Dallas Invents: 155 Patents Granted for Week of Oct. 16

Patents were granted for Verizon's auto suggestion in search, Hari Mari's footwear, Toyota's traffic signal indicator, Neu Robitics' drone, and Moneygram's emergency money transfer.

Dallas flip-flop maker Hari Mari has a new patent for footwear with an enhanced toe post. [DI composite. Illustration source: USPTO.]

Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include assigned patents granted to local entities or those with a North Texas inventor. As of June 12, 2018, unassigned patents with a local inventor are included. 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 Oct. 16, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas) 23

Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 8

SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 7

Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 6

STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell) 4

UNASSIGNED PATENTS: 11


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

James Walter Blatchford (Richardson) 2

Jean-Marc Lopez (Plano) 2

Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton) 2

Madhukar Budagavi (Plano) 2

Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton) 2


FIRST SEEN 
(Examples of companies that may be originating a patent in the region for the first time, according to Patent Index.) 

Genesco Sports Enterprises (Patent No. 10101767)
Powered electronic display awning

Hari Mari ( Patent No. 10098415)
Footwear with enhanced toe post

Retina Foundation of the South (Patent No. 10098836)
Method for forming a molded two-layer ocular implant

 


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

215 days
Polymer ammunition cartridge having a three-piece primer insert
Assignee: True Velocity IP Holdings, LLC (Dallas)
Inventor: Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton)
Patent No. 10101136

4,003 days
Value chain management
Assignee: JDA Software Group, Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ)
Inventors: Bharadwaj Rangarajan (Irving), David J. Fischer (Coppell), Deepak M. Ghodke (Irving), Ramnath Ganesan (Flower Mound)
Patent No. 10102488

Source: Patent information is provided by Joe Chiarella, founder of patent analytics company Patent Index and publisher of The Inventiveness IndexFor additional details on the patents granted below, search the USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Agricultural adjuvants and processes for making and using same
Patent No. 10098344 

Inventor(s): Hannah E. Toomey (Covington, KY), Kristin Herrel (Dallas, TX), Narayan K. Raman (Cincinnati, OH)
Assignee(s): CELANESE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14642548 on 03/09/2015 (1317 days app to issue)

Abstract: An agricultural spray composition, comprising a vinyl ester-based polymer dispersion; a plasticizer; and an active ingredient.

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


Footwear with enhanced toe post
Patent No. 10098415 

Inventor(s): Jeremy Carl Stewart (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): HARI MARI, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Wick Phillips Gould Martin LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13840463 on 03/15/2013 (2041 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to the various embodiments of the present disclosure, footwear with an enhanced toe post is provided. In an exemplary embodiment, the footwear may comprise a sole portion to support and protect a wearer”s foot, a strap portion attached to the sole to bind the footwear to a wearer”s foot, and at least one toe post passing between a wearer”s toes constructed at least partially of memory foam or other cushioning materials.

[A43B] CHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR


Low power photon counting system
Patent No. 10098595 

Inventor(s): Nagesh Surendranath (Bangalore, , IN), Rakul Viswanath (Chennai, , IN), Sandeep Kesrimal Oswal (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14871245 on 09/30/2015 (1112 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides a circuit that includes a charge sensitive amplifier (CSA) that generates an integrated signal in response to a current signal. An active comparator is coupled to the CSA. The active comparator receives the integrated signal and a primary reference voltage signal, and generates an event detect signal. A first delay element is coupled to the active comparator and provides a fixed delay to the event detect signal to generate a convert signal. A discriminator system is coupled to the CSA. The discriminator system samples the integrated signal when activated by the convert signal.

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


Intraocular lens facilitating non-invasive position adjustment after corneal healing
Patent No. 10098728 

Inventor(s): Fernando Ortiz (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Novartis AG (Basel, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14920102 on 10/22/2015 (1090 days app to issue)

Abstract: An intraocular lens (IOL) device includes a lens configured to be positioned along the optical axis of a patient”s eye and at least one haptic configured to engage an area within the patient”s eye in order to position the lens along the optical axis. The IOL device further includes an expandable haptic-lens junction coupling the at least one haptic to the lens, the expandable haptic-lens junction configured to displace the lens relative to the haptic in response to an applied energy.

[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]


Systems and processes for inserting an intraocular lens
Patent No. 10098729 

Inventor(s): Yinghui Wu (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): Novartis AG (Basel, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15247625 on 08/25/2016 (782 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various systems and techniques for inserting an intraocular lens are disclosed. In particular implementations, a system and a technique for inserting an intraocular lens may include the ability to move, in response to a force being applied in a first direction along a longitudinal axis, a first plunger tip along the longitudinal axis and into a delivery cartridge to fold an intraocular lens and move in a second direction along the longitudinal axis in response to the applied force being reduced. The system and the technique may also include the ability to engage a second plunger tip and move, in response to a force being applied in the first direction along the longitudinal axis, the second plunger tip along the longitudinal axis and into the delivery cartridge to insert the intraocular lens.

[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]


Method for forming a molded two-layer ocular implant
Patent No. 10098836 

Inventor(s): Karl Csaky (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): RETINA FOUNDATION OF THE SOUTHWEST (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: DT Ward, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14888387 on 05/01/2014 (1629 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention generally relates to local therapies for the eye and, more particularly, to shaped controlled-release ocular implant devices, including methods for making and using such devices, for delivery of therapeutic agents to the eye. A molded two-layer ocular implant comprises a therapeutic agent for treatment or prevention of a disorder of the eye. The implant comprises a polymer layer and a silicone adhesive layer with a therapeutic agent interspersed therein and joined to the polymer layer. This implant is for placement in the sub-Tenon”s space of the eye and provides sustained release of the therapeutic agent during the treatment or prevention of the disorder of the eye.

[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)


Alternating sympathomimetic therapy for the treatment of respiratory ailments
Patent No. 10098856 

Inventor(s): Juan Carlos Menendez (North Richland Hills, TX), Ralph Brown (Southlake, TX), Suresh Dixit (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Sovereign Pharmaceuticals, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Abel Law Group, LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15171231 on 06/02/2016 (866 days app to issue)

Abstract: A combination of dosage units for alleviating respiratory ailments and a method of alleviating respiratory ailments which uses this combination of dosage units. The dosage units comprise one or more first dosage units comprising pseudoephedrine and/or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof and one or more second dosage units comprising phenylephrine and/or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

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


HIF-2 inhibitors for treating iron overload disorders
Patent No. 10098878 

Inventor(s): Julio Cesar Francisco Ruiz (Garland, TX), Richard Keith Bruick (Dallas, TX), Yaomin Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15517528 on 09/25/2015 (1117 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to HIF-2 inhibitors and methods of making and using them for treating iron overload disorders. Certain compounds were potent in HIF-2 scintillation proximity assay, luciferase assay, and VEGF ELISA assay, and reduced liver iron accumulation and serum iron parameters in both prophylactic and treatment mouse models.

[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)


Library of pH responsive polymers and nanoprobes thereof
Patent No. 10098971 

Inventor(s): Baran D. Sumer (Dallas, TX), Gang Huang (Plano, TX), Jinming Gao (Plano, TX), Tian Zhao (Irving, TX), Xinpeng Ma (Dallas, TX), Yang Li (Dallas, TX), Yiguang Wang (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15369701 on 12/05/2016 (680 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to polymers which contain a hydrophobic and hydrophilic segment which is sensitive to pH. In some aspects, the polymers form a micelle which is sensitive to pH and results in a change in fluorescence based upon the particular pH. In some aspects, the disclosure also provides methods of using the polymers for the imaging of cellular or extracellular environment or delivering a drug.

[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 managing a gaming application
Patent No. 10099123 

Inventor(s): Earl Berner (Wylie, TX), Gregory Skasko (Irving, TX), Martha Aldaco (Garland, TX), Tasos Kaiafas (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15253304 on 08/31/2016 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure includes, for example, a method for receiving from a first device a request to initiate a video game with a second device, determining a location of the first device, detecting a difference between first computing resources of the first device and second computing resources of the second device, instructing the first device, the second device, or both to adjust a resource configuration to mitigate an aspect of the difference between the first computing resources and the second computing resources, and coordinating an exchange of first control information provided by the first device and second control information provided by the second device to enable a multiplayer session of the video game between the first device and the second device. Other embodiments are disclosed.

[A63F] CARD, BOARD OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [5]


Automated feeder apparatus for directionally discharging animal feed
Patent No. 10098331 

Inventor(s): Mark Bogart (Joshua, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Karich Associates (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15389205 on 12/22/2016 (663 days app to issue)

Abstract: An animal feeder has a hopper body adjustably mounted on a mounting base for directing feed material in a selected direction. The mounting base includes a pair of ground support elements pivotally mounted on a lateral support plate with a pair of pivot bolts, and further including a locking bolt that enables the lateral support plate to be pivotally adjusted with respect to the pair of ground support elements. The hopper body is rotatably mounted on the lateral support plate via a center bolt. A feed dispensing mechanism discharges the feed material through a feed discharge aperture, in a direction that is adjusted via the positioning of the adjustment base.

[A01K] ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; CARE OF BIRDS, FISHES, INSECTS; FISHING; REARING OR BREEDING ANIMALS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NEW BREEDS OF ANIMALS


 

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

System and method for maintaining the speed of a vehicle
Patent No. 10099560 

Inventor(s): Erik Anthony Wippler (Canton, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13014451 on 01/26/2011 (2820 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for maintaining a selected speed of a vehicle is provided. The vehicle is powered in part by an electric motor and a battery. The electric motor is operable to drive in either a driving state or a charging state. In the charging state the polarity of the electric motor is modified so as to slow the vehicle down and supply power to the battery. A load bank is provided. The load bank is in electrical communication with the electric motor. The controller is further operable to direct power from the electric motor to the load bank when the electric motor is in the charging state.

[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]


Vehicle utility light assembly
Patent No. 10099607 

Inventor(s): Matthew C. Tier (South Lyon, MI), Paxton S. Williams (Milan, 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: 15619845 on 06/12/2017 (491 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle utility light assembly is disclosed in which an elongated body portion functions to be stowable in a first position within a vehicle body panel. The elongated body portion further functions to be vertically-releasable from the first position to a second position, and being operable to selectively illuminate the vehicle body panel from above by a light source of the elongated body portion.

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


Foldable railcar handhold
Patent No. 10099709 

Inventor(s): James Culbertson (Euless, TX), James H. Jones, III (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): BNSF Logistics, LLC (Springdale, AR)
Law Firm: Dan Brown Law Office (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15239934 on 08/18/2016 (789 days app to issue)

Abstract: A foldable handhold assembly for attachment to a railroad flatcar includes a handhold that has a pair of side rails connected with a horizontal grab bar. A pair of brackets, which each have a mounting surface conforming to the shape of the flatcar sill. The brackets each have a hinge that rotatably couples to the proximate end of one of the side rail, which enables the handhold to rotate about the hinges between a deployed position where the grab bar extends above the flatcar deck and a stowed position where the handhold extends below the flatcar deck. One of the brackets also has latch aligned to selectively retain the handhold at the deployed position.

[B61D] BODY DETAILS OR KINDS OF RAILWAY VEHICLES (vehicles in general B60; adaptation of vehicles to special systems B61B; underframes B61F)


Dynamic vehicle spoilers
Patent No. 10099730 

Inventor(s): Paxton S. Williams (Milan, MI), Scott L. Frederick (Brighton, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15602267 on 05/23/2017 (511 days app to issue)

Abstract: Arrangements described herein include dynamic spoiler systems and methods for controlling such systems. The dynamic spoiler can include a housing operatively connected to a vehicle structure, such as a truck bed tailgate. The housing can have a lower panel, an upper panel, and an opening between the lower and upper panels. The dynamic spoiler can also include a fin moveable between a retracted position and one or more extended positions. In the retracted position, the fin can be substantially entirely located within a cavity defined by housing. In an extended position, the fin can extend at least partially out of the housing through the opening in a rearward direction.

[B62D] MOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS (steering, or guiding on a desired track, of agricultural machines or implements A01B 69/00; wheels, castors, axles, increasing wheel adhesion B60B; vehicle tyres, tyre inflation or tyre changing B60C; connections between vehicles of a train or the like B60D; vehicles for use on rail and road, amphibious or convertible vehicles B60F; suspension arrangements B60G; heating, cooling, ventilating or other air treating devices B60H; windows, windscreens, non-fixed roofs, doors or similar devices, protective coverings for vehicles not in use B60J; propulsion plant arrangements, auxiliary drives, transmissions, controls, instrumentation or dashboards B60K; electric equipment or propulsion of electrically-propelled vehicles B60L; power supply for electrically-propelled vehicles B60M; passenger accommodation not otherwise provided for B60N; adaptations for load transportation or to carry special loads or objects B60P; arrangement of signalling or lighting devices, the mounting or supporting thereof or circuits therefor, for vehicles in general B60Q; vehicles, vehicle fittings or vehicle parts, not otherwise provided for B60R; servicing, cleaning, repairing, supporting, lifting, or manoeuvring, not otherwise provided for B60S; brake arrangements, brake control systems or parts thereof B60T; air-cushion vehicles B60V; motorcycles, accessories therefor B62J, B62K; testing of vehicles G01M)


Methods for forming carbon opal templates and their use in forming inverse opals
Patent No. 10099965 

Inventor(s): Kazuhisa Yano (Ann Arbor, MI), Matthew Goodman (Urbana, IL), Paul Vannest Braun (Urbana, IL)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15477983 on 04/03/2017 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: Carbon opals, a form of colloidal crystal, are composed of ordered two-dimensional or three-dimensional arrays of Monodispersed Starburst Carbon Spheres (MSCS). Methods for producing such carbon opals include oxidizing as-synthesized MSCS, for example by heating in air, to increase surface charge. Such oxidation is believed to decrease settling rates of a colloidal suspension, enabling formation of an ordered colloidal crystal. Inverse opals, composed of any of a wide variety of materials, and based on a carbon opal template, have a reciprocal structure to a carbon opal. Inverse opals are formed by methods including: forming a carbon opal as described, impregnating a desired material into pores in the carbon opal to produce a hybrid structure, and removing the carbon portion from the hybrid structure.

