Dallas Invents: 70 Patents Granted for Week of Sept. 11

Patents granted include Toyota's method and apparatus for determining lane identification in a roadway, Baylor Research Institute's fatty acid treatment for cardiac patients, and Apple's computer internal architecture.

"First Seen" companies this week include Gibbs Energy for a modular system for fabrication of a biocolumn for generating fuel stocks and Lo Cap Energy for its modular thermal energy storage system.

An illustration from Toyota's patent No. 10,074,281 for a method an apparatus for determining lane identification in a roadway. [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 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. 11, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

70 patents granted    Ranked No. 14 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
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 5
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 4
STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell) 4
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 2

UNASSIGNED 3


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

James Earl Womack (Bedford) 2
Yi Song (Plano) 2


FIRST SEEN 
Examples of companies that may be originating a patent in the region for the first time.

Gibbs Energy
Patent No. 10072240
Method for modular design, fabrication and assembly of integrated biocolumn systems with multiple downstream outputs

LoCap Energy
Patent No. 10072896
Modular thermal energy storage system

True Velocity IP Holdings
Patent No. D0828483
Cartridge base insert


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

144 days
Topical skin formulations
Patent No. 10071033-B1
Assignee: MARY KAY INC. (Addison)
Inventors: Daniel Ramirez (Addison), Edward Chadwick (Addison), Geetha Kalahasti (Addison), Milagros Sanchez (Addison), Tiffany Carle (Addison)

2,477 days
Golf club heads or other ball striking devices having distributed impact response
Patent No. 10071290-B2
Assignee: NIKE, Inc. (Beaverton, OR)
Inventor: Robert Boyd (Flower Mound)


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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

Compliant vertebral attachment device
Patent No. 10070894 

Inventor(s): Cassandra Bell (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Brigham Young University (Provo, UT)
Law Firm: Brake Hughes Bellermann LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15006490 on 01/26/2016 (959 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one general aspect, a vertebral attachment device can include an attachment member having a curved shape defining a concave surface, a flex structure included in the attachment member, and an anchor member coupled to the attachment member and protruding from the concave surface.

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


Pedicle depth measuring apparatus
Patent No. 10070926 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Scott Smith (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Workman Nydegger (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14591747 on 01/07/2015 (1343 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pedicle depth measuring apparatus comprises an outer tubular member comprising a first end and a second end. A head member is joined to the second end. The head member comprises a base surface comprising an opening. An inner member is slidable within the outer tubular member. The inner member comprises a first end and a second end, the second end being slidable through the opening. The second end further comprises a marker disposed at a distal end. The marker comprises a material that is radiographically distinguishable, in which a placement of the marker within a cannulation of a patient”s pedicle is observable. An indicator member is operable for indicating a distance between the marker and the base surface, in which the distance indicates a choice of a size of a pedicle screw to be installed for mitigating damage to the patient”s nerve root.

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


Interbody implants and graft delivery systems
Patent No. 10070970 

Inventor(s): Jim R. Lynn (San Clemente, CA), Russell W. Nelson (Westlake, CA)
Assignee(s): Pinnacle Spine Group, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14774621 on 03/12/2014 (1644 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to some embodiments, a method for promoting spinal fusion using a spinal implant comprises providing a spinal implant, wherein the spinal implant comprises at least one internal chamber being is adapted to receive at least one graft and/or other fill material. In some arrangements, one or more walls of the spinal implant comprise at least one opening or hole that places the internal chamber in fluid communication with an exterior area or portion of the spinal implant. The method additionally includes positioning the spinal implant between two adjacent vertebrae of a patient and directing at least one graft and/or other fill material into the internal chamber of the spinal implant through the access port.

[A61F] FILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, E.G. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS (dental prosthetics A61C) [2006.01]


System and method for treatment of eustachian tube from middle ear approach
Patent No. 10070993 

Inventor(s): Marc Dean (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Acclarent, Inc. (Irvine, CA)
Law Firm: Frost Brown Todd LLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14928221 on 10/30/2015 (1047 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dilation catheter includes a shaft and an expandable element. The shaft includes a proximal portion and a distal portion. The distal portion includes a tip and a bend. The tip is sized and configured to pass through an isthmus of a Eustachian tube (ET). The bend is proximal to the tip. The bend is formed at an angle configured to provide insertion of the tip into the isthmus of the ET via an ear canal associated with the ET. The expandable element is disposed at the distal portion of the shaft. The expandable element is configured to transition between a non-expanded state and an expanded state. The expandable element in the non-expanded state is configured for insertion into the ET via the isthmus. The expandable element in the expanded state is configured to dilate the ET.

[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]


Topical skin formulations
Patent No. 10071033 

Inventor(s): Daniel Ramirez (Addison, TX), Edward Chadwick (Addison, TX), Geetha Kalahasti (Addison, TX), Milagros Sanchez (Addison, TX), Tiffany Carle (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): MARY KAY INC. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15958827 on 04/20/2018 (144 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates generally to methods and compositions useful for topical application to skin. The compositions can include saccharide isomerate, hydrolyzed algin, and zinc sulfate, and the composition can be capable of moisturizing or improving the appearance of skin.

[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)


Fatty acid treatment for cardiac patients
Patent No. 10071070 

Inventor(s): Charles R. Roe (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): Baylor Research Institute (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Cooley LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15587236 on 05/04/2017 (495 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of treating patients in need of treatment for a cardiac disorder has been found which comprises administering to the patient a seven carbon fatty acid compound or derivative thereof, wherein the compound or derivative thereof is able to readily enter the mitochondrion without special transport enzymes. A dietary formulation suitable for treatment of heart tissue in cardiac or surgical patients has been found which comprises a seven-carbon fatty acid chain, wherein the seven-carbon fatty acid chain is characterized by the ability to transverse the inner mitochondrial membrane by a transport mechanism which does not require carnitine palmitoyltransferase I, carnitine palmitoyltransferase II, or carnitine/acylcarnitine translocase and the ability to undergo mitochondrial -oxidation, and wherein the compound is selected from the group consisting of n-heptanoic acid or a derivative thereof, a triglyceride comprising n-heptanoic acid or a derivative thereof, and triheptanoin or a derivative thereof.

[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)


Optically based devices, systems, and methods for neuromodulation stimulation and monitoring
Patent No. 10071254 

Inventor(s): Rahul Saini (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Zyvex Labs, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15091740 on 04/06/2016 (888 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for neuromodulation are provided. For example, a neuromodulation system is disclosed that comprises an implantable neuromodulation module having a photodiode configured to generate electrical current in response to receiving light from an optical fiber; an optical transceiver; and at least one electrode configured to provide electrical stimulation to a nerve utilizing the electrical current generated by the photodiode. As another example, a method of neuromodulation is disclosed that comprises receiving light at a photodiode of a neuromodulation module and generating electrical current in response to receiving the light; and providing, via at least one electrode of the module positioned within the patient, electrical stimulation to a nerve of the patient utilizing the electrical current generated by the photodiode.

