Dallas Invents: 148 Patents Granted for Week of May 5

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

Patents granted include:
• Bank of America's keys for data security based on quantum particle states
• Bell's ID tags for tracking manufacturing of aircraft parts
The University of Texas System's nanowire-based magnets
• Boot Royalty's comfort system for cowboy and work boots
Shavelogic's magnetic attachment for a shaving cartridge
• Texas Instrument's failure detection in a radar system
Textron Innovations' modular refueling systems for aircraft
Verizon's device for managing unmanned aerial vehicle flight data

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 May 5, 2020 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP  LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments (Dallas) 39
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 11
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 8
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 5
Toyota Motor Engineering North America (Plano) 5
Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton) 3

UNASSIGNED 7


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Do-Kyoung Kwon (Allen) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

112 days
Ground plane detection for placement of augmented reality objects
Patent No. 10643364
Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA, US)
Inventors: Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney), Jason Hoover (Grapevine), Micah Price (Anna), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton), Sunil Vasisht (Flower Mound)

2,751 days
Sample-based angular intra-prediction in video coding
Patent No. 10645398
Assignee: Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas)
Inventor: Minhua Zhou (Plano)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Comfort system for boots
Patent No. 10638813 

Inventor(s): Billy Lovell (Masfield, TX), Michael Fuller (Flower Mound, TX), Michael McCarron (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Boot Royalty Company, L.P. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: IP Attorneys Group, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15981188 on 05/16/2018 (720 days app to issue)

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

[A43B] CHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR


Simultaneous/single patient position X-ray and proton imaging apparatus and method of use thereof
Patent No. 10638988 

Inventor(s): Kyle Schmanke (Plano, TX), Lauri Reichert (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15412885 on 01/23/2017 (1198 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention comprises an apparatus and method of use thereof for using a single patient position during, optionally simultaneous, X-ray imaging and positively charged particle imaging, where imaging a tumor of a patient using X-rays and positively charged particles comprises the steps of: (1) generating an X-ray image using the X-rays directed from an X-ray source, through the patient, and to an X-ray detector, (2) generating a positively charged particle image: (a) using the positively charged particles directed from an exit nozzle, through the patient, through the X-ray detector, and to a scintillator, the scintillator emitting photons when struck by the positively charged particles and (b) generating the positively charged particle image of the tumor using a photon detector configured to detect the emitted photons, where the X-ray detector maintains a position between said the nozzle and the scintillator during the step of generating a positively charged particle image.

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


Vein filter
Patent No. 10639139 

Inventor(s): James E. Bressler (Langhorne, PA), James F. McGuckin, Jr. (Radnor, PA), John H. Thinnes, Jr. (Westfield, NJ), Lindsay L. Carter (Wayne, PA), Stephan A. DeFonzo (Wayne, PA)
Assignee(s): Argon Medical Devices, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: IpHorgan Ltd. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15358985 on 11/22/2016 (1260 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vessel filter having a first region and a second region, the filter movable between a collapsed position for delivery to the vessel and an expanded position for placement within the vessel. The first region has a filter portion having a converging region to direct particles toward the center of the filter and includes a plurality of spaced apart filter struts. The struts each have a strut height defined as a distance between a first wall and a second wall. A plurality of hooks are at the second region, the hooks having a vessel penetrating tip and a width greater than the width of the strut from which it extends such that the penetrating tip portion of the hook extends beyond the first wall.

[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]


Vascular implants and methods of fabricating the same
Patent No. 10639176 

Inventor(s): Paul A. LaDuca (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Taheri LaDuca LLC (Santa Cruz, CA)
Law Firm: Levine Bagade Han LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15357836 on 11/21/2016 (1261 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is directed to vascular implants and methods for fabricating the same. The implantable devices include but are not limited to stents, grafts and stent grafts. In many embodiments, the devices include one or more side branch lumens interconnected with the main lumen.

[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]


Massage chair having a mechanism for adjusting position of fluid massage element for arm massaging
Patent No. 10639230 

Inventor(s): Abhishek Vinod Vazrekar (Arlington, TX), Kevin Le (Richland Hills, TX), Thanh Le (Grand Prairie, TX), Varad Nitin Gokhale (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Luraco, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15965955 on 04/29/2018 (737 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is a massage chair having a mechanism for adjusting position of massage element for arm massaging. As a non-limiting example, the massage chair preferably includes a massage chair frame; at least one arm massager apparatus positioned about a corresponding side of the frame; and a mechanism for securing the at least one arm massager apparatus about a corresponding side of the frame. In this example, the arm massage system may include at least one massage element for hand massaging, at least one massage element for tricep massaging, at least one massage element for shoulder massaging, a mechanism for adjusting position of the massage element for tricep massaging, and a mechanism for adjusting position of the massage element for shoulder massaging. The massage chair may further include a body massage system; a legs and feet massage system; and a noise-reducing, enclosure device.

[A61H] PHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY (electrotherapy, magnetotherapy, radiation therapy, ultrasound therapy A61N)


Skin care formulation
Patent No. 10639344 

Inventor(s): Tiffany Carle (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15355297 on 11/18/2016 (1264 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of treating telangiectasia in a subject in need thereof is disclosed. The method includes topically applying to skin of said subject in need of treatment of telangiectasia a composition comprising effective amounts of an alcoholic extract of [i]Centella asiactica [/i]leaf and an aqueous extract of [i]Vitis vinifera [/i]seed to disrupt endothelial tubes in skin.

[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)


Method and apparatus for bi-directional ankle exercise movements
Patent No. 10639518 

Inventor(s): Kent Fulks (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Braxton Perrone, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15810098 on 11/12/2017 (905 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus for bi-directional ankle exercise movements has a main-frame with a seat and upwardly extending columns at either side to support a ”U” shaped sub-frame, mounted so that it pivots about a horizontal axis passing very nearly through the ankles of a seated user and interconnecting linkages simultaneously enforcing ankle inversion, with plantarflexion and then ankle aversion, with dorsiflexion, about perpendicularly intersecting axes, while resisting such movements, so as to provide bidirectional ankle exercises according to a progressive resistance program, thus strengthening the ankle muscle groups for enhanced balance and dynamic stability.

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


Athletic hands training apparatus
Patent No. 10639535 

Inventor(s): Tim Alan Hoover (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Scheef Stone, L.L.P. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15655780 on 07/20/2017 (1020 days app to issue)

Abstract: An athletic training support structure includes a post configured to extend substantially vertically. At least one horizontal arm is rotatably mounted on the post, so that the at least one horizontal arm extends substantially perpendicularly from the post and rotates in a substantially horizontal plane. A vertical arm may be rotatably mounted to an end of a horizontal arm for rotation in a substantially vertical plane.

[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

Methods and apparatus to agitate a liquid
Patent No. 10639600 

Inventor(s): Robert Paul Luoma, II (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15730524 on 10/11/2017 (937 days app to issue)

Abstract: Method and apparatus to agitate a liquid are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a carrier having a base that includes a ridge extending from the base and a collar extending from the base. The example apparatus also includes a container supported on the base, the container movable between (A) a locked positon in which the ridge fixedly engages the container to non-rotatably couple the container to the base and (B) an unlocked position in which the container is disengaged from the ridge and the container is rotatable about the collar.

[B01F] MIXING, e.g. DISSOLVING, EMULSIFYING, DISPERSING (mixing paints B44D 3/06)


Nanowire-based magnets and methods of making same
Patent No. 10639711 

Inventor(s): J. Ping Liu (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Nexsen Pruet, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15180939 on 06/13/2016 (1422 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention achieves a high-energy product using Ferromagnetic 3D elements such as nanowires and methods of making the same. The high energy products or magnets of the invention are able to achieve high magnetization and maintain the magnetic properties at a greater range of temperatures than currently known magnets. For example, a high energy product includes at least one material A selected from the group consisting essentially of Fe, Co, and Ni, wherein material A is in the form of nanowires formed by a solvothermal chemical process. A high energy product may also include at least one material A selected from the group consisting essentially of Fe, Co, and Ni, and at least one material B selected from the group consisting essentially of Fe, Co, and Ni, wherein material A and material B are in the form of an alloy of nanowires formed by a solvothermal chemical process.

[B22F] WORKING METALLIC POWDER; MANUFACTURE OF ARTICLES FROM METALLIC POWDER; MAKING METALLIC POWDER (making alloys by powder metallurgy C22C); APPARATUS OR DEVICES SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR METALLIC POWDER


System and method for compensating deviations in an optical lens manufacturing process
Patent No. 10639765 

Inventor(s): Brad J. Gelb (Dallas, TX), Sebastien Piraube (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Essilor International (Charenton-le-Pont, , FR)
Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15570715 on 05/29/2015 (1803 days app to issue)

Abstract: A real-time calculation system capable of computing the industrial optical performance and yields of a prescription laboratory is disclosed. The system uses statistical analysis to determine the compensation factors that can be applied to given products, Semi-Finish, materials, or lens designs to increase the lab yields. Using a monitoring and configuration system, the user tracks the evolution of the laboratory”s performance and identifies areas in which yields are impacted. The user defines how the calculation system will optimize the laboratory”s performance, such as by defining how the compensation factors will be calculated and applied.

[B24B] MACHINES, DEVICES, OR PROCESSES FOR GRINDING OR POLISHING (by electro-erosion B23H; abrasive or related blasting B24C; electrolytic etching or polishing C25F 3/00); DRESSING OR CONDITIONING OF ABRADING SURFACES; FEEDING OF GRINDING, POLISHING, OR LAPPING AGENTS [2]


Magnetic attachment for shaving cartridge
Patent No. 10639807 

Inventor(s): Craig A. Provost (Boston, MA), John W. Griffin (Moultonborough, NH), Robert A. Wilson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Shavelogic, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Leber IP Law (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16251874 on 01/18/2019 (473 days app to issue)

Abstract: Shaving systems are disclosed that include a replaceable shaving assembly and a cartridge connecting structure for connecting the shaving assembly to a handle. In preferred implementations, the cartridge connecting structure has a magnetic portion configured to help draw the cartridge onto the handle and retain the cartridge in place when the razor is not in contact with the skin, and a mechanical engagement that provides the necessary retention forces required to keep the system intact during shaving.

[B26B] HAND-HELD CUTTING TOOLS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (for harvesting A01D; for horticulture, for forestry A01G; for butchering or meat treatment A22; for manufacturing or repairing footwear A43D; nail clippers or cutters A45D 29/02; kitchen equipment A47J; for surgical purposes A61B 17/00; for metal B23D; cutting by abrasive fluid jets B24C 5/02; plier-like tools with cutting edges B25B 7/22; pincers B25C 11/02; handles for hand implements, in general B25G; guillotine-type cutters B26D; for erasing B43L 19/00; for textile materials D06H)


Composite wing structure and methods of manufacture
Patent No. 10639854 

Inventor(s): David G. Carlson (North Richland Hills, TX), Douglas K. Wolfe (Denton, TX), George R. Decker (Amarillo, TX), John R. McCullough (Weatherford, TX), Keith A. Stanney (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15423888 on 02/03/2017 (1187 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of manufacturing a tiltrotor wing structure including providing a spar mold having a plurality of bores extending from an exterior surface of the mold to an interior surface of the mold, the plurality of bores corresponding to a plurality of primary coordination holes in a spar member, the spar mold having a periphery defined by a top edge, a bottom edge and outboard ends; selecting a plurality of resin impregnated plies to ensure that the plies continuously extend beyond the periphery of the spar mold; laying the plies in the spar mold; curing the plies in the mold to form a cured spar member that extends beyond the periphery of the spar mold; and accurately drilling a plurality of primary coordination holes in the cured spar member in the spar mold using a tool positioned in the plurality of bores.

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


Systems and methods for charging and warming vehicle components
Patent No. 10640004 

Inventor(s): Tapan V. Patel (Lakewood, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15011303 on 01/29/2016 (1558 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes an on-board charger that receives energy from an external power source and a battery having a state of charge (SOC) and a battery temperature. The system also includes a battery heater that converts electrical energy into thermal energy (heat) for increasing the battery temperature. The system also includes a battery management system (BMS) that determines or detects a current SOC of the battery and a current battery temperature. The system also includes an electronic control unit (ECU) coupled to the on-board charger and to the BMS. The ECU controls the on-board charger to distribute energy to the battery and to the battery heater to cause the SOC to remain above a SOC threshold and to cause the battery temperature to remain above a battery temperature threshold based on the current SOC and the current battery temperature.

[B60L] PROPULSION OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES (arrangements or mounting of electrical propulsion units or of plural diverse prime-movers for mutual or common propulsion in vehicles B60K 1/00, B60K 6/20; arrangements or mounting of electrical gearing in vehicles B60K 17/12, B60K 17/14; preventing wheel slip by reducing power in rail vehicles B61C 15/08; dynamo-electric machines H02K; control or regulation of electric motors H02P); SUPPLYING ELECTRIC POWER FOR AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES (electric coupling devices combined with mechanical couplings of vehicles B60D 1/64; electric heating for vehicles B60H 1/00); ELECTRODYNAMIC BRAKE SYSTEMS FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL (control or regulation of electric motors H02P); MAGNETIC SUSPENSION OR LEVITATION FOR VEHICLES; MONITORING OPERATING VARIABLES OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES; ELECTRIC SAFETY DEVICES FOR ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES [4]


Adjusting vehicle headlights
Patent No. 10640033 

Inventor(s): Danil V. Prokhorov (Canton, MI), Michael Paul Rowe (Pinckney, MI), Ryohei Tsuruta (Ann Arbor, MI), Umesh N. Gandhi (Farmington Hills, 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: 15929073 on 12/18/2018 (504 days app to issue)

Abstract: A headlight assembly can include a headlight and one or more actuators operatively positioned to cause the position and/or orientation of the headlight to be adjusted. The one or more actuators include a bladder. The bladder can include a flexible casing. The bladder can define a fluid chamber. The fluid chamber can contain a dielectric fluid. The one or more actuators can include a first conductor and a second conductor operatively positioned on opposite portions of the bladder. The one or more actuators can be configured such that, when electrical energy is supplied to the first conductor and the second conductor, the first conductor and the second conductor can become oppositely charged. As a result, the first conductor and the second conductor are electrostatically attracted toward each other to cause at least a portion of the dielectric fluid to be displaced to an outer peripheral region of the fluid chamber.

