Dallas Invents: 147 Patents Granted for Week of June 29

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 10 for patent activity out of 250 metros.

Patents granted include:
Bank of America’s call interception heuristics
Belaj Innovations’ magnolia extract containing compositions
Illumina’s bioinformatics systems and methods for generating a De Brujin graph
IBM’s data aggregation node for blockchain rollup
Moneygram’s emergency services/virtual travel wallet
Motorola Mobility’s gas sensor augmented human presence detection system
Sealed Air’s crimped cushioned envelopes
ShockWatch’s unmanned aerial vehicle impact monitoring system
State Farm’s identifying property usage type based upon smart sensor data
Verizon’s providing LTE nåetwork devices with downlink channels in an unlicensed spectrum
Walmart Apollo’s shopping facility assistance systems, devices and methods

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 June 29, 2021 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

147 patents granted    
Ranked No. 10 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES 13
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING 18
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY 2
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 8
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING 13
G: PHYSICS 41
H: ELECTRICITY 42

DESIGN 9


TOP  ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 28
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 8
True Velocity IP Holdings LLC (Garland) 6
AT&T Intellectual Property I L.P. (Atlanta, GA) 5
International Business Machines Corp. (Armonk, NY) 4
Micron Technology Inc. (Boise, ID) 4
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 4
AT&T Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA) 3
Nokia Solutions and Network (Espoo, FI) 3

UNASSIGNED 13


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton) 6
Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison) 2
Bradley Gleaton (Dallas) 2
Devaki Chandramouli (Plano) 2
Erica Lea Boltz (Dallas) 2
Mary Nicole Hamilton (Heath) 2
Michael Scott Burnett (McKinney) 2
Randall May (Addison) 2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Branched polymeric biguanide compounds and their uses
Patent No. 11044912 

Inventor(s): Hwang-Hsing Chen (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16476025 on 12/20/2017 (1287 days app to issue)

Abstract: Biocidal branched polymeric biguanide compounds are made by polycondensation of sodium dicyanamide and a Afunctional primary amine and/or a tetrafunctional primary amine and optionally with a difunctional primary amine. The branched polymeric biguanide compounds have 2-dimensional conformation that provides better coverage over the surfaces of microorganisms and enhances efficacy as biocides as compared to most commercially available linear (one-dimensional) polymeric biguanide compounds. The bulkier 2-dimensional conformation of this invention limits the uptake, accumulation and release of these branched polymers to and from contact lenses. Therefore, these branched biguanide polymers can reduce the cytotoxicity, enhance compatibility and suitable for ophthalmic use. The highly branched polymers can be prepared with minimum or no difunctional primary amines. The lightly branched polymers can be prepared with of a minimum ratio of trifunctional plus multifunctional primary amines to difunctional primary amines.

[A01N] PRESERVATION OF BODIES OF HUMANS OR ANIMALS OR PLANTS OR PARTS THEREOF (preservation of food or foodstuff A23); BIOCIDES, e.g. AS DISINFECTANTS, AS PESTICIDES OR AS HERBICIDES (preparations for medical, dental or toilet purposes which kill or prevent the growth or proliferation of unwanted organisms A61K); PEST REPELLANTS OR ATTRACTANTS; PLANT GROWTH REGULATORS (mixtures of pesticides with fertilisers C05G)


Safety helmet
Patent No. 11044961 

Inventor(s): Jessel Craig (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Gulf Coast Intellectual Property Group (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16597158 on 10/09/2019 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: A safety helmet configured to provide notification to a wearer of a potential safety hazard wherein the notification is transmitted via bone conduction and is directionally aligned with the heading of the potential hazard. The safety helmet of the present invention includes a body wherein the body has disposed thereon a plurality of location sensors. The location sensors transmit signals so as to identify potential hazards in the area proximate the user. The location sensors are secured to the safety helmet using brackets wherein the sensor brackets have a first mode and a second mode. The bone conduction transmitters are operable to ensure transmission of a warning sound to a user in noisy environments. An elevation sensor is configured to monitor the height of the wearer respective to a calibrated ground.

[A42B] HATS; HEAD COVERINGS (headbands, head-scarves A41D 20/00, A41D 23/00)


Double sided adhesive tape with release tab for enhanced shoe adherence to skin and removal
Patent No. 11044966 

Inventor(s): Barbara M. Reder (Fort Worth, TX), Lindsay S. Kleinsasser (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Ste-Ke Enterprises, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Maschoff Brennan (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16543908 on 08/19/2019 (680 days app to issue)

Abstract: A kit includes a tape and instructions for adhering skin to a shoe. The tape having: a substrate; an insole side having an insole adhesive; an insole adhesive liner covering the insole adhesive; a skin side having a skin adhesive, wherein the skin adhesive has a characteristic different from the insole adhesive; a skin adhesive liner covering the skin adhesive; and a release tab formed by a portion of the insole side of the substrate devoid of insole adhesive. The tape can have the following options: the release tab is at the arch end of the substrate; insole side of the substrate has less stick potential compared to the skin side, which results in the insole side being less sticky than the skin side; or insole adhesive has less stick potential compared to the skin adhesive, which results in the insole adhesive being less sticky than the skin adhesive.

[A43B] CHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR


Intraoperative dynamic trialing
Patent No. 11045209 

Inventor(s): John R. Fossez (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Howmedica Osteonics Corp. (Mahwah, NJ)
Law Firm: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz Mentlik, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16229665 on 12/21/2018 (921 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dynamic trialing method generally allows a surgeon to perform a preliminary bone resection on the distal femur according to a curved or planar resection profile. With the curved resection profile, the distal-posterior femoral condyles may act as a femoral trial component after the preliminary bone resection. This may eliminate the need for a separate femoral trial component, reducing the cost and complexity of surgery. With the planar resection profile, shims or skid-like inserts that correlate to the distal-posterior condyles of the final insert may be attached to the distal femur after the preliminary bone resection to facilitate intraoperative trialing. The method and related components may also provide the ability of a surgeon to perform iterative intraoperative kinematic analysis and gap balancing, providing the surgeon the ability to perform necessary ligament and/or other soft tissue releases and fine tune the final implant positions based on data acquired during the surgery.

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


Ophthalmic surgical system with infusion fluid and substance delivery through an infusion cannula
Patent No. 11045353 

Inventor(s): Paul R. Hallen (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcon Inc. (Fribourg, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15975934 on 05/10/2018 (1146 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, an ophthalmic cassette valve may be configured to control flow of an infusion fluid and an ophthalmic substance (e.g., ophthalmic drug, a retina patch material, or an ophthalmic dye) to an infusion cannula. The valve may be configured to provide an alternating or mixed flow of the infusion fluid and the ophthalmic substance to the infusion cannula. In some embodiments, the cassette may include multiple substance chambers with different substances. The cassette may also include a one or more valves to control the flow to the infusion fluid (e.g., on/off for each of the substances and infusion fluid and/or a ratio of the substances and infusion fluid).

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


Magnolia extract containing compositions
Patent No. 11045403 

Inventor(s): David Gan (Southlake, TX), Jim Faller (Williamsville, NY), Lisa Mangos (Katy, TX), Michelle Hines (Hickory Creek, TX)
Assignee(s): Belaj Innovations LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16554037 on 08/28/2019 (671 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a composition and method for its use that includes [i]Magnolia [/i]bark extract, [i]Vitis vinifera [/i]extract, tocopherol or tocopherol acetate, and hydrogenated lecithin, lecithin, or dextrin.

[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)


Compositions and methods for intrathecal administration of MCOPPB for pain relief
Patent No. 11045459 

Inventor(s): Barton Harley Manning (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Centrexion Therapeutics Corporation (Boston, MA)
Law Firm: Dechert LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16589218 on 10/01/2019 (637 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention provides compositions and methods for intrathecal administration of the compound MCOPPB or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof for treating pain, such as neuropathic pain suffered by an adult human.

[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)


Producing bone tissue engineered constructs
Patent No. 11045584 

Inventor(s): Aaron D. Simmons (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)
Law Firm: Hall Estill Law Firm (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16102306 on 08/13/2018 (1051 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process for producing a bone construct, including the steps of providing a perfusion bioreactor having an inlet and an outlet; providing the perfusion bioreactor with a seeded scaffold comprising a porous scaffold seeded with mesenchymal stem cells; continuously perfusing the seeded scaffold with an osteogenic induction (differentiation) media; measuring dissolved oxygen content of the osteogenic induction media at the inlet and at the outlet to determine an oxygen uptake rate (OUR) for the seeded scaffold; measuring glucose content of the osteogenic induction media to determine a glucose consumption rate (GCR) for the seeded scaffold; and removing the seeded scaffold from the perfusion reactor as a bone construct after the ratio of the OUR to the GCR (OUR/GCR) has been determined to exceed a predetermined threshold OUR/GCR value.

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


Pulsed electromagnetic field tissue stimulation treatment and compliance monitoring
Patent No. 11045647 

Inventor(s): Bobby Don Harris (Lewisville, TX), James Sterling Denton (Lewisville, TX), James T. Ryaby (Lewisville, TX), Jeffrey James Culhane (Lewisville, TX), Jonelle Matilda Juricek (Lewisville, TX), Lesley Allen Bowling (Lewisville, T
Assignee(s): ORTHOFIX INC. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16362022 on 03/22/2019 (830 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for PEMF tissue engineering enhances musculoskeletal tissue stimulation by monitoring treatment for compliance with treatment regimens. A PEMF device includes sensors that detect attributes indicating whether the PEMF device is in use. The PEMF device also includes communication devices that connect it with other devices. The data obtained from the sensors may be used to determine a level of compliance in use of the tissue engineering device with a prescribed treatment regimen for the patient. The data is transferred via a paired UE to a remote server. The remote server stores the data in a database and periodically generates compliance reports. The compliance reports are shared with subscribing access devices including the prescribing physician. The UE pairing with the PEMF device maintains a treatment calendar and dynamically modifies reminders based on current treatment status. The treatment regimen may be updated and sent to the PEMF device.

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


Weighted exercise belt apparatus
Patent No. 11045682 

Inventor(s): Donetta Fulsom (Dallas, TX), Sharon Hicks (Duncanville, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16728139 on 12/27/2019 (550 days app to issue)

Abstract: A weighted exercise belt apparatus for improved fitness and health training includes a belt body extending from a left end to a right end. The left end and the right end have a first and second mating member, respectively. The first and second mating members are selectively engageable to secure the belt body around a user’’s waist with a medial portion covering the user’’s lower back. A plurality of primary weight bars is coupled to the belt body. A plurality of magnets is coupled to the medial portion of the belt body. Each of a plurality of pouches has a plurality of first engagement members. The first engagement members are selectively engageable with a plurality of second engagement members of the belt body.

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


Aerodynamic golf club head
Patent No. 11045694 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey J. Albertsen (Plano, TX), Michael Scott Burnett (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC. (Carlsbad, CA)
Law Firm: Dawsey Co., LPA (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16524854 on 07/29/2019 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aerodynamic golf club head with a low center of gravity and producing reduced aerodynamic drag forces. The club head has crown section attributes and material attributes that impart beneficial aerodynamic properties and performance.

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


Iron-type golf club head
Patent No. 11045696 

Inventor(s): Bryan Seon (Garland, TX), Jeffrey T. Halstead (Plano, TX), Justin Girard (Dallas, TX), Michael Scott Burnett (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC. (Carlsbad, CA)
Law Firm: Dawsey Co., LPA (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16786430 on 02/10/2020 (505 days app to issue)

Abstract: An iron-type golf club incorporating a stress reducing feature, which may include an aperture. The location and size of the stress reducing feature and aperture selectively increase deflection of the face.

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


Golf shaft
Patent No. 11045700 

Inventor(s): Blair M. Philip (Dallas, TX), Byron H. Adams (Indian Wells, CA), James P. MacKay (Littleton, MA), Jeffrey T. Halstead (Wylie, TX), Robert E. Stephens (Fort Worth, TX), Trever M. Napier (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BREAKTHROUGH GOLF TECHNOLOGY, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Dawsey Co., LPA (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16983009 on 08/03/2020 (330 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-material golf shaft having a butt portion joined to a tip portion and possessing unique relationships, including rigidity relationships, which provide beneficial performance characteristics.

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


 

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

Automated method and machine for fabricating metal fence pickets
Patent No. 11045854 

Inventor(s): Harry Rosario (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15190552 on 06/23/2016 (1832 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automated method and machine for fabricating metal fence pickets in a single operation includes forming material, typically metal strip into multiple pickets with various shapes. The machine includes automated programmable machine for inserting raw material to form the metal fence pickets, automated programmable machine for embossing the metal fence pickets, automated programmable conveyor machine for conveying the raw material, automated programmable machine for cutting, punching holes, and folding the raw material to form the metal fence pickets.

[B21D] WORKING OR PROCESSING OF SHEET METAL OR METAL TUBES, RODS OR PROFILES WITHOUT ESSENTIALLY REMOVING MATERIAL; PUNCHING METAL (working or processing of wire B21F)


Print head cooling jacket
Patent No. 11046100 

Inventor(s): Andrew P. Hull (McKinney, TX), Jeffrey T. Mileger (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16679900 on 11/11/2019 (596 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for cooling a print head implemented on a wire and cable manufacturing line, the apparatus comprising a sleeve, wherein the sleeve has an internal portion and an external portion and wherein the sleeve forms an internal void marginally larger than the size of the print head and wherein the sleeve further comprises an elongated surface; a front surface connected to the elongated surface, wherein the front surface comprises an ink outlet opening; a rear surface connected to the elongated surface, wherein the rear surface comprises a cable opening; a channel connected to the internal portion of the sleeve, wherein the channel comprises an open side facing the internal void and wherein the channel on the internal portion of the sleeve extends from the rear to the front of the sleeve; an air inlet compartment in communication with the channel and enclosed by the rear surface; an air inlet in communication with the air inlet compartment; and an exhaust channel connected to the sleeve and extending from the front surface to the rear surface along the elongated surface and connected to the channel at the front of the sleeve.

