Dallas Invents: 163 Patents Granted for Week of Oct. 6

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 9 for patent activity out of 250 metros.
Patents granted include:
•  Allegan's dermal filler
•  Capital One Services' personalized car recommendations based on customer web traffic
•  Evergaze's method for improving, augmenting or enhancing vision
•  Exploring Inc.'s haptic mapping of a configurable virtual reality environment
•  iHeartMedia's voice track editor
•  Mitsubishi's method for sensing wind flow passing over complex terrain

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of Oct. 6, 2020 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 24
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 7
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 7
Sandisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 6
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 4

UNASSIGNED 16


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Tiejun Shan (Plano) 3
Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney) 2
Jason Hoover (Grapevine) 2
Jeffrey Matthew Kempf (Dallas) 2
Lee D. Whetsel (Parker) 2
Qiaochu Tang (The Colony) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

125 days
Retroreflective traffic stripe
Patent No. 10794021-B1
Assignee: UNASSIGNED
Inventor: Mark Joseph O”Neill (Kelle)

2,496 days
Controlling wellbore operations
Patent No. 10794168-B2
Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston)
Inventors: Jason D. Dykstra (Carrollton), Zhijie Sun (Plano)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Food washing assembly
Patent No. 10791877 

Inventor(s): Yolanda Hall (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16140702 on 09/25/2018 (742 days app to issue)

Abstract: A food washing assembly includes a container for containing a fluid and food items. The container has an outer wall and the outer wall has a plurality of deformable sections that is each squeezable inwardly on the outer wall. A strainer is positionable in the container to support the food items. Each of the deformable sections is squeezed to frictionally engage the strainer thereby retaining the strainer at a selected point in the container. Moreover, the container is agitated when the when the strainer is positioned in the container for washing the food items with the fluid. A lid is removably coupled to the container for retaining the food items and the fluid in the container for washing the food items with the fluid.

[A47J] KITCHEN EQUIPMENT; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; APPARATUS FOR MAKING BEVERAGES [6]


Systems and methods for monitoring compression with compression bandages having stretchable electronics
Patent No. 10791929 

Inventor(s): Paul Duesterhoft (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Elwha LLC (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Advent, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15174269 on 06/06/2016 (1583 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are described for monitoring compression applied by a compression bandage to a body portion of an individual. A system embodiment includes, but is not limited to, a deformable substrate integrated with a textile configured to conform to a body portion; a sensor assembly coupled to the deformable substrate, the sensor assembly including one or more strain gauges configured to generate one or more sense signals associated with a strain of the textile; circuitry operably coupled to the sensor assembly and configured to receive the one or more sense signals associated with the strain of the textile; and a reporter operably coupled to the circuitry and configured to generate one or more communication signals responsive to instruction by the circuitry, the one or more communication signals associated with the strain of the textile.

[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]


Dental tool support
Patent No. 10792135 

Inventor(s): Courtney Crew (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16196904 on 11/20/2018 (686 days app to issue)

Abstract: A flexible support for a dental tool includes a distal holder configured to securely hold the dental tool which may be quickly released, the flexible support includes an anchoring member configured to fit within a tool recess of a tool cradle, the anchoring member includes a diameter that may decrease or increase depending on movement of a central member within the anchoring member that actuates displaceable members such that the anchoring member quickly conforms to grip sides of the tool cradle and quickly releases therefrom.

[A61C] DENTISTRY; APPARATUS OR METHODS FOR ORAL OR DENTAL HYGIENE (non-driven toothbrushes A46B; preparations for dentistry A61K 6/00; preparations for cleaning the teeth or mouth A61K 8/00, A61Q 11/00)


Systems and methods for prosthetic device control
Patent No. 10792170 

Inventor(s): Anne E. Martin (Dallas, TX), David Quintero (Fort Worth, TX), Robert D. Gregg (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEMS (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15550556 on 02/11/2016 (1699 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for prosthetic device control with a unified virtual constraint that controls an entire gait cycle of the prosthetic device.

[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]


Refill and dosage management devices and associated systems and methods for use with computerized oral prescription administration devices
Patent No. 10792226 

Inventor(s): Christy Corey (Fishers, IN), Susan B. Owen (Dallas, TX), Thomas M. Rouse (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BERKSHIRE BIOMEDICAL, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16001498 on 06/06/2018 (853 days app to issue)

Abstract: Refill and dosage management devices and associated systems and methods for use with computerized oral prescription administration (COPA) devices are provided. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a housing having a structure sized and shaped to receive at least a portion of a mouthpiece of an intended user; and a dispensing unit coupled to the housing, the dispensing unit configured to dispense a substance into a reservoir of the mouthpiece. In another embodiment, a method includes receiving, by a docking station, at least a portion of a mouthpiece of an intended user; and dispensing, by a dispensing unit coupled to the docking station, a substance into a reservoir of the mouthpiece.

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


Methods to deliver antifibrinolytic drugs for anti-aging results
Patent No. 10792232 

Inventor(s): Frank Murdock (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): MURDOCK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Faegre Drinker Biddle Reath LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15785481 on 10/17/2017 (1085 days app to issue)

Abstract: Antifibrinolytic agents are administered to a human individual to treat fine lines, wrinkles and overall skin tone of the face and body, as well as inflammation and tissue degradation effects.

[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)


Feedback control of food texture system and method
Patent No. 10791753 

Inventor(s): Enrique Michel-Sanchez (Dallas, TX), Ou Bai (Plano, TX), Scott Fagan (Dallas, TX), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Dallas, TX), Wilfred Marcellien Bourg, Jr. (Melissa, TX)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15092960 on 04/07/2016 (1643 days app to issue)

Abstract: A feedback and feedforward as well as a statistical predictive control system and method for continuously controlling texture of a food snack in a manufacturing process. The feedback system includes a quantitative texture measuring tool that is positioned downstream of a food processing unit. The texture measuring tool continuously measures a texture attribute of food snack from the food processing unit and feeds back texture attribute information to a controller that controls input parameters to food processing unit such that the texture attribute of a resultant food snack falls within an acceptable limit. The texture measuring tool comprises an excitation tool that strikes the food snack and produces an acoustic signal that is processed by a data processing unit. The data processing unit identifies relevant frequencies in the acoustic signal and quantitatively measures a texture attribute based on a correlated model that includes the relevant frequencies.


Dermal filler
Patent No. 10792345 

Inventor(s): Ahmet Tezel (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): ALLERGAN, INC. (Irvine, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15488701 on 04/17/2017 (1268 days app to issue)

Abstract: Improved dermal filler formulation comprising a hyaluronic acid and a botulinum toxin.

[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)


Implantable and removable customizable body conduit
Patent No. 10792413 

Inventor(s): Stephen Hohmann (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14192567 on 02/27/2014 (2413 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided to treat a stenosis. A delivery device is provided that has an elongate tubular member coupled therewith. The elongate tubular member has an outside surface that is configured to prevent adherence of in vivo matter. The tubular member has a proximal end and a distal end and is reinforced along its length to maintain open lumen under a transverse load. The tubular member is placed in the vasculature such that the distal end of the elongate tubular member is disposed distal of a stenosis. The proximal end of the elongate tubular member is disposed inside the vessel, preferably at a location proximal of the stenosis. Thereafter, after a therapeutic period, the elongate tubular member is removed intact.

[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]


Intravascular devices, systems, and methods to address eye disorders
Patent No. 10792478 

Inventor(s): Michael Calhoun (Lighthouse Point, FL), Stephen Michael (Maple Grove, MN), Zachary Tegels (Minneapolis, MN)
Assignee(s): J.D. Franco Co., LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndews, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16698523 on 11/27/2019 (314 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method may include accessing an artery in communication with an ophthalmic artery of a subject, and advancing a microcatheter along the accessed artery so as to align a distal end of the microcatheter with an ostium of the ophthalmic artery, wherein the microcatheter includes a lumen having a guidewire positioned therein. In addition, the method includes proximally withdrawing the guidewire relative to the microcatheter so as to enable a distal portion of the microcatheter to assume a curved relaxed configuration, and cannulating the ostium with the distal portion of the microcatheter when the distal portion is in the curved relaxed configuration.

[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]


Method and system for adjusting a neurostimulation therapy
Patent No. 10792502 

Inventor(s): Filippo Agnesi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ADVANCED NEUROMODULATION SYSTEMS, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Small Patent Law Group LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15806690 on 11/08/2017 (1063 days app to issue)

Abstract: The systems and methods described herein generally relate to adjusting a neurostimulation (NS) therapy based on drug pharmacokinetics of a patient. The systems and methods deliver an NS therapy to a portion of electrodes of a lead positioned proximate to neural tissue of interest, which is associated with a target region. The NS therapy is defined by stimulation parameters. The systems and methods determine a trigger event indicative of a drug being administered to a patient. The drug is configured to affect at least one of the neural tissue of interest or the target region. The systems and methods adjust one or more of the stimulation parameters based on the PS profile.

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


System and method for providing a coach with live training data of an athlete as the athlete is performing a training workout
Patent No. 10792537 

Inventor(s): Todd Martin (Lexington, OH)
Assignee(s): FINISH TIME HOLDINGS, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Sheridan Ross, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16844692 on 04/09/2020 (180 days app to issue)

Abstract: An athlete tracking system and method for tracking an athlete during training sessions. The system includes a mobile tracking device wearable around a portion of the athlete”s head, and a training log server for maintaining an athlete profile that includes a training record updatable by the athlete and a training plan supplied by a coach.

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


Golf club head having a stress reducing feature and shaft connection system socket
Patent No. 10792542 

Inventor(s): Alexander Theodore Berger (Richardson, TX), Justin Honea (Rowlett, TX), Michael Scott Burnett (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC (Carlsbad, CA)
Law Firm: Dawsey Co., LPA (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16527787 on 07/31/2019 (433 days app to issue)

Abstract: A golf club incorporating a stress reducing feature having an aperture and a shaft connection system socket. The location and size of the stress reducing feature, aperture, and the shaft connection system socket, and their relationships to one another, selectively increase deflection of the face and provide stability of the shaft connection system.

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


 

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

Masking tool system and method
Patent No. 10792781 

Inventor(s): Edward P. Michaels, Jr. (Arlington, TX), James Joseph Meyer (Slidell, TX), Mark Philip Vance (Fort Worth, TX), Michael Scott Lee Larson (Fort Worth, TX), Roland L. Walker, Jr. (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15952405 on 04/13/2018 (907 days app to issue)

Abstract: A masking tool system includes a first masking body and a second masking body. The first masking body includes a bore passing through a portion of the first masking body and a first sealing element disposed on a first end of the first masking body. The second masking body includes a bore passing through the second masking body and a second sealing element disposed on a first end of the second masking body. The system may also include a rod configured to pass through the bores of the first and second masking bodies and to secure the first and second masking bodies to a metallic article placed therebetween. A diagonal length of the masking tool system induces a wobbling rotation during processing.

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


Polymeric microneedles and rapid additive manufacturing of the same
Patent No. 10792857 

Inventor(s): Ashley R. Johnson (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
Law Firm: Ballard Spahr LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15557003 on 03/12/2016 (1669 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention generally relates to microneedle devices, methods of making same, pharmaceutical compositions comprising same, and methods of treating a disease comprising administering same. Specifically, the disclosed microneedle devices comprise a plurality of biocompatible microneedles having one or more of: (i) a curved, discontinuous, undercut, and/or perforated sidewall; (ii) a sidewall comprising a breakable support; and (iii) a cross-section that is non-circular and non-polygonal. The microneedles may also be tiered. Alternatively, the microneedles may be tiered. This abstract is intended as a scanning tool for purposes of searching in the particular art and is not intended to be limiting of the present invention.

[B29C] SHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF MATERIAL IN A PLASTIC STATE, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; AFTER-TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING (making preforms B29B 11/00; making laminated products by combining previously unconnected layers which become one product whose layers will remain together B32B 37/00-B32B 41/00) [4]


Method for limiting interlaminar fatigue in composite laminate and a component incorporating the same
Patent No. 10792896 

Inventor(s): Bogdan Roman Krasnowski (Bedford, TX), Robert Arnold Brack (Bedford, TX), Robert Wardlaw (Keller, TX), Xiaoming Li (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14798658 on 07/14/2015 (1911 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, a rotor system for a rotorcraft includes a yoke, a blade, and a grip that is configured to couple the blade to the yoke. The grip has a plurality of baseline layers and a compliant layer. The baseline layers each have a plurality of fibers disposed in a first polymeric matrix. The compliant layer has a plurality of fibers disposed in a second polymeric matrix. The compliant layer is stronger than the baseline layer and the first polymeric matrix has a different chemical composition than the second polymeric matrix.

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


Hybrid steam power drive system
Patent No. 10792988 

Inventor(s): John Edward Vandigriff (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16350156 on 10/09/2018 (728 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hybrid steam power drive system that uses electrical motors to power any type of vehicle. It includes a steam unit that drives a steam turbine that turns a generator to provide electricity directly to the electrical drive motors and continually charge a battery/capacitor bank which can also provide energy to the electrical drive motor(s). With this system the battery/capacitor bank is continually being charged and does not have to periodically be plugged into a power source to charge the battery/capacitor bank. It also provides an accessory outlet to power external needs when the vehicle is not in motion.

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


Automatic timer cancellation for charging vehicle
Patent No. 10793013 

Inventor(s): Tapan V. Patel (Lakewood, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15418582 on 01/27/2017 (1348 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle charging system includes an on-board charger for receiving electrical power from an EVSE. The system includes a memory for storing routine charging location data and a plurality of timer functions. The system includes a sensor for detecting data. The system further includes an ECU for determining whether the on-board charger is located at a routine charging location. The ECU controls the on-board charger to receive the electrical power when the on-board charger is located at a routine charging location and a current time of day is within the time of day defined by the timer function and controls the on-board charger to receive the electrical power when the on-board charger is located at a non-routine charging location regardless of the current time of day. The system includes an output device designed to output data indicating that the on-board charger is receiving the electrical power from the EVSE.

[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]


Storage trays and seat assemblies having storage trays
Patent No. 10793076 

Inventor(s): Hamshivraj Dhamrat (Saline, MI), Lindsay A. Babian (Canton, MI), Shelby Leigh Brown (Brighton, 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: 16263988 on 01/31/2019 (614 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage tray for a seat assembly having a seat cushion pivotally coupled to a frame. The frame including a pair of side shields and a frame member that extends between the pair of side shields. The storage tray comprises a tray portion having a front lip, a rear wall, and a pair of side wall portions. The front lip, the rear wall, and the pair of side wall portions define a storage area The tray portion is disposed between and coupled to the pair of side shields by a tab that extends outwardly from each of the pair of side wall portions. The tray portion is coupled to the frame member by a hook that extends outwardly from the rear wall.