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


Outboard centrifugal force bearing with inboard blade fold axis in a folding rotor blade assembly
Patent No. 10640205 

Inventor(s): Jared Mark Paulson (Fort Worth, TX), Kyle Thomas Cravener (Watauga, TX), Tyler Wayne Baldwin (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15846011 on 12/18/2017 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotor blade assembly for a tiltrotor aircraft comprising a rotor blade pivotally connected to a yoke with dual concentric blade bolts having a common central axis providing a pivotal axis inboard of an outboard CF bearing and the yoke tip. In use, the compact folded arrangement of the rotor blades reduces folded aircraft dimensions in response to ever increasing restricted storage space parameters.

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


Modular refueling systems for aircraft
Patent No. 10640215 

Inventor(s): Steven Ray Ivans (Ponder, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15919459 on 03/13/2018 (784 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modular refueling system for an aircraft includes a modular bay recessed within the aircraft. The modular bay includes a modular bay interface. The modular refueling system includes a plurality of payload modules each having a respective function and a payload interface adapted to connect to at least a portion of the modular bay interface. The plurality of payload modules includes an aerial refueling module. The payload modules are interchangeably insertable into the modular bay to enable the modular bay to support the functions of the payload modules. The aerial refueling module is insertable into the modular bay to enable the aircraft to provide fuel to recipient aircraft during flight.

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


High speed winch rewind adapter
Patent No. 10640326 

Inventor(s): James L. Henderson (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16404599 on 05/06/2019 (365 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure describes a high speed winch rewind adapter for quickly rewinding a loading strap. In one implementation, the adapter includes a body having a volume sized to at least partially surround an annular end of the winch. The annular end is coupled with a ratchet mechanism of the winch and having at least one hole for receiving a winch bar. A drive connector is positioned both within the volume of the body and external to the volume of the body, the drive connector external to the volume of the body having an external profile to receive a torque, and the drive connector within the volume of the body insertable into the annular end of the winch for alignment to the axis of rotation. A coupling mechanism synchronizes the drive connector to the annular end such that both the drive connector and the annular end rotate simultaneously.

[B65H] HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Portable lock with integrity sensors
Patent No. 10641013 

Inventor(s): Frank Murtland (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Go Lock Technology, Inc. (Spicewood, TX)
Law Firm: Culhane Meadows PLLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15998905 on 02/16/2017 (1174 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are lock assemblies that include, in particular embodiments, a cable assembly, a housing, a sensor assembly, and a wireless transceiver. The cable assembly includes a cable having a sensor element disposed along its length, a first shackle pin on its first end, and a second shackle pin on its opposing end. The housing defines a first pinway for receiving the first shackle pin, a second pinway for receiving the second shackle pin, and a locking mechanism for securing the shackle pins to the housing. The sensor assembly is located within the housing and in communication with the cable assembly for sensing a cable type and a cable condition related to the cable assembly. The wireless transceiver is connected to a power source, in communication with the sensor assembly, and operated by a microcontroller within the housing.

[E05B] LOCKS; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR; HANDCUFFS


Perforating gun system and method
Patent No. 10641068 

Inventor(s): Dennis E. Roessler (Fort Worth, TX), John T. Hardesty (Weatherford, TX), Wenbo Yang (Kennedale, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15777527 on 11/30/2017 (887 days app to issue)

Abstract: A perforating gun system having gun sections coupled together with adapters. Each of the gun sections are adjustable to be offset relative to one another and each gun section is also decentralized with respect to the inside diameter of the wellbore casing. Each of the gun sections are movable in succession to an interval in the wellbore casing to create perforations such that the percentage of the casing openings is large for substantial fluid flow. The alignment and diameters of the gun sections are chosen to occupy the entire inner diameter of the casing.

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


Measuring lengths of resizable elements downhole
Patent No. 10641082 

Inventor(s): Donald Kyle (Plano, TX), Paul David Ringgenberg (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15754116 on 10/16/2015 (1663 days app to issue)

Abstract: A well tool can include a resizable element that is longitudinally expandable and contractible. The well tool can include a first acoustic sensor unit positioned at a first longitudinal end of the resizable element for receiving a first wireless acoustic signal, waiting for a predefined period of time, and transmitting a second wireless acoustic signal after the predefined period of time has elapsed. The well tool can include a second acoustic sensor unit positioned at a second longitudinal end of the resizable element for transmitting the first wireless acoustic signal at a first time, and receiving the second wireless acoustic signal at a second time. The second acoustic sensor unit can also be positioned for determining a time delay between the first time and the second time, and determining a distance between the first acoustic sensor unit and the second acoustic sensor unit based on the time delay.

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


 

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

 

High-speed drying unit for locker
Patent No. 10640910 

Inventor(s): John Allen (Desoto, TX), Sam Allen (Maypearl, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16429895 on 06/03/2019 (337 days app to issue)

Abstract: A locker includes a pair of spaced-apart upstanding sidewalls and at least one compartment defined between the upstanding sidewalls. A drying compartment includes an upper and lower horizontal panels, at least one of the upper and lower panels being hollow and extending at least partially between the sidewalls of the locker. A pair of compartment sidewalls are connected to the panels, at least one of the compartment sidewalls being in fluid communication with the at least one hollow upper and lower panels. A perforated rear panel is connected to the compartment sidewalls and the upper and lower panels and is in fluid communication with an interior of the drying compartment. At least one fan is disposed in one of the compartment sidewalls, wherein the fan draws air from the at least one hollow upper and lower panels, directs it into the interior of the drying compartment, and the air is exhausted from the compartment though the perforated rear panel.

[F26B] DRYING SOLID MATERIALS OR OBJECTS BY REMOVING LIQUID THEREFROM (drying devices for combines A01D 41/133; racks for drying fruit or vegetables A01F 25/12; drying foodstuffs A23; drying hair A45D 20/00; body-drying implements A47K 10/00; drying household articles A47L; drying gases or vapours B01D; chemical or physical processes for dewatering or like separating liquids from solids B01D 43/00; centrifugal apparatus B04; drying ceramics C04B 33/30; drying yarns or fabrics in association with some other form of treatment D06C; drying frames for laundry without heating or positive air circulation, domestic laundry-or spin-driers, wringing or hot pressing laundry D06F; furnaces, kilns, ovens F27)


Spring seat for an internal valve
Patent No. 10641404 

Inventor(s): FeiFei Ji (Shanghai, , CN), Jing Chen (Shanghai, , CN), Li Li (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15635708 on 06/28/2017 (1042 days app to issue)

Abstract: An internal valve includes a valve body, a valve stem, a poppet valve, and a bleed valve. The bleed valve includes a body with a bore. A spring seat fits within the bore and is coupled to the valve stem, and includes a guide sized to receive the valve stem and a flow aperture. The flow aperture defines a connecting bleed path that fluidly connects a bleed flow path and a bleed outlet. The valve stem shifts from a first position where the poppet valve and the bleed valve are closed, to a second position where the bleed valve is open and the poppet valve is closed, and a third position where the poppet valve is open and the bleed valve is closed. A spring disposed in the bore bears against the spring seat and is arranged to close the poppet valve and open the bleed valve.

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


Method and apparatus for reheat dehumidification with variable air volume
Patent No. 10641516 

Inventor(s): Derek Phillips (Carrollton, TX), Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16421789 on 05/24/2019 (347 days app to issue)

Abstract: The HVAC system includes an evaporator coil and a metering device fluidly coupled to the evaporator coil via a distribution line. The HVAC system includes a variable-speed circulation fan for circulating air around the evaporator coil. A temperature sensor is thermally exposed to the distribution line. At least one controller is operatively coupled to the temperature sensor and to the variable-speed circulation fan. The at least one controller adjusts a speed of the variable-speed circulation fan to increase latent capacity of the HVAC system responsive to a determination that a temperature of fluid in the distribution line exceeds an optimal distribution line temperature.

[F24F] AIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING (removing dirt or fumes from areas where they are produced B08B 15/00; vertical ducts for carrying away waste gases from buildings E04F 17/02; tops for chimneys or ventilating shafts, terminals for flues F23L 17/02)


 

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Method and apparatus for a precision position sensor
Patent No. 10641597 

Inventor(s): Brady Garrett Atkins (Euless, TX), Charles Eric Covington (Colleyville, TX), David Bryan Roberts (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15902133 on 02/22/2018 (803 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system to measure a parameter associated with a component, device, or system with a specified accuracy, including: providing one or more sensors operably disposed to detect the parameter; obtaining a coarse measurement of the parameter within a first range using the one or more sensors, wherein the first range includes minimum and maximum values for the parameter; obtaining a fine measurement of the parameter within a second range using the one or more sensors, wherein the second range is smaller than the first range and has a specified ratio to the first range that provides the specified accuracy; determining a current value of the parameter by combining the coarse and fine measurements; and providing the current value of the parameter to a communications interface, a storage device, a display, a control panel, a processor, a programmable logic controller, or an external device.

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


Electronically provided guided tours
Patent No. 10641614 

Inventor(s): Adam D. Holmstrom (Pinckney, MI), Scott L. Frederick (Brighton, MI), Scott P. Robison (Dexter, 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: 15633856 on 06/27/2017 (1043 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various arrangements for providing a guided tour are described herein. Generally, the guided tour system determines the location of location sensor(s) along a guided tour. When the location sensor(s) are located at a transition location along a guided tour, the guided tour system selects an active Input/Output (I/O) system for a subsequent segment of the guided tour. The active I/O system is used to render prompts associated with POIs along the guided tour.

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


Measuring deformation of a compression spring to monitor performance of a safety valve
Patent No. 10641668 

Inventor(s): Rajesh Krithivasan (Jacksonville, FL), Roger Dale Danzy (Pineville, LA)
Assignee(s): Dresser, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Paul Frank + Collins P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15878152 on 01/23/2018 (833 days app to issue)

Abstract: A safety valve is outfit with sensors to monitor performance. The safety valve may include valve mechanics comprising a closure component moveable relative to a seat. The device may also have a pre-load unit coupled with the closure component. The pre-load unit may utilize a coiled compression spring to generate spring force to keep the closure component in contact with the seat. A strain gauge may be disposed on the compression spring to measure strain, for example, shear strain in the compression spring. Analysis of this data may predict set pressure (or ”set point”). This prediction may, in turn, form a basis for an alert or other indicator that the safety valve requires maintenance or repair.

[G01L] MEASURING FORCE, STRESS, TORQUE, WORK, MECHANICAL POWER, MECHANICAL EFFICIENCY, OR FLUID PRESSURE (weighing G01G) [4]


Automatic transmission shifting performance evaluation
Patent No. 10641683 

Inventor(s): Brian F. Jacobs (Alum Creek, WV), Jason D. Carmichael (Ravenswood, WV), John A. Frazier (Fraziers Bottom, WV)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15943233 on 04/02/2018 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system of evaluating shift performance of an automatic transmission system having gears and a torque converter. The method includes driving the automatic transmission with an input motor while applying a rotational load by a pair of output motors. A command is applied to a solenoid to change fluid pressure, the time of issuance of the command is recorded, and the transmission shifts between a pair of the gears. Periodic measurements are made for transmission output torque. Threshold values are determined for the torque converter rotation speed and for the transmission output torque. A lag time is determined between the threshold for the turbine speed and the detected time for the solenoid. An engage time is determined based on the torque threshold and the turbine speed threshold. Lag time, peak transmission, and output torque are used to judge performance of the automatic transmission system.

[G01M] TESTING STATIC OR DYNAMIC BALANCE OF MACHINES OR STRUCTURES; TESTING OF STRUCTURES OR APPARATUS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Shock strut service monitoring using gas pressure and temperature sensors, combined with physical strut measurement and taking into account gas absorption/desorption in a fluid
Patent No. 10641685 

Inventor(s): William E Luce (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Goodrich Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer, L.L.P. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15672075 on 08/08/2017 (1001 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various embodiments, the method may further comprises measuring a third shock strut pressure, measuring a third shock strut temperature, wherein the servicing condition is further based upon the third shock strut pressure and the third shock strut temperature.

[G01M] TESTING STATIC OR DYNAMIC BALANCE OF MACHINES OR STRUCTURES; TESTING OF STRUCTURES OR APPARATUS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Tri-electrode apparatus and methods for molecular analysis
Patent No. 10641721 

Inventor(s): Anjan Panneer Selvam (Richardson, TX), Shalini Prasad (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14640408 on 03/06/2015 (1887 days app to issue)

Abstract: The claimed invention is an apparatus and method for performing impedance spectroscopy with a handheld measuring device. Conformal analyte sensor circuits comprising a porous nanotextured substrate and a conductive material situated on the top surface of the solid substrate in a circuit design may be used alone or in combination with a handheld potentiometer. Also disclosed are methods of detecting and/or quantifying target analytes in a sample using a handheld measuring device.

[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)


Fuel sending unit for fuel-type detection
Patent No. 10641755 

Inventor(s): Heraldo F. Stefanon (Dexter, 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: 15829150 on 12/01/2017 (886 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and device are disclosed for fuel-detection by a fuel sending unit by placing a fuel sending unit in a first position from a second position, and releasing the fuel sending unit from the first position such that a buoyancy characteristic of a fuel sending unit float prompts the fuel sending unit to the second position. A rate-of-travel of the fuel sending unit is sensed from the first position to the second position to produce fluid travel data, wherein the rate-of-travel being affected by a fuel density. Fluid-type identification data may be generated based on the fluid travel data.

[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)


Multi-layer, multi-material micro-scale and millimeter-scale devices with enhanced electrical and/or mechanical properties
Patent No. 10641792 

Inventor(s): Adam L. Cohen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16236221 on 12/28/2018 (494 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention are directed to electrochemical fabrication methods for forming structures or devices (e.g. microprobes for use in die level testing of semiconductor devices) from a core material and a shell or coating material that partially coats the surface of the structure. Other embodiments are directed to electrochemical fabrication methods for producing structures or devices (e.g. microprobes) from a core material and a shell or coating material that completely coats the surface of each layer from which the probe is formed including interlayer regions. Additional embodiments of the invention are directed to electrochemical fabrication methods for forming structures or devices (e.g. microprobes) from a core material and a shell or coating material wherein the coating material is located around each layer of the structure without locating the coating material in inter-layer regions.

