Dallas Invents: 57 Patents Granted for Week of Dec. 12

Patents secured this week include Varidesk's desk, Google's near field communications,Triune System's "pop and click" noise reduction, and GE's printed circuit board.

Clockwise from upper left: Patents were assigned to Hilti, Frito Lay, Varidesk, GE, Mary Kay, Google, Red Hat, and Electrolux.

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 DEC. 12, 2017 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

57 patents granted    Ranked No. 15 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 10
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 7
Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano) 3
Mary Kay Inc. (Addison) 2
Syntilla Medical LLC (Southlake) 2


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Anup D. Karnalkar (Allen) 2
Galina Laufer (Plano) 2
Robert Godfroid (McKinney) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

109 days
Shingle, Design Patent No. 0805221
Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas)

4,661 days
Authenticating electronic content, Patent No.. 9843447
SECURE AXCESS LLC (Plano)


Don’t miss Dallas Invents: Sign up for the Dallas Innovates e-newsletter. Patent information is provided by Joe Chiarella, founder of patent analytics company Patent Index and publisher of The Inventiveness IndexFor additional details on the patents granted below, search the USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database


UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

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Implantable neurostimulation lead for head pain
Patent No. 9839777 

Inventor(s): Claire Denault (Dallas), Kenneth Lyle Reed (Dallas), Michael Steven Colvin (Newbury Park, CA), Robert Raymond Bulger (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Syntilla Medical LLC (Southlake)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15222821 on 07/28/2016 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: An implantable peripheral neurostimulation lead for head pain is adapted for implantation in the head for the therapeutic purpose of treating chronic head and/or face pain. The lead may include a lead body, a plurality of internal electrically conducting metal wires individually connecting to a proximal surface contact and a distal surface electrode; a distal extended metal surface electrode array; and a proximal in-line connector. The lead may be operable to provide medically acceptable therapeutic neurostimulation to multiple regions of the head, including the frontal, parietal, and occipital regions of the head simultaneously. The lead may include a supraorbital electrode array with electrodes of 3 to 5 mm in length spaced apart at 4 to 6 mm intervals. The lead may also include a temporal electrode array with electrodes of 4 to 6 mm in length spaced apart at 8 to 12 mm intervals.

[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]


Charging system incorporating bi-directional communication with implanted device
Patent No. 9839788 

Inventor(s): Francis M. Menezes (Simi Valley, CA), Harry Dellamano (Santa Rosa Valley, CA), Paul Griffith (Santa Rosa Valley, CA)
Assignee(s): Syntilla Medical LLC (Southlake)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15347702 on 11/09/2016 (398 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for transferring power to, and communicating with, at least one body-implantable active device includes an external power transfer system associated with an external device disposed outside of a body, operable to transfer power through a dermis layer to each body-implantable active device, and communicate data to and from each body-implantable active device, and also includes a power receiving system associated with each body-implantable active device, operable to receive power transferred from the external power transfer system, and communicate data to and from the external power transfer system. The body-implantable active device may include an implantable neurostimulation system.

[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]


Methods, systems, and products for control of gaming applications
Patent No. 9839847 

Inventor(s): Toby Bearden (McKinney)
Assignee(s): Red Hat, Inc. (Raleigh, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15268540 on 09/17/2016 (451 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and products bookmark gaming applications. When a player wishes to pause a gaming application, a bookmark may be created. The bookmark identifies a location in the gaming application at which play is paused. Play may then be resumed from the bookmark, whether at a same device or at a different device.

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


Delivery of active ingredients from plant materials to skin
Patent No. 9839589 

Inventor(s): Daniel Chen (Shanghai, , CN), James Swanzy (Arlington)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14572272 on 12/16/2014 (1092 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and methods for its use that is configured to be used to treat various skin conditions. The apparatus includes a water-permeable absorbent material and a plant material comprising a water-soluble skin-active ingredient. The plant material is enclosed within the water-permeable absorbent material, and the water-permeable absorbent material is configured to absorb water and allow the absorbed water to contact the plant material so as to release the active ingredient from the plant material. The active ingredient is then absorbed by the absorbent material, which is then topically applied to skin in need of skin treatment.

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


Method for treating ADD or ADHD comprising administering amphetamine complexed with ion-exchange resin particles
Patent No. 9839619 

Inventor(s): Mark Tengler (Colleyville), Russell McMahen (Flower Mound)
Assignee(s): NEOS THERAPEUTICS, LP (Grand Prairie)
Law Firm: Hunton Williams LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13844555 on 03/15/2013 (1733 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention relates to dosage forms that provide prolonged therapy. In particular, the invention relates to dosage forms including various pluralities of drug-containing resin particles. The invention also relates to methods of making these dosage forms and methods of treating using these dosage forms.

[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)

 


 

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

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Cutting board assembly
Patent No. 9839328 

Inventor(s): Brian Roderman (Plano), Justin Pendleton (The Colony)
Assignee(s): Electolux Home Products, Inc. (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14821292 on 08/07/2015 (858 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cutting board includes a base tray, a cutting board top, a cutting mat and/or a cutting board, and a bin. The base tray has a first chamber and a second chamber. The cutting board top fits within a complementary shape on top of the base. The cutting mat and/or cutting board is stored in the first chamber under the cutting board top and may be later removed from this chamber and placed on the cutting board top. The bin fits within a complementary-shaped chamber in the base adjacent the cutting board top. In some configurations, the bin may include a lid.