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


Operating electrified vehicles during traction events
Patent No. 10793157 

Inventor(s): Giorgio L. Zoia (Los Angeles, CA), Sheldon Z. Brown (Ann Arbor, MI), Takehito Yokoo (Aliso Viejo, 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: 15938756 on 03/28/2018 (923 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle includes a drivetrain and multiple motors. The drivetrain includes at least one wheel, and is mechanically connected to the motors. The vehicle additionally includes multiple control modules communicatively connected to the motors. The control modules include a power control module per motor. Each power control module is assigned a motor, communicatively connected to the assigned motor, and configured to operate the assigned motor. In response to a traction event, the control modules are configured to switch from a drive mode to a traction control mode. In the drive mode, the power control modules are configured to operate the respective assigned motors to contributorily satisfy at least one propulsion demand global to the vehicle. In the traction control mode, one of the control modules is configured to operate the motors to contributorily satisfy at least one propulsion demand global to the vehicle.

[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]


Systems and methods for selective driver coaching based on driver efficiency
Patent No. 10793161 

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: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter Hampton LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15834013 on 12/06/2017 (1035 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods of selective driver coaching are provided. Driver coaching systems learn the characteristics of a deceleration event. With the goal of increasing recouped energy while operating a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), driver coaching systems predict when the HEV can begin coasting at the start of the deceleration event. In this way, the amount of time during which regenerative braking can be applied may be increased. Coaching cues are provided to the driver so that the HEV can be operated in way that achieves the goal of increasing recouped energy. However, engaging in excessive regenerative breaking can negate its advantages if the amount needed to reaccelerate the HEV to a cruising/steady speed is too great. Selective driver coaching provides coaching cues only if the operating efficiency of the HEV exceeds the operating efficiency of the HEV when controlled by the driver without coaching cues.

[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]


Tailgate gap cover
Patent No. 10793202 

Inventor(s): Skylar C. Watson (Williamston, 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: 16261724 on 01/30/2019 (615 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle tailgate can be being pivotally attached to a cargo area of the vehicle with a gap being defined between an edge of the tailgate and an end of the floor of the cargo area. Embodiments disclosed herein relate to a tailgate gap cover that can protect the gap between a tailgate and a vehicle cargo floor. In one embodiment, the disclosed cover includes a cover member having a first edge pivotally attached to the tailgate such that a second edge opposite the first edge rests on cargo area floor beyond the gap when the tailgate is in a raised position or a lowered position.

[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)


Snorkel with smaller respiratory dead space and method thereof
Patent No. 10793240 

Inventor(s): John Tong (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: United States Research and Patent Firm (Local + 40 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16398215 on 04/29/2019 (526 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a snorkel having smaller respiratory dead space or volume. The snorkel includes a mouthpiece and a tube with an inhalation lumen and an exhalation lumen. A distal one-way inhalation valve is placed inside the inhalation lumen; and a distal one-way exhalation valve is placed inside the exhalation lumen. The invention also provides a method for reducing the volume of a respiratory dead space in a snorkel.

[B63C] LAUNCHING, HAULING-OUT, OR DRY-DOCKING OF VESSELS; LIFE-SAVING IN WATER; EQUIPMENT FOR DWELLING OR WORKING UNDER WATER; MEANS FOR SALVAGING OR SEARCHING FOR UNDERWATER OBJECTS (floating nets, floating slipways, or the like for recovering aircraft from the water B63B 35/52)


Soft-in-plane proprotor systems
Patent No. 10793254 

Inventor(s): Frank Bradley Stamps (Fort Worth, TX), Gary Miller (Fort Worth, TX), Jouyoung Jason Choi (Fort Worth, TX), Richard Erler Rauber (Fort Worth, TX), Thomas Clement Parham, Jr. (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15375394 on 12/12/2016 (1394 days app to issue)

Abstract: A soft-in-plane proprotor system for a tiltrotor aircraft having a helicopter mode and an airplane mode. The proprotor system includes a hub, a plurality of proprotor blades and a plurality of blade support assemblies coupling the proprotor blades with the hub. Each blade support assembly includes a flapping bearing coupled to the hub and a yoke having first and second longitudinal sections with outboard grip members and an inboard arcuate section connecting the first and second longitudinal sections and coupled to the flapping bearing. A lead-lag damper is coupled between the hub and an inboard station of the respective proprotor blade. A twist shank is coupled between the outboard grip members of the yoke and an outboard station of the respective the proprotor blade. The twist shank defines a virtual lead-lag hinge outboard of the yoke and coincident with the respective pitch change axis.

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


Rotatable and extendable deployment system
Patent No. 10793275 

Inventor(s): Brent Chadwick Ross (Flower Mound, TX), Jeremy Robert Chavez (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16004159 on 06/08/2018 (851 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are directed to an aircraft, such as a tiltrotor, having an internal payload storage area. A rotatable deployment system is mounted within the payload storage area. The rotatable deployment system comprises a frame that is configured to rotate between a stowed position and a deployment position. Two extendible arms are attached to the frame, wherein each extendible arm is configured to move in opposite directions between a retracted position and a plurality of extended positions. Each extendible arm has a fixed end and a moving end. A payload mounting point on each moving end. The payload mounting point allows a payload to pan and tilt in azimuth and elevation.

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


Articulating bifurcated integrated transition duct assembly
Patent No. 10793283 

Inventor(s): Andrew Jordan Birkenheuer (Arlington, TX), Karl R. Burge (Hurst, TN), Keith David Weaver (North Richland Hills, TX), Michael Pujol (Dallas, TX), Nicholas Plagianos (N. Richland Hills, TX), Thomas Mast (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15709536 on 09/20/2017 (1112 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transition duct assembly includes a shared connector, and a plurality of primary cooling pathways for cooling one or more systems or components. Each primary cooling pathway includes a transition duct in fluid communication with the shared connector, and a transition connector in fluid communication with the transition duct.

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


Multimode clutch assemblies for rotorcraft
Patent No. 10793284 

Inventor(s): David Andrew Prater (Hurst, TX), Eric Stephen Olson (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16567086 on 09/11/2019 (391 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multimode clutch assembly is positioned in a powertrain of a rotorcraft. The multimode clutch assembly includes a freewheeling unit having input and output races. The freewheeling unit has a driving mode in which torque applied to the input race is transferred to the output race and an overrunning mode in which torque applied to the output race is not transferred to the input race. A bypass assembly has an engaged position that couples the input and output races of the freewheeling unit. A hydraulic actuator shifts the bypass assembly between the engaged position and a disengaged position. In the disengaged position, the overrunning mode of the freewheeling unit is enabled such that the multimode clutch assembly is configured for unidirectional torque transfer. In the engaged position, the overrunning mode of the freewheeling unit is disabled such that the multimode clutch assembly is configured for bidirectional torque transfer.

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


Fuselage embedded fuel tank
Patent No. 10793285 

Inventor(s): Bryan Keith Sugg (Midlothian, TX), Greg Alan Whittaker (Mansfield, TX), James Everett Kooiman (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15895619 on 02/13/2018 (966 days app to issue)

Abstract: One embodiment is a system comprising fuel tank comprising a pressure vessel for storing fuel for a vehicle, the fuel tank disposed within a fuselage of the vehicle and extending a majority of a length of the fuselage, wherein a center of gravity of the fuel tank is substantially aligned with a center of gravity of the fuselage. The fuel tank may be disposed within the fuselage such that the fuel tank bears at least a portion of a load borne by the fuselage. Alternatively, the fuel tank may be disposed within the fuselage such that the fuel tank is isolated from loads borne by the fuselage. In certain embodiments, the fuel tank comprises a filament wound pressure vessel.

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


Systems and methods for controlling the playback of video in a vehicle using timers
Patent No. 10796177 

Inventor(s): Coh L. Yoshizaki (Wixom, MI), John-Michael McNew (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16412609 on 05/15/2019 (510 days app to issue)

Abstract: A safety system can play videos in a vehicle while minimizing driver distraction. The driver can select a video source, and video from the video source may begin playing on a display to the driver. Upon the driver first selecting the video, the video is displayed to the driver for an amount of time that does not exceed a timer having a duration. If the driver again selects to view the video, the duration associated with the timer is reduced, and the video is displayed for an amount of time that does not exceed the newly reduced timer. As the driver continues to try to view the video, the duration of the timer is further reduced until it is zero or near zero. After which the driver may not be permitted to view the video until a threshold amount of time has passed.

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


 

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

Recovering solid waste brine from processed water utilizing a fluidized bed spray granulator system
Patent No. 10793452 

Inventor(s): Marcus Hauptmann (Arlington, TX), Nicholas Robert Frohlich (Lebanon, OH), Paul Bernhard Kroehl (Ravensburg, , DE)
Assignee(s): Andritz Separation Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14931323 on 11/03/2015 (1799 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process for recovering solid waste from produced water in an oil sands system utilizing a fluidized bed, comprising: transferring an amount of produced water into a solution tank, producing an enriched salt solution in the solution tank, transferring the enriched salt solution using at least one spray nozzle into a fluidized bed of a fluidized bed spray granulator, heating the fluidized bed with a gas, growing granules within the fluidized bed through evaporative drying of salt from the enriched salt solution, extracting the granules from the fluidized bed spray granulator to produce a granulator product, separating at least a portion of the granulator product into at least two fractions, and removing at least a portion of at least one of the at least two fractions from the system as solid waste brine product.

[C02F] TREATMENT OF WATER, WASTE WATER, SEWAGE, OR SLUDGE (processes for making harmful chemical substances harmless, or less harmful, by effecting a chemical change in the substances A62D 3/00; separation, settling tanks or filter devices B01D; special arrangements on waterborne vessels of installations for treating water, waste water or sewage, e.g. for producing fresh water, B63J; adding materials to water to prevent corrosion C23F; treating radioactively-contaminated liquids G21F 9/04) [3]


Disubstituted and trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles as Wnt inhibitors
Patent No. 10793544 

Inventor(s): Chengwei Zhang (Dallas, TX), Chuo Chen (Dallas, TX), Lawrence Lum (Dallas, TX), Lin You (Dallas, TX), Lishu Zhang (Dallas, TX), Nageswari Yarravarapu (Dallas, TX), Xiaolei Wang (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16330050 on 08/31/2017 (1132 days app to issue)

Abstract:

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


Composition, methods and devices useful for manufacturing of implantable articles
Patent No. 10793743 

Inventor(s): Peter D. Gabriele (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): THE SECANT GROUP, LLC (Telford, PA)
Law Firm: McNees Wallace Nurick LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16151957 on 10/04/2018 (733 days app to issue)

Abstract: The application is directed to aqueous dispersible biodegradable compositions of esters which are the condensation reaction product of a polyol and a diacid which are within a matrix of hydrated polypeptide. The compositions are useful in additive manufacturing and other applications for use with implantable articles. In some embodiments, the ester in the compositions is the product of a glyercol-sebacic acid condensation reaction.

[C09D] COATING COMPOSITIONS, e.g. PAINTS, VARNISHES OR LACQUERS; FILLING PASTES; CHEMICAL PAINT OR INK REMOVERS; INKS; CORRECTING FLUIDS; WOODSTAINS; PASTES OR SOLIDS FOR COLOURING OR PRINTING; USE OF MATERIALS THEREFOR (cosmetics A61K; processes for applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces, in general, B05D; staining wood B27K 5/02; glazes or vitreous enamels C03C; natural resins, French polish, drying-oils, driers, turpentine, per se, C09F; polishing compositions other than French polish, ski waxes C09G; adhesives or use of materials as adhesives C09J; materials for sealing or packing joints or covers C09K 3/10; materials for stopping leaks C09K 3/12; processes for the electrolytic or electrophoretic production of coatings C25D) [5]


Enhanced proppant transport for hydraulic fracturing
Patent No. 10793770 

Inventor(s): Abdelaziz Rahy (Waxahachie, TX), DeWitt Knox (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15735178 on 06/13/2016 (1576 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dry composition of dry polyacrylamide and dry guar; or a liquid suspension made from the dry composition for treating subterranean formations and methods for enhancing proppant transport in fracturing fluids using the composition.

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


Methods and compositions for identifying yeast
Patent No. 10793920 

Inventor(s): Dennis G. Hooper (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): MYCODART, INC. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16040851 on 07/20/2018 (809 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention relates to a method of identifying a specific yeast species in patient tissue or body fluid. The method comprises the steps of extracting and recovering DNA of the yeast species from the patient tissue or body fluid, amplifying the DNA, hybridizing a probe to the DNA to specifically identify the yeast species, and specifically identifying the yeast species. The invention also relates to a method of identifying a yeast mycotoxin in patient tissue or body fluid. The method comprises the steps of extracting and recovering the yeast mycotoxin from the patient tissue or body fluid, contacting the yeast mycotoxin with an antibody directed against the yeast mycotoxin, and identifying the yeast myocotoxin. Both of these methods can be used to determine if a patient is at risk for or has developed a disease state related to a yeast infection, and to develop an effective treatment regimen for the patient.

[C12P] FERMENTATION OR ENZYME-USING PROCESSES TO SYNTHESISE A DESIRED CHEMICAL COMPOUND OR COMPOSITION OR TO SEPARATE OPTICAL ISOMERS FROM A RACEMIC MIXTURE [3]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Retroreflective traffic stripe
Patent No. 10794021 

Inventor(s): Mark Joseph O”Neill (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16891258 on 06/03/2020 (125 days app to issue)

Abstract: A retroreflective traffic stripe comprising a widely spaced repeating pattern of linear light-turning prisms over cube-corner retroreflective prisms. The light-turning prisms comprise at least two exposed surfaces: one approximately vertical facing the headlights of an oncoming vehicle, and another opposing the first and sloped by approximately 45 degrees. The approximately vertical surface accepts light from the headlights and transmits such light to the sloped surface which totally internally reflects such light downward onto an array of cube corner retroreflective prisms, which totally internally reflect such light in approximately the reverse direction. Such reflected light once more encounters the sloped face of the light turning prisms which totally internally reflects the light toward the approximately vertical surface, where such light exits and returns toward the headlights and toward the eyes of the driver of the vehicle.

[E01F] ADDITIONAL WORK, SUCH AS EQUIPPING ROADS OR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PLATFORMS, HELICOPTER LANDING STAGES, SIGNS, SNOW FENCES, OR THE LIKE


Modular stair system
Patent No. 10794062 

Inventor(s): Jeremy Michels (Melissa, TX)
Assignee(s): EMEH, INC. (Lebanon, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16510281 on 07/12/2019 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for building modular stair system comprises assembling a plurality of modular stair units, each of the plurality of modular stair units associated with a single story of a construction, each of the plurality of modular stair units further comprising a self-supporting structure supported by a plurality of corner columns. A first modular stair unit is located on a foundation of a structure. The first modular stair unit is secured to the foundation of the structure. A second modular stair unit is stacked on top of the first modular stair unit, wherein a first plurality of corner support columns engage of the first modular stair unit engage a second plurality of corner support columns of the second modular stair unit. The second modular stair unit is leveled using a connection sleeve that slides within the first plurality of corner support columns and the second plurality of corner support columns. The second modular stair unit is connected to the first modular stair unit to maintain the leveled second modular stair unit using the connection sleeve.

