Dallas Invents: 147 Patents Granted for Week of April 28

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

Patents granted include:
• Ahkeo Ventures' inhalable compositions comprising caffeine and apparatus
Alcon's augmented reality ophthalmic surgical microscope projection
AT&T's embedding interactive objects into a video session
DiscGenics' human disc tissue
Greenway Innovative Energy's syngas generation for gas-to-liquid fuel conversion
Halliburton's nano-particle reinforced well screen
McKesson's methods for determining patient adherence to a prescribed medication protocol

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of April 28, 2020 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

147 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 INCORPORATED (Dallas) 26
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 11
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 7
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 5
TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland) 5
BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth) 3

UNASSIGNED 8


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Christopher William Overton (Richardson) 5
Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton) 5
Jovan Hutton Pulitzer (Frisco) 3
Lee D. Whetsel (Parker) 3
Paul K. Oldroyd (Azle) 3
Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison) 2
Frank B. Stamps (Colleyville) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

162 days
Pharmaceutical targeting of a mammalian cyclic di-nucleotide signaling pathway
Patent No. 10633411-B2
Assignee: THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Inventors: Chuo Chen (Dallas), Heping Shi (Dalla), Jiaxi Wu (Dallas), Lijun Sun (Dallas), Zhijian Chen (Dallas)

2,959 days
Nano-particle reinforced well screen
Patent No. 10633955-B2
Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston)
Inventors: Aaron J. Bonner (Flower Mound\), Christopher C. Hoelscher (Arlington)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Identifying correct connections on a surgical console
Patent No. 10631950 

Inventor(s): Joshua Anderson (Keller, TX), Paul R. Hallen (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcon Inc. (Fribourg, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16150526 on 10/03/2018 (573 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surgical machine comprises multiple machine connectors disposed on its face, and a device detection mechanism located close to the machine connectors. The device detection mechanism is configured to read identification data from device information component when positioned within a predetermined range. A control circuit is configured to: identify, based on a device information read from a device information component brought within the range of the device detection mechanism, a matching machine connector from multiple machine connectors, control a light source corresponding to the matching machine connector to illuminate the corresponding illumination ring with the first color, in response to this identifying, and, control the light source corresponding to each of one or more remaining ones of the machine connectors to provide no illumination or to illuminate the corresponding illumination ring with a second color.

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


Secure portable pill canister for order fulfillment
Patent No. 10632045 

Inventor(s): Brandon Lee Roby (Frisco, TX), Don Edward Moonis (Frisco, TX), Michael J. Doke (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Cornerstone Automation Systems, LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15210292 on 07/14/2016 (1384 days app to issue)

Abstract: One aspect of this disclosure provides a medication fulfillment canister. In one embodiment, the canister comprises a bottom section having a tray portion for receiving a medication therein. An upper dispensing compartment is located over a rearward end of the bottom section that is removably attached to the bottom section. A lower edge of the upper dispensing compartment is located above the bottom section to form an opening therebetween to allow a medication to pass therethrough and into the tray portion. A tray lid is removably attached to the canister and configured to cover the tray portion and rotate between an open position and a closed position. A lock is located within a wall of the bottom section that locks the tray lid in the closed position.

[A61J] CONTAINERS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR MEDICAL OR PHARMACEUTICAL PURPOSES; DEVICES OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR BRINGING PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS INTO PARTICULAR PHYSICAL OR ADMINISTERING FORMS; DEVICES FOR ADMINISTERING FOOD OR MEDICINES ORALLY; BABY COMFORTERS; DEVICES FOR RECEIVING SPITTLE


Methods and compositions for treating inflammatory disorders
Patent No. 10632147 

Inventor(s): Cary Schockemoehl (Fort Worth, TX), Claire Sampson (Fort Worth, TX), Mark Sampson (Fort Worth, TX), Svetlana Panicheva (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): URGO US, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Urgo US, Inc. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15966886 on 04/30/2018 (729 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides methods for treating conditions that involve infection and/or inflammation, including acute and chronic inflammation, as well as delayed-type and immediate-type hypersensitivity. The invention in various embodiments provides methods for treating microbial infection and the associated inflammatory response, as well methods for treating inflammatory conditions that spawn or are susceptible to secondary microbial infection. Further, the invention provides methods for treating inflammation, such as chronic inflammation, without any associated microbial infection.

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


Inhalable compositions comprising caffeine, methods of use and an apparatus for using the same
Patent No. 10632266 

Inventor(s): Brent Skoda (Irving, TX), Kelly McNeal (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Ahkeo Ventures LLC (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15957199 on 04/19/2018 (740 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein are compositions, methods and an apparatus relating to the pulmonary delivery of an inhalable composition comprising caffeine, or a salt thereof, and a solvent selected from the group consisting of propylene glycol, glycerol, ethanol and a combination thereof.

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


 

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

System and method for conveyor rack and elevator
Patent No. 10632649 

Inventor(s): Justin D Strempke (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15433216 on 02/15/2017 (1168 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for manufacturing a set of cast stones includes a set of spray stations, a set of fill stations, a set of vibration tables, a drying rack, and a demolder connected to the drying rack. A controller is connected to each of the set of spray stations, the set of fill stations, the set of vibration tables, the drying rack, and the demolder, each of which has a set of sensors connected to the controller. The set of spray stations include a set of release stations and a set of color stations. A mold is sprayed with a release product, a set of colors, and then filled with a cementitious material. Once vibrated, the cementitious material is dried to form the set of cast stones, which is then automatically released from the mold utilizing the demolder.

[B28B] SHAPING CLAY OR OTHER CERAMIC COMPOSITIONS, SLAG OR MIXTURES CONTAINING CEMENTITIOUS MATERIAL, e.g. PLASTER (foundry moulding B22C; working stone or stone-like material B28D; shaping of substances in a plastic state, in general B29C; making layered products not composed wholly of these substances B32B; shaping in situ, see the relevant classes of section E)


Mitigating environmental-control load for a hybrid vehicle
Patent No. 10632818 

Inventor(s): Heraldo F. Stefanon (Dexter, MI), Joshua D. Payne (Ann Arbor, MI), Shannon Alicia Wrobel (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15783567 on 10/13/2017 (928 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and device for mitigating environmental-control load for a hybrid vehicle are disclosed. In operation, a determination is made as to whether a hybrid vehicle is at a high-power operational mode. When the hybrid vehicle is at a high-power operational mode, a determination of an estimated time-of-travel to a low-power operational mode is made based on vehicle trajectory plan data. Heat-load buffer data is generated based on the estimated time to prolong a passenger comfort setting during the low-power operational mode.

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


AC cut cycles for vehicle air conditioning control based on high vehicle pitch conditions
Patent No. 10632820 

Inventor(s): David W. Cosgrove (Royal Oak, MI), Hidekazu Hirabayashi (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15298238 on 10/20/2016 (1286 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can reduce a load applied to a vehicle powertrain during certain conditions. The system can include a fixed compressor operable between an ON state and in an OFF state. Systems and methods can determine whether an engine water temperature meets a forced HVAC recirculation intake threshold. Responsive to determining that the engine water temperature meets the forced HVAC recirculation intake threshold, it can be determined if the engine water temperature meets a high water temperature threshold. Responsive to determining that the engine water temperature meets the high water temperature threshold, it can be determined if a vehicle pitch meets a vehicle pitch threshold. Responsive to determining that the vehicle pitch does not meet the vehicle pitch threshold, the compressor can be operated according to an AC cut cycle.

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


Transportation system including autonomous detachable engine modules and passenger module
Patent No. 10632893 

Inventor(s): Christopher M. Higgins (Ann Arbor, MI), Michael J. Delp (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16278346 on 02/18/2019 (435 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing system for an autonomous engine module stores a self-driving capability and is configured to determine, by communication between an autonomous engine module in which the computing system resides and other autonomous engine modules, and responsive to a user request for use of an autonomous engine module, at least one suitable autonomous engine module use candidate. The computing system may also generate a notification directed to the user including information relating to the at least one suitable autonomous engine module use candidate. The computing system may also receive a selection by the user of an autonomous engine module use candidate. The computing system may also, using the self-driving capability, autonomously drive the autonomous engine module to a designated pickup location responsive to selection by the user of the autonomous engine module as the autonomous engine module use candidate.

[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)


Geodesic composite structures
Patent No. 10633084 

Inventor(s): Andrew Paul Haldeman (Fort Worth, TX), Bryan W. Marshall (Mansfield, TX), Dalton T. Hampton (Fort Worth, TX), Drew A. Sutton (Lexington, KY), Frank B. Stamps (Colleyville, TX), James Donn Hethcock (Colleyville, TX), Paul
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15687350 on 08/25/2017 (977 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method may comprise coupling a plurality of reinforcement fibers to a plurality of spherical components; inserting the plurality of spherical components into an enclosure; and heating the enclosure to cause the plurality of spherical components to expand, wherein the plurality of spherical components expands to form a geodesic structure, wherein the geodesic structure comprises a plurality of polyhedron components configured in a geodesic arrangement.

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


Rotorcraft anti-torque and directional control using a centrifugal blower
Patent No. 10633086 

Inventor(s): Albert G. Brand (N. Richland Hills, TX), Daniel B. Robertson (Southlake, TX), Eric A. Sinusas (Euless, TX), Frank B. Stamps (Colleyville, TX), Kirk L. Groninga (Keller, TX), Matthew E. Louis (Fort Worth, TX), Matthew R. C
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15468069 on 03/23/2017 (1132 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotorcraft comprises a fuselage, a tail boom, a rotor system, and a centrifugal blower system. The centrifugal blower system comprises a centrifugal blower configured to generate thrust using an airflow, wherein the centrifugal blower is located within the tail boom. The centrifugal blower system also comprises a plurality of ducts configured to control the thrust generated by the centrifugal blower, wherein the plurality of ducts is located on a portion of the tail boom surrounding the centrifugal blower, and wherein the plurality of ducts comprises one or more adjustable ducts configured to vary a size of an associated duct opening.

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


Aircraft having hover stability in inclined flight attitudes
Patent No. 10633087 

Inventor(s): John Richard McCullough (Weatherford, TX), Paul K. Oldroyd (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16154250 on 10/08/2018 (568 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft operable to transition between thrust-borne lift in a VTOL orientation and wing-borne lift in a biplane orientation. The aircraft includes an airframe having first and second wings with first and second pylons coupled therebetween. The airframe has a longitudinal axis and a lateral axis in hover. A two-dimensional distributed thrust array is coupled to the airframe. The thrust array includes a plurality of propulsion assemblies each operable for variable speed and omnidirectional thrust vectoring. A flight control system is operable to independently control the speed and thrust vector of each of the propulsion assemblies such that in an inclined flight attitude with at least one of the longitudinal axis and the lateral axis extending out of a horizontal plane, the flight control system is operable to maintain hover stability responsive to controlling the speed and the thrust vector of the propulsion assemblies.

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


Aerial imaging aircraft having attitude stability during translation
Patent No. 10633088 

Inventor(s): John Richard McCullough (Weatherford, TX), Paul K. Oldroyd (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16154265 on 10/08/2018 (568 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aerial imaging aircraft operable to transition between thrust-borne lift in a VTOL orientation and wing-borne lift in a biplane orientation. The aircraft includes an airframe having first and second wings with first and second pylons coupled therebetween. The airframe has a longitudinal axis and a lateral axis in the VTOL orientation. A two-dimensional distributed thrust array is coupled to the airframe. The thrust array includes a plurality of propulsion assemblies each operable for variable speed and omnidirectional thrust vectoring. A payload is coupled to the airframe and includes an aerial imaging module. A flight control system is operable to independently control the speed and thrust vector of each of the propulsion assemblies such that in a level or inclined flight attitude, the flight control system is operable to maintain the orientation of the aerial imaging module toward a focal point of a ground object while translating the aircraft.

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


Modular observation assembly and method
Patent No. 10633234 

Inventor(s): Aaron Christopher Meyer (Midlothian, TX), Roger Bernard Meyer (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15818376 on 11/20/2017 (890 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modular observation assembly and method of use are presented herein. The assembly includes a portable base member that can roll along the ground. The base member defines an interior volume used for storage of various members and portions of the assembly. The assembly also includes an elevating platform in communication with the base member. The elevating platform operates between a lowered position and an elevated position. The assembly is stabilized by one or more jacks and a hitch attachment assembly configured to secure the base member to the neighboring vehicle.

[B66F] HOISTING, LIFTING, HAULING, OR PUSHING, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, e.g. DEVICES WHICH APPLY A LIFTING OR PUSHING FORCE DIRECTLY TO THE SURFACE OF A LOAD (mounting artificial islands on piles or like supports E02B 17/00; scaffolds combined with lifting devices E04G 1/22, E04G 3/28; lifting devices for sliding forms E04G 11/24; lifting of buildings E04G 23/06; shores or struts E04G 25/00; lifts or other hoisting devices on ladders E06C 7/12; props for mining E21D 15/00)


Dynamic control of vehicle lamps during maneuvers
Patent No. 10634317 

Inventor(s): Chelsea R. White (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15667880 on 08/03/2017 (999 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle lamp control system includes an electronic control unit having a processor and a non-transitory computer readable memory including a machine-readable instruction set. The electronic control unit is communicatively coupled to a camera configured to output image data of a vehicle environment, a vehicle lamp and a steering wheel sensor. The machine-readable instruction set causes the processor to receive the image data of the vehicle environment from the camera, determine whether an external light source is present in the vehicle environment based on the image data of the vehicle environment, determine a steering wheel angle based on an output signal of the steering wheel sensor, and generate a control signal for activating the vehicle lamp when the steering wheel angle exceeds an activation steering threshold and no external light source is detected in the vehicle environment.