[B23Q] DETAILS, COMPONENTS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR MACHINE TOOLS, e.g. ARRANGEMENTS FOR COPYING OR CONTROLLING (tools of the kind used in lathes or boring machines B23B 27/00); MACHINE TOOLS IN GENERAL, CHARACTERISED BY THE CONSTRUCTION OF PARTICULAR DETAILS OR COMPONENTS; COMBINATIONS OR ASSOCIATIONS OF METAL-WORKING MACHINES, NOT DIRECTED TO A PARTICULAR RESULT


System for and method of by-product removal from a metal substrate
Patent No. 9839942 

Inventor(s): Allan Stanfield (Dallas), Jon Loshinsky (Dallas), Joseph Wayne Deskin (Dallas), Preston Cray Smith (Dallas), Ronnie Dwaine Phelps (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Texas Nameplate Company, Inc. (Dallas)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14598653 on 01/16/2015 (1061 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for and method of removing residues, deposits, and debris from a substrate that has been marked by a chemical etching process is disclosed. The system includes one or more upper sprayers that deposit a cleaning solution to a top surface of the product as it passes beneath the one or more upper sprayers. The system further includes at least one upper brush that operates to scrub the top surface of the product after the cleaning solution has been applied thereto. The system optionally includes one or more lower sprayers and lower brushes to clean a bottom surface of the product as it is conveyed through the system. The system further includes an air knife system that assists with drying the product prior to exiting the system. The system further includes a controller that is operable to adjust various system parameters.

[B08B] CLEANING IN GENERAL; PREVENTION OF FOULING IN GENERAL (brushes A46; devices for domestic or like cleaning A47L; separation of particles from liquids or gases B01D; separation of solids B03, B07; spraying or applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces in general B05; cleaning devices for conveyors B65G 45/10; concurrent cleaning, filling and closing of bottles B67C 7/00; inhibiting corrosion or incrustation in general C23; cleaning streets, permanent ways, beaches or land E01H; parts, details or accessories of swimming or splash baths or pools, specially adapted for cleaning E04H 4/16; preventing or removing electrostatic charges H05F)


Method and apparatus for making a structurally resilient package
Patent No. 9840346 

Inventor(s): Frank Mathew Brenkus (McKinney), Patrick Joseph Bierschenk (Dallas), Ronald M. Gust (Miltona, MN), Steven Kenneth Tucker (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Douglas Machine Inc. (Alexandria, MN), Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14528692 on 10/30/2014 (1139 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for making a structurally resilient package with a desired shape on a vertical form, fill, and seal machine. The method comprises sealing a film to form a back seal; forming a first end seal to form a partially formed first package; flattening a first side of the partially formed first package to form a flat first side; filling the partially formed first package with product; forming a second end seal on the partially formed first package to form a first package from the partially formed first package; flattening the second side of the first package to form a flat second side, wherein the flattening the first side and the flattening the second side occur on a first machine.

[B65B] MACHINES, APPARATUS OR DEVICES FOR, OR METHODS OF, PACKAGING ARTICLES OR MATERIALS; UNPACKING (bundling and pressing devices for cigars A24C 1/44; devices for tensioning and securing binders adapted to be supported by the article or articles to be bound B25B 25/00; applying closure members to bottles, jars or similar containers B67B 1/00-B67B 6/00; concurrent cleaning, filling and closing of bottles B67C 7/00; emptying bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels or similar containers B67C 9/00)


 

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

Method and apparatus for carbonylating methanol with acetic acid enriched flash stream
Patent No. 9840451 

Inventor(s): Jeremy J. Patt (Lake Jackson)
Assignee(s): CELANESE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (Irving)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14642327 on 03/09/2015 (1009 days app to issue)

Abstract: A carbonylation process for producing acetic acid including: (a) carbonylating methanol or its reactive derivatives in the presence of a Group VIII metal catalyst and methyl iodide promoter to produce a liquid reaction mixture including acetic acid, water, methyl acetate and methyl iodide; (b) feeding the liquid reaction mixture to a flash vessel; (c) flashing the reaction mixture to produce a crude product vapor stream.

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


Highly transparent aluminum nitride single crystalline layers and devices made therefrom
Patent No. 9840790 

Inventor(s): Jinqiao Xie (Allen)
Assignee(s): Hexatech, Inc. (Morrisville, NC), National University Corporation Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (Tokyo, , JP), Tokuyama Corporation (Yamaguchi, , JP)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14422888 on 08/23/2012 (1937 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention provides highly transparent single crystalline AlN layers as device substrates for light emitting diodes in order to improve the output and operational degradation of light emitting devices. The highly transparent single crystalline AlN layers have a refractive index in the a-axis direction in the range of 2.250 to 2.400 and an absorption coefficient less than or equal to 15 cm-1 at a wavelength of 265 nm. The invention also provides a method for growing highly transparent single crystalline AlN layers, the method including the steps of maintaining the amount of Al contained in wall deposits formed in a flow channel of a reactor at a level lower than or equal to 30% of the total amount of aluminum fed into the reactor, and maintaining the wall temperature in the flow channel at less than or equal to 1200 C.