[B41J] TYPEWRITERS; SELECTIVE PRINTING MECHANISMS, i.e. MECHANISMS PRINTING OTHERWISE THAN FROM A FORME; CORRECTION OF TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS (composing B41B; printing on special surfaces B41F; laundry marking B41K; erasers, rubbers or erasing devices B43L 19/00; fluid media for correction of typographical errors by coating C09D 10/00; recording the results of measuring G01; recognition or presentation of data, marking record carriers in digital fashion, e.g. by punching, G06K; franking or ticket-printing and issuing apparatus G07B; electric keyboard switches, in general H01H 13/70, H03K 17/94; coding in connection with keyboards or like devices, in general H03M 11/00; receivers or transmitters for transmission of digital information H04L; transmission or reproduction of documents, or the like, e.g. facsimile transmission, H04N 1/00; printing mechanisms specially adapted for apparatus, e.g. cash registers, weighing machines, producing records of their own performance, see the relevant subclasses)


Tonneau cover with airflow passages extending between different sides thereof
Patent No. 11046161 

Inventor(s): Paxton S. Williams (Milan, MI), Scott Louis Frederick (Brighton, 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: 16407858 on 05/09/2019 (782 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tonneau cover for a vehicle cargo bed includes at least one first airflow passage extending between a first side of the tonneau cover and a second side of the tonneau cover opposite the first side, and at least one second airflow passage separate from the first airflow passage and extending between the second side of the tonneau cover and at least one side of the tonneau cover other than the second side.

[B60J] WINDOWS, WINDSCREENS, NON-FIXED ROOFS, DOORS, OR SIMILAR DEVICES FOR VEHICLES; REMOVABLE EXTERNAL PROTECTIVE COVERINGS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES (fastening, suspending, closing, or opening of such devices E05)


Vehicle hydraulic power system
Patent No. 11046165 

Inventor(s): Joseph Hogan (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Stonebridge IP, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16262329 on 01/30/2019 (881 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method to use hydraulic pressure to power a vehicle includes providing a hydraulic fluid power system having a motor in communication with a hydraulic pump; a hose in communication with the hydraulic pump, the hose having a one way valve; a gear motor in fluid communication with the hose to receive hydraulic fluid therefrom; and an alternator to receive power from the gear motor and to transfer power to a battery for storage; operating the hydraulic pump via the motor such that hydraulic fluid is pumped through the hose to the gear motor; charging the battery with power generated by the gear motor and alternator; and using the battery for one or more components of the vehicle.

[B60K] ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PROPULSION UNITS OR OF TRANSMISSIONS IN VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PLURAL DIVERSE PRIME-MOVERS IN VEHICLES; AUXILIARY DRIVES FOR VEHICLES; INSTRUMENTATION OR DASHBOARDS FOR VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH COOLING, AIR INTAKE, GAS EXHAUST OR FUEL SUPPLY OF PROPULSION UNITS IN VEHICLES [2006.01]


Methods of visually checking for alignment between instrument panel ornaments and door ornaments using alignment tools
Patent No. 11046258 

Inventor(s): Andrew Ivor McGuire (Lexington, KY), Stephen David Hitchcock (Lexington, KY), Tammy Michelle Foley (Georgetown, KY)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16545080 on 08/20/2019 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of visually checking for alignment between an instrument panel ornament and a door ornament is provided. The method includes locating an enlarged head portion of an alignment tool on a top edge of the instrument panel ornament. The enlarged head portion includes a side measurement feature with a height for checking for a misalignment condition between the instrument panel ornament and the door ornament. It is determined whether a top edge of the door trim ornament is located within the height of the side measurement feature with the enlarged head portion resting on the top edge of the instrument panel ornament.

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


Vehicle drowning sensing system
Patent No. 11046271 

Inventor(s): Emily S. Lerner (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16171269 on 10/25/2018 (978 days app to issue)

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

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


Friction end-of-car cushioning assembly
Patent No. 11046339 

Inventor(s): Matthew Gabriel Westlake (Maplewood, MN), Ricky Alleson Cribbs (Ovilla, TX), Shaun Richmond (Frankfort, IL)
Assignee(s): TRINITY RAIL GROUP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16502659 on 07/03/2019 (727 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly that includes a housing with a chamber formed within a bore of the housing. The assembly further includes a tapered center shaft disposed at least partially within the bore of the housing. The chamber includes an angled contact surface, a sliding wedge, and a load spring. The sliding wedge is positioned to apply a force onto the angled contact surface of the chamber. The sliding wedge is also positioned to apply a frictional force to a rod portion of the tapered center shaft. The load spring is compressed between a contact surface of the chamber and a contact surface of the sliding wedge. The load spring is positioned to apply a compressive force onto the contact surface of sliding wedge toward the angled contact surface of the chamber.

[B61G] COUPLINGS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR RAILWAY VEHICLES; DRAUGHT OR BUFFING APPLIANCES SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR RAILWAY VEHICLES


Vertical stabilizer
Patent No. 11046417 

Inventor(s): Aaron Alexander Acee (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15933106 on 03/22/2018 (1195 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods include providing an aircraft with a vertical stabilizer system having a vertical stabilizer operatively coupled to a tail boom, tail rotor gearbox, or other component of the aircraft at a forward attachment and an aft attachment. The vertical stabilizer is selectively rotatable to adjust an angle of attack of the vertical stabilizer with respect to a forward flight direction of the aircraft. The vertical stabilizer is rotatable between a forward flight position having a substantially small degree angle of attack and a hover or lateral movement position having a substantially ninety degree angle of attack.

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


Slotted flaperon seal mechanism for aircraft devices
Patent No. 11046421 

Inventor(s): George R. Decker (Mansfield, TX), Steven Allen Robedeau, Jr. (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16164033 on 10/18/2018 (985 days app to issue)

Abstract: One embodiment is an apparatus comprising an aircraft wing; a control surface hingedly connected to a trailing edge of the aircraft wing, wherein a slot is provided between the aircraft wing and the control surface; a seal disposed over the slot, the seal hingedly connected to the aircraft wing; a spring mechanism for preloading the seal against a surface of the control surface such that the gap is sealed with the control surface is in a first position relative to the aircraft wing; and at least one cam blade for lifting the seal from the surface of the control surface as the control surface moves from the first position to a second position relative to the aircraft wing and returning the seal to the surface of the control surface as the control surface moves from the second position to the first position.

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


Apparatus and methods for actuating a double-slotted flap using a slave screw
Patent No. 11046425 

Inventor(s): Matthew Goldmann (Midlothian, TX), Paul Wagner (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): BOMBARDIER INC. (Dorval, , CA)
Law Firm: Karceski IP Law, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16302869 on 03/18/2017 (1564 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus and methods for actuating a double-slotted flap movably coupled to an aircraft wing are disclosed. An exemplary method comprises actuating a first panel of the double-slotted flap relative to a structure of the aircraft wing, using motion of the first panel to induce rotation of a slave screw, and using the rotation of the slave screw to actuate the second panel relative to the first panel.

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


Tiltrotor aircraft rotating proprotor assembly
Patent No. 11046446 

Inventor(s): Brent C. Ross (Flower Mound, TX), Clegg Smith (Keller, TX), Jeffrey M. Williams (Hudson Oaks, TX), Michael E. Rinehart (Euless, TX), Nick Pravanh (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15661129 on 07/27/2017 (1433 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft including a nacelle disposed at a fixed location relative a wing member; a proprotor housing coupled to the nacelle, the proprotor housing configured to selectively rotate between a horizontal orientation and a non-horizontal orientation; a door pivotably coupled to the proprotor housing; and a linkage to connect the door and the nacelle, the linkage configured to move with the door from a closed position when the proprotor housing is in a horizontal orientation to an open position when the proprotor housing is in a non-horizontal orientation. In some embodiments, there can be a hinge member for hingedly coupling the door to the proprotor and/or nacelle. In other embodiments, the door includes a flexure portion. In some embodiments, the nacelle includes a plurality of doors. In other embodiments, proprotor includes a forward portion and a stationary aft portion; wherein the forward portion is configured to selectively pivot.

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


Engine cooling systems for aircraft
Patent No. 11046448 

Inventor(s): Nicholas Brodeur (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15384495 on 12/20/2016 (1652 days app to issue)

Abstract: An engine cooling system for a rotorcraft includes an engine having an engine cooling circuit, a hydraulic pump powered by the engine to pump hydraulic fluid, and a hydraulic circuit in fluid communication with the hydraulic pump and the engine cooling circuit, the hydraulic circuit including at least one hydraulic-powered component. The hydraulic pump is adapted to pump the hydraulic fluid through both the hydraulic circuit and the engine cooling circuit, thereby cooling the engine.

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


Unmanned aerial vehicle impact monitoring system
Patent No. 11046454 

Inventor(s): Anthony N. Fonk (Austin, TX)
Assignee(s): ShockWatch, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16048287 on 07/29/2018 (1066 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a device and technique for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) impact monitoring includes a UAV having a propulsion system configured to fly the UAV to a destination; a retention mechanism for retaining and releasing a package carried by the UAV; and an indicator reader module configured to determine a status of an impact indicator attached to the package.

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


Machine holding fixture for machining composite laminates on a rotor blade
Patent No. 11046460 

Inventor(s): David Littlejohn (Haslet, TX), Sven Roy Lofstrom (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION (Stratford, CT)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16539408 on 08/13/2019 (686 days app to issue)

Abstract: A holding fixture includes a first blade support assembly and a second blade support assembly. The second blade support assembly is spaced at a distance from the first blade support assembly and includes a base plate removably mounted to a milling machine, an adjustable conic support connectable to the base plate via a spacer block, and a blade adjustment assembly movable to control a pressure applied by the blade adjustment assembly.

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


Non-metal and hybrid bottle crowns with opener assembly
Patent No. 11046479 

Inventor(s): Abe Frishman (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): World Bottling Cap LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15627621 on 06/20/2017 (1470 days app to issue)

Abstract: A crown for a bottle or other container has a top portion and an annular skirt that descends contiguously from the top portion. An opener assembly and an arrangement of frangible scoring lines on the crown allow for ease of opening the bottle or container. Corrugated embodiments provide material strengthening for a reduced gauge crown. Embodiments include entire crowns formed of non-metal materials, metal crowns having non-metal opener assemblies, and metal crowns having opener assemblies that are partially metal and partially non-metal. Unique techniques for attachment of such various opener assemblies are also disclosed.

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


Crimped cushioned envelopes and method of forming the same
Patent No. 11046497 

Inventor(s): Arghavan Victoria Nawaby (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Sealed Air Corporation (US) (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16624333 on 06/18/2018 (1107 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cushioned envelope is formed from a laminated material that includes a cushioning web and a shell web. The outer side of the cushioning web is laminated to the inner side of the shell web. A crimping adhesive is applied to first and second transverse seams of the inner side of the cushioning web. The laminated web material is crimped so that each of the first and second transverse seams on the inner side of the cushioning web is folded in on itself. The folded laminated web material is crimped at the first transverse seam and at the second transverse seam. The crimped laminated web material is cut at a location in the first transverse seam and at a location in the second transverse seam.

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


Delivery system
Patent No. 11046519 

Inventor(s): Hari Durga Tatineni (Irving, TX), Jason Crawford Miller (Bedford, TX), Kalpana Mahesh (Frisco, TX), Rahul Agarwal (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Rehrig Pacific Company (Los Angeles, CA)
Law Firm: Carlson, Gaskey Olds, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16774949 on 01/28/2020 (518 days app to issue)

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

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


Shopping facility assistance systems, devices and methods
Patent No. 11046562 

Inventor(s): Shuvro Chakrobartty (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Walmart Apollo, LLC (Bentonville, AR)
Law Firm: Fitch, Even, Tabin Flannery LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16361015 on 03/21/2019 (831 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, components and methods are provided herein useful to provide assistance to customers and/or workers in a shopping facility. In some embodiments, a shopping facility personal assistance system comprises: a plurality of motorized transport units located in and configured to move through a shopping facility space; a plurality of user interface units, each corresponding to a respective motorized transport unit during use of the respective motorized transport unit; and a central computer system having a network interface such that the central computer system wirelessly communicates with one or both of the plurality of motorized transport units and the plurality of user interface units, wherein the central computer system is configured to control movement of the plurality of motorized transport units through the shopping facility space based at least on inputs from the plurality of user interface units.

[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)


 

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

Compounds useful as inhibitors of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase and/or tryptophan dioxygenase
Patent No. 11046649 

Inventor(s): Naphtali Reyna (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16514382 on 07/17/2019 (713 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to bicyclic compounds and compositions and methods which may be useful as inhibitors of IDO1, IDO2, and TDO for the treatment or prevention of diseases such as cancer.

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


Use of polyglycols to control rheology of unit dose detergent compositions
Patent No. 11046915 

Inventor(s): David S Stott, II (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Henkel IP Holding GmbH (Duesseldorf, , DE)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16231269 on 12/21/2018 (921 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for maintaining a consistent, low viscosity profile of a unit dose detergent composition for enhanced hydration and dissolution upon hydration including the steps of: (1) A method for maintaining a consistent, low viscosity profile of a unit dose detergent composition for enhanced hydration and dissolution upon hydration including the steps of: (1) providing the detergent composition including: about 2.5 to about 15 wt. % of a polyglycol, an alkyl-ether sulfate, a linear alkylbenzene sulfonate, and a fatty alcohol ethoxylate, wherein the alkyl-ether sulfate, linear alkylbenzene sulfonate, and fatty alcohol ethoxylate are collectively present in an amount of 30 to 70 wt. %, by weight of the detergent composition; and (2) encapsulating the detergent composition in a pouch made of a water soluble film.