[A61N] ELECTROTHERAPY; MAGNETOTHERAPY; RADIATION THERAPY; ULTRASOUND THERAPY (measurement of bioelectric currents A61B; surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body A61B 18/00; anaesthetic apparatus in general A61M; incandescent lamps H01K; infra-red radiators for heating H05B) [6]


Golf club heads or other ball striking devices having distributed impact response
Patent No. 10071290 

Inventor(s): Robert Boyd (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): NIKE, Inc. (Beaverton, OR)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13308039 on 11/30/2011 (2477 days app to issue)

Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, includes a face having a ball striking surface configured for striking a ball and a body connected to the face and extending rearwardly from the face. The body has an impact-influencing structure positioned adjacent at least one peripheral edge of the face. A majority of a force generated by impact with a ball is absorbed by the impact-influencing structure, and a majority of a response force generated by the head upon impact with the ball is generated by the impact-influencing structure. The face may have increased stiffness as compared to existing faces, and may include a stiffening structure to create the increased stiffness. In one embodiment, the face may have a stiffness proximate the geometric center that is from about 46,000 to 56,000 lb-in[superscript]2[/superscript].

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


Method and system for conducting and linking play of a lottery game with a televised game show simultaneously with a play-at-home version of the game show
Patent No. 10071305 

Inventor(s): Amanda Saferin (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Scientific Games International, Inc. (Newark, DE)
Law Firm: Dority Manning, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14880562 on 10/12/2015 (1065 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are provided for conducting a primary lottery game in conjunction with a televised game show and a play-at-home version of the show. In the primary lottery game, players purchase lottery tickets, with each ticket having a unique web code. Players of the primary lottery game become eligible to be a contestant in the show by accumulating a predefined set of game symbols in the lottery game. During broadcast of the game show, a plurality of game symbol codes are provided to at-home viewers of the show who are also players of the primary lottery game. The at-home viewers are able to access a website, enter the web code from their lottery ticket, enter one the game symbol codes broadcast with the game show, and play a web-based game to win a game symbol associated with the entered game symbol code.

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


 

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

CeO[subscript]2[/subscript]-NiO mixed oxide catalysts for direct NOx decomposition
Patent No. 10071367 

Inventor(s): Charles Alexander Roberts (Farmington Hills, MI), Krishna Gunugunuri (Canton, MI), Torin C. Peck (Ypsilanti, 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: 15605178 on 05/25/2017 (474 days app to issue)

Abstract: Active catalysts for the treatment of a low temperature exhaust gas stream are provided for the direct decomposition removal of NO[subscript]x [/subscript]from an exhaust gas stream. The catalyst system may include a mixed oxide composition including cerium oxide and nickel oxide CeO[subscript]2[/subscript]NiO. The exhaust gas stream may be provided at a temperature of from about 400 C. to about 650 C. Methods for making the catalyst include co-precipitation techniques, using KOH as a precipitating agent. The catalyst system is configured to catalyze a decomposition of the NOx to generate N[subscript]2 [/subscript]without the presence of a reductant. The catalyst may be a cubic structure, with nickel incorporated in a cubic lattice of cerium. The catalyst composition may be represented as Ce[subscript]0.5[/subscript]Ni[subscript]0.5[/subscript]O[subscript]2[/subscript].

[B01J] CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROCESSES, e.g. CATALYSIS, COLLOID CHEMISTRY; THEIR RELEVANT APPARATUS (processes or apparatus for specific applications, see the relevant places for these processes or apparatus, e.g. F26B 3/08) [2]


Vehicle roof structures for concealing one or more sensors
Patent No. 10071773 

Inventor(s): Crystal J. Mink (South Lyon, MI), Jaime N. Moore (Ann Arbor, MI), Paxton S. Williams (Milan, 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: 15228736 on 08/04/2016 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle roof structure for concealing one or more sensors therein includes a roof panel, a windshield extending up to the roof panel, and a spoiler. The spoiler extends across at least a portion of a width of the roof panel and includes a leading portion that is substantially parallel to a windshield-roof interface, an apex, wherein a height of the spoiler increases from a height of the roof panel to a height of the apex as the spoiler extends from the leading portion to the apex in a vehicle longitudinal direction, and a trailing portion extending from the apex to the roof panel. A sensor volume is formed between the spoiler and the roof panel. One or more sensors are at least partially positioned within the sensor volume, wherein the one or more sensors output a signal indicative of a characteristic of an environment of the vehicle.

[B62D] MOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS (steering, or guiding on a desired track, of agricultural machines or implements A01B 69/00; wheels, castors, axles, increasing wheel adhesion B60B; vehicle tyres, tyre inflation or tyre changing B60C; connections between vehicles of a train or the like B60D; vehicles for use on rail and road, amphibious or convertible vehicles B60F; suspension arrangements B60G; heating, cooling, ventilating or other air treating devices B60H; windows, windscreens, non-fixed roofs, doors or similar devices, protective coverings for vehicles not in use B60J; propulsion plant arrangements, auxiliary drives, transmissions, controls, instrumentation or dashboards B60K; electric equipment or propulsion of electrically-propelled vehicles B60L; power supply for electrically-propelled vehicles B60M; passenger accommodation not otherwise provided for B60N; adaptations for load transportation or to carry special loads or objects B60P; arrangement of signalling or lighting devices, the mounting or supporting thereof or circuits therefor, for vehicles in general B60Q; vehicles, vehicle fittings or vehicle parts, not otherwise provided for B60R; servicing, cleaning, repairing, supporting, lifting, or manoeuvring, not otherwise provided for B60S; brake arrangements, brake control systems or parts thereof B60T; air-cushion vehicles B60V; motorcycles, accessories therefor B62J, B62K; testing of vehicles G01M)


Cargo bed side top extender
Patent No. 10071775 

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: 15498537 on 04/27/2017 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: A covering for a wall of a vehicle cargo bed includes a first portion structured to be attached to a top portion of the wall, and a second portion rotatably connected to the first portion. The first portion has a first surface, and the second portion has a first surface. The second portion is rotatable between a first orientation in which the second portion first surface resides directly opposite the first portion first surface and faces in a first direction toward the first portion first surface, and a second orientation in which the second portion first surface faces in a second direction opposite the first direction. A shoulder extends from an edge of the second portion at an angle with respect to the second portion first surface.

[B62D] MOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS (steering, or guiding on a desired track, of agricultural machines or implements A01B 69/00; wheels, castors, axles, increasing wheel adhesion B60B; vehicle tyres, tyre inflation or tyre changing B60C; connections between vehicles of a train or the like B60D; vehicles for use on rail and road, amphibious or convertible vehicles B60F; suspension arrangements B60G; heating, cooling, ventilating or other air treating devices B60H; windows, windscreens, non-fixed roofs, doors or similar devices, protective coverings for vehicles not in use B60J; propulsion plant arrangements, auxiliary drives, transmissions, controls, instrumentation or dashboards B60K; electric equipment or propulsion of electrically-propelled vehicles B60L; power supply for electrically-propelled vehicles B60M; passenger accommodation not otherwise provided for B60N; adaptations for load transportation or to carry special loads or objects B60P; arrangement of signalling or lighting devices, the mounting or supporting thereof or circuits therefor, for vehicles in general B60Q; vehicles, vehicle fittings or vehicle parts, not otherwise provided for B60R; servicing, cleaning, repairing, supporting, lifting, or manoeuvring, not otherwise provided for B60S; brake arrangements, brake control systems or parts thereof B60T; air-cushion vehicles B60V; motorcycles, accessories therefor B62J, B62K; testing of vehicles G01M)


