Dallas Invents: 73 Patents Granted for Week of April 3

Patents granted include Amazon's quality control for video encoders on mobile devices, Capital One's method for expedited large file processing, and The Nielsen Company's methods to recruit audience measurement panelists.

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 April. 3, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

73 patents granted    Ranked No. 12 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano) 7
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 6
Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson) 3
VCE IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC (Richardson) 3
McAfee, LLC (Plano) 2
NUVECTRA CORPORATION (Plano) 2
STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell) 2


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Michael L. Fripp (Carrollton) 2
Zachary W. Walton (Carrollton) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

246 days
Tennis trophy candle
Design Patent No.: 0814668-S1
Inventor: John Voss (Allen)
Assignee: Voss Solo 401k Trust

6.041 days
Generating an ordering of workflow items given a partial ordering and extension data
Inventor: Lori W. Debetaz (Plano)
Patent No.: 9934478
Assignee: JDA Software Group Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ)  


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Chemical gradients
Patent No. 9931432 

Inventor(s): Benjamin R. Johnston (Arlington, TX), Mario I. Romero-Ortega (Coppell, TX), Swarupnarayan Dash (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14768820 on 02/18/2014 (1505 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one aspect, apparatuses for providing chemical gradients are described herein. In some embodiments, an apparatus described herein comprises a conduit having a first end and a second end, one or more microchannels disposed in the conduit and extending from the first end toward the second end, and a fiber coiled around the exterior of at least one microchannel, wherein the fiber comprises an active agent that is operable to diffuse into the interior of the microchannel.

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


Electro-osmotic pumps with electrodes comprising a lanthanide oxide or an actinide oxide
Patent No. 9931462 

Inventor(s): Adam Heller (Austin, TX), Rajaram K. Nagarale (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13965345 on 08/13/2013 (1694 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates, according to some embodiments, to methods, devices, and systems for fluid delivery to a subject using pumps, for example, non-gassing, direct current (DC), electro-osmotic pumps. In some embodiments, delivery of an aqueous fluid may be achieved by contacting the aqueous liquid with an electro-osmotic pump comprising (i) a cathode (e.g., a cathode comprising porous carbon coated with a cerium oxide-comprising coating), (ii) an anode (e.g., an anode comprising porous carbon coated with a cerium oxide-comprising coating), and (iii) a ceramic membrane (e.g., a ceramic membrane formed by fusing uncoated silica spheres, phosphosilicic-acid-coated fused silica spheres, or borosilicic-acid-coated fused silica spheres, wherein the fused spheres are randomly packed between the cathode and the anode) and/or optionally applying (a) a constant potential difference or constant voltage between the anode and the cathode of from about 0.1 V to about 3 V between the anode and the cathode of from about 0.1 V to about 3 V such that the aqueous liquid is pumped or (b) constant current to cause a potential difference between the anode and the cathode of from about 0.1 V to about 3 V such that the aqueous liquid is pumped.

[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]


Frontal attachment device for syringe with pinch-activated needle retraction
Patent No. 9931475 

Inventor(s): Mark Small (Heavener, OK), Ni Zhu (Plano, TX), Thomas J. Shaw (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Retractable Technologies, Inc. (Little Elm, TX)
Law Firm: Ross Barnes LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15201989 on 07/05/2016 (637 days app to issue)

Abstract: A retractable needle device attachable to the front of a fluid collection or infusion device such as a syringe, the retractable needle device comprising a housing having an engagement member, a slide support surface, a retraction cavity and a first pinch surface; a needle; a needle alignment member comprising a needle tube and a second pinch surface; and a needle retraction mechanism positioned within the needle tube and configured to bias the needle rearwardly; wherein the first and second pinch surfaces are configured so that a pinching force applied to them will cause relative lateral movement between the housing and needle alignment member. This translational movement from an injection position, wherein the needle is aligned with the syringe connector, to a retraction position, wherein the needle is aligned with the retraction cavity, allows the needle retraction mechanism to force the needle into the retraction cavity.

[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]


Feed-through connector assembly for implantable pulse generator and method of use
Patent No. 9931513 

Inventor(s): Alexander K. Smith (Chesterland, OH), Daniel N. Kelsch (Fairview Park, OH)
Assignee(s): Nuvectra Corporation (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13359954 on 01/27/2012 (2258 days app to issue)

Abstract: A connector assembly, and its method of assembly, for use in a medical device for connecting an IPG to a connector assembly for connecting the IPG to a relatively large plurality of electrodes that can support 24 or more stimulation channels for stimulating one or more stimulation regions of a patient. Also the IPG and the stimulation system and the stimulation therapy utilizing the connector assembly.

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


 

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

Intelligent CNG fuel distributor
Patent No. 9933114 

Inventor(s): Bradley H. Thiessen (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Independence Fuel Systems L.L.C. (Longview, TX)
Law Firm: Baker McKenzie LLP (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14499080 on 09/26/2014 (1285 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to the described embodiments, an intelligent compressed natural gas distributing system is inserted into an existing compressed natural gas fueling station. A means to distribute compress natural gas associated with designated primary dispenser as determined by fueling situations. The system maintains a high differential of pressure during fueling as to decrease time of fueling by means of control valves on the dispenser lines. Within the system, at least one of the dispenser line is determined to be the primary active dispenser and is fueled directly from a compressor when pressure is detected under optimal threshold. The subordinate lines are subject to a bypass in which fueling is directly sourced from a high-pressure storage and receiving excess gas from the primary active dispenser.

[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

System and method for treating water systems with high voltage discharge and ozone
Patent No. 9932252 

Inventor(s): Adrian J. Denvir (Richardson, TX), David F. Vela (Irving, TX), Jose E. Evaro (Mansfield, TX), Matthew C. Holloway (Fort Worth, TX), William P. Boesch (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): NCH Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Ross Barnes LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14695519 on 04/24/2015 (1075 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for treating flowing water systems with a plasma discharge to remove or control growth of microbiological species. Components of the water system are protected from being damaged by excess energy from the electrohydraulic treatment. Ozone gas generated by a high voltage generator that powers the plasma discharge is recycled to further treat the water. A gas infusion system may be used to create fine bubbles of ozone, air, or other gases in the water being treated to aid in plasma generation, particularly when the conductivity of the water is high. An electrode mounting assembly maintains a high voltage electrode and ground electrode at a fixed distance from each other to optimize plasma generation. An open support structure for the high voltage generator circuit physically separates spark gap electrodes and resists metal deposits that may disrupt discharge of a high voltage pulse to create the plasma.

