Dallas Invents: 66 Patents Granted for Week of Jan. 23

Patents secured this week include Bell Helicopter Textron's foldable tiltrotor aircraft and rewardStyle's method for providing targeted marketing to a user based on the user's social media interaction.

Foldable tiltrotor aircraft

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 Jan. 23, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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

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UTILITY PATENTS

Push-to-open, soft close drawer slide apparatus and method of use
Patent No. 9872563 

Inventor(s): Greg Davis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Hardware Resources, Inc. (Bossier City, LA)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15081636 on 03/25/2016 (669 days app to issue)

Abstract: A drawer slide apparatus mounted to a drawer slide assembly for moving a drawer slidingly within a cabinet provides push-to-open and soft close functionality while further providing a depth and alignment adjustment of the drawer relative to the cabinet carcass. The apparatus comprises a housing including a soft close track, a damper, and a carriage slidable within the soft close track. A guide block comprising a set of channels within a stationary part and a movable part for providing the depth and alignment adjustment. A pin, slidable within the carriage, has a first end engaged with the soft close track and a second end simultaneously engaged with the guide block provides the soft close and push-to-open functionalities.

[A47B] TABLES; DESKS; OFFICE FURNITURE; CABINETS; DRAWERS; GENERAL DETAILS OF FURNITURE (jointing of furniture F16B 12/00)


Method and apparatus for delivering a shape memory article to a surgical site
Patent No. 9872681 

Inventor(s): Alan B. Miller (Jamison, PA), Richard Thomas Briganti (Philadelphia, PA), Shawn T. Huxel (Lawrenceville, NJ)
Assignee(s): OsteoMed LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14026665 on 09/13/2013 (1593 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention pertains to a method and apparatus for delivering an article formed of a shape memory alloy to a surgical implantation site. The apparatus may include a body having a passage for receiving the proximal portion of the shape memory article, the passage being shaped to substantially prevent the shape memory article from deforming in accordance with its shape memory properties when the proximal portion of the shape memory article is positioned in the passage. An exemplary involves placing the distal portions of legs of a staple in at least one passage in a constraining device that substantially constrains the legs from deforming; and placing the proximal portions of the legs of the staple in at least one passage in an apparatus that, independently of the constraining device, substantially prevents the legs from deforming.

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


Surgical apparatus including a hand-activated, cable assembly and method of using same
Patent No. 9872736 

Inventor(s): Cameron McPherson (Frisco, TX), Mitchell Sherry (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Medtronic, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN)
Law Firm: Harness Dickey (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14188041 on 02/24/2014 (1429 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surgical apparatus and method according to which a cable assembly is connected to a handpiece and includes a sensing element, and a member adapted to move relative to the sensing element to control the operation of a motor in the handpiece.

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


Facile method for making non-toxic biomedical compositions comprising hybrid metal-polymer microparticles
Patent No. 9872916 

Inventor(s): Mohammad A. Omary (Denton, TX), Sreekar Marpu (Torrance, CA)
Assignee(s): University of North Texas Office of Economic Development and Technology Transfer (Denton, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14390945 on 04/05/2013 (1754 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes photochemical method of making hybrid metal-polymer microparticles in an aqueous, biocompatible solution by providing a metal (I) composition and one or more polymeric materials; applying an electromagnetic radiation to the metal (I) composition; converting the metal (I) composition to a metal (0) composition; forming one or more hybrid metal-polymer microparticles from the metal (0); capping the one or more hybrid metal-polymer microparticles; and stabilizing the one or more hybrid metal-polymer microparticles with the one or more polymeric materials to prevent agglomeration.

[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)


Multicolored pH-activatable fluorescence nanoplatform
Patent No. 9872926 

Inventor(s): Baran D. Sumer (Dallas, TX), Jinming Gao (Dallas, TX), Kejin Zhou (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15297862 on 10/19/2016 (461 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to pH-tunable, highly activatable multicolored fluorescent nanoplatforms and methods of using the nanoplatforms in a variety of applications including, but not limited to, investigating fundamental cell physiological processes such as pH regulation in endocytic vesicles, endosome/lysosome maturation, and effect of pH on receptor cycling and trafficking of subcellular organelles.

[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)


Disinfecting methods and apparatus
Patent No. 9872978 

Inventor(s): Michael R. Lopez (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): INIKOA MEDICAL, INC. (Newark, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15631664 on 06/23/2017 (214 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one implementation an assembly is provided that includes a polymeric body having a working lumen and an external profile. The polymeric body is secured to a clamp that is transitional between an open position and a closed position. In the closed position the clamp applies a force on the polymeric body to cause a full or partial closure of the working lumen. The clamp includes a wall having a through opening that has an internal profile that is substantially similar to the external profile of the polymeric body. At least a portion of the polymeric body resides in the through opening so that the polymeric body is prevented from rotating in the clamp.

[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]


Systems, methods, and devices for evaluating lead placement based on patient physiological responses
Patent No. 9872988 

Inventor(s): Norbert Kaula (Arvada, CO), Yohannes Iyassu (Denver, CO)
Assignee(s): NUVECTRA CORPORATION (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15043954 on 02/15/2016 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pulse generator is programmed to generate electrical stimulation to target a sacral nerve or a pudendal nerve of the patient. The electrical stimulation being delivered at least in part via a lead. The electrical stimulation is applied by ramping up a stimulation parameter over time. A first, a second, and a third physiological response are detected from the patient as a result of the electrical stimulation. A first value, a second value, and a third value of the stimulation parameter associated with the first, second, and third physiological response are measured, respectively. A placement of the lead inside the patient is evaluated based on at least one of: a chronological sequence in which the first, second, and third physiological responses occurred, a comparison of the first value with a predetermined threshold, or respective deviations of the second value or the third value from the first value.

