Dallas Invents: 146 Patents Granted for Week of March 31

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

Patents granted include:
• Apple's control channel for UE power saving
Bank of America's multi-biometric-factor IoT secured network
Blacktop Plus' therapeutic elastic sports tape
Capital One's visual inspection support using extended reality
National Presort's high-speed print-and-apply label applicator
7-Eleven's training of a machine-learning algorithm to determine customer purchases
Siemens Healthcare's atlas-based contouring of organs at risk for radiation therapy

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 March 31, 2020 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP  LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments (Dallas) 26
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 5
Bell Helicopter Textron (Fort Worth) 3
Securus Technologies Inc. (Carrollton) 3

UNASSIGNED 12


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Lee D. Whetsel (Parker) 3
Carol Acedo (Fort Worth) 2
Jeff Busby (Millsap) 2
John Snyder (Irving) 2
Kallol Mazumder (Plano) 2
Kent Boomer (Aledo) 2
Manu J. Kurian (Dallas) 2
Mathews Thomas (Flower Mound) 2
Matt Boyd (Fort Worth) 2
Michael Dry (Fort Worth) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

146 days
Magnetic support clip
Patent No. 10604935
Unassigned
Inventors: Erik Forgue (Little Elm)

4,372 days
Orthopedic fastener for stabilization and fixation
Patent No. 10603077
Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc. (Audubon, PA)
Inventors: Dan Sucato (Dallas), Hong Zhang (Plano)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Dynamization device for orthopedic fixation device
Patent No. 10603076 

Inventor(s): Alexander M. Cherkashin (Flower Mound, TX, US), John David Ross (Ovilla, TX, US), John G. Birch (Dallas, TX, US), Mikhail L. Samchukov (Coppell, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15950166 on 04/10/2018 (721 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dynamization device may comprise a sleeve, a shaft, a dial, a contact feature, and a biasing member. The shaft may comprise an interior section partially within an inner recess of the sleeve; a flat surface on the interior section of the shaft; and a plurality of external threads on the interior section of the shaft. The dial may comprise a body disposed partially within the inner recess; an annular lip; and internal threads secured to external threads of the shaft. The contact feature has an annular geometry disposed within the inner recess of the sleeve. The biasing member may be disposed around the interior section of the shaft, and disposed between the contact feature and a shoulder within the inner recess of the sleeve. Rotation of the annular lip may provide for compressive movement of the biasing member relative to the sleeve and shaft.

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


Orthopedic fastener for stabilization and fixation
Patent No. 10603077 

Inventor(s): Dan Sucato (Dallas, TX, US), Hong Zhang (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Globus Medical, Inc. (Audubon, PA, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 12101752 on 04/11/2008 (4372 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes an apparatus, kit and method for providing a bone fixation assembly for attachment to a bone to provide augmented support. The bone fixation assembly includes a screw having a screw head and a threaded shank. A first aperture is positioned about the screw head to receive a first longitudinal member and a first compression member that engages the first aperture to secure the first longitudinal member. The screw head has a second aperture positioned to receive a second longitudinal member and a second compression member that engages the second longitudinal member aperture to secure the second longitudinal member and provide augmented support.

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


Dual purpose prosthetic foot system and method of use
Patent No. 10603189 

Inventor(s): Darryl Scott Higginbotham (Allen, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15815504 on 11/16/2017 (866 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dual purpose prosthetic foot system enables a person to use the same prosthetic to either walk or swim. The foot part is joined at the ankle and can be locking in either a walking position or a swimming position. The foot allows common swimming equipment such as flippers to be attached.

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


Implantable wireless microstimulator for peripheral nerves
Patent No. 10603502 

Inventor(s): Mario Romero-Ortega (Coppell, TX, US), Stuart Cogan (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX, US)
Law Firm: Nexsen Pruet, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15724490 on 10/04/2017 (909 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one aspect, implantable wireless microstimulators are described herein. In some embodiments, a microstimulator described herein includes an energy harvesting circuit configured to receive an input signal and generate an electrical signal based on the received input signal. The microstimulator further comprises a diode rectifier in series with the energy harvesting circuit. The diode rectifier is configured to rectify the electrical signal. The energy harvesting circuit and the diode rectifier can be encapsulated within a biocompatible electrically insulating material. Additionally, in some cases, an electrical interface is exposed through the biocompatible electrically insulating material. A microstimulator described herein can also include a nerve cuff. The nerve cuff can be configured to receive a monophasic neural stimulation pulse through the electrical interface of the micro stimulator. Moreover, the nerve cuff can be placed around a targeted peripheral nerve to provide a monophasic stimulation pulse to the peripheral nerve.

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


 

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

System, and associated method, for recovering water from air
Patent No. 10603603 

Inventor(s): J. Glenn Turner, Jr. (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Scheef Stone, L.L.P. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16038060 on 07/17/2018 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for recovering water from air includes a skirt supported by legs and at least one interior wall suspended from the skirt. At least one exterior wall extends from an accumulator and is spaced apart from and substantially parallel to the at least one interior wall, thereby defining a flow channel between the at least one interior wall and the at least one exterior wall. At least one thermoelectric cooler (TEC) is connectable to an electrical power source for transferring heat from a cool side of the TEC to a warm side of the TEC, the cool side being positioned on the at least one interior wall, not in the flow channel, for cooling the at least one interior wall, the at least one interior wall defining a condensing surface proximate the at least one TEC.

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


Lashing pawl
Patent No. 10604058 

Inventor(s): T. Christopher King (Keller, TX, US)
Assignee(s): BNSF Logistics, LLC (Springdale, AR, US)
Law Firm: Dan Brown Law Office (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16199812 on 11/26/2018 (491 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lashing pawl for engaging a hole in member to retainably engage a lashing line thereto, and thereby facilitate lashing the member to a fixture or vehicle, wherein the member has a distal face and a proximal face spaced apart by a depth of the hole, and wherein the lashing pawl includes a pin hole formed therethrough for engaging the lashing line, and an engagement face that engages the distal face of the member to retain the lashing pawl in place.

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


Cable reel restraint device
Patent No. 10604109 

Inventor(s): Louis G. Tackett (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15813786 on 11/15/2017 (867 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cable reel restraint device comprises a cable reel, a retractable cable, first and second springs, first and second attachment interfaces, and a preload selection control. The retractable cable is configured to extend from and retract onto the cable reel. The first spring is configured to exert force for preloading the second spring, and the second spring is configured to exert force for retracting the retractable cable. The first attachment interface is coupled to the cable reel by a first spherical bearing, and the second attachment interface is coupled to the retractable cable by a second spherical bearing. Moreover, the first and second attachment interfaces are configured for being fastened to first and second attachment points. The preload selection control is configured to select a particular preload magnitude and cause the first spring to preload the second spring with a load of the particular preload magnitude.

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


Bicycle saddle bag
Patent No. 10604204 

Inventor(s): Howe Shien Chee (Allen, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Tompkins PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16147697 on 09/29/2018 (549 days app to issue)

Abstract: A removable saddle bag assembly for a bicycle saddle with saddle rails comprising: a saddle bag frame with a central stem configured to fit between the saddle rails, attachment means connected to the central stem and configured to engage the saddle rails, and support arms extending generally rearwardly from the central stem; and a shell substantially surrounding saddle bag frame and defining a storage cavity.

[B62J] CYCLE SADDLES OR SEATS; ACCESSORIES PECULIAR TO CYCLES AND NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, e.g. ARTICLE CARRIERS OR CYCLE PROTECTORS (registration plates B60R 13/10; cyclometers, i.e. wheel-revolution counters, G01C 22/00)


Shielded structure for aircraft
Patent No. 10604226 

Inventor(s): Carl May (Mansfield, TX, US), James D. Hethcock, Jr. (Colleyville, TX, US), John R. McCullough (Weatherford, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI, US)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15488217 on 04/14/2017 (1082 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft includes a composite structure, comprising an outer skin formed from a composite material and having a first thickness, an inner skin formed from a composite material and having a second thickness, the second thickness being greater than the first thickness, and a core structure positioned between the inner and outer skins to increase bending stiffness of the composite structure. During use a structural load carried by the inner skin exceeds a structural load carried by the outer skin.

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


Wing-nacelle splice assemblies for tiltrotor aircraft
Patent No. 10604232 

Inventor(s): Andrew G. Baines (Fort Worth, TX, US), George Ryan Decker (Fort Worth, TX, US), James Elbert King (Fort Worth, TX, US), Jeffrey Matthew Williams (Fort Worth, TX, US), Michael Edwin Rinehart (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI, US)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15787148 on 10/18/2017 (895 days app to issue)

Abstract: A propulsion and lift system of a tiltrotor aircraft includes a wing having an outboard end, a wing tip assembly having an inboard end, a fixed nacelle coupled to the wing tip assembly and a wing-nacelle splice assembly having inboard and outboard sides. The inboard side of the wing-nacelle splice assembly is coupled to the outboard end of the wing, and the outboard side of the wing-nacelle splice assembly is coupled to the inboard end of the wing tip assembly, thereby coupling the fixed nacelle to the wing.

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


Method and apparatus to improve lift to drag ratio of a rotor blade
Patent No. 10604234 

Inventor(s): Brendan P. Lanigan (Grapevine, TX, US), Christopher E. Foskey (Keller, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15843039 on 12/15/2017 (837 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a first aspect, there is a method for improving a lift to drag ratio of a rotor blade, including providing a blade member having a leading edge and a trailing edge; providing a leading edge extension member; and coupling the leading edge extension member to a portion of the leading edge of the blade member to form the rotor blade. In a second aspect, there is a rotor blade including a blade member having a leading edge, and a trailing edge; and a leading edge extension member disposed on the leading edge of the blade member, wherein the leading edge extension member is configured to extend the chord length of at least a portion of the rotor blade. In a third aspect, there is a leading edge extension member for a rotor blade including a convex exterior surface configured to extend at least a portion of the chord length of the rotor blade.

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


Rotorcraft rotor assemblies
Patent No. 10604246 

Inventor(s): Bryan K. Baskin (Arlington, TX, US), Robert Higbie (Haslet, TX, US), Ryan Smith (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Assignee(s): SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION (Stratford, CT, US)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15406316 on 01/13/2017 (1173 days app to issue)

Abstract: An attachment assembly for coupling a rotary blade to a hub includes a hollow shear pin, a nut cap, and a tensioning fastener. The hollow shear pin defines an attachment axis. The nut cap abuts the shear pin along the attachment axis. The tensioning fastener is seated within the shear pin, is threadably engaged to the nut cap, and has an axial length that is smaller than an axial length of the shear pin to fix a rotary blade to a rotor assembly within a profile of the rotary blade.

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


Tension torsion strap
Patent No. 10604247 

Inventor(s): Joshua Richards (Fort Worth, TX, US), Kristopher Michael Haydel (Fort Worth, TX, US), Lance Halcom (Coppell, TX, US), Ron William Waldo (North Richland Hills, TX, US)
Assignee(s): SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION (Stratford, CT, US)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15580174 on 06/09/2016 (1391 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tension torsion strap by which a blade is connectable with a hub of a propulsor is provided. The tension torsion strap includes an elongate body formed to define attachment features at opposite ends thereof, the attachment features being connectable to the blade at one of the opposite ends and to the hub at the other of the opposite ends, fibrous materials extending along the elongate body and around the attachment features and pretension flanges elastically interposable between the hub and the elongate body. The pretension flanges are configured to maintain pretension in the fibrous materials above a predefined pretension level when the attachment features are connected to the blade and the hub.

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


Man portable aircraft system for rapid in-situ assembly
Patent No. 10604249 

Inventor(s): John Richard McCullough (Weatherford, TX, US), Paul K. Oldroyd (Azle, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI, US)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16154188 on 10/08/2018 (540 days app to issue)

Abstract: A man portable aircraft system includes first and second wings with first and second pylons couplable between pylon stations thereof to form an airframe. Each of a plurality of propulsion assemblies is couplable to one of a plurality of nacelle stations of the wings to form a two-dimensional distributed thrust array. A flight control system is couplable to the airframe and is operable to independently control each of the propulsion assemblies. A payload is couplable between payload stations of the first and second pylons. A man portable container is operable to receive the wings, pylons, propulsion assemblies, flight control system and payload in a disassembled configuration. The connections between the wings, pylons, propulsion assemblies and payload are operable for rapid in-situ assembly. In an assembled configuration, the aircraft is operable to transition between thrust-borne lift in a VTOL orientation and wing-borne lift in a biplane orientation.

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


Flexible aircraft seat configurations
Patent No. 10604262 

Inventor(s): Bobby Howard Mosier (Keller, TX, US), Darrell W. Wilkerson (Arlington, TX, US), Ernest Edward Senn, Jr. (Mansfield, TX, US), Joseph Daniel Leachman (Keller, TX, US), Richard Theodore Perryman (Fort Worth, TX, US), Timothy Brian Carr (Grapevine,
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15405271 on 01/12/2017 (1174 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise: a floor panel for a rotorcraft; one or more puck fasteners in the floor panel, wherein each puck fastener comprises an attachment fitting and a plurality of internal flanges, wherein the plurality of internal flanges within each puck fastener are adjacent; and one or more seating fixtures coupled to the floor panel using the one or more puck fasteners.

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


Former assembly with improved center of gravity
Patent No. 10604283 

Inventor(s): Ashish Anand (Frisco, TX, US), Vibhav Jindal (Gurgaon, IN)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15606295 on 05/26/2017 (1040 days app to issue)

Abstract: A novel system and apparatus for bagmaking is disclosed herein. In particular, a former assembly is described which includes a collar flange having an aperture passing through from a first side to a second side. A wing assembly, which is mounted to the collar flange, has a former wing and a crown tube. The crown tube extends at least partially through the aperture of the collar flange. The former assembly also includes a transition tube having an elongate cylindrical body that passes through the crown tube and the aperture of the collar flange. A set of handles extends from the collar flange towards an upstream end of the elongate cylindrical body. Additionally, the former assembly has a center of gravity, determined from a reference coordinate system, with a y-component that is not further than 43 mm from the y-axis.

