Dallas Invents: 69 Patents Granted for Week of Sept. 25

Patents granted include FedEx's method to service an electronic device, Toyota's smart notification systems for wearable devices, Bank of America's RFID activation, and McAfee's detection of malicious thread suspension.

A smart notification system can include a vehicle, a mobile communication device and a wearable processing device, according to a new patent granted to Toyota. An illustration from Toyota's patent No. 10,081,347 depicts a wearable processing device. [Fig. 3 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 assigned patents granted to local entities or those with a North Texas inventor. As of June 12, 2018, unassigned patents with a local inventor are included. 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 Sept. 25, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 6

Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 5

SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 4

TSI Products, Inc. (Arlington) 4

Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson) 3

McAfee, LLC (Plano) 2

NUVECTRA CORPORATION (Plano) 2

UNASSIGNED: 2


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Stephen William O’Brien (Fort Worth) 4


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

127 days
Apparatuses and methods for sharing transmission vias for memory devices
Patent No. 10083723
Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Inventor: Vijayakrishna J. Vankayala (Allen)

2,475 days
Methods of calibration transfer for a testing instrument
Patent No. 10082600
Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston)
Inventor: Dingding Chen (Plano)


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Patent information is provided by Joe Chiarella, founder of patent analytics company Patent Index and publisher of The Inventiveness Index. For 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

Chuck for reciprocating surgical instrument
Patent No. 10080568 

Inventor(s): Larry D. Estes (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): Medtronic Xomed, Inc. (Jacksonville, FL)
Law Firm: Harness Dickey (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15150008 on 05/09/2016 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices are described relating to the retaining of surgical tools within the chuck of a reciprocating surgical instrument, such as a reciprocating saw. A securing chuck is disclosed for securing a surgical tool to a reciprocating surgical instrument that comprises a shaft and a securing member. The shaft defines an axis and has a cylindrical bore extending along the axis. The bore is shaped to receive a substantially rounded tool shank. A pair of transverse slots extends into the shaft along a plane passing through the axis for receiving a substantially flattened tool shank. The transverse slots intersect with the cylindrical bore. The securing member is carried by the shaft and is radially movable relative to the bore both inwardly and outwardly to secure the surgical tool in the chuck.

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


Pin drive rotary surgical cutting tools and powered handpieces
Patent No. 10080579 

Inventor(s): Paul Cihak (Euless, TX), Zachary Heiliger (Golden, CO)
Assignee(s): Medtronic PS Medical, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Dicke, Billig Czaja, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15018990 on 02/09/2016 (959 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surgical cutting tool includes an elongated shaft and a cutting head. The shaft defines a coupling portion terminating at a proximal end of the shaft, a stem portion, and a distal portion. The stem portion defines a central axis. The coupling portion optionally defines a deflection surface positioned oblique with respect to the central axis and connected with a first driven surface and a second driven surface. Upon insertion into a drive chuck, the deflection surface promotes self-alignment of the cutting tool and the drive chuck.

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


Dynamization module for external fixation strut
Patent No. 10080586 

Inventor(s): Alexander M. Cherkashin (Flower Mound, TX), John David Ross (Ovilla, TX), John G. Birch (Dallas, TX), Mikhail L. Samchukov (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker McKenzie LLP (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15076209 on 03/21/2016 (918 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an external fixation apparatus comprising a strut having a longitudinal axis defined therein, the strut comprising a strut housing having a housing adjustment aperture, an adjustment sleeve slidably disposed within the strut housing, and a fastener that releasably couples the strut housing with the adjustment sleeve. An embodiment of the adjustment sleeve comprises a first and a second bore extending from a top towards a bottom surface of the adjustment sleeve, a first sleeve member with a proximal end, a distal end, and an axial bore, and a second sleeve member adjoining the first sleeve member. In an embodiment, the second sleeve member comprises a body and a beveled end that is slidably disposed within the axial bore of the first sleeve member. The adjustment sleeve further comprises a biasing mechanism between the first sleeve member and the second sleeve member.

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


Sterile patch pump
Patent No. 10080837 

Inventor(s): Connor Meehan (Richardson, TX), Lopa Patel (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): FLEXTRONICS AP, LLC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Volpe and Koenig, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15742398 on 07/07/2016 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method for the aseptic delivery of a biologic medication in a wearable form factor. The apparatus and method allow for standard off-the-shelf drug cartridges to be utilized without compromising the sterility of the biologic. Further, by utilizing a two part assembly, manufacturing costs are minimized.

[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]


IPG configured to deliver different pulse regimes to different leads for pudendal nerve stimulation
Patent No. 10080897 

Inventor(s): Michael Labbe (Twinsburg, OH), 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: 15610898 on 06/01/2017 (481 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pulse generator is configured to generate electrical pulses of an electrical stimulation therapy. The pulse generator includes an N number of output channels and a microcontroller configured to generate instructions. The pulse generator is configured to generate different stimulation waveforms simultaneously for the output channels. The different waveforms have different waveform characteristics. A mesh electrode array includes an M number of electrodes. Each of the electrodes is configured to deliver the electrical pulses of the electrical stimulation therapy. M is at least several times greater than N. A solid state relay contains a plurality of controllable switches that is each configured to be turned on or off in response to the instructions received from the microcontroller, such that the solid state relay routes the output channels of the pulse generator to different subset of the electrodes of the mesh electrode array at different points in time.

[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]


 

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

Active aerodynamic running board
Patent No. 10081302 

Inventor(s): Adam D. Holmstrom (Pinckney, MI), Scott L. Frederick (Brighton, MI), Scott P. Robison (Dexter, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15640905 on 07/03/2017 (449 days app to issue)

Abstract: An adjustable vehicle running board includes a step moveable between a step position, a retracted position and an aero position. A first support bracket has a first end coupled to the step and an opposite second end connected to a mounting bracket. A slide link has a first end slideably connected to the first support bracket and an opposite second end pivotally connected to the step. The first end of the slide link is moveable along a length of the first support bracket and positionable at a first slide link distance from the second end of the first support bracket when the step is arranged in the step position and a second slide link distance from the second end of the first support bracket when the step is arranged in the aero position. The first slide link distance being greater than the second slide link distance.

