Dallas Invents: 67 Patents Granted for Week of March 13

Patents were granted for Facebook’s location-based aggregation, McAfee’s contextual scoring of automobile drivers, Barclay Bank's secure computing device, Gradalis’ individualized cancer therapy, and more.

Zodiac Seats' Posture Seat [Illustration via 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 March. 13, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

67 patents granted    Ranked No. 13 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 8
SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano) 8
STMICROELECTRONICS INC. (Coppell) 3
Mary Kay Inc. (Addison) 2
McAfee LLC (Plano) 2


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

David Gan (Southlake) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

167 days
Internet queried directional navigation system with mobile and fixed originating location determination
Patent No.: 9918196-B2
Assignee: TRAXCELL TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)

3,770 days
Thwarting removal of a commercial in an IPTV network
Patent No.: 9918123
Assignee: Alcatel Lucent (Boulogne-Billancourt, France)
Local Inventor: Sig Harold Badt Jr. (Richardson)


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


UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

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Posture seat
Patent No. 9914541 

Inventor(s): Foek (Phuc) Nguyen Tien Le (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Zodiac Seats US LLC (Gainesville, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15037380 on 11/24/2014 (1205 days app to issue)

Abstract: Dynamic support systems ([b]10[/b]) include a plurality of support members ([b]12[/b]), a base material ([b]14[/b]), and a support layer ([b]18[/b]). Each support member ([b]12[/b]) has an upper support surface ([b]20[/b]) extending from a first end of a stud ([b]22[/b]), and a spherical member ([b]28[/b]) extending from a second end of the stud. The base material ([b]14[/b]) includes a plurality of receptacles ([b]40[/b]) having a socket ([b]42[/b]) with a recessed area ([b]52[/b]) for positioning a spring ([b]56[/b]). The support layer ([b]18[/b]) also includes a plurality of apertures ([b]64[/b]) that are positioned over the receptacles ([b]40[/b]) and allow the studs ([b]22[/b]) to extend there through.

[A47C] CHAIRS (seats specially adapted for vehicles B60N 2/00); SOFAS; BEDS (upholstery in general B68G)


Topical skin care formulations comprising plant extracts
Patent No. 9913798 

Inventor(s): David Gan (Southlake, TX), Michelle Hines (Hickory Creek, TX), Tiffany Florence (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15214182 on 07/19/2016 (602 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a topical skin composition and corresponding methods for its use that includes an extract from [i]Phaseolus vulgaris, Citris sinensis, Wedelia trilobata, Burretiodendron hsienmu, Bauhinia brachycarpa [/i]var. [i]cavaleriei, Cystacanthus paniculatus, Caesalpinia minax, Pueraria wallichii, Tetracentron sinense, Bridelia insulana, Hedyotis verticillata, Syzygium fruticosum, Cercidiphyllum japonicum, Bauhinia glauca, Rhododendron siderophyllum, Cudrania pubescens, Cajanus cajan, Wendlandia uvariifolia, Siegesbeckia glabrescens, Azolla imbricate, Juncus bufonius, Poikilospermum suaveolens, Clerodendrum trichotomum [/i]var. [i]fargesii, Porandra ramosa, Annona glabra, Sterculia pexa, Phoebe puwenensis, Myriopteron extensum, Croton lachnocarpa, Dillenia turbinata, Alpinia blepharocalyx, Crotalaria spectabilis, Ficus lacor, Ravenala madagascariensis, Cocculus orbiculatus, Drynaria fortunei, Acrachne racemosa, Pseuderanthemum polyanthum, Eriobotrys serrata, Vernonia arborea, Adianthum caudatum, Phaseolus lunatus, Ipomoea cairica, Alopecurus aequalis, Arenga pinnata, Rhynchosia yunnanensis, Syzygium cumini, Clausena dunniana, Cyclosurus parasiticus, [/i]or [i]Solanum carolinense. [/i]

[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)


Cosmetic compositions and methods of their use
Patent No. 9913799 

Inventor(s): David Gan (Southlake, TX), Patricia Jacoby (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14796104 on 07/10/2015 (977 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein are compositions useful for moisturizing and/or improving the appearance of skin by evening skin tone and/or reducing the appearance of dark spots or hyperpigmentation. The compositions comprise cosmetic ingredients such as [i]lactobacillus [/i]ferment; [i]Ferula foetida [/i]root extract; [i]Helianthus annuus [/i](sunflower) seed extract; [i]Terminalia ferdinandiana [/i]fruit extract, and niacinamide.

[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)


Microporous zirconium silicate for the treatment of hyperkalemia
Patent No. 9913860 

Inventor(s): Alvaro F. Guillem (Lantana, TX), Donald Jeffrey Keyser (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): ZS PHARMA, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Arent Fox LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14628017 on 02/20/2015 (1117 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to novel microporous zirconium silicate compositions that are formulated to remove toxins, e.g. potassium ions, from the gastrointestinal tract at an elevated rate without causing undesirable side effects. The preferred formulations are designed avoid increase in pH of urine in patients and/or avoid potential entry of particles into the bloodstream of the patient. Also disclosed is a method for preparing high purity crystals of ZS-9 exhibiting an enhanced level of potassium exchange capacity. These compositions are particularly useful in the therapeutic treatment of hyperkalemia.

[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)


Device configured for real-time pressure sensing
Patent No. 9913959 

Inventor(s): Phillip D. Purdy (Maypearl, TX), Steven J. Ferry (Maple Grove, MN)
Assignee(s): Endophys Holdings, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14687761 on 04/15/2015 (1063 days app to issue)

Abstract: Medical devices, perfusion systems, and methods for detecting a pressure within a space in a subject and for perfusion of fluid into a space in a subject. The space may be a fluid-filled space, or a space that is depleted of fluid due to an obstruction to fluid flow into the space. Methods for forming the medical devices.

