Dallas Invents: 163 Patents Granted for Week of June 11

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

Patents granted include:
•  AMI Investments' remote monitoring of water distribution systems
•  Bank of America's data security and risk ranking tool
•  Daltile's glazed porcelain roof tile
•  Ilumi's LED lighting device
•  The Nielsen Company's apparatus to monitor mobile internet activity
•  Toyota's personalized active safety systems
•  IBM's management of cookie data

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of June. 11, 2019 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

163 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 Inc. (Dallas) 22
Toyota Motor Engineering (Plano) 9
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 7
Sandisk Technologies Inc. (Plano) 4
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 3

UNASSIGNED 6


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Brad A. Cobler (Irving) 3
Justin Harmon (Dallas) 3
Bradley Allen Kramer (Plano) 2
Christina A. Barton (Irving) 2
David Gerard Ledet (Allen) 2
Farooq Khan (Allen) 2
Joseph Zbiciak (Farmers Branch) 2
Kathy P. Mitchell (Southlake) 2


FIRST SEEN 
(COMPANIES THAT MAY BE ORIGINATING A PATENT IN DFW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2019, ACCORDING TO PATENT INDEX.) 

Bluebonnet Internet Media Services
User input-based play-list generation and streaming media playback system Caris Science Use of aptamers in proteomics

Creative Beverage Solutions
Pour spout signaling apparatus

Daltile
Glazed porcelain roof tile

RealPage
Method for refining cognitive insights using travel-related cognitive graph vectors

Sekassai Specialty Chemicals
Cold water soluble polyvinyl alcohol/alkyl acrylate copolymers and films thereof

StoneCoat of Texas
Limestone masonry veneer, resurfacing and aesthetic overlay compositions, methods of making and methods of use

VCE IP Holding
Computer-implemented system and method, and a computer program product, for allocating virtualized resources across an enterprise


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

219 days
Cycle-skipping prevent circuit in a regulator of a DC-to-DC converter
Patent No. 10320293-B1
Assignee: Active-Semi Inc. (VG)
Inventor: Masashi Nogawa (Sachse)

3,739 days
System and method for automatic insertion of call intelligence in an information system
Patent No. 10318922-B2
Assignee: Fonality Inc. (Plano)
Inventor: Christopher M. Lyman (Los Angeles, CA)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Panel and system for load carriage and protection for tactical and non-tactical garments
Patent No. 10314355 

Inventor(s): Massimo Alex Gallo (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Raine, INC. (Anderson, IN)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15827999 on 11/30/2017 (558 days app to issue)

Abstract: A panel covers a release mechanism of a garment and enables the mounting of pouches and equipment thereon. The panel includes a reinforcement structure, a fabric having mounting slots wound over the reinforcement structure, and a securing mechanism that secures the panel to the release mechanism of the garment. Also, a garment may include a built-in panel that covers a release mechanism and enables mounting of pouches and equipment thereon. The garment includes a main garment portion, a release mechanism extending from an open end of the garment, and the built-in panel incorporated into the main garment portion.

[A41F] GARMENT FASTENINGS; SUSPENDERS


Support harness
Patent No. 10314382 

Inventor(s): Joseph D. Preston (Fort Worth, TX), Joshua D. Riedel (Fort Worth, TX), Robin C. Putman (Crowley, TX), Stacy Harris-Riedel (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Groover Associates PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15175889 on 06/07/2016 (1099 days app to issue)

Abstract: A support system with attachments configured to connect to an equipment belt, such as a utility or gun belt, but worn under exterior clothing. In an exemplary embodiment, the support system is worn beneath the clothing, but connects to exterior equipment, without requiring modification of the clothing. A formed joining area between a semi-flexible downward extension and upper extension accommodates a tucked shirt while attaching to an exterior equipment belt at approximate waist level.

[A45F] TRAVELLING OR CAMP EQUIPMENT; SACKS OR PACKS CARRIED ON THE BODY [2006.01]


Navigated patella clamp
Patent No. 10314599 

Inventor(s): John R. Fossez (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Howmedica Osteonics Corp. (Mahwah, NJ)
Law Firm: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz Mentlik, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15087202 on 03/31/2016 (1167 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods of patella arthroplasty. A navigated patella clamp used in an arthroplasty procedure includes first and second movable jaw members and an actuation member coupled to the first and second jaw members for moving the first and second jaw members along a plane toward and away from one another. The patella clamp further includes a tracker and adjustable stylus for positioning the clamp on a patient”s patella below a desired resection plane. The adjustable stylus coupled to the clamp is used to check the position and orientation of the clamp with respect to the patella to ensure the correct amount of bone will be resected from the patella corresponding to the thickness of a patella component that will be implanted on the resected patella.

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


Slanted drive axis rotary surgical cutting tools and powered handpieces
Patent No. 10314610 

Inventor(s): S. Shane Dexter (Keller, TX), Zachary Heiliger (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Medtronic PS Medical, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN)
Law Firm: Dicke, Billig Czaja, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15072492 on 03/17/2016 (1181 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surgical cutting tool adapted to be rotatably driven by a motor. The surgical cutting tool includes an elongated shaft defining intermediate and coupling portions. A shape of the intermediate portion defines a primary central axis of the shaft. The coupling portion includes a tang having a tapered cylindrical shape that defines a drive axis. The drive axis is slanted with respect to the primary central axis. When coupled to the motor of a powered handpiece, the tang transmits an input or drive force from the motor to the intermediate portion as a torque about the primary central axis. In some embodiments, the drive axis extends through a centroid of first and second spaced apart cross-sectional planes of the tang, the first and second planes each being perpendicular to the primary central axis.

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


Vertebral support device
Patent No. 10314620 

Inventor(s): Paul Cho (Colleyville, TX), William D. Bradley (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): LDR Medical (Rosieres Pres Troyes, , FR)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15677310 on 08/15/2017 (665 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vertebral support device ([b]1[/b]) is disclosed, which in various embodiments comprises at least two osseous anchoring implants ([b]2[/b]), each designed to be anchored to a vertebra, and at least one linking element ([b]3[/b]) fixed to the osseous anchoring implants ([b]2[/b]) by fasteners ([b]20[/b]) that maintain a fixed angle between the longitudinal axis (L) of the linking element ([b]3[/b]) passing through rigid elements ([b]34[/b]) of the linking element ([b]3[/b]) and the insertion axis (DV) of the implants ([b]2[/b]). The linking element ([b]3[/b]) includes at least one elastic dampening element ([b]31[/b]) that that allows the implant-bearing vertebrae some freedom of movement. The dampening element ([b]31[/b]) accommodates the stresses imposed on the linking element ([b]3[/b]) during movement of the vertebrae and tends to return the support device ([b]1[/b]) to its normal configuration.

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


Washer plate
Patent No. 10314626 

Inventor(s): Cory A. Collinge (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): DePuy Synthes Procucts, Inc. (Raynham, MA)
Law Firm: Fay Kaplun Marcin, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14599419 on 01/16/2015 (1607 days app to issue)

Abstract: A plate for treating a bone includes a plate body extending along a longitudinal axis from a first end to a second end and being sized, shaped and contoured to be positioned along a desired surface of a bone. The plate also includes a slotted opening extending through the plate body and defined by a first portion sized and shaped to permit a head portion of a bone fixation element fixed to the bone to be passed therethrough and a second elongated portion extending along the longitudinal axis from the first portion in communication with the first portion, the second portion sized to prevent the head portion of the bone fixation element from being passed therethrough so that, when the head portion of the bone fixation element is received through the first portion, the plate is slidable relative thereto such that the second portion engages the head portion of the bone fixation element.

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


Effective shape controller for lower limb
Patent No. 10314723 

Inventor(s): Robert D. Gregg (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14286380 on 05/23/2014 (1845 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for improved control of a lower limb device are disclosed. The lower limb may have one or more joints and one or more corresponding motors. In some embodiments, a center of pressure is calculated in order to enforce virtual constraints at the one or more joints of the lower limb device. The system utilizes one or more effective shapes, and each effective shape”s corresponding error, in order to cause each joint motor to produce a torque that causes the joint to move according to a virtual constraint. The systems and methods result in improved control of lower limb devices.

[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]


Selectively moveable valve elements for aspiration and irrigation circuits
Patent No. 10314741 

Inventor(s): Gary P. Sorensen (Mission Viejo, CA), Michael D. Morgan (Costa Mesa, CA)
Assignee(s): Alcon Research, Ltd. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15334662 on 10/26/2016 (958 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various arrangements of fluidics systems are disclosed. In one arrangement, an aspiration circuit for a fluidics system is disclosed that selectively controls aspiration. The aspiration circuit comprises an aspiration line operatively connected to a surgical instrument, an aspiration exhaust line operatively connected to a waste receptacle; an aspiration vent line connected at a first end to the aspiration line; and a selectively variable vent valve operatively connected to the aspiration vent line. The variable vent valve may be selectively moved to vary aspiration pressure within the aspiration line. Other fluidics systems are disclosed that include a selectively positionable irrigation valve that may also be incorporated into a fluidics system that includes a variable vent valve.

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


Multi-purpose cosmetic water-in-silicone emulsion
Patent No. 10314770 

Inventor(s): Bob Foley (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14729782 on 06/03/2015 (1469 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a water-in-silicone emulsion and methods for its use that includes 5% to 8% w/w of octinoxate, 1% to 3% w/w of niacinamide, 0.01% to 0.1% w/w of [i]Salix nigra [/i]bark extract, 0.01% to 0.1% w/w of adenosine, and 0.001% to 0.01% w/w of [i]Silybum marianum [/i]extract.

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


Compositions and methods of Aloe polysaccharides
Patent No. 10314858 

Inventor(s): Ivan E. Danhof (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): Bespoke Bioscience, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15482428 on 04/07/2017 (795 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention describes a method for preparing a polymannan extract from freeze-dried [i]aloe [/i]powder. The polymannan extract of the present invention is further used to formulate a sterile injectable formulation for the treatment of one or more cancers, leukemias and lymphomas, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer, immune diseases, particularly immune related neoplasms, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, and hepatitis C.

[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)


Sheath with sensing capabilities
Patent No. 10315013 

Inventor(s): Phillip D. Purdy (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Endophys Holdings, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14627990 on 02/20/2015 (1572 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are sheaths that comprise a first sheath member having a first passageway, a first length, and a first proximal end defined by a first valve apparatus configured to seal the first passageway, the first passageway having a first passageway diameter at a location in the first passageway; and a second sheath member coupled to the first sheath member, the second sheath member having a second passageway and a second length, the second passageway having a second passageway diameter at a location in the second passageway; where the first passageway and the second passageway are separate from each other and not co-axial, the first length is different from the second length, and the first and second sheath members are positioned beside each other for a portion of their first and second lengths.

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


 

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

Thermally bonded multi-layer felt filtration media
Patent No. 10315141 

Inventor(s): Andrew Ray Dye (Aledo, TX), Jack David Burns (Mineral Wells, TX), Johnny Glen Keeton (Mineral Wells, TX)
Assignee(s): Parker Hannifin Filtration (US), Inc. (Minerals Wells, TX)
Law Firm: Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15336326 on 10/27/2016 (957 days app to issue)

Abstract: A filter formed essentially from a staple fiber is provided. A nonwoven staple fiber is compressed in to a mat or sheet of selected porosity. The mat or sheet does not include a binder or bicomponent fibers. The staple fibers may be heat treated. The sheet is formed into a selected geometric shape and the staple fibers are thermally fused to bind the staple fibers into a porous filter element. The preferred shape is a helically wound tube or plural sheets, each sheet being self-overlapped and compressed to overlap another sheet. Each sheet is preferably heated and compressed individually and the sheets may be selected to have different porosities and densities.

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


Gypsum composites used in fire resistant building components
Patent No. 10315386 

Inventor(s): Evan R. Daniels (Dallas, TX), Jonathan Newton (Van Alstyne, TX)
Assignee(s): The Intellectual Gorilla GmbH (Sempach Station, , CH)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15193274 on 06/27/2016 (1079 days app to issue)

Abstract: A composite product includes gypsum in an amount of 70 to 90% by weight, fibers in an amount of 1.5 to 26% by weight substantially homogeneously distributed through the composite, and a rheology-modifying agent in an amount of 0.5 to 6% by weight. The composite is caused or allowed to cure to form a cured composite. The cured composite is a fire resistant component used in a fire-rated door core, a fire-rated door or a fire-rated building panel. The fire resistant component may include a building panel, a door panel, a door core, a door rail, a door stile, a door lock block, a door border, or a door insert.

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


Automatic air quality monitoring and improvement systems
Patent No. 10315492 

Inventor(s): Suhas E. Chelian (San Jose, CA), Tiffany Chen (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15595786 on 05/15/2017 (757 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for controlling air filtration, circulation, climate control and/or other adjustable components. The air control system includes an air filtration or circulation unit for filtering or circulating air. The air control system includes a navigation unit for providing at least one of a navigational map information or environment information including a current location of the vehicle. The air control system includes an electronic control unit connected to the air filtration or circulation unit. The electronic control unit is configured to determine an air control event based on at least one of static air quality information or dynamic air quality information. The electronic control unit is configured to determine that the air control event is within a range of the current location and is approaching. The electronic control unit is configured to activate the air filtration or circulation unit before the air control event reaches the vehicle.

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


Apparatuses and methods of an in-vehicle gateway system for monitoring and controling in-vehicle subsystems
Patent No. 10315520 

Inventor(s): Kuang-I Shu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): SOUTHWEST UNIVERSITY (Chongqing Shi, , CN)
Law Firm: One LLP (Local + 147 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15478248 on 04/04/2017 (798 days app to issue)

Abstract: An in-vehicle gateway system for monitoring and controlling a plurality of in-vehicle subsystems is disclosed. The in-vehicle gateway system includes a central controller and the central controller is configured to enable one of the in-vehicle subsystems to use a resource of another in-vehicle subsystem. The central controller is also configured to enable one in-vehicle subsystem to use data from yet another in-vehicle subsystem. The one in-vehicle subsystem may be a newly added in-vehicle subsystem. The in-vehicle gateway system also includes a switch fabric that is configured to interconnect the central controller to the plurality of the in-vehicle subsystems and transmit at least a unified control command to at least one of the in-vehicle subsystems.

[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]


Unmanned vehicle and base station
Patent No. 10315528 

Inventor(s): Owen Crawford, Jr. (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15435258 on 02/16/2017 (845 days app to issue)

Abstract: An unmanned vehicle and base station are disclosed that provide an efficient, automated, and quick system for loading onto and un-loading from the unmanned vehicle modular attachments or cartridges. The UAV can also include numerous components, modules, functionalities, and built-in features, including an emergency operation mode, payload delivery mode, and dispensing mode, among other advantages.