[B60Q] ARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL [4]


 

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

Pharmaceutical targeting of a mammalian cyclic di-nucleotide signaling pathway
Patent No. 10633411 

Inventor(s): Chuo Chen (Dallas, TX), Heping Shi (Dallas, TX), Jiaxi Wu (Dallas, TX), Lijun Sun (Dallas, TX), Zhijian Chen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Dechert LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16687356 on 11/18/2019 (162 days app to issue)

Abstract: Cyclic-GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) and cyclic-GMP-AMP (cGAMP), including 23-cGAMP, 22-cGAMP, 32-cGAMP and 33-GAMP, are used in pharmaceutical formulations (including vaccine adjuvants), drug screens, therapies, and diagnostics.

[C07H] SUGARS; DERIVATIVES THEREOF; NUCLEOSIDES; NUCLEOTIDES; NUCLEIC ACIDS (derivatives of aldonic or saccharic acids C07C, C07D; aldonic acids, saccharic acids C07C 59/105, C07C 59/285; cyanohydrins C07C 255/16; glycals C07D; compounds of unknown constitution C07G; polysaccharides, derivatives thereof C08B; DNA or RNA concerning genetic engineering, vectors, e.g. plasmids, or their isolation, preparation or purification C12N 15/00; sugar industry C13) [2]


Manufacturing process for cyclodextrin derivatives
Patent No. 10633462 

Inventor(s): Jose R. Matos (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CyDex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15693248 on 08/31/2017 (971 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process and equipment assembly for reacting a substituent precursor with a cyclodextrin starting material to provide a raw product comprising a cyclodextrin derivative and 1% or less of an initial amount of the substituent precursor is provided. The process of the present invention provides cyclodextrin derivatives in substantially shorter time and with fewer side products than previous processes that utilize substantially the same starting materials.

[C08B] POLYSACCHARIDES; DERIVATIVES THEREOF (polysaccharides containing less than six saccharide radicals attached to each other by glycosidic linkages C07H; fermentation or enzyme-using processes C12P 19/00; production of cellulose D21) [4]


Preparation of blown polymer modified asphalt
Patent No. 10633540 

Inventor(s): Denis Muki Tibah (Waxahachie, TX)
Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Wilmington, DE)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15782131 on 10/12/2017 (929 days app to issue)

Abstract: It has been found that numerous benefits can be realized by air blowing asphalt in the presence of at least one highly saturated polymer, such as polyisobutylene, and a reactive polymer having glycidyl groups, such as an ethylene-glycidyl-acrylate. This allows for asphalt streams which would typically not be commercially viable for blowing into industrial asphalt that can be used in roofing products and a wide array of other applications. For instance, this technique can be used to air blow currently available paving grade asphalts into industrial asphalt for roofing products. Other potential benefits include shorter processing time (air blowing time), reduced emissions, and blown coatings with improved weatherability. In one embodiment of this invention asphalt is only partially air blown before adding the polymer to attain a product having desired characteristics for specific applications.

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


Syngas generation for gas-to-liquid fuel conversion
Patent No. 10633594 

Inventor(s): Raymond Wright (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Greenway Innovative Energy, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: AdamsIP, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16047232 on 07/27/2018 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: A syngas generator is disclosed as an exothermic gas generator that is configured to accommodate high combustion temperatures of a natural gas/oxygen flame. The generator consists of four sections: a heavily insulated combustion chamber, a catalyst chamber, a spray chamber, and a heat exchanger. In an example embodiment, these four sections are arranged in series and are tightly bolted together to form a gas tight system. Natural gas, oxygen and steam are supplied to a burner at the inlet end of the combustion chamber. This mixture is ignited and the resulting hot process gas is then fed into a catalyst bed where it reacts with the steam and is converted to carbon monoxide and hydrogen (syngas). The syngas is fed to a Fischer-Tropsch unit to create liquid fuel.

[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)


Platelet rich plasma preparation system and devices
Patent No. 10633631 

Inventor(s): Gerald R. Harris (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Livington Loeffer, P.A. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15446201 on 03/01/2017 (1154 days app to issue)

Abstract: A platelet rich plasma preparation system and devices having a whole blood centrifuge tube ([b]100[/b]) and a plasma centrifuge tube ([b]200[/b]) wherein fill tubes ([b]206[/b]) and vent tubes ([b]113[/b]) are in fixed position and guards are provided to protect the fill tubes and vent tubes during use with a centrifuge. The fixed tubes and guards ([b]114, 210[/b]) prevent kinks in the tubes and/or blockages that render the components of the system and the samples contained therein useless.

[C12N] MICROORGANISMS OR ENZYMES; COMPOSITIONS THEREOF (biocides, pest repellants or attractants, or plant growth regulators containing microorganisms, viruses, microbial fungi, enzymes, fermentates, or substances produced by, or extracted from, microorganisms or animal material A01N 63/00; medicinal preparations A61K; fertilisers C05F); PROPAGATING, PRESERVING, OR MAINTAINING MICROORGANISMS; MUTATION OR GENETIC ENGINEERING; CULTURE MEDIA (microbiological testing media C12Q 1/00) [3]


Human disc tissue
Patent No. 10633632 

Inventor(s): Umar Akbar (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): DiscGenics, Inc. (Salt Lake City, UT)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15601119 on 05/22/2017 (1072 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention provides disc stem cells, processes for obtaining and culturing disc stem cells, and methods for repairing damaged or diseased disc tissue comprising the use of the disc stem cells of the invention.

[C12N] MICROORGANISMS OR ENZYMES; COMPOSITIONS THEREOF (biocides, pest repellants or attractants, or plant growth regulators containing microorganisms, viruses, microbial fungi, enzymes, fermentates, or substances produced by, or extracted from, microorganisms or animal material A01N 63/00; medicinal preparations A61K; fertilisers C05F); PROPAGATING, PRESERVING, OR MAINTAINING MICROORGANISMS; MUTATION OR GENETIC ENGINEERING; CULTURE MEDIA (microbiological testing media C12Q 1/00) [3]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Sediment classification system and method of use
Patent No. 10633822 

Inventor(s): Phillip T. Olandese (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16175722 on 10/30/2018 (546 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sediment classification system enables the screening of material that enters a backhoe bucket. Material that enters the bucket exits through a duct with an opening at the back of the bucket. The material is screened by passing between a first set of bars and a second set of bars. The bars have spacers between them attached to one of the sets of bars. The second set of bars is pined to the first set and is able to move to clear material wedged between the bars.

[E02F] DREDGING; SOIL-SHIFTING (winning peat E21C 49/00)


Reinforcing assemblies having downwardly-extending working members on structurally reinforcing bars for concrete slabs or other structures
Patent No. 10633860 

Inventor(s): Richard P. Martter (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Conbar Systems LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16152830 on 10/05/2018 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one aspect, a reinforcing assembly includes one or more longitudinally-extending bars having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a midpoint between the first and second ends. The reinforcing assembly also includes multiple downwardly-extending working members each independently connected to at least one of the one or more bars. The working members are oriented diagonally with respect to a longitudinal axis extending along the one or more bars. The working members connected to the one or more bars between the first end and the midpoint are angled in a different direction than the working members connected to the one or more bars between the second end and the midpoint.

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


Edge sensor for movable barrier
Patent No. 10633907 

Inventor(s): Kevin Ward (Midlothian, TX)
Assignee(s): GTO Access Systems, LLC (Tallahassee, FL)
Law Firm: Schegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15614898 on 06/06/2017 (1057 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system may include a first module and a second module. The first module may include a first transceiver, the first module configured to transmit a request using the first transceiver. The second module may include an input connection for an obstruction sensor and a second transceiver configured to receive a request from the first transceiver. The second module may be configured to receive sensor information from the obstruction sensor and send a response to the first module based on the sensor information.

[E05F] DEVICES FOR MOVING WINGS INTO OPEN OR CLOSED POSITION; CHECKS FOR WINGS; WING FITTINGS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, CONCERNED WITH THE FUNCTIONING OF THE WING


Bidirectional slips
Patent No. 10633942 

Inventor(s): David Allen Dockweiler (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McAfee Taft (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15745359 on 08/27/2015 (1706 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole tool comprising a bidirectional slip having a slip frame and at least two slip banks. The slip frame including a plurality of slats spaced radially about a center ring. The slip banks have a first gripping bank and a second gripping bank. The first gripping bank is slideably received in a first slot in the slip frame, and the second gripping bank is slideably received in a second slot in the slip frame such that the slip bank has a set position in which the first gripping bank and second gripping bank extend radially outward from the slip frame so as to be able to engage the casing, and the slip bank has an unset position in which the slip bank is positioned radially inward from the set position.

[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]


Selective test tool
Patent No. 10633944 

Inventor(s): Jimmie Robert Williamson, Jr. (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15554709 on 11/09/2016 (1266 days app to issue)

Abstract: A selective service tool has a key prop mandrel that is slidably coupled to and extends over a cage mandrel. The lower end of the key prop mandrel has key props that extend from its lower end. A key has first and second opposing sections located about an outer perimeter and adjacent an upper end of the locator mandrel, wherein the key props are slidable with respect to the key and are positionable between the first section and the outer perimeter of the locator mandrel and the second section and the outer perimeter of the locator mandrel, respectively, when the key is in a deployed position.

[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]


Molded tool and a method of manufacture
Patent No. 10633945 

Inventor(s): Chapman Barlow (Argyle, TX), Joel L. Barlow (Fort Worth, TX), Joel T. Barlow (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16052754 on 08/02/2018 (635 days app to issue)

Abstract: A molded tool is formed from a compression mold material and a corresponding method of manufacture is disclosed. The molded tool has a first end, a second end separated from the first end by a sidewall formed from a heat-sensitive polymeric matrix. The sidewall has an interior surface with a first strength and an exterior surface with a second strength, the first strength being greater than the second strength. Further, the molded tool is formed by a method that includes exerting an expansive force within an interior of the compression mold material, the expansive force having a directional vector along the central axis.

[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]


Galvanic degradable downhole tools comprising doped aluminum alloys
Patent No. 10633947 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zachary William Walton (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15772796 on 02/02/2016 (1547 days app to issue)

Abstract: Degradable downhole tools that include a doped aluminum alloy may degrade via a galvanic mechanism. More specifically, such a degradable downhole tool may comprise at least one component of the downhole tool made of a doped aluminum alloy that at least partially degrades by micro-galvanic corrosion in the presence of water having a salinity of greater than about 10 ppm, wherein the doped aluminum alloy comprises aluminum, 0.05% to about 25% dopant by weight of the doped aluminum alloy, less than 0.5% gallium by weight of the doped aluminum alloy, and less than 0.5% mercury by weight of the doped aluminum alloy, and wherein the dopant is selected from the group consisting of iron, copper, nickel, tin, chromium, silver, gold, palladium, carbon, and any combination thereof.

[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]


Top-down squeeze system and method
Patent No. 10633949 

Inventor(s): Daniel Keith Moeller (Argyle, TX), Matthew Ryan Gray (Dallas, TX), Nicholas Lee Strohla (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16301698 on 07/07/2016 (1391 days app to issue)

Abstract: A diverter assembly includes a tubing segment and one or more sleeve members disposed therein. The tubing segment includes apertures that are selectively alignable with apertures of an inner sleeve disposed within the tubing segment. The tubing segment includes a series of stops (e.g., shear pins) to arrest movement of the first sleeve within the bore of the tubing segment. A first one or more ball seats are included in the first sleeve such that deployment of a first ball and pressurization of the well above the first ball causes a first set of shear pins to fail, thereby allowing the first sleeve to slide downhole to cause apertures of the sleeve to align with apertures of the tubing segment, thereby causing fluid to flow to an annulus between the tubing segment and wellbore wall.

[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]


3D printed subsurface tool having a metal diaphragm
Patent No. 10633952 

Inventor(s): Kevin Robin Passmore (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16072618 on 03/14/2016 (1506 days app to issue)

Abstract: A subsurface tool adapted to extend within a wellbore that includes an outer sleeve defining a first passageway; an inner sleeve disposed within the first passageway to form an annulus between the outer sleeve and inner sleeve; and a first annular diaphragm extending between the outer sleeve and the inner sleeve to fluidically isolate a first portion of the annulus from and a second portion of the annulus; wherein when the tool is in a first configuration, the first annular diaphragm is integrally formed with the inner sleeve and outer sleeve to form a single-component tool.

[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]


Nano-particle reinforced well screen
Patent No. 10633955 

Inventor(s): Aaron J. Bonner (Flower Mound, TX), Christopher C. Hoelscher (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14370461 on 03/22/2012 (2959 days app to issue)

Abstract: A well screen for use in a subterranean well can include a filter with a nano-particle reinforcement. A method of constructing a well screen can include treating a filter with a nano-particle reinforcement.