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


Personal weather protector device holders for vehicles and vehicles including the same
Patent No. 10081307 

Inventor(s): Cassandra R. Grant (Saline, MI), Nathaniel Secord (Toledo, OH)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15196637 on 06/29/2016 (818 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle assembly component and a personal weather protector device holder having a device entrance opening provided in the vehicle assembly component. The personal weather protector device holder providing a device holding volume that receives a personal weather protector device through the device entrance opening. The device entrance opening includes an enlarged opening portion and a bridge opening portion that intersects the enlarged opening portion. The enlarged opening portion of the device entrance opening having a width that is greater than a width of the bridge opening portion.

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


Cup holder assemblies with cup holder bodies including liquid relief drains and vehicles incorporating same
Patent No. 10081313 

Inventor(s): Andrew L. Ross (Saline, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15625160 on 06/16/2017 (466 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle panel and a cup holder assembly that is located at the vehicle panel. The cup holder assembly includes an outer housing connected to the panel. A cup holder body has a holder portion that provides at least one receptacle and a drainage portion located adjacent the holder portion moveably connected to the outer housing. The cup holder body is moveable relative to the outer housing between a retracted configuration with the holder portion retracted into the outer housing and an extended configuration with the holder portion extended out of the outer housing to expose the at least one receptacle. The drainage portion includes an upper surface and a liquid relief drain formed in the upper surface that includes a drainage floor that slopes downwardly away from the vehicle panel in a vehicle vertical direction.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Dissolvable perforating device
Patent No. 10082008 

Inventor(s): Christopher Hoelscher (Arlington, TX), Michael Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Richard Ellis Robey (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Scott Richardson Baker Botts L.L.P. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15323921 on 08/06/2014 (1511 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, a perforating system for perforating a subterranean formation includes a carrier gun body having a cylindrical sleeve. The perforating system also includes a charge holder disposed in the cylindrical sleeve and a plurality of charges disposed on the charge holder. The charge holder is dissolvable in at least one wellbore fluid delivered through the carrier gun body after detonation of the charges. The charges may also be dissolvable during or after detonation. In some embodiments, the carrier gun body is dissolvable wellbore fluid delivered through the carrier gun body. By including dissolvable parts, the disclosed perforating gun yields relatively lower amounts of debris in the wellbore after detonation. In addition, the dissolving portions of the perforating gun allow the remaining portions of the gun to be used to perform wellbore operations downhole without pulling the perforating gun.

[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

 

Apparatuses for mounting tanks to vehicles and related methods
Patent No. 10081243 

Inventor(s): Christopher Culberson (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): NATURAL GAS FUEL SYSTEMS, INC. (New Braunfels, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15145115 on 05/03/2016 (875 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some of the present apparatuses include a frame defining first and second supports and at least a portion of a rigid tank mount laterally offset from the first and second supports, where the first support is configured to be pivotally coupled to a vehicle such that the frame is movable relative to the vehicle between a first position in which the second support is spaced apart from the vehicle and second position in which the second support is coupled to the vehicle. Some apparatuses include a frame mount having a flange defining a bounded opening configured to receive a fastener and a post extending from the flange and away from the opening, where the first support is configured to be pivotally coupled to the flange via the fastener and the second support is configured to be coupled to the post when the frame is in the second position.

[F16M] FRAMES, CASINGS, OR BEDS, OF ENGINES OR OTHER MACHINES OR APPARATUS, NOT SPECIFIC TO AN ENGINE, MACHINE, OR APPARATUS PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; STANDS OR SUPPORTS


Rapid warm-up schemes of engine and engine coolant for higher fuel efficiency
Patent No. 10082047 

Inventor(s): Ercan Mehmet Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14979461 on 12/27/2015 (1003 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for rapidly heating a vehicle engine when the engine is below a pre-determined temperature allows for improved fuel efficiency after a vehicle cold-start. The system includes an organic Rankine cycle (ORC) loop having a two-phase ORC fluid traveling circuitously through a conduit. The ORC fluid is vaporized by a power electronics cooling device and by an evaporator in thermal communication with exhaust waste heat. The vaporized ORC fluid is passed through an expander to generate electrical power. When the vehicle engine is below the pre-determined temperature, heat from the vaporized ORC fluid is transferred directly or indirectly to the engine. When the vehicle engine is at or above the pre-determined temperature, heat from the vaporized ORC fluid is instead transferred to an alternate heat sink.

[F02N] STARTING OF COMBUSTION ENGINES (starting of free-piston combustion-engines F02B 71/02; starting of gas-turbine plants F02C 7/26); STARTING AIDS FOR SUCH ENGINES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Furnace inducer choke and a gas furnace employing the same
Patent No. 10082287 

Inventor(s): Jeff Gedcke (West Columbia, SC), Lawrence Austin (West Columbia, SC)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14587491 on 12/31/2014 (1364 days app to issue)

Abstract: A furnace inducer choke and a gas furnace employing the furnace inducer choke. In one embodiment, the furnace inducer choke includes: (1) a choke body configured to engage a furnace inducer blower, the choke body having an opening extending entirely therethrough to limit an amount of combustion air entering a furnace that the furnace inducer blower is attached, and (2) a tab protruding from the choke body a distance sufficient to identify the opening when the choke body and furnace inducer blower are installed in the furnace.

[F24D] DOMESTIC- OR SPACE-HEATING SYSTEMS, e.g. CENTRAL HEATING SYSTEMS; DOMESTIC HOT-WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS; ELEMENTS OR COMPONENTS THEREFOR (preventing corrosion C23F; water supply in general E03; using steam or condensate extracted or exhausted from steam engine plants for heating purposes F01K 17/02; steam traps F16T; domestic stoves or ranges F24B, F24C; water or air heaters having heat generating means F24H; combined heating and refrigeration systems F25B; heat exchange apparatus or elements F28; removing furring F28G; electric heating elements or arrangements H05B)


Energy recovery ventilation control system
Patent No. 10082304 

Inventor(s): Michael G. Longman (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Air Distribution Technologies IP, LLC (Milwaukee, WI)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15253530 on 08/31/2016 (755 days app to issue)

Abstract: A control system comprising a temperature sensor, an enthalpy sensor and a processor capable of receiving said temperature and enthalpy signals and further capable of controlling the operation of an energy recovery ventilation wheel based at least in part on said temperature and enthalpy signals.

