Dallas Invents: 58 Patents Granted for Week of Feb. 6

Newly granted patents include Syntilla Medical’s neurostimulation system for head pain and Baylor Research Institute’s methods to treat or prevent hepatitis C.

Syntilla Medical's newly patented surgical method for implantable head mounted neurostimulation system for head pain. [Images: USPTO]

Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include 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 Feb. 6, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

58 patents granted    Ranked No. 12 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP 3 LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

1. CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Waxahachie) 6

2. SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 6

3. Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 3


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

NA


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

200 days
Breathing assistance apparatus
Patent: 09884160-B2
Inventor: Alastair Edwin McAuley (Dallas)
Assignee: Fisher Paykel Healthcare Limited (Auckland, NZ)

2,427 days
Fiber optic local convergence points for multiple dwelling units
Patent: RE046701-E1 (Reissue)
Inventors: Daniel S. McGranahan (Fort Worth), Raymond Glenn Jay (Mansfield), Terry Dean Cox (Keller), Thomas Shaw Liggett (Keller)
Assignee: Corning Cable Systems LLC (Hickory, NC)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Surgical method for implantable head mounted neurostimulation system for head pain
Patent No. 9884190 

Inventor(s): Claire Denault (Dallas, TX), Kenneth Lyle Reed (Dallas, TX), Michael Steven Colvin (Newbury Park, CA), Robert Raymond Bulger (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Syntilla Medical LLC (Southlake, TX)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14879943 on 10/09/2015 (851 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for subcutaneously treating pain in a patient includes first providing a neurostimulator with an IPG body and at least a primary integral lead with electrodes disposed thereon. A primary incision is opened to expose the subcutaneous region below the dermis in a selected portion of the body. A pocket is then opened for the IPG through the primary incision and the primary integral lead is inserted through the primary incision and routed subcutaneously to a first desired nerve region along a first desired path. The IPG is disposed in the pocket through the primary incision. The primary incision is then closed and the IPG and the electrodes activated to provide localized stimulation to the desired nerve region and at least one of the nerves associated therewith to achieve a desired pain reduction response from the patient.

[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]


Pro-neurogenic compounds
Patent No. 9884820 

Inventor(s): Jef K. De Brabander (Flower Mound, TX), Joseph M. Ready (Carrollton, TX), Steven L. McKnight (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15250117 on 08/29/2016 (526 days app to issue)

Abstract: This technology relates generally to compounds and methods for stimulating neurogenesis (e.g., post-natal neurogenesis, including post-natal hippocampal and hypothalamic neurogenesis) and/or protecting neuronal cell from cell death. Various compounds are disclosed herein. In vivo activity tests suggest that these compounds may have therapeutic benefits in neuropsychiatric and/or neurodegenerative diseases such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, normal aging, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, Parkinson”s disease, Alzheimer”s disease, Down syndrome, spinocerebellar ataxia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington”s disease, stroke, radiation therapy, chronic stress, abuse of a neuro-active drug, retinal degeneration, spinal cord injury, peripheral nerve injury, physiological weight loss associated with various conditions, as well as cognitive decline associated with normal aging, chemotherapy, and the like.

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


Compositions and methods to immunize against hepatitis C virus
Patent No. 9885017 

Inventor(s): Gerard Zurawski (Midlothian, TX), Helene Dutartre (Dallas, TX), Jacques Banchereau (Montclair, NJ), Yves Levy (Paris, , FR)
Assignee(s): BAYLOR RESEARCH INSTITUTE (Dallas, TX), INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE (INSERM) (Paris, , FR)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14152448 on 01/10/2014 (1488 days app to issue)

Abstract: Compositions comprising viral antigens and antigenic peptides corresponding to or derived from Hepatitis C virus (HCV) proteins or fragments thereof, fused to heavy and/or light chain of antibodies, or fragments thereof specific for dendritic cells (DCs) are described herein. Included herein are immunostimulatory compositions (HCV vaccines, HCV antigen presenting dendritic cells, etc.) and methods for increasing effectiveness of HCV antigen presentation by an antigen presenting cell, for a treatment, a prophylaxis or a combination thereof against hepatitis C in a human subject, and methods of providing immunostimulation by activation of one or more dendritic cells, methods to treat or prevent hepatitis C.

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


Surgical burs with geometries having non-drifting and soft tissue protective characteristics
Patent No. 9883873 

Inventor(s): Donald E. Stearns (Fort Worth, TX), John W. Kulas (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Medtronic PS Medical, Inc. (Louisville, CO)
Law Firm: Harness Dickey (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13944650 on 07/17/2013 (1665 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surgical bur includes a body and a drill point. The body includes flutes and lands. Each of the flutes includes a cutting edge, a rake face, and a clearance surface. Each of the lands is convex-shaped and disposed between a pair of the flutes. The drill point includes axial relief surfaces. Each of the axial relief surfaces has a planar area, is distinct from the lands and borders (i) a distal portion of one of the cutting edges, (ii) one of the lands, and (iii) one of the clearance surfaces.

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


Pacifier holder
Patent No. 9883988 

Inventor(s): Amit G. Kumbasi (Allen, TX), Raymond Ochotorena, Jr. (Vail, AZ)
Assignee(s): Innovost, LLC (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14918450 on 10/20/2015 (840 days app to issue)

Abstract: Pacifier holder comprises of a cup, a rubber insert, a lid, a rotating handle designed to hold and safe-keep one pacifier, collect saliva, vent for nibble drying and entertain baby by animal shapes of other means, including vivid color and pictures. It eliminates the customary lanyard design and prevents pacifier contamination. It is dishwasher safe and may incorporate evaporative sanitizing or medicating means. It can be attached to bassinet, stroller, cribs, swing, chair, tables and wall using a rubber or nylon belt or a bar. It can also be secured by sticky tape or Velcro or magnet. Its attachment handle rotates full turn.