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


Cup holder assemblies having light emitting assemblies for console assemblies of vehicles
Patent No. 10315561 

Inventor(s): Chae An (Northville, MI), Robert A. Porcs (Saline, 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: 15653951 on 07/19/2017 (692 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cup holder assembly for a console assembly of a vehicle includes a cover, a housing, a light source, a support frame, and a light emitting assembly. The cover includes an exterior surface, an opposite interior surface, and an opening extending between the exterior surface and the interior surface. The housing includes an open ended receptacle. The housing is connected to the interior surface of the cover such that the opening permits access to the open ended receptacle. The support frame is connected to at least one of the cover and the housing. The light emitting assembly is positioned between the interior surface of the cover and the support frame. The light emitting assembly is oriented to emit light outwardly away from the exterior surface of the cover.

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


Personalized active safety systems
Patent No. 10315648 

Inventor(s): Rini Sherony (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: 15455610 on 03/10/2017 (823 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly for changing at least one safety feature predefined setting associated with at least one vehicular active safety system includes a computer and a human-machine interface. The computer is configured to change the at least one safety feature predefined setting based on a driver choice. The at least one safety feature predefined setting is selected from the group consisting of a response type and a response timing. The human-machine interface includes an output and an input. The output is configured to provide a driver with a range of customizable settings for the at least one safety feature predefined setting. The input is configured to accept at least one customizable setting chosen by the driver such that the at least one safety feature predefined setting is changed to the at least one customizable setting.

[B60W] CONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT [2006.01]


Dolly train with improved operability
Patent No. 10315714 

Inventor(s): Adam M. Epperson (Haubstadt, IN)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15455750 on 03/10/2017 (823 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dolly, a dolly towing system and a method of operating a dolly towing system. The dolly includes a wheeled platform with a coupled electric generator and an automated safety interlock assembly. The interlock assembly includes one or more sensors configured to wirelessly detect whether the dolly and tow motor are safely joined to one another. A controller can be powered by a battery or related onboard source of electric current while the dolly or system are stationary, as well as by the generator when the dolly or system are moving. Signals indicative of the joining that are acquired from the sensors can be received and processed by the controller such that suitable circuitry can convey the processed signal in such a way that the signal provides an audible or visual notice of an operational status of the dolly or system to an operator.

[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)


Aircraft propulsion assembly
Patent No. 10315761 

Inventor(s): John Richard McCullough (Fort Worth, TX), Paul K. Oldroyd (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15200261 on 07/01/2016 (1075 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, a propulsion assembly for an aircraft includes a nacelle, at least one self-contained fuel tank disposed within the nacelle operable to contain a liquid fuel, an engine disposed within the nacelle operable to run on the liquid fuel, a drive system mechanically coupled to the engine and operable to rotate responsive to rotation of the engine, a rotor hub mechanically coupled to the drive system operable to rotate responsive to rotation of the drive system and a proprotor mechanically coupled to the rotor hub and operable to rotate therewith.

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


System and method for tail rotor margin awareness
Patent No. 10315779 

Inventor(s): Brandon Jeffrey Thomas (Crowley, TX), Christopher M. Bothwell (Grapevine, TX), Robert Earl Worsham, II (Weatherford, TX), Sung Kyun Kim (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15708767 on 09/19/2017 (630 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a rotorcraft includes: tail rotor blades; a tail rotor actuator coupled to the tail rotor blades such that the pitch of the tail rotor blades varies according to a current extension of the tail rotor actuator; pilot flight controls electrically coupled to the tail rotor actuator; and a flight control computer electrically coupled to the tail rotor actuator and the pilot flight controls, the flight control computer configured to: determine the current extension of the tail rotor actuator; determine whether the current extension of the tail rotor actuator is within a margin of a maximum extension of the tail rotor actuator; and indicate a first warning to a pilot in response to the current extension of the tail rotor actuator being within the margin of the maximum extension of the tail rotor actuator.

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


Stackable pallet display
Patent No. 10315798 

Inventor(s): Daniel Lee Mathews (McKinney, TX), Roberto Carlos Guerrero Kees (Frisco, TX), Sunitha Nair (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Menasha Corporation (Neenah, WI), PepsiCo, Inc. (Purchase, NY)
Law Firm: Greensfelder, Hemker Gale, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15061239 on 03/04/2016 (1194 days app to issue)

Abstract: A stackable pallet display system includes a tray portion having a rectangular bottom wall, corner posts extending upward from corners of the tray portion and an interior divider panel extending upward from the tray portion. The tray, corner posts and interior divider wall of the system can be folded from blanks of material.

[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


Pour spout signaling apparatus
Patent No. 10315909 

Inventor(s): Bobby J. Davis (Howe, TX), Douglas Wittrup (Carrollton, CA)
Assignee(s): Creative Beverage Solutions, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15593949 on 05/12/2017 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: A signaling apparatus paces a free pour count and choreographs a movement to stop pouring. The apparatus emits a first signal after an approximately 200-ms time interval and a series of subsequent signals every approximately 400-ms thereafter. The first time interval approximates a first time, measured from a moment the sensor detects the start of the pour, needed to dispense a first unit of beverage through the pour spout, minus a second time needed to react to a signal and stop the pour. The 400-ms time interval approximates the time required to dispense each subsequent unit of beverage through the pour spout. In one embodiment, the signaling apparatus emits sequential pulses according to the pattern Y-Y-Y-Y-G-Y-Y-R, wherein Y is yellow, G is green, and R is red, wherein each pulse represents a quarter-ounce increment, the green pulse represents a standard pour, and the red pulse represents a full pour.

[B67D] DISPENSING, DELIVERING, OR TRANSFERRING LIQUIDS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (cleaning pipes or tubes or systems of pipes or tubes B08B 9/02; emptying or filling of bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels, or similar containers, not otherwise provided for B67C; water supply E03; pipe systems F17D; domestic hot-water supply systems F24D; measuring volume, volume flow, mass flow or liquid level, metering by volume G01F; coin-freed or like apparatus G07F) [5]


Method of stress relief in anti-reflective coated cap wafers for wafer level packaged infrared focal plane arrays
Patent No. 10315918 

Inventor(s): Roland W. Gooch (Dallas, TX), Thomas A. Kocian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lando Anastasi, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15227181 on 08/03/2016 (1042 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for reducing wafer bow induced by an anti-reflective coating of a cap wafer are provided. The method may utilize a shadow mask having at least one opening therein that is positioned opposite recessed regions in a cap wafer. The method may further include depositing at least one layer of an anti-reflective coating material through the shadow mask onto a planar side of a cap wafer to provide a discontinuous coating on the planar side.

[B81C] PROCESSES OR APPARATUS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR THE MANUFACTURE OR TREATMENT OF MICROSTRUCTURAL DEVICES OR SYSTEMS (making microcapsules or microballoons B01J 13/02; processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment of piezo-electric, electrostrictive or magnetostrictive elements per se H01L 41/22) [7]


Limestone masonry veneer, resurfacing and aesthetic overlay compositions, methods of making and methods of use
Patent No. 10315956 

Inventor(s): Kenneth W. Morrison (Addison, TX), Norman L. Hains (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): StoneCoat of Texas, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14642379 on 03/09/2015 (1555 days app to issue)

Abstract: A limestone based masonry veneer composition is described that may be molded, blown, sprayed, troweled, or otherwise applied to interior and exterior surfaces. The composition provides an aesthetic resurfacing, cladding and/or overlay coating. The composition is capable of being pigmented, textured, sculptedor otherwise formed into an aesthetic, realistic, architecture, suitable as a stone veneer, an example of which is Blown Stone, by Stone Coat. Texturing or sculpting may occur about 1 hour and up to about 12 hours after applying the composition. The final composition is hydrophobic and breathes. Air carbonation allows the formation of a predominantly very pure calcium carbonate or limestone when fully cured, which prevents mold and algae growth and allows for autogenous healing with an increase in unit weight over time, ensuring an overall high compressive strength that endures over time.

[B28C] PREPARING CLAY; PRODUCING MIXTURES CONTAINING CLAY OR CEMENTITIOUS MATERIAL, e.g. PLASTER (preparing material for foundry moulds B22C 5/00)


 

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

FCRN antagonists and methods of use
Patent No. 10316073 

Inventor(s): E. Sally Ward Ober (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): argenx BVBA (, , BE), The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Lathrop Gage LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14580771 on 12/23/2014 (1631 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided are novel FcRn antagonist compositions comprising a variant Fc region that binds specifically to FcRn with increased affinity and reduced pH dependence relative to the native Fc region. Also provided are FcRn antagonists with enhanced CD16 binding affinity. Also provided are methods of treating antibody-mediated disorders (e.g. autoimmune diseases) using the these FcRn antagonist compositions, nucleic acids encoding the FcRn antagonist compositions, recombinant expression vectors and host cells for making the FcRn antagonist compositions, and pharmaceutical compositions comprising the FcRn antagonist compositions.

[C07K] PEPTIDES (peptides containing fl-lactam rings C07D; cyclic dipeptides not having in their molecule any other peptide link than those which form their ring, e.g. piperazine-2,5-diones, C07D; ergot alkaloids of the cyclic peptide type C07D 519/02; single cell proteins, enzymes C12N; genetic engineering processes for obtaining peptides C12N 15/00) [4]


Cold water soluble polyvinyl alcohol/alkyl acrylate copolymers and films thereof
Patent No. 10316124 

Inventor(s): Bret F. Hann (San Antonio, TX), Richard Vicari (Pearland, TX)
Assignee(s): Sekassai Specialty Chemicals America, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Ferrells, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13328338 on 12/16/2011 (2734 days app to issue)

Abstract: Cold water-soluble PVOH/alkyl acrylate copolymers are provided with a substantially random distribution of monomers which is reflected in the polymer”s cold water solubility, GPEC chromatograms and may be confirmed by C[superscript]13 [/superscript]NMR. The product is particularly useful for films used in packaging and for encapsulating particulate products. Encapsulated products which may be provided include fertilizer or other agricultural products, pharmaceutical products, biomedical products and cosmetic products.

[C08F] MACROMOLECULAR COMPOUNDS OBTAINED BY REACTIONS ONLY INVOLVING CARBON-TO-CARBON UNSATURATED BONDS (production of liquid hydrocarbon mixtures from lower carbon number hydrocarbons, e.g. by oligomerisation, C10G 50/00; fermentation or enzyme-using processes to synthesise a desired chemical compound or composition or to separate optical isomers from a racemic mixture C12P; graft polymerisation of monomers containing carbon-to-carbon unsaturated bonds on to fibres, threads, yarns, fabrics or fibrous goods made from such materials D06M 14/00) [2]


Composition and method for hydraulic fracturing and evaluation and diagnostics of hydraulic fractures using infused porous ceramic proppant
Patent No. 10316242 

Inventor(s): Robert Duenckel (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): CARBO Ceramics Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14213276 on 03/14/2014 (1915 days app to issue)

Abstract: A composition and method for hydraulically fracturing an oil or gas well to improve the production rates and ultimate recovery using a porous ceramic proppant infused with a chemical treatment agent is provided. The chemical treatment agent may be a tracer material that provides diagnostic information about the production performance of a hydraulic fracture stimulation by the use of distinguishable both water soluble and hydrocarbon soluble tracers. The tracer can be a biological marker, such as DNA. The porous ceramic proppant can be coated with a polymer which provides for controlled release of the chemical treatment agent into a fracture or well bore area over a period of time.

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


Calcium hydroxyapatite based calcium sulfonate grease compositions and method of manufacture
Patent No. 10316266 

Inventor(s): J. Andrew Waynick (Lantana, TX)
Assignee(s): NCH CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Ross Barnes LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15256922 on 09/06/2016 (1008 days app to issue)

Abstract: An overbased calcium sulfonate grease composition comprising a reduced amount of overbased calcium sulfonate, calcium hydroxyapatite, base oil, one or more converting agents, and one or more complexing acids if a complex grease is desired. The calcium sulfonate grease composition improves thickener yield and expected high temperature utility as demonstrated by dropping point. A method of making the composition comprising the steps of mixing the calcium sulfonate and base oil, adding the calcium carbonate either before or after conversion, adding one or more converting agents, and adding one or more complexing acids. All or a portion of one or more of the complexing acids may be added with or prior to the one or more converting agents.

[C10M] LUBRICATING COMPOSITIONS (well drilling compositions C09K 8/02); USE OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES EITHER ALONE OR AS LUBRICATING INGREDIENTS IN A LUBRICATING COMPOSITION (mould release, i.e. separating, agents for metals B22C 3/00, for plastics or substances in a plastic state, in general B29C 33/56, for glass C03B 40/02; textile lubricating compositions D06M 11/00, D06M 13/00, D06M 15/00; immersion oils for microscopy G02B 21/33) [4]


Composition and method for delivery of microorganisms in a dry mode in porous structure
Patent No. 10316312 

Inventor(s): Ramiro Trevino (McKinney, TX), Steven R. Ellis (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): DRYLET, LLC (Prosper, TX)
Law Firm: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13253415 on 10/05/2011 (2806 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention generally relates to compositions and methods of delivering substances in a dry mode, wherein the compositions include an inert carrier substrate having a porous structure, microorganisms loaded throughout the pores of the inert carrier substrate, and a surface layer disposed on the outer surface of the inert carrier substrate, wherein the surface layer is permeable to molecules that aid in cell growth of the microorganisms such that the composition is operable to allow for increased propagation of the microorganisms within the pores of the inert carrier substrate as compared to another composition having an absence of the surface layer.

[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]


Use of aptamers in proteomics
Patent No. 10316349 

Inventor(s): Clive Gavin Brown (Cambourne, , GB), Koen Kas (Schilde, , BE), Sven Agnes Jan Eyckerman (Nazereth, , BE)
Assignee(s): Caris Science, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15669782 on 08/04/2017 (676 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is a method for measuring the amount of at least one molecule in a biological sample, the method comprising a) combining the sample, or a derivative thereof, with one or more aptamers and allowing one or more molecules in the sample to bind to the aptamer(s); b) separating bound from unbound molecules; and c) quantifying the molecule(s) bound to the or each aptamer, wherein quantification of the bound molecule(s) is carried out by sequencing at least part of the or each aptamer. Uses of and products derived from the method are also contemplated.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Systems and methods for automating the application of friction-modifying coatings
Patent No. 10316478 

Inventor(s): Jack D. Stone, Jr. (Dallas, TX), Jeff Rainwater (Midlothian, TX), Keith Rainwater (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): DBi Holding, LLC (Hazleton, PA)
Law Firm: Scheef Stone, L.L.P. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15944678 on 04/03/2018 (434 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for the application of friction-modifying coatings to roadways, walkways, pathways and other areas subject to vehicular, human or animal traffic, the system and method comprising the controlled, simultaneous application of binder and filler to a surface of a substrate, using a mobile device which passes over the substrate as the binder and filler are being applied. The system includes a frame coupled to a vehicle. A spray bar is mounted on the frame and includes an array of spray nozzles coupled to a resin container. An air knife is mounted on the frame and coupled to an air compressor for generating an air curtain. An aggregate dispenser bar including at least one aggregate dispenser is coupled to an aggregate bin and mounted on the frame for dispensing aggregate.