[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]


Golf clubs and golf club heads
Patent No. 9873028 

Inventor(s): David N. Franklin (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): NIKE, Inc. (Beaverton, OR)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14290743 on 05/29/2014 (1335 days app to issue)

Abstract: Golf club heads include a golf club head body, a ball striking face, and a shaft engaging member configured to engage a golf club shaft with the golf club head body. Additionally, the shaft engaging member may be configured to engage the golf club head body and the shaft below a center of gravity of the golf club head, and/or the shaft engaging member may have rotational locking structure that can be locked in a plurality of positions. Further, the golf club head may include a face member and a rear member, where the rear member is configured to transfer energy and/or momentum to the face member, particularly on off-center hits.

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


Oven based on a combination of heated air and infrared heating element
Patent No. 9874358 

Inventor(s): Andrew Lawrence Podevels (Williston, VT), Charles J. Martis (Murphy, TX), Philip R. McKee (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): APPLIANCE INNOVATION, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Amster, Rothstein Ebenstein LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14704732 on 05/05/2015 (994 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cooking oven comprising a housing, a cavity, an oven door, an air plenum, an infrared heating element, and a thermal insulating layer placed between the infrared heating element and the air plenum is disclosed. The infrared hearing element comprises a wire-like heating element shaped in a serpentine-pattern to form a plurality of fingers. The thermal insulating layer comprises a plurality of air channels interconnecting the air plenum and the cavity, and one or more temperature decoupling chambers for thermally insulating the air plenum from the infrared heating element. The air channels are positioned interleavingly between the plurality of fingers so that airstreams coming from the air plenum through each of the air channels into the cavity do not substantially contact and convectively cool the infrared heating element. The temperature decoupling chambers may use air as a thermal insulator.

[A21B] BAKERS’ OVENS; MACHINES OR EQUIPMENT FOR BAKING (domestic baking equipment A47J 37/00; combustion apparatus F23; domestic stoves or ranges being wholly or partly ovens F24B, F24C) HEADER B Performing OPs


Microfluidic assembly with mechanical bonds
Patent No. 9873250 

Inventor(s): Andrea Nicola Colecchia (Agrate Brianza, , IT), Simon Dodd (West Linn, OR)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15260218 on 09/08/2016 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a microfluidic delivery system that includes a microfluidic semiconductor die coupled to a flexible interconnect substrate to form an assembly. At least one embodiment is directed to a semiconductor die having an active surface that includes a layout that has electrically active bond pads along one side of the active surface of the die. A second side of the active surface of the die includes one or more mechanical pads.

[B41J] TYPEWRITERS; SELECTIVE PRINTING MECHANISMS, i.e. MECHANISMS PRINTING OTHERWISE THAN FROM A FORME; CORRECTION OF TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS (composing B41B; printing on special surfaces B41F; laundry marking B41K; erasers, rubbers or erasing devices B43L 19/00; fluid media for correction of typographical errors by coating C09D 10/00; recording the results of measuring G01; recognition or presentation of data, marking record carriers in digital fashion, e.g. by punching, G06K; franking or ticket-printing and issuing apparatus G07B; electric keyboard switches, in general H01H 13/70, H03K 17/94; coding in connection with keyboards or like devices, in general H03M 11/00; receivers or transmitters for transmission of digital information H04L; transmission or reproduction of documents, or the like, e.g. facsimile transmission, H04N 1/00; printing mechanisms specially adapted for apparatus, e.g. cash registers, weighing machines, producing records of their own performance, see the relevant subclasses)


System and method for separating high molecular weight gases from a combustion source
Patent No. RE046682 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): David Scott (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): GAS SEPARATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Seattle, WA)
Law Firm: Launchpad IP, Inc. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15016678 on 02/05/2016 (718 days app to issue)

Abstract: High molecular weight (HMW) gases are separated from an exhaust gas of a combustion source using a blower and an interior vent within the exhaust stack. The interior vent includes a vent wall having a top portion attached to the interior surface of the exhaust stack along the entire inner perimeter of the exhaust stack and a lower portion that extends downward into the exhaust stack to form an annular space or gap between the vent wall and the interior surface of the exhaust stack, and at least one opening in the interior surface of the exhaust stack between the top and bottom portions of the vent wall. The blower creates a tangential flow of the exhaust gas with sufficient centrifugal force to concentrate substantially all of the HMW gases along the inner surface of the exhaust stack. A transfer pipe removes the HMW gases from the interior vent. Patent Class: N/A HEADER E FIXED CONST


Modular panel system
Patent No. 9874011 

Inventor(s): Carl Edward Crow (Grand Prairie, TX), Michael Hanson (Mesquite, TX)
Assignee(s): Freeman Capital Company (Las Vegas, NV)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15067982 on 03/11/2016 (683 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modular panel system including a plurality of posts where each post includes a front face, a rear face, and opposed lateral faces. A central channel is formed in the front face where the central channel has a linking opening, a first ledge and a second ledge. Cutouts are formed in the ledges. The rear face includes a panel receiving channel that receives an edge of a panel. A linking element is configured to be secured in the linking opening. The head of the linking element is sized to fit within the first and the second cutouts and be secured by the first and second ledges to couple the first post to the second post. The lateral faces of the coupled posts together form a first side central channel and a first side central channel cutout that is configured to receive a second linking element to couple a third post to the coupled first and second posts.

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


Compact hinge apparatus and method of use
Patent No. 9874049 

Inventor(s): Dennis McGregor (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Hardware Resources, Inc. (Bossier, LA)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15234492 on 08/11/2016 (530 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a self-closing, soft-close compact hinge comprising of a hinge cup pivotally connected to a hinge body via a hinge arm. A coil spring wrapped around the hinge cup provides the self-closing functionality and biases the hinge to a closed position. A damper is contained within the hinge cup in the path of the swinging hinge arm and guided by a damper cover fixedly attached to the hinge cup. The hinge body is comprised of three separate plates adjustably connected to each other with cam screws. The position of the hinge body with respect to the hinge arm is adjustable in three directions without the need for removal or loosening of mounting hardware used to attach the hinge body to a furniture piece.

