Dallas Invents: 71 Patents Granted for Week of Jan. 9

Patents secured this week include Mary Kay’s combination of plant extracts to improve skin tone, Apple’s devices for haptic mixing, and Futurewei Technologies’ method for faked base station detection.

Securus, Hewlitt Packaged USAA GE Watchguard Video Genband State Farm Galderma

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of Jan. 9, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano), 4
STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell), 4
Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas), 3
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano), 3
Doskocil Manufacturing Company Inc. (Arlington), 2
Galderma Laboratories L.P. (Fort Worth), 2
Mary Kay Inc. (Addison), 2


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Ryan Wills (Carrollton), 2
Sunil Pinto (Arlington), 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

141 days
System and method for creating and navigating a linear hypermedia resource program
Hypermedia Navigation LLC (Dallas)

3,935 days
Popular and common chain points of interest
Navigation Solutions LLC (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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Blanket to protect body from harsh environmental conditions
Patent No. 9861143 

Inventor(s): Kimberly L. Townsend (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): SERVANT’S HEART OUTFITTERS, L.L.C. (Rockwall, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes Boone, LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15616663 on 06/07/2017 (216 days app to issue)

Abstract: A blanket that may include a layer of material with trapezoidally shaped notches in two opposite sides of the material. An upper panel of the material may be configured to wrap around a user’s upper legs with the user in a sitting position, and a lower panel of the material may be configured to wrap around the user’s lower legs. Fasteners removably attach right and left edges of the lower panel together. A method of covering a portion of a user’s body with a blanket may include placing the blanket on the user with an upper panel of the blanket over the user’s upper legs, and a lower panel of the blanket over the user’s lower legs, wrapping left and right edges of the lower panel around the user’s lower legs, thereby surrounding the user’s lower legs with the lower panel.

[A41D] OUTERWEAR; PROTECTIVE GARMENTS; ACCESSORIES (eye or ear protectors A61F 9/00, A61F 11/00; sweating suits A61H 36/00)


Methods and compositions for safe and effective treatment of erythema
Patent No. 9861632 

Inventor(s): Christian Loesche (Hegenheim, , FR), Matthew James Leoni (Titusville, NJ), Michael Graeber (Lawrenceville, NJ), Philip Freidenreich (Yardley, PA), Yin-sang Liu (Princeton Junction, NJ)
Assignee(s): Galderma Laboratories, L.P. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Panitch Schwarze Belisario Nadel LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14968104 on 12/14/2015 (757 days app to issue)

Abstract: Improved methods and compositions for safe and effective treatment of erythema or a symptom associated with erythema in a subject are described. The methods involve topically applying to an affected skin area a topical composition comprising about 0.3% to about 10% by weight of brimonidine and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.

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


Microporous zirconium silicate for the treatment of hyperkalemia
Patent No. 9861658 

Inventor(s): Alvaro F. Guillem (Lantana, TX), Donald Jeffrey Keyser (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): ZS PHARMA, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Arent Fox LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14826038 on 08/13/2015 (880 days app to issue)

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

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


Microfluidic delivery system and method
Patent No. 9861720 

Inventor(s): Dave Hunt (San Diego, CA), Faiz Sherman (Mason, OH), Joe Scheffelin (Poway, CA), Simon Dodd (West Linn, OR), Steve Bush (Liberty Township, OH), Tim Hoekstra (Escondido, CA)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14311150 on 06/20/2014 (1299 days app to issue)

Abstract: One or more embodiments are directed to a microfluidic delivery system that dispenses a fluid in a direction that, at least in part, opposes gravity. In one embodiment, the microfluidic delivery system includes a microfluidic refill cartridge that is configured to be placed in a housing. The microfluidic refill cartridge includes at least one nozzle that faces upward or off to a side. The microfluidic refill cartridge includes a fluid transport member that allows fluid to travel upward from a fluid reservoir in opposition to gravity. A fluid path is located above the fluid transport member placing an end of the fluid transport member in fluid communication with a chamber and a nozzle. In response to the microfluidic delivery system receiving an electrical signal, an ejection element is configured to cause fluid in the chamber to be expelled through the nozzle. In response to the fluid being expelled from the nozzle, fluid may be pulled up through the fluid transport member and through the fluid path to refill the chamber.

[A61L] METHODS OR APPARATUS FOR STERILISING MATERIALS OR OBJECTS IN GENERAL; DISINFECTION, STERILISATION, OR DEODORISATION OF AIR; CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES; MATERIALS FOR BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES (preservation of bodies or disinfecting characterised by the agent employed A01N; preserving, e.g. sterilising, food or foodstuffs A23; preparations for medical, dental or toilet purposes A61K) [4]


Systems and methods for controlling balloon catheters
Patent No. 9861800 

Inventor(s): Brian Dean Owens (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TREBLE INNOVATIONS (Springville, UT)
Law Firm: Goodhue, Coleman Owens, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13654401 on 10/17/2012 (1910 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for utilizing an endoscopic sheath. An endoscope is received in a scope port of the endoscopic sheath. A dilation device is received in a working port of the endoscopic sheath. The dilation device is controlled utilizing controls of the endoscopic sheath.

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


Arbitrary waveform generator and neural stimulation application
Patent No. 9861822 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey A. Weisgarber (Jewett, OH), Richard J. Polefko (Parma, OH), Stephen C. Trier (Mayfield Heights, OH)
Assignee(s): Nuvectra Corporation (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14446996 on 07/30/2014 (1259 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, device and/or system for generating arbitrary waveforms of a desired shape that can be used for generating a stimulation pulse for medical purposes such as for spinal cord stimulation therapy.

[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]


Dendritic cell vaccines
Patent No. 9862927 

Inventor(s): Anna Karolina Palucka (Dallas, TX), Jacques F. Banchereau (Dallas, TX), Louis M. Sloan (Dallas, TX), Monica Montes (Dallas, TX), Yves Levy (Paris, , FR)
Assignee(s): Agence Nationale de Recherches Sur le Sida Et Les Hepatitis Virales (Paris, , FR), Baylor Research Institute (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13011798 on 01/21/2011 (2545 days app to issue)

Abstract: Compositions and methods for the prophylaxis and treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections are disclosed herein. More specifically the present invention discloses describes an autologous dendritic cell (DC) vaccine product derived by culturing a patient’s monocytes with granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) and interferon alpha 2b (IFN-), loading the DC with a mixture of five lipopeptides of Gag, Nef and Pol HIV antigens, and, optionally activating the DC with lipopolysaccharide (LPS).

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


Method and system of securing wearable equipment
Patent No. 9861178 

Inventor(s): Gary Burton (Melissa, TX), James Walter Exner (Plano, TX), Jim Dulaney (Euless, TX), Larry Hall (Richardson, TX), Robert V. Vanman (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): WatchGuard, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14821148 on 08/07/2015 (886 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for attaching a device to a user includes securing a first plate to a user. The first plate can be secured to the user, for example, via one or more straps and/or a hook and loop fastener. The system and method further include securing a second plate to the first plate, wherein an article of the user’s clothing is sandwiched in between the first plate and the second plate. The first plate and second plate may be secured to each other by a magnetic connection, by engagement of a sliding pin that pierces a portion of the first plate and the second plate, or a combination of a magnetic connection and an engagement of a sliding pin.