Exhaust arrangement for aircraft having sensor
Patent No. 10071814 

Inventor(s): Craig S. McGee (Lewisville, TX), Sam R. Fritcher (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Blank Rome LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14826957 on 08/14/2015 (1124 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exhaust arrangement is for an aircraft having sensing equipment and a front prop engine. An extension mounts on the underside along an edge of the fuselage to direct exhaust from the engine”s exhaust pipes to a point to or past the sensing equipment typically exposed at the mid-section of the aircraft. An extension inlet mounts adjacent the pipe and defines a funnel or conical orifice not directly affixed to the pipe. One or more conductors for the extension then extend from the inlet to convey the exhaust to an outlet of the extension. Preferably, multiple conductors can be used with an expansion joint provided between them. The outlet preferably diverts exhaust away from the tail end of the aircraft. To mount the extension to the aircraft, several arrangements of supports including rods, lugs, angles, and the like hold the extension in vertical, lateral, and axial directions to the aircraft.

[B64D] EQUIPMENT FOR FITTING IN OR TO AIRCRAFT; FLYING SUITS; PARACHUTES; ARRANGEMENTS OR MOUNTING OF POWER PLANTS OR PROPULSION TRANSMISSIONS IN AIRCRAFT


 

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

Low hysteresis carbon black
Patent No. 10072154 

Inventor(s): Kalyan K. Das (Borger, TX), Leszek Nikiel (Fort Worth, TX), Wesley Wampler (Hudson Oaks, TX)
Assignee(s): Sid Richardson Carbon, Ltd. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Ward Law Office LLC (23 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15050966 on 02/23/2016 (931 days app to issue)

Abstract: A carbon black product comprises aggregates of carbon black characterized as having an OAN of between 139 and 149 ml/100 g, a COAN of between 95 and 105 ml/100 g, an iodine adsorption number I[subscript]2 [/subscript]No of between 52 and 62 mg/g, and a multipoint nitrogen adsorption N[subscript]2[/subscript]SA of between 54 and 64 m[superscript]2[/superscript]/g. Tires manufactured with the carbon black product exhibit low rolling resistance and low heat build-up under service conditions.

[C09C] TREATMENT OF INORGANIC MATERIALS, OTHER THAN FIBROUS FILLERS, TO ENHANCE THEIR PIGMENTING OR FILLING PROPERTIES (preparation of inorganic compounds or non-metallic elements C01; treatment of materials specially adapted to enhance their filling properties in mortars, concrete or artificial stone C04B 14/00, C04B 18/00, C04B 20/00); PREPARATION OF CARBON BLACK [4]


Method for modular design, fabrication and assembly of integrated biocolumn systems with multiple downstream outputs
Patent No. 10072240 

Inventor(s): Joseph P Maceda (New York, NY)
Assignee(s): GIBBS ENERGY, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves Savitch LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14764529 on 12/31/2013 (1715 days app to issue)

Abstract: Present invention relates to a modular system for fabrication of a biocolumn for generating fuel stocks. The biocolumn of independent units called modules and which function as independent units and can be assembled together to fabricate a biocolumn. These modules can be assembled together to form various zones of biocolumn. Fuel stocks can be prepared by inputting a nutrient, a renewable energy source, photon energy and a carbon source into said zones and outputting fuel stock and by products from zones. The zones are interconnected so that byproducts from each zone can be recycled as input or transformed into product.

[C12M] APPARATUS FOR ENZYMOLOGY OR MICROBIOLOGY (installations for fermenting manure A01C 3/02; preservation of living parts of humans or animals A01N 1/02; brewing apparatus C12C; fermentation apparatus for wine C12G; apparatus for preparing vinegar C12J 1/10) [3]


Methods of forming graphene single crystal domains on a low nucleation site density substrate
Patent No. 10072355 

Inventor(s): Luigi Colombo (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Meunier Carlin Curfman LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14252953 on 04/15/2014 (1610 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming graphene single crystal domains on a carbon substrate is described.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Magnetic straking such as for utility or communications tower
Patent No. 10072437 

Inventor(s): Leo Dan Padron (Springtown, TX)
Assignee(s): Sabre Communications Corporation (Sioux City, IA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15644634 on 07/07/2017 (431 days app to issue)

Abstract: Magnetic straking can optionally be temporarily attached to a ferromagnetic structure or other structure capable of magnetic attachment thereto, allowing observation or testing of the structure”s performance before optional permanent attaching of such straking to the structure, such as by welding or the like.

[E04H] BUILDINGS OR LIKE STRUCTURES FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSES; SWIMMING OR SPLASH BATHS OR POOLS; MASTS; FENCING; TENTS OR CANOPIES, IN GENERAL (foundations E02D) [4]


Erosion resistant screen assembly
Patent No. 10072483 

Inventor(s): Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14910435 on 10/15/2013 (1792 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sand control screen assembly can be operably positioned within a wellbore. The sand control screen assembly can include a base pipe and an unperforated shroud. The assembly can also include a filter medium positioned between the unperforated shroud and the base pipe. The base pipe and the filter medium can define an inner passageway for fluid flow along the base pipe. The filter medium and the unperforated shroud can define an outer passageway for fluid flow between the filter medium and the unperforated shroud.

[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

 

Tube nut assembly
Patent No. 10072778 

Inventor(s): Andrew W. Heutchy (Ypsilanti, 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: 14592599 on 01/08/2015 (1342 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tube nut and a brake tube assembly are provided. A pipe is disposed within the bore of the nut. A first coating is disposed on an outer surface of the nut. The first coating has a corrosive resistance greater than the bore so as to promote corrosion within the bore. The corrosion forms a seal which is pinched between the bore and the pipe. The tube nut and brake tube assembly may include a second coating disposed on the bore. The first coating has a corrosive resistance greater than the second coating so as to promote corrosion within the bore.

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


Method and system for optimizing a speed of at least one of a variable speed compressor and a variable speed circulation fan to improve latent capacity
Patent No. 10072862 

Inventor(s): Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15177585 on 06/09/2016 (824 days app to issue)

Abstract: An HVAC system includes an evaporator coil and a metering device. The HVAC system includes a variable-speed circulation fan and a condenser coil fluidly coupled to the metering device. A variable-speed compressor is fluidly coupled to the condenser coil and the evaporator coil. A controller is operatively coupled to the variable-speed compressor and the variable-speed circulation fan. A second temperature sensor is disposed in an enclosed space. The second temperature sensor measures temperature of the enclosed space and transmits the temperature of the enclosed space to the controller. The controller determines if the temperature of the enclosed space is below a minimum threshold. Responsive to a determination that the temperature of the enclosed space is below the minimum threshold, the controller modulates at least one of a speed of the variable-speed compressor and the variable-speed circulation fan to lower a discharge air temperature.