[C02F] TREATMENT OF WATER, WASTE WATER, SEWAGE, OR SLUDGE (processes for making harmful chemical substances harmless, or less harmful, by effecting a chemical change in the substances A62D 3/00; separation, settling tanks or filter devices B01D; special arrangements on waterborne vessels of installations for treating water, waste water or sewage, e.g. for producing fresh water, B63J; adding materials to water to prevent corrosion C23F; treating radioactively-contaminated liquids G21F 9/04) [3]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Systems and methods for automating the application of friction-modifying coatings
Patent No. 9932715 

Inventor(s): Jack D. Stone, Jr. (Dallas, TX), Jeff Rainwater (Midlothian, TX), Keith Rainwater (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): DBI HOLDING, LLC (Hazleton, PA)
Law Firm: Scheef Stone, L.L.P. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15432794 on 02/14/2017 (413 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for the application of friction-modifying coatings to roadways, walkways, pathways and other areas subject to vehicular, human or animal traffic, the system and method comprising the controlled, simultaneous application of binder and filler to a surface of a substrate, using a mobile device which passes over the substrate as the binder and filler are being applied. The system includes a frame coupled to a vehicle. A spray bar is mounted on the frame and includes an array of spray nozzles coupled to a resin container. An air knife is mounted on the frame and coupled to an air compressor for generating an air curtain. An aggregate dispenser bar including at least one aggregate dispenser is coupled to an aggregate bin and mounted on the frame for dispensing aggregate.

[E01C] CONSTRUCTION OF, OR SURFACES FOR, ROADS, SPORTS GROUNDS, OR THE LIKE; MACHINES OR AUXILIARY TOOLS FOR CONSTRUCTION OR REPAIR (forming road or like surfaces by compacting or grading snow or ice E01H)


Selective restoration of fluid communication between wellbore intervals using degradable substances
Patent No. 9932791 

Inventor(s): Michael L. Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zachary R. Murphree (Carrollton, TX), Zachary W. Walton (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14419760 on 02/14/2014 (1509 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of removing two or more isolation devices is provided. An example method includes introducing two or more isolation devices into a wellbore comprising at least two wellbore intervals. Each isolation device comprises a substance and each of the substances degrades within the wellbore. The degradation rate of each of the substances causes fluid communication to be restored between the wellbore intervals in a desired amount of time. The method further includes causing or allowing each of the substances to degrade.

[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]


Mill blade torque support
Patent No. 9932793 

Inventor(s): Loc Phuc Lang (Arlington, TX), William Wallace Dancer (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14768726 on 07/28/2014 (1345 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example whipstock assembly includes a whipstock providing a ramped surface and a longitudinal groove defined in the ramped surface. A lead mill is coupled to the whipstock with a shear bolt and providing one or more blades, and a bearing support is arranged within the longitudinal groove and provides opposing sidewalls that define a slot configured to receive one of the one or more blades and thereby prevent the lead mill from rotating with respect to the whipstock.

[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]


Tool cemented in a wellbore containing a port plug dissolved by galvanic corrosion
Patent No. 9932796 

Inventor(s): Michael L. Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zachary R. Murphree (Dallas, TX), Zachary W. Walton (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14655040 on 06/23/2014 (1380 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of performing an operation in a wellbore is provided. The method includes introducing a tool into the wellbore. The tool comprises a mandrel comprising a port; and a plug located within the port. The plug comprises at least a first material that partially or wholly dissolves via corrosion. The method further includes introducing a cement composition into an annulus located between the outside of the tool at least at the location of the port and the inside of the wellbore, and causing or allowing at least a portion of the first material to dissolve. The step of causing or allowing is performed after the step of introducing the cement composition.

[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]


Pad-type plunger
Patent No. 9932805 

Inventor(s): James Allen Jefferies (Granbury, TX), Schuyler Kuykendall (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): EPIC LIFT SYSTEMS LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: MH2 Technology Law Group, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14854186 on 09/15/2015 (931 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole tool, e.g., a plunger, and a method for manufacturing a plunger. The downhole tool includes a mandrel including a flow-restriction recess, and a plurality of sealing pads configured to be disposed around the mandrel, biased radially-outward therefrom, and interlocked with one another. Each of the plurality of sealing pads includes a flow-restriction tab having an axial thickness that varies as proceeding circumferentially around the mandrel. The flow-restriction tab of each of the plurality of sealing pads is configured to be disposed in the flow-restriction recess when the plurality of sealing pads are disposed on the mandrel.

[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

Retrofit smart components for use in a fluid transfer system
Patent No. 9933167 

Inventor(s): John M. Trantham (Hurst, TX)
Assignee(s): IMI HYDRONIC ENGINEERING, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Loveless Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14660347 on 03/17/2015 (1113 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to an embodiment of the disclosure, a retrofit for a system using a fluid to transfer thermal energy in a system that utilizes a thermostat to regulate a temperature associated with a terminal is provided. The retrofit includes a return line temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature of a fluid leaving a terminal; and a circuit. The circuit is configured to: receive a signal from a thermostat, the signal commanding a modulated valve to open or close; receive a temperature from the return line temperature sensor; determine whether the temperature is either greater than a maximum set point or less than a minimum set point; and modify the signal from the thermostat if the temperature is either greater than the set point or less than set point.

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


Method of and system for minimization of condenser-fan cycling for low ambient temperature
Patent No. 9933181 

Inventor(s): Clay Toombs (Carrollton, TX), John Tran (The Colony, TX), Rakesh Goel (Carrollton, TX), Siddarth Rajan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15015220 on 02/04/2016 (789 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of controlling a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system includes measuring an ambient temperature and determining whether the ambient temperature is below a threshold temperature value. Responsive to a determination that the ambient temperature is below the threshold temperature value, measuring a condenser-fan cycle time of the HVAC system and setting a speed of the compressor based on the measured condenser-fan cycle time.

[F24F] AIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING (removing dirt or fumes from areas where they are produced B08B 15/00; vertical ducts for carrying away waste gases from buildings E04F 17/02; tops for chimneys or ventilating shafts, terminals for flues F23L 17/02)


Defrost operation management
Patent No. 9933200 

Inventor(s): Pete Hrejsa (Frisco, TX), Yi Qu (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14091887 on 11/27/2013 (1588 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, defrost operations may be managed. A change in the temperature of a heat exchanger may be determined. A determination whether to allow a defrost operation may be at least partially based on the determined change in the temperature of the heat exchanger.

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


Method of making a primer insert for use in polymer ammunition
Patent No. 9933241 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): True Velocity, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: The Law Offices of Chainey P. Singleton, PLLC (Local + 212 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15406844 on 01/16/2017 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a polymeric ammunition cartridge and methods of making and using the same. The cartridge includes a substantially cylindrical insert connected to a substantially cylindrical polymeric middle body. The substantially cylindrical insert includes a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a substantially cylindrical coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, a primer flash hole positioned in the primer recess to extend through the bottom surface, and a flange that extends circumferentially about an outer edge of the top surface. The substantially cylindrical polymeric middle body includes a substantially cylindrical polymeric bullet-end and a substantially cylindrical polymeric coupling end connected by a powder chamber, wherein the substantially cylindrical polymeric coupling end extends over the substantially cylindrical coupling element and covers a circumferential surface of the primer flash hole.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Method and apparatus for visualizing a migration history of pain maps and stimulation maps
Patent No. 9931511 

Inventor(s): Norbert Kaula (Arvada, CO), Yohannes Iyassu (Denver, CO)
Assignee(s): NUVECTRA CORPORATION (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14279881 on 05/16/2014 (1418 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of visualizing a sensation experienced by a patient is disclosed. A graphical user interface is provided. The graphical user interface is configured to receive an input from a user and display a visual output to the user. A virtual control mechanism is displayed on the graphical user interface. One or more engagements of the virtual control mechanism are detected through the graphical user interface. In response to the engagement of the virtual control mechanism, a sensation map history is displayed on the graphical user interface. The sensation map history graphically depicts a migration of a sensation map over time on a virtual human body model.