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


Method for applying charge-based-capacitance-measurement with switches using only NMOS or only PMOS transistors
Patent No. 10641804 

Inventor(s): Sharad Saxena (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): PDF Solutions, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15269843 on 09/19/2016 (1324 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described is a CBCM technique that works only with PMOS transistors or only with NMOS transistors. Specifically, a method of monitoring performance of an integrated circuit device using a CBCM technique is disclosed, the method comprising: providing a metrology structure having a pseudo-inverter comprising a pull-up pull-down transistor switch, wherein the transistor switch comprises a pull-up transistor and a pull-down transistor of the same type; charging and discharging a device under test (DUT) coupled to the pseudo-inverter using a non-overlapping clock; measuring capacitance of the DUT with a gate voltage of the pull-up transistor at a preset value; and, using the value of the measured capacitance to estimate a dimension of a structure in the integrated circuit device. The non-overlapping clock is generated by: turning the pull-down transistor off when the pull-up transistor is on; and, turning the pull-down transistor on when the pull-up transistor is off.

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


Failure detection in a radar system
Patent No. 10641866 

Inventor(s): Jasbir Singh Nayyar (Bangalore, , IN), Karthik Ramasubramanian (Bangalore, , IN), Karthik Subburaj (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15229927 on 08/05/2016 (1369 days app to issue)

Abstract: A radar system is provided that includes a receive channel including a complex baseband and a processor coupled to the receive channel to receive a first plurality of digital intermediate frequency (IF) samples from an in-band (I) channel of the complex baseband and a corresponding second plurality of digital IF samples from a quadrature (Q) channel of the complex baseband, wherein the processor is configured to execute instructions to compute at least one failure metric based on the first plurality of digital IF samples and the second plurality of digital IF samples.

[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


Resonant illumination driver in an optical distance measurement system
Patent No. 10641869 

Inventor(s): Subhash Chandra Venkata Sadhu (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15662352 on 07/28/2017 (1012 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical transmitting system for distance measuring includes a modulation signal generator, a light source, and an illumination driver coupled to the modulation signal generator and the light source. The modulation signal generator is configured to generate a modulation signal. The light source is configured to generate an optical waveform with amplitude modulation corresponding with the modulation signal. The illumination driver is configured to drive the light source. The illumination driver includes a switch and a switch driver. The switch is configured to switch between an on state and an off state to drive the light source. The switch driver is configured to drive the switch between the on and off states. The switch driver includes a first inductor and a capacitor in series with the first inductor and the switch.

[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


Optimized global positioning system correction message for interoperable train control messaging transport
Patent No. 10641903 

Inventor(s): James M. Barrett (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): BNSF Railway Company (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15721498 on 09/29/2017 (949 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for a precision navigation system (PNS), the PNS, and a back office (BO) server for optimizing an error correction message for interoperable train control messaging transport (ITCM) are provided. The method includes simultaneously receiving (i) a first message containing error correction data from a reference station, and (ii) a second message containing satellite identification information from a rover; determining satellites that are common to the error correction data and the satellite identification information; normalizing the data based on the determined satellites; generating an optimized error correction message based on the normalized data of the determined satellites; and transmitting the standardized error correction message to the rover.

[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


Free space grating coupler
Patent No. 10641966 

Inventor(s): Qianfan Xu (San Jose, CA), Rongsheng Miao (San Jose, CA), Xiao Shen (San Bruno, CA), Zongrong Liu (Pleasanton, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15463630 on 03/20/2017 (1142 days app to issue)

Abstract: A free space coupling system comprising a waveguide horizontally positioned on an integrated circuit, and a silicon housing coupled to the waveguide, wherein the silicon housing comprises a reflective surface, a first port, wherein the first port is configured to receive light from an optic source positioned substantially parallel to the waveguide at a coupling point, and a second port, wherein the second port is oriented at about ninety degrees with respect to the first port, and wherein the second port is aligned with a grating port on the waveguide.

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


Multiport assemblies including a modular adapter support array
Patent No. 10641967 

Inventor(s): Monique Lise Cote (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Research Development Corporation (Corning, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16193278 on 11/16/2018 (536 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multiport assembly includes a shell defining a cavity positioned within the shell, a plurality of optical adapter assemblies, a modular adapter support array engaged with the plurality of optical adapter assemblies and positioned within the cavity, the modular adapter support array defining a plurality of adapter passageways extending through the modular adapter support array in a longitudinal direction, where each adapter passageway of the plurality of adapter passageways extends around at least a portion of a corresponding optical adapter assembly of the plurality of optical adapter assemblies, and a plurality of optical connector defining respective connector insertion paths extending inward from the plurality of optical connector ports to the cavity.

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


Expanding a pupil using replication via beam splitter feeding a waveguide
Patent No. 10642031 

Inventor(s): John M. Ferri (Allen, TX), Paul L. Rancuret (McKinney, TX), Vivek Kumar Thakur (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16403027 on 05/03/2019 (368 days app to issue)

Abstract: The pupil formed by an optical apparatus is expanded by use of a beam splitter to replicate the pupil and a waveguide to further replicate the replicated pupil. An optional rotator element can rotate a portion of the light split by the beam splitter to provide consistent polarization of light in the optical apparatus. In some embodiments, the beam splitter replication expands the pupil in one direction, while the waveguide replication expands the pupil in a second direction.

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


Hybrid perovskite material processing
Patent No. 10642147 

Inventor(s): Kamil Mielczarek (Rowlett, TX), Michael D. Irwin (Dallas, TX), Vivek V. Dhas (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Hunt Perovskite Technologies LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15882307 on 01/29/2018 (827 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for preparing photoactive perovskite materials. The method comprises the steps of: introducing a lead halide and a first solvent to a first vessel and contacting the lead halide with the first solvent to dissolve the lead halide to form a lead halide solution, introducing a Group 1 metal halide a second solvent into a second vessel and contacting the Group 1 metal halide with the second solvent to dissolve the Group 1 metal halide to form a Group 1 metal halide solution, and contacting the lead halide solution with the Group 1 metal halide solution to form a thin-film precursor ink. The method further comprises depositing the thin-film precursor ink onto a substrate, drying the thin-film precursor ink to form a thin film, annealing the thin film; and rinsing the thin film with a salt solution.

[G03C] PHOTOSENSITIVE MATERIALS FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PURPOSES; PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESSES, e.g. CINE, X-RAY, COLOUR OR STEREO-PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESSES; AUXILIARY PROCESSES IN PHOTOGRAPHY (photographic processes characterised by the use or manipulation of apparatus classifiable per se in subclass G03B, see G03B)


Low voltage ultra-low power continuous time reverse bandgap reference circuit
Patent No. 10642304 

Inventor(s): Avinash Shreepathi Bhat (Tucson, AZ)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16180143 on 11/05/2018 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bandgap voltage circuit with a first circuit to generate an output voltage as a sum of a first voltage with an amplitude that is proportional to absolute temperature, and a first feedback voltage with an amplitude that is complementary to absolute temperature, a second circuit to generate a voltage having an amplitude that is complementary to absolute temperature, a scaling circuit to generate a second feedback voltage with an amplitude that is a fraction of the voltage of the control terminal, and a regulator circuit to regulate the first feedback voltage according to the second feedback voltage by controlling a first input current of the first circuit and a second input current of the second circuit.

[G05F] SYSTEMS FOR REGULATING ELECTRIC OR MAGNETIC VARIABLES (regulating the timing or recurrence frequency of pulses in radar or radio navigation systems G01S; regulation of current or voltage, specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces G04G 19/02; closed-loop systems for regulating non-electric variables by electric means G05D; regulating power supply of digital computers G06F 1/26; for obtaining desired operating characteristics of electromagnets with armatures H01F 7/18; regulating electric power distribution networks H02J; regulating the charging of batteries H02J 7/00; regulating of the output of static converters, e.g. switching regulators, H02M; regulation of the output of electric generators H02N, H02P 9/00; controlling transformers, reactors or choke coils H02P 13/00; regulating frequency response, gain, maximum output, amplitude or bandwidth of amplifiers H03G; regulating tuning of resonant circuits H03J; controlling generators of electronic oscillations or pulses H03L; regulating characteristics of transmission lines H04B; controlling electric light sources H05B 37/02, H05B 39/04, H05B 41/36; electric control of X-ray apparatus H05G 1/30) [5]


Gate driver circuit for reducing deadtime inefficiencies
Patent No. 10642306 

Inventor(s): Krishnamurthy Ganapathi Shankar (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16406104 on 05/08/2019 (363 days app to issue)

Abstract: A driver circuit comprises a first buffer receiving a control signal, and a first transistor coupled to first buffer and an output. A second transistor is coupled to a first current mirror and the output. A third transistor is coupled to the output and an inverter. A fourth transistor receives the inverter”s output at its control input and is coupled to the output. A fifth transistor is coupled to third transistor. The second, third, and fifth transistors receive supply voltage at their respective control inputs. A sixth transistor receives the control signal”s inverse at its control input and is coupled to fifth transistor and a second current mirror. A current source is coupled to second current mirror and a second buffer. A seventh transistor receives the second buffer”s output at its control input and is coupled to first buffer. An eighth transistor is coupled to first buffer and seventh transistor.

[G05F] SYSTEMS FOR REGULATING ELECTRIC OR MAGNETIC VARIABLES (regulating the timing or recurrence frequency of pulses in radar or radio navigation systems G01S; regulation of current or voltage, specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces G04G 19/02; closed-loop systems for regulating non-electric variables by electric means G05D; regulating power supply of digital computers G06F 1/26; for obtaining desired operating characteristics of electromagnets with armatures H01F 7/18; regulating electric power distribution networks H02J; regulating the charging of batteries H02J 7/00; regulating of the output of static converters, e.g. switching regulators, H02M; regulation of the output of electric generators H02N, H02P 9/00; controlling transformers, reactors or choke coils H02P 13/00; regulating frequency response, gain, maximum output, amplitude or bandwidth of amplifiers H03G; regulating tuning of resonant circuits H03J; controlling generators of electronic oscillations or pulses H03L; regulating characteristics of transmission lines H04B; controlling electric light sources H05B 37/02, H05B 39/04, H05B 41/36; electric control of X-ray apparatus H05G 1/30) [5]


Avionics maintenance training
Patent No. 10642345 

Inventor(s): Scott E. Crawford (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15786234 on 10/17/2017 (931 days app to issue)

Abstract: A virtual training system includes a computing processor, a virtual reality (VR) headset and a sensor to determine a VR hand position. The processor is configured according to computing instructions in a memory device for displaying a first VR scene that includes a first VR object. A second VR scene is displayed within a visual portal in the first VR scene that includes a second VR object. A user VR hand image is displayed in at least one of the first VR scene and the second VR scene based upon the determined VR hand position.

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


Streaming engine with fetch ahead hysteresis
Patent No. 10642490 

Inventor(s): Matthew Pierson (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16279757 on 02/19/2019 (441 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to one or more techniques to control access by a requestor of a computing system to a shared memory resource. In one embodiment, a technique includes determining a number (N) of pending requests to be sent to the memory by the requestor, determining a number (M) of requests that the requestor is limited to sending based on an amount of buffering resources available, and comparing M to N. When N is both greater than zero and less than or equal to M, the requestor sends the N pending requests to the memory. When N is both greater than zero and greater than M, M is compared to a hysteresis value (R) and, when M is less than R, the requestor sends R of the N pending requests to the memory.

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


Out of order read transfer with host memory buffer
Patent No. 10642496 

Inventor(s): Shay Benisty (Beer Sheva, , IL), Tal Sharifie (Lehavim, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15088692 on 04/01/2016 (1495 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage device may utilize a host memory buffer for re-ordering commands in a submission queue. Out of order commands in a submission queue that uses host virtual buffers that are not the same size may be difficult to search. Accordingly, commands in a submission queue may be correctly ordered in a host memory buffer before being put into the host virtual buffers. When the commands are in order, the search operation for specific data is improved.

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


Methods, systems and computer readable media for intelligent fetching of data storage device commands from submission queues
Patent No. 10642500 

Inventor(s): Shay Benisty (Beer Sheva, , IL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Loza Loza, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15908710 on 02/28/2018 (797 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for intelligent fetching of data storage device commands from submission queues are provided. One such method involves fetching commands from one or more submission queues, monitoring characteristics of the commands including a command type, predicting a next command based on the monitored command characteristics, monitoring a resource state of a data storage device, selecting a submission queue based on the predicted next command and the resource state, fetching a command from the selected submission queue, and providing the command from the selected submission queue to command processing logic.

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


Auto-adaptive serverless function management
Patent No. 10642648 

Inventor(s): Chen Tian (Union City, CA), Wei Ling (San Jose, CA), Ziang Zu (Union City, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16054541 on 08/03/2018 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented by a cloud computing devices comprises removing, by the cloud computing device, data associated with a function from an execution data structure in response to determining that the function is waiting for an input event, adding, by the cloud computing device, a context associated with the function to a management data structure while the function is waiting for the input event, the context associated with the function comprising software components associated with the function and an intermediate variable associated with the function, executing, by the cloud computing device, the function with the input event in response to receiving the input event, and removing, by the cloud computing device, the context associated with the function from the management data structure in response to receiving the input event.

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


Producer-side prioritization of message processing
Patent No. 10642668 

Inventor(s): Garrett Christopher Young (Wylie, TX), Timothy Austin Geldart (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Text GXS ULC (Halifax, , CA)
Law Firm: Sprinkle IP Law Group (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15956556 on 04/18/2018 (748 days app to issue)

Abstract: A message processing system that provides a processing flow, the message processing system comprising an input message consumer configured to consume input messages from an input message queue, where the input messages comprise priority information. The message processing system includes a command producer configured to produce commands for a next step in the processing flow. Each command produced may include a target time determined using priority information extracted from an input message to which that command corresponds. The message processing system comprises a queue for commands. The message processing system further comprises a command consumer configured to select commands that have expired target times from the command queue for processing and consume the selected commands from the command queue.

