Dallas Invents: 73 Patents Granted for Week of Feb. 27

Patents were granted for Raytheon's radar detection of a concealed object on a body, Nike's golf clubs, Astrapi's spiral-based waveforms for communication, and more.

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 Feb. 27, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

73 patents granted    Ranked No. 10 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 10
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 8
STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell) 5
Victor Equipment Company (Denton) 2


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

David N. Franklin (Granbury) 2
Robert Boyer (Flower Mound) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

207 days
Convergence of social enterprise and digital telephony
Patent No. 9906756
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Inventor: Subil M. Abraham (Lewisville)

2,339 days
Liquid filtration systems, components, and methods
Patent No. 9901855
Assignee: AQUASANA, INC. (Austin)
Inventor: Wes Russell (Bridgeport)


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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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Anhydrous ammonia vapor charge unit for an applicator tank
Patent No. 9901027 

Inventor(s): David P Ward (Dallas), Judd K Stretcher (Dallas)
Assignee(s): CONTINENTAL NH3 PRODUCTS CO., INC. (Dallas)
Law Firm: Handley Law Firm, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14684238 on 04/10/2015 (1054 days app to issue)

Abstract: An anhydrous ammonia vapor charge unit for an applicator tank maintains a pressure charge on an applicator tank. A secondary anhydrous ammonia tank is disposed adjacent to the applicator tank. Ammonia vapor from the secondary tank is passed through a vapor compressor and then is injected into the applicator tank to provide a greater pressure charge within the applicator tank. In a second embodiment, a small portion of a liquid flow stream of ammonia being removed from the applicator tank is separated from the flow stream, passed through a heat vaporizer for expanding from a liquid to a gas, passed through a vapor pressure, and then is injected into the applicator tank for maintaining the pressure charge on the applicator tank. Preferably the heat vaporizer used hydraulic fluid from a tractor to heat the anhydrous ammonia.

[A01C] PLANTING; SOWING; FERTILISING (combined with general working of soil A01B 49/04; parts, details or accessories of agricultural machines or implements, in general A01B 51/00-A01B 75/00)


Longitudinally variable vascular treatment devices
Patent No. 9901435 

Inventor(s): Vallabh Janardhan (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Insera Therapeutics, Inc. (Sacramento, CA)
Law Firm: Knobbe Martens Olson Bear, LLP (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15085083 on 03/30/2016 (699 days app to issue)

Abstract: Vascular treatment devices and methods include a woven structure including a plurality of bulbs that may be self-expanding, a hypotube, for example including interspersed patterns of longitudinally spaced rows of kerfs, and a bonding zone between the woven structure and the hypotube. The woven structure may include patterns of radiopaque filaments measurable under x-ray. Structures may be heat treated to include various shapes at different temperatures. The woven structure may be deployable to implant in a vessel. A catheter may include a hypotube including interspersed patterns of longitudinally spaced rows of kerfs and optionally a balloon. Laser cutting systems may include fluid flow systems.

[A61M] DEVICES FOR INTRODUCING MEDIA INTO, OR ONTO, THE BODY (introducing media into or onto the bodies of animals A61D 7/00; means for inserting tampons A61F 13/26; devices for administering food or medicines orally A61J; containers for collecting, storing or administering blood or medical fluids A61J 1/05); DEVICES FOR TRANSDUCING BODY MEDIA OR FOR TAKING MEDIA FROM THE BODY (surgery A61B; chemical aspects of surgical articles A61L; magnetotherapy using magnetic elements placed within the body A61N 2/10); DEVICES FOR PRODUCING OR ENDING SLEEP OR STUPOR [5]


Methods of treatment of cancer by continuous infusion of coenzyme Q10
Patent No. 9901542 

Inventor(s): John Patrick McCook (Frisco)
Assignee(s): Berg LLC (Nashville, TN)
Law Firm: McCarter English, LLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14477828 on 09/04/2014 (1272 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention provides regimens and methods for the treatment of cancer comprising continuous infusion of coenzyme Q10. The coenzyme Q10 may be administered as a monotherapy, or in combination with an additional agent, such as an anticancer agent, a chemotherapeutic agent, or an anti-angiogenic agent. The coenzyme Q10 may be administered at two or more different rates.

[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)


Controlled release formulations of levodopa and uses thereof
Patent No. 9901640 

Inventor(s): Laman Alani (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): Impax Laboratories, Inc. (Hayward, CA)
Law Firm: Florek Endres PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15382851 on 12/19/2016 (435 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modified release levodopa dosage form.

[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)


Clinician programming system and method
Patent No. 9901740 

Inventor(s): Norbert Kaula (Arvada, CO), Raymond L. Yoder (Willoughby, OH), Richard J. Polefko (Parma, OH), Scott Drees (Dallas), Scott G. Leyh (Cleveland Heights, OH), Stephen C. Trier (Mayfield Heights, OH), Yohannes Iyassu (Den
Assignee(s): NUVECTRA CORPORATION (Plano)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14552880 on 11/25/2014 (1190 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a method for programming an implantable device, an input is received at a user interface on a tablet-style clinician programmer. A first display signal is generated on the clinician programmer that updates content on a first display based on the received user input. The first display has a first size. A second display signal is generated for transmission to a secondary unit having a second display separate from the clinician programmer. The second display has a second size larger than the first size. The generating of the second display signal includes enhancing the content of the second display signal to provide a clear image on the second size display. The second display signal is transmitted from the clinician programmer to the second display.

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


Golf club head or other ball striking device
Patent No. 9901788 

Inventor(s): David N. Franklin (Granbury), John T. Stites (Weatherford), Robert Boyd (Flower Mound)
Assignee(s): NIKE, Inc. (Beaverton, OR)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14539622 on 11/12/2014 (1203 days app to issue)

Abstract: A head for a ball striking device, such as a golf club head, includes a face member having a face with a striking surface configured for striking a ball and a rear surface opposite the striking surface, a weight member connected to the face member behind the rear surface of the face member, and a resilient member positioned between the weight member and the face member. The resilient member is connected to the rear surface of the face member to connect the weight member to the face member. The resilient member is compressible to permit energy and/or momentum to be transferred between the weight member and the face member through the resilient member during impact, including an off-center impact on the striking surface. Momentum transferred from the weight member to the face member during an off-center impact may reduce energy loss and twisting of the face on impact.

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


Golf clubs and golf club heads
Patent No. 9901792 

Inventor(s): David N. Franklin (Granbury)
Assignee(s): NIKE, Inc. (Beaverton, OR)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14290398 on 05/29/2014 (1370 days app to issue)

Abstract: A head for a ball striking device includes a face having a striking surface and a rear side located behind the face, a rear member connected to the rear side of the face member and having a front surface confronting the rear side of the face member, and a resilient material separating the rear member from the face member, such that the resilient member engages the rear member and the face member and is configured to transfer momentum between the face member and the rear member. The face member has projections extending rearwardly from the rear side of the face member proximate the heel and toe sides of the head. The rear member has receivers in the front surface on the heel and toe sides of the head, where the projections are received in the corresponding receivers.