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


HVAC unit, a method of generating a network address for a HVAC unit and a HVAC controller therefor
Patent No. 9933174 

Inventor(s): John P. Stachler (Plano, TX), Richard A. Mauk (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15216892 on 07/22/2016 (620 days app to issue)

Abstract: An HVAC controller, a method for operating a HVAC unit and a HVAC unit are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the HVAC controller includes: (1) a memory configured to store a unique default network address for the controller and (2) a processor configured to automatically generate the unique default network address based on a seed value that is uniquely associated with the HVAC unit.

[G05B] CONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS (fluid-pressure actuators or systems acting by means of fluids in general F15B; valves per se F16K; characterised by mechanical features only G05G; sensitive elements, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. G12B, subclasses of G01, H01; correcting units, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. H02K)


Integration of V-grooves on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) platform for direct fiber coupling
Patent No. 9933570 

Inventor(s): Hongmin Chen (Davis, CA), Qianfan Xu (San Jose, CA), Rongsheng Miao (San Jose, CA), Xiao Shen (San Bruno, CA), Yu Sheng Bai (Los Altos Hills, CA), Zongrong Liu (Pleasanton, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15057638 on 03/01/2016 (763 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for fabricating a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) comprises providing a wafer comprising an insulator layer positioned between a top semiconductor layer and a base semiconductor layer, patterning the top semiconductor layer to simultaneously define a waveguide and a first etch mask window for forming a fiber-guiding v-groove that substantially aligns to an axis of optical signal propagation of the waveguide, removing a first portion of the top semiconductor layer to form the waveguide according to the patterning, removing a second portion of the top semiconductor layer to form the first etch mask window according to the patterning, and forming the fiber-guiding v-groove according to the first etch mask window.

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


Primary mirror mount assembly and method
Patent No. 9933594 

Inventor(s): Lyale F. Marr (Richardson, TX), Randy W. White (Greenville, TX), Richard L. Scott (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lando Anastasi, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15628294 on 06/20/2017 (287 days app to issue)

Abstract: A primary mirror mount assembly includes a body including a mirror surface and a mount surface, with the mount surface having at least one feature formed therein. The mount assembly further includes a hub configured to be secured to the body. The hub includes at least one corresponding mating feature configured to receive the at least one feature of the mount surface of the body therein. The at least one feature and the at least one corresponding mating feature are configured to be welded together. A method of assembling a primary mirror mount assembly is further disclosed.

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


Microfluidic thermoptic energy processor
Patent No. 9933611 

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Progler (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): PHOTRONICS, INC. (Brookfield, CT)
Law Firm: Amster, Rothstein Ebenstein LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15085828 on 03/30/2016 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microfluidic panel including at least one substrate, one or more channels formed in the substrate, and fluid disposed within the one or more channels. The fluid is selected to store thermal energy and the microfluidic panel is adapted to convert the thermal energy into useable energy or condition the energy to adjust optical wavelength passband of the panel.

[G01N] INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES (measuring or testing processes other than immunoassay, involving enzymes or microorganisms C12M, C12Q)


Methods, systems, and computer readable mediums for providing user interface information associated with a computing system
Patent No. 9933916 

Inventor(s): Jonathan P. Streete (San Jose, CA), Rajesh Nandyalam (Whitinsville, MA)
Assignee(s): VCE IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor Hunt, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14219717 on 03/19/2014 (1476 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable mediums for providing user interface (UI) information associated with a computing system are disclosed. According to one exemplary embodiment, a method for providing UI information comprises receiving, from a requesting entity, a request for information associated with an element of a computing system, selecting, using data from the request, a UI element for representing the element from a repository comprising a set of UI elements for representing various elements of the computing system, and providing, to the requesting entity, UI information for displaying the UI element.

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


Storage operation interrupt
Patent No. 9933950 

Inventor(s): Hairong Sun (Superior, CO), James Peterson (San Jose, CA), Jea Hyun (Los Altos, CA), John Strasser (Kaysville, UT), Kapil Verma (San Jose, CA), Long Pham (San Ramon, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14656345 on 03/12/2015 (1118 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for interrupting storage operations. A frequency module is configured to determine a frequency for pausing a storage operation. An interrupt module is configured to pause execution of a storage operation according to a determined frequency. A resume module is configured to continue a paused storage operation in response to a trigger.

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


Method and apparatus for storage management using virtual storage arrays and virtual storage pools
Patent No. 9933967 

Inventor(s): Thomas L. Watson (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): EMC IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC (Hopkinton, MA)
Law Firm: Daly, Crowley Mofford Durkee, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14319804 on 06/30/2014 (1373 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example embodiments of the present invention relate to a method, a system, and a computer program product for aggregating physical storage pools and ports into a virtual storage array. The method includes selecting a plurality of physical storage pools in a storage environment, selecting a plurality of ports in the storage environment, and aggregating the physical storage pools and ports into a virtual storage array. Example embodiments of the present invention relate to a method, a system, and a computer program product for aggregating a plurality of storage resource from a plurality of physical storage pools into a virtual storage pool. The method includes selecting a plurality of storage resource from a plurality of physical storage pools and aggregating the plurality of resources from the plurality of physical storage pools into a virtual storage pool.

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


Large scale virtual application deployment using system provisioning tools
Patent No. 9934052 

Inventor(s): Akshaya Mahapatra (San Jose, CA), Boyu Wang (Santa Clara, CA), Michael Tan (Palo Alto, CA), Sayajirao Patil (San Jose, CA), Zunhe Jin (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14134403 on 12/19/2013 (1566 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve systems and methods for the automatic packaging and deployment of virtual machines in a virtual environment. More particularly, the disclosure involves a system that automatically packages two virtual machines, a console virtual machine and a template virtual machine, in a virtual application. The template virtual machine initiates communication with the console virtual machine to generate multiple virtual machine instances.

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


Extension of resource constraints for service-defined containers
Patent No. 9934073 

Inventor(s): Huiyang Yang (Cupertino, CA), Jun Xu (Cupertino, CA), Rangaraju Iyengar (Morgan Hill, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14921724 on 10/23/2015 (893 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method comprising receiving, by a processing thread executing on a host server, a container request to create a container on the host server by employing a container engine, wherein the container request indicates a first resource constraint and a second resource constraint for executing an application within the container, directing, by the processing thread, the container engine to create an operating environment for the container according to the first resource constraint and to execute the container on the host server, reserving, by the processing thread, a first resource from an operating system (OS) of the host server according to the second resource constraint of the container request, and updating dynamically, by the processing thread, the operating environment of the container to enable the container to directly utilize the reserved first resource for execution of the application to meet the second resource constraint of the container request.