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


Regression testing of an application that uses big data as a source of data
Patent No. 10642722 

Inventor(s): Fang Wang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15866086 on 01/09/2018 (847 days app to issue)

Abstract: An application performs a regression test by the application processing a use case. Actual output data generated by the application processing the use case can be compared to expected output data and whether the actual output data matches the expected output data can be determined. Responsive to determining that the actual output data does not match the expected output data, the actual output data can be compared to refreshed source data and whether the actual output data matches the refreshed source data can be determined. Responsive to determining that the actual output data matches the refreshed source data, an automated remedy action can be automatically selected, and the expected output data can be updated with the refreshed source data by implementing the automated remedy action.

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


Prefetch management in a hierarchical cache system
Patent No. 10642742 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet Ashok Chachad (Plano, TX), Bipin Prasad Heremagalur Ramaprasad (Austin, TX), David Matthew Thompson (Dallas, TX), Hung Ong (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16102862 on 08/14/2018 (630 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a CPU core, a first memory cache with a first line size, and a second memory cache having a second line size larger than the first line size. Each line of the second memory cache includes an upper half and a lower half. A memory controller subsystem is coupled to the CPU core and to the first and second memory caches. Upon a miss in the first memory cache for a first target address, the memory controller subsystem determines that the first target address resulting in the miss maps to the lower half of a line in the second memory cache, retrieves the entire line from the second memory cache, and returns the entire line from the second memory cache to the first memory cache.

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


Dynamic network database integration system
Patent No. 10642804 

Inventor(s): Abdul Rahim F. Mohammed (Richardson, TX), Pawan Kumar Shetty (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16022497 on 06/28/2018 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to apparatuses, systems, methods and computer program products for dynamic network database integration. Specifically, the system typically provides dynamic correlation, transformation and combination of data stored at a plurality of database locations. In some aspects, the system receives a retrieval request for retrieving one or more records. The system then typically retrieves, transforms and dynamically integrates unstructured data stored at disparate database locations to construct one or more structured records. The system may also construct the one or more structured records such that the one or more structured records are compatible with the user interface of the user device application API. The system may also be configured to facilitate dynamic modification of the retrieval request, in run-time, using custom HTTP headers.

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


Database system, computing device and method for message construction, processing and storage dependent upon satisfaction of predefined requirements
Patent No. 10642812 

Inventor(s): Beth Kaye (Suwanee, GA), Stacy Hopkins (Loganville, GA)
Assignee(s): MCKESSON CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15468510 on 03/24/2017 (1138 days app to issue)

Abstract: A database system, computing device and method are provided to construct and process messages in a manner dependent upon the satisfaction of predefined requirements. In regards to a method, an electronic message is received and a determination is made as to whether the subject of the electronic message is a member of a group for which the predefined requirements are to be satisfied. If so, the method determines whether the predefined requirements are satisfied with respect to the subject of the electronic message. The method also constructs a related message, causes the related message to be transmitted to a request processor and receives a response from the request processor. The method then constructs a response to the electronic message and, in an instance in which the predefined requirements are not satisfied, causes a notification regarding a failure to satisfy the predefined requirements to also be constructed.

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


Dynamic memory allocation using natural language processing tags
Patent No. 10642890 

Inventor(s): Manu J. Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16059893 on 08/09/2018 (635 days app to issue)

Abstract: A natural language processing system that includes an artificial intelligence (AI) engine, a tagging engine, and a resource allocation engine. The AI engine is configured to receive a set of audio files and to identify concepts within the set of audio files. The AI engine is further configured to determine a usage frequency for each of the identified concepts and to generate an AI-defined tag for concepts with a usage frequency that is greater than a usage frequency threshold. The tagging engine is configured to receive an audio file and to modify metadata for the audio file to include AI-defined tags. The resource allocation engine is configured to identify a storage location from among the plurality of storage devices based on tags associated with the audio file and send the audio file to the identified storage location.

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


Unified forward and inverse transform architecture
Patent No. 10642921 

Inventor(s): Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13668289 on 11/04/2012 (2739 days app to issue)

Abstract: Multiple transform sizes improve video coding efficiency, but also increase the implementation complexity. Furthermore, both forward and inverse transforms need to be supported in various consumer devices. Embodiments provide a unified forward and inverse transform architecture that supports computation of both forward and inverse transforms for multiple transforms sizes using shared hardware circuits. The unified architecture exploits the symmetry properties of forward and inverse transform matrices to achieve hardware sharing across the different transform sizes and also between forward and inverse transform computations.

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


System and method to facilitate content distribution
Patent No. 10642925 

Inventor(s): Dana Strano (Dallas, TX), Elizabeth Gafford (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ViaTech Publishing Solutions, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Bell Nunnally Martin LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15836721 on 12/08/2017 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that facilitate publishing, distributing, and reading of electronic content. In some embodiments, the systems and methods may include a document conversion module for converting documents uploaded by publishers into an e-reader friendly format (an e-document). The systems and methods may also include a virtual library for making the e-documents available to end users and an active reader module to allow an end user to download and read the e-documents on an end user device. In some embodiments, the systems and methods may include a user management module for digital rights management and control of end user access to the e-documents. In some embodiments, the active reader may include functionality that allows an end user to annotate the e-document and share comments among users.

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


Systems and methods for determining, collecting, and configuring patient intervention screening information from a pharmacy
Patent No. 10642957 

Inventor(s): Kristina Crockett (Atlanta, GA), Roger G. Pinsonneault (Alpharetta, GA)
Assignee(s): MCKESSON CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14519626 on 10/21/2014 (2023 days app to issue)

Abstract: A healthcare claim transaction may be received by a service provider computer from a pharmacy computer. An intervention service for a patient may be identified and the screening parameters to be obtained from the patient for the intervention service may be identified. The service provider computer may generate a reject response and insert a reject code and/or message notifying the pharmacy of the first screening parameter to obtain from the patient. The rejection response may be sent to the pharmacy computer, which may subsequently send a resubmitted healthcare claim transaction that includes the requested first screening parameter data for the patient. The service provider computer may parse the transaction to identify the data. The iterative process may continue until all of the screening parameter data for the patient is received by the service provider computer, which may transmit that data to a claims processor computer.

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


Automatic feature point detection for calibration of multi-camera systems
Patent No. 10643091 

Inventor(s): Aziz Umit Batur (Torrance, CA), Do-Kyoung Kwon (Allen, TX), Vikram Appia (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16542368 on 08/16/2019 (263 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, a computer-readable medium stores executable code, which, when executed by a processor, causes the processor to: capture an image of a finder pattern using a camera; locate a predetermined point within the finder pattern; use the predetermined point to identify multiple boundary points on a perimeter associated with the finder pattern; identify fitted boundary lines based on the multiple boundary points; and locate feature points using the fitted boundary lines.

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


Window grouping and tracking for fast object detection
Patent No. 10643101 

Inventor(s): Manu Mathew (Bangalore, , IN), Shyam Jagannathan (Bangalore, , IN), Soyeb Noormohammed Nagori (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15205598 on 07/08/2016 (1397 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include image processing methods and systems to process image data, including computing a plurality of scaled images according to input image data for a current image frame, computing feature vectors for locations of the individual scaled images, classifying the feature vectors to determine sets of detection windows, and grouping detection windows to identify objects in the current frame, where the grouping includes determining first clusters of the detection windows using non-maxima suppression grouping processing, determining positions and scores of second clusters using mean shift clustering according to the first clusters, and determining final clusters representing identified objects in the current image frame using non-maxima suppression grouping of the second clusters. Disclosed examples also include methods and systems to track identified objects from one frame to another using feature vectors and overlap of identified objects between frames to minimize computation intensive operations involving feature vectors.

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


Differential non-volatile memory cell for artificial neural network
Patent No. 10643119 

Inventor(s): Martin Lueker-Boden (Fremont, CA), Pi-Feng Chiu (Milpitas, CA), Wen Ma (Sunnyvale, CA), Won Ho Choi (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16405178 on 05/07/2019 (364 days app to issue)

Abstract: Use of a non-volatile memory array architecture to realize a neural network (BNN) allows for matrix multiplication and accumulation to be performed within the memory array. A unit synapse for storing a weight of a neural network is formed by a differential memory cell of two individual memory cells, such as a memory cells having a programmable resistance, each connected between a corresponding one of a word line pair and a shared bit line. An input is applied as a pattern of voltage values on word line pairs connected to the unit synapses to perform the multiplication of the input with the weight by determining a voltage level on the shared bit line. The results of such multiplications are determined by a sense amplifier, with the results accumulated by a summation circuit.

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


Order optimization in hybrid cloud networks
Patent No. 10643160 

Inventor(s): Saurabh Gupta (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Scully, Scott, Murphy Presser, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15406342 on 01/13/2017 (1208 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for enhancing on-premise order management systems (OMS) designed for fulfillment transactions with analytic and optimization technologies and services hosted in a shared multi-tenant software-as-a-service (SaaS) environment, such as a hybrid cloud. The computer-implemented method improves an order management system by leveraging a ”punch-out” approach based on user exits to integrate with and augment currently implemented order management processing and transaction flows. Using the hybrid cloud, an entity may retain data such as its accumulated business, sales, test and other data, and then run analytical queries, which can scale to support distributed computing tasks. A framework adaptor/connector is leveraged by the OMS to provide a web client for communicating with and integrating to the SaaS analytics runtime environment, encapsulating all necessary connection pooling, security, and data marshaling complexity away from the order management system to meet strict service response time windows.

[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]


Real-time processing distributed ledger system
Patent No. 10643202 

Inventor(s): Calvin William Tackett, Jr. (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15659215 on 07/25/2017 (1015 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, computer program product, and method for executing real-time processing of resource transfers using distributed ledger technology is provided. In particular, the system utilizes a private or semi-private blockchain to create a distributed ledger which comprises a record of all resource transfers between a number of entities. The real-time processing system addresses a number of computer technology-centric challenges associated with executing resource transfers. In particular, executing resource transfers on a real-time basis allows the nodes of the blockchain to more evenly distribute computing workload over time when compared to more traditional resource transfer systems that use batch processing to execute transfers.

[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]


Identification tags for tracking manufacturing of aircraft parts
Patent No. 10643290 

Inventor(s): James Corrigan (Kingston, , CA), Pier-Alexandre Pelletier (Saint-Colomban, , CA)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14921064 on 10/23/2015 (1656 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one embodiment, an aircraft component is manufactured from a plurality of separate materials comprising a first material. The first material is physically associated with a tracking device comprising a first storage medium featuring line-of-sight accessible information and a second storage medium featuring non-line-of-sight accessible information. The line-of-sight accessible information and the non-line-of-sight accessible information each comprise information regarding the first material physically associated with the tracking device.

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


Ground plane detection for placement of augmented reality objects
Patent No. 10643364 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Anna, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX), Sunil Vasisht (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16742054 on 01/14/2020 (112 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some implementations, a system may include a camera, a display, one or more memories, and one or more processors communicatively coupled to the one or more memories. The system may identify a horizontal plane in an image being captured by the camera and presented on the display, may determine a size of the horizontal plane, and may determine that the size of the horizontal plane satisfies a threshold. The system may designate the horizontal plane as a ground plane based on determining that the size of the horizontal plane satisfies the threshold. The system may output an indication that the horizontal plane has been designated as the ground plane.

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


Diagnostic method, system and device for a rotorcraft drive system
Patent No. 10643405 

Inventor(s): Rodney Keith Hale (Joshua, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15677786 on 08/15/2017 (994 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system, and device for diagnosing an anomaly of a monitored component in a drive train, the method including obtaining original data based on samples of a vibration signal; converting the original data to an analytical signal having a real component and an imaginary component; determining complex magnitudes of the analytical signal; processing the complex magnitudes of the analytical signal to produce a frequency-domain signal; and determining complex magnitudes of the frequency-domain signal to generate a shock spectrum.

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


Universal barrier operator transmitter
Patent No. 10643411 

Inventor(s): Donald Y. Perkins, Jr. (Richardson, TX), LeRoy G. Krupke (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): GMI HOLDINGS, INC. (Mount Hope, OH)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16153490 on 10/05/2018 (578 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling a moving barrier responsive to a transmission by a barrier operator controller comprising a plurality of 4-bit output nibbles generated from a 32 bit rolling code. The bit positions of the rolling code are inverted, divided by 16, converted to four bit base 9 coefficients, each four bit base 9 coefficients is substituted with a corresponding 4-bit output nibble. Receipt of the plurality of 4-bit output nibbles causes a barrier operator to actuate a motor connected to the moving barrier.

[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)


Controlled environment facility visitation system using personal devices
Patent No. 10643416 

Inventor(s): Matthew R. Smith (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16573152 on 09/17/2019 (231 days app to issue)

Abstract: A visitation system provides visitation sessions between a resident of a controlled-environment facility and a nonresident, where the nonresident utilizes a personal wireless devices that connects to a wireless access point that may be accessible from a designated visitation area of the facility. A connection request from a personal wireless device of a nonresident is evaluated to determine the personal wireless device is authorized to interface with the visitation system, and whether the nonresident is authorized to communicate with the resident. If authorized, a visitation session between the resident and the nonresident is initiated with the nonresident participating via the personal wireless device. The visitation system may respond to a visitation session request from a registered personal wireless device by sending an access code to the personal wireless device. By confirming the access code, the nonresident may initiate the requested visitation session that terminates upon expiration of the access code.

[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)


Control head with electroluminescent panel in land mobile radio
Patent No. 10643540 

Inventor(s): Dulie Reavill (Crowley, TX), Troy Frandsen (Denton, TX), William Earl Dunnigan (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): E.F. JOHNSON COMPANY (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15818563 on 11/20/2017 (897 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary land mobile radio control head and method are provided. In one embodiment, the control head has the capability to utilize halo light of the control head to implement a multi-function indicator that communicates a state of the land mobile radio. In another embodiment, the control head has the capability to provide buffer images constructed from data received from the land mobile radio into a video stream for rendering on an electroluminescent display. In another embodiment, the control head provides the capability for a user to modify a configuration stored on the land mobile radio that defines one of several display modes to be utilized in generating data for use in forming images to be rendered on an electroluminescent display.