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


 

M E C H A N I C A L  E N G I N E E R I N G
LIGHTING | HEATING | WEAPONS | BLASTING

 

Polyurea perimeter seal for an aircraft antenna or other aircraft part
Patent No. 10632686 

Inventor(s): Chad Knight (Dodd City, TX), Jeff Busby (Millsap, TX), Kent Boomer (Aledo, TX), Matt Boyd (Fort Worth, TX), Michael Dry (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): The Patent Well LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16107084 on 08/21/2018 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sealant is provided for use on an aircraft or other vehicle. The sealant may be used with a gasket. The sealant is a perimeter seal that comprises a polyurea member. The polyurea member is a self-curing, two-component mix. It may cure to a hardness in the range of about 40 to 100 (Shore A). It may maintain an adequate peel strength to withstand multiple thermal and pressure cycling, and may have a working life, wherein it may be shaped, of less than about eleven minutes.

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


Methods of customizing, manufacturing, and repairing a rotor blade using additive manufacturing processes
Patent No. 10633976 

Inventor(s): Jared M. Paulson (Fort Worth, TX), Jeffrey Nissen (Alba, TX), Thomas S. Chiang (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15658928 on 07/25/2017 (1008 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a first aspect, there is a method of making a rotor blade, including designing at least one of an upper skin, a lower skin, a support network, and components therefor; and forming at least one of the upper skin, the lower skin, a support network, and components therefor using an additive manufacturing process. In a second aspect, there is an airfoil member having a root end, a tip end, a leading edge, and a trailing edge, the airfoil member including an upper skin; a lower skin; and a support network having a plurality of interconnected support members in a lattice arrangement and/or a reticulated arrangement, the support network being configured to provide tailored characteristics of the airfoil member. Also provided are methods and systems for repairing an airfoil member.

[F01D] NON-POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES OR ENGINES, e.g. STEAM TURBINES (combustion engines F02; machines or engines for liquids F03, F04; non-positive-displacement pumps F04D)


Methods and apparatus to control the actuation of regulators including a loading chamber
Patent No. 10634003 

Inventor(s): Justin Lane Masias (McKinney, TX), Paul Richard Anderson (Melissa, TX), William Kevin Burke (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Emerson Process Management Regulator Technologies, Inc. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15411452 on 01/20/2017 (1194 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus to control the actuation of regulators including a loading chamber are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a first pneumatic regulator including a loading chamber, the first pneumatic regulator to flow fluid toward a downstream process; a second pneumatic regulator coupled between the loading chamber and the downstream process, the second pneumatic regulator to control an actuation of the first pneumatic regulator during normal operation based on a pressure difference between a first pressure downstream of the first pneumatic regulator and a second pressure within the loading chamber; and a valve coupled between the loading chamber and the downstream process, the valve to control the actuation of the first pneumatic regulator during a shut-down event.

[F01D] NON-POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES OR ENGINES, e.g. STEAM TURBINES (combustion engines F02; machines or engines for liquids F03, F04; non-positive-displacement pumps F04D)


Rupture disc with upper lip
Patent No. 10634260 

Inventor(s): Nuder Said (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): S.P.M. Flow Control, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15967331 on 04/30/2018 (729 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pressure relief valve assembly includes a rupture disc that is shaped to only be inserted into a particular rupture disc cavity in the correct way. The rupture disc includes a cylindrical rupture disc stem and a radially protruding upper lip. A relief valve body in the pressure relief assembly includes an internal radial shoulder at the entrance of the rupture disc that is narrower than the protruding upper lip of the rupture disc but that is wider than the rupture disc stem. The shoulder allows only the rupture disc stem to be inserted into the rupture disc cavity, not the protruding upper lip. Optionally, the relief valve body is marked with some indicia to indicating the direction of inserting the rupture disc stem and/or a shrapnel catcher for trapping shrapnel of the rupture disc upon rupturing.

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


Quasi-sparse optical illumination
Patent No. 10634304 

Inventor(s): Vikrant R. Bhakta (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16248513 on 01/15/2019 (469 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a DMD includes micromirrors. A first light source generates a first beam profile illuminating a first set of micromirrors of the DMD. A second light source generates a second beam profile illuminating a second set of micromirrors of the DMD. The first and second beam profiles partially overlap on at least some micromirrors of the DMD. The first light source is source-modulated independently of the second light source for adjusting power and brightness in response to a sensed driving condition. The micromirrors of the DMD are modulated in response to the sensed driving condition.

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


Dynamic sight
Patent No. 10634454 

Inventor(s): James Anthony Pautler (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16078209 on 02/24/2017 (1159 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dynamic sight, mounted on a gun, provides a correct target lead for a moving target.

[F41G] WEAPON SIGHTS; AIMING (optical aspects thereof G02B)


 

P H Y S I C S

Perception-based robotic manipulation system and method for automated truck unloader that unloads/unpacks product from trailers and containers
Patent No. 10633202 

Inventor(s): Alex Criswell (Dallas, TX), Christopher D. McMurrough (Arlington, TX), Justry Weir (Fort Worth, TX), Samarth Rajan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Wynright Corporation (Elk Grove, IL)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16506710 on 07/09/2019 (294 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automated truck unloader for unloading/unpacking product, such as boxes or cases, from trailers and containers is disclosed. In one embodiment, a mobile base structure provides a support framework for a drive subassembly, conveyance subassembly, an industrial robot, a distance measurement subassembly, and a control subassembly. Under the operation of the control subassembly, an industrial robot having a suction cup-based gripper arm selectively removes boxes from the trailer and places the boxes on a powered transportation path. The control subassembly coordinates the selective articulated movement of the industrial robot and the activation of the drive subassembly based upon a perception-based robotic manipulation system.

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


Flow sensor
Patent No. 10634538 

Inventor(s): Amit Kumar Saha (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Rain Bird Corporation (Azusa, CA)
Law Firm: Fitch, Even, Tabin Flannery, LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15649332 on 07/13/2017 (1020 days app to issue)

Abstract: Flow sensors are provided that can provide both leak detection and flow monitoring. The flow monitoring enables a determination whether there are blockages or leaks in a fluid system during normal operation of the system. The leak detection enables detection of leaks when the system is shut off. The flow sensors can use a frusto-conical flow guide to provide a more compact flow sensor.

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


Systems and methods for identifying characteristics of an environment of an antenna using vibration detection
Patent No. 10634550 

Inventor(s): Sammit A. Patel (Dallas, TX), Scott L. Michaelis (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15767529 on 09/28/2016 (1308 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are directed to systems and methods for identifying characteristics of an antenna through detection of vibrational movement of the antenna.

[G01H] MEASUREMENT OF MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS OR ULTRASONIC, SONIC OR INFRASONIC WAVES [4]


Testing method for hydrogen embrittlement
Patent No. 10634593 

Inventor(s): W Craig Willan (Kilauea, HI)
Assignee(s): GOFF OMEGA HOLDINGS, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Bracewell LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15889438 on 02/06/2018 (812 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for testing for hydrogen embrittlement, including mounting a container around a steel alloy test specimen, the container having a closed bottom below a notched area on the test specimen and an open upper end above the notched area; applying a tensile load to the test specimen and sustaining the load for a selected duration to incubate potential hydrogen embrittlement cracks with a sub-critical flaw size if sufficient hydrogen in dangerous levels is present in the test specimen; then, while sustaining the load, dispensing a cryogenic fluid into the container, immersing and chilling the notched area, reducing the sub-critical flaw size for any hydrogen embrittlement cracks incubated; and with the sustained load, fracturing the notched area if the sub-critical flaw size of any hydrogen embrittlement cracks incubated reaches a critical flaw size.

[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)


Systems, methods and devices for width-based analysis of peak traces
Patent No. 10634653 

Inventor(s): Akinde F. Kadjo (Grand Prairie, TX), Purnendu K. Dasgupta (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX), Dionex Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA)
Law Firm: Haverstock Owens LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15824962 on 11/28/2017 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods and devices are taught for providing analytical methods for peak-shaped responses separated in time or space, including quantitation of chromatographic peaks based on a width measurement of a peak trace at a selected height as a quantitation element. Methods of treating a peak trace as a composition of exponential functions representing a leading and a trailing end are included. Methods that facilitate the detection of impurities in peak trace outputs are also included.

[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)


Commandable data register control router including input coupled to TDI
Patent No. 10634719 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16009731 on 06/15/2018 (683 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel method and apparatus for improving the operation of a TAP architecture in a device through the use of Command signal inputs to the TAP architecture. In response to a Command signal input, the TAP architecture can perform streamlined and uninterrupted Update, Capture and Shift operation cycles to a target circuit in the device or streamlined and uninterrupted capture and shift operation cycles to a target circuit in the device. The Command signals can be input to the TAP architecture via the devices dedicated TMS or TDI inputs or via a separate CMD input to the device.

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


First tap, test compression architecture; second tap, test compression architecture
Patent No. 10634720 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16225929 on 12/19/2018 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure describes novel methods and apparatuses for controlling a device”s TCA circuit when the device exists in a JTAG daisy-chain arrangement with other devices. The methods and apparatuses allow the TCA test pattern set used during device manufacturing to be reused when the device is placed in a JTAG daisy-chain arrangement with other devices, such as in a customers system using the device. Additional embodiments are also provided and described in the disclosure.

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


Test access port, test clock inverter, and shadow access port
Patent No. 10634721 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16243269 on 01/09/2019 (475 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel method and apparatus for providing a shadow access port within a device. The shadow access port is accessed to perform operations in the device by reusing the TDI, TMS, TCK and TDO signals that are used to operate a test access port within the device. The presence and operation of the shadow access port is transparent to the presence and operation of the test access port. According to the disclosure, the shadow access port operates on the falling edge of the TCK signal while the test access port conventionally operates on the rising edge of the TCK signal.

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


Zeeman splitting vector magnetometer apparatus and method
Patent No. 10634738 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Cook (Addison, TX), Juan Herbsommer (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15665282 on 07/31/2017 (1002 days app to issue)

Abstract: A magnetometer for measuring an external magnetic influence proximate the magnetometer. The magnetometer has: (i) a volumetric enclosure for storing an alkali metal; (2) a laser proximate the volumetric enclosure and having an axis in a first dimension and along which photons are directed toward a first surface of the volumetric enclosure; (3) a photodetector proximate a second surface of the volumetric enclosure and for receiving light emanating from the laser and passing through the volumetric enclosure, wherein the photodetector is for providing a photodetector signal in response to an intensity of light emanating from the laser and passing through the volumetric enclosure; and (4) at least one magnetic field reducer for providing a magnetic field in a second dimension orthogonal to the first dimension.

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


Camera assisted tracking of objects in a radar system
Patent No. 10634778 

Inventor(s): Muhammad Zubair Ikram (Richardson, TX), Vikram VijayanBabu Appia (Dallas, TX), Yucheng Liu (West Lafayette, IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14919587 on 10/21/2015 (1651 days app to issue)

Abstract: Camera-assisted tracking of point objects in a radar system is provided. An extended Kalman filter framework based on both radar and camera observations is used to track point objects detected in frames of radar signal data. This framework provides a minimum mean square estimation of the current state of a point object based on previous and current observations from both frames of radar signals and corresponding camera images.

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


Vehicle dynamic obstacle compensation system
Patent No. 10634794 

Inventor(s): Cheng Peng (Plano, TX), Jean-Marc Tessier (Coppell, TX), Xiaoyong Yang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15444801 on 02/28/2017 (1155 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an obstacle awareness device for vehicle systems. A threshold distance is set that identifies the range at which an obstruction interferes with fluid dynamics around and through at least one propulsion motor. One or more ranging sensors on the vehicle system detect relative position information of the obstruction when it is within the threshold distance. The relative position information is communicated to a controller, which adjusts a motor control signal to compensate for the obstruction interfering with the fluid dynamics around the at least one propulsion motor. The threshold distance may be defined by a three dimensional shape that encapsulated the vehicle system [b]100[/b], and the three dimensional shape may change in shape or size with movement of the vehicle system.

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


Downhole neutron generators and methods to generate neutrons in a downhole environment
Patent No. 10634811 

Inventor(s): Juan Navarro Sorroche (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15566184 on 12/21/2016 (1224 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include downhole neutron generators and methods to utilize downhole neutron generators in a downhole environment. In one embodiment, a downhole neutron generator includes a heating element to dissipate heat to a first transition metal, which heats up the first transition metal and facilitates the first transition metal to absorb deuterium and tritium gases flowing proximate said transition metal. The downhole neutron generator also includes a second transition metal separated from the target foil, where the second transition metal is doped with of deuterium and the tritium ions, and a laser to direct optical pulses onto a surface of the first transition metal to produce deuterium and the tritium ions from the absorbed deuterium and tritium, where said ions traverse through a back surface of the first transition metal to the second transition metal to interact with the doped deuterium and the tritium ions to initiate fusion reaction.