[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]


Individualized cancer therapy
Patent No. 9914977 

Inventor(s): David M. Shanahan (Dallas, TX), Donald Rao (Dallas, TX), John J. Nemunaitis (Cedar Hill, TX), Neil Senzer (Delray Beach, FL), Phillip B. Maples (Pilot Point, TX)
Assignee(s): GRADALIS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15173395 on 06/03/2016 (648 days app to issue)

Abstract: In certain preferred embodiments, the invention provides methods for treating cancer, which comprise (a) obtaining a specimen of cancer tissue from a patient; (b) obtaining a specimen of normal tissue in the proximity of the cancer tissue from such patient; (c) extracting total protein and RNA from the cancer tissue and normal tissue; (d) obtaining a protein expression profile of the cancer tissue and normal tissue using 2D DIGE and mass spectrometry; (e) identifying proteins that are expressed in such cancer tissue at significantly different levels than in the normal tissue; (f) obtaining a gene expression profile of the cancer tissue and normal tissue using microarray technology and comparing the results thereof to the protein expression profile; (g) prioritizing over-expressed proteins by assessing the connectivity thereof to other cancer-related or stimulatory proteins; (h) designing an appropriate RNA interference expression cassette to, directly or indirectly, modulate the expression of genes encoding such prioritized proteins; (i) incorporating said cassette into an appropriate delivery vehicle; and (j) providing the patient with an effective amount of the delivery vehicle to, directly or indirectly, modify the expression (i.e., production) of such proteins.

[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)


Method of treating a patient determined to be at risk of developing occult pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction
Patent No. 9915645 

Inventor(s): James V. Pottala (Sioux Falls, SD), Rebecca E. Caffrey (N. Chesterfield, VA), Steve Varvel (Richmond, VA)
Assignee(s): True Health IP LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14153994 on 01/13/2014 (1520 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention relates to a method for detecting the presence of or likelihood of a patient of developing occult pancreatic beta cell dysfunction, and a method for detecting the presence of or likelihood of a patient of developing clinically significant post-prandial hyperglycemia. The methods involve (a) measuring a level of alpha-hydroxybutyrate (AHB) in a single fasting baseline biological sample of the patient; (b) comparing the level of AHB in the single fasting baseline biological sample to a reference AHB level; and (c) determining the presence of or likelihood of developing the disorder in the patient based on the comparison in step (b). An increased AHB level at fasting baseline indicates that a normoglycemic, normo-insulinemic and/or non-dyslipidemic patient has developed or has an increased likelihood of developing occult pancreatic beta cell dysfunction. An increased AHB level at fasting baseline and an elevated glucose level of at least about 155 mg/dL at 30 minutes and/or 1 hour indicates that a normoglycemic, normo-insulinemic and/or non-dyslipidemic patient has developed or has an increased likelihood of developing clinically significant post-prandial hyperglycemia.

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


 

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

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Contextual scoring of automobile drivers
Patent No. 9914460 

Inventor(s): Prasanna Venkateswaran (Chennai, , IN), Simon Hunt (Naples, FL), Venkata Ramanan Sambandam (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14866366 on 09/25/2015 (900 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an example, there is disclosed a computing apparatus, including: a driver identity detector to detect the identity of a driver; and one or more logic elements providing a driver competency engine, operable to: detect the identity of the driver; evaluate the driver”s operation of a vehicle; and build a driver competency profile based at least in part on the evaluating. The driver competency engine may further be operable to detect a context of the operation, such as environmental factors. There is also described a method of providing a driver competency engine, and one or more computer readable mediums having stored thereon executable instructions for providing a driver competency engine.

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


Method of producing a polymer matrix
Patent No. 9913700 

Inventor(s): Chi Ma (Dallas, TX), Tiejun Qu (Dallas, TX), Xiaohua Liu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): The Texas AM University System (College Station, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14881922 on 10/13/2015 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to a biomimetic matrix for providing structural support and scaffolding that allows for regeneration of dentin, pulp, and periodontal tissues. A method of making the biomimetic matrix provides the ability to select both a size of a pore or tubule formed in the biomimetic matrix and a density of pores or tubules disposed throughout the biomimetic matrix. The present invention discloses an approach of successful tubular dentin regeneration both in vitro and in vivo using the biomimetic matrix.

[B23K] SOLDERING OR UNSOLDERING; WELDING; CLADDING OR PLATING BY SOLDERING OR WELDING; CUTTING BY APPLYING HEAT LOCALLY, e.g. FLAME CUTTING; WORKING BY LASER BEAM (making metal-coated products by extruding metal B21C 23/22; building up linings or coverings by casting B22D 19/08; casting by dipping B22D 23/04; manufacture of composite layers by sintering metal powder B22F 7/00; arrangements on machine tools for copying or controlling B23Q; covering metals or covering materials with metals, not otherwise provided for C23C; burners F23D)


Hitch-mounted collapsible stairs for vehicle
Patent No. 9914397 

Inventor(s): David King (Allen, TX), Patrick Hoffman (Arlington, TX), Thomas Murphy (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): RADIO SYSTEMS CORPORATION (Knoxville, TN)
Law Firm: Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell Berkowitz, PC (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15072320 on 03/16/2016 (727 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hitch-mountable, collapsible stair assembly is disclosed for use in assisting mounting into a raised vehicle bed. The steps rotate between a generally vertical stowed position and a generally horizontal in-use position. The height of the steps above the ground is adjustable. The lower step can also be extended for ease of use.

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


System and method of rolling material in a conveyor environment
Patent No. 9914593 

Inventor(s): Joe Piccini (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): Berry Global Films, LLC (Evansville, IN)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15346191 on 11/08/2016 (490 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transportation system with a roll of material having an unsecured material portion is disclosed. The transportation system includes a first roller and a second roller spaced apart from the first roller. The spacing between the first roller and the second roller define a cradle. The cradle is operable to receive the roll of material, the roll of material having the unsecured material portion. At least one of the first roller and the second roller is rotatable about its axis to facilitate a securing of the unsecured material portion of the roll of material.

[B65G] TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS (packaging B65B; handling thin or filamentary materials, e.g. paper sheets or thread, B65H; cranes B66C; portable or mobile lifting or hauling appliances, e.g. hoists, B66D; devices for lifting or lowering goods for loading or unloading purposes, e.g. fork-lift trucks, B66F 9/00; emptying bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels or similar containers, not otherwise provided for, B67C 9/00; delivering or transferring liquids B67D; filling or discharging vessels for liquefied, solidified or compressed gases F17C; pipe-line systems for fluids F17D)


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Machines, systems, computer-implemented methods, and computer program products to test and certify oil and gas equipment
Patent No. 9915128 

Inventor(s): Scott Hunter (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): S.P.M. FLOW CONTROL, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Barta, Jones Foley, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15201045 on 07/01/2016 (620 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of machines, systems, computer-implemented methods, and computer program products certify oil and gas well equipment. Embodiments identify a selected well equipment device, a device test specification, and testing sequences to be performed by a corresponding testing apparatus. Embodiments select a testing sequence responsive to the selected device. Embodiments control the testing apparatus for the selected testing sequence so that the corresponding testing apparatus performs the sequence responsive to the device test specification. Embodiments generate testing data for the selected testing sequence and link the testing data for the selected testing sequence to the device identifier for the device so that a certificate can be generated. Embodiments generate a certificate for the selected device responsive to the testing sequences having been performed upon the selected device and link the certificate for the selected device to the device identifier so that the certificate can be readily recalled.