[E01C] CONSTRUCTION OF, OR SURFACES FOR, ROADS, SPORTS GROUNDS, OR THE LIKE; MACHINES OR AUXILIARY TOOLS FOR CONSTRUCTION OR REPAIR (forming road or like surfaces by compacting or grading snow or ice E01H)


Glazed porcelain roof tile
Patent No. 10316518 

Inventor(s): Claudio Caselli (Dallas, TX), Rahul Patki (Richardson, TX), Raul Rodriguez (Dallas, TX), Terry Adams (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): DALTILE CORPORATION (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Troutman Sanders LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15013248 on 02/02/2016 (1225 days app to issue)

Abstract: Roof tile for forming a roof covering, wherein the roof tile ([b]1[/b]) comprises a ceramic body ([b]8[/b]); wherein said ceramic body ([b]8[/b]) is made of porcelain; and wherein the roof tile ([b]1[/b]) further comprises a glaze coating ([b]9[/b]), which is situated above said ceramic body ([b]8[/b]).

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


Laterally adjustable post base assembly
Patent No. 10316538 

Inventor(s): Ian A. Hill (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Oz-Post International, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15792415 on 10/24/2017 (595 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a post base assembly includes a base member comprising post support wall and a plurality of peripheral side walls extending from the post support wall. The post support wall defines a first cutout and a second cutout that is disposed opposite the first cutout. The base member further includes a plurality of tabs that each extend inward toward a first wall of a respective cutout. A plurality of stirrup plates each include a center tab and at least one slot sized and shaped to receive one of the plurality of tabs of the base member. A mounting face defines at least one mounting hole that is configured to receive a mounting device to secure the stirrup plate to a face of a structural member.

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


Hybrid drill bit and design method
Patent No. 10316589 

Inventor(s): Karlos B. Cepeda (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: TraskBritt (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14223322 on 03/24/2014 (1905 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hybrid earth-boring bit comprising a bit body having a central axis, at least one, preferably three fixed blades, depending downwardly from the bit body, each fixed blade having a leading edge, and at least one rolling cutter, preferably three rolling cutters, mounted for rotation on the bit body. A rolling cutter is located between two fixed blades.

[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]


Coatings for a degradable wellbore isolation device
Patent No. 10316601 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zachary Ryan Murphree (Dallas, TX), Zachary William Walton (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15500473 on 08/25/2014 (1751 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wellbore isolation device comprising: one or more materials, wherein the one or more materials degrade after contact with a fluid; and a non-metallic coating, wherein the coating covers the one or more materials of the wellbore isolation device, and wherein the coating partially or wholly degrades after contact with a wellbore fluid. A method of removing the wellbore isolation device comprising: degrading the coating via contact with a wellbore fluid; and contacting the portion of the wellbore isolation device with a fluid, wherein the portion of the wellbore isolation device comprises one or more materials that degrade after contact with the fluid.

[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]


Wellbore isolation devices with solid sealing elements
Patent No. 10316614 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zachary Murphree (Dallas, TX), Zachary Walton (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14763228 on 09/04/2014 (1741 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example wellbore isolation device includes a mandrel and one or more solid sealing elements disposed about the mandrel and plastically deformable to seal against an inner wall of a casing or an inner wall of a wellbore. A slip wedge is disposed about the mandrel on a first axial end of the one or more solid sealing elements, and a radial shoulder positioned on the mandrel at a second axial end of the one or more sealing elements. At least the slip wedge applies a compressive force on the one or more solid sealing elements and thereby plastically deforms the one or more solid sealing elements into sealing engagement with the inner wall of the casing or the wellbore.

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


Dissolvable bridge plug
Patent No. 10316616 

Inventor(s): Jack Stafford (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (Sugar Land, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 12855503 on 08/12/2010 (3225 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dissolvable bridge plug configured with components for maintaining anchoring and structural integrity for high pressure applications. These components may substantially dissolve to allow for ease of plug removal following such applications. The plug may effectively provide isolation in a cased well for applications generating over about 8,000-10,000 psi. At the same time, by employment of a dissolve period for the noted components, such a plug may be drilled-out in less than about 30 minutes, even where disposed in a lateral leg of the well.

[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]


Pressure-restrictor plate for a partially loaded perforating gun
Patent No. 10316629 

Inventor(s): Justin Lee Mason (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15128294 on 06/18/2014 (1819 days app to issue)

Abstract: As assembly for a pressure-restrictor plate for a partially loaded perforating gun is provided. The assembly can include a charge tube positioned in a loaded-gun section of a partially loaded perforating gun. The assembly can also include a pressure-restrictor plate positioned in a blank-gun section of the partially loaded perforating gun and adjacent to the charge tube. The assembly can further include a rod for securing the pressure-restrictor plate in a position, the rod having a first end that is coupled to the pressure-restrictor plate and a second end that is coupled to an end plate positioned within the partially loaded perforating gun.

[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]


Position tracking for proppant conveying strings
Patent No. 10316646 

Inventor(s): Joseph DeWitt Parlin (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15555065 on 06/30/2015 (1442 days app to issue)

Abstract: A well system can include a completion string adjacent to a target formation and a service tool extending within the completion string. When the service tool is in an aligned position with respect to the completion string, the service tool can prevent fluid communication between the target formation and a return conduit to facilitate fluid slurry injection. In such an alignment, a reader of the service tool is positioned within a threshold distance of a tag of the completion string to receive an indicator from the tag. From the tag, the reader receives confirmation that the service tool and the completion string are properly aligned. A pulser of the service tool transmits a signal to a surface location to convey the confirmation. A user may then pump the fluid slurry through an internal fluid flow passage of the service tool to the target formation.

[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]


Universal joint
Patent No. 10316895 

Inventor(s): Beau J. St. Pierre (Hudson Oaks, TX), Carl Aron Deen (Fort Worth, TX), Christopher M. Casad (Benbrook, TX), Justin S. McMillan (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Ulterra Drilling Technologies, L.P. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15195892 on 06/28/2016 (1078 days app to issue)

Abstract: A universal joint assembled to a drill string transfers torque and axial force between two components where the shafts of the components are not completely aligned. The universal joint includes end members connected to opposite ends of a cable for connecting to components of the drill string. As the joint rotates the cable flexes to accommodate misalignment between the connected drill string components.

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


 

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Two-stage catalyst for removal of NO[subscript]x [/subscript]from exhaust gas stream
Patent No. 10316722 

Inventor(s): Michael Jones (Orchard Lake, MI), Michael Paul Rowe (Pinckney, MI), Torin C. Peck (Ypsilanti, 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: 15476374 on 03/31/2017 (802 days app to issue)

Abstract: A co-catalyst system for the removal of NO[subscript]x [/subscript]from an exhaust gas stream has a layered oxide and a spinel of formula Ni[subscript]0.15[/subscript]Co[subscript]0.85[/subscript]CoAlO[subscript]4[/subscript]. The system converts to nitric oxide to nitrogen gas with high product specificity. The layered oxide is configured to convert NO[subscript]x [/subscript]in the exhaust gas stream to an N[subscript]2[/subscript]O intermediate, and the spinel is configured to convert the N[subscript]2[/subscript]O intermediate to N[subscript]2[/subscript].

[F01N] GAS-FLOW SILENCERS OR EXHAUST APPARATUS FOR MACHINES OR ENGINES IN GENERAL; GAS-FLOW SILENCERS OR EXHAUST APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL-COMBUSTION ENGINES (arrangements in connection with gas exhaust of propulsion units in vehicles B60K 13/00; combustion-air intake silencers specially adapted for, or arranged on, internal-combustion engines F02M 35/00; protecting against, or damping, noise in general G10K 11/16)


Pump drivetrain damper system and control systems and methods for same
Patent No. 10316832 

Inventor(s): Joseph H. Byrne (Hudson Oaks, TX)
Assignee(s): S.P.M. Flow Control, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton, PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14752073 on 06/26/2015 (1446 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one aspect, there is provided a damper control system for a reciprocating pump assembly according to which control signals are sent to electromagnets. In another aspect, there is provided a method of dampening vibrations in a pump drivetrain according to which a beginning of torque variation is detected and at least a portion of the torque variation is negated. In another aspect, signals or data associated with pump characteristics are received from sensors, torque characteristics and damper response voltages per degree of crank angle are calculated, and control signals are sent to electromagnets. In another aspect, a damper system includes a fluid chamber configured to receive a magnetorheological fluid; a flywheel disposed at least partially within the fluid chamber and adapted to be operably coupled to a fluid pump crankshaft; and a magnetic device proximate the flywheel. The magnetic device applies a variable drag force to the flywheel.

[F04B] POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES FOR LIQUIDS; PUMPS (engine fuel-injection pumps F02M; machines for liquids, or pumps, of rotary-piston or oscillating-piston type F04C; non-positive-displacement pumps F04D; pumping of fluid by direct contact of another fluid or by using inertia of fluid to be pumped F04F; crankshafts, crossheads, connecting-rods F16C; flywheels F16F; gearings for interconverting rotary motion and reciprocating motion in general F16H; pistons, piston-rods, cylinders, in general F16J; ion pumps H01J 41/12; electrodynamic pumps H02K 44/02)


Headlamp with digital micromirror device and static reflector
Patent No. 10317032 

Inventor(s): Jeff Farris (Flower Mound, TX), Stephen A. Shaw (Plano, TX), Vikrant R. Bhakta (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15811752 on 11/14/2017 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: A headlamp includes a digital micromirror device (DMD) reflector, a light source, and projection optics. The DMD reflector includes a DMD and a static reflector disposed on a plurality of sides of the DMD. The light source is disposed to illuminate the DMD reflector. The projection optics are configured to project light reflected by the DMD and light reflected by the static reflector via a same lens system.

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


LED lighting system with forced air cooling
Patent No. 10317065 

Inventor(s): Fred H. Holmes (Cleveland, OK), Kevin C. Baxter (Glendale, CA)
Assignee(s): Sportsbeams Lighting, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15135864 on 04/22/2016 (1145 days app to issue)

Abstract: An outdoor area LED lighting system including: a housing containing a large array of LEDs mounted to an aluminum direct thermal path printed circuit board and a single lens. The large array of LEDs are capable of producing light rays directed through the single lens to produce a beam of light to illuminate the outdoor area. The single lens is preferably a Fresnel lens. The housing is preferably capable of being sealed in a weather-tight manner. A second housing may at least partially surround the first housing such that at least one air passage is provided between the first housing and the second housing. A heat sink including a heat block in thermal communication with a plurality of heat tubes and fin assemblies may be in partial thermal contact with the LED module and in fluid communication with the at least one air passage. At least one fan may be provided in or in fluid communication with said at least one air passage to cool the heat sink. A digital interface may connect the LED module to a host computer to monitor and track information and trending for statistical process control.

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


Variable air volume diffuser and method of operation
Patent No. 10317099 

Inventor(s): Gary A. Minor (Flower Mound, TX), Joachim Hirsch (Colleyville, TX), Makavan Hayes (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Air Distribution Technologies IP, LLC (Milwaukee, WI)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14688988 on 04/16/2015 (1517 days app to issue)

Abstract: A variable air volume diffuser and method of operation are disclosed. The system includes an energy harvesting device, a ring-shaped damper and a frame adapted to interface with the ring-shaped damper, wherein the ring-shaped damper is driven by energy harvested from the energy harvesting device.

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


 

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Pressure indicating fire sprinkler device
Patent No. 10315060 

Inventor(s): Jerry Minter (Irving, TX), Scott Hayes (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15785859 on 10/17/2017 (602 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device and method for verifying the readiness of a building”s fire sprinkler system. The device includes an adapter that is secured between the sprinkler pipe and the sprinkler assembly, a pressure switch to measure the fluid pressure in the fire sprinkler system, an indicator which notifies occupants if there is enough fluid pressure at the sprinkler assembly for the sprinkler to operate properly, and a power source for the pressure switch and indicator. During operation of the sprinkler system, water flows from the sprinkler pipe, through the adapter and into the sprinkler assembly.

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


Scaled element testing of wear protection materials
Patent No. 10317323 

Inventor(s): Andrew Paul Haldeman (Forth Worth, TX), Ramesh Thiagarajan (Plano, TX), Suvankar Mishra (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15782677 on 10/12/2017 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods of operating a test apparatus to simulate testing a production aircraft component include assembling a test assembly having a test specimen and a wear protection material disposed on opposing sides of the test specimen, an outer plate disposed on each side of the test specimen in contact with the wear protection material, and a bolt disposed through the test specimen and the outer plates and applying a preload against the wear protection material. The test assembly is secured in a test machine, and the test machine is operated to provide a predetermined displacement of the test specimen relative to the outer plates at a predetermined frequency at a determined frequency of displacement cycles. The preload, the predetermined displacement, and the predetermined frequency of displacement cycles are determined through finite element analysis of an analytical model of the production component.

[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)


Remote monitoring of water distribution system
Patent No. 10317384 

Inventor(s): Brian Morrow (Carrollton, TX), Charles Kitowski (Colleyville, TX), Daniel Copeland (Bessemer, AL), Leon G. McCullough (West Des Moines, IA), Mike Vore (Oskaloosa, IA)
Assignee(s): AMI Investments, L.L.C. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Maynard Cooper Gale, P.C. (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15271597 on 09/21/2016 (993 days app to issue)

Abstract: A liquid monitoring system includes a remote measurement device located at a location of the fire hydrant that is in contact with water provided by a water main. The remote measurement device has sensors that measure characteristics of the water and a communication interface that transmits measured information to a communication network device that may be located elsewhere on the fire hydrant. The communication network device communicates with a communication network.

[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)


Spike safe floating current and voltage source
Patent No. 10317456 

Inventor(s): Ramana Tadepalli (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15278114 on 09/28/2016 (986 days app to issue)

Abstract: Spike safe floating current and voltage source (VI) containing a forced voltage amplifier in series with a selectable resistor. A method of providing a VI with forced current testing mode using a forced voltage amplifier in series with a selectable resistor. A method of providing a VI with forced voltage testing mode using a forced voltage amplifier in series with a selectable resistor. A method of measuring the on resistance of a device under test using a VI with a forced voltage amplifier in series with a selectable resistor. A method of measuring the breakdown of an input/output junction of a device under test using a VI with a forced voltage amplifier in series with a selectable resistor.

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


Trace domain controller with test data I/O/control, internal control I/O
Patent No. 10317461 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16011008 on 06/18/2018 (358 days app to issue)

Abstract: An address and command port interface selectively enables JTAG TAP domain operations and Trace domain operations within an IC. The port carries TMS and TDI input and TDO output on a single pin and receives a clock signal on a separate pin. The addressable two pin interface loads and updates instructions and data to the TAP domain within the IC. The instruction or data update operations in multiple ICs occur simultaneously. A process transmits data from an addressed target device to a controller using data frames, each data frame comprising a header bit and data bits. The logic level of the header bit is used to start, continue, and stop the data transmission to the controller. A data and clock signal interface between a controller and multiple target devices provides for each target device to be individually addressed and commanded to perform a JTAG or Trace operation.