[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


Breathing assistance apparatus
Patent No. 9884160 

Inventor(s): Alastair Edwin McAuley (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Fisher Paykel Healthcare Limited (Auckland, , NZ)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15656791 on 07/21/2017 (200 days app to issue)

Abstract: A breathing assistance apparatus is disclosed, for use with delivery of respiratory gases to a patient. The breathing assistance apparatus includes a patient interface, having a body section adapted to cover the nose, or nose and mouth of a patient and a sealing interface. The sealing interface includes at least an outer sealing member. The outer sealing member is adapted to attach to the body section in a sealing manner and has a substantially thin section in at least its nasal bridge region. The thin section is substantially thinner than the rest of the outer sealing member. The patient interface comprises a mask body and a seal assembly. The seal assembly includes a flexible seal, and a rigid seal clip, the seal assembly being removably attached to the mask body via the rigid seal clip. The mask body and rigid seal clip are profiled to match the contours of a user”s face so that the seal has a substantially constant wall depth.

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

 


 

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

[PATENT BELOW, IMAGE VIA USPTO]

Method and system for manufacturing a wheel
Patent No. 9884362 

Inventor(s): Anthony J. Sicilia (McKees Rocks, PA), Peter S. Mautino (Pittsburgh, PA)
Assignee(s): McConway Torley LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13345353 on 01/06/2012 (2223 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for manufacturing a wheel includes a cope mold portion with internal cope mold walls and a drag mold portion with internal drag mold walls. The internal cope mold walls and internal drag mold walls define at least in part perimeter boundaries of a wheel cavity. The wheel cavity includes a cavity center portion configured to form a wheel center portion of a wheel after solidification of a molten alloy in the cavity center portion, a cavity plate portion configured to form a wheel plate portion of the wheel after solidification of a molten alloy in the cavity plate portion, and a cavity flange portion configured to form a wheel flange portion of the wheel after solidification of a molten alloy in the cavity flange portion. The system includes a chill component positioned within the wheel cavity adjacent the cavity flange portion. The chill component is configured to provide directional solidification from the cavity flange portion toward the cavity plate portion of molten alloy in the wheel cavity.

[B22C] FOUNDRY MOULDING (moulding refractory materials in general B28B)


 

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

[PATENT BELOW, IMAGE VIA USPTO]

Pyrazolyl and pyrimidinyl tricyclic enones as antioxidant inflammation modulators
Patent No. 9884809 

Inventor(s): Bradley Caprathe (Livonia, MI), Chitase Lee (Ann Arbor, MI), Eric Anderson (Southlake, TX), Gary L. Bolton (Ann Arbor, MI), Melean Visnick (Irving, TX), William H. Roark (Ann Arbor, MI), Xin Jiang (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): REATA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14877974 on 10/08/2015 (852 days app to issue)

Abstract:

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


Cyclic sulfone and sulfoximine analogs and uses thereof
Patent No. 9884843 

Inventor(s): Bin Wang (Dallas, TX), Darryl David Dixon (Somerset, NJ), Eli M. Wallace (Richardson, TX), Hanbiao Yang (Coppell, TX), James P. Rizzi (Irving, TX), John A. Josey (Dallas, TX), Jonas Grina (Coppell, TX), Paul Wehn (Dal
Assignee(s): PELOTON THERAPEUTICS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15037047 on 12/15/2014 (1149 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to cyclic sulfones and sulfoximines that are HIF-2a inhibitors and methods of making and using them for treating cancers. In another aspect, the present disclosure provides a pharmaceutical composition comprising a compound described herein and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier or excipient. The compound may exist in an amorphous form, a crystalline form, or as a salt, solvate, or hydrate. In another aspect, the present disclosure provides a method of treating renal cell carcinoma by administrating a therapeutically effective amount of a compound described herein or a pharmaceutical composition thereof to a subject in need of such treatment.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Burst sleeve and positive indication for fracture sleeve opening
Patent No. 9885224 

Inventor(s): Luke V. Richey (Fort Worth, TX), Raymond Shaffer (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Blank Rome LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14560364 on 12/04/2014 (1160 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole tool, such as a sliding sleeve, deploys on a tubing string in a borehole. The tool has a housing with an internal bore and at least one port communicating outside the housing. An insert disposed in the bore can move from a closed position to an opened position relative to the port so fluid can be communicated to the borehole. A burst band disposed outside the housing at the port can break away from the housing in response to a particular pressure level communicated through the open port. In particular, the insert can have a seat that engages a deployed plug or ball. The insert shifts open when a first level of applied pressure against the seated ball shears the insert free. This can give a first indication that the insert has moved open. Then, a second level of pressure can be detected when the burst band breaks as a second indication that the insert is opened.

[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

 

Solenoid control methods for dual flow HVAC systems
Patent No. 9884394 

Inventor(s): Harold Gene Havard, Jr. (Carrollton, TX), Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX), Rosa Maria Leal (Irving, TX), Thomas Edward Pate, Jr. (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14626851 on 02/19/2015 (1083 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided are a method and apparatus for reducing a refrigerant pressure difference within an HVAC system having a controller, one or more compressors, and at least two paths of refrigerant piping comprising alternative paths for refrigerant flow through the HVAC system. A valve is coupled to each refrigerant piping path for permitting, or preventing, refrigerant flow through each of the alternate paths of refrigerant piping. The controller may open at least one valve for a defined period of time in response to a triggering input to allow a refrigerant pressure difference within the HVAC system to dissipate across the opened valve.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Digital medical evaluation and testing on a touch screen device
Patent No. 9883831 

Inventor(s): Michael R. Skupien (Arlington, TX), Robert Malcolm Stewart (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Health Biomedical Advancement Center, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14168652 on 01/30/2014 (1468 days app to issue)

Abstract: Cognitive tests are loaded onto myriad touch screen client computing devices. Patients are administered the tests using the touch screen devices, and their performance is captured and transmitted to cloud servers that store the patient information of all the touch screen devices in a database. In addition to cognitive test results, touch screen devices may also transmit patient medical information for storage in the database. Consequently, the database includes a large population of performance and medical data that can be evaluated to gain insights into cognitive disorders and create more effective digital tests for their diagnosis and treatment.