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


High-speed print-and-apply label applicator
Patent No. 10604295 

Inventor(s): Brent Daboub (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Assignee(s): National Presort, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16051630 on 08/01/2018 (608 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high-speed print-and-apply label applicator includes a conveyor system, a control and monitoring system, a label web feeding assembly, a label printer and encoder system, and a tamp pad assembly driven by a linear motor having a shaft that is formed at least partially by a composite material. A flexible applicator may be secured to the leading edge of the tamp pad and extends at least partially over the generally horizontal surface.

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


Container
Patent No. 10604296 

Inventor(s): Merrilee Kick (Carrollton, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12762934 on 04/19/2010 (3634 days app to issue)

Abstract: A container for storing a liquid or a solid may include a container body having a container side wall and a container bottom and a container lid having a pop top arm to pivot and cooperate with a weakened area to provide access to the interior of the container body. The container body may be formed from plastic and the container lid is formed from metal, and the container body may include a vertical neck. The container body may include a lip, and the bottom wall may include a center protrusion. The bottom wall may include a depression, and the bottom wall may include a radial extending depression.

[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


Meal tier system
Patent No. 10602865 

Inventor(s): Ann Steele (Little Elm, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15984342 on 05/19/2018 (682 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention is directed to a meal tier system. The system provides a plurality of cylindrical meal containers which stack neatly in tiers, and are removably affixed to a side-mounted spindle. Each container provides a watertight lid and may be individually swiveled around the axis of the spindle. The containers are dishwasher safe and may be insulated. Optionally, a large, sturdy bag with a carrying handle may be provided, such that the entire system, with all containers filled with food, may be fully assembled and securely carried in the bag with one hand.

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


 

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

Fuel-cell reactor
Patent No. 10604706 

Inventor(s): Kevin M. Henson (Garland, TX, US), Roy A. Bynum (Sachse, TX, US)
Assignee(s): PORTABLE GTL SYSTEMS, LLC (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16156743 on 10/10/2018 (538 days app to issue)

Abstract: A reactor containing one or more spiral paths adapted to facilitate the reaction of feed stock, syn-gas with a catalyst or catalysts, for the purpose of synthesizing multiple longer chains of hydrocarbons where there the reactor is further adapted to manage the inflow of syn-gas feed stock, the outflow of hydrocarbon products the recycling of catalysts to ensure minimal maintenance interruptions, where the solid catalyst nodules are of a geometry and size contusive to fluid like movement through the reactor and through a regenerative catalysts management operation. The unit operates with minimal support infrastructure.

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


Method to measure the shortest telomeres
Patent No. 10604794 

Inventor(s): Jerry W. Shay (Dallas, TX, US), Tsung-Po Lai (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX, US)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15976196 on 05/10/2018 (691 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure encompasses methods and compositions for analyzing telomeres of genomic DNA, including the length of one or more telomeres. In specific embodiments, methods and compositions are employed for identification of the length of the shortest telomere in a collection of genomic DNA. In particular cases, the method greatly suppresses amplification of intra-genomic DNA fragments in comparison to telomeres by hindering their amplification using particular adaptors.

[C12Q] MEASURING OR TESTING PROCESSES INVOLVING ENZYMES OR MICROORGANISMS (immunoassay G01N 33/53); COMPOSITIONS OR TEST PAPERS THEREFOR; PROCESSES OF PREPARING SUCH COMPOSITIONS; CONDITION-RESPONSIVE CONTROL IN MICROBIOLOGICAL OR ENZYMOLOGICAL PROCESSES [3]


Compositions and methods for detecting allogeneic matter in a subject
Patent No. 10604805 

Inventor(s): Zhen Yan (Irving, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA, US)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14382105 on 03/01/2013 (2587 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides a panel of nucleic acid molecule primers specific for HLA-specific alleles and other genetic polymorphisms, which are useful for quantitatively amplifying these markers to detect, diagnose, and monitor individuals who have or are at risk of certain disease conditions, such as autoimmune disease, proliferative disease, infectious disease, allograft rejection, or pregnancy-related pathologies.

[C12Q] MEASURING OR TESTING PROCESSES INVOLVING ENZYMES OR MICROORGANISMS (immunoassay G01N 33/53); COMPOSITIONS OR TEST PAPERS THEREFOR; PROCESSES OF PREPARING SUCH COMPOSITIONS; CONDITION-RESPONSIVE CONTROL IN MICROBIOLOGICAL OR ENZYMOLOGICAL PROCESSES [3]


Process for large-scale ammonothermal manufacturing of semipolar gallium nitride boules
Patent No. 10604865 

Inventor(s): Bradley C. Downey (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): SLT TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Los Angeles, CA, US)
Law Firm: Patterson Sheridan, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16019528 on 06/26/2018 (644 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for large-scale manufacturing of semipolar gallium nitride boules are disclosed. The disclosed methods comprise suspending large-area single crystal seed plates in a rack, placing the rack in a large diameter autoclave or internally-heated high pressure apparatus along with ammonia and a mineralizer, and growing crystals ammonothermally. A bi-faceted growth morphology may be maintained to facilitate fabrication of large area semipolar wafers without growing thick boules.

[C30B] SINGLE-CRYSTAL GROWTH (by using ultra-high pressure, e.g. for the formation of diamonds B01J 3/06); UNIDIRECTIONAL SOLIDIFICATION OF EUTECTIC MATERIAL OR UNIDIRECTIONAL DEMIXING OF EUTECTOID MATERIAL; REFINING BY ZONE-MELTING OF MATERIAL (zone-refining of metals or alloys C22B); PRODUCTION OF A HOMOGENEOUS POLYCRYSTALLINE MATERIAL WITH DEFINED STRUCTURE (casting of metals, casting of other substances by the same processes or devices B22D; working of plastics B29; modifying the physical structure of metals or alloys C21D, C22F); SINGLE CRYSTALS OR HOMOGENEOUS POLYCRYSTALLINE MATERIAL WITH DEFINED STRUCTURE; AFTER-TREATMENT OF SINGLE CRYSTALS OR A HOMOGENEOUS POLYCRYSTALLINE MATERIAL WITH DEFINED STRUCTURE (for producing semiconductor devices or parts thereof H01L); APPARATUS THEREFOR [3]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Magnetic support clip
Patent No. 10604935 

Inventor(s): Erik Forgue (Little Elm, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Hilton IP Law, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16675407 on 11/06/2019 (146 days app to issue)

Abstract: A magnetic support clip for supporting decorative lighting and other objects adjacent to gutters, roof eaves, and other structures of homes and other buildings. The support clip includes a proximal portion and a distal portion which are rotatably attached to one another via hinge-like structures that permit the clip portions to rotate about the hinge axis, providing the capability of the clip to operate in an open mode of operation during the installation and removal of the clip, and in a closed mode of operation when the clip is mounted to a gutter. Magnets embedded in lower portions of both of the clip portions are configured to be aligned when mounted onto a gutter and placed by a user into a closed mode of operation. The embedded magnets, having a gutter wall in between, provide an attractive magnetic force to further secure the clip to the gutter.

[E04D] ROOF COVERINGS; SKY-LIGHTS; GUTTERS; ROOF-WORKING TOOLS (coverings of outer walls by plaster or other porous material E04F 13/00)


Portable ground blind and system for transportation and deployment thereof
Patent No. 10604960 

Inventor(s): Ethan Hulsey (Fate, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16505932 on 07/09/2019 (266 days app to issue)

Abstract: A portable ground blind having a plurality of pole-supported dual-mesh panels with openings formed along bottom sides of one or more of said panels, providing optimized concealment for the user, while also enhancing the user”s ability to see and engage potential targets at multiple locations around the user. The dual-mesh panels include an outer mesh webbing and an inner mesh webbing, the outer mesh webbing having mesh openings of larger size than the mesh openings of the inner mesh webbing. Ghillie threads and/or other concealment enhancement objects are attachable on the outer mesh webbing, increasing the overall concealment of the user and allowing the user to customize the nature of concealment of the portable ground blind.

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


Ladder carrying device
Patent No. 10605002 

Inventor(s): Richard Underwood (Grand Prairie, TX, US), Robert Eisenbeck (Garland, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Bakos Kritzer (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15732658 on 12/11/2017 (841 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semi-cylindrical tubular component with grip component used to carry a ladder distributes the load supported by the user”s hand. The ladder carrier device and process increase the contact area of the open longitudinal end or the flat u-channel, of the grip, with the ladder rung or side rails, resulting in a more evenly distributed load. The grip device can be used on both ladder rung and ladder leg supported with tension only, and accommodates hands of a plurality of human operators, and more than one user at a time. Additionally, the ladder may be carried either vertically or horizontally.

[E06C] LADDERS (E04F 11/00 takes precedence; step-stools A47C 12/00; adaptation of ladders to use on ships B63B, to use on aircraft B64; scaffolding E04G) [6]


Retaining sealing element of wellbore isolation device with slip elements
Patent No. 10605027 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX, US), Zachary William Walton (Carrollton, TX, US)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX, US)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15777007 on 01/21/2016 (1531 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole wellbore isolation tool includes an elastomeric sealing element for engaging a casing member or another tubular member in a wellbore. The isolation tool includes one or more expandable slips for gripping the tubular member and holding the isolation tool in place. The sealing element has an axial end in direct contact with an abutment surface of the expandable slip such that the slip limits, if not eliminates, unwanted extrusion of the sealing element, e.g., upon setting of the isolation tool. The expandable slips may be constructed of a plurality of slip elements, and the elastomeric sealing element may flow into gaps defined between the slip elements when the isolation tool is set. The slip segments and other components of the isolation tool may be constructed of a dissolvable material to facilitate removal of the isolation tool from the wellbore.

[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]


Latch assembly using on-board miniature hydraulics for RCD applications
Patent No. 10605038 

Inventor(s): Christopher Allen Grace (Fort Worth, TX, US), Christopher J. Chau (Plano, TX, US), Jameel Ahmad Khan (Frisco, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16079539 on 04/01/2016 (1460 days app to issue)

Abstract: A latch assembly is described for use with a rotating control device. The rotating control device provides a rotating seal to permit pressure control in an annulus surrounding a rotating tubular member such as a drill string in an offshore drilling operation. The latch assembly is operable to engage and disengage a body of the rotating control device from a remote surface location by wireless communication. An on-board actuation system is carried by the latch assembly such that no energy lines (hydraulic or otherwise) are required to couple the latch assembly to the surface location. The latch assembly may include both an operating latch mechanism and a running latch mechanism to selectively couple the latch assembly to one or both of the body of the rotating control device and a tubular member such as a drill string or other conveyance for running and pulling operations.

[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]


Large-bore downhole isolation tool with plastically deformable seal and method
Patent No. 10605040 

Inventor(s): David S. Wesson (Fort Worth, TX, US), John T. Hardesty (Fort Worth, TX, US), Michael Wroblicky (Weatherford, TX, US), Philip M. Snider (Houston, TX, US)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX, US)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16152685 on 10/05/2018 (543 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole isolation tool for sealing a well, the downhole isolation tool including a sealing element having an internal surface that defines a bore of the downhole isolation tool. The sealing element includes a plastically deformable material that irreversibly deforms when swaged.

[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]


Caliper tool with positive pivoting arm
Patent No. 10605582 

Inventor(s): Monty D. Mayfield (Arlington, TX, US)
Assignee(s): PROBE HOLDINGS, INC. (Houston, TX, US)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15571095 on 04/29/2016 (1432 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tool for evaluating the internal surfaces of tubular is provided, wherein one or more arms extend outwardly from the tool to contact an inner wall surface of the tubular, and changes in the dimensions or condition of the inner wall result in changes in the position of the ends of the arms relative to the tool. This motion is converted, through an electromagnetic transducer. The probe arms extending from the tool are releasably held in bores formed by opposed members on the tool, within which the probe arms may pivot. The internal end of the probe arms need not be physically secured to an internal element of the tool, yet still enable motion of an internal components to actuate a transducer to provide electrical signals indicative of the tip of the probe arm relative to the tool as the tool traverses a tubular, such as a wellbore casing.

[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]


 

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Elastomeric gasket for fuel access door of an aircraft wing and a method for making the same
Patent No. 10603822 

Inventor(s): Jeff Busby (Millsap, TX, US), Kent Boomer (Aledo, TX, US), Matt Boyd (Fort Worth, TX, US), Michael Dry (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Assignee(s): THE PATENT WELL LLC (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker, LLC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16202623 on 11/28/2018 (489 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly for use on an aircraft wing having an aircraft skin and a fuel tank, the assembly comprising a metal access door for accessing the fuel tank, a metal retainer ring for engaging the wing and the access door. Fasteners removably couple the access door to the retainer ring. A lip, which may be on the wing surface, is configured to receive a perimeter of the access door when the access door is coupled to the retainer ring. A polyurethane elastomeric gel gasket having a metallic skeleton is configured to lay between the access door and a lip of the metal wing surface. Under compression, the polyurethane will deform and squeeze out the edges and flatten so as to provide metal-to-metal contact between the access door and the lip.

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


Elastomeric gel body gasket having a substantially incompressible skeleton, a method of making and using the same
Patent No. 10604230 

Inventor(s): Jeff Busby (Millsap, TX, US), Kent Boomer (Aledo, TX, US), Matt Boyd (Fort Worth, TX, US), Michael Dry (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Assignee(s): THE PATENT WELL LLC (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16216104 on 12/11/2018 (476 days app to issue)

Abstract: Gaskets, including aircraft gaskets, are disclosed, the gaskets having an elastomeric gel body and substantially incompressible skeletons. The bodies may be pliable and deformable and, in one example, may be comprised of a two-part chemically cured polyurethane that sets up as a gel after mixing with the web so that it is fully integral with the web and so that there is substantially no air bubbles or air pockets left in the web. The web may be a regular shaped web and made of nylon.