[C30B] SINGLE-CRYSTAL GROWTH (by using ultra-high pressure, e.g. for the formation of diamonds B01J 3/06); UNIDIRECTIONAL SOLIDIFICATION OF EUTECTIC MATERIAL OR UNIDIRECTIONAL DEMIXING OF EUTECTOID MATERIAL; REFINING BY ZONE-MELTING OF MATERIAL (zone-refining of metals or alloys C22B); PRODUCTION OF A HOMOGENEOUS POLYCRYSTALLINE MATERIAL WITH DEFINED STRUCTURE (casting of metals, casting of other substances by the same processes or devices B22D; working of plastics B29; modifying the physical structure of metals or alloys C21D, C22F); SINGLE CRYSTALS OR HOMOGENEOUS POLYCRYSTALLINE MATERIAL WITH DEFINED STRUCTURE; AFTER-TREATMENT OF SINGLE CRYSTALS OR A HOMOGENEOUS POLYCRYSTALLINE MATERIAL WITH DEFINED STRUCTURE (for producing semiconductor devices or parts thereof H01L); APPARATUS THEREFOR [3]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

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Casing centralizer
Patent No. 9840880 

Inventor(s): Andrew M. Eldridge (Fort Worth), Jeffrey Scott Danielson (Elgin, IL), Jody D. Riddle (Aurora, IL), Mitchel D. Hansen (Aledo)
Assignee(s): SUMMIT CASING SERVICES, LLC (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15243749 on 08/22/2016 (477 days app to issue)

Abstract: A casing centralizer comprising a cylindrical base and a plurality of blades extending from the cylindrical base. The plurality of blades and the cylindrical base are compression molded as a single piece from a mineral filled, glass and specialty fiber reinforced polyester molding compound.

[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]


 

P H Y S I C S

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Method and system for measuring torque in a tiltrotor aircraft
Patent No. 9841333 

Inventor(s): David R. Bockmiller (Fort Worth), Ryan T. Ehinger (Southlake)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14526621 on 10/29/2014 (1140 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for calculating torque through a rotor mast of a propulsion system of a tiltrotor aircraft includes receiving the torque being applied through a quill shaft of the rotorcraft. The quill shaft is located between a fixed gearbox and a spindle gearbox, and the spindle gearbox is rotatable about a conversion access. The torque through the rotor mast is determined by using the torque through the quill shaft and the efficiency loss value between the quill shaft and the rotor mast.

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


Steerable magnetic dipole antenna for measurement while drilling applications
Patent No. 9841528 

Inventor(s): Jian-Qun Wu (Kingwood), Lance Pate (Spring), Larry W. Thompson (Willis), Macmillan M. Wisler (Kingwood)
Assignee(s): Precision Energy Services, Inc. (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Blank Rome, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15151705 on 05/11/2016 (580 days app to issue)

Abstract: A steerable, magnetic dipole antenna for Measurement-While-Drilling (MWD) or Logging-While-Drilling (LWD) applications. The antenna elements use a hole arrangement in addition to grooves in a steel tool body, which is typically a drill collar. This antenna embodiment is extremely robust, meaning that does not significantly reduce the structural integrity of the tool body in which it is disposed. The antenna embodiment is also relatively wear resistant. The resultant magnetic dipole generated by this antenna is also electrically steerable in inclination angle from a common origin. A variable dipole moment inclination angle combined with independently measured tool rotation orientation during normal drilling allows the antenna to generate a magnetic dipole moment that may be directed at any three dimensional angle and from a common origin point at the centroid of the antenna.

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


Moving and committing valid data on a set-by-set basis
Patent No. 9841910 

Inventor(s): Dinesh Agarwal (Bangalore, , IN), Kumar Amarjit (Bangalore, , IN), Vijay Sivasankaran (Bangalore, , IN), Vimal Kumar Jain (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14700814 on 04/30/2015 (957 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage module may be configured to organize data to be moved from an initial storage location to a destination storage location into sets, and to determine whether to commit the data to the destination storage location on a set-by-set basis. Error correction and/or a post write and read process may be performed on the sets that are copied to the destination storage location to determine whether to commit each of the copied sets.

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


Apparatus and method for allocating resources to threads to perform a service
Patent No. 9841999 

Inventor(s): Bin Yang (Shanghai, , CN), Tong Sun (Allen), Weizhong Chen (Austin)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Zilka-Kotab, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14815871 on 07/31/2015 (865 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for allocating resources to a plurality of threads to perform a service. In use, a request for service is received. At least one of a plurality of resources is allocated to the threads. Further, the service is performed with the threads, utilizing the allocated at least one resource.

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


Systems and methods for persistent cache logging
Patent No. 9842053 

Inventor(s): Bhavesh Mehta (Mountain View, CA), Michael F. Brown (Campbell, CA), Vikram Joshi (Los Gatos, CA), Yang Luan (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives, LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13837210 on 03/15/2013 (1733 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cache log module stores an ordered log of cache storage operations sequentially within the physical address space of a non-volatile storage device. The log may be divided into segments, each comprising a set of log entries. Data admitted into the cache may be associated with respective log segments. Cache data may be associated with the log segment that corresponds to the cache storage operation in which the cache data was written into the cache. The backing store of the data may be synchronized to a particular log segment by identifying the cache data pertaining to the segment (using the associations), and writing the identified data to the backing store. Data lost from the cache may be recovered from the log by, inter alia, committing entries in the log after the last synchronization time of the backing store.