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


Method and system for thermal barrier installation
Patent No. 9874053 

Inventor(s): Phil Clark (Terrell, TX)
Assignee(s): Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15377697 on 12/13/2016 (406 days app to issue)

Abstract: An insulation system including a first retention member having a first channel, a second retention member having a second channel, and a thermal bridge. The thermal bridge includes a first finger and a second finger. The first finger is received into the first channel and the second finger is received into the second channel. The system further includes a first locking tab associated with the first channel for securing the first finger and a second locking tab associated with the second channel for securing the second finger. The thermal bridge substantially reduces conductive heat transfer between the first retention member and the second retention member.

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


Expandable latch coupling assembly
Patent No. 9874062 

Inventor(s): Borisa Lajesic (Dallas, TX), Matthew Bradley Stokes (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14768233 on 10/15/2014 (1196 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example latch coupling assembly includes a latch coupling defining an inner latch profile and an expandable sleeve coupled to the latch coupling. A latch defining an outer latch profile is mateable with the inner latch profile, and a mandrel is at least partially extendable within the expandable sleeve. An expansion cone is moveable along the mandrel between a first position, where the expansion cone is positioned within the expandable sleeve, and a second position, where the expansion cone is moved into engagement with an inner radial surface of the expandable sleeve to radially expand the expandable sleeve into engagement with a casing string and thereby secure the latch coupling within the casing string.

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


Apparatus for engaging and releasing an actuator of a multiple actuator system
Patent No. 9874073 

Inventor(s): Bruce E. Scott (McKinney, TX), James D. Vick, Jr. (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14890493 on 12/18/2013 (1497 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses for engaging an actuator of a subsurface tool are disclosed, comprising: a valve closure device; a plurality of actuation assemblies, comprising: an actuation device; an actuation rod, wherein the actuation device is configured to axially translate the actuation rod; an actuation platform, wherein the actuation rod engages the actuation platform; a plurality of actuation heads, configured to engage the actuation platform; and wherein the plurality of actuation heads engage an actuation member and are configured to transfer mechanical force to the actuation member, thereby axially translating the actuation member; and wherein axial translation of the actuation member exerts a downward force on the valve closure device to move the valve closure device from a closed position to an open position.

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


Detection of influxes and losses while drilling from a floating vessel
Patent No. 9874081 

Inventor(s): Neal G. Skinner (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Chamberlain Hrdlicka (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14421369 on 10/05/2012 (1936 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for detecting fluid influxes and losses can include a sensor which detects floating vessel movement, and a neural network which receives a sensor output, and which outputs a predicted flow rate from a wellbore. A method can include isolating the wellbore from atmosphere with an annular sealing device which seals against a drill string, inputting to a neural network an output of a sensor which detects vessel movement, the neural network outputting a predicted flow rate from the wellbore, and determining whether the fluid influx or loss has occurred by comparing the predicted flow rate to an actual flow rate from the wellbore. Another method can include inputting to a neural network actual flow rates into and out of the wellbore, and an output of a sensor which detects vessel movement, and training the neural network to output a predicted flow rate from the wellbore.

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


Cleaning system for a turbofan gas turbine engine
Patent No. 9874108 

Inventor(s): George F. Griffiths (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Rolls-Royce Corporation (Indianapolis, IN)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14749269 on 06/24/2015 (944 days app to issue)

Abstract: A turbofan gas turbine engine for use in an aircraft includes a fan, an engine core, and a cleaning system. The fan and engine core cooperate to provide thrust for an aircraft when in use but may suffer performance degradation when dirty. The cleaning system is configured to conduct a cleaning agent from a supply into the turbofan gas turbine engine to clean the turbofan gas turbine engine.

[F01D] NON-POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES OR ENGINES, e.g. STEAM TURBINES (combustion engines F02; machines or engines for liquids F03, F04; non-positive-displacement pumps F04D)


Fan with fan blade mounting structure
Patent No. 9874214 

Inventor(s): L. Blake Whitley (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): 4Front Engineered Solutions, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14166663 on 01/28/2014 (1456 days app to issue)

Abstract: Fans having fan blade mounting structures are disclosed herein. A fan configured in accordance with one embodiment of the present technology includes a fan having a central hub coupled to a plurality of fan blades by a plurality of blade mounting structures. Each blade mounting structure can include first and lower support members that each extend toward an inboard end portion of an individual fan blade. Each of the upper and lower support members can include a first end portion coupled to the inboard end portion of the fan blade. Each of the upper and lower support members can also include a second end portion coupled to opposite sides of the central hub.

[F04D] NON-POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT PUMPS (engine fuel-injection pumps F02M; ion pumps H01J 41/12; electrodynamic pumps H02K 44/02)


Systems and methods for ventilating a building
Patent No. 9874362 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Douglas (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Hubbard Johnston, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14057994 on 10/18/2013 (1558 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for ventilating a building using a rooftop heating ventilating and air conditioning system that in one instance involve determining a first outdoor airflow into the system through a barometric relief damper; subtracting the first outdoor airflow from a minimum required outdoor airflow rate to arrive at second outdoor airflow; and setting an outdoor damper to provide an outdoor airflow through the outdoor damper that is greater than or substantially equal to the second outdoor airflow. Other systems and methods are disclosed.

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


Systems and methods for balancing an HVAC system
Patent No. 9874370 

Inventor(s): Robert B. Uselton (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Hubbard Johnston, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14169637 on 01/31/2014 (1453 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that involve balancing conditioned air delivered to a plurality of zones based on temperature-time profiles for each of the plurality of zones. Wireless temperature sensors may be used to send temperature data to a processing unit to develop the plurality of temperature-time profiles. The temperature-time profiles are analyzed to identify any outliers requiring adjustment of conditioned air to a zone. Adjustments to balance the conditioned air may be made manually or automatically. Other systems and methods are disclosed.