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


Passive infrared detector
Patent No. 9885608 

Inventor(s): Richard N. Claytor (Ft. Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Fresnel Technologies, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Fortkort Houston PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14799378 on 07/14/2015 (938 days app to issue)

Abstract: An infrared detector ([b]301[/b]) is provided which comprises a pyroelectric detector ([b]303[/b]) having first and second sensing elements ([b]345[/b]), an aperture stop ([b]311[/b]), and a Fresnel lens array ([b]305[/b]). The detector may be used as a passive infrared sensor unit for detecting intrusion into large openings.

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


Quick change small footprint testing system and method of use
Patent No. 9885737 

Inventor(s): Jack Lewis (Royse City, TX), Lynwood Adams (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): Modus Test Automation, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: BrownWinick Law Firm (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14996045 on 01/14/2016 (754 days app to issue)

Abstract: A testing system for semiconductor chips having a removable device under test printed circuit board (DUT PCB) that electrically connects with the electrical testing components of the system. A removable top plate is placed on top of the DUT PCB and is locked in place by a plurality of locking posts that selectively connect to cam surfaces in the top plate that pull the top plate down sandwiching the DUT PCB between the top plate and the electrical testing components of the system. The DUT PCB is quickly and easily removed and replaced by moving the locking posts between an engaged position and a disengaged position. In this way, a single testing system can be used to test a great variety of semiconductor chips thereby reducing capital equipment costs and space needed in cleanrooms.

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


Detecting unauthorized consumption of electrical energy
Patent No. 9885742 

Inventor(s): Basil F. Pinzone, Jr. (Newbury, OH), James D. Lilly (Silver Spring, MD), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH), Michael W. Miller (Rogers, AR)
Assignee(s): CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Waxahachie, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14848669 on 09/09/2015 (881 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of detecting the unauthorized consumption of electrical energy are described. In some embodiments, a system includes a guided surface waveguide probe that launches a guided surface wave along a surface of a terrestrial medium. The system further includes metering systems that are distributed within a geographical region associated with the guided surface waveguide probe. The system also includes at least one computing device and memory storing computer instructions that cause the at least one computing device to generate an energy flow map using data obtained from the metering systems.

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


Monopole acoustic transmitter ring comprising piezoelectric material
Patent No. 9885796 

Inventor(s): Dale A. Jones (Houston, TX), Medhat W. Mickael (Sugar Land, TX)
Assignee(s): Precision Energy Services, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Blank Rome LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14810916 on 07/28/2015 (924 days app to issue)

Abstract: A monopole acoustic transmitter for logging-while-drilling comprising as a ring that comprises one or more piezoelectric arc segments. The ring is oriented in a plane whose normal is essentially coincident with the major axis of a logging tool in which it is disposed. The ring disposed within a recess on the outer surface of a short, cylindrical insert. The insert is inserted into a drill collar, rather than into the wall of the collar. The ring can comprise a continuous ring of piezoelectric material, or alternately arc segments or active ring segments of piezoelectric ceramic bonded to segments of other materials such as alumina to increase the frequency or heavy metals such as tungsten to reduce the frequency. The material and dimensions of the material used in-between the piezoelectric segments is chosen to alter the frequency of the ring.

[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]


Steerable magnetic dipole antenna for measurement while drilling applications
Patent No. 9885800 

Inventor(s): Jian-Qun Wu (Kingwood, TX), Lance Pate (Spring, TX), Larry W. Thompson (Willis, TX), Macmillan M. Wisler (Kingwood, TX)
Assignee(s): Precision Energy Services, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Blank Rome, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15151705 on 05/11/2016 (636 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]


Advanced optical gimbal
Patent No. 9885851 

Inventor(s): Mike Ivor Jones (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15159022 on 05/19/2016 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: In certain embodiments, a gimbal assembly includes an enclosure, a window, and a pivot assembly. The enclosure is centered on a first axis and the window is coupled to the enclosure. The pivot assembly is coupled to an interior portion of the enclosure and configured to pivot within the enclosure about a second axis, the second axis being perpendicular to the first axis. The pivot assembly includes a base portion, a mirror coupled at an angle to the base portion and configured to reflect light received through the window, and a sensor configured to receive the light reflected by the mirror. The pivot assembly is further configured to move within the enclosure in a direction that is perpendicular to the first axis and rotate about the first axis.

[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]


System and method for avoiding inadvertant entry into an unsafe vertical descent speed region for rotorcraft
Patent No. 9886039 

Inventor(s): Christopher M. Bothwell (Grapevine, TX), Jillian Alfred (Fort Worth, TX), Joseph M. Schaeffer (Cedar Hill, TX), Luke D. Gillett (Grapevine, TX), Robert Worsham (Weatherford, TX), Sung Kim (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14623382 on 02/16/2015 (1086 days app to issue)

Abstract: A flight control system having a control law, the control law operable to generate a modified pitch command, the modified pitch command representing a greater amount of collective pitch compared to an amount of collective pitch generated by a first pitch command, the modified pitch command being generated because a vertical descent speed of the rotorcraft at a given forward airspeed is greater than a threshold. A method of avoiding entry into an undesired vertical descent speed region during operation of a rotorcraft, including measuring a forward airspeed; evaluating a vertical descent of the rotorcraft; and generating a modified collective pitch command in respond to a first collective pitch command having a collective pitch value that would cause the rotorcraft to experience a vertical descent rate greater than a threshold value at the forward airspeed of the rotorcraft.

