Dallas Invents: 71 Patents Granted for Week of Dec. 5

Patents secured this week include Fossil's in-ear headphones and Zynga's method of notifying a user of options to participate in meta games.

Clockwise from upper left: Zynga, Abbott Laboratories, AT&T, Fossil Group, Kibo Software, Rolls Royce, Bank of America, and Bell Helicopter.

Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include patents granted to local assignees and/or those with a North Texas inventor. Patent activity can be an indicator of future economic growth, as well as the development of emerging markets and talent attraction. By tracking both inventors and assignees in the region, we aim to provide a broader view of the region’s inventive activity. Listings are organized by Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC). 

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of Dec. 5, 2017 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

71 patents granted    Ranked no. 12 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP 3 LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)
1. Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 16
2. STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell) 4
3. SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 3


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 
David Gan (Southlake) 2
Inwoong Kim (Allen) 2
Michelle Hines (Hickory Creek) 2
Motoyoshi Sekiya (Richardson) 2
Paparao Palacharla (Richardson) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

153 days
System for calibration of a compressor unit in a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system
Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson)
Inventors: Eric Berg (The Colony), Rakesh Goel (Irving)

3,451 days
Search query user interface
Assignee: YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC. (Sunnyvale)
Inentor: Chris Mancini (Plano)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

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Variably bulbous vascular treatment devices
Patent No. 9833251 

Inventor(s): Vallabh Janardhan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Insera Therapeutics, Inc. (Sacramento, CA)
Law Firm: Knobbe Martens Olson Bear, LLP (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14926980 on 10/29/2015 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: Vascular treatment and methods include a plurality of self-expanding bulbs and a hypotube including interspersed patterns of longitudinally spaced rows of kerfs. Joints between woven structures and hypotubes include solder. Woven structures include patterns of radiopaque filaments measureable under x-ray. Structures are heat treated to include at least shapes at different temperatures. A catheter includes a hypotube including interspersed patterns of longitudinally spaced rows of kerfs. Heat treating systems include a detachable flange. Laser cutting systems include a fluid flow system.

[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 compositions for treating wrinkles
Patent No. 9833404 

Inventor(s): David Gan (Southlake, TX), Michelle Hines (Hickory Creek, TX), Tiffany Florence (Dallas, TX), Wanli Zhao (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15461210 on 03/16/2017 (264 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a method for reducing the appearance of a wrinkle on skin comprising topically applying to said wrinkle a composition that includes an effective amount of ornithine, retinol, [i]Commiphora mukul [/i]resin or an extract thereof, and hyaluronic acid, wherein topical application of the composition reduces the appearance of said wrinkle within 120 seconds after application of the composition, and wherein topical application of said composition stimulates adipogenesis in said 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)


Charging system providing adjustable transmitted power to improve power efficiency within an implanted device
Patent No. 9833629 

Inventor(s): Francis M. Menezes (Simi Valley, CA), Harry Dellamano (Santa Rosa Valley, CA), Paul Griffith (Santa Rosa Valley, CA)
Assignee(s): Syntilla Medical LLC (Southlake, TX)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15347745 on 11/09/2016 (391 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for transferring power to, and communicating with, at least one body-implantable active device includes an external power transfer system associated with an external device disposed outside of a body, operable to transfer power through a dermis layer to each body-implantable active device, and communicate data to and from each body-implantable active device, and also includes a power receiving system associated with each body-implantable active device, operable to receive power transferred from the external power transfer system, and communicate data to and from the external power transfer system. The body-implantable active device may include an implantable neurostimulation system.

[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]


Skin care formulations
Patent No. 9833642 

Inventor(s): David Gan (Southlake, TX), Dawn Burke-Colvin (Dallas, TX), Michelle Hines (Hickory Creek, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14482053 on 09/10/2014 (1182 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a method of firming skin or reducing the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles comprising topically applying, to skin in need thereof, a composition comprising palmitoyl tetrapeptide 7 and a dermatologically acceptable vehicle comprising water, glycerin, butylene glycol, propylene glycol, and a chelating agent, wherein topical application of the composition to the skin firms the skin or reduces the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles, and wherein the composition is not a sunless tanning composition.

[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)


Notifying users of options to participate in meta games
Patent No. 9833699 

Inventor(s): Daniel Hurd (Dallas, TX), David Chow (Allen, TX), Grant Yang (Mckinney, TX), Jessica Oyhenart (Dallas, TX), Justin Rouse (Dallas, TX), Shawn Lohstroh (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Zynga Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14935610 on 11/09/2015 (757 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a method of notifying a user of an option to participate in a meta game, a presence of a player of a computer-implemented game at a location is detected. An association between a computer-implemented meta-game and the location is identified. The player of the computer-implemented game is presented with an option to participate in the computer-implemented meta-game. An indication of an acceptance of the option to participate in the computer-implemented meta game is received from the player of the computer-implemented game. A performance of an action within the computer-implemented game by the player of the computer-implemented game is reflected within the computer-implemented meta game.

[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

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Microfluidic system with single drive signal for multiple nozzles
Patent No. 9833806 

Inventor(s): Dana Gruenbacher (Fairfield, OH), Dave Hunt (San Diego, CA), Faiz Sherman (Mason, OH), Joe Scheffelin (San Diego, CA), Matt Giere (San Diego, CA), Simon Dodd (West Linn, OR)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14976434 on 12/21/2015 (715 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a microfluidic die that includes a plurality of heaters above a substrate, a plurality of chambers and nozzles above the heaters, a plurality of first contacts coupled to the heaters, and a plurality of second contacts coupled to the heaters. The plurality of second contacts are coupled to each other and coupled to ground. The die includes a plurality of contact pads, a first signal line coupled to the plurality of second contacts and to a first one of the plurality of contact pads, and a plurality of second signal lines, each second signal line being coupled to one of the plurality of first contacts, groups of the second signal lines being coupled together to drive a group of the plurality of heaters with a single signal, each group of the second signal lines being coupled to a remaining one of the plurality of contact pads.

[B05B] SPRAYING APPARATUS; ATOMISING APPARATUS; NOZZLES (spray-mixers with nozzles B01F 5/20; processes for applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces by spraying B05D) [2]


Method and apparatus of connecting a fixed drive system to a rotating drive system for a tiltrotor aircraft
Patent No. 9834303 

Inventor(s): David R. Bockmiller (Fort Worth, TX), James E. Kooiman (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, , ZZ)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13966726 on 08/14/2013 (1574 days app to issue)

Abstract: A quill shaft is configured for transferring torque and accepting misalignments between a fixed gearbox and a rotatable spindle gearbox in a propulsion system of a tiltrotor aircraft, the quill shaft includes a first splined portion configured for coupling to an output gear of the fixed gearbox, and a second splined portion configured for coupling to an input gear of the spindle gearbox. The spindle gearbox includes a rotor mast associated therewith, the spindle gearbox being rotatable so that the tiltrotor aircraft can selectively operate in a helicopter mode and airplane mode.

[B64C] AEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS (air-cushion vehicles B60V)


Turbine engine fleet wash management system
Patent No. 9835048 

Inventor(s): George F. Griffiths (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Rolls-Royce Corporation (Indianapolis, IN)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14749241 on 06/24/2015 (895 days app to issue)

Abstract: A turbine engine fleet wash management system is configured to electronically communicate with a turbine engine system, a fleet management service, and a cleaning management service. The turbine engine fleet wash system causes a cleaning of a turbine engine to occur based on information received from the turbine engine system and other sources. The turbine engine fleet wash management system includes a cleaning schedule optimizer that generates a cleaning schedule based on engine health monitoring data, engine operation data, maintenance schedules for the turbine engine, and cleaning regimen data. The cleaning schedule optimizer estimates turbine engine performance improvements based on the selected cleaning regimen, and calculating an estimate of carbon credits earned based on the predicted improvement in turbine engine performance.