[F25D] REFRIGERATORS; COLD ROOMS; ICE-BOXES; COOLING OR FREEZING APPARATUS NOT COVERED BY ANY OTHER SUBCLASS (refrigerated showcases A47F 3/04; thermally-insulated vessels for domestic use A47J 41/00; refrigerated vehicles, see the appropriate subclasses of classes B60-B64; containers with thermal insulation in general B65D 81/38; 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; thermally-insulated vessels for liquefied or solidified gases F17C; air-conditioning or air-humidification F24F; refrigeration machines, plants, or systems F25B; cooling of instruments or comparable apparatus without refrigeration G12B; cooling of engines or pumps, see the relevant classes)


Method to control electronic expansion valve
Patent No. 9874381 

Inventor(s): Carl Crawford (Hickory Creek, TX), Yi Qu (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14843057 on 09/02/2015 (874 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vapor compression refrigeration cycle system includes a compressor and an electronic expansion valve connected between first and second refrigerant ports of a compressor. An expansion valve controller is configured to control a flow of refrigerant through the expansion valve in response to a superheat temperature of the refrigerant. The controller is configured to execute a first control algorithm until a local maximum of the superheat temperature occurs, and then to execute a second control algorithm.

[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)


Refrigeration system with full oil recovery
Patent No. 9874382 

Inventor(s): Masood Ali (Hatchechubbee, AL)
Assignee(s): Heatcraft Refrigeration Products LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14742751 on 06/18/2015 (950 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present application provides a refrigeration system with full oil recovery for removing oil from a flow of a refrigerant. The refrigeration system may include a compressor, an oil separator positioned downstream of the compressor to remove most of the oil from the flow of the refrigerant, a condenser positioned downstream of the oil separator, and a receiver positioned downstream of the condenser. The receiver may include a barrier to separate the oil on a first side from the refrigerant on a second side.

[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)


Method for automotive battery cooling
Patent No. 9877409 

Inventor(s): Tony Quisenberry (Highland Village, TX)
Assignee(s): ThermoTek, Inc. (Flower Mound, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14799926 on 07/15/2015 (923 days app to issue)

Abstract: A battery-cooling system includes a battery array and a plurality of heat pipes that each include a low-profile extrusion having a plurality of hollow tubes formed therein. A heat transfer fluid is disposed in the plurality of hollow tubes. Each heat pipe includes an evaporator portion and a condenser portion. The evaporator portion is disposed between successive batteries within the battery array and the condenser portion is disposed outside of the battery array and exposed to a heat sink.

[F28D] HEAT-EXCHANGE APPARATUS, NOT PROVIDED FOR IN ANOTHER SUBCLASS, IN WHICH THE HEAT-EXCHANGE MEDIA DO NOT COME INTO DIRECT CONTACT (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; fluid heaters having heat generating means and heat transferring means F24H; furnaces F27; details of heat-exchange apparatus of general application F28F); HEAT STORAGE PLANTS OR APPARATUS IN GENERAL [4] HEADER G Physics


Methods and systems for seismic imaging using coded directivity
Patent No. 9874650 

Inventor(s): John Sallas (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CGG SERVICES SAS (Massy, , FR)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14911564 on 09/11/2014 (1230 days app to issue)

Abstract: Method, source array and seismic vibro-acoustic source element for seismic data acquisition. The number of beams of acoustic energy to be generated for the seismic data acquisition are determined or selected. A different pilot signal is generated for each of the number of beams of acoustic energy. A plurality of drive signals are generated using the different pilot signals. An array of source elements are driven using the plurality of drive signals to generate the two or more beams of acoustic energy.

[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]


Optical mode conversion using transistor outline (TO) techniques and a ball lens
Patent No. 9874699 

Inventor(s): Rongsheng Miao (San Jose, CA), Yu Sheng Bai (Los Altos Hills, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15058753 on 03/02/2016 (692 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises a transistor outline (TO) package comprising a TO can holder; and a TO can at least partially embedded within the TO can holder; and a mode converter coupled to the TO package. A system comprises a mode converter comprising a lens configured to convert a mode of a light from a first mode size to a second mode size, wherein the first mode size is smaller than the second mode size; a silicon photonic chip comprising a waveguide configured to communicate the light; a fiber configured to couple to the lens and the waveguide; and a substrate configured to provide a support for the silicon photonic chip.

[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]


Method and apparatus for wear-leveling non-volatile memory
Patent No. 9875039 

Inventor(s): Chetan Agrawal (Madhya Pradesh, , IN), Dinesh Agarwal (Bangalore, , IN), Vijay Sivasankaran (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14700747 on 04/30/2015 (999 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus and method for performing wear leveling are disclosed. An ordered list of references to each of a set of memory blocks is stored. A set of memory blocks in the ordered list is sequentially allocating. The allocated set of memory blocks in the ordered list are erased in the sequence in which they were allocated.

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


Memory system and method for reducing peak current consumption
Patent No. 9875049 

Inventor(s): Eran Erez (Bothell, WA), Jonathan H. Hsu (Newark, CA), Ken Q. Nguyen (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14834092 on 08/24/2015 (883 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory system and method for reducing peak current consumption. In one embodiment, a method is provided that is performed in a memory system comprising a memory with a plurality of blocks, wherein each block has a peak current consumption. In this method, a plurality of metablocks is created, wherein each metablock is created by grouping together blocks with complementary peak current consumption. Next, the metablocks are programmed. Because each of the metablocks has blocks with complementary peak current consumption, each of the metablocks has similar peak current consumption when programmed. Other embodiments are provided.

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


Memory system and method of generating a seed value
Patent No. 9875085 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet Manohar (Bangalore, , IN), Rajesh Neermarga (Bangalore, , IN), Rishi Mukhopadhyay (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14811481 on 07/28/2015 (910 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory system and method are provided for generating a seed value. In one embodiment, a memory system identifies a random defect in a memory die and, in accordance with the identified random defect in the memory die, generates a seed value, wherein with the generated seed value a random number can be generated. Other embodiments are provided, which can be used alone or in combination with one another.

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


Data storage device with a memory die that includes an interleaver
Patent No. 9875156 

Inventor(s): Alexander Tsang-Nam Chu (San Francisco, CA), Ariel Navon (Revava, , IL), Eran Sharon (Rishon Lezion, , IL), Idan Alrod (Herzeliya, , IL), Wanfang Tsai (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14872473 on 10/01/2015 (845 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data storage device includes a set of latches, read/write circuitry, a memory, and an interleaver. The set of latches is configured to receive data. The read/write circuitry is coupled to the set of latches. The memory is coupled to the read/write circuitry. The interleaver is configured to interleave the data and to cause the read/write circuitry to program the interleaved data to the memory. The set of latches, the read/write circuitry, the memory, and the interleaver are integrated within a common die.