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


Memory packet, data structure and hierarchy within a memory appliance for accessing memory
Patent No. 9934194 

Inventor(s): Keith Lowery (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Rambus Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA)
Law Firm: Lowenstein Sandler LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14539628 on 11/12/2014 (1238 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory appliance system is described that includes a memory unit comprising a memory unit controller and a plurality of memory devices. A reconfigurable memory structure is stored in the plurality of memory devices, wherein the memory structure comprises a plurality of variably sized containers. Each container of data includes metadata, payload, and relationship information that associates a corresponding container with one or more other containers stored in the memory structure. The controller is data structure aware such that the controller is configured to traverse the memory structure and perform operations on the memory structure based on the metadata and relationship information.

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


Schema validation for metadata builder
Patent No. 9934216 

Inventor(s): James Michael Newman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CA, Inc. (Islandia, NY)
Law Firm: Sage Patent Group (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14223440 on 03/24/2014 (1471 days app to issue)

Abstract: Metadata is validated against a metadata schema by semantically validating metadata objects in metadata for a computer program, to confirm that required relationships among the metadata objects are present and conform to predefined rules. The metadata objects in the metadata for the computer program are also syntactically validated against a metadata schema for the metadata. Related methods, systems and computer programs are described.

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


Systems and methods for context-aware and personalized access to visualizations of road events
Patent No. 9934249 

Inventor(s): Abhishek Tripathi (Bangalore, , IN), Anirban Mondal (Bangalore, , IN), Avinash Sharma (Bangalore, , IN), Kuldeep Yadav (Haryana, , IN), Nischal Murthy Piratla (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): CONDUENT BUSINESS MACHINES SERVICES, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jones Robb PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14294193 on 06/03/2014 (1400 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for context-aware and personalized access to data corresponding to an event. The data is related to multiple predefined parameters including a location, date, time, and a classifier representing a status or an impact intensity for the event. The method includes receiving the data and an event type for the data. The event type is selected from multiple predefined event types. The method also includes creating a hierarchical data structure configured to spatially index the data based on the selected event type. The hierarchical data structure includes a node representing the selected event type. The node is augmented using a linked list for referring to the data to be stored in a database. The node is associated with a frequency of occurrence of the selected event type.

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


Systems and methods for expedited large file processing
Patent No. 9934287 

Inventor(s): Japan Bhatt (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Troutman Sanders LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15659143 on 07/25/2017 (252 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes one or more memory devices storing instructions, and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to perform steps of a method for processing a large file. The system may receive record data comprising a plurality of records having an identification value in a common field having a data format. The system may determine a plurality of focus values based on the data format and create a plurality of virtual processing units based on the plurality of focus values. Each of the plurality of virtual processing units may process a sub-group of the plurality of records that corresponds to the focus value associated with the respective virtual processing unit.

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


Execution profiling detection of malicious objects
Patent No. 9934380 

Inventor(s): Greg W. Dalcher (Tigard, OR), Jitendra P. Singh (Santa Clara, CA), Koichi Yamada (Los Gatos, CA), Palanivel Rajan Shanmugavelayutham (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14582163 on 12/23/2014 (1197 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an example, there is provided a system and method for execution profiling detection of malicious software objects. An execution profiling (EXP) engine may be provided in conjunction with a binary translation engine (BTE). Both may operate within a trusted execution environment (TEE). Because many malware objects make assumptions about memory usage of host applications, they may cause exceptions when those assumptions prove untrue. The EXP engine may proactively detect such exceptions via the BTE when the BTE performs its translation function. Thus, malicious behavior may be detected before a binary runs on a system, and remedial measures may be provided.

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


Managing enterprise data movement using a heuristic data movement detection engine
Patent No. 9934475 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX), Sorin N. Cismas (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14710698 on 05/13/2015 (1056 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for managing enterprise data movement using a heuristic data movement detection engine are presented. In some embodiments, a computer system may receive one or more data packets associated with a movement of enterprise data intercepted by a filtering engine. Subsequently, the computer system may evaluate the one or more data packets associated with the movement of enterprise data intercepted by the filtering engine based on at least one predefined data movement pattern. Then, the computer system may detect at least one variation from the at least one predefined data movement pattern based on the evaluating of the one or more data packets associated with the movement of enterprise data intercepted by the filtering engine. Thereafter, the computer system may send at least one alert message based on the detecting of the at least one variation from the at least one predefined data movement pattern.

[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]


Generating an ordering of workflow items given a partial ordering and extension data
Patent No. 9934478 

Inventor(s): Lori W. Debetaz (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): JDA Software Group, Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ)
Law Firm: Spencer Fane LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 09956439 on 09/18/2001 (6041 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method of processing items associated with a workflow includes accessing information that specifies, for each item to be processed, each of one or more primary input items that may be required under normal conditions to produce the item to be processed. The method also includes accessing information that specifies, for at least one primary input item, an alternative input item that may replace the primary input item under alternative conditions in producing the item to be processed. The items to be processed are ordered such that: (a) each item to be processed that has one or more primary input items is placed ahead of its primary input items; and (b) each primary input item that has one or more alternative input items is placed ahead of its alternative input items provided doing so is not inconsistent with the ordering of items ordered according to condition (a) and is also not inconsistent with the ordering of items ordered according to condition (b). The ordered items are processed according to the ordering using a software component.

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


Systems and methods for monitoring roadways using magnetic signatures
Patent No. 9934682 

Inventor(s): Alex Baranga (Plano, TX), Chris Georgieff (Mission Viejo, CA), Michael Gilmore (Anaheim, CA), Thomas Ward (Costa Mesa, CA)
Assignee(s): TollSense, LLC (Flower Mound, TX)
Law Firm: RegitzMauck PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14987966 on 01/05/2016 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for using magnetic signatures at predetermined positions along a roadway to monitor traffic travelling along the roadway by comparing the predetermined magnetic signatures with magnetic signatures being dynamically and continuously measured by each vehicle as they travel along the roadway. Magnetometers incorporated into mobile devices or otherwise incorporated within the vehicle measure magnetic signatures for comparison to the predetermined magnetic signatures that form a connection graph or database of points that correspond to possible paths along a roadway. When a magnetic signature match is made, the system recognizes that the vehicle has passed a particular point on a roadway and forwards that information to the appropriate entity for further processing, analysis, or toll assessment.