[B08B] CLEANING IN GENERAL; PREVENTION OF FOULING IN GENERAL (brushes A46; devices for domestic or like cleaning A47L; separation of particles from liquids or gases B01D; separation of solids B03, B07; spraying or applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces in general B05; cleaning devices for conveyors B65G 45/10; concurrent cleaning, filling and closing of bottles B67C 7/00; inhibiting corrosion or incrustation in general C23; cleaning streets, permanent ways, beaches or land E01H; parts, details or accessories of swimming or splash baths or pools, specially adapted for cleaning E04H 4/16; preventing or removing electrostatic charges H05F)


 

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

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Method for reducing thin films on low temperature substrates
Patent No. 9839139 

Inventor(s): Dave S. Pope (Andover, MA), Ian M. Rawson (Austin, TX), Kurt A. Schroder (Coupland, TX)
Assignee(s): NCC NANO, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Russell Ng PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14582873 on 12/24/2014 (1077 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for producing an electrically conductive thin film on a substrate is disclosed. Initially, a reducible metal compound and a reducing agent are dispersed in a liquid. The dispersion is then deposited on a substrate as a thin film. The thin film along with the substrate is subsequently exposed to a pulsed electromagnetic emission to chemically react with the reducible metal compound and the reducing agent such that the thin film becomes electrically conductive.

[C23C] COATING METALLIC MATERIAL; COATING MATERIAL WITH METALLIC MATERIAL; SURFACE TREATMENT OF METALLIC MATERIAL BY DIFFUSION INTO THE SURFACE, BY CHEMICAL CONVERSION OR SUBSTITUTION; COATING BY VACUUM EVAPORATION, BY SPUTTERING, BY ION IMPLANTATION OR BY CHEMICAL VAPOUR DEPOSITION, IN GENERAL (applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces in general B05; making metal-coated products by extrusion B21C 23/22; covering with metal by connecting pre-existing layers to articles, see the relevant places, e.g. B21D 39/00, B23K; working of metal by the action of a high concentration of electric current on a workpiece using an electrode B23H; metallising of glass C03C; metallising mortars, concrete, artificial stone, ceramics or natural stone C04B 41/00; paints, varnishes, lacquers C09D; enamelling of, or applying a vitreous layer to, metals C23D; inhibiting corrosion of metallic material or incrustation in general C23F; treating metal surfaces or coating of metals by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25D, C25F; single-crystal film growth C30B; by metallising textiles D06M 11/83; decorating textiles by locally metallising D06Q 1/04; details of scanning-probe apparatus, in general G01Q; manufacture of semiconductor devices H01L; manufacture of printed circuits H05K) [4]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

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Multi-zone actuation system using wellbore darts
Patent No. 9835004 

Inventor(s): Zachary William Walton (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14423154 on 04/16/2014 (1329 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a sliding sleeve assembly that includes a sliding sleeve sub coupled to a work string extended within a wellbore, the sliding sleeve sub having one or more ports defined therein that enable fluid communication between an interior and an exterior of the work string, a sliding sleeve arranged within the sliding sleeve sub and movable between a closed position, where the sliding sleeve occludes the one or more ports, and an open position, where the sliding sleeve has moved to expose the one or more ports, a sleeve profile defined on an inner surface of the sliding sleeve, a wellbore dart having a body and a plurality of collet fingers extending longitudinally from the body, and a dart profile defined on an outer surface of the plurality of collet fingers, the dart profile being configured to selectively mate with the sleeve profile.

[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]


Wellbore plug isolation system and method
Patent No. 9835006 

Inventor(s): John T. Hardesty (Weatherford, TX), Kevin R. George (Cleburne, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14714924 on 05/18/2015 (932 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wellbore plug isolation system and method for positioning plugs to isolate fracture zones in a horizontal, vertical, or deviated wellbore is disclosed. The system/method includes a wellbore casing laterally drilled into a hydrocarbon formation, a wellbore setting tool (WST) that sets a large inner diameter (ID) restriction sleeve member (RSM), and a restriction plug element (RPE). The WST is positioned along with the RSM at a desired wellbore location. After the WST sets and seals the RSM, a conforming seating surface (CSS) is formed in the RSM. The CSS is shaped to engage/receive RPE deployed into the wellbore casing. The engaged/seated RPE isolates heel ward and toe ward fluid communication of the RSM to create a fracture zone. The RPE”s are removed or left behind prior to initiating well production without the need for a milling procedure. A large ID RSM diminishes flow constriction during oil production.

[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]


Wellbore gun perforating system and method
Patent No. 9835015 

Inventor(s): John T Hardesty (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15293069 on 10/13/2016 (418 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wellbore perforating system and method with reliable and safer connections in a perforating gun assembly is disclosed. The system/method includes a gun string assembly (GSA) deployed in a wellbore with multiple perforating guns attached to plural switch subs. The perforating guns are pre-wired with a cable having multi conductors; the multi conductors are connected to electrical ring contacts on either end of the perforating guns. The switch subs are configured with electrical contacts that are attached to the electrical contacts of the perforating guns without the need for manual electrical connections and assembly in the field of operations. The system further includes detonating with a detonator that is positioned upstream of the perforating gun. The detonator is wired to a switch that is positioned downstream of the perforating gun.

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


 

M E C H A N I C A L  E N G I N E E R I N G
LIGHTING | HEATING | WEAPONS | BLASTING

 

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Dual pressure-retaining manway system
Patent No. 9835294 

Inventor(s): Ivan Keith Hall (Beach City, TX), Luis Esteban Hernandez (Mission, TX), Mark J. Ollweiler (Lakewood, CO)
Assignee(s): Trinity Tank Car, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14676353 on 04/01/2015 (979 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to some embodiments, a cryogenic storage tank includes a manway formed in a body of the cryogenic storage tank. An inner manway lid is coupled to an inner wall of the cryogenic storage tank and disposed over at least a portion of the manway. An outer manway lid is coupled to an outer wall of the cryogenic storage tank and disposed over at least a portion of the manway. The inner and outer manway lids are configured to retain pressure within the cryogenic storage tank.

[F17C] VESSELS FOR CONTAINING OR STORING COMPRESSED, LIQUEFIED, OR SOLIDIFIED GASES; FIXED-CAPACITY GAS-HOLDERS; FILLING VESSELS WITH, OR DISCHARGING FROM VESSELS, COMPRESSED, LIQUEFIED, OR SOLIDIFIED GASES (storing fluids in natural or artificial cavities or chambers in the earth B65G 5/00; construction or assembling of bulk storage containers employing civil-engineering techniques E04H 7/00; variable-capacity gas-holders F17B; liquefaction or refrigeration machines, plants, or systems F25)


System for calibration of a compressor unit in a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system
Patent No. 9835366 

Inventor(s): Eric Berg (The Colony, TX), Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15641699 on 07/05/2017 (153 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides for a system for calibrating operation of a compressor unit in a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. A measuring device measures an operating parameter of the HVAC system at a position where the measuring device is mounted on a refrigerant line of the HVAC system. The measuring device switches states when the value of the measured operating parameter reaches a switching value. A controller estimates a value of the first operating parameter at the position where the first measuring device is mounted on the refrigerant line, and the controller determines whether the estimated first operating parameter is within a threshold percentage of the switching value.