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


Systems and methods for managing storage compression operations
Patent No. 9875180 

Inventor(s): David Flynn (Sandy, UT), Dhananjoy Das (Sunnyvale, CA), Nisha Talagala (Livermore, CA), Torben Mathiasen (Fredericia, , DE)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14334502 on 07/17/2014 (1286 days app to issue)

Abstract: A compression manager generates a reduced-size data set for a page. The reduced-size data set is stored on a storage medium by a storage module, and unused portions of the page are identified and/or recorded by the storage module. The reduced-size data set may be generated by compressing the page. The reduced-size data set may be written in response to a request from a client, which provides a message that identifies the unused portion(s) of the page. The page may be stored in a file, and the unused portion may correspond to empty portion(s) within the file. The storage module may maintain an index to map the page to the reduced-size data set, such that portions of the page are unmapped. The storage capacity used by the page may correspond to the mapped portion of the page, and exclude portion(s) of the page that are unmapped.

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


Method to use PCIe device resources by using unmodified PCIe device drivers on CPUs in a PCIe fabric with commodity PCI switches
Patent No. 9875208 

Inventor(s): Chang Yu (Hangzhou, , CN), Ligang Chen (Hangzhou, , CN), Thomas Boyle (Santa Clara, CA), Wesley Shao (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14873995 on 10/02/2015 (844 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for accessing a device in a primary peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) domain from a secondary PCIe domain includes determining which one or more virtual functions of the device in the primary PCIe domain are to be made available to the secondary PCIe domain. A virtual function driver is installed in the primary PCIe domain associated with the one or more virtual functions. Information corresponding to the one or more virtual functions is provided to the secondary PCIe domain. A virtual function driver associated with the one or more virtual functions is installed in the secondary PCIe domain from the information. The virtual function driver in the secondary PCIe domain has same properties as the virtual function driver in the primary PCIe domain. The device in the primary PCIe domain is accessed from the virtual function driver in the secondary PCIe domain.

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


Computer implemented system and method of identification of useful untested states of an electronic design
Patent No. 9875325 

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: 14707723 on 05/08/2015 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer implemented system and method of identification of useful untested states of an electronic design, comprising, parsing at least one netlist of a representation of the electronic design comprised at least in part of at least one analog portion, determining at least one instrumentation point based on the at least one netlist, generating at least one instrumented netlist based on the at least one instrumentation point and determining an analog verification coverage utilizing the at least one instrumented netlist.

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


Apparatus and method for enhancing security of data on a host computing device and a peripheral device
Patent No. 9875354 

Inventor(s): Gita Srivastava (Dallas, TX), Piyush B. Srivastava (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Gigavation, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Sunstein Kann Murphy Timbers LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14488327 on 09/17/2014 (1224 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of enhancing security of at least one of a host computing device and a peripheral device coupled to the host computing device through a communication interface. Data is transparently received from the peripheral device or the host computing device, and the received data is stored. The stored data is analyzed to detect a circumstance associated with a security risk. If such a circumstance is not detected, then the data is transparently forwarded to the other of the peripheral device or the host. However, if a circumstance associated with a security risk is detected, then a security process, defined by a rule, is performed. Related apparatus are provided, as well as other methods and apparatus.

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


System and method for randomized point set geometry verification for image identification
Patent No. 9875386 

Inventor(s): Aggelos K. Katsaggelos (Chicago, IL), Xin Xin (Chicago, IL), Zhu Li (Palatine, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13677003 on 11/14/2012 (1896 days app to issue)

Abstract: Object recognition can be improved by verifying a geometric consistency between matching interesting points pairs of two images, as objects with the images are more likely to match when the matching interesting points pairs are geometrically consistent. The geometric consistency between matching interesting points pairs can be verified in accordance with a topology code distance vector (D). The topology code distance vector (D) may be evaluated in accordance with a decision tree classifier, which may be trained in accordance with previous or historic topology code distance vectors. The topology code distance vector (D) may be computed from a subset of matching interesting points pairs having the shortest matching distance.

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


Targeted marketing based on social media interaction
Patent No. 9875488 

Inventor(s): Baxter Box (Dallas, TX), Harrison Jackson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): REWARDSTYLE, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14254050 on 04/16/2014 (1378 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for providing targeted marketing to a user based on the user”s social media interaction. The system includes one or more computing platforms providing computer-automated functionality performing method steps for accepting a digital media and digital media related data from a publisher, generating associated information unique identifiers, monitoring social media networks for member-user rankings of the digital media after it is posted, and communicating to a member-user targeted marketing information based on the user rankings. A data storage device persists the digital media, digital media related data, and information unique identifier, which may include a linking hash character, a unique identifier, an account identifier, and/or social media network system-defined elements. The publisher selects digital media and information representing digital media elements, and posts the digital media on the social media network website. Edits, if applied to the selected digital media, are persisted in the data storage.

[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]


Double lockout in non-volatile memory
Patent No. 9875805 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (Fremont, CA), Huai-Yuan Tseng (San Ramon, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14928860 on 10/30/2015 (816 days app to issue)

Abstract: A double lockout programming technique is provided having a hidden delay between programming and verification. A temporary lockout stage and a permanent lockout stage are provided for double lockout programming. The temporary lockout stage precedes the permanent lockout stage and is used to initially determine when a memory cell should be locked out a first time for one or more program pulses. When a memory cell initially passes verification for its target state, it is temporarily locked out from programming for one or more program pulses. The memory cell enters a permanent lockout stage where it is verified again for its target state. When the memory cell passes verification a second time, it is permanently locked out for programming during the current program phase. The memory cell may be programmed at one or more reduced program rates in the permanent lockout stage.