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


Systems and methods for variable control and operation of HVAC components
Patent No. 10635060 

Inventor(s): Alan Edens Bennett (Denton, TX), Farhad Nick Abrishamkar (Arlington, TX), Krag Wilson Mercer (The Colony, TX), Rosa Maria Leal (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16433211 on 06/06/2019 (327 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of controlling operations of an HVAC system includes measuring temperature within an enclosed space, receiving a setpoint temperature within the enclosed space, calculating a temperature difference between the measured temperature and the received setpoint temperature, and determining whether the temperature difference between the measured temperature and the received setpoint temperature is greater than or equal to a first predetermined temperature differential value. If the temperature difference between the measured temperature and the received setpoint temperature is greater than or equal to the first predetermined temperature differential value, determining whether the temperature difference between the measured temperature and the received setpoint temperature is greater than or equal to a second predetermined temperature differential value. If the temperature difference between the measured temperature and the received setpoint temperature is less than the second predetermined temperature differential value, selecting a first operating mode of a plurality of operating modes of the HVAC system.

[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)


Systems and methods for providing a virtual vehicle fleet
Patent No. 10635098 

Inventor(s): David Tsai (Irvine, CA), Preston Doster (Frisco, TX), Scott Meyer (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA CONNECTED NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15815117 on 11/16/2017 (894 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a virtual vehicle fleet are provided. One embodiment of a method includes creating a virtual vehicle, where the virtual vehicle provides a telematics service and replicating the virtual vehicle to create the virtual vehicle fleet, where the virtual vehicle fleet includes a plurality of virtual vehicles. Some embodiments include simulating use of the telematics service by at least a portion of the virtual vehicle fleet, determining a response characteristic of the simulated telematics service used by the virtual vehicle fleet, and providing data related to the response characteristic for output.

[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)


Method, optical sensor arrangement and computer program product for passive optical motion detection
Patent No. 10635153 

Inventor(s): David Mehrl (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ams AG (Unterpremstaetten, , AT)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15775331 on 11/09/2016 (1266 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for passive optical motion detection uses an optical sensor arrangement comprising an optical sensor having at least one signal channel. The optical sensor arrangement is initialized for repeated signal acquisition and an initial frame comprising a tuple of sensor data is collected from the at least one signal channel. The initial frame is set as a previous frame. A loop of motion detection is entered and the following steps are repeated. First, a current frame comprising another tuple of sensor data is collected from the at least one signal channel. Then, a motion parameter is computed from a motion metric depending on the current and previous frames. The so computed motion parameter is compared with a threshold value. A motion event parameter is set depending on the comparison of the motion parameter with the threshold value. The current frame is set as previous frame so that the loop can start all over again.

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


On-touch self-powered e-display
Patent No. 10635213 

Inventor(s): Songtao Wu (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15977620 on 05/11/2018 (718 days app to issue)

Abstract: An on-touch e-paper display includes an e-ink substrate having a plurality of cells each having a fluid, positively charged particles of a first color, and negatively charged particles of a second color. The on-touch e-paper display further includes a transparent triboelectric generator. The transparent triboelectric generator includes a main portion including a transparent conductor located on the e-ink substrate, and a transparent electron negative dielectric material located on the transparent conductor such that the transparent conductor is located between the e-ink substrate and the transparent electron negative dielectric material at the main portion. The transparent triboelectric generator further includes a hand electrode including the transparent electron negative dielectric material located on the e-ink substrate, and the transparent conductor located on the transparent electron negative dielectric material such that the transparent electron negative dielectric material is located between the e-ink substrate and the transparent conductor at the hand electrode.

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


Touchscreen user interface with multi-language support
Patent No. 10635305 

Inventor(s): Garry J. Champ (Blue Ridge, TX)
Assignee(s): MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED (Chandler, AZ)
Law Firm: Slayden Grubert Beard PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15976474 on 05/10/2018 (719 days app to issue)

Abstract: A touchscreen-based system for data entry using a language conversion is provided. The system may access a mapping database including mappings between character strings in a first language (e.g., English alphabet characters) and character objects in a second language (e.g., Chinese logograph characters). A touchscreen may display a user interface including (a) virtual input scroll wheels that display first language characters and which can be virtually scrolled by touch input to select a string of first language characters, and (b) a virtual results scroll wheel that displays second language character objects mapped to the user-selected string of first language characters, and allows the user to select (by scrolling) a particular second language character object. The selected second language character object may then be entered, e.g., by a touch-based command, into a displayed string of second language characters or into memory or to a related data processing system for further processing.

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


Method and apparatus for wear-levelling non-volatile memory
Patent No. 10635326 

Inventor(s): Chetan Agrawal (Madhya Pradesh, , IN), Dinesh Agarwal (Bangalore, , IN), Vijay Sivasankaran (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15848774 on 12/20/2017 (860 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus and method for performing wear leveling are disclosed. An ordered list of references to each of a set of memory blocks is stored. A set of memory blocks in the ordered list is sequentially allocating. The allocated set of memory blocks in the ordered list are erased in the sequence in which they were allocated.

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


Architecture and instruction set to support interruptible floating point division
Patent No. 10635395 

Inventor(s): Alexander Tessarolo (Lindfield, , AU), Prasanth Viswanathan Pillai (Bangalore, , IN), Venkatesh Natarajan (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15198070 on 06/30/2016 (1398 days app to issue)

Abstract: A processor (and method) includes a core that performs a floating point division through execution of various instructions. The instructions include a sign, exponent, and mantissa (SEM) separation instruction which causes the core to extract the sign, exponent and mantissa values from numerator and denominator floating point numbers. The instructions also include an unsigned mantissa division instruction which cause the core to iteratively perform a conditional subtraction operation to compute a value indicative of a mantissa of the quotient. The instructions further include a merge instruction that causes the core to generate a quotient floating point number using the extracted sign and exponent from the SEM separation instruction and the value indicative of the mantissa of the quotient.

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


Internally truncated multiplier
Patent No. 10635396 

Inventor(s): Jaiganesh Balakrishnan (Bangalore, , IN), Jawaharlal Tangudu (Bangalore, , IN), Pooja Sundar (Bangalore, , IN), Suvam Nandi (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16454369 on 06/27/2019 (306 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multiplier circuit includes a partial product generation circuit, a truncation circuit, and a summation circuit. The partial product generation circuit is configured to generate a plurality of partial products for multiplying two values. The truncation circuit is coupled to the partial product generation circuit. The truncation circuit is configured to shorten at least some of the partial products by removing a least significant bit from the at least some of the partial products. The summation circuit coupled to the truncation circuit. The summation circuit is configured to sum the truncated partial products produced by the truncation circuit.

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


Homogenous atomic pattern for double, add, and subtract operations for digital authentication using elliptic curve cryptography
Patent No. 10635405 

Inventor(s): Eric Thierry Peeters (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16035440 on 07/13/2018 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of performing finite field addition and doubling operations in an elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) authentication scheme as a countermeasure to side-channel attack. The addition and doubling operations are executed using atomic patterns that involve the same sequence and number of operation types, so that the noise consumption and electromagnetic emanation profile of circuitry performing the operations is identical regardless of operation. A subtraction operation using such an atomic pattern is also disclosed.

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


Techniques to deploy an application as a cloud computing service
Patent No. 10635437 

Inventor(s): Anoop Kunjuramanpillai (McKinney, TX), Baswaraj Thota (Frisco, TX), David Schaaf (McKinney, TX), Kenneth Naugle (Carrollton, TX), Phani Krishna Hari (The Colony, TX), Radford Shiozaki (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16394513 on 04/25/2019 (369 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are described to automate deployment of an application as a cloud computing service. Such deployment may be accomplished on any underlying host infrastructure. As mentioned above, a typical application may engage in a number of build and deployment processes in order to run on a host computer with an infrastructure type. The techniques described herein may leverage an artificial intelligence computation library to identify which build and deployment processes are required by the application. Once identified, the user may select a host infrastructure type and create a container package with a runtime machine and components configure to run these build and deployment processes for that host infrastructure type. The container package may be used to generate an image from which the host computer can run the application as the cloud computing service. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

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


Deployable console-based virtual application deployment and configuration systems and methods
Patent No. 10635467 

Inventor(s): Akshaya Mahapatra (San Jose, CA), Boyu Wang (Santa Clara, CA), Michael Tan (Palo Alto, CA), Sayajirao Patil (San Jose, CA), Zunhe Jin (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15918971 on 03/12/2018 (778 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve systems and methods for the automatic packaging and deployment of virtual machines in a virtual environment. More particularly, the disclosure involves a system that automatically packages two virtual machines, a console virtual machine and a template virtual machine, in a virtual application. The template virtual machine initiates communication with the console virtual machine to generate multiple virtual machine instances.

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


System and method for an autonomous entity
Patent No. 10635471 

Inventor(s): Joshua P Davis (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15052681 on 02/24/2016 (1525 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to an embodiment, a processing network is configured to access a reputation system, provide a first user interface, provide a second user interface, receive a request from a user through the second user interface, retrieve user information from the reputation system, assign a plurality of human intelligence tasks based on the request, receive a plurality of results from the plurality of human intelligence tasks, confirm an identity and a status of the user based on the user information and the plurality of results, execute the request based on confirming the identity and the status of the user, and store evidence of execution of the request as an immutable data entry in a permanent database. The first user interface includes information from the reputation system, and the plurality of human intelligence tasks are assigned to a plurality of participants through the first user interface.

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


Recovery of partial memory die
Patent No. 10635515 

Inventor(s): Kirubakaran Periyannan (Santa Clara, CA), Sukhminder Singh Lobana (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15834050 on 12/06/2017 (874 days app to issue)

Abstract: A partial memory die is removed from an edge of a wafer such that the partial memory die is missing a portion of the memory structure that was not printed on the wafer. A usable portion of the incomplete memory structure is determined and one or more rectangular zones in the usable portion of the incomplete memory structure are identified. During operation of the memory system, the memory system receives logical addresses for memory operations to be performed on the partial memory die and determines physical addresses that corresponding to the logical addresses. The memory system performs an out of bounds response for a physical address that is on the partial memory die but outside of the one or more rectangular zones. The memory system performs memory operations for physical addresses that are inside the one or more rectangular zones.

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


Multicore on-die memory microcontroller
Patent No. 10635526 

Inventor(s): Henry Zhang (Saratoga, CA), Hiroyuki Mizukoshi (Kawasaki, , JP), Jayesh Pakhale (San Jose, CA), Po-Shen Lai (San Jose, CA), Spyridon Georgakis (San Francisco, CA), Toru Miwa (Yokohama, , JP), Tz-Yi Liu (Palo Alto, CA), Vi
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15934565 on 03/23/2018 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for a multicore on-die memory controller. An integrated circuit device includes an array of non-volatile memory cells and a microcontroller unit. A microcontroller unit includes a plurality of processing units. Different processing units perform different categories of tasks in parallel for an array of non-volatile memory cells.

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


Fault tolerance in distributed graph processing networks
Patent No. 10635562 

Inventor(s): Chen Tian (Union City, CA), Keval Vora (Riverside, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15174356 on 06/06/2016 (1422 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first device comprises: a memory configured to store a first sub-graph that is part of a distributed graph associated with a distributed graph processing network; a processor coupled to the memory and configured to: process the first sub-graph; and save, independently of a second device in the distributed graph processing network, a first snapshot of a first execution state of the first device at a first iteration time; and a transmitter coupled to the processor and configured to transmit the first snapshot to the second device or to a third device.

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


Memory controller assisted address mapping
Patent No. 10635599 

Inventor(s): Idan Alrod (Herzeliya, , IL), Yacov Duzly (Raanana, , IL), Yan Li (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16046287 on 07/26/2018 (642 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a storage controller, a non-volatile memory die comprising a set of memory elements and a memory die controller associated with the non-volatile memory die. The memory die controller is configured to identify a portion of the non-volatile memory die for mapping logical addresses, read a header of a sub-portion of the identified portion, for a logical address, map a physical address corresponding to the logical address of the sub-portion to a physical-to-logical mapping and transmit the physical-to-logical mapping to the storage controller.

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


Multi-cloud bi-directional storage replication system and techniques
Patent No. 10635642 

Inventor(s): Deepa Rao (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16408425 on 05/09/2019 (355 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are systems, apparatuses and techniques for replicating data between different cloud computing platforms. Examples include storage replicator components operable in different cloud computing platforms. The first storage replicator component may identify the second cloud computing platform as a location to copy a data file in response to an event related to the data file stored in a first cloud computing platform. The first storage replicator component may request a copy of the data file via an application programming interface of the first cloud computing platform. The attributes of the copy of the data file which involve modification to conform to data management conventions of the second cloud computing platform may be determined and modified to comply with conventions of the second cloud computing platform. The modified copy of the data file may be forwarded to the second cloud computing platform for storage.

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


Data transfer and resource management system
Patent No. 10635657 

Inventor(s): Abhijit Chitnis (Frisco, TX), Gurucharan Manadavadi Prakash (Frisco, TX), Madan Gumudavelly (Little Elm, TX), Naga Chintala (Frisco, TX), Naga Venkata Sriram Vadakattu (Frisco, TX), Sarvani Maddina (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein and Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16515728 on 07/18/2019 (285 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, method, and computer program product embodiments for a data transfer and resource management system. An embodiment operates by retrieving both data and a schema from a table. A first offset corresponding to the retrieved data indicating a retrieval time of the retrieved data and a number of records is identified. It is determined that the retrieved data corresponds to the schema. The data is stored on a messaging platform and made available to one or more end users prior to a transfer to one or more cloud servers. A second offset corresponding to a number of records of the data retrieved by the one or more end users from the messaging platform is determined. It is validate that the second offset corresponds to the first offset. The records and the schema retrieved from the intermediary messaging platform are transferred to the one or more cloud servers.