[B01J] CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROCESSES, e.g. CATALYSIS, COLLOID CHEMISTRY; THEIR RELEVANT APPARATUS (processes or apparatus for specific applications, see the relevant places for these processes or apparatus, e.g. F26B 3/08) [2]


Carrier tape packaging method and apparatus
Patent No. 10101176 

Inventor(s): Noor Azlan Zainal Abidin (Selangor, , MY), Sahaimi Mohamad Yazid (Selangor, , MY), Wan Mohd Azam Wan Yusoff (Kuala Lumpur, , MY)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14209769 on 03/13/2014 (1678 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for detecting misplaced units in a moving carrier tape having a plurality of pockets with units positioned therein. The apparatus includes a displaceable assembly having a head portion positioned above the carrier tape that is adapted to deflect in response to engagement with a misplaced unit in one of the plurality of pockets.

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


Optimized shipping of IP telephony devices
Patent No. 10103475 

Inventor(s): Joseph Layton (Richardson, TX), Thaddeus Stoner (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14101186 on 12/09/2013 (1772 days app to issue)

Abstract: A connector and cabling system is provided. The system includes a plurality of pigtails, each pigtail of the plurality of pigtails are configured to couple to one of a plurality of electronic devices, wherein each electronic device of the plurality of electronic devices has a corresponding box or package. The system includes a cable and a plurality of first connectors. Each first connector of the plurality of first connectors is configured to extend through and attach to a wall of a box or opening of the package with a first port of the first connector inside the box. The first port is coupled to the pigtail, and a second port of the first connector outside the box or package. The second port is coupled to the cable. The plurality of electronic devices is provisioned via the cable, the plurality of first connectors and the plurality of pigtails, with each of the plurality of electronic devices, in the corresponding box or package. A method of preparing electronic devices for shipping is also provided.

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


 

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

Process for flashing a reaction medium
Patent No. 10099990 

Inventor(s): Mark O. Scates (Houston, TX), Ronald D. Shaver (Houston, TX), Yaw-Hwa Liu (Missouri City, TX)
Assignee(s): CELANESE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15089994 on 04/04/2016 (925 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process for producing acetic acid is disclosed in which the methyl iodide concentration is maintained in the vapor product stream formed in a flashing step. The methyl iodide concentration in the vapor product stream ranges from 24 to less than 36 wt. % methyl iodide, based on the weight of the vapor product stream. In addition, the acetaldehyde concentration is maintained within the range from 0.005 to 1 wt. % in the vapor product stream. The vapor product stream is distilled in a first column to obtain an acetic acid product stream comprising acetic acid and up to 300 wppm hydrogen iodide and/or from 0.1 to 6 wt. % methyl iodide and an overhead stream comprising methyl iodide, water and methyl acetate.

[C07C] ACYCLIC OR CARBOCYCLIC COMPOUNDS (macromolecular compounds C08; production of organic compounds by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25B 3/00, C25B 7/00)


Proppant with enhanced interparticle bonding
Patent No. 10100247 

Inventor(s): Spyridon Monastiriotis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): PREFERRED TECHNOLOGY, LLC (Radnor, PA)
Law Firm: Pepper Hamilton LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13897288 on 05/17/2013 (1978 days app to issue)

Abstract: Polymer-coated proppants for hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells have an outer layer portion that comprises an organofunctional coupling agent, preferably an organofunctional silane coupling agent. The use of an organofunctional silane coupling agent in the outer layer portion of the proppant coating is preferably chosen to expose functionalities that will be reactive towards similar functionalities of adjacent and similarly coated proppants so that, when introduced downhole, these proppants form interparticle bonds at the temperatures and crack closure pressures found downhole in fractured strata. Such enhanced interparticle bonding helps keep the proppant in the fracture and maintains conductivity with reduced flowback. The invention also helps proppants designed for low temperature well to bond more firmly and allows proppants designed for high temperature wells to bond well even at lower downhole temperatures, thereby extending their useful range.

[C09K] MATERIALS FOR APPLICATIONS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; APPLICATIONS OF MATERIALS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Mutant Cas9 proteins
Patent No. 10100291 

Inventor(s): Frank Poelwijk (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15037696 on 11/19/2014 (1427 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of making deletion mutants of Cas9 proteins and making chimeric Cas9 proteins are described. The Cas9 N- and C-terminal domains may play critical roles in crRNAitracrRNA binding and/or PAM selectivity. To analyze activity, a series of domain exchange mutants between NM and STI ([i]Streptococcus thermophilus [/i]Cas9) were made, replacing the N and/or C terminus of NM ([i]Neisseria meningitides [/i]Cas9) with the homologous region from STI. The chimeric proteins were then tested using the transcriptional reporter assay described herein altering the guideRNA and/or Cas9 specific PAM within the reporter to determine the influence of the domain exchanges on protein specificity. None of the N-terminal domain swaps between NM and STI endowed NM with novel properties. The C-terminal exchange generated a NM-STI hybrid that was capable of interacting with the STI crRNAitracrRNA complex and was further able to suppress a reporter with a STI specific PAM.

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


Mapping cell identity determinants in chromatin
Patent No. 10100347 

Inventor(s): Dominika Borek (Dallas, TX), Zbyszek Otwinowski (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15139318 on 04/26/2016 (903 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention provides materials and methods to identify and analyze in a genome-wide manner the structural determinants of this organization. Next generation sequencing methods, combined with a novel assay and integrated data analysis, are used to map the long-range interactions in chromatin that are involved in the regulation of transcription.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Deck framing system
Patent No. 10100516 

Inventor(s): Aaron Jesiolowski (Garland, TX), Geoff T. Luczycki (Garland, TX), Kevin B. Flatt (Garland, TX), Kevin T. Burt (Dallas, TX), Matthew Carlyle Sherstad (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Fortress Iron, LP (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Gardere (Local + 19 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15725003 on 10/04/2017 (377 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include a deck framing system formed of light gauge steel. The thickness of the light gauge steel components may be different among particular components depending on the load carried by the particular component and depending on the forming method for fabrication of the particular component. The deck framing system includes a ledger in which bracket slots are formed. The bracket slots are spaced apart from each other along a length of the ledger. Each bracket slot receives a joist support bracket. Each of the joist support brackets are received within an end of a joist. According to certain embodiments, the joists are generally in a closed box-like shape. The deck surface is laid on top of and supported by the joists.

[E04B] GENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS; WALLS, e.g. PARTITIONS; ROOFS; FLOORS; CEILINGS; INSULATION OR OTHER PROTECTION OF BUILDINGS (border constructions of openings in walls, floors, or ceilings E06B 1/00)


Hollow baluster installation system
Patent No. 10100527 

Inventor(s): Keith Johnson (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15330562 on 10/11/2016 (735 days app to issue)

Abstract: Hollow baluster installation system that utilizes either the mounting holes that remain from the removal of a previous wooden baluster or newly drilled holes and components including a bottom plug, baluster insert and top cap which allow for installation of the hollow baluster in a staircase or railing.

[E04F] FINISHING WORK ON BUILDINGS, e.g. STAIRS, FLOORS (windows, doors E06B)


Concealed door opening system
Patent No. 10100566 

Inventor(s): Suwandi Chandra (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15704840 on 09/14/2017 (397 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cabinet structure includes a frame having a plurality of panels; a door pivotally secure to a panel of the plurality of panels; a foot bracket secured to the door, the foot bracket forming a c-shaped structure having an opening configured to receive a foot therein; a door stop secured to an outer surface of the foot bracket and configured to engage with the frame and configured to secure the door in a locked positioned; and a foot grip disposed within the opening of the foot bracket and configured to engage with the foot.

[E05B] LOCKS; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR; HANDCUFFS


Differential safety valve
Patent No. 10100605 

Inventor(s): Ann Kamel Fitzgerald (Dallas, TX), Michael Glenn Gay (Norman, OK), Phillip Graham Knight (Allen, TX), Theodore Lee Cottrell (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Blank Rome LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14602886 on 01/22/2015 (1363 days app to issue)

Abstract: A valve for limiting differential pressure applied to a downhole tool includes a housing and a movable piston/mandrel assembly therein. In a closed position, drilling mud or other fluid may be communicated through a central bore of the valve to the tool. When the differential pressure between the central bore and the wellbore exceeds a first predetermined value, the piston/mandrel assembly moves from a first position obstructing one or more relief ports to a second position not obstructing them, thereby providing a fluid path from the central bore of the valve to the wellbore bypassing the tool and relieving the differential pressure thereacross. When the differential pressure decreases to less than another preselected value, the piston/mandrel assembly returns to its original position again obstructing the relief ports. A trigger mechanism is provided to allow more precise control and separation of the preselected differential pressure values.

[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]


Wireless activatable valve assembly
Patent No. 10100608 

Inventor(s): Aaron J. Bonner (Flower Mound, TX), Michael L. Fripp (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14350358 on 02/08/2013 (2076 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless actuation system comprises a transmitter, an actuation system comprising a receiving antenna, and one or more sliding members transitional from a first position to a second position. The transmitter is configured to transmit an electromagnetic signal, and the sliding member prevents a route of fluid communication via one or more ports of a housing when the sliding member is in the first position. The sliding member allows fluid communication via the one or more ports of the housing when the sliding member is in the second position, and the actuation system is configured to allow the sliding member to transition from the first position to the second position in response to recognition of the electromagnetic signal by the receiving antenna.

[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]


Spring clips for tubular connection
Patent No. 10100616 

Inventor(s): Jan Veit (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14759597 on 01/31/2013 (2084 days app to issue)

Abstract: A jumper tube is connected to a shunt tube of a well screen assembly by positioning the jumper tube end to end, adjacent with the shunt tube. A spring clip is then flexed over a profile of a coupling and allowed to snap into gripping engagement of the coupling, thereby retaining the jumper tube relative to the first screen assembly.

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


Powered electronic display awning
Patent No. 10101767 

Inventor(s): Marc Meadows (Fort Worth, TX), Terry Pugh (Paradise Valley, AZ), Todd Blouin (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Genesco Sports Enterprises, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15490582 on 04/18/2017 (546 days app to issue)

Abstract: An awning includes an electronic display panel frame that has a front end and a rear end. The rear end is pivotally attached to a fixed surface at a pivot location. The awning includes at least one lift mechanism that is pivotally connected to the electronic display panel frame and to a fixed mount surface. The at least one left mechanism selectively pivots the electronic display panel frame about the pivot location between a raised position and a lowered position. When in the raised position, the front end of the electronic display panel frame is positioned at a greater distance from a ground surface than the front end of the electronic display panel frame when positioned in the lowered position.

[E04F] FINISHING WORK ON BUILDINGS, e.g. STAIRS, FLOORS (windows, doors E06B)


 

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

 

Drainage method and purge collector of a carburation system of a helicopter
Patent No. 10100742 

Inventor(s): Hubert Moebs (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): SAFRAN HELICOPTER ENGINES (Bordes, , FR)
Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14423524 on 08/27/2013 (1876 days app to issue)

Abstract: A helicopter engine collector includes an external longitudinal wall and two closed end walls, a longitudinal symmetry axis inclined ascendingly, couplings configured to be connected to purge drains, and a connection connected to a gas ejection pipe and connected to the bottom end wall. The collector also includes, in its internal space, a chamber with its symmetry axis substantially parallel to the axis of the collector. The chamber includes a longitudinal wall and two transverse end walls. The chamber is connected to the purge coupling of the injection wheel via a radial connection emerging on its longitudinal wall, the symmetry axis of the chamber being inclined, with respect to the horizontal reference ground when the helicopter is in a ground position, by a reference angle such that this axis is situated parallel to the reference ground when the helicopter is in an acceleration phase. The collector prevents formation of fumes.

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


Heated fluid regulators
Patent No. 10100854 

Inventor(s): Harold Joe McKinney (Durant, OK), James Lyman Griffin, Jr. (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Emerson Process Management Regulator Technologies, Inc. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight and Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15463378 on 03/20/2017 (575 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example apparatus for regulator heat transfer are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a housing including an inlet, an outlet, a first valve, and a stem disposed therein. The example apparatus includes a vortex generator disposed in the housing. A fluid is to flow from the inlet through the vortex generator. The example apparatus includes a second valve disposed in the vortex generator. In the example apparatus, the vortex generator is to generate heat prior to the fluid flowing through the second valve to the outlet. The stem is to control the first valve and the second valve to regulate an amount of the heat conveyed to the first valve.

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


Parallel slide gate valves and related methods
Patent No. 10100936 

Inventor(s): Richard J. Gradle (Garner, NC)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Magleby, Cataxinos Greenwood, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14696321 on 04/24/2015 (1271 days app to issue)

Abstract: A parallel slide gate valve includes a valve body comprising an interior surface, and an obturator therein. A portion of the interior surface defines a groove having a longitudinal axis oriented substantially perpendicular to a direction of flow through the valve body. The groove has a first width at a first end proximate to the fluid flow path and a second width at a second end distal from the fluid flow path, the second width smaller than the first width. The obturator is at least partially within the at least one groove. The obturator is configured to translate from the first end of the at least one groove toward the second end of the at least one groove as the obturator moves from a closed position to an open position.

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


Device to illuminate UV energy via a reflective material and light absorbing material
Patent No. 10101009 

Inventor(s): Stacey Watkins Martin (Cresson, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15188038 on 06/21/2016 (847 days app to issue)

Abstract: A decorative structure includes a contoured base having a top surface; an adhesive layer applied to the top surface; a reflective material secured to the adhesive layer; a resin composed of a phosphorescent pigment material and applied to the reflective material; and a plurality of non-transparent objects bonded to the resin.

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


Polymer ammunition cartridge having a three-piece primer insert
Patent No. 10101136 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): True Velocity IP Holdings, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15922061 on 03/15/2018 (215 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a polymeric ammunition cartridge comprising: a three piece primer insert; a substantially cylindrical polymeric middle body extending about the three piece primer insert, wherein the substantially cylindrical polymeric middle body comprises: a substantially cylindrical polymeric bullet-end coupling element at a first end of the substantially cylindrical polymeric middle body opposite a substantially cylindrical polymeric coupling end connected by a powder chamber, wherein the substantially cylindrical polymeric coupling end extends over the substantially cylindrical coupling element and covers an circumferential surface of the primer flash hole aperture; and a substantially cylindrical polymeric bullet-end upper portion comprising a bullet-end coupling element connected to the substantially cylindrical polymeric bullet-end coupling element opposite a projectile aperture adapted to engage a bullet.