[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]


Unibody bypass plunger with centralized helix and crimple feature
Patent No. 9915133 

Inventor(s): Garrett S. Boyd (Godley, TX), Mitchell A. Boyd (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): Flowco Production Solutions, LLc (Spring, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15048408 on 02/19/2016 (753 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bypass plunger combines a unitary or one-piece hollow body-and-valve cage, retains a dart valve within the valve cage portion of the hollow body using a threaded retaining nut secured by crimple detents. A series of helical grooves surround the central portion of the outer surface of the hollow body of the plunger to control spin during descent. A canted-coil-spring disposed within the retaining nut functions as a clutch. The valve cage includes ports that may be configured to control flow through the plunger during ascent. Other embodiments include clutch assemblies using canted-coil springs with split bobbins, and valve stems surfaced to achieve specific functions.

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


Downhole power and data transfer using resonators
Patent No. 9915145 

Inventor(s): Neal Gregory Skinner (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15038894 on 03/06/2014 (1468 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole system usable with a well string is provided that can include a first resonator positioned on the well string. The system can also include a second resonator positioned to couple with the first resonator by an evanescent field. The second resonator can include a load. Further, the system can include a metamaterial positioned between the first resonator and the second resonator for amplifying or extending a range of the evanescent field.

[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

 

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Small smart weapon and weapon system employing the same
Patent No. 9915505 

Inventor(s): Steven D. Roemerman (Highland Village, TX)
Assignee(s): Lone Star IP Holdings, LP (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Boisbrun Hofman, PLLC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15339493 on 10/31/2016 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: A weapon and weapon system, and methods of manufacturing and operating the same. In one embodiment, the weapon includes a warhead including destructive elements and a guidance section with a seeker configured to guide the weapon to a target. The seeker includes a detector configured to receive a distorted signal impinging on an objective lens from the target, memory configured to store target criteria and a correction map, and a processor configured to provide a correction signal based on the distorted signal, the target criteria and the correction map to guide the weapon to the target.

[F41G] WEAPON SIGHTS; AIMING (optical aspects thereof G02B)


Actuator with back pressure valve
Patent No. 9915357 

Inventor(s): John H. Ehlert (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TSI Products, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Hitchcock Evert LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14996887 on 01/15/2016 (788 days app to issue)

Abstract: An actuator device for a pressurized container incorporating an internal back flow prevention valve. The actuator may include a ball and socket check valve with a resilient component to maintain the ball in a condition to operate as a check valve even when upside-down.

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


System and method for manufacturing electrically isolated connection for electromagnetic gap sub assembly
Patent No. 9915387 

Inventor(s): Jeff Payne (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): MULTI-SHOT LLC (Conroe, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14077950 on 11/12/2013 (1582 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gap sub assembly and methods for using the gap sub provide an electrical isolating joint that is mechanically strong enough to withstand the rigors of drilling environments, resistant to environmental effects (heat, corrosive liquids and gases, and high pressures), and maintainable. The gap sub assembly provides a male member and a female member that may be connected together, wherein a non-conductive material is applied between the two at the attachment points. A locking ring or collar affixes to both male and female members to prevent back off while drilling and preserving the electrical isolation of the gap joint. Non-conductive material may be injected between the locking ring and one or more of the male or female members.

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


Mechanically-retained sealing disks for use with fluid regulators
Patent No. 9915389 

Inventor(s): Chun Lin (McKinney, TX), Ron Pelfrey (Sherman, TX)
Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15425638 on 02/06/2017 (400 days app to issue)

Abstract: Mechanically-retained sealing disks for use with fluid regulators are disclosed. In some examples, an apparatus includes a disk holder having an inner surface. In some examples, the apparatus includes a disk gasket coupled to the inner surface of the disk holder. In some examples, the apparatus includes a sealing disk positioned in the disk holder. In some examples, the sealing disk has a front side including a sealing surface, and a back side located opposite the front side. In some examples, the back side of the sealing disk in positioned adjacent the disk gasket. In some examples, the apparatus includes a disk retainer coupled to the disk holder. In some examples, the disk retainer is to retain the sealing disk in the disk holder.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

[PATENT BELOW, IMAGE VIA USPTO]

Location-based content aggregation and distribution
Patent No. 9917907 

Inventor(s): Brian F. Roberts (Dallas, TX), Donald H. Relyea (Dallas, TX), Kristopher T. Frazier (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Facebook, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15649476 on 07/13/2017 (243 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes storing one or more content postings that each include data representative of one or more content instances. Each content posting is associated with one or more first users. The method also includes storing one or more data records associating one or more geographic locations with accessing of the content instances. The method also includes selectively sending one or more of the content postings for display on an access device associated with a second user based on a past geographic location of the access device.

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


Method and a device for automatically cutting meat products such as beef tenderloin into portions
Patent No. 9913483 

Inventor(s): Henrik Thrysoe (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Marel A/S (Aarhus, , DK)
Law Firm: Workman Nydegger (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15313351 on 09/23/2015 (902 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention relates to method of automatically cutting a meat product, in particular beef tenderloin, having a thumb-like part extending away from a head part of the meat product towards a tail part such that the meat product has a V-shape. The method includes conveying a meat product to be cut, obtaining image data of the meat product, determining a boundary position between a thumb-like part and a head part of the meat product, and utilizing the image data in instructing a cutting unit to cut the meat product into portions, where the cutting includes cutting on both sides of the boundary position such that the resulting portion fulfills a pre-defined criteria including a criteria indicating the extent of the thumb-like part in the resulting portion.

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


Downhole expandable control line connector
Patent No. 9915104 

Inventor(s): William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14439097 on 06/30/2014 (1352 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example control line connector includes an expandable housing having a helical body that defines one or more windings and a helical shroud disposed about the one or more windings, wherein a helical conduit chamber is defined between the helical body and the helical shroud, a matable connector at least partially disposed within the expandable housing and providing a mating face that faces tangentially with respect to the expandable housing so as to angularly mate with an opposing matable connector, and a splitter block coupled to the expandable housing and conveying one or more communication media into the helical conduit chamber to communicate with the matable connector.