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


Firearm trigger group module with pivoting element non-coaxial to assembly pin and method of installing a trigger group module
Patent No. 9835398 

Inventor(s): Jack Richard Biegel (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): CMC Triggers Corp. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Wood Herron Evans LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15071300 on 03/16/2016 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided is a trigger group module for a firearm that includes a portion defining a trigger group receiving area having laterally spaced apart walls with at least two pairs of laterally opposed openings for receiving assembly pins. The trigger group module includes a module frame sized to be inserted into the trigger group receiving area and has assembly pin receiving openings positioned to align with the laterally opposed openings in the walls of the trigger group receiving area. A hammer member is pivotally supported by the module frame along a first substantially transverse axis. A trigger member is supported by the module frame along a second substantially transverse axis. At least one of the first and second substantially transverse axes is not coaxially aligned with an assembly pin receiving opening.

[F41A] FUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS COMMON TO BOTH SMALLARMS AND ORDNANCE, e.g. CANNONS; MOUNTINGS FOR SMALLARMS OR ORDNANCE [5]


 

P H Y S I C S

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Providing rewards to players based on activity of associated players
Patent No. 9833694 

Inventor(s): Anand Adi Subramani (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Zynga Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13596765 on 08/28/2012 (1925 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system are described for providing rewards, awards, and other incentives to players based on the activities of associated players is described. In some examples, the technology determines an activity level for players associated with a distinguished player, such as friends and other players within a social or game network, and rewards the distinguished player based on their activity levels.

[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]


Automated storage modules for diagnostic analyzer liquids and related systems and methods
Patent No. 9835640 

Inventor(s): Razvan Raicu (Coppell, TX), Robert P. Luoma, II (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): ABBOTT LABORATORIES (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15042968 on 02/12/2016 (662 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example automated storage modules for analyzer liquids are described herein. An example apparatus includes a refrigerated storage module having a plurality of shelves (to store a plurality of carriers) and a loading bay having an array of slots to receive one or more of the carriers. The loading bay is accessible by a user for manual loading or unloading of the carriers. The example apparatus includes a first carrier transporter coupled to the storage module to transfer the carriers between the shelves and a first transfer location and a second carrier transporter movable along a track connecting the storage module to an automated diagnostic analyzer. The second carrier transporter is to transfer a first carrier between the first transfer location and a slot in the loading bay and a second carrier between the first transfer location and a second transfer location accessible by the automated diagnostic analyzer.

[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)


Automated interpretation error correction
Patent No. 9835747 

Inventor(s): Ethan Nowak (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (Spring, TX)
Law Firm: ExxonMobil Upstream Research CompanyLaw Department (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14272210 on 05/07/2014 (1308 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fully automated method for correcting errors in one interpretation ([b]13[/b]) of seismic data based on comparison to at least one other interpretation ([b]14[/b]) of the same subsurface region. The errors may occur in any feature of the seismic data volume, for example a horizon, surface, fault, polyline, fault stick, or geo-body. In some embodiments of the invention, an error may be a hole in a horizon ([b]53[/b]), and the whole is patched by a piece of a horizon in another interpretation ([b]55[/b]). In an alternative embodiment of the invention, a single interpretation may be used to repair itself, for example by identifying similarly shaped, adjacent horizons ([b]67[/b]), and merging them ([b]68[/b]).

[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]


Tritium-tritium neutron generator and logging method
Patent No. 9835760 

Inventor(s): Juan Navarro-Sorroche (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Gilliam IP PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15023151 on 12/31/2013 (1435 days app to issue)

Abstract: A well logging tool includes a neutron generator to generate and emit energetic neutrons using substantially exclusively a T-T fusion reaction. The well logging tool can include measuring instrumentation for measurement and logging of formation parameters based on elastic scattering in subsurface formations of neutrons emitted by the neutron generator. The neutron generator can have a concentric layout, in which a cylindrical target structure loaded with tritium particles is located co-axially in an elongate cylindrical housing, with mobile tritium ions being accelerated radially inwardly into impact with the target structure. Production of the mobile tritium ions may be by field ionization through operation of a nano-structure field ionization array.

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


Optical N-level quadrature amplitude modulation (NQAM) tuned by dithering associated heaters
Patent No. 9835928 

Inventor(s): Jinxi Shen (San Ramon, CA), Na Shan (Wuhan, , CN), Zhong Shi (Dublin, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15430714 on 02/13/2017 (295 days app to issue)

Abstract: A technique for tuning a silicon photonics (SiP) based nested (parent/child) Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM). The technique includes a sequence of applying dither tones on individual arms of the child MZMs, observing changes in the output of the MZM, and adjusting the MZM until reaching the null points for the child MZMs and the quad point for the parent MZM.

[G02F] DEVICES OR ARRANGEMENTS, THE OPTICAL OPERATION OF WHICH IS MODIFIED BY CHANGING THE OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF THE MEDIUM OF THE DEVICES OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CONTROL OF THE INTENSITY, COLOUR, PHASE, POLARISATION OR DIRECTION OF LIGHT, e.g. SWITCHING, GATING, MODULATING OR DEMODULATING; TECHNIQUES OR PROCEDURES FOR THE OPERATION THEREOF; FREQUENCY-CHANGING; NON-LINEAR OPTICS; OPTICAL LOGIC ELEMENTS; OPTICAL ANALOGUE/DIGITAL CONVERTERS [4]


Support frame with integrated phase change material for thermal management
Patent No. 9836100 

Inventor(s): Qian Han (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14515138 on 10/15/2014 (1147 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention is directed to a novel solution to providing heat management and cooling to electronic devices. According to various embodiments, heat produced during the operation of the processing components in the computing device is absorbed by heat management features integrated within a supporting mid-frame. The heat management features include phase changing materials that allow the processing components to be kept at a isothermal state through changes in phase, thereby prolonging the duration of time in which the processing components can operate at high performance levels without the need to throttle the performance.

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


System, method, and computer-readable medium for facilitating adaptive technologies
Patent No. 9836143 

Inventor(s): Matthew Kevin Usey (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15458753 on 03/14/2017 (266 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and computer-readable medium that facilitate software configuration of assistive computer devices by automatically assessing a user”s capabilities through questions and tasks are provided. The analysis results of the user”s capabilities are then available to assistive computer software applications which may subsequently update their interfaces accordingly. A mapping mechanism from an external input device into a target software application is facilitated for software applications that do not include assistive technology features.

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


Providing variable responses in a virtual-assistant environment
Patent No. 9836177 

Inventor(s): Mark Zartler (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Next IT Innovation Labs, LLC (Spokane Valley, WA)
Law Firm: Lee Hayes, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13341261 on 12/30/2011 (2167 days app to issue)

Abstract: Virtual assistants intelligently emulate a representative of a service provider by providing variable responses to user queries received via the virtual assistants. These variable responses may take the context of a user”s query into account both when identifying an intent of a user”s query and when identifying an appropriate response to the user”s query.

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


Application alerting system and method for a computing infrastructure
Patent No. 9836342 

Inventor(s): Akshaya Mahapatra (San Jose, CA), Michael Tan (Palo Alto, CA), Rahul Talekar (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14479050 on 09/05/2014 (1187 days app to issue)

Abstract: An application alerting system includes a computing system that executes an application alerting service monitor at least one of multiple computing resources configured in a computing infrastructure to determine whether the one monitored computing resource experiences a failure. When a failure is detected, the service transmits a failure notification to applications associated with the failed monitored computing resource such that the application may perform at least one remedial action according to the received failure notification.