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


Autonomous swimming pool skimmer
Patent No. 10794075 

Inventor(s): J. Murray Smith, Jr. (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Yee Associates, P.C. (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16443526 on 06/17/2019 (477 days app to issue)

Abstract: A swimming pool skimmer comprises a buoyant skimmer body. The swimming pool skimmer further comprises an electrical power supply including a solar cell mounted to a topside of the skimmer body. A set of proximity sensors are operatively connected to the electrical power supply, and are mounted at a forward end of the skimmer body. The set of proximity sensors are configured to generate a signal in response to detecting an obstruction. A set of pump jets are operatively connected to both the electrical power supply and the set of proximity sensors. The set of pump jets are configured to activate in response to the signal from the set of proximity sensors, thereby rotating the swimming pool skimmer away from the obstruction.

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


Flag angle method for supporting tracks of various radii
Patent No. 10794101 

Inventor(s): Danny L. Preising, Jr. (Massillon, OH)
Assignee(s): Overhead Door Corporation (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15998508 on 08/16/2018 (782 days app to issue)

Abstract: A flag angle includes: a body having a two ends, and a middle section located between the ends; a mounting portion on the body for mounting the body to a surface; a first wider portion located at one end, the first wider portion extending further away from the mounting portion than an amount the middle section extends from the mounting portion; a second wider portion located at the other end, the second wider portion extending further away from the mounting portion than the amount the middle section extends away from the mounting portion; first, second, third, and fourth attaching features located on the first wider portion and each of the second, third, and fourth attaching features are located progressively further away from the mounting portion; and fifth and sixth attaching features located on the second wider portion, wherein the attaching features include slots and holes.

[E05D] HINGES OR OTHER SUSPENSION DEVICES FOR DOORS, WINDOWS, OR WINGS (pivotal connections in general F16C 11/00)


Door breakout detection system and method
Patent No. 10794116 

Inventor(s): Sree Lakshmi Kanuri (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Overhead Door Corporation (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15877518 on 01/23/2018 (987 days app to issue)

Abstract: A break-out door sensor system is provided. In one aspect, the system includes: a door; a sensor located on the door; a trigger connected to the door and located proximate to the sensor and configured to move to an actuating position, and when in the actuating position, the trigger contacts the sensor causing the sensor to emit a signal, the trigger being biased away from the actuating position; and a camming surface on the trigger, wherein dimensions of the trigger and the trigger”s location on the door with respect to the sensor including the location and dimensions of the camming surface are selected to cause the trigger to move to the actuating position when the camming surface moves against door guide forming a channel and the trigger moves out of the channel.

[E06B] FIXED OR MOVABLE CLOSURES FOR OPENINGS IN BUILDINGS, VEHICLES, FENCES, OR LIKE ENCLOSURES, IN GENERAL, e.g. DOORS, WINDOWS, BLINDS, GATES (shades or blinds for greenhouses A01G 9/22; curtains A47H; lids for car boots or bonnets B62D 25/10; sky-lights E04B 7/18; sunshades, awnings E04F 10/00)


Travel joint
Patent No. 10794123 

Inventor(s): Wesley P. Dietz (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Chamberlain Hrdklicka (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16310373 on 09/14/2016 (1483 days app to issue)

Abstract: A travel joint that provides fluid communication between at least two hydraulic control lines through a cavity in the travel joint. In certain embodiments, the travel joint includes a sleeve assembly, a piston assembly, and annular cavity between the piston assembly and the sleeve assembly. The sleeve assembly includes a sleeve passage configured to hydraulically couple to a hydraulic line. The piston assembly is telescopically moveable within the sleeve assembly and includes a piston passage configured to hydraulically couple to a second hydraulic line.

[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]


Centralizer electronics housing
Patent No. 10794124 

Inventor(s): Neal Skinner (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15536549 on 02/09/2015 (2066 days app to issue)

Abstract: A centralizer for downhole OCTG having a storage space capable of housing downhole electronics and other downhole devices, compositions and elements is disclosed. The storage space is located within an inner cavity formed in one or more of the blades making up the centralizer. A capsule is provided for protecting the contents of the items being stored within the inner cavity. The capsule may be hermetically sealed to protect the contents from the damaging effects of downhole fluids. Ports may be provided within the capsule to allow downhole electronics to be connected to sensors and other devices and components residing outside of the capsule.

[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]


Continuous circulation sub connection system
Patent No. 10794130 

Inventor(s): Michael Don Lewis (Dallas, TX), Rachel Lynn Johnson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15736487 on 07/29/2015 (1896 days app to issue)

Abstract: A continuous circulation system and an connection assembly for establishing a threaded fluid seal to a side port of a continuous circulating sub, according an embodiment, is disclosed, having independently rotatable and movable first and second first engagement mechanisms. The first engagement mechanism may include first and second wrenches for engaging a pressure tap, checking pressure, removing and reinstalling a safety plug. The second engagement mechanism may include an adapter pipe for creating a threaded seal with the side port thereby allowing reliable high-pressure flow. The connection assembly automates the steps of checking pressure within the sub between the radial valve and safety plug, removing the safety plug, screwing the threaded adapter pipe into the side port, providing a flow path for drilling fluid, disengaging the threaded adapter pipe, replacing the safety plug and returning the continuous circulation sub to its original operational state.

[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]


Modular manifold system for an electrohydraulic control system
Patent No. 10794138 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Thomas Derryberry (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Chamberlain Hrdlicka (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15579898 on 07/09/2015 (1916 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modular manifold system includes a first manifold ring which comprises a first tubular body defined by an inner wall, an outer wall, a first end, and a second end. The inner wall and the outer wall extend between the first end and the second end. The first manifold ring also includes a first path formed between the inner wall and the outer wall and extending to at least one of the first end and the second end. At least one of the first end and second end comprises a coupling feature configured to couple the first manifold ring to a second manifold ring or well equipment. The first path is put in fluid communication or electrical communication with the second manifold ring or well equipment when the first manifold ring is coupled to the second manifold ring.

[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]


Subsurface safety valve with permanent lock open feature
Patent No. 10794148 

Inventor(s): Jimmie Robert Williamson (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuirewoods, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15777190 on 03/11/2016 (1670 days app to issue)

Abstract: A well system includes a tubing string and a subsurface safety valve interconnected with the tubing string and including a housing that defines a central flow passageway and includes a flapper pivotable within the central flow passageway between closed and open positions. A flow tube is positioned within the central flow passageway and engageable with the flapper to move the flapper to the open position. An actuation piston is operatively coupled to the flow tube, a balance piston is operatively coupled to the flow tube, and a lock-open piston is engageable with an actuator sleeve operatively coupled to the flow tube. A lock-open tool is positionable within the central flow passageway to convey hydraulic pressure into a lock-open piston bore and thereby actuate the lock-open piston to an actuated position that moves the flow tube and permanently locks the flapper in the open position.

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


Artificial lift method and apparatus for horizontal well
Patent No. 10794149 

Inventor(s): David Charles Daniel (Missouri City, TX), David S. Wesson (Ft. Worth, TX), John T. Hardesty (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16108226 on 08/22/2018 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: An artificial lifting system for bringing a formation fluid from a horizontal well to the surface. The system includes an outer production tubing that extends into the well, from a head of the well to a toe of a lateral portion of the well; and an extraction support mechanism extending in a bore of the outer production tubing.

[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]


Support device for tubing string
Patent No. 10794152 

Inventor(s): Aihua Liang (Plano, TX), David Joe Steele (Arlington, TX), Loc Phuc Lang (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15748238 on 05/03/2017 (1252 days app to issue)

Abstract: A support device may include an upper portion that has a first width and a base portion that has a second width. The support device may be sized to be positioned within a tubing string. The support device may be removable from the tubing string. The support device may include a vertical support that connects the upper portion to the base portion. The vertical support may have a third width and defining a fluid flow path between the vertical support and an inner surface of the tubing string.

[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]


Downhole remote trigger activation device for VLH big bore and mono bore configured running tools with programming logic
Patent No. 10794157 

Inventor(s): Emile Edmund Sevadjian (Carrollton, TX), Gary Allen Kohn (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15752499 on 03/27/2017 (1289 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, a device and a system for activating a running/setting tool are provided. The method includes: 1) detecting a wellbore condition at the running tool, 2) based on a signal from surface equipment received at the running tool, initiating an isolation of pressure below the running tool from pressure above the running tool, and 3) if the signal is not received at the running tool, initiating the isolation of pressure below the running tool from the above at a predefined time based on the wellbore condition.

[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]


Controlling wellbore operations
Patent No. 10794168 

Inventor(s): Jason D. Dykstra (Carrollton, TX), Zhijie Sun (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15035693 on 12/06/2013 (2496 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for controlling a bottom hole assembly (BHA) to follow a planned wellbore path include determining sensor measurements from the BHA; determining a model of BHA dynamics based on the sensor measurements from the BHA; determining a weighting factor that corresponds to a drilling objective; determining an objective function comprising the drilling objective, weighted by the weighting factor, and one or more constraints; determining a control input to the BHA that satisfies the objective function and the one or more constraints; and applying the control input to the BHA.

[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]


Mud pump stroke detection using distributed acoustic sensing
Patent No. 10794177 

Inventor(s): Neal Gregory Skinner (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15759396 on 10/29/2015 (1804 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example system for detecting mud pump stroke information comprises a distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) data collection system coupled to a downhole drilling system, a stroke detector coupled to a mud pump of the downhole drilling system configured to detect strokes in the mud pump and to generate mud pump stroke information based on the detected strokes, and a fiber disturber coupled to the stroke detector and to optical fiber of the DAS data collection system configured to disturb the optical fiber based on mud pump stroke information generated by the stroke detector. The system further comprises a computing system comprising a processor, memory, and a pulse detection module operable to transmit optical signals into the optical fiber of the DAS data collection system, receive DAS data signals in response to the transmitted optical signals, and detect mud pump stroke information in the received DAS data signals.

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


 

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

 

Exhaust plume cooling using periodic interruption of exhaust gas flow to form ambient air entraining vortices
Patent No. 10794329 

Inventor(s): Dan J. Baruzzini (Keller, TX), Neal David Domel (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Reising Ethington P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15366876 on 12/01/2016 (1405 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exhaust plume cooling device for cooling an exhaust gas plume to reduce deleterious heat effects on impinged and surrounding surfaces. The device is supportable in a position downstream of an exhaust nozzle of an exhaust gas plume-producing engine and configured to periodically interrupt the flow of exhaust gases by injecting fluid into the exhaust plume zone.

[F02K] JET-PROPULSION PLANTS (arrangement or mounting of jet-propulsion plants in land vehicles or vehicles in general B60K; arrangement or mounting of jet-propulsion plants in waterborne vessels B63H; controlling aircraft attitude, flight direction, or altitude by jet reaction B64C; arrangement or mounting of jet-propulsion plants in aircraft B64D; plants characterised by the power of the working fluid being divided between jet propulsion and another form of propulsion, e.g. propeller, F02B, F02C; features of jet-propulsion plants common to gas-turbine plants, air intakes or fuel supply control of air-breathing jet-propulsion plants F02C)


Spring seat for an internal valve
Patent No. 10794505 

Inventor(s): Fei Fei Ji (Shanghai, , CN), Jing Chen (Shanghai, , CN), Li Li (Shanghai, , CN), Shao Lijing (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15635904 on 06/28/2017 (1196 days app to issue)

Abstract: An internal valve including a valve body, a poppet valve coupled to the valve body, a bleed valve, a stem slidably disposed in the valve body and operatively coupled to the bleed valve. The stem is shiftable from a first position wherein the poppet valve and the bleed valve are both closed, to a second position wherein the bleed valve is open, and a third position wherein the bleed valve is closed, the poppet valve is open, and the poppet valve may shift toward the closed position and the bleed valve may open in response to a pressure change. A spring seat is coupled to the stem via a retaining feature such that the spring seat is movably disposed in the valve body, and a spring is operatively coupled to the stem via the spring seat and configured to bias the stem toward the first position.

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


Oven
Patent No. 10794598 

Inventor(s): Souhel Khanania (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15600373 on 05/19/2017 (1236 days app to issue)

Abstract: An oven has a first conveyor, a first burner that directs heat toward the first conveyor from above the first conveyor, and a second burner that directs heat toward the first conveyor from below the first conveyor. A method includes providing foodstuff on a conveyor, exposing the foodstuff to heat directed toward the foodstuff from above the conveyor, and exposing the foodstuff to heat directed toward the foodstuff from below the conveyor. Another oven has a first conveyor and first conveyor insulators that surround the first conveyor and define a first zone. Another method includes introducing foodstuff to a first conveyor belt within a first insulated zone, introducing heat into the first insulated zone, and retaining a portion of the heat within the first insulated zone. Another oven has an insulated cooking zone that closely envelopes a cooking path and an insulated oven zone that substantially envelopes the cooking zone.

[F24C] OTHER DOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES; DETAILS OF DOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES, OF GENERAL APPLICATION (radiator stoves of the fluid-circulating type F24H)


Low temperature sintering porous metal foam layers for enhanced cooling and processes for forming thereof
Patent No. 10794642 

Inventor(s): Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI), Yanghe Liu (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: 15700749 on 09/11/2017 (1121 days app to issue)

Abstract: A heat transfer surface with a convective cooling layer includes a metal substrate and a porous metal foam layer transient liquid phase (TLP) bonded on the metal substrate. The porous metal foam layer includes a plurality of high melting temperature (HMT) particles and a plurality of micro-channels. A first TLP intermetallic layer is positioned between, and TLP bonds together, adjacent HMT particles to form the porous metal foam layer. A second TLP intermetallic layer is positioned between and TLP bonds a subset of the plurality of HMT particles to the metal substrate such that the porous metal foam layer is TLP bonded to the metal substrate. The plurality of micro-channels extend from an outer surface of the porous metal foam layer to the metal substrate such that a cooling fluid may be wicked through the plurality of micro-channels to the surface of the metal substrate.

[F28F] DETAILS OF HEAT-EXCHANGE OR HEAT-TRANSFER APPARATUS, OF GENERAL APPLICATION (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; water or air traps, air venting F16)


Pressure indicating mechanical tee
Patent No. 10794785 

Inventor(s): Jerry Minter (Irving, TX), Scott Hayes (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15464108 on 03/20/2017 (1296 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device and method for the visual inspection of the existence of pressure within a branch line of pipe is described. A mechanical tee includes a collar portion configured to extend around a pipe. The collar portion defines an axis and includes one or more fasteners to secure the tee to the pipe. A neck portion is coupled to the collar portion. The channel of the neck portion is in fluid communication with the interior of the pipe. A seal is used to prevent leakage between the pipe and the mechanical tee. A pressure indicating device is in fluid communication with the channel of the neck portion and configured to provide a visual indication of the pressure level in the channel. The pressure indicating device may optionally include electrical contacts to communicate with a monitoring system to discern and track the pressure levels in the channel.