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


Training systems for pseudo labeling natural language
Patent No. 10635751 

Inventor(s): Aditya Relangi (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Troutman Sanders LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16421026 on 05/23/2019 (341 days app to issue)

Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure can comprise systems and methods for creating and modifying named entity recognition models. The system can use two or more existing named entity recognition models to output responses to natural language queries for which the models have not yet been trained. When the output from the two or more models match, the query and the resulting output can be stored as training data for a new named entity recognition model. If the output from the two or models do not match, the query and the outputs can be stored in an exceptions file for additional review. In some embodiments, the system can comprise one or more processors and a display for providing a user interface (UI).

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


Reservoir souring forecasting
Patent No. 10635762 

Inventor(s): Edward Burger (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ConocoPhillips Company (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Boulware Valoir (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15331350 on 10/21/2016 (1285 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for modeling reservoir souring using object-oriented numerical solutions separate from reservoir topography is described. Specifically, flow physics are separated into one or more objects, along with one or more H[subscript]2[/subscript]S generation mechanisms, for modeling on time and spatial scales separate from field scale modeling.

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


Systems and methods for determining patient adherence to a prescribed medication protocol
Patent No. 10635783 

Inventor(s): Roger G. Pinsonneault (Alpharetta, GA)
Assignee(s): MCKESSON CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14312471 on 06/23/2014 (2136 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining patient adherence to a medication protocol by evaluating healthcare transactions. An e-prescription transaction can be received from a prescriber and evaluated to determine if the patient is to receive adherence analysis. If so, the e-prescription data can be stored and the e-prescription can be forwarded to a pharmacy. A healthcare claim transaction for a medication can be received from the pharmacy and forwarded on for adjudication. If approved, the claim transaction data can be evaluated to determine if it matches any stored e-prescription data records. Upon identifying a match, a prescription fill status notification can be generated and transmitted to the prescriber computer associated with the prescriber of the medication in the e-prescription. If the healthcare claim transaction is for a refill or a maintenance medication, a patient adherence level can be calculated and included in the prescription fill status notification.

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


Method and apparatus of performing data executable integrity verification
Patent No. 10635815 

Inventor(s): William Charles Easttom (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16365640 on 03/26/2019 (399 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and method of verifying an application installation procedure. One example method of operation may include receiving an application at a computer device and initiating the installation of the application on the computer device. The method may also provide executing the application during the installation procedure and creating a hash value corresponding to the executed application data. The method may further provide storing the hash value in memory and comparing the hash value to a pre-stored hash value to determine whether to continue the installation of the application.

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


Data integration system for triggering analysis of connection oscillations
Patent No. 10635822 

Inventor(s): David Michael Steele (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15827515 on 11/30/2017 (880 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to data integration and threat assessment for triggering analysis of connection oscillations in order to improve data and connection security. The invention leverages a security threat assessment engine and an analytics engine to gather and process data from a combination of internal and external data sources for a third party connection. The system continuously monitors and updates a generated threat level for a third party connection to determine changes or triggers indicating a potential security threat. In response to these determined changes or triggers, the system then responds to a detected security threat and minimizes damages resulting from data compromised by third party systems. Further, the system may extract and recover data from the third party systems and alter connection channels in order to further limit losses.

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


System and method for audiovisual response to retail diagnostic product
Patent No. 10635870 

Inventor(s): Jovan Hutton Pulitzer (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Reliant Immune Diagnostics, Inc. (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16451989 on 06/25/2019 (308 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are provided for presenting self-diagnostic test instructions in the form of audiovisual messages. The system and method include collecting by a user of a testing device a biologic sample for use with a testing device, assigning correlative values as test results, and receiving the test results at a server disposed on a network. Some aspects of the system and method present test instructions to the user in the form of audiovisual messages. The audiovisual messages are provided to the user as a response to an interaction with a retail diagnostic product. In some aspects, the complete audiovisual message is presented before the user may complete a self-diagnostic test.

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


Vehicle control with efficient iterative triangulation
Patent No. 10635909 

Inventor(s): Deepak Kumar Poddar (Bangalore, , IN), Pramod Kumar Swami (Bangalore, , IN), Shyam Jagannathan (Bangalore, , IN), Soyeb Nagori (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15346491 on 11/08/2016 (1267 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicular structure from motion (SfM) system can include an input to receive a sequence of image frames acquired from a camera on a vehicle and an SIMD processor to process 2D feature point input data extracted from the image frames so as to compute 3D points. For a given 3D point, the SfM system can calculate partial A[superscript]T[/superscript]A and partial A[superscript]T[/superscript]b matrices outside of an iterative triangulation loop, reducing computational complexity inside the loop. Multiple tracks can be processed together to take full advantage of SIMD instruction parallelism.

[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)


Systems and methods for updating image recognition models
Patent No. 10635940 

Inventor(s): Aamer Charania (Flower Mound, TX), Chi-san Ho (Allen, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Sunil Subrahmanyam Vasisht (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16254568 on 01/22/2019 (462 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for training image recognition models. The system may include a processor in communication with a client device, and a storage medium storing instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to perform operations including storing, in a database, a plurality of images depicting vehicles; determining, for a first subset of the images, that additional images of the vehicles depicted in the first subset are desired; determining, for a second subset of the images, that additional images of the vehicles depicted in the second subset are not desired; identifying, within the first subset, images suitable for training an image recognition model; assigning a classification to the suitable images; determining, based on the classification, whether a threshold number of images exist in the database; and initiating an update of the image recognition model, based on the determination of whether the threshold number of images exists.

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


Method and system for implementing an adaptive data governance system
Patent No. 10636005 

Inventor(s): Charles Randall Wilson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Vista IP Law Group, LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14862883 on 09/23/2015 (1679 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a method, system, and computer program product for implementing adaptive business workflows, where the context is coordinated with a hierarchy. The adaptive workflow may include conditional stages that are also coordinated with the hierarchy.

[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 adding identification element to card
Patent No. 10636020 

Inventor(s): Micah Price (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16557003 on 08/30/2019 (242 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects described herein may allow for prompting a user to access an on-line tool to create an identification element to be added to an exterior surface of a personal card. A server device may prompt the user to select a location for the identification element from a plurality of pre-selected locations on the personal card, each of the plurality of pre-selected locations being proximate edges of the personal card and outward of any of magnetic strips, chips, text, photos, and images on the personal card. The server device may modify an exterior surface of the personal card to include the identification element at the selected location, and deliver the personal card to the 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]


System for routing of process authorizations and settlement to a user in a process data network
Patent No. 10636033 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15050372 on 02/22/2016 (1527 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to routing process authorizations to determine an appropriate legal entity name when an alternate entity name is provided. The system stores alternate entity names in a private or semi-private block chain distributed network, where a block chain ledger keeps an ongoing record of the alternate entity names and their associated legal entity name. When an authorization request is received that does not include a known legal entity name, the system will match the listed entity name with one of the stored alternate entity names, and thereby determine the legal entity name that should be associated with the authorization request.

[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 for customer authentication of an item
Patent No. 10636040 

Inventor(s): Douglas Peckover (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): DT LABS, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13706039 on 12/05/2012 (2701 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus is provided for authentication of an item or a label by storing unique random serial numbers or codes in a remote secure storage that can be used to authenticate the item or the label, generating a pointer to each stored unique random serial number/code and storing the generated pointer(s) in a client data storage. During or prior to a production run of the item(s) or label(s): the generated pointer(s) are sent from the client data storage to one or more media devices, the generated pointer(s) are obtained from the media device using a post-content manager, the unique random serial number(s)/code(s) are obtained from the server via the post-content manager using the generated pointer(s), the obtained unique random serial number(s)/code(s) are sent to the media device, and the received unique random serial number(s)/code(s) are imprinted on the item(s) or the label(s) using the media device.

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


System and method for instant win scratch off ticket game with ticket sales maximization using secondary game
Patent No. 10636254 

Inventor(s): Jay B. Ross (Delran, NJ), Kenneth E. Irwin, Jr. (Dawsonville, GA), Robert D. Hamman (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): SCA PROMOTIONS (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Goldberg Liao, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16558898 on 09/03/2019 (238 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to various embodiments, a system, method, and non-transitory computer-readable medium for increasing the operational lifetime of a lottery game is disclosed. The system, method, and non-transitory computer-readable medium include a game specification having rules for a primary game and a conditional secondary game. The rules include that initial winnings above a predetermined threshold in the primary game allow for entry in the secondary game for a chance to increase the initial winnings.

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


Cooperative autonomous driving for traffic congestion avoidance
Patent No. 10636297 

Inventor(s): Nannan Wang (Plano, TX), Paparao Palacharla (Richardson, TX), Qiong Zhang (Plano, TX), Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15988151 on 05/24/2018 (705 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for traffic congestion avoidance may use cooperative autonomous driving based on vehicle-to-vehicle communication to resolve deadlock conditions. The method may include automatically detecting, by a given autonomous vehicle, that the given vehicle is deadlocked, initiating, by the given vehicle, formation of a coordination group including the given vehicle, a front vehicle traveling in the same driving lane as the given vehicle, and an assistant autonomous vehicle traveling in a lane adjacent to the lane in which the given vehicle and the front vehicle are traveling, and sending, by the given vehicle using vehicle-to-vehicle communication, a cooperative driving task request to initiate actions by the autonomous vehicles in the coordination group to resolve the deadlock condition. The actions may include modifying a driving plan of an autonomous vehicle in the coordination group and initiating a speed negotiation with an autonomous vehicle in the coordination group.

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


Systems and methods for determining parking availability on floors of multi-story units
Patent No. 10636305 

Inventor(s): Eric Randell Schmidt (Northville, MI), Kotaro Hashimoto (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16193119 on 11/16/2018 (529 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle includes one or more processors, one or more memory modules, and machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules. The vehicle determines that the vehicle is in a multi-story unit, determines a first time when the vehicle enters a floor of the multi-story unit, determines a second time when the vehicle exits the floor of the multi-story unit, measures a staying time for the vehicle being on the floor of the multi-story unit based on the first time and the second time, determines whether the floor of the multi-story unit includes an available parking space based on the staying time, and transmits a notification to another vehicle in response to determination that the floor of the multi-story unit includes no available parking space.

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


Memory device with bit lines disconnected from NAND strings for fast programming
Patent No. 10636487 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (Fremont, CA), Huai-Yuan Tseng (San Ramon, CA), Xiang Yang (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16000257 on 06/05/2018 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for fast programming and read operations for memory cells. A first set of bit lines is connected to a first set of NAND strings and is interleaved with a second set of bit lines connected to a second set of NAND strings. The first set of NAND strings can be programmed by driving a voltage on the first set of bit lines while floating a voltage on the second set of bit lines, to reduce an inter-bit line capacitance and provide a relatively high access speed and a relatively low storage density (e.g., bits per memory cell). The second set of NAND strings can be programmed by concurrently driving a voltage on the first and second sets of bit lines, to provide a relatively low access speed and a relatively high storage density.

[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)


Apparatus and method for reducing noise generated from locked out sense circuits in a non-volatile memory system
Patent No. 10636494 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (Fremont, CA), Huai-yuan Tseng (San Ramon, CA), Stanley Jeong (Dublin, CA), Wei Zhao (Fremont, CA), Xiang Yang (Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15908239 on 02/28/2018 (790 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes selected sense circuits configured to be connected to selected bit lines and unselected sense circuits configured to be connected to unselected bit lines during a sense operation. When the sense circuit is connected to the unselected bit line during the sense operation, the sense circuit is locked out in order to reduce current consumption. However, noise from the locked out sense circuit may be transmitted to the sense circuits connected to the selected bit lines through adjacent bit line coupling. In order to reduce the effect of the noise, charge transfer from the sense node may be blocked from passing to the unselected bit lines. Or, charge may be drained from the sense node, thereby preventing the charge from passing to the unselected bit lines.

[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)


Managing bit-line settling time in non-volatile memory
Patent No. 10636498 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (Sunnyvale, CA), Xiang Yang (Santa Clara, CA), Yu-Chung Lien (San Jose, CA), Zhenming Zhou (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16283441 on 02/22/2019 (431 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-volatile memory system comprises a plurality of word lines, a plurality of bit lines, non-volatile memory cells, and a sensing circuit. The sensing circuit is configured to sense a first set of the memory cells coupled to a contiguous set of the bit lines and a selected word line using a first bit line settling time. The sensing circuit is configured to sense a second set of the memory cells coupled to a non-contiguous set of the bit lines and the selected word line using a second bit line settling time.