[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)


Protective scope cover design
Patent No. 10082365 

Inventor(s): Jarret Zerbe (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Practical Arms Solutions, LLC (New Cambria, KS)
Law Firm: Warn Partners, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15659232 on 07/25/2017 (427 days app to issue)

Abstract: A scope protector is provided that includes a front and rear hinged arch for encircling the scope. The hinged arches are connected by a plurality of protector rods. The scope protector can be attached to a gun rail such as a PICATINNY RAIL commonly found on modern firearms.

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


Penetrating and fragmenting projectile
Patent No. 10082376 

Inventor(s): James C. Copp (Arlington, TX), Kenneth Havens (Crowley, TX), Toby D. Thomas (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15094718 on 04/08/2016 (900 days app to issue)

Abstract: A projectile has a liner forming an interior void, and a core disposed in a first region of the void proximal to a trailing end portion of the liner, with a portion of the void disposed forward with respect to the core. An outer jacket covers a leading end portion of the liner to enclose the interior void. When the projectile impacts a target object, the core travels in a direction of flight through the leading end portion of the liner to impact the object. When the projectile impacts a target surface at a non-zero angle of approach with respect to the normal of the target surface, the projectile creates a deformation in the target surface immediately before the core travels through the leading end portion of the liner to impact the target. This deformation reduces the probability that the core will ricochet off the deformed portion of the surface.

[F42B] EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, e.g. FOR BLASTING; FIREWORKS; AMMUNITION (explosive compositions C06B; fuzes F42C; blasting F42D) [5]


System, method, and apparatus for monitoring characteristics of a fire, smoke, thermal or water barrier device
Patent No. 10082450 

Inventor(s): Akhil Kejriwal (Dallas, TX), Lucas Ackerman (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Hilti Aktiengesellschaft (Schaan, , LI)
Law Firm: Grneberg and Myers PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15399362 on 01/05/2017 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for monitoring characteristics of a fire, smoke, thermal and/or water barrier device provided in or on a barrier. The monitored characteristics can be used to identify whether the barrier device is installed correctly or is no longer installed correctly and/or to identify conditions associated with use of the barrier device when installed, including at least one of a temperature associated with the barrier device, presence of water in the barrier device, air flow associated with the barrier device, stress and strains placed on the barrier device, and occupied inner volume (including an amount of change) of the barrier device.

[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

Smart notification systems for wearable devices
Patent No. 10081347 

Inventor(s): Charan Lota (Ann Arbor, MI), Samuel T. Haberl (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15281664 on 09/30/2016 (725 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to the embodiments described herein, a smart notification system can include a vehicle, a mobile communication device, and a wearable processing device. A wearable processor or the wearable processing device, a mobile processor of the mobile communication device, a vehicular processor of the vehicle, or a combination thereof can execute machine readable instructions to monitor ambient conditions of the vehicle with a sensor. A notification can be provided upon a wearable display of the wearable processing device. The notification can be indicative of the ambient conditions of the vehicle. A command can be detected with physical input of the wearable processing device. A command signal can be received with vehicle communication hardware of the vehicle. The command signal can be indicative of the command detected by the physical input of the wearable processing device.

[G05D] SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES (for continuous casting of metals B22D 11/16; valves per se F16K; sensing non-electric variables, see the relevant subclasses of G01; for regulating electric or magnetic variables G05F)


Server integration with a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system
Patent No. 10082309 

Inventor(s): Daniel A. Castillo (Dallas, TX), Jayprakash Charavda (Irving, TX), Nguyen T. Ho (Highland Village, TX), Sunil K. Khiani (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14712361 on 05/14/2015 (1230 days app to issue)

Abstract: A server that includes an interface configured to receive a registration request from a control unit. The server further includes a processor configured to authenticate the control unit based on the registration request. The server is further configured to register a primary user device associated with the control unit and register a secondary user device associated with the control unit. The server is further configured to establish a control link between the control unit and the primary and secondary user devices. The control links facilitate control commands between the control unit and the primary and secondary user devices. The server is further configured to store the installation report in a server database.

[G01M] TESTING STATIC OR DYNAMIC BALANCE OF MACHINES OR STRUCTURES; TESTING OF STRUCTURES OR APPARATUS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Targeting emopamil binding protein (EBP) with small molecules that induce an abnormal feedback response by lowering endogenous cholesterol biosynthesis
Patent No. 10082496 

Inventor(s): Deepak Nijhawan (Dallas, TX), Jef De Brabander (Flower Mound, TX), Jerry W. Shay (Dallas, TX), Pano Theodoropoulos (Dallas, TX), Wentian Wang (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: DLA Piper LLP (US) (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15201667 on 07/05/2016 (812 days app to issue)

Abstract: The described invention provides methods for targeting emopamil binding protein (EBP) with small molecules that induce an abnormal feedback response by lowering endogenous cholesterol biosynthesis.

[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)


Method and system for user equipment location determination on a wireless transmission system
Patent No. 10082558 

Inventor(s): Geng Wu (Plano, TX), Jun Li (Richardson, TX), Neng Wang (Plano, TX), Yuqiang Tang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert Goetzel, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15681903 on 08/21/2017 (400 days app to issue)

Abstract: Neighbor cell hearability can be improved by including an additional reference signal that can be detected at a low sensitivity and a low signal-to-noise ratio, by introducing non-unity frequency reuse for the signals used for a time difference of arrival (TDOA) measurement, e.g., orthogonality of signals transmitted from the serving cell sites and the various neighbor cell sites. The new reference signal, called the TDOA-RS, is proposed to improve the hearability of neighbor cells in a cellular network that deploys 3GPP EUTRAN (LTE) system, and the TDOA-RS can be transmitted in any resource blocks (RB) for PDSCH and/or MBSFN subframe, regardless of whether the latter is on a carrier supporting both PMCH and PDSCH or not. Besides the additional TDOA-RS reference signal, an additional synchronization signal (TDOA-sync) may also be included to improve the hearability of neighbor cells.

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


Methods of calibration transfer for a testing instrument
Patent No. 10082600 

Inventor(s): Dingding Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14364119 on 12/16/2011 (2475 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of calibration transfer for a testing instrument includes: collecting a first sample; generating a standard response of a first instrument based, at least in part, on the first sample; and performing instrument standardization of a second instrument based, at least in part, on the standard response of the first instrument. Data corresponding to a second sample is then obtained using the second instrument and a component of the second sample is identified based, at least in part, on a calibration model.