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


Method and apparatus for electronic gaming
Patent No. 9905077 

Inventor(s): Robert Burnside (Houston)
Assignee(s): Jack Ten Suited (Dallas)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13800549 on 03/13/2013 (1812 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for controlling a player”s rate of play is provided. In an embodiment, a rate of play is defined that influences when a player is transferred to a new hand, such as upon folding or when play in a current hand is completed. Rate of play may be expressed, for example, as a percentage of hands to transfer upon which the player is to be moved upon folding. In another embodiment, a player may select, for example, a ”Fold and Transfer” option or a ”Fold and Observe” option, thereby allowing the player to better control the rate of play. In yet another embodiment, a player may designate a rate of play and be presented with a ”Fold and Transfer” option and/or a ”Fold and Observe” option, wherein the ”Fold and Transfer” option and/or the ”Fold and Observe” option may override the designated rate of play.

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


 

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

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Liquid filtration systems, components, and methods
Patent No. 9901855 

Inventor(s): Wes Russell (Bridgeport)
Assignee(s): AQUASANA, INC. (Austin)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13252051 on 10/03/2011 (2339 days app to issue)

Abstract: Filter caps, filter assemblies, and filtration systems and methods.

[B01D] SEPARATION (separating solids from solids by wet methods B03B, B03D, by pneumatic jigs or tables B03B, by other dry methods B07; magnetic or electrostatic separation of solid materials from solid materials or fluids, separation by high-voltage electric fields B03C; centrifuges B04B; vortex apparatus B04C; presses per se for squeezing-out liquid from liquid-containing material B30B 9/02) [5]


Apparatuses for cutting food products
Patent No. 9902080 

Inventor(s): Enrique Michel (Dallas), John Poole Hildebrand (Flower Mound), Keith Alan Barber (Frisco)
Assignee(s): Urschel Laboratories, Inc. (Chesterton, IN)
Law Firm: Hartman Global IP Law (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15343471 on 11/04/2016 (480 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for slicing food product to produce food product slices. The apparatus includes a rotatable cutting wheel having two or more knife assemblies. Each knife assembly includes a knife extending radially between a hub and rim of the cutting wheel. The knife has a leading edge facing a direction of rotation of the cutting wheel and a large-amplitude corrugated shape characterized by peaks and valleys. The knife is secured to the hub and rim with a knife holder, and a clamp secures the knife to a first surface of the knife holder. The knife holder and knife are configured to provide continuous and accurate alignment of an individual food product throughout the slicing thereof by the knife of each knife assembly to produce food product slices with a generally parallel-cut cross-section having a uniform thickness and a large-amplitude periodic shape with an amplitude of 0.1 inch or greater.

[B26D] CUTTING; DETAILS COMMON TO MACHINES FOR PERFORATING, PUNCHING, CUTTING-OUT, STAMPING-OUT OR SEVERING (disintegrating by knives or other cutting or tearing members which chop material into fragments B02C 18/00; cutting by abrasive fluid jets B24C 5/02; hand-held cutting tools B26B) [5]


Adjustable support assemblies for portable electronic devices
Patent No. 9902335 

Inventor(s): John Allen (Sanger)
Assignee(s): Zodiac Seats US LLC (Gainesville)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14906190 on 07/21/2014 (1317 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described are adjustable support assemblies that include a base ([b]16[/b]), a support platform ([b]14[/b]) elastically coupled to the base, and a slide bar ([b]12[/b]) elastically coupled to a pair of tracks on the base, wherein the adjustable support assembly is positioned within a recess ([b]62[/b]) of a passenger seat back ([b]64[/b]) and at least partially surrounded by a shroud ([b]72[/b]) so that only portions of the support platform and the slide bar extend through the shroud, wherein the adjustable support assembly is configured to securely hold portable electronic devices having a range of heights, widths, and thicknesses.

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


Apparatus and method for roll moment equalization at high advance ratios for rotary wing aircraft
Patent No. 9902492 

Inventor(s): Walter Gerd Oskar Sonneborn (Colleyville)
Assignee(s): Skyworks Global Inc. (Salt Lake City, UT)
Law Firm: The Watson I.P. Group, PLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14756420 on 12/04/2015 (816 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for equalizing rolling moments at high advance ratios is disclosed including impelling an aircraft in a forward direction at an airspeed by means of a thrust source and rotating a rotor of the aircraft at an angular velocity with respect to the airspeed effective to cause a positive total lift on each blade due to air flow over the blades in the retreating direction when the blade is moving in the retreating direction. The rotor includes an even number of blades placed at equal angular intervals around the rotor hub. One or both of cyclic pitch and rotor angle of attack are adjusted such that a rolling moment of the retreating blade due to reverse air flow is between 0.3 and 0.7 times a rolling moment on the advancing blade due to lift.

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


Apparatus and method for a structurally resilient package
Patent No. 9902517 

Inventor(s): Frank Mathew Brenkus (McKinney), Leon J. Krause (Miltona, MN), Parick Joseph Bierschenk (Dallas), Ronald M. Gust (Miltona, MN), Sunitha Nair (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Douglas Machine Inc. (Alexandria, MN), Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14528726 on 10/30/2014 (1216 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for making a structurally resilient package having a substantially box-shaped configuration is disclosed. A pillow pouch package is received onto a flighted conveyor. The pillow pouch package has a first squared end and an angular end located opposite to the first squared end. The pillow pouch package is received so that the first squared end rests on the flighted conveyor. Thereafter the pillow pouch package is conditioned at least in part by tamping the angular end with a tamping plate. The angular end of the package is subsequently heat treated to form a second squared end. A set of cooling plates is then applied to the second squared end to set the final shape and form the structurally resilient package having a substantially box-shaped configuration.

[B65B] MACHINES, APPARATUS OR DEVICES FOR, OR METHODS OF, PACKAGING ARTICLES OR MATERIALS; UNPACKING (bundling and pressing devices for cigars A24C 1/44; devices for tensioning and securing binders adapted to be supported by the article or articles to be bound B25B 25/00; applying closure members to bottles, jars or similar containers B67B 1/00-B67B 6/00; concurrent cleaning, filling and closing of bottles B67C 7/00; emptying bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels or similar containers B67C 9/00)


 

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

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Neuroprotective compounds and use thereof
Patent No. 9902713 

Inventor(s): Joseph M. Ready (Carrollton), Steven L. McKnight (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin), University of Iowa Research Foundation (Iowa City, IA)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15035909 on 11/11/2014 (1204 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided herein are compositions and methods for reducing one or both of axonal degeneration and neuronal cell death associated with a disease or traumatic brain injury. An aminopropyl carbazole agent with potent neuroprotective properties is described. Specifically, ()-(S)-N-(3-(3,6-dibromo-9H-carbazol-9-yl)-2-fluoropropyl)-6-methoxypyridin-2-amine, is proposed as a new pharmacological agent for protecting patients against axonal degeneration and chronic consequences of TBI.