[C11D] DETERGENT COMPOSITIONS; USE OF SINGLE SUBSTANCES AS DETERGENTS; SOAP OR SOAP-MAKING; RESIN SOAPS; RECOVERY OF GLYCEROL


 

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Aerial firefighting dump gate system
Patent No. 11046433 

Inventor(s): Victor D. Trotter (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Dan Brown Law Office (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16030147 on 07/09/2018 (1086 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gatebox system for delivering fire retardant fluid from a firefighting aircraft. A first and second gate opening are formed through a lower portion of a gatebox. The gates are hingedly connected along edges of the openings. A drive shaft in the gatebox is rotatable in gates-closing and gates-opening directions. Crank arms are fixed to the drive shaft and coupled to the gates by connecting links, which define an over-center geometry while the gates are at a closed position, such that weight of the fluid on the first gate induces torque on the drive shaft in the gates-closing direction. Rotation of the drive shaft in the gates-opening direction enables control of the fluid flow from the hopper according to an angular position of the drive shaft.

[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


Fence system including fiberglass T-posts
Patent No. 11047149 

Inventor(s): M. John Fakhari (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): F F Composite Group, Inc. (Keller, TX)
Law Firm: Erickson Kernell IP, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15891894 on 02/08/2018 (1237 days app to issue)

Abstract: Fence assemblies are assembled from T-posts and crossmembers which may comprise rails formed from C-channels. The T-posts and rails are formed from pultruded fiberglass and can be connected together using bolts and nuts or push rivets. Cross members comprising wires or pultruded, fiberglass tubes may also be used.

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


Downhole positioning and anchoring device
Patent No. 11047192 

Inventor(s): Antony F. Grattan (Mansfield, TX), Douglas J. Streibich (Fort Worth, TX), Marcelo J. Laxalt (Dallas, TX), Michael C. Robertson (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): Robertson Intellectual Properties, LLC (Mansfield, TX)
Law Firm: Matthews, Lawson, McCutcheon Joseph, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16459198 on 07/01/2019 (729 days app to issue)

Abstract: An anchoring tool for positioning a downhole tool within a wellbore conduit is described herein. The anchor tool uses replaceable blades having protrusions that are configured to align with corresponding grooves in an anchor sub receptacle that is located at a known position along the wellbore conduit. The blades of the anchor tool are configured to move radially relative to the anchor tool body until the anchor tool is aligned with a compatible anchor sub. When the anchor tool and the compatible anchor sub are aligned, the protrusions of the anchor tool blade extend into the grooves of the anchor sub receptacle and a locking mechanism within the anchor tool inhibits further radial movement of the blades. A downhole tool connected to the anchor tool can therefore be positioned at a precise location relative to the known location of an anchor sub receptacle.

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


Perforating gun
Patent No. 11047195 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey D. Wood (Keller, TX), Jeremy Ursi (Frisco, TX), Morris Stone (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): OWEN OIL TOOLS LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Mossman, Kumar Tyler PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16509315 on 07/11/2019 (719 days app to issue)

Abstract: In aspects, the present disclosure provides a perforating gun that includes a carrier tube, and a charge tube assembly. The carrier tube includes a bore and a groove formed along an inner surface. The charge tube assembly is disposed in the bore of the carrier tube and includes a charge tube, an alignment end plate, an insertion end plate, a retention member, shaped charges, and a detonating cord. The charge tube has a plurality of shaped charge openings, a plurality of post openings, a first end, and a second end. The alignment end plate is connected to the first end of the charge tube. The insertion end plate is connected to the second end of the charge tube. The shaped charges are disposed in each of the shaped charge openings. Each shaped charge has a post projecting out of one post opening. The detonating cord is connected to each of the projecting posts.

[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]


Swellable metal packer with porous external sleeve
Patent No. 11047203 

Inventor(s): Abdel Hamid R. Abeidoh (Dallas, TX), Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16768448 on 09/24/2018 (1009 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for forming a seal in a wellbore that includes positioning a swell packer that comprises a swellable metal sealing element in the wellbore; wherein a porous layer is disposed about the swellable metal sealing element. The method also includes exposing the swellable metal sealing element to a downhole fluid; allowing or causing to allow the swellable metal sealing element to produce particles; and accumulating the particles within a first annulus formed between the porous layer and the tubular.

[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]


Reverse circulation debris removal tool for setting isolation seal assembly
Patent No. 11047211 

Inventor(s): Colby M. Ross (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15577031 on 10/07/2016 (1726 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for deployment of an isolation seal assembly wherein an isolation seal assembly is releasably attached to a reverse circulation debris removal tool. The system includes a debris removal tool having a head with an elongated snorkel extending from the head; and an isolation seal assembly attached to the head with a shear device so that the snorkel protrudes past the end of the isolation seal assembly. The isolation seal assembly further includes a tubular with a latch adjacent a first end, an external seal below the latch, and openings formed along tubular between latch and the seal. The debris removal tool is used to engage the isolation seal assembly with a lower completion assembly. The openings in the isolation seal assembly permit the debris removal tool to continue to function after the isolation seal assembly is engaged with the lower completion assembly.

[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]


Select fire switch form factor system and method
Patent No. 11047216 

Inventor(s): James A. Rollins (Lipan, TX), John T. Hardesty (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16449519 on 06/24/2019 (736 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wellbore select fire switch retaining member system and method with an integrated through wire and ground wire in a switch sub. The system/method includes a retaining member that has a form factor acceptable by a conventional switch sub. The retaining member incorporates an electrical connection to the center pin of a pressure switch. The system further includes a secondary piston aligned with a piston in the switch (switch piston) so that external pressure is fully acted upon the entire switch piston creating a reliable switch connection. Another system includes an integrated retaining member and switch module having a form factor compatible with existing switch subs. The integrated module inputs include a ground wire and a through wire and the outputs include a ground wire, through wire and an arming wire.

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


System and method for detecting a mode of drilling
Patent No. 11047222 

Inventor(s): David Lee Simpson (Dallas, TX), Teddy C. Chen (Austin, TX), Todd W. Benson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): MOTIVE DRILLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16248573 on 01/15/2019 (896 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for surface steerable drilling are provided. In one example, the method includes monitoring operating parameters for drilling rig equipment and bottom hole assembly (BHA) equipment for a BHA, where the operating parameters control the drilling rig equipment and BHA equipment. The method includes receiving current inputs corresponding to performance data of the drilling rig equipment and BHA equipment during a drilling operation and determining that an amount of change between the current inputs and corresponding previously received inputs exceeds a defined threshold. The method further includes determining whether a modification to the operating parameters has occurred that would result in the amount of change exceeding the defined threshold and identifying that a problem exists in at least one of the drilling rig equipment and BA equipment if no modification has occurred to the operating parameters. The method includes performing a defined action if a problem exists.

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


 

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System and method for selectively modulating the flow of bleed air used for high pressure turbine stage cooling in a power turbine engine
Patent No. 11047313 

Inventor(s): Karl R. Burge (Hurst, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16215180 on 12/10/2018 (932 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for selectively modulating bleed air used for cooling a downstream turbine section in a gas turbine engine. The method including: measuring an engine and/or aircraft performance parameter by an engine sensor device; comparing the engine and/or aircraft performance parameter to a performance threshold; determining a bleed trigger condition, if the engine and/or aircraft performance parameter crosses the performance threshold; determining a non-cooling condition, if the engine and/or aircraft performance parameter is below the performance threshold; actuating a flow control valve to an open position, in response to the bleed trigger condition, so that bleed air is extracted from the compressor section and flowed to the downstream turbine section; and terminating, in response to the non-cooling condition, the flow of the bleed air to the downstream turbine section of the engine by actuating the flow control valve to a closed position.

[F02C] GAS-TURBINE PLANTS; AIR INTAKES FOR JET-PROPULSION PLANTS; CONTROLLING FUEL SUPPLY IN AIR-BREATHING JET-PROPULSION PLANTS (construction of turbines F01D; jet-propulsion plants F02K; construction of compressors or fans F04; combustion apparatus in which combustion takes place in a fluidised bed of fuel or other particles F23C 10/00; generating combustion products of high pressure or high velocity F23R; using gas turbines in compression refrigeration plants F25B 11/00; using gas-turbine plants in vehicles, see the relevant vehicle classes)


Fuel testing data acquisition system calibrator and signal simulator
Patent No. 11047318 

Inventor(s): Chad Alan Michaelis (Cresson, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carrington, Coleman, Sloman Blumemthal, L.L.P. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17251805 on 06/13/2019 (747 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fuel quality rating testing system and related methodology. The system comprises a data acquisition system, comprising: (i) circuitry for receiving a time-varying signal from a pickup, the pickup for coupling to a test engine; and (ii) circuitry for determining a fuel rating in response to the time-varying signal. The fuel quality rating testing system also comprises a communications path coupled to the fuel quality rating testing system and a calibrator.

[F02D] CONTROLLING COMBUSTION ENGINES (vehicle fittings, acting on a single sub-unit only, for automatically controlling vehicle speed B60K 31/00; conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function, road vehicle drive control systems for purposes other than the control of a single sub-unit B60W; cyclically operating valves for combustion engines F01L; controlling combustion engine lubrication F01M; cooling internal-combustion engines F01P; supplying combustion engines with combustible mixtures or constituents thereof, e.g. carburettors, injection pumps, F02M; starting of combustion engines F02N; controlling of ignition F02P; controlling gas-turbine plants, jet-propulsion plants, or combustion-product engine plants, see the relevant subclasses for these plants) [2006.01]


Fuel additive system for a diesel fuel engine
Patent No. 11047346 

Inventor(s): Kevin Cummings (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Welsh Flaxman Gitler LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16676710 on 11/07/2019 (600 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fuel additive system includes a fuel supply having an intake manifold, a fuel tank, a fuel supply line, and a fuel delivery system. A fuel additive supply is fluidly connected to the fuel supply for adding fuel additive to fuel from the fuel supply. The fuel additive supply includes a fuel additive tank and a fuel additive supply line connecting the fuel additive tank to the fuel supply.

[F02M] SUPPLYING COMBUSTION ENGINES IN GENERAL WITH COMBUSTIBLE MIXTURES OR CONSTITUENTS THEREOF (charging such engines F02B)


Seal-less valves
Patent No. 11047498 

Inventor(s): Fred Cain (Orem, UT), Gifford Decker (Springville, UT), Varadharajen Lakshamanan (Kernataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): FLOWSERVE MANAGEMENT COMPANY (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Phillips Winchester (Local + 28 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13279103 on 10/21/2011 (3539 days app to issue)

Abstract: A valve assembly including a valve body, an outer housing having rotating shaft containing magnets and being driven by a motor, an inner housing statically sealed to the valve body, and an actuation system enclosed within the inner housing, the actuation system having magnets that are induced by magnetic field created by the rotating shaft magnets.

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


Modular system
Patent No. 11047556 

Inventor(s): Christopher Grider (Dallas, TX), Derek Smith (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TTP Holdings, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16598651 on 10/10/2019 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modular system may include a plurality of magnets that may be provided to self-align a casing with an accessory. Self-alignment of the casing and the accessory may provide a secure connection of the casing with the accessory. At least one detent and at least one locking arm may mate and lock the casing against the accessory in a mounted position. The at least one detent and the at least one locking arm may unlock in an insertion position. Self-alignment may occur when a first set of magnets attracts a second set of magnets in which opposite polarities attract and automatically initiate movement of the casing towards the accessory.

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


Chimney starter booster
Patent No. 11047577 

Inventor(s): Hoang Dang (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16743160 on 01/15/2020 (531 days app to issue)

Abstract: A chimney starter booster has an air intake port and an air output port connected by internal ducting in the booster’’s housing. The air intake port is configured to accept a wireless fan blower. The fan blower supplies directed air through the ducting and out the air output port containing an air deflecting nozzle. A standard chimney starter sits on a top portion of the booster’’s housing, such that the directed air enters the bottom of the chimney starter to accelerate the burning of the charcoal.

[F24B] DOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES FOR SOLID FUELS; IMPLEMENTS FOR USE IN CONNECTION WITH STOVES OR RANGES [6]


Transparent composite having a laminated structure
Patent No. 11047650 

Inventor(s): Charles Wooddell (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): SAINT-GOBAIN CERAMICS PLASTICS, INC. (Worcester, MA)
Law Firm: Abel Schillinger, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16127373 on 09/11/2018 (1022 days app to issue)

Abstract: Novel transparent composites have been developed that have relatively lower areal densities of conventional transparent composites, where the composites are tested for the same threat levels as specified in the NIT or STANAG standards. Particular transparent composites can withstand projectiles having relatively high kinetic energy, for example, using STANAG 4 testing conditions. Further, the novel transparent composites can withstand multiple hits using Multiple Hit Testing at a STANAG 2 threat level.

[F41H] ARMOUR; ARMOURED TURRETS; ARMOURED OR ARMED VEHICLES; MEANS OF ATTACK OR DEFENCE, e.g. CAMOUFLAGE, IN GENERAL


Subsonic polymeric ammunition with diffuser
Patent No. 11047654 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Singleton Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15798752 on 10/31/2017 (1337 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a subsonic ammunition including a polymeric casing body; a propellant insert positioned in the propellant chamber to reduce the internal volume of the propellant chamber; a propellant disposed and confined within the propellant chamber; a primer insert positioned at the body base and in communication with the propellant chamber; a primer and diffuser disposed in the primer insert in combustible communication with the propellant; and a projectile frictionally fitted in the mouth in combustible communication with the propellant.