[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)


Low voltage detection and initialization for non-volatile memory systems
Patent No. 9886080 

Inventor(s): Ajay Dhingra (Bangalore, , IN), Anil Kumar Thadi Suryaprakash (Bangalore, , IN), Bhavin Odedara (Bangalore, , IN), Jayanth Thimmaiah (Bangalore, , IN), Krishnamurthy Dhakshinamurthy (Bangalore, , IN), Narendhiran Chinnaanangur Ravimoha
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14698255 on 04/28/2015 (1015 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-volatile memory system may include detection circuitry configured to detect that a host system is configured to initially communicate a clock signal and initialization command signals at a voltage level lower than its input/output driver circuit is configured to receive the signals. In response to the detection, the detection circuitry may switch a regulator circuit from a high voltage mode to a low voltage mode so that the input/output driver circuit is ready to receive the initialization commands at the lower voltage level.

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


Optimizing reclaimed flash memory
Patent No. 9886341 

Inventor(s): Srikanta Das (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14662321 on 03/19/2015 (1055 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory system or flash card may optimize usage of reclaimed memory. The optimization may include lists for Uncorrectable Error Correction Code (UECC) and Correctable Error Correction Code (CECC) that can be used along with a dual programming scheme. Dual programming may be utilized for blocks on the lists, but not for blocks that are not on the lists. The lists can be updated by reading data programmed to blocks on the lists.

[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)


Collaborative email with hierarchical signature authority
Patent No. 9886428 

Inventor(s): Kulvir Singh Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): PAYPAL, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Haynes Boone, LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14090486 on 11/26/2013 (1533 days app to issue)

Abstract: Writing a collaborative email document with hierarchical authorities including establishing a collaborative email document on an administrator”s computer, identifying one or more signatories for the document, identifying one or more collaborators who are authorized to view and edit the document, providing to the collaborators copies of the document for viewing and editing, where the collaborators” copies reside on collaborators” computers, updating the copies of the document on collaborators” computers with revisions from the collaborators, and sending the collaborative email document from the administrator”s computer to addressees when the document bears valid digital signatures from all signatories. Typical embodiments also include providing at least one user authority to delegate signature authority, establishing a hierarchy of delegation authority for signatures, establishing at least one authority delegation policy including at least one rule for automated delegation of signature authority among signatories and delegating signature authority from at least one signatory to another.

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


System and method for passive verification
Patent No. 9886536 

Inventor(s): Felicia James (Carrollton, TX), Michael Krasnicki (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Zipalog, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15139835 on 04/27/2016 (650 days app to issue)

Abstract: Passive verification, comprising, receiving a representation of an electronic design comprised at least in part of at least system having at least one subsystem which is analog, collecting at least one input subsystem level data, having at least one input subsystem signal marker, collecting at least one output subsystem level data, having at least one output subsystem signal marker and analyzing at least one measure of at least one of the at least one input subsystem signal marker and at least one output subsystem signal marker.

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


Dummy word line bias ramp rate during programming
Patent No. 9887002 

Inventor(s): Yingda Dong (San Jose, CA), Zhengyi Zhang (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15584584 on 05/02/2017 (280 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and techniques are described for reducing or eliminating program disturb in non-volatile storage. In one aspect, the ramp rate of a voltage applied to a dummy word line is reduced during programming of edge word lines. In one embodiment, a slower than normal ramp rate is used for a dummy word line when the word line selected for programming is an edge word line, but a normal ramp rate is used for the dummy word line when the word line selected for programming is a middle word line.

[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)


DDR4-SSD dual-port DIMM device
Patent No. 9887008 

Inventor(s): Ting Li (Hangzhou, , CN), Xiaobing Lee (Santa Clara, CA), Yansong Wang (Hangzhou, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14642558 on 03/09/2015 (1065 days app to issue)

Abstract: As a solution to the type of problems noted above, this disclosure provides novel methods and systems that include dual-port solid-state drive (SSD) DIMM devices to provide primary storage capabilities with very low latency and better availability of DDR4 devices. The dual-port DDR4-SSD flash memory devices guarantee primary storage devices still accessible with one CPU or network failure. The novel DDR4 memory bus devices may be used not only for memory media and storage device buffers, but also to allow two CPUs to share data stored in flash SSD chips and to greatly improve DDR4 bus efficiency and bus utilizations by block accesses and eliminate PCIE-DMA data transfers. Through the features of the claimed subject matter described herein, dual-port DDR4-DIMM memory devices can be achieved that provide an All-Flash-Array storage system with substantially higher reliability, availability, and performance over conventional SATA/SAS-SSD, PCIE-SSD, and NVME-SSD solutions.