[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 process of utilizing oil quality analysis and dissolved gas analysis to detect early stage problems in oil filled electrical apparatuses
Patent No. 9915640 

Inventor(s): John Pruente (Keller, TX), Nuwan Rodrigo (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): SPX TRANSFORMER SOLUTIONS, INC. (Waukesha, WI)
Law Firm: Baker Hostetler LLP (15 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15369084 on 12/05/2016 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and a process for detecting early stage electrical components problems with an analysis system is disclosed. The system process includes determining an oil quality of the oil of an electrical component using the analysis system. The system the process further including determining dissolved gases in the oil of the electrical component using the analysis system, processing and analyzing the oil quality and the dissolved gases using the analysis system, and determining whether there are problems in the electrical component using the analysis system.

[G01N] INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES (measuring or testing processes other than immunoassay, involving enzymes or microorganisms C12M, C12Q)


Bio-acoustic sensing device and method for marine seismic survey
Patent No. 9915743 

Inventor(s): John Sallas (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): SERCEL (Carquefou, , FR)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14873736 on 10/02/2015 (893 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and marine seismic processing system including an interface for receiving recorded data, wherein the recorded data includes seismic data and bio-acoustic data; a seismic data processor for estimating a source signature from the recorded data, wherein the source signature is associated with a seismic source that emits seismic waves in water during a seismic survey; and a bio-acoustic processor that estimates a presence of a mammal generating the bio-acoustic data, based on a processed signal obtained by removing the source signature from the recorded data.

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


Method and system for throttling bandwidth based on temperature
Patent No. 9916087 

Inventor(s): Divya Reddy (Milpitas, CA), Jimmy Sy (Daly City, CA), Rodney Brittner (San Jose, CA), Satish Babu Vasudeva (Fremont, CA), Senthil M. Thangaraj (Fremont, CA), Venkatesh K. Paulsamy (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14668710 on 03/25/2015 (1084 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and/or devices are used to manage a storage system. In one aspect, the method includes, during a first time period: maintaining a credit pool for the first time period; limiting bandwidth used for transmitting data between a storage device of the storage system and a host operatively coupled with the storage device according to a status of the credit pool, where the storage device includes one or more memory devices; monitoring a temperature of the storage device; and, in accordance with a determination that a current temperature of the storage device exceeds a predetermined threshold temperature and the current temperature of the storage device satisfies one or more temperature criteria, reducing an initial value of the credit pool for a second time period according to a first adjustment factor corresponding to the predetermined temperature threshold, where the second time period is subsequent to the first time period.

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


Computer implemented system and method and computer program product for testing a software component by simulating a computing component using captured network packet information
Patent No. 9916225 

Inventor(s): Joshua L Bonczkowski (Apex, NC), Nicholas A Hansen (Willow Spring, NC), Pierre Ancelot (Ballincollig, , IE), Steven R Hart (Garner, NC)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15191087 on 06/23/2016 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for testing a software component by simulating a computing component interface using captured network packet information. A method may include receiving a service request comprised of one or more network packets from a software component to be tested. Responsive to receiving the service request, the method may access a data store of captured network packet information and determine that a matching service request is stored in the accessed data store. The matching service request may be comprised of one or more network packets that match the service request. The method may identify an associated response that is stored in the accessed data store. The associated response may be one or more network packets that are stored in association with the matching service request. The method then sends the associated response to the first software component.

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


Model based configuration parameter management
Patent No. 9916237 

Inventor(s): Hairong Sun (Superior, CO), James Peterson (San Jose, CA), Jea Woong Hyun (Los Altos, CA), Joshua Perschon (Sandy, UT), Rick Lucky (Louisville, CO)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14612282 on 02/02/2015 (1135 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for model based configuration parameter management. An association module is configured to group a plurality of erase blocks of a non-volatile memory medium based on an amount of time since data has been written to the plurality of erase blocks. A read module is configured to sample data of at least two word lines from at least one erase block from each of a plurality of groups of erase blocks. A configuration parameter module is configured to determine different read voltage thresholds for different word lines of groups of erase blocks using different read voltage threshold models for different groups based on sampled data.

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


Memory system and method for performing garbage collection on blocks based on their obsolescence patterns
Patent No. 9916238 

Inventor(s): Amir Shaharabany (Kochav Yair, , IL), Hadas Oshinsky (Kfar Saba, , IL), Rotem Sela (Haifa, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14835316 on 08/25/2015 (931 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory system and method are provided for performing garbage collection on blocks based on their obsolescence patterns. In one embodiment, a controller of a memory system classifies each of the plurality of blocks based on its obsolescence pattern and performs garbage collection only on blocks classified with similar obsolescence patterns. Other embodiments are possible, and each of the embodiments can be used alone or together in combination.

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


Methods and systems for insert optimization of tiered data structures
Patent No. 9916356 

Inventor(s): Brian W. O”Krafka (Austin, TX), Evgeny H. Firsov (Palo Alto, CA), Harihara Kadayam (Fremont, CA), Johann George (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14597181 on 01/14/2015 (1154 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory controller receives request(s) to perform a plurality of memory operations on a datastore. The memory controller batches, into a set of leaf node operations, memory operations of the plurality of memory operations that are associated with keys in a range of keys, where a leaf node in a tiered data structure stored in the datastore is assigned the range of keys. The memory controller determines whether a condition is satisfied, and, in accordance with a determination that the condition is satisfied: locates the leaf node in the datastore; stores a copy of the leaf node in a cache; modifies the cached copy of the leaf node according to the set of leaf node operations so as to obtain one or more modified leaf nodes; and writes the one or more modified leaf nodes to one or more locations in the datastore with one or more write operations.

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


Systems and methods for securing and restoring virtual machines
Patent No. 9916456 

Inventor(s): Rick L. Orsini (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Security First Corp. (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)
Law Firm: Haley Guiliano LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13831164 on 03/14/2013 (1825 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for securing a virtual machine by causing a plurality of shares of virtual machine files to be separately stored in response to a stop command. Systems and methods are also provided for restoring a data set with a cryptographic restoration application in response to a series of user inputs received when no visual indicator of the cryptographic restoration algorithm is displayed, and for restoring a data set with data shares received from another computer device in response to detecting a communication link with the device.

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


Method of managing objects using an electromagnetic guided surface waves over a terrestrial medium
Patent No. 9916485 

Inventor(s): James D. Lilly (Silver Spring, MD), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Joseph F. Pinzone (Cornelius, NC), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Tucker Ellis LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14849230 on 09/09/2015 (916 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of managing objects in a site includes producing a guided surface wave with a guided surface waveguide probe, the guided surface wave having sufficient energy density to power object identification tags in an entirety of a site; receiving reply signals from the object identification tags, each object identification tag associated with an object; and identifying geolocation of one or more the objects according to received reply signals from the object identification tags that are associated with the one or more of the objects.