[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)


 

P H Y S I C S

Feedback control of food texture system and method
Patent No. 10070661 

Inventor(s): Chen C. Shao (Plano, TX), Enrique Michel-Sanchez (Dallas, TX), Ou Bai (Plano, TX), Scott Fagan (Dallas, TX), Scott G. Richardson (Gainesville, TX), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Dallas, TX), Wilfred Marcellien Bourg, Jr. (Melissa,
Assignee(s): FRITO-LAY NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14864728 on 09/24/2015 (1083 days app to issue)

Abstract: A feedback and feedforward as well as a statistical predictive control system and method for continuously controlling texture of a food snack in a manufacturing process. The feedback system includes a quantitative texture measuring tool that is positioned downstream of a food processing unit. The texture measuring tool continuously measures a texture attribute of food snack from the food processing unit and feeds back texture attribute information to a controller that controls input parameters to food processing unit such that the texture attribute of a resultant food snack falls within an acceptable limit. The texture measuring tool comprises an excitation tool that strikes the food snack and produces an acoustic signal that is processed by a data processing unit. The data processing unit identifies relevant frequencies in the acoustic signal and quantitatively measures a texture attribute based on a correlated model that includes the relevant frequencies.

[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)


Optical sensor arrangement and method for light sensing
Patent No. 10072976 

Inventor(s): Gonggui Xu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ams AG (Unterpremstaetten, , AT)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14493219 on 09/22/2014 (1450 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical sensor arrangement ([b]10[/b]) comprises a light sensor ([b]11[/b]), a current source ([b]41[/b]), an analog-to-digital converter ([b]12[/b]) and a switch ([b]44[/b]) which selectively couples the light sensor ([b]11[/b]) or the current source ([b]41[/b]) to an input ([b]14[/b]) of the analog-to-digital converter ([b]12[/b]).

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


Color sensor arrangement and method for color sensor calibration
Patent No. 10072981 

Inventor(s): Glenn Lee (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ams AG (Unterpremstaetten, , AT)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15027239 on 09/24/2014 (1448 days app to issue)

Abstract: A color sensor arrangement comprises a color sensor arranged to generate at least a first channel signal being indicative of a color of light incident on the color sensor. A processing unit is connected to the color sensor and arranged to generate a tuple of color signals by processing the at least first channel signal. A memory is connected to the processing unit and a control unit is connected to the processing unit and to the memory. Furthermore, the control unit is arranged to receive calibration data relating the tuple of color signals to a calibrated tuple of color signals and arranged to store said calibration data (M) by means of the memory. An interface is connected to the processing unit and comprises an interface terminal.

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


Three-dimensional waveguide sensors for sample analysis
Patent No. 10073188 

Inventor(s): Neal G. Skinner (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14781053 on 10/02/2014 (1440 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for measuring a characteristic of a fluid are provided. The system includes a plurality of waveguides embedded in a substrate, and an exposed surface of the substrate comprising a portion of a side surface of at least one of the plurality of waveguides. The system also includes a sensitized coating in the at least one of the plurality of waveguides. The exposed surface is curved in a direction perpendicular to a light propagation in the waveguide. A method of fabricating a system as above is also provided.

[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]


Single conversion power distribution for computing device arrangements
Patent No. 10073514 

Inventor(s): Donley Bryan Doyle (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): T-Mobile USA, Inc. (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Lee Hayes, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15090246 on 04/04/2016 (890 days app to issue)

Abstract: A server arrangement wherein 480 volt alternating current voltage is converted to a direct current voltage in a single step. The server arrangement includes a plurality of cabinets configured with a plurality of rack units, wherein each rack unit is configured to accept a component. The server arrangement further includes a plurality of components located within the rack units. A plurality of power buses are located above the plurality of cabinets and are electrically coupled to cabinets within rows of cabinets. The server arrangement also includes a plurality of rectifier units. Each rectifier unit is configured to convert 480 volt alternating current voltage to a direct current voltage to supply to one or more components.

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


Addressing, interleave, wear leveling, and initialization schemes for different chip enables and memory arrays of different types
Patent No. 10073627 

Inventor(s): Arun Thandapani (Bangalore, , IN), Krishnamurthy Dhakshinamurthy (Bangalore, , IN), Muralitharan Jayaraman (Bangalore, , IN), Narendhiran Chinnaanangur Ravimohan (Bangalore, , IN), Vijay Sivasankaran (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14994641 on 01/13/2016 (972 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-volatile memory system may include a plurality of dies, where the plurality of dies are configured in a plurality of chip enable groups and at least one of the chip enable groups includes less than a maximum number of dies that may be uniquely identified according to a die selection scheme, where different memory arrays have different capacities and/or include memory elements of different types or technologies, or some combination thereof. One or more virtual die layouts, addressing schemes and mappings, wear leveling schemes, and initialization schemes may be employed for these multi-die configurations.

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


Systems and methods for log coordination
Patent No. 10073630 

Inventor(s): Gregory N. Gillis (Riverton, UT), Jingpei Yang (San Jose, CA), Ned Plasson (Park City, UT), Nisha Talagala (Livermore, CA), Swaminathan Sundararaman (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14075951 on 11/08/2013 (1768 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage module may be configured to perform log storage operations on a storage log maintained on a non-volatile storage medium. An I/O client may utilize storage services of the storage module to maintain an upper-level log. The storage module may be configured to coordinate log storage and/or management operations between the storage log and the upper-level log. The coordination may include adapting a segment size of the logs to reduce write amplification. The coordination may further include coordinating validity information between log layers, adapting log grooming operations to reduce storage recovery overhead, defragmenting upper-level log data within the storage address space, preventing fragmentation of upper-level log data, and so on. The storage module may coordinate log operations by use of log coordination messages communicated between log layers.

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


Systems and methods for storage virtualization
Patent No. 10073656 

Inventor(s): Bhavesh Mehta (Sunnyvale, CA), Brent Lim Tze Hao (San Jose, CA), David Flynn (Sandy, UT), Jerene Zhe Yang (San Jose, CA), Michael Brown (Campbell, CA), Prashanth Radhakrishnan (Sunnyvale, CA), Vikram Joshi (Los Gatos, CA,
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14245893 on 04/04/2014 (1621 days app to issue)

Abstract: An I/O manager may be configured to service I/O requests pertaining to ephemeral data of a virtual machine using a storage device that is separate from and/or independent of a primary storage resource to which the I/O request is directed. Ephemeral data may be removed from ephemeral storage in response to a removal condition and/or trigger, such as a virtual machine reboot. The I/O manager may manage transfers of ephemeral virtual machine data in response to virtual machines migrating between host computing devices. The I/O manager may be further configured to cache virtual machine data, and/or manage shared file data that is common to two or more virtual machines operating on a host computing device.

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


Electronically based thesaurus querying documents while leveraging context sensitivity
Patent No. 10073839 

Inventor(s): Benjamin J. Flora (Coppell, TX), Rachel M. Bonas (Irving, TX), Romelia H. Flores (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13930660 on 06/28/2013 (1901 days app to issue)

Abstract: Arrangements described herein relate to language enhancement. Source text can be automatically gathered from a plurality of text sources, the plurality of text sources including at least one social media website, and storing the source text to a thesaurus data infrastructure. Subject text being exposed to thesaurus processing can be received, a context of the subject text can be identified, and the thesaurus data infrastructure can be accessed while the thesaurus queries previously acquired source texts or documents having similar context to identify source text having context similar to the context of the subject text. The identified source text can be analyzed to identify at least one candidate word or phrase contained in the source text to recommend as a replacement for at least one word or phrase contained in the subject text. The identified at least one candidate word or phrase can be recommended as the replacement for the at least one word or phrase contained in the subject text.