[F16L] PIPES; JOINTS OR FITTINGS FOR PIPES; SUPPORTS FOR PIPES, CABLES OR PROTECTIVE TUBING; MEANS FOR THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL


 

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Computing and displaying climb dive marker elevation
Patent No. 10794726 

Inventor(s): John Timothy Pearson (Fort Worth, TX), Keith Thomas Grandin (Weatherford, TX), Lawerance Ray Butler (Aledo, TX), Michael Allen Robb (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): ELBIT SYSTEMS OF AMERICA, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: KL Gates LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15883989 on 01/30/2018 (980 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of calculating a climb-dive marker (CDM) that is visibly present on a display even as the aircraft approaches a roll angle of +/90 is provided. An exemplary CDM method comprises obtaining, an X-axis velocity, a Y-axis velocity, and a Z-axis velocity in aircraft body coordinates of an aircraft; calculating a CDM elevation; and displaying, by the controller, the calculated CDM elevation. The method can further comprise obtaining an angle of attack (AoA) of the aircraft and a roll angle of the aircraft, wherein the AoA is set as the value of the CDM elevation when the roll angle is within a preset range. The CDM elevation may also be calculated using a combination of the AOA and the CDM formula when roll angle is within a second preset 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)


Fiberoptically-coupled measurement system with reduced sensitivity to angularly-driven variation of signals upon reflection from a wafer
Patent No. 10794763 

Inventor(s): John D. Corless (Carrollton, TX), Mark A. Meloni (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Verity Instruments, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16788024 on 02/11/2020 (238 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical system having an OAP mirror collimator is disclosed with a housing, an OAP mirror located within the housing and has an optical axis, a fold plane and a focal point. A fiber optical cable is coupled to the housing and has first and second optical fibers, each having an exit end that form a common end face of the fiber optic cable, wherein the fiber optical cable is rotationally and translationally aligned to the OAP mirror such that the common face is perpendicular to and centered upon the optical axis of the OAP mirror and positioned a fixed distance from the focal point, and wherein the optical axes of the first and second optical fibers are jointly angularly aligned to the fold plane, and the optical axes of the first and second optical fibers deviate from being parallel to the optical axis by no more than 0.15 degrees.

[G01J] MEASUREMENT OF INTENSITY, VELOCITY, SPECTRAL CONTENT, POLARISATION, PHASE OR PULSE CHARACTERISTICS OF INFRA-RED, VISIBLE OR ULTRA-VIOLET LIGHT; COLORIMETRY; RADIATION PYROMETRY [2]


Fluid composition sensor device and method of using the same
Patent No. 10794810 

Inventor(s): Adam D. McBrady (Dallas, TX), Andy Walker Brown (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, NJ)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16530496 on 08/02/2019 (431 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device and a method for detecting fluid particle characteristics. The device comprises a fluid composition sensor configured to receive a volume of fluid and a controller. The fluid composition sensor comprises a collection media configured to receive one or more particles of a plurality of particles within the fluid; and an imaging device configured to capture an image of one or more particles of the plurality of particles received by the collection media. The controller is configured to determine a particle impaction depth of each of the one or more particles of the plurality of particles within the collection media; and, based at least in part on the particle impaction depth of each of the one or more particles of the plurality of particles, determine a particulate matter mass concentration within the volume of fluid.

[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)


Functional, tap, trace circuitry with multiplexed tap, trace data output
Patent No. 10794953 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16393352 on 04/24/2019 (531 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.

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


Line fault signature analysis
Patent No. 10794963 

Inventor(s): Amit G Kumbasi (Allen, TX), Kallikuppa M Sreenivasa (Bangalore, , IN), Prasanna U. Rajagopal (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16743123 on 01/15/2020 (265 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a time-domain analyzer is arranged to generate an indication of a number of high-frequency events of an electrical monitor signal that includes a fundamental periodic frequency. The high-frequency events include frequencies higher than the fundamental periodic frequency. A frequency-domain analyzer is arranged to generate frequency band information in response to frequencies of the electrical monitor signal that are higher than the fundamental periodic frequency. A fault detector is arranged to monitor the indication of the number of high-frequency events and the generated frequency band information, and to generate a fault flag in response to the monitored indication of the number of high-frequency events and the generated frequency band information.

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


Method of implementing spread spectrum techniques in an automotive radar with wireless communication capabilities
Patent No. 10794988 

Inventor(s): Tiejun Shan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): THE EUCLIDE 2012 INVESTMENT TRUST (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16249351 on 01/16/2019 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of implementing spread spectrum techniques in an automotive radar with wireless communication capabilities enables an anti-jammer radar capable of overcoming channel noise. The method is provided with a MIMO radar and at least one base station. The MIMO radar transmits the initial uplink signal and receives an ambient signal containing a reflected uplink signal and the downlink signal. The initial uplink signal is encrypted to overcome channel noise and jamming signals. The downlink signal is used to establish wireless communication between the base station and the MIMO radar. As such, the downlink signal is filtered and processed from the ambient signal. Similarly, the reflected downlink signal is also filtered from the ambient signal. Finally, the MIMO radar decrypts the reflected uplink signal to detect a plurality of targets and derive spatial positioning data for each target.

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


Method of using a direct sequence spread spectrum in vehicle location approximation when using orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing
Patent No. 10794989 

Inventor(s): Tiejun Shan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): THE EUCLIDE 2012 INVESTMENT TRUST (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16271567 on 02/08/2019 (606 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for target location approximation using orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) is provided with an OFDM device that consists of a wireless terminal and a multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) antenna. In order to derive a location approximation, a pilot uplink signal is transmitted through the wireless terminal towards at least one intended target. The pilot uplink signal that is transmitted is encoded as a direct-sequence spread spectrum (DSSS). Next, a reflected-pilot uplink signal is identified from an ambient signal that returns after the initial transmission. The reflected-pilot uplink signal is decoded to retrieve the original data embedded in the pilot uplink signal. A matching time delay is calculated between the pilot uplink signal and the reflected-pilot uplink signal. A direction of arrival (DOA) is determined from the MIMO antenna. Finally, the matching time delay and the DOA are used for location approximation.

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


Method of adaptative-array beamforming with a multi-input multi-output (MIMO) automobile radar
Patent No. 10795014 

Inventor(s): Tiejun Shan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): THE EUCLIDE 2012 INVESTMENT TRUST (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16248761 on 01/15/2019 (630 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of adaptative-array beamforming with a multi-input multi-output (MIMO) automobile radar includes a MIMO radar for transmitting a plurality of initial scanning beams in a radial direction. The plurality of initial scanning beams is transmitted one by one at each direction. Accordingly, the MIMO radar receives a reflected scanning beam, wherein each reflected scanning beam is associated with a corresponding initial scanning beam. The reflected scanning beam is used to detect at least one low-resolution target. Subsequently, the MIMO radar transmits a plurality of initial tracking beams, wherein each initial tracking beams is directed towards a low-resolution target. This results in generation of a corresponding reflected tracking beam for each of the plurality of initial tracking beams. Finally, the MIMO radar detects at least one high-resolution target within each reflected tracking beam.

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


System and method for sensing wind flow passing over complex terrain
Patent No. 10795054 

Inventor(s): Mithu Debnath (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc. (Cambridge, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15926864 on 03/20/2018 (931 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wind flow sensing system determines a first approximation of the velocity field at each of the altitudes by simulating computational fluid dynamics (CFD) of the wind flow with operating parameters reducing a cost function of a weighted combination of errors, determines a horizontal derivative of vertical velocity at each of the altitudes from the first approximation of the velocity fields, and determines a second approximation of the velocity fields using geometric relationships between a velocity field for each of the altitudes, projections of the measurements of radial velocities on the three-dimensional axes, and the horizontal derivative of vertical velocity for the corresponding velocity field. In the cost function of the CFD, each error corresponds to one of the altitudes and includes a difference between measured velocities at the line-of-site points at the corresponding altitude and simulated velocities at the line-of-site points simulated by the CFD for the corresponding altitude. At least some errors in the weighted combination have different weights.

[G01W] METEOROLOGY (radar, sonar, lidar or analogous systems, designed for meteorological use G01S 13/95, G01S 15/88, G01S 17/95)


MMF optical mode conditioning device
Patent No. 10795078 

Inventor(s): Gary Landry (Allen, TX), Jason O”Daniel (Richardson, TX), Timo Gray (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): II-VI Delaware Inc. (Wilmington, DE)
Law Firm: Maschoff Brennan (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16399140 on 04/30/2019 (525 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one example, an optical device may include a waveguide having a core index of refraction that decreases along a length of the waveguide and an edge index of refraction of the waveguide that is constant along the length of the waveguide. The central rays of the optical signals travelling through the waveguide may be refracted towards higher radii while the outer rays propagate unaffected. The optical device may decrease dispersion of the optical signals travelling through an optical fiber.

[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]


Flat-top narrow bandpass filters based on cascaded resonant gratings
Patent No. 10795174 

Inventor(s): Robert Magnusson (Arlington, TX), Yeong Hwan Ko (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Shiells Law Firm P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15783988 on 10/13/2017 (1089 days app to issue)

Abstract: Narrow bandpass filters are useful in numerous practical applications including laser systems, imaging, telecommunications, and astronomy. Traditionally implemented with thin-film stacks, there exists alternate means incorporating photonic resonance effects. Accordingly, here we disclose a new approach to bandpass filters that engages the guided-mode resonance effect working in conjunction with a cavity-based Fabry-Prot resonance to flatten and steepen the pass band. Both of these resonance mechanisms are native to simple resonant bandpass filters placed in a cascade. To support the disclosure, numerical examples provide quantitative spectral characteristics including pass-band shape and sideband levels. Thus, we compare the spectra of single-layer 1D- and 2D-patterned resonant gratings with a dual-grating cascade design incorporating mathematically identical gratings. Dual and triple cascade designs are measured against a classic multi-cavity thin-film filter with 151 layers. The disclosed examples show comparable and improved results achieved with these sparse structures while engaging principles absent in corresponding state-of-the-art technology.

[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]


Apparatus and method for improving, augmenting or enhancing vision
Patent No. 10795184 

Inventor(s): Patrick R. Antaki (Plano, TX), Ronnie Dunn (McKinney, TX), Russell Lemburg (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Evergaze, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16570430 on 09/13/2019 (389 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides various apparatus and methods for improving, augmenting or enhancing a vision of a person that include a first camera, one or more sensors, a microdisplay, and one or more processors communicably coupled to the first camera, the one or more sensors and the microdisplay. The first camera is configured to acquire a first image of a scene facing away from an eye of the person. The microdisplay is configured to display a modified first image to the eye. In one operational mode, the one or more processors are configured to acquire the first image of the scene using the first camera, modify the first image based on one or more vision improvement parameters, and display the modified first image on the microdisplay to improve, augment or enhance the vision of the person.

[G02C] SPECTACLES; SUNGLASSES OR GOGGLES INSOFAR AS THEY HAVE THE SAME FEATURES AS SPECTACLES; CONTACT LENSES


Predictive and prescriptive analytics for systems under variable operations
Patent No. 10795337 

Inventor(s): Christopher Niblo (Mansfield, TX), Eric Haney (Dallas, TX), James Robinson (Plano, TX), John P. Volpi (Garland, TX), Matthew Bowers (Dallas, TX), Randall Allen (Orlando, FL), Shane Poage (Plano, TX), Steven D. Roemerm
Assignee(s): INCUCOMM, INC. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Boisbrun Hofman, PLLC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15611476 on 06/01/2017 (1223 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication system and method that provides predictive and prescriptive analytics for a system running at an edge. In one embodiment, the communication system includes an architect subsystem configured to build, test and deploy a model based on sensor characteristics of the system. The sensor characteristics are from at least one of an operator input, a historical input, a specification input, and a subject-matter expert input. The communication system also includes an edge subsystem configured to receive said model and perform predictive and prescriptive analytics on sensor data from said system running on said model deployed at said edge.

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


Voltage regulator wake-up
Patent No. 10795391 

Inventor(s): Gaurang Helekar (Karnataka, , IN), Ruchi Shankar (Karnataka, , IN), Somshubhra Paul (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14845579 on 09/04/2015 (1859 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a voltage regulator having an output voltage; a power management system, coupled to the voltage regulator, operable to continuously monitor the output voltage to determine whether the output voltage is within a range; and the power management system is operable to set the range to a normal range during normal operation, and is operable to increase the range beyond the normal range during a low power mode and during a wake-up period from a low power mode.

[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]


Method and apparatus for flexible RAID in SSD
Patent No. 10795590 

Inventor(s): Yiren Huang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16243651 on 01/09/2019 (636 days app to issue)

Abstract: A solid state drive (SSD) employing a redundant array of independent disks (RAID) scheme includes a flash memory chip, erasable blocks in the flash memory chip, and a flash controller. The erasable blocks are configured to store flash memory pages. The flash controller is operably coupled to the flash memory chip. The flash controller is also configured to organize certain of the flash memory pages into a RAID line group and to write RAID line group membership information to each of the flash memory pages in the RAID line group.

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


Systems and methods for writing zeros to a memory array
Patent No. 10795603 

Inventor(s): Byung S. Moon (Plano, TX), Gary L. Howe (Plano, TX), Harish N. Venkata (Allen, TX), Myung Ho Bae (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16555852 on 08/29/2019 (404 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device may include a memory array that includes multiple memory cells. The memory device may also include multiple sense amplifiers that, in operation, may each be connected to one or more memory cells. The sense amplifiers may be designed to assist in writing logical zeros to the multiple memory cells.

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


Target architecture determination
Patent No. 10795653 

Inventor(s): John D. Leidel (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Brooks, Cameron Huebsch, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16199477 on 11/26/2018 (680 days app to issue)

Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure provide apparatuses and methods for target architecture determination. An example method comprises receiving an indication of a type of target architecture in a portion of source code and creating compiled code for the type of target architecture based on the indication.

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


Operating a pipeline flattener in order to track instructions for complex
Patent No. 10795685 

Inventor(s): Christian Wiencke (Garching, , DE), Johann Zipperer (Unterschleissheim, , DE), Markus Koesler (Landshut, , DE), Wolfgang Lutsch (Freising Bayern, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16378832 on 04/09/2019 (546 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device comprising a processor having a pipelined architecture and a pipeline flattener and a method for operating a pipeline flattener in a semiconductor device are provided. The processor comprises a pipeline having a plurality of pipeline stages and a plurality of pipeline registers that are coupled between the pipeline stages. The pipeline flattener comprises a plurality of trigger registers for storing a trigger, wherein the trigger registers are coupled between the pipeline stages.

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


Systems and methods for ensuring computer system security via a virtualized layer of application abstraction
Patent No. 10795707 

Inventor(s): Donald William Hay (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Hubbard Johnston PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15308664 on 05/14/2015 (1972 days app to issue)

Abstract: A processing system including a host system having a host processor, an associated host memory system, user interface, and a host operating system. The host operating system runs a virtualization program for creating a virtual machine including virtual hardware, a virtual operating system, and a virtual application program running in conjunction with the virtual operating system. The virtual machine instantiates the virtual application program in response to a user request through the user interface to initiate a function. In response to user inputs through the user interface, the virtual machine executes operations with the virtual application in conjunction with the virtual operating system to implement the requested function such that the host system is isolated from an attack initiated during execution of the virtual application program by the virtual machine.