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


Polymer ammunition having a three-piece primer insert
Patent No. 10101140 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): True Velocity IP Holdings, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15922080 on 03/15/2018 (215 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a polymeric ammunition comprising: a three piece primer insert; a substantially cylindrical polymeric middle body extending about the three piece primer insert, wherein the substantially cylindrical polymeric middle body comprises: a substantially cylindrical polymeric bullet-end coupling element at a first end of the substantially cylindrical polymeric middle body opposite a substantially cylindrical polymeric coupling end connected by a powder chamber, wherein the substantially cylindrical polymeric coupling end extends over the substantially cylindrical coupling element and covers an circumferential surface of the primer flash hole aperture; and a substantially cylindrical polymeric bullet-end upper portion comprising a bullet-end coupling element connected to the substantially cylindrical polymeric bullet-end coupling element opposite a projectile aperture adapted to engage a bullet.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Vehicle seat adjustment system
Patent No. 10099576 

Inventor(s): Charan S. Lota (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15332224 on 10/24/2016 (722 days app to issue)

Abstract: Vehicle seat adjustment systems including cameras are disclosed. The vehicle seat adjustment system includes a camera configured to capture a seat arrangement of a front seat of a vehicle and one or more seats behind the front seat, a screen, communicatively coupled to the camera, configured to display the seat arrangement captured by the camera, an input device configured to receive an input from a user for adjusting positions of the one or more seats, an actuator communicatively coupled to the input device and configured to adjust positions of the one or more seats, and a controller communicatively coupled to the camera, the screen, the input device and the actuator. The controller receives the input from the input device and instruct the actuator to adjust the positions of the one or more seats based on the input from the user.

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


System and process for notification of contagion risk conditions and mitigation thereof
Patent No. 10101051 

Inventor(s): Alan C. Heller (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14890297 on 05/10/2014 (1620 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the system for mitigating the risk of spread of contagions and include a controller configured to select a lower humidity bound as a function of contagion infectivity and an upper humidity bound as a function of contagion viability or mold/fungus growth rate. The controller receives humidity data for the sealed area and issues control signals to a humidification unit in response to the received humidity data and according to the selected lower humidity bound and the upper humidity bound.

[G05B] CONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS (fluid-pressure actuators or systems acting by means of fluids in general F15B; valves per se F16K; characterised by mechanical features only G05G; sensitive elements, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. G12B, subclasses of G01, H01; correcting units, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. H02K)


Quantitative texture measurement apparatus and method
Patent No. 10101143 

Inventor(s): Chen C. Shao (Plano, TX), Enrique Michel-Sanchez (Dallas, TX), Ou Bai (Plano, TX), Scott Fagan (Dallas, TX), Scott G. Richardson (Gainesville, TX), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Dallas, TX), Wilfred Marcellien Bourg, Jr. (Melissa,
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15380943 on 12/15/2016 (670 days app to issue)

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

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


Method for testing semiconductor devices
Patent No. 10101361 

Inventor(s): Artur Darbinyan (Santa Clara, CA), Dale Lee Anderson (Los Gatos, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14527972 on 10/30/2014 (1447 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of testing semiconductor devices includes placing a plurality of semiconductor devices in a carrier assembly and performing at least one testing operation on the plurality of semiconductor devices while they remain inside the carrier assembly.

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


Systems and methods for dynamic Rdson measurement
Patent No. 10101382 

Inventor(s): Alex Paikin (Sunnyvale, CA), Colin Johnson (San Jose, CA), Sameer Pendharkar (Allen, TX), Tathagata Chatterjee (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15395907 on 12/30/2016 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: In at least some embodiments, a system comprises a socket gate terminal configured to receive a first voltage to activate and inactivate a device under test (DUT) coupled to the socket gate terminal. The system also comprises a socket source terminal configured to provide a reference voltage to the DUT. The system further comprises a socket drain terminal configured to provide a second voltage to the DUT to stress the DUT when the DUT is inactive. The socket drain terminal is further configured to receive a third voltage to cause a current to flow through a pathway in the DUT between the socket drain terminal and the socket source terminal when the DUT is active. The socket drain terminal is further configured to provide a fourth voltage indicative of a resistance of the pathway in the DUT when the DUT is active and is heated to a temperature above an ambient temperature associated with the system.

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


Interpose tap, Monitor trigger circuitry coupled to temperature sensor circuitry
Patent No. 10101385 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15624244 on 06/15/2017 (488 days app to issue)

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

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


Real time semiconductor process excursion monitor
Patent No. 10101386 

Inventor(s): John Michael Carulli, Jr. (Richardson, TX), Kenneth Michael Butler (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14180457 on 02/14/2014 (1705 days app to issue)

Abstract: Semiconductor process excursions may be monitored by fabricating functional circuitry on a plurality of semiconductor devices and then testing the functional circuitry of the plurality of semiconductor devices using a sequence of test patterns. A cumulative failure curve may be determined that has points of discontinuity based on results of testing with the sequence of test patterns. A point of discontinuity magnitude at a selected location in the cumulative failure curve may be compared to an expected discontinuity magnitude. Process excursion analysis may be indicated when a point of discontinuity magnitude exceeds an expected magnitude threshold.

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


Adapter circuitry with link and system interfaces to core circuitry
Patent No. 10101391 

Inventor(s): Gary L. Swoboda (Sugar Land, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15903848 on 02/23/2018 (235 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for sharing a communications link between multiple protocols is described. A system includes a communications interface configured to exchange information with other systems using at least one of a plurality of protocols; a protocol select register that stores a value that selects a protocol from among the plurality of protocols to become an active protocol; and a state machine accessible to the communications interface, the state machine used to control the exchange of information through the communications interface according to the active protocol. The active protocol is used by the communications interface to exchange information while the remaining protocols of the plurality of protocols remain inactive. The state machine sequences through a series of states that cause the communications interface to operate according to the active protocol, and that are designated as inert sequences under the remaining protocols.

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


Noise mitigation in radar systems
Patent No. 10101438 

Inventor(s): Karthik Ramasubramanian (Bangalore, , IN), Karthik Subburaj (Bangalore, , IN), Krishnanshu Dandu (Allen, TX), Sreekiran Samala (Plano, TX), Sriram Murali (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14687617 on 04/15/2015 (1280 days app to issue)

Abstract: A noise-mitigated continuous-wave frequency-modulated radar includes, for example, a transmitter for generating a radar signal, a receiver for receiving a reflected radar signal and comprising a mixer for generating a baseband signal in response to the received radar signal and in response to a local oscillator (LO) signal, and a signal shifter coupled to at least one of the transmitter, LO input of the mixer in the receiver and the baseband signal generated by the mixer. The impact of amplitude noise or phase noise associated with interferers, namely, for example, strong reflections from nearby objects, and electromagnetic coupling from transmit antenna to receive antenna, on the detection of other surrounding objects is reduced by configuring the signal shifter in response to an interferer frequency and phase offset.

[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


Remote surface sensing using guided surface wave modes on lossy media
Patent No. 10101444 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14848705 on 09/09/2015 (1133 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various systems and methods for remote surface sensing using guided surface wave modes on lossy media. One system, among others, includes a guided surface waveguide probe configured to launch a guided surface wave along a surface of a lossy conducting medium, and a receiver configured to receive backscatter reflected by a remotely located object illuminated by the guided surface wave. One method, among others, includes launching a guided surface wave along a surface of a lossy conducting medium by exciting a charge terminal of a guided surface waveguide probe, and receiving backscatter reflected by a remotely located object illuminated by the guided surface wave.

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


System and method for performing seismic exploration with multiple acquisition systems
Patent No. 10101477 

Inventor(s): John J. Sallas (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CGG SERVICES SAS (Massy, , FR)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15105035 on 12/05/2014 (1411 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for performing seismic exploration with multiple acquisition systems is disclosed. The method includes configuring a first seismic source located outside of an exclusion zone and configuring a second seismic source located inside of the exclusion zone. The method further includes obtaining a first seismic dataset corresponding to a first seismic signal emitted by the first seismic source and obtaining a second seismic dataset corresponding to a second seismic signal emitted by the second seismic source. The method further includes combining the first and second datasets to create a complete dataset covering a survey area and creating a seismic image of a subsurface of the survey area.

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


Well fluid exchange flow control
Patent No. 10101714 

Inventor(s): Jean-Marc Lopez (Plano, TX), Liang Zhao (Plano, TX), Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14436838 on 04/17/2013 (2008 days app to issue)

Abstract: A well screen assembly includes a valve configured to control flow between the interior and exterior of the well screen assembly, and in certain instances control flow through a flow control device (e.g., inflow control device and/or other). The valve can be operated in response to a signal detected by an in-well sensor.

[G05B] CONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS (fluid-pressure actuators or systems acting by means of fluids in general F15B; valves per se F16K; characterised by mechanical features only G05G; sensitive elements, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. G12B, subclasses of G01, H01; correcting units, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. H02K)


Time delay well flow control
Patent No. 10101715 

Inventor(s): Jean-Marc Lopez (Plano, TX), Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14437139 on 11/07/2012 (2169 days app to issue)

Abstract: An in-well type production device includes a tubing having a center bore. A valve is carried by the tubing and configured to control flow between the center bore and an exterior of the tubing. An electronic controller is carried by the tubing and is in communication with the valve. The controller has a timer and is configured to operate the valve after a specified time period.

[G05B] CONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS (fluid-pressure actuators or systems acting by means of fluids in general F15B; valves per se F16K; characterised by mechanical features only G05G; sensitive elements, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. G12B, subclasses of G01, H01; correcting units, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. H02K)


Combined airspeed and inertial data for rotorcraft longitudinal control
Patent No. 10101749 

Inventor(s): Luke Dafydd Gillett (Grapevine, TX), Robert Earl Worsham, II (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15465417 on 03/21/2017 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotorcraft includes airspeed sensors, inertial sensors, and a flight control computer (FCC) operable to provide a longitudinal control for the rotorcraft. The FCC receives a first indication of longitudinal airspeed from the airspeed sensors and receives a first indication of longitudinal acceleration from the inertial sensors. The FCC generates a filtered indication of longitudinal airspeed from the first indication of longitudinal airspeed and generates a scaled and filtered indication of longitudinal acceleration from the first indication of longitudinal acceleration. The FCC combines the filtered indication of longitudinal airspeed with the scaled and filtered indication of longitudinal acceleration to generate a determined longitudinal airspeed. The FCC generates a flight control signal to control operation of the rotorcraft, the flight control signal based on the determined longitudinal airspeed.

[G01P] MEASURING LINEAR OR ANGULAR SPEED, ACCELERATION, DECELERATION OR SHOCK; INDICATING PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF MOVEMENT; INDICATING DIRECTION OF MOVEMENT (measuring angular rate using gyroscopic effects G01C 19/00; combined measuring devices for measuring two or more variables of movement G01C 23/00; measuring velocity of sound G01H 5/00; measuring velocity of light G01J 7/00; determining direction or velocity of solid objects by reflection or reradiation of radio or other waves and based on propagation effects, e.g. Doppler effect, propagation time or direction of propagation, G01S; measuring speed of nuclear radiation G01T)


Interface adjustment processes for a data storage device
Patent No. 10101763 

Inventor(s): Yonatan Tzafrir (Petah Tikva, , IL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson Sheridan, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14812794 on 07/29/2015 (1175 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data storage device includes a controller and a memory die. The controller includes a host interface and a memory interface. A method includes receiving a message from a host device via the host interface. The message indicates that the host device is to perform a first adjustment process associated with the host interface. The method further includes performing a second adjustment process associated with the memory interface in response to receiving the message indicating that the host device is to perform the first adjustment process.

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


Control system for a gesture sensing arrangement and method for controlling a gesture sensing arrangement
Patent No. 10101819 

Inventor(s): Dan Jacobs (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): ams AG (Premstetten, , AT)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15028703 on 10/08/2014 (1469 days app to issue)

Abstract: A control system for a gesture sensing arrangement with at least one sensor operates the sensor in a proximity mode. The control system receives data sets generated by the sensor and based on these data sets determines whether an object is present in a vicinity of the sensor. When an object is detected in the vicinity the control system operates the sensor in a gesture mode. Based on further data generated by the sensor the control system determines an end of a gesture, and operates the sensor in the proximity mode.

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


Automated learning and gesture based interest processing
Patent No. 10101820 

Inventor(s): Erik H. Katzen (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Hoffman Warnick LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15216060 on 07/21/2016 (817 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method and program product for processing user interests. A system is provided that includes: a gesture management system that receives gesture data from a collection device for an inputted interest of a user; a pattern detection system that receives and analyzes behavior data associated with the inputted interest; an interest affinity scoring system that calculates an affinity score for the inputted interest based on the gesture data and an analysis of the behavior data; a dynamic classification system that assigns a dynamically generated tag to the inputted interest based on an inputted context associated with the inputted interest; and a user interest database that stores structured interest information for the user, including a unique record for the inputted interest that includes the affinity score and dynamically generated tag.

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


Systems and methods for generating hint information associated with a host command
Patent No. 10101918 

Inventor(s): Joseph R. Meza (Aliso Viejo, CA), Judah Gamliel Hahn (Ofra, , IL), William L. Guthrie (Santa Cruz, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14601350 on 01/21/2015 (1364 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for generating hint information associated with a host command are disclosed. In one implementation, a processor of a host system determines whether the host system has initiated a procedure that will send a command to a non-volatile memory system. The processor analyzes at least one of metadata or payload data associated with the command to determine whether the processor is able to generate hint information associated with the at least one of metadata or payload data. The processor generates hint information based on the analysis of the at least one of metadata or payload data, sends the hint information to the non-volatile memory system, and sends the command to the non-volatile memory system.

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


System and method for hybrid push-pull data management in a non-volatile memory
Patent No. 10101942 

Inventor(s): Liam Michael Parker (Edinburgh, , GB), Sergey Anatolievich Gorobets (Edinburgh, , GB)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15488884 on 04/17/2017 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for managing data in a garbage collection operation using a hybrid push-pull technique. The system includes multiple non-volatile memory sub-drives associated with a specific data type and shared volatile memory garbage collection buffer sized to only receive a predetermined amount of host data of a single data type and associated large data chunk correction data. A controller identifies and accumulates valid data of a single data type from the source block and combines it with XOR data for that valid data to generate a protected data stripe in the buffer. The controller writes the protected data stripe to the sub-drive containing data of the same data type. Only after writing the protected data stripe to the appropriate sub-drive, the controller repeats the process in the same source block for the same or different data type of data.