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


Method of fabricating memory array having divided apart bit lines and partially divided bit line selector switches
Patent No. 9887240 

Inventor(s): Hiroyuki Ogawa (Nagoya, , JP), Naoki Takeguchi (Nagoya, , JP), Seiji Shimabukuro (Yokkaichi, , JP), Teruyuki Mine (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15430888 on 02/13/2017 (358 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-volatile data storage device comprises pairs of immediately adjacent and isolated-from-one-another local bit lines that are independently driven by respective and vertically oriented bit line selector devices. The isolation between the immediately adjacent and isolated-from-one-another local bit lines also isolates from one another respective memory cells of the non-volatile data storage device such that leakage currents cannot flow from memory cells connected to a first of the immediately adjacent and isolated-from-one-another local bit lines to memory cells connected to the second of the pair of immediately adjacent and isolated-from-one-another local bit lines. A method programming a desire one of the memory cells includes applying boosting voltages to word lines adjacent to the bit line of the desired memory cell while not applying boosting voltages to word lines adjacent to the other bit line of the pair.

[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)


High resolution interpolator for optical encoder
Patent No. 9887781 

Inventor(s): Hsueh hua Chuang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TT ELECTRONICS PLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15332615 on 10/24/2016 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes an optical modulator configured to produce first and second modulated optical signals in response to a first electrical signal and a reference optical signal. The device further includes a phase detector configured to receive first and second encoded optical signals and the first and second modulated optical signals and to produce a second electrical signal indicating a phase difference between the first encoded optical signals and the first modulated optical signals. The device further includes a voltage-controlled oscillator configured to produce electrical pulses in response to the second electrical signal, and a counter configured to count a number of the electrical pulses, producing a count. The first electrical signal to the optical modulator is the count or a derivative of the count.

[G01D] MEASURING NOT SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR A SPECIFIC VARIABLE; ARRANGEMENTS FOR MEASURING TWO OR MORE VARIABLES NOT COVERED BY A SINGLE OTHER SUBCLASS; TARIFF METERING APPARATUS; TRANSFERRING OR TRANSDUCING ARRANGEMENTS NOT SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR A SPECIFIC VARIABLE; MEASURING OR TESTING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


ABR allocation for statistical multiplexing
Patent No. 9888052 

Inventor(s): Nelson Botsford (Punta Gorda, FL), Robert L. Schmidt (Howell, NJ)
Assignee(s): Imagine Communications Corp. (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell Tummino LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14860019 on 09/21/2015 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: As one example, a method includes analyzing profile metadata for each of a plurality of ABR program streams within a lookahead window from a current chunk boundary to identify at least one target event at a chunk boundary. ABR profiles for chunks at the target event chunk boundary are allocated to fit within the channel bandwidth and achieve a predetermined target quality level for the chunks at the target event chunk boundary. In response to each target event, ABR profiles for each of the unallocated chunks within the lookahead window are selected by adjusting the ABR profiles for each of the unallocated chunks to fit within the predetermined bandwidth constrained by the ABR profiles allocated for the chunks at the target event chunk boundary. An ABR profile for a given chunk at the current chunk boundary is allocated based on the selected ABR profiles.

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


Methods and apparatus for performing handoff based on the mobility of a subscriber station
Patent No. 9888425 

Inventor(s): Barry R. Robbins (San Diego, CA), Todd R. Sutton (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): MONUMENT BANK OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15458754 on 03/14/2017 (329 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a wireless communication system, a mobility factor is used to influence handoff. If a subscriber station has been in a low mobility state for some period of time, the system may handoff operation from a first service type to a second service type. If the mobility factor indicates that the subscriber station is moving, the system may handoff operation from the second service type back to the first service type.

[G08C] TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS FOR MEASURED VALUES, CONTROL OR SIMILAR SIGNALS (fluid pressure transmission systems F15B; mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member into a different variable G01D 5/00; mechanical control systems G05G) [4]


Fiber optic local convergence points for multiple dwelling units
Patent No. RE046701 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Daniel S. McGranahan (Fort Worth, TX), Raymond Glenn Jay (Mansfield, TX), Terry Dean Cox (Keller, TX), Thomas Shaw Liggett (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Cable Systems LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: LeClairRyan, a Professional Corporation (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13162115 on 06/16/2011 (2427 days app to issue)

Abstract: There are provided fiber optic local convergence points (”LCPs”) adapted for use with multiple dwelling units (”MDUs”) that facilitate relatively easy installation and/or optical connectivity to a relatively large number of subscribers. The LCP includes a housing mounted to a surface, such as a wall, and a cable assembly with a connector end to be optically connected to a distribution cable and a splitter end to be located within the housing. The splitter end includes at least one splitter and a plurality of subscriber receptacles to which subscriber cables may be optically connected. The splitter end of the cable assembly of the LCP may also include a splice tray assembly and/or a fiber optic routing guide. Furthermore, a fiber distribution terminal (”FDT”) may be provided along the subscriber cable to facilitate installation of the fiber optic network within the MDU. Patent Class: N/A


 

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Bi- and tri-layer interfacial layers in perovskite material devices
Patent No. 9884966 

Inventor(s): Jerred A. Chute (Dallas, TX), Michael D. Irwin (Dallas, TX), Vivek V. Dhas (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Hee Solar, L.L.C. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14866150 on 09/25/2015 (865 days app to issue)

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

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


System and method for detecting angle ambiguity in optical sensors
Patent No. 9885770 

Inventor(s): Greg Newman (Keller, TX), James Woosley (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Elbit Systems of America, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14830047 on 08/19/2015 (902 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is provided in a first form, an apparatus. The apparatus includes a detector array having a plurality of elements, the detector array comprising a photosensitive material and a photosensitive region disposed about and distinct from the plurality of elements. Electrical circuitry is coupled to each of the elements of the detector array. The electrical circuitry is configured to generate a set of first signals, each first signal of the set of first signals is based on optical energy impinging on a respective one of the plurality of elements of the detector array. The photosensitive region is coupled to the electrical circuitry and the electrical circuitry is configured to generate a second signal having a first value if no portion of optical energy impinging on the plurality of elements of the detector array impinges on the region disposed about the plurality of elements of the detector array. The second signal has a second value, distinct from the first value, if a portion of an optical energy impinging on the plurality of elements of the detector array impinges on the photosensitive region disposed about the plurality of elements of the detector array, the portion of the optical energy impinging on the photosensitive region disposed about the plurality of elements exceeds a threshold energy.