[G08G] TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS (guiding railway traffic, ensuring the safety of railway traffic B61L; radar or analogous systems, sonar systems or lidar systems specially adapted for traffic control G01S 13/91, G01S 15/88, G01S 17/88; radar or analogous systems, sonar systems or lidar systems specially adapted for anti-collision purposes G01S 13/93, G01S 15/93, G01S 17/93; control of position, course, altitude or attitude of land, water, air or space vehicles, not being specific to a traffic environment G05D 1/00) [2]


Low power symbology generator and display driver
Patent No. 9934739 

Inventor(s): Timothy Brandon Hogan (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Kopin Corporation (Westborough, MA)
Law Firm: Hamilton, Brook, Smith Reynolds, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14956820 on 12/02/2015 (853 days app to issue)

Abstract: A display driver includes a symbology generator having an electronic architecture optimized for symbology display, along with an interface to a microdisplay. The interface is configured to operatively couple the symbology generator to the microdisplay, to support a display of symbol objects on the microdisplay. The symbology generator may be a one-bit symbology generator configured to provide bi-level pixel data representing symbology to the microdisplay. The symbology generator may be configured to provide video information to the microdisplay in addition to the bi-level pixel data. The symbology generator may be further configured to coordinate the bi-level pixel data with the video information. The coordination may include various types of blending of the symbology data and the video data, or a hybrid mode where symbology data is applied to one set of pixels of the microdisplay, and video data is applied to another set of pixels of the microdisplay.

[G09G] ARRANGEMENTS OR CIRCUITS FOR CONTROL OF INDICATING DEVICES USING STATIC MEANS TO PRESENT VARIABLE INFORMATION (arrangements for transferring data between digital computers and displays G06F 3/14; static indicating arrangements comprising an association of a number of separate sources or light control cells G09F 9/00; static indicating arrangements comprising integral associations of a number of light sources H01J, H01K, H01L, H05B 33/12; scanning, transmission or reproduction of documents or the like, e.g. facsimile transmission, details thereof H04N 1/00) [5]


Use of dummy word lines for metadata storage
Patent No. 9934858 

Inventor(s): Abhilash Kashyap (San Jose, CA), Niles Yang (Mountain View, CA), Rohit Sehgal (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14700500 on 04/30/2015 (1069 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a non-volatile memories formed according to a NAND type of architecture, one or more of the end word lines on the source end, drain end, or both are set aside as dummy word lines that are not used to store user data. In addition to the host data, a memory system typically also stores metadata, or information about the user data, how it is stored and the memory system itself. Techniques are presented for using the dummy word lines of the memory blocks to hold this metadata. This arrangement allows for the metadata of a memory block to be known in real time, without reducing the storage capacity of the memory system.

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


Erase stress and delta erase loop count methods for various fail modes in non-volatile memory
Patent No. 9934872 

Inventor(s): Jagdish Sabde (Fremont, CA), Jayavel Pachamuthu (San Jose, CA), Sagar Magia (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14528711 on 10/30/2014 (1251 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are presented for using erase stress and variations in the loop count (number of cycles) for various fail modes in non-volatile memories, including erase disturb and shallow erase. For detection of shallow erase, cells are programmed and then erased, where the variation (delta) in the number of erase loop counts can be used to determine defective blocks. To determine blocks prone to erase disturb, an erase stress is applied to unselected blocks, after which they are programmed: after then erasing one block, the next block can then be read to determine whether it has suffered erase disturb.

[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)


Cloud management system and method for disparate computing nodes in a cloud computing environment
Patent No. 9935830 

Inventor(s): Akshaya Mahapatra (San Jose, CA), Gilbert Lau (Cupertino, CA), Michael Tan (Palo Alto, CA), Peng Liu (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14719577 on 05/22/2015 (1047 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cloud management system includes a computer executed application that generates an interface for management of the resources of a computing node by a cloud portal. The application receives an interface definition associated with the resource in which the interface definition includes information associated with one or more configuration operations to be performed on the resource. Using the interface definition, the application generates a cloud portal interface component that communicates with a cloud portal to translate the one or more configuration operations to a specified protocol, and generates a resource endpoint component that receives the configuration operations from the cloud portal interface component, translates the configuration operations to a format suitable for use by the resource, and transmits the configuration operations to the resource for configuring the resource.

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


Device, system and method for smart notifications
Patent No. 9935909 

Inventor(s): Nam Nguyen (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13673408 on 11/09/2012 (1971 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device, system and method for smart notifications is provided. When a new message is received for a unified mailbox, a relevance level associated with the new message is determined at a processor of the device, the unified mailbox providing messages received via a communication interface of the device from a plurality of accounts, a notification device of the device is controlled, via the processor, to provide a notification based on the relevance level, the notification being one of a plurality of multi-level notifications, each associated with different relevance levels.

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


Apparatus and method for directing a communication session to a communication device of a group of devices having a common registration identity
Patent No. 9935985 

Inventor(s): Jan John-Luc Bakker (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13955095 on 07/31/2013 (1707 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus, and an associated method, for directing communications of a communication session to a selected communication device, or devices, of a group of commonly-registered devices. A device-direction policy is created and stored at a network entity. The policy identifies preferred devices to which communications of a communication session are to be provided. A SIP Invite, or other communication-session initiation message, is provided to the network entity. The network entity detects the message, accesses the policy, and forwards on the message in accordance with the policy.

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


Task-context architecture for efficient data sharing
Patent No. 9936018 

Inventor(s): Dattatraya Kulkarni (Bangalore, , IN), Kamlesh Halder (Bangalore, , IN), Kaushal Kumar Dhruw (Bangalore, , IN), Kranthikumar Gadde (Bangalore, , IN), Shailaja Shankar (Cupertino, CA), Srikanth Nalluri (Bangalore, , IN), Venkatasubr
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14912318 on 12/14/2013 (1571 days app to issue)

Abstract: To provide a more seamless experience across multiple devices, task streaming systems and methods allow a user to create ”task-contexts” and manage metadata of files stored across multiple data storage devices and user preferences associated with capabilities of the multiple devices for operating on the file. Furthermore, the task streaming systems and methods are provided to allow task-contexts to be shared from one device to another device. A task-context specifies one or more files and one or more operations to be performed on the one or more files. By providing a task-context from one device to the other device, a user can accomplish a task with a particular file and seamlessly transition between devices with minimal disruption and effort.

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


 

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HVAC controller having keypad input and method of operation thereof
Patent No. 9933179 

Inventor(s): Darko Hadzidedic (Carrollton, TX), Sakthi Narayan Kumar Murugesan (Chennai, , IN)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14692335 on 04/21/2015 (1078 days app to issue)

Abstract: A heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) controller, a method of receiving signals from a keypad and an HVAC system incorporating the controller or the method. In one embodiment, the HVAC controller includes: (1) a keypad having at least first and second banks, (2) a reference signal source configured to generate a time-varying untransformed reference signal and provide the untransformed reference signal to the first bank, (3) transformation circuitry configured to transform the untransformed reference signal into a transformed reference signal and provide the transformed reference signal to the second bank and (4) a processor having interrupt pins coupled to corresponding keys of both the first and second banks and a further interrupt pin coupled to receive one of the untransformed and transformed reference signal.