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


Dynamic firmware updating
Patent No. 10101988 

Inventor(s): Thomas Ford (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: 14759199 on 01/15/2013 (2100 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dynamic firmware update process includes finding an updated version of a dynamic data-object in firmware memory. A callback handle for an in-use version of the dynamic data object in use by a consumer is identified. The consumer of updated version of dynamic data object is notified using the callback handle.

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


Fast transitions for massively parallel computing applications
Patent No. 10102032 

Inventor(s): Benjamin M. Howe (Plano, TX), Jacob L. Sanders (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14289852 on 05/29/2014 (1601 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments relate to facilitating quick and graceful transitions for massively parallel computing applications. A computer-implemented method for facilitating termination of a plurality of threads of a process is provided. The method maintains information about open communications between one or more of the threads of the process and one or more of other processes. In response to receiving a command to terminate one or more of the threads of the process, the method completes the open communications on behalf of the threads after terminating the threads.

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


Systems and methods for storage collision management
Patent No. 10102075 

Inventor(s): David Flynn (Sandy, UT), David Nellans (Salt Lake City, UT), John Strasser (Syracuse, UT), Nisha Talagala (Livermore, CA), Robert Wipfel (Draper, UT), Sriram Subramanian (San Jose, CA), Swaminathan Sundararaman (San Jose,
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15080161 on 03/24/2016 (936 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage layer of a non-volatile storage device may be configured to provide key-value storage services. Key conflicts may be resolved by modifying the logical interface of data stored on the non-volatile storage device. Resolving a key conflict may comprise identifying an alternative key and implementing one or more range move operations configured to bind the stored data to the alternative key. The move operations may be implemented without relocating the data on the non-volatile storage device.

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


Replicated database distribution for workload balancing after cluster reconfiguration
Patent No. 10102086 

Inventor(s): Le Cai (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14577629 on 12/19/2014 (1397 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method for distributing a plurality of data partitions among a cluster of computer nodes includes dividing a database into a plurality of primary partitions, storing the primary partitions on a plurality of nodes associated with a computer network, duplicating the primary partitions to create a plurality of secondary partitions and storing the secondary partitions on the nodes, wherein the primary and secondary partitions are substantially evenly distributed among the nodes, each secondary partition is stored on a different node than its corresponding primary partition, diversity exists with respect to each secondary partition and the node where it is stored, the primary partitions are available to serve a system workload, and one or more secondary partitions corresponding to one or more primary partitions of a failed node are available to be upgraded to primary status to maintain workload balancing and data availability after one of the computer nodes fails.

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


Methods, systems, and computer readable mediums for determining a system performance indicator that represents the overall operation of a network system
Patent No. 10102101 

Inventor(s): Srinivasa Rao Velaga (Campbell, CA)
Assignee(s): VCE IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor Hunt, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14289019 on 05/28/2014 (1602 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable mediums for determining a system performance indicator representative of the overall operation of a network system are disclosed. According to one example, a method includes obtaining, from a plurality of infrastructure elements included in a network system, performance metric data associated with a plurality of application processes being executed by the plurality of infrastructure elements. The method further includes consolidating analogous portions of the performance metric data into a plurality of performance metric data groups irrespective of the plurality of infrastructure elements and utilizing the plurality of performance metric data groups to determine a system performance indicator (SPI) value that represents an overall performance level of the network system.

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


Systems and methods for cache and storage device coordination
Patent No. 10102117 

Inventor(s): Nisha Talagala (Livermore, CA), Swaminathan Sundararaman (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13774881 on 02/22/2013 (2062 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cache module leverages storage metadata to cache data of a backing store on a non-volatile storage device. The cache module maintains access metadata pertaining to access characteristics of logical identifiers in the logical address space, including access characteristics of un-cached logical identifiers (e.g., logical identifiers associated with data that is not stored on the non-volatile storage device). The access metadata may be separate and/or distinct from the storage metadata. The cache module determines whether to admit data into the cache and/or evict data from the cache using the access metadata. A storage module may provide eviction candidates to the cache module. The cache module may select candidates for eviction. The storage module may leverage the eviction candidates to improve the performance of storage recovery and/or grooming operations.

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


Garbage collection based on queued and/or selected write commands
Patent No. 10102119 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet Manohar (Bangalore, , IN), Daniel Edward Tuers (Kapaa, HI), Nicholas Thomas (Sunnyvale, CA), Raja Alwar Gopinath (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14929020 on 10/30/2015 (1082 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-volatile memory system may include a write task queue that queues write commands and a garbage collection module that analyzes information about pending write commands in the write task queue in order to perform garbage collection. Based on its analysis of the write task queue, the garbage collection module performs discouraging actions to discourage itself from selecting certain blocks in a candidate list to be source blocks for garbage collection. In addition or alternatively, the garbage collection module performs encouraging actions to encourage itself to select blocks storing current valid data associated with a write command as source blocks for garbage collection. Write amplification may be reduced as a result of the discouraging and encouraging actions.

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


Systems, methods and interfaces for data virtualization
Patent No. 10102144 

Inventor(s): Nisha Talagala (Livermore, CA), Sriram Subramanian (San Jose, CA), Swaminathan Sundararaman (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14253645 on 04/15/2014 (1645 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data services module performs log storage operations in response to requests by storing data on one or more storage devices, and appending information pertaining to the requests to a separate metadata log. A log order of the metadata log may correspond to an order in which the requests were received, regardless of the order in which data of the requests are written to the storage devices. The requests may correspond to identifiers of a logical address space. The data services module implements an any-to-any translation layer configured to map identifiers of the logical address space to the stored data. The virtualization module may include a metadata management module configured to checkpoint the translation layer metadata by, inter alia, appending aggregate, checkpoint entries to the metadata log. The data services module may leverage the translation layer between the logical identifiers and underlying storage locations to efficiently implement logical manipulation operations.

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


Auto suggestion in search with additional properties
Patent No. 10102234 

Inventor(s): Vijayachandran Jayachandran (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15429913 on 02/10/2017 (613 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer initializes a configuration specified in an extensible markup language (XML) configuration file. The XML configuration file specifies at least one data source, a dimension to map each item of a plurality of items that include products, product accessories, or product support documents in the at least one data source, and a display priority for each item. Next, the computer reads data from the at least one data source specified in the configuration file. The computer generates an XML dimension hierarchy file for the read data using the configuration file. The XML dimension hierarchy file includes a dimension node for each item. Each dimension node has at least one property attached to each item and at least one synonym that is searchable to index each item. Finally, the computer preprocesses the XML dimension hierarchy file to index the at least one data source.

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


Data structure creation using ordered application of traversal rules
Patent No. 10102249 

Inventor(s): Michael Wibowo (Milford, OH), Mingxian Fa (Irvine, CA), Reiner K. Kaiser (Redondo Beach, CA), Wei Zhao (Irvine, CA)
Assignee(s): Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14705447 on 05/06/2015 (1259 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system is provided that carries out object traversal in a product lifecycle management system. The system may process a received set of traversal rules in a determined precedence order for a received list of input objects to recursively acquire from a data store a list of child objects related to the input objects based on the traversal rules. The traversal rules may be processed in the precedence order determined based at least in part on a number of parent types in a hierarchical arrangement that specifies relationships between object types for a source type of object specified by each respective traversal rule. For each respective traversal rule, a set based query may be carried out on the data store to determine child objects for the input objects having one of a type or a parent type corresponding to the source type associated with the respective traversal rule.

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


Precise object manipulation system and method
Patent No. 10102310 

Inventor(s): Kenneth A. Hosch (Redondo Beach, CA)
Assignee(s): Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14707792 on 05/08/2015 (1257 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system having a processor is provided that visually manipulates objects displayed on a touch screen or other display device responsive to inputs through the touch screen or other input device. The processor causes a display of a plurality of selectable candidate directions of constraint with respect to a movable portion of an object on a workspace. Responsive to a selection of one of the directions of constraint and motion inputs at input positions on the workspace that are spaced apart from the movable portion, the processor causes the movable portion to move along a path only in directions corresponding to the selected directions of constraint with an amount of motion produced from the motion inputs that is based at least in part on a distance between the input positions and the movable portion along a direction normal to the selected directions of constraint.

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


Integrated circuit layout wiring for multi-core chips
Patent No. 10102327 

Inventor(s): Chetan Bisht (Duluth, GA), Harry Scrivener, III (Lawrenceville, GA)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14871584 on 09/30/2015 (1112 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit system-on-chip (SOC) includes a semiconductor substrate, a plurality of components made up of transistors formed in the substrate, and a plurality of interconnection lines providing electrical connectivity among the components. Use of a channel-less design eliminates interconnection channels on the top surface of the chip. Instead, interconnection lines are abutted to one another in a top layer of metallization, thus preserving 5-10% of chip real estate. Clock buffers that are typically positioned along interconnection channels between components are instead located within regions of the substrate that contain the components. Design rules for channel-less integrated circuits permit feed-through interconnections and exclude multi-fanout interconnections.

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


Determining boolean region participants for a notional context given arbitrary bodies
Patent No. 10102331 

Inventor(s): Eric Mawby (Windham, NH), Feng Yu (Irvine, CA), Hui Qin (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13564000 on 08/01/2012 (2267 days app to issue)

Abstract: Product Data Management (PDM) systems and methods. A method includes receiving a target body and a tool body, and evaluating a body type of the target body and a body type of the tool body. The method includes evaluating interactions between the target body and the tool body, and applying comparison criteria to determine spatial relation and relative convexity of an intersection between the target body and the tool body. The method includes identifying tool face regions of the tool body based on the evaluations and the determined spatial relation and relative convexity of the intersection. The method includes adding the tool face regions to the target body to produce a modified target body.

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


Image based medical reference systems and processes
Patent No. 10102348 

Inventor(s): Michael J. Vendrell (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13907304 on 05/31/2013 (1964 days app to issue)

Abstract: An image-based diagnostic system may include graphical user interfaces that include image icons. Users may select image icon(s) and/or other icon(s) related to an analysis of expert images, such as medical images. Analytical reports may be generated based on the selection(s). In some implementations, the image icons may be correlated to reference information and references may be retrieved based on image icon(s).

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


Testing device for removing customer personal information from an electronic device
Patent No. 10102381 

Inventor(s): Brian Gventer (Fort Worth, TX), Joel McCarty (Oklahoma City, OK), Ken Nguyen (Fort Worth, TX), Kevin Asbury (Van Alstyne, TX), Mike Lowry (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): FedEx Supply Chain Logistics Electronics, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14070278 on 11/01/2013 (1810 days app to issue)

Abstract: A testing device, system, and method for removing customer personal information (CPI). The testing device includes a user interface for communicating information and receiving user input. The testing device also includes interfaces operable to communicate with the one or more electronic devices. The testing device also includes a memory configured to store a libraries providing information for removing CPI from electronic devices including a number of makes, models, and configurations. The testing device also includes logic operable to utilize the libraries to analyze CPI included on the one or more electronic devices, record an identification of the one or more electronic devices in response to determining the CPI is present on the one or more electronic devices, remove the CPI from the one or more electronic devices in response to determining the CPI is present on the one or more electronic devices, and report the identification and CPI information of the one or more electronic devices in response to determining the CPI was present on the one or more electronic devices.

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


Method and system for preventing unauthorized processor mode switches
Patent No. 10102400 

Inventor(s): Gregory R. Conti (Saint Paul, , FR)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15280495 on 09/29/2016 (747 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system comprising a processor adapted to activate multiple security levels for the system and a monitoring device coupled to the processor and employing security rules pertaining to the multiple security levels. The monitoring device restricts usage of the system if the processor activates the security levels in a sequence contrary to the security rules.

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


Visual monitoring of queues using auxillary devices
Patent No. 10102431 

Inventor(s): Ira L. Allen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Roberts Mlotkowski Safran Cole Calderon, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15232189 on 08/09/2016 (798 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and system are provided for monitoring a queue. A method includes receiving by sensors a non-visual identifier at predefined locations of a queue. Further, the method includes capturing by image capture devices images of an object possessing the non-visual identifier at the predefined locations of the queue. Further, the method includes visually tracking another object in the queue based on transformations of a predefined feature extracted from the images of the object possessing the non-visual identifier at the predefined locations.

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


Efficient feature point selection
Patent No. 10102445 

Inventor(s): Kumar Desappan (Bengaluru, , IN), Pramod Kumar Swami (Bengaluru, , IN), Prashanth R. Viswanath (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15688458 on 08/28/2017 (414 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for selecting feature points within an image. A plurality of candidate feature points are identified in the image. A plurality of feature points are selected for each of the plurality of candidate feature points, a plurality of sets of representative pixels. For each set of representative pixels, a representative value is determined as one of a maximum chromaticity value and a minimum chromaticity value from the set of representative pixels. A score is determined for each candidate feature point from the representative values for the plurality of sets of representative pixels associated with the candidate feature point. The feature points are selected according to the determined scores for the plurality of candidate feature points.

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


Carrier and band assembly for identifying and managing a component of a system associated with a wellhead
Patent No. 10102471 

Inventor(s): Ben Ward (Fort Worth, TX), Connor Landrum (Burleson, TX), Jeff Myers (Fort Worth, TX), Preston Smith (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): S.P.M. FLOW CONTROL, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15233647 on 08/10/2016 (797 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one aspect, an apparatus adapted to be connected to a component that is part of a pump system or a manifold trailer includes a block defining opposing first and second exterior surfaces. In one aspect, the block includes a recess formed in the first exterior surface and extending towards the second exterior surface, and an opening formed in the second exterior surface. In another aspect, the apparatus also includes an electronic identifying device at least partially accommodated within the recess, the device including a first portion having data stored thereon that provides identification of the component. In one aspect, the electronic identifying device further includes a second portion having data stored thereon that provides one of: information associated with certification of the component; and identification of the pump system or the manifold trailer of which the component is a part.

