathan Pillai (Bangalore, , IN), Richard Mark Poley (Sugar Land, TX), Venkatesh Natarajan (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16934539 on 07/21/2020 (399 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, an apparatus is arranged to generate a linear term, a quadratic term, and a constant term of a transcendental function with, respectively, a first circuit, a second circuit, and a third circuit in response to least significant bits of an input operand and in response to, respectively, a first, a second, and a third table value that is retrieved in response to, respectively, a first, a second, and a third index generated in response to most significant bits of the input operand. The third circuit is further arranged to generate a mantissa of an output operand in response to a sum of the linear term, the quadratic term, and the constant term.

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


Intermediate host integrated circuit between virtual machine instance and customer programmable logic
Patent No. 11099894 

Inventor(s): Mark Bradley Davis (Justin, TX)
Assignee(s): Amazon Technologies, Inc. (Seattle, WA)
Law Firm: Klarquist Sparkman, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15279164 on 09/28/2016 (1791 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-tenant environment is described with configurable hardware logic (e.g., a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)) positioned on a host server computer. For communicating with the configurable hardware logic, an intermediate host integrated circuit (IC) is positioned between the configurable hardware logic and virtual machines executing on the host server computer. The host IC can include management functionality and mapping functionality to map requests between the configurable hardware logic and the virtual machines. Shared peripherals can be located either on the host IC or the configurable hardware logic. The host IC can apportion resources amongst the different configurable hardware logics to ensure that no one customer can over consume resources.

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


Streaming engine with error detection, correction and restart
Patent No. 11099933 

Inventor(s): Joseph Zbiciak (San Jose, CA), Timothy Anderson (University Park, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16808683 on 03/04/2020 (538 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to a streaming engine employed in, for example, a digital signal processor. A fixed data stream sequence including plural nested loops is specified by a control register. The streaming engine includes an address generator producing addresses of data elements and a steam head register storing data elements next to be supplied as operands. The streaming engine fetches stream data ahead of use by the central processing unit core in a stream buffer. Parity bits are formed upon storage of data in the stream buffer which are stored with the corresponding data. Upon transfer to the stream head register a second parity is calculated and compared with the stored parity. The streaming engine signals a parity fault if the parities do not match. The streaming engine preferably restarts fetching the data stream at the data element generating a parity fault.

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


Multi-processor bridge with cache allocate awareness
Patent No. 11099993 

Inventor(s): Daniel Wu (Plano, TX), Kai Chirca (Dallas, TX), Matthew David Pierson (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16601913 on 10/15/2019 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for loading data, comprising receiving a memory management command to perform a memory management operation to load data into the cache memory before execution of an instruction that requests the data, formatting the memory management command into one or more instruction for a cache controller associated with the cache memory, and outputting an instruction to the cache controller to load the data into the cache memory based on the memory management command.

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


Virtual network pre-arbitration for deadlock avoidance and enhanced performance
Patent No. 11099994 

Inventor(s): Daniel Wu (Plano, TX), Kai Chirca (Dallas, TX), Matthew David Pierson (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instmments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17066650 on 10/09/2020 (319 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a data path, a first interface configured to receive a first memory access request from a first peripheral device, and a second interface configured to receive a second memory access request from a second peripheral device. The device further includes an arbiter circuit configured to, in a first clock cycle, a pre-arbitration winner between a first memory access request and a second memory access request based on a first number of credits allocated to a first destination device and a second number of credits allocated to a second destination device. The arbiter circuit is further configured to, in a second clock cycle select a final arbitration winner from among the pre-arbitration winner and a subsequent memory access request based on a comparison of a priority of the pre-arbitration winner and a priority of the subsequent memory access request.

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


Computer architecture for performing error detection and correction in a correlithm object processing system
Patent No. 11100120 

Inventor(s): Patrick N. Lawrence (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16298370 on 03/11/2019 (897 days app to issue)

Abstract: A correlithm object processing system includes a reference table that stores a plurality of correlithm objects, and a first node communicatively coupled to a second node by a communication channel. The first node is configured to receive a particular one of the plurality of correlithm objects from the second node over the communication channel. The first node determines distances between the received correlithm object and each of the plurality of correlithm objects stored in the reference table. The first node further identifies one of the plurality of correlithm objects from the reference table with the shortest distance, and outputs the identified correlithm object.

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


Cascading data impact visualization tool
Patent No. 11100128 

Inventor(s): Naga Chintala (Frisco, TX), Raghuram Vijayaraghavan (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16733889 on 01/03/2020 (599 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems described herein may retrieve a data lineage associated with a first computing system comprising a plurality of services and data elements. The data lineage may indicate a plurality of interrelationships between the plurality of services and data elements. Based on the data lineage, a visualization of the first computing system may be generated. Based on the one or more interrelationships between a first data element and the plurality of services and data elements, one or more services and data elements affected by the change to the first data element may be identified. Based on the one or more services and data elements affected by the change to the first data element, the visualization of the first computing system may be updated to indicate the impact to the first computing system.

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


Systems and methods for content rights portability
Patent No. 11100196 

Inventor(s): Jose Eduardo del Valle Diharce (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Rovi Guides, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Haley Guiliano LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16440598 on 06/13/2019 (803 days app to issue)

Abstract: The system and methods described allow a content delivery application to provide temporary access to a content item for display on a content access device based on a user obtaining access to the content item initially on another system. The content delivery application receives content accessed confirmation that user access a content item and then monitors whether that access was interrupted. If the access was interrupted, the content delivery application generates a content access bookmark based on a content timeline and stores a content access authorization comprising the content access bookmark and an identifier from the profile. When the user requests the content item, the content delivery application transmits access information corresponding to segments of the content item, based on the content access bookmark to a user”s device.

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


Secure data parser method and system
Patent No. 11100240 

Inventor(s): Rick L. Orsini (Flower Mound, TX), Roger S. Davenport (Campbell, TX)
Assignee(s): Security First Corp. (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16127082 on 09/10/2018 (1079 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system for securing sensitive data from unauthorized access or use. The method and system of the present invention is useful in a wide variety of settings, including commercial settings generally available to the public which may be extremely large or small with respect to the number of users. The method and system of the present invention is also useful in a more private setting, such as with a corporation or governmental agency, as well as between corporation, governmental agencies or any other entity.

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


Processors with security levels adjustable per applications
Patent No. 11100254 

Inventor(s): Steven Jeffrey Wallach (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig (27 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16210605 on 12/05/2018 (993 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses related to adjustable security levels in processors are described. A processor may have functional units and a register configured to control security operations of the functional units. The register configures the functional units to operate in a first mode of security operations when the register contains a first setting; and the register configures the functional units to operate in a second mode of security operations when the register contains a second setting (e.g., to skip/bypassing a set of security operation circuit for enhanced execution speed).

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


Activity recognition method using videotubes
Patent No. 11100316 

Inventor(s): Fatih Porikli (San Jose, CA), Huang Wei (Santa Clara, CA), Luis Bill (Daly City, CA), Qijie Xu (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16822923 on 03/18/2020 (524 days app to issue)

Abstract: An activity recognition device comprises a port configured to receive a video stream from a video source for a first object and a second object; a memory configured to store instructions and image frames of the video stream; and one or more processors, wherein the one or more processors execute the instructions stored in the memory, the one or more processors configured to: select portions of the image frames based on presence of the first object; determine areas within the portions of image frames, wherein locations of the first object in the video frames are bounded by the determined areas; determine motion of the first object and locations of a second object within the areas of the image frames; and identify an activity according to the determined motion and locations of the second object, and generate an alert according to the identified activity.