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


Multicore bus architecture with non-blocking high performance transaction credit system
Patent No. 10795844 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet A. Chachad (Plano, TX), David M. Thompson (Dallas, TX), Joseph R. M. Zbiciak (San Jose, TX), Kai Chirca (Dallas, TX), Matthew D. Pierson (Murphy, TX), Timothy D. Anderson (University Park, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16430748 on 06/04/2019 (490 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention is a bus communication protocol. A master device stores bus credits. The master device may transmit a bus transaction only if it holds sufficient number and type of bus credits. Upon transmission, the master device decrements the number of stored bus credits. The bus credits correspond to resources on a slave device for receiving bus transactions. The slave device must receive the bus transaction if accompanied by the proper credits. The slave device services the transaction. The slave device then transmits a credit return. The master device adds the corresponding number and types of credits to the stored amount. The slave device is ready to accept another bus transaction and the master device is re-enabled to initiate the bus transaction. In many types of interactions a bus agent may act as both master and slave depending upon the state of the process.

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


Method and system for auto-addressing nodes on a communication bus
Patent No. 10795845 

Inventor(s): Arun Tej Vemuri (Dallas, TX), Donovan Allen Porter (Dallas, TX), Fernando David Lara Alva (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16549487 on 08/23/2019 (410 days app to issue)

Abstract: An auto addressing scheme comprised of a central/master module and satellite/slave devices on a communication bus such as CAN that individually wakes the satellite devices alerting them when to listen to the CAN bus to receive their address, eliminating the need for a separate bus for auto addressing. The wake function is handled by low side n-channel MOSFET switches with current limiting resistors to protect the circuit against short to battery conditions and a voltage divider to step down the voltage to levels tolerable for a microcontroller input.

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


Methods and apparatus to transition devices between operational states
Patent No. 10795850 

Inventor(s): Adam Rappoport (Grapevine, TX), Bennett Lau (Plano, TX), Chung San Roger Chan (Coppell, TX), Gary Chard (Murphy, TX), T-Pinn Koh (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16286154 on 02/26/2019 (588 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to transition devices between operational modes. An example apparatus comprising: an activity detector configured to be coupled to a communication bus; a communication bus controller coupled to the activity detector; a hardware wakeup controller coupled to the activity detector; a switching circuit coupled to the hardware wakeup controller; a first oscillator coupled to the switching circuit; and a second oscillator the second oscillator coupled to the switching circuit and the hardware wakeup controller.

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


Schema based validation of extra fields in a data file
Patent No. 10795870 

Inventor(s): Kirankumar Kulkarni (Mckinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16658978 on 10/21/2019 (351 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure is directed to systems to validate fields of a data file. A data file comprising name-value pairs can be validated. Allowed ones of the name-value pairs can be identified. A redacted data file comprising indications of the identified allowed ones of the name-value pairs but not ones of the name-value pairs not identified as allowed can be generated. The redacted data file can be sent to a data storage device.

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


Systems and methods for allocating capital to trading strategies for big data trading in financial markets
Patent No. 10795893 

Inventor(s): Adam Peterson (Frisco, TX), Howard M. Getson (Coppell, TX), Kelvin Rodriguez (Coppell, TX), Sean Vallie (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Capitalogix IP Owner, LLC (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Carr Ferrell LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14642577 on 03/09/2015 (2038 days app to issue)

Abstract: Exemplary systems and methods for allocating capital to trading strategies may include a means for generating a virtual machine for a trading strategy in a historical server, a means for obtaining historical performance data for the trading strategy from the historical server, a means for transforming the historical performance data into metrical data, a means for transforming the historical performance data and metrical data into a neural network usable data set, a means for creating a neural network base, and a means for forming a neural network.

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


Deriving user intent from a prior communication
Patent No. 10795944 

Inventor(s): Mark Zartler (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Verint Americas Inc. (Alpharetta, GA)
Law Firm: Meunier Carlin Curfman LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15412573 on 01/23/2017 (1352 days app to issue)

Abstract: User intent may be derived from a previous communication. For example, a text string for user input may be obtained. The text string may include a pronoun. Information from a communication received prior to receipt of the user input may be derived. The information may identify an individual. User intent may be derived from the text string and the information. This may include determining that the pronoun refers to the individual.

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


Preventing unauthorized access to secured information using identification techniques
Patent No. 10795980 

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: 16439288 on 06/12/2019 (482 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle computing platform may receive driver sensor data indicating whether a driver seat in a vehicle is occupied. The vehicle computing platform may determine, based on the driver sensor data, an identity of a driver of the vehicle. The vehicle computing platform may receive passenger sensor data indicating whether a passenger seat in the vehicle is occupied. The vehicle computing platform may, based on the passenger sensor data indicating that the passenger seat in the vehicle is occupied, obscure information on a screen of the vehicle.

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


Dynamic routing of files to a malware analysis system
Patent No. 10795998 

Inventor(s): Andrew E. Ossipov (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15910458 on 03/02/2018 (949 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for selecting either a first malware analysis system or a second malware analysis system to analyze a file is disclosed. The method includes obtaining, at a network security element, a file sent between a first device and a second device, the file having one or more associated attributes; analyzing, at the network security element, the one or more attributes of the file; selecting, based on the analyzing, either the first malware analysis system or the second malware analysis system as a selected malware analysis system for malware analysis of the file; and providing the file to the selected malware analysis system.

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


Scene preset identification using quadtree decomposition analysis
Patent No. 10796164 

Inventor(s): Bobby Ernest Blythe (Pearland, TX), Gang Xu (Katy, TX), Kishor Adinath Saitwal (Houston, TX), Rajkiran Kumar Gottumukkal (Bellevue, WA), Tao Yang (Katy, TX), Wesley Kenneth Cobb (The Woodlands, TX)
Assignee(s): Intellective Ai, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16283387 on 02/22/2019 (592 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for matching a current background scene of an image received by a surveillance system with a gallery of scene presets that each represent a previously captured background scene. A quadtree decomposition analysis is used to improve the robustness of the matching operation when the scene lighting changes (including portions containing over-saturation/under-saturation) or a portion of the content changes. The current background scene is processed to generate a quadtree decomposition including a plurality of window portions. Each of the window portions is processed to generate a plurality of phase spectra. The phase spectra are then projected onto a corresponding plurality of scene preset image matrices of one or more scene preset. When a match between the current background scene and one of the scene presets is identified, the matched scene preset is updated. Otherwise a new scene preset is created based on the current background scene.

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


Method and apparatus for providing a communications service using a low powered radio tag
Patent No. 10796213 

Inventor(s): Craig Lee (Frisco, TX), David Gordon Marten (Sachse, TX), Matthew Cook (Plano, TX), Rick McConney (Plano, TX), Steve Martin (Plano, TX), Thomas Schleef (Richardson, TX), Wesley B. Neibaur (Flower Mound, TX), William F
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16518842 on 07/22/2019 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: A radio tag comprising a first radio and a second radio and a method for providing a communications service are disclosed. For example, the method comprises entering, by a processor of the radio tag, an active state of the radio tag and activating the second radio when a wake-up signal is received, where the second radio draws power from a power source, transmitting, by the processor of the radio tag, data to a device or receiving the data from the device when the radio tag is in the active state, and deactivating, by the processor of the radio tag, the second radio and entering an idle state when the wake-up signal is no longer being received, where only the first radio draws power from the power source for listening for the wake-up signal in the idle state.

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


System for resource use allocation and distribution
Patent No. 10796253 

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: 15185526 on 06/17/2016 (1572 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a system, method, or computer program product for appropriate resource allocation via generated communication channel within and for the utilization of a shared use service. The system may be associated with or affixed to a shared use service object, generating a communication field within or directly around the shared use service object. The system may recognize when an individual is utilizing the shared use service via signal recognition of a mobile device transmission being received by the system associated with the shared use service. The system may identify an end destination of the user using the shared use service and calculate a resource requirement based on the same. The resource requirement may be presented to the user via the mobile device through the generated communication linkage.

[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]


Process validation and electronic supervision system
Patent No. 10796256 

Inventor(s): Ananthalakshmi Padmanabhan (Allen, TX), Eric Ho (Dallas, TX), Larry Joe Brayton (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Paragon Health (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Excellere IP International (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14986651 on 01/01/2016 (1740 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated platform implementing system-driven process standardization in the sterile compounding, home infusion, and alternate-site infusion pharmacy practice settings is set forth. The system employs portable electronics combinable with clinical databases and desktop computers, if desired, with each step of the compounding process for real-time delivery of a pharmacy”s sterile product operations from order capture to delivery of order. Real-time review of the captures is available through the process and the product”s compounding process can be attached to a patient”s record.

[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 providing goods and services based on accrued but unpaid earnings
Patent No. 10796288 

Inventor(s): Anthony M. Chacheria, III (Coppell, TX), Arthur Martin Holbrook (Carrollton, TX), Barrett Jenkins (Plano, TX), David Hooker (Forney, TX), Kristopher Glover (Dallas, TX), Mohamed Safir Salihu (Coppell, TX), Purnendu Mishra
Assignee(s): GANART TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16032999 on 07/11/2018 (818 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for interfacing predetermined services to a user at a fixed location includes a processing platform running an operating system. Also included are a plurality of physical system resource interfaces for interfacing with available physical system resources. The physical system resources allow a user to gain access to the predetermined desired services. The system further includes a data store for storing configuration information for enabling the operating system to interface with the available physical system resources through the physical system resource interface associated therewith. A communication resource for interfacing with the operating system allows communication of the operating system with a central office for downloading configuration information to selectively enable ones of the available physical system resources to interface with the operating system through associated ones of the physical system resource interfaces in accordance with the configuration information and the predetermined service selected by a user. A plurality of configurations are stored in the data store, and each is associated with a predetermined service and one or more of the available physical system resources. Each physical system resource interface is uniquely associated with a defined one of the physical system resources.

[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 augmenting digital content
Patent No. 10796343 

Inventor(s): Athellina Athsani (San Jose, CA), Chris Higgins (New Westminster, , CA), Joseph O”Sullivan (Oakland, CA), Marc Davis (San Francisco, CA), Ron Martinez (San Francisco, CA)
Assignee(s): R2 Solutions, LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: The Noblitt Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16254813 on 01/23/2019 (622 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for monetization of content includes a storage device for storage and retrieval of data, and a library of content and advertisements stored within the storage device. The library comprises an organizational structure for facilitating the storage and retrieval. The system also includes a monetization engine for identifying within the library a first content item having a first monetizable feature. The system is configured for selecting a second content item from several content items within the library, and associating the second content item to the first content item by using the first monetizable feature for presentation of the second content item in conjunction with the first content item. Further embodiments include various additional systems, methods, and computer readable media for implementation of the foregoing.

[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]


Personalized car recommendations based on customer web traffic
Patent No. 10796355 

Inventor(s): Avid Ghamsari (Frisco, TX), Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16728551 on 12/27/2019 (284 days app to issue)

Abstract: One or more embodiments are generally directed to techniques to provide specific vehicle recommendations. Various techniques, methods, systems, and apparatuses include utilizing user web-traffic and/or one or more tags generated by application of a machine learning model to a data source, where the data source may include language with respect to one or more automobiles or vehicles, to provide a recommendation for a particular automobile.

[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 facilitating booking, bonding and release
Patent No. 10796392 

Inventor(s): James S. Sidler (Lubbock, TX), John J. Viola (Frisco, TX), Lee R. Johnson (Allen, TX), Luke Keiser (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15727995 on 10/09/2017 (1093 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for assisting individuals, such as to provide assistance with respect to detainees at an inmate facility, are provided. Embodiments facilitate booking, bonding, and release with respect to an inmate facility by providing assistance to a detainee communicating with service providers and friends and family. Assistance may include prequalifying a detainee for services, collecting information useful to the service provider, and providing collected information to the service provider. Assistance may include collecting information useful to the friend or family member and providing collected information to the friend or family member. Embodiments communicate with banking systems to allow a detainee or friends and family to employ various payment techniques in posting bail or in making payment to a service provider. Additional functionality, such as call accounting/logging, call recording, and message delivery, automated response, may be provided. Embodiments employ various profiles to facilitate providing assistance.

[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]


Foveated domain storage and processing
Patent No. 10796407 

Inventor(s): Akila Subramaniam (Allen, TX), Hideo Tamama (McKinney, TX), Jeffrey Tang (Plano, TX), Manish Goel (Plano, TX), Seok-Jun Lee (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15977839 on 05/11/2018 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device, method, and computer readable medium for foveated storage and processing are provided. The electronic device includes a memory, and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor performs head tracking and eye tracking; generates a foveated image from an original image based on the head tracking and the eye tracking; and stores the foveated image using one of: a tile-based method or a frame-based method.

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


System and method for haptic mapping of a configurable virtual reality environment
Patent No. 10796492 

Inventor(s): Jovan Hutton Pulitzer (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): EXPLORING, INC. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16355218 on 03/15/2019 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for providing a configurable virtual reality environment model includes a plurality of wall panels that are removeably interconnectable with each other without a need for tools. A plurality of floor sections are removeably interconnectable without a need for tools and include a connection interface for removeably connecting the wall panels to the plurality of floor sections. The plurality of wall panels are configured to place physical walls in a location that corresponds to a virtual wall located within a virtual reality world such that when a virtual reality display shows the user touching a wall in the virtual reality world, the user feels the physical wall placed in the configurable virtual reality environment. At least one network accessible component associated with a portion of the plurality of wall panels provides tactile feedback to a user responsive to the user coming within a predetermined distance of a wall panel. A network controller connected to the at least one network accessible component through a network actuates operation of the at least one network accessible component responsive to the user coming within the predetermined distance of the wall panel.

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


Automated teller machine with an adjustable display
Patent No. 10796536 

Inventor(s): Michael Bailey (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16411601 on 05/14/2019 (511 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automated teller machine (”ATM”) is described. The ATM can be provided with an interface area which includes a display unit and one or more sensors. The display unit can move relative to the interface area so that the display is better accessible for a user of the ATM. For example, the display can make translational or rotational movements, e.g., telescoping movements. The ATM can include a sensor which can detect an object, a location for the object and a distance from the object. Using this information, the ATM can move or guide the display in a direction which makes the display more accessible for the user.

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


Vehicle identification based on machine-readable optical marker
Patent No. 10796567 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Anna, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16387154 on 04/17/2019 (538 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various aspects generally relate to identifying a vehicle based on a machine-readable optical marker. In some implementations, a server device may receive one or more images of an object and metadata related thereto. In some implementations, based upon the one or more images, an image processing engine may identify at least one non-visible spectrum marker on a surface of the object (e.g., a machine-readable optical marker that encodes information associated with the object). The server device may determine that the object depicted in the one or more images corresponds to a particular vehicle based on the information encoded by the machine-readable optical marker corresponding to an identifier associated with the particular vehicle. Accordingly, the server device may associate information identifying the particular vehicle with information identifying a location based on the metadata related to the one or more images to permit subsequent determination of the location of the particular vehicle.

[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]


User interface display composition with device sensor/state based graphical effects
Patent No. 10796662 

Inventor(s): Anthony Mazzola (Ramona, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16183500 on 11/07/2018 (699 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method comprising receiving sensor data from a sensor, obtaining image data from a graphical effects shader based on the sensor data, blending the image data with a plurality of application surfaces to create a blended image, and transmitting the blended image to a display. The method may further comprise blending a color image with the blended image in response to a reduction in ambient light. Also disclosed is a mobile node (MN) comprising a sensor configured to generate sensor data, a display device, and a processor coupled to the sensor and the device display, wherein the processor is configured to receive the sensor data, obtain image data generated by a graphical effects shader based on the sensor data, blend the image data with an application surface associated with a plurality of applications to create a blended image, and transmit the blended image to the display.

