Dallas Invents: 74 Patents Granted for Week of April 17

Patents granted include Apple's desktop consumer electronic device, IBM's cognitive geofencing, Mentalix's robotic document feeder, and McAfee's digital heritage notary.

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 17, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 11
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 4
Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson) 3
McAfee, LLC (Plano) 2


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Carrie Lee Childress (Dallas) 2
David Allen Turner (Fort Worth) 2
James Lee Fortuna (Dallas) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

238 days
Faster state transitioning for continuous adjustable 3Deeps filter spectacles using multi-layered variable tint materials
Inventors: Kenneth Martin Jacobs (New York, NY), Ronald Steven Karpf (Corvallis, OR)
Assignee: VISUAL EFFECT INNOVATIONS, LLC (Plano)
Patent No. 9948922

2,520 days
Chromosome 3p21.3 genes are tumor suppressors
Inventor: John Dorrance Minna (Dallas, TX, US)
Patent No. 9944951
Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX, US), The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (Washington, DC, US)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Three-axis rotation system and method
Patent No. 9943169 

Inventor(s): Michael Budagher (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): OVARD, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cohoon, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14807415 on 07/23/2015 (999 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are disclosed that allows a practitioner to rotate a human subject in three different axes of rotation, independently from one another and without limitation on the degree of rotation, which allows for the treatment of various systems of the human subject.

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


Food preparation table
Patent No. 9943178 

Inventor(s): Christopher A. Henderson (Euless, TX), Sasenka Kukolj (Keller, TX), Yevgeniy Savinskiy (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC. (Glenview, IL)
Law Firm: Thompson Hine LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15063739 on 03/08/2016 (770 days app to issue)

Abstract: A food preparation table includes a food item catchment system including a modular grate and catch pan arrangement positioned atop an upwardly facing surface of the table and including multiple catch pans, multiple frames and multiple grates, each of which is removable for cleaning of the upwardly facing surface and for cleaning of the catch pans, frames and grates.

[A47B] TABLES; DESKS; OFFICE FURNITURE; CABINETS; DRAWERS; GENERAL DETAILS OF FURNITURE (jointing of furniture F16B 12/00)


Orthopedic devices with a locking mechanism
Patent No. 9943349 

Inventor(s): Tara Ziolo (Hewitt, NJ)
Assignee(s): Blackstone Medical, Inc. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Baker McKenzie LLP (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15050211 on 02/22/2016 (785 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to an orthopedic device including a plate and a single-step self-locking mechanism. The plate includes one or more tapered apertures and a slot defined in a top surface of the plate, the slot extending from each aperture. The locking mechanism is slidably seated in the slot and is operable to be positioned in a first position along the slot where a portion of the locking mechanism extends over the aperture or positioned in a second position along the slot where the portion of the locking mechanism is fully retracted from the aperture.

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


Microporous zirconium silicate and its method of production
Patent No. 9943637 

Inventor(s): Alvaro F. Guillem (Lantana, TX), Donald Jeffrey Keyser (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): ZS PHARMA, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Arent Fox LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13829415 on 03/14/2013 (1860 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to novel microporous zirconium silicate compositions having a desired particle size distribution and methods of making those compositions. These compositions have an ideal particle size distribution for use ex vivo, for example in a dialysis exchange cartridge, yet retain many of the desirable properties of prior improved absorbers including high cation exchange capacity. Further, the new zirconium silicate molecular sieve absorbers can be manufactured using a technique that achieves the desired particle size distribution while eliminating the screening step that was previously necessary.

[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]


System and method of developing a program for providing therapeutic electrical stimulation for treating a patient
Patent No. 9943691 

Inventor(s): Norbert Kaula (Arvada, CO), Paul Landers (Broomfield, 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: 14229458 on 03/28/2014 (1481 days app to issue)

Abstract: A stimulation system, such as a spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system, having a programmer for establishing a program to treat a patient. The programmer uses a discretized, interrupted, and safe spatial electrode migration process for establishing the stimulation program.

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


Golf clubs and golf club heads
Patent No. 9943733 

Inventor(s): Brian Kammerer (Fort Worth, TX), David N. Franklin (Granbury, TX), Eric A. Larson (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): NIKE, Inc. (Beaverton, OR)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14290383 on 05/29/2014 (1419 days app to issue)

Abstract: A ball striking device has a head with a body member having a face having a striking surface configured for striking a ball, a crown portion and a sole portion connected to the face and extending rearward from the face, where the body member has a void extending inwardly from a rear periphery of the body member, and a rear member connected to the body member and received within the void, such that the rear member forms portions of a crown and a sole of the head. A connection member connects the rear member to the body member to form a joint between the rear member and the body member. A resilient member separates the rear member from the body member, and the resilient member engages the rear member and the body member within the void and is configured to transfer momentum between the rear member and the body member.