[G10L] SPEECH ANALYSIS OR SYNTHESIS; SPEECH RECOGNITION; SPEECH OR VOICE PROCESSING; SPEECH OR AUDIO CODING OR DECODING [4]


Photographic picture quality improvement recommendation system using objects
Patent No. 10073863 

Inventor(s): Dong-Qing Zhang (Plainsboro, NJ), Hong Heather Yu (West Windsor, NJ), Hongbing Li (Skillman, NJ), John Wus (Yardley, NJ), Zhenyu Wu (Plainsboro, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14095222 on 12/03/2013 (1743 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer program product comprising computer executable instructions stored on a non-transitory computer readable medium such that when executed by a processor, causes the processor to identify an object of interest in a visual media element, analyze the object of interest according to a defined set of rules to form a recommendation for improvement of the visual media element, and recommend the improvement to the visual media element to a user. A method comprising receiving a visual media element as an input, determining a relevant object of interest within the visual media element, analyzing an aesthetic appearance of the relevant object of interest according to a guideline, and recommending a change to the visual media element for conforming to the guideline.

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


System and method for column-specific materialization scheduling
Patent No. 10073873 

Inventor(s): Chi Young Ku (San Ramon, CA), Mengmeng Chen (San Jose, CA), Ron-Chung Hu (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14663210 on 03/19/2015 (1272 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of dynamically computing an optimal materialization schedule for each column in a column oriented RDBMS. Dynamic column-specific materialization scheduling in a distributed column oriented RDBMS is optimized by choosing a materialization strategy based on execution cost including central processing unit (CPU), disk, and network costs for each individual exchange operator. The dynamic programming approach is computationally feasible because the optimal schedule for a sub-plan is path independent.

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


System and method for performing k-nearest neighbor search based on minimax distance measure and efficient outlier detection
Patent No. 10073887 

Inventor(s): Morteza Chehreghani (Montbonnot-St-Martin, , FR)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14791869 on 07/06/2015 (1163 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method enable a set of dataset objects that are K-nearest neighbors (K-NN), based on their Minimax distances to a test object, to be identified without computing the all-pair Minimax distances directly. A pairwise distance between the test object and each dataset object is computed. Iteratively, one of the dataset objects is selected to add to a K-NN set until the K-NN set includes a predefined number of nearest neighbors. The selected dataset object at each iteration is the one for which there is no other unselected dataset object which has a smaller pairwise distance to any of a current subset of objects than the selected dataset object. The current subset of objects includes the test object and the dataset objects currently in the K-NN set. After the K-NN set is identified it may be output or used to generate other information, such as a test object label.

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


Security system using visual floor plan
Patent No. 10073929 

Inventor(s): Molly Byer (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): ADT US Holdings, Inc. (Boca Raton, FL)
Law Firm: Christopher Weisberg, P.A. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14213892 on 03/14/2014 (1642 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for a premises based system is provided. A processor may be configured to generate a layout (such as a floor plan layout) of at least a portion of a premises to be monitored by the premises based system and populate the layout with at least one premises device. The processor may be further configured to cause layout data associated with the populated layout to be stored.

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


Secure authentication of users of devices using tactile and voice sequencing with feedback
Patent No. 10073959 

Inventor(s): Stacey Ramos (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Brown Michaels, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14744456 on 06/19/2015 (1180 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for securely authenticating users of a device which uses pairings of a verbal passphrase and user interactions. The user interactions may be finger position on an interface of the device, number of taps on the interface of the device, or touching of the interface in a predefined area. Alternatively, the user can provide a verbal passphrase with inflection points.

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


Two phase predictive approach for supply network optimization
Patent No. 10074066 

Inventor(s): Saurabh Gupta (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15017860 on 02/08/2016 (946 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for managing an order in an Omni-channel order fulfillment system is disclosed. A stock-keeping unit (SKU) node level cost is predicted for a plurality of SKUs. The order is received containing one or more SKUs. A candidate list of fulfillment nodes is determined for fulfilling each of the one or more SKUs in the order using the predicted SKU node level cost and a fulfillment node-destination shipping distance. One or more fulfillment nodes are selected from the candidate list, and the order is fulfilled using the selected one or more fulfillment nodes.

[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]


Methods, apparatus and computer program products for securely accessing account data
Patent No. 10074088 

Inventor(s): Amy A. Glavasich (Kingston, NY), Blayn W. Beenau (Peoria, AZ), Cathy A. McGarity (Scottsdale, AZ), Danielle R. Nulle (Atlantic Heights, NJ), Leigh R. Malnati (Mountain Lakes, NJ), Sevia N. Phillips (Norwalk, CT), William
Assignee(s): Liberty Peak Ventures, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15187196 on 06/20/2016 (813 days app to issue)

Abstract: Customer data is securely downloaded to a browser toolbar by performing a check to determine whether a request for customer data includes a request for personal identifiable information requiring encryption by a public encryption key generated by the browser toolbar. The customer is authenticated based on a set of a user credential and an account specific access credential. The account specific access credential is associated with the account of the customer. Requested personal identifiable information is encrypted using the public encryption key generated by the browser toolbar. Encrypted personal identifiable information is transmitted to the browser toolbar.

[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 in-vehicle communication with a vendor
Patent No. 10074092 

Inventor(s): Charan S. Lota (Canton, MI), Christopher Lee Rovik (Canton, MI), Donald Anthony Restauri, III (Ypsilanti, 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: 13409775 on 03/01/2012 (2385 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle may communicate with a vendor interaction system of a vendor. The vehicle includes network interface hardware, a processor communicatively coupled to the network interface hardware, and at least one display communicatively coupled to the at least one processor. The processor executes logic to establish a communication link with the vendor interaction system, receive, with the network interface hardware, a vendor data signal from the vendor interaction system, the vendor data signal indicative of vendor information, receive, with the network interface hardware, a user preference data signal indicative of user order preferences for the vendor, display at least one of the user order preferences and the vendor information on the at least one display, and display an order prompt requesting a user to make an order selection from at least one of the vendor information or the user order preferences displayed on the at least one display.

[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]


Vehicle safety system and method of use
Patent No. 10074263 

Inventor(s): Jorge Ayala H. (Fort Worth, TX), Miguel Angel Garcia (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15281247 on 09/30/2016 (711 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method to notify a third party if a child is left behind in a vehicle includes securing a motion detector system within a vehicle, the motion detector being secured to a roof of an inner cabin of the vehicle and directed to a rear seat; detecting via the motion detector if a child is left behind in the rear seat after the vehicle is locked and after a driver exits; if the child is left behind, activating an air conditioner via a computer system operably associated with the motion detector; after activating the air conditioner, detecting if the driver has returned to the vehicle; if the driver has not returned, activating a car alarm via the computer system; after activating the car alarm for a predetermined time, determining if the driver has returned; and if the driver has not returned, notifying a third party via a transceiver operably associated with computer system.