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


Multi-piece polymer ammunition cartridge
Patent No. 11047655 

Inventor(s): Christopher William Overton (Richardson, TX), Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Singleton Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15886239 on 02/01/2018 (1244 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides polymeric ammunition having a generally cylindrical neck having a projectile aperture at a first end, a shoulder comprising a shoulder top connected to the generally cylindrical neck opposite a shoulder bottom, a side wall extending from the shoulder, a groove positioned around the side wall, a skirt connected circumferentially about the groove to extend away from the groove, wherein the groove and the skirt are adapted to mate to a polymer cartridge.

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


Method of making a metal primer insert by injection molding
Patent No. 11047661 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Singleton Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14748444 on 06/24/2015 (2197 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a method of making a substantially cylindrical insert by metal injection molding by providing a primer insert injection mold to form a substantially cylindrical metal primer insert, injection molding the metal injection molding feedstock into the primer insert injection mold to form a first substantially cylindrical metal primer insert having a first size; debinding the first substantially cylindrical metal primer insert to remove the first binding agent; and sintering the first substantially cylindrical metal primer insert to remove the second binding agent and form the substantially cylindrical metal primer insert having a second size.

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


Method of making a polymer ammunition cartridge having a wicking texturing
Patent No. 11047662 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Singleton Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14751710 on 06/26/2015 (2195 days app to issue)

Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a method of making a polymeric ammunition cartridge having wicking texturing about the projectile aperture.

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


Method of coding polymer ammunition cartridges
Patent No. 11047663 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Singleton Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15721861 on 09/30/2017 (1368 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a method of coding polymer ammunition cartridges by providing a first colored polymer forming a polymeric bullet-end upper portion comprising a bullet-end coupling element extending to a bullet-end aperture to engage a bullet; providing a second colored polymer forming a polymeric middle body comprising a first coupling end connected to the bullet-end coupling element and a second coupling end connected to a primer insert to form a propellant chamber that connects the bullet-end aperture to the primer insert; and coding the first colored polymer, the second colored polymer or both to identify a projectile type, an ammunition type, a propellant charge, or a combination thereof.

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


Lightweight polymer ammunition cartridge casings
Patent No. 11047664 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Singleton Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16420661 on 05/23/2019 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a polymeric ammunition cartridge and methods of making and using the same. The cartridge includes a substantially cylindrical insert connected to a substantially cylindrical polymeric middle body. The substantially cylindrical insert includes a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a substantially cylindrical coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, a primer flash hole positioned in the primer recess to extend through the bottom surface, and a flange that extends circumferentially about an outer edge of the top surface. The substantially cylindrical polymeric middle body includes a substantially cylindrical polymeric bullet-end and a substantially cylindrical polymeric coupling end connected by a powder chamber, wherein the substantially cylindrical polymeric coupling end extends over the substantially cylindrical coupling element and covers a circumferential surface of the primer flash hole.

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


 

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Thermocouple precision press
Patent No. 11047438 

Inventor(s): Joseph D. Zuhlsdorf (Anthem, AZ)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16219796 on 12/13/2018 (929 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, device, and method for adjusting a position of a thermocouple located in a channel within a brake pad, a tip of the thermocouple being aligned with a top surface of the brake pad. The device includes a wheel configured to be turned in a first direction, causing a rod to move downward to contact and push the thermocouple into the brake pad. The device also includes a gauge configured to measure and display a downward distance moved by the rod when the wheel is turned, the downward distance corresponding to a distance between the tip of the thermocouple and the top surface of the brake pad.

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


Thermistor with tunable resistance
Patent No. 11047746 

Inventor(s): Byron Jon Roderick Shulver (Murphy, TX), Keith Ryan Green (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16852659 on 04/20/2020 (435 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device having a first terminal region and a second terminal region. The first terminal region includes fine-tune (FT) metal stripes that are separated from each other by a first distance along the longitudinal direction. The second terminal region is spaced apart from the first terminal region by at least an inter-terminal distance. The second terminal region includes coarse-tune (CT) metal stripes that are separated from each other by a second distance along the longitudinal direction. The second distance is greater than the first distance, and the inter-terminal distance greater than the second distance. Each of the FT metal stripes may be selected as a first access location, and each of the CT metal stripes may be selected as a second access location. A pair of selected first and second access locations access a sheet resistance defined by a distance therebetween.

[G01K] MEASURING TEMPERATURE; MEASURING QUANTITY OF HEAT; THERMALLY-SENSITIVE ELEMENTS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (radiation pyrometry G01J 5/00)


Mounting jig assemblies for supporting test components on testing platforms of testing assemblies
Patent No. 11047781 

Inventor(s): Danny L. Richardson, Jr. (Letart, WV), Jonathan L. Smith (Fraziers Bottom, WV), Lonnie G. Simpkins (Hurricane, WV), Scott A. Tittle (Hurricane, WV), William L. Cyrus (Milton, WV)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16261961 on 01/30/2019 (881 days app to issue)

Abstract: The mounting jig assembly includes a jig body and a clamp assembly. The jig body includes a top surface, a bottom surface, a front wall, a rear wall, and a pair of side walls. The jig body is configured to support the test component on the testing assembly with the test component in contact with the top surface and the bottom surface in contact with the testing platform. The jig body defines an elongated opening that extends between the top surface and the bottom surface. The top surface being oriented obliquely with respect to the bottom surface. The clamp assembly is moveable between a clamped position and an unclamped position. In the clamped position the clamp assembly inhibits movement of the test component with respect to the jig body. In the unclamped position the clamp assembly permits movement of the test component with respect to the jig body.

[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)


Detection of contamination on steel parts using ultraviolet light
Patent No. 11047804 

Inventor(s): Wilhelm Weinmeister (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): voestalpine Automotive Components Cartersville Inc. (White, GA)
Law Firm: Saliwanchik, Lloyd Eisenschenk (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16677940 on 11/08/2019 (599 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is disclosed methods and apparatus for detecting contamination on cold-formed steel parts prior to subsequent press-hardening in which such contamination may be problematic, and also for detecting contamination on cold-forming machinery that might be transferred to cold-formed steel parts during cold-forming. In some aspects, the disclosure also relates to methods and apparatus for detecting splits or cracks in cold-formed steel parts prior to subsequent press-hardening. The methods and apparatus make use of ultraviolet light to detect contamination or to detect splits or cracks.

[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)


Path based controls for ATE mode testing of multicell memory circuit
Patent No. 11047910 

Inventor(s): Prakash Narayanan (Bangalore, , IN), Wilson Pradeep (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16185660 on 11/09/2018 (963 days app to issue)

Abstract: A test override circuit includes a memory that includes multiple memory instances. A path selector receives a control signal from automatic test pattern generator equipment (ATE) to control data access to data paths that are operatively coupled between the memory instances and a plurality of logic endpoints. The path selector generates an output signal that indicates which of the data paths is selected in response to the control signal. A gating circuit enables the selected data paths to be accessed by at least one of the plurality of logic endpoints in response to the output signal from the path selector.

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


IC first/second surfaces contact points, test control port, parallel scan
Patent No. 11047912 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16718453 on 12/18/2019 (559 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure describes a test architecture that supports a common approach to testing individual die and dies in a 3D stack arrangement. The test architecture uses an improved TAP design to facilitate the testing of parallel test circuits within the die.

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


Distributed radar signal processing in a radar system
Patent No. 11047950 

Inventor(s): Brian Paul Ginsburg (Allen, TX), Jasbir Singh Nayyar (Bangalore, , IN), Murtaza Ali (Plano, TX), Sudipto Bose (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16815622 on 03/11/2020 (475 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cascaded radar system is provided that includes a first radar system-on-a-chip (SOC) operable to perform an initial portion of signal processing for object detection on digital beat signals generated by multiple receive channels of the radar SOC, a second radar SOC operable to perform the initial portion of signal processing for object detection on digital beat signals generated by multiple receive channels in the radar SOC, and a processing unit coupled to the first radar SOC and the second radar SOC to receive results of the initial portion of signal processing from each radar SOC, the processing unit operable to perform a remaining portion of the signal processing for object detection using these results.

[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


Multi-mode radar systems, signal processing methods and configuration methods using pushing windows
Patent No. 11047970 

Inventor(s): Sachin Bharadwaj (Bangalore, , IN), Sriram Murali (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15587564 on 05/05/2017 (1516 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-mode radar system, radar signal processing methods and configuration methods, including using predetermined, range/mode-specific pushing windows to perform windowing on range and velocity object data before performing an FFT on the windowed object data matrix to generate a three-dimensional object matrix including range, velocity and angle data. The individual windows have an angular spectral response that corresponds to a combined angular coverage field of view of the transmit and receive antennas for the corresponding mode to minimize the total weighted energy outside the main lobe and to provide increasing spectral leakage outside the combined angular coverage field of view with angular offset from the main lobe to push out much of the spectral leakage into regions where leakage tolerance is high due to the corresponding combined angular coverage field of view of the transmit and receive antennas.

[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


System and method for generating an electromagnetic-profile digital map
Patent No. 11047978 

Inventor(s): Tiejun Shan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): THE EUCLIDE 2012 INVESTMENT TRUST (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16676428 on 11/06/2019 (601 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for generating an electromagnetic-profile digital map creates a visual map that includes all obstacles on the road, including road textures, other vehicles, and more. This is achieved by collecting data from specialized deployed vehicles for subsequent processing and compilation. The generated electromagnetic-profile digital map provides three dimensional geographic characteristics of a road, thus enabling automatic driving. The method further utilizes artificial intelligence technology that can improve an autopilot role in automatic driving. Electromagnetic (EM) profiles acquire and analyze data to provide powerful tools for various wireless vehicular communication services. The method utilizes both compiled digital geographical characteristics (location, road futures, including curvature, condition, and more), and surrounding features (3D images, elevations, traffic light location, speed limit, EM propagation profile, and more) to render road conditions. Machine learning patterns are utilized to update the EM propagation profile map.

[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


System and method for rotorcraft height control
Patent No. 11048273 

Inventor(s): Christopher Mike Bothwell (Grapevine, TX), Morganne Cody Klein (Fort Worth, TX), Robert Earl Worsham, II (Weatherford, TX), Sung Kyun Kim (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16004254 on 06/08/2018 (1117 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating a rotorcraft includes receiving multiple first height data signals from multiple first height sensors on the rotorcraft, wherein the first height sensors measure height using a first technique, receiving multiple second height data signals from multiple second height sensors on the rotorcraft, wherein the second height sensors measure height using a second technique that is different than the first technique, determining a first height signal from the multiple first height data signals based on a selection scheme, determining a second height signal from the multiple second height data signals, selecting the first height signal or the second height signal to determine a selected height signal, and generating a flight control signal and controlling operation of the rotorcraft according to the flight control signal, the flight control signal based on the selected height signal.

[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)


High speed FlexLED digital interface
Patent No. 11048291 

Inventor(s): Hongyan Wu (Shanghai, , CN), Qingjie Ma (Shanghai, , CN), Ruochen Zhang (Shanghai, , CN), Wei Xu (Jiangsu, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16218664 on 12/13/2018 (929 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for a network of one or more off-board subsystems is provided for controlling automobile subsystems such as vehicle lighting. Such a system may be compatible with a universal asynchronous receiver transmitter (UART) interface and it may address timing issues by using a protocol having a synchronization frame (sync frame) such that a clock signal may be recovered from the sync frame sent by an off-board master device [b]202[/b], such as a microcontroller unit [b]208[/b], to a satellite/slave [b]211[/b] device. Such a protocol permits elimination of a crystal clock oscillator and phase-locked loop located at satellite, thereby dispensing with an otherwise significant cost.

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


Gas sensor augmented human presence detection system
Patent No. 11048317 

Inventor(s): Scott Debates (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Motorola Mobility LLC (Chicago, IL)
Law Firm: Isidore PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16289613 on 02/28/2019 (852 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication device, method, and computer program product provide higher confidence in person detection by augmenting sensing with carbon dioxide sensing and contextual information. The communication device determines a current carbon dioxide level in a space in which the communication device is located. A processor of the communication device compares the current carbon dioxide level to a carbon dioxide baseline threshold that is indicative of presence of a person in the space. In response to determining that the current carbon dioxide level is greater than the carbon dioxide baseline threshold, the processor further determines whether at least one target is sensed within the space. In response to determining that at least one target is sensed in the space, the processor infers the presence of a person in the space and sets a control mode of the communication device that correlates to the presence of the person.

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


Wearable augmented reality head mounted display device for phone content display and health monitoring
Patent No. 11048325 

Inventor(s): Hamid R Sheikh (Allen, TX), Michael Polley (Garland, TX), Sourabh Ravindran (Dallas, TX), Youngjun Yoo (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15646048 on 07/10/2017 (1450 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment of this disclosure provides a wearable device. The wearable device includes a memory configured to store a plurality of content for display, a transceiver configured to receive the plurality of content from a connected device, a display configured to display the plurality of content, and a processor coupled to the memory, the display, and the transceiver. The processor is configured to control the display to display at least some of the plurality of content in a spatially arranged format. The displayed content is on the display at a display position. The plurality of content, when shown on the connected device, is not in the spatially arranged format. The processor is also configured to receive movement information based on a movement of the wearable device. The processor is also configured to adjust the display position of the displayed content according to the movement information of the wearable device.