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


Efficient seismic file transmission
Patent No. 10317544 

Inventor(s): William T. McDavid (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): INOVA LTD. (Grand Cayman, , KY)
Law Firm: Mossman, Kumar Tyler, PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14306470 on 06/17/2014 (1820 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for conducting a seismic survey. The system includes a seismic sensor supplying a seismic signal; sampling circuitry configured to convert the signal to a sequence of samples, each sample represented by a bit string; a data communication device configured to transmit compressed seismic data; a recording computer configured to receive compressed seismic data; at least one processor with a computer memory accessible thereto, the at least one processor configured to: create a sample block by storing at least a portion of the sequence of samples in memory units in the computer memory, wherein each sample is stored in a corresponding memory unit; and compress data contained in the sample block by encoding all bits of a particular bit number from the memory units of the sample block in sequence to produce compressed seismic data.

[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]


Three-dimensional waveguide sensors for sample analysis
Patent No. 10317567 

Inventor(s): Neal G. Skinner (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Gilliam IP PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16102486 on 08/13/2018 (302 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for measuring a characteristic of a fluid are provided. The system includes a plurality of waveguides embedded in a substrate, and an exposed surface of the substrate comprising a portion of a side surface of at least one of the plurality of waveguides. The system also includes a sensitized coating in the at least one of the plurality of waveguides. The exposed surface is curved in a direction perpendicular to a light propagation in the waveguide. A method of fabricating a system as above is also provided.

[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)


Optical article comprising an antireflective coating with a low reflection both in the ultraviolet region and in the visible region
Patent No. 10317577 

Inventor(s): Ilya Bolshakov (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL (Charenton-le-Pont, , FR)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15504481 on 08/17/2015 (1394 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ophthalmic lens with a low reflection in both the ultraviolet region and the visible region is disclosed. The ophthalmic lens comprises a substrate with a front main face and a rear main face. The rear main face is coated with a multilayered antireflective coating. The antireflective coating comprises a stack of at least one layer having a refractive index higher than 1.6 and of at least one layer having a refractive index lower than 1.55. The mean reflection factor R[subscript]uv [/subscript]on the rear face between 280 nm and 380 nm, weighted by the function W(), is lower than or equal to 5%, preferably is lower than or equal to 4%, for an angle of incidence of 35. The Chroma C* of reflected light is equal to or lower than 4, preferably lower or equal to 3, for an angle of incidence () of 15.

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


Connector for transitioning multi-core fiber to plural single core fibers
Patent No. 10317629 

Inventor(s): Bradley Billman (Sachse, TX), Gary F. Gibbs (Wylie, TX), Paul F. Kolesar (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Muncy, Geissler, Olds Lowe, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16004388 on 06/09/2018 (367 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system connects multiple cores within one fiber, e.g., a multi-core fiber (MCF), to multiple fibers with single-cores. The single-core fibers can then be terminated by traditional envelopes, such as a single core LC envelope. A connector holds the single-core fibers into a pattern that matches a pattern of all, or a sub group, of the individual cores of the MCF. The single-core fibers may all be terminated to individual connectors to form a fanout or breakout cable. Alternatively, the single-core fibers may extend to another connector wherein the single-core fibers are regrouped into a pattern to mate with the cores of another MCF, hence forming a jumper. One or more of the single core fibers may be terminated along the length of the jumper to form a jumper with one or more tap accesses.

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


Cloaking devices constructed from reflection boundaries and half-mirrors and vehicles comprising the same
Patent No. 10317685 

Inventor(s): Chengang Ji (Ann Arbor, MI), Debasish Banerjee (Ann Arbor, MI), Kyu-Tae Lee (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: 15816084 on 11/17/2017 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cloaking device includes an object-side, an image-side, a cloaked region (CR) between the object-side and the image-side, and a reference optical axis extending from the object-side to the image-side. An object-side CR reflection boundary and an object-side optical component sub-assembly are positioned on the object-side and an image-side CR reflection boundary and an image-side optical component sub-assembly are positioned on the image-side. The object-side optical component sub-assembly includes an object-side outward-positioned half-mirror, an object-side inward-positioned half-mirror, and at least one of an object-side outward-positioned reflection boundary and an object-side half-wave plate. The image-side optical component sub-assembly includes an image-side outward-positioned half-mirror, an image-side inward-positioned half-mirror, and at least one of an image-side outward-positioned reflection boundary and an image-side half-wave plate. Light from an object located on the object-side of the cloaking device and obscured by the cloaked region is redirected around the cloaked region via three optical paths.

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


Operator and manufacturing quality traceability
Patent No. 10317891 

Inventor(s): Frederick Joseph Clark (Georgetown, KY)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14949748 on 11/23/2015 (1296 days app to issue)

Abstract: Operator and quality information can be traced during manufacturing processes. It can be determined whether an operator requesting access to the manufacturing process is authorized. If authorized, the operator can be granted access to the manufacturing process. Quality information including one or more quality checks associated with the operator can be received. It can be determined whether the one or more quality checks pass predetermined quality requirements. If the quality checks pass the predetermined quality requirements, identification information can be generated. The identification information can be used to apply a traceable output on a part associated with the manufacturing process. Traceability reports can be generated that include the operator identification and the quality information and that can be reviewed by external computing systems.

[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)


Peak efficiency recommendation and sharing
Patent No. 10317908 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey D. Gaither (Brighton, MI), Joshua D. Payne (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15675433 on 08/11/2017 (669 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a speed sensor to detect a current speed, a camera to detect image data, and a GPS sensor to detect location data. The system also includes a memory to store a lookup table that maps efficient vehicle speeds to roadway speed limits. The system also includes an output device and an electronic control unit (ECU). The ECU determines a current speed limit of the current roadway and determines that the vehicle is within a steady speed range when the current speed of the vehicle fluctuates less than a predetermined speed threshold over a predetermined time period. The ECU also compares the current speed limit to the lookup table to determine at least one efficient vehicle speed that corresponds to the current speed limit and controls the output device to output the at least one efficient vehicle speed when the vehicle is within the steady speed range.

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


Vehicle attachment point positioning in relation to a vehicle environment
Patent No. 10317909 

Inventor(s): Cassandra R. Grant (Saline, MI), Frankie B. Reed (Ypsilanti, MI), Jonathan C. Hall (Ann Arbor, MI), Kameron R. Hurst (Sonora, CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15381639 on 12/16/2016 (907 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided is a method and device for positioning a vehicle attachment point in a vehicle environment. On retrieving a plurality of object parameters relating to an object, a determination is made for a vehicle distance value relative to the vehicle attachment point in order to accommodate an object distance parameter that was retrieved from the plurality of object parameters. A vehicle environment assessment is then made relating to accommodating the physical characteristics of the object and the vehicle associated with the vehicle attachment point. Based on the assessment, vehicle attachment point positional data may be generated for positioning the vehicle attachment point relative to a vehicle environment based on at least the object distance parameter and the vehicle distance value.

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


Fluid control apparatus having variable area flow restrictor
Patent No. 10317917 

Inventor(s): Jake Buford (The Colony, TX), Madhusudhan Reddy Kotragouda Basappa (Frisco, TX), Mark A. Michnevitz (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15945311 on 04/04/2018 (433 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fluid regulator having a valve body defining an inlet, an outlet, a loading port, an access port, and a loading chamber disposed within the valve body and coupled to the loading port. A valve assembly is at least partially disposed between the inlet and the outlet and in communication with the loading chamber and is adapted to cooperate with the loading chamber to adjust fluid flow at the outlet by adjusting a fluid flow rate between the inlet and the outlet. A restrictor is at least partially disposed within the access port and the loading chamber and the valve assembly are adapted to be responsive to a change in loading pressure such that a modified rate is achieved and the restrictor is adapted to adjust a response speed in which the modified rate is achieved.

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


Attenuating common mode noise current in current mirror circuits
Patent No. 10317925 

Inventor(s): Nitin Agarwal (Bangalore, , IN), Rajavelu Thinakaran (Bangalore, , IN), Sumit Dubey (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15473209 on 03/29/2017 (804 days app to issue)

Abstract: At least some embodiments are directed to a system comprising a capacitor coupled to a voltage supply rail and configured to carry a capacitor current that comprises first and second parts. The capacitor current is an alternating current (AC). A first current mirror component may couple to the capacitor and to the voltage supply rail and is configured to carry the first part of the capacitor current. A second current mirror component couples to the voltage supply rail and is configured to carry the second part of the capacitor current. The second part of the capacitor current is proportionally related to the first part of the capacitor current. A circuit couples to the second current mirror component. The capacitor and the first and second current mirror components are configured to attenuate a common mode noise current flowing to the circuit.

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


Initiating actions responsive to user expressions of a user while reading media content
Patent No. 10317994 

Inventor(s): James P. Appleyard (North Richland Hills, TX), Pratik A. Naik (Dallas, TX), Subil M. Abraham (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14732443 on 06/05/2015 (1467 days app to issue)

Abstract: First media content including text is presented on a display. User expressions of a user, including eye movement, are tracked by an image detector while the user is reading the text of the first media content. User expression data is generated based on the user expressions of the user. A determination can be made as to whether the user expression data indicates that the user gazes at a portion of the text presented on the display for a period exceeding a threshold value. Responsive to determining that the user expression data indicates that the user gazes at a portion of the text presented on the display for a period exceeding a threshold value, one or more actions can be automatically initiated. For example, additional media content that provides further explanation of the media content can be presented.

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


Touch screen display with tactile feedback using transparent actuator assemblies
Patent No. 10318083 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX), Russell C. McKown (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15689146 on 08/29/2017 (651 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a module or system and a method that includes: 1) a transparent screen assembly containing an actuator layer lying between two layers of transparent multiple line electrodes, where one electrode layer of forms lines in the x-direction layer and the other electrode layer forms lines in the y-direction; and 2) a controller that is connected to these electrodes. The system and method of the present invention provides: 1) multiple touch sensing on or near a surface of the transparent screen and 2) simultaneous high resolution tactile feedback across the same surface.

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


Segment length measurement using a touch screen system in response to gesture input
Patent No. 10318150 

Inventor(s): Joe Dean Hill (Wylie, TX), Michel Georges Stella (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15606527 on 05/26/2017 (746 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to processing of gestures to cause computation of measurements of a line using a touch screen. A system includes a processor, a touch screen coupled to the processor, a gesture module coupled to the processor for executing a gesturing method. The method includes determining a gesture shape and whether the gesture shape selects a first line segment by intersecting the first line segment. When the gesture shape selects a first line segment, it is then determined whether the gesture shape also selects an additional line segment different from the first line segment. When an additional line segment is not selected, the method calculates the length measurement from the beginning point of the segment to the end point of the selected first line segment. The method further displays the length measurement on a display.

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


Systems and methods of command authorization
Patent No. 10318193 

Inventor(s): Alon Marcu (Tel-Mond, , IL), Ronen Haen (Kibbutz Parod, , IL), Shmuel Cohen (Yoqneam Illit, , IL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14853759 on 09/14/2015 (1366 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a non-volatile memory and a controller coupled to the non-volatile memory. The device may be configured according to a mode in which execution of a particular command is unauthorized while the device is configured in the mode. While in the mode, the device may authorize execution of the command to occur during the mod.

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


Apparatuses and methods for timing domain crossing
Patent No. 10318238 

Inventor(s): Brian Huber (Allen, TX), Gary Howe (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16107867 on 08/21/2018 (294 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for a timing domain transfer circuit are disclosed. Disclosed embodiments may be configured to receive an event from one timing domain, output the event to another timing domain, and further configured to mark the event as transferred. An example method includes receiving an Event In based in a first timing domain at a first latch and receiving an intermediate event from the first latch by a second latch. The event is transferred to a second timing domain by the second latch and the first latch is reset based on feedback.

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


Predication methods for vector processors
Patent No. 10318293 

Inventor(s): Duc Quang Bui (Grand Prairie, TX), Joseph Zbiciak (Farmers Branch, TX), Timothy Anderson (University Park, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14327038 on 07/09/2014 (1798 days app to issue)

Abstract: A predication method for vector processors that minimizes the use of embedded predicate fields in most instructions by using separate condition code extensions. Dedicated predicate registers provide fine grain predication of vector instructions where each bit of a predicate register controls 8 bit of the vector data.

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


Virtualization support for storage devices
Patent No. 10318324 

Inventor(s): Anirudh Badam (Princeton, NJ), David Nellans (Salt Lake City, UT), Mark Brinicombe (San Jose, CA), Neil Carson (Palo Alto, CA), Nisha Talagala (Livermore, CA), Robert Wipfel (Draper, UT)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler Bean Adamson, PC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15649366 on 07/13/2017 (698 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to enabling virtual machines to access data on a physical recording medium. In one embodiment, a computing system provides a logical address space for a storage device to an allocation agent that is executable to allocate the logical address space to a plurality of virtual machines having access to the storage device. In such an embodiment, the logical address space is larger than a physical address space of the storage device. The computing system may then process a storage request from one of the plurality of virtual machines. In some embodiments, the allocation agent is a hypervisor executing on the computing system. In some embodiments, the computing system tracks utilizations of the storage device by the plurality of virtual machines, and based on the utilizations, enforces a quality of service level associated with one or more of the plurality of virtual machines.

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


Managing virtual clustering environments according to requirements
Patent No. 10318342 

Inventor(s): Joseph E. Hackett (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13760396 on 02/06/2013 (2316 days app to issue)

Abstract: Managing virtual machines includes determining an operating parameter of a device during operation of the device as part of a cluster of devices while the device hosts a virtual machine and comparing, using a processor, a requirement for the virtual machine with the operating parameter. A view of the virtual machine operating within the device of the cluster can be displayed. A result of the comparison can be indicated through application of a visualization technique to an identifier representing the virtual machine within the view.

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


Systems and methods for computer infrastructure monitoring and maintenance
Patent No. 10318367 

Inventor(s): Mark S. Moore (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Hostetler LLP (15 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15153983 on 05/13/2016 (1124 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for detecting computer issues includes identifying a target computer system. A first set of data for a first time period relating an operating metric from the target computer system are received. The operating metric is stored. A second set of data for a second time period relating to the operating metric is received. The first and second sets of data are compared. A difference between the two sets of data is identified. If the difference between the two sets of data is within a range a warning notification is displayed in a graphical user interface. An input is received in the graphical user interface in response to the warning notification being displayed.

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


Streaming engine with multi dimensional circular addressing selectable at each dimension
Patent No. 10318433 

Inventor(s): Joseph Zbiciak (Farmers Branch, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15384451 on 12/20/2016 (903 days app to issue)

Abstract: A streaming engine employed in a digital data processor specifies a fixed read only data stream defined by plural nested loops. An address generator produces address of data elements for the nested loops. A steam head register stores data elements next to be supplied to functional units for use as operands. A stream template register independently specifies a linear address or a circular address mode for each of the nested loops.