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


Hybrid active learning for non-stationary streaming data with asynchronous labeling
Patent No. 10102481 

Inventor(s): Hyun Joo Kim (Monmouth Junction, NJ), Sriganesh Madhvanath (Pittsford, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Gibb Riley, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14658894 on 03/16/2015 (1310 days app to issue)

Abstract: A continuous electronic data stream of unlabeled data instances is received and fed into both a stream-based selection strategy and a pool-based selection strategy. The stream-based selection strategy is continuously applied to each of the unlabeled data instances to continually select stream-based data instances that are to be annotated. Additionally, the pool-based selection strategy is periodically applied to a pool of data obtained from the unlabeled data instances, to periodically select pool-based data instances that are to be annotated. Each time the pool-based selection strategy is applied, these methods automatically replace the stream-based data instances with the pool-based data instances. Also, these methods provide, on demand, access to allow a user to annotate the stream-based data instances and the pool-based data instances.

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


Method and system for predicting demand for vehicles
Patent No. 10102485 

Inventor(s): Aditi Raghunathan (Bangalore, , IN), Narayanan Unny Edakunni (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jones Robb, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14608246 on 01/29/2015 (1356 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed embodiments illustrate methods and systems for predicting demand of vehicles in a transportation network. The method includes determining demand events at each of one or more locations for time intervals based on historical demand data. The demand events correspond to a demand of vehicles at one or more locations during plurality of time intervals throughout a day. The method includes creating a graph comprising nodes, and edges connecting nodes, each node being representative of a demand event from demand events. An edge is representative of dependency between two demand events from demand events. The method includes predicting demand of vehicles at a location from one or more locations during a predetermined time interval based on the graph and a real time demand of vehicles associated with other demand event. The method includes displaying demand prediction on a computing device at one or more locations of transportation network.

[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]


Reserve forecasting systems and methods for airline crew planning and staffing
Patent No. 10102487 

Inventor(s): Hadi Purnomo (Phoenix, AZ), JonCarlo Gulbranson (Scottsdale, AZ), Kathleen Dege (Mesa, AZ), Markus A. Wegner (Phoenix, AZ), Sumit Batra (Edina, MN), Timothy L. Jacobs (Tempe, AZ)
Assignee(s): AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13793049 on 03/11/2013 (2045 days app to issue)

Abstract: A crew planning system includes a demand forecasting module and an optimization module. The system forecasts anticipated reserve demand levels, and determines suitable reserve staffing approaches to meet anticipated reserve demand. The forecasting is based upon probabilistic distribution models which take into account variability associated with reserve demand for a particular day. Via use of the crew planning system, reserve staffing expenses may be reduced and/or reserve demand may be met with a higher degree of probability.

[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]


Value chain management
Patent No. 10102488 

Inventor(s): Bharadwaj Rangarajan (Irving, TX), David J. Fischer (Coppell, TX), Deepak M. Ghodke (Irving, TX), Ramnath Ganesan (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): JDA Software Group, Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ)
Law Firm: Spencer Fane LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 11931717 on 10/31/2007 (4003 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for managing a value chain includes a planning application that receives planning data from a number of entities included in a value chain and automatically generates a plan according to the planning data. At least two of the entities do not directly communicate planning data to one another. The system also includes a manager application that receives the plan and automatically identifies one or more exceptions in the plan, communicates planning data relating to the exceptions to one or more of the entities, receives instructions from one or more of the entities regarding how the exceptions are to resolved, and automatically modifies the planning data in response to the instructions.

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


Systems and methods for emergency money transfer transactions
Patent No. 10102511 

Inventor(s): Mindy Prawer Bruns (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Moneygram International, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15452428 on 03/07/2017 (588 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods which allow for a money transfer transaction to be funded without providing payment at the point in time when the transaction is originated and which also do not require a customer to undertake a separate transaction with a separate entity prior to initiating the money transfer transaction with a money transfer service are provided. Embodiments may therefore allow for money transfers, such as in emergency situations, when customers would not otherwise have payment readily available at the time of the transaction.

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


User interface terminal with rechargeable battery module
Patent No. 10102519 

Inventor(s): Austen Mulinder (Dallas, TX), Christopher M. Wellheuser (Plano, TX), David C. Perez (Mesquite, TX), Jeffrey E. Taylor (Lucas, TX), Vernon Y. Franklin (Midlothian, TX), Viren R. Balar (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): Tabletop Media LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14692259 on 04/21/2015 (1274 days app to issue)

Abstract: An advanced removable battery module for use in a portable user interface terminal. The battery module comprises a power circuitry module comprising at least one rechargeable battery cell and charging circuitry configured to charge the at least one rechargeable battery cell. The battery module also comprises a communication and encryption circuitry module. The communication and encryption circuitry module comprises a first wireless transceiver configured to communicate with a second module of the user terminal, a second wireless transceiver configured to communicate with a remote terminal separate from the user terminal, and at least one payment transaction interface configured to receive payment information from a user of the user terminal.

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


Systems and methods of detecting motion
Patent No. 10102637 

Inventor(s): David M. Smith (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15921888 on 03/15/2018 (215 days app to issue)

Abstract: Motion is detected within a defined proximity of a vehicle or fixed location equipped with a recording system by correlating frame-to-frame changes in the video streams of two or more cameras with converging views.

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


System and method for combining 3D images in color
Patent No. 10102682 

Inventor(s): John L. Tomich (Coppell, TX), Raymond Samaniego (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15489652 on 04/17/2017 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for visualizing data obtained by performing a three-dimensional scan with penetrating radiation. Raw density arrays are formed from the scan, each raw density array being a three-dimensional array. A processed density array is formed by one or more operations, such as taking the difference between two raw density arrays, rotating the processed density array, multiplying the processed density array by a front-lighting array, and projecting the processed density array onto a plane to form an image, the projecting including calculating one or more of a plurality of statistics for each of a set of vectors each corresponding to a pixel of the image, the plurality of statistics including a vector mean, a vector maximum, and a vector standard deviation.

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


Method and apparatus for electronic gaming
Patent No. 10102712 

Inventor(s): Robert Burnside (Houston, TX)
Assignee(s): Jack Ten Suited (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15886111 on 02/01/2018 (257 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for controlling a player”s rate of play is provided. In an embodiment, a rate of play is defined that influences when a player is transferred to a new hand, such as upon folding or when play in a current hand is completed. Rate of play may be expressed, for example, as a percentage of hands to transfer upon which the player is to be moved upon folding. In another embodiment, a player may select, for example, a ”Fold and Transfer” option or a ”Fold and Observe” option, thereby allowing the player to better control the rate of play. In yet another embodiment, a player may designate a rate of play and be presented with a ”Fold and Transfer” option and/or a ”Fold and Observe” option, wherein the ”Fold and Transfer” option and/or the ”Fold and Observe” option may override the designated rate of play.

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


Intersection traffic signal indicator systems and methods for vehicles
Patent No. 10102747 

Inventor(s): Arata Sato (Ann Arbor, MI), Sergei I. Gage (Redord, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15232866 on 08/10/2016 (797 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of providing current traffic light status information to a driver of an object vehicle for one or more traffic light devices at an intersection is provided. The method includes receiving current traffic light status information by an intersection traffic signal indicator system of the object vehicle from a source external the object vehicle using one or both of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. The current traffic light status information is indicative of a traffic light of a traffic light device visible to an oncoming vehicle. A reproduction of the traffic light visible to the oncoming vehicle is displayed as a graphic object on a display of the object vehicle using the traffic light status information.

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


Removable and reusable protective envelope to display document
Patent No. 10102779 

Inventor(s): Britt Hawrylak (Fort Worth, TX), Matthew Hawrylak (Fort Worth, TX), Ray M. Hawrylak (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Accelerated Productions, Inc. (Smithfield, VA)
Law Firm: Patent Law of Virginia, PLLC (Local + 121 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15893149 on 02/09/2018 (249 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device for displaying a document comprises a front transparent planar sheet and a rear planar sheet, each sheet having three edges that are coterminous with and permanently affixed to a corresponding edge of the other sheet, thereby forming an envelope having three sealed edges and an open end. The device further comprises an adhesive strip affixed to either the front sheet or the rear sheet and positioned across the open end between the front and rear sheets to selectively seal the open end, an interior edge seal positioned interiorly to the three sealed edges, thereby forming a double edge seal along the three sealed edges, and a first corner seal and a second corner seal, each extending onto but not all the way through the adhesive strip on opposite ends of the open end.

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


Rolling information display for roller grill
Patent No. 10102780 

Inventor(s): Paula Sanders Fenton (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): 7-ELEVEN, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14875659 on 10/05/2015 (1107 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rolling information display system includes a heated roller grill having at least a first coated, heated roller positioned adjacent a second coated, heated roller, said at least first and second coated, heated rollers rotating together; and a tube comprising a plastic material resistant to temperatures at which the heated roller grill operates, the tube being open on both ends and further comprising rolling surfaces at opposing ends of the tube for rolling in contact with heated rolling surfaces of the heated roller grill and one or more recessed surfaces for bearing information about products provided on the heated roller grill. Information is printed in the one or more recessed surfaces, or is applied directly to or molded directly into the recessed surfaces. The rolling surface at opposing ends of the tube are integral with the tube. The products provided on the heated roller grill are food items.

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


Processing device with nonvolatile logic array backup
Patent No. 10102889 

Inventor(s): Steven Craig Bartling (Plano, TX), Sudhanshu Khanna (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13770304 on 02/19/2013 (2065 days app to issue)

Abstract: A processing device is operated using a plurality of volatile storage elements. N groups of M volatile storage elements of the plurality of volatile storage elements per group are connected to an N by M size non-volatile logic element array of a plurality of non-volatile logic element arrays using a multiplexer. The multiplexer connects one of the N groups to the N by M size non-volatile logic element array to store data from the M volatile storage elements into a row of the N by M size non-volatile logic element array at one time or to write data to the M volatile storage elements from a row of the N by M size non-volatile logic element array at one time. A corresponding non-volatile logic controller controls the multiplexer operation with respect to the connections between volatile storage elements and non-volatile storage elements.

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


Memory system with a weighted read retry table
Patent No. 10102920 

Inventor(s): Chris Nga Yee Yip (Sunnyvale, CA), Deepak Raghu (San Jose, CA), Philip Reusswig (Mountain View, CA), Zelei Guo (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15237196 on 08/15/2016 (792 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage device with a memory may utilize an optimized read retry operation. A read retry table includes a number of read retry cases with updated read thresholds. The read thresholds in the read retry table may be used to avoid errors caused by shifting of charge levels. The optimization of read retry includes weighting or reordering of the read retry cases in the read retry table. The selection of a read retry case (and corresponding read thresholds) are determined based on the weighting or reordering.

[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)


Packaging of high performance system topology for NAND memory systems
Patent No. 10103133 

Inventor(s): Eugene Jinglun Tam (Saratoga, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15659065 on 07/25/2017 (448 days app to issue)

Abstract: A topology for memory circuits of a non-volatile memory system reduces capacitive loading. For a given channel, a single memory chip can be connected to the controller, but is in turn connected to multiple other memory devices that fan out in a tree-like structure, which can also fan back in to a single memory device. In addition to the usual circuitry, such as a memory arrays and associated peripheral circuitry, the memory chip also includes a flip-flop circuit and can function in several modes. The modes include a pass-through mode, where the main portions of the memory circuit are inactive and commands and data are passed through to other devices in the tree structure, and an active mode, where the main portions of the memory circuit are active and can receive and supply data. Reverse active and reverse pass-through modes, where data flows in the other direction, can also be used. The pads of the memory chip can be configurable to swap input and output pads to more efficiently form the memory chips into a package.

[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)


Token-based authentication and authorization information signaling and exchange for adaptive streaming
Patent No. 10104065 

Inventor(s): Xin Wang (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15161039 on 05/20/2016 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented by a network element (NE) configured as a streaming client, the method comprising obtaining, via a processor of the NE, a first authorization token for accessing a first media segment located on a content server, embedding, via the processor, the first authorization token in a first content request message for accessing the first media segment located on the content server, sending, via a transmitter of the NE to the content server, the first content request message comprising the first authorization token to request the first media segment, and receiving, via a receiver of the NE from the content server, the first media segment when the first authorization token is valid for accessing the first media segment located on the content server.

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


System, apparatus and method for document processing including document stamping according to specified stamper settings
Patent No. 10104263 

Inventor(s): Qinlei Fan (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): RICOH COMPANY, LTD. (Tokyo, , JP)
Law Firm: Cooper Dunham LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15044561 on 02/16/2016 (973 days app to issue)

Abstract: Tools (e.g., a device administration application) may be provided to permit a document production administrator to configure stamper parameters and to pick and choose parameters to be made available for setting by users of a multi-function document processing (MFP) device, for example, via a graphical user interface (GUI) provided on the operational display of the MFP device. The device administration application may be configured to permit the document production administrator to configure, from a user terminal or from the MFP device, a stamper GUI portion of a graphical user interface (GUI) provided on the operational display of the MFP device.

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


Methods and system for producing a temperature map of a scene
Patent No. 10104314 

Inventor(s): David C. Hutchison (Plano, TX), Douglas A. Blettner (Dallas, TX), Henry W. Neal (Allen, TX), Richard L. Southerland (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): DRS Network Imaging Systems, LLC (Melbourne, FL)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15382199 on 12/16/2016 (669 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for generating a temperature map of a scene may include receiving thermal data of the scene, wherein the thermal data includes a plurality of frames of thermal infrared data. A mapping may be created for each frame of the plurality of frames based on the digital thermal infrared data. The method further comprises generating the temperature map using the mapping, wherein the temperature map is generated prior to a contrast enhancement process and separately transmitting the temperature map and the digital thermal infrared data in a data channel.

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


JPEG image to compressed GPU texture transcoder
Patent No. 10104387 

Inventor(s): Anthony Mazzola (Ramona, CA), Jeff Moguillansky (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14990963 on 01/08/2016 (1012 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an example embodiment, a received JPEG image compression format image includes one or more minimum coded units (ICUs). Each MCU is decoded using an image compression format decoder. Each decoded MCU is then split into multiple decoded subblocks. Each decoded subblock can then be encoded into texture compression format using a texture compression format encoder. Each encoded texture compression format subblock can then be passed to a graphical processing unit (GPU) for processing.