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


Auxiliary device coupled to a stringed instrument
Patent No. 10643585 

Inventor(s): Phillip Geeslin (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Sanchelima Associates, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16193744 on 11/16/2018 (536 days app to issue)

Abstract: An auxiliary device coupled to a stringed instrument for producing chords is disclosed. The auxiliary device comprises a housing. The housing comprises a plurality of buttons and a plurality of actuators coupled to the plurality of buttons. Further, the auxiliary device comprises a rim coupled to the housing. In order to couple the auxiliary device to the stringed instrument, a neck of the stringed instrument is placed between the housing and the rim, such that the plurality of actuators are made to come in contact with stings of the stringed instrument. The plurality of buttons is pressed to operate the plurality of actuators. When operated, the plurality of actuators is made to depress to strum the strings to produce a chord.

[G10D] STRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; WIND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACCORDIONS OR CONCERTINAS; PERCUSSION MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (non-musical aspects of musical toy instruments A63H 5/00; organs, harmoniums or like musical instruments with associated blowing apparatus G10B; pianos, harpsichords, spinets or similar stringed musical instruments with one or more keyboards G10C; automatic musical instruments G10F; electrophonic musical instruments G10H; instruments in which the tones are generated by electromechanical means or electronic generators, or in which the tones are synthesised from a data store G10H)


Negative kick on bit line control transistors for faster bit line settling during sensing
Patent No. 10643677 

Inventor(s): Hiroki Yabe (Ofuna, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Volpe and Koenig, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16018571 on 06/26/2018 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device and associated techniques improve a settling time of bit lines in a memory device during a read or verify operation. Bit line control (BLC) transistors in the sense circuits are briefly turned off during a sensing process. After the read voltage on a selected word line is changed to a second word line level or higher, a control gate voltage of the BLC transistor is lowered. This helps to inhibit a current flow from a sense circuit through a bit line when a voltage of the bit line is settling. The voltage of the bit line may be settling in response to a memory cell coupled to the selected word line undergoing a transition from off to on. A settling time of the bit line is shortened by stopping the current flow from the sense circuit. The transition of the memory cell from off to on is also improved.

[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)


Write level arbiter circuitry
Patent No. 10643679 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16537046 on 08/09/2019 (270 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices and methods include utilizing memory including a group of storage elements, such as memory banks. A command interface is configured to receive a write command to write data to the memory. A data strobe is received to assist in writing the data to the memory. Phase division circuitry is configured to divide the data strobe into a plurality of phases to be used in writing the data to the memory. Arbiter circuitry is configured to detect which phase of the plurality of phases captures a write start signal for the write command.

[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)


Double sense program verification of a memory array
Patent No. 10643684 

Inventor(s): Xiang Yang (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Rowan TELS LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16352697 on 03/13/2019 (419 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory controller executes a non-homogeneous bitline biasing program verify operation on bitlines of a memory array, and a homogeneous bitline biasing program verify operation on the bitlines. A count of bitlines responding in a particular way to each type of biasing is used to ascertain the integrity of the memory array.

[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)


Adaptive programming voltage for non-volatile memory devices
Patent No. 10643692 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (San Jose, CA), Huai-Yuan Tseng (San Jose, CA), Xiang Yang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15910998 on 03/02/2018 (795 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are disclosed for adjusting a programming setting such as a programming voltage of a set of non-volatile storage cells, such as an SLC NAND array. The non-volatile storage cells may be arranged into a plurality of word lines. A subset of the non-volatile storage cells may be configured to store a programming setting. An on-die controller may be configured to read the programming setting from the setting subset, and write data to the non-volatile storage cells, using the programming setting. The on-die controller may further be configured to determine that the programming setting causes suboptimal programming of one or more of the non-volatile storage cells, and in response to the determination, store a revised programming setting on the setting subset.

[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)


Concurrent multi-state program verify for non-volatile memory
Patent No. 10643695 

Inventor(s): Chia-kai Chou (Newark, CA), Hao Nguyen (San Jose, CA), Mohan Dunga (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16244438 on 01/10/2019 (481 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sense amplifier for a memory circuit that can sense into the deep negative voltage threshold region is described. A selected memory cell is sensed by discharging a source line through the memory cell into the bit line and sense amplifier. While discharging the source line through the memory cell into the sense amplifier, a voltage level on the discharge path is used to set the conductivity of a discharge transistor to a level corresponding to the conductivity of the selected memory cell. A sense node is then discharged through the discharge transistor. By allowing the sense amplifier to bias a memory cell being sensed to a selected one of multiple bias levels during a sensing operation, multiple target data states can be concurrently program verified, leading to higher performance when writing data.

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


Configurable precision neural network with differential binary non-volatile memory cell structure
Patent No. 10643705 

Inventor(s): Martin Lueker-Boden (Fremont, CA), Pi-Feng Chiu (Milpitas, CA), Wen Ma (Sunnyvale, CA), Won Ho Choi (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16414143 on 05/16/2019 (355 days app to issue)

Abstract: Use of a non-volatile memory array architecture to realize a neural network (BNN) allows for matrix multiplication and accumulation to be performed within the memory array. A unit synapse for storing a weight of a neural network is formed by a differential memory cell of two individual memory cells, such as a memory cells having a programmable resistance, each connected between a corresponding one of a word line pair and a shared bit line. An input is applied as a pattern of voltage values on word line pairs connected to the unit synapses to perform the multiplication of the input with the weight by determining a voltage level on the shared bit line. The results of such multiplications are determined by a sense amplifier, with the results accumulated by a summation circuit. The approach can be extended from binary weights to multi-bit weight values by use of multiple differential memory cells for a weight.

[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)


Toggling power supply for faster bit line settling during sensing
Patent No. 10643713 

Inventor(s): Anirudh Amarnath (San Jose, CA), Kenneth Louie (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Volpe and Koenig, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16271615 on 02/08/2019 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device and associated techniques improve a settling time of bit lines in a memory device during a sensing operation, such as read or verify operation. Supply voltage from power supply terminals in the sense circuits is briefly toggled during a discharge of a selected bit line in response to a voltage on a selected word line being increased to a second word line level or higher. This helps to create an electrical path from the selected bit line through to a supply terminal for discharging the selected bit line such that a settling time of a voltage of the selected bit line is shortened in association with a target memory cell transitioning from a non-conductive state to a conductive state.

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


Non-volatile memory with countermeasure for program disturb including purge during precharge
Patent No. 10643718 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (Fremont, CA), Dengtao Zhao (Santa Clara, CA), Nan Lu (San Jose, CA), Peng Zhang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16002825 on 06/07/2018 (698 days app to issue)

Abstract: Program disturb is a condition that includes the unintended programming of a memory cell while performing a programming process for other memory cells. Such unintended programming can cause an error in the data being stored. In some cases, program disturb can result from electrons trapped in the channel being accelerated from one side of a selected word line to another side of the selected word line and redirected into the selected word line. To prevent such program disturb, it is proposed to open the channel from one side of a selected word line to the other side of the selected word line after a sensing operation for program verify and prior to a subsequent programming voltage being applied.

[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)


Bit line voltage control for damping memory programming
Patent No. 10643720 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (Fremont, CA), Gerrit Jan Hemink (San Ramon, CA), Tai-Yuan Tseng (Milpitas, CA), Xiang Yang (Santa Clara, CA), Yan Li (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15987764 on 05/23/2018 (713 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a programming circuit configured to supply a program pulse to increase a threshold voltage of a memory cell. The apparatus also includes a sensing circuit configured to determine that the threshold voltage of the memory cell satisfies a trigger threshold voltage in response to the program pulse. The apparatus further includes a damping circuit configured to increase a voltage of a bit line connected to the memory cell after initiation of and during a second program pulse in response to the threshold voltage of the memory cell satisfying the trigger threshold voltage, the second program pulse being sent by the programming circuit.

[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)


Interleaved program and verify in non-volatile memory
Patent No. 10643721 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (Freemont, CA), Huai-Yuan Tseng (San Ramon, CA), Xiang Yang (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16014850 on 06/21/2018 (684 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a program controller configured to perform a program operation with interleaved program-verify loops to program memory cells in a same block. During each program-verify loop, a control gate line voltage supply circuit first supplies a program pulse to a first cell of the block and then, before verifying the first cell, supplies a program pulse to a second cell of the block. After the program pulses are sent, the control gate line supply circuit consecutively supplies verify pulses to the first cell and the second cell such that a delay is introduced between the respective program and verify stages of the first and second cells. Additionally, a constant voltage bias on common control gate lines of the first and second memory cells is applied during the consecutive verify stages. Further, an order of verify pulses may be applied in a reverse order during a verify stage.

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


System and method for counting fail bit and reading out the same
Patent No. 10643734 

Inventor(s): Christian N. Mohr (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16020806 on 06/27/2018 (678 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus may include a memory array, a test circuit coupled to the memory array, a counter circuit coupled to the test circuit and an input/output (I/O) circuit coupled to the counter circuit. During a test operation, the test circuit may receive blocks of data from the memory array and compare the data to detect errors in the blocks of data. The counter circuit may increment a count value in response to detection of an error by the test circuit, and the I/O circuit may provide the count value to an output. The test circuit may also provide test comparison data based on the received blocks of data, and the I/O circuit may provide one of the count value and the test comparison data to the output.

[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)


Power converter with reduced undershoot and overshoot during load transients
Patent No. 10644594 

Inventor(s): Dattatreya Baragur Suryanarayana (Bangalore, , IN), Kuang-Yao Cheng (Bedford, NH), Muthusubramanian Venkateswaran (Bengaluru, , IN), Preetam Tadeparthy (Bangalore, , IN), Vikram Gakhar (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15799327 on 10/31/2017 (917 days app to issue)

Abstract: A control circuit for a DC-DC converter and a DC-DC converter are disclosed. The control circuit includes an integrator coupled to receive a first reference voltage and a first voltage that includes an output voltage for the DC-DC converter and to provide an integrated error signal. A first comparator is coupled to receive the first reference voltage and the first voltage and to provide a dynamic-integration signal that adjusts the integration time constant of the integrator.

[G05F] SYSTEMS FOR REGULATING ELECTRIC OR MAGNETIC VARIABLES (regulating the timing or recurrence frequency of pulses in radar or radio navigation systems G01S; regulation of current or voltage, specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces G04G 19/02; closed-loop systems for regulating non-electric variables by electric means G05D; regulating power supply of digital computers G06F 1/26; for obtaining desired operating characteristics of electromagnets with armatures H01F 7/18; regulating electric power distribution networks H02J; regulating the charging of batteries H02J 7/00; regulating of the output of static converters, e.g. switching regulators, H02M; regulation of the output of electric generators H02N, H02P 9/00; controlling transformers, reactors or choke coils H02P 13/00; regulating frequency response, gain, maximum output, amplitude or bandwidth of amplifiers H03G; regulating tuning of resonant circuits H03J; controlling generators of electronic oscillations or pulses H03L; regulating characteristics of transmission lines H04B; controlling electric light sources H05B 37/02, H05B 39/04, H05B 41/36; electric control of X-ray apparatus H05G 1/30) [5]


Wireless infrastructure with distributed fiber networks
Patent No. 10644799 

Inventor(s): Glenn A. Wellbrock (Wylie, TX), Tiejun J. Xia (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16220234 on 12/14/2018 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems described herein provide antenna elements, each of which contains an antenna array and electronics, built into a fiber optic aerial cable to form a hybrid cable. The hybrid cable has a fiber buffer tube including one or more fiber cores, an outer sheath surrounding the fiber buffer tube, and a distributed array of antenna elements around portions of the outer sheath along a length of the hybrid fiber optic cable. Each of the antenna elements includes an antenna and control electronics for the antenna.

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


Packet processing match and action unit with stateful actions
Patent No. 10645032 

Inventor(s): Hun-Seok Kim (Dallas, TX), Patrick W. Bosshart (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14193199 on 02/28/2014 (2258 days app to issue)

Abstract: A packet processing block. The block comprises an input for receiving data in a packet header vector, where the vector comprises data values representing information for a packet. The block also comprises circuitry for performing packet match operations in response to at least a portion of the packet header vector and data stored in a match table and circuitry for performing one or more actions in response to a match detected by the circuitry for performing packet match operations. The one or more actions comprise modifying the data values representing information for a packet. The block also comprises at least one stateful memory comprising stateful memory data values. The one or more actions includes various stateful actions for reading stateful memory, modifying data values representing information for a packet, as a function of the stateful memory data values; and storing modified stateful memory data value back into the stateful memory.

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


Patient video monitoring systems and methods having detection algorithm recovery from changes in illumination
Patent No. 10645346 

Inventor(s): Derek del Carpio (Corinth, TX), Matthew Cameron Clark (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): CareView Communications, Inc. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Meister Seelig Fein LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14158016 on 01/17/2014 (2300 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments concern video patient monitoring with detection zones. Various embodiments can comprise a camera, a user interface, and a computing system. The computing system can be configured to perform various steps based on reception of a frame from the camera, including: calculate a background luminance of the frame; monitor for a luminance change of a zone as compared to one or more previous frames, the luminance change indicative of patient motion in the zone; and compare the background luminance to an aggregate background luminance, the aggregate background luminance based on the plurality of frames. If the background luminance changed by more than a predetermined amount, then the aggregate background luminance can be set to the background luminance, luminance information of the previous frames can be disregarded, and motion detection can be disregarded.

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


 

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Virus immune computer system and method
Patent No. 10642970 

Inventor(s): John Almeida (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16005399 on 06/11/2018 (694 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus prevents hacker code from infecting an application program by requiring decryption of the application program prior to running the application program on a computer. The method includes steps of: providing a security device that is a separate unit from components necessary to operate the computer; storing a symmetric private key on the security device; using the device symmetric private key to produce an encrypted application program upon first installation; thereafter decrypting that part of the encrypted application program needed implement a command to run the application program; and, decrypting, on the fly, only those follow-on parts of the encrypted application program needed to perform functions called for during operation of the application program.