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


Device verification system with firmware universal verification component
Patent No. 9836372 

Inventor(s): Madhavi Kulkarni (Dallas, TX), Neyaz Khan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): MAXIM Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: TIPS Group (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14624486 on 02/17/2015 (1022 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device verification system includes a device under test (DUT) including digital logic and a plurality of digital memories coupled to the digital logic; a plurality of hardware Verification Intellectual Property (VIP) modules coupled to the DUT to verify hardware of the DUT; and a plurality of software VIP modules coupled to the DUT to verify firmware of the DUT. A method for verifying the functionality of a device under test includes automatically developing code segments representing a series of firmware test patterns with a software Verification Intellectual Property (VIP) module; transferring code segments representing the series of firmware test patterns into a digital memory of a device under test (DUT) that includes digital logic; and monitoring the functional operation of the DUT as it uses the digital logic to execute the code segments representing the series of firmware test patterns stored in digital memory.

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


Cognitive platform for troubleshooting system events
Patent No. 9836382 

Inventor(s): Janki Y. Vora (Dallas, TX), Mathews Thomas (Flower Mound, TX), Tomyo G. Maeshiro (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: CRGO Law (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15046440 on 02/17/2016 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for the cognitive debugging of a managed system includes first receiving an event in an event management system. Thereafter, a context for the event is extracted therefrom and the context is mapped to both one or more components of a managed computing system and also one or more corresponding debug mode commands for each of the components. Consequently, a debug mode is enabled in each of the components and the corresponding debug mode commands are issued for each of the components so as to provoke a generation of one or more log entries. The generated log entries then are matched to a pre-stored log entry amongst a multiplicity of pre-stored log entries and at least one problem resolution document stored in connection with the matched pre-stored log entry is transmitted to an operator of the event management system.

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


Document-specific gazetteers for named entity recognition
Patent No. 9836453 

Inventor(s): James Brinton Henderson (Vessy, , CH), William Radford (Grenoble, , FR), Xavier Carreras (Saint Ismier, , FR)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14837687 on 08/27/2015 (831 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for entity recognition employs document-level entity tags which correspond to mentions appearing in the document, without specifying their locations. A named entity recognition model is trained on features extracted from text samples tagged with document-level entity tags. A text document to be labeled is received, the text document being tagged with at least one document-level entity tag. A document-specific gazetteer is generated, based on the at least one document-level entity tag. The gazetteer includes a set of entries, one entry for each of a set of entity names. For a text sequence of the document, features for tokens of the text sequence are extracted. The features include document-specific features for tokens matching at least a part of the entity name of one of the gazetteer entries. Entity labels are predicted for the tokens in the text sequence with the named entity recognition model, based on the extracted features.

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


Method and system for adaptively building a column store database from a temporal row store database based on query demands
Patent No. 9836507 

Inventor(s): Chi Yong Ku (San Ramon, CA), Guangyu Shi (Cupertino, CA), Masood Mortazavi (San Jose, CA), Mengmeng Chen (San Jose, CA), Ron Chung Hu (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14488775 on 09/17/2014 (1175 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for dynamically building a column store database from a row store database. The method includes establishing the row store database for storing data, wherein each row includes a plurality of attributes, and wherein data in row store database is current to a temporal point in time. The method includes establishing the column store database including data structured to satisfy received analytic queries. The method includes beginning from an initial state of the column store database, for each subsequently received analytic query, importing a targeted amount of data from a corresponding temporal state of the row store database into the column store database to satisfy the corresponding subsequently received analytic query.

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


Search query user interface
Patent No. 9836550 

Inventor(s): Chris Mancini (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): YAHOO HOLDINGS, INC. (Sunnyvale, CA)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12145079 on 06/24/2008 (3451 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a client-server system where a client system presents a browser for user interaction, a browser user interface includes functionality for handling dynamic interface elements received by the browser in connection with received pages, presented as part of the browser user interface and modified in response to selected user input without requiring farther interaction with a server. In addition to, or in place of, dynamic interface elements such as slide sheets, the browser user interface might also include a rotation display area, tool displays that can overlay a page, opaquely or semi-transparently, menu structures, and an ability for the user to modify a page layout without requiring server interaction. The browser might comprise storage for a plurality of rotation display items for storing a summary and a primary presentation for each rotation display item, logic for displaying, by the browser, primary presentations for less all of the plurality of rotation display items in the rotation display area, logic for displaying, by the browser, summaries for items wherein the number of summaries is greater than the number of primary presentations presented at one time, logic for highlighting, among the summaries displayed, the ones of the summaries that correspond to the primary presentations displayed in the rotation display area; and logic for rotating the plurality of rotation display items to display primary presentations for a different subsets of the rotation display items

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


System and method for context-aware recommendation through user activity change detection
Patent No. 9836765 

Inventor(s): HawWuen Chan (San Jose, CA), Negar Hariri (Chicago, IL)
Assignee(s): Kibo Software, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14281608 on 05/19/2014 (1296 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example systems and methods for context-aware recommendation generation are described. In one implementation, item models are built using user preference data of multiple users and item information of multiple items. When a recommendation request corresponding to a user is received, the profile of that user is retrieved from the user profile database. Given the profile of the user and the item models, utility scores are then computed for the candidate items. Our system exploits a novel approach to detect any sudden and significant changes in the preference data of the given user. If a change is detected, the utility scores are adapted to prioritize the user”s most recent preferences. The computed utility scores are used as the basis for ranking the items. A subset of items with highest scores is then selected as recommendations and is presented to the user.

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


Method and system for latent demand modeling for a transportation system
Patent No. 9836979 

Inventor(s): John C. Handley (Fairport, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fox Rothschild LLP (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14153165 on 01/13/2014 (1422 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for identifying demand in a transportation system. A boarding count model is determined based upon passenger arrival information, and a geographic and time-specific generalized boarding model is determined based upon the boarding count model as well as information related to a plurality of stops on a route in the transportation system. For each of the plurality of stops, an approximated uniform arrival model is determined based upon the generalized arrival model and a time period between arriving vehicles at a specific stop, an instantaneous demand model is determined based upon the uniform arrival model, and a probability of no demand model is determined based upon the uniform arrival model. A report including the instantaneous demand and the probability of no demand determined can be generated. Based upon the report, various operational parameters for the transportation system can be manually or automatically adjusted.

[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]


Identifying a defect in a data-storage medium
Patent No. 9837119 

Inventor(s): Shayan Srinivasa Garani (San Diego, CA), Sivagnanam Parthasarathy (Carlsbad, CA)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14949328 on 11/23/2015 (743 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment of a data-read path includes a defect detector and a data-recovery circuit. The defect detector is operable to identify a defective region of a data-storage medium, and the data-recovery circuit is operable to recover data from the data-storage medium in response to the defect detector. For example, such an embodiment may allow identifying a defective region of a data-storage disk caused, e.g., by a scratch or contamination, and may allow recovering data that was written to the defective region.