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


Textual geographic location processing
Patent No. 9842104 

Inventor(s): Athena A. Smyros (Richardson), Constantine J. Smyros (Richardson)
Assignee(s): Intelligent Language, LLC (Richardson)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15351003 on 11/14/2016 (393 days app to issue)

Abstract: Textual Geographical Location relates a placename, which is a set of terms, from one to any maximum as defined in an individual language, to a unique point or area (many points) as found on a map or other coordinate system, such as the map of the United States as used in global positioning system (GPS).

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


Systems and methods for atomic storage operations
Patent No. 9842128 

Inventor(s): David Flynn (Sandy, UT), David Nellans (Round Rock), John Strasser (Kaysville, UT), Nisha Talagala (Livermore, CA), Robert Wipfel (Draper, UT), Sriram Subramanian (San Jose, CA), Swaminathan Sundararaman (San Jose, CA
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14313933 on 06/24/2014 (1267 days app to issue)

Abstract: An atomic storage module may be configured to implement atomic storage operation directed to a first set of identifiers in reference to a second, different set of identifiers. In response to completing the atomic storage operation, the atomic storage module may move the corresponding data to the first, target set of identifiers. The move operation may comprise modifying a logical interface of the data. The move operation may further include storing persistent metadata configured to bind the data to the first set of identifiers.

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


Variable dose dispensing system
Patent No. 9842196 

Inventor(s): Thomas Utech (Dallas)
Assignee(s): CareFushion 303, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15134962 on 04/21/2016 (600 days app to issue)

Abstract: A variable dose dispensing system may include a processor and memory. The processor may receive a request for a variable dose order of a medication, such as from a user. The processor may request an amount of the medication to be administered, and receive, in response to the request, an indication of the amount to be administered. The processor may verify that the amount to be administered is within a range of the variable dose order. The processor may determine an item in a local inventory that contains at least the amount of the medication to be administered, and may dispense the item. If an amount of the dispensed item exceeds the amount to be administered, such as by a waste amount, the processor may display an indication of the waste amount to the user, and may transmit a notification of the waste amount, such as to a management server.

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


Time-varying passwords for user authentication
Patent No. 9842205 

Inventor(s): Roger B. Aboujaoude (Allen)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14673339 on 03/30/2015 (988 days app to issue)

Abstract: Time-varying passwords for user authentication are disclosed. Example methods disclosed herein for password generation include obtaining a base password including characters, determining a first character position of the base password at which a first time-varying data element is to be inserted to determine a time-varying password, the first time-varying data element to be computed based on a time-varying parameter, and determining a first offset to be applied to a value of the time-varying parameter to compute the first time-varying data element. Example methods disclosed herein for password evaluation include accessing a base password including characters, applying a first offset to a value of a time-varying parameter to determine a first time-varying data element to be inserted at a first character position of the base password to determine a time-varying password, and comparing the time-varying password with an input password to perform authentication based on the input password.

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


Method for detecting driver cell phone usage from side-view images
Patent No. 9842266 

Inventor(s): Orhan Bulan (Henrietta, NY), Peter Paul (Penfield, NY), Robert P. Loce (Webster, NY), Yusuf O. Artan (Ankara, , TR)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14614746 on 02/05/2015 (1041 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for detecting electronic device use by a driver of a vehicle including acquiring an image including a vehicle from an associated image capture device positioned to view oncoming traffic, locating a windshield region of the vehicle in the captured image, processing pixels of the windshield region of the image for computing a feature vector describing the windshield region of the vehicle, applying the feature vector to a classifier for classifying the image into respective classes including at least classes for candidate electronic device use and candidate electronic device non-use, and outputting the classification.

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


System and apparatus for managing tasks
Patent No. 9842360 

Inventor(s): Anup D. Karnalkar (Allen), R. Tyler Wallis, Sr. (Dallas)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13410510 on 03/02/2012 (2111 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to present a plurality of selectable commodity items, detect one or more selections from the plurality of commodity items, generate a list from the one or more commodity items selected, and transmit the list to a system. The system can be adapted to receive the list from the communication device, determine a selection order for the items in the list based on a location of each item in a store and at least one characteristic of at least one of the items, update the list according to the selection order, and transmit the updated list to a device for conducting commodity shopping according to the adjusted list. Other embodiments are disclosed.

[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]


Multi-level content analysis and response
Patent No. 9842593 

Inventor(s): Anand K. Singh (Lewisville)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Greenblum Bernstein, P.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14541811 on 11/14/2014 (1124 days app to issue)

Abstract: Predetermined services are provided using preset instructions. A transcript of audible content provided over an electronic network and received at a communications device is analyzed to determine whether a trigger is present in the audible content. When the trigger is present in the audible content, preset instructions correlated with the trigger and instructing how to provide a predetermined service are identified. The predetermined service is provided by following the preset instructions.

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


Multi-state program using controlled weak boosting for non-volatile memory
Patent No. 9842657 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (Fremont, CA), Muhammad Masuduzzaman (Milpitas, CA), Xiaochang Miao (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15599243 on 05/18/2017 (208 days app to issue)

Abstract: Multi-state programming of non-volatile memory cells, where cells being programmed to different target states are programmed concurrently, is performed by modulating the program speed of each state using a controlled amount of state-dependent weak boosting in their respective channels. In one example, the channel boosting is controlled by using a multi-stair word line ramp in conjunction with raising of the voltage on bit lines at a time based on the corresponding memory cell”s target state.