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


Snapshots for a non-volatile device
Patent No. 10318495 

Inventor(s): Nisha Talagala (Livermore, CA), Sriram Subramanian (Santa Clara, CA), Swaminathan Sundararaman (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler Bean Adamson, PC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13939992 on 07/11/2013 (2161 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are disclosed for snapshots of a non-volatile device. A method includes writing data in a sequential log structure for a non-volatile device. A method includes marking a point, in a sequential log structure, for a snapshot of data. A method includes preserving a logical-to-physical mapping for a snapshot based on a marked point and a temporal order for data in a sequential log structure.

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


Methods and apparatus for a distributed database within a network
Patent No. 10318505 

Inventor(s): Leemon C. Baird, III (College Station, TX)
Assignee(s): Swirlds, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Cooley LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15205688 on 07/08/2016 (1068 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, an instance of a distributed database can be configured at a first compute device within a set of compute devices that implements the distributed database via a network. A database convergence module can define a first event linked to a first set of events and receive, from a second compute device from the set of compute devices, a second event (1) defined by the second compute device and (2) linked to a second set of events. The database convergence module can define a third event linked to the first event and the second event. The database convergence module can identify an order associated with a third set of events based at least on the first set of events and the second set of events, and store in the instance of the distributed database the order associated with the third set of events.

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


Method for refining cognitive insights using travel-related cognitive graph vectors
Patent No. 10318561 

Inventor(s): John N. Faith (Austin, TX), Kyle W. Kothe (Austin, TX), Scott E. Goldberg (Venice, CA)
Assignee(s): RealPage, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Sprinkle IP Law Group (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14733255 on 06/08/2015 (1464 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system and computer-usable medium are disclosed for using travel-related cognitive graph vectors.

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


Algorithmic TCAM based ternary lookup
Patent No. 10318587 

Inventor(s): Patrick Bosshart (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BAREFOOT NETWORKS, INC. (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Adeli LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15094914 on 04/08/2016 (1159 days app to issue)

Abstract: An algorithmic TCAM based ternary lookup method is provided. The method stores entries for ternary lookup into several sub-tables. All entries in each sub-table have a sub-table key that includes the same common portion of the entry. No two sub-tables are associated with the same sub-table key. The method stores the keys in a sub-table keys table in TCAM. Each key has a different priority. The method stores the entries for each sub-table in random access memory. Each entry in a sub-table has a different priority. The method receives a search request to perform a ternary lookup for an input data item. A ternary lookup into the ternary sub-table key table stored in TCAM is performed to retrieve a sub-table index. The method performs a ternary lookup across the entries of the sub-table associated with the retrieved index to identify the highest priority matched entry for the input data item.

[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)


User input-based play-list generation and streaming media playback system
Patent No. 10318647 

Inventor(s): Aviv Eyal (New York, NY), George Aposporos (Rockville, MD)
Assignee(s): BLUEBONNET INTERNET MEDIA SERVICES, LLC (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Scott Law Group LLP (15 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15407548 on 01/17/2017 (875 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems are provided to enable users of a streaming media playback system to access play-lists generated automatically based on input of a plurality of users regarding previously played media resources, and to provide user input regarding the media resources of the play-lists. The user input regarding media resources may be received from a plurality of users using a plurality of playback interfaces executing on a plurality of internet enabled multimedia computing platforms. A rating component determines rating information from the user inputs provided by the plurality of users and modifies the rating information in an organizational data structure that describes rating information for the media resources. The system further includes a play-list fenerator adapted to generate and store or dynamically generate at least one play-list at least based on the rating information in the organizational data structure.

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


System and method for miter and notch identification for pattern sew line generation
Patent No. 10318657 

Inventor(s): Aarcus Kang (Concord, MA), Fredrick Pennachi (Lincoln, MA), Marc Attar (Somerville, MA)
Assignee(s): Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15281259 on 09/30/2016 (984 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method is provided that facilitates miter and notch identification for pattern sew line generation. A processor of the system may be configured to access a pattern data that defines a flat shape with cut lines corresponding to locations at which the shape is cut out of a material. Based on the pattern data, the processor may generate a computer-aided-design (CAD) model that includes a plurality of curves that define boundary edges of an object that corresponds to the shape defined by the pattern data. In addition, the processor may automatically identify portions of the boundary edges that correspond to alignment guides including at least one miter alignment guide, notch recess alignment guide, notch projection alignment guide, or combination thereof. Further, the processor may include at least one sew line in the CAD model that is parallel to and offset by the at least one seam allowance distance from at least one boundary edge towards the interior of the CAD model, without being offset by the at least one seam allowance distance from portions of the at least one boundary edge that include the identified alignment guides.

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


System, method, apparatus, and computer program product for generation of an elevation plan for a computing system
Patent No. 10318658 

Inventor(s): Brian Keefe (Westminster, MA), Jeffery Jon Hayward (Lucas, TX), Timothy Allen Cox (Bellingham, MA)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14460677 on 08/15/2014 (1761 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, apparatus, and computer program product for generating an elevation plan for a computing system are disclosed. A method may include accessing a build specification identifying components to be included in the computing system. The method may also include accessing a set of component placement rules defining rules for placing components within a rack. The method may further include generating an elevation plan defining a respective mount position for each of a subset of the components within one or more racks based on the set of component placement rules.

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


Data security and risk ranking tool
Patent No. 10318741 

Inventor(s): Zhidong Zhang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15357729 on 11/21/2016 (932 days app to issue)

Abstract: A risk ranking tool includes a retrieval engine, a data risk engine, an operational risk engine, and a data security engine. The data risk engine calculates, using graph data, a plurality of calculated data risk scores that each indicate an amount of data risk for nodes of the graph data. The operational risk engine calculates, using the graph data, a plurality of calculated operational risk scores that each indicate an amount of operational risk for nodes of the graph data. The data security engine determines whether any of the calculated data or operational risk scores equal or exceed a predefined score, and in response, initiates a security action related to the calculated risk score that exceeds the predefined score.

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


Multi-tier security framework
Patent No. 10318767 

Inventor(s): Greg Astfalk (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: 15535361 on 12/10/2014 (1644 days app to issue)

Abstract: A security framework for a multi-tenant, multi-tier computer system with embedded processing is described. A multi-tenant security framework is created for a combined processing and storage hierarchy of multiple tiers. The multi-tenant security framework is applied to multiple execution levels of the memory device. The multi-tenant security framework is applied to multiple layers of application server software of the memory device. The multi-tenant security framework is also applied to multiple layers of storage server software of the memory device.

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


Automatic digital image correlation and distribution
Patent No. 10318812 

Inventor(s): Kulvir S. Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15187862 on 06/21/2016 (1085 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for image correlation and distribution. The method includes receiving an image depicting at least one person, metadata for the image, contact data, facial recognition data, and location data. The method further includes analyzing the image and other data, and determining the identity of people in the image based on the facial recognition data and the location data.

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


System and method for automatic insertion of call intelligence in an information system
Patent No. 10318922 

Inventor(s): Christopher M. Lyman (Los Angeles, CA)
Assignee(s): Fonality, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dentons US LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12405197 on 03/16/2009 (3739 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for providing automatic insertion of call intelligence in an information system are provided. In exemplary embodiments, new call detail records are accessed. At least one individual associated with the new call detail record may then be identified, and a subject matter associated with the new call detail record determined. A call intelligence record based on the identified individual and the subject matter is then generated and automatically inserted into the information system.

[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]


Filtered peer-to-peer business communication in a distributed computer environment
Patent No. 10318925 

Inventor(s): Jason R. English (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): JDA Software Group, Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ)
Law Firm: Spencer Fane LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14966785 on 12/11/2015 (1278 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for filtered peer-to-peer business communication in a distributed computer environment includes accessing offers associated with one or more offerors and requests associated with one or more requestors, each offer and each request including a set of filter components. Filter components of offers are compared with corresponding filter components of requests to determine whether one or more offers match one or more requests. A match is determined between an offer and a request if the filter components of the offer match the corresponding filter components of the request. In response, at least a matching portion of the offer and request is replicated and communicated to both the offeror associated with the offer and the requestor associated with the request to provide filtered peer-to-peer communication between the offeror and requestor.

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


System for routing of process authorization and settlement to a user in process data network based on specified parameters
Patent No. 10318938 

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: 15050285 on 02/22/2016 (1205 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments enable a system operatively connected with a block chain distributed network to use the block chain for routing of process authorization and settlement based on specified parameters. Embodiments receive a transaction record associated with a payment transaction, wherein the transaction record comprises transaction data indicating a payor, a payee and an amount; access a distributed ledger stored in the memory device, wherein the distributed ledger is updated based on communications from a block chain distributed network; determine, using the accessed distributed ledger, one or more preferences associated with the payee of the transaction data; and route at least one of the process authorization and transaction settlement based on the accessed one or more preferences. In some cases, the preferences include a settlement routing preference and the transaction settlement is routed based on the settlement routing preference.

[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]


Service design and order fulfillment system with technical order calculation provider function
Patent No. 10318969 

Inventor(s): Todd Spraggins (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Oracle International Corporation (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Potomac Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13936660 on 07/08/2013 (2164 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that generates a technical order is provided. The system receives a configuration delta including a change in a configuration of resource-facing services or resources. The system further generates technical actions that effectuate the configuration delta, where each technical action includes metadata that defines a pattern of a structured request to perform work on a resource-facing service that is based on a resource-facing service specification or a resource that is based on a resource specification. The system further generates technical order lines, where each technical order line includes a technical action and a resource-facing service that is based on a resource-facing service specification or a resource that is based on a resource specification.

[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]


Managing cookie data
Patent No. 10318987 

Inventor(s): Kathy P. Mitchell (Southlake, TX), Randall A. Stark (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Law Office of Jim Boice (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14182481 on 02/18/2014 (1939 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, information handling system and/or computer program product provides a cookie to a user. The method comprises: analyzing data in a consolidated set of the user”s internet activities; generating a server side cookie for a website based on the analyzed data; in response to the user visiting the website with a first client, providing the server side cookie to the first client; merging the server side cookie with a client side cookie at the first client; and using the merged cookie to provide personalized recommendations to the user.

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


Managing cookie data
Patent No. 10318988 

Inventor(s): Kathy P. Mitchell (Southlake, TX), Randall A. Stark (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Law Office of Jim Boice (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14559243 on 12/03/2014 (1651 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, information handling system and/or computer program product provides a cookie to a user. The method comprises: analyzing data in a consolidated set of the user”s internet activities; generating a server side cookie for a website based on the analyzed data; in response to the user visiting the website with a first client, providing the server side cookie to the first client; merging the server side cookie with a client side cookie at the first client; and using the merged cookie to provide personalized recommendations to the user.

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


Database image matching using machine learning with output estimation
Patent No. 10319007 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Michael Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15915998 on 03/08/2018 (460 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for processing an image including a vehicle using machine learning can include determining a location of the client device. The method can further include receiving a first image of a vehicle from an image sensor of the client device and matching, using machine learning, the first image to one or more images of vehicles in a vehicle database to identify the vehicle. The vehicle database can list vehicles located at the determined location of the client device and images of the vehicles. The method can include retrieving vehicle information from the vehicle database, based on the identified vehicle, and obtaining comparison information based at least in part on the vehicle information. The method can include estimating a quote for the vehicle based on the comparison information and transmitting the estimated quote for display on the client device.

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


Methods, systems, and computer program products for linking data schemas to electronic tax return
Patent No. 10319043 

Inventor(s): Eldwin Pile (McKinney, TX), Eric Dunn (Frisco, TX), Gregg Gamble (Frisco, TX), Jennifer Reeves (Frisco, TX), Martha Ryan (Plano, TX), Maurice Clark (Frisco, TX), Nikolay Kolev (Dallas, TX), Rajkumar Patel (Allen, TX,
Assignee(s): INTUIT INC. (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: DLA Piper LLP US (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15011358 on 01/29/2016 (1229 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and computer program product for identifying errors in a computerized preparation of an electronic financial document to be submitted to an agency. A financial document preparation program is executed, a first connection is initiated with a computer of the agency, the schema requirements are received from the agency via the first connection, data entry fields are generated, data entered into the data entry fields is received, error rules are generated from the schema requirements, each error rule associated with a respective one of the data entry fields associated with the electronic financial document, the data entered into the data entry fields is checked against the respective error rules to identify schema errors in the data entered into the data entry fields, the electronic financial document is generated based on the data entered into the data entry fields, and the electronic financial document is electronically transmitted to the agency.

[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 deriving spatial attributes for imaged objects utilizing three-dimensional information
Patent No. 10319101 

Inventor(s): Anand Iyer (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Quantum Spatial, Inc. (St. Petersburg, FL)
Law Firm: FisherBroyles, LLP (Local + 17 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15193782 on 06/27/2016 (1079 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to deriving spatial attributes for imaged objects utilizing three-dimensional (3D) information. A server may obtain 3D survey data about an object from a pre-existing source. The server may then receive image data describing the object from a user device. The server may then utilize range imagery techniques to build a 3D point cloud from imagery in a pixel space. The server may then utilize horizontal positioning to place the 3D point cloud in proximity to the 3D survey data. The server may then fit the 3D survey data to the 3D point cloud. Finally, the server may record measurements and absolute locations of interest from the 3D point cloud and send them to the user device.

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


Safe speed limit recommendation
Patent No. 10319230 

Inventor(s): Mathews Thomas (Flower Mound, TX), Subil M. Abraham (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14492704 on 09/22/2014 (1723 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a computer-implemented system, a plurality of inputs related to vehicle safe speed data for a first vehicle are received. These inputs include vehicle data received from one or more other vehicles proximate the first vehicle, historical data traffic condition information, predictive data regarding future traffic conditions, history data of a current driver of the first vehicle, current vehicle condition data, and current reaction of the current driver. Based upon the plurality of inputs, a recommended safe speed limit for the current driver is determined, and the determined recommended safe speed limit is presented to the current driver. The recommended safe speed limit is a calculated maximum speed, in real time, that the current driver should be driving.

[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]


Transport parking space availability detection
Patent No. 10319234 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15589461 on 05/08/2017 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: Identifying parking spaces and notifying user devices provides an easy way to reduce traffic and save time for registered users. One example may include monitoring a predefined area via a sensor, detecting a change via the sensor, comparing the change to a predefined condition stored in memory, determining the change satisfies the predefined condition, and determining a changed parking space status.

[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]


Graphical user interfaces for spanish language teaching
Patent No. 10319254 

Inventor(s): Joel Lane Mayon (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15183709 on 06/15/2016 (1091 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one implementation, a computer-implemented method for providing a graphical user interface (GUI) that teaches correct placement of accent marks on Spanish language words through a particular sequence of graphical elements includes receiving, through a GUI presented by a computing device, a selection of a graphical word element corresponding to a word to test as part of a Spanish language teaching program; identifying, by the computing device, a particular word set that corresponds to the word from among a plurality of word sets; and outputting, in the GUI presented by the computing device and based on the particular word set, a first graphical prompt element for the user to identify whether the word has a particular ending characteristic that corresponds to the particular word set.