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


Speech analysis algorithmic system and method for objective evaluation and/or disease detection
Patent No. 10796715 

Inventor(s): Alan Wisler (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY (Scottsdale, AZ)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15693699 on 09/01/2017 (1131 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods use patient speech samples as inputs, use subjective multi-point ratings by speech-language pathologists of multiple perceptual dimensions of patient speech samples as further inputs, and extract laboratory-implemented features from the patient speech samples. A predictive software model learns the relationship between speech acoustics and the subjective ratings of such speech obtained from speech-language pathologists, and is configured to apply this information to evaluate new speech samples. Outputs may include objective evaluation of the plurality of perceptual dimensions for new speech samples and/or evaluation of disease onset, disease progression, or disease treatment efficacy for a condition involving dysarthria as a symptom, utilizing the new speech samples.

[G10L] SPEECH ANALYSIS OR SYNTHESIS; SPEECH RECOGNITION; SPEECH OR VOICE PROCESSING; SPEECH OR AUDIO CODING OR DECODING [4]


Scan testable through silicon VIAs
Patent No. 10796974 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16710717 on 12/11/2019 (300 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel method and apparatus for testing different types of TSVs in a single die or different types of TSV connections in a stack of die. The testing is facilitated by test circuitry associated with each type of TSV. The test circuitry includes a scan cell adapted for testing TSVs.

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


Enabling real-time operational environment conformity within an enterprise architecture model dashboard
Patent No. 10797958 

Inventor(s): Romelia H. Flores (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15201481 on 07/03/2016 (1556 days app to issue)

Abstract: An enterprise model associated with an operational environment within an operational dashboard can be identified. The model can include an entity which can be an operational node, an architecture component node, a resource, a goal, or a constraint of an enterprise organization. The environment can include element which can be a computing resource and a computing resource state associated with the organization. An operational state change within the operational environment can be performed. A result of the change can be presented within an architectural view of the model within the dashboard. The result can include a context, a policy, a function, or a relationship affecting the model.

[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 service deployment
Patent No. 10797967 

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: 16406259 on 05/08/2019 (517 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)


Policy-based scaling of network resources
Patent No. 10798016 

Inventor(s): Chandra H. Kamalakantha (Plano, TX), Reinier J. Aerdts (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: 16105329 on 08/20/2018 (778 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of policy-based scaling of network resources comprises, with a processor, creating a dependency data set for a number of application components on a network, setting a number of scaling policies by tier based on the dependency data set, and applying the scaling policies within the network. A cloud management device for policy-based scaling of network resources comprises a processor, and a data storage device communicatively coupled to the processor, in which the processor creates a dependency data set for a number of application components on a network, and sets a number of scaling policies by tier based on the dependency data set.

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


System and method for facilitating a data exchange amongst communication devices connected via one or more communication networks
Patent No. 10798173 

Inventor(s): Qian Cai (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Voko Solutions Limited (Hong Kong, , HK)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15680324 on 08/18/2017 (1145 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present subject matter discloses a system and a method for facilitating data exchange amongst communication devices connected via one or more communication networks. In accordance with the system and method, data may be received from one or more IoT devices of a plurality of IoT devices. The data may be associated with a first user. The data may be converted into normalized data, wherein the normalized data may comprise data of various formats. Based upon the normalized data, useful information may be extracted. The useful information may be matched with a first set of rules defined by a second user to obtain matched data. One or more products may be generated based on the matched data and a second set of rules defined by the first user. The one or more data products may be sent to the second user via a network.

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


Methods and apparatus to improve usage crediting in mobile devices
Patent No. 10798192 

Inventor(s): Achilleas Papakostas (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Nielsen Company (US), LLC (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16377973 on 04/08/2019 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to identify a first request, from a first device, the first request having a first source port number. Examples disclosed herein determine whether a second request, having a second source port number, is within a threshold number of ports from the first source port number. Examples disclosed herein group the first and the second requests as a first session when the second source port number is within the threshold number of ports from the first source port number, and identify an application associated with the first session when a user agent of the first request matches a first application pattern associated with the first application, the first application pattern including a wildcard in a location corresponding to a numerical value in the user agent.

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


 

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High speed illumination driver for TOF applications
Patent No. 10795002 

Inventor(s): Jagannathan Venkataraman (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16128040 on 09/11/2018 (756 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides a circuit. The circuit includes an amplifier and a digital to analog converter (DAC). The amplifier receives a reference voltage at an input node of the amplifier. The DAC is coupled to the amplifier through a refresh switch. The DAC includes one or more current elements. Each current element of the one or more current elements receives a clock. The DAC includes one or more switches corresponding to the one or more current elements. A feedback switch is coupled between the one or more switches and a feedback node of the amplifier. The DAC provides a feedback voltage at the feedback node of the amplifier.

[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]


Spatialized rendering of real-time video data to 3D space
Patent No. 10796723 

Inventor(s): S. Lance Van Nostrand (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Immersive Licensing, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA)
Law Firm: Chernoff, Vilhauer, McClung Stenzel, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15606488 on 05/26/2017 (1229 days app to issue)

Abstract: A 360 video is presented in a three dimensional (3D) environment. Rather than simply stacking graphics in two dimensions, graphics are placed using both 3D models and textures. The 3D models may be altered so that the texture is aligned in three dimensions into the 360 video space. An instance of a 3D model combined with a key and fill texture form a group. The group has a 3D orientation and placement so that the group as aligned into the 360 degree video space may not be visible from all user look directions. The inserted groups, including live video as well as static graphics, may be projected into either mono or stereo views to give the viewer a sense of space, depth, and orientation.

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


Priority based backup in nonvolatile logic arrays
Patent No. 10796738 

Inventor(s): Steven Craig Bartling (Plano, TX), Sudhanshu Khanna (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15899302 on 02/19/2018 (960 days app to issue)

Abstract: A processing device selectively backups only certain data based on a priority or binning structure. In one approach, a non-volatile logic controller stores the machine state by storing in non-volatile logic element arrays a portion of data representing the machine state less than all the data of the machine state. Accordingly, the non-volatile logic controller stores the machine state in the plurality of non-volatile logic element arrays by storing a first set of program data of the machine state according to a first category for backup and restoration and storing a second set of program data of the machine state according to a second category for backup and restoration.

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


Contact fabrication to mitigate undercut
Patent No. 10796956 

Inventor(s): Christopher Daniel Manack (Flower Mound, TX), Nazila Dadvand (Richardson, TX), Salvatore Frank Pavone (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16022956 on 06/29/2018 (830 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described examples provide microelectronic devices and fabrication methods, including fabricating a contact structure by forming a titanium or titanium tungsten barrier layer on a conductive feature, forming a tin seed layer on the barrier layer, forming a copper structure on the seed layer above the conductive feature of the wafer or die, heating the seed layer and the copper structure to form a bronze material between the barrier layer and the copper structure, removing the seed layer using an etching process that selectively removes an exposed portion of the seed layer, and removing an exposed portion of the barrier 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]


Semiconductor package having a metal barrier
Patent No. 10797010 

Inventor(s): Armando Tresvalles Clarina, Jr. (La Trinidad, , PH), Jay-Ar Tumaru Flores (Tabuk, , PH), Joel Tomas Medina (Baguio, , PH), Ruby Ann Dizon Mamangun (Mabalacat, , PH)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15859231 on 12/29/2017 (1012 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device having a barrier metal layer positioned over a metallization layer, and an under bump metallurgy layer over the barrier metal layer, and a solder bump over the under bump metallurgy 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]


Bonded assembly containing side bonding structures and methods of manufacturing the same
Patent No. 10797035 

Inventor(s): Hajime Yamamoto (Nagoya, , JP), Hiroshi Sasaki (Nagoya, , JP), Ikue Yokomizo (Nagoya, , JP), Katsuya Kato (Yokkaichi, , JP), Kazuto Watanabe (Nagoya, , JP), Koichi Ito (Yokkaichi, , JP), Michiaki Sano (Ichinomiya, , JP), Ryo Hirama
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16372908 on 04/02/2019 (553 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bonded assembly includes a first stack containing a first semiconductor die bonded to a second semiconductor die along a stacking direction, first external bonding pads formed within the first semiconductor die, and bonding connection wires. Each of the bonding connection wires extends over a sidewall of the first semiconductor die and protrudes into the first semiconductor die through the sidewall of the first semiconductor die to contact a respective one of the first external bonding pads.

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


Three-dimensional memory device having stressed vertical semiconductor channels and method of making the same
Patent No. 10797060 

Inventor(s): Adarsh Rajashekhar (Santa Clara, CA), Akio Nishida (Yokkaichi, , JP), Fei Zhou (San Jose, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Rahul Sharangpani (Fremont, CA), Srikanth Ranganathan (San Jose, CA), Toshihiro Iizuka (Yokk
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16221894 on 12/17/2018 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: Three-dimensional memory devices include structures that induce a vertical tensile stress in vertical semiconductor channels to enhance charge carrier mobility. Vertical tensile stress may be induced by a laterally compressive stress applied by stressor pillar structure. The stressor pillar structures can include a stressor material such as a dielectric metal oxide material, silicon nitride, thermal silicon oxide or a semiconductor material having a greater lattice constant than that of the channel. Vertical tensile stress may be induced by a compressive stress applied by electrically conductive layers that laterally surround the vertical semiconductor channel, or by a stress memorization technique that captures a compressive stress from sacrificial material layers. Vertical tensile stress can be generated by a source-level pinning layer that prevents vertical expansion of the vertical semiconductor channel. Vertical tensile stress can be induced by using a layer stack including polysilicon and a silicon-germanium alloy for the vertical semiconductor channel.

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


Three-dimensional memory device having stressed vertical semiconductor channels and method of making the same
Patent No. 10797061 

Inventor(s): Adarsh Rajashekhar (Santa Clara, CA), Akio Nishida (Yokkaichi, , JP), Fei Zhou (San Jose, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Rahul Sharangpani (Fremont, CA), Srikanth Ranganathan (San Jose, CA), Toshihiro Iizuka (Yokk
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16221942 on 12/17/2018 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: Three-dimensional memory devices include structures that induce a vertical tensile stress in vertical semiconductor channels to enhance charge carrier mobility. Vertical tensile stress may be induced by a laterally compressive stress applied by stressor pillar structure. The stressor pillar structures can include a stressor material such as a dielectric metal oxide material, silicon nitride, thermal silicon oxide or a semiconductor material having a greater lattice constant than that of the channel. Vertical tensile stress may be induced by a compressive stress applied by electrically conductive layers that laterally surround the vertical semiconductor channel, or by a stress memorization technique that captures a compressive stress from sacrificial material layers. Vertical tensile stress can be generated by a source-level pinning layer that prevents vertical expansion of the vertical semiconductor channel. Vertical tensile stress can be induced by using a layer stack including polysilicon and a silicon-germanium alloy for the vertical semiconductor channel.

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


Bonded die assembly using a face-to-back oxide bonding and methods for making the same
Patent No. 10797062 

Inventor(s): Akio Nishida (Yokkaichi, , JP), Masatoshi Nishikawa (Nagoya, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16385010 on 04/16/2019 (539 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first semiconductor die includes a first substrate, first semiconductor devices, first dielectric material layers having a first silicon oxide surface as an uppermost surface and forming first metal interconnect structures. A second semiconductor die includes a second substrate, second semiconductor devices, and second dielectric material layers forming second metal interconnect structures. A handle substrate is attached to a topmost surface of the second semiconductor die. The second substrate is thinned, and a second silicon oxide surface is provided as a bottommost surface of the second semiconductor die. The second semiconductor die is bonded to the first semiconductor die by inducing oxide-to-oxide bonding between the second silicon oxide surface and the first silicon oxide surface. The handle substrate is detached, and inter-die connection via structures are formed through the second substrate and the bonding interface to contact the first metal interconnect structures. External bonding pads may be subsequently formed.

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


Three-dimensional memory device containing a replacement buried source line and methods of making the same
Patent No. 10797070 

Inventor(s): Akio Nishida (Yokkaichi, , JP), Kenji Sugiura (Yokkaichi, , JP), Mitsuteru Mushiga (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16241221 on 01/07/2019 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: An alternating stack of insulating layers and spacer material layers is formed over a source-level sacrificial layer overlying a substrate. The spacer material layers are formed as, or are subsequently replaced with, electrically conductive layers. Memory stack structures including a respective vertical semiconductor channel and a respective memory film are formed through the alternating stack. A source-level cavity is formed by removing the source-level sacrificial layer. Semiconductor pillar structures may be used to provide mechanical support to the alternating stack during formation of the source-level cavity. A source-level semiconductor material layer can be formed in the source-level cavity. The source-level semiconductor material layer adjoins bottom end portions of the vertical semiconductor channels and laterally surrounds the semiconductor pillar structures. The source-level semiconductor material layer may be electrically isolated from a substrate semiconductor material layer in the substrate by a series connection of two p-n junctions having opposite polarities.

[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]


Spin-transfer torque MRAM with a negative magnetic anisotropy assist layer and methods of operating the same
Patent No. 10797227 

Inventor(s): Michael Ho (Redwood City, CA), Paul Vanderheijden (Cupertino, CA), Quang Le (San Jose, CA), Zhanjie Li (Pleasanton, CA), Zhigang Bai (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16212257 on 12/06/2018 (670 days app to issue)

Abstract: A MRAM device includes a magnetic tunnel junction containing a reference layer having a fixed magnetization direction, a free layer, and a nonmagnetic tunnel barrier layer located between the reference layer and the free layer, a negative-magnetic-anisotropy assist layer having negative magnetic anisotropy that provides an in-plane magnetization within a plane that is perpendicular to the fixed magnetization direction, and a first nonmagnetic spacer layer located between the free layer and the negative-magnetic-anisotropy assist 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]


Universal RRU mounting assembly
Patent No. 10797380 

Inventor(s): Michael Shawn McFall (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15439488 on 02/22/2017 (1322 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly for mounting one or more RRUs to a mounting structure includes: first and second mounting panels, each of the first and second mounting panels having a main body and a flange that extends generally perpendicularly to the main body, the main body including mounting apertures patterned for mounting of an RRU; a mounting foundation having side edges, each of the side edges having an open-ended slot; mounting members extending from the flanges away from the main body of each of the first and second mounting panels, the mounting members configured to enter the open-ended slots on the mounting foundation and slide therein, and fasteners cooperating with the mounting members to mount the mounting panel to the mounting foundation.