[C07D] HETEROCYCLIC COMPOUNDS (macromolecular compounds C08) [2]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

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Perforating gun with eccentric rotatable charge tube
Patent No. 9903185 

Inventor(s): Brian Antal (Fort Worth), Jeremy Ursi (Dallas), William D. Hollis (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): OWEN OIL TOOLS LP (Houston)
Law Firm: Mossman, Kumar Tyler, PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14620915 on 02/12/2015 (1111 days app to issue)

Abstract: A perforating gun includes an orienting device retained in a carrier and a charge tube rotatably connected to the orienting device. The orienting device misaligns a center axis of the charge tube with a different second axis such that gravity can cause the charge tube to rotate about the different second axis. The charge tube does not rotate about the center axis of the charge tube while the charge tube rotates about the different second axis.

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


 

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

 

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Coiled and non-coiled twisted polymer fiber torsional and tensile actuators
Patent No. 9903350 

Inventor(s): Dongseok Suh (Plano), Jiyoung Oh (Richardson), Marcio D. Lima (Richardson), Mikhail E. Kozlov (Dallas), Monica Jung De Andrade (Richardson), Na Li (Richardson), Ray H. Baughman (Dallas), Sh
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14418811 on 08/01/2013 (1671 days app to issue)

Abstract: Actuators (artificial muscles) comprising twist-spun nanofiber yarn or twist-inserted polymer fibers generate torsional and/or tensile actuation when powered electrically, photonically, chemically, thermally, by absorption, or by other means. These artificial muscles utilize non-coiled or coiled yarns and can be either neat or comprising a guest. Devices comprising these artificial muscles are also described.

[F03G] SPRING, WEIGHT, INERTIA, OR LIKE MOTORS; MECHANICAL-POWER-PRODUCING DEVICES OR MECHANISMS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR OR USING ENERGY SOURCES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (arrangements in connection with power supply in vehicles from force of nature B60K 16/00; electric propulsion with power supply in vehicles from force of nature B60L 8/00)


Valve assembly
Patent No. 9903501 

Inventor(s): Xiaojuan Qin (Chengdu, , CN), Yanwei Lei (Chengdu, , CN), Yuxiong Huo (Chengdu, , CN)
Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14437829 on 10/22/2013 (1589 days app to issue)

Abstract: A valve assembly includes a sensing device, a main spring, a bonnet located below the sensing device, a piston with a through hole, and a valve stem connected with the sensing device and having a penetrating part through the through hole. The sensing device drives the valve stem to drive the piston. The valve assembly also includes an auxiliary spring arranged between the bonnet and the piston. The penetrating part is longer than the depth of the through hole and the valve stem is slidably coupled in piston. The valve assembly can prevent the valve stem from transferring the force of the main spring to the piston, so as to avoid damaging the valve port, the valve stem, and the piston when the force of the main spring is too large.

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


Rotating light emitting diode driver mount
Patent No. 9903581 

Inventor(s): Scott Engberg (Dallas)
Assignee(s): CHM Industries, Inc. (Irving)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15594163 on 05/12/2017 (291 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lighting apparatus includes a power housing that is defined by a front face, a back face and a plurality of sidewalls. A plurality of cooling fins extends from the power housing, and a plurality of drivers is housed by the power housing and is operable to power a plurality of LEDs. An LED housing is rotatably coupled to and thermally separated from the power housing, and the LED housing supports the plurality of LEDs.

[F21V] FUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS OF LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF; STRUCTURAL COMBINATIONS OF LIGHTING DEVICES WITH OTHER ARTICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [7]


 

P H Y S I C S

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Radar detection of a concealed object on a body
Patent No. 9903948 

Inventor(s): Jacob Kim (Dallas), John L. Tomich (Coppell), Raymond Samaniego (Prosper), William F. Skalenda (Plano)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14051037 on 10/10/2013 (1601 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for detecting a concealed material in a target comprising a body and the concealed material, the method comprising: emitting radio frequency (RF) energy toward a direction of the target, capturing a signal corresponding to a scattered RF energy reflected from the target, measuring a first mean signal level in a first frequency band of the signal, measuring a second mean signal level in a second frequency band of the signal, and detecting the concealed material when the difference between the first mean signal level and the second mean signal level is above a threshold.

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


Memory system and method for delta writes
Patent No. 9904472 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet Manohar (Bangalore, , IN), Daniel E. Tuers (Kapaa, HI), Judah Gamliel Hahn (Ofra, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14664127 on 03/20/2015 (1075 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory system and method for delta writes are provided. In one embodiment, a memory system receives a request to store data in the memory and determines whether the data requested to be stored in the memory is a modified version of data already stored in the memory. If it is, the memory system compares the data requested to be stored in the memory with the data already stored in the memory to identify differences between the data to be stored and the data already stored. The memory system then stores the identified differences in the memory, along with a table that maps the stored identified differences to corresponding locations in the data already stored in the memory. Other embodiments are provided.

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


System and method for storing large files in a storage device
Patent No. 9904477 

Inventor(s): Akiva Bleyer (Even Yehuda, , IL), Amir Shaharabany (Kochav Yair, , IL), Andrew Henry (San Carlos, CA), Tal Heller (Alonei Abba, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14711423 on 05/13/2015 (1021 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting a file of a predetermined size or greater are disclosed. Files may be downloaded to a storage device via a data stream. The storage device may analyze one or more aspects of the data stream, such as throughput and consistency, in order to determine whether the file is of a predetermined size or greater. In response to determining that the data stream includes a file of at least a predetermined size, the storage device may take one or more actions. One action is to store part or all of the file in a hybrid block, which is a block in non-volatile memory that is accessed (e.g., programmed and/or erased) in a different way than its designation. For example, a block originally designated for multi-level cell (MLC) storage may be programmed for single-level cell (SLC) storage, which is quicker than for MLC. In this way, the storage device may be able to store the downloaded file, with a certain throughput and consistency, without loss of data.

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


Managing reusable artifacts using placeholders
Patent No. 9904525 

Inventor(s): Troy R. Dugger (Keller)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15000462 on 01/19/2016 (770 days app to issue)

Abstract: Arrangements described herein relate to managing reusable artifacts. Responsive to receiving a request to create a placeholder for a reusable artifact representing a reusable unit, the placeholder for an appropriate version of the reusable artifact is created within a container and a first parameter identifying the reusable artifact is assigned to an artifact property of the placeholder. Responsive to receiving a request to pin a particular version of the reusable artifact to the placeholder, a version property of the placeholder can be updated to set the version, wherein the request to pin the particular version of the reusable artifact to the placeholder is implemented by assigning a value to a parameter in the placeholder or adding a pin property into the placeholder. The particular version can be maintained as the set version of the reusable artifact regardless of whether new artifact versions are created for the reusable artifact.

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


System and method for topology-aware job scheduling and backfilling in an HPC environment
Patent No. 9904583 

Inventor(s): Anthony N. Richoux (Richardson)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14942214 on 11/16/2015 (834 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for job management in an HPC environment includes determining an unallocated subset from a plurality of HPC nodes, with each of the unallocated HPC nodes comprising an integrated fabric. An HPC job is selected from a job queue and executed using at least a portion of the unallocated subset of nodes.

