Dallas Invents: 144 Patents Granted for Week of July 12

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

Patents granted include:
• AIM Designs' locker with reclining seat and roll-up door
• Parkhub's system for monitoring the arrival of a vehicle at a given location and associated methods
• Rettrobands' flat tire safety insert
• Strong Products Group's connector for raceway
• Toyota's visualizing and modeling thermomechanical stress using photoluminescence
• Linear Labs' brushed electric motor/generator
• Boot Royalty's comfort system for boots
• Caterpillar's drill head position determination system
• D4D Technologies' intra-oral scanning device with integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT)
• Alliance for Sustainable Energy, Brown University's methods of producing perovskite halide films
• Modular Power Solutions' pre-fabricated skeletal frame for a room
• rewardStyle's location-based dynamic redirection of advertiser affiliate links for online advertising
• 7-Eleven's virtual store shelf that emulates a physical store shelf
• Beta Air's methods for determining remaining useful energy in an electric aircraft

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 July 12, 2022  |  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES 12
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING 10
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY 1
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 7
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING 7
G: PHYSICS 44
H: ELECTRICITY 53
DESIGN 10


TOP ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Bank Of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC) 3
Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston) 4
Integrity Orthopaedics, Inc. (Orono, MN) 3
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR) 3
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 9
Solo Brands, Llc (Grapevine) 3
Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas) 22
Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI) 3
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 8

UNASSIGNED 7


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Alexander K. Maghsadi (Lewisville) 3
Howard W. Harris (Southlake) 3
Jeffrey R. Weilert (Southlake) 3
Benjamin Stassen Cook (Los Gatos, CA) 2
Clinton D. Bunch (Keller) 2
Fei Zhou (San Jose, CA) 2
Feng Zhou (Ann Arbor, MI) 2
Huai-Yuan Tseng (San Ramon, CA) 2
Johnny Dickson (Van Alstyne) 2
Joshua A. Bunch (Keller) 2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Comfort system for boots
Patent No. 11382386 

Inventor(s): Billy Lovell (Masfield, TX), Michael Fuller (Flower Mound, TX), Michael McCarron (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Boot Royalty Company, L.P. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: IP Attorneys Group, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16860463 on 04/28/2020 (805 days app to issue)

Abstract: A comfort system for Cowboy and work boots, including an insole chassis, an insole chassis backing board, and cushioning pads for absorbing and attenuating shocks encountered by a wearer of the boots. Cushioning pads are secured to a surface of the insole chassis backing board, and apertures in the insole chassis allow the cushions to pass through. Additional cushioning pads are retained in recesses in the midsole. Pads on insole chassis backing board and midsole are vertically aligned. A steel toe inset is utilized in conjunction with the comfort system for work boots. A rim may depend below the midsole to receive a foamed plastic pad.

[A43B] CHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR


Locker with reclining seat and roll-up door
Patent No. 11382423 

Inventor(s): Sam Allen (Maypearl, TX)
Assignee(s): AIM Design, LLC (Desoto, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16515605 on 07/18/2019 (1090 days app to issue)

Abstract: A locker has a reclining seat and a roll-up door. The reclining seat has a bench, a seatback, a footrest, and a headrest. The roll-up door retracts into the interior of the locker.

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


Locking case system and method for cosmetic products
Patent No. 11382439 

Inventor(s): Nick Farinola (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): WALGREEN CO. (Deerfield, IL)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16887477 on 05/29/2020 (774 days app to issue)

Abstract: A locking case system for cosmetic products includes a fixture adapted to receive cosmetic products and a locking case adapted to be coupled to the fixture. Upon coupling the locking case to the fixture, at least one snap member of at least one side wall of the locking case is snapped into at least one receiving portion of the at least one side wall of the fixture. In addition, at least one snap member of a rear wall of the locking case is snapped into at least one receiving aperture in a top edge of a rear wall of the fixture. Further, at least one snap member of a front member of the locking case is snapped into the at least one receiving aperture of a front wall of the fixture to secure the cosmetic products to the fixture.

[A47F] SPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS, OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS


Cookware lid with basting projections
Patent No. 11382459 

Inventor(s): Timothy J. Bennett (Colorado Springs, CO)
Assignee(s): TUESDAY MORNING PARTNERS, LTD. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16389585 on 04/19/2019 (1180 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cookware assembly comprises a lid including an underside and a plurality of basting projections. The underside has a center and extending toward a perimeter of the lid. Each of the plurality of basting projections protrudes downwardly from the underside of the lid. Each of the plurality of basting projections includes an interior concave surface, an exterior concave surface, and a drip ridge. The interior concave surface extends downwardly away from the underside to form a bay adjacent to the interior concave surface. The drip ridge is formed along a border between the interior concave surface and the exterior surface and defines a vertex along the drip ridge. During use of the lid, condensate formed on the underside collects along the interior concave surface, which funnels the condensate to the vertex for droplet formation and release from a corresponding one of the plurality of basting projections.

[A47J] KITCHEN EQUIPMENT; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; APPARATUS FOR MAKING BEVERAGES [6]


High-efficiency heating apparatus
Patent No. 11382460 

Inventor(s): David A. Bolton (North Richland Hills, TX), David H. McFadden (Somerville, MA)
Assignee(s): Hyper Fryer, LLC (North Richland Hills, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17222302 on 04/05/2021 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high efficiency heating apparatus for heating fluids and cooking mediums, such as oil or shortening within a fryer, includes a natural draft (non powered) combustion chamber with internal baffles that is affixed to an exterior surface of a fry tank.

[A47J] KITCHEN EQUIPMENT; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; APPARATUS FOR MAKING BEVERAGES [6]


Intra-oral scanning device with integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT)
Patent No. 11382517 

Inventor(s): Glen Freeman (Plano, TX), Grant E. Kenworthy (Allen, TX), Greg R. Basile (Dallas, TX), Henley S. Quadling (Dallas, TX), Justin G. Graham (Wylie, TX), Mark S. Quadling (Plano, TX), Rod A. Duncan (Lucas, TX), Ye Li (Pla
Assignee(s): D4D Technologies, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Scheef Stone, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16298613 on 03/11/2019 (1219 days app to issue)

Abstract: An intra-oral scanning device includes a light source and an optical system, and communicates with a display system. The device provides for more efficient transmission and capture of images. It integrates OCT scanning with RGB-based scanning. In operation, the device is used for recording topological characteristics of teeth, dental impressions, or stone models by digital methods and for use in CAD/CAM of dental restorative prosthetic devices. To that end, the RGB-based scan obtains surface data (e.g., a margin), while the OCT scan penetrates the surface. The two scanners operate from within the same physical housing and preferably at the same time such that only one scanning pass (to obtain all necessary data) is required. The 3D data obtained from the OCT scan is registered with the 3D data obtained from the RGB-based scan by virtue of being captured using a common return path. Preferably, the 3D surface data is used to align the volume data, such that the OCT scan operates over a much sparser scanning volume than would otherwise be required if the OCT scan were carried out separately. In this manner, there is less stitching of data required to build the output images, thereby enabling a ”one-pass” operation.

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


Knotless micro-suture anchors and anchor arrays for anatomical attachment of soft tissue to bone
Patent No. 11382611 

Inventor(s): Howard W. Harris (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Integrity Orthopaedics, Inc. (Orono, MN)
Law Firm: Seager, Tufte Wickhem, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17551588 on 12/15/2021 (209 days app to issue)

Abstract: A toggle-type suture anchor for transtendinous implantation in bone to secure soft tissue thereto during repair of a tear, especially a rotator cuff repair. The anchor can include an elongate body with side surfaces defining a maximum diameter of the body. The body can also include proximal, middle and distal bores extending from the top surface to the bottom surface, each bore located at spaced intervals along the elongate body with a single suture passing into the proximal bore top surface and out the bottom surface, then back up through the distal bore bottom surface out the top surface leaving a length of suture extending past the middle bore bottom surface. To assure toggling in transtendinous delivery into bone, the elongate body can include a pair of fins extending both proximally and radially outward from the elongate body to prevent back out once placed in a bone hole.

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


Method for creating a tensionable and lockable suture anchor array for anatomical attachment of tissue to bone
Patent No. 11382612 

Inventor(s): Howard W. Harris (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Integrity Orthopaedics, Inc. (Orono, MN)
Law Firm: Seager, Tufte Wickhem, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17551779 on 12/15/2021 (209 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for creating high-density arrays of suture stiches through a tendon into bone for reattachment of a torn tendon, particularly a rotator cuff tendon. The method includes providing a pre-strung plurality of anchors, each anchor having at least one passage therethrough with a continuous length of suture slidably and serially threaded through the at least one passage of each anchor. Each of the anchors further includes a locking assembly for locking the suture within the individual anchor. A first anchor is implanted through the tendon and the suture is locked. A second anchor is implanted a selected close distance from the first anchor, then applying tension to the suture extending from the first anchor and passing through the second anchor the second anchor is locked to create a single suture tensioned and locked stitch between the first and second anchor. This process is repeated for each anchor in the array.

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


Methods for transtendinous implantation of knotless micro suture anchors and anchor arrays
Patent No. 11382613 

Inventor(s): Howard W. Harris (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Integrity Orthopaedics, Inc. (Orono, MN)
Law Firm: Seager, Tufte Wickhem, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17551885 on 12/15/2021 (209 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for transtendinous implantation of a toggle-type bone anchor. Measured from the top surface of the tendon, the entire bone anchor is inserted to a depth of greater than or equal to 20 mm. during a rotator cuff repair on the humeral head. The anchor is pushed by the same bone punch that formed the initial hole to assure proper depth of placement. Further, the apparatus includes a nub portion that, in use, protrudes into the bone hole formed by the bone punch and maintains registration with the bone hole when the bone punch is retracted. An angled distal end on the anchor initiates toggling during insertion into the bone and at least one proximal projecting fin prevents the anchor from backing out of the bone hole while facilitating further rotation of the anchor when a suture is pulled to complete toggling.

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


Hand sanitizing aqueous ozone spray chamber
Patent No. 11382995 

Inventor(s): Christopher Thompson (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Innovation Law Office (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17384621 on 07/23/2021 (354 days app to issue)

Abstract: An illustrative aqueous ozone sanitizing system for body part, tissue, and instrument sanitizing, including hand rinsing and sanitizing includes a sanitizing chamber, spray devices configured to simultaneously irrigate the entire left and right hand of a user, at least two aqueous ozone generators each fluidly coupled to a subset of the spray devices, and a housing for the sanitizing chamber having an opening for guiding the user”s hand orientation and position into the sanitizing chamber.

[A61L] METHODS OR APPARATUS FOR STERILISING MATERIALS OR OBJECTS IN GENERAL; DISINFECTION, STERILISATION, OR DEODORISATION OF AIR; CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES; MATERIALS FOR BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES (preservation of bodies or disinfecting characterised by the agent employed A01N; preserving, e.g. sterilising, food or foodstuffs A23; preparations for medical, dental or toilet purposes A61K) [4]


Portable training system
Patent No. 11383135 

Inventor(s): Paul Oliver (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16158820 on 10/12/2018 (1369 days app to issue)

Abstract: A portable training system enables the deployment of customizable training equipment. The system has an inclined surface over which users move to provide and increased work out. Additional equipment such as ropes or elastic bands are able to be attached to the side to broaden the exercises available to the users. The system incorporates marks for targeted movement and coordination of the work out.

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


Golf club head or other ball striking device with weighted body member
Patent No. 11383139 

Inventor(s): David N. Franklin (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17068726 on 10/12/2020 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club, includes a head that includes a face having a ball striking surface configured for striking a ball and a body connected to the face and extending rearward from the face. A face member formed primarily of a metallic material forms the face, and a body member is connected to the face member and extends rearward from the face member to form at least a portion of the body. The body member is formed at least partially of a polymer material, and has a doped portion containing a doping material dispersed within the polymer material. The doping material may have a different density than the polymer material, such that the doped portion has a different density than the portions of the body member not containing the doping material. A co-molding method may be used to form the ball striking device.

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


 

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

Flat tire safety insert
Patent No. 11383552 

Inventor(s): Robert Craig (Arundel, , AU)
Assignee(s): RETTROBANDS, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16807408 on 03/03/2020 (861 days app to issue)

Abstract: A flat tire safety system, having: (a) a pair of elongated semicircular members dimensioned to wrap around a tire rim and be positioned within a tire; and (b) a pair of clamping assemblies, each clamping assembly securing an end of the first elongated semicircular member to the end of the second elongated semicircular member, wherein each clamping assembly has: (i) a housing, (ii) a double-headed bolt passing through the housing, (iii) a tightening bolt mounted in the housing, wherein rotating the tightening bolt turns the double-headed bolt, (iv) a ratchet on the housing for permitting the tightening bolt to rotate in a tightening direction and preventing the tightening bolt from rotating in a loosening direction, (v) a release on the housing for selectively permitting the tightening bolt to rotate in the loosening direction, and (c) a pair of anchors, wherein each anchor is embedded in the end of one of the elongated semicircular members, and wherein one end of the double-headed bolt passes through each of the anchors.