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


Object detection and image classification based optical character recognition
Patent No. 11100319 

Inventor(s): Michael A. Salem (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): salesforce.com, inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Fenwick West LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16773813 on 01/27/2020 (575 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system performs optical character recognition (OCR) on an image displaying a portion of an object. An image classification system identifies the object in the image, based on which one or more object detection models identify labels associated with the object within the image. The system determines text of the identified labels using OCR, and analyzes the OCR resultant text for discrepancies and/or inaccuracies. In response to identifying a discrepancy, the system provides a recommendation for improving the accuracy of the OCR resultant text.

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


System to determine piping configuration under sink
Patent No. 11100328 

Inventor(s): Michael J. Schuster (Shorewood, IL)
Assignee(s): Danco, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas |Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16788373 on 02/12/2020 (559 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for determining piping configurations in an under-sink or similar environment. A computing device, such as a mobile device or a server, may be directed to access a digital image, such as a photograph of an under-sink environment. An analysis of the under-sink environment may be performed to generate a plurality of suggested configurations of piping for placement in the under-sink environment using compliance criteria. A selection of one of the suggested configurations may be received and a parts list for the one of the suggested configurations may be generated. A series of instructions to complete an assembly of the one of the suggested configurations may be generated.

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


Knowledge network platform
Patent No. 11100406 

Inventor(s): Hui Zang (Santa Clara, CA), Luhui Hu (Bellevue, WA), Ziang Hu (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15473232 on 03/29/2017 (1609 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for a managed knowledge network platform (KNP). Model dissimilarity values for model pairs are obtained, each model pair including a first model of a plurality of models in a KNP and a different model in the plurality of models. Path lengths between a first model node of a plurality of model nodes in the KNP and each one of other model nodes are computed, where the first model node represents the first model and the first model node is connected to a first user node of a plurality of user nodes representing users of the KNP. At least one of the different models is selected based on the model dissimilarity values and the path lengths. A recommendation that includes the at least one model is generated for a first user represented by the first user node.

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


Intelligent dynamic entity data control system
Patent No. 11100436 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcott, Ltd. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16032111 on 07/11/2018 (1140 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems for dynamic entity data control are provided. In some examples, a system may receive a request to generate a recommendation for a second region or area for the entity to operate and/or a request for a second entity to house the entity during operating in the second region or area. The system may generate and transmit requests for additional data. The requests for additional data may include requests for data about the entity, as well as requests for data about a plurality of other entities, other regions or areas, and the like. Response data may be received by the system and may be analyzed using machine learning. Once the recommendation has been generated, one or more instructions may be generated and transmitted to an entity computing system, a computing system of the second or temporary entity, or the like. The generated instruction may then be executed to modify data, display additional or new data, or the like.

[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 real-time multi-facet interactive planning
Patent No. 11100439 

Inventor(s): Backiaraj Irudayaraj (The Colony, TX), Frederick Lister (Keller, TX), Nitin Goyal (Irving, TX), Pravin Rangachari (Irving, TX), Rubesh Mehta (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Blue Yonder Group, Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ)
Law Firm: Spencer Fane LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16410221 on 05/13/2019 (834 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for real-time multi-facet interactive planning. The system includes a database that stores data associated with one or more entities. The system further includes a computer having a memory and a processor coupled with the database and configured to receive a facet value modification and modify the facet value based on a new facet value. The computer is further configured to propagate the new facet value to modify another facet value.

[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 providing improved recommendations
Patent No. 11100562 

Inventor(s): Amit Deshpande (McKinney, TX), Ben Hoang (Garland, TX), Jacob Anderson (Plano, TX), Jie Shen (Plano, TX), Mithra Kosur Venuraju (Frisco, TX), Shilpa Mittal (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: DLA Piper LLP US (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16678233 on 11/08/2019 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for providing improved recommendations are disclosed. In some embodiments, the systems and methods may be used for vehicle recommendations. The system may include a server system configured to receive user historical vehicle preferences, user vehicle preferences, generate weighted feature data sets, and apply a similarity model to the generated weighted feature data set in order to determine a vehicle recommendation data set. A visual representation of the vehicle recommendation data set may then be provided to an interface associated with a user.

[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 computing real-time communication matrices
Patent No. 11100597 

Inventor(s): Alvin Daniel Ray (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Marin Patents LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16372221 on 04/01/2019 (876 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, a client driven referral management method may include: receiving the credentials of a member through a user device and a remote member through a user device; recording the consent of the member and the remote member to a referral fee agreement; associating a client with the member on the server when the client provides registration data to the server using a user device; recording real estate information browsing data and location data of the client with the user device of the client; assigning the remote member to the client, in which the remote member may be assigned by the server using the real estate information browsing data and location of client with the user device of the client; and notifying the member through a user device of the member of a real estate transaction involving the remote member and the client.

[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]


Establishment of positional timers in an augmented reality environment
Patent No. 11100715 

Inventor(s): Alan Cespedes (Irving, TX), Jackson B. de Jong (Irving, TX), Zachary J. Goodman (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16452750 on 06/26/2019 (790 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product are provided for establishing positional timers in an environment. A computing device receives an initial position for a timer in an augmented reality environment and an association of a context object with the timer. The position of the timer is fixed with respect to a position of the context object such that the position of the timer moves when the context object is moved. The computing device receives access control information regarding the timer. The access control information specifies one or more users who are permitted to view the timer. The computing device sets an expiration condition for the timer, wherein the expiration condition is provided by the user or derived based on crowdsourced information from feedback provided by multiple users. Upon timer expiration, an indication of the expiration is provided to the one or more users permitted to view the timer.

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


System and method for presenting a virtual store shelf that emulates a physical store shelf
Patent No. 11100717 

Inventor(s): Franklin Philips (The Colony, TX), Matthew Raymond Magee (Waco, TX), Sarath Vakacharla (Irving, TX), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Celina, TX), Trong Nghia Nguyen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): 7-ELEVEN, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16664490 on 10/25/2019 (669 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a display, interface, and processor. The interface receives a camera feed from a camera directed at a first physical rack located in a physical store. The processor displays, in a first region of the display, a virtual layout of a virtual store, configured to emulate a physical layout of the physical store. The virtual layout includes virtual racks assigned to physical racks. The virtual layout emulates the physical layout of the physical store. The processor receives an indication of an event associated with the first physical rack and accordingly displays the first virtual rack, which includes first and second virtual shelves. The first and second virtual shelves include virtual items that emulate physical items located on physical shelves of the first physical rack. The processor additionally displays a recording of the camera feed, which depicts the event associated with the first physical rack.

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


Vehicle data sharing with interested parties
Patent No. 11100728 

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Risberg (Flower Mound, TX), Felipe G. Salles (Garland, TX), Jaya Bharath R. Goluguri (McKinney, TX), Joshua C. Batie (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16709829 on 12/10/2019 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation may include providing a value to a transport based on sensor data associated the transport.

[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]


Two factor identification verification of controlled-environment facility residents and associated non-residents
Patent No. 11100739 

Inventor(s): Martin Mathew (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16245565 on 01/11/2019 (956 days app to issue)

Abstract: Two factor identification verification of controlled-environment facility residents and associated non-residents systems and methods capture, via a controlled-environment facility associated communications device, by a controlled-environment facility communications processing system, a first type of biometric sample of a user. The controlled-environment facility communications processing system submits the first type of biometric sample of the user to a centralized investigative data aggregation and analysis system, which verifies the user using the first type of biometric sample and determining. When the system(s) determine that a certainty of this resulting verification of the user does not meet a predetermined certainty threshold a second type of biometric sample of the user is captured and submitted for verification of the user.