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


Dynamic voltage/frequency scaling for multi-processors using end user experience metrics
Patent No. 9904612 

Inventor(s): Chukwuchebem Chinemelum Orakwue (San Diego, CA), Tongzeng Yang (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14794455 on 07/08/2015 (965 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for dynamic voltage and frequency scaling for processors based on end-user experience metrics is disclosed. In an embodiment, a method in a data processing system for controlling a processor includes monitoring at least one end-user experience metric; obtaining at least one device policy, the device policy specifying a device constraint or measurable device condition; and adjusting at least one operating point for a processor according to at least one end-user experience metric and at least one device policy.

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


Memory system with improved efficiency of data transfer between host, buffer, and nonvolatile memory
Patent No. 9904619 

Inventor(s): Fumio Hara (Higashikurume, , JP), Hirofumi Shibuya (Matsuda, , JP), Hiroyuki Goto (Higashimurayama, , JP), Shigemasa Shiota (Tachikawa, , JP), Yasuhiro Nakamura (Tachikawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): Emergence Memory Solutions, Inc. (Dallas)
Law Firm: The Noblitt Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14243330 on 04/02/2014 (1427 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a memory system which contributes to improvement in efficiency of a data process accompanying a memory access. A memory system has a rewritable nonvolatile memory, a buffer memory, and a controller. The controller controls, in response to an access request from an external apparatus, first data transfer between the controller and the external apparatus, second data transfer between the controller and the nonvolatile memory, and third data transfer between the controller and the buffer memory, controls transfer from the controller to the buffer memory in the third data transfer and transfer from the buffer memory to the controller in a time sharing manner, and enables the first data transfer or the second data transfer to be performed in parallel with the transfer carried out in the time sharing manner.

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


Methods and systems for flash buffer sizing
Patent No. 9904621 

Inventor(s): James M. Higgins (Chandler, AZ), Robert W. Ellis (Phoenix, AZ)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14599168 on 01/16/2015 (1138 days app to issue)

Abstract: The embodiments described herein are used to allocate memory in a storage system. The method includes, at a memory controller in the storage system, determining a current memory allocation for a set of memory devices, wherein the set of memory devices is formatted with a ratio of first storage density designated portions to second storage density designated portions in accordance with the current memory allocation. The method further includes detecting satisfaction of one or more memory reallocation trigger conditions. The method further includes, in response to detecting satisfaction of one or more memory reallocation trigger conditions, modifying the ratio of the first storage density designated portions to the second storage density designated portions in the set of memory devices to generate a second memory allocation for the set of memory devices.

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


Data flow circuits for intervention in data communication
Patent No. 9904647 

Inventor(s): Sharon Mutchnik (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14506094 on 10/03/2014 (1243 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system may include date flow module circuits configured between electronic devices or circuits that may affect and/or intercept the flow of data being communicated between electronic devices. The data flow module circuits may communicate with an external controller that may want to intervene in the data communication. The data flow module circuits may be configured in a pass mode or in an intervention mode. In the pass mode, a data flow module circuit may pass on data it receives without intervention by the external controller. In the intervention mode, the data flow module circuit may receive instructions from the external controller as to the data that the external controller wants the data flow module to output.

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


Automatic table cleanup for relational databases
Patent No. 9904696 

Inventor(s): Burt L. Vialpando (Irving)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORTION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Roberts Mlotkowski Safran Cole Calderon, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14924139 on 10/27/2015 (854 days app to issue)

Abstract: An approach for an automatic table cleanup process of use, implemented in relational databases, are provided. A method includes setting up a table cleanup process in a database which is operable to perform an automatic table cleanup on a table within the database using an auto purge value associated with the table. The method further includes altering the table with a virtual column to keep track of dates on the table. The method further includes turning on an automatic table maintenance capability of the database to include and initiate the table cleanup process. The method further includes running the table cleanup process to perform the automatic table cleanup using dates which are automatically filled in during an insert or update operation on the table, the table cleanup process comprising looking through the records and automatically purging the table when the auto purge value has been met.

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


System, method and apparatus for managing pharmacy inventories
Patent No. 9904965 

Inventor(s): Charles D. White (Bedford), Daniel Z. Parrish (Plano), Mark B. Wilgus (Colleyville)
Assignee(s): SUPPLYLOGIX, LLC (Westlake)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13627472 on 09/26/2012 (1980 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, apparatus and method manages a product inventory of two or more vendors. A demand for each product at each vendor is determined based on a product utilization data stored in one or more databases. One or more product transfers are generated based on the demand for each product at each vendor and a product inventory data stored in the one or more databases. The one or more product transfers are bundled together by vendor-to-vendor pairings. Each transfer bundle is provided to the vendors identified in the transfer bundles. An approval, a modification or a denial is received for each transfer bundle from the vendors identified in the transfer bundles. One or more transfer orders are created for the transfer bundles that are approved and modified.

[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]


Reducing hot electron injection type of read disturb in 3D non-volatile memory for edge word lines
Patent No. 9905305 

Inventor(s): Hong-Yan Chen (Sunnyvale, CA), Yingda Dong (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15208843 on 07/13/2016 (594 days app to issue)

Abstract: Read disturb due to hot electron injection is reduced in a 3D memory device by controlling the magnitude and timing of word line and select gate ramp down voltages at the end of a sensing operation. In an example read operation, a predefined subset of word lines includes source-side and drain-side word lines. For the predefined subset of word lines, word line voltages are ramped down before the voltages of the select gates are ramped down. Subsequently, for a remaining subset of word lines, word line voltages are ramped down, but no later than the ramping down of the voltages of the select gates. The timing of the ramp down of the selected word line depends on whether it is among the predefined subset or the remaining subset. The predefined subset can include a number of adjacent or non-adjacent word lines.

[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)


Leakage current detection in 3D memory
Patent No. 9905307 

Inventor(s): Ashish Ghai (San Jose, CA), Chang Siau (Saratoga, CA), Ekamdeep Singh (San Jose, CA), Gopinath Balakrishnan (Santa Clara, CA), Kapil Verma (San Jose, CA), Lakshmi Kalpana Vakati (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15246309 on 08/24/2016 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technology is described herein for detecting a leakage current between a block select line and a conductive region that exists in multiple blocks of memory cells in a plane. The conductive region may be shared by at least one memory cell in multiple blocks. One example of the conductive region is a common source line that includes one or more local source lines and one or more global source lines. If the leakage current were to become high enough, the electrical short between the conductive region and the block select line could cause a plane level failure. If the leakage current is less than an amount that would cause a plane failure, but that indicates that the non-volatile memory device is susceptible to a plane failure, data may be moved out of the plane before the plane failure occurs. Thus, data loss may be prevented.

[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)


Storage module and method for datapath bypass
Patent No. 9905314 

Inventor(s): Daniel E. Tuers (Kapaa, HI), Yoav Weinberg (Thornhill, , CA), Yuri Ryabinin (Beer Sheva, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14510892 on 10/09/2014 (1237 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage module and method for datapath bypass are disclosed. In one embodiment, a storage module begins to perform a read operation that reads a set of code words from the memory and attempts to perform an error detection and correction operation on one of the read code words. In response to determining that the code word has an uncorrectable error, the storage module reads the other code words in the set but bypasses the error detection and correction operation on those other code words. The code word that had the uncorrectable error and the other code words are re-read, wherein at least the code word with the uncorrectable error is re-read with a different read condition. The storage module then attempts to perform the error detection and correction operation on the re-read code words. Other embodiments are provided.