[A45F] TRAVELLING OR CAMP EQUIPMENT; SACKS OR PACKS CARRIED ON THE BODY [2006.01]


Ankle tibia plates
Patent No. 9861407 

Inventor(s): Brian Carpenter (Ft. Worth, TX), Douglas W. Miller (Dallas, TX), Gregory Pomeroy (Cape Elizabeth, ME), John Early (Dallas, TX), Michael E. Brage (Laguna Woods, CA)
Assignee(s): OsteoMed LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15356441 on 11/18/2016 (417 days app to issue)

Abstract: Implant devices for the internal fixation of fractured bones, and more particularly to ankle plates for the tibia bone are disclosed and include an anterolateral tibia plate having an L-shaped body including a proximal portion defining a longitudinal axis, and a distal portion defining a traverse axis, and having a support bridge connected between the proximal portion and the distal portion. Implant devices disclosed also include an anterior tibia plate having an elongated first portion, a second portion that widens outward with respect to the elongated first portion, and a plurality of removable tabs attached to the outer edge of the second portion. Implant devices disclosed also include a medial tibia plate having an elongated shaft with a proximal portion and a distal portion. The distal portion is configured to extend proximate to a base of medial malleolus, and has a curvature with respect to a longitudinal axis defined by the elongated shaft. The distal portion may include a plurality of removable tabs. The removable tabs may be disposed to define an opening between the removable tabs to orient a bone fastener into a bone.

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


Combination of plant extracts to improve skin tone
Patent No. 9861573 

Inventor(s): David Gan (Southlake, TX), Michelle Hines (Hickory Creek, TX), Tiffany Florence (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14827835 on 08/17/2015 (876 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a composition and methods of its use for whitening skin or evening out skin tone, wherein the composition includes dried navy (haricot)-bean ([i]Phaseolus vulgaris[/i]) powder or an aqueous extract thereof.

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


Methods and compositions for safe and effective treatment of erythema
Patent No. 9861631 

Inventor(s): Christian Loesche (Hegenheim, , FR), Matthew James Leoni (Titusville, NJ), Michael Graeber (Lawrenceville, NJ), Philip Freidenreich (Yardley, PA), Yin-sang Liu (Princeton Junction, NJ)
Assignee(s): Galderma Laboratories, L.P. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Panitch Schwarze Belisario Nadel LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14679598 on 04/06/2015 (1009 days app to issue)

Abstract: Improved methods and compositions for safe and effective treatment of erythema or a symptom associated with erythema in a subject are described. The methods involve topically applying to an affected skin area a topical composition comprising about 0.3% to about 10% by weight of brimonidine and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.

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


 

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

[PATENT BELOW, IMAGE VIA USPTO]

Cyclonic injector and method for reagent gasification and decomposition in a hot gas stream
Patent No. 9861934 

Inventor(s): Eric Lindemann (Oxford, CT), James M. Valentine (Fairfield, CT), Jeffrey Michael Broderick (Ridgefield, CT), Saiprasad Jangiti (Woodbury, CT), Thomas V. Eldredge (Monroe, CT)
Assignee(s): PEERLESS MFG.CO (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14731133 on 06/04/2015 (950 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for vaporizing and optionally decomposing a reagent, such as aqueous ammonia or urea, which is useful for NOx reduction, includes a cyclonic decomposition duct, wherein the duct at its inlet end is connected to an air inlet port and a reagent injection lance. The air inlet port is in a tangential orientation to the central axis of the duct. The system further includes a metering valve for controlling the reagent injection rate. A method for vaporizing and optionally decomposing a reagent includes providing a cyclonic decomposition duct which is connected to an air inlet port and an injection lance, introducing hot gas through the air inlet port in a tangential orientation to the central axis of the duct, injecting the reagent axially through the injection lance into the duct; and adjusting the reagent injection rate through a metering valve.

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


Systems and methods for positioning multiple trimmable marine propulsion devices on a marine vessel
Patent No. 9862471 

Inventor(s): Brad E. Taylor (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Brunswick Corporation (Mettawa, IL)
Law Firm: Andrus Intellectual Property Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15180620 on 06/13/2016 (575 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller carries out a method for positioning multiple trimmable marine propulsion devices on a marine vessel transom. The method includes identifying two propulsion devices located one on either side of a transom centerline and defining these as outer propulsion devices. A third propulsion device coupled to the transom between the outer propulsion devices is defined as an inner propulsion device. A user input is received to trim the outer and inner propulsion devices in a single direction with respect to their current trim angles. In response to the user input, the controller outputs a control signal. In response to the control signal, the outer propulsion devices are trimmed in the single direction to a first trim angle and the inner propulsion device is trimmed in the single direction to a second, different trim angle. The controller may rate limit trimming of the outer propulsion devices to accomplish this.

[B63H] MARINE PROPULSION OR STEERING (propulsion of air-cushion vehicles B60V 1/14; peculiar to submarines, other than nuclear propulsion, B63G; peculiar to torpedoes F42B 19/00)


Positioning hovering objects for docking
Patent No. 9862504 

Inventor(s): Edward Lindsley (Burleson, TX), Paul E. I. Pounds (Brisbane, , AU)
Assignee(s): Olaeris, Inc. (Burleson, TX)
Law Firm: Dodd Law Group (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14670913 on 03/27/2015 (1019 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, devices, apparatus, and computer program products for aligning a target with and/or over and/or into a specific position and orientation. Embodiments include one or more capture components, such as, engagement lines, spars, or struts, that can be actuated together or independently to position a vehicle in a capture area defined by a ring or other geometry. A vehicle can include a sloped surface feature configured to engage with the capture components. When actuated, the capture components draw the sloped surface feature towards and down into the center of the defined capture area. Variations allow a vehicle to be rotated in place, repositioned in place, or clamped securely in place. Positioning and rotation allows alignment with replenishment devices for resupplying and refueling. In this way, a vehicle is relieved from having to have precision terminal guidance for landing and recharging.

[B64F] GROUND OR AIRCRAFT-CARRIER-DECK INSTALLATIONS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR USE IN CONNECTION WITH AIRCRAFT; DESIGNING, MANUFACTURING, ASSEMBLING, CLEANING, MAINTAINING OR REPAIRING AIRCRAFT, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; HANDLING, TRANSPORTING, TESTING OR INSPECTING AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Fabrication and application of nanofiber ribbons and sheets and twisted and non-twisted nanofiber yarns
Patent No. 9862607 

Inventor(s): Ali E. Aliev (Dallas, TX), Anvar A. Zakhidov (McKinney, TX), Chris Williams (Dallas, TX), Mei Zhang (Plano, TX), Ray H. Baughman (Dallas, TX), Sergey Li (Dallas, TX), Shaoli Fang (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15216614 on 07/21/2016 (537 days app to issue)

Abstract: Fabricating a nanofiber sheet, ribbon, or yarn by a continuous process that includes synthesizing a nanofiber forest in a forest growth region on a substrate, wherein the nanofiber forest comprises a parallel array of nanofibers, and further includes drawing said nanofibers from the nanofiber forest to form a primary assembly that is a sheet, ribbon or yarn. The substrate continuously moves from the furnace growth region into a region where the nanofibers in the forest are drawn.