[G09B] EDUCATIONAL OR DEMONSTRATION APPLIANCES; APPLIANCES FOR TEACHING, OR COMMUNICATING WITH, THE BLIND, DEAF OR MUTE; MODELS; PLANETARIA; GLOBES; MAPS; DIAGRAMS


High speed level shifter for high voltage applications
Patent No. 10319362 

Inventor(s): Aravind Miriyala (Bangalore, , IN), Raja Sekhar Kanakamedala (Bangalore, , IN), Ravikumar Pattipaka (Bangalore, , IN), Sandeep Kesrimal Oswal (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15793537 on 10/25/2017 (594 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides a level shifter. The level shifter includes a first logic block that receives an input signal and generates a primary pulsed input. A first transistor is coupled to the first logic block and a first node. A gate terminal of the first transistor receives the primary pulsed input. A latch is coupled to the first node and a second node. A second logic block receives the input signal and generates a secondary pulsed input. A second transistor is coupled between the second logic block and the second node. A gate terminal of the second transistor receives the secondary pulsed input.

[G10K] SOUND-PRODUCING DEVICES (sound-producing toys A63H 5/00); METHODS OR DEVICES FOR PROTECTING AGAINST, OR FOR DAMPING, NOISE OR OTHER ACOUSTIC WAVES IN GENERAL; ACOUSTICS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [6]


Sense amplifier with non-ideality cancellation
Patent No. 10319420 

Inventor(s): Chun-Ju Chu (San Jose, CA), Yingchang Chen (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15789638 on 10/20/2017 (599 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sense circuit includes memory cell characterization circuitry, storage circuitry, switching circuitry, and bit line biasing circuitry. The sense circuit is configured to perform a sense operation to sense a characterization of a memory cell. During a pre-charge phase, the memory cell characterization circuitry and the bit line biasing circuitry set differential voltages in the storage circuitry to levels dependent on input offset voltages according to certain polarities. The storage circuitry maintains the differential voltages during the sense phase, allowing the memory cell characterization circuitry to cancel output the input offset voltages when generating output voltages used to identify a characterization of the memory cell. The memory cell characterization circuitry also generates its output voltage based on a reference current through a reference bit line. Doing so may allow the memory cell characterization circuitry to cancel out background noise current generated on the bit line during the sense operation.

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


Apparatus and method for identifying memory cells for data refresh based on monitor cell in a resistive memory device
Patent No. 10319437 

Inventor(s): Christopher J Petti (Mountain View, CA), Juan Saenz (Menlo Park, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15710247 on 09/20/2017 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technology is described for identifying non-volatile memory cells having data that should be refreshed. The technology could be used to identify which groups of memory cells that store cold data should have a data refresh. In one aspect, a non-volatile storage device has at least one monitor memory cell associated with a group of data memory cells. The non-volatile storage device may use different programming techniques to program the data and monitor memory cells. In one aspect, the programming technique used for the monitor memory cell is less stable with respect to state than the technique used to program the associated data memory cells. The state of the monitor memory cell may change in a predictable manner, such that the state of the monitor cell may be sensed periodically to determine whether the associated data memory cells should be refreshed.

[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 compression operable for non-contiguous write/read addresses
Patent No. 10320412 

Inventor(s): Desmond Pravin Martin Fernandes (Bangalore, , IN), Rakesh Channabasappa Yaraduyathinahalli (Bangalore, , IN), Sundarrajan Rangachari (Trichy, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15895721 on 02/13/2018 (483 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include a system having a first memory, a second memory, circuitry that reads data quantities from the first memory along a first orientation, a compression engine that compresses each of the read data quantities to produce corresponding compressed data quantities, and circuitry that writes the compressed data quantities to the second memory along a second orientation which differs from the first orientation. The read data quantities have a first bit width and the compressed data quantities have a second bit width that is less than the first bit width.

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


Method of determining a direction of rotation and valid transitions of quadrature pulses
Patent No. 10320594 

Inventor(s): Richard Mark Poley (Sugar Land, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15223537 on 07/29/2016 (1047 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of determining a direction of rotation of a shaft is disclosed, as well as an integrated circuit chip that uses the disclosed method. The method includes receiving a first binary signal and a second binary signal from a transducer attached to the shaft, with the first and second binary signals being in quadrature. A present quadrant identification number, QID[subscript]PRESENT[/subscript], is determined as a two-digit binary number by left-shifting a value of the first signal and adding a value of the second signal. After a sampling interval has elapsed, the method sets a past quadrant identification number, QID[subscript]PAST[/subscript], to the value of said QID[subscript]PRESENT[/subscript], determines a new value of QID[subscript]PRESENT [/subscript]and calculates a value of a transition code using an equation that operates on QID[subscript]PRESENT [/subscript]and QID[subscript]PAST[/subscript]. The method uses the transition code to determine a direction of rotation of the shaft.

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


Managing service deployment in a cloud computing environment
Patent No. 10320625 

Inventor(s): Sreekumar Cherumbath (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16107661 on 08/21/2018 (294 days app to issue)

Abstract: A service deployment manager may receive a service request that includes data identifying a service to be deployed in a cloud computing environment, data identifying an execution environment in which the service is to be deployed, data identifying a framework on which the service is to be deployed, and data identifying a version strategy to be applied to the service. The service deployment manager may receive data identifying a user account associated with the service request, and may determine that the user account has permission to deploy the requested service. The service deployment manager may identify a service template, based on the service, that specifies a virtual hardware configuration, and may provide, to a service deployment platform, instructions to deploy the service using the virtual hardware configuration. The instructions may include the data identifying the execution environment, the data identifying the framework, and the data identifying the version strategy.

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


Computer implemented system and method, and a computer program product, for allocating virtualized resources across an enterprise
Patent No. 10320699 

Inventor(s): Adrian J Sandham (Cork, , IE)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14919789 on 10/22/2015 (1328 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer implemented system and method, and a computer program product, for allocating virtualized information technology resources across an enterprise. For example, a method may include accessing hierarchical enterprise information, which is information identifying a plurality of hierarchically arranged organizational units of the enterprise. The method accesses virtualized resource information, which is information identifying virtualized resource available to the enterprise. The method also accesses virtualized resource allocation information, which is information identifying one or more of the plurality of hierarchically arranged organizational units and information identifying one or more virtualized resources allocated to each of the identified one or more of the plurality of hierarchically arranged organizational units. The method may receive a virtualized resources request from one of the plurality of hierarchically arranged organizational units, which identifies one or more virtualized resources requested by the one of the plurality of hierarchically arranged organizational units. Responsive to receiving the virtualized resources request, the method determines whether provisioning each of the virtualized resources identified in the virtualized resources request does not exceed the virtualized resources allocated to the one of the plurality of hierarchically arranged organizational units from which the virtualized resource request was received. If not, the method c

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


Rule-based selection of content
Patent No. 10321175 

Inventor(s): John Michael Donovan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15621098 on 06/13/2017 (728 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a network interface. The apparatus includes a processor coupled to the network interface. The apparatus further includes memory accessible to the processor. The memory includes instructions executable by the processor to perform operations. The operations include receiving user history data based on operation of a customer premise equipment device. The operations include determining additional information based on information extrapolated from the user history data. The operations include dynamically generating a user interface based on the user history data and based on the additional information. The operations further include initiating a transmission of the user interface to the customer premise equipment device.

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


 

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Mixed cation perovskite material devices
Patent No. 10316196 

Inventor(s): Jerred A. Chute (Dallas, TX), Kamil Mielczarek (Rowlett, TX), Michael D. Irwin (Dallas, TX), Vivek V. Dhas (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): HEE Solar, L.L.C. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15713104 on 09/22/2017 (627 days app to issue)

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

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


Direct coupling of a capacitive sensor to a delta-sigma converter
Patent No. 10317250 

Inventor(s): William Terry McDavid (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): ION Geophysical Corporation (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Holland Hart LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14995835 on 01/14/2016 (1244 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of an apparatus for direct coupling of a capacitive sensor to a delta-sigma converter are described. One apparatus includes a sensor, a charge coupling circuit configured to transfer at least a portion of charge generated by the sensor to an integrating circuit, a first charge feedback circuit configured to feed back charge to the sensor, a second charge feedback circuit configured to feed back charge to the integrating circuit, a comparing circuit configured to detect accumulated charge at the integrating circuit for a current cycle to determine a polarity of charge feedback for a subsequent cycle, and a logic circuit configured to provide a digital output corresponding to the sensed quantity and also configured to provide the polarity of charge feedback determined by the comparing circuit to the first charge feedback circuit and also to the second charge feedback circuit.

[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]


Detection of plunger movement in DC solenoids through current sense technique
Patent No. 10317453 

Inventor(s): Manu Balakrishnan (Kerala, , IN), Navaneeth Kumar Narayanasamy (TamilNadu, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16006880 on 06/13/2018 (363 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method of detecting movement of a plunger of the solenoid includes detecting a peak (I[subscript]PEAK[/subscript]) in a current signal applied to a coil of the solenoid. A predetermined threshold is added to the current signal applied to the coil of the solenoid to generate a level shifted signal. The level shifted signal and the peak signal are compared to detect movement of a plunger of the solenoid.

[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)


Encapsulated damascene interconnect structure for integrated circuits
Patent No. 10319630 

Inventor(s): Carl Radens (LaGrangeville, NY), John H. Zhang (Fishkill, NY), Lawrence A. Clevenger (LaGrangeville, NY), Yiheng Xu (Hopewell Junction, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13629411 on 09/27/2012 (2448 days app to issue)

Abstract: A plurality of metal tracks are formed in a plurality of intermetal dielectric layers stacked in an integrated circuit die. Thin protective dielectric layers are formed around the metal tracks. The protective dielectric layers act as a hard mask to define contact vias between metal tracks in the intermetal dielectric 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]


Interconnect structure containing a metal slilicide hydrogen diffusion barrier and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10319635 

Inventor(s): Han-Min Kim (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yosuke Nosho (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15605204 on 05/25/2017 (747 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor structure includes a semiconductor device located over a substrate, a dielectric layer stack of at least one first dielectric material layer, a silicon nitride layer, and at least one second dielectric material layer overlying the semiconductor device, and interconnect structures including metallic lines and metallic vias and embedded within the dielectric layer stack. The interconnect structures also include a metal silicide portion that directly contacts the silicon nitride layer. A combination of the silicon nitride layer and the metal silicide portion provides a continuous hydrogen barrier structure that is vertically spaced from the top surface of the semiconductor device.

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


Semiconductor structure with overlapping fins having different directions, and methods of fabricating the same
Patent No. 10319647 

Inventor(s): John H. Zhang (Altamont, NY), Qing Liu (Irvine, CA)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15890001 on 02/06/2018 (490 days app to issue)

Abstract: An analog integrated circuit is disclosed in which short channel transistors are stacked on top of long channel transistors, vertically separated by an insulating layer. With such a design, it is possible to produce a high density, high power, and high performance analog integrated circuit chip including both short and long channel devices that are spaced far enough apart from one another to avoid crosstalk. In one embodiment, the transistors are FinFETs and the long channel devices are multi-gate FinFETs. In one embodiment, single and dual damascene devices are combined in a multi-layer integrated circuit cell. The cell may contain various combinations and configurations of the short and long-channel devices. A high density cell can be made by simply shrinking the dimensions of the cells and replicating two or more cells in the same size footprint as the original cell.

[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 contact via structure surrounded by an air gap and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10319680 

Inventor(s): Fumiaki Toyama (Cupertino, CA), Jongsun Sel (Los Gatos, CA), Masaaki Higashitani (Cupertino, CA), Mohan Dunga (Santa Clara, CA), Peter Rabkin (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15909036 on 03/01/2018 (467 days app to issue)

Abstract: A structure includes a metal interconnect structure embedded in a lower interconnect level dielectric layer overlying a substrate, at least one material layer overlying the metal interconnect structure, a first contact level dielectric layer overlying the at least one material layer; a metal contact via structure vertically extending through the first contact level dielectric layer and the at least one material layer and contacting a top surface of the metal interconnect structure, and an encapsulated tubular cavity laterally surrounding at least a lower portion of the metal contact via structure, and vertically extending through the at least one material layer.

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


Integrated transistor and protection diode and fabrication method
Patent No. 10319712 

Inventor(s): Frank Baiocchi (Allentown, PA), Haian Lin (Bethlehem, PA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15729894 on 10/11/2017 (608 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples provide integrated circuits including a source down transistor with a gate, a body region, an n-type source region, an n-type drain region, a p-type body contact region below the n-type source region which extends to a first depth, along with a protection diode which includes an n-type cathode region, and a p-type anode region below the n-type cathode region, where the breakdown voltage of the protection diode is defined by adjusting the relative doping concentrations and/or the vertical locations of the p-type anode region with respect to the n-type cathode region.

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


Structures to avoid floating resurf layer in high voltage lateral devices
Patent No. 10319809 

Inventor(s): Constantin Bulucea (Sunnyvale, CA), Guru Mathur (Plano, TX), John Lin (Chelmsford, MA), Philip L. Hower (Concord, MA), Sameer P. Pendharkar (Allen, TX), Scott G. Balster (Dallas, TX), Yongxi Zhang (Plano, TX), Zachary
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15843444 on 12/15/2017 (543 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device contains an LDNMOS transistor with a lateral n-type drain drift region and a p-type RESURF region over the drain drift region. The RESURF region extends to a top surface of a substrate of the semiconductor device. The semiconductor device includes a shunt which is electrically coupled between the RESURF region and a low voltage node of the LDNMOS transistor. The shunt may be a p-type implanted layer in the substrate between the RESURF layer and a body of the LDNMOS transistor, and may be implanted concurrently with the RESURF layer. The shunt may be through an opening in the drain drift region from the RESURF layer to the substrate under the drain drift region. The shunt may be include metal interconnect elements including contacts and metal interconnect lines.

[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 germanium fin channel formation
Patent No. 10319816 

Inventor(s): Hong He (Schenectady, NY), Junli Wang (Singerlands, NY), Nicolas Loubet (Guilderland, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Tutunjian Bitetto, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16016021 on 06/22/2018 (354 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fin field effect transistor includes a Si fin including a central portion between end portions of the fin, and a SiGe channel region disposed on the central portion of the fin. The SiGe channel region includes a facet free SiGe region having Ge atoms diffused into the Si fin and includes a same shape as the Si fin outside the central portion.

[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 forming a semiconductor device
Patent No. 10319899 

Inventor(s): Joel Soman (Dallas, TX), Mary Alyssa Drummond Roby (Plano, TX), Neng Jiang (Plano, TX), Thomas Warren Lassiter (Garland, TX), Xin Li (Carrollton, TX), YungShan Chang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15669309 on 08/04/2017 (676 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microelectronic device containing a piezoelectric thin film element is formed by oxidizing a top surface of a piezoelectric layer with an oxygen plasma, and subsequently forming an etch mask containing photoresist on the oxidized top surface. The etch mask is conditioned with an oven bake followed by a UV bake. The piezoelectric layer is etched using a three step process: a first step includes a wet etch of an aqueous solution of about 5% NH[subscript]4[/subscript]F, about 1.2% HF, and about 18% HCl, maintaining a ratio of the HCl to the HF of about 15.0, which removes a majority of the piezoelectric layer. A second step includes an agitated rinse. A third step includes a short etch in the aqueous solution of NH[subscript]4[/subscript]F, HF, and HCl.