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


System and method for allocating manufactured products to sellers using profitable order promising
Patent No. 9916550 

Inventor(s): Arvindh Murugan (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): JDA Software Group, Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ)
Law Firm: Spencer Fane LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13735658 on 01/07/2013 (1891 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for allocating products to one or more sellers. The system includes a database operable to store data associated with one or more enterprises. The system further includes an order promising system coupled with the database and operable to model the flow of the products through the one or more enterprises and allocate resources to the one or more sellers based on the modeled flow of the products.

[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]


Secure computing device and method
Patent No. 9916574 

Inventor(s): Ashutosh Sureka (Frisco, TX), Michael Naggar (Frisco, TX), Shuchi Patel (Frisco, TX), Sunil Gattu (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Barclays Bank PLC (London, , GB)
Law Firm: Cowan, Liebowitz Latman, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13727094 on 12/26/2012 (1903 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and device are described for maintaining software components in a portable electronic device. The device includes memory storing software components executable from the device, with associated pairs of logical storage partitions for storing different versions of the software components, a data interface for coupling the device to a host computer, a contactless interface for receiving payment token data from a contactless payment token, and a cellular network interface for communication of data over a cellular network. An upgrade process is initiated when the device is coupled to the host computer. Data including a different version of at least one of said software components is received, installed and executed to initiate a payment transaction with a remote system. Payment token data is received via the contactless interface means and transmitted to the remote system.

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


Systems and methods for providing a direct marketing campaign planning environment
Patent No. 9916596 

Inventor(s): Venkat R. Achanta (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Experian Information Solutions, Inc. (Costa Mesa, CA)
Law Firm: Knobbe Martens Olson Bear LLP (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15356415 on 11/18/2016 (480 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of system are disclosed in which selection strategies for a direct marketing campaign that identify consumers from a credit bureau or other consumer database can be planned, tested, and/or refined on a stable subset of the credit database. In some embodiments, once refined, consumer selection criteria may be used to execute the direct marketing campaign on the full consumer/credit database, which is preferably updated approximately twice weekly. In one preferred embodiment, the data for the test database represents a random sampling of approximately 10% of the full database and the sampling is regenerated approximately weekly in order to provide a stable set of data on which campaign developers may test their campaign. For each consumer in the sampling, the environment may allow a client to access and use both attributes calculated by the credit bureau and proprietary attributes and data owned by the client. The system allows for a plurality of clients to use the system substantially simultaneously while protecting the privacy and integrity of the client”s proprietary data and results.

[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]


Method and system for locating a mobile asset
Patent No. 9916761 

Inventor(s): Cort DeHart (Crowley, TX), Shawn Smith (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): Digital Recognition Network, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15162250 on 05/23/2016 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved system and method for creating and accessing a centralized database containing an assorted variety of information related to a debtor such as physical addresses of the debtor or his friends, associates and relatives, as well as information related to a mobile asset, such as physical description information, collectively referred to as ”identifying information.” Methods are also disclosed for lenders and others to send identifying information to the centralized database, and for users such as skip tracers to be able to download and use the information located in the database for asset recovery purposes.

[G08G] TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS (guiding railway traffic, ensuring the safety of railway traffic B61L; radar or analogous systems, sonar systems or lidar systems specially adapted for traffic control G01S 13/91, G01S 15/88, G01S 17/88; radar or analogous systems, sonar systems or lidar systems specially adapted for anti-collision purposes G01S 13/93, G01S 15/93, G01S 17/93; control of position, course, altitude or attitude of land, water, air or space vehicles, not being specific to a traffic environment G05D 1/00) [2]


Modular display panel
Patent No. 9916782 

Inventor(s): William Y. Hall (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Ultravision Technologies, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15369304 on 12/05/2016 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to integrated modular display panels. In one embodiment, modular display panel includes a shell with a first thermally conductive material, a printed circuit board disposed in the shell, and a plurality of LEDs attached to a first side of the printed circuit board. A driver circuit is disposed in the shell and coupled to the plurality of LEDs from a second side of the printed circuit board. The panel further includes a power supply unit for powering the LEDs. The printed circuit board are disposed between the power supply unit and the plurality of LEDs. A second thermally conductive material is disposed between the power supply unit and an outer back side of the panel. A protective structure is disposed over the first side of the printed circuit board, where a display side of the panel, opposite the outer back side, is waterproof.

[G09F] DISPLAYING; ADVERTISING; SIGNS; LABELS OR NAME-PLATES; SEALS


Adaptive allocation of server resources
Patent No. 9917746 

Inventor(s): Huipeng Ren (Shenzhen, , CN), Xinmin Ding (San Jose, CA), Yilin Gan (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14532507 on 11/04/2014 (1225 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of dynamically allocating media resources includes providing a plurality of microservices in a signaling server and receiving, by one of the microservices, a call message from a client capable of browser-to-browser communications. The call message includes an identifier specifying a target. The identifier is send by the microservice to a cache with a request for capability information of the target. The cache is configured to retrieve the capability information of the target using the identifier. The microservice receives the capability information of the target from the cache. The microservice sends a media resource request to a service directory server coupled to a plurality of media servers when the capability information of the target indicates that the target is not capable of browser-to-browser communications, and initiates browser-to-browser communications between the client and the target when the capability information of the target indicates the target is capable of browser-to-browser communications.

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


Internet server access control and monitoring systems
Patent No. 9917827 

Inventor(s): Andrew C. Payne (Lincoln, MA), George Winfield Treese (Wayland, MA), Lawrence C. Stewart (Wayland, MA), Stephen Jeffrey Morris (Harvard, MA), Thomas Mark Levergood (Hopkinton, MA)
Assignee(s): Soverain IP, LLC (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 11971361 on 01/09/2008 (3716 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention relates to methods for controlling and monitoring access to network servers. In particular, the process described in the invention includes client-server sessions over the Internet. In this environment, when the user attempts to access an access-controlled file, the server subjects the request to a secondary server which determines whether the client has an authorization or valid account. Upon such verification, the user is provided with a session identification which allows the user to access to the requested file as well as any other files within the present protection domain.