[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]


System, method, and code for classifying resources of a virtual computing environment
Patent No. 10083051 

Inventor(s): Akshaya Mahapatra (San Jose, CA), Goutam Das (Fremont, CA), John James Mulqueeney, Jr. (San Bruno, CA), Vandana Rao (San Jose, CO)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14250928 on 04/11/2014 (1628 days app to issue)

Abstract: An operations management system includes a processing system and a memory for storing an operations management application, which is executed by the processing system to collect resource information associated with hardware resources and virtual objects of a virtual computing environment. The system identifies, for one or more services provided by the virtual computing environment, the hardware resources and the virtual objects that execute the services, generates a tag for each resource indicating which services are executed by that resource, and stores the collected resource information for each resource and its respective tag in the memory.

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


Word line defect detection and handling for a data storage device
Patent No. 10083069 

Inventor(s): Dana Lee (Milpitas, CA), Eran Sharon (Rishon Lezion, , IL), Idan Alrod (Herzliya, , IL), Seungjune Jeon (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13928774 on 06/27/2013 (1916 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data storage device includes a non-volatile memory and a controller. The non-volatile memory includes a word line coupled to a plurality of storage elements. A method includes detecting a condition associated with a defect in the word line. A first subset of the plurality of storage elements and a second subset of the plurality of storage elements are determined based on an estimated location of the defect. The method further includes determining a first read threshold for the first subset and a second read threshold for the second subset.

[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)


Systems and methods to service an electronic device
Patent No. 10083102 

Inventor(s): Joel McCarty (Oklahoma City, OK)
Assignee(s): FedEx Supply Chain Logistics Electronics, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: McGuire Woods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15222579 on 07/28/2016 (789 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include systems and methods to service an electronic device. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving a request to service an electronic device communicatively connected to a test station. The method also includes obtaining a device model and an image group of the electronic device and determining criteria to service the electronic device in accordance with a desired setup, where each image group is associated with one or more different device models. The method further includes transmitting a request to service the electronic device to a management system having an image of applications compatible with the image group of the electronic device. The method further includes receiving at least one of a virtual hard drive storing a copy of the image of the applications and an indication of a location of the virtual hard drive. The method further includes executing the applications to service the electronic device.

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


System and method for composing a multidimensional index key in data blocks
Patent No. 10083195 

Inventor(s): Yan Zhou (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14261313 on 04/24/2014 (1615 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are provided for composing multidimensional keys for data blocks organized according to space filling curve approaches in database systems. An embodiment method includes organizing multidimensional data in a storage using a space filling curve algorithm. A plurality of data access paths for allowing access to the data are generated in a hierarchical index topology including an intermediate index page and a plurality of leaf pages. A plurality of odometer-type keys, which point to corresponding data blocks of the multidimensional data in the storage, are digitally composed in the leaf pages using bit clustering in a dimension-by-dimension manner of the multidimensional data. The odometer-type keys have numerical values that determine access to the data blocks according to the space filling curve algorithm. The composition of the odometer-type keys is independent of the numerical values of the odometer-type keys.

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


Method and system of simulating a pulse generator on a clinician programmer
Patent No. 10083261 

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: 15358295 on 11/22/2016 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device having a display is provided. Interactive user engagements with the electronic device are made through the display. A simulation mode is entered. The simulation mode simulates a real pulse generator configured to generate electrical stimulation pulses. The simulation mode is entered without establishing a wireless connection with the real pulse generator. Via the display, one or more features of a virtual pulse generator are demoed after entering the simulation mode. The one or more features of the virtual pulse generator simulate corresponding features of the real pulse generator. The virtual pulse generator is a software program that resides on the electronic device. The demoing comprises mimicking a plurality of user interface screens that allow a user to interact with the real pulse generator.

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


Detection of malicious thread suspension
Patent No. 10083296 

Inventor(s): Aditya Kapoor (Portland, OR), Joel R. Spurlock (Portland, OR), Jonathan L. Edwards (Portland, OR)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14752890 on 06/27/2015 (1186 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an example, there is disclosed a computing apparatus having one or more logic elements providing a security agent operable for: detecting that a first process has launch a second process and placed the second process in a suspended state; detecting that the first process has modified or attempted to modify the second process; classifying the modification as potentially malicious; and taking a remedial action. There is also disclosed one or more computer-readable storage mediums having stored thereon executable instructions for providing the security agent, and a computer-executable method of providing the security agent.

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


System, method and computer-accessible medium for security verification of third party intellectual property cores
Patent No. 10083303 

Inventor(s): Jeyavijayan Rajendran (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): New York University (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14958585 on 12/03/2015 (1027 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary system, method and computer-accessible medium for detecting the presence of a Trojan(s) in a circuit(s), can include, for example, receiving information related to a property(s) configured to determine the presence of the Trojan(s), and determining the presence of the Trojan(s) based on the property(s) and a design(s) of the circuit(s) using a bounded model checking tool.

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


Radio frequency identification activation
Patent No. 10083387 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15661617 on 07/27/2017 (425 days app to issue)

Abstract: Radio frequency identification (RFID) enabled devices are presented. In some examples, a RFID tag may be arranged on the device and the device may further include a RFID tag mode modifier which is configured to transfer the mode or state of the RFID tag from a first mode, such as an inactive mode, to a second mode, such as an active or enabled mode, or vice versa. For instance, the RFID tag mode modifier may transfer the RFID tag from an inactive mode or state to an active mode or state in which the RFID tag may be enabled for use, or vice versa. The RFID tag mode modifier may be an activation button, a contact region, or a physical device configured to prevent transmission of RFID signals. One or more methods of generating or using the devices described herein are also provided.

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


System and method for network visualization and plan review
Patent No. 10083404 

Inventor(s): Adeel Najmi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): JDA Software Group, Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ)
Law Firm: Spencer Fane LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15645854 on 07/10/2017 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented system, a method thereof, and a computer-readable medium comprising a supply chain visualizer providing a plurality of graphical elements in a multi-dimensional supply chain network view and a plan display providing a plurality of graphical elements in a multi-dimensional tabular view, a multi-directional capability for traversing between the supply chain visualizer and the plan display operable to receive input from a planner during a planning session specifying a plan problem, reflecting changes to data associated with the plan display back to data associated with the supply chain visualizer, reflecting changes to data associated with the supply chain visualizer back to data associated with the plan display, traversing the multi-dimensional supply chain network via a real-time interaction between the multi-dimensional tabular view of the plan display and the visual representation of the graphical view of the supply chain visualizer, and providing the planner the ability to generate a plan.