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


Signaling and handling of forensic marking for adaptive streaming
Patent No. 9843615 

Inventor(s): Shaobo Zhang (Shenzhen, , CN), Xin Wang (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA), Yongliang Liu (Beijing, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14754093 on 06/29/2015 (897 days app to issue)

Abstract: A client device comprising a transmitter configured to transmit a client identifier and a media presentation description (MPD) request to a content server, and a processor operably coupled to a memory and the transmitter, wherein the memory comprises computer executable instructions stored in a non-transitory computer readable medium such that when executed by the processor causes the processor to receive an MPD file following transmission of the client identifier and the MPD request, wherein the MPD file assigns a base segment to at least two variant segments, transmit a segment request to the content server following receipt of the MPD file, and receive the base segment and one of the at least two variant segments from the content server following transmission of the segment request, wherein the one of the at least two variant segments corresponds to the client identifier.

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


Image processing device and image processing method
Patent No. 9843805 

Inventor(s): Kazushi Sato (Kanagawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15369429 on 12/05/2016 (372 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided is an image processing device including a selection section configured to select, from a plurality of transform units with different sizes, a transform unit used for inverse orthogonal transformation of image data to be decoded, a generation section configured to generate, from a first quantization matrix corresponding to a transform unit for a first size, a second quantization matrix corresponding to a transform unit for a second size from a first quantization matrix corresponding to a transform unit for a first size, and an inverse quantization section configured to inversely quantize transform coefficient data for the image data using the second quantization matrix generated by the generation section when the selection section selects the transform unit for the second size.

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


 

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Three-dimensional memory devices having a shaped epitaxial channel portion
Patent No. 9842851 

Inventor(s): Jayavel Pachamuthu (San Jose, CA), Tuan Pham (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14927990 on 10/30/2015 (774 days app to issue)

Abstract: An alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers is formed over a substrate. A dielectric collar structure can be formed prior to formation of an epitaxial channel portion, and can be employed to protect the epitaxial channel portion during replacement of the sacrificial material layers with electrically conductive layers. Exposure of the epitaxial channel portion to an etchant during removal of the sacrificial material layers is avoided through use of the dielectric collar structure. Additionally or alternatively, facets on the top surface of the epitaxial channel portion can be reduced or eliminated by forming the epitaxial channel portion to a height that exceeds a target height, and by recessing a top portion of the epitaxial channel portion. The recess etch can remove protruding portions of the epitaxial channel portion at a greater removal rate than a non-protruding portion.

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


Differential etch of metal oxide blocking dielectric layer for three-dimensional memory devices
Patent No. 9842857 

Inventor(s): Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Mark Juanitas (Newark, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Rahul Sharangpani (Fremont, CA), Sateesh Koka (Milpitas, CA), Srikanth Ranganathan (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15440365 on 02/23/2017 (292 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of manufacturing a semiconductor structure includes forming a stack of alternating layers comprising insulating layers and spacer material layers over a semiconductor substrate, forming a memory opening through the stack, forming an aluminum oxide layer having a horizontal portion at a bottom of the memory opening and a vertical portion at least over a sidewall of the memory opening, where the horizontal portion differs from the vertical portion by at least one of structure or composition, and selectively etching the horizontal portion selective to the vertical portion.

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


Memory device containing cobalt silicide control gate electrodes and method of making thereof
Patent No. 9842907 

Inventor(s): Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Rahul Sharangpani (Fremont, CA), Sateesh Koka (Milpitas, CA), Somesh Peri (San Jose, CA), Zhenyu Lu (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14869406 on 09/29/2015 (805 days app to issue)

Abstract: An alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers can be formed over a substrate. Memory stack structures and a backside trench are formed through the alternating stack. Backside recesses are formed by removing the sacrificial material layers from the backside trench selective to the insulating layers. A cobalt-semiconductor alloy portion is formed in each backside recess by reacting cobalt and a semiconductor material. Conductive material in the backside trench can be removed by an etch to electrically isolate cobalt-containing alloy portions located in different backside recesses. Electrically conductive layers including a respective cobalt-semiconductor alloy portion can be employed as word lines of a three-dimensional memory device.

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


Interleaved electronically scanned arrays
Patent No. 9843098 

Inventor(s): James A. Pruett (McKinney), Jerry M. Grimm (McKinney), Thomas T. Leise (McKinney)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14267685 on 05/01/2014 (1321 days app to issue)

Abstract: An array antenna including two interleaved array antennas, capable of being operated independently at a first frequency, or together, at a second frequency. Each of the two array antennas is composed of alternating elements of an antenna array, and the two arrays are interleaved. Each of the interleaved arrays may be operated independently, e.g., in the X band, or the arrays may be driven together, as a single array with more densely spaced elements, e.g., in the Ku band.

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


Dual-feed dual-polarized antenna element and method for manufacturing same
Patent No. 9843108 

Inventor(s): Alexis Pierides (Piscataway, NJ), Leonard Piazzi (Denville, NJ), Tho Le (Trabuco Canyon, CA), Zhengxiang Ma (Summit, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14603034 on 01/22/2015 (1055 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein is a dual-feed dual-polarized antenna element and a method for manufacturing the same. An embodiment dual-polarization antenna element includes four radiating elements and eight feed ports. The four radiating elements are arranged in a co-planar diamond pattern. The neighboring elements of the four radiating elements form four shared-element dipole antenna elements. Each of the four radiating elements is shared between two cross-polarized dipole antenna elements of the four shared-element dipole antenna elements. The eight feed ports are arranged in four cross-polarized dual-feed pairs respectively disposed on the four radiating elements. Each feed port of the four cross-polarized dual-feed pairs is operable to respectively excite one of the four radiating elements for a cross-polarized one of the four shared-element dipole antenna elements.