[B60B] VEHICLE WHEELS (making wheels or wheel parts by rolling B21H 1/00, by forging, hammering or pressing B21K 1/28); CASTORS; AXLES FOR WHEELS OR CASTORS; INCREASING WHEEL ADHESION


Automatic vehicle configuration based on sensor data
Patent No. 11383620 

Inventor(s): Avid Ghamsari (Frisco, TX), Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Anna, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16734584 on 01/06/2020 (918 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle receives sensor data that includes image data of frames that depict one or more individuals outside of the vehicle, and identifies, by analyzing the sensor data using one or more attribute recognition techniques, a set of attributes of an individual of the one or more individuals. The vehicle determines a set of scores indicating a set of likelihoods of a set of vehicle configurations being a preferred vehicle configuration for the individual, based on a data model performing a machine-learning-driven analysis of attribute data identifying the set of attributes, and/or location data identifying a location of the individual relative to the vehicle. The vehicle selects a particular vehicle configuration based on a score that indicates a likelihood of the particular vehicle configuration being the preferred vehicle configuration and provides an instruction to cause a vehicle component to implement the particular vehicle configuration by updating a configurable value.

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


Pre-collision system for entering water
Patent No. 11383661 

Inventor(s): Ethan Pomish (Livonia, MI), Joseph Conners (Royal Oak, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16799378 on 02/24/2020 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for automatically responding to a vehicle falling into water. The system includes a sensor configured to detect sensor data indicating whether the vehicle is falling into water. The system also includes an electronic control unit (ECU) connected to the sensor. The ECU is configured to determine that the vehicle is falling into water based on the sensor data. The ECU is also configured to adjust at least one feature of the vehicle in response to the determination that the vehicle is falling into water.

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


Adjustable tray assembly
Patent No. 11383746 

Inventor(s): Jack G. Clark, III (Cedar Hill, TX), Nichole M. Clark (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16853054 on 04/20/2020 (813 days app to issue)

Abstract: An adjustable tray assembly is configured to span a distance between the handle of a shopping cart to the backrest of the seat area. The assembly is adjustable to different sizes of shopping carts by utilizing an attachment member within a tray portion at the handle that can be located in different positions, and by permitting the pivoting of an arm portion of the assembly. The pivoting nature of the arm portion allows the arm portion to adjust to the different depth of the seat areas and type of cart. A latch is used to secure the arm portion to the backrest of the seat area. A hollowed area is formed in the arm portion for a child to use the seat area.

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


Single-axis gimbal mounted propulsion systems for aircraft
Patent No. 11383823 

Inventor(s): John Richard McCullough (Weatherford, TX), Paul K. Oldroyd (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16922686 on 07/07/2020 (735 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft has an airframe with a distributed thrust array attached thereto that includes a plurality of propulsion assemblies each of which is independently controlled by a flight control system. Each propulsion assembly includes a housing with a single axis gimbal coupled thereto and operable to tilt about a single axis. A propulsion system is coupled to and operable to tilt with the gimbal. The propulsion system includes an electric motor having an output drive and a rotor assembly having a plurality of rotor blades that rotate in a rotational plane to generate thrust having a thrust vector with a direction. Actuation of each gimbal is operable to tilt the respective propulsion system including the electric motor and the rotor assembly relative to the airframe to change the rotational plane of the respective rotor assembly relative to the airframe, thereby controlling the direction of the respective thrust vector.

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


System and method for automation of rotorcraft entry into autorotation and maintenance of stabilized autorotation
Patent No. 11383829 

Inventor(s): Charles Eric Covington (Colleyville, TX), John Joseph Schillings (Fort Worth, TX), Robert Earl Worsham, II (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16054937 on 08/03/2018 (1439 days app to issue)

Abstract: The system is configured for automation of rotorcraft entry into autorotation. The system can provide a means to assist the flight crew of a rotorcraft in maintaining rotor speed following loss of engine power. The system can automatically adjust control positions, actuator positions or both to prevent excessive loss of rotor speed upon initial loss of engine power before the flight crew is able to react. The system uses model matching to provide axis decoupling and yaw anticipation; it includes pitch control initially to assist in preventing rotor deceleration; and it makes use of collective, pitch, roll and yaw trim functions to provide tactile cueing to the pilot to assist when the pilot is in the loop. The system can reduce workload by assisting the crew with controlling rotor speed and forward speed during stabilized autorotation.

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


Separable multiple-piece frame assembly
Patent No. 11383845 

Inventor(s): Delphine F. Augot (Denton, TX), Jeffrey L. Sikorski (Melissa, TX), Kevin M. Waters (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Safran Seats USA LLC (Gainesville, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16970940 on 06/15/2018 (1488 days app to issue)

Abstract: A separable multiple-piece frame assembly ([b]100[/b]) for a passenger seat of a vehicle includes a first spreader portion ([b]101[/b]) with an inner face, a second spreader portion ([b]201[/b]) with an inner face, a plurality of attachments ([b]11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16[/b]) for releasably attaching the first spreader portion ([b]101[/b]) and the second spreader portion ([b]201[/b]), and an attached configuration. In the attached configuration, the inner face of the first spreader portion and the inner face of the second spreader portion are in contact with one another.

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


Tiltrotor control
Patent No. 11383851 

Inventor(s): Chyau J. Tzeng (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15287467 on 10/06/2016 (2105 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes a thrust control apparatus, method and kit for a tiltrotor craft comprising a thrust control handle; a first and a second bar connected to the thrust control handle and connected to a floor support; a first end of a transverse bar connected to the first bar; a linker connected to a second end of the transverse bar; and a crankbell connected to the floor support below the first and a second bars, wherein a first end of the crankbell is connected to the linker, wherein the thrust control handle has a substantially linear motion that controls engine thrust, and the crankbell transfers the substantially linear motion of the handle into a substantially perpendicular motion that engages an engine thrust control at a second end of the crankbell.

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


Containment system for hazardous or other materials
Patent No. 11383924 

Inventor(s): Curtis Lee (Cresson, TX), Gregory F. Sillivent (Granbury, TX), Ricky Davalos (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): TitanLiner, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17094485 on 11/10/2020 (609 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a floor having an impermeable material, where the floor has multiple edge portions and each edge portion corresponds to an edge of the floor. The apparatus also includes multiple wall sections configured to form multiple free-standing walls around a perimeter of the floor, where each wall corresponds to one of the edge portions. The apparatus further includes multiple brackets, where each bracket is configured to fit over an associated one of the walls after the corresponding edge portion of the floor is draped over the associated wall. Each bracket is configured to fit against sides of the associated wall so as to hold the corresponding edge portion in place. Each bracket includes (i) first and second plates disposed on opposite sides of the associated wall and (ii) one or more bars extending over a top surface of the associated wall and connecting the first and second plates.

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


Delivery system
Patent No. 11383930 

Inventor(s): Hari Durga Tatineni (Irving, TX), Jason Crawford Miller (Bedford, TX), Kalpana Mahesh (Frisco, TX), Rahul Agarwal (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Rehrig Pacific Company (Los Angeles, CA)
Law Firm: Carlson, Gaskey Olds, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17369223 on 07/07/2021 (370 days app to issue)

Abstract: A delivery system generates a pick sheet containing a plurality of SKUs based upon an order. A loaded pallet is imaged to identify the SKUs on the loaded pallet, which are compared to the order prior to the loaded pallet leaving the distribution center. The loaded pallet may be imaged while being wrapped with stretch wrap. At the point of delivery, the loaded pallet may be imaged again and analyzed to compare with the pick sheet.

[B65G] TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS (packaging B65B; handling thin or filamentary materials, e.g. paper sheets or thread, B65H; cranes B66C; portable or mobile lifting or hauling appliances, e.g. hoists, B66D; devices for lifting or lowering goods for loading or unloading purposes, e.g. fork-lift trucks, B66F 9/00; emptying bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels or similar containers, not otherwise provided for, B67C 9/00; delivering or transferring liquids B67D; filling or discharging vessels for liquefied, solidified or compressed gases F17C; pipe-line systems for fluids F17D)


 

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

Cellulose acetate film with optical properties
Patent No. 11384224 

Inventor(s): Jo Marshall (Derby, , GB)
Assignee(s): Celanese International Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Dority Manning, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16594826 on 10/07/2019 (1009 days app to issue)

Abstract: Cellulose acetate films having excellent optical properties are disclosed. The films are made from cellulose acetate and a plasticizer. A solvent cast precursor film is initially formed and then subjected to high temperatures and pressures for improving at least one optical property.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Pre-fabricated skeletal frame for a room
Patent No. 11384550 

Inventor(s): Michael Thomas Sweet (McKinney, TX), Simon Harkins (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): Modular Power Solutions, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Rutan Tucker, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16909256 on 06/23/2020 (749 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pre-fabricated and pre-engineered integrated skeletal frame for a room is discussed. In an embodiment, the pre-fabricated and pre-engineered integrated skeletal frame is for an electrical room with its electrical equipment installed, wired up, and tested offsite in a factory. The pre-fabricated and pre-engineered integrated skeletal frame can have rigging components such as lifting eye hooks and temporary structural cross connect bracing for rigging. The prefabricated room can have electrical equipment mounted inside, wired up, and tested off site at the factory and then be shipped to the construction site.

[E04H] BUILDINGS OR LIKE STRUCTURES FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSES; SWIMMING OR SPLASH BATHS OR POOLS; MASTS; FENCING; TENTS OR CANOPIES, IN GENERAL (foundations E02D) [4]


Bridge plug with multiple sealing elements
Patent No. 11384620 

Inventor(s): Mark Holly (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16336819 on 04/27/2018 (1537 days app to issue)

Abstract: Included are bridge plugs and methods and systems for the use and deployment of the bridge plugs. An example bridge plug comprises a first sealing element, a second sealing element, and a spacer; wherein the spacer is disposed between the first sealing element and the second sealing element; wherein the first sealing element and the second sealing element are not adjacent to one another.

[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]


Device and method for angularly orientating wellbore perforating guns
Patent No. 11384625 

Inventor(s): Dennis Roessler (Ft. Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Geodynamics, Inc. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16193039 on 11/16/2018 (1334 days app to issue)

Abstract: A steerable sub for controlling an angular orientation of a well tool in a well, the steerable sub including a housing; a steering element attached to the housing and configured (i) to partially extend out of the housing and (ii) to change an orientation relative to the housing; and an actuation mechanism connected to the steering element and configured to change the orientation of the steering element relative to the housing.

[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]


Micro-controller-based switch assembly for wellbore systems and method
Patent No. 11384626 

Inventor(s): Brad Perry (Santo, TX), Jason Ansley (Bedford, TX), Roger Archibald (Hurst, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17144328 on 01/08/2021 (550 days app to issue)

Abstract: A switch assembly, which is part of a chain of switch assemblies. The switch assembly includes a micro-controller P[subscript]B [/subscript]that has no address, a thru-line switch, and a detonator switch. The micro-controller P[subscript]B [/subscript]is configured to directly communicate with an upstream or downstream switch assembly through a pulsing scheme, and the micro-controller P[subscript]B [/subscript]receives no command from a surface controller.

[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]


System and method for firing a charge in a well tool
Patent No. 11384627 

Inventor(s): Justin L. Mason (Denton, TX), Thomas E. Burky (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: KL Gates LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17251433 on 08/07/2018 (1435 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for initiating a charge downhole in a wellbore includes a first donor charge detonable to produce a first detonation wave, a second donor charge detonable to produce a second detonation wave, and an acceptor charge detonable by either the first detonation wave or the second detonation wave. The system also includes a donor charge barrier separating the first donor charge from the second donor charge. The donor charge barrier includes heat dissipative and conduction characteristics for preventing deflagration from spreading between the first donor charge and the second donor charge. The system also includes an acceptor charge barrier separating the acceptor charge from the first donor charge and the second donor charge. The acceptor charge barrier includes Shockwave impedance characteristics for conveying the first detonation wave or the second detonation wave to the acceptor charge to detonate the acceptor charge.

[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]


Drill head position determination system
Patent No. 11384633 

Inventor(s): Stephen M. Hancock (Van Alstyne, TX)
Assignee(s): Caterpillar Global Mining Equipment LLC (Denison, TX)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16417188 on 05/20/2019 (1149 days app to issue)

Abstract: A drill head position determination system may include a mast, a drill head movably attached to the mast, and a drill drive assembly configured to move the drill head up and down along a length of the mast. The drill head may be configured to rotate a drill string. The drill drive assembly may include at least one sheave and a cable system wound about the at least one sheave. The drill head position determination system may further include a sheave sensor operatively coupled to the at least one sheave and configured to determine a position of the drill head based on a measured rotational position of the at least one sheave.