[B32B] LAYERED PRODUCTS, i.e. PRODUCTS BUILT-UP OF STRATA OF FLAT OR NON-FLAT, e.g. CELLULAR OR HONEYCOMB, FORM


System and method to increase conspicuousness of vehicles
Patent No. 9865170 

Inventor(s): Michael R Furst (Rochester, NY), Raja Bala (Webster, NY), Robert P Loce (Webster, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14451978 on 08/05/2014 (1253 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for real time dynamic triggering of a conspicuous signal for a vehicle on a path of travel. A sensor array detects environmental factors presenting a predetermined risk to the vehicle. A decision module assesses the environmental factors and the associated risks and determines if the conspicuousness signal is warranted and a type of signal to be made. An actuating module actuates the conspicuousness signal based on the determining of the decision module.

[B60Q] ARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL [4]


Emergency services dual tone multi frequency (DTMF) function
Patent No. 9867022 

Inventor(s): Steven A. Millstein (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Aeris Communications, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Brundidge Stanger, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14274346 on 05/09/2014 (1341 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for providing emergency location detection service for a vehicle is disclosed. The method and system comprise receiving one or more dual tone multi frequency (DTMF) signals by a vehicle via an active communication channel. The one or more DTMF signals are decoded and perform a corresponding vehicle function. A system and method in accordance with the present invention allows Public Safety Answering Point or 3rd party emergency service provider to send (DTMF) signals over a communication channel to activate vehicle system functions remotely such as engaging vehicle horn, flashing of headlights and/or taillights or emitting radio signals for the purpose of identification of location of the vehicle.

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


 

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

Process for recovering halogen promoters and removing permanganate reducing compounds
Patent No. 9862669 

Inventor(s): G. Paull Torrence (League City, TX), Oyeyemi F. Oyerinde (Houston, TX), Raymond J. Zinobile (Houston, TX)
Assignee(s): CELANESE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14738665 on 06/12/2015 (942 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention relates to processes for producing acetic acid and, in particular, to improved processes for recovering C[subscript]2+[/subscript] alkyl halides and removing permanganate reducing compounds formed during the carbonylation of methanol in the presence of a Group VIII metal carbonylation catalyst to produce acetic acid.

[C07C] ACYCLIC OR CARBOCYCLIC COMPOUNDS (macromolecular compounds C08; production of organic compounds by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25B 3/00, C25B 7/00)


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

[PATENT BELOW, IMAGE VIA USPTO]

Self-adjusting connector apparatus for telescoped ground engaging wear and support members
Patent No. 9863126 

Inventor(s): Brandon Dunn (McKinney, TX), Isai Diaz (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Hensley Industries, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14336048 on 07/21/2014 (1268 days app to issue)

Abstract: Telescoped ground engaging telescoped wear and support members are provided with self-adjusting connector apparatus that releasably retains the wear member in a rearwardly telescoped orientation on the support member. In illustrated embodiments thereof, the connector apparatus includes cooperating ratchet structures operatively associated with the support and wear members and functioning to automatically re-tighten an abrasion-created loosened interfit between the wear and support members in response to a rearwardly directed operational force imposed on the wear member.

[E02F] DREDGING; SOIL-SHIFTING (winning peat E21C 49/00)


Isolation device containing a dissolvable anode and electrolytic compound
Patent No. 9863201 

Inventor(s): Michael L. Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zachary R. Murphree (Carrollton, TX), Zachary W. Walton (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuire Woods LLP (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15469918 on 03/27/2017 (288 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wellbore isolation device comprising: a first material, wherein the first material: (A) is a metal or a metal alloy; and (B) partially dissolves when an electrically conductive path exists between the first material and a second material and at least a portion of the first and second materials are in contact with an electrolyte; and an electrolytic compound, wherein the electrolytic compound dissolves in a fluid located within the wellbore to form free ions that are electrically conductive. A method of removing the wellbore isolation device comprises: placing the wellbore isolation device into the wellbore; and allowing at least a portion of the first material to dissolve.

[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]


Packer assembly having sequentially operated hydrostatic pistons for interventionless setting
Patent No. 9863210 

Inventor(s): Beauford Sean Mallory (Sachse, TX), Michael Dale Ezell (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes Boone LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14409141 on 07/02/2012 (2017 days app to issue)

Abstract: A packer for use in a wellbore includes a packer mandrel. First and second pistons are slidably disposed about the packer mandrel defining first and second chambers therewith. An activation assembly initially prevents movement of the first piston. A release assembly initially prevents movement of the second piston. First and second seal assemblies are disposed about the packer mandrel such that actuation of the activation assembly allows a force generated by a pressure difference between the wellbore and the first chamber to shift the first piston in a first direction toward the first seal assembly to radially expand the first seal assembly and to actuate the release assembly and, actuation of the release assembly allows a force generated by a pressure difference between the wellbore and the second chamber to shift the second piston in the first direction toward the second seal assembly to radially expand the second seal assembly.

[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

 

[PATENT BELOW, IMAGE VIA USPTO]

Rod end wear prevention
Patent No. 9863468 

Inventor(s): Lance Halcom (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION (Stratford, CT)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14029312 on 09/17/2013 (1575 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rod and bracket assembly includes a bracket with a rod connected to the bracket via a fastener extending through a bracket hole. A bushing assembly is positioned at the bracket hole and includes a bushing having a bushing flange and a wear pad positioned between the bushing flange and an inner face of the bracket to prevent wear of the bracket and/or the rod in the event that the rod rolls about its own axis. A clevis assembly for a clevis and rod assembly includes a clevis having one or more clevis legs extending from a clevis base and a bushing assembly located at a clevis hole. The bushing assembly includes a bushing having a bushing flange and a wear pad disposed between the bushing flange and an inner face of the clevis leg to prevent wear of the clevis leg and/or the rod assembly.

[F16C] SHAFTS; FLEXIBLE SHAFTS; MECHANICAL MEANS FOR TRANSMITTING MOVEMENT IN A FLEXIBLE SHEATHING; ELEMENTS OF CRANKSHAFT MECHANISMS; PIVOTS; PIVOTAL CONNECTIONS; ROTARY ENGINEERING ELEMENTS OTHER THAN GEARING, COUPLING, CLUTCH OR BRAKE ELEMENTS; BEARINGS [5]


Post cap assembly
Patent No. 9863612 

Inventor(s): John David Irick (Dallas, TX), Kevin T. Burt (Dallas, TX), Matthew Carlyle Sherstad (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Fortress Iron, LP (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15483726 on 04/10/2017 (274 days app to issue)

Abstract: A post cap assembly includes a base plate with a floor, an upper peripheral wall extending from the floor in a first direction and a lower peripheral wall extending from the floor in a second direction opposite the first direction. The base plate is configured to be secured to a post having a square-shaped cross section. A cover that has a pyramidal shape is configured to be coupled to the base plate, where the base plate includes at least two tabs that each have a through hole configured to receive a fastener. The base plate includes a plurality of rectangular-shaped through holes extending through the floor of the base plate and disposed proximate the upper peripheral wall of the base plate.