[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)


System and method for generation and validation of multigame with bonus game using an electronic card
Patent No. 11100760 

Inventor(s): Jay B. Ross (Delran, NJ), Robert D. Hamman (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): SCA PROMOTIONS (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Meagher Emanuel Laks Goldberg Liao, LLP. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17168855 on 02/05/2021 (200 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to various embodiments, a method for implementing a multigame is disclosed. The method includes randomly generating a plurality of game outcomes for the multigame. The method further includes grouping the plurality of game outcomes into a plurality of batches according to a game specification and assigning a batch number to each of the plurality of batches. The method also includes encoding each batch number with a security code. The method further includes electronically storing each encoded batch number in a respective game card, where each game card is configured to wirelessly communicate the encoded batch number to a user computing device. The method also includes providing a game application for downloading by the user computing device, where the application is configured to provide a gaming display on the user computing device to allow for playing the multigame based on the encoded batch number.

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


Surveillance system and method for predicting patient falls using motion feature patterns
Patent No. 11100780 

Inventor(s): Derek del Carpio (Corinth, TX), Steven Gail Johnson (Highland Village, TX)
Assignee(s): CareView Communications, Inc. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Meister Seelig Fein LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16708551 on 12/10/2019 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for detecting a fall risk condition, the system comprising a surveillance camera configured to generate a plurality of frames showing an area in which a patient at risk of falling is being monitored, and a computer system comprising memory and logic circuitry configured to store motion feature patterns that are extracted from video recordings, the motion feature patterns are representative of motion associated with real alarm cases and false-alarm cases of fall events, receive a fall alert from a classifier, determine motion features of one or more frames from the plurality of frames that correspond to the fall alert; compare the motion features of the one or more frames with the motion feature patterns, and determine whether to confirm the fall alert based on the comparison.

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


Utilizing sensors to detect hazard from other vehicle while driving
Patent No. 11100801 

Inventor(s): Alyssa Pipe (Plano, TX), Clinton Williams (Saline, MI), Gunnar Heinisch (McKinney, TX), Katsumi Nagata (Foster City, CA), Ryan Wiesenberg (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16538517 on 08/12/2019 (743 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a detection system. The hazard detection system includes a first sensor configured to detect or measure first sensor data including driver behavior patterns and a second sensor configured to detect second sensor data including driving patterns of one or more other vehicles. The hazard detection system includes an electronic control unit coupled to the first sensor and the second sensor. The electronic control unit is configured to obtain the first sensor data and the second sensor data and determine that a hazardous condition is present based on the driver behavior patterns or the driving patterns. The electronic control unit is configured to alert a driver of the vehicle, the one or more other vehicles or another entity of the hazardous condition.

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


System and method for wireless control of signs
Patent No. 11100823 

Inventor(s): Rick Swanson (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Luminator Holding LP (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16741216 on 01/13/2020 (589 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a master controller disposed on a transit vehicle, a peripheral device disposed on the transit vehicle, a first wireless subsystem communicably coupled to the master controller, and a second wireless subsystem communicably coupled to the peripheral device. The master controller is operable to send a signal to the peripheral device via the first wireless subsystem, the signal comprising a command related to operation of the peripheral device. The peripheral device is operable to receive the signal via the second wireless subsystem and execute the command. The system utilizes a wireless protocol that specifies a unique identification for the system. The master controller and the peripheral device are each configured via the wireless protocol. The configuration includes storage of the unique identification and operability to restrict wireless communication to wireless communication with other devices so configured.

[G09F] DISPLAYING; ADVERTISING; SIGNS; LABELS OR NAME-PLATES; SEALS


System and method for monitoring a signage system of a transit vehicle
Patent No. 11100827 

Inventor(s): Larry T. Taylor (Blue Ridge, TX), Ramin Safavi (Plano, TX), Xiaoping Zhou (Plano, TX), Zhicun Gao (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Luminator Holding LP (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16904741 on 06/18/2020 (432 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sign-monitoring system includes at least one electronic sign and a controller comprising a processor and memory. The electronic sign includes a pixel array, the pixel array including a plurality of pixels. The electronic sign further includes an embedded controller coupled to the at least one electronic sign. The embedded controller develops diagnostic information for the at least one electronic sign, the diagnostic information including information related to a number of malfunctioning pixels in the plurality of pixels. The controller is communicably coupled to the embedded controller and receives at least a portion of the diagnostic information from the embedded controller. In addition, the controller assesses the at least a portion of the diagnostic information to develop health information. The assessment involves evaluating the information related to the number of malfunctioning pixels.

[G09G] ARRANGEMENTS OR CIRCUITS FOR CONTROL OF INDICATING DEVICES USING STATIC MEANS TO PRESENT VARIABLE INFORMATION (arrangements for transferring data between digital computers and displays G06F 3/14; static indicating arrangements comprising an association of a number of separate sources or light control cells G09F 9/00; static indicating arrangements comprising integral associations of a number of light sources H01J, H01K, H01L, H05B 33/12; scanning, transmission or reproduction of documents or the like, e.g. facsimile transmission, details thereof H04N 1/00) [5]


Systems and methods for refreshing a memory bank while accessing another memory bank using a shared address path
Patent No. 11100974 

Inventor(s): Joosang Lee (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16689900 on 01/15/2020 (587 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes first and second sets of memory banks that store data. The system also includes an address path coupled to the memory banks that provides a row address to the memory banks. The system further includes a command address input circuit coupled to the address path. The command address input circuit includes a counter that stores and increments the row address. The system also includes a flip-flop that stores the row address in response to receiving a command to refresh the first set of memory banks.

[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)


Non-volatile memory with multi-plane mixed sub-block programming
Patent No. 11101001 

Inventor(s): Henry Chin (Fremont, CA), Zhenming Zhou (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16021290 on 06/28/2018 (1153 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-volatile memory system includes a control circuit connected to non-volatile memory cells. The control circuit is configured to simultaneously program memory cells connected to different word lines that are in different sub-blocks of different blocks in different planes of a die.

[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)


System and method for efficient enhancement of an on/off ratio of a bitcell based on 3T2R binary weight cell with spin orbit torque MJTs (SOT-MTJs)
Patent No. 11101320 

Inventor(s): Jorge Kittl (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: The Farrell Law Firm, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16850691 on 04/16/2020 (495 days app to issue)

Abstract: A weight cell, an electronic device and a device are provided. The weight cell includes a first resistive memory element and a second resistive memory element, a select transistor, and a layer of Spin Hall (SH) material disposed between the first resistive memory element and the second resistive memory element, the layer of the SH material including a first contact and a second contact. The first contact of the SH material is connected to a drain of the select transistor and the second contact of the SH material is connected to an external word line.

[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)


System and method for migrating an agent server to an agent client device
Patent No. 11102293 

Inventor(s): Mark Gerard (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): OL SECURITY LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (Wilmington, DE)
Law Firm: Schwabe, Williamson Wyatt (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16938811 on 07/24/2020 (396 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a network of mobile agents, data integrity can be improved by providing an agent server that can migrate between devices operating in the region of interest (ROI). The agent server distributes agent clients onto devices in the ROI and provides agent server services to the agent clients, including receiving and storing data from the agents. When the agent server device is to leave the ROI, the agent server can migrate to any device executing an agent client and continue to provide the agent server services, including data collection and aggregation, from the device to which the agent server has migrated.

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


Liquid immersion cooling platform
Patent No. 11102912 

Inventor(s): Jake Mertel (Plano, TX), John David Enright (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TMGCore, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16165594 on 10/19/2018 (1040 days app to issue)

Abstract: A two-phase liquid immersion cooling system is described in which heat generating computer components cause a dielectric fluid in its liquid phase to vaporize. The dielectric vapor is then condensed back into a liquid phase and used to cool the computer components. Using a pressure controlled vessel and pressure controller, the disclosed system may be operated at less than ambient pressure. By controlling the pressure at which the system operates, the user may influence the temperature at which the dielectric fluid vaporizes and thereby achieve increased performance from a given computer component. Utilizing robotic arms and slot-in computing components, a self-healing computing system may be created.