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


Pressure controlled hydraulic engine
Patent No. 10605082 

Inventor(s): Koko Krikor Katanjian (Irving, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Koko Krikor Katanjian (Irving, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15572621 on 06/08/2016 (1392 days app to issue)

Abstract: An engine and corresponding driving propulsion system may provide continuous force necessary to keep the engine operating. Utilizing two pressurized tanks with high and low pressures may provide a continuous flow of pressure to the engine necessary for it to operate.

[F01B] MACHINES OR ENGINES, IN GENERAL OR OF POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT TYPE, e.g. STEAM ENGINES (of rotary-piston or oscillating-piston type F01C; of non-positive-displacement type F01D; combustion engines F02; internal-combustion aspects of reciprocating-piston engines F02B 57/00, F02B 59/00; machines for liquids F03, F04; crankshafts, crossheads, connecting-rods F16C; flywheels F16F; gearings for interconverting rotary motion and reciprocating motion in general F16H; pistons, piston-rods, cylinders, for engines in general F16J)


Cam phaser
Patent No. 10605128 

Inventor(s): John Snyder (Irving, TX, US)
Assignee(s): ECO Holdings 1 GmbH (Marktheidenfeld, DE)
Law Firm: Von Rohrscheidt Patents (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16266830 on 02/04/2019 (421 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cam phaser including a rotation phaser and a hydraulic valve hydraulically loading the rotation phaser, wherein the hydraulic valve is connectable torque proof with a cam shaft so that the cam shaft is rotatable, wherein the rotation phaser includes a stator and a rotor configured coaxial with the stator, wherein the rotor is rotatable relative to the stator, wherein the hydraulic valve is configured so that it protrudes at least partially into the rotation phaser, wherein an adapter is provided for a relative axial positioning of the rotor and the stator. According to the invention the adapter is configured for loose mounting in the rotation phaser so that a fixated connection of the adapter in the rotation phaser is provided when the cam shaft is mounted at the hydraulic valve.

[F01L] CYCLICALLY OPERATING VALVES FOR MACHINES OR ENGINES (valves in general F16K)


System and method for mounting a cam phaser
Patent No. 10605129 

Inventor(s): John Snyder (Irving, TX, US)
Assignee(s): ECO Holding 1 GmbH (Marktheldenfeld, DE)
Law Firm: Von Rohrscheidt Patents (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16272434 on 02/11/2019 (414 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for mounting a cam phaser at a cam shaft of an internal combustion engine, the system including the cam phaser including a stator and a rotor that is rotatable relative to the stator; a control valve configured to adjust a phase angle of the cam shaft, wherein the control valve is configured to control a position of the rotor of the cam phaser by letting fluid flow into the cam phaser or letting fluid flow out of the cam phaser; and an assembly tool that includes at least one support device that is insertable into at least one corresponding support opening of the rotor so that a force is transferable between the rotor and the assembly tool.

[F01L] CYCLICALLY OPERATING VALVES FOR MACHINES OR ENGINES (valves in general F16K)


Internally-cooled compressor diaphragm
Patent No. 10605263 

Inventor(s): James Jeffrey Moore (Midlothian, TX, US)
Assignee(s): DRESSER-RAND COMPANY (Olean, NY, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15542082 on 01/27/2016 (1525 days app to issue)

Abstract: An internally-cooled diaphragm for an internally-cooled compressor is provided. The internally-cooled diaphragm may include an annular body configured to cool a process fluid flowing through a fluid pathway of the internally-cooled compressor. The annular body may define a return channel of the fluid pathway, and a cooling pathway in thermal communication with the fluid pathway. The return channel may be configured to at least partially diffuse and de-swirl the process fluid flowing therethrough, and the cooling pathway may be configured to receive a coolant to absorb heat from the process fluid flowing through the return channel.

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


 

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Laser measuring system for tubulars
Patent No. 10605589 

Inventor(s): Bobby Frank Hicks, Jr. (Garland, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Nolte Intellectual Property Law Group (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16054624 on 05/31/2017 (1035 days app to issue)

Abstract: A laser measuring system for continuous measurement of a plurality of connected tubulars being inserted into or removed from a wellbore. The laser measuring system can have a laser housing with one or more laser surface velocimeters. The laser housing with a laser arm can be connected to a support member and can communicate via a network to a computer processor and data storage for measuring pipe joint length in real time. A pressurized gas port can pressurize the laser housing above ambient pressure to keep a laser beam clear of particulate and well fluids or ambient pressure can be used with a continuous airflow device. The laser beam is used to detect and calculate length and quantity of tubulars moving past the laser beam transmitting the information to the computer processor in real time.

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


Quantitative liquid texture measurement apparatus and methods
Patent No. 10605787 

Inventor(s): Chen C. Shao (Plano, TX, US), Enrique Michel-Sanchez (Dallas, TX, US), Ou Bai (Plano, TX, US), Scott Fagan (Dallas, TX, US), Scott G. Richardson (Gainesville, TX, US), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Dallas, TX, US), Wilfred Marcellien Bourg, Jr. (Melissa,
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16132830 on 09/17/2018 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: A photo acoustic non-destructive measurement apparatus and method for quantitatively measuring texture of a liquid. The apparatus includes a laser generating tool, an acoustic capturing device, and a data processing unit. The laser generating tool directs a laser towards a surface of a liquid contained in a container and creates pressure waves that propagate through the air and produce an acoustic signal. The acoustic capturing device records and forwards the signal to a data processing unit. The data processing unit further comprises a digital signal processing module that processes the received acoustic signal. A statistical processing module further filters the acoustic signal from the data processing unit and generates a quantitative acoustic model for texture attributes such as hardness and fracturability. The quantitative model is correlated with a qualitative texture measurement from a descriptive expert panel. Textures of liquids are quantitatively measured with the quantitative acoustic model.

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


Verification of installation of vehicle starter disable and enable circuit
Patent No. 10605847 

Inventor(s): George Clark (Irving, TX, US), Steve Ollmann (Irving, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Spireon, Inc. (Irvine, CA, US)
Law Firm: Luedeka Neely Group, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16267443 on 02/05/2019 (420 days app to issue)

Abstract: A verification procedure is performed when a tracking device is newly installed in a vehicle. The procedure involves transmitting a command to the tracking device to either disable or enable the vehicle starter. The installer is then prompted to engage the starter to start the vehicle. The tracking device then monitors the voltages on the vehicle”s ignition wire and starter disable and starter enable wires going to a starter relay. The tracking device also monitors the state of a starter relay control wire. Measurement of the proper voltages on these wires provides verification that the tracking device has been connected properly. Continuing to monitor these voltages after installation provides an indication when a driver engages the starter in an attempt to start the vehicle.

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


Interposer monitor, monitor trigger circuitry having select output and input
Patent No. 10605858 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16112317 on 08/24/2018 (585 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel method and apparatus for improving interposers to include embedded monitoring instruments for real time monitoring digital signals, analog signals, voltage signals and temperature sensors located in the interposer. An embedded monitor trigger unit controls the starting and stopping of the real time monitoring operations. The embedded monitoring instruments are accessible via an 1149.1 TAP interface on the interposer.

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


IC taps with control register and scan router coupling taps
Patent No. 10605865 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16175066 on 10/30/2018 (518 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device test architecture and interface is provided to enable efficient testing embedded cores within devices. The test architecture interfaces to standard IEEE 1500 core test wrappers and provides high test data bandwidth to the wrappers from an external tester. The test architecture includes compare circuits that allow for comparison of test response data to be performed within the device. The test architecture further includes a memory for storing the results of the test response comparisons. The test architecture includes a programmable test controller to allow for various test control operations by simply inputting an instruction to the programmable test controller from the external tester. The test architecture includes a selector circuit for selecting a core for testing. Additional features and embodiments of the device test architectures are also disclosed.

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


IC TSV scan cells with sensed and reference voltage inputs
Patent No. 10605866 

Inventor(s): Baher S. Haroun (Allen, TX, US), Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16293896 on 03/06/2019 (391 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure describes a novel method and apparatus for testing TSVs within a semiconductor device. According to embodiments illustrated and described in the disclosure, a TSV may be tested by stimulating and measuring a response from a first end of a TSV while the second end of the TSV held at ground potential. Multiple TSVs within the semiconductor device may be tested in parallel to reduce the TSV testing time according to the disclosure.

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


Matching impedance of a dielectric waveguide to a launching mechanism
Patent No. 10605986 

Inventor(s): Benjamin S. Cook (Dallas, TX, US), Juan Alejandro Herbsommer (Allen, TX, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16387843 on 04/18/2019 (348 days app to issue)

Abstract: A digital system has a dielectric core waveguide that has a longitudinal dielectric core member. The core member has a body portion and a transition region, with a cladding surrounding the dielectric core member. The body portion of the core member has a first dielectric constant. The transition region of the core member has a graduated dielectric constant value that gradually changes from the first dielectric constant value adjacent the body portion to a third dielectric constant.

[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]


Ultrasound lens structure cleaner architecture and method
Patent No. 10606069 

Inventor(s): David Patrick Magee (Allen, TX, US), Stephen John Fedigan (Plano, TX, US), Yunhong Li (Santa Clara, CA, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15225212 on 08/01/2016 (1338 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lens structure system. The system comprises a lens structure and a multi-segmented transducer coupled to the lens structure. The multi-segmented transducer comprises a plurality of segments. For each segment in the plurality of segments, there also is a first conductor and a second conductor electrically coupled to the segment.

[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]


Controlling an operating condition of a thermostat
Patent No. 10606290 

Inventor(s): Stig Lagerstedt (Richardson, TX, US)
Assignee(s): ASSA ABLOY AB (Stockholm, SE)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15974529 on 05/08/2018 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for managing energy consumption in multi-room facilities are provided. In particular, intelligent mechanisms for determining a location of a mobile device associated with a room and then for managing energy settings, especially setback controls, of that room are provided. Some logic for implementing these mechanisms may be provided in a mobile device and in-room device, such as a motion detector, thermostat, HVAC controller, door, lock, television, set top box, etc.

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


Methods and systems for dynamic monitoring through graphical user interfaces
Patent No. 10606459 

Inventor(s): Huey-Meng Ning (Plano, TX, US), Sandeep Komatireddy (Plano, TX, US), Seemit Sheth (Frisco, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA, US)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15963699 on 04/26/2018 (705 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring through graphical user interfaces are disclosed. In one aspect, a system is disclosed that includes a processor and data storage including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the system to perform operations. The operations include maintaining an input file including predetermined criteria for a plurality of factors, receiving a model dataset generated using a model, based on the input file and the model dataset, generating a first graphical user interface that includes a graphical illustration of a subset of the plurality of factors, a model risk for the model, and a selectable feature associated with a selected factor in the subset and a selected time period. The operations further include receiving through the first graphical user interface a selection of the selectable feature, and, in response, generating a second graphical user interface that recolors a portion of the first graphical user interface.

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


On-die termination architecture
Patent No. 10606512 

Inventor(s): Kallol Mazumder (Plano, TX, US), Myung-Ho Bae (McKinney, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID, US)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15790896 on 10/23/2017 (890 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and devices that receive commands at a command interface and uses control circuitry configured to implement the command. A routing pipeline is configured to translate and route the command from the command interface to the control circuitry. The routing pipeline includes clock circuitry. The clock circuitry includes a clock delay line and multiple cloned delay lines derived from the clock delay line. Each of the cloned delay lines are dedicated to a command type of multiple command types. The routing pipeline also includes delay circuitry configured to utilize the cloned delay lines to shift a data pin signal of the semiconductor device or shift a data strobe pin signal of the semiconductor device.

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


Cache preload operations using streaming engine
Patent No. 10606596 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet Ashok Chachad (Plano, TX, US), Daniel Wu (Plano, TX, US), David M. Thompson (Dallas, TX, US), Jonathan (Son) Hung Tran (Murphy, TX, US), Joseph Raymond Michael Zbiciak (Alviso, CA, US), Kai Chirca (Dallas, TX, US), Timothy David Anderso
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16203528 on 11/28/2018 (489 days app to issue)

Abstract: A stream of data is accessed from a memory system using a stream of addresses generated in a first mode of operating a streaming engine in response to executing a first stream instruction. A block cache preload operation is performed on a cache in the memory using a block of addresses generated in a second mode of operating the streaming engine in response to executing a second stream instruction.

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


Dual data streams sharing dual level two cache access ports to maximize bandwidth utilization
Patent No. 10606598 

Inventor(s): Joseph Zbiciak (San Jose, CA, US), Timothy Anderson (University Park, TX, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16139858 on 09/24/2018 (554 days app to issue)

Abstract: A streaming engine employed in a digital data processor specifies fixed first and second read only data streams. Corresponding stream address generator produces address of data elements of the two streams. Corresponding steam head registers stores data elements next to be supplied to functional units for use as operands. The two streams share two memory ports. A toggling preference of stream to port ensures fair allocation. The arbiters permit one stream to borrow the other”s interface when the other interface is idle. Thus one stream may issue two memory requests, one from each memory port, if the other stream is idle. This spreads the bandwidth demand for each stream across both interfaces, ensuring neither interface becomes a bottleneck.

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


Memory controller implemented error correction code memory
Patent No. 10606693 

Inventor(s): Bryan Hornung (Plano, TX, US), Tony Brewer (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID, US)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15856910 on 12/28/2017 (824 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices and techniques for memory controller implemented error correction code (ECC) memory are disclosed herein. ECC groups may be placed across banks of the memory. In some examples, an ECC group is a collection of bytes equal to one row in one bank. Also, the placement may restrict a given bank to a single member of the ECC group. A memory operation can be received and executed using the ECC groups.