[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]


Method and apparatus for performing adaptive streaming on media contents
Patent No. 9917872 

Inventor(s): Shaobo Zhang (Shenzhen, , CN), Xin Wang (Rancho Palos Verde, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14158477 on 01/17/2014 (1516 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an adaptive steaming system, a media server for performing adaptive streaming on media contents sends to a client device a media presentation description (MPD) file including information specifying streaming adaptation parameters. The media server receives a request from the client device. The request includes a data object location indicator and a query string containing at least one of the values of the streaming adaptation parameters. After receiving the request, the media server selects a data object to be returned to the client device based on at least one of the data object location indicator and the query string and sends a response with the data object to the client device.

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


Image processing device and method
Patent No. 9918108 

Inventor(s): Kenji Kondo (Tokyo, , JP)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15190930 on 06/23/2016 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention can be applied to an image processing device, for example.

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


 

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System for heating a compressor assembly in an HVAC system
Patent No. 9915258 

Inventor(s): Eric Perez (Hickory Creek, TX), Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15279612 on 09/29/2016 (530 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a system for heating a compressor assembly of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The system comprises a heat source for transferring thermal energy to a plurality of compressor units. A controller varies the thermal energy transferred to the compressor units, between at least two substantially non-zero rates of transfer of thermal energy, in a plurality of modes of operation of the HVAC system.

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


Data storage device for a device accessory
Patent No. 9915988 

Inventor(s): Eyal Felix Hakoun (Milpitas, CA), Manohar Prasad Kashyap (Milpitas, CA), Vadim Shain (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14861062 on 09/22/2015 (903 days app to issue)

Abstract: An accessory associated with a wireless device includes a first interface configured to communicate with the wireless device using a wired communication technique and a second interface configured to communicate with the wireless device using a wireless communication technique. The accessory further includes a data storage device and a controller coupled to the first interface, to the second interface, and to the data storage device. The controller is configured to activate the first interface in response to a message received via the second interface.

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


Interception of unauthorized communications in an controlled-environment facility
Patent No. 9916462 

Inventor(s): Adam C. Edwards (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14082550 on 11/18/2013 (1576 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present embodiments describe methods and systems for intercepting unauthorized communications in a controlled-environment facility. Unauthorized communications may originate from contraband cell phones, for example. In an embodiment, attempted communications from the contraband communication device are intercepted by the facility communication systems. The attempted communication may or may not be connected or completed, depending upon facility rules, policies, and regulations.

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


Methods for fabricating an integrated circuit having vertically overlapping short and long channel FinFETs
Patent No. 9917020 

Inventor(s): John H. Zhang (Altamont, NY), Qing Liu (Irvine, CA)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15238559 on 08/16/2016 (574 days app to issue)

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

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


Stress relieved thermal base for integrated circuit packaging
Patent No. 9917040 

Inventor(s): Craig J. Rotay (Audubon, PA)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15375314 on 12/12/2016 (456 days app to issue)

Abstract: A package is formed by a thermal base and a leadframe assembly. The thermal base includes a body of thermally conductive material having a top surface, wherein the top surface of the body includes a pedestal. An integrated circuit chip is mounted to the pedestal, the integrated circuit chip including bonding pads. The leadframe assembly includes leads and an encapsulant ring that partially embeds the leads. The leadframe assembly is mounted to the top surface of said body surrounding the pedestal. The pedestal is configured with a thickness that positions the bonding pad at a height substantially coplanar with the leads. Bonding wires extend from the bonding pads to the leads with a shortened length so as to provide for improved electrical characteristics of frequency response, impedance and inductance.

[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]


Inter-plane offset in backside contact via structures for a three-dimensional memory device
Patent No. 9917093 

Inventor(s): Cheng-Chung Chu (Milpitas, CA), Fumitoshi Ito (Yokkaichi, , JP), Jayavel Pachamuthu (San Jose, CA), Masaaki Higashitani (Cupertino, CA), Tuan Pham (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15195446 on 06/28/2016 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes a plurality of planes, each having a respective alternating stack, strings of memory stack structures which extends through the respective alternating stack, and backside contact via structures vertically extending through the respective alternating stack, extending generally along the first horizontal direction, and laterally separating neighboring pairs of strings of memory stack structures along a second horizontal direction. A first plane includes a first plurality of strings that are laterally spaced apart along the second horizontal direction by a first plurality of backside contact via structures. A second plane laterally shifted from the first plane along the first horizontal direction and including a second plurality of strings that are laterally spaced apart along the second horizontal direction by a second plurality of backside contact via structures which are laterally offset with respect the first plurality of backside contact via structures along the second horizontal direction.

[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 containing support pedestal structures for a buried source line and method of making the same
Patent No. 9917100 

Inventor(s): James Kai (Santa Clara, CA), Jin Liu (Milpitas, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Tong Zhang (Palo Alto, CA), Yanli Zhang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15354116 on 11/17/2016 (481 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of electrically conductive layers and insulating layers located over a substrate, an array of memory stack structures. A source conductive line structure is provided between the substrate and the alternating stack. The source conductive line structure includes a plurality of parallel conductive rail structures extending along a same horizontal direction and adjoined to a common conductive straddling structure. Each memory stack structure straddles a vertical interface between a conductive rail structure and a support matrix. A semiconductor channel in each memory stack structure contacts a respective conductive rail structure and the support matrix.

[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]


Pixels with high dynamic range and a global shutter scanning mode
Patent No. 9917120 

Inventor(s): Jaroslav Hynecek (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: Treyz Law Group, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15136054 on 04/22/2016 (690 days app to issue)

Abstract: A CMOS image sensor may have back-side illuminated pixels and operate in a global shutter scanning mode. The CMOS image sensor may be implemented using three-layer chip stacking. The chip to chip electrical connections between the upper chip and the middle chip may be formed via hybrid bonding. Two bonding pads may be included in each pixel. The electrical connections between the middle chip and the lower chip may be formed at the periphery of the array. Using three-layer chip stacking with hybrid bonding allows for the transferring and storing of signals from the upper chip on the middle chip. A signal from low light level illumination and a charge overflow signal from high light level illumination may both be transferred to the middle chip. The image sensor may be able to use a global shutter scanning mode having high dynamic range.

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


Device contact structures including heterojunctions for low contact resistance
Patent No. 9917158 

Inventor(s): Mark S. Rodder (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (, , KR)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14942193 on 11/16/2015 (848 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device can include a channel region with a first semiconductor material for a majority carrier in the channel region during operation (on state) of the device and a metal contact. A source/drain region can include a semiconductor material alloy including a second semiconductor material and at least one heterojunction located between the metal contact and the channel region, wherein the heterojunction forms a band-edge offset for the majority carrier that is less than or equal to about 0.2 eV.