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


 

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System, composition and method of application of same for reducing the coefficient of friction and required pulling force during installation of wire or cable
Patent No. 11101053 

Inventor(s): Jason Drew Gillen (Anna, TX), Melvin Glenn Debord (Van Alstyne, TX), Ronald A. Raedeke (Marine on St. Croix, MN), Sheri H. Dahlke (West Lakeland, MN), William T. Bigbee, Jr. (Melissa, TX)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16780807 on 02/03/2020 (568 days app to issue)

Abstract: A composition and method for reducing the coefficient of friction and required pulling force of a wire or cable are provided. A composition of aqueous emulsion is provided that is environmentally friendly, halogen free and solvent free. The composition is compatible with various types of insulating materials and may be applied after the wire or cable is cooled and also by spraying or submerging the wire or cable in a bath. The composition contains lubricating agents that provide lower coefficient of friction for wire or cable installation and continuous wire or cable surface lubrication thereafter.

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


Wireless power transmitter with shielding structure
Patent No. 11101067 

Inventor(s): John C. Rice (Milford, MI), Vladimir A. Muratov (Manchester, NH)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16212906 on 12/07/2018 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless power transmitter can include a transmitting coil configured to wirelessly transmit power to a receiving coil. The wireless power transmitter can include a shield residing on a given side of a substrate spaced apart from the transmitting coil. The shield can be configured to filter an electric field induced by the transmitting coil.

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


Usage and temperature compensation of performance parameters for night vision device
Patent No. 11101119 

Inventor(s): Arlynn W. Smith (Blue Ridge, VA), John A. Balboni (Agawam, MA), Mark Michalski (West Springfield, MA), Ransom Hal Castleberry (Blacksburg, VA), Raymond Leo Chabot (Chicopee, MA)
Assignee(s): ELBIT SYSTEMS OF AMERICA, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: KL Gates LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16227165 on 12/20/2018 (978 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of controlling the performance of a night vision device includes supplying, by a power supply, to a microchannel plate of a light intensifier tube, a control voltage that controls a gain of the microchannel plate, determining an amount of compensation to apply to the control voltage based on a change to the control voltage attributed to a change in temperature of an operating environment of the night vision device, adjusting the control voltage in accordance with the amount of compensation to obtain a compensated control voltage, and supplying, by the power supply, the compensated control voltage to the microchannel plate of the light intensifier tube. The method may further include determining whether the night vision device has been used for a predetermined amount of time, and only after that predetermined amount of time, is the method configured to supply the compensated control voltage.

[H01J] ELECTRIC DISCHARGE TUBES OR DISCHARGE LAMPS (spark-gaps H01T; arc lamps with consumable electrodes H05B; particle accelerators H05H)


Power electronics modules including integrated jet cooling
Patent No. 11101193 

Inventor(s): Ercan Mehmet Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Naoya Take (Canton, MI), Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmor Shohl, LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16189549 on 11/13/2018 (1015 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power electronics module includes an electrically-conductive substrate including a base portion defining a plurality of orifices that extend through the base portion, the plurality of orifices defining a plurality of jet paths extending along and outward from the plurality of orifices, and a plurality of posts extending outward from the base portion, where individual posts of the plurality of posts are positioned between individual orifices of the plurality of orifices, and a power electronics device coupled to the plurality of posts opposite the base portion, the power electronics device defining a bottom surface that is oriented transverse to the plurality of jet paths.

[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]


Thin film resistor with punch-through vias
Patent No. 11101212 

Inventor(s): Abbas Ali (Plano, TX), Dhishan Kande (Dallas, TX), Gregory B. Shinn (Dallas, TX), Qi-Zhong Hong (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16423723 on 05/28/2019 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device including a thin film resistor (TFR) structure. The TFR structure is accessible by one or more conductive vias that extend vertically from an upper metal layer to completely penetrate a TFR layer positioned thereunder. The conductive vias are coupled to one or more sidewalls of the TFR layer at or near the sites of penetration. The TFR structure can be manufactured by a method that includes etching a via trench completely through the TFR layer and a dielectric layer above the TFR layer, and filling the via trench with a conductor coupled to a sidewall of the TFR layer.

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


Wrapped signal shielding in a wafer fanout package
Patent No. 11101224 

Inventor(s): Shiqun Gu (San Diego, CA), Tiejun Liu (Shenzen, , CN), Zhao Chen (Shenzen, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15877283 on 01/22/2018 (1310 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques and structures for improving shielding of an integrated circuit package are provided. The integrated circuit package includes a die including a plurality of bump sites and a substrate connected to the die at the plurality of bump sites. The substrate includes at least one layer that implements one or more signal traces and a plurality of shield traces. Each shield trace in the plurality of shield traces is coupled to a ground plane by a plurality of slot vias.

[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]


Resistor with exponential-weighted trim
Patent No. 11101263 

Inventor(s): Erika Lynn Mazotti (San Martin, CA), Keith Eric Sanborn (Tucson, AZ), Steve Edward Harrell (Corinth, TX), Wai Lee (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16547615 on 08/22/2019 (733 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device, e.g. a trimmable resistor, includes a plurality of fused resistors, each fused resistor including one or more doped resistive regions formed in a semiconductor substrate. The doped resistive regions may be thermistors. Each fused resistor further includes a corresponding one of a plurality of fusible links. A first terminal of each of the fused resistors is connected to a first terminal of the corresponding fusible link. First and second interconnection buses are located over the substrate, with the first interconnection bus connecting to a second terminal of each of the fused resistors, and the second interconnection bus connecting to a second terminal of each of the fusible links. The plurality of fused resistors have resistance values that form an exponential progression.

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


Three-dimensional memory device containing etch stop structures and methods of making the same
Patent No. 11101284 

Inventor(s): Hiroyuki Kinoshita (San Jose, CA), Jayavel Pachamuthu (San Jose, CA), Junji Oh (Yokkaichi, , JP), Makoto Dei (Yokkaichi, , JP), Masaaki Higashitani (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16224367 on 12/18/2018 (980 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor structure includes providing a dopant species selected from carbon, boron, nitrogen or oxygen into an upper portion of a semiconductor region to form a doped etch stop semiconductor material portion over a remaining semiconductor material portion, forming an overlying material portion over the etch stop semiconductor material portion, etching through the overlying material portion by an etch process that removes the overlying material portion selective to a material of the etch stop semiconductor material portion, and depositing at least one fill material over the etch stop semiconductor material portion.

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


Three-dimensional memory device containing plural work function word lines and methods of forming the same
Patent No. 11101288 

Inventor(s): Ashish Baraskar (Santa Clara, CA), Dong-il Moon (Milpitas, CA), Peng Zhang (Fremont, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Wei Zhao (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: 16710572 on 12/11/2019 (622 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate, memory openings vertically extending through the alternating stack, and memory stack structures extending through the alternating stack. Each of the memory stack structures contains a memory film and a vertical semiconductor channel. At least one of the electrically conductive layers contains a first conductive material portion having a respective inner sidewall that contacts a respective one of the memory films at a vertical interface, and a second conductive material portion that has a different composition from the first conductive material portion, and contacting the first electrically conductive material portion. The first conductive material portion has a lower work function than the second conductive material portion.

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


Three-dimensional memory device with composite charge storage structures and methods for forming the same
Patent No. 11101289 

Inventor(s): Michiaki Sano (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yu Ueda (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16794536 on 02/19/2020 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate, and a memory stack structure extending through the alternating stack. The memory stack structure includes a composite charge storage structure, a tunneling dielectric layer, and a vertical semiconductor channel. The composite charge storage structure may include a vertical stack of tubular charge storage material portions including a first charge trapping material located at levels of the electrically conductive layers, and a charge storage layer including a second charge trapping material extending through a plurality of electrically conductive layers of the electrically conductive layers. The first charge trapping material has a higher charge trap density than the second charge trapping material. Alternatively, the composite charge storage material portions may include discrete charge storage elements each containing a silicon nitride portion and a silicon carbide nitride liner.