[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]


Using fluidic devices to estimate cut of wellbore fluids
Patent No. 11385152 

Inventor(s): Maxime P M Coffin (Frisco, TX), Michael L. Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Thomas J. Frosell (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16630978 on 12/07/2017 (1678 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes directing a wellbore fluid into a flow control assembly coupled to a completion string positioned within a wellbore, the flow control assembly including at least a first fluidic device defining a flow passage, where the flow passage is formed of a material having a known wettability selected to correspond to a component of the wellbore fluid. The pressure change along the flow passage is measured and utilized to determine fluid cut based on a predetermined correspondence between pressure change and component cut for the first fluidic device. Multiple fluidic devices, each selected to have a wettability responsive to a different component of the wellbore fluid, may be aligned in parallel or series to determine the cut of multiple components in the 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]


 

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

 

Window design for a differential housing
Patent No. 11384830 

Inventor(s): Jaret Villarreal (Ypsilanti, MI), Reika Mikami (Novi, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16533280 on 08/06/2019 (1071 days app to issue)

Abstract: A differential assembly including a differential housing, a gear assembly, a shaft, and a ring gear. The differential housing generally includes a peripheral wall, first and second end walls connected to the peripheral wall and spaced apart along a rotational axis so that the peripheral wall and the first and second end walls, in combination, define an internal cavity, a transitional region defined in the differential housing where the second end wall meets the peripheral wall, and a first window formed through the peripheral wall, the transitional region, and/or the second end wall and into the internal cavity, the first window including a central portion and first and second ear portions adjoining the central portion and extending outwardly therefrom. The first window defines a shape when projected perpendicularly onto a first plane including both the rotational axis and a pinion axis, said pinion axis extending perpendicular to the rotational axis.

[F16H] GEARING


Spherical pump valve
Patent No. 11384856 

Inventor(s): Cedric Wayne Hill (Fort Worth, TX), Jon Alan Edson (Venus, TX), Samuel Thomas Kelton (Cleburne, TX)
Assignee(s): Triangle Pump Components, Inc. (Cleburne, TX)
Law Firm: Stradley Ronon Stevens Young, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16782335 on 02/05/2020 (888 days app to issue)

Abstract: A spherical pump valve. The valve includes a valve cage, a spring, a valve member, a valve seat, and a locking ring. The valve cage has a groove holding the spring and threads. The valve member has a stem and a trench holding the spring. The valve seat has a seating surface, threads that match the valve cage threads and upon threaded engagement secure the valve seat to the valve cage, and a channel. The locking ring is installed in the channel and secures the valve cage to the valve seat. The spring has a rate matched to the weight of the valve member and to the flow area of the valve seat. The stem guides the valve member as the stem travels through a center hole of the valve cage. Also disclosed is a pump including the valve.

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


Nested pre-charge cartridges
Patent No. 11384887 

Inventor(s): John Thomas Rogers (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Performance Pulsation Control, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16913882 on 06/26/2020 (746 days app to issue)

Abstract: A nested gas charged cartridge for insertion in a cylinder to reduce pulsations in a fluid pumping system includes a first gas cartridge and a second gas cartridge, and optionally a third gas cartridge. Each of the first, second, and third gas cartridges independently and cumulatively reduce pulsations entering the cylinder. A diameter of the third gas cartridge is less than a diameter of the second gas cartridge, which both are less than a diameter of a first gas cartridge.

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


Intelligent defrost control method
Patent No. 11384971 

Inventor(s): Eric Berg (The Colony, TX), Jon Douglas (Lewisville, TX), Umesh Gokhale (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16903662 on 06/17/2020 (755 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of initiating a defrost cycle using a controller of a heat pump system includes measuring a temperature of an evaporator coil and determining whether the temperature of the evaporator coil is less than a freezing temperature. Responsive to a determination that the temperature of the evaporator coil is less than the freezing temperature, determining whether a current dew point temperature of air is greater than the temperature of the evaporator coil. Responsive to a determination that the current dew point temperature of air is greater than the temperature of the evaporator coil, calculating a frost-collection rate. Determining whether the frost-collection rate is greater than a frost-collection-rate threshold, and, responsive to a determination that the frost-collection rate is greater than the frost-collection-rate threshold, initiating a defrost cycle.

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


Cooling system
Patent No. 11384987 

Inventor(s): Der-Kai Hung (Dallas, TX), Hong Lin (Plano, TX), Vijaykumar Sathyamurthi (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16542627 on 08/16/2019 (1061 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes first and second microchannel heat exchangers and first and second pipes. The first heat exchanger includes a first inlet, a second inlet, a first tube, a second tube, a first outlet, and a second outlet. Refrigerant at the first inlet is directed through the first tube to the first outlet and the first pipe. Refrigerant at the second inlet is directed through the second tube to the second outlet and the second pipe. The second heat exchanger includes a third inlet, a fourth inlet, a third tube, a fourth tube, a third outlet, and a fourth outlet. The third inlet directs refrigerant from the first pipe through the third tube towards the third outlet. The fourth inlet directs the refrigerant from the second pipe through the fourth tube towards the fourth outlet. The first pipe overlaps the second pipe between the two heat exchangers.

[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]


Cooling systems and methods using single-phase fluid
Patent No. 11384989 

Inventor(s): Doron Shapiro (St. Louis, MO), John Costakis (Glasco, NY), Ken Nguyen (Danbury, CT), Ming Zhang (Weston, CT)
Assignee(s): INERTECH IP LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Weber Rosselli Cannon LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15697445 on 09/06/2017 (1770 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cooling system includes a heat exchanger having one or more rows of multiple flat tubes, louvered fins disposed between pairs of flat tubes, and special header tube connections to form a counter flow heat exchanger. Heat exchangers having multiple rows may be placed near or close to the server racks and may be in fluid communication with an outdoor heat exchanger having one or more rows. A single-phase fluid is pumped through a fluid circuit or loop, which includes the heat exchangers at the server racks and the outdoor heat exchanger. The single-phase fluid circuit including the heat exchangers at the IT racks may alternatively be in thermal communication with a water circuit that includes an outdoor fluid cooler. The flat tubes can be formed tubes with one or more channels, or extruded tubes with multiple channels. The heat exchangers include header tubes/connections, which facilitate easy fabrication and connection between rows and inlet/outlet, and lower the pressure drop.

[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]


Bow stand for split limb archery bows
Patent No. 11385015 

Inventor(s): Anthony T. LoRocco (Richardson, TX), Damon Lamont Coalson (Dallas, TX), John Estridge (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): GOOD SPORTSMAN MARKETING, L.L.C. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: D”Ambrosio Menon, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16952075 on 11/18/2020 (601 days app to issue)

Abstract: An archery bow stand is provided supporting generally wide split-limb archery bows that include first and second limb segments separated by an elongated slot. The bow stand includes identical first and second legs t pivotally connected together such that the inner surface of one leg faces the inner surface of the other leg. First and second upper clamp portions associated with the first and second legs, respectively, extend in opposite directions. The clamp portions are received in the elongate slot between the limb segments so that the clamp portions extend generally parallel therewith. The bow stand is then rotated about a longitudinal axis so that the clamp portions extend perpendicular to the limb segments with an open gap of each clamp portion receiving one of the limb segments to hold the split-limb archery bow in an upright position when not in use.

[F16M] FRAMES, CASINGS, OR BEDS, OF ENGINES OR OTHER MACHINES OR APPARATUS, NOT SPECIFIC TO AN ENGINE, MACHINE, OR APPARATUS PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; STANDS OR SUPPORTS


 

P H Y S I C S

Downhole acoustic leak detection and profiling
Patent No. 11384635 

Inventor(s): Christopher M. McMillon (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16311980 on 09/20/2016 (2121 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for determining the location of a leak within a tubular having tubular components by sending an acoustic signal from an acoustic tool, receiving reflective signals from the acoustic signal, correlating the reflective signals with known tubular components, identifying an unexpected reflective signal and determining the location of a leak by correlating the location of the unexpected reflective signal with the known tubular components.

[G01V] GEOPHYSICS; GRAVITATIONAL MEASUREMENTS; DETECTING MASSES OR OBJECTS; TAGS (means for indicating the location of accidentally buried, e.g. snow-buried, persons A63B 29/02) [6]


Systems, vehicles, and methods for detecting and mapping off-road obstacles
Patent No. 11385058 

Inventor(s): Varun J. Prabhakar (Saline, 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: 16695892 on 11/26/2019 (959 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for detecting and mapping off-road obstacles within a vicinity of a vehicle includes one or more processors, one or more location sensors, a display, one or more off-road obstacle detection sensors, and one or more memory modules. The one or more location sensors output a location signal indicative of the location of the vehicle. The display displays map data of the location of the vehicle. The one or more off-road obstacle detection sensors output an obstacle signal indicative of a location of an obstacle. The one or more memory modules store logic that when executed by the one or more processors cause the system to determine whether the vehicle is off-road, detect the obstacle in the vicinity of the vehicle in response to determining that the vehicle is off-road, and generate and display a map indicator on the display corresponding to the location of the obstacle.

[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)


Vehicle navigation and control system and method
Patent No. 11385066 

Inventor(s): Michael Bratcher (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (Wilmerding, PA)
Law Firm: The Small Patent Law Group LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16549981 on 08/23/2019 (1054 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller is provided that can receive or determine at least one first location associated with at least a first vehicle belonging to a vehicle group; receive or determine at least one second location associated with at least a second vehicle; and determine a route or lane from a plurality of possible routes or lanes on which the vehicle group is located based at least partly on the at least one first location and on the at least one second location.

[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. 11385091 

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: 17304825 on 06/25/2021 (382 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]


Modular electronic testing system with flexible test PCB format
Patent No. 11385277 

Inventor(s): Jack Lewis (Richardson, TX), Lynwood Adams (Richardson, TX), Njteh Keleshian (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): MODUS TEST, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: BrownWinick Law Firm (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16983309 on 08/03/2020 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: A testing system for test sockets is presented having a removable device under test printed circuit board (DUT PCB) that electrically connects with the electrical testing components of the system. A top stiffener is attached to the lower surface of the DUT PCB and is locked in place by engagement members of a locking mechanism, that is operated by an actuating mechanism, that includes a rack and pinion arrangement that converts rotational movement of the pinions to lateral movement of the racks thereby locking the stiffener connected to the DUT PCB to the socket plate so as to facilitate testing. The upper surface of the DUT PCB has an infinite top plane that is uninterrupted and can be of any size and shape. The system is also modular and can be formed of any number of modules depending on the pin count density required.

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


Storing and providing raw satellite data
Patent No. 11385357 

Inventor(s): Christopher N. Delregno (Rowlett, TX), Gina L. Otts (Flower Mound, TX), Mohammed M. Rahman (Allen, TX), William F. Copeland (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16389377 on 04/19/2019 (1180 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microservice node can store first raw satellite data, associated with a first satellite constellation, in a first electronic file in a first data store, can combine the first electronic file and one or more second electronic files, associated with the first satellite constellation, into a first compressed electronic file, and can store the first compressed electronic file in a second data store. The first raw satellite data and second raw satellite data can be received during a particular time period. The second data store can include a second compressed electronic file that includes third raw satellite data associated with a second satellite constellation. The microservice node can receive a request from a client device, can combine the first compressed electronic file and the second compressed electronic file into a third compressed electronic file based on the request, and can transmit the third compressed electronic file to the client device.

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


Coating stress mitigation through front surface coating manipulation on ultra-high reflectors or other optical devices
Patent No. 11385383 

Inventor(s): Jason R. Lavine (McKinney, TX), Robert K. Bratton (Leonard, TX), Shu-Chung Chiao (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16189691 on 11/13/2018 (1337 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes an optical device that includes a substrate, a first layer of material over the substrate, and a second layer of material comprising an optical coating over the first layer of material. The first layer of material creates a first stress within the optical device that counteracts a second stress within the optical device created by the second layer of material. The optical device may also include a third layer of material positioned between the substrate and the first layer of material. In some cases, the second layer of material creates a compressive stress within the optical device, and the first layer of material creates a tensile stress within the optical device that counteracts the compressive stress within the optical device.

[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]


Advanced dynamic focus eyewear
Patent No. 11385481 

Inventor(s): Ram Pattikonda (Plano, TX), Shariq Hamid (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16572661 on 09/17/2019 (1029 days app to issue)

Abstract: Eyewear providing dynamic focus. The eyewear includes two lenses, a mechanism for detecting a near object viewed by a user of the eyewear and a mechanism for dynamically changing a focus of the lenses. The lenses change focus to a near focus when a near object is detected. The eyewear may be eyeglasses or contact lenses.

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


Methods and apparatus for detecting aging and predicting failures in BLDC and PMSM motors
Patent No. 11385621 

Inventor(s): John Alexander Goodrich-Ruiz (Dallas, TX), Marc David Sousa (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): ACTIVE-SEMI, INC. (Tortola, , VG)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16528444 on 07/31/2019 (1077 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system is provided that predicts motor wear and failures before they occur. Telemetry data from motors in a motor application is collected and predictive algorithms are used to determine when a motor is aging and when it may fail. Identifying a potential failure in these types of applications can help mitigate risk of other equipment failures and realize cost savings. In one example, a motor aging detection system is provided that includes one or more DC motors, and a motor controller coupled to each motor. The motor controller reads three phase currents from each motor and converts the phase currents to digital values, calculates telemetry data including applied voltages, back electric-motive force, inductance, and resistance of each motor at periodic intervals, stores this telemetry data for each motor in a memory. An age detection circuit retrieves this information from the memory and determines age factors of the motor.