[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]


Self-aligned silicon germanium FinFET with relaxed channel region
Patent No. 9917194 

Inventor(s): Nicolas Loubet (Guilderland, NY), Pierre Morin (Albany, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15365640 on 11/30/2016 (468 days app to issue)

Abstract: A self-aligned SiGe FinFET device features a relaxed channel region having a high germanium concentration. Instead of first introducing germanium into the channel and then attempting to relax the resulting strained film, a relaxed channel is formed initially to accept the germanium. In this way, a presence of germanium can be established without straining or damaging the lattice. Gate structures are patterned relative to intrinsic silicon fins, to ensure that the gates are properly aligned, prior to introducing germanium into the fin lattice structure. After aligning the gate structures, the silicon fins are segmented to elastically relax the silicon lattice. Then, germanium is introduced into the relaxed silicon lattice, to produce a SiGe channel that is substantially stress-free and also defect-free. Using the method described, concentration of germanium achieved in a structurally stable film can be increased to a level greater than 85%.

[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 doped III-V source/drain junctions for field effect transistors
Patent No. 9917195 

Inventor(s): Chun-Chen Yeh (Clifton Park, NY), Kejia Wang (Harrison, NY), Qing Liu (Watervliet, NY), Ruilong Xie (Schenectady, NY), Xiuyu Cai (Niskayuna, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS ,INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14812425 on 07/29/2015 (958 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a fin patterned in a substrate; a gate disposed over and substantially perpendicular to the fin; a pair of epitaxial contacts including a III-V material over the fin and on opposing sides of the gate; and a channel region between the pair of epitaxial contacts under the gate including an undoped III-V material between doped III-V materials, the doped III-V materials including a dopant in an amount in a range from about 1e[superscript]18 [/superscript]to about 1e[superscript]20 [/superscript]atoms/cm[superscript]3 [/superscript]and contacting the epitaxial contacts.

[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]


Dynamic clock period modulation scheme for variable charge pump load currents
Patent No. 9917507 

Inventor(s): Gooty Sukumar Reddy (Anantapur, , IN), Potnuru Venkata Pradeep Kumar (Visakhapatnam, , IN), Sridhar Yadala (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14724067 on 05/28/2015 (1020 days app to issue)

Abstract: A charge pump is connected to receive a supply voltage and a clock signal and generate an output voltage. The charge pump is connected to the supply voltage through a transistor whose gate voltage is set by a regulation voltage determined by feedback from the output voltage. The current supplied to the charge pump through this transistor is mirrored in a section that generates the clock signal, where the mirrored current is used by a current controller oscillator. This allows the pump”s clock frequency to linearly track the load current, improving the pump”s efficiency.

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


High speed sync FET control
Patent No. 9917576 

Inventor(s): Antony E. Brinlee (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FLEXTRONICS AP, LLC (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Volpe and Koenig, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15292643 on 10/13/2016 (516 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit arrangement is disclosed for controlling the switching of a field effect transistor (FET). A current controlled amplifier may be configured to amplify a current in a current sense device to generate an amplified current, wherein the current in the current sense device indicates a current through the FET. A comparator may be coupled to the current sense amplifier to compare a voltage corresponding to the amplified current with a voltage reference and to generate a comparator output based on the comparison, wherein the comparator output controls whether the FET is on or off.

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


Apparatus, system, and method for configuring a serializer/deserializer based on evaluation of a probe signal
Patent No. 9917663 

Inventor(s): Hiroshi Takatori (Sacramento, CA), Kevin Zheng (Alhambra, CA), Zhan Duan (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15232689 on 08/09/2016 (581 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method are provided for configuring a serializer/deserializer (SerDes) based on evaluation of a probe signal. Included is circuitry configured to detect at least one of a probe signal or a reflection resulting from the probe signal. Such probe signal and/or reflection is evaluated such that at least one configurable aspect of the apparatus may be set, based on the evaluation.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for adapting code rate
Patent No. 9917674 

Inventor(s): Anthony C. K. Soong (Plano, TX), Brian Classon (Palatine, IL), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL), Zhengwei Gong (Shanghai, , CN), Zhongfeng Li (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15336259 on 10/27/2016 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for adapting code rate are provided. A method for a first communication device to transmit a resource assignment to at least one communication device includes assigning at least one transmission resource to transmit the resource assignment, adapting a code rate of an encoded payload based on the at least one transmission resource and a threshold, thereby producing an adapted payload, and transmitting the adapted payload.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Efficient methods and recursive/scalable circuit architectures for QAM symbol mean and variance estimations
Patent No. 9917723 

Inventor(s): Guosen Yue (Edison, NJ), Xiao Feng Qi (Westfield, NJ)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15065072 on 03/09/2016 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: Circuits for producing signals representative of mean and variance estimations for quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) are provided where the circuits comprise: sequentially repeated first circuit modules and sequentially repeated second circuit modules configured for producing updates in the corresponding estimation iterations. In one embodiment, a closest negative integer power of 2 is used as a substitute multiplicand when multiplying together two or more outputs of hyperbolic function generating units where the substituted for output is less than one. Size and complexity of the corresponding multiplier can then be reduced.

[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 multi-layer orchestration in software defined networks (SDNs)
Patent No. 9917729 

Inventor(s): Ajay Padmakar Deo (Carrollton, TX), Ben Allen Campbell (Irving, TX), Sam Eric McMurry (Richardson, 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: 14692710 on 04/21/2015 (1057 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media for multi-layer orchestration in software defined networks (SDNs) are disclosed. In one example, the method includes receiving orchestration related data for implementing a network service using the network resources within the SDN, determining configuration information for the network resources based on the orchestration related data and protocol layer capability of the network resources, wherein determining the configuration information includes identifying the network resources having the protocol layer capability to provide network services, and providing the configuration information to the network resources.

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


Validation of chained network services
Patent No. 9917745 

Inventor(s): Sam K. Aldrin (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14497530 on 09/26/2014 (1264 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented in a network element, the method comprising identifying a first service function (SF) for validation, the first SF being associated with a service function chain (SFC), being applied to a data flow, and operating on a first network node, encoding one or more tests associated with the first SF in an operations, administration, and management (OAM) packet, and transmitting a validation request comprising the OAM packet towards the first SF to request validation of the first SF by execution of the tests.