[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)


Store resource event detection
Patent No. 9875903 

Inventor(s): Edgar A. Bernal (Webster, NY), Matthew A. Shreve (Tampa, FL), Michael C. Mongeon (Walworth, NY), Robert P. Loce (Webster, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14672943 on 03/30/2015 (1030 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer vision system ([b]100[/b]) operates to monitor an environment (e.g., such as a restaurant, store or other retail establishment) including a resource located therein (e.g., such as a restroom, a dining table, a drink, condiment or supply dispenser, a trash receptacle or a tray collection rack). The system includes: an image source or camera ([b]104[/b]) that supplies image data ([b]130[/b]) representative of at least a portion of the environment monitored by the system, the portion including the resource therein; and an event detection device ([b]102[/b]) including a data processor ([b]112[/b]) and operative to detect an event involving the resource. Suitably, the event detection device is arranged to: (i) be selectively configurable by a user to define the event involving the resource; (ii) receive the image data supplied by the image source; (iii) analyze the received image data to detect the defined event; and (iv) output a notification in response to detecting the defined event.

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


System and method for connection efficiency
Patent No. 9876677 

Inventor(s): Robert W. Peterson (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network, LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15425111 on 02/06/2017 (351 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a distributed object computing system, a server application may create multiple, uniquely identified, server contexts that each provide one or more services to a service consumer (client). Instead of creating a connection to a client for each server context, a single connection can be used. A service request handler may be configured to handle service requests for each server context. Service requests may be generated in the client with a service context identity. When a service request is received by the server application, the service request handler resolves the service context identity and forwards the service request to the appropriate server context.

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


Controlling access to digital content
Patent No. 9876797 

Inventor(s): Fabrice Jogand-Coulomb (San Carlos, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14253359 on 04/15/2014 (1379 days app to issue)

Abstract: Method for utilizing digital content is provided. The method includes controlling a throughput rate for utilizing the digital content by an accessing system, where the throughput rate is associated with information related to the digital content and is stored as a file. The throughput rate is controlled by a storage system that is operationally coupled to the accessing system.

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


Embedded anti-virus scanner for a network adapter
Patent No. 9876818 

Inventor(s): Anton C. Rothwell (Aylesbury, , GB), Luke D. Jagger (Aylesbury, , GB), William R. Dennis (Aylesbury, , GB)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14733056 on 06/08/2015 (960 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network adapter system and associated method are provided. The network adapter system includes a processor positioned on a network adapter coupled between a computer and a network. Such processor is configured for scanning network traffic transmitted between the computer and the network.

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


Three-dimensional memory device with annular blocking dielectrics and discrete charge storage elements and method of making thereof
Patent No. 9875929 

Inventor(s): Fei Zhou (Milpitas, CA), Keerti Shukla (Saratoga, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Rahul Sharangpani (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15413034 on 01/23/2017 (365 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory opening is formed through an alternating stack of sacrificial material layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate. Discrete annular dielectric metal oxide structures are formed on sidewalls of the electrically conductive layers around the memory opening. After forming memory stack structures including the annular dielectric metal oxide structures in the memory opening, lateral recesses are formed by removing the sacrificial material layers selective to the electrically conductive layers. Sacrificial material layers in the memory stack structure are etched at levels of the lateral recesses to form discrete annular structures at each level of the electrically conductive layers, each of which includes, from inside to outside, a respective annular charge storage structure, and a respective blocking dielectric comprising an annular dielectric metal oxide structure.

[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]


Methods for manufacturing ultrathin semiconductor channel three-dimensional memory devices
Patent No. 9876025 

Inventor(s): Jayavel Pachamuthu (San Jose, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Masaaki Higashitani (Cupertino, CA), Peter Rabkin (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14886609 on 10/19/2015 (827 days app to issue)

Abstract: An alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers is formed over a substrate. Memory openings are formed through the alternating stack to the substrate. After formation of memory film layers, a sacrificial cover material layer can be employed to protect the tunneling dielectric layer during formation of a bottom opening in the memory film layers. An amorphous semiconductor material layer can be deposited and optionally annealed in an ambient including argon and/or deuterium to form a semiconductor channel layer having a thickness less than 5 nm and surface roughness less than 10% of the thickness. Alternately or additionally, at least one interfacial layer can be employed on either side of the amorphous semiconductor material layer to reduce surface roughness of the semiconductor channel. The ultrathin channel can have enhanced mobility due to quantum confinement effects.

[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 with channel located on three sides of lower select gate and method of making thereof
Patent No. 9876027 

Inventor(s): Hiroyuki Ogawa (Yokkaichi, , JP), Shinsuke Yada (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15194510 on 06/27/2016 (575 days app to issue)

Abstract: A select gate transistor for a NAND device includes a select gate electrode having a first side, a second side, and top and a bottom, a semiconductor channel located adjacent to the first side, the second side and the bottom of the select gate electrode, and a gate insulating layer located between the channel and the first side, the second side and the bottom of the select gate electrode.

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


Three-dimensional memory device having passive devices at a buried source line level and method of making thereof
Patent No. 9876031 

Inventor(s): Hiroyuki Ogawa (Yokkaichi, , JP), Kento Kitamura (Yokkaichi, , JP), Satoshi Shimizu (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yasuo Kasagi (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15418989 on 01/30/2017 (358 days app to issue)

Abstract: A layer stack including a lower semiconductor layer, a lower dielectric layer, and a spacer material layer is formed over a semiconductor substrate, and the spacer material layer is patterned to form spacer line structures. An upper dielectric layer and an upper semiconductor layer are formed, followed by formation of an alternating stack of insulating layers and spacer material layers. Memory stack structures are formed through the alternating stack, the upper semiconductor layer, and the dielectric material layer. The upper semiconductor layer, the upper dielectric layer, and the lower semiconductor layer can be patterned to form a buried source layer and at least one passive device. Each passive device can include a lower semiconductor plate, a dielectric material plate, and an upper semiconductor plate. Each passive device can be a resistor or a capacitor.