[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]


Storage device operations based on bit error rate (BER) estimate
Patent No. 9886342 

Inventor(s): Alexander Mostovoy (Dublin, CA), Eran Banani (Meitar, , IL), Mark Fiterman (Beer-Sheva, , IL), Mark Naumenko (Beer-Sheva, , IL), Yan Dumchin (Beer-Sheva, , IL), Yuri Ryabinin (Beer-Sheva, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14925676 on 10/28/2015 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data storage device may include a non-volatile memory and a controller. According to a first aspect, a bit error rate (BER) estimate may be determined at a memory interface of the controller based on hard bit data from the non-volatile memory. The BER estimate may be used to determine, prior to transfer of the hard bit data to an error correction coding (ECC) decoder of the controller, whether to request transfer of soft bit data from the non-volatile memory. According to a second aspect, the ECC decoder may be instructed to initiate decoding of a codeword or sub code using a particular operating mode based on the BER estimate for the codeword or sub code. According to a third aspect, sub codes of an ECC codeword may be reordered based on BER estimates for the sub codes, and the reordered sub codes may be provided to the ECC decoder.

[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]


FinFET including tunable fin height and tunable fin width ratio
Patent No. 9887196 

Inventor(s): Chun-chen Yeh (Clifton Park, NY), Qing Liu (Guilderland, NY), Ruilong Xie (Niskayuna, NY), Xiuyu Cai (Niskayuna, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14583842 on 12/29/2014 (1135 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor substrate includes a bulk substrate layer that extends along a first axis to define a width and a second axis perpendicular to the first axis to define a height. A plurality of hetero semiconductor fins includes an epitaxial material formed on a first region of the bulk substrate layer. A plurality of non-hetero semiconductor fins is formed on a second region of the bulk substrate layer different from the first region. The non-hetero semiconductor fins are integrally formed from the bulk substrate layer such that the material of the non-hetero semiconductor fins is different from the epitaxial material.

[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 NAND device having dummy memory holes and method of making thereof
Patent No. 9887207 

Inventor(s): Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Tiger Xu (Kuwana-gun, , JP), Yanli Zhang (San Jose, CA), Yao-Sheng Lee (Tampa, FL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14462209 on 08/18/2014 (1268 days app to issue)

Abstract: A monolithic three dimensional NAND string includes a plurality of control gate electrodes extending substantially parallel to a major surface of a substrate, a memory opening extending substantially perpendicular to the major surface of the substrate and filled with a memory opening material including a memory film, and a dummy opening extending substantially perpendicular to the major surface of the substrate and filled with a dummy channel material which is different from the memory opening material. The dummy channel material has a higher Young”s modulus than the memory opening material to offset warpage of the substrate due to the one of compressive and tensile stress imposed by the plurality of control gate electrodes on the substrate.

[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]


Ballistic radome with extended field of view
Patent No. 9887453 

Inventor(s): James A. Pruett (Allen, TX), Kuang-Yuh Wu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14200940 on 03/07/2014 (1432 days app to issue)

Abstract: A ballistic radome is provided and includes a flattened radome portion disposable in a primary field of view (FOV) of an antenna and a curved radome portion configured to define an extended FOV of the antenna about the primary FOV.

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


Multi-portion connector for use with differently-sized cards
Patent No. 9887476 

Inventor(s): Risto Juhani Lempiainen (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Zilka-Kotab, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15145757 on 05/03/2016 (644 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for use with a first card of a first size [e.g. subscriber identify module (SIM) card, etc.] and a second card of a second size (e.g. memory card, etc.). Included is a connector with a first portion and a second portion which is configured for being manipulated to have a first orientation and a second orientation. The first orientation is such that the first portion of the connector is positioned for removably receiving the first card, or the second portion of the connector is positioned for removably receiving the second card. Further, the second orientation is such that the first card is stacked with the second card for being removably inserted in a device. This permits electrical communication between the device and the first card when the first card is removably received in the first portion of the connector, and further permits electrical communication between the device and the second card when the second card is removably received in the second portion of the connector.

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


Chemically enhanced isolated capacitance
Patent No. 9887556 

Inventor(s): James D. Lilly (Silver Spring, MD), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Waxahachie, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14847390 on 09/08/2015 (882 days app to issue)

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

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


Hierarchical power distribution
Patent No. 9887557 

Inventor(s): Basil F. Pinzone, Jr. (Cornelius, NC), James D. Lilly (Silver Spring, MD), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Waxahachie, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14847704 on 09/08/2015 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of a hierarchical power distribution network are described. In some embodiments, a first guided surface waveguide probe launches a first guided surface wave along a surface of a terrestrial medium within a first power distribution region. A guided surface wave receive structure obtains electrical energy from the first guided surface wave. A second guided surface waveguide probe launches a second guided surface wave along the surface of the terrestrial medium within a second power distribution region using the electrical energy obtained from the first guided surface wave.

[H01F] MAGNETS; INDUCTANCES; TRANSFORMERS; SELECTION OF MATERIALS FOR THEIR MAGNETIC PROPERTIES [2]


Wired and wireless power distribution coexistence
Patent No. 9887558 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Waxahachie, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas|Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14848994 on 09/09/2015 (881 days app to issue)

Abstract: The use of a combination of wired and wireless power distribution equipment, coexisting together in various embodiments, is described. For example, one or more sub-transmission and/or distribution stations for wired power distribution, for example, can be retrofitted to include wireless power distribution equipment. Using the wireless power distribution equipment, power received via a wired transmission network can be re-transmitted using a sub-transmission and/or a distribution probe, for example. Similarly, power received by wireless receive structures through transmission, sub-transmission, or distribution frequency guided surface waves can be re-transmitted over wired networks, such as wired transmission, sub-transmission, and/or distribution networks.