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


Method and apparatus for maintaining DC bias
Patent No. 9843292 

Inventor(s): Michael Jennings (Plano)
Assignee(s): Knowles Electronics, LLC (Itasca, IL)
Law Firm: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14883165 on 10/14/2015 (790 days app to issue)

Abstract: A direct current (DC) bias maintenance circuit operably couples to the input of a primary amplifier. The DC bias maintenance circuit employs feedback to maintain the desired DC bias but lacks any coupling to the output of the primary amplifier. By one approach the DC bias maintenance circuit includes a secondary amplifier that replicates at least some near real-time performance characteristics of the primary amplifier. For example, the secondary amplifier can replicate at least certain DC properties of the primary amplifier such that DC-based changes appearing at the output of the primary amplifier are mirrored at an output of the secondary amplifier notwithstanding a lack of any coupling between the output of the primary amplifier and the DC bias maintenance circuit.

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


Pop and click noise reduction
Patent No. 9843314 

Inventor(s): Brett Smith (Plano), Ross E. Teggatz (Plano), Wayne T. Chen (Plano)
Assignee(s): TRIUNE SYSTEMS, LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14982952 on 12/29/2015 (714 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are advances in the arts with novel and useful electronic circuitry with pop and click noise reduction. A load circuit is connected with a full or single-ended half-H bridge circuit and another circuit mechanism in a configuration by which a signal may be used to selectably bring the load circuit terminals to a selected voltage level when an externally applied signal is not present.

[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]


Communicating via near field communications
Patent No. 9843361 

Inventor(s): Mun-Wei Low (Irving), Tommy Poon (Frisco)
Assignee(s): GOOGLE LLC (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: Johnson, Marcou Issacs, LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14875684 on 10/05/2015 (799 days app to issue)

Abstract: Communicating via near field communication (NFC) between a reader and an application on an NFC-enabled device. The device receives, from a reader, a selection of an application identifier (AID) proxy of the device. The proxy receives, from the reader, a query (including domain name) directed to the availability of an application on the device. The proxy determines whether the domain name corresponds to an AID of an application on the device by reference to a data store relating each domain name of each application to a corresponding AID. When the domain determined to correspond to an AID of an application on the device, the device transmits a response to the reader indicating the AID corresponding to the domain name. The device receives, from the reader, selection of the transmitted AID. The application corresponding to selected AID communicates with the reader in an NFC application protocol data unit communication session.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Optical transmitter with optical receiver-specific dispersion pre-compensation
Patent No. 9843390 

Inventor(s): Frank Effenberger (Colts Neck, NJ), Xiang Liu (Marlboro, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15424587 on 02/03/2017 (312 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprising a digital signal processor (DSP) unit configured to perform fiber dispersion pre-compensation on a digital signal sequence based on a dispersion value to produce a pre-compensated signal, wherein the dispersion value is associated with a remote optical receiver, a plurality of digital-to-analog converters (DACs) coupled to the DSP unit and configured to convert the pre-compensated signal into analog electrical signals, and a frontend coupled to the DACs and configured to convert the analog electrical signals into a first optical signal, adding a constant optical electric (E)-field to the first optical signal to produce a second optical signal, and transmit the second optical signal to the remote optical receiver.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Wavelength stabilizer for TWDM-PON burst mode DBR laser
Patent No. 9843397 

Inventor(s): Bo Gao (Wuhan, , CN), Feng Wang (Bedminster, NJ), Frank Effenberger (Colts Neck, NJ), Xuejin Yan (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15007971 on 01/27/2016 (685 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical network unit (ONU) comprising a media access controller (MAC) configured to support biasing a laser transmitter to compensate for temperature related wavelength drift receiving a transmission timing instruction from an optical network control node, obtaining transmission power information for the laser transmitter, estimating a burst mode time period for the laser transmitter according to the transmission timing instruction, and calculating a laser phase fine tuning compensation value for the laser transmitter according to the burst mode time period and the transmission power information, and forwarding the laser phase fine tuning compensation value toward a bias controller to support biasing a phase of the laser transmitter.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Low-noise optical phase sensitive amplifier using a semiconductor nonlinear optical device
Patent No. 9843410 

Inventor(s): Inwoong Kim (Allen), Jeng-Yuan Yang (Garland), Motoyoshi Sekiya (Richardson), Youichi Akasaka (Allen)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14944455 on 11/18/2015 (755 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for amplifying optical signals include generating idler signals for input signals using an optical pump at a first Bragg reflection waveguide (BRW) having second order optical nonlinearity. Phase and amplitude regulation is performed using the output from the first BRW. Optical power monitoring of the input signals may be used for power equalization. The phase-sensitive amplified signal is generated at a second BRW using the optical pump. Optical power monitoring of the input signals may be used for power equalization.