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


System, method, and computer program for managing fault recovery in network function virtualization (Nfv) based networks
Patent No. 10606718 

Inventor(s): Ofer Hermoni (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): AMDOCS DEVELOPMENT LIMITED (Limassol, CY)
Law Firm: Zilka-Kotab, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15586087 on 05/03/2017 (1063 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one aspect of the present invention there is provided a system, method, and computer program product for recovering from a network failure in a communication network using network function virtualization (NFV-based network), the method including: selecting a first network component of the NFV-based network, detecting at least one probable failure of the first network component, selecting a second network component to be used for replacing the instance of the VNF in the first network component prior to a failure of the first network component, and securing at least one resource of the selected second network component for the other instance of the VNF and maintaining, in the selected second network component, an updated copy of data associated with the instance of the VNF in the first network component.

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


Systems and methods for optimal trim calibrations in integrated circuits
Patent No. 10606723 

Inventor(s): Pankaj Bongale (Belgaum, IN), Partha Ghosh (West Bengal, IN), Rubin Ajit Parekhji (Bangalore, IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14975193 on 12/18/2015 (1565 days app to issue)

Abstract: A test circuit that includes a circuit to be calibrated, an error generation circuit, and a simplex circuit coupled to one another. The circuit to be calibrated is configured to implement a first plurality of trim codes as calibration parameters for a corresponding plurality of components of the circuit to be calibrated and generate a first actual output. The error generation circuit is configured to generate a first error signal based on a difference between the first actual output and an expected output of the circuit to be calibrated. The simplex circuit is configured to receive the first error signal from the error generation circuit, generate a second plurality of trim codes utilizing a simplex algorithm based on the first error signal, and transmit the second plurality of trim codes to the circuit to be calibrated.

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


Transforming a website for dynamic web content management
Patent No. 10606935 

Inventor(s): Michael E. Vince (Mesquite, TX, US)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15914726 on 03/07/2018 (755 days app to issue)

Abstract: Transforming a website for dynamic web content management includes identifying aspects of a static website that are to be under dynamic web content management, organizing the aspects of the static website in preparation for storing the aspects, and storing the aspects of the static website with a specific identifier.

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


Secure file wrapper for TIFF images
Patent No. 10606985 

Inventor(s): James D. Testerman (McKinney, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Dell Products L.P. (Round Rock, TX, US)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15499191 on 04/27/2017 (1069 days app to issue)

Abstract: Encrypted content may be stored in a file wrapper with unencrypted content that provides information regarding the encrypted content. The file wrapper may be stored around the encrypted content or may be stored in front or behind the encrypted content. The unencrypted content may indicate, for example, that additional content in the file is encrypted. A TIFF-formatted file may be used to store the two portions of content. A TIFF file structure may have content stored in a plurality of images. The unencrypted content may be stored in a first image of a TIFF file. The encrypted content may be stored in a second image, third image, and/or additional images of the TIFF file.

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


Authenticating access to a computing resource using quorum-based facial recognition
Patent No. 10606994 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15814643 on 11/16/2017 (866 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to certain embodiments, an authentication system comprises memory operable to store instructions and processing circuitry operable to execute the instructions, whereby the authentication system is operable to receive first user data depicting a facial expression of a first user, authenticate the first user based on the first user data, and restrict the first user from performing an operation in response to determining that the operation requires authenticating at least one other user in addition to authenticating the first user.

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


System for information security threat assessment and event triggering
Patent No. 10607013 

Inventor(s): David Michael Steele (Carrollton, TX, US), Robert James Gray (Southlake, TX, US), Ryan Joseph Argomaniz (Sachse, TX, US)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC, US)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15827034 on 11/30/2017 (852 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for generating entity-specific security-related inquiries and determining a frequency for invoking the inquiries based on integration of external security-related data and internal security related data. Specifically, a security threat level is determined for an entity and the components which comprise the security threat are identified. The components signify areas of focus for generating the entity-specific security-related inquiries. In further embodiments of the invention analytics are implemented to logically analyze the external security-related data and internal security related data and the results of which further refine the generation of the entity-specific security-related inquiries and/or determination of the frequency for invoking the inquiries.

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


Feedback and training for a machine learning algorithm configured to determine customer purchases during a shopping session at a physical store
Patent No. 10607080 

Inventor(s): Sailesh Bharathwaaj Krishnamurthy (Irving, TX, US), Sarath Vakacharla (Irving, TX, US), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Celina, TX, US), Trong Nghia Nguyen (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): 7-Eleven, Inc. (Irving, TX, US)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16663564 on 10/25/2019 (158 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor. The processor receives an algorithmic shopping cart that includes a first set of items determined by an algorithm to have been selected by a person during a shopping session in a physical store, based on a set of inputs received from sensors located within the physical store. The processor also receives a virtual shopping cart that includes a second set of items. Video of the shopping session was captured by a set of cameras located in the physical store and depicts the person selecting the second set of items. The processor compares the algorithmic cart to the virtual cart and determines that a discrepancy exists between the algorithmic cart and the virtual cart. The processor determines a subset of the set of inputs associated with the discrepancy and attaches metadata explaining the discrepancy to the subset. The processor uses the subset to train the algorithm.

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


Visual inspection support using extended reality
Patent No. 10607084 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX, US), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX, US), Micah Price (Anna, TX, US), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX, US), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA, US)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16662676 on 10/24/2019 (159 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device having extended reality capabilities may capture a video feed including one or more video frames depicting an object that is visible in a field of view of the device. The device may provide the one or more video frames to a machine learning model that identifies the object and one or more parts of the object that are depicted in the one or more video frames. The device may obtain positional tracking information that represents a position and an orientation associated with the object relative to a coordinate space that corresponds to the field of view of the device. The device may obtain a workflow including a sequence of content items for visually inspecting the object using the extended reality capabilities of the device. The device may render digital content associated with the workflow using the extended reality capabilities of the device.

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


Heterogeneous data management methodology and system
Patent No. 10607187 

Inventor(s): Duke Loi (Frisco, TX, US)
Assignee(s): TRAXID, LLC (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15666550 on 08/01/2017 (973 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for storing, interpreting, displaying, and processing heterogeneous data comprises a common data layer configured to manage and store abstracted data using a standard relational database, the common data layer comprises a template repository storing a plurality of data-logic templates and user data. The system further includes a data abstraction layer comprising rules for processing user data and handling a user-interface, an intelligence layer comprises context sensitive processing logic of user inputs and data from the data abstraction layer according to the data-logic templates, and a user interface layer configured to present the processed data and capture user inputs for the system.

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


Augmented reality dynamic authentication for electronic transactions
Patent No. 10607230 

Inventor(s): Manu J. Kurian (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15367551 on 12/02/2016 (1215 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for authorizing an electronic transaction in an augmented reality environment comprises an augmented reality user device and an authentication server. The augmented reality user device includes a display that overlays virtual objects onto a field of view of the user. The user device receives a request to verify information about a payment card used in an electronic transaction. The request includes a virtual authentication object, which is a virtual representation of an object capable of being manipulated by the user in a particular sequence to enter an authentication code. The user device displays the virtual authentication object to the user and detects gestures performed on the virtual authentication object. The user device sends the detected gestures to the authentication server. The authentication server determines the authentication code using the virtual authentication object and the detected gestures, and uses it to authorize the transaction.

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


Apparatus, system and method for consumer tracking consumer product interest using mobile devices
Patent No. 10607238 

Inventor(s): Michaelyn Molly McCarthy (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION (Mentor, OH, US)
Law Firm: Avery Dennison Retail Information Services, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15824813 on 11/28/2017 (854 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to at least one exemplary embodiment, methods, systems and apparatuses for communication may be shown and described. These can include the use of near field communications (NFC), for example a NFC RFID tag, label or inlay that is able to communicate with a NFC-enabled device, for example a mobile or smart phone or other portable device having a scanner or reader. Further, any number of NFC RFID tags may be associated with any desired products or services, allowing NFC-enabled devices to read or scan the NFC RFID tags and access data or information provided by the NFC RFID tags, which may be associated with products or services to which the NFC RFID tags are coupled to.

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


System for managing serializability of resource transfers in a process data network
Patent No. 10607285 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC, US)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15050321 on 02/22/2016 (1499 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, computer program products, and methods are described herein for a system for using the block chain distributed network for managing serializability of resource transfers in a process data network. The present invention is configured to electronically receive an indication from a computing system associated with a first user that the first user has executed a transfer of resources with a second user; retrieve information associated with the transfer of resources from the first user; retrieve information associated with a block chain of user information associated with the first user; transmit a notification to a computing system associated with the second user to validate the transfer of resources; receive an input from the second user validating the transfer of resources; and update the block chain of user information with the validated transfer of resources based on at least receiving the input from the second user.

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


Collective purchasing systems and methods for controlled-environment facility residents via controlled-environment facility resident communication and/or media devices
Patent No. 10607307 

Inventor(s): Alexander Noland (North Richland Hills, TX, US), Connor Pickens (Little Elm, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX, US)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15634216 on 06/27/2017 (1008 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems or methods for collective purchasing by controlled-environment facility residents may employ a plurality of controlled-environment facility resident communication and/or media devices, each associated with a respective controlled-environment facility resident. These devices, disposed within one or more controlled-environment facilities, may each present an interface for purchasing goods and/or services via the device. The devices may each offer, via the interface, an option to collectively purchase a single good or service by a number of controlled-environment facility residents and may accept an indication of partial payment from the resident associated with the device. A controlled-environment facility management system, or similar functionality, may debit the partial payment from a respective controlled-environment facility trust account maintained to the benefit of each controlled-environment facility resident making a partial payment and may provision the collectively purchased good or service to these residents.

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


Systems and methods of using absorptive imaging metrology to measure the thickness of ophthalmic lenses
Patent No. 10607335 

Inventor(s): Bradley W. Walker (Dallas, TX, US), D. Scott Dewald (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Johnson Johnson Vision Care, Inc. (Jacksonville, FL, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15627684 on 06/20/2017 (1015 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of measuring the thickness of an ophthalmic lens includes providing an ophthalmic lens having a light absorptive component, and passing light having a wavelength through the ophthalmic lens whereupon the light absorptive component absorbs some of the light as the light passes through the ophthalmic lens. After the light has passed through the ophthalmic lens, the light is used to generate a digital image for the ophthalmic lens that has pixel intensity data that corresponds to the shape of the ophthalmic lens. Information about the light prior to passing through the ophthalmic lens, the light absorptive component of the ophthalmic lens, and the pixel intensity data is used to calculate a thickness profile for the ophthalmic lens.

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


Atlas-based contouring of organs at risk for radiation therapy
Patent No. 10607342 

Inventor(s): David Liu (Richardson, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Siemenes Healthcare GmbH (Erlangen, DE)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15625380 on 06/16/2017 (1019 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments can provide a method for atlas-based contouring, comprising constructing a relevant atlas database; selecting one or more optimal atlases from the relevant atlas database; propagating one or more atlases; fusing the one or more atlases; and assessing the quality of one or more propagated contours.

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


Electronically controlled motor-driven device with vibrational acoustic alert capability
Patent No. 10607457 

Inventor(s): Daniel E Carlson (Rustburg, VA, US), Mark D Ollander (Forest, VA, US), Michael Adam Rumore (Lynchburg, VA, US)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving, TX, US)
Law Firm: Maine Cemota Rardin (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16165049 on 10/19/2018 (529 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronically controlled, motor-driven device is able to issue locally perceptible acoustic alerts by causing the electric motor to vibrate, which in embodiments can include vibrations at a resonant frequency of the device. Embodiments encode information relevant to the alert as amplitude and/or frequency modulations of the acoustic vibrational alerts. The motor can be an AC motor or a DC motor. In embodiments, the motor-driven device is an electronically controlled valve actuator or electronically controlled pump. The device can be in communication with a remote monitoring station, or the electronic controller can be remotely located.

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


System and method for wireless control of signs
Patent No. 10607517 

Inventor(s): Rick Swanson (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Luminator Holding LP (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15816760 on 11/17/2017 (865 days app to issue)

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

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


Timing circuit for command path in a memory device
Patent No. 10607671 

Inventor(s): Liang Chen (Allen, TX, US), Ming-Bo Liu (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID, US)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15955330 on 04/17/2018 (714 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus, such as a memory device, that includes circuits and techniques to synchronize various internal signals with an internal clock signal to ensure proper functionality of the memory device. A walk back circuit is provided to mimic propagation delays of an internal command signal, such as a write command signal, and to speed up the delayed internal command signal an amount equivalent to the propagation delays. The walk back circuit includes a mixture of delay elements provided to mimic propagation delays caused by both gate delays and routing delays.

[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)


Apparatuses and methods for switching refresh state in a memory circuit
Patent No. 10607681 

Inventor(s): Kallol Mazumder (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID, US)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16022378 on 06/28/2018 (642 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus may include a semiconductor device that includes an internal clock circuit configured to receive an internal clock signal and to provide a local clock signal based on the internal clock signal. The internal clock circuit comprises a clock synchronizer configured to, in response to receipt of a command to exit a self-refresh mode, disable provision of the local clock signal by a number of cycles of the internal clock signal.