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


Multi-variable assessment systems and methods that evaluate and predict entrepreneurial behavior
Patent No. 10083415 

Inventor(s): Craig M. Allen (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Kountable, Inc. (Greenbrae, CA)
Law Firm: Carr Ferrell LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14671868 on 03/27/2015 (1278 days app to issue)

Abstract: Multi-variable assessment systems and methods that evaluate and predict entrepreneurial behavior are provided herein. Methods include obtaining entrepreneur data related to personal skills data, business history data, and social network data for the entrepreneur across a plurality of network modalities, the plurality of network modalities including social networks, phone records, and message records, determining business event information for business events identified between the entrepreneur and contacts of the entrepreneur found in the entrepreneur data, and performing a dynamic measurement of engagement between the entrepreneur and the contacts by looking for contacts between the entrepreneur and the contacts that cross the plurality of network modalities, wherein the dynamic measurement includes an entrepreneur score for the entrepreneur.

[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]


Service design and order fulfillment system with dynamic pattern-driven fulfillment
Patent No. 10083456 

Inventor(s): Paul Hugh Wilkie Bishop (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Potomac Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13936607 on 07/08/2013 (1905 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that provides a provider function is provided. The system defines a structured set of metadata for the provider function. The system further defines a transformation sequence including customizable process logic for the provider function, where the customizable process logic is structured within stages. The system further dynamically generates a runtime process flow for the provider function based on the metadata and the transformation sequence.

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


Actionable exception alerts
Patent No. 10083483 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey R. Williams (Midlothian, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13737717 on 01/09/2013 (2085 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, method, apparatuses, and software are described for automatically detecting defects in financial transactions, automatically determining resolutions to the defects based on historical defect patterns, an interacting with customers to provide information and/or receive instructions regarding defects and how they should be resolved.

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


System and method for streaming video into a container-based architecture simulation
Patent No. 10083621 

Inventor(s): Frederick Bryan Fleury (Fort Worth, TX), George William Estep, II (Aledo, TX), Jeremiah Jay Johnson (Arlington, TX), Richard Keith Holt (Fort Worth, TX), Robert Allen Hatcherson (Fort Worth, TX), Stephen Edward Tarter (Fort W
Assignee(s): ZEDASOFT, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14524659 on 10/27/2014 (1429 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a software architecture for simulation of physical entities. The invention provides an object-oriented container based framework architecture for simulator software implementations, methods, and objects in a time domain on a distributed computer network. The invention further provides an interface system and a plug-in definition which allows compartmentalization of participants in the container and easy extensibility of the system. The invention further provides a system and method for streaming video in a container-based architecture.

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


Apparatuses and methods for sharing transmission vias for memory devices
Patent No. 10083723 

Inventor(s): Vijayakrishna J. Vankayala (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15985118 on 05/21/2018 (127 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for transmitting die state information between a plurality of dies are described. An example apparatus includes: a plurality of dies, wherein each die of the plurality of dies includes a first through electrode and a second through electrode; a first path including the first electrodes of the plurality of dies in series; and a second path including the first electrodes of the plurality of dies in series. The first path transmits first internal state information related to a first state of at least one die of the plurality of dies. The second path transmits second internal state information related to a second state of at least one die of the plurality of dies.

[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)


HVAC and/or refrigeration using power factor correction
Patent No. 10084372 

Inventor(s): Austin Clay Styer (Plano, TX), Palanivel Subramaniam (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15624844 on 06/16/2017 (466 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes an alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC) voltage convertor, a power factor correction (PFC) subsystem, and one or more motor drives. The AC to DC voltage converter receives alternating current from an AC voltage source. The PFC subsystem receives DC voltage from the AC to DC voltage convertor. The PFC subsystem also outputs a corrected DC voltage corresponding to an output voltage setpoint. The PFC subsystem includes a controller operable to dynamically adjust the output voltage setpoint. The one or more motor drives receive voltage via the PFC subsystem. The output voltage setpoint is determined based at least in part on estimating a load associated with the one or more motor drives configured to receive voltage via the PFC subsystem.

[G05F] SYSTEMS FOR REGULATING ELECTRIC OR MAGNETIC VARIABLES (regulating the timing or recurrence frequency of pulses in radar or radio navigation systems G01S; regulation of current or voltage, specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces G04G 19/02; closed-loop systems for regulating non-electric variables by electric means G05D; regulating power supply of digital computers G06F 1/26; for obtaining desired operating characteristics of electromagnets with armatures H01F 7/18; regulating electric power distribution networks H02J; regulating the charging of batteries H02J 7/00; regulating of the output of static converters, e.g. switching regulators, H02M; regulation of the output of electric generators H02N, H02P 9/00; controlling transformers, reactors or choke coils H02P 13/00; regulating frequency response, gain, maximum output, amplitude or bandwidth of amplifiers H03G; regulating tuning of resonant circuits H03J; controlling generators of electronic oscillations or pulses H03L; regulating characteristics of transmission lines H04B; controlling electric light sources H05B 37/02, H05B 39/04, H05B 41/36; electric control of X-ray apparatus H05G 1/30) [5]


 

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Network table error detection and correction using analytics data
Patent No. 10082556 

Inventor(s): Michael Wright (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): NetScout Systems, Inc (Westford, MA)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15647967 on 07/12/2017 (440 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for correcting network planning data includes a planning repository containing information related to network traffic, network element locations and network element connectivity. The system further includes a repository that includes a plurality of call data records. In addition, the system includes an information processing system including a processor and a memory device coupled to the processor. The memory device contains a set of instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to receive location data associated with a wireless network cell from a plurality of devices connected to the wireless network. The set of instructions further causes the processor to identify call data records associated with the received location data and to compare information in the received location data with corresponding information stored in the identified call data records to identify errors in the information stored in the planning repository.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method to combine multiple reputations
Patent No. 10083295 

Inventor(s): Joel R. Spurlock (Portland, OR), John D. Teddy (Portland, OR)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14581965 on 12/23/2014 (1372 days app to issue)

Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide for an electronic device that can be configured to acquire a plurality of reputations related to an object and combine the plurality of reputations to create a total reputation for the object. The object can include a plurality of sub-objects and each of the plurality of reputations can correspond to one of the sub-objects.