[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]


High dose implantation for ultrathin semiconductor-on-insulator substrates
Patent No. 9876110 

Inventor(s): Jocelyne Gimbert (Albany, NY)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14169875 on 01/31/2014 (1453 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and structures for forming highly-doped, ultrathin layers for transistors formed in semiconductor-on-insulator substrates are described. High dopant concentrations may be achieved in ultrathin semiconductor layers to improve device characteristics. Ion implantation at elevated temperatures may mitigate defect formation for stoichiometric dopant concentrations up to about 30%. In-plane stressors may be formed adjacent to channels of transistors formed in ultrathin semiconductor 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]


Radome with radio frequency filtering surface
Patent No. 9876280 

Inventor(s): Brandon W. Pillans (Plano, TX), Charles M. Rhoads (McKinney, TX), Gary A. Frazier (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14960849 on 12/07/2015 (778 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for detecting radio frequency (RF) signals includes a radome including one or more phase change material (PCM) layers disposed on an inner surface thereof and a sensor at least partially disposed within the radome. The system also includes a heat source arranged such that it can direct heat toward the inner surface of the radome and a controller that causes the heat source to direct heat towards the inner surface of the radome such that a frequency selective surface (FSS) is formed thereon.

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


Gate drive apparatus for resonant converters
Patent No. 9876435 

Inventor(s): Daoshen Chen (Allen, TX), Dianbo Fu (Frisco, TX), Heping Dai (Plano, TX), Liming Ye (Frisco, TX), Xujun Liu (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15297818 on 10/19/2016 (461 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method comprises providing a resonant converter comprising a switching network comprising a first high-side switch, a second high-side switch, a first low-side switch and a second low-side switch, a resonant tank coupled between the switching network and a transformer and a rectifier coupled to a secondary side of the transformer, coupling a driver to the switching network and the rectifier, wherein the driver includes a first winding coupled to the rectifier, a second winding coupled to the first high-side switch and a third winding coupled to the second high-side switch, detecting a signal indicating a soft switching process of the driver and adjusting a resonant frequency of the driver until the resonant frequency of the driver approximately matches a switch frequency of the resonant converter.

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


Security reliance scoring for cryptographic material and processes
Patent No. 9876635 

Inventor(s): Gavin Hill (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Venafi, Inc. (Salt Lake City, UT)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14802502 on 07/17/2015 (921 days app to issue)

Abstract: In representative embodiments, a system and method to calculate a security reliance score is illustrated. The security reliance score is calculated from an aggregation of property sub-scores. The property sub-scores are, in turn, based on scores for attributes that make up the properties. A learning model is employed to adjust scores over time based on collected information. Additionally, statistical sampling can adjust scores based on context, including geo-location context. Security reliance scores can be used to identify weaknesses that should be fixed in cryptographic material and/or configurations. The system can also make recommendations for changes that will have the biggest impact on security reliance scores. Additional uses are also identified.

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


Methods, systems, and computer readable mediums for managing computing systems by a management orchestration module
Patent No. 9876676 

Inventor(s): Adrian John Sandham (Cork, , IE)
Assignee(s): VCE IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor Hunt, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14671389 on 03/27/2015 (1033 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable mediums for managing computing systems by a management orchestration module. An example method includes determining that a projected computing load placed on a management computing system by one or more existing tenant computing systems and a new tenant computing system exceeds a threshold computing load, and in response, configuring the new tenant computing system as a remote tenant of the management computing system by deploying remote management software onto the new tenant computing system.

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


Offline methods for authentication in a client/server authentication system
Patent No. 9876793 

Inventor(s): Chris Voice (Ottawa, , CA), Marc Smith (Ottawa, , CA), Murray McCulligh (Ottawa, , CA), Robert Zuccherato (Ajax, , CA)
Assignee(s): Entrust, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15063010 on 03/07/2016 (687 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for providing authentication of a user of a recipient unit when the recipient unit is off-line includes storing one or a plurality of one-time challenge-reply sets based on an on-line communication with a sender unit. In one example, each of the one-time challenge-reply sets includes at least a one-time challenge-reply pair for use in off-line authentication of the user for a particular resource available through the recipient unit. When the user is offline, the method includes selecting at least one of the plurality of stored one-time challenge-reply sets for off-line authentication of the user for the particular resource available through the recipient unit. The one-time challenge-reply sets may be associated with an article.

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


Node and method for obtaining priority information in a header of a control plane message
Patent No. 9876881 

Inventor(s): Loudon Lee Campbell (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14899336 on 07/02/2014 (1301 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example embodiments presented herein are directed towards a node, and corresponding method, for managing GTP control plane messaging based on priority information provided in the header of the GTP control plane message. By providing the priority information in the header of the GTP control plane message, message processing may be reduced.

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


Method and system for communicating and displaying data with a voice call
Patent No. 9876904 

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, , CA)
Law Firm: Ridout and Maybee LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15130487 on 04/15/2016 (648 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of communicating information describing a voice call from a caller device to a recipient device. Call subject information describing the call is obtained from the caller device and sent to the recipient device to inform the recipient about the subject of the call. The call subject information is can be presented as a subject line displayed to on the recipient device to inform the recipient about the nature of the call and/or its urgency, thereby enabling the recipient to better determined whether to answer the call. The call subject information can be input by the caller or extracted automatically from an application from which the call was initiated.

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


Apparatus and method for providing messaging services
Patent No. 9876910 

Inventor(s): Anup D. Karnalkar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, I.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Chiesa Shahinian Giantomasi PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15462028 on 03/17/2017 (312 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a voicemail device having a controller to detect a recording of a voicemail message, generate a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) message, wherein the SIP message contains visual voicemail data associated with the recorded voicemail message, and transmit the SIP message to a cordless phone system, wherein the SIP message is received by the cordless phone system over a data port of the cordless phone system, wherein the cordless phone system comprises a base station and at least one cordless communications device, wherein the visual voicemail data is retrieved by the base station, and wherein the visual voicemail data is transmitted by the based station to the at least one cordless communications device by utilizing a cordless wireless access protocol. Other embodiments are disclosed.