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


Information processing apparatus and method for clinical laboratory management
Patent No. 10607724 

Inventor(s): Jackie Guenther (Flower Mound, TX, US)
Assignee(s): SYSMEX CORPORATION (Hyogo, JP)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15233361 on 08/10/2016 (1329 days app to issue)

Abstract: To facilitate management of the entirety of one or a plurality of clinical laboratories. This information processing apparatus is used in management of a clinical laboratory in which an analyzer configured to analyze specimens is installed. The information processing apparatus includes: a communication section configured to communicate with a terminal operable by a user; and a controller configured to control display of the terminal via the communication section. On the basis of information collected from a plurality of analyzers installed in one or a plurality of clinical laboratories and from apparatuses relevant to the analyzers, the controller causes the terminal to display a screen including an index that indicates a status of the entirety of the one or the plurality of clinical laboratories. In response to the user selecting the index displayed in the screen, the controller causes the terminal to display the selected index so as to be divided in a plurality of categories. NULL


Universal monitor and fault detector in fielded generators and method
Patent No. 10608564 

Inventor(s): Christopher M Stimek (Fort Worth, TX, US), Peter C Gardner (Fort Worth, TX, US), Warren B Johnson (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Williams RDM, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Law Firm: Morani Patent Law, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15822171 on 11/26/2017 (856 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for monitoring an engine driven generator system (GMS) is provided herein. The system self-configures across generator types and manufacturers via a learning algorithm. Additional sensors are included in the system to provide a robust set of sensor data. Data analysis employed includes comparison to threshold levels, trending of historical data, and Wavelet analysis. A graphical touch screen is provided to users for both controlling the GMS and for viewing results. Monitoring results include operating conditions, existing faults, and warnings of undesirable conditions. Ethernet connections afford review of real time data, diagnostic feedback, and prognostic information at a central location. A sleep state of the GMS conserves generator battery life.

[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)


Message management and message modification application
Patent No. 10608977 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX, US)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Omaha, NE, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16142568 on 09/26/2018 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: Identifying messages transferred to and from a mobile user device may provide a way to monitor message transfers. One example method of operation includes receiving a message from a user device at a network server, processing the message to identify message content, identifying a current event being hosted by the network server, and determining a message priority to assign to the message based on the message content and the current event.

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


Real time optimized content delivery framework
Patent No. 10609107 

Inventor(s): Eric L. Gose (Dallas, TX, US), Janki Y. Vora (Dallas, TX, US), Jason A. Gonzalez (Lewisville, TX, US), Mathews Thomas (Flower Mound, TX, US)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY, US)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15846197 on 12/18/2017 (834 days app to issue)

Abstract: A content delivery system may receive and aggregate video content from one or more content sources. In a first embodiment, the content delivery system may start streaming a video to a first viewer on a first device and then receive a request for a catch up version to be streamed to a second viewer viewing a second device. The content delivery system may send replacement segments of the video that are shortened summaries to the second device until the second viewer has caught up to the first viewer on the first device. In a second embodiment, the content delivery system may detect two or more viewers and customize a video content for both viewers. In a third embodiment, the content delivery system, in real time, may customize a segment of a video (possibly using a ”green screen” or overlaying a second video over the original video segment) based on characteristics of the viewer and then stream the customized video segment to the viewer.

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


 

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Multi-biometric-factor, internet of things (IOT), secured network
Patent No. 10602930 

Inventor(s): Patrick Nicholas Lawrence (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC, US)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15939642 on 03/29/2018 (733 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for authenticating to a network comprising a plurality of Internet of Things (”IoT”) devices is provided. The method may include using a mobile telephone apparatus, a wrist-worn apparatus and a head-worn apparatus to monitor the level of at least one of a wearer”s pulse, body temperature, voice, gait and/or other biorhythmic indicator. One of the aforementioned apparatus may operate as a hub apparatus. The method may further include using the hub apparatus to assign a federated biometric marker based at least in part on the first, second and third biometric markers. The method may also include using artificial intelligence to monitor for one or more outliers with respect to historical monitoring. Each of the one or more outliers may include a magnitude that exceeds a security threshold difference between the current magnitude and the historically monitored magnitude. When the difference in magnitude exceeds a security threshold difference between the current magnitude and the historically monitored magnitude the method may quarantine apparatus associated with the outlier.

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


Downhole-type electric submersible pump system
Patent No. 10605057 

Inventor(s): Kuo-Chiang Chen (Kennedale, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Upwing Energy, LLC (Cerritos, CA, US)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15844339 on 12/15/2017 (837 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects of the subject matter described here can be implemented in a downhole-type electric submersible pump system. An electric machine can be disposed downhole in a wellbore. The electric machine is coupled to rotate with an impeller that can be disposed downhole in the wellbore. The electric machine includes a stator assembly with at least three stator sections axially arranged and spaced apart from each other along a longitudinal axis of the electric machine. The electric machine also includes a rotor assembly with at least three rotor sections arranged axially along the longitudinal axis of the electric machine. The rotor assembly is carried within and supported to rotate by the stator assembly.

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


Intelligent systematic physical document fulfillment system
Patent No. 10606536 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Reed Williams (Midlothian, TX, US)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC, US)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16104727 on 08/17/2018 (592 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a system, method, or computer program product for intelligent systematic physical document fulfillment. Feeding a generated artificial intelligent engine one or more carrier information, geographic information, regulatory information, cost analytics, and/or user analytics in real-time. The invention performs predictive analytic processing for best mode of generation and distribution of physical documents that satisfy the user expectations, regulatory compliance, and efficiency. As such, the invention generates an optimized document printing and distribution schedule for user physical document printing and distribution.

[H04H] BROADCAST COMMUNICATION (multiplex communication H04J; pictorial communication aspects of broadcast systems H04N)


Metal-clad multi-circuit electrical cable assembly
Patent No. 10607752 

Inventor(s): David W. Maxey (Gunter, TX, US), Paul Abernathy (McKinney, TX, US), Troy D. Skidmore (McKinney, TX, US), William T. Bigbee, Jr. (Melissa, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX, US)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16443764 on 06/17/2019 (288 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electrical cable assembly, comprising a first electrical circuit further comprising a first plurality of insulated conductors longitudinally disposed to one another, wherein the first plurality of insulated conductors are cabled together in a bundle. The electrical cable assembly further comprises a second electrical circuit longitudinally disposed to the first electrical circuit, the second electrical circuit comprising a second plurality of insulated conductors longitudinally disposed to one another and cabled together in a bundle and a nonmetallic jacket surrounding the second plurality of insulated conductors and wherein the nonmetallic jacket isolating the first electrical circuit from the second electrical circuit. The electrical cable assembly further comprises a flexible interlocking metallic armor encasing the first and second electrical circuits.

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


Iodine-containing compounds for etching semiconductor structures
Patent No. 10607850 

Inventor(s): Fabrizio Marchegiani (Newark, DE, US), Hui Sun (Hockessin, DE, US), James Royer (Bear, DE, US), Nathan Stafford (Damascas, OR, US), Rahul Gupta (Newark, DE, US), Venkateswara R. Pallem (Hockessin, DE, US), Vijay Surla (Newark, DE, US), Vincent M
Assignee(s): Air Liquide Electronics U.S. LP (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15396220 on 12/30/2016 (1187 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for etching silicon-containing films is disclosed. The method includes the steps of introducing a vapor of an iodine-containing etching compound into a reaction chamber containing a silicon-containing film on a substrate, wherein the iodine-containing etching compound has the formula C[subscript]a[/subscript]H[subscript]x[/subscript]F[subscript]y[/subscript]I[subscript]z[/subscript], wherein a=1-3, x=0-6, y=1-7, z=1-2, x+y+z=4 when a=1, x+y+z=4 or 6 when a=2, and x+y+z=6 or 8 when a=3; introducing an inert gas into the reaction chamber; and activating a plasma to produce an activated iodine-containing etching compound capable of etching the silicon-containing film from the substrate.

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Spot-solderable leads for semiconductor device packages
Patent No. 10607927 

Inventor(s): Daryl R. Heussner (Allen, TX, US), Ken Pham (San Jose, CA, US), Manu J. Prakuzhy (Allen, TX, US), Siva P. Gurrum (Allen, TX, US), Stefan W. Wiktor (Raleigh, NC, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15487186 on 04/13/2017 (1083 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device that has at least one semiconductor chip attached to a leadframe made of sheet metal of unencumbered full thickness. The leadframe has leads of a first subset that alternate with leads of a second subset. The leads of the first and second subsets have elongated straight lead portions that are parallel to each other in a planar array. A cover layer of insulating material is located over portions of un-encapsulated lead surfaces. The portions of the leads of the first and second subsets that don”t have the cover layer have a metallurgical configuration that creates an affinity for solder wetting.

[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 with electroplated die attach
Patent No. 10607931 

Inventor(s): Christopher Daniel Manack (Flower Mound, TX, US), Nazila Dadvand (Richardson, TX, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16026371 on 07/03/2018 (637 days app to issue)

Abstract: A packaged semiconductor device includes a metal substrate having a center aperture with a plurality of raised traces around the center aperture including a metal layer on a dielectric base layer. A semiconductor die that has a back side metal (BSM) layer is mounted top side up in a top portion of the center aperture. A single metal layer directly between the BSM layer and walls of the metal substrate bounding the center aperture to provide a die attachment that fills a bottom portion of the center aperture. Leads having at least one bend that contact the metal layer are on the plurality of traces and include a distal portion that extends beyond the metal substrate. Bond wires are between the traces and bond pads on the semiconductor die. A mold compound provides encapsulation.

[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]


Flip chip backside die grounding techniques
Patent No. 10607958 

Inventor(s): James Fred Salzman (Anna, TX, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15249423 on 08/28/2016 (1311 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit is attached to a chip carrier in a flip chip configuration. An electrically conductive conformal layer is disposed on a back surface of the substrate of the integrated circuit. The electrically conductive conformal layer contacts the semiconductor material in the substrate and extending onto, and contacting, a substrate lead of the chip carrier. The substrate lead of the chip carrier is electrically coupled to a substrate bond pad of the integrated circuit. The substrate bond pad is electrically coupled through an interconnect region of the integrated circuit to the substrate of the integrated circuit. A component is attached to the chip carrier and covered with an electrically insulating material. The electrically conductive conformal layer also extends at least partially over the electrically insulating material on the component. The electrically conductive conformal layer is electrically isolated from the component by the electrically insulating material on the component.

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


High voltage bipolar structure for improved pulse width scalability
Patent No. 10607984 

Inventor(s): Akram Salman (Plano, TX, US), Aravind C. Appaswamy (Plano, TX, US), Mariano Dissegna (Plano, TX, US), Yang Xiu (Urbana, IL, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16445188 on 06/18/2019 (287 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to an embodiment, a bipolar transistor is disclosed for Electrostatic discharge (ESD) management in integrated circuits. The bipolar transistor enables vertical current flow in a bipolar transistor cell configured for ESD protection. The bipolar transistor includes a selectively embedded P-type floating buried layer (PBL). The floating P-region is added in a standard NPN cell. During an ESD event, the base of the bipolar transistor extends to the floating P-region with a very small amount of current. The PBL layer can provide more holes to support the current resulting in decreased holding voltage of the bipolar transistor. With the selective addition of floating P-region, the current scalability of the bipolar transistor at longer pulse widths can be significantly improved.

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Single capacitor functioning as an RC filter
Patent No. 10607986 

Inventor(s): Lin Li (Beijing, CN), Weibing Jing (Beijing, CN), Xianhui Dong (Beijing, CN), Xiaoming Li (Beijing, CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15939793 on 03/29/2018 (733 days app to issue)

Abstract: An IC includes an RC filter, a doped layer under a first dielectric layer, a polysilicon layer on the first dielectric layer providing a polysilicon plate for a capacitor of the filter, and gate(s) for MOSFET(s). A second dielectric layer is on the polysilicon plate. An input contact is on one end of the polysilicon plate and an output contact is on the opposite end. A metal layer includes metal providing contact to at least input contact and metal providing contact to the output contact. Analog circuitry includes the MOSFET having an I/O node coupled to the RC filter.

[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 replacement contact via structures and method of making the same
Patent No. 10608010 

Inventor(s): Genta Mizuno (Yokkaichi, JP), Kensuke Yamaguchi (Yokkaichi, JP), Naoki Takeguchi (Yokkaichi, JP), Ryosuke Itou (Yokkaichi, JP), Shiori Kataoka (Yokkaichi, JP), Yoshinobu Tanaka (Yokkaichi, JP), Yujin Terasawa (Yokkaichi,
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX, US)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16002265 on 06/07/2018 (663 days app to issue)

Abstract: An alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers is formed with stepped surfaces. Sacrificial metal plates are formed on the top surfaces of the sacrificial material layers, and a retro-stepped dielectric material portion is formed over the sacrificial metal plates. Contact via cavities are formed through the retro-stepped dielectric material portion employing the sacrificial metal plates as etch stop structures. The sacrificial metal plates are replaced with portions of insulating spacer layers. Sacrificial via fill structures within remaining volumes of the contact via cavities. The sacrificial material layers are replaced with electrically conductive layers. The sacrificial via fill structures are replaced with portions of staircase-region contact via structures that contact the electrically conductive layers.

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


Analog capacitor on submicron pitch metal level
Patent No. 10608075 

Inventor(s): Bhaskar Srinivasan (Allen, TX, US), Corinne Ann Gagnet (Dallas, TX, US), Guru Mathur (Plano, TX, US), Shih Chang Chang (Allen, TX, US), Stephen Arlon Meisner (Allen, TX, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16240194 on 01/04/2019 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit includes a capacitor located over a semiconductor substrate. The capacitor includes a first conductive layer having a first lateral perimeter, and a second conductive layer having a second smaller lateral perimeter. A first dielectric layer is located between the second conductive layer and the first conductive layer. The first dielectric layer has a thinner portion having the first lateral perimeter and a thicker portion having the second lateral perimeter. An interconnect line is located over the substrate, and includes a third conductive layer that is about coplanar with and has about a same thickness as the first conductive layer. A second dielectric layer is located over the third conductive layer. The second dielectric layer is about coplanar with and has about a same thickness as the thinner portion of the first dielectric 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]


I-shaped gate electrode for improved sub-threshold MOSFET performance
Patent No. 10608110 

Inventor(s): Amitava Chatterjee (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15679908 on 08/17/2017 (957 days app to issue)

Abstract: Metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) transistors with reduced subthreshold conduction, and methods of fabricating the same. Transistor gate structures are fabricated in these transistors of a shape and dimension as to overlap onto the active region from the interface between isolation dielectric structures and the transistor active areas. Minimum channel length conduction is therefore not available at the isolation-to-active interface, but rather the channel length along that interface is substantially lengthened, reducing off-state conduction.