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


Method and system for using conversational biometrics and speaker identification/verification to filter voice streams
Patent No. 10083693 

Inventor(s): Naveen Narayan (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Roberts Mlotkowski Safran Cole Calderon, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15824238 on 11/28/2017 (301 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for using conversational biometrics and speaker identification and/or verification to filter voice streams during mixed mode communication. The method includes receiving an audio stream of a communication between participants. Additionally, the method includes filtering the audio stream of the communication into separate audio streams, one for each of the participants. Each of the separate audio streams contains portions of the communication attributable to a respective participant. Furthermore, the method includes outputting the separate audio streams to a storage system.

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


Sawn leadless package having wettable flank leads
Patent No. 10083866 

Inventor(s): Mohamad Ashraf Bin Mohd Arshad (Kuala Lumpur, , MY), Soo Wai Kong (Selangor, , MY)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Rose Alyssa Keagy (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15220782 on 07/27/2016 (790 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming a leadless packaged semiconductor device. First partial sawing leads is performed on a bottom side of an in-process leadless semiconductor package having a leadframe including die pad with a semiconductor chip thereon, and leads defining top and bottom surfaces and having an inner end and an outer end having a bottom corner region. Conductive bond wires connect to and extending between bond pads on the chip and respective leads, a mold compound is around the die pad, leads, chip, and conductive bond wires while exposing the bottom surface and outer end. The first sawing completely severs the leads while forming only a partial cut in the mold compound. A de-flash process is applied to the bottom side. The second sawing aligned to the partial cuts reaches the partial cuts to complete singulation of the package, wherein the second sawing does not touch the leads.

[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]


Vertical field effect transistors including two-tier select gates and method of making the same
Patent No. 10083877 

Inventor(s): Michiaki Sano (Yokkaichi, , JP), Tetsuya Yamada (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15793178 on 10/25/2017 (335 days app to issue)

Abstract: A two-dimensional array of vertical field effect transistors is provided, which includes a first-tier structure and a second-tier structure. The first-tier structure includes a laterally alternating sequence of semiconductor rail structures and first dielectric isolation rails that alternates along a first horizontal direction. A first gate dielectric and a first gate electrode that laterally extend along a second horizontal direction are disposed between each neighboring pair of a semiconductor rail structure and a first dielectric isolation rail. The second-tier structure includes a laterally alternating sequence of composite rail structures and second dielectric isolation rails that alternates along the second horizontal direction. Each of the composite rail structures includes a laterally alternating plurality of semiconductor pillar structures and dielectric pillar structures. A second gate dielectric and a second gate electrode are disposed between each neighboring pair of a composite rail structure and a second dielectric isolation rail.

[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]


Power electronics assemblies and vehicles incorporating the same
Patent No. 10083917 

Inventor(s): Ercan Mehmet Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI), Yanghe Liu (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15466176 on 03/22/2017 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power electronics assembly includes a semiconductor device, a metal substrate, and a cooling structure. The metal substrate includes a plurality of stress-relief features that extend at least partially through a thickness of the metal substrate. The plurality of stress-relief features are at least partially filled with a transient liquid phase (TLP) bonding material. The semiconductor device is positioned over the plurality of stress-relief features and thermally bonded to the metal substrate via TLP bonding material. Vehicles having power electronics assemblies with stress-relief through-features are also disclosed.

[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 select gate electrode that is thicker than word lines and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10083982 

Inventor(s): Junichi Ariyoshi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Keisuke Shigemura (Yokkaichi, , JP), Masanori Tsutsumi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Michiaki Sano (Yokkaichi, , JP), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Yanli Zhang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15496359 on 04/25/2017 (518 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate, the alternating stack having a memory array region and a contact region containing stepped surfaces, and memory stack structures having a semiconductor channel and a memory film extending through the memory array region of the alternating stack. The electrically conductive layers include a drain select gate electrode and word lines, where the drain select gate electrode is thicker than each of the word lines.

[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]


Resistive memory element employing electron density modulation and structural relaxation
Patent No. 10084015 

Inventor(s): Sebastian Wicklein (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15581078 on 04/28/2017 (515 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device includes at least one memory cell which contains a resistive memory element having a conductive metal oxide located between a first electrode and a second electrode. The conductive metal oxide has a concentration of free electrons in thermodynamic equilibrium in a range from 1.010[superscript]20[/superscript]/cm[superscript]3 [/superscript]to 1.010[superscript]21[/superscript]/cm[superscript]3[/superscript]. A method of operating the memory device includes redistributing electron density to set and reset the device. An oxide barrier layer may be located between the conductive metal oxide and the second 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]


Vertical tunneling FinFET
Patent No. 10084080 

Inventor(s): John H. Zhang (Altamont, NY), Qing Liu (Watervliet, NY)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14675298 on 03/31/2015 (1274 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tunneling transistor is implemented in silicon, using a FinFET device architecture. The tunneling FinFET has a non-planar, vertical, structure that extends out from the surface of a doped drain formed in a silicon substrate. The vertical structure includes a lightly doped fin defined by a subtractive etch process, and a heavily-doped source formed on top of the fin by epitaxial growth. The drain and channel have similar polarity, which is opposite that of the source. A gate abuts the channel region, capacitively controlling current flow through the channel from opposite sides. Source, drain, and gate terminals are all electrically accessible via front side contacts formed after completion of the device. Fabrication of the tunneling FinFET is compatible with conventional CMOS manufacturing processes, including replacement metal gate and self-aligned contact processes. Low-power operation allows the tunneling FinFET to provide a high current density compared with conventional planar devices.

[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]


Modulated guided surface waves
Patent No. 10084223 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14838852 on 08/28/2015 (1124 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various systems and methods directed to the launching of a guided surface wave embodying a modulated signal using a guided surface waveguide probe. A modulated signal is generated and coupled to a guided surface waveguide probe. A resulting guided surface wave is launched that decays exponentially as a function of distance.