[F21S] NON-PORTABLE LIGHTING DEVICES; SYSTEMS THEREOF [7]


 

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Electromagnetic telemetry apparatus and methods for use in wellbore applications
Patent No. 9863237 

Inventor(s): Joseph E. Comparetto (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13685313 on 11/26/2012 (1870 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one aspect, an apparatus for use in a wellbore is disclosed that may include a transmitter placed on an electrically-conductive member at a first location in the wellbore configured to induce electromagnetic waves that travel along an outside of the conduit and a receiver placed on the electrically-conductive member at a second distal location in the wellbore configured to detect the electromagnetic waves induced by the transmitter.

[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]


Systems and methods for providing driving insurance for an individual driver
Patent No. 9863392 

Inventor(s): Bradly Jay Billman (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Hostetler LLP (15 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15483394 on 04/10/2017 (274 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for providing driving insurance for an individual driver may comprise at least one subsystem implemented on one or more computing systems configured for electronically calculating a risk of insuring a driver for liability arising from a vehicle accident regardless of any specific vehicle driven by the driver during the accident, at least one subsystem implemented on one or more computing systems configured for electronically and automatically calculating an insurance premium rate based on the previously calculated risk, and at least one subsystem implemented on one or more computing systems configured for electronically preparing an insurance policy according to the calculated premium rate wherein the insurance policy provides liability vehicle insurance covering the driver regardless of any specific vehicle driven by the driver during an accident.

[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]


Popular and common chain points of interest
Patent No. 9863779 

Inventor(s): Craig Edward Cross (Madison Heights, MI), Marc Brian Ruskin (Commerce Township, MI), Michael Gene Surber (Dallas, TX), Oscar Loera, Jr. (Ricardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Navigation Solutions, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Carlson, Gaskey Olds, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 11695261 on 04/02/2007 (3935 days app to issue)

Abstract: A navigation system includes an improved interface for accessing points of interest. Popular chains and franchises are accessible via a separate search, which can be accessed more efficiently and quickly. The list of popular chains can then be used to access the main database of points of interest.

[G01C] MEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY (measuring liquid level G01F; radio navigation, determining distance or velocity by use of propagation effects, e.g. Doppler effect, propagation time, of radio waves, analogous arrangements using other waves G01S)


Systems and methods for monitoring casing cement integrity
Patent No. 9863895 

Inventor(s): Darryl Trcka (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Dhahran, , SA), Weatherford International, LLC (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Bracewell LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15438956 on 02/22/2017 (321 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided in some embodiments are systems and methods for monitoring cement quality of a cased well. Embodiments include conducting a cement-bond logging and a first pulsed neutron (PN) logging to generate a cement-bond log (CBL) and first pulsed neutron log (PNL) for the well, determining a first cement quality index (CQI) for the well based on the CBL and the first PNL, in response to determining that mud effects for the well have dissipated, conducting a second PN logging to generate a second PNL for the well, determining a second CQI for the well based on the CBL and the second PNL, determining a tuned CQI for the well based on the first CQI and the second CQI, conducting a follow-up PN logging to generate a follow-up PNL for the well, and determining a cement quality log for the well based on the tuned CQI and the follow-up PNL.

[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]


Devices, methods, and graphical user interfaces for haptic mixing
Patent No. 9864432 

Inventor(s): Joseph M. Williams (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): APPLE INC. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15270885 on 09/20/2016 (476 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device receives a first set of one or more inputs corresponding to user interface elements displayed on the display and a first set of one or more tactile outputs, and also receives a second set of one or more inputs corresponding to one or more hardware elements and a second set of one or more tactile outputs. In response, in accordance with a determination that the first set of one or more tactile outputs and the second set of one or more tactile outputs overlap, the device outputs, with one or more tactile output generators, a modified tactile output sequence that is modified so as to emphasize the second set of one or more tactile outputs relative to the first set of one or more tactile outputs.

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


Circuit that selects EPROMs individually and in parallel
Patent No. 9864524 

Inventor(s): Paul I. Mikulan (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Dicke, Billig Czaja, PLLC (PAT) (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15416813 on 01/26/2017 (348 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit including a first EPROM, a second EPROM, and a circuit. The first EPROM is configured to provide a first state and a second state. The second EPROM is configured to provide a third state and a fourth state. The circuit is configured to select the first EPROM and the second EPROM individually and in parallel with each other.

[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)


Variable bit encoding per NAND flash cell to extend life of flash-based storage devices and preserve over-provisioning
Patent No. 9864525 

Inventor(s): Linh Tien Truong (San Jose, CA), Navneeth Kankani (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15441808 on 02/24/2017 (319 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and/or devices are used to implement variable bit encoding per NAND flash cell to extend life of flash-based storage devices and preserve over-provisioning. In some embodiments, the method includes detecting a trigger condition with respect to one or more non-volatile memory portions (e.g., portions configured to store data encoded in a first encoding format and having a first storage density) of a plurality of non-volatile memory portions of a storage device. In response to detecting the trigger condition and in accordance with a first determination that a projected amount of over-provisioning (e.g., corresponding to over-provisioning for the storage device after reconfiguring the one or more non-volatile memory portions to store data encoded in a second encoding format and having a second storage density) meets predefined over-provisioning criteria, the method includes reconfiguring the one or more non-volatile memory portions to store data encoded in the second encoding format.

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


Open erase block read automation
Patent No. 9864545 

Inventor(s): Jack Edward Frayer (Boulder Creek, CA), Robert W. Ellis (Phoenix, AZ), Vidyabhushan Mohan (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14925943 on 10/28/2015 (804 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and/or devices are used to automate read operations performed at an open erase block. In one aspect, the method includes: receiving a read command, at a storage device, to read data from non-volatile memory of the storage device. In response to receiving the read command, the method further includes: 1) reading data using a first set of memory operation parameters in response to a determination that the read command is not for reading data from a predefined portion of an open erase block (e.g., an erase block that is determined to be an open erase block) of the non-volatile memory and 2) reading data using a second set of memory operation parameters (i.e., the second set is distinct from the first set) in response to a determination that the read command is for reading data from the predefined portion of an open erase block of the non-volatile memory.

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


System and method for creating and navigating a linear hypermedia resource program
Patent No. 9864575 

Inventor(s): Barry James Sullivan (Long Grove, IL), Bruce Edward Stuckman (Austin, TX), James Richard Morse (Plainfield, IL), Jordan Howard Light (Northbrook, IL), Kent E. Genin (Chicago, IL), Richard Omanson (Naperville, IL), Robert
Assignee(s): Hypermedia Navigation LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Garlick Markison (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15681714 on 08/21/2017 (141 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for creating and navigating linear hypermedia resource programs are disclosed. The system includes a distributed hypermedia resource network having a plurality of hypermedia resources residing on one or more remote information nodes. A common remote information node is in communication with a subscriber station and the remote information nodes in the distributed network. The common remote information node contains at least one linear hypermedia resource program consisting of pre-selected media elements from one or more hypermedia resources linked with exclusive linear links, each media element in the linear program having only one forward link to the next media element. The method includes the steps of downloading and displaying a media element in the linear program and responding to user commands to download and display the next media element in the linear program.