[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)


Low-IQ current mirror trimming
Patent No. 11385669 

Inventor(s): Aldrin Paynter (Santa Clara, CA), Amanda Tomlinson (Santa Clara, CA), Faruk Jose Nome Silva (Sunnyvale, , CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17138731 on 12/30/2020 (559 days app to issue)

Abstract: A trimmable and switchable current mirror can be used in a bandgap voltage reference to calibrate the voltage reference without requiring access to measurement of the quiescent current I[subscript]Q [/subscript]of the voltage reference. Trimmable transistors within the current mirror are alternately selectable as the diode-connected transistor via a mirror switch signal. A bandgap voltage difference is computed for two bandgap voltage values measured for alternate switched configurations of the current mirror. A set of such differences is computed and stored for different trim configurations of the mirror transistors, and the trim configuration corresponding to the lowest absolute value bandgap voltage difference can be selected as the optimal trim configuration. Following mirror transistor trim adjustment, a bandgap resistor trim can be adjusted to further calibrate the bandgap voltage reference.

[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]


Systems and methods for determining remaining useful energy in an electric aircraft
Patent No. 11385694 

Inventor(s): Steven J. Foland (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): BETA AIR, LLC (South Burlington, VT)
Law Firm: Caldwell Intellectual Property Law (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17404761 on 08/17/2021 (329 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for determining remaining useful energy in an electric aircraft, the system including a computing device where the computing device is configured to measure a internal state datum of a battery as a function of at least a sensor, receive the internal state datum from the at least a sensor, generate a useful energy remaining datum as a function of the internal state datum and a battery model, and display the useful energy remaining datum to a user.

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


Dynamic staggering for programming in nonvolatile memory
Patent No. 11385810 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (Fremont, CA), Huai-Yuan Tseng (San Ramon, CA), Yu-Chung Lien (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16916620 on 06/30/2020 (742 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a controller and a plurality of memory dies operable connected to and controlled by the controller. Each of the memory dies draws a current from a current source during a program operation. The controller being configured to receive a clock signal from each of the memory dies; count the number of clock signal received to determine a count value; and dynamically stagger at least one of the memory dies relative to the other memory dies when the count value reaches a maximum count value within a threshold time. The controller operates to dynamically stagger operation of at least one memory die to prevent the group of memory dies from operating synchronously.

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


Command batching for a memory sub-system
Patent No. 11385820 

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: 16809360 on 03/04/2020 (860 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for command batching for a memory sub-system are described. A memory sub-system can receive a plurality of commands for a plurality of transfer units of a memory sub-system and generate a list of the plurality of transfer units that includes pointers between the plurality of transfer units. The memory sub-system can store at least one pointer of the list in a shared memory that is shared by a plurality of cores, the at least one pointer indicating a next transfer unit of the list. The memory sub-system can send an indicator of a first transfer unit of the list based on storing the at least one pointer in the shared memory and retrieve the plurality of transfer units from the shared memory based on sending the indicator of the first transfer unit and storing the at least one pointer in the shared memory.

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


Data flow control for multi-chip select
Patent No. 11385862 

Inventor(s): Shailesh Ganapat Ghotgalkar (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instmments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17068969 on 10/13/2020 (637 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method and computer readable medium for operating a First In, First Out (FIFO) buffer that transfers data between a host and a plurality of endpoints using chip select is disclosed. The method includes receiving a current value of a read pointer and a status for an active endpoint and reading data at a location to which the read pointer points and setting a tag associated with the location to which the read pointer points to indicate availability.

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


Merge execution unit for microinstructions
Patent No. 11385897 

Inventor(s): David A. Carlson (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): Marvell Asia Pte, Ltd. (Singapore, , SG)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16589527 on 10/01/2019 (1015 days app to issue)

Abstract: A merge unit configured to perform merge and permutation micro-operations by multiplexing data bytes of the inputs to simultaneously produce multiple data bytes of a merge and permutation result. Particularly, the merge unit includes a bank of MUXs arranged in parallel, each corresponding to one or more different data bytes in the merge result. When the merge unit is provided with a set of inputs, each MUX multiplexes the data bytes of the set of inputs (e.g., all the data bytes of the set of inputs) to selectively output a data byte to a particular location of the destination register storing the merge result. The selection by each MUX is individually controlled by a set of merge control words which identify a data byte location in an input and identify an input from the set of inputs.

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


Methods and apparatus for selecting operating modes in a device
Patent No. 11385904 

Inventor(s): Shu Ji (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ACTIVE-SEMI, INC. (Tortola, , VG)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16528614 on 07/31/2019 (1077 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for selecting operating modes in a device are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method includes powering on a device that is configured to operate in safe and normal operating modes, detecting whether the device enters the normal operating mode within a time interval, and enabling the device to operate in the safe operating mode when the device does not enter the normal operating mode within the time interval. In an embodiment, an apparatus includes a power signal controller that powers on a device that is configured to operate in safe and normal operating modes, a state machine that detects whether the device enters the normal operating mode within a time interval, and a control signal controller that enables the device to operate in the safe operating mode when the device does not enter the normal operating mode within the time interval.

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


Cascading data configuration and data migration
Patent No. 11385909 

Inventor(s): Mirza S. Baig (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Yee Associates, P.C. (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16734574 on 01/06/2020 (918 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for data configuration is provided. The method comprises parsing a first cascading configuration associated with a data source and selecting content of the first cascading configuration to migrate to a data target. The selected content of the first cascading configuration is then migrated to a second cascading configuration, and the second cascading configuration is applied to the data target.

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


Identification of key errors in a system having a large number of error events
Patent No. 11385986 

Inventor(s): Michael Alam (Ottawa, , CA)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16088990 on 03/31/2017 (1929 days app to issue)

Abstract: A report of results of validating a circuit can simplify a large number of error events, that can be generated when designing electrical circuits using computer aided design tools, by first filtering the large number of error events according to a user defined filter criteria. The filter results are processed by one or more report rules. Each of the report rules may generate one or more report results based on, at least, the filtered error events.

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


Embedded universal serial bus 2 repeater
Patent No. 11386036 

Inventor(s): Bhupendra Sharma (Bangalore, , IN), Douglas Edward Wente (Murphy, TX), Huanzhang Huang (Plano, TX), Mustafa Ulvi Erdogan (Allen, TX), Saurabh Goyal (Bangalore, , IN), Suzanne Mary Vining (Plano, TX), Win Naing Maung (Plano, T
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16404461 on 05/06/2019 (1163 days app to issue)

Abstract: At least some aspects of the present disclosure provide for a method. In some examples, the method includes receiving, at a circuit, data via a differential input signal, detecting a rising edge in the data received via the differential input signal, and precharging a common mode voltage (Vcm) node of the differential input signal responsive to detecting the rising edge in the data received via the differential input signal, wherein the Vcm node is a floating node.

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


System for scanning and analysis of protected electronic data using a database schema collection
Patent No. 11386052 

Inventor(s): Bala Naga Satish Gandham (McKinney, TX), Kartheek Kotha (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16580344 on 09/24/2019 (1022 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system provides a way to scan protected electronic data via database schema collection. In particular, the system may comprise a database schema collection application which may aggregate physical database schema from all of the databases within the network environment. The system may further comprise a protected data scan application which may receive scan results from the database schema collection (e.g., by scanning metadata) and subsequently output the scan results to other applications and/or repositories. The protected data scan application may further report changes in database schema to account for new values and/or categories existing within the various databases.

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


Transaction processing failover
Patent No. 11386080 

Inventor(s): Jacob Creech (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16549262 on 08/23/2019 (1054 days app to issue)

Abstract: Transaction processing systems in accordance with aspects of the invention may process a variety of transactions. Transaction processing systems may include a transaction processing device and a distributed processing system. The transaction processing device obtains transaction requests from a variety of client devices and process the transaction requests. The distributed processing system may also obtain the transaction requests and maintain a transaction history of the transaction requests obtained and/or processed by the transaction processing device. Both the distributed processing system and the transaction processing device may send a transaction succeeded event based on the transaction being processed successfully. The transaction processing device and distributed ledger may also maintain an indication of if a particular transaction has been processed. When the transaction processing device becomes available after a period of unavailability, the transaction history for both the transaction processing device and distributed ledger may be reconciled.

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


Parameter extraction from digitized image of a schematic or block diagram for electrical designs
Patent No. 11386255 

Inventor(s): Malcolm James Humphrey (Pleasanton, CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17067975 on 10/12/2020 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: Capturing and processing a digital image of a pictorial (e.g., hand-drawn) representation of a schematic or block diagram as a digital image to aid in creation and maintenance of electrical designs is disclosed. Processing of the digital image includes processing to determine design parameters to create an informational format useful as input to other design software. Design parameters may include schematic layout and attributes such as maximum output voltage, minimum input voltage, ambient temperature, etc. The method and system also include storage of information accessible to refine designs and perform simulations of designs as part of an overall electrical design process. Associated devices and methods are disclosed as well.

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


Case-based reasoning systems and methods
Patent No. 11386334 

Inventor(s): John A. Yanosy, Jr. (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): KPMG LLP (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16255681 on 01/23/2019 (1266 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods disclosed herein provide for a case-based reasoning using universal ontologies. Embodiments of the systems and methods provide for comparing current and past cases based on the universal ontologies, wherein the universal ontology integrates information associated with the current and past cases with at least one reasoning system.

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


Construction project information and document access system
Patent No. 11386364 

Inventor(s): Bradley Jared Johnson (Woodbury, MN), Jeffrey Sven Gustafson (Orono, MN)
Assignee(s): ECI Software Solutions, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: DeWitt LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16663022 on 10/24/2019 (992 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented construction management system for enabling the performance of work tasks conducted at a remote project site like a construction site is provided by the invention. The system comprises a data interface for providing a communication link between a remote computer device used by the field worker at the project site and a central computer located at a central hub. Scanning a scannable indicia posted at the project site by means, e.g., of a smart phone or tablet, a field worker may quickly and readily gain access via a plurality of graphical user interface screens in the associated software to an organized set of documents, information, and electronic images associated with project tasks to be conducted at the project site. The field worker may also report information back to the central hub concerning the state of the construction project or the project task undertaken at the project site by means of the graphical user interfaces in the software that enable him to enter written text information or upload photographs, videos, and documents from the project site.

[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]


Central fill facility and associated drug dispensing system and method
Patent No. 11386390 

Inventor(s): Andrew Maurer (Atlanta, GA), Anujit Sen (Freemont, CA), Bradley Stump (Atlanta, GA), Richard Selby (Atlanta, GA), Seth Phillips (Atlanta, GA), Shubhangi Joshi (Alpharetta, GA), Steve Maxwell (Lucas, TX), Terese Baugh
Assignee(s): MCKESSON CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15476091 on 03/31/2017 (1929 days app to issue)

Abstract: A central fill facility, drug dispensing system and method are provided in order to efficiently and accurately dispense a plurality of different drugs. The drug dispensing system includes a storage system configured to store a plurality of different drugs including a co-located inventory of a respective drug having both a first portion of the inventory of the respective drug to be dispensed pursuant to a predefined program and a second portion of the inventory of the respective drug that is not to be dispensed pursuant to the predefined program. The drug dispensing system also includes the dispensing station and dispensing control circuitry. The dispensing control circuitry is configured to control the dispensing station such that the first portion of the respective predefined program eligible drug is dispensed prior to dispensing the second portion of the respective predefined program ineligible drug.

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


System and method for location based dynamic redirection of advertiser affiliate links for online advertising
Patent No. 11386459 

Inventor(s): Baxter Box (Dallas, TX), Forrest Jordan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): rewardStyle, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17127726 on 12/18/2020 (571 days app to issue)

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

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


Method and apparatus for labeling data
Patent No. 11386463 

Inventor(s): Prashanth Boddhireddy (Plano, TX), Siva Kolachina (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: 16866798 on 05/05/2020 (798 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining classes from a corpus based on topic modeling, data clustering and unsupervised learning. Labels are determined for each of the classes and trained models are generated for each of the classes by assignment of a plurality of textual documents to labels based on a highest number of matches. A raw textual document can be tokenized and stop words removed. A corresponding one of the trained models can be selected according to a class that is applicable to subject matter of the raw textual document. The processed document can be assigned to a target label based on a highest number of matches of words. Other embodiments are disclosed.

[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]


Device, system and method for electronically requesting and storing missing digital evidentiary items
Patent No. 11386514 

Inventor(s): Clarissa Robinson-Grayson (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC. (Chicago, IL)
Law Firm: Perry + Currier, Inc. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16878853 on 05/20/2020 (783 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device, system and method for electronically requesting and storing missing digital evidentiary items is provided. A dashboard computing device: receives, from distinct jurisdictional agency computing devices, indications of jurisdictional digital evidentiary items associated with an incident; determines, based on an incident type of the incident, one or more offenses associated with the incident type; determines required digital evidentiary items to prosecute the offenses via a digital offenses-to-evidentiary-items mapping; identifies a missing digital evidentiary item for prosecuting the offenses by: comparing the indications of the jurisdictional digital evidentiary items with the required digital evidentiary items; identifies a jurisdictional agency, associated with one or more of the distinct jurisdictional agency computing devices, that is most likely to have access to the missing digital evidentiary item; and renders, at a display screen, an actuatable option for electronically requesting the missing digital evidentiary item from the jurisdictional agency.