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


Closed loop aperture tunable antenna
Patent No. 10797387 

Inventor(s): Ping Shi (Santa Clara, CA), Yonghua Wei (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16822881 on 03/18/2020 (202 days app to issue)

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

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


Axial motor/generator having multiple inline stators and rotors with stacked/layered permanent magnets, coils, and a controller
Patent No. 10797573 

Inventor(s): Larry James Blevins (North Wilkesboro, NC), Travis Ray Neely (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): POWER IT PERFECT, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15851969 on 12/22/2017 (1019 days app to issue)

Abstract: An axial electric motor/generator having an inline stator and an inline rotor is provided. In one exemplary embodiment, a system comprises a housing, a shaft, and a slice assembly disposed about the shaft. The slice assembly includes a rotor assembly having a rotor plate and a set of isolated permanent magnets. A magnetic flux of each permanent magnet flows in an opposite direction to that of each adjacent permanent magnet. The slice assembly also includes a stator assembly having a stator plate and a set of isolated coil assemblies. Each coil assembly has an insulated wire wound about a metal core. The wound wire is normal to the magnetic flux of each permanent magnet when proximate the corresponding coil assembly. At least one of the set of isolated coil assemblies is configurable to output electrical power while the shaft is rotating or to input electrical power to rotate the shaft.

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


Dual supply low-side gate driver
Patent No. 10797579 

Inventor(s): Ahmed Essam Hashim (Gilbert, AZ)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16418613 on 05/21/2019 (504 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automotive system includes a first regulator configured to provide a first output voltage based on a first input voltage level. The system also includes a second regulator configured to provide a second output voltage based on a second input voltage level. The system also includes a driver controller coupled to a first driver circuit and a second driver circuit, wherein the driver controller is configured to select one of the first driver circuit and the second driver circuit to drive a switch based on a control signal. The system also includes a switch node coupled to the switch, wherein a switch node voltage at the switch node is a function of the switch being turned on and off. The system also includes a load coupled to the switch node.

[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]


Methods and apparatus to compensate for power factor loss using a phasor cancellation based compensation scheme
Patent No. 10797589 

Inventor(s): Manish Bhardwaj (Sugarland, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16029306 on 07/06/2018 (823 days app to issue)

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

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


Low speed sensorless rotor angle estimation
Patent No. 10797629 

Inventor(s): David Patrick Magee (Allen, TX), Rajan Lakshmi Narasimha (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16198964 on 11/23/2018 (683 days app to issue)

Abstract: A permanent magnet motor controller injects a periodic signal into a field oriented controller of the brushless motor. Phase currents in stator windings of the brushless motor are measured. A d-axis current and a q-axis current are determined with a transform of the phase currents. The d-axis current and the q-axis current are demodulated to extract an angle dependent current signature that includes a sine component of a rotor angle estimate and a cosine component of the rotor angle estimate. The rotor angle estimate is determined by processing the sine component and cosine component.

[H02P] CONTROL OR REGULATION OF ELECTRIC MOTORS, ELECTRIC GENERATORS OR DYNAMO-ELECTRIC CONVERTERS; CONTROLLING TRANSFORMERS, REACTORS OR CHOKE COILS [4]


System and method for testing photosensitive device degradation
Patent No. 10797641 

Inventor(s): Jerome Lovelace (McKinney, TX), Kamil Mielczarek (Rowlett, TX), Michael D. Irwin (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Hunt Perovskite Technologies, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15989530 on 05/25/2018 (865 days app to issue)

Abstract: The performance of photosensitive devices over time may be tested by configuring a photosensitive device test system that includes a light source plate that exposes photosensitive devices within a container to a specified light intensity. The light intensity may be adjusted by a programmable power source according to one or more thresholds. A test may last for a set duration with performance measurements being taken at predetermined intervals throughout the duration. Feedback from the photosensitive device test system may be recorded to determine whether to increase light intensity, to stop testing, to continue testing, and whether one or more environmental conditions should be altered. Measurements may be sent to a client for analysis and display to a user.

[H02S] Generation of electric power by conversion of infra-red radiation, visible light or ultraviolet light, e.g. using photovoltaic [PV] modules (solar heat collectors F24J 2/00; obtaining electrical energy from radioactive sources G21H 1/12; light sensitive inorganic semiconductor devices H01L 31/00; thermoelectric devices H01L 35/00; pyroelectric devices H01L 37/00; light sensitive organic semiconductor devices H01L 51/42) [2014.01]


Variable gain power amplifiers
Patent No. 10797646 

Inventor(s): Sudipto Chakraborty (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16710239 on 12/11/2019 (300 days app to issue)

Abstract: A variable-gain power amplifying technique includes generating, with a network of one or more reactive components included in an oscillator, a first oscillating signal, and outputting, via one or more taps included in the network of the reactive components, a second oscillating signal. The second oscillating signal has a magnitude that is proportional to and less than the first oscillating signal. The power amplifying technique further includes selecting one of the first and second oscillating signals to use for generating a power-amplified output signal, and amplifying the selected one of the first and second oscillating signals to generate the power-amplified output signal.

[H03B] GENERATION OF OSCILLATIONS, DIRECTLY OR BY FREQUENCY-CHANGING, BY CIRCUITS EMPLOYING ACTIVE ELEMENTS WHICH OPERATE IN A NON-SWITCHING MANNER; GENERATION OF NOISE BY SUCH CIRCUITS (generators specially adapted for electrophonic musical instruments G10H; masers or lasers H01S; generation of oscillations in plasma H05H)


Over-voltage clamp circuit
Patent No. 10797689 

Inventor(s): Dattatreya Baragur Suryanarayana (Bangalore, , IN), Subrato Roy (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16386991 on 04/17/2019 (538 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes an output transistor device configured to control an output voltage of an output node in response to a control signal and an input voltage. A current sensor is configured to sense an output current supplied from the output node. A feedback converter is configured to convert the sensed output current to a feedback signal that tracks the output voltage of the output node. The feedback converter is further configured to set a clamping threshold. A gate control circuit is configured to generate the control signal in response to the feedback signal. The gate control circuit is configured to clamp the output voltage of the output node via the control signal based on the clamping threshold.

[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]


System architecture for supporting digital pre-distortion and full duplex in cable network environments
Patent No. 10797750 

Inventor(s): Hang Jin (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15352445 on 11/15/2016 (1421 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example apparatus for supporting digital pre-distortion (DPD) and full duplex (FDX) in cable network environments is provided and includes a first path for signals being transmitted out of the apparatus, a second path for signals being received into the apparatus, a DPD actuator located on the first path, an amplifier located on the first path, an echo cancellation (EC) actuator located on the second path, and a data interface including a plurality of channels connecting the apparatus to a signal processor. DPD coefficients, EC coefficients and delay parameters are provided over the data interface from the signal processor to the apparatus. The DPD actuator predistorts signals on the first path using the DPD coefficients compensating for distortions introduced by the amplifier, and the EC actuator reduces interferences in signals on the second path using the EC coefficients and the delay parameters, facilitating FDX communication by the apparatus.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for communications with multi-antenna panel devices
Patent No. 10797810 

Inventor(s): Majid Ghanbarinejad (Chicago, IL), Murali Narasimha (Lake Oswego, OR), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16107326 on 08/21/2018 (777 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a user equipment with multi-beam communication capability includes performing measurements in accordance with received reference signals, and determining that at least one antenna panel is unused, wherein the determining is in accordance with the measurements, and based thereon, reporting an availability of the at least one antenna panel.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Reciprocity based FDD FD-MIMO DL channel CSI acquisition
Patent No. 10797913 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Gary Xu (Allen, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Jin Yuan (Richardson, TX), Yeqing Hu (Garland, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16252252 on 01/18/2019 (627 days app to issue)

Abstract: Reciprocity base frequency division duplex (FDD) multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) downlink (DL) channel Channel-State Information (CSI) acquisition is provided. A base station (BS) includes a transceiver configured to measure uplink (UL) sounding reference signals (SRSs) at a UL carrier frequency, using two polarization components of an antenna array of the BS, and a processor configured to determine a quantity of propagation paths between the BS and a user equipment (UE), for each of the determined propagation paths, extract propagation parameters from the UL SRS measurements, for each of the determined propagation paths, predict a downlink (DL) channel based on the extracted propagation parameters and a DL carrier frequency, and generate a precoding channel matrix for the UE by summing the predicted DL channels for each of the determined propagation paths and for each of the two polarization components of the antenna array of the BS.

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


Threshold computation circuit for S-FSK receiver, integrated circuit, and method associated therewith
Patent No. 10797921 

Inventor(s): Abhijit Anant Patki (Bangalore, , IN), Amneh Mohammed Akour (Plano, TX), Nikolaus Klemmer (Dallas, TX), Timothy Patrick Pauletti (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16450065 on 06/24/2019 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: A threshold computation circuit includes an input circuit, a maximum filter circuit, a minimum filter circuit, and a calculating circuit. The input circuit receives a discrete frequency signal from a digital filtering circuit. The discrete frequency signal is based on an S-FSK waveform received by an S-FSK receiver associated with the digital filtering circuit. The discrete frequency signal is representative of digital logic levels in a series of data frames modulated using S-FSK to form the S-FSK waveform. The maximum filter circuit adjusts a maximum amplitude parameter based on the discrete frequency signal and a predetermined threshold. The minimum filter circuit adjusts a minimum amplitude parameter based on the discrete frequency signal and the predetermined threshold. The calculating circuit adapts the predetermined threshold for a next data frame based on the maximum and minimum amplitude parameters. An integrated circuit and a method for computing the threshold are also disclosed.

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


Method and apparatus for providing trouble isolation via a network
Patent No. 10797937 

Inventor(s): Brian Heard (Mckinney, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16780399 on 02/03/2020 (246 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing trouble isolation are disclosed. For example, the method monitors a plurality of sessions for a user group for detecting an abnormal cause code associated with the user group, determines a root cause for the abnormal cause code when a deviation is determined to have occurred for the cause code of the user group, wherein the root cause identifies either an issue associated with the communications network or an issue associated with user endpoint devices of the user group, and generates a ticket indicating the root cause.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Discovering and grouping application endpoints in a network environment
Patent No. 10797951 

Inventor(s): Sachin Waman Danait (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15686445 on 08/25/2017 (1138 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example method for discovering and grouping application endpoints in a network environment is provided and includes discovering endpoints communicating in a network environment, calculating affinity between the discovered endpoints, and grouping the endpoints into separate endpoint groups (EPGs) according to the calculated affinity, each EPG comprising a logical grouping of similar endpoints for applying common forwarding and policy logic according to logical application boundaries. In specific embodiments, the affinity includes a weighted average of network affinity, compute affinity and user specified affinity.

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


Server-based local address assignment protocol
Patent No. 10797996 

Inventor(s): Donald E. Eastlake, III (Milford, MA), Yan Zhuang (Nanjing, , CN), Yizhou Li (Nanjing, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15060139 on 03/03/2016 (1678 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises: a memory; and a processor coupled to the memory and configured to: perform a random number generation; generate a host identifier (HID) based on the random number generation, wherein the HID is substantially unique within a local network; and generate, using the HID, an initial message requesting a local address. A method comprises: performing a random number generation; generating a host identifier (HID) based on the random number generation, wherein the HID is substantially unique within a local network; generating, using the HID, an initial message requesting a local address; and transmitting the initial message.

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


Software defined networking (SDN) controller orchestration and network virtualization for data center interconnection
Patent No. 10798001 

Inventor(s): Maarten Vissers (Huizen, , NL), T. Benjamin Mack-Crane (Downers Grove, IL), Young Lee (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15978867 on 05/14/2018 (876 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data center interconnection (DCI) network may comprise a data center controller (DCC) managing a plurality of data centers (DCs) interconnected by a provider network managed by a network provider controller (NPC). The provider network may be an OpenFlow based software defined networking (SDN) transport network. The DCC may initiate a virtual network service (VNS) negotiation with the NPC to connect the DCs and may specify a network abstraction granularity level. The NPC may respond by computing paths through the provider network accordingly and providing the DCC with one or more virtual networks (VNs). The DCC may compute virtual paths through the VNs and send virtual network element (VNE) connection setup commands to the DCC. The DCC may convert the VNE connection setup commands into network element (NE) commands to setup connections in NEs of the provider network. The DCC and the NPC may perform fault monitoring, detection, and recovery.

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


Access control value systems
Patent No. 10798105 

Inventor(s): Manu J. Kurian (Dallas, TX), Saritha P. Vrittamani (Plano, TX), Srinivasa D. Madireddi (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16192625 on 11/15/2018 (691 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that includes a tagging engine and a routing engine. The tagging engine is configured to link a data element with an access control tag. The tagging engine is configured to apply context rules to the access control tag array based on the content of the data element to change the access control tag value for one or more of the access control tags. The tagging engine sends the data element with the access control tag array to a target network node within an end user group. The routing engine is configured to identify an access control tag value in the access control tag array corresponding with the end user group and to forward the data element to the target network node in response to determining that the access control value is greater than or equal to the access control level associated with the end user group.

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


System for providing layered security
Patent No. 10798106 

Inventor(s): Steven Belz (Sunnyvale, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16260344 on 01/29/2019 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for providing layered security is disclosed. In particular, the system may include determining a state of a first device of a device ecosystem and a state of a second device of the device ecosystem. Based on the states of the first and second devices, the system may include calculating a confidence score for the device ecosystem. If the confidence score satisfies a threshold score for enabling access to a selected system, the system may include transmitting an access code to the device ecosystem. Based on the access code, the system may enable the device ecosystem to access the selected system. If, however, the confidence score does not satisfy the threshold score, the system may include requiring the device ecosystem to provide additional authentication information in order to access the selected system.

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


Voice track editor
Patent No. 10798136 

Inventor(s): Darren Grant Davis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): iHeartMedia Management Services, Inc. (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Garlick Markison (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15995306 on 06/01/2018 (858 days app to issue)

Abstract: Local stations can generate their station broadcast logs based on a master broadcast log. In some cases, local stations are allowed to edit some positions, or slots, in their local logs, so that the local logs do not match the master log. This can create complexity when voice tracks for empty voice track slots are provided to the local stations, because voice tracks often reference the media in slots on either side of the empty voice track slots. An improved voice track editor indicates whether media items adjacent to an empty voice track slot in a master log match corresponding items in a station log.

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


Cluster system with fail-safe fallback mechanism
Patent No. 10798162 

Inventor(s): Nikhil Nandkishor Devshatwar (Bangalore, , IN), Santhana Bharathi N (Tamil Nadu, , IN), Shravan Karthik (Bangalore, , IN), Subhajit Paul (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16107438 on 08/21/2018 (777 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fail-safe system for a cluster application is disclosed. The system includes a first subsystem comprising a graphic processing unit (GPU) that executes a high-level operating system renders a first set of parameter data, and a second subsystem that executes a real-time operating system and renders a second set of parameter data. The system also includes a controller area network connected to a parameter data source input and to the first subsystem and the second subsystem. The system further includes a quality of service (QoS) switch executing a QoS monitor module that decides to display the first set of parameter data being rendered by the first subsystem or the second set of parameter data being rendered by the second subsystem depending on an availability and load of the first subsystem as determined by a lag and a stability threshold. The system further includes a display connected to the QoS switch.

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


Systems and methods for optimizing information collaboration
Patent No. 10798180 

Inventor(s): Jefferson Crew (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15484426 on 04/11/2017 (1274 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes at least one hardware processor and a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one hardware processor, cause the at least one hardware processor to perform operations including receiving an initiation message associated with a collaboration event between a first user and a second user, the collaboration event is initiated by the first user, determining a target device from a pool of computing devices associated with the second user based on usage history of each computing device in the pool of computing devices, initiating a collaboration session with the second user via the target device, and presenting collaborative content to the second user via the target device during the collaboration session.