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


Message exchange
Patent No. 9876915 

Inventor(s): David Woody (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Value-Added Communications, Inc. (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Golstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14626804 on 02/19/2015 (1069 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a voice message exchange system and method for improving communication between an inmate and a third party by enabling the inmate to leave a message when a call is not answered and further allowing the third party who receives the message to reply with a message to the inmate. Additionally, outside parties that meet the institution”s requirements can leave messages for inmates at any time. The present invention can be used as an add-on to legacy inmate call management systems or incorporated internally into an inmate call management system. The system also provides monitoring, controlling, recording, and billing means.

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


Motion vector calculation method, picture coding method, picture decoding method, motion vector calculation apparatus, and picture coding and decoding apparatus
Patent No. 9877038 

Inventor(s): Hisao Sasai (Osaka, , JP), Takahiro Nishi (Nara, , JP), Toshiyasu Sugio (Osaka, , JP), Youji Shibahara (Tokyo, , JP)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14957886 on 12/03/2015 (782 days app to issue)

Abstract: A motion vector calculation method which attains a higher compression rate, includes: a selection step of selecting one of at least one reference motion vector of a reference block; and a calculation step of calculating a motion vector of a current block to be processed, using the one reference motion vector selected in the selection step, and in the selection step, when the reference block has two reference motion vectors, one of the two reference motion vectors is selected based on whether the reference block is located before or after the current block in display time order, and when the reference block has only one reference motion vector, the one reference motion vector is selected.

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


Dynamic scheduling for advanced advertising in linear television
Patent No. 9877054 

Inventor(s): Amit Verma (Sunnyvale, CA), Jean-Pol Zundel (Sunnyvale, CA), John Tinsman (Santa Cruz, CA), Mark Crouse (Swarthmore, PA)
Assignee(s): Imagine Communications Corp. (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell Tummino LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13725027 on 12/21/2012 (1859 days app to issue)

Abstract: In example embodiments, a system and method for dynamically scheduling advertising is provided. For example, an advertisement order that describes an advertising campaign in logical terms is received. Stored data of statistically sampled metrics associated with previously distributed programs may be accessed. Based on the stored data and requirements indicated in the advertisement order, the logical terms of the advertising campaign may be translated into physical parameters adapted to facilitate placement of advertisements into an advertising schedule. The physical parameters of the advertising campaign may be provided to a device for creating the advertising schedule.

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


System and method for employing base stations to track mobile devices
Patent No. 9877155 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey O. Smith (Dallas, TX), Rodney C. Montrose (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): NUMEREX CORP. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: King Spalding LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14538569 on 11/11/2014 (1169 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention described is a system and method for tracking assets. Mobile devices on the assets communicate their location to a central station. When the mobile devices are in an area with interference or no network then the mobile devices connect to a base station. The base station in turn can communicate with the central station and report on the locations of mobile devices connected to that base station. The base stations can be placed in areas such as warehouses, mines or other locations.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Mobile device monitoring and control system
Patent No. 9877210 

Inventor(s): Jay Lukin (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mantech Advanced Systems International, Inc. (Herndon, VA)
Law Firm: Morrison Foerster LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14089792 on 11/26/2013 (1519 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, for surreptitiously installing, monitoring, and operating software on a remote computer controlled wireless communication device are described. One aspect includes a control system for communicating programming instructions and exchanging data with the remote computer controlled wireless communication device. The control system is configured to provide at least one element selected from the group consisting of: a computer implemented device controller; a module repository in electronic communication with the device controller; a control service in electronic communication with the device controller; an exfiltration data service in electronic communication with the device controller configured to receive, store, and manage data obtained surreptitiously from the remote computer controlled wireless communication device; and a listen-only recording service in electronic communication with the device controller.

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


Monitoring a narrowband control channel for a wideband system to reduce power consumption
Patent No. 9877278 

Inventor(s): Anthony Soong (Plano, TX), Carmela Cozzo (San Diego, CA), Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Lukasz Krzymien (Rolling Meadows, IL), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL), Qian Cheng (Aurora, IL), Vipul Desai (Palatine, IL)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15093625 on 04/07/2016 (656 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for a base station to signal user equipment to monitor a narrowband control channel in a wideband system. The base station sends a configuration signaling to configure the user equipment including a designation of subframe(s). The base station then determines whether to signal the user equipment to monitor the subframe(s) using one of a narrowband bandwidth and a system bandwidth. In response to the base station signaling the user equipment to monitor the narrowband bandwidth, the base station communicates with the user equipment using the narrowband bandwidth. In response to the base station signaling the user equipment to monitor the system bandwidth, the base station sends a probe message within the narrowband bandwidth to the user equipment, where the probe message signals to the user equipment to begin monitoring the system bandwidth and to communicate with the user equipment using the system bandwidth.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for transmit power control with secondary uplink pilot channel
Patent No. 9877288 

Inventor(s): Carmela Cozzo (San Diego, CA), Peng Zhang (Shanghai, , CN), Xiaolei Tie (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14803874 on 07/20/2015 (918 days app to issue)

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

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01] HEADER Xe


DESIGN PATENTS

Foldable tiltrotor aircraft
Patent No. D808328 

Inventor(s): Berlin Benfield (Grapevine, TX), Brent Ross (Flower Mound, TX), Kendall Goodman (Southlake, TX), Nathan Wu (Irving, TX), Steven Ivans (Ponder, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29577578 on 09/14/2016 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Display screen with animated graphical user interface
Patent No. D808397 

Inventor(s): James Leon Rockett, Jr. (Carrolton, TX), Robert M Beaty (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): RedCritter Corp. (Flower Mound, TX)
Law Firm: Kirton McConkie (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29527875 on 05/22/2015 (977 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Display screen with animated goal progress graphical user interface
Patent No. D808398 

Inventor(s): James Leon Rockett, Jr. (Carrolton, TX), Robert M Beaty (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): RedCritter Corp. (Flower Mound, TX)
Law Firm: Kirton McConkie (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29527883 on 05/22/2015 (977 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet carrier
Patent No. D808596 

Inventor(s): David Veness (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29572984 on 08/02/2016 (539 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Litter container
Patent No. D808597 

Inventor(s): David Veness (Fort Worth, TX), Nicholas Baker (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29555426 on 02/22/2016 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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