[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]


Adaptive code generation with a cost model for JIT compiled execution in a database system
Patent No. 9934051 

Inventor(s): Jason Yang Sun (Palo Alto, CA), Li Zhang (San Jose, CA), Yonghua Ding (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15489568 on 04/17/2017 (351 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for query compilation in a database management system. A first execution time of code for at least one database query without applying a code generation method is estimated and in response to receiving the at least one database query, and for one or more code generation methods, a compilation cost and a second execution time of the code as modified by the code generation methods is estimated. A cost savings for each of the one or more code generation methods is calculated, where the cost savings is calculated as the first execution time less the second execution time of the code generation method, less the compilation cost of the code generation method. One of the code generation methods or the no code generation method with the highest cost savings is then selected.

[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]


Shallow trench isolation trenches and methods for NAND memory
Patent No. 9934999 

Inventor(s): Yusuke Yoshida (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15499728 on 04/27/2017 (341 days app to issue)

Abstract: A NAND memory is provided that includes a memory cell region and a peripheral region. The peripheral region includes a shallow trench isolation trench disposed in a substrate. The shallow trench isolation trench includes a first top surface, and a second top surface. A difference between a height of the second top surface and a height of the first top surface is less than a predetermined value [subscript]MAX[/subscript].

[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]


Air-cavity package with dual signal-transition sides
Patent No. 9935026 

Inventor(s): Kevin J. Anderson (Plano, TX), Ning Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15410151 on 01/19/2017 (439 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an air-cavity package, which includes a bottom substrate, a top substrate, a perimeter wall, a bottom electronic component, and a top electronic component. The bottom substrate includes a bottom signal via extending through the bottom substrate and the top substrate includes a top signal via extending through the top substrate. The perimeter wall extends between a periphery of the top substrate and a periphery of the bottom substrate to form a cavity. The bottom electronic component is mounted on the bottom substrate, exposed to the cavity, and electrically coupled to the bottom signal via. The top electronic component is mounted on the top substrate, exposed to the cavity, and electrically coupled to the top signal via.

[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]


Multi-tier three-dimensional memory devices including vertically shared source lines and method of making thereof
Patent No. 9935050 

Inventor(s): Mohan Dunga (Santa Clara, CA), Yuki Mizutani (San Jose, CA), Zhenyu Lu (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15634423 on 06/27/2017 (280 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-tier memory device includes a first tier structure overlying a substrate and containing a first alternating stack of first insulating layers and first electrically conductive layers, and first memory stack structures each including a first memory film and a first vertical semiconductor channel, a source line overlying the first tier structure, and a second tier structure overlying the source line and containing a second alternating stack of second insulating layers and second electrically conductive layers, and second memory stack structures each including a second memory film and a second vertical semiconductor channel.

[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]


Within array replacement openings for a three-dimensional memory device
Patent No. 9935123 

Inventor(s): James Kai (Santa Clara, CA), Masafumi Miyamoto (Yokkaichi, , JP), Masatoshi Nishikawa (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15219652 on 07/26/2016 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: An alternating stack of sacrificial material layers and insulating layers is formed over a substrate. Replacement of sacrificial material layers with electrically conductive layers can be performed employing a subset of openings. A predominant subset of the openings is employed to form memory stack structures therein. A minor subset of the openings is employed as access openings for introducing an etchant to remove the sacrificial material layers to form lateral recesses and to provide a reactant for depositing electrically conductive layers in the lateral recesses. By distributing the access openings across the entirety of the openings and eliminating the need to employ backside trenches for replacement of the sacrificial material layers, the size and lateral extent of backside trenches can be reduced to a level sufficient to accommodate only backside 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]


Split memory cells with unsplit select gates in a three-dimensional memory device
Patent No. 9935124 

Inventor(s): Hiroyuki Ogawa (Yokkaichi, , JP), Masafumi Miyamoto (Yokkaichi, , JP), Masatoshi Nishikawa (Yakkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15219719 on 07/26/2016 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: Split memory cells can be provided within an alternating stack of insulating layers and word lines. At least one lower-select-gate-level electrically conductive layers and/or at least one upper-select-level electrically conductive layers without a split memory cell configuration can be provided by limiting the levels of separator insulator structures within the levels of the word lines. At least one etch stop layer can be formed above at least one lower-select-gate-level spacer material layer. An alternating stack of insulating layers and spacer material layers is formed over the at least one etch stop layer. Separator insulator structures are formed through the alternating stack employing the etch stop layer as a stopping structure. Upper-select-level spacer material layers can be subsequently formed. The spacer material layers and the select level material layers are formed as, or replaced with, electrically conductive layers.

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


Method for making semiconductor device with filled gate line end recesses
Patent No. 9935179 

Inventor(s): Chun-Chen Yeh (Clifton Park, NY), Kejia Wang (Poughkeepsie, NY), Qing Liu (Irvine, CA), Ruilong Xie (Schenectady, NY), Xiuyu Cai (Niskayuna, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15472556 on 03/29/2017 (370 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for making a semiconductor device may include forming first and second spaced apart semiconductor active regions with an insulating region therebetween, forming at least one sacrificial gate line extending between the first and second spaced apart semiconductor active regions and over the insulating region, and forming sidewall spacers on opposing sides of the at least one sacrificial gate line. The method may further include removing portions of the at least one sacrificial gate line within the sidewall spacers and above the insulating region defining at least one gate line end recess, filling the at least one gate line end recess with a dielectric material, and forming respective replacement gates in place of portions of the at least one sacrificial gate line above the first and second spaced apart semiconductor active regions.

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


High doped III-V source/drain junctions for field effect transistors
Patent No. 9935201 

Inventor(s): Chun-Chen Yeh (Clifton Park, NY), Kejia Wang (Harrison, NY), Qing Liu (Watervliet, NY), Ruilong Xie (Schenectady, NY), Xiuyu Cai (Niskayuna, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (COPPELL, TX)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15396743 on 01/02/2017 (456 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a fin patterned in a substrate; a gate disposed over and substantially perpendicular to the fin; a pair of epitaxial contacts including a III-V material over the fin and on opposing sides of the gate; and a channel region between the pair of epitaxial contacts under the gate including an undoped III-V material between doped III-V materials, the doped III-V materials including a dopant in an amount in a range from about 1e[superscript]18 [/superscript]to about 1e[superscript]20 [/superscript]atoms/cm[superscript]3 [/superscript]and contacting the epitaxial contacts.

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


Performing upstream symbol alignment under FEXT
Patent No. 9935684 

Inventor(s): Haixiang Liang (Atherton, CA), Yixian Liu (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15268005 on 09/16/2016 (564 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for implementing an upstream symbol alignment within a network component, the method comprising receiving an upstream sync signal via an initializing digital subscriber line (DSL) during a channel discovery phase from a customer premise equipment (CPE), determining a corrected upstream symbol alignment value based upon the upstream sync signal, and transmitting the corrected upstream symbol alignment value to the CPE, wherein the upstream symbol alignment value determines an upstream symbol alignment for one or more upstream transmissions, and wherein the corrected upstream symbol alignment value is determined before receiving a plurality of upstream data signals within the data symbol positions during the channel discovery phase.