[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)


Reducing read disturb in two-tier memory device by modifying ramp up rate of word line voltages during channel discharge
Patent No. 10636500 

Inventor(s): Hong-Yan Chen (San Jose, CA), Wei Zhao (Fremont, CA), Yingda Dong (Los Altos, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16227635 on 12/20/2018 (495 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for reducing read disturb of memory cells in a two-tier stack having a lower tier and an upper tier separated by an interface. In a read operation, the channels of NAND strings are discharged before reading the selected memory cells. The discharge involves ramping up the word line voltages and grounding the ends of the NAND strings. To increase the discharge, a ramp up rate may be greater for the selected word line and for dummy memory cells adjacent to the interface, compared to the ramp up rate for the unselected word lines. In an option, the greater ramp up rate is also used for the word lines between the selected word line and the interface. In another option, the greater ramp up rate is used for the word lines in the same tier as the selected word line.

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


Memory device with reduced neighbor word line interference using adjustable voltage on source-side unselected word line
Patent No. 10636501 

Inventor(s): Changyuan Chen (San Jose, CA), Ching-Huang Lu (Fremont, CA), Han-Ping Chen (Santa Clara, CA), Vinh Diep (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16356131 on 03/18/2019 (407 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are described for reducing program disturb including neighbor word interference in a memory device. Voltages applied to the word lines adjacent to the selected word line WLn during program and read operations are adjusted. The adjacent word lines include WLn1, a source-side adjacent word line of WLn, and WLn+1, a drain side adjacent word line of WLn. In one aspect, VWLn1VWLn+1 during the verify tests of the program operation for the data states above the lowest programmed data state and VWLn1=VWLn+1 during the verify test for the lowest programmed data state. Also, VWLn1VWLn+1 during a read operation which distinguishes between the programmed data states and VWLn1=VWLn+1 during a read operation which distinguishes between erased state and the lowest programmed data state.

[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)


Alteration of sensing time in memory cells
Patent No. 10636503 

Inventor(s): Xiang Yang (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16145012 on 09/27/2018 (579 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a programming circuit configured to deliver a series of program loops to a memory cell. The apparatus further includes a sensing circuit configured to sense an electrical characteristic of the memory cell for a sensing time during each program loop. The apparatus also includes an alteration circuit configured to alter the sensing time of a subsequent program loop in response to a programming condition.

[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)


Read verify for improved soft bit information for non-volatile memories with residual resistance
Patent No. 10636504 

Inventor(s): Anubhav Khandelwal (San Jose, CA), Nian Niles Yang (Mountain View, CA), Philip David Reusswig (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15798648 on 10/31/2017 (910 days app to issue)

Abstract: Over a period of operation, non-volatile memory can develop a residual resistance that is impractical to remove. For example, in a NAND string of memory cells, trapped charge may build up in a region between the bit lines and drain side select gates, so that even when all the devices of a NAND string are in an ”on” state, the NAND string will not conduct. This effect will skew both hard bit data determinations, indicating the data state of a selected memory cell, and soft bit data determinations which may correlate to the reliability of the hard bit data. Techniques are described to factor in such excessive residual resistance when determining the soft bit data.

[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)


Blood marketplace system and method
Patent No. 10636521 

Inventor(s): Christopher Godfrey (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BloodSolutions, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14870289 on 09/30/2015 (1672 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computerized system and method to provide a marketplace for real-time matching of a blood order to a blood supplier based on a variety of variables tracked by the system including real-time marketplace trend statistical analysis. NULL


System and method for quantifying, ensuring, and triggering the prescriptive authority for a telemedicine session
Patent No. 10636527 

Inventor(s): Jovan Hutton Pulitzer (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): RELIANT IMMUNE DIAGNOSTICS, INC. (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16014643 on 06/21/2018 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for creating a unique transaction ID (UTID) securely representing a medical diagnostic transaction between a user/patient and a telemedicine professional is provided. The method includes receiving test information to initiate a new diagnostic transaction, initiating generation of a UTID for the new diagnostic transaction initiated by the receive operation for storage of any transaction information associated therewith, and receiving a request for a telemedicine session and in response thereto executing the following steps: analyzing the test results with an expert system, contacting a telemedicine professional and transmitting predetermined information from the first central office database including at least the test results and determined treatment regimens determined by the expert system, and receiving approval from the telemedicine professional of a selection of the determined treatment regimen. NULL


Automated remote message management
Patent No. 10637722 

Inventor(s): Michael A. Henderson (Midlothian, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14683554 on 04/10/2015 (1845 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for remotely managing messages is provided. The method includes receiving a status message associated with an operational status of hardware or software and determining, via execution of a message database table associated with a message database, that the status message includes a new message not located within the message database. The status message is added to the message database table and a search process for messages matching the status message is executed to determine if a match between the messages and status is located.

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


System and method for cloud-based analytics
Patent No. 10637846 

Inventor(s): Anoop Kunjaraman Pillai (Plano, TX), Dan Tresnak (Frisco, TX), Jonathan Lee (Frisco, TX), Leonardo Gomide (Addison, TX), Michael Carrillo (Frisco, TX), Raveender Kommera (Flower Mound, TX), Venu Gopal Rao Meda (Plano, TX,
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Troutman Sanders LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15690853 on 08/30/2017 (972 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method in accordance with example embodiments may include systems and methods for a cloud-based analytics platform. The cloud-based analytics platform may allow the manual and automatic uploading to and/or downloading from a cloud server. The platform may include single sign-on (SSO) capabilities such that a user may have one set of credentials to access data from the cloud-based analytics and/or data stored locally. The platform may include data validation and processing in order to provide real-time feedback on uploads based on file type, file size, access rights, extracted data, and transformed data.

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


Smart internet of things (”IOT”) relay monitors
Patent No. 10637873 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15926909 on 03/20/2018 (770 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for tracking and validating behavior and communication patterns of sensors on an Internet-of-Things (”IoT”) network. Preferably, a tracking node is assigned to monitor activity of a target node. The tracking node may hand-off monitoring responsibility to another node on the network. A tracking node may intercept communications of a target node. A first tracking node may monitor activity of the target node in a first geographic location. A second tracking node may monitor activity of the target node in a second geographic location. Two or more tracking node may monitor activity of the target node in a geographic location.

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


 

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Packaged semiconductor device having nanoparticle adhesion layer patterned into zones of electrical conductance and insulation
Patent No. 10636679 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Yong Lin (Troy, MI)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16458558 on 07/01/2019 (302 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device comprises a substrate and an adhesive nanoparticle layer patterned into zones of electrical conductance and insulation on top of the substrate surface. A diffusion region adjoining the surface comprises an admixture of the nanoparticles in the substrate material. When the nanoparticle layer is patterned from originally all-conductive nanoparticles, the insulating zones are created by selective oxidation; when the nanoparticle layer is patterned from originally all-non-conductive nanoparticles, the conductive zones are created by depositing selectively a volatile reducing agent. A package of insulating material is in touch with the nanoparticle layer and fills any voids in the nanoparticle 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]


Multi-layer die attachment
Patent No. 10636727 

Inventor(s): Leslie E. Stark (Rowlett, TX), Mohammad Waseem Hussain (Irving, TX), Steven Murphy (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15899114 on 02/19/2018 (799 days app to issue)

Abstract: A packaged electrical device that includes a cured adhesive layer and a cured layer of die attach material coupled between a semiconductor die and a substrate. The packaged electrical device may also include wire bonds coupled between the substrate and leads of the semiconductor die. In addition, the packaged electrical device may be encapsulated in molding compound. A method for fabricating a packaged electrical device. The method includes printing a layer of die attach material over a semiconductor wafer and applying a layer of 2-in-1 die attach film over the layer of die attach material. The method also includes singulating the semiconductor wafer to create a semiconductor die and placing the semiconductor die onto a substrate. In addition the method includes wire bonding the substrate to leads of the semiconductor die and encapsulating the device in molding compound.

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


Integrated circuit package with pre-wetted contact sidewall surfaces
Patent No. 10636729 

Inventor(s): Daiki Komatsu (Beppu, , JP), Makoto Shibuya (Beppu, , JP)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15627141 on 06/19/2017 (1044 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) package includes an encapsulation package that contains an integrated circuit die attached to a lead frame. A set of contacts is formed on the package that each have an exposed contact sidewall surface and an exposed contact lower surface. A protective layer of solder wettable material covers each contact sidewall surface.

[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]


Expanded head pillar for bump bonds
Patent No. 10636758 

Inventor(s): Sreenivasan K Koduri (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16030371 on 07/09/2018 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microelectronic device has a bump bond structure including an electrically conductive pillar with an expanded head, and solder on the expanded head. The electrically conductive pillar includes a column extending from an I/O pad to the expanded head. The expanded head extends laterally past the column on at least one side of the electrically conductive pillar. In one aspect, the expanded head may have a rounded side profile with a radius approximately equal to a thickness of the expanded head, and a flat top surface. In another aspect, the expanded head may extend past the column by different lateral distances in different lateral directions. In a further aspect, the expanded head may have two connection areas for making electrical connections to two separate nodes. Methods for forming the microelectronic device are disclosed.

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


Isolator integrated circuits with package structure cavity and fabrication methods
Patent No. 10636778 

Inventor(s): Barry Jon Male (West Granby, CT), Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Robert Alan Neidorff (Bedford, NH), Steve Kummerl (Carrolton, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16126577 on 09/10/2018 (596 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, an integrated circuit includes a leadframe structure, which includes electrical conductors. A first coil structure is electrically connected to a first pair of the electrical conductors of the leadframe structure. The first coil structure is partially formed on a semiconductor die structure. A second coil structure is electrically connected to a second pair of the electrical conductors of the leadframe structure. The second coil structure is partially formed on the semiconductor die structure. A molded package structure encloses portions of the leadframe structure. The molded package structure exposes portions of the first and second pairs of the electrical conductors to allow external connection to the first and second coil structures. The molded package structure includes a cavity to magnetically couple portions of the first and second coil structures.

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


Integrated circuit with resurf region biasing under buried insulator layers
Patent No. 10636815 

Inventor(s): Alexei Sadovnikov (Sunnyvale, CA), Jeffrey A. Babcock (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16395116 on 04/25/2019 (369 days app to issue)

Abstract: Complementary high-voltage bipolar transistors in silicon-on-insulator (SOI) integrated circuits is disclosed. In one disclosed embodiment, a collector region is formed in an epitaxial silicon layer disposed over a buried insulator layer. A base region and an emitter are disposed over the collector region. An n-type region is formed under the buried insulator layer (BOX) by implanting donor impurity through the active region of substrate and BOX into a p-substrate. Later in the process flow this n-type region is connected from the top by doped poly-silicon plug and is biased at Vcc. In this case it will deplete lateral portion of PNP collector region and hence, will increase its BV.

[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 electron mobility transistor (HEMT) device
Patent No. 10636881 

Inventor(s): Edward A. Beam, III (Plano, TX), Jinqiao Xie (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15299571 on 10/21/2016 (1285 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) device with epitaxial layers that include a gallium nitride (GaN) layer and an aluminum (Al) based layer having an interface with the GaN layer is disclosed. The Al based layer includes Al and an alloying element that is selected from Group IIIB transition metals of the periodic table of elements. The epitaxial layers are disposed over the substrate. A gate contact, a drain contact, and a source contact are disposed on a surface of the epitaxial layers such that the source contact and the drain contact are spaced apart from the gate contact and each other. The alloying element relieves lattice stress between the GaN layer and the Al based layer while maintaining a high sheet charge density within the HEMT device.

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


Tilted photodetector cell
Patent No. 10636933 

Inventor(s): Henry Litzmann Edwards (Garland, TX), Hideaki Kawahara (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14979071 on 12/22/2015 (1589 days app to issue)

Abstract: A photodetector cell includes a substrate having a semiconductor surface layer, and a trench in the semiconductor surface layer. The trench has tilted sidewalls including a first tilted sidewall and a second tilted sidewall. A pn junction, a PIN structure, or a phototransistor includes an active p-region and an active n-region that forms a junction including a first junction along the first tilted sidewall to provide a first photodetector element and a second junction spaced apart from the first junction along the second tilted sidewall to provide a second photodetector element. At least a p-type anode contact and at least an n-type cathode contact contacts the active p-region and active n-region of the first photodetector element and second photodetector element. The tilted sidewalls provide an outer exposed or optically transparent surface for passing incident light to the first and second photodetector elements for detection of incident light.

[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]


Corrosion resistant positive grid for lead-acid batteries
Patent No. 10637044 

Inventor(s): David R. Prengaman (Dallas, TX), Frank A. Fleming (Springfield, MO), Timothy W. Ellis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): NORTHSTAR BATTERY COMPANY, LLC (Springfield, MO), RSR TECHNOLOGIES INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Thompson Coburn LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15968509 on 05/01/2018 (728 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process of preparing a continuous cast lead-based alloy strip for use in the manufacture of a battery grid of a lead-acid battery, the process comprising mechanically deforming, at a deformation temperature in a range of about 15 to about 150 C., a continuous cast lead-based alloy strip having a thickness of t[subscript]cast [/subscript]that is in a range that is from about 0.6 to about 2 mm to reduce the thickness of the strip to a thickness of t[subscript]reduced [/subscript]that is in a range that is from about 0.4 to about 1.5 mm such that the reduction in thickness is in a range of about 10 to about 50%, wherein the lead-based alloy comprises lead and silver and is essentially free of calcium, and wherein the silver is at a concentration that is in a range of about 0.003 to about 0.015 weight percent.