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


Cantilevered leadframe support structure for magnetic wireless transfer between integrated circuit dies
Patent No. 10643929 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Michael Sutton (Dallas, TX), Sreenivasan K Koduri (Allen, TX), Subhashish Mukherjee (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14275762 on 05/12/2014 (2185 days app to issue)

Abstract: A coupling device provides galvanic isolation using a leadframe that is configured to support two integrated circuit chips in a coplanar manner. Each chip contains an inductive coupling coil. The lead frame includes a set of bond pads for attaching bond wires to couple to the two integrated circuit chips. Two separated die attach pads support the two chips. Each die attach pad is configured to support one of the two integrated circuit chips with a plurality of cantilevered fingers.

[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]


Additively manufactured programmable resistive jumpers
Patent No. 10643944 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Paul Merle Emerson (Madison, AL)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16048774 on 07/30/2018 (645 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first conductive routing structure is electrically connected to a first electronic component. A second conductive routing structure is electrically connected to a second electronic component. An additive deposition process deposits a material over a surface of a processed wafer to form a conductive or resistive structure, which extends from a portion of the first conductive routing structure to a portion of the second conductive routing structure, to configure a circuit including the first and second electronic components.

[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]


Dense arrays and charge storage devices
Patent No. 10644021 

Inventor(s): Igor G. Kouznetsov (Santa Clara, CA), Thomas H. Lee (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15971293 on 05/04/2018 (732 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is provided a monolithic three dimensional array of charge storage devices which includes a plurality of device levels, wherein at least one surface between two successive device levels is planarized by chemical mechanical polishing.

[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]


Precision capacitor
Patent No. 10644098 

Inventor(s): Haowen Bu (Plano, TX), Luigi Colombo (Dallas, TX), Poornika Fernandes (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15902829 on 02/22/2018 (803 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a described example, a method for forming a capacitor includes: forming a capacitor first plate over a non-conductive substrate; flowing ammonia and nitrogen gas into a plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) chamber containing the non-conductive substrate; stabilizing a pressure and a temperature in the PECVD chamber; turning on radio frequency high frequency (RF-HF) power to the PECVD chamber; pretreating the capacitor first plate for at least 60 seconds; depositing a capacitor dielectric on the capacitor first plate; and depositing a capacitor second plate on the capacitor dielectric.

[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]


Active semiconductor device on high-resistivity substrate and method therefor
Patent No. 10644148 

Inventor(s): Xiaowei Ren (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NXP USA, Inc. (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16002354 on 06/07/2018 (698 days app to issue)

Abstract: An active semiconductor device, such as a laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductor (LDMOS) transistor, includes a substrate having a substrate resistivity of at least 1 kohm-cm. An active area of the active semiconductor device is formed in the substrate. A doped implant region is formed in the substrate surrounding the active area of the active semiconductor device and a field oxide region is formed over the doped implant region. The doped implant region may include a boron dopant. Methodology entails forming the doped implant region prior to formation of the field oxide region.

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


Optical sensor with integrated pinhole
Patent No. 10644173 

Inventor(s): Henry Litzmann Edwards (Garland, TX), James Becker (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16042020 on 07/23/2018 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical sensor includes a semiconductor substrate having a first conductive type. The optical sensor further includes a photodiode disposed on the semiconductor substrate and a metal layer. The photodiode includes a first semiconductor layer having the first conductive type and a second semiconductor layer, formed on the first semiconductor layer, including a plurality of cathodes having a second conductive type. The first semiconductor layer is configured to collect photocurrent upon reception of incident light. The cathodes are configured to be electrically connected to the first semiconductor layer and the second semiconductor layer is configured to, based on the collected photocurrent, to track the incident light. The metal layer further includes a pinhole configured to collimate the incident light, and the plurality of cathodes form a rotational symmetry of order n with respect to an axis of the pinhole.

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


Multi-channel power combiner with phase adjustment
Patent No. 10644374 

Inventor(s): Abdellatif Bellaouar (Richardson, TX), See Taur Lee (Richardson, TX), Sher Jiung Fang (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC. (Grand Cayman, , KY)
Law Firm: Williams Morgan, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16366447 on 03/27/2019 (405 days app to issue)

Abstract: Power combiners having increased output power, such as may be useful in millimeter-wave devices. The power combiner comprise at least two channels, wherein each channel comprises a phase alignment circuit, wherein the phase alignment circuit comprises a first differential input subcircuit comprising a first inverter and a second inverter, and a second differential input subcircuit comprising a third inverter and a fourth inverter, wherein the first inverter, the second inverter, the third inverter, and the fourth inverter each comprise a PMOS transistor and an NMOS transistor each having an adjustable back gate bias voltage. By adjusting the back gate bias voltage, the phases of the signal through each channel may be aligned, which may increase the output power of the power combiner. Methods of increasing output power of such power combiners. Systems for manufacturing devices comprising such power combiners.

[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]


Electrical outlet cover with integrated lighting
Patent No. 10644465 

Inventor(s): Donnye Winship (Dallas, TX), Michael O”Reilly (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): O”Reilly Winship, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16381822 on 04/11/2019 (390 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lighting device and system having a faceplate and a backplate. The faceplate or the backplate may have an arm or a set of arms having electrical conductors to connect or couple to the electrical contact points of an outlet, plug, or switch. The electrical conductors can receive a voltage from a voltage source such as an AC voltage source. A voltage regulation circuit may provide for the regulation or conversion of the voltage source. A switch can allow for a control circuit connected to the voltage regulation circuit to be bypassed or switch from one operational mode to another operational mode. The operational modes may be in an emergency lighting mode, and a nightlight mode. The voltage source can be connected to a light source or sensor through the control circuit or the switch, and the light source may be activated based on the output of the sensor.

[H02G] INSTALLATION OF ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES, OR OF COMBINED OPTICAL AND ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES (insulated conductors or cables with arrangements for facilitating mounting or securing H01B 7/40; distribution points incorporating switches H02B; guiding telephone cords H04M 1/15; cable ducts or mountings for telephone or telegraph exchange installations H04Q 1/06)


Etched planarized VCSEL
Patent No. 10644482 

Inventor(s): Andy MacInnes (Allen, TX), Luke Graham (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Finisar Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA)
Law Firm: Maschoff Brennan (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16351214 on 03/12/2019 (420 days app to issue)

Abstract: An etched planarized VCSEL includes: an active region; a blocking region over the active region, and defining apertures therein; and conductive channel cores in the apertures, wherein the conductive channel cores and blocking region form an isolation region. A method of making the VCSEL includes: forming the active region; forming the blocking region over the active region; etching the apertures in the blocking region; and forming the conductive channel cores in the apertures of the blocking region. Another etched planarized VCSEL includes: an active region; a conductive region over the active region, and defining apertures therein; and blocking cores in the apertures, wherein the blocking cores and conductive region form an isolation region. A method of making the VCSEL includes: forming the active region; forming the conductive region over the active region; etching the apertures in the conductive region; and forming the blocking cores in the apertures of the conductive region.

[H01S] DEVICES USING STIMULATED EMISSION


Low profile raceway
Patent No. 10644487 

Inventor(s): Clinton Strong (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Legrand Connectrac (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16411468 on 05/14/2019 (357 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, a raceway may include a housing with walls and arms extending from the housing. A cavity may be disposed in the housing and cables may reside in the cavity, during use. The cables may provide connectivity to receptacles of the raceway and thus a variety of devices. A cover may be utilized with the housing to facilitate access to the cables in the cavity of the housing. In some implementations, the cover may be retained by flexible arms of the housing. The raceway may be configured to receive wire clips to retain cables and/or conduit disposed in a cavity of the raceway.

[H02G] INSTALLATION OF ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES, OR OF COMBINED OPTICAL AND ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES (insulated conductors or cables with arrangements for facilitating mounting or securing H01B 7/40; distribution points incorporating switches H02B; guiding telephone cords H04M 1/15; cable ducts or mountings for telephone or telegraph exchange installations H04Q 1/06)


Galvanic isolation for relay device
Patent No. 10644495 

Inventor(s): Ajinder Singh (Murphy, TX), Barry J. Male (West Granby, CT), David W. Stout (Lewisville, TX), Miroslav Oljaca (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15689246 on 08/29/2017 (980 days app to issue)

Abstract: One example includes a relay device that is comprised of a galvanic isolation barrier, a protection control and power extractor, and an electronic switch. The galvanic isolation barrier is coupled to an input of the relay device and receives a switch control signal and outputs another switch control signal. The protection control and power extractor is coupled to an output of the galvanic isolation barrier. The protection control and power extractor extracts power from a power supply coupled to the relay device. The protection control and power extractor is responsive to the other switch control signal and generates a protection signal in response to a determination of an operating parameter of the relay device. The protection control and power extractor further outputs an electronic switch device signal based on the generated protection signal.

[H02H] EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS (indicating or signalling undesired working conditions G01R, e.g. G01R 31/00, G08B; locating faults along lines G01R 31/08; emergency protective devices H01H)


DC-DC power conversion circuitry with efficiency optimization using temperature sensing
Patent No. 10644581 

Inventor(s): Erhan Ozalevli (Richardson, TX), Mustapha El Markhi (Richardson, TX), Tuli Dake (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15801295 on 11/01/2017 (916 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a described example, an apparatus includes: transistor having a first terminal coupled to an input terminal, a second terminal coupled to an output terminal, and a gate terminal; a temperature sensor configured to sense a junction temperature of the transistor and generate a temperature signal based on the sensed junction temperature; and a gate driver circuit configured to generate a gate signal based on the temperature signal and to output the gate signal to the gate terminal of the transistor.

[H03K] PULSE TECHNIQUE (measuring pulse characteristics G01R; modulating sinusoidal oscillations with pulses H03C; transmission of digital information H04L; discriminator circuits detecting phase difference between two signals by counting or integrating cycles of oscillation H03D 3/04; automatic control, starting, synchronisation or stabilisation of generators of electronic oscillations or pulses where the type of generator is irrelevant or unspecified H03L; coding, decoding or code conversion, in general H03M) [4]


Methods, apparatus, and system to provide a high-efficiency drive for a floating power device
Patent No. 10644583 

Inventor(s): Brian Ashley Carpenter (Cary, NC)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16002756 on 06/07/2018 (698 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus to provide a high-efficiency drive for a floating gate are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a driver including a supply terminal, the driver configured to output a third voltage corresponding to the supply terminal, the driver to drive a gate of a transistor in a power converter; and a second capacitor to be charged using a first discharging current of a first capacitor and discharged at the supply terminal of the driver, the driver to drive the gate of the transistor based on a second discharging current from the second capacitor.

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


Power factor correction (PFC) device with switching analysis circuit
Patent No. 10644585 

Inventor(s): Zhong Ye (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16189130 on 11/13/2018 (539 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes an alternating current (AC) input node. The apparatus also includes a power factor correction (PFC) circuit with a first inductor coupled between the AC input node and a switch node. The apparatus also includes a switching analysis circuit for the PFC circuit. The switching analysis circuit includes a second inductor inductively coupled to the first inductor. The switching analysis circuit also includes a rectifier coupled to the second inductor. The switching analysis circuit also includes a sensing resistor coupled to the rectifier.

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


Power converter controller
Patent No. 10644595 

Inventor(s): Anmol Sharma (Freising, , DE), Franz Prexl (Niederding, , DE)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16378837 on 04/09/2019 (392 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit, comprising a trapezoidal generator that comprises digital logic configured to couple at a first input to a loop controller and at a second input to a buck-boost region detector and a driver coupled to an output of the digital logic and configured to couple to at least one power transistor of a 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]


Switching converter with output inductor estimator circuit
Patent No. 10644598 

Inventor(s): Abdelhalim Alsharqawi (Richardson, TX), Artur Juliusz Lewinski Komincz (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16368370 on 03/28/2019 (404 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automotive system includes a battery and a switching converter circuit. The switching converter circuit includes an output inductor estimator circuit coupled to a driver and a switch node of the switching converter circuit. The output inductor estimator circuit is configured to estimate inductance for an output inductor based on a comparison of sampled voltages from the switch node with voltage error values obtained using an adjustable estimated inductance parameter. The output inductor estimator circuit is configured to provide a signal indicating the estimated inductance for the output inductor.

[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]


Auxiliary power supply apparatus and method for isolated power converters
Patent No. 10644607 

Inventor(s): Heping Dai (Plano, TX), Liming Ye (Frisco, TX), Yushan Li (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15819209 on 11/21/2017 (896 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a pulse-width modulation (PWM) generator configured to generate a PWM signal for controlling a power switch of a power converter, a bias switch and a bias capacitor connected in series and coupled to a magnetic winding of the power converter and a comparator having a first input connected to the bias capacitor, a second input connected to a predetermined reference and an output configured to generate a signal for controlling the bias switch to allow a magnetizing current from the magnetic winding to charge the bias capacitor when a voltage across the bias capacitor is less than the predetermined reference.

[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]


Low power radio frequency signal detector
Patent No. 10644663 

Inventor(s): Kumar Anurag Shrivastava (Bengaluru, , IN), Sreeram Subramanyam Nasum (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16220357 on 12/14/2018 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: A low power radio frequency (RF) signal detector comprising a set of transistors, a bias input circuitry configured to apply bias to each of the set of transistors, and a differential signal input circuitry configured to apply a pair of differential signals to the set of transistors, wherein the pair of differential signals increases or decreases bias applied to the set of transistors to achieve low power, high frequency RF signal detection.

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


Offset cancellation scheme
Patent No. 10644664 

Inventor(s): Gerd Schuppener (Allen, TX), Jikai Chen (Allen, TX), Yanli Fan (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15716091 on 09/26/2017 (952 days app to issue)

Abstract: An offset cancellation circuit and method are provided where successive stages of cascaded amplifiers are operated in a saturated state. Biasing is provided, by a feedback amplifier, connected in a feedback loop for each cascaded amplifier, so as to be responsive, in a non-saturated state, to the input of an associated amplifier stage operating in the saturated state.