[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)


Scalable name-based centralized content routing
Patent No. 9906436 

Inventor(s): Cedric Westphal (San Francisco, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14451738 on 08/05/2014 (1302 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network element (NE) comprising a receiver configured to receive a content request message from a client node via a network, wherein the content request message comprises an identifier of a data object, a memory configured to store a content routing table comprising local routing entries for popular data objects, and a content indicator indicating less popular data objects that are not associated with the local routing entries, a processor coupled to the memory and configured to check the content routing table for an entry associated with the requested data object, and check the content indicator for a match between the requested data object and the less popular data objects when the content routing table does not comprise the entry, and a transmitter coupled to the processor and configured to send a route request message to a network controller when the content indicator check returns a positive match.

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


Secure data parser method and system
Patent No. 9906500 

Inventor(s): Rick L. Orsini (Flower Mound), Roger S. Davenport (Campbell)
Assignee(s): Security First Corp. (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)
Law Firm: Haley Guiliano LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14710528 on 05/12/2015 (1022 days app to issue)

Abstract: A secure data parser is provided that may be integrated into any suitable system for securely storing and communicating data. The secure data parser parses data and then splits the data into multiple portions that are stored or communicated distinctly. Encryption of the original data, the portions of data, or both may be employed for additional security. The secure data parser may be used to protect data in motion by splitting original data into portions of data, that may be communicated using multiple communications paths.

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


Hybrid cloud media architecture for media communications
Patent No. 9906568 

Inventor(s): David Mcknight (Garland), Greg Osterhout (Coppell), Stephen R. Whynot (Allen)
Assignee(s): Avaya Inc. (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Sheridan Ross P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14472206 on 08/28/2014 (1279 days app to issue)

Abstract: A request to establish a communication session is received at a cloud communication application. The request is from a first enterprise communication device to establish a communication session with a second communication device that is typically also within the enterprise. In response to receiving the request to initiate the communication session, the cloud communication application directs the first enterprise communication device to use an enterprise media server for sending a media stream of the first communication session. This allows the cloud communication application to provide one or more cloud services for the media stream via a communication channel that has been previously established between the cloud communication application and the enterprise media server. This results in the media stream being sent within the enterprise, thus, providing enhanced security. In addition, less bandwidth is required because the media streams do not have to be sent to and from the cloud.

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


Systems and methods for multi-line, multi-device service in a communications network
Patent No. 9906616 

Inventor(s): Anish Sharma (Richardson), Bejoy Pankajakshan (Allen), Michael Brett Wallis (McKinney)
Assignee(s): MAVENIR SYSTEMS, INC. (Richardson)
Law Firm: Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero Perle, L.L.P. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14992791 on 01/11/2016 (778 days app to issue)

Abstract: Communication systems and methods suitable for use with multiple lines associated with one or more devices are disclosed. Exemplary systems include a proxy service node to enable registration of multiple lines associated with a device. Exemplary systems can also include a converged database to store and provide access to service-related data.

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


 

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Apparatus for cleaning an electronic circuit board
Patent No. 9902006 

Inventor(s): William D. Beair (Carrollton), William R. Vuono (Lewisville)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14340984 on 07/25/2014 (1313 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus for cleaning an electronic circuit board is disclosed. The electronic circuit board is provided with a substrate layer and a copper layer. A solder mask is applied to the electronic circuit board and a channel is formed in the solder mask. The channel includes an inlet and an outlet. A component is affixed to the electronic circuit board over the channel and cleaning fluid is passed through the channel to remove residual solder flux from between the component and the electronic circuit board.

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


Serial bus event notification in a memory device
Patent No. 9904596 

Inventor(s): Lyn R. Zastrow (Prosper)
Assignee(s): Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (Milpitas, CA)
Law Firm: Innovation Counsel LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15586115 on 05/03/2017 (300 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device incorporates a serial data bus coupled to a serial bus control circuit to provide access to error correction event notification information and error correction function configuration information. In some embodiments, the serial bus control circuit is in communication with a set of registers storing error correction event information and error correction function configuration information. The serial data bus enables access to the error correction control functions and to the error correction event notification information without interfering with and independent of the normal memory operation of the memory device.

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


Co-integration of tensile silicon and compressive silicon germanium
Patent No. 9905478 

Inventor(s): Nicolas Loubet (Guilderland, NY), Pierre Morin (Grenoble, , FR), Yann Mignot (Slingerlands, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15469851 on 03/27/2017 (337 days app to issue)

Abstract: Integrated circuits are disclosed in which the strain properties of adjacent pFETs and nFETs are independently adjustable. The pFETs include compressive-strained SiGe on a silicon substrate, while the nFETs include tensile-strained silicon on a strain-relaxed SiGe substrate. Adjacent n-type and p-type FinFETs are separated by electrically insulating regions formed by a damascene process. During formation of the insulating regions, the SiGe substrate supporting the n-type devices is permitted to relax elastically, thereby limiting defect formation in the crystal lattice of the SiGe substrate.

[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]


Modular fuses and antifuses for integrated circuits
Patent No. 9905511 

Inventor(s): Carl Radens (LaGrangeville, NY), Edem Wornyo (Danbury, CT), John H. Zhang (Altamont, NY), Lawrence A. Clevenger (LaGrangeville, NY), Yiheng Xu (Hopewell Junction, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell)
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14937812 on 11/10/2015 (840 days app to issue)

Abstract: Nanoscale efuses, antifuses, and planar coil inductors are disclosed. A copper damascene process can be used to make all of these circuit elements. A low-temperature copper etch process can be used to make the efuses and efuse-like inductors. The circuit elements can be designed and constructed in a modular fashion by linking a matrix of metal columns in different configurations and sizes. The number of metal columns, or the size of a dielectric mesh included in the circuit element, determines its electrical characteristics. Alternatively, the efuses and inductors can be formed from interstitial metal that is either deposited into a matrix of dielectric columns, or left behind after etching columnar openings in a block of metal. Arrays of metal columns also serve a second function as features that can improve polish uniformity in place of conventional dummy structures. Use of such modular arrays provides flexibility to integrated circuit designers.

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


Three-dimensional memory device with angled word lines and method of making thereof
Patent No. 9905573 

Inventor(s): Akira Takahashi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Motoki Umeyama (Yokkaichi, , JP), Shogo Mada (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15251374 on 08/30/2016 (546 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mesa structure is formed over peripheral devices on a substrate. An alternating stack of insulating layers and spacer material layers is formed over the substrate and the mesa structure. A region of the alternating stack overlying the mesa structure is removed to provide a region in which the layers in the alternating stack extend along a non-horizontal direction that is parallel to the dielectric sidewall of the mesa structure. Memory stack structures and backside contact via structures are formed through another region of the alternating stack that includes horizontally-extending portions of the layers within the alternating stack. The spacer material layers are provided as, or are replaced with, electrically conductive layers. Top surfaces of portions of the electrically conductive layers that extend parallel to the dielectric sidewall of the mesa structure can be contacted by word line contact via structures.