[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]


Exposed die sensor package
Patent No. 10608125 

Inventor(s): Tiao Zhou (Carrollton, TX, US)
Assignee(s): MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS, INC. (San Jose, CA, US)
Law Firm: Advent, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14039637 on 09/27/2013 (2377 days app to issue)

Abstract: Packaging techniques are described for fabricating an sensor package that include one or more sensor devices, such as optical sensors or light sources, where an active side of the sensor device is exposed. Additionally, the side of the sensor package including the sensor die is substantially flat (e.g., topology is less than about 75 m), the sensor package does not include wire bonding, and the package interconnect (e.g., solder bump array or other connection) is disposed on a side of the sensor package opposite the sensor die.

[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]


Mixed metal perovskite material devices
Patent No. 10608190 

Inventor(s): Michael D. Irwin (Dallas, TX, US), Vivek V. Dhas (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Hee Solar, L.L.C. (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15966698 on 04/30/2018 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: Photovoltaic devices such as solar cells, hybrid solar cell-batteries, and other such devices may include an active layer disposed between two electrodes, the active layer having perovskite material and other material such as mesoporous material, interfacial layers, thin-coat interfacial layers, and combinations thereof. The perovskite material may be photoactive. The perovskite material may be disposed between two or more other materials in the photovoltaic device. Inclusion of these materials in various arrangements within an active layer of a photovoltaic device may improve device performance. Other materials may be included to further improve device performance, such as, for example: additional perovskites, and additional interfacial layers.

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


Electrical charging devices with bar stabilizers and assemblies
Patent No. 10608384 

Inventor(s): William J. Warren (Frisco, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carr Ferrell LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15851521 on 12/21/2017 (831 days app to issue)

Abstract: Electrical charging devices with bar stabilizers and assemblies are provided herein. An example apparatus includes a cradle configured to receive and retain an electronic device, side rail tracks extending below the cradle, an electronics tray comprising: a flange that is received by the side rail tracks, a housing that receives an electronics assembly, and an electrical conductor; and a stabilizer that is hingedly coupled to the housing of the electronics tray, the stabilizer extending around a front of the housing of the electronics tray, the stabilizer pivoting between a stored configuration and a deployed configuration.

[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)


Adaptive cell-balancing
Patent No. 10608442 

Inventor(s): Dipankar Mitra (Bangalore, IN), Mahesh Kv (Karnataka, IN), Manish Parmar (Bangalore, IN), Vv Shyam Prasad (Bangalore, IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16140181 on 09/24/2018 (554 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cell balancing system includes sensing circuitry configured to sense a cell voltage of each of a plurality of cells of a battery. Cell balancing circuitry is configured to balance each of the plurality of cells in response to a respective cell balancing command for each of the plurality of cells. A comparison circuit configured to compare the sensed cell voltages for each of the plurality of cells to an adaptive threshold voltage. The comparison circuit generates a respective cell state for each of the plurality of cells to indicate a state of the respective cell voltage for each of the plurality of cells relative to the adaptive threshold voltage. A controller is configured to set the respective cell balancing command for each of the plurality of cells and to adjust the adaptive threshold voltage based on an evaluation of the cell states for the plurality of cells.

[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)


Electrical charging devices with translating stabilizers
Patent No. 10608449 

Inventor(s): William J. Warren (Frisco, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carr Ferrell LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15818711 on 11/20/2017 (862 days app to issue)

Abstract: Electrical charging devices with translating stabilizers are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a cradle configured to receive and retain an electronic device; an electronics sub-assembly including: a housing, wherein the housing includes laterally positioned tubular guides; an electrical conductor that protrudes forwardly from the housing; and a circuit within the housing that processes an electrical charge received through the electrical conductor; means for electrically coupling the electronics sub-assembly with the electronic device; and a stabilizer comprising armatures, the armatures being slidingly received within the tubular guides of the housing for storage, further wherein the armatures extend from the tubular guides and pivot downwardly.

[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)


Battery sensing voltage controller
Patent No. 10608456 

Inventor(s): Bradford Lawrence Hunter (Spicewood, TX, US), Wan Laan Jackie Hui (Allen, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15840882 on 12/13/2017 (839 days app to issue)

Abstract: A battery pack includes a housing, a battery, a battery pack output voltage path that includes a charge power switch and a discharge power switch, and a battery sense output. A switch can be operably coupled between the battery and the battery sense output and configured to selectively open and close a battery sense path between the battery and the battery sense output. By one approach a first control circuit controls the open and close state of the aforementioned switch (in response, for example, to a comparison of the voltage differential across the switch to a predetermined threshold such that the switch is opened when the voltage differential across the switch becomes too positive or too negative with respect to battery voltage).

[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)


Power converter with multi-mode timing control
Patent No. 10608532 

Inventor(s): Guofeng Jin (Shanghai, CN), Yueming Sun (Shanghai, CN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instrument Incorporated (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16425353 on 05/29/2019 (307 days app to issue)

Abstract: A converter circuit includes a power stage circuit configured to convert an input voltage to an output voltage provided at an output, and a control circuit configured to control the power stage circuit. The control circuit is configured to operate in one of a pulse frequency modulation (”PFM”) mode and a pulse width modulation (”PWM”) mode depending on a current supplied to the output. The control circuit includes a multi-mode timer circuit configured to provide a switching signal to set an off time for each switching cycle of the power stage circuit during the PFM mode and during the PWM mode.

[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]


Detection of low output voltages for power converters
Patent No. 10608538 

Inventor(s): Gerhard Thiele (Dachau, DE), Manuel Wiersch (Freising, DE)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16258320 on 01/25/2019 (431 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a first transistor coupled to a ground node and a current source. The first transistor includes a control terminal coupled to a reference voltage source, where the current source is coupled to an input voltage source. The device includes a second transistor coupled to the input voltage source, where the second transistor includes a control terminal coupled to the first transistor. The device includes a third transistor coupled to the second transistor, where the third transistor includes a control terminal coupled to an output voltage node. The device includes a fourth transistor coupled to the third transistor, where the fourth transistor includes a control terminal coupled to the output voltage node. The device includes a fifth transistor coupled to the fourth transistor and a resistor, where the fifth transistor includes a control terminal coupled to the fourth transistor. The resistor is coupled to the ground node.

[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]


Local oscillator distribution for a millimeter wave semiconductor device
Patent No. 10608582 

Inventor(s): Abdellatif Bellaouar (Richardson, TX, US), Arul Balasubramaniyan (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC. (Grand Cayman, KY)
Law Firm: Williams Morgan, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15966661 on 04/30/2018 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: A CMOS gain element is disclosed herein. Also disclosed herein are splitters, comprising the CMOS gain element, and local oscillator distribution circuitry comprising the splitters and the CMOS gain elements. Semiconductor devices comprising the local oscillator distribution circuitry may have smaller footprints and reduced power consumption relative to prior art devices.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Programmable filter in an amplifier
Patent No. 10608602 

Inventor(s): Rajendrakumar Joish (Bengaluru, IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16268552 on 02/06/2019 (419 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides an amplifier. The amplifier includes a first transistor that receives a first input and generates a first load current. A first output node is coupled to a power supply through a first load resistor. The first load resistor receives the first load current. A first capacitor network is coupled to the first output node and draws a first capacitive current from the first output node. A first current buffer is coupled between the first output node and the first transistor. A current through the first current buffer is a summation of the first load current and the first capacitive current.

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


Per lane duty cycle correction
Patent No. 10608621 

Inventor(s): Gary L. Howe (Allen, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID, US)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16050978 on 07/31/2018 (609 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to improved systems and methods for control of one or more timing signals in a memory device. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to configurable duty cycle correction at one or more DQ pins (e.g., data input/output (I/O) pins) of the memory device. For example, the memory device may include a configurable phase splitter and/or selective capacitive loading circuitry implemented to adjust the duty cycle of a timing signal at one or more DQ pins during and/or after manufacture of the memory device. Accordingly, the memory device may include increased flexibility and granularity of control over the one or more timing signals.

[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]


Voltage-controlled oscillators with ramped voltages
Patent No. 10608650 

Inventor(s): Abishek Manian (Santa Clara, CA, US), Arlo James Aude (Lawrenceville, GA, US), Roland Nii Ofei Ribeiro (San Jose, CA, US), Soumya Chandramouli (Atlanta, GA, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16002881 on 06/07/2018 (663 days app to issue)

Abstract: In examples, a voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) comprises an inductor; a first pair of transistors having first terminals coupled to a voltage source, second terminals coupled to opposing ends of the inductor, and control terminals coupled to opposing ends of the inductor; and a second pair of transistors having first terminals coupled to ground, second terminals coupled to opposing ends of the inductor, and control terminals coupled to opposing ends of the inductor. The VCO also comprises a first transistor coupled to at least one capacitor, the combination of the first transistor and the at least one capacitor coupled to the inductor in parallel. The VCO further comprises second, third, and fourth transistors coupled to a control terminal of the first transistor, the second transistor coupled to the voltage source, the fourth transistor coupled to ground, and the third transistor configured to receive a ramped voltage.

[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)


Enhanced beam-based codebook subset restriction signaling
Patent No. 10608715 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX, US)
Assignee(s): TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL) (Stockholm, SE)
Law Firm: Coats Bennett, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16518462 on 07/22/2019 (253 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example embodiments are presented for codebook subset restriction and precoder selection in wireless communications systems. For instance, an example method for codebook subset restriction at a user equipment (UE) is presented. In the example method, the UE can receive, from a network node such as a gNB, codebook subset restriction (CBSR) signaling for a first component common to precoders in a first group of codebooks. In an aspect of the present disclosure, a restriction of the first component maps to a restriction of a second component and the second component is common to precoders in a second group of codebooks. In addition, the example method includes restricting precoders selectable from a codebook in the second group of codebooks based on the second component. Network-side methods are presented, as well as example UEs and network nodes.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Patch antenna array for transmission of hermite-gaussian and laguerre gaussian beams
Patent No. 10608768 

Inventor(s): Roger D. Linquist (Dallas, TX, US), Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): NXGEN PARTNERS IP, LLC (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16037550 on 07/17/2018 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-level antenna array includes a plurality of patch antennas. Each layer of a plurality of layers is separated from other layers by a distance and support a portion of the plurality of patch antennas. Each of a plurality of connectors is associated with one of the plurality of layers for supplying a signal for transmission by the associated layer. A feed network on each of the plurality of layers provides a connection between a connector of the plurality of connectors associated with the layer and the portion of the plurality of patch antennas located on the layer. Each layer of the plurality of layers transmits the signal having a different orthogonal function applied thereto and multiplexes each of the signals having the different orthogonal function applied thereto onto a single transmission beam.

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


Selective directional mitigation of wireless signal interference
Patent No. 10608769 

Inventor(s): Ira L. Allen (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY, US)
Law Firm: Lee Law, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16521499 on 07/24/2019 (251 days app to issue)

Abstract: A boundary of a wireless network is monitored for incoming wireless signals that may interfere with an ability of a first wireless computing device to connect to the wireless network within the boundary of the wireless network. For an incoming wireless signal determined to interfere with the ability of the first wireless computing device to connect to the wireless network within the boundary of the wireless network, a directional opposing outgoing wireless signal is emitted to counteract the incoming wireless signal and to stop the incoming wireless signal from further interfering with the ability of the first wireless computing device to connect to the wireless network within the boundary of the wireless network.

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


Channel bonding in multiple-wavelength passive optical networks (PONs)
Patent No. 10608776 

Inventor(s): Jianhe Gao (Wuhan, CN), Xuming Wu (Wuhan, CN), Yuanqiu Luo (Cranbury, NJ, US)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16192698 on 11/15/2018 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises: a processor configured to: select a first channel from among a plurality of channels in a network, and generate a first message assigning a first grant corresponding to the first channel; a transmitter coupled to the processor and configured to transmit the first message; and a receiver coupled to the processor and configured to receive a second message on the first channel and in response to the first message. A method comprises: selecting a first channel from among a plurality of channels in a network; generating a first message assigning a first grant corresponding to the first channel; transmitting the first message; and receiving a second message on the first channel in response to the first message.

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


Applying forward error correction in 66b systems
Patent No. 10608781 

Inventor(s): Frank J. Effenberger (Colts Neck, NJ, US)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14988517 on 01/05/2016 (1547 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for applying Forward Error Correction (FEC) in 66 b systems. For a user data, the apparatus uses a method comprising the steps of generating one or more data blocks using a 66 b code format and the user data; generating one or more FEC parity blocks using the 66 b code format, wherein the parity is calculated over the data blocks; and generating an FEC codeword using the data blocks and the FEC parity blocks.

[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]


Distributed storage system data management and security
Patent No. 10608784 

Inventor(s): David Yanovsky (Tallinn, EE), Denys Smirnov (Tallinn, EE), Teimuraz Namoradze (Tallinn, EE), Vera Dmitriyevna Miloslavskaya (Saint-Petersburg, RU)
Assignee(s): ClineHair Commercial Endeavors (Carrollton, TX, US)
Law Firm: Leason Ellis LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15460119 on 03/15/2017 (1112 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for distributing data over a plurality of remote storage nodes. Data are split into segments and each segment is encoded into a number of codeword chunks. None of the codeword chunks contains any of the segments. Each codeword chunk is packaged with at least one encoding parameter and identifier, and metadata are generated for at least one file and for related segments of the at least one file. The metadata contains information to reconstruct from the segments, and information for reconstructing from corresponding packages. Further, metadata are encoded into package(s), and correspond to a respective security level and a protection against storage node failure. A plurality of packages are assigned to remote storage nodes to optimize workload distribution. Each package is transmitted to at least one respective storage node as a function iteratively accessing and retrieving the packages of metadata and file data.