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


Differentiator circuit
Patent No. 10644677 

Inventor(s): Shawn Xianggang Yu (Tucson, AZ)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16132337 on 09/14/2018 (599 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspect of the present disclosure provide for a circuit. In an example, the circuit comprises a multiplexer having a first input, a second input, a control input, and an output. The circuit further comprises a first register having an input coupled to the output of the multiplexer and an output. The circuit further comprises a second register having an input coupled to the output of the first register and an output. The circuit further comprises a subtractor having a first input coupled to the output of the multiplexer and a second input coupled to the output of the second register. The circuit further comprises a third register having an input coupled to the output of the subtractor and an output coupled to the first input of the multiplexer.

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


Power-on reset circuit with reset transition delay
Patent No. 10644693 

Inventor(s): Amneh Mohammad Akour (Richardson, TX), Nikolaus Klemmer (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15299458 on 10/20/2016 (1293 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power-on-reset (POR) circuit for CMOS logic is operable to transition between a POR_active state and a POR_inactive state and can include: (a) VDD/VT threshold circuitry to provide a Vtp_threshold voltage based on input Vdd and PMOS Vtp, and a Vtn_threshold voltage based on input Vdd and NMOS Vtn; (b) POR transition detect circuitry to provide a POR_transition signal (active/inactive) based on a function(Vtp,Vtn), which is a function of Vtp_threshold and Vtn_threshold; and (c) POR transition control circuitry to provide the POR_state signal (active/inactive) based on the POR_transition signal. For a POR out-of-reset transition, the POR transition detect circuitry to switch the POR_transition signal inactive based on the function (Vtp,Vtn) corresponding to the POR_inactive state, and the POR transition control circuitry, responsive to the POR_transition signal switching to inactive, to initiate a POR out-of-reset delay period, and to signal the POR_inactive state after the POR out-of-reset delay period.

[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]


Material-discernment proximity sensor
Patent No. 10644697 

Inventor(s): Thomas Almholt (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15041729 on 02/11/2016 (1545 days app to issue)

Abstract: A material-discerning sensing device includes an antenna, a capacitive proximity sensor, and a control circuit. The antenna includes multiple conductive loops and is configured to radiate a wireless signal. The antenna defines an interior region devoid of the conductive loops and an exterior region outside the conductive loops. The capacitive proximity sensor includes a conductive pattern provided within the interior region or within a projection of the interior region, as well as a conductive bar. The control circuit is configured to detect a change in a characteristic of an electrical signal from the capacitive sensor. The conductive pattern includes a longitudinal portion, a first plurality of parallel conductors extending away from the longitudinal portion in a first direction and orthogonal to the longitudinal portion, and a second plurality of parallel conductors extending away from the longitudinal portion in a second direction opposite the first direction.

[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]


Lower voltage switching of current mode logic circuits
Patent No. 10644699 

Inventor(s): Steven Ernest Finn (Chamblee, GA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15993725 on 05/31/2018 (705 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a first transistor comprising a first control input and first and second current terminals, the first control input coupled to receive a first input control signal, and the first current terminal coupled to a first power supply node. The circuit also includes a first resistor coupled to the first control input of the first transistor, a first capacitor coupled between the second current terminal of the first transistor and the first resistor and a second transistor comprising a second control input and third and fourth current terminals, the third current terminal coupled to the first resistor and to the first capacitor.

[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]


Level shifter and method of calibration
Patent No. 10644702 

Inventor(s): Nathan Richard Schemm (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16108246 on 08/22/2018 (622 days app to issue)

Abstract: A level shifter includes a signal generator that generates differential signals on a first output and a second output. A first capacitor is coupled between the first output and a first node and a second capacitor is coupled between the second output and a second node. A third capacitor is coupled between the first node and a first voltage potential, wherein the capacitance of the third capacitor is variable. A fourth capacitor is coupled between the second node and the first voltage potential, wherein the capacitance of the fourth capacitor is variable.

[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]


Pipelined analog-to-digital converter
Patent No. 10644714 

Inventor(s): Arun Mohan (Bengaluru, , IN), Neeraj Shrivastava (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16358456 on 03/19/2019 (413 days app to issue)

Abstract: An analog-to-digital converter including a first stage and a second stage. The first stage includes a first sample-and-hold (SH) having an input coupled to a voltage input node of the ADC, and having a first SH output. The first stage also includes a buffer, a first flash converter and a first digital-to-analog converter (DAC). The buffer has an input coupled to the first SH output and has a buffer output. The first flash converter has an input coupled to the first SH output, and has a first flash converter output. The first DAC has an input coupled to the first flash converter output. The second stage includes a second flash converter having an input coupled to the buffer output.

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


Methods, circuits, systems and apparatus providing audio sensitivity enhancement in a wireless receiver, power management and other performances
Patent No. 10644738 

Inventor(s): Jaiganesh Balakrishnan (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14323280 on 07/03/2014 (2133 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless receiver ([b]10[/b]) includes a down converter module ([b]210[/b]) operable to deliver a signal having a signal bandwidth that changes over time, a dynamically controllable filter module ([b]200[/b]) having a filter bandwidth and fed by said down converter module ([b]210[/b]), and a measurement module ([b]295[/b]) operable to at least approximately measure the signal bandwidth, said dynamically controllable filter module ([b]200[/b]) responsive to said measurement module ([b]295[/b]) to dynamically adjust the filter bandwidth to more nearly match the signal bandwidth as it changes over time, whereby output from said filter module ([b]200[/b]) is noise-reduced. Other wireless receivers, electronic circuits, and processes for their operation are disclosed.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Pseudo channel hopping using scan dwell times in mesh networks without time synchronization
Patent No. 10644746 

Inventor(s): Arvind Kandhalu Raghu (Plano, TX), Kaichien Tsai (Allen, TX), Ramanuja Vedantham (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15424692 on 02/03/2017 (1187 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for pseudo channel hopping in a node of a wireless mesh network is provided that includes scanning each channel of a plurality of channels used for packet transmission by the node, wherein each channel is scanned for a scan dwell time associated with the channel, updating statistics for each channel based on packets received by the node during the scanning of the channel, and changing scan dwell times of the plurality of channels periodically based on the statistics.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Dynamic medium switch in co-located PLC and RF networks
Patent No. 10644750 

Inventor(s): Ariton E. Xhafa (Plano, TX), Bhadra Sandeep (Dallas, TX), Gang Xu (Allen, TX), Minghua Fu (Plano, TX), Robert W. Liang (Frisco, TX), Soon-Hyeok Choi (Allen, TX), Susan Yim (Plano, TX), Xiaolin Lu (Plano, TX), Yanj
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14878178 on 10/08/2015 (1671 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for implementing a convergence layer. Data is received on a first communication medium by a first transceiver. Data is transmitted on the first communication medium by the first transceiver. A signal is received. Causing, through the convergence layer, by a control logic in response to the signal, the data received and transmitted on the first communication medium as part of a communication session to be received and transmitted instead by a second transceiver on a second communication medium, wherein the convergence layer is configured to conceal from a routing layer at least one of: information related to the first signal, and information related to the data being received and transmitted on the second communication medium.

[H04K] SECRET COMMUNICATION; JAMMING OF COMMUNICATION


Method and apparatus for wideband CSI reporting in an advanced wireless communication system
Patent No. 10644828 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Md Saifur Rahman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16266959 on 02/04/2019 (456 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system is provided. The method comprises receiving, from a base station (BS), channel status information (CSI) configuration information for a wideband CSI (WB CSI), generating the WB CSI based on the CSI configuration information, determining a number of zero padding bits (N) based on the CSI configuration information, wherein the number of zero padding bits (N) is determined based on a maximum payload bits (N[subscript]max[/subscript]) over all WB CSI candidates and an actual payload bits (N[subscript]reported[/subscript]) for the generated WB CSI, generating an appended WB CSI by inserting N consecutive zero bits into the actual payload bits (N[subscript]reported[/subscript]) for the generated WB CSI, and transmitting, to the BS, the appended WB CSI over an uplink channel.

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


Frequency/phase lock detector for clock and data recovery circuits
Patent No. 10644868 

Inventor(s): Abishek Manian (Santa Clara, CA), Michael Gerald Vrazel (Atlanta, GA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16128818 on 09/12/2018 (601 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a phase and frequency detector circuit to generate a first phase detect signal indicative of whether a polarity of a first clock is the same as a polarity of a second clock upon occurrence of an edge of a data signal. The second clock being 90 degrees out of phase with respect to the first clock. A lock detect circuit determines, based on the first phase detect signal, that a third clock is one of frequency and phase locked to the data signal, frequency and quadrature locked to the data signal, and not frequency locked to the data signal.

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


Electronic security keys for data security based on quantum particle states
Patent No. 10644882 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15496436 on 04/25/2017 (1106 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and method for insuring that messages that are quantum-level encrypted are properly communicated to an intended recipient. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention provide for changing the state of a quantum particle, which corrupts the data in the message, in response to the message being tampered with during transmission.

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


Memory decision feedback equalizer bias level generation
Patent No. 10644909 

Inventor(s): Raghukiran Sreeramaneni (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16425653 on 05/29/2019 (342 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a selection circuit that is configured to generate a bias level. The device also includes a combinational circuit coupled to the selection circuit. The combinational circuit is configured to generate a distortion correction factor used offset inter-symbol interference from a data stream on a distorted bit based on the bias level to generate a correction signal. The device additionally includes a latching element coupled to the combinational circuit and configured to receive the first correction signal.

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


Management of radio units in cloud radio access networks
Patent No. 10644942 

Inventor(s): Rasiklal M. Kachhla (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): MAVENIR NETWORKS, INC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero Perle, L.L.P. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16269969 on 02/07/2019 (453 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is provided a system, method, and interfaces for Radio Access Networks and Cloud Radio Access Networks.

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


Containerized virtual network function
Patent No. 10644945 

Inventor(s): Burson Keith Patton (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Patent Department (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15747795 on 08/20/2015 (1720 days app to issue)

Abstract: A container may include a containerized virtual network function and a container interface. The container interface may register the container with a host interface, receive a configuration from the host interface, and configure a VNF according to the configuration.

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


Method and apparatus for programmable buffers in mobile networks
Patent No. 10645009 

Inventor(s): Kaippallimalil Mathew John (Richardson, TX), Prakash Ramchandran (Santa Clara, CA), Ulas Can Kozat (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15462560 on 03/17/2017 (1145 days app to issue)

Abstract: It is possible to dynamically configure buffers in network devices by sending software defined network (SDN) instructions to a Control-to-Data-Plane Interface (CDPI) agents on the network devices. An SDN instruction may instruct a CDPI agent to configure a buffer in a network device to store a specific type of traffic flow in accordance with a traffic handling policy. In some embodiments, the SDN instruction instructs the CDPI Agent to directly configure a buffer by, for example, associating a virtual port with a new/existing buffer, binding a virtual port associated with the buffer to a switch, and/or installing a flow control rule in a flow table of the switch. In other embodiments, the SDN instruction may instruct the CDPI agent to reconfigure the buffer by transitioning the buffer to a different state.

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


Virtual network element and methods for use therewith
Patent No. 10645031 

Inventor(s): Kyle Robert Bilbray (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Garlick Markison (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14728032 on 06/02/2015 (1799 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a virtual network element that includes a plurality of virtual machine modules configured to process a plurality of control packets in a virtualized telecommunication network. A classifier module is configured to receive telecommunications traffic that includes the plurality of control packets and a plurality of data packets, to separate the plurality of control plane data from the at least one data packet, and to forward the plurality of control packets to selected ones of the plurality of virtual machine modules. A forwarding device, coupled to the classifier module and separate from the plurality of virtual machine modules, is configured to forward the plurality of data packets in the virtualized telecommunication network. Other embodiments are disclosed.

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


Smart Internet of Things (”IoT”) web of trust
Patent No. 10645108 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15924651 on 03/19/2018 (778 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for tracking and validating behavior and communication patterns of sensors connected to an Internet-of-Things (”IoT”) network. Preferably, trusted IoT sensors monitor communication patterns exhibited by other trusted and/or untrusted sensors. An untrusted monitored sensor may be assigned a trusted status based on applying artificial intelligence and/or machine learning algorithm to monitored and/or historical communication patterns exhibited by the monitored sensor. A trusted group of sensors may continue to grow by adding other trusted sensors. If a compromised sensor is detected, a silo may be erected around the compromised sensor. The silo may include disconnecting the compromised sensor from the network. After erecting the silo, communication patterns exhibited by the compromised sensor may be continue to be monitored. After a pre-determined time period the compromised sensor may be reassigned a trusted status or purged from the trusted group and/or network.

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


Managing unmanned aerial vehicle flight data
Patent No. 10645169 

Inventor(s): Warren Westrup (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15818454 on 11/20/2017 (897 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device can be configured to receive flight data associated with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), at least some of the flight data being received from the UAV; store the flight data; receive, from a requesting device, a flight data request, the flight data request including information identifying the UAV or a flight of the UAV; determine response data based on the flight data request and based on an entity associated with the requesting device, the response data including a subset of the flight data, which is available to be accessed by the entity; and perform an action associated with the response data.

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


Touch button structure integrated into an edge panel of a portable computing/communications device
Patent No. 10645207 

Inventor(s): Benjamin S Kasemsadeh (San Jose, CA), James R Catt (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15169685 on 05/31/2016 (1435 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device such as a portable computing/communications device is configured with slotted touch-on-metal buttons integrated into an edge panel. A ToM button structure includes a structural fascia integrated into the edge panel, defining a touch-button area including a touch-button length. The structural fascia is slotted, with alternating sections that are respectively relatively-thinner and relatively-thicker. The ToM button can be integrated into curved for flat edge panels. Button-press detection can be based on, for example, either inductive and capacitive deformation sensing. The ToM button structure can be configured for a predetermined button-press deformation based on a defined touch-button length, defined slotting difference between the relatively-thinner sections and the relatively-thicker sections and a defined deformation pressure.

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


Identical conversation detection method and apparatus
Patent No. 10645214 

Inventor(s): Jay Gainsboro (Framingham, MA), Lee Weinstein (Arlington, MA)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16043741 on 07/24/2018 (651 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automated system is disclosed for detecting situations in which identical segments of conversation appear within two different recordings. The system automatically detects where within each of two audio recordings an identical conversation segment begins and ends, thus enabling detection of conversations where multiple prison inmates participated in a conference call.