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


Changing guided surface wave transmissions to follow load conditions
Patent No. 9887585 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Joseph F. Pinzone (Cornelius, NC), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Waxahachie, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14847408 on 09/08/2015 (882 days app to issue)

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

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


Variable frequency receivers for guided surface wave transmissions
Patent No. 9887587 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Waxahachie, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas|Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14847639 on 09/08/2015 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are various embodiments for a guided surface wave receiver, comprising circuitry that identifies at least one frequency from a plurality of available frequencies associated with a transmission of a plurality of guided surface waves along a terrestrial medium; and circuitry that adjusts a frequency at which the guided surface wave receiver receives the transmission to the at least one frequency via the terrestrial medium.

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


Power loss protection integrated circuit
Patent No. 9887628 

Inventor(s): Brett E. Smith (McKinney, TX), John H. Carpenter, Jr. (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Active-Semi, Inc. (, , VG)
Law Firm: Imperium Patent Works (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15640402 on 06/30/2017 (221 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power loss protection integrated circuit includes a current switch circuit (eFuse), a VIN terminal, a VOUT terminal, a buck/boost controller, and a storage capacitor terminal STR. The controller is adapted to work: 1) as a boost to take a low voltage from the VOUT terminal and to output a larger charging voltage onto the STR terminal, or 2) as a buck to take a higher voltage from the STR terminal and to buck it down to a lower voltage required on the VOUT terminal. The current switch circuit outputs a digital undervoltage signal (UV) and a digital high current signal (HC). These signals are communicated on-chip to the controller. Asserting UV causes the converter to begin operating in the buck mode. Asserting HC prevents the converter from operating in the boost mode.

[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]


Gain adjustment circuit to enhance stability of multiple-output AC/DC converters
Patent No. 9887630 

Inventor(s): Zaohong Yang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Blank Rome LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15354705 on 11/17/2016 (446 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure describes an AC/DC power converter that produces multiple output voltage levels. The AC/DC power converter may include a gain adjustment circuit. The gain adjustment circuit may adjust the gain of a feedback signal of the converter in accordance with the converter”s output voltage level. The gain adjustment circuit provides sufficient gain and phase margins to the converter and thus enhances the converter”s stability.

[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]


High efficiency voltage mode class D topology
Patent No. 9887677 

Inventor(s): Bhaskaran R. Nair (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (El Segundo, CA)
Law Firm: Blank Rome LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14481402 on 09/09/2014 (1246 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high efficiency voltage mode class D amplifier and energy transfer system is provided. The amplifier and system includes a pair of transistors connected in series between a voltage source and a ground connection. Further, a ramp current tank circuit is coupled in parallel with one of the pair of transistors and a resonant tuned load circuit is coupled to the ramp current tank circuit. The ramp current tank circuit can include an inductor that absorbs an output capacitance C[subscript]OSS [/subscript]of the pair of transistors and a capacitor the provides DC blocking.

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


Radio frequency signal fault signature isolation in cable network environments
Patent No. 9887737 

Inventor(s): Hang Jin (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15372271 on 12/07/2016 (426 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example method for radio frequency (RF) signal fault signature isolation in cable network environments is provided and includes searching in phase domain for an echo in a channel response characterizing a channel in a cable network, the channel facilitating communication of a multi-tone signal in the cable network; identifying a phase in which the echo is found; calculating a tap amplitude corresponding to the identified phase, the calculated tap amplitude being indicative of group delay in the channel; correcting for the group delay in the multi-tone signal, for example, by subtracting the calculated tap amplitude from the multi-tone signal; and identifying a fault signature when amplitude of the corrected signal is greater than a threshold and the identified fault signature triggers operational maintenance of the cable network.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Layer-2 extension services
Patent No. 9887766 

Inventor(s): Mark Colaluca (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ViaSat, Inc. (Carlsbad, CA)
Law Firm: Holland Hart LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15208406 on 07/12/2016 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems for providing layer-2 extension services through a non-routed ground segment network, are described. The method includes providing a Layer-2 (L2) interface between a node of the non-routed ground segment network and a service provider, assigning a virtual tagging tuple to the service provider and receiving service provider traffic at a node of the non-routed ground segment network. The method further includes tagging the service provider traffic with the virtual tagging tuple, and switching the tagged service provider traffic through the non-routed ground segment network according to the virtual tagging tuple.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods and system for allocating an IP address for an instance in a network function virtualization (NFV) system
Patent No. 9887959 

Inventor(s): Anni Wei (Shenzhen, , CN), Lei Zhu (Beijing, , CN), Zhixian Xiang (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14830489 on 08/19/2015 (902 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for allocating an IP address for an instance in a NFV system includes obtaining a first requirement of IP address allocation from VNFD by a first node in the NFV system. A second requirement of IP address allocation for the instance is determined according to the first requirement. Then the second requirement is sent to a second node in the NFV system that allocates the IP address for the instance.

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


Methods, systems, and computer readable media for negotiating diameter capabilities
Patent No. 9888001 

Inventor(s): Steven Robert Donovan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Oracle International Corporation (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor Hunt, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14166772 on 01/28/2014 (1470 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one method, the method occurs at a Diameter relay agent including at least one processor and a memory. The method includes receiving first Diameter capabilities information associated with a first Diameter node. The method also includes sending, to at least a second Diameter node, the first Diameter capabilities information.