[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]


Visualizing and modeling thermomechanical stress using photoluminescence
Patent No. 11386544 

Inventor(s): Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI), Srivatsava Krishnan (Columbus, OH), Umesh Gandhi (Farmington Hills, MI), Vijay Venkatesh (Columbus, OH), Vishnu Sundaresan (Columbus, OH)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEEEING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16668604 on 10/30/2019 (986 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronics system may include a substrate, an electronic device bonded to the substrate, a plurality of photoluminescent particles disposed on the electronic device, an illuminator, a sensor, and a control module. The illuminator can illuminate the electronic device. The sensor can capture a first set of positions of the photoluminescent particles on the electronic device when the electronic device is not operating under a load and a second set of positions of the photoluminescent particles when the electronic device is operating under a load. The control module can determine thermomechanical stress on the electronic device based at least in part on a difference between the first set of positions and the second set of positions.

[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. 11386631 

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: 17330661 on 05/26/2021 (412 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 virtual racks assigned to physical racks. The processor receives an indication of an event associated with the first physical rack and accordingly displays a 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]


System and method for processing a refund request arising from a shopping session in a cashierless store
Patent No. 11386647 

Inventor(s): Matthew Raymond Magee (Sanger, TX), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): 7-ELEVEN, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17104789 on 11/25/2020 (594 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a display and a processor. The processor receives a refund request, which includes a request for a refund of a price of an item charged to an account belonging to a person, and information identifying a shopping session of the person in a physical store. In response to receiving the refund request, the processor locates a video segment captured during the shopping session and stored in a database. The processor displays the video segment, which depicts a scenario indicating that the person did not select the item for purchase during the shopping session. The processor further receives information indicating that the person did not select the item for purchase during the shopping session. The information is based at least in part on the video segment. In response to receiving the information, the processor credits the account belonging to the person with the price of the item.

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


Methods and systems for tracking non-connected vehicles
Patent No. 11386670 

Inventor(s): Baik Hoh (Campbell, CA), Hao Yang (Aliso Viejo, CA), Kentaro Oguchi (Sunnyvale, CA), Rui Guo (San Jose, 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: 16592349 on 10/03/2019 (1013 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for tracking a non-connected vehicle is provided. The method includes obtaining one or more features of the non-connected vehicle, assigning an ID to the non-connected vehicle, the ID including information about the one or more features of the non-connected vehicle, predicting one or more locations of the non-connected vehicle in response to the non-connected vehicle being out of a field of view of a connected vehicle at a first location, identifying a vehicle at a second location, the second location corresponding to one of the predicted one or more locations, and determining whether the identified vehicle at the second location corresponds to the non-connected vehicle based on a comparison of one or more features of the identified vehicle and the ID.

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


Remote access of transports
Patent No. 11386722 

Inventor(s): Andrew L. Wells (Denton, TX), Felipe G. Salles (Garland, TX), Joshua C. Batie (Frisco, TX), Joshua V. Marasigan (Carrollton, TX), Neil Dutta (Addison, TX), Robert D. Slater (Murphy, TX), Ryan T. Oehler (Plano, TX), Se
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16510896 on 07/13/2019 (1095 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of requesting, by a processor of a device, permissions to provide access to a transport to a diagnostic location from a network of a plurality of diagnostic locations, in response to receiving the permissions from the network of the plurality of the diagnostic locations, authenticating the diagnostic location, by the device, providing a pre-stored one-time access key to the transport to the diagnostic location, and receiving, by the device, diagnostics from the diagnostic location.

[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)


Wearable ultrasonic sensors with haptic signaling for blindside risk detection and notification
Patent No. 11386758 

Inventor(s): Rudolph Mappus (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16278601 on 02/18/2019 (1240 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices, non-transitory computer-readable media and methods for providing a haptic signal based upon a detection of an object are disclosed. For example, the processor of a device may transmit a first ultrasonic signal via an ultrasonic emitter and detect an object based upon a receiving of a reflected signal via an ultrasonic detector, where the reflected signal comprises a reflection of the first ultrasonic signal from the object. The processor may further monitor for a second ultrasonic signal via the ultrasonic detector. The device may be associated with a user, and the second ultrasonic signal may be associated with a teammate of the user. The processor may also select whether to provide an instruction to a haptic actuator when the object is detected, based upon whether the second ultrasonic signal is received via the ultrasonic detector.

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


Augmented reality system for guards of controlled environment residents
Patent No. 11386772 

Inventor(s): Stephen L. Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17073585 on 10/19/2020 (631 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides details of a system and method for a communication device for guards in a controlled environment. The communication device is established based on a wireless infrastructure in the controlled environment, receiving wireless positioning signals to calculate and determine the real-time location of personnel carrying the device. The indoor wireless positioning can be combined with other available positioning methods to provide highly accurate positioning information of the personnel. The communication device detects and records activities of the personnel during a period of time, and is controlled by the control center. The status of personnel is monitored by control center. Meanwhile, the communication device has AR functions that allow physical objects and augmented reality element to be displayed to the personnel at the same time. The personnel can thus have improved awareness of the surrounding environment and can respond to various potential dangers more effectively.

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


System for monitoring arrival of a vehicle at a given location and associated methods
Patent No. 11386780 

Inventor(s): George Frederick Baker, Sr. (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Parkhub, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Morris, Manning Martin, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14995148 on 01/13/2016 (2372 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system is for monitoring arrival of a vehicle at a given location. The system includes a server, and a vehicle sensing device. The vehicle sensing device is configured to sense arrival of the vehicle to the given location, and to transmit information about the vehicle to the server in response to sensing arrival of the vehicle to the given location. The server is configured to determine a context of the vehicle based upon the information about the vehicle, and take action based on the context of the vehicle. The system may be installed at parking lots, shipping yards, restaurants, stores, and other locations.

[G07B] TICKET-ISSUING APPARATUS; TAXIMETERS; ARRANGEMENTS OR APPARATUS FOR COLLECTING FARES, TOLLS OR ENTRANCE FEES AT ONE OR MORE CONTROL POINTS; FRANKING APPARATUS


Light-emitting diode (LED) display driver with programmable scan line sequence
Patent No. 11386834 

Inventor(s): Haibin Shao (Shanghai, , CN), Huibo Zhong (Shanghai, , CN), Shang Ding (Shanghai, , CN), Yan He (Shanghai, , CN), Yang Wang (Shanghai, , CN), Yongxiang Zhang (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17122792 on 12/15/2020 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: A light-emitting diode (LED) display driver circuit includes: a set of scan lines, each scan line having a respective switch; a set of channels coupled to each scan line of the set of scan lines; and a scan line controller coupled to each respective switch of the set of scan lines, the scan line controller configured to provide a programmable sequence of control signals to respective switches of the set of scan lines.

[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]


System for generation and maintenance of verified data records
Patent No. 11386902 

Inventor(s): Susan R. Hart (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16860950 on 04/28/2020 (805 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for generation and maintenance of verified data records. The system may receive a data submission from a user device over one or more communication channels and convert the data submission into a normalized text format for processing and analysis. The data submission may then be analyzed using one or more trained machined learning models in order to identify factual statements and modifiers within the data submission, and generate a confidence score of verified factual information based on corroboration with one or more additional data sources. Additionally, identified modifiers may be analyzed to determine positive or negative sentiment.

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


Signal amplification in MRAM during reading, including a pair of complementary transistors connected to an array line
Patent No. 11386945 

Inventor(s): James O”Toole (Boise, ID), Nathan Franklin (Belmont, CA), Thomas Trent (Tucson, AZ), Ward Parkinson (Boise, ID)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17061636 on 10/02/2020 (648 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and techniques are described for reading MRAM memory cells. In a cross-point memory array, each conductive line, such as a bit line or word line, is connected to a transistor pair comprising a pMOSFET in parallel with an nMOSFET. When selecting a memory cell to be read, a voltage of a first conductive line may be pulled up using the pMOSFET while a voltage of a second conductive line is pulled down, e.g., to 0 V, using the nMOSFET. This minimizes a capacitance while the selector is turned on. Further, when reading the selected memory cell, the parallel nMOSFET of the first conductive line may turned on while the pMOSFET is turned off. The nMOSFET provides a higher resistance in place of the decreased resistance of the pMOSFET to amplify a signal at a sense circuit to allow accurate sensing of the voltage across the memory cell.

[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)


Centralized fixed rate serializer and deserializer for bad column management in non-volatile memory
Patent No. 11386961 

Inventor(s): Chen Chen (Mountain View, CA), Min Peng (San Jose, CA), Mitsuyuki Watanabe (Milpitas, CA), YenLung Li (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16722538 on 12/20/2019 (935 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a non-volatile memory circuit, performance is improved by converting data between a serial format, for transfer on and off of the memory circuit, and a parallel format, for transfer to and from the memory latches used for read and writing data into the memory array of the memory circuit. The memory array is split into M+N divisions, but transferred with a degree of parallelism of M, allowing M words of data to be transferred in parallel at a fixed transfer rate while allowing for up to N bad columns in a transfer. In the write path, a column skipping mechanism is used when converting words of write data into a parallel format. In the read path, a set of (M+N) to 1 multiplexers is used to align the word of read data so that read data can be transferred at a fixed rate and without any added latency.

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


Memory apparatus and method of operation using plane dependent ramp rate and timing control for program operation
Patent No. 11386968 

Inventor(s): Huai-yuan Tseng (San Ramon, CA), Tomer Eliash (Sunnyvale, CA), Yu-Chung Lien (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17149136 on 01/14/2021 (544 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory apparatus and method of operation is provided. The apparatus includes memory cells connected to word lines and bit lines and arranged in a plurality of planes. The apparatus also includes a control circuit coupled to the word lines and the bit lines and configured to determine whether a program operation of the memory cells involves all of the plurality of planes. In response to the program operation of the memory cells not involving all of the plurality of planes, the control circuit adjusts at least one of a bit line ramp rate of a bit line voltage applied to the bit lines and a word line ramp rate of at least one word line voltage applied to the word lines during the program operation based on a quantity of the plurality of planes associated with the memory cells being program-verified in the program operation.

[G11C] STATIC STORES (information storage based on relative movement between record carrier and transducer G11B; semiconductor devices for storage H01L, e.g. H01L 27/108-H01L 27/11597; pulse technique in general H03K, e.g. electronic switches H03K 17/00)


Systems and methods for media tunneling through edge server
Patent No. 11388203 

Inventor(s): Stephen Whynot (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Avaya Inc. (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Sheridan Ross P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15335735 on 10/27/2016 (2084 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments provide systems and methods for exchanging media through an edge server between different communication networks. More specifically, embodiments of the present disclosure provide systems and methods for establishing and conducting voice and/or video communications between one or more parties on a private network, such as within an enterprise, and one or more parties on a different network such as another private network or an open network such as the Internet using an edge server of the enterprise network. This edge server, also referred to herein as a Session Border Controller (SBC), can be adapted to allow media packets to traverse through a port typically kept open by enterprise firewalls and used for other data exchanges such as HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) data traffic. The SBC can also provide multiplexing and demultiplexing of media streams through the same port and address to traverse firewalls between the different communication networks.

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


Modifying signal associations in complex computing networks
Patent No. 11388206 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey W. Mankoff (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17322300 on 05/17/2021 (421 days app to issue)

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

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


Optimized small data transmission over uplink
Patent No. 11388588 

Inventor(s): Devaki Chandramouli (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS OY (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16301256 on 05/13/2016 (2251 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various communication systems may benefit from an improved signaling protocol. For example, machine-to-machine communications in a network may benefit from improved signaling and security. A method includes establishing a secure data transmission path for an application. The secure data transmission path is used to transmit data between a user equipment and a network element. The network entity includes a gateway or an application server. The method also includes transmitting data for the application over the secure data transmission path using a pre-configured radio bearer. The radio bearer is pre-configured for data transmission between the user equipment and an access node located between the user equipment and the network element. In addition, the method includes receiving a response message at the user equipment from the network element through the secure data transmission path.

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


 

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Clock data recovery circuit
Patent No. 11385677 

Inventor(s): David Wayne Evans (Bentonville, AR), Joseph Pham (Plano, TX), Michael Ryan Hanschke (Wylie, TX), Pankaj Pandey (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17039260 on 09/30/2020 (650 days app to issue)

Abstract: A clock data recovery circuit includes a deglitch filter circuit and a timer circuit. The deglitch filter circuit is configured to remove pulses of less than a predetermined duration from a data signal to produce a deglitched data signal. The timer circuit is coupled to the deglitch filter, and is configured to compare a duration of a pulse of the deglitched data signal to a threshold duration, and identify the pulse as representing a logic one based on the duration of the pulse exceeding the threshold duration.

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


Spin coating process and apparatus with ultrasonic viscosity control
Patent No. 11387099 

Inventor(s): Yutaka Ishiguro (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16951291 on 11/18/2020 (601 days app to issue)

Abstract: A spin coating method includes dispensing a coating material including a nonvolatile film material and a volatile solvent over a substrate, and spin coating the coating material over the substrate by spinning the substrate while applying ultrasound waves to the coating material to reduce a viscosity of the coating material during the spin coating.