[G11B] INFORMATION STORAGE BASED ON RELATIVE MOVEMENT BETWEEN RECORD CARRIER AND TRANSDUCER (recording measured values in a way that does not require playback through a transducer G01D 9/00; recording or playback apparatus using mechanically marked tape, e.g. punched paper tape, or using unit records, e.g. punched or magnetically marked cards G06K; transferring data from one type of record carrier to another G06K 1/18; circuits for coupling output of reproducer to radio receiver H04B 1/20; gramophone pick-ups or like acoustic electromechanical transducers or circuits therefor H04R)


Memory system temperature management
Patent No. 9837146 

Inventor(s): Chris Nga Yee Yip (Saratoga, CA), Nian Niles Yang (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15195927 on 06/28/2016 (525 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods and/or devices are used to adjust a read property for a memory portion of non-volatile memory. In one aspect, in response to receiving a program request, the device: detects a first temperature of the memory portion; and stores first temperature data corresponding to the detected first temperature. In response to receiving a read request, the device performs an adjustment determination, including: detecting a second temperature of the memory portion of the non-volatile memory, retrieving the stored first temperature data, and determining, in accordance with the detected second temperature and the retrieved first temperature data, whether to perform the read using an adjusted read property. In accordance with a determination to perform the read using the adjusted read property, the device performs a read on the memory portion using the adjusted read property.

[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)


Independent sense amplifier addressing and quota sharing in non-volatile memory
Patent No. 9837152 

Inventor(s): Gopinath Balakrishnan (Santa Clara, CA), Tianhong Yan (Saratoga, CA), Yibo Yin (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15392852 on 12/28/2016 (342 days app to issue)

Abstract: Independent sense amplifier addressing provides separate column addresses to individual sense amplifier groups within a single bay during one column address cycle. A memory system determines whether the individual memory cells or bits of a column at a bay can be skipped. For each sense amplifier group having at least one memory cell (or bit) that needs to be programmed, the system determines for the first column address whether the memory cell can be skipped. If a bit or memory cell having a first column address from the sense amplifier group can be skipped, the system determines a next bit having a column address from the group that needs to be programmed. The system groups the next column address for programming during the first column address cycle. The system can program a different column address for different sense amplifier groups within the bay during a single column address cycle.

[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)


Optical phase-sensitive amplifier with raman amplifier intermediate stage
Patent No. 9837788 

Inventor(s): Motoyoshi Sekiya (Richardson, TX), Youichi Akasaka (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14958160 on 12/03/2015 (733 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for amplifying optical signals includes generating idler signals for input signals using an optical pump at a first non-linear element (NLE). An intermediate stage including a Raman amplifier performs pump amplification using the output from the first NLE along a single optical path. Optical power monitoring of the input signals may be used for power equalization. The intermediate stage may include a wavelength selective switch for a certain degree of phase modulation. The phase-sensitive amplified signal is generated at a second NLE using the optical pump. Optical power monitoring of the input signals may be used for power equalization and other control functions to achieve low-noise operation.

[G02B] OPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS (G02F takes precedence; optical elements specially adapted for use in lighting devices or systems thereof F21V 1/00-F21V 13/00; measuring-instruments, see the relevant subclass of class G01, e.g. optical rangefinders G01C; testing of optical elements, systems, or apparatus G01M 11/00; spectacles G02C; apparatus or arrangements for taking photographs or for projecting or viewing them G03B; sound lenses G10K 11/30; electron and ion “optics” H01J; X-ray “optics” H01J, H05G 1/00; optical elements structurally combined with electric discharge tubes H01J 5/16, H01J 29/89, H01J 37/22; microwave “optics” H01Q; combination of optical elements with television receivers H04N 5/72; optical systems or arrangements in colour television systems H04N 9/00; heating arrangements specially adapted for transparent or reflecting areas H05B 3/84) [7]


Object-oriented network virtualization
Patent No. 9838253 

Inventor(s): Inwoong Kim (Allen, TX), Motoyoshi Sekiya (Richardson, TX), Paparao Palacharla (Richardson, TX), Qiong Zhang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14575951 on 12/18/2014 (1083 days app to issue)

Abstract: Object-oriented network virtualization may involve creating and operating virtual network objects (VNO) using a software-programmed networking operating system (SPN OS). A VNO may be a complete representation of a virtual network service provided under the SPN OS. A VNO may have a unique identity and properties, along with an internal set of methods for executing functionality encapsulated by the VNO. A VNO may exhibit persistence and autonomous control to enable improved virtual network services.

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


Business attribute driven sizing algorithms
Patent No. 9838370 

Inventor(s): Vishnupriyan Venkatesan (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Oracle International Corporation (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13836625 on 03/15/2013 (1726 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cloud infrastructure system includes one or more computing devices and is configured to receive subscription order information related to one or more services subscribed to by a customer of the cloud infrastructure system, the service selected from one or more services provided by the cloud infrastructure system. The cloud infrastructure system receives a set of one or more mapping rules configured to map business attributes to resource provisioning information for one or more of the one or more services provided by the cloud infrastructure system. The cloud infrastructure system determines whether one or more business attributes in the subscription order information satisfy one or more mapping rules in the set of mapping rules and generates resource provisioning information for one or more resources associated with the one or more services based on resource provisioning information in the one or more mapping rules satisfied by the one or more business attributes in the subscription order information.

[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]


Enhancing dash-like content streaming for content-centric networks
Patent No. 9838459 

Inventor(s): Cedric Westphal (San Francisco, CA), Yu-Ting Yu (Los Angeles, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14701015 on 04/30/2015 (950 days app to issue)

Abstract: A content controller monitors current network capacity usage and ongoing streaming data requests. Based on the collected information, the content controller assigns a data segment prefetching task to a data storage (e.g., a cache) of the network. One or several caches can be used to prefetch one or more data segments, depending on the network conditions and the speed with which a data store can retrieve the data over the network. The task assignment is performed for a given period of time, which is defined as a round. Periodically, the controller uses information collected from previous rounds, such as the history of streaming data requests and bandwidth usage, to determine the data segments to be prefetched by data stores in the next round.

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


Monitoring and controlling perception of an online profile of a user
Patent No. 9838491 

Inventor(s): Romelia H. Flores (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Sherman IP LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15601767 on 05/22/2017 (197 days app to issue)

Abstract: One embodiment provides a system for monitoring and controlling an online user profile of a user. In response to receiving a data request from the user to access a first web site, the system forwards the data request and desired persona scores to an intelligence service system, receives a list of other web sites from the intelligence service system, and counteracts the user”s access to the first web site by spawning multiple threads in accordance with the list received. The multiple threads spawned are transparent to the user. Further, the system alters an original data post submission from the user based on a desired translation option, maps the altered data post submission to a first key, and posts the altered data post submission to a target web site. The original data post submission is viewable only by the user and other users with the first key.

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


 

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High current, low equivalent series resistance printed circuit board coil for power transfer application
Patent No. 9837201 

Inventor(s): Jorge Zabaco (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15168190 on 05/30/2016 (554 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for a multilayer printed circuit board (PCB) coil, comprising: a first coil layer of a PCB; a plurality of vias coupled to and distributed to cover substantially the surface of the first coil layer within the PCB; and a second coil layer of the PCB and coupled to the vias to cover substantially the surface of the second coil layer, wherein the vias are positioned between the first coil layer and the second coil layer and enable substantially high current and low equivalent series resistance (ESR) for the multilayer PCB coil.

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


Disposable pillars for contact information
Patent No. 9837313 

Inventor(s): Byron Neville Burgess (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Wells St. John P.S. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15151150 on 05/10/2016 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: Sacrificial plugs for forming contacts in integrated circuits, as well as methods of forming connections in integrated circuit arrays are disclosed. Various pattern transfer and etching steps can be used to create densely-packed features and the connections between features. A sacrificial material can be patterned in a continuous zig-zag line pattern that crosses word lines. Planarization can create parallelogram-shaped blocks of material that can overlie active areas to form sacrificial plugs, which can be replaced with conductive material to form contacts.