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


System and method for transfer of an application state between devices
Patent No. 9864632 

Inventor(s): Paul Lipari (Frisco, TX), Robert DeAnna (Frisco, TX), Robert R. Hauser (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network, LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Hayes and Boone, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13212057 on 08/17/2011 (2337 days app to issue)

Abstract: To enable continuous execution of an application, a system and method for transferring an application state is provided. A gesture corresponding to a transfer act is detected by a gesture detection module in a first device executing the application. The first device communicates with a registration and relay server to determine eligible transfer recipients based on criteria such as location and/or devices that are currently executing the application. A transfer recipient is selected and platform independent application state Data Transfer Objects are generated that describe the state of execution on the first device. The application state DTOs are transferred via the server to the recipient device which enacts the application state DTOs to continue the execution of the application on the recipient device. Because the application state DTOs are platform independent, the application state can be transferred to almost any device that is able to execute the application.

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


Detecting data indicated as being uncorrectable at a data storage device
Patent No. 9864654 

Inventor(s): David Haliva (Rehovot, , IL), Gadi Vishne (Petach-Tikva, , IL), Joshua Lehmann (Modiin, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14860263 on 09/21/2015 (841 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data storage device includes a memory and a controller coupled to the memory. The memory is configured to store first data and second data. The controller is configured to unlock the first data using a first key, to unlock the second data using a second key, and to determine that the second data is indicated as being uncorrectable in response to unlocking the second data using the second key.

[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)


Automation of deduplication storage capacity sizing and trending analysis
Patent No. 9864658 

Inventor(s): Michael Barcello (Southbury, CT)
Assignee(s): VCE Company, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14557045 on 12/01/2014 (1135 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for automation of deduplication storage capacity sizing and trending analysis is provided. The method includes collecting all file system directories of at least one system for which a deduplication backup storage capacity for files in the all file system directories is to be determined. The method includes determining file counts, file sizes and file types of the files in the all file system directories and obtaining a deduplication ratio of each of the file types. The method includes deriving the deduplication backup storage capacity from the file counts, the file sizes and the file types of the files in the all file system directories, based on the deduplication ratio of each of the file types.

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


Near cache distribution in in-memory data grid (IMDG) non structured query language (NO-SQL) environments
Patent No. 9864689 

Inventor(s): Kulvir S. Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Scully, Scott, Murphy Presser, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14835240 on 08/25/2015 (868 days app to issue)

Abstract: Near cache distribution in in-memory data grid environment that utilizes manifest of keys may be provided. An application instance may be initialized that utilizes an in-memory data grid caching infrastructure with a near cache in a virtual machine running on hardware processor. The near cache for the application instance may be activated. Logic of the near cache associated with the application instance may request a manifest of keys from one or more peer applications utilizing the in-memory data grid caching infrastructure, and receive the manifest of keys. The logic of the near cache associated with the application instance may send the manifest of keys to a grid cache of the in-memory data grid caching infrastructure. The logic of the near cache associated with the application instance may receive at least some of the data objects from the grid cache.

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


Method for managing privacy of digital images
Patent No. 9864872 

Inventor(s): Dustin L. Winters (Webster, NY)
Assignee(s): MONUMENT PEAK VENTURES, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15398924 on 01/05/2017 (369 days app to issue)

Abstract: A captured digital image is stored in memory together with metadata derived from a location signal only if the location metadata is determined not to be within one or more predefined exclusion zones. A GPS receiver module can be implemented to obtain the location signal.

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


Target domain characterization for data augmentation
Patent No. 9864931 

Inventor(s): Beilei Xu (Penfield, NY), Jayant Kumar (San Jose, CA), Peter Paul (Penfield, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Ortiz Lopez, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15097791 on 04/13/2016 (636 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and processor-readable media for training data augmentation. A source domain and a target domain are provided, and thereafter an operation is performed to augment data in the source domain with transformations utilizing characteristics learned from the target domain. The augmented data is then used to improve image classification accuracy in a new domain.

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


Vision-based object detector
Patent No. 9864932 

Inventor(s): Wencheng Wu (Rochester, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: MH2 TECHNOLOGY LAW GROUP LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14686212 on 04/14/2015 (1001 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for detecting an object includes acquiring a first video of a source domain where a vision-based object detector is trained. Change detection is performed on the first video to collect one or more first localized, unlabeled sample images from the source domain. A second video is acquired of a target domain where the vision-based object detector is used. Change detection is performed on the second video to collect one or more second localized, unlabeled sample images from the target domain. A domain adaptation parameter is determined based on, one or more domain shift properties between the one or more first localized, unlabeled sample images from the source domain and the one or more second localized, unlabeled sample images from the target domain. The vision-based object detector is adapted to be used for object detection in the target domain based on the domain adaptation parameter.

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


Systems and methods for generating vehicle insurance policy data based on empirical vehicle related data
Patent No. 9865020 

Inventor(s): Christopher E. Gay (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY (Bloomington, IL)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15674067 on 08/10/2017 (152 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a computer implemented system and method for automatically generating insurance policy related data. The system and method may determine a vehicle operator and generate empirical vehicle operator identity data. The system and method may further acquire empirical vehicle operation data related to the actual vehicle operator, and correlate the empirical vehicle operator identity data and the empirical vehicle operation data to generate vehicle insurance policy related data. The system and method may further include processing one or more insurance options, including underwriting and pricing, based at least in part on the vehicle insurance policy related data.

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


System and method for defining a drilling path based on cost
Patent No. 9865022 

Inventor(s): John Burkhart (Dallas, TX), Teddy Chen (Austin, TX), Todd Benson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Motive Drilling Technologies, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Vinson Elkins L.L.P. (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15180661 on 06/13/2016 (575 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided is a method for selecting one of a plurality of convergence paths that may be drilled by a bottom hole assembly (BHA) comprising identifying, by a computer system, a plurality of geometric convergence paths, wherein each of the geometric convergence paths provides a convergence solution from a defined bottom hole assembly (BHA) location to a target drilling path of a well plan. An offset distance is calculated for drilling by the BHA each of the geometric convergence paths connecting the BHA location to the target drilling path. A drill path curvature associated with drilling each of the geometric convergence paths by the BHA is determined by the computer system. A time required for drilling each of the geometric convergence paths by the BHA is determined by the computer system. An optimal geometric convergence path of the plurality of geometric convergence paths is determined responsive to the offset distance for drilling each of the geometric convergence paths, the drill path curvature associated with each of the geometric convergence paths and the time required for drilling each of the geometric convergence paths. The determined optimal geometric convergence path is fed to a controller associated with a display of a drilling rig and used to control the display of the drilling rig to display the determined optimal geometric convergence path.

[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]


Imaging system and method
Patent No. 9865103 

Inventor(s): Brian Joseph McManus (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
Law Firm: Global Patent Operation (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14455571 on 08/08/2014 (1250 days app to issue)

Abstract: An imaging system includes a camera and a controller. The camera is configured to be disposed on a first vehicle system or at a wayside location along a route to generate image data within a field of view of the camera. The controller is configured to monitor a data rate at which the image data is provided from the camera. The controller also is configured to identify a stimulus event within the field of view of the camera based on a change in the data rate at which the image data is generated by the camera.