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


Semiconductor device containing bit lines separated by air gaps and methods for forming the same
Patent No. 11387142 

Inventor(s): Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Koichi Matsuno (Fremont, CA), 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: 17208019 on 03/22/2021 (477 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor structure includes a semiconductor device, bit lines electrically connected to the semiconductor device, air gaps located between the bit lines, a capping-level material layer, a via-level dielectric material layer located between the bit lines and the capping-level material layer, and conductive via structures extending through the via-level dielectric material layer and contacting a top surface of a respective one of the bit lines. The capping-level material layer contains cavity-containing openings exposing the air gaps. The capping-level material layer contains protruding portions that extend into peripheral regions of the cavity-containing openings.

[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]


IC having a metal ring thereon for stress reduction
Patent No. 11387155 

Inventor(s): Amit Sureshkumar Nangia (Murphy, TX), Christopher Daniel Manack (Flower Mound, TX), Siva Prakash Gurrum (Allen, TX), Sreenivasan Kalyani Koduri (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16859530 on 04/27/2020 (806 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) includes a substrate including circuitry configured for a function, the circuitry including at least one stress sensitive circuit portion, with at least a portion of nodes in the circuitry electrically coupled to bond pads provided by a top metal layer. A metal wall that is ring-shaped is positioned above the top metal layer that is not electrically coupled to the circuitry. The stress sensitive circuit portion is with at least a majority of its area within an inner area of the substrate that is framed by the metal wall to provide a cavity.

[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]


Multi-layer cooling structure including through-silicon vias through a plurality of directly-bonded substrates and methods of making the same
Patent No. 11387165 

Inventor(s): Ercan M. Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Feng Zhou (Ann Arbor, MI), Ki Wook Jung (Santa Clara, 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: 16866050 on 05/04/2020 (799 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-layer cooling structure comprising a first substrate layer comprising an array of cooling channels, a second substrate layer comprising a nozzle structure that includes one or more nozzles, an outlet, and an outlet manifold, a third substrate layer comprising an inlet manifold and an inlet, and one or more TSVs disposed through the first substrate layer, second substrate layer, and third substrate layer. At least one of the one or more TSVs is metallized. The first substrate layer and the second substrate layer are directly bonded, and the second substrate layer and the third substrate layer are directly bonded.

[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 variable width contact via structures and methods for making the same
Patent No. 11387166 

Inventor(s): Keigo Kitazawa (Nagoya, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16697555 on 11/27/2019 (958 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices are formed on a substrate. A first-tier alternating stack of first insulating layers and first spacer material layers having first stepped surfaces and a first retro-stepped dielectric material portion are formed over the substrate. A sacrificial contact via structure is formed through the first retro-stepped dielectric material portion. A second-tier alternating stack of second insulating layers and second spacer material layers is formed with second stepped surfaces. A second retro-stepped dielectric material portion including a doped silicate glass liner and a silicate glass material portion is formed over the second stepped surfaces. Memory stack structures are formed through the second-tier alternating stack and the first-tier alternating stack. A contact via cavity is formed down to the sacrificial contact via structure. The doped silicate glass liner is recessed and the sacrificial contact via structure is removed, to form a contact via structure in the contact via cavity.

[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]


IC package with half-bridge power module
Patent No. 11387179 

Inventor(s): Kengo Aoya (Beppu, , JP), Makoto Shibuya (Beppu, , JP), Vivek Kishorechand Arora (San Jose, CA), Woochan Kim (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16827455 on 03/23/2020 (841 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) package includes a substrate having a first region and a second region. The substrate includes a conductive path between the first region and the second region. The IC package also includes a lead frame having a first member and a second member that are spaced apart. The IC package further includes a half-bridge power module. The half-bridge power module includes a capacitor having a first node coupled to the first member of the lead frame and a second node coupled to the second member of the lead frame. The half-bridge power module also includes a high side die having a high side field effect transistor (FET) embedded therein and a low side die having a low side FET embedded therein. A source of the high side FET is coupled to a drain of the low side FET through the conductive path of the substrate.

[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 including discrete charge storage elements and methods of forming the same
Patent No. 11387244 

Inventor(s): Fei Zhou (San Jose, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Senaka Kanakamedala (San Jose, CA), Yao-Sheng Lee (Tampa, FL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16849600 on 04/15/2020 (818 days app to issue)

Abstract: An alternating stack of insulating layers and spacer material layers can be formed over a substrate. The spacer material layers may be formed as, or may be subsequently replaced with, electrically conductive layers. A memory opening can be formed through the alternating stack, and annular lateral recesses are formed at levels of the insulating layers. Metal portions are formed in the annular lateral recesses, and a semiconductor material layer is deposited over the metal portions. Metal-semiconductor alloy portions are formed by performing an anneal process, and are subsequently removed by performing a selective etch process. Remaining portions of the semiconductor material layer include a vertical stack of semiconductor material portions, which may be optionally converted, partly or fully, into silicon nitride material portions. The semiconductor material portions and/or the silicon nitride material portions can be employed as discrete charge storage elements.

[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 metal-organic framework inter-word line insulating layers
Patent No. 11387250 

Inventor(s): Fei Zhou (San Jose, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Ramy Nashed Bassely Said (San Jose, CA), Senaka Kanakamedala (San Jose, CA), Yao-Sheng Lee (Tampa, FL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16722745 on 12/20/2019 (935 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes a vertically alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a top surface of a substrate and memory stack structures extending through the alternating stack. Each of the memory stack structures contains a respective memory film and a respective vertical semiconductor channel, and each of the insulating layers contains a metal-organic framework (MOF) material portion. The MOF material portion has a low dielectric constant, and reduces RC coupling between the electrically conductive layers. An optional airgap may be located within the MOF material portion to further reduce the effective dielectric constant. Optionally, discrete charge storage regions or floating gates may be formed only at the levels of the electrically conductive layers to reduce program disturb and noise in the device.

[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]


Optical sensor with trench etched through dielectric over silicon
Patent No. 11387271 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Stassen Cook (Los Gatos, CA), Hassan Omar Ali (Murphy, TX), Scott Robert Summerfelt (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16716652 on 12/17/2019 (938 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples an integrated circuit (IC) has multiple layers of dielectric material overlying at least a portion of a surface of a substrate. A trench is etched through the layers of dielectric material to expose a portion the substrate to form a trench floor, the trench being surrounded by a trench wall formed by the layers of dielectric material. A metal perimeter band surrounds the trench adjacent the trench wall, the perimeter band being embedded in one of the layers of the dielectric material.

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


Extended drain MOS with dual well isolation
Patent No. 11387323 

Inventor(s): Chin-yu Tsai (Allen, TX), Guruvayurappan Mathur (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16931935 on 07/17/2020 (725 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit includes an extended drain MOS transistor. The substrate of the integrated circuit has a lower layer with a first conductivity type. A drain well of the extended drain MOS transistor has the first conductivity type. The drain well is separated from the lower layer by a drain isolation well having a second, opposite, conductivity type. A source region of the extended drain MOS transistor is separated from the lower layer by a body well having the second conductivity type. Both the drain isolation well and the body well contact the lower layer. An average dopant density of the second conductivity type in the drain isolation well is less than an average dopant density of the second conductivity type in the body well.

[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]


LOCOS with sidewall spacer for transistors and other devices
Patent No. 11387333 

Inventor(s): Henry Litzmann Edwards (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16704833 on 12/05/2019 (950 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) includes a first field-plated field effect transistor (FET), and a second field-plated FET, and functional circuitry configured together with the field-plated FETs for realizing at least one circuit function in a semiconductor surface layer on a substrate. The field-plated FETs include a gate structure including a gate electrode partially over a LOCOS field relief oxide and partially over a gate dielectric layer. The LOCOS field relief oxide thickness for the first field-plated FET is thicker than the LOCOS field relief oxide thickness for the second field-plated FET. There are sources and drains on respective sides of the gate structures in the semiconductor surface 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]


Methods for producing perovskite halide films
Patent No. 11387420 

Inventor(s): Mengjin Yang (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Golden, CO), Brown University (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16514344 on 07/17/2019 (1091 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aspect of the present disclosure is a method that includes exchanging at least a portion of a first cation of a perovskite solid with a second cation, where the exchanging is performed by exposing the perovskite solid to a precursor of the second cation, such that the precursor of the second cation oxidizes to form the second cation and the first cation reduces to form a precursor of the first cation.

[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]


Intermetallic L10-NiPtAg catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction
Patent No. 11387464 

Inventor(s): Hongfei Jia (Ann Arbor, MI), Kecheng Wei (Providence, RI), Li Qin Zhou (Okemos, MI), Tomoyuki Nagai (Nagakute, , JP)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jordan IP Law, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16716127 on 12/16/2019 (939 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electrode catalyst for an oxygen reduction reaction including intermetallic L1[subscript]0[/subscript]-NiPtAg alloy nanoparticles having enhanced ORR activity and durability. The catalyst including intermetallic L1[subscript]0[/subscript]-NiPtAg alloy nanoparticles is synthesized by employing silver (Ag) as a dopant and annealing under specific conditions to form the intermetallic structure. In one example, the intermetallic L1[subscript]0[/subscript]-NiPtAg alloy nanoparticles are represented by the formula: Ni[subscript]x[/subscript]Pt[subscript]y[/subscript]Ag[subscript]z [/subscript]wherein 0.4×0.6, 0.4y0.6, z0.1.

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


Thermal management systems including vapor chambers and phase change materials and vehicles including the same
Patent No. 11387506 

Inventor(s): Ercan Mehmet Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Shailesh N. Joshi (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: 16176543 on 10/31/2018 (1350 days app to issue)

Abstract: A thermal management system for removing waste heat from a battery cell. The thermal management system includes a unit cell that includes a vapor chamber including an evaporator surface and a condenser surface. The evaporator surface and the condenser surface are fluidly connected by a wick. The unit cell also includes a phase change material (PCM) shell encapsulating a PCM. The evaporator surface is thermally coupled to the battery cell and absorbs waste heat generated by the battery cell. The condenser surface is thermally coupled to the PCM and rejects waste heat to the PCM.

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


Dipole antenna arrays
Patent No. 11387570 

Inventor(s): Espen Wium (Oslo, , NO), Fredrik Georg Kervel (Hosle, , NO), Reidar Myhr (Oslo, , NO)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17118745 on 12/11/2020 (578 days app to issue)

Abstract: Dipole antenna arrays are disclosed. An example dipole antenna array includes a ground plane having a first serrated edge, and a first dipole antenna, at least a portion of the first dipole antenna disposed parallel to the first serrated edge.

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


Contact pin for testing semiconductor IC for high speed signal, spring contact including same, and socket device
Patent No. 11387584 

Inventor(s): Logan Jae Hwang (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17190454 on 03/03/2021 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: A contact pin, a spring contact including the same, and a socket device are proposed, in which the contact pin has a minimum length suitable for testing a semiconductor IC for a high speed signal and allows the spring contact to secure a maximum compression distance. The contact pin ([b]100[/b]) includes: a plate-shaped body part ([b]110[/b]) having a width and a thickness; a head part ([b]120[/b]) configured to be integrated with an upper end of the body part ([b]110[/b]); and a leg part ([b]130[/b]) formed by extending from a lower end of the body part ([b]110[/b]) to be integrated therewith, wherein the head part ([b]120[/b]) is a plate-shaped strip ([b]122[/b]) provided on the upper end of the body part ([b]110[/b]).

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


Self-retained slider contact pin
Patent No. 11387587 

Inventor(s): James M Ramsey (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): PLASTRONICS SOCKET PARTNERS, LTD. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17200798 on 03/13/2021 (486 days app to issue)

Abstract: A self-retained slider contact pin has a first contact which is coined to form a first notch and a first finger, and a second notch and a second finger. The first finger and the second finger extend longitudinally relative to the first contact and generally parallel to the first notch and the second notch. A second contact is coined to form an opening and a first channel, and a second opening and a second channel. The first contact and the second contact inter-fit in alignment with the first finger extending through the opening and into the first channel and the second finger extending through the second opening and into the second channel, such that the first finger and the second finger retain together in sliding engagement the first contact and the second contact. A bias spring pushes apart the first contact and the second contact.

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


Coaxial connectors for board-to-board interconnection
Patent No. 11387611 

Inventor(s): Amit Kaistha (Coppell, TX), Thomas G. Sheehe (Allen, TX), Troy I. Vanderhoof (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17014265 on 09/08/2020 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly includes: first and second printed circuit boards (PCBs), the PCBs being disposed generally parallel to each other; a first coaxial connector mounted to the first PCB, the first coaxial connector comprising a first inner contact and a first outer connector body, the first outer connector body having a first thickness; and a second coaxial connector mounted to the second PCB, the second axial connector comprising a second inner contact and a second outer connector body. The second outer connector body includes an engagement surface, the engagement surface being flexible in a direction normal to the second PCB, the engagement surface having a second thickness that is greater than the first thickness.

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


Switching mode charger with pass through mode
Patent No. 11387659 

Inventor(s): Jing Ye (Dallas, TX), Qiong M. Li (Allen, TX), Siew Kuok Hoon (Plano, TX), Yipeng Su (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16452175 on 06/25/2019 (1113 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide for a method. In at least some examples, the method includes controlling gate terminals of one or more transistors of a charger to operate the charger in a buck-boost mode of operation to generate a system voltage based on a bus voltage by performing power conversion through switching, determining that the bus voltage is greater in value than a voltage of a battery coupled to the charger, and controlling the gate terminals of the one or more transistors of the charger to operate the charger in a pass-through mode of operation to generate the system voltage based on the bus voltage without performing power conversion.