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


System and method for multiplexing control and data channels in a multiple input, multiple output communications system
Patent No. 9935696 

Inventor(s): Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL), Ying Jin (Shanghai, , CN), Yufei Blankenship (Kildeer, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15400709 on 01/06/2017 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for system and method for multiplexing control and data channels in a multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) communications system are provided. A method for transmitting control symbols and data symbols on multiple MIMO layers includes selecting a first set of codewords from N[subscript]cw [/subscript]codewords, distributing control symbols onto the first set of layers, placing data symbols of the first set of codewords onto the first set of layers, placing data symbols of the (N[subscript]cw[/subscript]N[subscript]cw1[/subscript]) remaining codewords to remaining layers if N[subscript]cw[/subscript]N[subscript]cw1[/subscript], and transmitting the multiple MIMO layers. The first set of codewords is associated with a first set of layers from the multiple MIMO layers, and the N[subscript]cw [/subscript]codewords are to be transmitted simultaneously and the first set of codewords comprises N[subscript]cw1 [/subscript]MIMO codewords, where N[subscript]cw [/subscript]and N[subscript]cw1 [/subscript]are integers greater than or equal to 1. The remaining layers are MIMO layers from the multiple MIMO layers not in the first set of layers.

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


Access point (AP), user station (STA) and method for spatial modulation orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (SM-OFDM) communication
Patent No. 9935737 

Inventor(s): Ahmed Gamal Helmy Mohamed (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Intel IP Corporation (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14748791 on 06/24/2015 (1014 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of an access point (AP), user station (STA), and method for spatial modulation orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (SM-OFDM) communication in a wireless network are generally described herein. The AP may transmit an SM-OFDM signal that comprises multiple OFDM signals. The SM-OFDM signal may be transmitted in channel resources that comprise multiple sub-carriers and the OFDM signals may be based at least partly on data symbols for used data portions of the sub-carriers. The used data portions may be based on a first portion of encoded bits and the data symbols for the used data portions may be based on a second portion of the encoded bits. In some examples, the used data portions of the sub-carriers may be different for at least some of the OFDM signals.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Providing acknowledgement information by a wireless device
Patent No. 9935741 

Inventor(s): Jun Li (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert Goetzel, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15418840 on 01/30/2017 (428 days app to issue)

Abstract: In general, to provide acknowledgment information by a first wireless device, the first wireless device sends repeated instances of acknowledgment information in respective first and second frame structures, in response to receipt of first information from a second wireless device. In addition, the first wireless device also sends further acknowledgment information in the second frame structure that is responsive to second information received from the second wireless device.

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


Method of obtaining a network address
Patent No. 9935814 

Inventor(s): Thomas Drennan Selgas (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): My Mail Ltd. (Athens, TX)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13079015 on 04/04/2011 (2556 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention comprises a method of and apparatus for simplifying the process of access to a network for a roaming computer user, divides the responsibility of servicing a given user wanting to access the network between multiple parties and minimizes the possibility of improper dissemination of email header data as well as improper use of network resources (including server systems) by non-clients.

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


Secure data parser method and system
Patent No. 9935923 

Inventor(s): Rick L. Orsini (Flower Mound, TX), Roger S. Davenport (Campbell, TX)
Assignee(s): Security First Corp. (Rancho Santa Magarita, CA)
Law Firm: Haley Guiliano LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13371364 on 02/10/2012 (2244 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.

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


Image sensors with a rolling shutter scanning mode and high dynamic range
Patent No. 9936150 

Inventor(s): Jaroslav Hynecek (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: Treyz Law Group, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15176342 on 06/08/2016 (664 days app to issue)

Abstract: Imaging pixels may be operated in a rolling shutter scanning mode. Charge signal that is generated on a first chip may be capacitively coupled to signal processing circuits on a second chip. A capacitor may be placed in the signal path that provides signal coupling between the chips and stores overflow charge from pixels that have been exposed to high light level illumination. This enables high dynamic range using only a single charge integration time. The pixel may include an in-pixel negative feedback amplifier. The chip-to-chip electrical connections between the first and second chips may be realized at each pixel as a hybrid bond with a single bond per pixel. Image sensors fabricated using this technology may have small size pixels, high resolution, high dynamic range, and a single charge integration time.

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


Method for deleting data files in an electronic device
Patent No. 9936157 

Inventor(s): Frank W. Armstrong (Rochester, NY), Keith Stoll Karn (Narbeth, PA), Thomas A. Napoli (Webster, NY)
Assignee(s): MONUMENT PEAK VENTURES, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15402512 on 01/10/2017 (448 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a an electronic device such as a digital camera [b]300[/b] that includes a deletion mode whereby a camera/electronic device user can delete captured images or data files that have already been transferred in order to make room in the electronic device or digital camera memory for capturing further images. In one embodiment a digital camera keep track of which images have already been transferred to an external storage device and presents those to the user as potential images to be deleted. In another embodiment, the user is presented with a ”delete all transferred images” which when selected deletes all the captured images that have already been transferred. In still another embodiment, a deletion criteria is used to prioritize which images are deleted first.

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


Video visitation for the cognitive and/or dexterity impaired
Patent No. 9936161 

Inventor(s): Alexander Noland (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15281549 on 09/30/2016 (550 days app to issue)

Abstract: Providing video visitation with cognitive and/or dexterity impaired individuals may call for limiting functionality of a personal cognitive and/or dexterity impaired individual communication and/or media device, such as by an operating system of the personal device. The personal device may play audio and video, accept video communications in response to touching of a screen of the personal device, and establish a video communication in response to such touching of the screen. Providing the video visitation may also include receiving a request to initiate a video communication over the personal device with a cognitive and/or dexterity impaired individual, such as may be requested via a visitor communication and/or media device. Whereupon, an audible message may be played by the personal device, indicating the request, and the video communication between the personal device and the visitor device may be established in response to touching of the screen of the personal device.

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


Method and apparatus of creating media content
Patent No. 9936205 

Inventor(s): Harper Kent Potter (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12500642 on 07/10/2009 (3189 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus of processing content, such as, video and/or audio are disclosed. The operations of processing content may include receiving user input, such as, a content file, a type of content format, and a content destination. Other operations include determining necessary operations needed to complete the content processing and determining the applications available to the user on a local machine used by the user. The operations further include determining whether the user”s local machine includes the necessary applications to perform the content processing, and determining a codec that will be used to process the content, and formatting the content using the codec and distributing the content to the content destination.

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


Adaptive power and quality control for video encoders on mobile devices
Patent No. 9936208 

Inventor(s): Marcus-Alan Gilbert (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Amazon Technologies, Inc. (Seattle, WA)
Law Firm: Pierce Atwood LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14747156 on 06/23/2015 (1015 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for improving encoding techniques for mobile devices by adaptively controlling a resolution or frame rate of content to reduce power consumption while maintaining image quality. For example, a local device may determine when the content may be downscaled without degrading a final image quality and may downscale the content prior to encoding and transmitting the encoded content to a remote device. The remote device may decode and upscale the content to the original resolution prior to displaying the content on a display. As downscaling the content is not power intensive, the local device may reduce a power consumption associated with encoding and transmitting the content to the remote device while maintaining the final image quality of the content.