[G07C] TIME OR ATTENDANCE REGISTERS; REGISTERING OR INDICATING THE WORKING OF MACHINES; GENERATING RANDOM NUMBERS; VOTING OR LOTTERY APPARATUS; ARRANGEMENTS, SYSTEMS OR APPARATUS FOR CHECKING NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE (identification of persons A61B 5/117; indicating or recording apparatus for measuring in general, analogous apparatus but in which the input is not a variable to be measured, e.g. a hand operation, G01D; clocks, clock mechanisms G04B, G04C; time-interval measuring G04F; counting mechanisms per se G06M)


Stable SRAM bitcell design utilizing independent gate FinFET
Patent No. 9865330 

Inventor(s): Seung-Chul Song (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): QUALCOMM Incorporated (San Diego, CA)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12939260 on 11/04/2010 (2623 days app to issue)

Abstract: Stable SRAM cells utilizing Independent Gate FinFET architectures provide improvements over conventional SRAM cells in device parameters such as Read Static Noise Margin (RSNM) and Write Noise Margin (WNM). Exemplary SRAM cells comprise a pair of storage nodes, a pair of bit lines, a pair of pull-up devices, a pair of pull-down devices and a pair of pass-gate devices. A first control signal and a second control signal are configured to adjust drive strengths of the pass-gate devices, and a third control signal is configured to adjust drive strengths of the pull-up devices, wherein the first control signal is routed orthogonal to a bit line direction, and the second and third control signals are routed in a direction same as the bit line direction. RSNM and WNM are improved by adjusting drive strengths of the pull-up and pass-gate devices during read and write operations.

[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)


Program sequencing
Patent No. 9865352 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (Milpitas, CA), Genki Sano (Kamakura, , JP), Ken Oowada (Fujisawa, , JP), Xiaochang Miao (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15061940 on 03/04/2016 (676 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for program sequencing. An apparatus includes a block of non-volatile storage cells having a plurality of word lines. The word lines are organized into a monotonically increasing sequence. The apparatus includes a controller for the block. The controller is configured to program a set of storage cells of a word line to one or more storage states above a predetermined threshold and to program a set of storage cells of a previous word line adjacent to and before the word line in the sequence, to one or more storage states below the predetermined threshold after programming the set or storage cells of the word line to the one or more storage states above the predetermined threshold.

[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)


Burn-in memory testing
Patent No. 9865360 

Inventor(s): Alexander Bazarsky (Holon, , IL), Alon Eyal (Zichron Yaakov, , IL), Ariel Navon (Revava, , IL), Eran Sharon (Rishon Lezion, , IL), Idan Alrod (Herzliya, , IL), Ofer Shapira (Herzliya, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14920696 on 10/22/2015 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method performed by a controller includes initiating a first data write operation and an erase operation on a portion of a non-volatile memory. The first data write operation corresponds to a first write resolution. The method includes initiating a second data write operation to write test data to the portion of the non-volatile memory. The second data write operation corresponds to a second write resolution that is greater than the first write resolution. The method also includes reading a representation of the test data from the portion of the non-volatile memory.

[G11C] STATIC STORES (information storage based on relative movement between record carrier and transducer G11B; semiconductor devices for storage H01L, e.g. H01L 27/108-H01L 27/11597; pulse technique in general H03K, e.g. electronic switches H03K 17/00)


Universal monitor and fault detector in fielded generators and method
Patent No. 9866161 

Inventor(s): Christopher M Stimek (Fort Worth, TX), Peter C Gardner (Fort Woth, TX), Warren B Johnson (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Williams RDM, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Morani Patent Law PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14573196 on 12/17/2014 (1119 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for monitoring an engine driven generator system (GMS) is provided herein. The system self-configures across generator types and manufacturers via a learning algorithm. Additional sensors are included in the system to provide a robust set of sensor data. Data analysis employed includes comparison to threshold levels, trending of historical data, and Wavelet analysis. A graphical touch screen is provided to users for both controlling the GMS and for viewing results. Monitoring results include operating conditions, existing faults, and warnings of undesirable conditions. Ethernet connections afford review of real time data, diagnostic feedback, and prognostic information at a central location. A sleep state of the GMS conserves generator battery life.

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


Methods and apparatus for analyzing system events
Patent No. 9866426 

Inventor(s): David Harris (Southlake, TX), Tim Shelton (Plano, TX), Todd Jason Wheeler, Jr. (Farmers Branch, TX)
Assignee(s): HAWK NETWORK DEFENSE, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Loza Loza, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14613159 on 02/03/2015 (1071 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus and methods facilitate analysis of events associated with network and computer systems. Event data, such as security threats, are comparison matched with event rules of event rule sets associated with each network or computer system to determine whether the items are potentially significant. Additionally, the system-event data may be scored where the score is used for prioritizing system-event data as to their significance. Associated with the comparison matching are various analytics that further analyze event data for measuring and analyzing the system-event data according to various algorithms.

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


 

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High density resistive random access memory (RRAM)
Patent No. 9865653 

Inventor(s): John Hongguang Zhang (Fishkill, NY), Qing Liu (Irvine, CA)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15293998 on 10/14/2016 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory cell includes a substrate layer, with a plurality of silicided semiconductor fins stacked on the substrate layer and spaced apart from one another. A first metal liner layer is stacked on the plurality of silicided semiconductor fins and on the substrate layer. A plurality of first contact pillars are stacked on the first metal liner layer adjacent a different respective one of the plurality of silicided semiconductor fins. A configurable resistance structure covers portions of the first metal liner layer that are stacked on the substrate layer and portions of the first metal liner layer that are stacked on each of the plurality of silicided semiconductor fins. A metal fill layer is stacked on the configurable resistance structure. A plurality of second contact pillars ism stacked on the metal fill layer adjacent a space between a different pair of adjacent silicided semiconductor fins of the plurality thereof.

[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]


FinFET having a non-uniform fin
Patent No. 9865710 

Inventor(s): Qing Liu (Watervliet, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14843221 on 09/02/2015 (860 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dual width SOI FinFET is disclosed in which different portions of a strained fin have different widths. A method of fabrication of such a dual width FinFET entails laterally recessing the strained fin in the source and drain regions using a wet chemical etching process so as to maintain a high degree of strain in the fin while trimming the widths of fin portions in the source and drain regions to less than 5 nm. The resulting FinFET features a wide portion of the fin in the channel region underneath the gate, and a narrower portion of the fin in the source and drain regions. An advantage of the narrower fin is that it can be more easily doped during the growth of the epitaxial raised source and drain 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]


High electron mobility transistor (HEMT) device and method of making the same
Patent No. 9865721 

Inventor(s): Edward A. Beam, III (Plano, TX), Jinqiao Xie (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15354487 on 11/17/2016 (418 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) device with epitaxial layers that include a gallium nitride (GaN) layer co-doped with silicon (Si) and germanium Ge and a method of making the same is disclosed. The HEMT device includes a substrate with epitaxial layers over the substrate. An n-type gallium nitride (GaN) layer is disposed on an interface surface of the epitaxial layers, wherein the n-type GaN layer is co-doped with silicon (Si) and germanium (Ge) that provide a carrier concentration of at least 110[superscript]20 [/superscript]cm[superscript]3 [/superscript]and a root mean square (RMS) surface roughness that is no greater than 2 nm for a contact surface of the n-type GaN layer that is interfaced with the interface surface of the epitaxial layers.