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


Systems and methods for authentication
Patent No. 10104546 

Inventor(s): Phillip Barber (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen, , CN)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15492911 on 04/20/2017 (544 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes transmitting, by a station to an access point (AP), a fast initial link setup (FILS) authentication request and transmitting, by the station to the AP, an authorization request, where the authorization request includes an extensible authentication protocol (EAP) over local area network (LAN) (EAPOL) key. The method also includes receiving, by the station from the AP, an association response, where the association response includes the EAPOL key.

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


 

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Method and apparatus for presenting media content
Patent No. 10101881 

Inventor(s): James Cansler (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15862795 on 01/05/2018 (284 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, receiving a selection from a media device corresponding to a first media content, generating a play list at a server where the play list includes second media content that is associated with the first media content by at least one of genre, artist and being published in temporal proximity, and providing play list content comprising at least a portion of the first and second media content to the media device, where at least one of the generation of the play list and the providing of the play list content is based on metadata pointers associated with the first and second media content. Other embodiments are disclosed.

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


Method of manufacture of electrical wire and cable having a reduced coefficient of friction and required pulling force
Patent No. 10102947 

Inventor(s): Stephen S. Griffin (McKinney, TX), William T. Bigbee (Melissa, TX)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15141352 on 04/28/2016 (901 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process for manufacturing finished wire and cable having reduced coefficient of friction and pulling force during installation, includes providing a payoff reel containing at least one internal conductor wire; supplying the at least one internal conductor wire from the reel to at least one extruder; providing the least one extruder, wherein the at least one extruder applies an insulating material and a polymerized jacket composition over the at least one internal conductor wire, wherein the polymerized jacket composition comprises a predetermined amount by weight of nylon; and at least 3% by weight of a silica providing a cooling device for lowering the temperature of the extruded insulating material and the polymerized jacket composition and cooling the insulating material and the polymerized jacket composition in the cooling device; and, reeling onto a storage reel the finished, cooled, wire and cable for storage and distribution.

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


Chemistries for TSV/MEMS/power device etching
Patent No. 10103031 

Inventor(s): Christian Dussarrat (Tokyo, , JP), Curtis Anderson (Downingtown, PA), Nathan Stafford (Damascus, OR), Peng Shen (Tsukuba, , JP), Rahul Gupta (St. Louis, MO), Vincent M. Omarjee (Versailles, , FR)
Assignee(s): Air Liquide Electronics U.S. LP (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15699668 on 09/08/2017 (403 days app to issue)

Abstract: Replacement chemistries for the cC[subscript]4[/subscript]F[subscript]8 [/subscript]passivation gas in the Bosch etch process and processes for using the same are disclosed. These chemistries have the formula C[subscript]x[/subscript]H[subscript]y[/subscript]F[subscript]z[/subscript], with 1×7, 1y13, and 1z13. The replacement chemistries may reduce RIE lag associated with deep silicon aperture etching.

[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]


SRAM layout for double patterning
Patent No. 10103153 

Inventor(s): James Walter Blatchford (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14867676 on 09/28/2015 (1114 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit with a SAR SRAM cell with power routed in metal-1. An integrated circuit with a SAR SRAM cell that has power routed in Metal-1 and has metal-1 and metal-2 integrated circuit and SAR SRAM cell patterns which are DPT compatible. A process of forming an integrated circuit with a SAR SRAM cell with DPT compatible integrated circuit and SAR SRAM cell metal-1 and metal-2 patterns.

[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]


Offset backside contact via structures for a three-dimensional memory device
Patent No. 10103161 

Inventor(s): Cheng-Chung Chu (Milpitas, CA), Fumitoshi Ito (Yokkaichi, , JP), Jayavel Pachamuthu (San Jose, CA), Masaaki Higashitani (Cupertino, CA), Tuan Pham (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15195377 on 06/28/2016 (840 days app to issue)

Abstract: Die cracking of a three dimensional memory device may be reduced by adding offsets to backside contact via structures. Each backside contact via structure can include laterally extending portions that extend along a first horizontal direction adjoined by adjoining portions that extend along a horizontal direction other than the first horizontal direction. In order to preserve periodicity of memory stack structures extending through an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers, the distance between an outermost row of a string of memory stack structures between a pair of backside contact via structures and a most proximal backside contact via structure can vary from a laterally extending portion to another laterally extending portion within the most proximal backside contact via structure. Source shunt lines that are parallel to bit lines can be formed over a selected subset of offset portions of the backside contact via structures.

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


Method of making a three-dimensional memory device using a multi-step hot phosphoric acid wet etch process
Patent No. 10103169 

Inventor(s): Chun Ge (San Jose, CA), Fei Zhou (Milpitas, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Takashi Orimoto (Sunnyvale, CA), Yanli Zhang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15681886 on 08/21/2017 (421 days app to issue)

Abstract: At least one alternating stack of insulating layers and silicon nitride layers is formed over a substrate. Memory stack structures are formed through the at least one alternating stack. A trench and an etch mask spacer are formed such that the trench extends through the entirety of the alternating stack while the etch mask covers upper layers of the at least one alternating stack. Lower silicon nitride layers are removed employing a first hot phosphoric acid wet etch process. After removal of the etch mask spacer, upper silicon nitride layers are removed employing a second hot phosphoric acid wet etch process. Electrically conductive layers are formed in the lateral recesses formed by removal of the silicon nitride layers.

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


Metal on elongated contacts
Patent No. 10103171 

Inventor(s): James Walter Blatchford (Richardson, TX), Scott William Jessen (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15066297 on 03/10/2016 (950 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit containing elongated contacts, including elongated contacts which connect to at least three active areas and/or MOS gates, and including elongated contacts which connect to exactly two active areas and/or MOS gates and directly connect to a first level interconnect. A process of forming an integrated circuit containing elongated contacts, including elongated contacts which connect to at least three active areas and/or MOS gates, using exactly two contact photolithographic exposure operations, and including elongated contacts which connect to exactly two active areas and/or MOS gates and directly connect to a first level interconnect.

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


Semiconductor-on-insulator (SOI) device and related methods for making same using non-oxidizing thermal treatment
Patent No. 10103174 

Inventor(s): Nicolas Loubet (Guilderland, NY), Pierre Morin (Albany, NY), Qing Liu (Irvine, CA)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14964648 on 12/10/2015 (1041 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for making a semiconductor device may include forming, on a first semiconductor layer of a semiconductor-on-insulator (SOI) wafer, a second semiconductor layer comprising a second semiconductor material different than a first semiconductor material of the first semiconductor layer. The method may further include performing a thermal treatment in a non-oxidizing atmosphere to diffuse the second semiconductor material into the first semiconductor layer, and removing the second semiconductor layer.

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


Embedded shape sige for strained channel transistors
Patent No. 10103245 

Inventor(s): John H. Zhang (Altamont, NY), Pietro Montanini (Albany, NY)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15664225 on 07/31/2017 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit die includes a silicon substrate. PMOS and NMOS transistors are formed on the silicon substrate. The carrier mobilities of the PMOS and NMOS transistors are increased by introducing tensile stress into the channel regions of the NMOS transistors and compressive stress into the channel regions of the PMOS transistors. Tensile stress is introduced by including a region of SiGe below the channel region of the NMOS transistors. Compressive stress is introduced by including regions of SiGe in the source and drain regions of the PMOS transistors.

[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]


Vertical junction FinFET device and method for manufacture
Patent No. 10103252 

Inventor(s): John Hongguang Zhang (Fishkill, NY), Qing Liu (Irvine, CA)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15361935 on 11/28/2016 (687 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vertical junction field effect transistor (JFET) is supported by a semiconductor substrate that includes a source region within the semiconductor substrate doped with a first conductivity-type dopant. A fin of semiconductor material doped with the first conductivity-type dopant has a first end in contact with the source region and further includes a second end and sidewalls between the first and second ends. A drain region is formed of first epitaxial material grown from the second end of the fin and doped with the first conductivity-type dopant. A gate structure is formed of second epitaxial material grown from the sidewalls of the fin and doped with a second conductivity-type dopant.

[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]


Laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductor with gate poly contact within source window
Patent No. 10103258 

Inventor(s): Guru Mathur (Plano, TX), Sameer Pendharkar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15394636 on 12/29/2016 (656 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit includes a power transistor having at least one transistor finger that lies within a semiconductor material substrate. Each transistor finger has a source region stripe and a substantially parallel drain region stripe. A gate structure lies between the source region stripe and the drain region stripe and has a plurality of fingers that extend over the source region stripe. Contacts are formed that connect to the fingers of the gate structure over thick oxide islands in the source region stripes. A conductive gate runner is connected to the contacts of the gate layer structure over the thick oxide islands in the source region stripe.

[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]


Transient-insensitive level shifter
Patent No. 10103261 

Inventor(s): Angelo William Pereira (Plano, TX), Rida Shawky Assaad (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15857214 on 12/28/2017 (292 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a described example, an apparatus includes at least one latch coupled to a first positive supply voltage and to a first negative supply voltage, the latch having a first inverter and a second inverter coupled to one another back to back, to output a first voltage corresponding to a first latch state and a second voltage corresponding to a second latch state responsive to a first set signal and a first reset signal. An isolation circuit is coupled to a second positive supply voltage and to a second negative supply voltage and is coupled to receive a second set signal, and a second reset signal, the second positive supply voltage being floating with respect to the first positive supply voltage. The isolation circuit outputs the first set signal and the first reset signal and includes less than two pairs of drain extended metal oxide semiconductor (DEMOS) transistors.

[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]


Silicon IMPATT diode
Patent No. 10103278 

Inventor(s): Doug Weiser (Plano, TX), Tracey L. Krakowski (Palo Alto, CA), Xiaochuan Bi (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15204030 on 07/07/2016 (831 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method to integrate a vertical IMPATT diode in a planar process.

[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]


Flexible sink for a thermoelectric energy generation system
Patent No. 10103311 

Inventor(s): Joshua E. Moczygemba (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): Marlow Industries, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15211569 on 07/15/2016 (823 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system comprises a plurality of thermoelectric elements, a first plate coupled to the plurality of thermoelectric elements, and a second plate coupled to the plurality of thermoelectric elements. The second plate is arranged to be thermally coupled to an environment. The system further comprises a first plurality of ductile fibers coupled to the second plate. The plurality of ductile fibers are configured to transfer heat between the second plate and the environment.

[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]


Hybrid phased array transmission
Patent No. 10103452 

Inventor(s): Basil F. Pinzone, Jr. (Newbury, OH), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Red Oak, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14849962 on 09/10/2015 (1132 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of an electromagnetic hybrid phased array system. One such embodiment includes a guided surface waveguide probe, and a contrawound toroidal helix antenna collocated with the guided surface waveguide probe in which the contrawound toroidal helix comprises ring elements spaced from each other and wrapped around the guided surface waveguide probe. The system further includes a signal source applied to at least the guided surface waveguide probe, such that the guided surface waveguide probe and the contrawound toroidal helix contribute individual vertical electric fields to form a radiation pattern based on the phase and amplitude characteristics of the individual vertical electric fields.

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


Method for remote installation or removal of circuit breakers
Patent No. 10103522 

Inventor(s): Finley Lee Ledbetter (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15056322 on 02/29/2016 (960 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is presented for remote installation or removal of circuit breakers using a remote racking tool outside the arc flash zone of the circuit breakers. The remote racking tool has a drive assembly, remote control assembly, and radio remote pendant station. The remote racking enables operators to install or remove circuit breakers in switchgear or equipment rooms safely away from the arc flash zone.

[H01H] ELECTRIC SWITCHES; RELAYS; SELECTORS; EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE DEVICES (contact cables H01B 7/10; electrolytic self-interrupters H01G 9/18; emergency protective circuit arrangements H02H; switching by electronic means without contact-making H03K 17/00)


Apparatus for transporting and dispensing wire or cable from a barrel pack
Patent No. 10103524 

Inventor(s): David Wayne Maxey (Gunter, TX), John Lamar Rhoads (The Colony, TX), Justin Abraham Hrbacek (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15782446 on 10/12/2017 (369 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for the movement of a barrel pack containing spooled wire or cable. The apparatus comprising a frame, a handle attached to the frame, a plurality of wheels rotatably attached to the frame, securing structures attached to the frame, the securing structures securing the barrel pack to the frame and a footage counting assembly attached to the handle. The footage counting assembly counts the amount of footage of wire or cable passing through the footage counting assembly.

[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)


Rechargeable battery system
Patent No. 10103557 

Inventor(s): Tyler Rhys Waylett (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14958107 on 12/03/2015 (1048 days app to issue)

Abstract: A combination handheld mobile device and rechargeable battery system. The handheld mobile device being portable and configured to wirelessly communicate with a second mobile device; and the rechargeable battery system operably associated with and configured to provide electrical energy to the handheld mobile device. The rechargeable battery system includes a battery having a body with a partial hollow cavity; a power port conductively coupled to the battery and carried within the partial hollow cavity; and a terminal conductively coupled to the battery and carried on an outside surface of the body.

[H02J] CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY (power supply circuits for apparatus for measuring X-radiation, gamma radiation, corpuscular radiation or cosmic radiation G01T 1/175; electric power supply circuits specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces with no moving parts G04G 19/00; for digital computers G06F 1/18; for discharge tubes H01J 37/248; circuits or apparatus for the conversion of electric power, arrangements for control or regulation of such circuits or apparatus H02M; interrelated control of several motors, control of a prime-mover/generator combination H02P; control of high-frequency power H03L; additional use of power line or power network for transmission of information H04B)


Method of improving battery recharge efficiency by statistical analysis
Patent No. 10103559 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Cottrill (Cleveland, OH), Joey Chen (Valencia, CA), Les Halberg (Valencia, CA), Michael Labbe (Twinsburg, OH)
Assignee(s): Nuvectra Corporation (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14942243 on 11/16/2015 (1065 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for using statistical analysis of information obtained during a rechargeable battery charging session, wherein the method is for optimizing one or more parameters that are used for controlling the charging of a rechargeable battery during the charging session.