[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]


Superposition of guided surface waves on lossy media
Patent No. 10320045 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15878599 on 01/24/2018 (503 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for superposition of guided surface wave launched along the surface of a lossy medium. In one example, Zenneck surface waves are launched along a surface of a lossy conducting medium using an array of guided surface waveguide probes and a predefined field pattern of the Zenneck surface waves is maintained. The individual ones of the guided surface waveguide probes include a feed network electrically coupled to a charge terminal. The feed network provides a phase delay that matches a wave tilt angle associated with a complex Brewster angle of incidence associated with the lossy conducting medium.

[H01P] WAVEGUIDES; RESONATORS, LINES OR OTHER DEVICES OF THE WAVEGUIDE TYPE (operating at optical frequencies G02B)


Wireless device with flexible neck
Patent No. 10320052 

Inventor(s): Farooq Khan (Allen, TX), Jignesh Patel (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Phazr, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15809593 on 11/10/2017 (578 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless device includes a broadband router comprising first and second transceivers, a base and a flexible neck having an elongated body and a first end connected to the broadband router and a second end connected to the base. The flexible neck bends and twists with ease. The flexible neck supports and retains the broadband router in a selected position in relation to the base. The flexible neck provides a pathway for electrically connecting the broadband router to the base to supply electrical power to the broadband router.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


High dimensional (HiDi) radio environment characterization and representation
Patent No. 10320061 

Inventor(s): Guosen Yue (Edison, NJ), Xiao-Feng Qi (Westfield, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16030704 on 07/09/2018 (337 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device comprises a memory that stores instructions executed by one or more processors to obtain a plurality of received signals transmitted by a user equipment from a plurality of antenna elements in a cellular network. A plurality of received signals transmitted by a user equipment from a plurality of antenna elements in a cellular network are obtained, and a plurality of complex channel values are calculated in an angle domain for a horizontal arrival angle and a vertical arrival angle per a received ray in a plurality of received rays in response to the plurality of received signals. An expected value of the plurality of channel values are calculated to obtain a power value for the horizontal arrival angle and vertical arrival angle having a time delay per the received ray.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


High data rate connectors and cable assemblies that are suitable for harsh environments and related methods and systems
Patent No. 10320104 

Inventor(s): Amid I. Hashim (Plano, TX), Scott M. Keith (Plano, TX), Steven W. Knoernschild (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): COMMSCOPE, INC. OF NORTH CAROLINA (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15414835 on 01/25/2017 (867 days app to issue)

Abstract: An inline communications connector is provided that includes a housing and tip and ring contacts that are mounted in the housing. The tip contact includes an input tip socket, an output tip socket and a tip socket connection section that physically and electrically connects the input and output tip sockets. The ring contact includes an input ring socket, an output ring socket and a ring socket connection section that physically and electrically connects the input and output ring sockets. The input tip socket is not collinear with the output tip socket and the input ring socket is not collinear with the output ring socket.

[H01R] ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS (switches, fuses H01H; coupling devices of the waveguide type H01P 5/00; switching arrangements for the supply or distribution of electric power H02B; installations of electric cables or lines, or of combined optical and electric cables or lines, or of auxiliary apparatus H02G; printed means for providing electric connections to or between printed circuits H05K)


Control feedback loop design with fast transient response for multi-level converter
Patent No. 10320194 

Inventor(s): Zaohong Yang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Blank Rome LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15850752 on 12/21/2017 (537 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are a system, method and non-transitory program storage device that are intended to provide a control system with quick response for a multi-level power converter. The control system may regulate an output voltage of the power converter based on one or more feedback signals. The feedback signals may be generated based on a differential between the output voltage and a reference voltage. The control system may further include one or more feed-forward signals representative of either the output voltage or transients of the output voltage. The control system may further include one or more switches in parallel with the one or more capacitors to selectively enable and/or disable direct feed-forward and capacitive feed-forward responsive to the output voltage at different levels.

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


Chemically enhanced isolated capacitance
Patent No. 10320200 

Inventor(s): James D. Lilly (Silver Spring, MD), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Waxahachie, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15876598 on 01/22/2018 (505 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for transmitting energy conveyed in the form of a guided surface waveguide mode along the surface of a lossy conducting medium such as, e.g., a terrestrial medium by exciting a guided surface waveguide probe. In one embodiment, compensation is provided to elevate isolated capacitance of a terminal of the waveguide probe in the form of mounted charge devices.

[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)


Changing guided surface wave transmissions to follow load conditions
Patent No. 10320233 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Joseph F. Pinzone (Cornelius, NC), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Waxahachie, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15876627 on 01/22/2018 (505 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of a guided surface waveguide transmit system. One embodiment of the guided surface waveguide transmit system includes a guided surface waveguide probe configured to transmit a guided surface wave along a lossy conducting medium. The system further includes a controller device configured to receive load status data and signal for the guided surface waveguide probe to adjust transmission of the guided surface wave based at least in part on the load status data.

[H02B] BOARDS, SUBSTATIONS, OR SWITCHING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SUPPLY OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER (basic electric elements, their assembly, including the mounting in enclosures or on bases, or the mounting of covers thereon, see the subclasses for such elements, e.g. transformers H01F, switches, fuses H01H, line connectors H01R; installation of electric cables or lines, or of combined optical and electric cables or lines, or other conductors for supply or distribution H02G)


Cycle skipping prevent circuit in a regulator of a DC-to-DC converter
Patent No. 10320293 

Inventor(s): Masashi Nogawa (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): Active-Semi, Inc. (, , VG)
Law Firm: Imperium Patent Works (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16179978 on 11/04/2018 (219 days app to issue)

Abstract: A DC-to-DC converter employs peak current mode control and includes a cycle skipping prevent circuit. If a latch is set, then a high side switch is turned on. A comparator receives a signal indicative of current flow and a compensated error signal. The prevent circuit supplies a delayed version of a low duty cycle, fixed frequency, oscillator signal onto the set input lead of the latch. The prevent circuit gates a high signal as output by the comparator onto the reset input lead of the latch. If the output of the comparator has, however, not transitioned high by a predetermined time, then the prevent circuit gates a high pulse onto the reset input lead. Accordingly, the prevent circuit ensures that the latch is reset once every period of the signal SET. A cycle skipping prevent circuit is also disclosed for use in a converter that employs valley current mode control.

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


Class-D amplifier with duty cycle control
Patent No. 10320352 

Inventor(s): Jianquan Liao (Shanghai, , CN), Xiuyuan Wang (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15928447 on 03/22/2018 (446 days app to issue)

Abstract: A class-D amplifier includes an output driver, a pulse width modulator, an integrator, and duty cycle control circuitry. The output driver is configured to drive a loudspeaker. The pulse width modulator is coupled to the output driver. The integrator is coupled to the pulse width modulator. The duty cycle control circuitry is coupled to the integrator. The duty cycle control circuitry is configured to monitor amplitude of output signal of the integrator, and change an average duty cycle of signal at an output of the output driver as a function of the amplitude.

[H03G] CONTROL OF AMPLIFICATION (impedance networks, e.g. attenuators, H03H; control of transmission in lines H04B 3/04)


Pattern based estimation of errors in ADC
Patent No. 10320405 

Inventor(s): Ani Xavier (Bangalore, , IN), Neeraj Shrivastava (Bangalore, , IN), Rishi Soundararajan (Bangalore, , IN), Roswald Francis (Bangalore, , IN), Sai Aditya Nurani (Bangalore, , IN), Shagun Dusad (Bangalore, , IN), Srinivas Kumar Reddy N
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15909378 on 03/01/2018 (467 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, an analog to digital converter (ADC) includes a flash ADC. The flash ADC generates a flash output in response to an input signal, and an error correction block generates a known pattern. A selector block is coupled to the flash ADC and the error correction block, and generates a plurality of selected signals in response to the flash output and the known pattern. A digital to analog converter (DAC) is coupled to the selector block, and generates a coarse analog signal in response to the plurality of selected signals. A residue amplifier is coupled to the DAC, and generates a residual analog signal in response to the coarse analog signal, the input signal and an analog PRBS (pseudo random binary sequence) signal. A residual ADC generates a residual code in response to the residual analog signal.

[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]


Inductive structures with improved common mode transient immunity
Patent No. 10320448 

Inventor(s): Bradley Allen Kramer (Plano, TX), Gerard Socci (Palo Alto, CA), Gianpaolo Lisi (Los Gatos, CA), Rajaram Subramonian (Cupertino, CA), Swaminathan Sankaran (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15850572 on 12/21/2017 (537 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, an inductive structure includes first and second inductive coils to conduct respective first and second common mode currents induced by a common mode transient between: a first ground coupled to a connection between the first and second inductive coils; and a galvanically isolated second ground.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Systems and methods for digital and analog beamforming in wireless communications
Patent No. 10320463 

Inventor(s): Farooq Khan (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Phazr, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15784023 on 10/13/2017 (606 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication system includes a radio base station configured to transmit and receive signals using digital beamforming. The system includes a plurality of wireless communication devices configured to communicate with the radio base station. The wireless communication device includes a digital beamforming module configured to generate digitally pre-coded spatial streams. A pre-coding matrix is applied to a plurality of spatial streams to generate the digitally pre-coded spatial streams. The communication device includes a plurality of analog beamforming modules configured to measure signal and channel quality metrics from received packets and to calculate gain and phase adjustment values. The analog beamforming modules adjust the gain and phase of the digitally pre-coded spatial streams for analog beamforming. The communication device includes a plurality of antenna arrays configured to transmit the spatial streams.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Mitigation of interference between wireless networks
Patent No. 10320492 

Inventor(s): Jin-Meng Ho (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15804958 on 11/06/2017 (582 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for minimizing or preventing interference between wireless networks is disclosed. A network hub broadcasts a beacon signal within repeating beacon periods. The position of the beacon signal shifts within each beacon period based upon a predetermined pseudo-random sequence. The beacon signal includes data identifying the current beacon shift sequence and the current phase of the sequence. Neighboring hubs independently or jointly determine and broadcast their own beacon shift sequences and phases for their respective networks from a predetermined list. Nodes connected with the network hubs are assigned allocation intervals having a start time that is set relative to the beacon signal. The start time and duration of the allocation interval wraps around the beacon period if the allocation-interval would otherwise start or continue in a next beacon period.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Fail safe clock buffer and clock generator
Patent No. 10320509 

Inventor(s): Adam B. Eldredge (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Silicon Laboratories Inc. (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Zagorin Cave LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14980036 on 12/28/2015 (1261 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for generating a fail safe clock signal improves reliability of one or more output clock signals generated based on one or more input clock signals and an internally generated reference clock signal. By continuously monitoring the frequencies of the one or more input clock signals and reducing or eliminating effects of any static frequency offset between multiple input clock signals, the fail safe clock generator can detect very small relative frequency changes between the inputs or within a particular input. By comparing the input clock frequencies against a reference clock signal frequency over time of a clock signal generated by an internal oscillator, the fail safe clock generator may further detect which one of multiple input clocks has frequency deviation. The fail safe clock generator uses an internal oscillator generating a reference clock signal having a short-term stable frequency.

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


Signal isolation circuit
Patent No. 10320589 

Inventor(s): Baher Haroun (Allen, TX), Bradley Allen Kramer (Plano, TX), Ernst Georg Muellner (Munich, , DE), Ralf Peter Brederlow (Poing, , DE), Swaminathan Sankaran (Allen, TX), Tobias Bernhard Fritz (Mainburg, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15859419 on 12/30/2017 (528 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described examples include an integrated circuit including a receive portion to receive an encoded transmission on a line. The receive portion has: a wake mode in which the receiver is capable of receiving the encoded transmission; and a sleep mode in which the receiver is not capable of receiving the encoded transmission. A wakeup controller monitors the line for a wakeup signal and provides a signal to the receive portion to cause the receive portion to enter the wake mode when the wakeup controller receives the wakeup signal.

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


Route topology discovery in data networks
Patent No. 10320653 

Inventor(s): Lance Arnold Visser (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Nectar Holdings, Inc. (Jericho, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15612645 on 06/02/2017 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for performing topology discovery in a data network is provided. Network elements utilizing a distance-vector protocol, such as EIGRP, advertises routes and metric information. A resource control point or other element analyzes the advertised routes and metrics and determines the nexthop, thereby providing a topology map of the network.

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


Aggregating flows by endpoint category
Patent No. 10320688 

Inventor(s): Alexander Clemm (Los Gatos, CA), Padmadevi Pillay-Esnault (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15640125 on 06/30/2017 (711 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method of preventing communications based on endpoint category is provided that comprises: accessing, by one or more processors of a router, a data packet that indicates a source identifier that identifies a source endpoint and a destination identifier that identifies a destination endpoint; determining, by the one or more processors of the router, a source category based on the source identifier; determining, by the one or more processors of the router, a destination category based on the destination identifier; and based on the source category and the destination category, refraining from sending the data packet to the destination endpoint.

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


Magnetic strip modification
Patent No. 10320764 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15180647 on 06/13/2016 (1093 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and arrangements for providing secure event processing by modifying a magnetic strip, chip, or the like, on a device are provided. In some examples, a device may include a magnetic strip that may be encoded with a first identifier. The first identifier may be a string of characters and may include a key. Upon using the device, the data from the magnetic strip may be read and the first identifier may be retrieved. The system may process the retrieved first identifier to extract the key which may be used to retrieve user and/or account information. In some arrangements, the account information may be used to process the event and a second identifier, may be generated. The device may be modified to include the second identifier, which may be used in processing a subsequent event. In some examples, the first identifier may be deleted from the device.

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


Method and apparatus for facilitating access to a communication network
Patent No. 10320791 

Inventor(s): Jennifer Liu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcatel Lucent (Nozay, , FR), Nokia of America Corporation (Murray Hill, NJ)
Law Firm: Nokia of America Corporation (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14983090 on 12/29/2015 (1260 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for facilitating WLAN access, both trusted and un-trusted, to a mobile core network. A device identity attribute is created and incorporated into the authentication and response messaging to enable the device identity to be promulgated in the communication network.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Intelligent mapping for an enterprise grid
Patent No. 10320896 

Inventor(s): Kulvir S. Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15463369 on 03/20/2017 (813 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer receives a request from a client application for data within an enterprise grid. The computer sends the data along with a program to monitor the application”s use of the data. The computer subsequently receives from the program a subset of the data being utilized by the client application. Responsive to a subsequent request for the data, the computer sends to the client application only the data corresponding to the identified subset of data being utilized.