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


Device architecture and method for improved packing of vertical field effect devices
Patent No. 9865727 

Inventor(s): Robert Kuo-Chang Yang (Campbell, CA), Thomas E. Harrington, III (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): D3 Semiconductor LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15351088 on 11/14/2016 (421 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor field-effect device is disclosed that utilizes an octagonal or inverse-octagonal deep trench super-junction in combination with an octagonal or inverse-octagonal gate trench. The field-effect device achieves improved packing density, improved current density, and improved on resistance, while at the same time maintaining compatibility with the multiple-of-45-angles of native photomask processing and having well characterized ([b]010[/b]), ([b]100[/b]) and ([b]110[/b]) (and their equivalent) silicon sidewall surfaces for selective epitaxial refill and gate oxidation, resulting in improved scalability. By varying the relative length of each sidewall surface, devices with differing threshold voltages can be achieved without additional processing steps. Mixing trenches with varying sidewall lengths also allows for stress balancing during selective epitaxial refill.

[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]


Digitally variable slope compensation circuit
Patent No. 9866116 

Inventor(s): Craig Sean Dean (Carollton, TX), Erik Steven Haugarth (Plano, TX), Jan Simon Reuning (The Colony, TX), Lynn Edward Roszel (Wylie, TX), Scott Richard Wilson (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Dean Technology, Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Buskop Law Group, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15442410 on 02/24/2017 (319 days app to issue)

Abstract: A digitally compensated circuit for a power supply having a plurality of integrated circuits. The plurality of integrated circuits has a digitally variable slope controller to adjust charge time of an inductor and voltage distortion and an adjustable voltage generator, which generates a modified voltage set point. The digitally compensated circuit has a comparator, which compares the modified voltage set point to a first feedback and turns off a comparator output signal when first feedback approaches or exceeds the modified voltage set point. An adjustable pulse width modulator generator produces an output voltage. A current monitor receives output voltage and provides a second feedback, which is transferred to the plurality of integrated circuits. An inductor receives output voltage and generates variable output power for a load, utilizing the digitally variable slope controller to reduce oscillation, system disturbances, and subharmonic oscillations over a dynamic voltage input range.

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


High power factor primary regulated offline LED driver
Patent No. 9866124 

Inventor(s): Thomas Stamm (Chicago, IL)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15011854 on 02/01/2016 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fly-back type switched current regulator includes a primary transformer winding coupled to receive a rectified DC signal derived from an AC signal. The drain of a power transistor is coupled to the primary winding, with the source of the power transistor coupled to an input of a comparison circuit and a primary transformer winding sense resistor. A control terminal of the power transistor is coupled to an output of the comparison circuit. A capacitor stores a variable reference signal for application at a first capacitor terminal to another input of the differential circuit. The variable reference signal is compared to a winding current signal generated by the sense resistor by the comparison circuit. An injection circuit applies an AC signal derived from the rectified DC signal to a second terminal of the capacitor so as to modulate the stored variable reference signal. The regulator is coupled to drive LEDs.

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


Adaptive maximum power limiting using capacitive sensing in a wireless device
Patent No. 9866250 

Inventor(s): Jinchun Ge (San Diego, CA), Ping Shi (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15467089 on 03/23/2017 (292 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for satisfying Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) compliance criteria including a first capacitance sensor, a second capacitance sensor, a memory, and a processor. The memory is configured to store pre-established proximity regions that include a free space region of proximity based on baseline capacitance measurements obtained from the sensors when no human body is proximate a wireless device and a first region of proximity based on initial capacitance measurements obtained from the sensors when the human body is spaced apart from the wireless device by a first predetermined separation distance. The processor is configured to instruct a radio frequency (RF) transmitter to operate at a first output power when subsequent capacitance measurements received from the sensors are within the free space region of proximity and at a second output power, less than the first output power when the subsequent capacitance measurements are within the first region of proximity.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Methods, systems, and computer readable media for configuring a flow interface on a network routing element
Patent No. 9866408 

Inventor(s): David C. Campbell (Allen, TX), Lee Latham (Plano, TX), Timothy Matt (Frisco, 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: 14569589 on 12/12/2014 (1124 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one aspect, the disclosed subject matter describes herein a method that includes establishing a plurality of flow interfaces associated with an enterprise service in response to receiving an order request for the enterprise service and sending, for each of the plurality of flow interfaces, flow interface information that specifies parameters associated with the flow interface to a network routing element designated to transport the enterprise service. The method further includes configuring the flow interface on a media interface of the network routing element as specified by the parameters included in the flow interface information and implementing the enterprise service via the configured flow interface.

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


Distribution of broadcast content to controlled-environment facilities
Patent No. 9866607 

Inventor(s): Luke Keiser (Frisco, TX), Scott Passe (Forney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15143568 on 04/30/2016 (619 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for receiving satellite radio signals and/or internet content and extracting a plurality of channels from the satellite radio signals and/or internet content is disclosed. The content of the channels is converted to IP packets and streamed across an Ethernet network. In one embodiment, each of the channels is associated with an IP address or port. Users receive the content of the channels by selecting the IP address or port associated with the desired content. An administrator may control the channels that are available to the users. In one embodiment, the users each have a subscription to access the content, and the subscription may control the channels that the user access.

[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 selecting a codec pair based on network conditions
Patent No. 9866610 

Inventor(s): Eric Poulin (Pierrefonds, , CA)
Assignee(s): GENBAND US LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13329200 on 12/16/2011 (2216 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for selecting a codec pair includes obtaining a first performance metric indicating a condition of a first network connected to the network node via a first communication interface, the first network including a first endpoint. A second performance metric indicating a condition of a second network connected to the network node via a second communication interface is obtained. The second network includes a second endpoint. A codec selection model is generated or updated based on the first and second performance metrics. A first codec is selected from a plurality of codecs compatible with the first endpoint based on the codec selection model. A second codec is selected from a plurality of codecs compatible with the second endpoint based on the codec selection model. The first and second codecs are used to communicate a portion of a communication session between the first endpoint and the second endpoint.

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


Radio module as web-controllable remote sensor
Patent No. 9866616 

Inventor(s): Michael Garner (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Aeris Communications, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Brundidge Stanger, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14880046 on 10/09/2015 (823 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides for network control of a radio module having a plurality of input/output (I/O) ports capable of communication with one or more sensing devices across a network, where the radio module may be controlled remotely to obtain information from one or more networked remote sensing devices.

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


System and method for shared session appearance in a hybrid peer-to-peer environment
Patent No. 9866629 

Inventor(s): Rameshkumar Chaturvedi (Allen, TX), Satish Gundabathula (Irving, TX), Sivakumar Chaturvedi (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Damaka, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14498581 on 09/26/2014 (1201 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved system and method are disclosed for peer-to-peer communications. In one example, the method enables the joining and/or recording of an ongoing peer-to-peer communication session in real time.