[H01P] WAVEGUIDES; RESONATORS, LINES OR OTHER DEVICES OF THE WAVEGUIDE TYPE (operating at optical frequencies G02B)


Light emitting device with extended mode-hop-free spectral tuning ranges and method of manufacture
Patent No. 10084284 

Inventor(s): Annie Xiang (Allen, TX), Preston P. Young (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Photodigm, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15467718 on 03/23/2017 (551 days app to issue)

Abstract: Laser with extended mode-hop free spectral tuning ranges and methods for manufacturing such lasers are disclosed. In an embodiment the method includes providing a light emitting device, the light emitting device comprising a gain region and a first wavelength selection region and mounting the light emitting device on a thermally conductive carrier such that the gain region is mounted on a first carrier surface and the first wavelength selection region is arranged over and spaced apart from a second carrier surface.

[H01S] DEVICES USING STIMULATED EMISSION


Apparatus, systems, and methods of acoustic energy confinement with phononic crystals
Patent No. 10084426 

Inventor(s): Bichoy W. Bahr (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (Cambridge, MA)
Law Firm: Smith Baluch LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15695523 on 09/05/2017 (385 days app to issue)

Abstract: An acoustic resonator includes a wafer and a first phononic crystal disposed on the wafer to define an acoustic waveguide so as to propagate an acoustic wave along a propagation direction. The first phononic crystal includes a first two-dimensional (2D) array of metal stripes having a first period on the propagation direction. The apparatus also includes a second phononic crystal and a third phononic crystal disposed on two sides of the first phononic crystal and having a different period from the first period. The second phononic crystal and the wafer define a first reflector to reflect the acoustic wave. The third phononic crystal and the wafer define a second reflector to reflect the acoustic wave.

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


Feedforward filter using translational filter
Patent No. 10084433 

Inventor(s): Chih-Ming Hung (Mckinney, TX)
Assignee(s): MediaTek Inc. (Hsin-Chu, , TW)
Law Firm: Wolf, Greenfield Sacks, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15125145 on 03/13/2015 (1292 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a feedforward filter includes a first path, at least one second path and a signal combiner. The first path has a first translational filter, and employed for providing a first frequency response and generating a first output in response to an input signal based on the first frequency response. The at least one second path has a second translational filter and is coupled to the first path. The at least one second path is employed for providing a second frequency response that is different from the first frequency response to the input signal, and generating at least one second output in response to the input signal based on the second frequency response. The signal combiner is coupled to the first path and the second path, and employed for combining the first output and the at least one second output to generate a filtered signal.

[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]


Method and system for non-persistent real-time encryption key distribution
Patent No. 10084492 

Inventor(s): Bradley A. Whittington (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14704923 on 05/05/2015 (1239 days app to issue)

Abstract: An data channel system and method provide a composite signal having an overt, persistent signal channel and a non-persistent channel encoded onto a signal in the persistent channel by timing variation of the persistent channel signal.

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


Skew calculation in channel-bonded passive optical networks (PONs)
Patent No. 10084592 

Inventor(s): Duane Remein (Raleigh, NC), Frank Effenberger (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15499550 on 04/27/2017 (516 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises: a first clock; a receiver configured to: receive a first packet via a first channel corresponding to a first wavelength, and receive a third packet via a third channel corresponding to a third wavelength; and a processor coupled to the receiver and configured to: implement channel bonding using the first channel and the third channel, synchronize the first clock based on the first packet, and calculate a channel skew between the first channel and the third channel based on the first clock.

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


Localized traffic flow management in a wireless network
Patent No. 10084728 

Inventor(s): Jiangnan Jason Chen (Hawthorn Woods, IL), Peter McCann (Bridgewater, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15130046 on 04/15/2016 (893 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for a local control point in a communication system. The local control point may be an enterprise gateway configured as a gateway between radio access nodes and a core network that provides wireless communication for wireless devices that connect to the radio access nodes. The enterprise gateway may be connected to radio access nodes in a venue such as a retail shopping center, workplace, sports arena, public street, etc. The enterprise gateway may perform traffic flow management with respect to the local traffic in the venue. The enterprise gateway can make better decisions for traffic flow at the venue than a centralized point, such as a core network.

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


Method and system for fast access to advanced visualization of medical scans using a dedicated web portal
Patent No. 10084846 

Inventor(s): Kovey Kovalan (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): AI VISUALIZE, INC. (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: DeLio, Peterson Curcio LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15681785 on 08/21/2017 (400 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for viewing at a client device a series of three-dimensional virtual views over the Internet of a volume visualization dataset contained on centralized databases employs a transmitter for securely sending volume visualization dataset from a remote location to the centralized database, more than one central data storage medium containing the volume visualization dataset, and a plurality of servers in communication with the centralized databases to create virtual views based on client requests. A resource manager load balances the servers, a security device controls communications between the client device and server and the resource manager and central storage medium. Physically secured sites house the components. A web application accepts at the remote location user requests for a virtual view of the volume visualization dataset, transmits the request to the servers, receives the resulting virtual view from the servers, and displays the resulting virtual view to the remote user.

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


Hub-and-spoke connection architecture
Patent No. 10084886 

Inventor(s): John Stevenson (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Accenture Global Solutions Limited (Dublin, , IE)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15587826 on 05/05/2017 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, may include a private cloud network operated by an operator for a client. The private cloud network may be connected to a public cloud network that operates a web platform and a plurality of groups of gateway devices. A first group of gateway devices may be located at an operator data center associated with the operator, and may provide connectivity for the operator data center to connect to the public cloud network via the private cloud network. A second group of gateway devices may be located at a client data center associated with the client, and may provide connectivity for the client data center to connect to the public cloud network via the private cloud network. The private cloud network may be connected to the public cloud network, the operator data center, and the client data center in a hub-and-spoke connection configuration.

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


Method and system for establishing a communication channel between computing devices in a customer care environment
Patent No. 10084903 

Inventor(s): Ramesh Nagarajan (Pittsford, NY), Surya Prakash Kotha (Chennai, , IN)
Assignee(s): CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jones Robb, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15203875 on 07/07/2016 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed embodiments illustrate method and system for establishing a communication channel between computing devices in a customer care environment. The method includes receiving a first input from a customer-computing device associated with the customer. The received first input is compared with one or more pre-stored datasets. Based on the comparison, a plurality of options corresponding to each of a plurality of levels of one or more workflows is rendered on a user interface displayed on a display screen of the customer-computing device. A second input is received for one of the rendered plurality of options. The second input is representative of at least a preference of the customer for a service associated with a workflow. Based on at least the received second input, a communication channel is established between the customer-computing device and an agent-computing device associated with the customer care agent.