[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)


Brushed electric motor/generator
Patent No. 11387692 

Inventor(s): Fred E. Hunstable (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): Linear Labs, Inc. (Granbury, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16404631 on 05/06/2019 (1163 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for an improved generator/motor and a method of generating current, the method comprising providing a circular rotation path, generating a concentrated magnetic field around a portion of the circular rotation path; rotating a coil along the circular path and through the concentrated magnetic field; generating current within the coil as a result of the rotating, and extracting the current from the coil.

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


DC-DC converter with improved regulation accuracy
Patent No. 11387731 

Inventor(s): Dan Li (Beijing, , CN), Liang Zhang (Beijing, , CN), Qi Yang (Beijing, , CN), Weibing Jing (Beijing, , CN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16546481 on 08/21/2019 (1056 days app to issue)

Abstract: A converter system includes a first switch, a sample-and-hold unit configured to provide a comparison signal based on a feedback signal when the first switch is switched off, and hold the comparison signal independent from the feedback signal when the first switch is switched on, and a pulse-width-modulation (PWM) generator, coupled between the sample-and-hold unit and first switch, configured to generate a PWM signal based on the comparison signal, wherein the first switch is configured to be switched on and off based on the PWM signal.

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


Power converter architecture using lower voltage power devices
Patent No. 11387734 

Inventor(s): Nghia Trong Tang (Dallas, TX), Riazdeen Buhari (Plano, TX), Roy Alan Hastings (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17024188 on 09/17/2020 (663 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide for a circuit. In at least some examples, the circuit includes a high-side power transistor, a low-side power transistor, a first transistor, a second transistor, and a third transistor. The high-side transistor is adapted to couple between an input node and a switch node. The low-side transistor is coupled between the switch node and ground. The first transistor is adapted to couple between a first node and the switch node. The second transistor is coupled between the first node and an output node. The third transistor is coupled between the first node and ground.

[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]


System and method for testing photosensitive device degradation
Patent No. 11387779 

Inventor(s): Jerome Lovelace (McKinney, TX), Kamil Mielczarek (Rowlett, TX), Michael D. Irwin (Heath, TX)
Assignee(s): CubicPV Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts LLP (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17063157 on 10/05/2020 (645 days app to issue)

Abstract: The performance of photosensitive devices over time may be tested by configuring a photosensitive device test system that includes a light source plate that exposes photosensitive devices within a container to a specified light intensity. The light intensity may be adjusted by a programmable power source according to one or more thresholds. A test may last for a set duration with performance measurements being taken at predetermined intervals throughout the duration. Feedback from the photosensitive device test system may be recorded to determine whether to increase light intensity, to stop testing, to continue testing, and whether one or more environmental conditions should be altered. Measurements may be sent to a client for analysis and display to a user.

[H02S] Generation of electric power by conversion of infra-red radiation, visible light or ultraviolet light, e.g. using photovoltaic [PV] modules (solar heat collectors F24J 2/00; obtaining electrical energy from radioactive sources G21H 1/12; light sensitive inorganic semiconductor devices H01L 31/00; thermoelectric devices H01L 35/00; pyroelectric devices H01L 37/00; light sensitive organic semiconductor devices H01L 51/42) [2014.01]


Stacked-die bulk acoustic wave oscillator package
Patent No. 11387782 

Inventor(s): Kurt Peter Wachtler (Richardson, TX), Ricky A. Jackson (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17142573 on 01/06/2021 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: A stacked-die oscillator package includes an oscillator circuit die having inner bond pads, and outer bond pads, and a bulk acoustic wave (BAW) resonator die having a piezoelectric transducer with a first and second BAW bond pad on a same side coupled to a top and bottom electrode layer across a piezoelectric layer. A first metal bump is on the first BAW bond pad and a second metal bump is on the second BAW bond pad flip chip bonded to the inner bond pads of the oscillator circuit die. A polymer material is in a portion of a gap between the BAW and oscillator circuit die.

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


Precision oscillators that use imprecise components
Patent No. 11387814 

Inventor(s): Aniruddha Roy (Bengaluru, , IN), Nitin Agarwal (Bengaluru, , IN), Rajavelu Thinakaran (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17008466 on 08/31/2020 (680 days app to issue)

Abstract: Trimming components within an oscillator comprising: a trim-capable current source, wherein the trim-capable current source comprises a trimmable resistor and a trimmable current component, a comparator comprising a first input terminal that couples to the trim-capable current source and the second input terminal that couples to a reference voltage source, a switch coupled to the first input terminal and the trim-capable current source, and a trim-capable capacitor coupled to the switch, wherein the switch is coupled between the trim-capable capacitor and the trim-capable current source.

[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]


Methods and apparatus to implement pulse swallowing circuitry in a phase frequency detector
Patent No. 11387834 

Inventor(s): Abhrarup Barman Roy (Kolkata, , IN), Apoorva Bhatia (Lucknow, , IN), Arpan Sureshbhai Thakkar (Gujarat, , IN), Jagdish Chand (Bangalore, , IN), Pranav Kumar (Ranchi, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17319819 on 05/13/2021 (425 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example apparatus includes: a first flip flop having a first output and a first reset input, a second flip flop having a first data input, a second output, and a second reset input, the second reset input coupled to the first reset input, a logic gate having a first logic input, a second logic input, and a first logic output, the first logic input coupled to the first output and the second logic input coupled to the second output, a delay cell having a delay cell input and a delay cell output, the delay cell input coupled to the first logic output and the delay cell output coupled to the first reset input and the second reset input, and pulse swallowing circuitry having a circuitry input and a circuitry output, the circuitry input coupled to the second output and the circuitry output coupled to the first data input.

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


Successive approximation register analog to digital converter
Patent No. 11387837 

Inventor(s): Joonsung Park (Allen, TX), Krishnaswamy Nagaraj (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17137691 on 12/30/2020 (559 days app to issue)

Abstract: A successive approximation analog-to-digital with an input for receiving an input analog voltage, and an amplifier with a first set of electrical attributes in a sample phase and a second set of electrical attributes, differing from the first set of electrical attributes, in a conversion phase.

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


Delay folding system and method
Patent No. 11387840 

Inventor(s): Chirag Chandrahas Shetty (Thane, , IN), Eeshan Miglani (Chhindwara, , IN), Visvesvaraya Appala Pentakota (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17129180 on 12/21/2020 (568 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for converting a voltage into output codes includes logic gates for processing delay signals based on earlier and later arriving signals generated by preamplifiers, delay comparators for generating digital signals representative of most significant bits of respective codes, and for transmitting delay residue signals representative of less significant bits of the codes, and an auxiliary delay comparator for generating an auxiliary digital signal for use in generating the output codes. A system may include logic gates for generating delay signals based on earlier and later arriving signals, delay comparators for generating digital signals representative of most significant bits of respective codes, and for transmitting delay residue signals representative of less significant bits, and a multiplexer system for transmitting a selected one of the residue signals.

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


Method and apparatus for multiplexing partial CSI
Patent No. 11387884 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Md. Saifur Rahman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17028898 on 09/22/2020 (658 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a UE for CSI reporting comprises receiving configuration information for a CSI report, where the configuration information configures a PMI codebook and partitions the PMI codebook into first and second PMI subsets respectively indicating first and second subsets of a set of components S to represent N[subscript]3 [/subscript]precoding matrices; determining, based on the configuration information, the CSI report comprising first and second CSI parts, the second CSI part including the second PMI subset and partitioned into N groups; selecting M groups from the N groups of the second CSI part based on a resource allocation for transmission of UCI, where M [1, . . . , N]; and transmitting, over an UL channel, the UCI including a first UCI part and a second UCI part, the first UCI part including the first CSI part and the second UCI part including the M groups from the N groups of the second CSI part.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Repeater with carrier-specific information
Patent No. 11387893 

Inventor(s): Dale Robert Anderson (Colleyville, TX), Douglas Edward Bohls (Allen, TX), Ilesh V. Patel (Euless, TX), Michael James Mouser (Wylie, TX), Philip Anthony Weaver (Plano, TX), Stephen Todd Fariss (Frisco, TX), William Gerald
Assignee(s): Wilson Electronics, LLC (St. George, UT)
Law Firm: Thorpe North Western LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17135856 on 12/28/2020 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: A technology is described for a repeater system comprising a repeater and a scanning receiver. The repeater can comprise a first port, a second port, one or more amplification and filtering paths coupled between the first port and the second port and one or more processors and memory. The scanning receiver can be configured to: identify one or more frequency ranges associated with a plurality of cellular carriers; scan the one or more frequency ranges; identify cellular carrier specific information for the one or more frequency ranges associated with the plurality of cellular carriers; and provide the cellular carrier specific information to the repeater.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


High frequency CMOS ultrasonic transducer
Patent No. 11387919 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Stassen Cook (Los Gatos, CA), Bichoy Bahr (Allen, TX), Scott Robert Summerfelt (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16590354 on 10/01/2019 (1015 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples of a CMOS IC, an ultrasonic transducer having terminals is formed on a substrate of the IC. CMOS circuitry having ultrasonic signal terminals is formed on the substrate. At least one metal interconnect layer overlies the ultrasonic transducer and the CMOS circuitry. The at least one metal interconnect layer connects the CMOS circuitry ultrasonic signal terminals to the terminals of the ultrasonic transducer.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Methods and apparatuses for measuring the distance to a passive intermodulation source
Patent No. 11387920 

Inventor(s): XiaoHua Hou (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17121881 on 12/15/2020 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to methods of performing measurements to determine a distance to a passive-intermodulation (”PIM”) source, a first RF signal comprising a first frequency and a second RF signal comprising a second frequency may be applied to a device under test. A reference signal comprising a higher-order intermodulation-product of the first frequency and the second frequency may also be generated. An output signal from the device under test and the reference signal may be digitized and a calibration measurement may be applied. A phase difference between the device under test output and the reference signal may be determined. A plurality of phase differences may be determined for multiple first frequencies, and from the plurality of phase differences, a delay may be calculated, which may be multiplied by the velocity of propagation on the medium connecting the device under test to the test equipment to determine a distance to the PIM source.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Transport occupant data delivery
Patent No. 11387985 

Inventor(s): Edward Allen Cain, Jr. (Plano, TX), Satyajit P. Patne (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17060544 on 10/01/2020 (649 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation includes one or more of receiving, by a transport, first data from an occupant device proximate the transport, modifying, by the transport, a location-based level of trust related to a type and an interaction of the received first data with the occupant device, and receiving, by the transport, second data based on the modified location-based level of trust and a proximity of the occupant device to the transport.

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


Agentless control system for lifecycle event management
Patent No. 11388057 

Inventor(s): Genaro Signo (Keller, TX), Hieu Xuan Hoang (Grand Prairie, TX), Ronald David Pfiester (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17176228 on 02/16/2021 (511 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for efficient and automated control of software permissions and access to network resources across a complex enterprise environment. Systems may configure computer servers in response to an employment status change. Changes to employment status may include leave, termination or hiring. System may interface with a human resources data feed and detect changes to employment status. The system may enable, disable and/or delete a user”s account on all appropriate computer servers. Systems may disconnect a software profile in response a detected employment change. Systems may create new software profiles in response to a detected employment change.

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


Methods, systems, and computer readable media for diameter routing using software defined network (SDN) functionality
Patent No. 11388082 

Inventor(s): Ajay Padmakar Deo (Carrollton, TX), Sam Eric McMurry (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor Hunt, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14092898 on 11/27/2013 (3149 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media for routing a Diameter message are disclosed. According to one method, the method occurs at a Diameter routing node. The method includes receiving, from a Diameter routing controller (DRC) via a software defined network (SDN) related interface, Diameter routing information, wherein the Diameter routing information is determined using application layer information. The method also includes routing a Diameter message using the Diameter routing information.

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


Visualization tool for real-time network risk assessment
Patent No. 11388176 

Inventor(s): F. William Conner (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): SONICWALL INC. (Milpitas, CA)
Law Firm: Polsinelli LLP (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16863933 on 04/30/2020 (803 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and apparatus that collect data regarding malware threats, that organizes this collected malware threat data, and that provides this data to computers or people such that damage associated with these software threats can be quantified and reduced. The present disclosure is also directed to preventing the spread of malware before that malware can damage computers or steal computer data. Methods consistent with the present disclosure may optimize tests performed at different levels of a multi-level threat detection and prevention system. As such, methods consistent with the present disclosure may collect data from various sources that may include endpoint computing devices, firewalls/gateways, or isolated (e.g. ”sandbox”) computers. Once this information is collected, it may then be organized, displayed, and analyzed in ways that were not previously possible.

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


Systems and methods for content delivery
Patent No. 11388245 

Inventor(s): Jefferson Crew (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16949946 on 11/20/2020 (599 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes at least one hardware processor and a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one hardware processor, cause the at least one hardware processor to perform operations including receiving consumption data associated with a user consuming content on one or more user computing devices, determining a preference associated with content consumption of the user based on the received consumption data, the preference including one or more of a delivery time, a computing device of the one or more user computing devices, and a venue, receiving a new content item, determining one or more of a target delivery time, a target computing device of the one or more user computing devices, and a target venue based on the determined preference, and transmitting the new content item to the target computing device for presentation to the user.