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


Authenticating electronic content
Patent No. 9843447 

Inventor(s): Danielle R. Domenica (Phoenix, AZ), Fred Bishop (Glendale, AZ), Hermes H. Villalobos (Phoenix, AZ), Vicki R. Mendivil (Phoenix, AZ)
Assignee(s): SECURE AXCESS LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Martin Ferraro, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 10906856 on 03/09/2005 (4661 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides for an authenticity marker to be embedded within web page and/or email content which allows a user to validate that the content originates from the true source of the content and is not merely a copy. The method includes a user requesting content in the form of a web page and/or email from a server using a web browser or email client. The server receives the request, retrieves the content and forwards it to an authentication server. The authentication server inserts into the retrieved content a unique fractal icon and/or information only known between the owner of the content and the user.

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


System and method for customizing inmate communication notification
Patent No. 9843448 

Inventor(s): Stephen L. Hodge (Aubrey)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15616459 on 06/07/2017 (188 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides details of a system and method for customizing an inmate communication notification. Such a system provides an inmate different customized notification messages to be played to different called parties. The system includes a list of different contacts, and each of the contacts can be associated with one or more contact numbers. Each contact number is associated with one or more customized notification messages. The customized notification messages include terms, phrases, and sentences that draws the called party”s attention and sound familiar to the called party. The customized notification messages include customized text files, audio files, and video files. An inmate chooses one or more customized notification messages to be played to a called party.

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


Secure device communication
Patent No. 9843449 

Inventor(s): Vladimir Dimitrov Kostadinov (Sharon, MA)
Assignee(s): Dresser, Inc. (Addison)
Law Firm: Paul Frank + Collins P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14734248 on 06/09/2015 (917 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and associated method for securing communication between a first device and a second device are provided. The system includes a first device communicatively coupled with a second device over a communication connection line. The system includes a security transformation device coupled to the communication connection line. The security transformation device is configured to transform non-secure communication into secure communication to send over the communication connection line to a destination. The security transformation device is configured to evaluate communication using security evaluation functionality by either authenticating or failing to authenticate the communication. If the communication is successfully authenticated, then the communication is provided to a destination, otherwise, the communication is not provided to the destination.

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


Seamless migration from rapid spanning tree protocol to ethernet ring protection switching protocol
Patent No. 9843495 

Inventor(s): Michael Colven (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14836379 on 08/26/2015 (839 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for migrating loop-breaking protocols in an Ethernet network. The method includes disabling a port of a first leaf network element in a network implementing a rapid spanning tree protocol (RSTP), the RSTP having a spanning tree with a root network element coupled to the first leaf network element forming a first branch of the spanning tree; migrating the first leaf network element by disabling the RSTP and enabling an Ethernet ring protection switching (ERPS) protocol on the first leaf network element; migrating the root network element after the first leaf network element by disabling the RSTP and enabling the ERPS protocol on the root network element; and enabling the port of the first leaf network element after migrating the first leaf network element and the root network element.

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


Extending OpenFlow to support packet encapsulation for transport over software-defined networks
Patent No. 9843504 

Inventor(s): Lin Han (San Jose, CA), Renwei Li (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14455735 on 08/08/2014 (1222 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for controlling a data flow in a domain of an OpenFlow protocol controlled software-defined network (SDN) comprising receiving a request from a network element for instructions to route the data flow through the OpenFlow SDN, determining a route for the data flow through the OpenFlow SDN, transmitting a unified header to the network element in the OpenFlow SDN, wherein the unified header facilitates transmission of data flows through the OpenFlow SDN that are encoded according to a plurality of network abstraction types, and transmitting instructions for forwarding the data flow along the route through the OpenFlow SDN, wherein the instructions for forwarding the data flow along the route through the OpenFlow SDN comprise one or more match fields, one or more mask values corresponding to the match fields, and one or more actions for the network element in the OpenFlow SDN to perform on the data flow.

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


Enhanced hierarchical virtual private local area network service (VPLS) system and method for ethernet-tree (E-tree) services
Patent No. 9843507 

Inventor(s): Lucy Yong (Georgetown)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14258302 on 04/22/2014 (1330 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network apparatus comprising a trunk end point associated with an Ethernet-tree (E-Tree) service in a network domain and configured to forward a frame that comprises a tag according to the tag in the frame, wherein the tag in the frame is a root tag that indicates a root source of the frame or a leaf tag that indicates a leaf source of the frame, and wherein the trunk end point is coupled to a second end point associated with the E-tree service outside the network domain.

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


Voice conference call using PSTN and internet networks
Patent No. 9843612 

Inventor(s): Thomas Dundon (San Marcos), Thomas Dye (Austin)
Assignee(s): VPN MULTICAST TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Martin Ferraro, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14984709 on 12/30/2015 (713 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for supporting a multi-participant voice conference call using PSTN and Internet networks is described. The method for supporting a multi-participant voice conference call includes receiving voice from a PSTN client. The method also includes receiving voice data from a moderator and from at least one remote client connected to the Internet. The method then proceeds to mix the voice data from the PSTN client with the voice data from the moderator into a first mixed voice data that is transmitted to the remote client that is connected to the Internet. The method also mixes the voice data from the moderator with the voice data from the remote client connected to the Internet into a second mixed voice data that is transmitted to the PSTN client.