[G08B] SIGNALLING OR CALLING SYSTEMS; ORDER TELEGRAPHS; ALARM SYSTEMS


Method and apparatus for determining lane identification in a roadway
Patent No. 10074281 

Inventor(s): Derek S. Caveney (Plymouth, MI), John-Michael McNew (Ann Arbor, MI), Rohit Pandita (Ann Arbor, MI), Vladimeros Vladimerou (Ypsilanti, 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: 15253329 on 08/31/2016 (741 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lane identity in a roadway in which a vehicle is traveling can be determined. The roadway can include a plurality of lanes. The determining can include generating a lane identification confidence belief indicating a probability that the vehicle is in a particular lane of the plurality of lanes of the roadway. Generating the lane identification confidence belief can be based on: any detected lane crossings, the number of lanes in the roadway, the lane marker type to a left side and to a right side of the vehicle at the current position of the vehicle or ahead of the current position of the vehicle in a forward direction of travel of the vehicle, and a weighted average of an instantaneous lane identification confidence belief and a lane identification confidence belief prior to a current sample time period.

[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]


Impedance tuning between packaging and dies
Patent No. 10074423 

Inventor(s): Eliran Kanza (Holon, , IL), Nimrod Hermesh (Mazkeret Batia, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15453418 on 03/08/2017 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus may include a controller configured to communicate with a plurality of dies via a signal path. The controller may notify the dies of its desire to communicate with a target die. In response, the dies may set on-die termination resistances of two or more of the dies to a low resistance value, which in turn may set an overall termination resistance of the memory dies to be lower than the low resistance value. The lower overall termination resistance may be closer to a characteristic impedance of a portion of the signal path comprising packaging components of a packaging of the dies compared to the low resistance value, thereby reducing impedance mismatch between the characteristic impedance of the packaging components and the termination resistance.

[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)


Shaped data associated with an erase operation
Patent No. 10074427 

Inventor(s): Ariel Navon (Revava, , IL), Idan Alrod (Herzliya, , IL), Noam Presman (Givatayim, , IL), Tianhong Yan (Saratoga, CA), Tz-Yi Liu (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14539033 on 11/12/2014 (1399 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes, in a data storage device including a resistive memory, receiving, from an external device, an erase command to erase a portion of the resistive memory. The method further includes storing shaped data at the portion of the resistive memory responsive to the erase command. Shaped data is configured to control an amount of leakage current during a read and/or write operation at one or more storage elements that are adjacent to at least one storage element of the portion of the resistive memory.

[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)


Erase for partially programmed blocks in non-volatile memory
Patent No. 10074440 

Inventor(s): Biswajit Ray (Mountain View, CA), Changyuan Chen (San Ramon, CA), Mohan Dunga (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15337522 on 10/28/2016 (683 days app to issue)

Abstract: An erase operation includes one or more erase depth checks to detect the occurrence of shallow erased memory cells at the end of an erase process. Memory cells are subjected to erase and erase verification until erase verification success is achieved. At the end of successful erase verification, a subset of memory cells is read to detect an erase depth or level of the memory cells. If the erase depth check indicates that the subset memory cells are in a shallow erased condition, additional erasing and verification is performed.

[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 for modeling quality of service for streaming media
Patent No. 10075349 

Inventor(s): Hojatollah Yeganeh (Kitchener, , CA), Roman Kordasiewicz (Elmira, , CA)
Assignee(s): NetScout Systems Texas, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14531391 on 11/03/2014 (1408 days app to issue)

Abstract: A monitoring device includes a video buffer model and a user model. The video buffer model monitors a media program streaming across a network to a media client for perceivable transmission impairments. The user model reflects user dissatisfaction due to types of perceivable transmission impairments and timing, duration, and frequency of perceivable transmission impairments so as to estimate a quality of experience of the media program. The parametric model can include one or more parameterized functions, and a set of parameters used in at least one of the one or more of the parameterized functions at a point in time during the streaming of the media program can be based on a type of perceivable transmission impairment associated with the point in time.

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


Real-time vulnerability monitoring
Patent No. 10075466 

Inventor(s): Brett M. Oliphant (Plano, TX), John P. Blignaut (West Lafayette, IN)
Assignee(s): SecurityProfiling, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: The Caldwell Firm, LLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15608984 on 05/30/2017 (469 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus is provided including at least one platform; an intrusion prevention system configured to communicative couple with the at least one platform; a firewall configured to communicative couple with the at least one platform; at least one first data storage configured to communicative couple with the at least one platform; and at least one second data storage configured to communicative couple with the at least one platform. The at least one platform is configured to perform a plurality of operations that collective protect one or more networked devices, by causing a reporting of at least a first occurrence based on a determination that the first occurrence includes at least one first occurrence packet that is capable of taking advantage of at least one of the actual vulnerability to which the at least one networked device is actually vulnerable.

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


 

E L E C T R I C I T Y

Display inserts, overlays, and graphical user interfaces for multimedia systems
Patent No. 10071395 

Inventor(s): Alvin R. McQuarters (Euless, TX), Amir Ansari (Plano, TX), George A. Cowgill (Farmersville, TX), Jude P. Ramayya (Wylie, TX), Leon E. Nicholls (Plano, TX), Ramprakash Masina (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): KIP PROD P1 LP (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15800057 on 10/31/2017 (315 days app to issue)

Abstract: A disclosed digital media device operational at user premises to receive media signals from a media source for presentation via endpoint devices such as a television display. The digital media device can include gateway and digital media management functionality and can be referred to as a gateway and digital media device. The device offers application services obtained over a wide area network and a user premises network. The digital media device may form a composite signal from the media signal and application service information, for example, for a composite audio and/or video signal for television type presentation to the user. The digital media device may receive a selection signal based on the presentation, for transmission to the application service provider device or to the media source. The media device also offers a GUI presenting a moveable arrangement of icons for selectively accessing application services.

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


Computer internal architecture
Patent No. 10073499 

Inventor(s): Daniel L. McBroom (Leonard, TX), Michael D. McBroom (Leonard, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright RLLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15614354 on 06/05/2017 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: An internal component and external interface arrangement for a cylindrical compact computing system is described that includes at least a structural heat sink having triangular shape disposed within a cylindrical volume defined by a cylindrical housing. A computing engine having a generally triangular shape is described having internal components that include a graphics processing unit (GPU) board, a central processing unit (CPU) board, an input/output (I/O) interface board, an interconnect board, and a power supply unit (PSU).

[H05K] PRINTED CIRCUITS; CASINGS OR CONSTRUCTIONAL DETAILS OF ELECTRIC APPARATUS; MANUFACTURE OF ASSEMBLAGES OF ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS (details of instruments or comparable details of other apparatus not otherwise provided for G12B; thin-film or thick-film circuits H01L 27/01, H01L 27/13; non-printed means for electric connections to or between printed circuits H01R; casings for, or constructional details of, particular types of apparatus, see the relevant subclasses; processes involving only a single technical art, e.g. heating, spraying, for which provision exists elsewhere, see the relevant classes)


Silicon germanium and silicon fins on oxide from bulk wafer
Patent No. 10074577 

Inventor(s): Hong He (Schenectady, NY), James Kuss (Guilderland, NY), Junli Wang (Singerlands, NY), Nicolas Loubet (Hudson, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Tutunjian Bitetto, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15220150 on 07/26/2016 (777 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for forming fins includes growing a SiGe layer and a silicon layer over a surface of a bulk Si substrate, patterning fin structures from the silicon layer and the SiGe layer and filling between the fin structures with a dielectric fill. Trenches are formed to expose end portions of the fin structures. A first region of the fin structures is blocked off. The SiGe layer of the fin structures of a second region is removed by selectively etching the fin structures from the end portions to form voids, which are filled with dielectric material. The silicon layer of the fin structures is exposed. The SiGe layer in the first region is thermally oxidized to drive Ge into the silicon layer to form SiGe fins on an oxide layer in the first region and silicon fins on the dielectric material in the second region.