[H02J] CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY (power supply circuits for apparatus for measuring X-radiation, gamma radiation, corpuscular radiation or cosmic radiation G01T 1/175; electric power supply circuits specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces with no moving parts G04G 19/00; for digital computers G06F 1/18; for discharge tubes H01J 37/248; circuits or apparatus for the conversion of electric power, arrangements for control or regulation of such circuits or apparatus H02M; interrelated control of several motors, control of a prime-mover/generator combination H02P; control of high-frequency power H03L; additional use of power line or power network for transmission of information H04B)


Vapor chamber amplifier module
Patent No. 10103692 

Inventor(s): Sammit A. Patel (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15312717 on 04/29/2015 (1266 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, an electronic system includes a printed circuit board, one or more packaged semiconductor devices, and a vapor chamber having a top and a bottom and enclosing a sealed cavity that is partially filled with a coolant. The vapor chamber comprises a thermo-conductive and electro-conductive material. The top of the vapor chamber has one or more depressions formed therein, each depression receiving and thermo-conductively connected to at least part of a bottom of a corresponding packaged semiconductor device, which is mounted through a corresponding aperture in the PCB. A heat sink may be thermo-conductively attached to the bottom of the vapor chamber.

[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)


Error correcting analog-to-digital converters
Patent No. 10103753 

Inventor(s): Narasimhan Rajagopal (Chennai, , IN), Srinivas Kumar Reddy Naru (Markapur, , IN), Viswanathan Nagarajan (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15836039 on 12/08/2017 (312 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pipeline ADC comprising an ADC segment and a digital backend coupled to the ADC segment. In some examples the ADC is configured to receive an analog signal, generate a first partial digital code representing a first sample of the analog signal, and generate a second partial digital code representing a second sample of the analog signal. In some examples the digital backend is configured to receive the first and second partial digital codes from the ADC segment, generate a combined digital code based at least partially on the first and second partial digital codes, determine a gain error of the ADC segment based at least partially on a first correlation of a PRBS with a difference between the first and second partial digital codes, and apply a first correction to the combined digital code based at least partially on the gain error of the ADC segment.

[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]


Adaptive tone power control in PLC networks
Patent No. 10103779 

Inventor(s): Anand G. Dabak (Plano, TX), Il Han Kim (Dallas, TX), Tarkesh Pande (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13644585 on 10/04/2012 (2203 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a powerline communications (PLC) network having a first node and at least a second node on a PLC channel utilizing a band including a plurality of tones, based on at least one channel quality indicator (CQI), the first node allocates for a tone map response payload only a single (1) power control bit for each of a plurality of subbands having two or more tones. The power control bit indicates a first power state or a second power state. The first node transmits a frame including the tone map response payload to the second node. The second node transmits a frame having boosted signal power for the tones in the subbands which have the first power state compared to a lower signal power for the tones in the subbands which have the second power state.

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


Method and apparatus to enable channel compression in advanced wireless communication systems
Patent No. 10103798 

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: 15698560 on 09/07/2017 (404 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a user equipment (UE) for a channel state information (CSI) feedback in a wireless communication system. The method comprises receiving, from a base station (BS), CSI feedback configuration information for the CSI feedback including a spatial channel information (SCI) indicator for each subband (SB), wherein the SCI indicator indicates a SCI associated with the downlink (DL) channel matrix; determining a CSI matrix H[subscript]K,N [/subscript]comprising a dimension KN based on the CSI feedback configuration information, where K indicates a number of SBs and N indicates a number of components of the SCI; identifying, based on the CSI matrix H[subscript]K,N[/subscript], the SCI indicator that indicates a first set of d basis vectors comprising a dimension K1, a second set of d basis vectors comprising a dimension N1, and a set of d coefficients, and transmitting, to the BS, the CSI feedback including the identified SCI indicator indicating the first set of d basis vectors, the second set of d basis vectors, and a set of d coefficients over an uplink channel.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Control system for an aerially moved payload
Patent No. 10103813 

Inventor(s): Stephen Wharton (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): CABLECAM, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Schroeder Intellectual Property Law Group, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15150871 on 05/10/2016 (889 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for transmitting data, images, and audio to and from an aerially moved payload, the system having one or more media converters for converting coax signals to fiber signals and at least two wave division multiplexers, one for combining two or more distinct fiber signals into a single fiber signal and one for splitting the two or more combined fiber signals back into two distinct fiber signals. The system also includes at least one line along which one or more of data, images, and audio may be transmitted to and from the aerially moved payload.

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


Packet header protection for utility networks
Patent No. 10103840 

Inventor(s): Anuj Batra (Mountain View, CA), Timothy Mark Schmidl (Dallas, TX), Wenxun Qiu (Allen, TX), Yumin Zhang (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14952406 on 11/25/2015 (1056 days app to issue)

Abstract: A networking device includes a packet header protect generator, a transmitter, a receiver, a decoder and router. The transmitter transmits a data packet to the receiver. The data packet includes a data packet header. The packet header protection generator is arranged to toggle selected bits of a protected portion of the data packet header and generate a data integrity signature. The receiver receives the data packet and generates a received data integrity signature. The decoder computes a locally computed data integrity signature in response to the protected portion of the received data packet header. The locally computed data integrity signature is compared with the received data integrity signature. The router selects a portion of a routing path in response to whether a data packet forwarding destination includes a decoder arranged to compute a locally computed data integrity signature.

[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]


System and method for uplink OFDMA transmission
Patent No. 10103852 

Inventor(s): Young Hoon Kwon (San Diego, CA), Yunsong Yang (San Diego, CA), Zhigang Rong (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14595944 on 01/13/2015 (1372 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are provided for implementing efficient uplink (UL) orthogonal frequency division-multiple access (OFDMA) transmission in wireless systems, such as in WiFi networks. An embodiment method includes sending, by an access point (AP) to a plurality of stations (STAs), scheduling information for periodic UL transmission, and sending, to the STAs, a short synchronous signal (SSS) in accordance with the scheduling information for periodic UL transmission. The method further includes receiving, from the STAs, a corresponding UL transmission in response to receiving the SSS. The UL transmission is sent by each of the plurality of the STAs at about a same time. The STAs wait for a time short interframe space (SIFS) after receiving the SSS, before sending, to the AP, the UL transmission.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Signaling methods and apparatus for advanced MIMO communication systems
Patent No. 10103857 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Eko Onggosanusi (Allen, TX), Md. Saifur Rahman (Richardson, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15238684 on 08/16/2016 (791 days app to issue)

Abstract: A user equipment (UE) capable of communicating with a base station (BS) includes a transceiver configured to receive a signal comprising a CSI process configuration, wherein the CSI process configuration comprises a CSI-RS resource configuration to identify a plurality of CSI-RS resources, each CSI-RS resource configured with the number of antenna ports, and a controller configured to derive a CSI-RS resource indicator (CRI) by utilizing the CSI-RS, wherein the transceiver is further configured to transmit the CRI to the base station, and wherein when the number of antenna ports in each configured CSI-RS resource is one (1), reporting instances for the CRI are subframes satisfying an equation specified in the disclosure. The corresponding base station and method are also disclosed.

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


Mobile station aggregation of acknowledgments and negative acknowledgments in wireless networks
Patent No. 10103861 

Inventor(s): Adrian Boariu (Irving, TX), Shashikant Maheshwari (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Wireless Future Technologies Inc. (Ottawa, , CA)
Law Firm: Volpe and Koenig, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15614190 on 06/05/2017 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various example embodiments are disclosed herein. According to one example embodiment, a method may include determining, at a base station in a wireless network, an uplink channel quality for a mobile station, sending an acknowledgment/negative acknowledgment (ACK/NAK) aggregation indicator to the mobile station based on the determining, sending a plurality of data bursts to the mobile station, and receiving at least one aggregated ACK/NAK report from the mobile station.

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


System and method for an endpoint hardware assisted network firewall in a security environment
Patent No. 10103892 

Inventor(s): Ofir Arkin (Petach Tikva, , IL), Raj Samani (Stoke Poges, , GB), Steve Grobman (El Dorado Hills, CA), Sven Schrecker (San Marcos, CA)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15400311 on 01/06/2017 (648 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided in one example embodiment and includes receiving a traffic flow at a tamper resistant environment from an application, where the tamper resistant environment is separated from a host operating system. The method also includes applying a security token to the traffic flow and sending the traffic flow to a server. In specific embodiments, a security module may add information about the application to traffic flow. A trapping module may monitor for a memory condition and identify the memory condition. The trapping module may also, responsive to identifying the memory condition, initiate a virtual environment for the application, and check the integrity of the traffic flow.

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


Phase correction of channelizer output without multipliers
Patent No. 10103924 

Inventor(s): David H. Tsai (Dallas, TX), Mitchell D. Parr (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Burns Levinson, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15048306 on 02/19/2016 (970 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for phase correction in a receiver receives a plurality of samples and filters the samples using a polyphase FIR filter. The samples are simultaneously shifted, centered and channelized using a MUX/negate process and a fast Fourier transform (FFT).

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Computerized resource reallocation system for transferring resource blocks based on custodian event
Patent No. 10103936 

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: 15188696 on 06/21/2016 (847 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a resource reallocation system. The system typically includes a processor, a memory, and a resource reallocation module stored in the memory. The system is typically configured for: identifying resources of a custodian; allocating the resources into one or more resource blocks; linking a resource transfer protocol to each resource block, each resource transfer protocol being associated with a particular custodian event; monitoring custodian data; determining that a custodian event has occurred based on monitoring the custodian data; and, in response to determining that the custodian event has occurred, automatically initiating one of the resource transfer protocols.

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


Dynamic quality of service for over-the-top content
Patent No. 10103997 

Inventor(s): Adrian Moore (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15170620 on 06/01/2016 (867 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium and apparatus for changing a quality of service for data packets that are delivered over-the-top are disclosed. For example, the method includes a processor that identifies the data packets as video data packets that are delivered over-the-top in a communication network, changes the quality of service associated with the data packets from a best effort quality of service level to a higher priority quality of service level, monitors the data packets until no video data packet is identified in the data packets and changes the quality of service associated with the data packets back to the best effort quality of service level from the higher priority quality of service level.

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


Openflow match and action pipeline structure
Patent No. 10104004 

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: 14072989 on 11/06/2013 (1805 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment of the invention includes a packet processing pipeline. The packet processing pipeline includes match and action stages. Each match and action stage in incurs a match delay when match processing occurs and each match and action stage incurs an action delay when action processing occurs. A transport delay occurs between successive match and action stages when data is transferred from a first match and action stage to a second match and action stage.

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


Active-active access to transparent interconnection of lots of links (TRILL) edges
Patent No. 10104035 

Inventor(s): Donald Eggleston Eastlake, III (Milford, MA), Weiguo Hao (Nanjing, , CN), Yizhou Li (Nanjing, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14711408 on 05/13/2015 (1252 days app to issue)

Abstract: A routing bridge at an edge of a transparent interconnection of lots of links (TRILL) campus, comprises a first access port and a second access port each designated as one of a multi-chassis link aggregation (MC-LAG) designated forward (DF) port and an MC-LAG non-DF port, wherein the first access port is associated with a first pseudo-nickname, and a second access port is associated with a second pseudo-nickname, wherein a frame received via the first access port from a first customer equipment (CE) is replicated to generate a replicated frame, wherein the replicated frame is forwarded via the second access port to a second CE when the first pseudo-nickname and the second pseudo-nickname are the same, and when the first pseudo-nickname and the second pseudo-nickname are different and the second access port has been designated as the MC-LAG DF port.

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


Anti-vulnerability system, method, and computer program product
Patent No. 10104110 

Inventor(s): Brett M. Oliphant (Plano, TX), John P. Blignaut (West Lafayette, IN)
Assignee(s): SecurityProfiling, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: The Caldwell Firm, LLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14981866 on 12/28/2015 (1023 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for identifying a first and second occurrence in connection with at least one of the networked device. In use, it is possible that it is determined that the at least one actual vulnerability of the at least one networked device is capable of being taken advantage of by the first occurrence identified in connection with the at least one networked device. Further, it is also possible that it is determined that the at least one actual vulnerability of the at least one networked device is not capable of being taken advantage of by the second occurrence identified in connection with the at least one networked device. To this end, the first occurrence and the second occurrence are reported differently.

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


System, computer program, and method for dividing services into subsets based on interdependencies
Patent No. 10104187 

Inventor(s): Hang Shi (Fremont, CA), Huida Dai (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15183694 on 06/15/2016 (853 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, computer program, and method are provided for service placement in a network. Information is stored on a collection of services that are configured to be performed in a dynamic order. Further, one or more interdependencies between at least a portion of the services are identified. Still yet, the collection of services is divided into one or more subsets of the services, based on the one or more interdependencies. A plurality of parts of at least one of the one or more subsets of the services is combined, resulting in one or more composite subsets of the services that are outputted to at least one of a plurality of service nodes.

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


Selective multiple-media access control
Patent No. 10104192 

Inventor(s): Kumaran Vijayasankar (Dallas, TX), Mehul Soman (Dallas, TX), Ramanuja Vedantham (Allen, TX), Robert Liang (Frisco, TX), Xiaolin Lu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14516168 on 10/16/2014 (1461 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication system and method includes receiving payload data of first and second media access control (MAC) frames. A MAC-level protocol is identified in response to the indication of the selected network for each of the first and second MAC frames. The payload data of the first and second MAC frames is transmitted and/or received across respective networks transmitted using, for example, power line communications signals over a common communications medium. The common communications medium is operable for carrying signals of a plurality of networks.

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


System, apparatus for content delivery for internet traffic and methods thereof
Patent No. 10104193 

Inventor(s): Hongbo Tian (Beijing, , CN), Houxiao Han (Beijing, , CN), Kui Lin (Redwood City, CA), Sanqi Li (Plano, TX), Tao Qian (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15236324 on 08/12/2016 (795 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of serving media includes receiving a request to serve a cacheable media content to a user equipment at a second media server deployed in a second layer2 access network. The request is received around when the user equipment is handed-off from a first layer2 node in a first layer2 access network to a second layer2 node in the second layer2 access network and when a streaming session of the cacheable media content to the user equipment from a first media server is terminated. The method further includes determining if the cacheable media content is stored in a cache of the second media server, and serving the cacheable media content from the cache of the second media server to the user equipment if the media content is stored in the cache of the second media server.