[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]


Methods of forming a phase change memory with vertical cross-point structure
Patent No. 11101326 

Inventor(s): Christopher J Petti (Mountain View, CA), Federico Nardi (San Jose, CA), Gerrit Jan Hemink (San Ramon, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16896946 on 06/09/2020 (441 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-volatile memory uses phase change memory (PCM) cells in a three dimensional vertical cross-point structure, in which multiple layers of word lines run in a horizontal direction and bit lines run in a vertical direction. The memory cells are located in a recessed region of the word lines and are separated from the bit line by an ovonic threshold switch. A surfactant lining of the word line recess in which the phase change memory material is placed improves stability of the resistance state of the memory cells, allowing for improved multi-state operation.

[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]


Deep trench intersections
Patent No. 11101342 

Inventor(s): Binghua Hu (Plano, TX), John K Arch (Richardson, TX), Ye Shao (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16786555 on 02/10/2020 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device has a deep trench in a semiconductor substrate of the semiconductor device, with linear trench segments extending to a trench intersection. Adjacent linear trench segments are connected by connector trench segments that surround a substrate pillar in the trench intersection. Each connector trench segment has a width at least as great as widths of the linear trench segments connected by the connector trench segment. The deep trench includes a trench filler material. The deep trench may have three linear trench segments extending to the trench intersection, connected by three connector trench segments, or may have four linear trench segments extending to the trench intersection, connected by four connector trench segments.

[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]


Solar panel disconnect and reactivation system
Patent No. 11101662 

Inventor(s): Il Han Kim (Allemn, TX), Xiaolin Lu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16782290 on 02/05/2020 (566 days app to issue)

Abstract: A photovoltaic system with an inverter, at least one solar panel for providing electrical power, and electrical wiring for coupling electrical power from the at least one solar panel to the inverter. Also included is a transmitter for transmitting a messaging protocol along the electrical wiring, where the protocol includes a multibit wireline signal. Also included is circuitry for selectively connecting the electrical power from the at least one solar panel along the electrical wiring to the inverter in response to the messaging protocol.

[H02J] CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY (power supply circuits for apparatus for measuring X-radiation, gamma radiation, corpuscular radiation or cosmic radiation G01T 1/175; electric power supply circuits specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces with no moving parts G04G 19/00; for digital computers G06F 1/18; for discharge tubes H01J 37/248; circuits or apparatus for the conversion of electric power, arrangements for control or regulation of such circuits or apparatus H02M; interrelated control of several motors, control of a prime-mover/generator combination H02P; control of high-frequency power H03L; additional use of power line or power network for transmission of information H04B)


Glitch immune non-overlap operation of transistors in a switching regulator
Patent No. 11101726 

Inventor(s): Murugesh Subramaniam (Bengaluru, , IN), Pranav Sinha (Bengaluru, , IN), Subhash Sahni (Dehradun, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16589799 on 10/01/2019 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a first gate control circuit including a first time delay element and first and second logic gates. The first time delay element and first and second logic gates receive a pulse width modulation (PWM) signal. The first logic gate includes a first output and second logic gate includes a second output. The circuit also includes a second gate control circuit that includes a second time delay element and third and fourth logic gates. The second time delay element includes an input coupled to the output of the first time delay element. The third logic gate includes a third output, and the fourth logic gate includes a fourth output. A first gate driver receives a first signal from one of the first or third outputs. A second gate driver receives a second signal from one of the second or fourth outputs.

[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]


Out of audio switching for power supply
Patent No. 11101727 

Inventor(s): Anmol Sharma (Freising, , DE), Gerhard Thiele (Dachau, , DE), Thomas Keller (Attenkirchen, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16790218 on 02/13/2020 (558 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power converter includes a watchdog circuit having an input adapted to be coupled to a pause signal of a switching power supply. The watchdog circuit is configured to provide a start signal at an output thereof based on the pause signal indicating that the power converter has stopped switching for a threshold duration that is less than an audible range. A pulse generator circuit has an input coupled to the output of the watchdog circuit and is configured to generate at least one pulse based on the start signal. A switch circuit has an input terminal adapted to be coupled to an input voltage and at least one other terminal adapted to be coupled to an inductor. The switch circuit is configured to provide negative current from an output of the power converter through the at least one other terminal based on the at least one pulse.

[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]


Three-level converter using an auxiliary switched capacitor circuit
Patent No. 11101735 

Inventor(s): Alvaro Aguilar (Irving, TX), Jeffrey Anthony Morroni (Parker, TX), Kevin Scoones (San Jose, CA), Orlando Lazaro (Dallas, TX), Reza Sharifi (Sunnyvale, CA), Saurav Bandyopadhyay (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16584610 on 09/26/2019 (698 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a described example, an apparatus includes a first switch coupled between a terminal for receiving an input voltage and a top plate node, and having a first control terminal; a second switch coupled between the top plate node and a switching node, and having a second control terminal; a third switch coupled between the switching node and a bottom plate node and having a third control terminal; a fourth switch coupled between the bottom plate node and a ground terminal, and having a fourth control terminal; a flying capacitor coupled between the top plate node and the bottom plate node; a fifth switch coupled between the top plate node and an auxiliary node; a sixth switch coupled between the auxiliary node and the bottom plate node; and an auxiliary capacitor coupled between the auxiliary control terminal and a ground terminal.

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


Apparatus for dynamic learning of voltage source capabilities
Patent No. 11101736 

Inventor(s): Deric Wayne Waters (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16597385 on 10/09/2019 (685 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system may include a power supply configurable to generate any of a plurality of output voltages on a power supply output node. The system also may include a voltage auto-detection power distribution (PD) controller coupled to the power supply. The voltage auto-detection PD controller is configured to monitor an input signal for detection of presence of a device coupled to the system via a cable and assert combinations of a plurality of control signals. For each combination of control signals, the voltage auto-detection PD controller measures a value of an output voltage from the power supply, stores the measured value, and generates a plurality of packets for transmission to the device. Each packet contains a parameter indicative of a measured output voltage.

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


Stall detection in stepper motors using differential back-EMF between rising and falling commutation phase of motor current
Patent No. 11101754 

Inventor(s): Rakesh Raja (Allen, TX), Sooping Saw (McKinney, TX), Sudhir Nagaraj (Dallas, TX), Wen Pin Lin (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16869617 on 05/08/2020 (473 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes detecting, by a stall detection sensor in a driver coupled to a stepper motor, a first set of time-off periods in a rising commutation phase of motor current during current regulation. The stall detection sensor further detects a second set of time-off periods in a falling commutation phase of motor current during current regulation. Next, the stall detection sensor compares the first set of time-off periods with the second set of time-off periods and determines whether the stepper motor is stalled based on the comparison of the first set of time-off periods with the second set of time-off periods.

[H02P] CONTROL OR REGULATION OF ELECTRIC MOTORS, ELECTRIC GENERATORS OR DYNAMO-ELECTRIC CONVERTERS; CONTROLLING TRANSFORMERS, REACTORS OR CHOKE COILS [4]


Bus driver with rise/fall time control
Patent No. 11101794 

Inventor(s): Deep Banerjee (Bengaluru, , IN), Lokesh Kumar Gupta (Bengaluru, , IN), Somshubhra Paul (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16889939 on 06/02/2020 (448 days app to issue)

Abstract: A driver includes an open drain output transistor, a capacitor, a first current source, and first and second transistors. Upon assertion of a transmit signal to turn on the first transistor, a controller asserts a second control signal to turn on the second transistor responsive to a voltage of the capacitor being less than a threshold voltage of the open drain output transistor to thereby increase the control terminal voltage for the open drain output transistor at a first time rate. The controller deasserts the second control signal to turn off the second transistor responsive to the capacitor voltage exceeding the threshold voltage. Responsive to the capacitor”s voltage exceeding the threshold, the first current source charges the capacitor to further increase the control terminal voltage at a second time rate that is smaller than the first time rate.