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


Apparatuses and methods for memory alignment
Patent No. 11048428 

Inventor(s): John D. Leidel (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Brooks, Cameron Huebsch, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16574847 on 09/18/2019 (650 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure includes apparatuses and methods related to memory alignment. An example method comprises performing an alignment operation on a first byte-based memory element and a second byte-based memory element such that a padding bit of the first byte-based memory element is logically adjacent to a padding bit of the second byte-based memory element and a data bit of the first byte-based memory element is logically adjacent to a data bit of the second byte-based memory element.

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


Non-volatile memory interface
Patent No. 11048443 

Inventor(s): Sajal Mittal (Bangalore, , IN), Sneha Bhatia (Bangalore, , IN), Vinayak Ghatawade (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16830128 on 03/25/2020 (461 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit comprising a non-volatile memory array, an Input/Output (IO) circuit, a decoder circuit, a control circuit, and a read/write circuit. The non-volatile memory array couples to an address decoder that identifies a location within the non-volatile memory array for a storage command. The IO circuit couples to a decoder circuit through a control bus. The decoder circuit decodes a command address and storage command from a fixed length command sequence received by the IO circuit over the data bus. The decoder circuit may include a serial-in parallel out (SIPO) circuit for decoding and parallel operation. The control circuit couples to the IO and decoder circuits and generates control signals to execute decoded storage commands. The read/write circuit couples to the non-volatile memory array and the control circuit. The read/write circuit transfers data between the non-volatile memory array and the IO circuit in response to the storage commands.

[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)


Entering protected pipeline mode with clearing
Patent No. 11048513 

Inventor(s): Duc Bui (Grand Prairie, TX), Joseph Zbiciak (San Jose, CA), Mel Alan Phipps (Sugar Land, TX), Timothy D. Anderson (University Park, TX), Todd T. Hahn (Sugar Land, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16384537 on 04/15/2019 (806 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques related to executing a plurality of instructions by a processor comprising receiving a first instruction for execution on an instruction execution pipeline, wherein the instruction execution pipeline is in a first execution mode, beginning execution of the first instruction on the instruction execution pipeline, receiving an execution mode instruction to switch the instruction execution pipeline to a second execution mode, switching the instruction execution pipeline to the second execution mode based on the received execution mode instruction, annulling the first instruction based on the execution mode instruction, receiving a second instruction for execution on the instruction execution pipeline, the second instruction, and executing the second instruction.

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


High-speed broadside communications and control system
Patent No. 11048552 

Inventor(s): David Alston Lide (Rockville, MD), Pratheesh Gangadhar Thalakkal Kottilaveedu (Bengaluru, , IN), Thomas Anton Leyrer (Geisenhausen, , DE), William Cronin Wallace (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16425606 on 05/29/2019 (762 days app to issue)

Abstract: A real-time computational device includes a programmable real-time processor, a communications input port which is connected to the programmable real-time processor through a first broadside interface, and a communications output port which is connected to the programmable real-time processor through a second broadside interface. Both broadside interfaces enable 1024 bits of data to be transferred across each of the broadside interfaces in a single clock cycle of the programmable real-time processor.

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


Notification control system and method of use
Patent No. 11048567 

Inventor(s): Christen Keithley Medulla (Arlington, TX), Michael Jerrod Medulla (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16710482 on 12/11/2019 (566 days app to issue)

Abstract: A notification control system includes a handheld computing device; alerts associated with platforms on the computing device, the alerts being associated with notices; a notification management platform accessible from the handheld computing device, and having a selection portal in communication with the platforms; and a settings portal in communication with the selection portal, the settings portal provides options associated with user manipulation of the platforms; a processor working with the notification management platform to perform the steps of: receive a user selection of platforms; and receive a user selection of one or more alerts associated with the one platform; the user selection of one or more alerts designates either activation or deactivation of the alert; the notification management platform provides for user control of the alerts.

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


Data aggregation node for blockchain rollup
Patent No. 11048593 

Inventor(s): Mathews Thomas (Flower Mound, TX), Randall A. Stark (Euless, TX), Susan J. Christian (Grapevine, TX), Thyge S. Knuhtsen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16203426 on 11/28/2018 (944 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of connecting, by a data aggregation node, to a blockchain configured to store data, configuring, by the data aggregation node, a transformation of the data, instantiating, by the data aggregation node, at least one rollup blockchain, transforming, by the data aggregation node, the data based on the configuration, executing, by the data aggregation node, a smart contract to populate the transformed data into the at least one rollup blockchain, and archiving the data on a data store outside of the blockchain.

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


Cache with set associativity having data defined cache sets
Patent No. 11048636 

Inventor(s): Steven Jeffrey Wallach (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig (27 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16528474 on 07/31/2019 (699 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cache system, having: a first cache set; a second cache set; and a logic circuit coupled to a processor to control the caches based on at least respective first and second registers. When a connection to an address bus receives a memory address from the processor, the logic circuit is configured to: generate a set index from at least the address; and determine whether the generated set index matches with a content stored in the first register or with a content stored in the second register. And, the logic circuit is configured to implement a command via the first cache set in response to the generated set index matching with the content stored in the first register and via the second cache set in response to the generated set index matching with the content stored in the second register.

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


Multi-threaded, self-scheduling reconfigurable computing fabric
Patent No. 11048656 

Inventor(s): Tony M. Brewer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Gamburd Law Group LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16371036 on 03/31/2019 (821 days app to issue)

Abstract: Representative apparatus, method, and system embodiments are disclosed for configurable computing. A representative system includes an interconnection network; a processor; and a plurality of configurable circuit clusters. Each configurable circuit cluster includes a plurality of configurable circuits arranged in an array; a synchronous network coupled to each configurable circuit of the array; and an asynchronous packet network coupled to each configurable circuit of the array. A representative configurable circuit includes a configurable computation circuit and a configuration memory having a first, instruction memory storing a plurality of data path configuration instructions to configure a data path of the configurable computation circuit; and a second, instruction and instruction index memory storing a plurality of spoke instructions and data path configuration instruction indices for selection of a master synchronous input, a current data path configuration instruction, and a next data path configuration instruction for a next configurable computation circuit.

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


Determining the significance of an event in the context of a natural language query
Patent No. 11048697 

Inventor(s): Swaminathan Chandrasekaran (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16278686 on 02/18/2019 (862 days app to issue)

Abstract: A knowledge graph is built based on a corpus stored in the computer system. The corpus includes a set of searchable events and each event includes a respective set of entities. A set of entities is identified in a first set of significant events returned by natural language query (NLQ). The knowledge graph determines which ones of the set of entities are related to the entities in the NLQ to produce a filtered set of entities. The filtered set of entities is used to identify a second set of significant events in the selected corpus. Members of the first and second set of significant events are presented to a user as a search result.

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


Transforming a website for dynamic web content management
Patent No. 11048859 

Inventor(s): Michael E. Vince (Mesquite, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Fabian VanCott (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14024273 on 09/11/2013 (2848 days app to issue)

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

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


Generating structured representations of forms using machine learning
Patent No. 11048933 

Inventor(s): Karpaga Ganesh Patchirajan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Intuit Inc. (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16569297 on 09/12/2019 (656 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method may include acquiring, from a document, document elements and attributes describing the document elements. One or more of the attributes may be geometric attributes describing a placement of the corresponding document element within the document. The method may further include deriving features for the document elements using the attributes, detecting form components using the features, clustering the form components into line objects of a structured representation by applying an unsupervised machine learning model to the geometric attributes of the document elements, and populating a compliance form using the structured representation.

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


Field-programmable gate array-based biometric sampling system for improving biometric data reusability
Patent No. 11048955 

Inventor(s): Gary Brian Temerowski, II (Flower Mound, TX), Martin Patrick McEnroe (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16419051 on 05/22/2019 (769 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to a field-programmable gate array (‘’FPGA’’)-based biometric sampling system for improving biometric data reusability. The system can include one or more FPGAs, each of which can include a plurality of configurable input/output (‘’I/O’’) blocks, a plurality of configurable logic blocks, and a plurality of configurable interconnects that connect the plurality of configurable I/O blocks to the plurality of configurable logic blocks. The FPGA(s) can be configured based upon a hardware description language model to receive biometric input data associated with a user, to apply a sampling scheme to the biometric input data to extract, from the biometric input data, an enrollment biometric data sample, and to cause the enrollment biometric data sample to be stored in a database.

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


Structured light depth imaging under various lighting conditions
Patent No. 11048957 

Inventor(s): Vikram VijayanBabu Appia (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16108472 on 08/22/2018 (1042 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of image processing in a structured light imaging system is provided that includes receiving a captured image of a scene, wherein the captured image is captured by a camera of a projector-camera pair, and wherein the captured image includes a binary pattern projected into the scene by the projector, applying a filter to the rectified captured image to generate a local threshold image, wherein the local threshold image includes a local threshold value for each pixel in the rectified captured image, and extracting a binary image from the rectified captured image wherein a value of each location in the binary image is determined based on a comparison of a value of a pixel in a corresponding location in the rectified captured image to a local threshold value in a corresponding location in the local threshold image.

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


Reduced complexity convolution for convolutional neural networks
Patent No. 11048997 

Inventor(s): Kumar Desappan (Bangalore, , IN), Manu Mathew (Bangalore, , IN), Pramod Kumar Swami (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15800294 on 11/01/2017 (1336 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for convolution in a convolutional neural network (CNN) is provided that includes accessing a coefficient value of a filter corresponding to an input feature map of a convolution layer of the CNN, and performing a block multiply accumulation operation on a block of data elements of the input feature map, the block of data elements corresponding to the coefficient value, wherein, for each data element of the block of data elements, a value of the data element is multiplied by the coefficient value and a result of the multiply is added to a corresponding data element in a corresponding output block of data elements comprised in an output feature map.

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


Identifying property usage type based upon smart sensor data
Patent No. 11049189 

Inventor(s): Sripriya Sundararaman (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY (Bloomington, IL)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16902536 on 06/16/2020 (378 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method for identifying a property usage type based upon sensor data includes, with customer permission or affirmative consent, receiving data generated by various sensors; generating a report that includes a listing of events recorded by each sensor; analyzing data from the report to determine a property usage type score; receiving data regarding types and levels of insurance coverage associated with the property usage type score; receiving data derived from a homeowner’’s insurance policy; comparing the types and levels of insurance coverage associated with the property usage type score with the types and levels of insurance coverage from the homeowner’’s current insurance policy; and transmitting a message to the homeowner to update their insurance policy if there are differences between (i) the insurance coverage that the homeowner has, and (ii) the insurance coverage the homeowner should have based upon the property usage type score.

[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]


Emergency services/virtual travel wallet
Patent No. 11049202 

Inventor(s): Cory J. Feinberg (Plano, TX), Kathleen L. Miller (Addison, TX), Rene Humphrey Beasley (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Moneygram International, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16706605 on 12/06/2019 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a computer and network architecture configured to provide one or more travel services to users. The one or more travel services may enable the user to obtain funds in the event that the user’’s financial cards and/or cash are lost or stolen while the user is travelling. Additionally, the one or more travel services may enable the user to obtain a temporary form of identification if the user’’s passport or other form of identification are lost or stolen while travelling. Other travel services may that may be provided include a financial card cancellation service, a credit bureau alert service, a prepaid card service, or other services that enable a user to recover from an emergency situation that arises while the user is travelling.

[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]


On-component tracking of maintenance, usage, and remaining useful life
Patent No. 11049333 

Inventor(s): Brian Tucker (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15879207 on 01/24/2018 (1252 days app to issue)

Abstract: One embodiment is a system including a component for installation on a vehicle comprising a central maintenance computer (‘’CMC’’); a configuration/maintenance module (‘’CMM’’) associated with the component and including memory for storing component information, a sensor for detecting a condition and generating data indicative thereof; a microprocessor for processing the sensor data and updating the component information with the processing results; and a communications interface between the CMM and the CMC. The system further includes a remaining useful life (‘’RUL’’) module associated with the component that periodically updates an RUL, the RUL module periodically updating an RUL value for the component and communicating the updated RUL value to the CMM for storage in the memory. The CMC communicates with the CMM to update the component information included in the memory based on information input to the CMC by a user or changes in a condition of the vehicle.

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


System and method for instant win scratch off ticket game with ticket sales maximization using secondary game
Patent No. 11049367 

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: Meagher Emanuel Laks Goldberg Liao, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16822595 on 03/18/2020 (468 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 scratch-off ticket lottery game where all maximum award amount tickets have been identified by establishing a secondary game with qualified entry is disclosed. The system, method, and non-transitory computer-readable medium include a computer system configured with a game specification file and at least one random number generator based on a publicly verifiable entropy source. The computer system is programmed to randomly generate sequences of characters for the scratch-off lottery game. The computer system is further programmed to establish a winning award amount threshold to qualify for entry into a secondary game. The computer system is additionally programmed to randomly distribute the sequences of characters among a plurality of tickets for purchase.

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


Methods for adjusting row hammer refresh rates and related memory devices and systems
Patent No. 11049545 

Inventor(s): Joo-Sang Lee (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: TraskBritt (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16391560 on 04/23/2019 (798 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of operating a memory device are disclosed. A method may include determining a number of active commands associated with at least one memory bank of a memory device during a first time interval. The method may further include adjusting a row hammer refresh rate for the at least one memory bank for a second time interval based on the number of active commands associated with the at least one memory bank during the first time interval. A memory device and an electronic system are also described.