[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]


EMCCD image sensor with stable charge multiplication gain
Patent No. 9905608 

Inventor(s): Jaroslav Hynecek (Allen)
Assignee(s): SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: Treyz Law Group, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15403978 on 01/11/2017 (412 days app to issue)

Abstract: In electron multiplying charge coupled device (EMCCD) image sensors, electron traps in the dielectric stack underneath charge multiplication electrodes may cause undesirable gain ageing. To reduce the gain ageing drift effect, a dielectric stack may be formed that does not include electron traps in regions underneath charge multiplication electrodes. To accomplish this, silicon nitride in the dielectric stack may be removed in regions underneath the charge multiplication electrodes. The EMCCD image sensors can thus be fabricated with a stable charge carrier multiplication gain during their operational lifetime.

[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]


Silicon on insulator device with partially recessed gate
Patent No. 9905648 

Inventor(s): John H. Zhang (Altamont, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14175308 on 02/07/2014 (1481 days app to issue)

Abstract: Transistors having partially recessed gates are constructed on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) semiconductor wafers provided with a buried oxide layer (BOX), for example, FD-SOI and UTBB devices. An epitaxially grown channel region relaxes constraints on the design of doped source and drain profiles. Formation of a partially recessed gate and raised epitaxial source and drain regions allow further improvements in transistor performance and reduction of short channel effects such as drain induced barrier lowering (DIBL) and control of a characteristic subthreshold slope. Gate recess can be varied to place the channel at different depths relative to the dopant profile, assisted by advanced process control. The partially recessed gate has an associated high-k gate dielectric that is initially formed in contact with three sides of the gate. Subsequent removal of the high-k sidewalls and substitution of a lower-k silicon nitride encapsulant lowers capacitance between the gate and the 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]


Method of making a semiconductor device using a dummy gate
Patent No. 9905662 

Inventor(s): Nicolas Loubet (Guilderland, NY), Prasanna Khare (Schenectady, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14976781 on 12/21/2015 (799 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of making a semiconductor device includes forming a fin mask layer on a semiconductor layer, forming a dummy gate over the fin mask layer, and forming source and drain regions on opposite sides of the dummy gate. The dummy gate is removed and the underlying fin mask layer is used to define a plurality of fins in the semiconductor layer. A gate is formed over the plurality of fins.

[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]


Integrated cantilever switch
Patent No. 9905706 

Inventor(s): John H. Zhang (Altamont, NY), Qing Liu (Irvine, CA)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15260206 on 09/08/2016 (537 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated transistor in the form of a nanoscale electromechanical switch eliminates CMOS current leakage and increases switching speed. The nanoscale electromechanical switch features a semiconducting cantilever that extends from a portion of the substrate into a cavity. The cantilever flexes in response to a voltage applied to the transistor gate thus forming a conducting channel underneath the gate. When the device is off, the cantilever returns to its resting position. Such motion of the cantilever breaks the circuit, restoring a void underneath the gate that blocks current flow, thus solving the problem of leakage. Fabrication of the nano-electromechanical switch is compatible with existing CMOS transistor fabrication processes. By doping the cantilever and using a back bias and a metallic cantilever tip, sensitivity of the switch can be further improved. A footprint of the nano-electromechanical switch can be as small as 0.10.1 m[superscript]2[/superscript].

[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]


Communications connectors including transmission lines having impedance discontinuities that improve return loss and/or insertion loss performance and related methods
Patent No. 9905973 

Inventor(s): Richard A. Schumacher (Dallas)
Assignee(s): CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14949958 on 11/24/2015 (826 days app to issue)

Abstract: Communications plugs are provided that include a housing that receives the conductors of the communication cable. A printed circuit board is mounted at least partially within the housing. A plurality of plug contacts are on the printed circuit board, and the printed circuit board includes a plurality of conductive paths that electrically connect respective ones of the conductors to respective ones of the plug contacts. First and second of the conductive paths are arranged as a first differential pair of conductive paths that comprise a portion of a first differential transmission line through the communications plug, where the first differential transmission line includes a first transition region where the impedance of the first differential transmission line changes by at least 20% and a second transition region impedance of the first differential transmission line changes by at least 20%.

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


Electrical line status monitoring system
Patent No. 9906018 

Inventor(s): Brett Smith (McKinney), James Kohout (Dallas), Ross E. Teggatz (McKinney), Wayne T. Chen (Plano)
Assignee(s): TRIUNE SYSTEMS, LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13355396 on 01/20/2012 (2230 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are advances in the arts with novel methods and apparatus for detecting faulty connections in an electrical system. Exemplary preferred embodiments include monitoring techniques and systems for monitoring signals at one or more device loads and analyzing the monitored signals for determining fault conditions at the device loads and/or at the main transmission lines. The invention preferably provides the capability to test and monitor electrical interconnections without fully activating the host system.

[H02H] EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS (indicating or signalling undesired working conditions G01R, e.g. G01R 31/00, G08B; locating faults along lines G01R 31/08; emergency protective devices H01H)


Priority-based energy management
Patent No. 9906029 

Inventor(s): Wojciech Grohman (Little Elm)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13326644 on 12/15/2011 (2266 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for controlling operation of a plurality of appliances includes first and second appliances. The first appliance is configured to report a power consumption via a network. A second appliance is configured to operate dependent on the power consumption reported by the first appliance.

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


Apparatus, system and method to wirelessly charge/discharge a battery
Patent No. 9906067 

Inventor(s): Aaron Jungreis (Ra”anana, , IL), Paul Garrity (Rockwall)
Assignee(s): Garrity Power Services LLC (Rockwall)
Law Firm: Boisbrun Hofman, PLLC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14754863 on 06/30/2015 (973 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus, system and method to wirelessly charge and/or discharge a battery. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a removable first magnetic core piecepart having a surrounding first metallic coil and configured to be coupled to and aligned with a second magnetic core piecepart having a surrounding second metallic coil to form a transformer. The apparatus also includes a battery metallically coupled to the first metallic coil and configured to be charged and discharged through an electrically isolating path of the transformer.

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


Adaptive dead time control apparatus and method for switching power converters
Patent No. 9906147 

Inventor(s): Hengchun Mao (Plano), Liming Ye (Frisco)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13280248 on 10/24/2011 (2318 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment apparatus comprises a secondary synchronous rectifier and a secondary gate drive controller coupled to a transformer winding. The secondary gate drive controller is configured to generate a forward gate drive signal for the forward switch and generate a freewheeling gate drive signal for the freewheeling switch, wherein the secondary gate drive controller generates a dead time between the forward gate drive signal and the freewheeling gate drive signal.