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


Gate drive apparatus and control method
Patent No. 11101796 

Inventor(s): Chiao-Shun Chuang (Kaohsiung, , TW), Ke-Horng Chen (Hsinchu, , TW), TaChuan Kuo (New Taipei, , TW)
Assignee(s): Diodes Incorporated (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16895045 on 06/08/2020 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a capacitive device configured to provide bias power for a high-side switch, a gate drive path having variable resistance connected between the capacitive device and a gate of the high-side switch, wherein the gate drive path having variable resistance is of a first resistance value in response to a turn-on of the high-side switch, and the gate drive path having variable resistance is of a second resistance value in response to a turn-off of the high-side switch, and wherein the second resistance value is greater than the first resistance value, and a control switch connected between the gate of the high-side switch and ground.

[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]


Phase-locked loop (PLL) circuit
Patent No. 11101807 

Inventor(s): Erhan Ozalevli (Richardson, TX), Mustapha El Markhi (Richardson, TX), Tuli Dake (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16216162 on 12/11/2018 (987 days app to issue)

Abstract: One example includes a phase-locked loop (PLL) circuit. The circuit includes a frequency divider and phase detector configured to generate a plurality of non-overlapping switching signals based on an input signal and a PLL output signal. The circuit also includes a linear frequency-to-current (F2I) converter configured to generate a control current having an amplitude that is based on the plurality of non-overlapping switching signals. The circuit further includes a linear current-controlled oscillator configured to generate the PLL output signal to have a frequency and phase to be approximately equal to the input signal based on the amplitude of the control current.

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


Systems and methods for testing analog to digital (A/D) converter with built-in diagnostic circuit with user supplied variable input voltage
Patent No. 11101811 

Inventor(s): Kaustubh Gadgil (Plano, TX), Rahul Vijay Kulkarni (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16706399 on 12/06/2019 (627 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for testing an A/D converter with a built-in diagnostic circuit with a user supplied variable input voltage includes generating a charge by a binary-weighted capacitor array responsive to an external voltage and a user specified code. The method further includes applying the charge to a first input of a voltage comparator and applying a bias voltage to a second input of the voltage comparator, and generating, by the voltage comparator, a comparison voltage responsive to the applied charge and the bias voltage. The method also includes applying the comparison voltage to an input of a successive approximation register and generating, by the successive approximation register, an approximate digital code responsive to the comparison voltage. The method also includes determining if at least one bit of the approximate digital code fails to toggle independent of adjacent bits.

[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]


Butterfly network on load data return
Patent No. 11101825 

Inventor(s): Dheera Balasubramanian (Richardson, TX), Due Quang Bui (Grand Prairie, TX), Joseph Zbiciak (San Jose, CA), Timothy David Anderson (University Park, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16694205 on 11/25/2019 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is shown that is operable to transform and align a plurality of fields from an input to an output data stream using a multilayer butterfly or inverse butterfly network. Many transformations are possible with such a network which may include separate control of each multiplexer. This invention supports a limited set of multiplexer control signals, which enables a similarly limited set of data transformations. This limited capability is offset by the reduced complexity of the multiplexor control circuits.

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


System for wireless power transmission and communication
Patent No. 11101845 

Inventor(s): David John Baldwin (Allen, TX), Eric Christian Blackall (Plano, TX), Feng Hou (Coppell, TX), Petru Emanuel Stingu (Dallas, TX), Ross E. Teggatz (The Colony, TX), Wen Cai (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Semtech Corporation (Camarillo, CA)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16133933 on 09/18/2018 (1071 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system is disclosed that includes a wireless power receiver, a battery charging system coupled to the wireless power receiver and configured to charge a battery using power received from the wireless power receiver and a wireless data communication system coupled to the wireless power receiver and the battery charging system, the wireless data communication system configured to determine a power requirement and to transmit the power requirement using the wireless power receiver.

[H02J] CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY (power supply circuits for apparatus for measuring X-radiation, gamma radiation, corpuscular radiation or cosmic radiation G01T 1/175; electric power supply circuits specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces with no moving parts G04G 19/00; for digital computers G06F 1/18; for discharge tubes H01J 37/248; circuits or apparatus for the conversion of electric power, arrangements for control or regulation of such circuits or apparatus H02M; interrelated control of several motors, control of a prime-mover/generator combination H02P; control of high-frequency power H03L; additional use of power line or power network for transmission of information H04B)


Base station and antenna installation including internet protocol addressable antenna line devices and methods of operating the same
Patent No. 11101898 

Inventor(s): Sammit Patel (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): COMMSCOPE TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16327814 on 11/20/2017 (1373 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a base station, an antenna coupled to the base station, and an antenna line device coupled to the antenna. The antenna line device is Internet Protocol (IP) addressable and is configured to receive a control signal from a controller.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for wireless power transfer using time reversed electromagnetic wave propagation
Patent No. 11101915 

Inventor(s): Liangcheng Tao (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD)
Law Firm: Rosenberg, Klein Lee (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16096430 on 04/25/2017 (1582 days app to issue)

Abstract: The subject method for delivering power to a moving target wirelessly via electromagnetic time reversal can find applications in wireless electrical transmission to portable devices, wireless heating of portable devices, novel wirelessly powered accelerometers, hyperthermic treatment of cancers, and many other applications. The subject non-linear time reversed electromagnetic waves based wireless power transmission (WPT) system targets either a single linear or non-linear object where a selective targeting between two diodes has been demonstrated simultaneously with different degrees of non-linearity in a three-dimensional ray-chaotic billiard model. A dual-purpose rectenna with harmonic generation for wireless power transfer by non-linear time-reversal has been designed for the subject system using the Schottky diode.

[H02J] CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY (power supply circuits for apparatus for measuring X-radiation, gamma radiation, corpuscular radiation or cosmic radiation G01T 1/175; electric power supply circuits specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces with no moving parts G04G 19/00; for digital computers G06F 1/18; for discharge tubes H01J 37/248; circuits or apparatus for the conversion of electric power, arrangements for control or regulation of such circuits or apparatus H02M; interrelated control of several motors, control of a prime-mover/generator combination H02P; control of high-frequency power H03L; additional use of power line or power network for transmission of information H04B)


Intelligent decryption based on user and data profiling
Patent No. 11102005 

Inventor(s): Manu J. Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16750666 on 01/23/2020 (579 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium includes an encrypted dataset, a first access control measure, and instructions. The encrypted dataset includes a first encrypted block of data, encrypted using a first encryption algorithm, and a second encrypted block of data, encrypted using a second encryption algorithm stronger than the first. The first access control measure is associated with a first access control characteristic and is configured to selectively prevent access to the encrypted dataset. The instructions are configured, when executed by a processor of a device of a first user, to determine that a first characteristic of the first user matches the first access control characteristic. In response, the instructions are configured to decrypt the encrypted dataset to form a plain text dataset and provide the device of the first user access to the plain text dataset. Decrypting the encrypted dataset includes decrypting the first and second blocks of data.

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


Method and apparatus for providing secure communication among constrained devices
Patent No. 11102013 

Inventor(s): Timothy E. Moses (Ottawa, , CA)
Assignee(s): Entrust, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Faegre Drinker Biddle Reath LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16904937 on 06/18/2020 (432 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one example, an apparatus such as an authorization server and method for secure communication between constrained devices issues cryptographic communication rights among a plurality of constrained devices. Each of the plurality of constrained devices comprises no more than one cryptographic algorithm code module per cryptographic function. The method includes receiving a cryptographic communication rights request associated with at least a first of the plurality of constrained devices in response to a cryptographic algorithm update request, and includes providing a response including an identification of a subset of the plurality of constrained devices that have cryptographic communication rights with the identified first of the plurality of constrained devices. A software update server then updates the cryptographic code modules in the sub-set of the plurality of constrained devices.