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


Closed loop aperture tunable antenna
Patent No. 10637138 

Inventor(s): Ping Shi (Santa Clara, CA), Yonghua Wei (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16426837 on 05/30/2019 (334 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises a radio frequency (RF) antenna circuit; an antenna aperture tuning circuit; an antenna impedance measurement circuit; and a processor circuit electrically coupled to the tunable antenna aperture circuit and the impedance measurement circuit. The processor circuit is configured to: set the antenna aperture tuning circuit to an antenna aperture tuning state according to one or more parameters of an RF communication network; initiate an antenna impedance measurement; and change the antenna aperture tuning state to an antenna aperture tuning state indicated by the antenna impedance.

[H03H] IMPEDANCE NETWORKS, e.g. RESONANT CIRCUITS; RESONATORS (measuring, testing G01R; arrangements for producing a reverberation or echo sound G10K 15/08; impedance networks or resonators consisting of distributed impedances, e.g. of the waveguide type, H01P; control of amplification, e.g. bandwidth control of amplifiers, H03G; tuning resonant circuits, e.g. tuning coupled resonant circuits, H03J; networks for modifying the frequency characteristics of communication systems H04B)


Optically-activated array utilizing photonic integrated circuits (PICS)
Patent No. 10637139 

Inventor(s): James M. Bowden (Forney, TX), Timothy R. Holzheimer (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16186052 on 11/09/2018 (536 days app to issue)

Abstract: A photonic integrated circuit. The photonic integrated circuit includes: a plurality of antenna elements, an element of the plurality of antenna elements having an electrical port and including: a first laser configured to produce laser light of a first wavelength; and a first radiative patch conditionally connected to the electrical port and connected, by an optical connection, to the laser, the first radiative patch including, as a major component, a semiconductor material configured to be conductive when illuminated by light having the first wavelength, and to be nonconductive when not illuminated, the first radiative patch being configured, when conductive, to convert an electric signal received at the electrical port to radiated electromagnetic waves, or to convert received electromagnetic waves to an electrical signal at the electrical port.

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


Methods and apparatus to increase efficiency for wireless power transfer
Patent No. 10637291 

Inventor(s): Ali Djabbari (Saratoga, CA), Gianpaolo Lisi (Los Gatos, CA), Jingwei Xu (Plano, TX), Kosha Mahmodieh (Campbell, CA), Vijayalakshmi Devarajan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16214733 on 12/10/2018 (505 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example apparatus includes a feedback loop to: change a direction value when a second current value is greater than a first current value, the second current value being obtained after the first current value; and maintain the direction value when the second current value is less than the first current value. When the direction value corresponds to a first direction value, a summer increases a reference signal by a step size. When the direction value corresponds to a second direction value different than the first direction value, the summer decrease the reference signal by the step size.

[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)


Wireless power transfer system and method
Patent No. 10637295 

Inventor(s): Hengchun Mao (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): NuVolta Technologies (Milpitas, CA)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15852379 on 12/22/2017 (858 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system comprises a power amplifier configured to receive a frequency control signal, wherein the frequency control signal is generated based upon a system clock of a communication device and the frequency control signal is used to control a switching frequency of the power amplifier and a first resonant circuit coupled between the power amplifier and a first coil, wherein the first resonant circuit comprises a first variable capacitance network.

[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)


Dead-time control for half-bridge driver circuit
Patent No. 10637348 

Inventor(s): Wei Wu (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): Diodes Incorporated (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16436409 on 06/10/2019 (323 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gate driver circuit includes an input terminal for receiving an input switching signal for driving a switching circuit that has a high-side transistor and a low-side transistor vertically stacked. The gate driver circuit also includes a dead-time control circuit, that includes two dead-time measurement circuits. The first dead-time measurement circuit produces a first pulse signal having a first pulse width representing a first dead-time between when a gate voltage of the low-side transistor falls below a first threshold voltage and when a gate voltage of the high-side transistor rises above a second threshold voltage. The second dead-time measurement circuit produces a second pulse signal having a second pulse width representing a second dead-time between when the gate voltage of the high-side transistor falls below the second threshold voltage and when the gate voltage of the low-side transistor rises above the second threshold voltage.

[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)


Ramp offset compensation circuit in a buck boost converter
Patent No. 10637357 

Inventor(s): Xiaodong Zhan (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Renesas Electronics America Inc. (Milpitas, CA)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16226400 on 12/19/2018 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: A converter includes a buck boost converter circuit to generate an output voltage in response to an input voltage, and an inductor current compensation circuit to generate an output current compensated inductor current signal corresponding to a sensed input current. The output current compensated inductor current signal includes a voltage gap between a boost ramp valley and a buck ramp peak. The buck boost converter circuit includes a current sensor to receive the input voltage, the current sensor to sense an input current corresponding to the input voltage, an upper buck transistor coupled to the input voltage node, an upper boost transistor coupled to an output voltage node to output the output voltage, and an inductor coupled between the upper buck transistor and the upper boost transistor. The inductor current compensation circuit adjusts the voltage gap based on an offset compensation voltage corresponding to a switching frequency.

[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]


Signaling methods for communication systems with widely spaced downlink and uplink frequency channels
Patent No. 10637445 

Inventor(s): Farooq Khan (Allen, TX), Rakesh Taori (McKinney, TX), Robert Clark Daniels (Round Rock, TX), Shadi Abu-Surra (Plano, TX), Sudhir Ramakrishna (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Phazr, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15898196 on 02/15/2018 (803 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of wireless communication includes receiving a plurality of parameter values at a user equipment (UE) using a first local oscillator (LO) frequency value, where the plurality of parameter values includes indications of a downlink frequency channel and an uplink frequency channel. The method further includes determining a second LO frequency value at the UE, where the second LO frequency value is determined using the indications of downlink and uplink frequency channels. The method further includes receiving downlink signals from an associated base station using the second LO frequency value.

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


Dual voltage range CMOS receiver
Patent No. 10637446 

Inventor(s): Shiv Harit Mathur (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Rowan TELS LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16450619 on 06/24/2019 (309 days app to issue)

Abstract: An input signal is split onto a first data path and a second data path. Values of the input signal above a threshold voltage level are propagated on the second data path and not on the first data path. The propagation of the signal from the input signal terminal through the first data path or the second data path is selectively controlled using two reference bias voltages generated based on a level of the signal.

[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]


Low-power high-speed Schmitt Trigger with high noise rejection
Patent No. 10637448 

Inventor(s): Satoshi Sakurai (San Carlos, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16429686 on 06/03/2019 (330 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a first resistor coupled to a supply voltage node. The circuit further includes a first pair of transistors and a second pair of transistors. The first pair of transistors is coupled in series between the first resistor and an output node. The second pair of transistors is coupled in series between the output voltage node and a ground nod. A first capacitor is coupled in parallel across the first resistor.

[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]


Transceiver with in-phase and quadrature-phase coupling correction
Patent No. 10637491 

Inventor(s): Jagannathan Venkataraman (Bengaluru, , IN), Raja Reddy Patukuri (Nizamabad, , IN), Shagun Dusad (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16265219 on 02/01/2019 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transceiver system includes a clock generator and an analog-to-digital circuit (ADC). The transceiver system also includes a coupling correction circuit coupled to the clock generator and to the ADC, wherein the coupling correction circuit is configured to provide an in-phase correction and a quadrature-phase correction to a signal received by the ADC.

[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]


25% duty cycle clock generator having a divider with an inverter ring arrangement
Patent No. 10637521 

Inventor(s): Prasanth K (Ottapalam, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16234667 on 12/28/2018 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: A receiver device includes an I-Q mixer circuit configured to provide an I-phase signal and a Q-phase signal. The receiver device also includes a first analog-to-digital converter (ADC) circuit configured to digitize the I-phase signal. The receiver device also includes a second ADC circuit configured to digitize the Q-phase signal. The receiver device also includes a 25% duty cycle clock generator configured to provide 25% duty cycle clock signals to the I-Q mixer. The 25% duty cycle clock generator includes a divider circuit with an inverter ring arrangement.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Sequentially switched bulk acoustic wave (BAW) delay line circulator
Patent No. 10637527 

Inventor(s): Charles Forrest Campbell (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16167731 on 10/23/2018 (553 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sequentially switched bulk acoustic wave (BAW) delay line circulator is disclosed herein. A circulator circuit is implemented with semiconductor components in order to provide a compact, low cost solution for simultaneous signal transmission and reception over a single antenna. For example, the circulator circuit can include a transmit (TX) port, a receive (RX) port, and an antenna port. Antenna switching circuitry selectively couples the antenna port to two or more BAW delay lines, and TX/RX switching circuitry selectively couples the BAW delay lines to the TX port or the RX port. The BAW delay lines function as memory to store TX and RX signals long enough for the antenna switching circuitry, a TX switch, and a RX switch to be switched in sequence and route the TX signals from the TX port to the antenna port and route the RX signals from the antenna port to the RX port.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Coexistence primitives in power line communication networks
Patent No. 10637534 

Inventor(s): Kumaran Vijayasankar (Allen, TX), Ramanuja Vedantham (Allen, TX), Tarkesh Pande (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14985898 on 12/31/2015 (1580 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for setting a carrier-sensing mechanism in a PLC node are disclosed. In a PLC standard, coexistence is achieved by having the nodes detect a common preamble and backing off by a Coexistence InterFrame Space (cEIFS) time period to help the node to avoid interfering with the other technologies. In one embodiment, a PHY primitive is sent from the PHY to the MAC know that there has been a preamble detection. A two-level indication may be usedone indication after receiving the preamble and other indication after decoding the entire frame. The MAC sets the carrier-sensing mechanism based on the preamble detection.

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


Method and apparatus for channel access for LTE on unlicensed spectrum
Patent No. 10637619 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Eko Onggosanusi (Allen, TX), Jianzhing Zhang (Plano, TX), Thomas David Novlan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14930453 on 11/02/2015 (1639 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a base station (BS) to implement a listen-before-talk (LBT) protocol is provided. The method includes generating for transmission at least one of a discovery reference signal (DRS) or a data signal. The method also includes initiating an LBT protocol based on a single sensing interval to access a channel and transmit the DRS in contiguous orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) symbols. The method further includes initiating an LBT protocol with random back-off to access the channel and transmit the data signal, where a back-off counter value of the LBT protocol with random back-off does not decrement when the DRS is transmitting in the channel.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Memory decision feedback equalizer
Patent No. 10637692 

Inventor(s): Raghukiran Sreeramaneni (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15716162 on 09/26/2017 (945 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a decoder configured to receive an input signal. The decoder is configured to also output a control signal based on the input signal. The device further includes an equalizer configured to receive a distorted bit as part of a data stream, receive the control signal, select a distortion correction factor based upon the control signal, apply the distortion correction factor to the distorted bit to offset inter-symbol interference from the data stream on the distorted input data to generate a modified value of the distorted bit, and generate a corrected bit based on the modified value of the distorted bit.

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


Managing a 5G network using extension information
Patent No. 10637753 

Inventor(s): David Taft (Keller, TX), Imtiyaz Shaikh (Irving, TX), Jerry Steben (Fort Worth, TX), Maqbool Chauhan (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16378851 on 04/09/2019 (385 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer device may include a memory storing instructions and processor configured to execute the instructions to maintain a repository of network function devices in a network; obtain a transport network key performance indicator (KPI) for a particular network function device in the network; and generate an administration weight based on the obtained transport network KPI, wherein the administration weight corresponds to a measure of performance associated with the particular network function device. The processor may be further configured to receive, from a requesting network function device, a network function discovery request for a network function type associated with the particular network function device; and provide a network function discovery answer to the requesting network function device, wherein the network function discovery answer includes the generated administration weight for the particular network function device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Service chain header and metadata transport
Patent No. 10637773 

Inventor(s): Hong Zhang (Palo Alto, CA), Louis Fourie (Pleasanton, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16009521 on 06/15/2018 (683 days app to issue)

Abstract: Metadata may be embedded in a service chain header (SCH) appended to a packet that is forwarded over a service chain path. The metadata may include information that is used to process the packet at a downstream service function chain (SFC) entity on the service chain path. The metadata TLV field may identify a service action to be performed by a downstream SFC entity. For example, the metadata TLV field may instruct the downstream SFC entity to drop the packet, to redirect the packet (or a traffic flow associated with the packet), to mirror a traffic flow, to terminate a communication connection, to start or stop a packet accounting, and/or to apply a higher grade of service. In another embodiment, the metadata TLV field specifies an OAM service action list that identifies service actions that have been performed on the packet.

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


Angular focus stacking
Patent No. 10638030 

Inventor(s): Indranil Sinharoy (Dallas, TX), Marc P. Christensen (McKinney, TX), Prasanna Rangarajan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15883799 on 01/30/2018 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure includes a method for operating a camera. A lens or a sensor of the camera is rotated about an axis to a plurality of positions, and the rotation generates a rotation of a plane of sharp focus of the camera. At each of the plurality of positions, an image is captured. For each image, a substantially in-focus region is determined. The substantially in-focus regions are combined to generate a composite image.