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


Subthreshold voltage forming of selectors in a crosspoint memory array
Patent No. 11049559 

Inventor(s): Yoocharn Jeon (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16899423 on 06/11/2020 (383 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and techniques are described for forming of selectors in a memory device such as a crosspoint memory array. A threshold switching selector is in series with a resistance-switching memory cell in a storage node. Prior to a first switching operation in the array, a stimulus is applied to the storage node to transform the selectors from an initial state having an initial threshold voltage to an operating state having a lower, operating threshold voltage. The stimulus can include a signal having a voltage which does not exceed the operating threshold voltage. To limit peak current consumption, the stimulus can be applied to different subsets of the array, one subset at a 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)


Three-dimensional memory device with depletion region position control and method of erasing same using gate induced leakage
Patent No. 11049568 

Inventor(s): Shinsuke Yada (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16832320 on 03/27/2020 (459 days app to issue)

Abstract: Gate-induced leakage current that is independent of a location of a physical p-n junction between a semiconductor channel and a source/drain region can be provided within a NAND string of a three-dimensional memory device by employing at least one leakage current control circuit that is activated during an erase operation. During the erase operation, an accumulation region and an inversion region can be formed between a vertically-neighboring pair of electrically conductive layers with a depletion region therebetween. The depletion region can generate and inject majority charge carriers into the semiconductor channel during the erase operation. The depletion region can be formed in the source region or in the drain region and may not overlap with a physical p-n junction. Thus, the charge injection location can be independent of the location of the physical p-n junction.

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


Non-volatile memory with program verify skip
Patent No. 11049578 

Inventor(s): Henry Chin (Fremont, CA), Shota Murai (Fujisawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16795313 on 02/19/2020 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: Non-volatile memory cells are programmed by applying a programming signal as a series of programming voltage pulses (or other doses of programming) to selected memory cells and verifying the memory cells between programming voltage pulses. To achieve tighter threshold voltage distributions, a coarse/fine programming process is used that includes a two step verification between programming voltage pulses comprising an intermediate verify condition and a final verify condition. Memory cells being programmed that have reached the intermediate verify condition are slowed down for further programming. Memory cells being programmed that have reached the final verify condition are inhibited from further programming. To reduce the number of verify operations performed, a system is proposed for skipping verification at the intermediate verify condition for some programming voltage pulses and skipping verification at the final verify condition for some programming voltage pulses.

[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)


Modulation of programming voltage during cycling
Patent No. 11049580 

Inventor(s): Ken Oowada (Yokohama, , JP), Rajdeep Gautam (Yokohama, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16914408 on 06/28/2020 (366 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for increasing cycling endurance and minimizing over programming of non-volatile memory cells by modulating the programming voltage applied to the non-volatile memory cells over time as the number of program/erase cycles increases are described. A bit count ratio based on bit counts within two threshold voltage zones may be used to determine the amount of voltage reduction in the programming voltage applied during subsequent programming operations. For example, if the bit count ratio is between 0.02 and 0.05, then the reduction in the programming voltage may be 100 mV; if the bit count ratio is between 0.05 and 0.10, then the reduction in the programming voltage may be 200 mV. The modulation (e.g., the reduction) of the programming voltage may be performed at varying cycle intervals depending on the total number of program/erase cycles for a memory block and/or the bit count ratio.

[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)


Bioinformatics systems, apparatuses, and methods for generating a De Brujin graph
Patent No. 11049588 

Inventor(s): Michael Ruehle (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Illumina, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16120103 on 08/31/2018 (1033 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for executing a bioinformatics analysis on genetic sequence data is provided. Particularly, a genomics analysis platform for executing a sequence analysis pipeline is provided. The genomics analysis platform includes one or more of a first integrated circuit, where each first integrated circuit forms a central processing unit (CPU) that is responsive to one or more software algorithms that are configured to instruct the CPU to perform a first set of genomic processing steps of the sequence analysis pipeline. Additionally, a second integrated circuit is also provided, where each second integrated circuit forming a field programmable gate array (FPGA), the FPGA being configured by firmware to arrange a set of hardwired digital logic circuits that are interconnected by a plurality of physical interconnects to perform a second set of genomic processing steps of the sequence analysis pipeline, the set of hardwired digital logic circuits of each FPGA being arranged as a set of processing engines to perform the second set of genomic processing steps. A shared memory is also provided. NULL


Integrated circuit devices with parallel power amplifier output paths
Patent No. 11050387 

Inventor(s): Rohit Chatterjee (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16564881 on 09/09/2019 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit device is provided. In some examples, the integrated circuit device includes a first amplifier path, a second amplifier path coupled in parallel with the first amplifier path, a matching network coupled to the first amplifier path and the second amplifier path, and an antenna coupled to the matching network. In some such examples, the first amplifier path includes a first differential power amplifier coupled to the matching network, and the second amplifier path includes a second differential power amplifier coupled to the matching network. The integrated circuit device may further include a controller coupled to selectively enable the first amplifier path to provide a transmitter output power within a first range and to selectively enable the second amplifier path to provide a transmitter output power within a second range that is different from the first range.

[G06G] ANALOGUE COMPUTERS (analogue optical computing devices G06E 3/00; computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Managing virtual network functions
Patent No. 11050623 

Inventor(s): Leonid Isaevich Popokh (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Dicke, Billig Czaja, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15772316 on 10/30/2015 (2069 days app to issue)

Abstract: Examples disclosed herein include a method of managing virtual network functions of a network functions virtualization (NFV) network environment includes generating an integration virtual network function (integration VNF) to allow a user to perform tasks related to integration and deployment of a first virtual network function (first VNF), and generating an orchestration template for a first virtual network function (first VNF) with an NFV orchestrator of the NFV environment. The method further includes reviewing the orchestration template with the integration VNF, and orchestrating deployment of the first VNF with a virtual infrastructure manager (VIM) of the NFV environment based on the orchestration template.

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


Methods and systems for managing security in computing networks
Patent No. 11050780 

Inventor(s): Gary K. Thornton (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Griffiths Seaton PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15833447 on 12/06/2017 (1301 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments for managing computing network security by one or more processors are described. A signal that is representative of authorized anomalous behavior is received. The signal includes at least one of an identity and a type of activity associated with the authorized anomalous behavior. A security incident is detected. If the detected security incident corresponds to the authorized anomalous behavior, the generating of an alert in response to the detecting of the security incident is suppressed.

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


Transmission control protocol (TCP) acknowledgement (ACK) packet suppression
Patent No. 11050857 

Inventor(s): Ben Gilboa (Tel Aviv, , IL), Oren Shani (Israel, , IL), Uri Weinrib (Lod, , IL)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14333751 on 07/17/2014 (2539 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) acknowledgement (ACK) packet suppression are described. In various implementations, these systems and methods may be applicable to low-power communications. For example, a method may include receive an incoming TCP packet at a TCP layer implemented by the communication system; de-encapsulating the incoming TCP packet using a TCP protocol to identify an incoming Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS) packet; passing the incoming SSL or TLS packet from the TCP layer to an SSL or TLS layer; and signaling, by the SSL or TLS layer to the TCP layer in response to the SSL or TLS layer having received the incoming SSL or TLS packet, that a TCP acknowledgement be suppressed by the TCP layer.

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


 

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Semiconductor device package with grooved substrate
Patent No. 11049800 

Inventor(s): Cherry Lyn Marquez Aranas (Pampanga, , PH), Dolores Babaran Milo (Baguio, , PH)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16800374 on 02/25/2020 (490 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a described example, a method for making a packaged semiconductor device includes laser ablating a first groove with a first width and a first depth into a mounting surface of a substrate between landing pads. A first pillar bump on an active surface of a semiconductor device is bonded to a first landing pad; and a second pillar bump on the semiconductor device is bonded to a second landing pad. A channel forms with the active surface of the semiconductor device forming a first wall of the channel, the first pillar bump forms a second wall of the channel, the second pillar bump forming a third wall of the channel, and a surface of the first groove forms a fourth wall of the channel. The channel is filled with mold compound and at least a portion of the substrate and the semiconductor device are covered with mold 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]


Three-dimensional memory device containing tubular blocking dielectric spacers
Patent No. 11049807 

Inventor(s): Li Li (Nagoya, , JP), Tatsuya Hinoue (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yuki Kasai (Kuwana, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16582262 on 09/25/2019 (643 days app to issue)

Abstract: An alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers is formed over a substrate. Memory openings are formed through the alternating stack. Annular recesses are formed by laterally recessing the sacrificial material layers around each memory opening. A tubular aluminum oxide spacer is formed at a periphery of each annular recess. A tubular silicon oxycarbide spacer is selectively deposited on each of the tubular aluminum oxide spacers. The tubular silicon oxycarbide spacers are converted into tubular silicon oxide spacers by an oxidation process. Tubular charge storage spacers are formed on inner sidewalls of the tubular silicon oxide spacers. A vertical semiconductor channel is formed over a respective vertical stack of tubular charge storage spacer within each memory opening. The sacrificial material layers are removed to form backside recesses. Electrically conductive material are deposited in the backside recesses to form electrically conductive layers.

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


Crack suppression structure for HV isolation component
Patent No. 11049820 

Inventor(s): Elizabeth Costner Stewart (Dallas, TX), Jeffrey A. West (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16049256 on 07/30/2018 (1065 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) includes a substrate having functional circuitry for realizing at least one circuit function configured together with at least one high voltage isolation component including a top metal feature above the substrate. A crack suppressing dielectric structure including at least a crack resistant dielectric layer is on at least a top of the top metal feature. At least one dielectric passivation overcoat (PO) layer is on an outer portion of the top metal feature.

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


Bond wire support systems and methods
Patent No. 11049836 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Matthew David Romig (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15960093 on 04/23/2018 (1163 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a substrate; a bond pad; a wire spanning above the substrate, having a first end bonded to the bond pad and a second end extending from the bond pad to terminate in a second end thereof; and a support structure disposed on the substrate, the support structure comprising at least a side wall and extending from the substrate to terminate in an end portion spaced from the substrate to support the wire.

[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]


ESD protection circuit with isolated SCR for negative voltage operation
Patent No. 11049852 

Inventor(s): Akram A. Salman (Plano, TX), Amitava Chatterjee (Plano, TX), Farzan Farbiz (Dallas, TX), Xiaoju Wu (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16053985 on 08/03/2018 (1061 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor controlled rectifier (FIG. [b]4[/b]A) for an integrated circuit is disclosed. The semiconductor controlled rectifier comprises a first lightly doped region ([b]100[/b]) having a first conductivity type (N) and a first heavily doped region ([b]108[/b]) having a second conductivity type (P) formed within the first lightly doped region. A second lightly doped region ([b]104[/b]) having the second conductivity type is formed proximate the first lightly doped region. A second heavily doped region ([b]114[/b]) having the first conductivity type is formed within the second lightly doped region. A buried layer ([b]101[/b]) having the first conductivity type is formed below the second lightly doped region and electrically connected to the first lightly doped region. A third lightly doped region ([b]102[/b]) having the second conductivity type is formed between the second lightly doped region and the third heavily doped region. A fourth lightly doped region ([b]400[/b]) having the second conductivity type is formed between the second lightly doped region and the third heavily doped region and electrically connected to the second and third lightly doped regions.

[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]


ESD protection device with breakdown voltage stabilization
Patent No. 11049853 

Inventor(s): Christopher Boguslaw Kocon (Mountain Top, PA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16593416 on 10/04/2019 (634 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device includes a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) structure, and an electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection device, with an isolation layer having a thickness and extending in a trench from a first implanted region. The ESD protection device includes a conductive field plate that extends over a portion of the first implanted region and past the first implanted region and over a portion of the isolation layer by an overlap distance that is 3.5 to 5.0 times the thickness of the isolation layer. In one example, the ESD protection device has a finger or racetrack shape, and the first implanted region and a second implanted region extend around first and second turn portions of the finger shape.

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


Three-dimensional memory device containing through-memory-level contact via structures
Patent No. 11049876 

Inventor(s): Michimoto Kaminaga (Nagoya, , JP), Zhixin Cui (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16881353 on 05/22/2020 (403 days app to issue)

Abstract: A contact via structure vertically extending through an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers is provided in a staircase region having stepped surfaces. The contact via structure is electrically isolated from each electrically conductive layer of the alternating stack except for an electrically conductive layer that directly underlies a horizontal interface of the stepped surfaces. A laterally-insulated structure includes a conductive via structure having an upper conductive via portion overlying and contacting an annular area of a top surface of one of the electrically conductive layers, a lower conductive via portion having a lesser lateral dimension than the upper conductive via portion and extending through at least a bottommost one of the electrically conductive layers, and an interconnection conductive via portion located between the upper conductive via portion and the lower conductive via portion and contacting a cylindrical sidewall of the one of the electrically conductive layers.

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


Three-dimensional memory device containing epitaxial ferroelectric memory elements and methods for forming the same
Patent No. 11049880 

Inventor(s): Adarsh Rajashekhar (Santa Clara, CA), Fei Zhou (San Jose, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Rahul Sharangpani (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16530256 on 08/02/2019 (697 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate, and memory stack structures extending through the alternating stack. Each of the memory stack structures includes a vertical stack of single crystalline ferroelectric dielectric layers and a respective vertical semiconductor channel.

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


Gallium nitride (GaN) based transistor with multiple p-GaN blocks
Patent No. 11049960 

Inventor(s): Chang Soo Suh (Allen, TX), Jungwoo Joh (Allen, TX), Naveen Tipirneni (Frisco, TX), Sameer Prakash Pendharkar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16294687 on 03/06/2019 (846 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, a gallium nitride (GaN)-based transistor, comprises a substrate; a GaN layer supported by the substrate; an aluminum nitride gallium (AlGaN) layer supported by the GaN layer; a p-doped GaN structure supported by the AlGaN layer; and multiple p-doped GaN blocks supported by the AlGaN layer, each of the multiple p-doped GaN blocks physically separated from the remaining multiple p-doped GaN blocks, wherein first and second contours of a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) of the GaN-based transistor are at an interface of the AlGaN and GaN layers.