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


MOSFET devices with asymmetric structural configurations introducing different electrical characteristics
Patent No. 9837320 

Inventor(s): John C. Pritiskutch (Orwigsburg, PA), Richard Hildenbrandt (Bath, PA)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15582962 on 05/01/2017 (218 days app to issue)

Abstract: First and second transistors with different electrical characteristics are supported by a substrate having a first-type dopant. The first transistor includes a well region within the substrate having the first-type dopant, a first body region within the well region having a second-type dopant and a first source region within the first body region and laterally offset from the well region by a first channel. The second transistor includes a second body region within the semiconductor substrate layer having the second-type dopant and a second source region within the second body region and laterally offset from material of the substrate by a second channel having a length greater than the length of the first channel. A gate region extends over portions of the first and second body regions for the first and second channels, respectively.

[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]


Source-gate region architecture in a vertical power semiconductor device
Patent No. 9837358 

Inventor(s): Thomas E. Harrington, III (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): D3 Semiconductor LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Carrington, Coleman, Sloman Blumenthal, L.L.P. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15008997 on 01/28/2016 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vertical drift metal-oxide-semiconductor (VDMOS) transistor with improved contact to source and body regions, and a method of fabricating the same. A masked ion implant of the source regions into opposite-type body regions defines the locations of body contact regions, which are implanted subsequently with a blanket implant. The surface of the source regions and body contact regions are silicide clad, and an overlying insulator layer deposited and planarized. Contact openings are formed through the planarized insulator layer, within which conductive plugs are formed to contact the metal silicide, and thus the source and body regions of the device. A metal conductor is formed overall to the desired thickness, and contacts the conductive plugs to provide bias to the source and body regions.

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


Self-aligned three dimensional chip stack and method for making the same
Patent No. 9837394 

Inventor(s): Carl J. Radens (LaGrangeville, NY), John H. Zhang (Altamont, NY), Lawrence A. Clevenger (Rhinebeck, NY), Yiheng Xu (Hopewell Junction, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14956834 on 12/02/2015 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: Self-aligned three dimensional vertically stacked chip stacks and processes for forming the same generally include two or more vertically stacked chips supported by a scaffolding structure, the scaffolding structure defined by a first scaffolding trench and at least one additional scaffolding trench, the first scaffolding trench comprising a bottom surface having a width and a sidewall having a height extending from the bottom surface to define a lowermost trench in a scaffolding layer, the at least one additional scaffolding trench overlaying the first scaffolding trench having a sidewall having a height and a width, wherein the width of the at least one scaffolding trench is greater than the first scaffolding trench width to define a first stair between the first scaffolding trench and the at least one additional trench; a first chip secured to the first scaffolding trench having a height less than the first scaffolding trench sidewall height; and at least one additional chip secured to and supported by the first stair, wherein the at least one additional chip is vertically spaced apart from the first chip.

[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]


3D semicircular vertical NAND string with recessed inactive semiconductor channel sections
Patent No. 9837431 

Inventor(s): Hiroaki Iuchi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Masafumi Miyamoto (Yokkaichi, , JP), Masatoshi Nishikawa (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15008744 on 01/28/2016 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vertical memory device including dual memory cells per level in each memory opening can have dielectric separator dielectric structures that protrude into a facing pair of sidewalls of the memory stack structure within the memory opening. A pair of inactive sections of a vertical semiconductor channel facing the dielectric separator dielectric structures is laterally recessed from control gate electrodes. Control of the threshold voltage of such a vertical memory device can be enhanced because of the dielectric separator dielectric structures. The fringe field from the control gate electrodes is weaker due to an increased distance between the control gate electrodes and the inactive sections of the vertical semiconductor channel. The memory stack structure can have concave sidewalls that contact the dielectric separator dielectric structures and convex sidewalls that protrude toward the control gate electrodes.

[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]


Apparatus and method for a low loss coupling capacitor
Patent No. 9837555 

Inventor(s): Brian Creed (Batavia, IL), Kent Jaeger (Cary, IL), Lawrence Connell (Naperville, IL), Matthew Richard Miller (Arlington Heights, IL)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14687549 on 04/15/2015 (965 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are provided herein for low loss coupling capacitor structures. The embodiments include a n-type varactor (NVAR) configuration and p-type varactor (PVAR) configuration. The structure in the NVAR configuration comprises a p-doped semiconductor substrate (Psub), a deep n-doped semiconductor well (DNW) in the Psub, and a p-doped semiconductor well (P well) in the DNW. The circuit structure further comprises a source terminal of a p-doped semiconductor material within P well, and a drain terminal of the p-doped semiconductor material within the P well. Additionally, the circuit structure comprises an insulated gate on the surface of the P well, a metal pattern comprising a plurality of layers of metal lines, and a plurality of vias through the metal lines. The vias are contacts connecting the metal lines to the gate, the source terminal, and the drain terminal.

[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]


Portable device and method of supplying power to a portable device
Patent No. 9837839 

Inventor(s): David John Reed (Sheffield, , GB), Nicol Rae Orr (Kerrville, TX)
Assignee(s): ORREX MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Grapevine, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14987428 on 01/04/2016 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: A portable device and method of supplying power to the portable device may provide a sterile environment that may protect the health and safety of patients on whom the device is employed. The portable device may be charged inside of the sterile environment. The portable device may be charged using at least one chargeable battery that may be arranged internal and/or external to a portion of the portable device, or internal and/or external to the portable device. A power supply may be connected to the at least one chargeable battery and power the portable device for use. The portable device may be charged up to 100% and/or or fully charged prior to opening the sterile environment.

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


System and method for multiple point transmission in a communications system
Patent No. 9838089 

Inventor(s): Hao Bi (Lake Zurich, IL), Yishen Sun (Palatine, IL)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13269475 on 10/07/2011 (2251 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for multiple point transmission in a communications system are provided. A method for multiple point transmission operation comprises modifying a configuration of a radio bearer for use in a multiple point transmission to a user equipment according to operating condition information of the user equipment, reconfiguring the radio bearer according to the modified configuration, and initiating a multiple point transmission to the user equipment using the reconfigured radio bearer.

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


System and method for a scale-invariant symbol demodulator
Patent No. 9838091 

Inventor(s): Cornelius Janse van Rensburg (Wylie, TX), Ge Xu (Columbia, MD)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14553448 on 11/25/2014 (1106 days app to issue)

Abstract: It is possible to improve the spectral efficiency of multi-layer multiple input multiple output (MIMO) transmissions by estimating the magnitude parameter at the receiver side, rather signaling the magnitude parameter from the transmitter to the receiver. In long term evolution (LTE) networks, the user equipment (UE) may estimate the power allocation (Pa) parameter by executing a series of steps. For example, the UE may define a single unknown variable from a received downlink MIMO signal, extend the single unknown scalar variable to a multivariate signal model for multiple channels (N), convert the multivariate signal model to a MIMO configured signal model, and then obtain the Pa parameter from the MIMO configured multivariate signal model.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for wireless communications measurements and CSI feedback
Patent No. 9838102 

Inventor(s): Bingyu Qu (Rolling Meadows, IL), Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14632881 on 02/26/2015 (1013 days app to issue)

Abstract: Measurements and Channel State Information (CSI) feedback are configured using communications between a network and user equipment (UE). The communications includes a first signaling from a network component to the UE indicating one or more reference signal (RS) resource configurations, a second signaling indicating one or more interference measurement (IM) resource configurations, and a third signaling indicating a CSI report configuration, wherein the CSI report configuration indicates a subset of the one or more RS resource configurations and a subset of the one or more IM resource configurations. The UE establishes a RS based measurement according to the subset of the one or more RS resource configurations and an IM according to the subset of the one or more IM resource configurations. The UE then generates and sends to the network a CSI report in accordance with the CSI report configuration and using the RS based measurement and the IM.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Bias error correction in an optical coherent transponder
Patent No. 9838117 