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


Systems and method for augmented reality ophthalmic surgical microscope projection
Patent No. 10638080 

Inventor(s): Andrew Steven Hopper (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): ALCON INC. (, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15878910 on 01/24/2018 (825 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides a system including an augmented reality device communicatively coupled to an imaging system of an ophthalmic microscope. The augmented reality device may include a lens configured to project a digital image, a gaze control configured to detect a focus of an eye of an operator, and a dimming system communicatively coupled to the gaze control and the outer surface and including a processor that receives a digital image from the imaging system, projects the digital image on the lens, receives a signal from the gaze control regarding the focus of the eye of the operator, and transitions the outer surface of the augmented reality device between at least partially transparent to opaque based on the received signal. The disclosure further includes a method of performing ophthalmic surgery using an augmented reality device and a non-transitory computer readable medium able to perform augmented reality functions.

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


Advanced screen content coding with improved color table and index map coding methods
Patent No. 10638143 

Inventor(s): Haoping Yu (Carmel, IN), Meng Xu (Santa Clara, CA), Wei Wang (San Jose, CA), Xian Wang (Cupertino, CA), Zhan Ma (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14664284 on 03/20/2015 (1866 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method for screen content encoding includes deriving a palette table and a color index map based on a coding unit (CU). The method also includes encoding the palette table and encoding the color index map. The method further includes combining the encoded palette table and the encoded color index map for transmission to a receiver, where the palette table and index map are decoded to reconstruct a pixel block.

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


Inter-prediction candidate index coding independent of inter-prediction candidate list construction in video coding
Patent No. 10638149 

Inventor(s): Minhua Zhou (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16384750 on 04/15/2019 (379 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods are provided for inter-prediction candidate index coding independent of the construction of the corresponding inter-prediction candidate list, i.e., a merging candidate list or an advanced motion vector predictor list. A maximum allowed number of inter-prediction candidates for an inter-prediction candidate list is used for encoding the inter-prediction candidate index in an encoded bit stream. The maximum allowed number may be pre-determined or may be selected by the encoder and encoded in the bit stream. A decoder may then decode the index using the maximum allowed number of inter-prediction candidates independent of the construction of the corresponding inter-prediction candidate list.

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


Video encoding methods and systems for color and depth data representative of a virtual reality scene
Patent No. 10638151 

Inventor(s): Vidhya Seran (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15994836 on 05/31/2018 (698 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary video encoding system accesses an image set that includes first and second consecutive color data images depicting a virtual reality scene from a particular vantage point, and first and second consecutive depth data images corresponding to the color data images. The system performs a first-pass video encoding of the image set by identifying motion vector data associated with a transformation from the first to the second color data image, and abstaining from analyzing a transformation from the first to the second depth data image. The system then performs a second-pass video encoding of the image set based on the identified motion vector data by encoding the first and second color data images into a color video stream to be rendered by a media player device, and the first and second depth data images into a depth video stream to be rendered by the media player device.

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


Method and apparatus for a low complexity transform unit partitioning structure for HEVC
Patent No. 10638160 

Inventor(s): Minhua Zhou (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16228031 on 12/20/2018 (495 days app to issue)

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

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


Systems and methods for reducing blocking artifacts
Patent No. 10638163 

Inventor(s): Mangesh Devidas Sadafale (Nagpur, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15948832 on 04/09/2018 (750 days app to issue)

Abstract: Several methods and systems for reducing blocking artifacts are disclosed. In an embodiment, the method includes receiving a pair of adjacent blocks having an edge being positioned between the adjacent blocks. The pair of adjacent blocks is associated with one or more coding blocks. The one or more coding blocks comprise one or more coding information associated with the coding of the pair of adjacent blocks. The method also includes conducting a determination of whether the pair of adjacent blocks is coded in a skip-mode based on the one or more coding information. The edge is filtered based on the determination. Filtering the edge comprises disabling a de-blocking filtering of the edge based on a determination that the pair of adjacent blocks is coded in the skip-mode; and enabling the de-blocking filtering of the edge based on determination that the pair of adjacent blocks is not associated with the skip-mode.

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


Embedding interactive objects into a video session
Patent No. 10638194 

Inventor(s): Mehmet Ozkan (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14270629 on 05/06/2014 (2184 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a media device, overlay data associated with media content. The overlay data includes information indicating a time and a position at which a particular object is represented within the media content, and the overlay data includes information associating the particular object with supplemental information. The method further includes, during playback of the media content, receiving user input at the media device, and, responsive to the user input, generating an overlay display based on the overlay data, where the overlay display causes the particular object to be highlighted in a display of the media content.

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


Device for industry-specific content streaming
Patent No. 10638205 

Inventor(s): Jovan Hutton Pulitzer (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Digital Broadcasting and Communications Network, LLC (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16530668 on 08/02/2019 (270 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device for industry-specific content streaming includes a network interface, a display, a memory, and at least one processor coupled to the network interface and the memory. The at least one processor is configured to transmit a request for a digital content item to a remote server, wherein the digital content item is classified according to a specific classification code, receive a manifest file associated with the digital content item, wherein the manifest file includes a location for at least one segment file associated with the digital content item, determine using the manifest file a location on the remote server of a segment file, transmit to the remote server a request for the segment file stored on the remote server, receive the segment file in response to the request for the segment file, and present contents of the segment file on the display of the electronic device.

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


Multicast expert system information dissemination system and method
Patent No. 10638277 

Inventor(s): Robert D. Pedersen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16249797 on 01/16/2019 (468 days app to issue)

Abstract: Multicast expert system information dissemination systems and methods making use of artificial intelligence are provided. The systems and methods include a wireless device for receiving RF multicast information messages from a content provider wherein said information is descriptive of objects potentially of interest to users of the device. Received multicast messages may include information parameters about objects of potentially interest to the user. The wireless device also includes a knowledge base prestored in the wireless device descriptive of the user”s level of interest in various objects. Artificial intelligence expert system control is used to evaluate a combination of the user”s level of interest in the object information and distance from the user to the location where the object may be obtained. The artificial intelligence expert system derives a user advisory action index. In one embodiment the artificial intelligence may be implemented using fuzzy logic inference engine apparatus.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Multicast expert system information dissemination system and method
Patent No. 10638278 

Inventor(s): Robert D. Pedersen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16555423 on 08/29/2019 (243 days app to issue)

Abstract: Multicast expert system information dissemination systems and methods making use of artificial intelligence are provided. The systems and methods include a wireless device for receiving RF multicast information messages from a content provider wherein said information is descriptive of objects potentially of interest to users of the device. Received multicast messages may include information parameters about objects of potentially interest to the user. The wireless device also includes a knowledge base prestored in the wireless device descriptive of the user”s level of interest in various objects. Artificial intelligence expert system control is used to evaluate a combination of the user”s level of interest in the object information and distance from the user to the location where the object may be obtained. The artificial intelligence expert system derives a user advisory action index. In one embodiment the artificial intelligence may be implemented using fuzzy logic inference engine apparatus.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for reducing packet retransmission during handover (HO) in low latency mobile communication networks
Patent No. 10638374 

Inventor(s): Hang Shi (Fremont, CA), Ulas Can Kozat (Mountain View, CA), Yinghua Ye (Los Gatos, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15836096 on 12/08/2017 (872 days app to issue)

Abstract: Interruptions in communication due to user equipment (UE) handovers (HO) are signaled from the mobile communication network to the traffic source. For ultra-low latency and reliable communication, the signaling of HO start and completion notifications prevents retransmissions of in-flight packets by the traffic source, eliminating additional delays and inefficiencies. Signaling can be implemented by a network element, by a network element in conjunction with a smart traffic handler between the network and the traffic source (e.g., applications) and by a UE having at least two different radio interfaces.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Controlled-environment facility mobile device location tracking
Patent No. 10638404 

Inventor(s): Daniel Wright (Little Elm, TX), Kendrick Sims (Mansfield, TX), Michael Chenault (McKinney, TX), Robert E. Day (Lewisville, TX), Scott D. Passe (Forney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16218957 on 12/13/2018 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication device may be assigned to a resident of a controlled-environment facility. A data network interface of the resident device establishes a connection with a resident network via one or more network access points located within the facility. A tracking network interface of the resident device transmits location tracking signals received by location tracking devices located within the facility. The resident device connects with the resident network via the data network interface in providing services to the resident. During intervals when the resident device is not connected to the resident network via the data network interface, tracking network interface is used to transmit the location tracking signals.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for transmission and reception of control channels in a communications system
Patent No. 10638464 

Inventor(s): Bingyu Qu (Schaumburg, IL), Brian Classon (Palatine, IL), Philippe Sartori (Algonquin, IL), Vipul Desai (Palatine, IL), Weimin Xiao (Rolling Meadows, IL)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13434449 on 03/29/2012 (2952 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for transmitting control information to a wireless node. A communications controller determines a region for the control information in a subframe as at least one of a data region and a control region of the subframe. The communications controller modulates the control information, and maps the modulated control information onto resources of the subframe according to the determined region. The communications controller transmits the subframe to the wireless node.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and system of bi-directional transmission to improve uplink performance
Patent No. 10638465 

Inventor(s): Yifei Yuan (Iselin, NJ)
Assignee(s): ZTE (USA) Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15565041 on 04/08/2016 (1481 days app to issue)

Abstract: In coverage enhancement of machine type communication (MTC), a downlink transmitted bit stream is jointly encoded with uplink payload by the terminal. The combined signal is sent on uplink, to be jointly decoded by the base station that knows the downlink payload and the joint encoding mechanism at the mobile terminal.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for multi-source channel estimation
Patent No. 10638479 

Inventor(s): Arkady Molev Shteiman (Bridgewater, NJ), Xiao-Feng Qi (Westfield, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15226457 on 08/02/2016 (1365 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes determining position information of a main transmission sink having a primary transmission path to a communications device and of at least one mirror transmission sink associated with the main transmission sink by at least one secondary transmission path between the main transmission sink and the communications device, estimating primary channels between the communications device and antennas of an antenna array of the main transmission sink and secondary channels between the communications device and antennas of an antenna array of the at least one mirror transmission sink, the estimating is at least partially based on the position information of the main transmission sink and the at least one mirror transmission sink and position information of the antennas in the antenna arrays, and instructing use of the estimated primary channels and the estimated secondary channels.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Frequency selective almost blank subframes
Patent No. 10638498 

Inventor(s): Hongyan Lei (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Zagorin Cave LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14633230 on 02/27/2015 (1887 days app to issue)

Abstract: Frequency selective almost blank subframes (ABS) are scheduled in a heterogeneous network in which a protected portion of an available frequency band is allocated to protected subframes transmitted in by a small cell during a first time period and an unprotected portion of the frequency band is allocated to non-protected subframes transmitted during the first time period by the macro cell. The macro cell in the heterogeneous network utilizes the unprotected portion of the frequency band to transmit data to served user equipment (UEs) during ABS while the small cell uses the protected portion of the frequency band to transmit data to served UEs during ABS. That can improve service to low latency applications both for UEs served by the macro cell and for UEs being served by the small cell(s).

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and circuitry for wireless communications between different networks
Patent No. 10638532 

Inventor(s): Arvind Kandhalu Raghu (Plano, TX), Kumaran Vijayasankar (Allen, TX), Mehul Soman (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15271046 on 09/20/2016 (1316 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and circuitry for transmitting data between a first network operating in a first frequency band and a second network operating in a second frequency are disclosed. An example of a method includes receiving a first data frame transmitted in the first network in the first frequency band. A transmitter is switched to transmit in the second frequency band, A second data frame is transmitted in the second frequency band, wherein the second data frame includes a payload section, and wherein at least a portion of the first data frame is in the payload section of the second data frame.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

Outsole for a shoe
Patent No. D882226 

Inventor(s): Jackie Williams (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Boot Royalty Company, L.P. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: IP Attorneys Group, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29634442 on 01/22/2018 (827 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cookware basting projection
Patent No. D882332 

Inventor(s): Timothy J. Bennett (Colorado Springs, CO)
Assignee(s): TUESDAY MORNING PARTNERS, LTD. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29669064 on 11/05/2018 (540 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Planter
Patent No. D882458 

Inventor(s): Crawford Shaw (Atlanta, GA)
Assignee(s): In The Black Revocable Trust (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29653830 on 06/19/2018 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Trigger
Patent No. D882715 

Inventor(s): Jack Richard Biegel (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): CMC Triggers Corp. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Wood Herron Evans LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29629642 on 12/14/2017 (866 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Ammunition cartridge
Patent No. D882720 

Inventor(s): Christopher William Overton (Richardson, TX), Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29644840 on 04/20/2018 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Ammunition cartridge
Patent No. D882721 

Inventor(s): Christopher William Overton (Richardson, TX), Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29644847 on 04/20/2018 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Ammunition cartridge
Patent No. D882722 

Inventor(s): Christopher William Overton (Richardson, TX), Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29644862 on 04/20/2018 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Ammunition cartridge
Patent No. D882723 

Inventor(s): Christopher William Overton (Richardson, TX), Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29644863 on 04/20/2018 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Ammunition cartridge
Patent No. D882724 

Inventor(s): Christopher William Overton (Richardson, TX), Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29644864 on 04/20/2018 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Lift level
Patent No. D882905 

Inventor(s): Hector G. Ruiz (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Meadow Burke, LLC (Riverview, FL)
Law Firm: Sheridan Ross P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29649563 on 05/31/2018 (698 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

 

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