[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]


Serial data transmission
Patent No. 10608793 

Inventor(s): Manu J. Kurian (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15617421 on 06/08/2017 (1027 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example embodiment includes a first subsystem, a second subsystem, and a third subsystem in different locations, where the first subsystem is configured to receive a request to deliver a set of packets to the third subsystem, send the set of packets to the second subsystem, and send, through first nodes, a first data stream containing the a set of packets to the third subsystem. The second subsystem is configured to receive the a set of packets and send, through second nodes that differ from the first nodes, a second data stream containing a set of packets to the third subsystem. In addition, the third subsystem is configured to receive the first and second data streams, determine that each data stream comprises the a set of packets, and send the set of packets from one of the first and second data streams to a downstream component.

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


Phase error reduction in a receiver
Patent No. 10608853 

Inventor(s): Arpan Thakkar (Vadodara, IN), Naveen Mahadev (Bengaluru, IN), Pranav Kumar (Hatia, IN), Srikanth Manian (Chennai, IN), Yogesh Darwhekar (Bengaluru, IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16130087 on 09/13/2018 (565 days app to issue)

Abstract: A receiver circuit includes a quadrature signal generator to generate an in-phase (I) signal and a quadrature (Q) signal from a local oscillator signal and an IQ phase sense and control circuit to generate a phase adjustment code responsive to a phase error between quadrature signals generated by a plurality of mixers. The receiver circuit also includes a phase corrector to adjust a phase difference between the I and Q signals from the quadrature signal generator to generate corrected I and Q signals to be provided to the plurality of mixers.

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


Multi-beam MIMO antenna systems and methods
Patent No. 10608859 

Inventor(s): Igor Timofeev (Dallas, TX, US), Serguei Matitsine (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Matsing, Inc. (Irvine, CA, US)
Law Firm: Fish IP Law, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16264652 on 01/31/2019 (425 days app to issue)

Abstract: This application proposes multi-beam antenna systems using spherical lens are proposed, with high isolation between antenna ports and compatible to 22, 44, 88 MIMO transceivers. Several compact multi-band multi-beam solutions (with wideband operation, 40%+, in each band) are achieved by creating dual-band radiators movable on the track around spherical lens and by placing of lower band radiators between spherical lenses. By using of secondary lens for high band radiators, coupling between low band and high band radiators is reduced. Beam tilt range and side lobe suppression are improved by special selection of phase shift and rotational angle of radiators. Resultantly, a wide beam tilt range (0-40 degree) is realized in proposed multi-beam antenna systems. Each beam can be individually tilted. Based on proposed single- and multi-lens antenna solutions, cell coverage improvements and stadium tribune coverage optimization are also achieved, together with interference reduction.

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


Real time dynamic client access control
Patent No. 10608989 

Inventor(s): Karl E. Elliott (Copeville, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Aunigma Network Security Corp. (Atlanta, GA, US)
Law Firm: Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16027537 on 07/05/2018 (635 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for facilitating controlled access by a client device to one or more services provided by a server are disclosed. The client device”s access to the services provided by the server may be dynamically controlled by a controller, which may generate instructions to an agent to effectuate the access control. The agent may be configured to control one or more access components associated with the server. The instructions generated by the controller may instruct the agent to cause the access control components to grant or remove the client device”s access to the services provided by the server. In some implementations, the controller may generate such instructions based on a status of a session established between the controller and the client device.

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


Enhanced network security using packet fragments
Patent No. 10608998 

Inventor(s): Arvind Kandhalu Raghu (Dallas, TX, US), Il Han Kim (Allen, TX, US), Kumaran Vijayasankar (Allen, TX, US), Mehul Soman (Dallas, TX, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15143460 on 04/29/2016 (1432 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network system comprising a first network element and a second network element. The first network element is programmed to provide the step of first, communicating to the second network element a plurality of configuration parameter sets. Each configuration parameter set corresponds to a respective frame fragment and comprises a parameter value that differs in value from the parameter value in another configuration parameter set in the plurality of configuration parameter sets. The first network element also is programmed to provide the step of second, communicating a frame, to the second network element, in a plurality of frame fragments, wherein each frame fragment in the plurality of frame fragments is communicated according to a respective parameter value in the plurality of configuration parameter sets.

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


Computer architecture for emulating a virtual private network in a correlithm object processing system
Patent No. 10609002 

Inventor(s): Patrick N. Lawrence (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15967074 on 04/30/2018 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that includes a first device configured to implement a first sensor engine in signal communication with a second device configured to implement a first actor engine. The first sensor engine is configured to receive a first real world value, to identify a real world value in a first sensor table based on the first real world value, to fetch a first correlithm object linked with the identified real world value entry from the first sensor table, and to send the first correlithm object to a second device using the network connection. The first actor engine is configured to receive the first correlithm object, to identify a correlithm object from a first actor table with the shortest distance, to fetch a second real world value from the first actor table linked with the identified correlithm object, and to output the second real word value.

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


Extended javascript object notation file generator circuitry and process
Patent No. 10609009 

Inventor(s): Avraham Baum (Giva”t Schmuel, IS), Gil Reiter (Sunnyvale, CA, US), Ilan Zarmi (Hod-Hasharon, IS)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15822455 on 11/27/2017 (855 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus to provide extended object notation data are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a data handler having a first input to receive object data and a first output to output an object notation key-value pair for the object data; a string processor having a second input coupled to the first output and a second output to convey the object notation key-value pair without string literals; and a hashing and encryption handler having a third input coupled to the second output and a third output to convey the key-value pair signed with a private key, to convey the key-value pair encrypted with a public key, and to convey an indication that the encrypted key-value pair is encrypted in a key of the encrypted key-value pair.

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


Computer program product and apparatus for multi-path remediation
Patent No. 10609063 

Inventor(s): Brett M. Oliphant (Plano, TX, US), John P. Blignaut (West Lafayette, IN, US)
Assignee(s): SecurityProfiling, LLC (Garland, TX, US)
Law Firm: The Caldwell Firm, LLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15608978 on 05/30/2017 (1036 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for a database associating a plurality of device vulnerabilities to which computing devices can be subject with a plurality of remediation techniques that collectively remediate the plurality of device vulnerabilities. Each of the device vulnerabilities is associated with at least one remediation technique. Each remediation technique associated with a particular device vulnerability remediates that particular vulnerability. Further, each remediation technique has a remediation type are selected from the type group consisting of patch, policy setting, and configuration option. Still yet, a first one of the device vulnerabilities is associated with at least two alternative remediation techniques.

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


Influencing the location of contraband wireless communications devices within controlled-environment facilities
Patent No. 10609089 

Inventor(s): Mark Baker (Palm Bay, FL, US), Mark Landon Wasson (Frankford, KY, US)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX, US)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15849282 on 12/20/2017 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying individuals using contraband communications devices in a controlled-environment facility are disclosed. Wireless communications are intercepted using a plurality of access points positioned at different locations within the controlled-environment facility. All wireless communications are blocked in a first group of locations, and individuals assigned to the first group of locations are identified. Some or all wireless communications are allowed in a second group of locations. Individuals are identified as possible contraband sources if they move from the first group of locations to one of the second group of locations after wireless communications are allowed in the second group of locations.

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


Controlled-environment facility resident contact tools for intelligent controlled-environment facility resident communication and/or media device interfaces
Patent No. 10609094 

Inventor(s): Alice J. Clements (Coppell, TX, US), Joseph Higgs (Fort Worth, TX, US), Matthew Smith (McKinney, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX, US)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15285835 on 10/05/2016 (1273 days app to issue)

Abstract: Controlled-environment facility resident contact tools for intelligent controlled-environment facility resident communication and/or media device interfaces may be configured to present a contact list of non-residents of the controlled-environment facility for a respective resident of the controlled-environment facility, to the respective resident. The interface may also present the resident an interface to input name and contact information for the contacts. Additionally or alternatively, the system may auto-populate the contact list for at least one resident. Messages, such as nudges for the non-resident to take an action with respect to the resident, such as make a deposit to a trust account of the resident, set-up a video visitation with the resident, or the like, are transmitted to the contacts, in the name of the respective resident.

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


System and method for implementing media and media control transfer between devices
Patent No. 10609099 

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, CA)
Law Firm: Trop, Pruner Hu, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14704241 on 05/05/2015 (1792 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method to transfer control is presented. The method includes receiving a request to transfer control of a collaborative session from a first user equipment (UE). The method includes sending a request for the transfer of control of the collaborative session in response to the received request to a second UE, and receiving, in response to the sent request to the second UE, an indication of acceptance of the transfer of control of the collaborative session. The method includes sending a notification of status to the first UE of the control of the collaborative session in response to receiving, from the second UE, the indication of acceptance.

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


System and method for mobile data synchronization
Patent No. 10609138 

Inventor(s): Bharat Ram Setti Nagaswamy Srinivasan (Plano, TX, US), Brahmananda R. Vempati (Dallas, TX, US), Harisha Mahabaleshwara Negalaguli (Richardson, TX, US), Krishnakant M. Patel (Richardson, TX, US), Ramu Kandula (Plano, TX, US), Ravi Ayyasamy (Richa
Assignee(s): KODIAK NETWORKS INC. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15148633 on 05/06/2016 (1425 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment includes receiving, by a client on a client device, a data change notification. The data change notification indicates a change in data relating to the client at a client data store. The method further includes determining, by the client, a type of the data relating to the client changed at the client data store and determining, by the client, a data synchronization mechanism in accordance with the type of the data relating to the client changed at the client data store. Determining the data synchronization mechanism includes determining when to attempt, by the client, a data synchronization to synchronize data on the client device with the data relating to the client changed at the client data store.

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


Validating asset movement using virtual tripwires and a RFID-enabled asset management system
Patent No. 10609345 

Inventor(s): Pandian Mariadoss (Allen, TX, US)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY, US)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15467203 on 03/23/2017 (1104 days app to issue)

Abstract: Validation of asset movement can begin with the definition of a virtual tripwire for video cameras of a video surveillance system that monitor a defined area of interest through which RFID-identified assets are conveyed. The virtual tripwire can visually define a boundary within the view field of the video camera. The video camera can detect the movement of an asset through a virtual tripwire and an asset management system can be notified of the potential misdirection of the asset. The asset management system can obtain the asset”s RFID data from a RFID handling system that monitors the area of interest. The validity of the detected movement can be determined using RFID data and an asset movement specification that defines pathing rules for assets and virtual tripwires. When the movement of the asset is determined to be invalid, a record of suspect movement data can be generated for the asset.

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


Virtual memory access bandwidth verification (VMBV) in video coding
Patent No. 10609366 

Inventor(s): Minhua Zhou (San Diego, CA, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15700634 on 09/11/2017 (932 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided that includes determining a target picture virtual memory access (VMA) bandwidth rate, wherein the target picture VMA bandwidth rate indicates a maximum VMA bandwidth rate for motion compensation of a picture, and verifying the target picture VMA bandwidth rate for a compressed video bit stream.

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


Restriction on sub-block size derivation for affine inter prediction
Patent No. 10609384 

Inventor(s): Haitao Yang (Shenzhen, CN), Huanbang Chen (Shenzhen, CN), Jiantong Zhou (Shenzhen, CN), Shan Gao (Shenzhen, CN), Shan Liu (San Jose, CA, US), Yin Zhao (Shenzhen, CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16032979 on 07/11/2018 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: A video coding device selects a current block for sub-block based affine inter-prediction, and derives a sub-block size for a sub-block of the current block. The sub-block size includes a sub-block width and a sub-block height. The device determines a unidirectional width threshold (TwU), a bidirectional width threshold (TwB), a unidirectional height threshold (ThU), and a bidirectional height threshold (ThB), where a total value of TwB and ThB exceeds a total value of TwU and ThU. The device determines that the affine inter-prediction is unidirectional inter-prediction or bidirectional inter-prediction. Based on the determination, the device applies the TwU or the TwB to the sub-block width, and applies the ThU or the ThB to the sub-block height. The device then derives a motion vector for the sub-block based on motion vectors for the current block, the sub-block width, and the sub-block height.

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


Decoding device, encoding device, decoding method, encoding method, and non-transitory computer readable recording medium
Patent No. 10609386 

Inventor(s): Yukinobu Yasugi (Osaka, JP)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16262862 on 01/30/2019 (426 days app to issue)

Abstract: A coding device and a decoding device are configured to include an estimated prediction mode deciding section ([b]122[/b][i]a[/i]) including: a reference block selecting section ([b]1223[/b][i]a[/i]) for selecting a reference block for use in estimating an intra-prediction mode for a subject block; an estimating number deciding section ([b]1222[/b][i]a[/i]) for deciding an estimating number of estimated values to be estimated for the intra-prediction mode; and an estimated prediction mode deriving section ([b]1221[/b][i]a[/i]) for estimating, based on a reference block, the estimating number of estimated values of the prediction mode.

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


Method and system for constraining slice header processing overhead in video coding
Patent No. 10609415 

Inventor(s): Minhua Zhou (San Diego, CA, US)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16042583 on 07/23/2018 (617 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for encoding a picture of a video sequence in a bit stream that constrains slice header processing overhead is provided. The method includes computing a maximum slice rate for the video sequence, computing a maximum number of slices for the picture based on the maximum slice rate, and encoding the picture wherein a number of slices used to encode the picture is enforced to be no more than the maximum number of slices.