Inventor(s): Qian Liang (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15149667 on 05/09/2016 (575 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting and correcting bias errors in optical coherent transponders are disclosed. An ”outer” modulator in a transponder may, when properly biased, produce a phase offset of /2 radians between in-phase and quadrature components of the optical signals transmitted in optical modulation formats by the transponder. The method may include providing input to a transponder to produce a periodic (and generally sinusoidal) output signal, measuring (using an optical power meter) the optical power of positive and negative harmonics of the signal while varying the amount of skew introduced by a de-skewing filter in the transponder, and determining that a curve representing the measurements performed on the positive harmonics and a curve representing the measurements performed on the negative harmonics are not orthogonal. The method may include adjusting the bias voltage of the modulator to make the two curves orthogonal, thus eliminating the bias error.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Nonlinear noise mitigation with spectral inversion in optical transport networks
Patent No. 9838123 

Inventor(s): Inwoong Kim (Allen, TX), Olga Vassilieva (Plano, TX), Paparao Palacharla (Richardson, TX), Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15372539 on 12/08/2016 (362 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems may mitigate nonlinear noise (NLN) penalties for optical paths using spectral inversion in optical transport networks. Using a tunable dispersion compensator with an optical amplifier at each span in an optical path, the dispersion along the optical path may be modified to a normalized dispersion for each span. In this manner, the dispersion associated with NLN accumulation may be balanced by NLN compensation to reduce overall NLN levels for the optical path.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Compensation of non-linear transmitter impairments in optical communication networks
Patent No. 9838133 

Inventor(s): Clarence Kan (Bridgewater, NJ), Fei Zhu (San Jose, CA), Zhihong Li (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15390148 on 12/23/2016 (347 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical transceiver comprises a transmitter configured to transmit a first signal, and a receiver coupled to the transmitter and configured to receive a first compensation, wherein the first compensation is based on a pattern-dependent analysis of the first signal, and provide the first compensation to the transmitter, wherein the transmitter is further configured to compensate a second signal based on the first compensation to form a first compensated signal, and transmit the first compensated signal. An optical transmitter comprises a digital signal processor (DSP) comprising a compensator, a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) coupled to the DSP, a radio frequency amplifier (RFA) coupled to the DAC, and an electrical-to-optical converter (EOC) coupled to the RFA. An optical receiver comprises an optical-to-electrical converter (OEC), an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) coupled to the OEC, and a digital signal processor (DSP) coupled to the ADC and comprising a calibrator.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Transmission signal generation apparatus, transmission signal generation method, reception signal apparatus, and reception signal method
Patent No. 9838178 

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: 15181573 on 06/14/2016 (539 days app to issue)

Abstract: Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) communication is provided which allows high accuracy estimation of frequency offset, high accuracy estimation of a transmission path fluctuation and high accuracy synchronization/signal detection. Pilot symbol mapping is provided for forming pilot carriers by assigning orthogonal sequences to corresponding subcarriers among OFDM signals which are transmitted at the same time from respective antennas in the time domain. Even when pilot symbols are multiplexed among a plurality of channels (antennas), this allows frequency offset/phase noise to be estimated with high accuracy.

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


Digital generation of multi-level phase shifting with a Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM)
Patent No. 9838239 

Inventor(s): Gong Lei (Sunnyvale, CA), Hungyi Lee (Cupertino, CA), Liang Gu (San Jose, CA), Morgan Chen (San Jose, CA), Qianfan Xu (San Jose, CA), Xiao Shen (San Bruno, CA), Yen Dang (San Jose, CA), Yifan Gu (Santa Clara, CA),
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14989966 on 01/07/2016 (698 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprising a first electrical driver configured to generate a first binary voltage signal according to first data, a second electrical driver configured to generate a second binary voltage signal according to second data, wherein the first data and the second data are different, and a first optical waveguide arm coupled to the first electrical driver and the second electrical driver, wherein the first optical waveguide arm is configured to shift a first phase of a first optical signal propagating along the first optical waveguide arm according to a first voltage difference between the first binary voltage signal and the second binary voltage signal to produce a first multi-level phase-shifted optical signal.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Improving the architecture of middleboxes or service routers to better consolidate diverse functions
Patent No. 9838308 

Inventor(s): Guangyu Shi (Cupertino, CA), Norbert Egi (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13729415 on 12/28/2012 (1803 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprising at least one receiver configured to receive a traffic flow, receive information comprising a set of functions and an order of the set from a controller, and a processor coupled to the at least one receiver and configured to assign the traffic flow to one or more resources, determine a processing schedule for the traffic flow, and process the traffic flow by the set of functions, following the order of the set, using the one or more resources, and according to the processing schedule.

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


Mechanism for optimized customer MAC address flushing in PBB-EVPN
Patent No. 9838310 

Inventor(s): Vi Vu (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14920727 on 10/22/2015 (775 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for flushing of Customer Media Access Control (C-MAC) addresses in a PBB-EVPN network are disclosed. A first provider edge (PE) device can maintain a plurality of service instances configured on a first interface. The first PE device can detect at least one failed ethernet virtual circuit (EVC) on the first interface and identify at least one service instance from the plurality of service instances that is associated with the at least one failed EVC. The PE device can send, to a second PE device, a C-MAC flush notification message that identifies the at least one service instance and the message can cause the second PE device to remove C-MAC addresses corresponding to the at least one service instance and the B-MAC address for the first interface.

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


Software-defined information centric network (ICN)
Patent No. 9838333 

Inventor(s): Guo-Qiang Wang (Santa Clara, CA), Ravishankar Ravindran (San Ramon, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14600222 on 01/20/2015 (1050 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network element (NE) comprising a receiver configured to receive a flow configuration message from a network controller via an information centric network (ICN), wherein the flow configuration message comprises a flow entry that identifies a flow in the ICN, wherein the flow is associated with a name of an application data object, and wherein the flow entry comprises a forwarding path associated with an application corresponding to the application data object name, and receive a packet, via the ICN, comprising the application data object name, a processor coupled to the receiver and configured to select the flow entry from a flow table based on the packet”s application data object name, and a transmitter coupled to the processor and configured to forward the packet along the forwarding path in the selected flow entry.

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


Authentication and initial key exchange in ethernet passive optical network over coaxial network
Patent No. 9838363 

Inventor(s): Guangsheng Wu (Shenzhen, , CN), Jim Chen (Corona, CA), Li Zhang (Wuhan, , CN), Yanbin Sun (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14995981 on 01/14/2016 (691 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method comprising generating an updated security key upon expiration of a key exchange timer, transferring the updated security key to a Coaxial Network Unit (CNU), retaining an original key, wherein the updated security key comprises a different key identification number than the original key, accepting and decrypting upstream traffic that employs either the original key or the updated key, after transferring the updated security key to the CNU, creating a key switchover timer, before the key switchover timer expires, verify that upstream traffic transferred from the CNU on a logical link uses the updated security key, and when upstream traffic is encrypted using the updated security key, begin using the updated security key to encrypt downstream traffic and clear the key switchover timer.