[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]


Remote radio heads having wireless jumper connections and related equipment, systems and methods
Patent No. 9906303 

Inventor(s): Morgan C. Kurk (Sachse), Scott Lynn Michaelis (Plano), Trevor M. Allen (Richardson), Venkatesh Viswanathan (Lewisville)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15271570 on 09/21/2016 (524 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of operating a cellular radio are provided in which a first power supply signal is transmitted from a power supply to a wireless power unit at least in part over a power cable. A second power supply signal is wirelessly transmitted from the wireless power unit to the cellular radio to power the cellular radio. Data is transmitted from a baseband unit that is associated with the cellular radio to a wireless transceiver at least in part over a data cable. This data is wirelessly transmitted from the wireless transceiver to the cellular radio. The data is then transmitted through an antenna that is coupled to the cellular radio.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for passive optical network communication
Patent No. 9906322 

Inventor(s): Frank J. Effenberger (Colts Neck, NJ), Yuanqiu Luo (Cranbury, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15231268 on 08/08/2016 (568 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for passive optical network (PON) communication includes broadcasting, by an optical line terminal (OLT), a first message including a first start time of a first quiet window and a first allocation identification number (Alloc-ID), where the first Alloc-ID indicates a first supported upstream line rate associated with the first quiet window. The method also includes receiving, by the OLT from a first optical network unit (ONU) during the first quiet window, a first serial number response, wherein a first transmitting upstream line rate of the first ONU is equal to the first supported upstream line rate.

[H04J] MULTIPLEX COMMUNICATION (peculiar to transmission of digital information H04L 5/00; systems for the simultaneous or sequential transmission of more than one television signal H04N 7/08; in exchanges H04Q 11/00)


Method and apparatus for decoding a signal distorted by interference
Patent No. 9906328 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine)
Assignee(s): TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Murphy, Bilak Homiller, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15308650 on 04/13/2015 (1051 days app to issue)

Abstract: A technology is disclosed for decoding a received signal at a wireless device. A first receiving process is performed comprising a decoding of the signal giving a first decoded result. It is determined if the first decoded result is correctly decoded. If so, the first decoded result is provided for downstream processing. If not, a second receiving process is performed comprising a decoding of the received signal for providing a second decoded result; and the second decoded result is provided for downstream processing. Further, either the first or second receiving process performs a blind detection of the transmission properties of an interfering signal and performs an interference cancellation thereupon.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for intelligent channel state information selection
Patent No. 9906346 

Inventor(s): Jian Wang (Bridgewater, NJ), Leonard Piazzi (Denville, NJ), Renjian Zhao (Acton, MA), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL), Zhengxiang Ma (Summit, NJ)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14946624 on 11/19/2015 (831 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for providing feedback information includes receiving a configuration of a plurality of offset values, determining the feedback information in accordance with at least one measurement made by a user equipment and with the plurality of offset values, and sending the feedback information to a network controller.

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


Spectrally-efficient spiral-based waveforms for communication
Patent No. 9906395 

Inventor(s): Jerrold Prothero (Washington, DC)
Assignee(s): Astrapi Corporation (Dallas)
Law Firm: Maier Maier, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15142276 on 04/29/2016 (669 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for communicating are disclosed. A method includes obtaining at least one input communication symbol selected from a set of communication symbols, converting the at least one input communication symbol into at least one transmittable waveform using at least one defined spiral waveform function, and transmitting the at least one transmittable waveform over a communication channel. Example spiral waveform functions include spline-based piecewise functions and Archimedes spiral functions.

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


Intermediate-system-to-intermediate-system topology-transparent-zone
Patent No. 9906430 

Inventor(s): Huaimo Chen (Bolton, MA), Renwei Li (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15041770 on 02/11/2016 (747 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network node comprising a receiver and a processor is disclosed. The receiver is configured to receive an identifier of an intermediate-system-to-intermediate-system (ISIS) topology-transparent-zone (TTZ) to which the network node has been assigned, further configured to receive and store ISIS TTZ topology information, and further configured to receive an indication to distribute topology information related to the ISIS TTZ to other network nodes assigned to the ISIS TTZ. The processor is coupled to the receiver and configured to generate a TTZ-related type-length-value (TLV) and set an indicator in the TTZ-related TLV to indicate that topology information related to the ISIS TTZ is to be distributed, add the TTZ-related TLV to TTZ-related information associated with the network node, and initiate distribution of the TTZ-related information to all TTZ nodes adjacent to the network node.

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


Ad-hoc on-demand routing through central control
Patent No. 9906439 

Inventor(s): Charles Perkins (Saratoga, CA), Sam K. Aldrin (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14069699 on 11/01/2013 (1579 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and method of ad hoc on-demand routing by virtue of central control. A central controller of a network can communicate directly with a route-requesting network device regarding discovery of a data transmission path and perform route computation. A source network device may query the central controller with a unicast route request. In response, the central controller can identify a feasible route based on the topology information of the network. The central controller may also receive a broadcast route request along with other network nodes. As a result, the source device can be offered to select from two resultant routes, one provided by the central controller in a centralized manner and the other provided by the destination device. Further, the central controller can be used specifically for computation of constrained routes by incorporating global constraints. The central controller may be a software defined network (SDN) controller.

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


Systems and methods for intelligent network edge traffic and signaling management
Patent No. 9906463 

Inventor(s): Frederick Charles Kemmerer (Hollis, NH), Iain Edward Sharp (Berkshire, , GB), Paul Nelson Miller (Derry, NH)
Assignee(s): GENBAND US LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13412007 on 03/05/2012 (2185 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for intelligent network edge traffic and signaling management are disclosed. According to an aspect, a method for controlling network edge traffic may include receiving network traffic flow information from a network element. The method may also include determining a control command for a network edge element based on the network traffic flow information. Further, the method may include communicating the control command to a network for control of network traffic at an edge.

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


Method, apparatus and program product for merging communication sessions in an IMS
Patent No. 9906565 

Inventor(s): Jari Mutikainen (Lepsama, , FI), Miikka Juhana Poikselka (Espoo, , FI)
Assignee(s): CELLULAR COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves Savitch LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14662811 on 03/19/2015 (1076 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to a session merging entity in a communication system IMS. The merging entity is handling communication of the first user; the communication comprises a first session and a second session. The first session and the second session are merged into a single session towards the second user, if the same IMS communication service identifier has been indicated for the first session and the second session. The merging entity may also be located at the terminal device of the second user.

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


Portable video communication system
Patent No. 9906725 

Inventor(s): Amy D. Enge (Spencerport, NY), Andrew F. Kurtz (Macedon, NY), Frances C. Williams (Rochester, NY), John N. Border (Eaton Center, NH), Joseph A. Manico (Rochester, NY), Lynn Schilling-Benz (Fairport, NY), Peter O. Stubler
Assignee(s): MOUNUMENT PEAK VENTURES, LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15271839 on 09/21/2016 (524 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and device for adapting a display image on a hand-held portable wireless display and digital capture device. The device includes a camera for capturing a digital video and/or still image of a user, means for adjusting the captured digital image in response to poor image capture angle of said image capture device so as to create a modified captured digital image; and means for transmitting said modified captured digital image over a wireless communication network to a second hand-held portable wireless display and digital capture device.