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


Systems, methods, and apparatus to monitor mobile internet activity
Patent No. 10320925 

Inventor(s): Achilleas Papakostas (Dallas, TX), Michael Andrew Yonker (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: 14537488 on 11/10/2014 (1674 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus to monitor mobile Internet activity are disclosed. An example method comprises assigning a port of a proxy to the mobile device associated with a panelist. A property list file is transmitted to the mobile device, the property list file instructing the mobile device to transmit future requests for media to the port of the first proxy. A first request for media is received on the port of the proxy, the first request originating from the mobile device. The first request for media is associated with a demographic of the panelist associated with the mobile device based on an identifier of the port.

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


System and method for anomaly detection for non-homogenous arrival rate
Patent No. 10320970 

Inventor(s): Jeffery J. Spiess (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): NOKIA OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Murray Hill, NJ)
Law Firm: Harness, Dickey Pierce, P.L.C. (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15690953 on 08/30/2017 (650 days app to issue)

Abstract: The method includes receiving a plurality of calls from users of the communication network, the plurality of calls having a non-homogenous arrival rate that is defined by first arrival rate information, transforming the first arrival rate information into second arrival rate information, the second arrival rate information having a homogenous arrival rate, and detecting at least one first anomaly of the received plurality of calls using the second arrival rate information. A network node may be configured to perform this method.

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


Reducing context coded and bypass coded bins to improve context adaptive binary arithmetic coding (CABAC) throughput
Patent No. 10321131 

Inventor(s): Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX), Vivienne Sze (Cambridge, MA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15431532 on 02/13/2017 (848 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for context-adaptive binary arithmetic coding (CABAC) coding with a reduced number of context coded and/or bypass coded bins are provided. Rather than using only truncated unary binarization for the syntax element representing the delta quantization parameter and context coding all of the resulting bins as in the prior art, a different binarization is used and only part of the resulting bins are context coded, thus reducing the worst case number of context coded bins for this syntax element. Further, binarization techniques for the syntax element representing the remaining actual value of a transform coefficient are provided that restrict the maximum codeword length of this syntax element to 32 bits or less, thus reducing the number of bypass coded bins for this syntax element over the prior art.

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


Moving picture coding method, moving picture coding apparatus, moving picture decoding method, moving picture decoding apparatus, and moving picture coding and decoding apparatus
Patent No. 10321133 

Inventor(s): Hisao Sasai (Osaka, , JP), Kengo Terada (Osaka, , JP), Kyoko Tanikawa (Osaka, , JP), Takahiro Nishi (Nara, , JP), Toru Matsunobu (Osaka, , JP), Toshiyasu Sugio (Osaka, , JP), Youji Shibahara (Tokyo, , JP)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15345920 on 11/08/2016 (945 days app to issue)

Abstract: A moving picture coding apparatus includes an intra-inter prediction unit which calculates a second motion vector by performing a scaling process on a first motion vector of a temporally neighboring corresponding block, when selectively adding, to a list, a motion vector of each of one or more corresponding blocks each of which is either a block included in a current picture to be coded and spatially neighboring a current block to be coded or a block included in a picture other than the current picture and temporally neighboring the current block, determines whether the second motion vector has a magnitude that is within a predetermined magnitude or not within the predetermined magnitude, and adds the second motion vector to the list when the intra-inter prediction unit determines that the second motion vector has a magnitude that is within the predetermined magnitude range.

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


Method and apparatus for real-time SAO parameter estimation
Patent No. 10321135 

Inventor(s): Hrushikesh Tukaram Garud (Maharashtra, , IN), Mihir Narendra Mody (Bangalore, , IN), Soyeb Nagori (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15970497 on 05/03/2018 (404 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides a sample adaptive offset (SAO) encoder. The SAO encoder includes a statistics collection (SC) block and a rate distortion optimization (RDO) block coupled to the SC block. The SC block receives a set of deblocked pixels and a set of original pixels. The SC block categorizes each deblocked pixel of the set of deblocked pixels in at least one of a plurality of band and edge categories. The SC block estimates an error in each category as difference between a deblocked pixel of the set of deblocked pixels and corresponding original pixel of the set of original pixels. The RDO block determines a set of candidate offsets associated with each category and selects a candidate offset with a minimum RD cost. The minimum RD cost is used by a SAO type block and a decision block to generate final offsets for the SAO encoder.

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


High definition VP8 decoder
Patent No. 10321163 

Inventor(s): Chaitanya S Ghone (Karnataka, , IN), Joseph Meehan (Valbonne, , FR), Mihir Narendra Mody (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15646258 on 07/11/2017 (700 days app to issue)

Abstract: A VP8 video decoder is implemented by partitioning the required functions across multiple sub systems, with an optimal mapping to existing functional blocks. Key optimizations include the reuse of hardware designed for prior generation VP6 and VP7 decoders. In order to reduce implementation complexity, cost and power consumption, a non-exact, approximate deblocking loop filter is implemented.

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


Set-top box with interactive portal and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 10321165 

Inventor(s): Edward H. Wolfe (Plano, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15899263 on 02/19/2018 (477 days app to issue)

Abstract: A set-top box with an interactive portal and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the set-top box, the set-top box includes a housing that secures a signal input, a signal output, a processor, a transceiver, and memory therein in an interconnected bus architecture. The set-top box receives a status signal via the transceiver from an amenity. The set-top box then generates an interactive portal that includes a status icon relating to the status signal and a management icon relating to commanding the amenity or initiating a service request.

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


Systems and methods for vehicle telematics registration
Patent No. 10321276 

Inventor(s): Ali Kazmi (Tustin, CA), David Tsai (Irvine, CA), Kevin Chiang (Frisco, TX), Preston Doster (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Toyota Connected North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15815131 on 11/16/2017 (572 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for vehicle telematics registration are provided. One embodiment of a method includes receiving a vehicle identifier for a vehicle and a user telephone number for a user from a vehicle head unit, where the vehicle head unit provided a user interface requesting the user telephone number. Similarly, some embodiments include populating a portion of a registration form for a telematics service with the vehicle identifier and the user telephone number, creating a link to the registration form, and inserting the link into an electronic message to the user telephone number. Still some embodiments include sending the electronic message to the user telephone number and registering, by the computing device, the vehicle for the telematics service in response to the user selecting the link and submitting the registration form.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Mobile data service control for a wireless communication device
Patent No. 10321299 

Inventor(s): Bonnie Chen (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Sprint Communications Company L.P. (Overland Park, KS)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15866289 on 01/09/2018 (518 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless network receives a registration from a wireless device. The network identifies an Extensible Mark-up Language Configuration Access Protocol (XCAP) service and establishes an XCAP bearer for the wireless device. The network receives an enabling instruction over the XCAP bearer to enable the mobile data service and establishes a mobile data bearer for the wireless device. The network exchanges user data with the wireless device over the mobile data bearer. The network automatically establishes the mobile data bearer for the wireless device responsive to subsequent registrations when the mobile data service is enabled. The network receives a disabling instruction over the XCAP bearer to disable the mobile data service for the wireless device. The network terminates the mobile data bearer for the wireless device and does not automatically establish the mobile data bearer for the wireless device responsive to subsequent registrations when the mobile data service is disabled.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for robustly determining time series relationships in wireless networks
Patent No. 10321336 

Inventor(s): Baoling S. Sheen (Kildeer, IL), Jin Yang (Bridgewater, NJ), Ying Li (Bridgewater, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15072025 on 03/16/2016 (1182 days app to issue)

Abstract: Quality of service problems in wireless networks can be identified, and in some cases resolved, autonomously using an optimization technique that adjusts parameters of the wireless network based on relationships between key quality indicators (KQIs) and key performance indicators (KPIs). A KQI may be used to gauge the quality of service/experience collectively observed by users/devices when communicating a particular type of traffic in a wireless network or wireless network area. A KPI may be any specific performance metric of a wireless network tending to have a causal or correlative relationship with a KQI. Different types of relationships between a KQI and KPIs may be used to evaluate a quality of service problem, including correlation coefficients, slopes of linear regression, hit-ratios, and others.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Controlling data offload in response to feedback information
Patent No. 10321359 

Inventor(s): Changhoi Koo (Plano, TX), Rene Waraputra Purnadi (Coppell, TX), Yi Song (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Trop, Pruner Hu, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15445638 on 02/28/2017 (833 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first wireless access network node receives feedback information from a second wireless access network node that performs data offload for the first wireless access node, the feedback information identifying a user equipment (UE) and including information relating to a buffer condition of a data buffer in the second wireless access network node. In response to the feedback information, performing, by the first wireless access network node, control of the data offload that includes controlling an offload of at least one radio bearer of the UE identified by the feedback information.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Scheduling and handover of a vehicular connection with periodic messaging
Patent No. 10321369 

Inventor(s): Guowei Ouyang (Beijing, , CN), Mazin Al-Shalash (Frisco, TX), Nathan Edward Tenny (Poway, CA), Zhenzhen Cao (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15943146 on 04/02/2018 (435 days app to issue)

Abstract: The method provided in this embodiment improves the capabilities of automatic driving and ADAS of electric vehicles. The method can be applied to vehicle networking, such as V2X, LTE-V, V2X, etc. The method includes receiving, from the mobile device, an indication of a requirement for transmission resources, comprising at least an indication that the resources are required with a periodicity, transmitting, to the mobile device, an assignment of a first scheduling configuration for the device-to-device connection, transmitting, to the mobile device, an indication to begin use of periodically recurring radio resources, and handing over responsibility for providing radio resources for the device-to-device connection from the network node to a target network node such that the availability of radio resources with the periodicity is substantially maintained.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for transmit power control with secondary uplink pilot channel
Patent No. 10321413 

Inventor(s): Carmela Cozzo (San Diego, CA), Peng Zhang (Shanghai, , CN), Xiaolei Tie (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15877079 on 01/22/2018 (505 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a user equipment (UE) configured for estimating channel quality includes receiving a downlink fractional control channel from a non-serving HS-DSCH cell, estimating a quality of the downlink fractional control channel over a specified time period, and deriving downlink synchronization primitives in accordance with the quality of the downlink fractional control channel. Further methods for deriving the transmit power of an uplink control channel from downlink fractional control channels transmitted by the serving and non-serving HS-DSCH cells are disclosed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for synchronization and link acquisition in cellular wireless systems with directional antennas
Patent No. 10321421 

Inventor(s): Lukasz Krzymien (Rolling Meadows, IL), Majid Ghanbarinejad (Rolling Meadows, IL), Qian Cheng (Naperville, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15799932 on 10/31/2017 (588 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and a method for synchronization and link acquisition in cellular wireless systems with directional antennas are disclosed. In an embodiment a method for wireless communication includes synchronizing, by a first network controller, transmission of a first synchronization signal with transmission of a second synchronization signal from another network controller.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Wireless communication system using multiple-serving nodes
Patent No. 10321436 

Inventor(s): James Earl Womack (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Trop, Pruner Hu, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14707849 on 05/08/2015 (1495 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, devices and systems for a wireless communication system using multiple-serving nodes are provided. In one embodiment, a method of wireless communication comprises sending from a wireless device an uplink control signal to a first node via a second node using a second communication link; receiving by said wireless device a downlink control signal from said first node using a first communication link; sending from said wireless device another uplink control signal to said second node using said second communication link; and receiving by said wireless device another downlink control signal from said second node via said first node using said first communication link.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for allocating periodic resources
Patent No. 10321453 

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: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13925365 on 06/24/2013 (2178 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating an access point includes broadcasting reservation information for a periodic group resource, assigning a resource in the periodic resource to a first station and transmitting information about the resource in the periodic group resource allocated to the first station to the first station, wherein the transmitting occurs during one of an association procedure with the first station and a reconfiguration of a resource assignment for the first station. The method also includes exchanging data with the first station during the resource in the periodic group resource allocated to the first station.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for provisioning a communication device
Patent No. 10321467 

Inventor(s): Anup Karnalkar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14820044 on 08/06/2015 (1405 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes sending, from a base unit, provisioning information to a first device. The provisioning information is associated with the first device establishing a connection with a network device. The method includes identifying a source of interference with the connection. The method also includes sending, to the first device, information indicating an operation state of the source of the interference.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


LED lighting device
Patent No. 10321541 

Inventor(s): Corey Egan (Dallas, TX), Swapnil Bora (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ILUMI SOLUTIONS, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15204992 on 07/07/2016 (1069 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lighting device having a plurality of analog LEDs mounted on a substrate, a plurality of addressable digital LEDs mounted on the substrate, a first LED circuit connected to the plurality of analog LEDs, and a second LED circuit connected to the plurality of addressable digital LEDs. The plurality of analog LEDs and the plurality of addressable digital LEDs are arranged in an array or pattern on the substrate.

[H05B] ELECTRIC HEATING; ELECTRIC LIGHTING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


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Trash bag
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Inventor(s): Brad A. Cobler (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Poly-America, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29624569 on 11/02/2017 (586 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Trash bag
Patent No. D850927 

Inventor(s): Brad A. Cobler (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Poly-America, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29625963 on 11/14/2017 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Trash bag
Patent No. D850928 

Inventor(s): Brad A. Cobler (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Poly-America, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29625986 on 11/14/2017 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Diagnostic analyzer
Patent No. D850955 

Inventor(s): Christina A. Barton (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29633292 on 01/12/2018 (515 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Diagnostic analyzer
Patent No. D850956 

Inventor(s): Christina A. Barton (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29633295 on 01/12/2018 (515 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Ring
Patent No. D850971 

Inventor(s): LoriAnn Vaughan Biggers (Southlake, TX), Rotem Fartook (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BELLA VAUGHAN, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Beusse Wolter Sanks Maire, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29611731 on 07/25/2017 (686 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Eyeglasses
Patent No. D851164 

Inventor(s): Justin Harmon (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Costa Del Mar, Inc. (Daytona Beach, FL)
Law Firm: Malloy Malloy, P.L. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29604941 on 05/22/2017 (750 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Eyeglasses
Patent No. D851165 

Inventor(s): Justin Harmon (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Costa Del Mar, Inc. (Daytona Beach, FL)
Law Firm: Malloy Malloy, P.L. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29621626 on 10/10/2017 (609 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Eyeglasses
Patent No. D851167 

Inventor(s): Justin Harmon (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Costa Del Mar, Inc. (Daytona Beach, FL)
Law Firm: Malloy Malloy, P.L. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29632177 on 01/05/2018 (522 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Model vehicle platform
Patent No. D851183 

Inventor(s): Adam Cole Ewing (McKinney, TX), Jonathan Scott Wood (Lewisville, TX), Jory Sprowl (Wolfe City, TX), Kent Poteet (Lucas, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29592268 on 01/27/2017 (865 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Bulk head vehicle accessory
Patent No. D851226 

Inventor(s): Michael W Rejkowski (Irving, TX), Stephen J Sexton (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Classic Auto Air Manufacturing LP (Beachwood, OH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29637614 on 02/20/2018 (476 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Solar screen with plantation shutter
Patent No. D851281 

Inventor(s): William E. Williams, III (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29612658 on 08/02/2017 (678 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Solar screen with plantation and grid
Patent No. D851282 

Inventor(s): William E. Williams, III (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29612659 on 08/02/2017 (678 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

 

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