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


Encapsulating commands within a control wrapper for split entry or approval
Patent No. 9838393 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX), Sorin N. Cismas (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14816187 on 08/03/2015 (855 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for reviewing inputted commands and preventing the execution of accidentally or maliciously entered adverse commands are disclosed. These commands may be operating system commands, resource commands, device commands, application commands, and so on. Some aspects of the disclosure provide ways to split entry and/or approval of commands prior to their execution. In some aspects, execution of the command may be undone or reversed if the command is not successfully validated. Commands may be encapsulated in a control wrapper to identify commands subject to split approval or co-entry process, and criteria regarding the commands or the user(s) entering the commands may be used to determine whether co-entry or split approval and/or post-execution validation is required. Indications of approval or denial of a command may be transmitted to other computing devices to reduce or eliminate malicious or accidental activity.

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


Methods, systems, and computer readable media for a network function virtualization information concentrator
Patent No. 9838483 

Inventor(s): Ajay Padmakar Deo (Carrollton, TX), Sam Eric McMurry (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Oracle International Corporation (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor Hunt, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14086950 on 11/21/2013 (1475 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media for analyzing virtualization related information related to a telecommunications network for managing network virtualization are disclosed. In one embodiment, a system for analyzing virtualization related information related to a telecommunications network for managing network virtualization includes an information concentrator for analyzing virtualization related information related to a telecommunications network. The information concentrator may include a first interface for receiving the virtualization related information and an analysis engine for collecting and analyzing the received information, for determining a set of network virtualization related data based on the information, and for directing the network virtualization related data set to a node for making virtualization decisions.

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


Multiple persona support for communications
Patent No. 9838534 

Inventor(s): Robert Hammond (Grapevine, TX), Satish Janardan (Plano, TX), Tony Wong (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14507813 on 10/06/2014 (1156 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing multiple persona support for communications. A processor, at the device, can execute a persona service. The persona service can create one or multiple containers/highly secure work space(s) within the user device. The processor, at the administrator level of the specific work group, can detect a communication request comprising a request to initiate a communication. The processor can determine if the communication comprises a call. If a determination is made that the communication comprises the call, the processor, based on the profiles of the parties, can obtain call handling rules/policies, initiate setup of a communication path for the call, provide contacts to parties to the call, and determine how the call is handled. If a determination is made that the call is accepted, the processor can allow initiation of the call, or other appropriate treatments

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


Method for setting up peripheral devices docking session for better user experience
Patent No. 9838828 

Inventor(s): Naveen Kumar Kakani (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): QUALCOMM TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL, LTD. (Cambridge, , GB)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group/Qualcomm (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14627155 on 02/20/2015 (1019 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates generally to wireless networking, and more particularly to methods and apparatuses for providing flexible WiFi docking with minimal overhead. According to certain aspects, embodiments of the invention include methods and apparatuses that allow a WD to select peripherals in a configuration that is useful for the WD from a Topology point of view. According to certain other aspects, embodiments of the invention include methods and apparatuses that allow peripherals to be used as part of the Docking Session, but does not require using all the peripherals all the time. According to certain additional aspects, embodiments of the invention include methods and apparatuses that allow for dynamically switching the use of peripherals with minimal overhead. According to still further additional aspects, embodiments of the invention include methods and apparatuses for signaling user authentication functionality for certain peripherals to be used in a docking session.

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


System and method of ANQP querying using a common ANQP group version
Patent No. 9838950 

Inventor(s): George Calcev (Hoffman Estates, IL), Lin Cai (Hoffman Estates, IL), Xingxin Zhang (Chengdu, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14267656 on 05/01/2014 (1314 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method of ANQP querying using a common ANQP group version. One embodiment of the method includes associating an original common ANQP group version with a common ANQP group, transmitting a message containing the original common ANQP group version to at least one station, associating a new common ANQP group version with the common ANQP group when an element therein is changed, and transmitting another message containing the new common ANQP group version to the at least one station.

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


Power dissipation reduction in wireless transceivers
Patent No. 9838962 

Inventor(s): Yannis Tsividis (New York, NY)
Assignee(s): Theta IP, LLC (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor Zafman LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15080421 on 03/24/2016 (621 days app to issue)

Abstract: Processes, methods and circuits for improving battery life by reducing the battery power-drain of battery-powered devices with wireless receivers is disclosed. Embodiments provide for variably changing the bias current, impedance, and gain through a plurality of values, either separately or in combination, during receiver circuit operation to optimize power dissipation. The dynamic changes to gain, bias and impedance characteristics of the receiver circuit may occur in any of an amplifier, a filter, and a mixer, and are responsive to the components of an input signal comprising a desired signal and interferer signal. Dynamic changes may also be made to a dynamic range and noise floor of the receiver circuit.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Power efficient PS-Poll
Patent No. 9838963 

Inventor(s): George A. Vlantis (Sunnyvale, CA), Liwen Chu (San Ramon, CA)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15365600 on 11/30/2016 (370 days app to issue)

Abstract: A IEEE 802.11 Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) system of an access point (AP) and one or more stations (STAs) reduces power consumption and increases battery life of power efficient low power STAs by decreasing the amount of time that a power efficient low power STA remains in an awake state. After indicating power efficient low power operation during association with an AP supporting such operation, the power efficient low power STA may enter the doze state from the time that the power efficient low power STA sends a PS-Poll until the power efficient low power STA receives the buffered DATA frame from the AP. While implementing the power efficient PS-Poll method, the AP can send the buffered DATA frame to the STA SIFS after the AP sends an ACK to the received PS-Poll from the STA.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Using a cell as a pathloss or timing reference
Patent No. 9838989 

Inventor(s): Rene Waraputra Purnadi (Irving, TX), Zhijun Cai (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Trop, Pruner Hu, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14828859 on 08/18/2015 (840 days app to issue)

Abstract: Information is communicated indicating whether a cell on a first carrier of a first type is to be used as a reference cell, wherein the reference cell is at least one selected from among a pathloss reference cell and a timing reference cell, and wherein the first carrier of the first type is part of a carrier aggregation that further includes at least a second carrier of a second, different type.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for transmitting data information messages on a downlink of a wireless communication system
Patent No. 9839018 

Inventor(s): Anthony C. K. Soong (Plano, TX), Fredrik Berggren (Kista, , SE)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14320389 on 06/30/2014 (1254 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are provide for communicating data or other non-control information messages within a downlink control channel directly, rather than in a data channel or broadcast channel. Thereby, radio resource utilization can be substantially improved in the cellular system, such as in the case of transmitting smaller data packets. In an embodiment, a transmitter arranges a set of time-frequency radio resources, associated with a downlink control channel, for transmitting information other than control information sent on the downlink control channel. The transmitter then sends, on the set of time-frequency radio resources, a data information message comprising the information other than the control information. The information other than the control information comprises one of user-specific data information and broadcast data information. A receiver then receives on the downlink control channel, control information and the data information message.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

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In-ear headphones
Patent No. D804445 

Inventor(s): Diana Chang (San Francisco, CA), James Toggweiler (San Francisco, CA), Timothy Simeon Golnik (San Francisco, CA)
Assignee(s): Fossil Group, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Cooley LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29550537 on 01/05/2016 (700 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Nasal dilator
Patent No. D804665 

Inventor(s): Brian D Owens (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): SIMPLICITY, LLC (Springville, UT)
Law Firm: Goodhue, Coleman Owens, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29554046 on 02/08/2016 (666 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Shingle
Patent No. D804687 

Inventor(s): Luis Duque (Hackensack, NJ), Ming-Liang Shiao (Collegeville, PA), Olan Leitch (Bakersfield, CA), Sudhir Railkar (Wayne, NJ)
Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper Scinto (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29585837 on 11/29/2016 (371 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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