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


System and method for providing network support services and premises gateway support infrastructure
Patent No. 11102025 

Inventor(s): Alvin R. McQuarters (Euless, TX), Amir Ansari (Plano, TX), George A. Cowgill (Farmersville, TX), Jude P. Ramayya (Richardson, TX), Ramprakash Masina (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): KIP PROD P1 LP (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16678944 on 11/08/2019 (655 days app to issue)

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

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


Reconfiguration of active component carrier set in multi-carrier wireless systems related application
Patent No. 11102040 

Inventor(s): Ghyslain Pelletier (Laval, , CA), Lars Sundstrom (Sodra Sandby, , SE)
Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16518848 on 07/22/2019 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a multi-carrier wireless system, potential problems from reconfiguring mobile station resources to accommodate changes in component-carrier configuration are mitigated by inserting a guard period each time the configuration of component carriers changes, so that transceiver reconfiguration can be carried out without interfering with ongoing transmission. A base station is configured to transmit data to a mobile station according to a first configuration of two or more component carriers, to determine that a change of configuration to a second component carrier configuration is required, and to signal the change of configuration to the mobile station, using the first configuration of component carriers. The base station then refrains from transmitting data to the mobile station during a pre-determined guard interval of at least one transmission-time interval subsequent to the signaling of the change of configuration. After the guard interval, data is transmitted to the mobile station according to the second component carrier configuration.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and system for network function recovery notification
Patent No. 11102058 

Inventor(s): Parry Cornell Booker (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16992337 on 08/13/2020 (376 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods described herein include receiving, from a first network function, a request to receive a notification when a second network function becomes available after a failure. A status update may be received from the second network function indicating that the second network function is available. It may be determined that the second network function is in a stable state. A notification may be sent, to the first network function, that the second network function is available along with an indication of a time period in which to switch from accessing a third network function to accessing the second network function.

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


Method and apparatus for providing service coverage with a measurement-based dynamic threshold adjustment
Patent No. 11102061 

Inventor(s): Hongyan Lei (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16877592 on 05/19/2020 (462 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, identifying a first application executed by a user equipment, computing a first metric associated with an uplink between the user equipment and a base station over a first network, comparing the first metric with a second metric associated with the execution of the first application by the user equipment, and responsive to the comparing, causing the user equipment to connect to the base station via a second network that is different from the first network. Other embodiments are disclosed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for supporting ICN-within-IP networking
Patent No. 11102118 

Inventor(s): Aytac Azgin (Santa Clara, CA), Ravishankar Ravindran (San Ramon, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15928575 on 03/22/2018 (1251 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ICN-over-IP architecture, which supports ICN-dependent IP addresses, is provided as an integrated architecture requiring small changes within the network, utilizing the incrementally introduced ICN-enabled IP routers efficiently where ICN-enabled IP routers are distributed within/across domains and are capable of coordinating among others based on domain or ICN imposed policies. System, devices and methods are provided achieving improved performance with the introduction of additional ICN-enabled IP routers within/across domains, and continuing to perform efficiently by relying on the principles of the current IP forwarding and taking advantage of IP”s currently available features.

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


Abstraction layer to cloud services
Patent No. 11102140 

Inventor(s): Jayachandra Varma (Irving, TX), Lixian Huang (Plano, TX), Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcott, Ltd. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15972346 on 05/07/2018 (1205 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to providing cloud computing resources from one or more cloud service providers for a client computing device through a computing platform. The client computing device may benefit from an economy of scale while being able to obtain different types of cloud services over a plurality of cloud providers. The client computing device may request an initial amount of cloud services and subsequently may request cloud services that utilize a requested amount of cloud resources. The requested amount of cloud resources may be apportioned among the plurality of cloud service providers, to provide the requested cloud service. The computing platform may also support a cloud abstraction layer interacting between client computing device and one or more cloud providers so that the client computing device can obtain cloud service in a transparent manner.

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


Harvesting and distributing a certificate based on a DNS name
Patent No. 11102192 

Inventor(s): Bryan Adam Joyner (Plano, TX), David Joseph Robertson (Richardson, TX), Kelly Sue Morrison (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ZIXCORP SYSTEMS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15896569 on 02/14/2018 (1287 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to certain embodiments, a delivery manager comprises an interface and processing circuitry. The interface is configured to receive a certificate that a Domain Name Service (DNS) associates with a DNS name of a recipient system. The processing circuitry is configured to distribute the certificate to a plurality of sending systems. Each sending system is configured to store the certificate in a local memory of the sending system, use the certificate from the local memory of the sending system to perform encryption in response to a future determination to send an encrypted message to the recipient system, and send the encrypted message directly to the recipient system.

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


Security tool
Patent No. 11102197 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16559772 on 09/04/2019 (720 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a database and a processor. The database stores a key indicating that a user previously accessed a first subsystem. An authentication string stores a first part of the key and a first authentication server stores a second part. The processor receives a request from the user seeking access to a second subsystem. The processor launches a first virtual host to receive the authentication string and send it to the first authentication server, to extract the first part of the key, assemble a test key including the first and second parts of the key, and determine that the test key matches the key stored in the database. The first virtual host then launches a second virtual host to receive login credentials and send them to a second authentication server to authenticate the user. In response, the second virtual host provides the user with access to the second subsystem.

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


Portable security tool for user authentication
Patent No. 11102198 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16688022 on 11/19/2019 (644 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a memory, and a processor. During a first mode of operation, the hardware processor obtains a first key and a second key from a first system. The first system includes a first subsystem and a second subsystem. The first key indicates that a user previously accessed the first subsystem and the second key indicates that the user previously accessed the second subsystem. During a second mode of operation, the processor receives a request indicating that the user is seeking to access the second system. The processor then performs an authentication of the user, which includes receiving an authentication string from the user that includes a first user key and a second user key, determining that the first user key matches the first key, and determining that the second user key matches the second key. In response, the processor provides the user with access to the second system.

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


Digital signage and digital signage content manager
Patent No. 11102257 

Inventor(s): Edward Jack Edgington, Jr. (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Recognition Concepts, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15615674 on 06/06/2017 (1540 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, a signage manager may manage digital sign content. The signage manager may transmit playlists and/or media to signage devices to be presented on a display and/or on a set of displays. The signage manger may allow independent customization of playlists. The media items associated with the playlists and presented on display(s) may be stored on a memory of the signal device and/or streamed media from another source.

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


System for external validation of private-to-public transition protocols
Patent No. 11102279 

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: 16549847 on 08/23/2019 (732 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a system, method, or computer program product for generating and using a block chain distributed network for tracking and validating protocols and other operations associated with the transition of one or more resources from being arranged in a consolidated, privately-held structure to being arrange and/or distributed in a publicly available structure. In example implementations, the block chain database is used and updated to reflect the status degree of completion of protocols associated with the identification, characterization, and dissemination of resource characteristics and resource shares, including the fractional distribution of resource portions to effectuate the efficient transition of a resource.

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


Systems and methods for detecting fraudulent calls using virtual assistants
Patent No. 11102344 

Inventor(s): Gregory Brian Meyer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): United States Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16751904 on 01/24/2020 (578 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system may include a processor that may execute computer-executable instructions that cause the processor to receive caller information regarding an incoming communication from a caller and receive a request from a user to route the incoming communication to a virtual assistant application. The virtual assistant application is configured to interact with the caller and determine whether the caller is associated a fraudulent caller activity stored on databases accessible by the processor. The processor may then receive an indication from the virtual assistant application that the caller is associated with the fraudulent caller activity and forward the incoming communication to another party in response to receiving the indication.