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


Three-way video visitation detection using video cues
Patent No. 10645341 

Inventor(s): Alexander Noland (North Richland Hills, TX), John Wange (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15849353 on 12/20/2017 (867 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for establishing a video conferencing session between a first device and a second device; extracting video information from video conferencing session data received from the second device; and identifying one or more known cues that have been added to the video information, wherein the known cues identify a third device as a source of the video conferencing session data. The systems and methods may add cues to outbound video information prior to transmission as video conferencing session data, wherein the added cues identify the first device as a source of the transmitted video conferencing session data. The systems and methods may generate an alert and/or terminate the video conferencing session and/or flag a video conferencing session record for further analysis when a known cue has been identified in the video information.

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


Method and apparatus for SSIM-based bit allocation
Patent No. 10645394 

Inventor(s): Do-Kyoung Kwon (Allen, TX), Hyung-Joon Kim (Suwanee, GA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16377373 on 04/08/2019 (393 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment includes a method and an encoder for SSIM-based bits allocation. The encoder includes a memory and a processor utilized for allocating bits based on SSIM, wherein the processor estimates the model parameter of SSIM-based distortion model for the current picture and determines allocates bits based on the SSIM estimation.

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


Sample-based angular intra-prediction in video coding
Patent No. 10645398 

Inventor(s): Minhua Zhou (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13658807 on 10/23/2012 (2751 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for processing a prediction unit (PU) to generate predicted samples is provided that includes computing predicted samples for samples of the PU using sample-based angular intra-prediction (SAP) when lossless coding is enabled for the PU, and computing predicted samples for the samples of the PU using block-based angular intra-prediction when lossless coding is not enabled for the PU. Computation of the predicted using SAP includes determining an intra-prediction angle for the PU, and computing a predicted sample for each sample of the samples in the PU based on linear interpolation of two reference samples adjacent to the sample, wherein the two reference samples are selected according to the intra-prediction angle.

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


Reducing computational complexity when video encoding uses bi-predictively encoded frames
Patent No. 10645412 

Inventor(s): Arun Shankar Kudana (Bengaluru, , IN), Pramod Kumar Swami (Bengaluru, , IN), Soyeb Nagori (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15728138 on 10/09/2017 (939 days app to issue)

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

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


Mode dependent intra smoothing filter table mapping methods for non-square prediction units
Patent No. 10645422 

Inventor(s): Changcai Lai (Shenzhen, , CN), Chen-Xiong Zhang (Plano, TX), Guichun Li (Santa Clara, CA), Jianhua Zheng (Shenzhen, , CN), Lingzhi Liu (San Jose, CA), Nam Ling (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16002781 on 06/07/2018 (698 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus including a memory operably coupled to a processor. The processor is configured to select an intra smoothing filter for a rectangular prediction unit (PU) based on a lookup table (LUT) used for square PUs, wherein a width of the rectangular PU is different from a height of the rectangular PU.

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


Ad media management system
Patent No. 10645435 

Inventor(s): Steve Laughlin (McKinney, TX), Webster Shawn Coffman (Norman, OK)
Assignee(s): INNOVAR MEDIA LLC (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16559906 on 09/04/2019 (244 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for managing advertising media by a cable network provider includes a content provider interface for downloading advertising media from advertising media content providers. A database stores the advertising media. A processor configures an advertising media management system responsive to a stored set of instructions. A memory coupled to the processor has data and a set of instructions for implementing an advertising media management system. The data includes the advertising inventory data and the set of instructions configuring the processor to provide a number of controllers. A management dashboard controller controls a presentation of a plurality of graphical reports relating to available advertising media within the database using a management dashboard controller. A required media controller generates a list of received advertising media that have not been encoded. A queue controller groups the advertising media stored within the database to be processed by the advertising media management system according to a first queue of all advertising media to be processed and a plurality of second queues each comprising a portion of all of the advertising media of the first queue, wherein at least one advertising media is contained within multiple ones of the plurality of second queues. A media library controller displays all approved advertising media stored within the database and an associated status of the approved advertising media. An audit logs controller tracks a

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


Controlled environment media and communication system
Patent No. 10645443 

Inventor(s): Stephen L. Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16246101 on 01/11/2019 (480 days app to issue)

Abstract: The Controlled Environment Media And Communication System delivers communications services to residents of controlled facilities using a common network architecture. Some of the communications capabilities of the Controlled Environment Media And Communication System include media distribution, video visitation, intra-facility messaging, and other such communications services.

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


All-optical networks based on switchable wavelength connects (SWCs)
Patent No. 10645473 

Inventor(s): Feng Zhang (San Jose, CA), Qianfan Xu (San Jose, CA), Xiao Andy Shen (San Bruno, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16044208 on 07/24/2018 (651 days app to issue)

Abstract: An all-optical network comprises: a first network; a second network; and a PWXC coupling the first network to the second network and comprising passive optical components. A method comprises: receiving a first optical signal from a first tail node of a first network; directing the first optical signal from a first input port of a PWXC to a first output port of the PWXC using first passive optical components; and transmitting the first optical signal to a third head node of a third network. An all-optical network comprising: a light bank; a first network coupled to the light bank; a second network coupled to the light bank; and a first PWXC coupling the first network and the second network.

[H04Q] SELECTING (switches, relays, selectors H01H; wireless communication networks H04W) [2009.01]


Wireless device and methods for use in a paging network
Patent No. 10645537 

Inventor(s): Robert M. Kennard (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): THL Holding Company, LLC (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Garlick Markison (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16540665 on 08/14/2019 (265 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless device includes a user interface that generates a pairing signal in response to an indication from a user to pair the wireless device to at least one remote device and generates a first location request signal in response to a second indication from a user to locate the at least one remote device. A short-range wireless transceiver communicates RF signals to pair the wireless device to the at least one remote device and that transmits a first RF paging signal to the at least one remote device in response to the location request signal.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Transferable ownership tokens for discrete, identifiable devices
Patent No. 10645557 

Inventor(s): Warren Wade Robbins (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): Dell Products L.P. (Round Rock, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker L.L.P. (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15479125 on 04/04/2017 (1127 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile device that includes an ownership token application program receives user input indicative of a first authentication factor associated with an ownership token bound to an Internet of Things (IoT) device. Responsive to detecting the IoT device in close proximity, the mobile device may obtain a second authentication factor and an IoT device identifier from the IoT device. The mobile device may then provide the obtained factors as authenticating credentials to a token server via a trust application program interface (API). After the server authenticates the mobile device, the server may send the token to the mobile device thereby transferring ownership rights, including access rights, to recipient. The application program and/or the trust API may be configured for one-time access wherein, after the token has been transferred to the mobile device. The discrete electronic device may comprise an Internet of Things (IoT device) that supports wireless, near field communication.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for external group identification in wireless networks
Patent No. 10645565 

Inventor(s): Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16259241 on 01/28/2019 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing device may include a memory configured to store instructions and a processor configured to execute the instructions to receive a request to generate a device group for a group of user equipment (UE) devices from an application server and identify a group of Home Subscriber Server (HSS) devices that store subscriber profiles for the group of UE devices. The processor may be further configured to send a request to a provisioning system to generate HSS subgroups in the group of HSS devices, with different HSS subgroups associated with different HSS devices and each HSS subgroup including at least one of the UE devices; receive, from the provisioning system, an indication that the HSS subgroups were generated; generate a mapping from the device group to the HSS subgroups; and process messages received from the application server for the device group based on the generated mapping.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for remote portable wireless device authentication
Patent No. 10645581 

Inventor(s): Clayton Douglas Smith (Kanata, , CA), Lindsay Martin Kent (Kanata, , CA)
Assignee(s): Entrust, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16191944 on 11/15/2018 (537 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus provides for user authentication. In an example, the method and apparatus includes establishing a very short range wireless communication link between the first apparatus and the second apparatus and authenticating a user of the first apparatus by the second apparatus directly using a different and short range peer to peer wireless communication link between the first apparatus and the second apparatus in response to establishing the very short range wireless communication link.

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


Dynamic network slice resolution
Patent No. 10645587 

Inventor(s): Niranjan B. Avula (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16663587 on 10/25/2019 (193 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first device can receive an attach request that includes information associated with a user device. The user device can provide the attach request to request access to a network. The first device can provide, to a second device and using the information associated with the user device, a request for information associated with a group identifier that is associated with the user device. The first device can receive, from the second device, the information associated with the group identifier that is associated with the user device based on providing the request for information associated with the group identifier. The first device can determine a network slice identifier that is associated with the user device based on the information associated with the group identifier that is associated with the user device. The first device can permit the user device to access a network slice, of the network, that is associated with the network slice identifier based on determining the network slice identifier.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for identifying wireless coverage for multi-occupant structures
Patent No. 10645595 

Inventor(s): Deepak Chadaga (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing I nc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16520774 on 07/24/2019 (286 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, a device, and a non-transitory storage medium provide for receive line-of-site (LoS) information obtained by a camera, wherein the LoS information identifies an LoS from a radio site to a potential radio signal receiver location; estimate a signal strength value, for a signal from the radio site, at the potential radio signal receiver location; identify a first type of obstruction in the LoS, wherein a signal loss associated with the first type of obstruction varies by a time of year; modify the estimated signal strength value using a nominal signal loss value for the first type of obstruction, wherein the nominal signal loss value is associated with a different time of year than the time of year in which the LoS information is obtained; and determine whether to qualify the potential radio signal receiver location for an equipment installation for the wireless service based on a threshold signal value.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for time-power-frequency hopping for D2D discovery
Patent No. 10645638 

Inventor(s): Anthony Soong (Plano, TX), Hossein Bagheri (Urbana, IL), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL), Vipul Desai (Palatine, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15612513 on 06/02/2017 (1068 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for D2D discovery is provided. In an embodiment the method includes sending, by a base station, first parameters to a first User Equipment (UE) indicating a set of discovery resources in a discovery cycle, wherein the discovery cycle comprises a plurality of subframes; and sending, by the base station, second parameters to the first UE indicating a first probability for transmitting a first discovery signal to a second UE on a subframe of the plurality of subframes so that the first UE is capable of transmitting the first discovery signal to a second UE in the discovery cycle according to the first parameters when a random number between 0 and 1, selected by the first UE, is equal or larger than the first probability.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Bluetooth media device time synchronization
Patent No. 10645663 

Inventor(s): Chen Loewy (Herzelia, , IL), David Levy (Ramat Gan, , IL), Dotan Ziv (Tel Aviv, , IL), Ram Malovany (Nes Ziona, , IL)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16017768 on 06/25/2018 (680 days app to issue)

Abstract: Synchronized media streaming in a device chain including first, second and third Bluetooth media device having a controller and time synchronization algorithm. The first device formats a first media packet including received media data, second device address, and synchronization information including packet start time including a delay time and cumulative clock drift counted thus far. The second device receives the first packet and formats a second packet including the media data, third device address, updated synchronization information including the second packet”s play start time, local clock time, clock drift, and a cumulative clock drift counted thus far. The second device transmits the second packet to the third device. The synchronization algorithms begin synchronized playing of the media data including the first device playing after the delay time, second device playing after the first packet”s play start time, and the third device playing after the second packet”s play start time.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Transmission of information in a wireless communication system
Patent No. 10645678 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX), Sean Michael McBeath (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16169398 on 10/24/2018 (559 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for the transmission of information in a wireless communication system are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for the transmission of information in a wireless communication system comprises receiving a downlink message, wherein the downlink message includes a first control channel element; determining a first index using the location of the first control channel element; determining a second index; determining a first orthogonal resource using the first index; determining a second orthogonal resource using the second index; spreading an uplink message using the first orthogonal resource to form a first spread signal; spreading the uplink message using a second orthogonal resource to form a second spread signal; transmitting the first spread signal using a first antenna; and transmitting the second spread signal using a second antenna.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods and devices for performing proximity discovery
Patent No. 10645680 

Inventor(s): Changhoi Koo (Plano, TX), Joon Beom Kim (Carrollton, TX), Noun Choi (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15400322 on 01/06/2017 (1215 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for use in a first user equipment (UE) includes receiving, from a base station, control information and a resource assignment for uplink transmission; and transmitting, based on the control information, a discovery signal on the assigned resource for uplink transmission, the discovery signal including a first temporary UE identifier (ID) assigned to the first UE, wherein the first temporary UE ID is used to identify the first UE for device-to-device communication.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for implementing a service flow across different systems
Patent No. 10645744 

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: 15577115 on 04/28/2016 (1468 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus may include providing, by a network node, an indication to a user equipment. The indication indicates that the network node supports interworking between a first radio-access technology and a second radio-access technology. The method may also include receiving a request to set up a service flow. The method may also include setting up the service flow.

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


Advance scheduling for discontinuous transmission and reception using uplink beacons
Patent No. 10645750 

Inventor(s): Johan Christer Qvarfordt (Stockholm, , SE), Nathan Edward Tenny (Poway, CA), Tao Cai (Taeby, , SE)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15344413 on 11/04/2016 (1278 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for assigning radio resources to a UE comprises receiving an uplink beacon transmission during a beacon occasion of the UE, determining that the uplink beacon transmission corresponds to a need by the UE for radio resources in an upcoming communication occasion of a discontinuous communication mode implemented by the UE, identifying at least one TRP to participate in data communication with the UE, receiving a grant of radio resources for the data communication, wherein the grant of radio resources is specified for use in the upcoming communication occasion, and transmitting the grant of radio resources to the UE.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

Eating dish with a removable handle
Patent No. D883035 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Jan (Forth Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): FRONTLINE ADVANCE LLC (Southlake, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29659175 on 08/07/2018 (637 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Diagnostic analyzer
Patent No. D883115 

Inventor(s): Christina A. Barton (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: Hanely, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29699604 on 07/26/2019 (284 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cap for optical fiber connectors
Patent No. D883231 

Inventor(s): Michael DeJong (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Research Development Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29624371 on 10/31/2017 (917 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Litter scoop
Patent No. D883588 

Inventor(s): David Veness (Fort Worth, TX), John Zivich (Eastlake, OH)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29641189 on 03/20/2018 (777 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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