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


Multi-party conversation analyzer and logger
Patent No. 10084920 

Inventor(s): Jay Gainsboro (Framingham, MA), Lee Weinstein (Arlington, MA)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14605915 on 01/26/2015 (1338 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-party conversation analyzer and logger uses a variety of techniques including spectrographic voice analysis, absolute loudness measurements, directional microphones, and telephonic directional separation to determine the number of parties who take part in a conversation, and segment the conversation by speaking party. In one aspect, the invention monitors telephone conversations in real time to detect conditions of interest (for instance, calls to non-allowed parties or calls of a prohibited nature from prison inmates). In another aspect, automated prosody measurement algorithms are used in conjunction with speaker segmentation to extract emotional content of the speech of participants within a particular conversation, and speaker interactions and emotions are displayed in graphical form. A conversation database is generated which contains conversation recordings, and derived data such as transcription text, derived emotions, alert conditions, and correctness probabilities associated with derived data. Investigative tools allow flexible queries of the conversation database.

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


Flux rate unit cell focal plane array
Patent No. 10084976 

Inventor(s): Matthew Jonas (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lando Anastasi, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15341090 on 11/02/2016 (692 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one aspect, embodiments herein provide a unit cell circuit comprising a photodetector, a first integration capacitor, a first input circuit configured to maintain charge on the integration capacitor corresponding to photo-current received from the photodetector during an integration period, a first comparator coupled to the first integration capacitor and configured to compare a first integration voltage across the first integration capacitor to a first threshold reference voltage, a register coupled to the first comparator, and a counter coupled to the register and configured to repeatedly increment a counter value over the integration period, wherein in response to determining that the first integration voltage is at a certain level in relation to the first threshold reference voltage, the first comparator is further configured to output a first output signal configured to control the register to latch the counter value of the counter.

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


Method and device for reducing a computational load in high efficiency video coding
Patent No. 10085028 

Inventor(s): Chen-Xiong Zhang (Plano, TX), Jianhua Zheng (Beijing, , CN), Nam Ling (San Jose, CA), Zhouye Gu (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX), Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14752043 on 06/26/2015 (1187 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for reducing a computational load in high efficiency video coding includes generating a full rate distortion calculation list of selected intra coding modes where the intra coding modes including intra prediction modes and depth modeling modes. A rate distortion cost is determined, with a segment-wise depth coding mode being disabled, for each intra prediction mode in the full rate distortion calculation list and a smallest rate distortion cost intra prediction mode is selected. A rate distortion cost for a particular intra prediction mode is calculated with the segment-wise depth coding mode enabled. After comparison, one of the particular intra prediction mode and the smallest rate distortion cost intra prediction mode having the smallest rate distortion cost is applied to a prediction unit.

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


Television with interactive portal and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 10085044 

Inventor(s): Edward H. Wolfe (Plano, TX), Thomas R. Miller (Plano, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15625050 on 06/16/2017 (466 days app to issue)

Abstract: A television with an interactive portal and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the television, the television is deployed to provide an interactive portal in a hospitality establishment having multiple rooms, such as a hotel. The television is associated with a room and includes a housing that secures a processor, memory, tuner, panel, and audio driver in an interconnected architecture. The television generates a guest interactive portal as well as a housekeeping interactive portal for a guest and housekeeper, respectively. Each of the portals provides relevant feedback on the condition of the room to a server associated with the hotel.

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


System and method for uplink timing synchronization in conjunction with discontinuous reception
Patent No. 10085210 

Inventor(s): James Earl Womack (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS, CORP., LTD (Guangdong, , CN)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15638696 on 06/30/2017 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for providing uplink timing synchronization during DRX operation in a wireless communication system.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for device-to-device communications
Patent No. 10085228 

Inventor(s): Anthony C. K. Soong (Plano, TX), Hossein Bagheri (Urbana, IL), Mazin Al-Shalash (Frisco, TX), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14596898 on 01/14/2015 (1350 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for device-to-device (D2D) communication includes determining that a first user equipment (UE) is out-of-coverage, the first UE having been previously in-coverage on a first cell. The method also includes starting a timer upon determining that the first UE is out-of-coverage and determining whether the first UE has returned to be in-coverage after starting the timer. Additionally, the method includes determining whether the timer has expired and communicating, by the first UE directly with a second UE, using out-of-coverage resources from the first cell when the timer has not expired and the first UE has not returned to be in-coverage.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Random access method and apparatus of UE in mobile communication system
Patent No. 10085246 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Jefferson IP Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15790675 on 10/23/2017 (337 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and an apparatus for performing random access and uplink transmission of a User Equipment (UE) supporting Carrier Aggregation (CA) are provided. The method includes determining whether a Scheduling Request (SR) is pending, determining, when the SR is pending, whether an uplink transmission resource is available in a current Transmission Time Interval (TTI), determining, when the uplink transmission resource is not available, whether a Physical Uplink Control Channel (PUCCH) resource is configured for transmission of the SR, and initiating, when the PUCCH resource is not configured, a random access process in a primary cell. The random access method and apparatus of the present invention is advantageous to reduce the waste of transmission resources.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


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Reversible griddle
Patent No. D829052 

Inventor(s): Nicholas Allen Gamble (Anna, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Sam Sokhansanj PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29611904 on 07/26/2017 (426 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Wing bracket
Patent No. D829082 

Inventor(s): Stephen William O”Brien (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): TSI Products, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Hitchcock Evert LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29558598 on 03/18/2016 (921 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Bracket
Patent No. D829083 

Inventor(s): Stephen William O”Brien (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): TSI Products, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Hitchcock Evert LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29558602 on 03/18/2016 (921 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Deck lid panel
Patent No. D829145 

Inventor(s): James L. Meeker (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Uradnik Law Firm PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29614897 on 08/24/2017 (397 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Mountable electronics housing
Patent No. D829174 

Inventor(s): Stephen William O”Brien (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): TSI Products, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Hitchcock Evert LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29585861 on 11/29/2016 (665 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Folding cable protector
Patent No. D829180 

Inventor(s): Stephen William O”Brien (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): TSI Products, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Hitchcock Evert LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29586579 on 12/05/2016 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cell phone signal booster
Patent No. D829197 

Inventor(s): Jignesh Patel (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Wilson Electronics, LLC (St. George, UT)
Law Firm: Jones Waldo Holbrook McDonough, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29589505 on 01/02/2017 (631 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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