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


DMOS transistor having thick gate oxide and STI and method of fabricating
Patent No. 11049967 

Inventor(s): Alexei Sadovnikov (Sunnyvale, CA), Natalia Lavrovskaya (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16179445 on 11/02/2018 (970 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit chip and a method of fabricating the IC chip to include a transistor having a thick gate oxide in combination with STI. The method provides a wafer for which a source region location, a drain contact region location, an extended drain region location and a gate region location have been defined and forms an STI structure overlying the extended drain region location. After growing a gate oxide layer over the gate region location and a portion of the extended drain region location, the method forms a gate structure on the gate oxide layer, the gate structure having a gap overlying the intersection of an edge of the STI structure with the gate oxide 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]


Integrated MIM diode
Patent No. 11049980 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Scott Robert Summerfelt (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16668004 on 10/30/2019 (608 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an integrated circuit, a metal-insulator-metal (MIM) diode includes: a first metallization structure level having a first metal layer; a first dielectric layer over the first metal layer; a metal contact or via on the first metal layer and extending through a portion of the first dielectric layer; and a second metallization structure level having a second metal layer; and a second dielectric layer over the second metal layer. The diode has a first electrode on the metal contact or via, a multilayer dielectric structure on the first electrode, and a second electrode between the multilayer dielectric structure and the second metal 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]


Combo sub 6GHz and mmWave antenna system
Patent No. 11050138 

Inventor(s): Ping Shi (San Diego, CA), Wei Huang (San Diego, CA), Xiaoyin He (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16034240 on 07/12/2018 (1083 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment antenna system includes a first antenna portion configured to transmit a first signal received from a first feed and a second antenna portion configured to transmit a second signal received from a second feed. The second antenna portion is capacitively coupled to the second feed and inductively coupled to the first antenna portion, and the second signal has a frequency greater than a frequency of the first signal.

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


Antenna lens array for tracking multiple devices
Patent No. 11050157 

Inventor(s): Igor Timofeev (Dallas, TX), Serguei Matitsine (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Matsing, Inc. (Irvine, CA)
Law Firm: Fish IP Law, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17086141 on 10/30/2020 (242 days app to issue)

Abstract: A radio frequency antenna array uses lenses and RF elements, to provide ground-based and sky-based coverage for multiple object communication and tracking. The antenna array can include two spherical lenses, where each spherical lens has at least two associated RF elements. Each of the RF elements associated with a given lens produces an output beam with an output area. Each lens also includes a sub-controller configured to combine the output beams produced by the RF elements. The antenna includes a control mechanism configured to enable a user to move the RF elements along their respective tracks, and automatically combine, or modify the phase of, the output beams from the RF elements based on the relative positions between the RF elements. The combined beams track independent targets, such as satellites, across an area.

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


Electric motor ground protection
Patent No. 11050240 

Inventor(s): Garret R. Walker (Dallas, TX), John R. Broze (Fate, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16256646 on 01/24/2019 (887 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit for ground disconnection protection is provided herein. In an embodiment, the circuit includes power transistor elements in a common-source arrangement coupled between a first ground and a second ground. The power transistor elements are configured to turn on during a ground disconnection event in an electric motor system. This allows a current to pass between the first ground and the second ground, bypassing a control circuit.

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


Methods and apparatus to compensate for power factor loss using a phasor cancellation based compensation scheme
Patent No. 11050344 

Inventor(s): Manish Bhardwaj (Sugarland, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17029317 on 09/23/2020 (279 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example power factor correction circuits to correct the power factor of power converters are disclosed. An example power factor correction controller circuit includes a phase locked loop phase angle determiner to determine a first phase angle of an input voltage of the power converter and further includes a compensating current determiner to determine, based on the phase angle, a compensating current to compensate for a capacitive current introduced by at least one filter capacitor of the power converter. The power factor correction controller circuit further includes a switch controller to cause a controlled current drawn by a power stage of the power converter to be adjusted by the compensating current to reduce a phase offset between the first phase angle of the input voltage and a second phase angle of the an input current drawn at an input of the power converter.

[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]


Bootstrap diode circuits
Patent No. 11050420 

Inventor(s): Nathan Schemm (Rowlett, TX), Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay (Allen, TX), Xiaonan Wang (Beijing, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15879231 on 01/24/2018 (1252 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, bootstrap diode circuits include a first diode having a first diode input coupled to a voltage supply and a first diode output. Described bootstrap diode circuits additionally include a second diode having a second diode input coupled to the first diode output and a second diode output and a plurality of zener diodes coupled in series. The series-coupled zener diodes are further coupled in parallel with the second diode.

[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]


System and method for removing interferer signals
Patent No. 11050447 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey L. Box (Farmersville, TX), Nathan Larsen (Allen, TX), Stephen A. Ganje (Frisco, TX), Yongtao Guo (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Rockwell Collins, Inc. (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Law Firm: Suiter Swantz pc llo (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16780491 on 02/03/2020 (512 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system may include a receiver, an input digitized data buffer, and a processor. The input digitized data buffer may be configured to accumulate samples of a time domain signal, s(t), from the receiver. The processor may be configured to: remove a confirmed peak from a frequency domain signal, S(f), to produce a corrected frequency domain signal, S(f); perform an inverse fast Fourier transform to transform the corrected frequency domain signal, S(f), to a corrected time domain signal, s(t); perform an inverse window operation on the corrected time domain signal, s(t), to recover original signal magnitudes; and output digitized data of the corrected time domain signal, s(t), for signal processing.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Power delivery and data communication over a single pair of cables
Patent No. 11050460 

Inventor(s): Dushmantha Bandara Rajapaksha (Allen, TX), Hao Liu (Dallas, TX), Maxwell Robertson (Dallas, TX), Wesley Ray (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16438165 on 06/11/2019 (749 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for an integrated circuit (IC) comprising an oscillator, an on-off-keying modulator configured to modulate input data coupled to the oscillator, a serial communications transmitter coupled to the on-off-keying modulator, a serial communications receiver coupled to the serial communications transmitter by a set of cables, and an envelope detector coupled to the serial communications receiver. In the IC, power and data are simultaneously delivered across the same set of cables from the serial communications transmitter to the serial communications receiver.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for beam reporting in next generation wireless systems
Patent No. 11050478 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Li Guo (Allen, TX), Md Saifur Rahman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16212433 on 12/06/2018 (936 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a user equipment (UE) for multi-beam operation in a wireless communication system is provided. The method comprises receiving, from a base station (BS), configuration information for a search space in which to receive a response to a beam failure recovery request, monitoring at least a channel state information reference signal (CSI-RS) included in a first set of reference signals to detect a beam failure event based on a threshold, measuring at least one of a reference signal received power (RSRP) of the CSI-RS or an RSRP of synchronization signal/physical broadcasting channel (SS/PBCH) blocks in a second set of reference signals when the beam failure event is detected, identifying a new candidate beam based on the measured RSRPs, and transmitting, to the BS, the beam failure recovery request over a physical random access channel (PRACH) based on detection of the beam failure event.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Transmission of control channel and data channels for coverage enhancements
Patent No. 11050517 

Inventor(s): Ying Li (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16661932 on 10/23/2019 (615 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for a base station to transmit and for a User Equipment (UE) to receive repetitions of an enhanced physical downlink control channel (EPDCCH). Time and frequency resources for EPDCCH repetitions are defined together with restrictions in time resources to provide UE power savings. Time and frequency resources are also defined for repetitions of a physical downlink shared channel (PDSCH) transmission and for repetitions of a physical uplink shared channel (PUSCH) transmission. Methods and apparatus are also provided for the UE to transmit and for the base station to receive acknowledgement information in repetitions of a physical uplink shared channel (PUCCH).

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Pilot transmission and reception for orthogonal frequency division multiple access
Patent No. 11050539 

Inventor(s): Dae Won Lee (Lake Forest, CA), Sungho Moon (Lake Forest, CA), Young Hoon Kwon (Lake Forest, CA), Yujin Noh (Lake Forest, CA)
Assignee(s): ATLAS GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16816092 on 03/11/2020 (475 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless device transmits a frame by determining a plurality of Resource Units (RUs) of the frame, providing pilots in a first RU of the frame at a first set of positions, providing pilots in a second RU of the frame at a second set of positions, and transmitting the frame. The first set of positions is different from the second set of positions. A wireless device receives a frame including an RU including pilots and processes the pilots. When an RU for the data symbol includes an odd-numbered lowest subcarrier, the pilots are included at a first set of positions in the resource unit. When the RU includes an even-numbered lowest subcarrier, the pilots are included at a second set of positions in the resource unit. The second set of positions is different from the first set of positions.

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


Systems and methods for UE-specified prioritized SIP messaging
Patent No. 11050703 

Inventor(s): Bibi M. Hakimzadeh (Fort Worth, TX), James S. Abraham (Carrollton, TX), Shashi Kotvali (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16583772 on 09/26/2019 (642 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system described herein may provide for the prioritization of Session Initiation Protocol (‘’SIP’’) messages, transmitted by a User Equipment (‘’UE’’), based on a priority class indicator included in the SIP messages by the UE. A Universal Integrated Circuit Card (‘’UICC’’) may store information indicating the priority class (e.g., in an Access Control Class (‘’ACC’’) Elementary File (‘’EF’’)). One or more network components, such as a Call Session Control Function (‘’CSCF’’) and/or a Messaging Application Server (‘’MAS’’) may prioritize the SIP message based on the priority class indicator included in the SIP message by the UE.

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


Systems and methods for user defined network enabled content filtering
Patent No. 11050715 

Inventor(s): Joseph Dorsey (Allen, TX), Shahab Azmoudeh (Dallas, TX), Victor Nilson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16823818 on 03/19/2020 (467 days app to issue)

Abstract: A content filtering system and method includes receiving in a network device in a network from a user device, a user selected set of rules identifying a set of URLs to be blocked. The set of rules are loaded into the network device. The network device receives from the user device a request to access a specified URL. A determination is made at the network device whether the specified URL is in the user selected set of rules. If the specified URL is in the user selected set of rules, then the specified URL is blocked.

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


Homomorphic encryption in a data processing network environment, system and methods
Patent No. 11050720 

Inventor(s): Harsh Kupwade-Patil (Plano, TX), Ravi Seshadri (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NANTHEALTH, INC. (Culver City, CA)
Law Firm: Stetina Brunda Garred and Brucker (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16939360 on 07/27/2020 (337 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for homomorphic encryption in a healthcare network environment is provided and includes receiving digital data over the healthcare network at a data custodian server in a plurality of formats from various data sources, encrypting the data according to a homomorphic encryption scheme, receiving a query at the data custodian server from a data consumer device concerning a portion of the encrypted data, initiating a secure homomorphic work session between the data custodian server and the data consumer device, generating a homomorphic work space associated with the homomorphic work session, compiling, by the data custodian server, a results set satisfying the query, loading the results set into the homomorphic work space, and building an application programming interface (API) compatible with the results set, the API facilitating encrypted analysis on the results set in the homomorphic work space.

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


System and method for centralized authentication and authorization for cloud platform with multiple deployments
Patent No. 11050731 

Inventor(s): Minbao Li (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16431574 on 06/04/2019 (756 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques described herein may be used to centralize authentication and authorization for accessing cloud services provided by different cloud platform deployments. A user equipment (UE) may provide user information to a cloud admin device. The cloud admin device may authenticate and authorize the UE locally and then initiate a sign on procedure with each cloud platform deployment. The sign on procedure may include obtaining user group information for the user and providing the user group information to the cloud platform deployments so that the cloud platform deployments may return permission information without having to each perform an authentication and authorization procedure. The cloud admin device may relay the permission information to the UE, and the UE may use the permission information to access any/all of the cloud services.

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


Call interception heuristics
Patent No. 11050885 

Inventor(s): Ramakrishna R. Yannam (The Colony, TX), Ravisha Andar (Plano, TX), Saahithi Chillara (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16890110 on 06/02/2020 (392 days app to issue)

Abstract: When a customer initiates an interaction with an interactive voice response (‘’IVR’’) system, the customer may need to be transferred to a live agent. Apparatus and methods may formulate timing information for integrating a live agent into an interaction controlled by an artificial intelligence (‘’AI’’) engine. The system may integrate machine generated responses into a customer interaction controlled by a live agent. The system may formulate timing information for intercepting the live agent with responses generated by the AI engine. The system may formulate the timing information using interactional analytics and preferences of a specific customer.

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


Using real time ray tracing for lens remapping
Patent No. 11050932 

Inventor(s): Hemant Vijay Kumar Hariyani (Plano, TX), Martin Fritz Mueller (Allen, TX), Vikram VijayanBabu Appia (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16290855 on 03/01/2019 (851 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for generating a surround view (SV) image for display in a view port of an SV processing system is provided that includes capturing, by at least one processor, corresponding images of video streams from each camera of a plurality of cameras and generating, by the at least one processor, the SV image using ray tracing for lens remapping to identify coordinates of pixels in the images corresponding to pixels in the SV image.

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


Method and apparatus for noise reduction in video systems
Patent No. 11051046 

Inventor(s): Arun Shankar Kudana (Bangalore, , IN), Deepak Kumar Poddar (Bangalore, , IN), Manoj Koul (Bangalore, , IN), Pramod 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: 16988978 on 08/10/2020 (323 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides a noise filter. The noise filter includes a motion estimation (ME) engine. The ME receives a current frame and a reference frame. The current frame comprising a current block and the reference frame includes a plurality of reference blocks. The ME engine generates final motion vectors. The current block comprises a plurality of current pixels. A motion compensation unit generates a motion compensated block based on the final motion vectors and the reference frame. The motion compensated block includes a plurality of motion compensated pixels. A weighted average filter multiplies each current pixel of the plurality of current pixels and a corresponding motion compensated pixel of the plurality of motion compensated pixels with a first weight and a second weight respectively. The weighted average filter generates a filtered block. A blockiness removal unit is coupled to the weighted average filter and removes artifacts in the filtered block.