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


Hierarchical cost based caching for online media
Patent No. 9866647 

Inventor(s): Shahid Akhtar (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcatel Lucent (Boulogne-Billancourt, , FR)
Law Firm: Haress, Dickey Pierce, P.L.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14669408 on 03/26/2015 (1020 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating a first cache device may include receiving, at the first cache device, a request to send a first asset to a second device; determining whether the first asset is stored at the first cache device; and when the determining determines that the first asset is not stored at the first cache device, obtaining, at the first cache device, the first asset, comparing, at the first cache device, a moving average of a marginal value of the first asset with respect to the first cache device and a characteristic marginal value of the first cache device, calculating a cost associated with the first asset, selectively storing the first asset at the first cache device based on the comparison, and sending the obtained first asset and the calculated cost to the second device.

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


Multifunction wireless device
Patent No. 9866680 

Inventor(s): Christopher McNitt (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15603299 on 05/23/2017 (231 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication device and system are disclosed for providing communication and data services to residents of a controlled facility. The device can be restricted to communicating only using an internet protocol so as to restrict the device communication to an internal intranet. Wireless access points may be disposed throughout the environment to route calls and data between the device and a central processing center. By converting a protocol of the communications received from the device to a protocol used by the central processing center, minimal modifications to the central processing center are needed to support a wireless communication infrastructure. Many restrictions and safeguards may be implemented within the phone and system in order to prevent improper use.

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


Utilizing SIP messages to determine the status of a remote terminal in VOIP communication systems
Patent No. 9866683 

Inventor(s): Stephen Hodge (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15457823 on 03/13/2017 (302 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is a growing problem in correctional facility telecommunications systems in which parties on a voice call may connect inmate callers with restricted parties. Prison communication systems monitor calls to prevent such activity, but in Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) environments such systems may fail to detect this activity. The present disclosure provides details of a system and method for using SIP messages common in VoIP environments to detect illicit activity initiated by a party on a voice call within a controlled environment. Scenarios are detected in which a called party connects an inmate caller to a restricted party via three-way call conferencing, call forwarding, or other call features. Corrective actions are then taken when such activity is detected, such as call blocking or alerting officials illicit activity is occurring.

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


System and method for monitoring a fall state of a patient while minimizing false alarms
Patent No. 9866797 

Inventor(s): Derek del Carpio (Corinth, TX), Matt Clark (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): CareView Communications, Inc. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Meister Seelig Fein LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14039931 on 09/27/2013 (1565 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments concern a system for monitoring a patient in a bed, the system comprising a camera, a user interface comprising a screen, and a computing system. The computing system can be configured to monitor, with the camera, for motion within each of a plurality of zones, the plurality of zones comprising a one or more inner zones extending adjacent along the bed, one or more outer zones extending adjacent along the one or more inner zones, and one or more end zones. Motion within the inner zones can trigger a fall alert while motion within the outer or end zones can suspend one or more functions to prevent the fall alert from being issued. The end zones can comprise a bottom zone and one or more top zones.

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


System and method for faked base station detection
Patent No. 9867039 

Inventor(s): Ahmad Shawky Muhanna (Richardson, TX), Jianying Qian (Shenzhen, , CN), Zhibi Wang (Woodridge, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15188803 on 06/21/2016 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method of detecting fake base stations. A first wireless device such as a user equipment (UE) or a base station (BS) may identify multiple parameters associated with a discovery signal transmitted by a second wireless device, the second wireless device advertising as a BS. The first wireless device may compare the multiple parameters with a set of parameters assigned to, or otherwise associated with, a cluster of neighboring BSs, and determine that the second wireless device is a fake BS when an inconsistency between the multiple parameters and the set of parameters associated with the cluster of neighboring BSs exceeds a threshold. The UE or the BS may also transmit the multiple parameters to a central controller, and the central controller may aggregate, correlate, and analyze the parameters, historical data, and other data from other sources associated with the second wireless device to determine whether the second wireless device is a fake BS.

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


Service type selection in wireless network
Patent No. 9867110 

Inventor(s): Padam Lal Kafle (Coppell, TX), Prabodh Varshney (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Nokia Technologies Oy (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Harrington Smith (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14355570 on 11/04/2011 (2258 days app to issue)

Abstract: This document discloses methods, apparatuses, and computer programs for selecting and providing a terminal apparatus of a wireless network with services. The terminal apparatus selects a wireless apparatus to provide the terminal apparatus with at least a first service. Then, it causes transmission of an association request to the wireless apparatus, wherein the association request comprises at least one information element indicating whether the request relates to provision of the first service without a second service or to provision of both the first service and a second service, wherein the second service is different from the first service and is subjected to the presence of the first service. Upon approval acquired from the wireless apparatus, the at least said first service is received from the wireless apparatus.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for beam selection using multiple frequencies
Patent No. 9867192 

Inventor(s): Ahmed Alkhateeb (Austin, TX), Lukasz Krzymien (Rolling Meadows, IL), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL), Vipul Desai (Palatine, , IL)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14920734 on 10/22/2015 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a UE includes receiving, by the UE during an initial access sequence, a plurality of first inbound beams each transmitted by a communications controller in a different transmit direction over a first carrier, where the first inbound beams have a different subcarrier frequency range from each other, generating values of a receive metric in accordance with the first inbound beams, selecting one of the first inbound beams in accordance with the receive metric values, transmitting, by the UE, an indication of the selected first inbound beam, and receiving, by the UE, a second inbound beam transmitted by the communications controller in a transmit direction in accordance with the indication of the selected first inbound beam, where the second inbound beam has a second subcarrier frequency range of the first carrier that is different than a first subcarrier frequency range of the selected first inbound beam.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Semi-persistent scheduled resource release procedure in a mobile communication network
Patent No. 9867212 

Inventor(s): Alexander Golitschek Edler Von Elbwart (Darmstadt, , DE), Christian Wengerter (Kleinheubach, , DE), Joachim Lohr (Wiesbaden, , DE), Martin Feuersanger (Bremen, , DE)
Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15169809 on 06/01/2016 (587 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semi-persistent resource scheduling (SPS) allocation of a user equipment is deactivated in an LTE-based mobile communication system without requiring changes to the Physical layer-to-MAC layer interface and/or changes to PDCCH formats agreed by the 3GPP. A combination of NDI value and MCS index is defined that commands release of SPS resources. An alternative solution proposed defines a special transport block size that when signaled in a PDCCH commands release of SPS resources.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


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Display tote bag
Patent No. D807033 

Inventor(s): Rebecca A. Lucas (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Luci Bags LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: Braxton, Hilton Perrone, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29573245 on 08/03/2016 (524 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cosmetic cap
Patent No. D807172 

Inventor(s): Jenny DeMarco Staab (Frisco, TX), Lauren Purkhiser (Addison, TX), Priscilla Ober (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29537078 on 08/21/2015 (872 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet toy
Patent No. D807590 

Inventor(s): Norman Anderson (Brooklyn, NY), Ryan Wills (Carrollton, TX), Sunil Pinto (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29556177 on 02/29/2016 (680 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet toy
Patent No. D807591 

Inventor(s): Norman Anderson (Brooklyn, NY), Ryan Wills (Carrollton, TX), Sunil Pinto (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29556189 on 02/29/2016 (680 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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