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


Intelligent devices in a software-defined network
Patent No. 9917775 

Inventor(s): Jayakrishnan Nair (Bangalore, , IN), Shivakrishna Anandam Mulka (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14978604 on 12/22/2015 (812 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is disclosed a network device having a network interface; and one or more logic elements comprising a flow table engine operable to: receive a network packet via the network interface; perform a logging action to make the network packet traceable; and notify a software-defined networking (SDN) controller of the logging action via the network interface. There is also disclosed an SDN controller having a network interface; first one or more logic elements comprising a software-defined networking (SDN) controller engine to provide SDN controller services; and second one or more logic elements comprising a route tracing engine, operable to: receive a logging action for a network packet from a network device via the network interface; and update a logging table from the logging action. There is further disclosed a method of providing the foregoing, and computer-readable mediums for providing the foregoing.

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


Methods and apparatus to determine a telecommunications account status
Patent No. 9917954 

Inventor(s): Madhusudhan Reddy Alla (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): The Nielsen Company (US), LLC (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14134815 on 12/19/2013 (1545 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture are disclosed to determine a telecommunications account status. An example method includes initiating a credit transfer request via the device identifier, determining, via a processor, whether an account associated with the device identifier comprises a prepaid type in response to receiving an indication of credit transfer success, and determining whether the account associated with the device identifier comprises a non-prepaid account type in response to receiving an indication of credit transfer failure.

[H04Q] SELECTING (switches, relays, selectors H01H; wireless communication networks H04W) [2009.01]


Thwarting removal of a commercial in an IPTV network
Patent No. 9918123 

Inventor(s): Sig Harold Badt, Jr. (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcatel Lucent (Boulogne-Billancourt, , FR)
Law Firm: RGIP LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 11941082 on 11/16/2007 (3770 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an IPTV network, a program content stream is processed to create an artifact detectable by a commercial remover in a program content portion of the program content stream. The artifact may be created by splicing first and second portions of program content together such that the artifact appears in the program content. A commercial remover processing the resultant program content stream erroneously removes portions of program content or leaves portions containing commercial content in the program content stream.

[H04H] BROADCAST COMMUNICATION (multiplex communication H04J; pictorial communication aspects of broadcast systems H04N)


Adaptable sound quality device
Patent No. 9918173 

Inventor(s): Dennis Rauschmayer (Plano, TX), James Kim (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): RevX Technologies (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Lee Hayes, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15079863 on 03/24/2016 (719 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices for monitoring a sound pressure level of sound generated by a speaker. For example, the device may sample voltages at various points along a path of an audio signal, determine a current associated with the audio signal, and receive or infer an efficiency of the speaker. The device may then determine the sound pressure level based on the voltage, the current, and the efficiency to more accurately monitor the sound pressure level exposure of a user.

[H04R] LOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS (producing sounds with frequency not determined by supply frequency G10K) [6]


Apparatus and systems for providing location-based services within a wireless network
Patent No. 9918194 

Inventor(s): Jacob Feinstein (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Baker Hostetler LLP (15 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15270551 on 09/20/2016 (539 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for providing wireless telecommunications services to mobile devices includes structure and functionality for location-based services, and includes both server and client/mobile device apparatuses. One apparatus includes a data store storing at least a first record associated with a first wireless device or a second record associated with a second wireless device. A computer is coupled to the data store and is configured to receive a request from the first wireless device to obtain location information associated with the second wireless device. The computer is configured to receive a change location privileges request, and to update the first or second records in the data store based on the received change request. Other apparatuses provide additional structures and functions.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Internet queried directional navigation system with mobile and fixed originating location determination
Patent No. 9918196 

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: 15717138 on 09/27/2017 (167 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile wireless network and a method of operation provide directional assistance in response to an Internet query. The directional assistance is provided from a location of the querying device to a destination that may be selectively prompted based on whether the destination is a nearby business, a type of business, a street address, or another mobile device or fixed telephone location. The location of the querying device is also selectively determined depending on whether the querying device is a wireless device such as a mobile telephone, or whether the device has a presumed fixed location, such as an ordinary telephone connected to a public-switched telephone network (PSTN).

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Antenna placement determination device
Patent No. 9918233 

Inventor(s): Kaushik D. Gohel (Southlake, TX), Phanishankar Chaganti (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15477172 on 04/03/2017 (344 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for an antenna placement determination device. An antenna placement determination device can include a signal sensor located at a first end of an extendible arm, a platform located proximate to a second end of the extendible arm, a drive system connected to the platform, and an actuator connected to the extendible arm. The actuator can be configured to extend and collapse the extendible arm. The signal sensor can be connected to the extendible arm by a joint, and a sensor actuator or sensor motor can rotate the signal sensor about the joint. The drive system can include a drive motor and a drive mechanism that is configured to transport the antenna placement determination device.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Methods and systems for downlink transmit power control command transmission
Patent No. 9918284 

Inventor(s): Carmela Cozzo (San Diego, CA), Peng Zhang (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15270900 on 09/20/2016 (539 days app to issue)

Abstract: Backwards compatibility may be achieved by transmitting an alternating pattern of uplink TPC commands in uplink timeslots. In one example, a served user equipment (UE) receives a downlink TPC command from a serving base station during a downlink timeslot in a sequence of downlink timeslots, and generates an uplink TPC command based on a received power level of the downlink TPC command. The served UE may then transmit the uplink TPC command in an uplink timeslot mapped to the downlink timeslot in which the downlink TPC command was received, as well as transmit an alternating pattern of uplink TPC commands in other uplink timeslots. The alternating pattern of uplink TPC commands may cause a neighboring base station to effectively maintain its transmit power level.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for efficient channel synchronization
Patent No. 9918291 

Inventor(s): Young Hoon Kwon (San Diego, CA), Zhigang Rong (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15144938 on 05/03/2016 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and method embodiments are provided for efficient channel synchronization. The embodiments enable a reduction in a stations power consumption and reduce network overhead for transmitting synchronization frames by refraining from sending the synchronization frame when it is not needed. In an embodiment, a method in an access point (AP) for synchronizing a station (STA) associated with the AP includes sending, by the AP, a first management frame that indicates a time slot that is allocated for the STA and sending a synchronization frame at a boundary of the time slot allocated for the STA if the AP determines that a channel is idle at the boundary of the time slot allocated for the STA and if the time slot that is allocated for the STA is longer than a first threshold value.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


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Pet toy
Patent No. D812822 

Inventor(s): Ryan Wills (Carrollton, TX), Sunil Pinto (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): LITTLE BIG CAT, INC. (Beverly Hills, CA)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29557309 on 03/08/2016 (735 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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