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


Providing additional information to called parties
Patent No. 11102346 

Inventor(s): James N. White (Dallas, TX), Monica Rose Martino (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FIRST ORION CORP. (Little Rock, AR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16379736 on 04/09/2019 (868 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and computer readable medium for providing additional information to called parties comprises receiving a call from a calling party, performing a lookup of information associated with the calling party in a database, receiving the information from the database, and forwarding the information to a called party. The system comprises at least one device for receiving a call from a calling party, and at least one database for storing information associated with the calling party, wherein the at least one device is operable to perform a lookup of information associated with the calling party in a database, receive the information from the database, and forward the information to a called party.

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


Rear-stitched view panorama for rear-view visualization
Patent No. 11102405 

Inventor(s): Janice Shuay-Ann Pan (Houston, TX), Vikram VijayanBabu Appia (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instmments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16859539 on 04/27/2020 (484 days app to issue)

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

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


Systems and methods for quantization of video content
Patent No. 11102485 

Inventor(s): Arun Shankar Kudana (Bengaluru, , IN), Soyeb Nagori (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16781461 on 02/04/2020 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: Several methods, systems, and computer program products for quantization of video content are disclosed. In an embodiment, the method includes determining by a processing module, motion information associated with a block of video data of the video content. A degree of randomness associated with the block of video data is determined by the processing module based on the motion information. A value of a quantization parameter (QP) associated with the block of video data is modulated by a quantization module based on the determined degree of randomness.

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


Signaling decoded picture buffer size in multi-loop scalable video coding
Patent No. 11102497 

Inventor(s): Do-Kyoung Kwon (Allen, TX), Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16701700 on 12/03/2019 (630 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for encoding a video sequence in a scalable video encoder to generate a scalable bitstream is provided that includes encoding the video sequence in a first layer encoder of the scalable video encoder to generate a first sub-bitstream, encoding the video sequence in a second layer encoder of the scalable video encoder to generate a second sub-bitstream, wherein portions of the video sequence being encoded in the second layer encoder are predicted using reference portions of the video sequence encoded in the first layer encoder, combining the first sub-bitstream and the second sub-bitstream to generate the scalable bitstream, and signaling in the scalable bitstream an indication of a maximum decoded picture buffer (DPB) size needed for decoding the second sub-bitstream and the first sub-bitstream when the second sub-bitstream is a target sub-bitstream for decoding.

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


Intra block copy (IntraBC) cost estimation
Patent No. 11102507 

Inventor(s): Do-Kyoung Kwon (Allen, TX), Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16843315 on 04/08/2020 (503 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for encoding video data is provided that includes determining whether or not a parent coding unit of a coding unit of the video data was predicted in intra-prediction block copy (IntraBC) mode and, when it is determined that the parent coding unit was not predicted in IntraBC mode: computing activity of the coding unit, determining an IntraBC coding cost of the coding unit by computing the IntraBC coding cost of the coding unit using a two dimensional (2D) search when the activity of the coding unit is not than an activity threshold, and computing the IntraBC coding cost of the coding unit using a one dimensional (1D) search when the activity of the coding unit is less than the activity threshold, using the IntraBC coding cost to select an encoding mode from one of a plurality of encoding modes, encoding the coding unit using the selected encoding mode.

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


Hearing aid and method for use of same
Patent No. 11102589 

Inventor(s): Ekaterina Sokolovskaya (The Hague, , NL), Grigorii Sokolovskii (St. Petersburg, , RU), Laslo Olah (Richardson, TX), Sergey Losev (St. Petersburg, , RU)
Assignee(s): Texas Institute of Science, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17026955 on 09/21/2020 (337 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hearing aid and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, the hearing includes a body that at least partially conforms to the contours of an external ear and is sized to engage therewith. Various electronic components are contained within the body, including an electronic signal processor that is programmed with a respective left ear qualified sound range and a right ear qualified sound range. Each of the left ear qualified sound range and the right ear qualified sound range may be a range of sound corresponding to a preferred hearing range of an ear of the patient modified with a subjective assessment of sound quality according to the patient. Sound received at the hearing aid is converted to the qualified sound range prior to output.

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


Methods and apparatus for maintaining and using geolocation data in a wireless system
Patent No. 11102610 

Inventor(s): Akram Hassanien (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Charter Communications Operating, LLC (St. Louis, MO)
Law Firm: Straub Straub (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17001640 on 08/24/2020 (365 days app to issue)

Abstract: A user device includes and maintains a geolocation list (GLL) including sets of information corresponding to Citizens Broadband radio Services Devices (CBSDs). The GLL stored in the user device contains entries corresponding to the areas most recently visited by the UE, each entry including location information of a CBSD. User devices typically frequent a limited set of the same areas repetitively. Thus this maintained relatively small list provides the UE with a highly relevant set of information which can be quickly accessed without additional wireless signaling and the additional power loss associated with a typical search. When the UE desires to find and connect to a CBSD, the UE first searches its GLL for a CBSD providing coverage in its currently located area. However, if GLL search does not identify a CBSD, then the UE sends a request to a geolocation server for active CBSDs.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and methods for controlling out-of-network D2D communications
Patent No. 11102741 

Inventor(s): Anthony C. K. Soong (Plano, TX), Brian Classon (Palatine, IL), George Calcev (Hoffman Estates, IL), Mazin Ali Al-Shalash (Frisco, TX), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL), Vipul Desai (Palatine, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16197026 on 11/20/2018 (1008 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are provided herein for determining a synchronizing master for device-to-device (D2D) communication in a cellular network environment. In an embodiment, a user equipment (UE) receives a discovery signal comprising a timing reference, and determines a transmitter of the discovery signal. In accordance with the determination of the transmitter of the discovery signal, the UE performs one of synchronizing to the timing reference in the discovery signal and transmitting a second discovery signal. The UE performs the synchronizing to the timing reference if the transmitter of the discovery is a cellular network. Alternatively, the UE transmits the second discovery signal upon determining that the transmitter of the discovery signal is a second UE that is out of coverage of a cellular network.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Using a cell as a pathloss or timing reference
Patent No. 11102742 

Inventor(s): Rene Waraputra Purnadi (Irving, TX), Zhijun Cai (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, , CA)
Law Firm: Trop, Pruner Hu, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16430552 on 06/04/2019 (812 days app to issue)

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

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for supporting beamformed sounding reference signals
Patent No. 11102783 

Inventor(s): Bin Liu (San Diego, CA), Richard Stirling-Gallacher (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16029980 on 07/09/2018 (1142 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a user equipment (UE) includes receiving, by the UE from a transmit-receive point (TRP), a sounding reference signal (SRS) configuration for a SRS resource, determining, by the UE, at least one transmit beam for transmitting a SRS, wherein the at least one transmit beam is determined in accordance with TRP receive beam information and the SRS configuration, and transmitting, by the UE, the SRS on the SRS resource using the at least one transmit beam in accordance with the SRS configuration.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

Display screen or portion thereof with transitional graphical user interface
Patent No. D928807 

Inventor(s): Adhish Ramkumar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): PALANTIR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Palo Alto, CA)
Law Firm: McAndrews, Held Malloy, Ltd. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29735942 on 05/26/2020 (455 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Gun lock
Patent No. D928902 

Inventor(s): Donald Riley Goodwin, III (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Personal and Recreational Products, Inc. (Westlake, TX)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29675737 on 01/04/2019 (963 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Random linear paving slab
Patent No. D928986 

Inventor(s): William H. Karau (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29697510 on 07/09/2019 (777 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Modular flooring device
Patent No. D928993 

Inventor(s): Andrew Sneeringer (St. Cloud, FL), Andrew Wolff (Livonia, MI), Bart Berghuis (Rockledge, FL), Chad H Jones (Frisco, TX), Daniel Himes (Shelby, MI)
Assignee(s): Signature Systems Group, LLC (Flower Mound, TX)
Law Firm: Metz Levin Brodman Must O”Keefe LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29663830 on 09/19/2018 (1070 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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