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


Call volume reduction based upon a propensity to call in connection with a reason code
Patent No. 10798242 

Inventor(s): David Dunmire (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16564943 on 09/09/2019 (393 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices, computer-readable media and methods for delivering customer service content associated with a reason code are disclosed. Examples of the present disclosure may include a processor of a telecommunication network identifying a reason code associated with calls from customers to a customer call center and determining a set of shared traits among the customers. The shared traits may be based upon first network event data and first customer account data associated with the customers. The processor may further determine a customer with a propensity to call score that exceeds a threshold and with a customer profile that matches the set of shared traits. The customer profile may be based upon second network event data and second customer account data associated with the customer. The processor may further deliver a customer service content associated with the reason code to the customer via a communication modality that is determined for the customer.

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


Methods and apparatus for shallow gradient artifact reduction in image display systems
Patent No. 10798346 

Inventor(s): Dan Morgan (McKinney, TX), Jeffrey Matthew Kempf (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15913556 on 03/06/2018 (945 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a method includes: receiving an array of image data pixels for display by a spatial light modulator; dividing the array of image data pixels into a plurality of blocks. For the blocks of the plurality of blocks, the method includes: computing a mean value for pixels in the block; computing a variance for pixels in the block; and, in response to the mean value and the variance, retrieving an indicator of a likelihood of a visible artifact for the block; and in response to the retrieved indicator, outputting a signal to selectively increase or reduce a load time of the spatial light modulator for displaying the array of image data pixels.

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


Split aperture projector/camera
Patent No. 10798350 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Matthew Kempf (Dallas, TX), Vikrant R. Bhakta (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16050697 on 07/31/2018 (798 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described examples include an optical apparatus having a first lens, a first optical element having a first aperture, a second lens, and a second optical element having a second aperture. The optical apparatus includes a third lens having a first portion to receive projected light from the first lens through the first aperture and to project the projected light onto a target. Also, the third lens has a second portion to receive reflected light reflected from the target and to provide the reflected light to the second lens through the second aperture.

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


Set-top box with self-monitoring and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 10798374 

Inventor(s): Thomas R. Miller (Plano, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15791884 on 10/24/2017 (1078 days app to issue)

Abstract: A set-top box with self-monitoring and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the set-top box, a housing secures a television input, a television output, a processor, memory, and storage therein, which are communicatively interconnected by a busing architecture. The memory is accessible to the processor, and the memory includes processor-executable instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to detect when the television is not being utilized. Responsive thereto, the instructions cause the processor to scan channels received from the television input and generate a composite TV screen image data that may be resolved to a single TV screen image made from an assemblage of TV screen image captures corresponding to the scanned channels.

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


Intra/inter mode decision for predictive frame encoding
Patent No. 10798379 

Inventor(s): Manu Mathew (Kerala, , IN), Pramod Kumar Swami (Bangalore, , IN), Soyeb Nagori (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16228350 on 12/20/2018 (656 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention predicts that intra mode prediction is more effective for the macroblocks where motion estimation in inter mode prediction fails. This failure is indicated by a large value of the inter mode SAD. This invention performs intra mode prediction for only macro blocks have larger inter mode SADs. The definition of a large inter mode SAD differs for different content. This invention compares the inter mode SAD of a current macroblock with an adaptive threshold. This adaptive threshold depends on the average and variance of the SADs of the previous predicted frame. An adaptive threshold is calculated for each new predictive frame.

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


Reducing context coded and bypass coded bins to improve context adaptive binary arithmetic coding (CABAC) throughput
Patent No. 10798384 

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: 16437277 on 06/11/2019 (483 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]


Method, system and apparatus for intra-refresh in video signal processing
Patent No. 10798410 

Inventor(s): Mahant Siddaramanna (Bengaluru, , IN), Yashwant Dutt (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15936431 on 03/26/2018 (925 days app to issue)

Abstract: A video codec for encoding a sequence of video frames divides a video frame area into number of row segments. The Video encoder selects a different set of row segments in each video frame in a set of video frames and encodes the selected set of row segments by intra-prediction. As a result, the selected part of the frame is intra-refreshed. The video codec limits the maximum value of the vertical global motion vector GMVy to zero and video codec adjust the number of row segments in the select set of row segments based on the height of the search range configured for the motion estimation. As a result, the video codec may not refer to an un-refreshed portion in the previous frame for encoding an already refreshed area of the current frame.

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


Method and system for processing HEVC coded video in broadcast and streaming applications
Patent No. 10798432 

Inventor(s): Akira Osamoto (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15017572 on 02/05/2016 (1705 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure specify methods and systems for processing a video stream. For example, a video stream may be received at a video processing device. The video stream may comprise video usability syntax elements. The video usability syntax elements may comprise at least a first flag indicative of whether HRD parameters are present for one of fixed frame rate processing or low delay mode processing. The video usability syntax elements may also comprise at least a second flag indicative of whether the video stream comprises field-coded video sequences.

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


Methods and systems for synchronizing data streams across multiple client devices
Patent No. 10798440 

Inventor(s): Peter Aubrey Bartholomew Griess (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): FACEBOOK, INC. (Menlo Park, CA)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16553041 on 08/27/2019 (406 days app to issue)

Abstract: A server system includes one or more processors, a clock, and memory. The memory stores one or more programs configured for execution by the one or more processors. The server system receives a program manifest (e.g., a playlist) for a video from a content delivery network. The video includes a plurality of video segments. The server system parses the program manifest to identify a timeline for the video, then determines the current playback position for the video and a corresponding initial timestamp according to the clock. The server system periodically updates the current playback position for the video according to the clock and the initial timestamp. Over a span of time the server system receives requests from a plurality of client devices to view the video. For each request from a respective client device, the server system sends the current playback position to the respective client device.

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


Set-top box with enhanced content and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 10798443 

Inventor(s): Bill Fang (Plano, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16209756 on 12/04/2018 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: A set-top box with enhanced content and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, a wireless transceiver is located within a housing, which also interconnectively includes a television input, television output, a processor, and memory. The set-top box may establish a pairing with a proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device having a display. The set-top box receives trajectory data from the proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device, which represents motion-based commands provided by a user. The set-top box evaluates the trajectory data and sends a command signal to the television.

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


Remote flood zone determination method, system, and computer program product
Patent No. 10798520 

Inventor(s): Brian P. Catalano (Plano, TX), Leonardo Paneque (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FLOODSEARCH LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: ATFirm PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16043061 on 07/23/2018 (806 days app to issue)

Abstract: This application discloses methods and systems for remotely requesting a flood zone determination from a mobile device such as a smart phone. The methods and systems use the GPS receiver in the mobile device to determine the exact latitude and longitude of the user”s location, thus eliminating the need for geocoding, eliminating errors introduced by manual data entry, and eliminating the need for the time consuming manual determination processes required, for example, for non-standard-addressed locations and for structures located near a 100-year flood zone.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Next generation fixed wireless qualification tool for speed-tier based subscription
Patent No. 10798537 

Inventor(s): Jyothis John (Rowlett, TX), Tony Wah-Tung Wong (Dallas, TX), Zhen Wan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16030531 on 07/09/2018 (820 days app to issue)

Abstract: A speed tier based pricing scheme is utilized to increase average revenue per user (ARPU) for fixed wireless applications. To offer a speed tier based pricing scheme, a radio environment at a location of Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) and/or data associated with cell sites serving the location can be analyzed to estimate a maximum data rate that can be delivered to the user CPE with a high confidence. Based on the estimated data rate, one or more speed tiers that can be offered to the customer for subscription. Further, based on an analysis of observed network usage and/or traffic demand per customer location with reference to the speed-tier classes subscribed to by existing customers, the network can efficiently plan for on-boarding new customers and/or network expansion.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Differentiation of dual-connectivity split-bearer wireless access
Patent No. 10798562 

Inventor(s): Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15988250 on 05/24/2018 (866 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods described herein enable differentiated policy enforcement for dual connectivity split bearer scenarios. A wireless station receives, from a core network associated with the wireless station, downlink packets directed to an end device that is using a dual-connectivity split bearer. The wireless station directs delivery of the downlink packets over different radio access networks (RANs) of the dual-connectivity split bearer. The wireless station logs a radio access technology (RAT)-type used to deliver each of the downlink packets and sends, based on the logging, a downlink RAT-type feedback report to a network device in the core network. The wireless station receives uplink packets from the end device using the dual-connectivity split bearer, marks each of the uplink packets with a RAT-type indicator, and forwards the marked packets to the network device in the core network.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Securely conveying location and other information in advanced networks
Patent No. 10798566 

Inventor(s): Mark D. Austin (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16210538 on 12/05/2018 (671 days app to issue)

Abstract: Facilitating secure conveyance of location information and other information in advanced networks (e.g., 4G, 5G, and beyond) is provided herein. Operations of a system can comprise transforming, at a chipset level of the device, information indicative of a location of the device into a binary representation of the information indicative of the location of the device. The operations can also comprise embedding the binary representation of the information indicative of the location of the device into a message. Further, the operations can comprise facilitating a transmission of the message and the binary representation of the information indicative of the location of the device to a network device of a communications network.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for controlling user equipment offloading
Patent No. 10798599 

Inventor(s): Carmela Cozzo (San Diego, CA), Min Xu (Shanghai, , CN), 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: 15224246 on 07/29/2016 (1530 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment method for controlling user equipment (UE) offloading includes transmitting, by a node B, to a radio network controller (RNC), a report including at least one downlink quantity associated with a UE and received by the node B from the UE.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Facilitating load balancing in wireless heterogeneous networks
Patent No. 10798611 

Inventor(s): Hongyan Lei (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16277054 on 02/15/2019 (599 days app to issue)

Abstract: Load balancing is facilitated utilizing geographical location and mobility speed. An example method includes receiving, by a first cell device including a processor and associated with a first cell, from a device of devices, information indicative of whether the device has detected cell type information from a second cell device associated with a second cell, wherein at least a portion of the second cell is located within a first boundary of the first cell. The method also includes: determining, by the first cell device, a mobility characteristic of the device, wherein the devices comprise respective mobility characteristics; and selecting, by the first cell device, the device of the devices to associate with the second cell based on the mobility characteristic of the device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for layer 3 configuration in a heterogeneous network
Patent No. 10798649 

Inventor(s): Yi Song (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15796481 on 10/27/2017 (1075 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus are provided for camping, assisted serving cell addition or removal, and discontinuous reception (DRX) in networks having a macro cell and at least one assisted serving cell. In other aspects, enhancements to Layer 1 channels and uplink timing alignments are provided in networks having a macro cell and at least one assisted serving cell. In further aspects, assisted serving cell Layer 2 architecture and transport channels are provided in networks having a macro cell and at least one assisted serving cell. In further aspects, collaborated HARQ solutions are provided in networks having a macro cell and at least one assisted serving cell.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Telecommunications method and apparatus for facilitating positioning measurements
Patent No. 10798671 

Inventor(s): Bengt Lindoff (Bjarred, , SE), Muhammad Kazmi (Bromma, , SE), Walter Mller (Upplands Vasby, , SE)
Assignee(s): OPTIS WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16165639 on 10/19/2018 (718 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless terminal capable of operating in a discontinuous mode and method for operation facilitate measurements pertaining to position of the wireless terminal. A measurement request message from a radio access network indicates that measurements are to be performed by the wireless terminal on downlink signals transmitted by the base station or by the base station on downlink signals transmitted by the base station. As a result of or after receiving the message, operation of the wireless terminal changes from a discontinuous mode to a modified mode to facilitate performance of the measurements. Relative to the discontinuous mode at least one of following are shortened or eliminated in the modified mode: (i) the non-reception periods, and (ii) the non-transmission periods.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Flexible printed circuit to mitigate cracking at through-holes
Patent No. 10798819 

Inventor(s): Amid Ihsan Hashim (Plano, TX), Brian J. Fitzpatrick (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): COMMSCOPE, INC. OF NORTH CAROLINA (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16346444 on 10/30/2017 (1072 days app to issue)

Abstract: Flexible fingers for flexible printed circuits improve the crack resistance of prior art designs. The crack resistance can be improved by encapsulating the trace inside additional layers such that the outer two layers include only the lands of the through-hole, and all other copper is etched away. The crack resistance can also be improved with strategically adding copper on layers other than the trace layer including attaching is to the land of the through-hole as a stub. These two designs can be combined to include a stub trace into a four-layered design.

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


Systems and methods for implementing intelligent cooling interface archiectures for cooling systems
Patent No. 10798851 

Inventor(s): Richard M. Weber (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): L3 Technologies, Inc. (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Egan Peterman Enders Huston (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16422120 on 05/24/2019 (501 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to implement intelligent cooling interface architectures for cooling systems that employ a heat transfer interface between multiple separate coolant circulation loops. A heat transfer interface may be advantageously managed based on monitored real time operational parameters (e.g., operating conditions such as pressures, mass flow rates, temperatures, etc.) within one or more of the separate coolant loops. Diagnostics and prognostics may be performed to verify proper cooling system operation and to detect out-of-specification operational parameters based on expected or acceptable levels for these measurements in view of the heat load to be removed. In this way, the cooling system performance may be monitored to ensure proper operation and to anticipate and alert a user when cooling system operation is trending toward a failure condition.

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


DESIGN PATENTS

Snack food product
Patent No. D897626 

Inventor(s): Frederik Jensen (Boston, MA), Ngoc Quyng Trinh (Carrollton, TX), Susan Parsons Gornell (Allen, TX), Vivian Huang (Quincy, MA)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29640422 on 03/14/2018 (937 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Hat
Patent No. D897637 

Inventor(s): Logan Miles Allison (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29687628 on 04/15/2019 (540 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Decorative horns for a lap desk
Patent No. D897719 

Inventor(s): Patrick Hogan Sullins (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Creative Manufacturing, LLC (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29640213 on 03/12/2018 (939 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Universal bracket assembly
Patent No. D897821 

Inventor(s): Dwight David Harms (Little Elm, TX), Timothy Francis Hall (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): TRINITY INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS, LLC (Little Elm, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29693527 on 06/03/2019 (491 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Mobile phone case
Patent No. D898016 

Inventor(s): Jianfeng Lin (Frisco, TX), Tao Liang (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): ArmadilloTek Inc. (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29728410 on 03/18/2020 (202 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Foot arch support
Patent No. D898205 

Inventor(s): Andrew Sawyers (Hurst, TX), Craig DiGiovanni (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Sheri Higgins Law (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29629012 on 12/11/2017 (1030 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Lantern
Patent No. D898276 

Inventor(s): Chen Kong Fu (Guangdong, , CN)
Assignee(s): RAZ IMPORTS, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29659197 on 08/07/2018 (791 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Lantern
Patent No. D898277 

Inventor(s): Chen Kong Fu (Guangdong, , CN)
Assignee(s): RAZ IMPORTS, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29659239 on 08/07/2018 (791 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pallet truck wheels
Patent No. D898324 

Inventor(s): Robert S. Patrick (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Shark Wheel, Inc. (Lake Forest, CA)
Law Firm: Cionca IP Law P.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29661764 on 08/30/2018 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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