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


Providing audio announcement to called parties
Patent No. 11388279 

Inventor(s): Kevin V. Nguyen (Allen, TX), Monica Rose Martino (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FIRST ORION CORP. (North Little Rock, AR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17069831 on 10/13/2020 (637 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure describes a system, method, and computer-readable medium for providing audio announcement of communications to a called party in a communication network. The method includes receiving communication from a calling party and performing a lookup of information relating to the calling party in a database via an Internet Protocol connection based on an identifier of at least one of the calling party and the called party. The information comprises one or more audio files. The method then provides the audio announcement to a called party based on the audio files.

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


Systems and methods for dynamic range compression in multi-frame processing
Patent No. 11388348 

Inventor(s): Hamid R. Sheikh (Allen, TX), Ibrahim Pekkucuksen (Plano, TX), John W. Glotzbach (Allen, TX), Long N. Le (Richardson, TX), Ruiwen Zhen (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17139920 on 12/31/2020 (558 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes obtaining, using at least one processor of an electronic device, a high dynamic range (HDR) input Bayer image. The method also includes generating, using the at least one processor of the electronic device, a plurality of synthesized images at different exposure levels based on the input Bayer image. The method further includes fusing, using the at least one processor of the electronic device, the synthesized images to generate a fused image. The method also includes generating, using the at least one processor of the electronic device, a gain map based on the fused image. In addition, the method includes applying, using the at least one processor of the electronic device, a gain based on the gain map to the input Bayer image.

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


Multiple decoder interface for streamed media data
Patent No. 11388427 

Inventor(s): Imed Bouazizi (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Qualcomm Incorporated (San Diego, CA)
Law Firm: Shumaker Sieffert, P.A. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17143633 on 01/07/2021 (551 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example device for decoding media data includes a memory configured to store the media data and one or more processors implemented in circuitry and communicatively coupled to the memory. The one or more processors are configured to determine whether two or more decoder instances are intended to be synchronized. The one or more processors are configured to, based on the two or more decoder instances being intended to be synchronized, control the two or more decoder instances so as to enable rendering of decoded data from each of the two or more decoder instances at a same presentation time.

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


Reducing computational complexity when video encoding uses bi-predictively encoded frames
Patent No. 11388434 

Inventor(s): Arun Shankar Kudana (Bengaluru, , IN), Pramod Kumar Swami (Bengaluru, , IN), Soyeb Nagori (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16838115 on 04/02/2020 (831 days app to issue)

Abstract: Several techniques aimed at reducing computational complexity when encoding uses bi-predictively encoded frames (B-frames) are implemented in a video encoder. In an embodiment, B-frames are not used as reference frames for encoding P-frames and other B-frames. Non-use of B-frames allows a de-blocking filter used in the video encoder to be switched off when reconstructing encoded B-frames, and use of a lower complexity filter for fractional-resolution motion search for B-frames. In another embodiment, cost functions used in motion estimation for B-frames are simplified to reduce computational complexity. In one more embodiment, fractional pixel refinement in motion search for B-frames is simplified. In yet another embodiment, predictors used in motion estimation for a macro-block in a P-frame are selected from a B-frame that uses a same reference frame as the P-frame.

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


Method and apparatus for a low complexity transform unit partitioning structure for HEVC
Patent No. 11388440 

Inventor(s): Minhua Zhou (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17404148 on 08/17/2021 (329 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for a low complexity transform unit partitioning structure for High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). The method includes determining prediction unit size of a coding unit, and setting the size of transform unit size of Y, U and V according to the prediction unit size of the coding unit.

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


Set-top box with enhanced behavioral controls and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 11388470 

Inventor(s): Thomas R. Miller (Plano, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17469416 on 09/08/2021 (307 days app to issue)

Abstract: A set-top box with enhanced behavioral controls and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the set-top box, a wireless transceiver is located within a housing, which also interconnectedly includes a television input, a television output, a processor, and memory. The set-top box may pair with an electronic door locking apparatus coupled to a door that is room-collocated with the set-top box in a hospitality establishment. The set-top box may then receive a status signal from the electronic door locking apparatus relative to the open/closed status of the door and locked/unlocked status of the door.

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


Network architecture and methods for location services
Patent No. 11388554 

Inventor(s): David Goodwin Shaw (Dallas, TX), Felix Markhovsky (Dallas, TX), Russ Markhovsky (Dallas, TX), Truman Prevatt (Dallas, TX), Tyler Matthew Smith (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): POLTE CORPORATION (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17090486 on 11/05/2020 (614 days app to issue)

Abstract: UE location determined by collecting and preprocessing signal data at a detector and sending extracted data to a remote locate server. The detector buffers samples from signals provided by receive channels, detects known reference signals from receive channels based on reference signal parameters, isolates symbols carrying the reference signal from frames, extracts data from symbols, and sends extracted data to locate server. The locate server receives the extracted data, estimates locate observables based on the extracted data and calculates the UE location based on the estimated locate observables, the reference signal parameters and the extracted data. The detector and/or the server may also generate correlation coefficients between reference signals carrying spectrum received from a serving cell and utilize the correlation coefficients to cancel a serving cell signal in symbols that include known in advance reference signals from the serving cell and one or more neighboring cells of the wireless system.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Providing media based on profile sharing
Patent No. 11388582 

Inventor(s): Anil Nagpal (Plano, TX), Randall M. Harris (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16699050 on 11/28/2019 (957 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of detecting, by a transport, a service selection by a transport occupant inside the transport, accessing, by the transport, a profile of the transport occupant on a remote storage, determining, by the transport, if the profile of the transport occupant contains a subscription for the service selection, responsive to the profile of the transport occupant not having the subscription, acquiring permissions to use the service selection from a plurality of transports having profiles connected to the profile of the transport occupant, and providing the service selection to the transport occupant based on the permissions.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Flexible high capacity-radio network temporary identifier
Patent No. 11388621 

Inventor(s): Hongbo Si (Plano, TX), Kyeongin Jeong (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17093319 on 11/09/2020 (610 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses in a wireless communication system. A method of operating a base station (BS) includes generating an indicator indicating that the BS is capable of supporting a high-capacity radio network temporary identifier (HC-RNTI), wherein a size of the HC-RNTI is based on a configurable granularity; generating a system information block including the indicator and information indicating the size of the HC-RNTI; transmitting, to a user equipment (UE), the system information block; and transmitting, to the UE, the HC-RNTI, wherein the HC-RNTI is allocated to the UE.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Vehicular micro cloud transmission control protocol
Patent No. 11388627 

Inventor(s): Onur Altintas (Mountain View, CA), Seyhan Ucar (Mountain View, CA), Takamasa Higuchi (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16988972 on 08/10/2020 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and related method for transmitting data to one or more connected vehicles. The system includes one or more processors and a memory. The memory includes one or more modules that cause the one or more processors to establish a communication connection between the system and one or more of the connected vehicles, the connected vehicles forming a vehicular micro cloud and having a shared identification, send a first portion of data to one or more of the connected vehicles, the data having the first portion and a remaining portion, receive acknowledgment data from one or more of the connected vehicles, the acknowledgment data including the shared identification, validate the acknowledgment data, and in response to the acknowledgment data being validated, send the remaining portion of data to one or more of the connected vehicles.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for detecting and controlling contraband devices
Patent No. 11388648 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17140768 on 01/04/2021 (554 days app to issue)

Abstract: The growing problem of contraband devices being smuggled into a correctional facility raises both security and safety issue. General fixed contraband detection systems are not cost effective because they require a high up-front cost and high maintenance, training and upgrade cost after installation. The present disclosure provides details of a system and method to detect and control the usage of contraband devices in a correctional facility cost effectively. Such a system is portable and can be relocated to different locations. Such as system both detects contraband devices and disrupts the operations of the contraband devices. Such a system further provides a report on the severity of contraband usage to the correctional facility.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Vehicle-to-everything (V2X), vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) policy for managing distracted driving
Patent No. 11388649 

Inventor(s): Andrew Silver (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TANGO NETWORKS, INC. (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16897228 on 06/09/2020 (763 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are a system and method of regulating access to devices that can distract a driver that is operating a motor vehicle based on received Vehicle-to-Everything communications including Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure information. One example method may include determining a vehicle is approaching a vehicle movement restriction location requiring a vehicle movement restriction, determining an amount of time associated with the vehicle movement restriction, and determining whether a device located inside the vehicle will be made accessible to a user during the vehicle movement restriction based on the amount of time associated with the vehicle movement restriction.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Configurable codebook for advanced CSI feedback overhead reduction
Patent No. 11388685 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Christopher Weisberg, P.A. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17086873 on 11/02/2020 (617 days app to issue)

Abstract: Network nodes, wireless devices and methods of reducing signaling overhead are provided. In one embodiment, a method includes transmitting to the wireless device at least one power threshold parameter to be used by the wireless device to determine a number of beams to be included in a multi-beam precoder codebook and transmitting to the wireless device a signal to interference plus noise ratio (SINR) to be used by the wireless device to determine to use one of a single beam precoder and a multiple beam precoder.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Enhanced RACH (random access channel) design for 5G Clot (cellular internet of things)
Patent No. 11388760 

Inventor(s): Joonbeom Kim (Carrollton, TX), Kathiravetpillai Sivanesan (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Eschweiler Potashnik, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16883033 on 05/26/2020 (777 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for random access (RA) in a cellular internet-of-things (CIOT) are discussed. An example apparatus configured to be employed within a User Equipment (UE), comprises a receiver circuitry, a processor, and transmitter circuitry. The receiver circuitry is configured to receive RA resource allocation information via one of a system information message or a downlink control information (DCI) message. The processor is operably coupled to the receiver circuitry and configured to: select a RA preamble sequence; generate a payload; and spread the payload via a spreading sequence. The transmitter circuitry is configured to transmit, based on the RA resource allocation information, a RA message comprising the RA preamble sequence and the payload, wherein the RA message is transmitted in a RA slot. The receiver circuitry is further configured to receive a response comprising a device identity of the UE and one of an uplink (UL) grant or a RA reject message.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Power electronics cooling assemblies and methods for making the same
Patent No. 11388839 

Inventor(s): Feng Zhou (Ann Arbor, MI), Shohei Nagai (Aichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16993736 on 08/14/2020 (697 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power electronics module includes a cold plate manifold, a heat sink base layer at least partially embedded in the cold plate manifold, an electrically-insulating layer in direct contact with the heat sink base layer, a conductive substrate positioned on the electrically-insulating layer, and a power electronics device coupled to and in direct contact with the conductive substrate.

[H05K] PRINTED CIRCUITS; CASINGS OR CONSTRUCTIONAL DETAILS OF ELECTRIC APPARATUS; MANUFACTURE OF ASSEMBLAGES OF ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS (details of instruments or comparable details of other apparatus not otherwise provided for G12B; thin-film or thick-film circuits H01L 27/01, H01L 27/13; non-printed means for electric connections to or between printed circuits H01R; casings for, or constructional details of, particular types of apparatus, see the relevant subclasses; processes involving only a single technical art, e.g. heating, spraying, for which provision exists elsewhere, see the relevant classes)


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Lid with a filter
Patent No. D957183 

Inventor(s): Christopher Ray Ezell (Paradise, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29749812 on 09/09/2020 (671 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cooking utensil
Patent No. D957210 

Inventor(s): Alexander K. Maghsadi (Lewisville, TX), Jeffrey R. Weilert (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): SOLO BRANDS, LLC (Grapevine, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29754352 on 10/09/2020 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cooking utensil
Patent No. D957211 

Inventor(s): Alexander K. Maghsadi (Lewisville, TX), Jeffrey R. Weilert (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): SOLO BRANDS, LLC (Grapevine, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29754360 on 10/09/2020 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cooking utensil
Patent No. D957213 

Inventor(s): Alexander K. Maghsadi (Lewisville, TX), Jeffrey R. Weilert (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): SOLO BRANDS, LLC (Grapevine, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29754356 on 10/09/2020 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Multimedia vehicle
Patent No. D957288 

Inventor(s): Jesus F. Cabrera (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29614191 on 08/16/2017 (1791 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Connector for raceway
Patent No. D957350 

Inventor(s): Clinton Strong (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Strong Products Group, LTD. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29684981 on 03/25/2019 (1205 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Heat resistant sleeve for a descent controller
Patent No. D957742 

Inventor(s): Johnny Dickson (Van Alstyne, TX)
Assignee(s): Tech Safety Lines, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29709730 on 10/16/2019 (1000 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Heat resistant sleeve for a descent controller
Patent No. D957743 

Inventor(s): Johnny Dickson (Van Alstyne, TX)
Assignee(s): Tech Safety Lines, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29709731 on 10/16/2019 (1000 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Sponge
Patent No. D957771 

Inventor(s): Clinton D. Bunch (Keller, TX), Joshua A. Bunch (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Acufloor, LLC (North Richland Hills, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29698632 on 07/18/2019 (1090 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Sponge
Patent No. D957772 

Inventor(s): Clinton D. Bunch (Keller, TX), Joshua A. Bunch (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Acufloor, LLC (North Richland Hills, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29698635 on 07/18/2019 (1090 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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