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


Extending communication services to a consumption device using a proxy device
Patent No. 9888044 

Inventor(s): Gautam G. Reddy (Plano, TX), Jayabharath R. Goluguri (McKinney, TX), Matthew Oommen (Frisco, TX), Pallavur A. Sankaranaraynan (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): RELIANCE JIO INFOCOMM USA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14855265 on 09/15/2015 (875 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for data communications comprising a handset having a processor, a wireless communications device, a speaker and a microphone and one or more software applications operating on the processor that are configured to interface with a voice over long-term evolution (VoLTE) service. A wireless access point coupled to the handset through a local wireless communications media and the wireless communications device, the wireless access point further coupled to a long range wireless communications media and configured to interface with a server that provides VoLTE calling functionality.

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


Multifunction wireless device
Patent No. 9888108 

Inventor(s): Christopher McNitt (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox, P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15090886 on 04/05/2016 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication device and system are disclosed for providing communication and data services to residents of a controlled facility. The device can be restricted to communicating only using an internet protocol so as to restrict the device communication to an internal intranet. Wireless access points may be disposed throughout the environment to route calls and data between the device and a central processing center. By converting a protocol of the communications received from the device to a protocol used b r central processing center, minimal modifications to the central processing center are needed to support a wireless communication infrastructure. Many restrictions and safeguards may be implemented within the phone and system in order to prevent improper use.

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


Telecommunication call management and monitoring system with voiceprint verification
Patent No. 9888112 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): GLOBAL TEL*LINK CORPORATION (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15287458 on 10/06/2016 (488 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a secure telephone call management system for authenticating users of a telephone system in an institutional facility. Authentication of the users is accomplished by using a personal identification number, preferably in conjunction with speaker independent voice recognition and speaker dependent voice identification. When a user first enters the system, the user speaks his or her name which is used as a sample voice print. During each subsequent use of the system, the user is required to speak his or her name. Voice identification software is used to verify that the provided speech matches the sample voice print. The secure system includes accounting software to limit access based on funds in a user”s account or other related limitations. Management software implements widespread or local changes to the system and can modify or set any number of user account parameters.

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


Methods and apparatus for a CMOS image sensor with an in-pixel amplifier
Patent No. 9888197 

Inventor(s): Jaroslav Hynecek (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: The Noblitt Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15398137 on 01/04/2017 (398 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments of the present technology may comprise a method and apparatus for an image sensor. The image sensor may be configured as a stacked image sensor with two or more chips stacked vertically. The image sensor may comprise a plurality of pixel circuits, wherein portions of the pixel circuit are arranged on separate chips. Each pixel circuit may comprise an amplifier with a first feedback network to increase the sensor sensitivity, to reduce noise in the pixel signal, and to reduce the voltage swing on the FD node. Each pixel circuit may further comprise a second feedback network to stabilize the common-mode voltage of the pixel signal amplifier.

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


Systems and methods for intelligently recording a live media stream
Patent No. 9888205 

Inventor(s): Brent G. Robertson (Richardson, TX), James Walter Exner (Plano, TX), Mark Todd McHenry (Plano, TX), Michael John Von Ahnen (Dallas, TX), William Brian Wall (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): WatchGuard, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15425396 on 02/06/2017 (365 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a method includes initiating a mobile device operable to continuously capture a live media stream such that recording of the live media stream is deactivated. The method further includes refraining from recording the live media stream while recording of the live media stream is deactivated. In addition, the method includes monitoring environmental conditions for one or more preconfigured indicators that the mobile device has exited the defined physical area. Also, the method includes, responsive to detection of at least one of the one or more preconfigured indicators, determining to activate recording of the live media stream.

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


Mobile wireless communications system and method with hierarchical location determination
Patent No. 9888353 

Inventor(s): Mark Jefferson Reed (Tucson, AZ), Stephen Michael Palik (Redondo Beach, CA)
Assignee(s): TRAXCELL TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Mitch Harris, Atty at Law, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15468265 on 03/24/2017 (319 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile wireless network and a method of operation provide a hierarchical selection from among various location methods in populating a user location database. A digital signature technique is used to determine a location of a mobile wireless communications device. The location is compared with received signal-strength indication (RSSI) measurements to determine if the location provided by the digital signature technique is reasonable, and if so, the digital signal measurement location result is stored in the database. Otherwise, the user location database controller computes the location in conformity with the RSSI measurements. Triangulation measurements in combination with the RSSI measurements may be used to compute a prospective location that is used if the digital signature-determined location is unreasonable and also tested for validity by comparison to the RSSI measurements. The prospective location can also be tested for reasonableness by comparing the RSSI measurements.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and device for activating secondary carrier in wireless communication system for using carrier aggregation technique
Patent No. 9888474 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Jefferson IP Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15149431 on 05/09/2016 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention proposes a method for activating secondary carriers in addition to the primary carrier in a wireless communication system supporting carrier aggregation technology. Through the present invention, the UE sorts the operations for activating an SCell into two groups that are executed at different timings, thereby facilitating communication without malfunctioning.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

Chair
Patent No. D809315 

Inventor(s): Chris Brandel (Chicago, IL), Dan Rucker (Chicago, IL), Daniel Grabowski (East Grand Rapids, MI), Matthew Banach (Gurnee, IL), Michael J. Sawadski (Mount Prospect, IL)
Assignee(s): Paragon Furniture, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29551382 on 01/13/2016 (755 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pen grip
Patent No. D809603 

Inventor(s): David C. Munson (San Antonio, TX)
Assignee(s): Saddleback Leather Company, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29557954 on 03/14/2016 (694 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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