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


Leakage mitigation at image storage node
Patent No. 9843749 

Inventor(s): Joshua Lund (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (Princeton, NJ)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14988395 on 01/05/2016 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: A leakage mitigation circuit is provided. The leakage mitigation circuit includes an inverter coupled to a storage node, wherein the storage node receives a signal output by an imaging pixel having a first voltage level to be stored. The inverter inverts the signal to a second voltage level. A single transistor coupled to the inverter and the storage node inverts the signal output by the inverter to the first level to hold the signal at the storage node to its original level. A self-biased device coupled to the inverter lowers current disturbance related to the storage node and increase threshold voltage at which fluctuation of the level of the signal at the storage node causes the signal to be inverted by the inverter.

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


Integrated devices for multimedia content delivery and video conferencing
Patent No. 9843765 

Inventor(s): Anup D. Karnalkar (Allen)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker L.L.P. (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13689360 on 11/29/2012 (1839 days app to issue)

Abstract: A receiver device for use in conjunction with an MCDN includes a computer readable storage resource, a controller to execute stored instructions, a network interface coupling the device to the MCDN, and a decoder to decode streaming multimedia content received via the network interface. The receiver includes a remote control interface to detect a remote control command from a remote control device and a handset interface to communicate audio data with a handset device. A local video interface receives video data from a camera or other local video resource. The stored instructions include, a remote control application to execute remote control commands, a handset module to communicate audio date with the handset device, and a session initiation module to establish a video conferencing session. A video conferencing module integrates the audio data and the video data and communicates the integrated data via the video conferencing session.

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


Device and method of enhancing downlink UE-specific demodulation reference signal to facilitate inter-cell interference cancellation and suppression
Patent No. 9843942 

Inventor(s): Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Qian Cheng (Aurora, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15148256 on 05/06/2016 (585 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various devices and methods are provided that use enhanced downlink demodulation reference signals (DMRS) to facilitate inter-cell interference cancellation and suppression. Coordinated configuration of DMRS port assignments for transmission from cells in a group of neighboring cells is provided. Each cell”s physical cell identification (PCID) is mapped with its corresponding assigned antenna port(s).

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


User equipment speed class determination
Patent No. 9843969 

Inventor(s): Baoling S. Sheen (Naperville, IL), Juan Roa (Hillsborough, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14810985 on 07/28/2015 (868 days app to issue)

Abstract: A node device of a cellular communication network comprises physical layer circuitry and processing circuitry. The physical layer circuitry is operable to receive signal power information from a user equipment device (UE). The processing circuitry is operable to determine a speed of travel classification for the UE using the signal power information, and configure one or more operating parameters of the cellular communication network using the determined speed of travel classification for the UE.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for indicating a periodic resource allocation
Patent No. 9844042 

Inventor(s): Young Hoon Kwon (San Diego, CA), Zhigang Rong (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14316514 on 06/26/2014 (1265 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating an access point (AP) includes scheduling, by the AP, first resources for a first periodic restricted access window (PRAW), and generating, by the AP, a first PRAW indicator including first information associated with the scheduled first resources for the first PRAW. The method also includes determining, by the AP, a next PRAW indication time in accordance with the first PRAW, and transmitting, by the AP, the first PRAW indicator and the next PRAW indication time in a first frame.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Printed circuit boards having profiled conductive layer and methods of manufacturing same
Patent No. 9844136 

Inventor(s): Robert Joseph Roessler (Wylie)
Assignee(s): GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (Schenectady, NY)
Law Firm: GE Global Patent Operation (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14557061 on 12/01/2014 (1107 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multilayer printed circuit board is provided. The multilayer printed circuit board includes a core, a first conductive layer coupled to the core, an insulating layer covering the first conductive layer, and a second conductive layer spaced from the first conductive layer by the insulating layer. The first conductive layer includes a first portion having a first thickness and a second portion having a second thickness greater than the first thickness. The second conductive layer is electrically coupled to the second portion of the first conductive layer by a conductive via extending through the insulating 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]


DESIGN PATENTS

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Desk
Patent No. D804862 

Inventor(s): Daniel G. Flaherty (Irving), David Patton (Flower Mound)
Assignee(s): Varidesk, LLC (Coppell)
Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29526807 on 05/13/2015 (944 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Helical sleeve of an anchor
Patent No. D804940 

Inventor(s): Matteo Spampatti (Addison)
Assignee(s): Hilti Aktiengesellschaft (Schaan, , LI)
Law Firm: Crowell Moring LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29572015 on 07/25/2016 (505 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Base for a container with an inverted dispenser
Patent No. D804948 

Inventor(s): David Michael Pehar (Willoughby, OH), Galina Laufer (Plano), John Evan Spirk (Gates Mills, OH), Robert Godfroid (McKinney)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29529612 on 06/09/2015 (917 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Base for a container with an inverted dispenser
Patent No. D804949 

Inventor(s): David Michael Pehar (Willoughby, OH), Galina Laufer (Plano), John Evan Spirk (Gates Mills, OH), Robert Godfroid (McKinney)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29529630 on 06/09/2015 (917 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Bottle
Patent No. D804954 

Inventor(s): Jenny DeMarco Staab (Frisco), Oscar Garcia (Addison)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29558876 on 03/22/2016 (630 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Shingle
Patent No. D805221 

Inventor(s): Olan Leitch (Bakersfield, CA)
Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas)
Law Firm: Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper Scinto (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29615032 on 08/25/2017 (109 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet toy
Patent No. D805262 

Inventor(s): Norman Anderson (Brooklyn, NY), Sunil Pinto (Arlington)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29556469 on 03/01/2016 (651 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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