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


Convergence of social enterprise and digital telephony
Patent No. 9906756 

Inventor(s): Subil M. Abraham (Lewisville)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Sherman IP LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15669061 on 08/04/2017 (207 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device for integrating digital telephony information with a social platform includes a memory storing instructions, and a processor that executes the instructions to: receive information for multiple parties connected to a conference telephone call, create virtual groups for the multiple parties, assign permissions to each of the virtual groups, mute portions of the conference telephone call related to a discussion of a particular topic is controlled based on permissions, capture clips and actions from the conference telephone call, connect to a social enterprise platform and automatically upload a recording after the conference telephone call has ended, synchronize permissions across the social enterprise platform, link media sources together, provide context across the linked media sources, and integrate the captured clips and the actions.

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


Determining indoor location of devices using reference points and sensors
Patent No. 9906918 

Inventor(s): Mehmet Ozkan (Allen)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15275665 on 09/26/2016 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for determining the indoor location of devices such as smartphones and tablet computers using reference points and sensors. According to one aspect disclosed herein, an environment analytics system can retrieve a layout of an environment and determines an absolute reference point for the layout. The environment analytics system also can determine a coordinate pair for a point associated with an area of the layout. The coordinate pair can be determined relative to the absolute reference point. The environment analytics system also can determine a coordinate pair for a beacon deployed within the area. The coordinate pair can be associated with a unique address of the beacon. The environment analytics system can update beacon data in an environment database to include the coordinate pair for the beacon and the unique address of the beacon.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for subscription and policy provisioning
Patent No. 9907014 

Inventor(s): Bin Chen (Schaumburg, IL), George Calcev (Hoffman Estates, IL), Hanan Ahmed (Westland, MI), Zhixian Xiang (Plano)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13933358 on 07/02/2013 (1701 days app to issue)

Abstract: Wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) access points (APs) can advertise their support of both OMA-DM and SOAP-XML protocols by including protocol capability information in a broadcast or probe response message. The protocol capability information can include an OSU method list subfield that indicates that the Wi-Fi AP supports both OMA-DM and SOAP-XML protocols. The broadcast message may be an Access Network Query Protocol (ANQP) message, a beacon message, or some other generic advertisement services (GAS) message. Wi-Fi APs can also specify which WLAN type is preferred by a network operator by including a WLAN access type indication in a broadcast or probe response message. The WLAN access type indication may specify that a network operator prefers a passpoint, non-passpoint, vendor specific WLAN. The WLAN access type indication may be included in an access network discovery and selection function (ANDSF) management object (MO).

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for allocating resources for device-to-device communications
Patent No. 9907056 

Inventor(s): Hossein Bagheri (Arlington Heights, IL), Mazin Al-Shalash (Frisco), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL), Zhenzhen Cao (Beijing, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14452764 on 08/06/2014 (1301 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a device-to-device (D2D) device includes determining, by the D2D device, availability of a D2D buffer status report (BSR) resource. The method also includes in response to determining that the D2D BSR is not available, generating, by the D2D device, a D2D scheduling request (D2D-SR) message in accordance with D2D-SR configuration information and transmitting, by the D2D device, the D2D-SR message in a D2D-SR resource when the D2D-SR resource is available.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


HARQ process number management for downlink carrier aggregation
Patent No. 9907062 

Inventor(s): Sean Michael McBeath (Keller)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14523502 on 10/24/2014 (1222 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for designating, by a user agent supporting multiple carriers in a wireless communication network, one assigned carrier as an anchor carrier, at least one assigned carrier as an inactive carrier, and at least one assigned carrier as an active carrier. The method can also include receiving a command from an enhanced node B causing a first carrier to transition from an inactive carrier to an active carrier. Additionally, the method can include responsive to reception of the command, monitoring a control channel corresponding to the first carrier. Further, the method can also include receiving downlink control information (DCI) via the control channel. The method can also include responsive to reception of the DCI, starting a timer, and deactivating the first carrier at the expiration of the timer.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for association of transitory WiFi users
Patent No. 9907098 

Inventor(s): Bin Chen (Schaumburg, IL), George Calcev (Hoffman Estates, IL), Hanan Ahmed (Westland, MI), Lin Cai (Schaumburg, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14046772 on 10/04/2013 (1607 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are provided for identifying transitory WiFi users and providing a differential treatment of such users in terms of delaying associating steps between user stations (STAs) and an access point (AP). A transitory user refers to a user or user device that connects to a WiFi AP but does not run applications that require association or assigning IP addresses, such as short-term or temporary connected WiFi users that are on the move. In an embodiment, a STA connects to an AP. Upon the STA indicating its transitory behavior to the AP or the AP detecting criteria of transitory behavior of the STA, the STA obtains a delay time value from the AP. The STA then delays sending an association request to the AP, or alternatively, the AP delays handling the association request from the STA in accordance with the delay time value.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Electrical, plating and catalytic uses of metal nanomaterial compositions
Patent No. 9907183 

Inventor(s): Darrin Willauer (Austin), Dennis Wilson (Austin), Denny Hamill (Austin), Karl Martin (Austin), Kevin Walter (Austin), Kurt A. Schroder (Coupland), Steve McCool (Austin), Wayne Furlan (Austi
Assignee(s): NCC NANO, PLLC (Dallas)
Law Firm: Russell Ng PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15285927 on 10/05/2016 (510 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention relates generally to uses of novel nanomaterial composition and the systems in which they are used, and more particularly to nanomaterial compositions generally comprising carbon and a metal, which composition can be exposed to pulsed emissions to react, activate, combine, or sinter the nanomaterial composition. The nanomaterial compositions can alternatively be utilized at ambient temperature or under other means to cause such reaction, activation, combination, or sintering to occur.

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


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Diagnostic analyzer
Patent No. D811251 

Inventor(s): Christina A. Barton (Irving)
Assignee(s): ABBOTT LABORATORIES (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29587977 on 12/16/2016 (438 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Gas pressure regulator
Patent No. D811252 

Inventor(s): Robert Boyer (Flower Mound)
Assignee(s): Victor Equipment Company (Denton)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29577757 on 09/15/2016 (530 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Gas pressure regulator
Patent No. D811253 

Inventor(s): Robert Boyer (Flower Mound)
Assignee(s): Victor Equipment Company (Denton)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29577759 on 09/15/2016 (530 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Harp wrist plate design
Patent No. D811594 

Inventor(s): Dan A. Zlotolow (Wyndmoor, PA), Jonathan Tueting (Madison, WI), Joseph Pepin (Sachse), Luan Kadiasi (Garland), Nicholas Monks (Frisco), Philip Roos (Plano), Raymond B. Raven, III (Pasadena, CA)
Assignee(s): OsteoMed LLC (Addison)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29580107 on 10/05/2016 (510 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Litter scoop
Patent No. D811667 

Inventor(s): Jack Renforth (Azle)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29597357 on 03/16/2017 (348 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet toy marinator
Patent No. D811669 

Inventor(s): Brittany Green (Fort Worth), Ryan Wills (Carrollton)
Assignee(s): LITTLE BIG CAT, INC. (Beverly Hills, CA)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29557771 on 03/11/2016 (718 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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