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


Simplicity framework
Patent No. 10104231 

Inventor(s): Ernie Blodgett (Heber City, UT), Matt Blodgett (Heber City, UT), Todd Larson (Heber City, UT)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13560603 on 07/27/2012 (2272 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for handling a transaction for a client service center comprising only one interface configured to communicate with a plurality of data stores to access data, interact with a user via a single screen device, and display one at a time on the single screen device a plurality of subsequent and dependent screen views to enable the user to view the data and implement a sequence of steps selected by the user to complete a transaction, wherein the interface does not display and does not notify the user of access to data on the different data stores, and wherein the screen views are displayed in a determined order based on the transaction and the steps selected by the user to reveal the data and the steps in a hierarchical manner from more general data and steps to more detailed and dependent data and steps.

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


Network based video analytics through an application program interface (API) with metric triggered notifications
Patent No. 10104343 

Inventor(s): Pandian Mariadoss (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14948900 on 11/23/2015 (1058 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for performs video analytics by receiving a video stream from a video capture device over a network to a server remotely located from a video capture device. The server extracts the one or more metrics by analyzing the video stream. The server compares the extracted one or more metrics from the video stream from the video stream against at least one previously established value defined at the server as part of assessing a previously established condition, defined at the server, to generate either a TRUE or a FALSE result. Responsive to a TRUE result, the server automatically performs a notification action that conveys a notification to a remotely located device of a previously designated user when the previously established condition is automatically detected by the analytics engine. Responsive to a FALSE comparison result, the server does not performing the notification action to the remotely located device.

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


Coding of 360 degree videos using region adaptive smoothing
Patent No. 10104361 

Inventor(s): Andrew Dickerson (Allen, TX), Ankur Saxena (Dallas, TX), Jeffrey Wilkinson (Flower Mound, TX), John Furton (Dallas, TX), Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-Si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14941436 on 11/13/2015 (1068 days app to issue)

Abstract: A video processing unit and method for region adaptive smoothing. The image processing unit includes a memory and one or more processors. The one or processors are operably connected to the memory and configured to stitch together a plurality of video frames into a plurality of equirectangular mapped frames of a video. The one or processors are configured to define a top region and a bottom region for each of the equirectangular mapped frames of the video; perform a smoothing process on the top region and the bottom region for each of the equirectangular mapped frames of the video; and encode the smoothed equirectangular mapped frames of the video.

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


Intra block copy (IntraBC) cost estimation
Patent No. 10104395 

Inventor(s): Do-Kyoung Kwon (Allen, TX), Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14506085 on 10/03/2014 (1474 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for encoding a video stream is provided that includes computing activity of a block of video data in the video stream when a parent block of the block is not predicted in intra block copy (IntraBC) mode, computing an IntraBC coding cost of the block based on a two dimensional (2D) search when the activity is not less than an activity threshold, computing the IntraBC coding cost of the block based on a one dimensional (1D) search when the activity is less than the activity threshold, and selecting a best mode for encoding the block based on the IntraBC coding cost.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Set-top box, system and method for providing awareness in a hospitality environment
Patent No. 10104402 

Inventor(s): Thomas R. Miller (Plano, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15725435 on 10/05/2017 (376 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for providing awareness in a hospitality environment are presented. In one embodiment, a vertical and horizontal array of set-top boxes is provided and each set-top box includes an identification corresponding to the room in which the set-top box is placed. Each set-top box includes a wireless transceiver that periodically transmits an identification beacon that is received by a proximate wireless-enabled interactive device. The proximate wireless-enabled interactive device, in turn, broadcasts data packets including an indication of the strength of set-top box identification signals received. The broadcasts are received by a server via an array of wireless routers. The location of the proximate wireless-enabled interactive device is determined based on the signal strength information in the data packets.

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


Recommendations and notifications over limited connections
Patent No. 10104511 

Inventor(s): Peter L. Stewart (Rowlett, TX), Thomas M. Jurcak (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15350028 on 11/12/2016 (703 days app to issue)

Abstract: Discussed herein are systems, devices, and methods for providing recommendations and notifications to an end user. A system can include an intelligence server including a common message server (CMS), query manager circuitry, an intelligence database, and alerting service circuitry, the CMS communicatively coupled between each of the query manager circuitry and the intelligence database, and the alerting service circuitry and the query manager circuitry, an intelligence computer communicatively coupled to the CMS of the intelligence server, the intelligence computer including a recommendation user interface (UI) and a notifier UI, and a mobile device communicatively coupled to the CMS, the mobile device configured to receive notifications and recommendations from the intelligence computer that are routed to the mobile device through the CMS.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for location privacy and location information management over wireless systems
Patent No. 10104534 

Inventor(s): David D. Allen (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TECHNOCOM CORPORATION (Carlsbad, CA)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15796668 on 10/27/2017 (354 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for allowing the management of permissions, notifications and reporting pertaining to a wireless device and the physical location of the device obtained via automatic location identification (ALI) technologies. A location preferences management system and method is provided for wireless users utilizing a mobile application requesting location fixes via any telecommunication technology. The location management system provides these mobile users with a comprehensive understanding of the location permissions and notifications and hence the location transactions associated with their wireless device and with the ability to manage it in a way that makes sense for their personal or business needs.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Joint optimization of a radio access network and a distributed antenna system
Patent No. 10104558 

Inventor(s): Maurice D”Souza (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Fogg Powers LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15811445 on 11/13/2017 (337 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain features relate to systems and methods for jointly optimizing a radio access network (RAN) and distributed antenna system (DAS). A joint RAN-DAS self-optimizing network (SON) entity can determine target parameters based on parameters specific to the DAS and parameters specific to the RAN. The joint RAN-DAS-SON entity can optimize the RAN and DAS using the target parameters. Jointly optimizing the RAN and the DAS can improve the capacity characteristics, coverage characteristics, or the performance characteristics of the RAN and DAS. In some aspects, the joint RAN-DAS-SON entity can optimize the RAN and DAS by re-allocating power levels of downlink signals transmitted by remote units of the DAS to compensate for underutilized carrier signals in situations of low traffic load.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Signaling message correlation in LTE access and core networks
Patent No. 10104561 

Inventor(s): Aleksey G. Ivershen (Garland, TX), Baoyuan Wang (Dallas, TX), Ge Zhang (Dallas, TX), Vignesh Janakiraman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NETSCOUT SYSTEMS TEXAS, LLC (Westford, MA)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14064982 on 10/28/2013 (1814 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer implemented method and telecommunications diagnostic apparatus that correlates packets on a core network with those on the access network. Generated is an identification attribute from Information Elements (IEs) in S1AP packets present in the core network and accessible to the access network. The generated identification attribute is integrated to an access and core session of the access and core network to correlate data packets between the access and core session by comparing if a core session contains the same identification attribute as that of an access session within the life span of the access session.

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


Methods and apparatus to determine mobile device application usage in vehicles including media applications
Patent No. 10104564 

Inventor(s): Achilleas Papakostas (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15487198 on 04/13/2017 (551 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed to determine the mobile device usage within vehicles having media application are described herein. An example method includes classifying an SSID detected by a mobile device as a vehicle SSID, determining application usage of a mobile device and a vehicle media device, and determining a ratio of mobile device application usage to vehicle media device application usage.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Adaptive VoLTE handover mode based on network capability
Patent No. 10104583 

Inventor(s): Niranjan (The Colony, TX), Shu Wang (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-Si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15249332 on 08/26/2016 (781 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating user equipment (UE) for detecting network capability. The method comprises identifying a preferred mode for a voice over long-term evolution (VoLTE) call handover operation from an LTE network to a non-LTE network in a first communication network. The preferred mode is associated with the first communication network. The method further comprises initiating a VoLTE call in a second communication network different than the first communication network, determining whether the second communication network is capable of supporting the preferred mode associated with the first communication network, and one of changing and maintaining the preferred mode based on a result of the determination.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Power efficient packet detection
Patent No. 10104621 

Inventor(s): Karthik Ramasubramanian (Bangalore, , IN), Raghu Ganesan (Bangalore, , IN), Sarma S. Gunturi (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14972959 on 12/17/2015 (1034 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for packet detection in a wireless local area network transceiver. An antenna is configured to receive a signal, having a carrier frequency. A mixer is configured to mix the received signal with one of the in-phase and quadrature components of the local oscillator to produce a corresponding one of an in-phase downconverted signal and a quadrature phase downconverted signal. A packet detector is configured to determine, from the one of the in-phase downconverted signal and the quadrature phase downconverted signal, if the signal contains a packet of data and instruct a set of components associated with an other of the in-phase and quadrature components of the local oscillator to activate to process the received signal.

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


Active position driven mobility content delivery in information centric networks
Patent No. 10104633 

Inventor(s): Aytac Azgin (Santa Clara, CA), Ravishankar Ravindran (San Ramon, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: FutureWei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15476788 on 03/31/2017 (564 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology providing seamless mobility to a mobile producer node. A request message is received from a requesting node in an information centric network. The request message includes mapping point parameters that have an identifier to identify a mapping server that serves requests targeting the mobile producer node and location-based metrics of the mobile producer node. The mapping point parameters are updated when the mobile producer node moves from a first network component to a second network component, and the updated mapping point parameters are provided to the requesting node in a response message sent from the mobile producer node. The request message may then be forwarded from the requesting node to the mobile producer node using the updated mapping point parameters.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for determining allocation of communication resources
Patent No. 10104684 

Inventor(s): Bong Hoe Kim (Anyang-si, , KR), Dong Youn Seo (Anyang-si, , KR), Eun Sun Kim (Anyang-si, , KR), Joon Kui Ahn (Anyang-si, , KR)
Assignee(s): Optis Cellular Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15666847 on 08/02/2017 (440 days app to issue)

Abstract: A user equipment (UE) receives downlink data using resource blocks in a wireless mobile communication system. The UE receives downlink control information including resource allocation information and downlink data mapped to physical resource blocks (PRBs) based on the downlink control information. The resource allocation information indicates virtual resource block (VRB) allocations for the UE. A resource block pair includes a first resource block associated with a first time slot and a second resource block associated with a second time slot adjacent to the first time slot. The first and second resource blocks are allocated to the same frequency indices. A mapping between VRB pairs and PRB pairs exists such that frequency consecutive VRB pairs are mapped to non-frequency consecutive PRB pairs and that each resource block pair is split so there is a frequency gap between the first and second parts of the resource block pair.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method for receiving system information in a radio access network, performed by a mobile terminal and mobile terminal for receiving system information in a radio access network
Patent No. 10104686 

Inventor(s): Dieter Petermann (Langen, , DE), Hidetoshi Suzuki (Osaka, , JP), Takahisa Aoyama (Osaka, , JP)
Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15620276 on 06/12/2017 (491 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and transmission apparatus transmit broadcast system information in a mobile communication system. Further, a method and mobile terminal receive the broadcast system information. An improved method for broadcasting broadcast system information maps different partitions of broadcast system information to a shared transport channel or a broadcast transport channel for transmission. The mapping may take into account parameters inherent to the mobile terminals to which the broadcast system information is to be transmitted and/or parameters inherent to the different partitions of broadcast system information.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Dual mode transmission in a controlled environment
Patent No. 10104710 

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: 15626953 on 06/19/2017 (484 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dual-mode mobile device and a method for coordinating calls for the dual-mode mobile device over a first and second connection within a controlled environment is disclosed. The method includes communications between a monitoring server and the dual-mode mobile device over the first connection while the dual-mode mobile device conducts the call over the second connection. The monitoring server transmits control messages to the dual-mode mobile device to control operations of the dual-mode mobile device and establishment of the call and also monitors operations of the dual-mode mobile device as well as the communications transmitted and received by the dual-mode mobile device during the call.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Electronic device package with vertically integrated capacitors
Patent No. 10104764 

Inventor(s): Anton Winkler (Freising, , DE), Frank Stepniak (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14218523 on 03/18/2014 (1673 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system-in-a-package (SIP) has a semiconductor chip embedded in a dielectric substrate. An inductor is on a top surface of a substrate and is connected to the semiconductor chip. A thin film capacitor may be placed between the inductor and the dielectric substrate. A second thin film capacitor may be placed on the top surface of the semiconductor chip, or be embedded in the dielectric substrate with a thermal pad on a bottom surface of the substrate which is connected to the second thin film capacitor to facilitate heat dissipation.

[H01H] ELECTRIC SWITCHES; RELAYS; SELECTORS; EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE DEVICES (contact cables H01B 7/10; electrolytic self-interrupters H01G 9/18; emergency protective circuit arrangements H02H; switching by electronic means without contact-making H03K 17/00)


DESIGN PATENTS

Beverage container
Patent No. D830784 

Inventor(s): Brendan Anthony Bauer (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Grand Fusion Housewares, Inc. (Irvine, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29603181 on 05/08/2017 (526 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Connector for a server rack
Patent No. D830819 

Inventor(s): Hoainam James Tonthat (Greenville, TX), James Whitney Wilson (Nevada, TX), William Beene (Commerce, TX)
Assignee(s): Innovation First, Inc. (Greenville, TX)
Law Firm: Much Shelist P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29631679 on 01/02/2018 (287 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Activity monitoring device
Patent No. D830856 

Inventor(s): Adam Mack (Menlo Park, CA), Derek Chan (Shingle Springs, CA), Diana Chang (San Francisco, CA), James Toggweiler (San Francisco, CA), Kyle Hartelt (San Francisco, CA), Ryan Geraghty (San Francisco, CA), Tim Chang (San Jose
Assignee(s): Fossil Group, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Cooley LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29602401 on 05/01/2017 (533 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Drone
Patent No. D830896 

Inventor(s): Cyril Lutterodt (Weatherford, TX), Nitesh Panchal (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Neu Robotics, Inc. (Weatherford, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29613849 on 08/14/2017 (428 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Vehicle wheel
Patent No. D830942 

Inventor(s): Nadeem Aslam (Mesquite, TX)
Assignee(s): USA Wheel and Tire Outlet, Inc. (Mesquite, TX)
Law Firm: Sheridan Ross P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29593897 on 02/14/2017 (609 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Liquid tank
Patent No. D831152 

Inventor(s): Bryan Rowsey (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Norred Law, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29527991 on 05/23/2015 (1242 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Roofing panel
Patent No. D831233 

Inventor(s): Eric R. Anderson (Montclair, NJ), Sudhir Railkar (Wayne, NJ), Tommy Rodrigues (Nutley, NJ)
Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29594062 on 02/15/2017 (608 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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