[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]


Via, trench or contact structure in the metallization, prematallization dielectric or interlevel dielectric layers of an integrated circuit
Patent No. 10074606 

Inventor(s): John Hongguang Zhang (Fishkill, NY)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15464487 on 03/21/2017 (539 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor substrate includes a doped region. A premetallization dielectric layer extends over the semiconductor substrate. A first metallization layer is disposed on a top surface of the premetallization dielectric layer. A metal contact extends from the first metallization layer to the doped region. The premetallization dielectric layer includes sub-layers, and the first metal contact is formed by sub-contacts, each sub-contact formed in one of the sub-layers. Each first sub-contact has a width and a length, wherein the lengths of the sub-contacts forming the metal contact are all different from each other.

[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 junction memory device and method reading thereof using hole current detection
Patent No. 10074661 

Inventor(s): Kiyohiko Sakakibara (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yusuke Ikawa (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15284067 on 10/03/2016 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: Data stored in a plurality of charge storage elements in a three-dimensional memory device can be read with high speed by measuring a majority charge carrier current passing through a vertical semiconductor channel. A memory film is provided in a memory opening extending through an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers. A set of doped semiconductor material regions having a doping of a first conductivity type can collectively extend continuously from underneath a top surface of a substrate through the memory film to a level of a topmost layer of the alternating stack. A well contact via structure can contact a doped contact region, which is an element of the set of doped semiconductor material regions. A p-n junction is provided within each memory opening between the doped vertical semiconductor channel and an upper doped semiconductor region having a doping of a second conductivity type.

[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 with enhanced mechanical stability semiconductor pedestal and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10074666 

Inventor(s): Chun Ge (Fremont, CA), Fabo Yu (San Ramon, CA), Jixin Yu (Milpitas, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, 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: 15401426 on 01/09/2017 (610 days app to issue)

Abstract: After formation of an alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers, a memory opening can be formed through the alternating stack, which is subsequently filled with a columnar semiconductor pedestal portion and a memory stack structure. Breakage of the columnar semiconductor pedestal portion under mechanical stress can be avoided by growing a laterally protruding semiconductor portion by selective deposition of a semiconductor material after removal of the sacrificial material layers to form backside recesses. At least an outer portion of the laterally protruding semiconductor portion can be oxidized to form a tubular semiconductor oxide spacer. Electrically conductive layers can be formed in the backside recesses to provide word lines for a three-dimensional memory device.

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


Surface devices within a vertical power device
Patent No. 10074735 

Inventor(s): Thomas E. Harrington, III (Carrollton, TX), Zhijun Qu (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): D3 Semiconductor LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15694320 on 09/01/2017 (375 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device comprises a vertical power device, such as a superjunction MOSFET, an IGBT, a diode, and the like, and a surface device that comprises one or more lateral devices that are electrically active along a top surface of the semiconductor device.

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


DIN connector end cap
Patent No. 10074912 

Inventor(s): Troy Inslee Vanderhoof (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14945996 on 11/19/2015 (1027 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure may be directed to an end cap of a base station antenna for securing cable connectors to the end cap. The end cap may include a plurality of retaining assemblies formed integrally with the cap, and are dimensioned to retain a respective plurality of cable connectors to the end cap. The end cap may be capable of supporting numerous antenna models and configurations. The end cap may include molded features allowing for DIN connectors for various antenna models to be snapped into the end cap, without the use of other hardware and formed end bracket assemblies.

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


System, connector and method for providing environmentally degradable electronic components
Patent No. 10074925 

Inventor(s): Toby D. Thomas (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Beusse Wolter Sanks Maire, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14180800 on 02/14/2014 (1670 days app to issue)

Abstract: A connector including a biodegradable base material and a biodegradable binder material, comprising at least one of a protein and a residue, configured to hold together the base material to form a biodegradable connector element. The biodegradable connector element affects an operational condition of an apparatus the biodegradable connector element is used within. Degradation of at least one of the biodegradable base material, the biodegradable binder, and the biodegradable connector element provides for a limited operational lifespan of the apparatus resulting in the apparatus becoming inoperable. A system is also disclosed.

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


Simultaneous transmission and reception of guided surface waves
Patent No. 10074993 

Inventor(s): Basil F. Pinzone, Jr. (Newbury, OH), 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: Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14848467 on 09/09/2015 (1098 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of a guided surface wave transmitter/receiver configured to transmit a guided surface wave at a first frequency and to receive guided surface waves at a second frequency, concurrently with the transmission of guided surface waves at the first frequency. The various embodiments can be configured to retransmit received power and applied the received power to an electrical load. The various embodiments of the guided surface wave transmitter/receiver also can be configured as an amplitude modulation (AM) repeater.

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


Linear high voltage driver with programmable differential and common mode gain
Patent No. 10075139 

Inventor(s): Pavan Nallamothu (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15346064 on 11/08/2016 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: A low voltage to high voltage (LV2HV) conversion circuit has an input configured to receive an input signal (at a relatively low voltage) and an output configured to generate an output signal (at a relatively high voltage). The LV2HV conversion circuit includes a voltage to current conversion circuit referenced to the relatively low voltage and configured to convert a voltage of the input signal to a first current, wherein a magnitude of the first current is dependent on said voltage of the input signal and a gain setting value. A current mirroring circuit mirrors the first current and outputs a second current. A current to voltage conversion circuit converts the second current to a voltage of the output signal. The current mirroring circuit and current to voltage conversion circuit are referenced to the relatively high voltage.

[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]


Adaptive scheduler for decoding
Patent No. 10075190 

Inventor(s): Eran Sharon (Rishon Lezion, , IL), Ran Zamir (Ramat Gan, , IL), Stella Achtenberg (Netanya, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14924627 on 10/27/2015 (1050 days app to issue)

Abstract: A decoder includes a processor and a scheduler coupled to the processor. The processor is configured to process a set of nodes related to a representation of a codeword during a first decode iteration. The nodes are processed in a first order. The scheduler is configured to generate a schedule that indicates a second order of the set of nodes. The second order is different from the first order.