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


System and method for asynchronous uploading of live digital multimedia with guaranteed delivery
Patent No. 9936228 

Inventor(s): Bradley Reitmeyer (Allen, TX), Paul Martel (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): LIVING AS ONE, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15462816 on 03/18/2017 (381 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for asynchronous uploading of live digital multimedia with guaranteed delivery is provided. The system comprises a video encoder and a remote server, wherein the video encoder includes instructions for acquiring video and audio, encoding the video and audio, creating a manifest file, storing the manifest file, adding the manifest file to an upload queue, creating a segment file, storing the segment file, adding the segment file to the upload queue, initiating at least one upload worker thread, taking a first file from the upload queue, attempting to transmit the first file to the remote server, determining if an instability with the connection to the remote server exists, and, if so, repeating the attempting and determining steps, executing a data integrity test on the first file upon a successful upload of the first file, and repeating, if the data integrity test fails, the attempting, determining, and executing steps.

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


Methods and apparatus to measure audience composition and recruit audience measurement panelists
Patent No. 9936249 

Inventor(s): Madhusudhan Reddy Alla (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15343772 on 11/04/2016 (515 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus to measure audience composition and recruit audience measurement panelists are disclosed. An example media device includes a memory including machine readable instructions, and a processor to execute the instructions to implement an analyzer to detect and decode a first code embedded in a video stream of media being presented by the media device. The first code contains first audience measurement data associated with the media. The instructions further implement a media output modifier to provide a second code for display in response to detecting the first code. The second code includes information that, when the second code is scanned with a portable device other than the media device, is to direct the portable device to a website to provide additional audience measurement data.

[H04H] BROADCAST COMMUNICATION (multiplex communication H04J; pictorial communication aspects of broadcast systems H04N)


Systems and methods for joint handover of user equipment and secondary cell group in 3GPP LTE dual connectivity
Patent No. 9936427 

Inventor(s): Kathiravetpillai Sivanesan (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): INTEL CORPORATION (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14581689 on 12/23/2014 (1197 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods provide a joint handover process wherein a user equipment (UE) and at least one secondary node remain connected to each other and are handed over together from a first master node to a second master node. Thus, a re-establishment procedure with the at least one secondary node is avoided.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Bluetooth low energy collision management
Patent No. 9936466 

Inventor(s): Pascal Roux (Chabeuil, , FR)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Ortiz Lopez, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15436227 on 02/17/2017 (410 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for managing the emission of data from RF enabled tags. In an example embodiment, data is emitted from a tag via RF communications. An operation can be implemented to detect one or more non-official applications running on a mobile device (e.g., a nearby mobile device). The emission power level for emitting such data can then be automatically varied until an answer is received from an official application running on another mobile device so as to prevent said mobile device running said non-official application from preventing said official application running on said another mobile device from completing a transaction with respect to said data emitted from said tag via said RF communications.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Reporting power headroom for aggregated carriers
Patent No. 9936467 

Inventor(s): Sean Michael McBeath (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15011089 on 01/29/2016 (795 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for reporting power headroom-related information for a plurality of aggregated carriers. The method includes reporting in a bitmap the power headroom-related information for a number of the aggregated carriers that is less than or equal to the total number of aggregated carriers, wherein the power headroom-related information is one of a power headroom for at least one of the aggregated carriers and a path loss for at least one of the aggregated carriers.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Adaptive call notification
Patent No. 9936480 

Inventor(s): Fangqi Hu (San Diego, CA), Tongzeng Yang (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15187090 on 06/20/2016 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for adaptive call notification in a user equipment (UE) includes detecting an incoming call indication such as a ring signal. The ambient sound level for the UE is measured in response to the incoming call indication. A UE vibration device is activated in response to the detected incoming call indication and the ambient sound level being greater than a user-selectable threshold.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Communication service for machine-to-machine devices
Patent No. 9936536 

Inventor(s): Paul Edward Smith, Jr. (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15355222 on 11/18/2016 (501 days app to issue)

Abstract: When machine-to-machine (M2M) devices attach to a mobile communication network, the associated communication session can be treated differently than the attachment of other devices. For example, upon determining that a subscriber device that attaches to a communication network is an M2M device and has completed a given network transaction, the M2M device can be immediately detached without waiting on expiration of an inactivity timer. As another example, upon determining that a subscriber device that attaches to a communication network is an M2M device, the M2M device can be excluded from various signaling procedures such as load-balancing procedures.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method of fabricating a multi-channel modulator driver with enclosure
Patent No. 9936587 

Inventor(s): Anthony Chiu (Richardson, TX), Craig Steinbeiser (Allen, TX), Khiem Dinh (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14810681 on 07/28/2015 (980 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure describe a method of fabricating a multi-channel modulator driver with an enclosure. After a substrate is provided, components of a multi-channel modulator driver are attached to the substrate. Herein, the components include first components associated with a first channel and second components associated with a second channel. Next, an enclosure is attached to the substrate to cover the multi-channel modulator driver. The enclosure has a wall disposed between the first components and the second components, and a top region coupled with the wall. The enclosure and the wall are composed of an electrically conductive polymer. The wall includes a first portion that has the electrically conductive polymer covered by a metal film and a second portion that has the electrically conductive polymer not covered by the metal film.

[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)


Board level shields including foil and/or film covers
Patent No. 9936618 

Inventor(s): Shelby Ball (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Laird Technologies, Inc. (Earth City, MI)
Law Firm: Harness, Dickey Pierce, P.L.C. (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15357001 on 11/21/2016 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to various aspects, exemplary embodiments are disclosed of board level shields that include film and/or foil (e.g., electrically-conductive plastic film, metallized or metal plated film, metal foil, reinforced foil, poly-foil, etc.) covers or lids. Also disclosed are exemplary embodiments of methods relating to making EMI shielding apparatus or assemblies. Additionally, exemplary embodiments are disclosed of methods relating to providing shielding for one or more components on a substrate.

[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)


DESIGN PATENTS

Desk
Patent No. D814214 

Inventor(s): Daniel G. Flaherty (Irving, TX), David Patton (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Varidesk, LLC (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29533490 on 07/17/2015 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Portion of a display panel with graphical user interface
Patent No. D814505 

Inventor(s): Tarun Kumar (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, NJ)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29545035 on 11/09/2015 (876 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Tennis trophy candle
Patent No. D814668 

Inventor(s): John Voss (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Voss Solo 401k Trust (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29612358 on 07/31/2017 (246 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Food dispenser
Patent No. D814714 

Inventor(s): David Simon (Lakeland, FL), David Veness (Fort Worth, TX), Nicholas Baker (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29582259 on 10/26/2016 (524 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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