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


System and method for advertising inventory management for television provider
Patent No. 10609435 

Inventor(s): Steve Laughlin (McKinney, TX, US), Webster Shawn Coffman (Norman, OK, US)
Assignee(s): INNOVAR MEDIA LLC (Irving, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16201674 on 11/27/2018 (490 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for managing cable network advertising inventory includes a network interface for connecting to a plurality of remote data sources. A processor coupled to the network interface for implementing an inventory management system responsive to a stored set of instructions. A memory coupled to the processor. The memory storing data and a set of instructions for implementing the inventory management system. The data including the advertising inventory data. The set of instructions configuring the processor to receive from the plurality of remote data sources the advertising inventory data, establish first metric values for a plurality of performance metrics relating to a plurality of performance parameters using a graphical user interface generated by the inventory management system, combine the advertising inventory data from the plurality of remote data sources data sources to generate a combined database of the plurality of performance parameters, generate a plurality of level of detail views of the combined database of the plurality of performance parameters responsive to the established first metric values for the plurality of performance metrics, the plurality of level of detail view ranging from an enterprise level view down to a selected lowest level of detail, display a first level of detail of the combined data of the plurality of performance parameters on a graphical user interface generated by the inventory management system, the first level of detail responsive

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


Control system for regulation of boosted audio amplifier
Patent No. 10609477 

Inventor(s): David Hernandez (Fort Worth, TX, US), Jasjot Singh Chadha (Bangalore, IN), Mukund Navada Kanyana (Bangalore, IN), Rejin Kanjavalappil Raveendranath (Kerala, IN), Sahiti Priya C (Bangalore, IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16443897 on 06/18/2019 (287 days app to issue)

Abstract: A boosted audio amplifier system includes a first digital interpolation filter configured to oversample an audio input signal at a first oversampling rate and includes a signal level detector having an input coupled to receive the oversampled audio input signal and configured to produce an audio input level signal. The system further includes a programmable delay buffer having inputs coupled to receive the oversampled audio input signal and a first delay signal. The programmable delay buffer adds a first delay to the oversampled audio input signal to produce a delayed input signal. The system also includes a first processor having inputs coupled to receive a battery voltage level signal, the audio input level signal and the first delay signal. The first processor is configured to produce boost control signals to regulate a boost voltage.

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


Rolling out updated network functions and services to a subset of network users
Patent No. 10609530 

Inventor(s): Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16366708 on 03/27/2019 (370 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes an updated network function and a consumer network function. The updated network function includes a recent update and is configured to register at a Network Repository Function (NRF) using a Network Function (profile (NF profile). The NF profile indicates a network function type (NF type) and a first priority associated with the update. The consumer network function is configured to: receive a message from a network component; determine to engage a service of a network function of the NF type based on the message; determine a desired priority for the service; and send a discovery request to the NRF in response to the message; receive a search result from the NRF in response to the discovery request. The search result has a list of candidate network functions of the NF type.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for identifying a target device
Patent No. 10609544 

Inventor(s): Jiri Medlen (Fullerton, CA, US), Ping Shi (San Diego, CA, US), Van So Chau (Carlsbad, CA, US)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15856374 on 12/28/2017 (824 days app to issue)

Abstract: A terminal device is configured to perform a method for identifying a target device in a local area network (LAN) comprising a plurality of potential target devices. The method includes communicating in an omni-directional format to obtain discovered devices within the area, communicating in a narrow beam format in a direction of the target device; identifying a first list of a first plurality of devices including the target device; eliminating a device from the first list of devices to create a second list of devices; calculating a distance between the terminal device and each device in the second list of devices; determining a precise distance between the terminal device and the target device using a precise distance measurement method; determine which device of the second list of devices has a distance that compares favorably to the precisely determined distance; and identifying the device ID.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for managing access to a wireless communication network
Patent No. 10609557 

Inventor(s): Paul Edward Smith, Jr. (Rockwall, TX, US)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA, US)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15936024 on 03/26/2018 (736 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining a first address of user equipment from a mobile communication network connection request and identifying that the user equipment is stationary based on comparing the first address of the user equipment in the connection request to a second address of a stationary subscriber device. A non-tunneling link is initiated between the user equipment and a stationary packet core of the mobile communication network, based on identifying that the user equipment is stationary, and the connection request is converted from a non-access stratum protocol to an authentication protocol responsive to initiating the non-tunneling link. Other embodiments are disclosed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Logical subscriber identification module (SIM)
Patent No. 10609559 

Inventor(s): Alan D. Emery (North Richland Hills, TX, US), Mathews Thomas (Flower Mound, TX, US), Susan J. Christian (Grapevine, TX, US)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY, US)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16368867 on 03/29/2019 (368 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile hub can receive from a mobile device a selection of a first user profile from a listing of a plurality of user profiles of a user of the mobile device that are stored on the mobile hub. Responsive to receiving the selection of the first user profile, a first of a plurality of mobile networks indicated in the first user profile as being available to the user can be identified. The first mobile network can satisfy at least a first user specified criterion associated with the first user profile. A subscriber authentication associated with the user profile can be selected. The subscriber authentication can be configured to authenticate the user with the first of the plurality of mobile networks and configured to be processed by the first mobile device to automatically establish presence on the first mobile network. The subscriber authentication can be communicated to the mobile device.

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


Methods and systems for channel mapping in a communication network
Patent No. 10609565 

Inventor(s): Eran Pisek (Plano, TX, US), Farooq Khan (Allen, TX, US), Rakesh Taori (McKinney, TX, US), Robert Clark Daniels (Round Rock, TX, US), Shadi Abu-Surra (Plano, TN, US), Sudhir Ramakrishna (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Phazr, Inc. (Allen, TX, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16425923 on 05/29/2019 (307 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for channel mapping in a densely deployed network are disclosed. The system includes a node comprising a plurality of base stations configured to communicate with client devices in a wireless communication network, wherein transmission from the base stations to the client devices is conducted on a downlink (DL) frequency band and transmission from the client devices to the base stations is conducted on an uplink (UL) frequency band. The DL frequency band is different from the UL frequency band. DL and UL frequency pairs for the base stations are assigned according to a channel mapping scheme that determines DL and UL frequency pairs based on a plurality of channel parameters. The channel parameters include, for example, received signal strength indicator (RSSI), signal to noise (S/N) ratio, channel capacity, and bit error rate (BER).

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Determining redundant radios
Patent No. 10609571 

Inventor(s): Allaukik Abhishek (Irving, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA, US)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15475577 on 03/31/2017 (1096 days app to issue)

Abstract: An algorithm for determining redundant radios in APs is disclosed. The algorithm first performs a coverage peak flattening algorithm to predict an impact to the total coverage area if a radio in a selected AP does not transmit signals in a frequency band. If the impact to the total coverage area is acceptable, the algorithm then performs a multi-point check algorithm to determine whether the radio in the selected AP is redundant in the frequency band. After determining that the radio in the selected AP is redundant in the frequency band, the algorithm transforms the redundant radio into various services based on the network deployment and user preference.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for monitoring and adjusting multiple communication services at a venue
Patent No. 10609575 

Inventor(s): Shane Michael Elliott (Fort Worth, TX, US), Shoubha Chakrabarty (Irving, TX, US), Sreekanth Bolloju (Irving, TX, US)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA, US)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16022912 on 06/29/2018 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, initiating first and second groups of communication sessions according to testing criteria where the first group of communication sessions is established via a local area wireless access technology utilizing the distributed antenna system and the second group of communication sessions is established via the second radio access technology utilizing the distributed antenna system, and measuring performance data for the first and second groups of communication sessions according to the testing criteria. Other embodiments are disclosed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for delivery of end device policies during registration procedure
Patent No. 10609667 

Inventor(s): Imtiyaz Shaikh (Irving, TX, US), Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16259080 on 01/28/2019 (428 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, a device, and a non-transitory storage medium are described in which policy delivery is provided. A network device of a core network may receive a registration request message that includes a request for an end device policy. The network device may perform a registration procedure and a policy procedure pertaining to an end device. The network device determines when the registration and the policy procedures are completed. The network device transmits a registration response that includes an end device policy to an end device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Control channel for UE power saving
Patent No. 10609700 

Inventor(s): Yang Li (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA, US)
Law Firm: Kowert Hood Munyon Rankin and Goetzel PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15923078 on 03/16/2018 (746 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downlink control information (DCI), such as a blanking DCI (bDCI) message may be transmitted by a base station (e.g., eNB) and received by a mobile device (e.g., UE). The bDCI may indicate that the eNB will not transmit a subsequent DCI to the UE for a duration of time. The UE may be in continuous reception mode or connected discontinuous reception (C-DRX) mode. The UE may therefore determine to enter a sleep state or take other action. The bDCI may specify an explicit blanking duration, or an index indicating a blanking duration from a lookup table, and/or the blanking duration (and/or a blanking duration offset value) may be determined in advance, e.g., semi-statically. When the UE is in C-DRX mode, the UE may be configured such that either the sleep/wake period of the C-DRX mode or the blanking period of the bDCI may take precedence over the other.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Link adaptation in grant-free multiple access systems
Patent No. 10609724 

Inventor(s): Bin Liu (San Diego, CA, US), Jian Wang (Shanghai, CN), Richard Stirling-Gallacher (San Diego, CA, US)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX, US)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15653107 on 07/18/2017 (987 days app to issue)

Abstract: A BS determines an amount of resource overloading for a contention transmission unit (CTU) access region associated with a grant-free uplink transmission scheme in a multiple access system. The BS determines a modulation and coding scheme (MCS) limit indicating a maximum MCS level for the CTU access region. The BS sends the MCS limit to a plurality of user equipments (UEs) associated with the first CTU access region. A UE receives from the base station the MCS limit and determines a first MCS index within the MCS limit for a first uplink transmission. The UE sends the first uplink transmission to the base station using a CTU in the CTU access region. The first uplink transmission includes user data and the first MCS index determined at the first UE.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Indication of multiple in multiple out network layers across carriers to optimize 5G or other next generation network
Patent No. 10609754 

Inventor(s): Hongyan Lei (Plano, TX, US)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA, US)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16018872 on 06/26/2018 (644 days app to issue)

Abstract: Data can be sent simultaneously on the data links between long-term evolution (LTE) and new radio (NR) for dual connectively. However a mobile device can indicate its capabilities to the network. The mobile device capabilities can comprise the number of total multiple in multiple out (MIMO) layers that the mobile device can support. Because different sectors or markets can have different spectrums that can make use of an increased or decreased number of layers, then assessing the MIMO layer capabilities of the mobile device can allow the network to dynamically adjust the LTE side and the NR side capabilities to optimize network utilization.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Magnetic blocking tiles for a datacenter facility
Patent No. 10609843 

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Crosby, Jr. (Dallas, TX, US), Jose Alberto Ruiz (Frisco, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Compass Datacenters, LLC (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: Rutan Tucker, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14805102 on 07/21/2015 (1715 days app to issue)

Abstract: A distribution of the cooling air through one or more perforated tiles or other open areas in the raised floor of the data room is customized by placing one or more magnetic blocking tiles in a pattern to lie on top of the one or more of the perforated floor tiles or other open areas. The cooling air flow through the perforated floor tiles or other open areas to areas where the computing systems are not installed is cut off; and thus, the air flow is directed flow areas in the datacenter where the computing systems are designed to be located and actually are installed in the datacenter. The magnetic blocking tiles have a top surface that is solid and a bottom surface. The magnetic blocking tiles adhere magnetically to either the raised floor or the perforated tiles.

[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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Cap for optical fiber connectors
Patent No. D879725 

Inventor(s): Michael DeJong (Colleyville, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Corning Research Development Corporation (Charlotte, NC, US)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29624373 on 10/31/2017 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Mobile device signal booster
Patent No. D879753 

Inventor(s): Joshua Boggs (Aledo, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Wilson Electronics, LLC (St. George, UT, US)
Law Firm: Jones Waldo Holbrook McDonough, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29625654 on 11/10/2017 (872 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Display screen with graphical user interface for managing customized messaging to a set of individuals
Patent No. D879801 

Inventor(s): Edward Jack Edgington, Jr. (Coppell, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Recognition Concepts, Inc. (Coppell, TX, US)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29628541 on 12/05/2017 (847 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Amusement attraction
Patent No. D879901 

Inventor(s): Cinthya Miralrio (Orlando, FL, US), Dustin Kyle Sloane (Orlando, FL, US), Jeffrey William Pike (Orlando, FL, US), Kevin Bachus (Dallas, TX, US), Mark Barry (Lake Jackson, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Dave Buster”s Inc. (Dallas, TX, US)
Law Firm: Holland Knight LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29661992 on 08/31/2018 (578 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Valve
Patent No. D879913 

Inventor(s): Thomas K. Parker (Allen, TX, US)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Cramer Patent Design, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29671255 on 11/26/2018 (491 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Therapeutic elastic sports tape
Patent No. D879976 

Inventor(s): Christian Hicken (Prosper, TX, US), Matthew Hicken (Frisco, TX, US), Nathan Ellison (Cedar Hills, UT, US), Nicholas Hicken (Frisco, TX, US), Steven Silvey (Garland, TX, US)
Assignee(s): BLACKTOP PLUS, LLC (Carrollton, TX, US)
Law Firm: Goodhue, Coleman Owens, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29659581 on 08/09/2018 (600 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Diagnostic analyzer
Patent No. D879993 

Inventor(s): Christina A. Barton (Irving, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL, US)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29684515 on 03/21/2019 (376 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Modular flooring tile
Patent No. D880011 

Inventor(s): Chad H Jones (Frisco, TX, US), Marcos Gonzalez (Nodh Richland Hills, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Signature Systems Group LLC (Flower Mound, TX, US)
Law Firm: Metz Lewis Brodman Must O”Keefe LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29628340 on 12/04/2017 (848 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Modular flooring tile with cable channels
Patent No. D880012 

Inventor(s): Chad H. Jones (Frisco, TX, US), Marcos Gonzalez (North Richland Hills, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Signature Systems Group LLC (Flower Mound, TX, US)
Law Firm: Metz Lewis Brodman Must O”Keefe LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29628360 on 12/04/2017 (848 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Illuminating bollard
Patent No. D880038 

Inventor(s): Carol Acedo (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Hubbell Incorporated (Shelton, CT, US)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich, LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29669516 on 11/08/2018 (509 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Luminaire
Patent No. D880043 

Inventor(s): Carol Acedo (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Assignee(s): Hubbell Incorporated (Shelton, CT, US)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich, LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29627957 on 11/30/2017 (852 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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