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


Television and system and method for providing a remote control device
Patent No. 11051065 

Inventor(s): Edward H. Wolfe (Plano, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16505978 on 07/09/2019 (721 days app to issue)

Abstract: A television and system and method for providing a remote control device are disclosed. In one embodiment of the television, the television includes a processor, a memory, a tuner, a panel, and an audio driver therein in an interconnected architecture. The television may establish a pairing with a proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device, such as a proximate wireless-enabled interactive handheld device having a touch screen display, whereby formatted parallel audiovisual experience instructions, including virtual buttons, may be transmitted to the proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device for display on the touch screen display to create an experience parallel to the experience on the television. The television receives and processes virtual remote control functionality input instructions from the proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device to control amenities associated with the television.

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


Network location reporting broadcast bearer management
Patent No. 11051132 

Inventor(s): Devaki Chandramouli (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS OY (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15564877 on 04/07/2015 (2275 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various communication systems may benefit from network location reporting. For example, such reporting may be beneficial in the establishment of a multimedia broadcast/multicast service bearer for media traffic delivery from a group communication service application server or other similar device or system. A method can include reporting at least a first set of user equipment location information and at least a second set of user equipment location information from the user equipment to at least one network node for broadcast bearer management. The first set of user equipment location information can include a serving cell identity of the user equipment. The second set of user equipment location information can include at least one identity of at least one network service area for media broadcasting.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Compression of internet protocol version 6 addresses in wireless sensor networks
Patent No. 11051140 

Inventor(s): Alper Sinan Akyurek (La Jolla, CA), Ariton E. Xhafa (Plano, TX), Jianwei Zhou (Allen, TX), Ramanuja Vedantham (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14836655 on 08/26/2015 (2134 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for managing Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) addresses in a wireless sensor network is provided that includes storing, on a wireless sensor device in the wireless sensor network, a prefix of an IPv6 address in association with a key, forming an address indicator for the IPv6 address, the address indicator consisting of the key and a node address of the IPv6 address, and storing the address indicator in at least one memory location on the wireless sensor device in lieu of the IPv6 address.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Interworking with bearer-based system
Patent No. 11051212 

Inventor(s): Devaki Chandramouli (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS OY (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16437451 on 06/11/2019 (749 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer program products for interworking between bearer-less networks and bearer based networks are provided. One method includes receiving, by a network entity in a bearer-less network, a context request to obtain user equipment context information for a user equipment moving from the bearer-less network to a bearer-based network. The method may further include providing a context response comprising the context information to a network entity in the bearer-based network, the context information used to establish bearers for the user equipment to obtain internet protocol (IP) based services.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Facilitating enablement of intelligent service aware access utilizing multiaccess edge computing in advanced networks
Patent No. 11051226 

Inventor(s): Sangar Dowlatkhah (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16714405 on 12/13/2019 (564 days app to issue)

Abstract: Facilitating enablement of intelligent service aware access utilizing multiaccess edge computing advanced networks (e.g., 5G, 6G, and beyond) is provided herein. Operations of a method can comprise determining a network service being utilized by a first user equipment device has not been instantiated at a distributed network device and based on the first user equipment device approaching a service range of the distributed network device. The method also can comprise deploying the network service, as a microservice, at the distributed network device prior to the first user equipment device entering the service range of the distributed network device. Further, the method can comprise removing the network service from being deployed at the distributed network device based on a determination that the first user equipment device is no longer within the service range of the distributed network device and a second user equipment device is not utilizing the network service.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Multiple air interface aggregation supporting multivendor 4G/5G networks
Patent No. 11051239 

Inventor(s): Kamakshi Sridhar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Harrington Smith (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16628155 on 07/07/2017 (1453 days app to issue)

Abstract: At a network element, a first TEID is determined that is associated with a default bearer between a UE and a first APN. A determination is made whether a tunnel discovery procedure should be performed to discover a second TEID associated with a dummy bearer. The dummy bearer is associated with the UE and a second APN. The tunnel discovery procedure is performed to discover the second TEID, and the dummy bearer is set up between the network element and the UE. Data arriving at the network element from the core network and toward the UE is routed over one of the default bearer, using the first TEID, or the dummy bearer, using the second TEID. Data arriving at the network element from the UE and toward the core network is routed over only over the default bearer. Apparatus, methods, and computer programs and products are disclosed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Federating mobile wireless networks using auctions
Patent No. 11051242 

Inventor(s): Jason Summers (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16454211 on 06/27/2019 (733 days app to issue)

Abstract: Spectrum resource sharing management is described, e.g., a user equipment can determine a metric representative of a quality of a communication signal received by the user equipment, wherein the communication signal is received via a first mobile network operated by a first mobile network operator entity. In response to the metric being determined to be below a threshold, the user equipment can scan a group of frequency bands. The user equipment can receive a broadcast signal from a network node device via a frequency band of the group of frequencies, wherein the broadcast signal comprises a performance parameter and cost information, and wherein the network node device is associated with a second mobile network operated by a second mobile network operator entity. In response to an evaluation of the performance parameter and the cost information, the user equipment can determine whether to select the network node device to engage in cellular transmissions between the user equipment and the network node device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving uplink channel sounding reference signals in a wireless communication system
Patent No. 11051281 

Inventor(s): Aris Papasakellariou (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: The Farrell Law Firm, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15991473 on 05/29/2018 (1127 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided for transmitting uplink control information by a terminal in a wireless communication system. System information associated with an uplink transmission of a reference signal is received from a base station. Uplink control information to which a length-3 orthogonal sequence or a length-4 orthogonal sequence is applied is transmitted in a slot of a sub-frame. The reference signal is transmitted based on the received system information.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for sharing a control channel for carrier aggregation
Patent No. 11051287 

Inventor(s): Sean Michael McBeath (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Guangdong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd. (Guangdong, , CN)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15675292 on 08/11/2017 (1418 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for processing a control channel at a user agent (UA) to identify at least one of an uplink and a downlink resource allocated by a resource grant within a multi-carrier communication system wherein resource grants are specified by control channel element (CCE) subset candidates wherein the carriers used for data transmission and reception are configured carriers, the method comprising the steps of receiving activation signals specifying active and deactivated carriers from among the configured carriers, for active carriers (i) identifying a number of CCE subset candidates to decode and (ii) decoding up to the identified number of CCE subset candidates in an attempt to identify the resource grant; and for deactivated carriers, ignoring CCE subset candidates associated with the deactivated carriers.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Providing LTE network devices with downlink channels in an unlicensed spectrum
Patent No. 11051288 

Inventor(s): Sergio Aguirre (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16117985 on 08/30/2018 (1034 days app to issue)

Abstract: A small cell device may communicate with a user device (e.g., a smartphone, a tablet computer, etc.) via a range extender device that extends the effective range of the small cell device to the user device. The small cell device, the range extender device, and the user device may communicate with one another using channels of a licensed spectrum (e.g., traditional LTE channels). The range extender device may determine channel conditions corresponding to an unlicensed spectrum (e.g., 5 Gigahertz (GHz) Spectrum) and communicate the channel conditions to the small cell device. Based on the channel conditions, the small cell device and the range extender device may select downlink-only channels of the unlicensed spectrum and cause the downlink capabilities of the channels of the unlicensed spectrum to be augmented by the downlink capabilities of the downlink-only channels of the unlicensed spectrum.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Facilitating application and/or traffic status aware intelligent carrier aggregation in advanced networks
Patent No. 11051308 

Inventor(s): Hongyan Lei (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16427957 on 05/31/2019 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: Facilitating application and/or traffic status aware intelligent carrier aggregation in advanced networks is provided herein. Operations of a method can comprise analyzing a traffic usage parameter of a mobile device and, based on a first determination that the traffic usage parameter consumes more uplink resources than downlink resources, configuring, the mobile device with an uplink carrier aggregation based on a first maximization of the uplink carrier aggregation and, thereafter, configuring the mobile device with an allowable downlink carrier aggregation. Alternatively, based on a second determination that the traffic usage parameter consumes more downlink resources than uplink resources, configuring the mobile device with a downlink carrier aggregation based on a second maximization of the downlink carrier aggregation and, thereafter, configuring the mobile device with an allowable uplink carrier aggregation. The uplink carrier aggregation and the downlink carrier aggregation can be non-static carrier aggregations.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for random access to radio services
Patent No. 11051345 

Inventor(s): Atsushi Matsumoto (Ishikawa, , JP), Daichi Imamura (Kanagawa, , JP), Sadaki Futagi (Ishikawa, , JP), Takashi Iwai (Ishikawa, , JP), Tomofumi Takata (Ishikawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16775335 on 01/29/2020 (517 days app to issue)

Abstract: A user terminal apparatus includes a receiver to receive a control information value belonging to a set of multiple control information values. Each control information value in the set of multiple control information values is associated with a subset of random access sequences from multiple subsets of random access sequences. Different ones of the multiple subsets of random access sequences are associated with different amounts of data. A data processor selects a random access sequence from one of the subset of random access sequences based on the control information value. A transmitter transmits the selected random access sequence.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Wireless internet system and method
Patent No. 11051350 

Inventor(s): Elad Pinhas Barkan (Kfar Sirkin, , IL)
Assignee(s): Barkan Wireless Access Technologies, L.P. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16368847 on 03/28/2019 (824 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus, including a program encoded on computer-readable medium, for transmitting data to a server. A wireless communication connection is established between a first computing device and a second computing device. Data transmitted from the first computing device to the second computing device is received over the wireless communication connection and stored on the second computing device for uploading to a server on an IP based network. The wireless communication connection is disconnected. An IP communication connection is established between the second computing device and the server on the IP based network, and at least a portion of the stored data is transmitted from the second computing device to the server on the IP based network over the IP communication connection after the wireless communication connection between the first computing device and the second computing device is disconnected.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Modular system for automated portable electronic device disassembly
Patent No. 11051441 

Inventor(s): Patrick S. Wieler (Justin, TX)
Assignee(s): APPLE INC. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16383330 on 04/12/2019 (809 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to some embodiments, a method for processing an electronic component associated with a portable electronic device by a conveyor system subsequent to removing the electronic component from a housing of the portable electronic device, where the conveyor system includes a container that is capable of carrying the electronic component, is described. The method can include depositing, at a receiving station of the conveyor system, the electronic component within a cavity of the container. The method can further include while moving the container that carries the electronic component from the receiving station in a direction towards a removal station of the conveyor system: monitoring a temperature of the electronic component, and in response to determining that the temperature of the electronic component exceeds a temperature threshold range associated with a thermal event: cooling the electronic component by dissipating thermal energy associated with the thermal event.

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


Dynamic measurement of frequency synthesizer noise spurs or phase noise
Patent No. RE048613 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Karthik Subburaj (Karnataka, , IN), Raghu Ganesan (Karnataka, , IN), Sreekiran Samala (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16503240 on 07/03/2019 (727 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of measuring phase noise (PN). A PLL frequency synthesizer is provided including a first phase frequency detector (PFD) receiving a reference frequency signal coupled to a first charge pump (CP) coupled to a VCO having an output fedback to the first PFD through a feedback divider that provides a divided frequency signal to the first PFD which outputs an error signal, and PN measurement circuitry including a replica CP coupled to an output of a second PFD or the first PFD. The error signal is received at the replica CP or the divided and reference frequency signal are received at the second PFD, wherein the replica CP outputs a scaled phase error current which is current-to-voltage converted and amplified to provide an amplified phase error voltage, and digitized to provide a digital phase error signal. The digital phase error signal is frequency analyzed to generate a PN measurement. Patent Class: N/A


DESIGN PATENTS

Pegboard bin
Patent No. D923357 

Inventor(s): Larry Currey (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Decker Jones, PC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29667699 on 10/24/2018 (979 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Five burner grill
Patent No. D923382 

Inventor(s): Bradley Gleaton (Dallas, TX), Erica Lea Boltz (Dallas, TX), Randall May (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): The Boltz Group, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Miller Martin PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29674527 on 12/21/2018 (921 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Four burner grill
Patent No. D923383 

Inventor(s): Bradley Gleaton (Dallas, TX), Erica Lea Boltz (Dallas, TX), Randall May (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): The Boltz Group, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Miller Martin PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29674537 on 12/21/2018 (921 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Beverage container with lid
Patent No. D923408 

Inventor(s): Mary Nicole Hamilton (Heath, TX)
Assignee(s): Magnolia Intellectual Designs LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Smith IP Services, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29744783 on 07/31/2020 (333 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Beverage container
Patent No. D923410 

Inventor(s): Mary Nicole Hamilton (Heath, TX)
Assignee(s): Magnolia Intellectual Designs LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Smith IP Services, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29690583 on 05/09/2019 (782 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Model vehicle pivoting axle carrier
Patent No. D923722 

Inventor(s): Adam Cole Ewing (McKinney, TX), Jory Sprowl (Honey Grove, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29696541 on 06/28/2019 (732 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Valve housing
Patent No. D923753 

Inventor(s): Stephen William O’’Brien (Irving, TX), Todd Michael Coleman (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): TSI Products, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Hitchcock Evert LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29711658 on 11/01/2019 (606 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Undergarment shield
Patent No. D923778 

Inventor(s): Catherine M. Jackson (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29745884 on 08/10/2020 (323 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Flexible bag holder
Patent No. D923898 

Inventor(s): Donald H. Saller (McKinney, TX), George M. Davison (Pittsburgh, PA)
Assignee(s): Jokari/US, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29696010 on 06/25/2019 (735 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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