[H03M] CODING, DECODING OR CODE CONVERSION, IN GENERAL (using fluidic means F15C 4/00; optical analogue/digital converters G02F 7/00; coding, decoding or code conversion, specially adapted for particular applications, see the relevant subclasses, e.g. G01D, G01R, G06F, G06T, G09G, G10L, G11B, G11C, H04B, H04L, H04M, H04N; ciphering or deciphering for cryptography or other purposes involving the need for secrecy G09C) [4]


Transmission signal generation apparatus, transmission signal generation method, reception signal apparatus, and reception signal method
Patent No. 10075272 

Inventor(s): Kiyotaka Kobayashi (Kanagawa, , JP), Masayuki Orihashi (Kanagawa, , JP), Yutaka Murakami (Osaka, , JP)
Assignee(s): Wi-Fi One, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15811954 on 11/14/2017 (301 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transmission apparatus maps a first stream of input data to first complex symbols in serial format and convert them into first complex symbols in parallel format. They are inverse Fourier transformed into OFDM signals associated with multiple subcarriers that are transmitted via a first antenna over the multiple subcarriers in a same frequency band over a same time period that includes a same set of time slots. First pilot information is transmitted via a first antenna on a first one of a plurality of pilot subcarriers during the same set of time slots, and second pilot information is sent via a first antenna on a second one of a plurality of pilot subcarriers during the same set of time slots. The second pilot information is different from the first pilot information. A second stream of input data is similarly transformed to form second OFDM signals transmit via a second antenna over the multiple subcarriers in the same frequency band over the same time period that includes the same set of time slots. The first pilot information is transmitted via the second antenna on the second pilot subcarrier during the set of same time slots, and the second pilot information is transmitted on one of the pilot subcarriers during the same set of time slots.

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


Method and system having reference signal design for new carrier types
Patent No. 10075273 

Inventor(s): Joon Beom Kim (Carrollton, TX), Yi Song (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15185847 on 06/17/2016 (816 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and network element for providing reference signals to a user equipment, the method determining a reference signal pattern at the network element; and sending the reference signals to the user equipment using a reference signal mapping based on the reference signal pattern. Further a method and user equipment for receiving reference signals from a network element, the method determining a reference signal mapping at the user equipment; and detecting the reference signals at the user equipment using the reference signal mapping.

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


Managing burst transmit times for a buffered data stream over bonded upstream channels
Patent No. 10075282 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Nelson Darby (Huntsville, AL), Charaf Hanna (Lewisville, TX), John Wrobbel (Carrollton, TX), Zhifang J Ni (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15049296 on 02/22/2016 (932 days app to issue)

Abstract: Upstream burst transmit times are dynamically communicated to the transmit unit in grants issued over time and in any order. A critical parameter is when to trigger the operation to order the buffered data stream for transmission. If the ordering operation is triggered too soon, a later grant of an earlier burst transmit time may not be accounted for and the subsequent transmission could violate the transmission order rule. If the ordering operation is triggered too late, the decision to transmit a burst at an earlier burst transmit time may violate the margin rule. To address these concerns, a fetch offset time in advance of each granted burst transmit time is assigned. As each fetch offset time is sequentially reached, a next partial data portion of the buffered data stream is prepared for burst communication.

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


Method of and system for mobile surveillance and event recording
Patent No. 10075669 

Inventor(s): Robert V. Vanman (McKinney, TX), Simon Christopher Goble (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): WatchGuard, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15684597 on 08/23/2017 (384 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data-encoding system includes a source of unencoded data, and a first encoder interoperably coupled to the source, wherein the first encoder is adapted to receive the unencoded data, encode the unencoded data, and output encoded data at a first data rate. The data encoding system further includes a second encoder interoperably coupled to the source, wherein the second encoder is adapted to receive the unencoded data, encode the unencoded data, and output encoded data at a second data rate in which the second data rate exceeds the first data rate. This Abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an Abstract that allows a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain subject matter of the technical disclosure. This Abstract is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims. 37 CFR 1.72(b)

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


Chroma quantization parameter extension
Patent No. 10075715 

Inventor(s): Ehsan Maani (San Jose, CA), Jun Xu (Sunnyvale, CA), Kazushi Sato (Kanagawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): VELOS MEDIA, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Chip Law Group (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15252739 on 08/31/2016 (741 days app to issue)

Abstract: The quantization parameters (QP) for Chroma are extended up to and more preferably to the same range as Luma QP (e.g., 0 to 51). Previous, values of Chroma QP only extended up to 39. Techniques are provided for determining extended Chroma QP values (e.g., for Cr and Cb) based on the Luma QP and picture level chroma offsets. In one preferred embodiment, slice level offsets are added making the method particularly well-suited for slice level parallel processing. The extension of Chroma QP enhances functionality, flexibility and friendliness of the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard for various applications.

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


Community internet protocol camera system
Patent No. 10075773 

Inventor(s): Eric Harris (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15163267 on 05/24/2016 (840 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises a server in communication with a camera located on a customer premises. The server is adapted to transmit Internet Protocol formatted video, containing a surveillance portion from the camera and an advertisement portion, to a customer premises device. A method for sending the Internet Protocol formatted video is also disclosed.

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


System and method for uplink timing synchronization in conjunction with discontinuous reception
Patent No. 10075915 

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: 15638670 on 06/30/2017 (438 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 uplink timing synchronization in conjunction with discontinuous reception
Patent No. 10075916 

Inventor(s): James Earl Womack (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD. (Guangdong, , CN)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderon, Farabow, Garrett Dunner LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15638682 on 06/30/2017 (438 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]


Techniques and configurations associated with operation of an evolved node B at multiple coverage enhancement levels
Patent No. 10075953 

Inventor(s): Kathiravetpillai Sivanesan (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Schwabe, Williamson Wyatt, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15230228 on 08/05/2016 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure describe systems and methods for operation of an evolved node B to provide multiple coverage enhancement levels. Various embodiments may include an operational mode configured to provide a first coverage enhancement level associated with user equipments (UEs) that have established communication with the eNB. These embodiments may also include a discovery mode configured to operate at a second coverage enhancement level to discover UEs configured for a higher coverage enhancement level. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for band-limited subframes in wireless networks
Patent No. 10075954 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX), Yi Song (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Blackberry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14033104 on 09/20/2013 (1817 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses for using band-limited subframes in wireless communication networks are provided. During the band-limited subframes, the macro cell base station may mute its transmission or transmit at a low power over some frequency sub-band, while transmitting at a normal or higher power over other frequency sub-band. Correspondingly, the small cell base station may communicate with UEs within its coverage at the frequency sub-band that the macro cell base station transmits at a low power. The band-limited subframe enables the small cell base station to communicate with the UE with reduced interference, and in the meantime, increases the throughput of macro cell base station as it does not require the macro cell base station to completely mute its transmission during the band-limited subframe.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

Connector tab for a repair such as an automotive repair
Patent No. D828143 

Inventor(s): Dustin Harrier (Surprise, AZ)
Assignee(s): Service King Paint Body, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29608536 on 06/22/2017 (446 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Vehicle wheel
Patent No. D828266 

Inventor(s): Luis M. Garcia (Mesquite, TX)
Assignee(s): USA Wheel and Tire Outlet, Inc. (Mesquite, TX)
Law Firm: Sheridan Ross P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29597800 on 03/20/2017 (540 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Vehicle wheel
Patent No. D828270 

Inventor(s): Nadeem Aslam (Mesquite, TX)
Assignee(s): USA Wheel and Tire Outlet, Inc. (Mesquite, TX)
Law Firm: Sheridan Ross P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29593901 on 02/14/2017 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pest trap
Patent No. D828484 

Inventor(s): Ethan Vickery (Colleyville, TX), Jay Rasmussen (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): VM Products, Inc. (Colleyville, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29603558 on 05/10/2017 (489 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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