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


Protective headgear with impact diffusion
Patent No. 9943746 

Inventor(s): Robert M. Kennard (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): THE HOLDING COMPANY, LLC (Round Rock, TX)
Law Firm: Garlick Markison (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14837154 on 08/27/2015 (964 days app to issue)

Abstract: A protective headgear includes, for example, a headgear body that is wearable on a head of the wearer having a top slot in a top portion of the headgear body, wherein the top slot runs from a front portion of the headgear body that covers a forehead of the wearer to a back portion of the headgear body that covers a back of the head of the wearer. A top piece slidably attaches to the headgear body to cover the top slot, wherein the top piece diffuses energy from an impact to the protective headgear by sliding within the top slot. Other embodiments are disclosed.

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


Products storage racks and methods of storing products
Patent No. 9944461 

Inventor(s): Morgan D. Reiner (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Bentonville, AR)
Law Firm: Fitch, Even, Tabin Flannery LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15366171 on 12/01/2016 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some embodiments provide a product storage racking system, comprising: a frame comprising frame beams secured together with support surfaces aligned along a first plane; feet posts fixed to the frame beams; feet cooperated with the feet posts, wherein each of the feet is configured to stackably cooperate with a post of a set of posts that are cooperated with another product storage racking system enabling stacking; at least two rack support systems each secured with the frame and configured to support the weight of the product storage racking system and products stored on the product storage racking system independent of the three or more feet.

[A47B] TABLES; DESKS; OFFICE FURNITURE; CABINETS; DRAWERS; GENERAL DETAILS OF FURNITURE (jointing of furniture F16B 12/00)


Multi-stage rotary overtravel stop
Patent No. 9945498 

Inventor(s): James Dulin Reavill (Irving, TX), Wojciech K. Timoszyk (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): STRYKER CORPORATION (Kalamazoo, MI)
Law Firm: Flynn, Thiel, Boutell Tanis, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14580401 on 12/23/2014 (1211 days app to issue)

Abstract: A medical device assembly including a first member having a first abutment, a second member rotatably connected to the first member and having a second abutment, and an idler member having third abutment and a fourth abutment. The first member is rotatably fixed to the second member. The idler member is free to rotate relative to the first member and the second member until the first abutment abuts the third abutment and until the second abutment abuts the fourth abutment. The first member, the second member and the idler member all rotate relative to each other about a single axis.

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


 

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

Fuel efficiency system for a vehicle
Patent No. 9944126 

Inventor(s): Richard Bryan Wood (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): PACCAR Inc (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Christensen O”Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14605743 on 01/26/2015 (1177 days app to issue)

Abstract: Vehicle systems and components are set forth, which aim to reduce rolling friction caused in part by the contact between the vehicle”s tires and the ground surface over which the vehicle is traversing. These systems and/or components thereof may increase the overall fuel efficiency of a vehicle. In the examples provided, the systems and/or components change the tread contact patch of one or more tires during movement of the vehicle.

[B60C] VEHICLE TYRES (manufacture, repairing B29); TYRE INFLATION; TYRE CHANGING; CONNECTING VALVES TO INFLATABLE ELASTIC BODIES IN GENERAL; DEVICES OR ARRANGEMENTS RELATED TO TYRES (testing of tyres G01M 17/02) [5]


Rear seat having two independent modes
Patent No. 9944204 

Inventor(s): Christopher M. Vargo (Plymouth, MI), John J. Salvia, III (Ann Arbor, MI), Vasudeva S. Murthy (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14990041 on 01/07/2016 (831 days app to issue)

Abstract: A seat for a vehicle is provided. The seat includes a seat base and a seat back coupled to the seat base so as to be rotatable with respect to the seat base about a seat back rotation axis. The seat also includes a first linkage having a first link rotatably coupled to the seat back at a first connection and a second link rotatably coupled to the seat base at a second connection. The first link is also rotatably coupled to the second link at a third connection. The third connection is structured to be movable with respect to the seat base responsive to rotation of the seat back about the rotation axis.

[B60N] VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (furniture construction A47)


Fiber optic/electrical cable cartridge system
Patent No. 9944491 

Inventor(s): Nicolas Guiffault (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Optical Cable Corporation (Roanoke, VA)
Law Firm: The Van Winkle Law Firm (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14390136 on 03/14/2013 (1860 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cartridge system for a cable reel. The cartridge system includes a case configured to hold the cable reel and a pair of reel roller elements inside the case. Each of the reel roller elements has ends that are connected to opposite sides of the case. Each of reel roller elements has a roller rotatable within the case. The roller is configured to receive a flange of the cable reel such that the cable reel is rotatable within the case.

[B65H] HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES


Starter post relocation assembly
Patent No. 9948049 

Inventor(s): Montgomery R. Stone (Valley View, TX)
Assignee(s): PACCAR Inc (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Christensen O”Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15098137 on 04/13/2016 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electrical post relocation assembly is configured for use with an electrical component of a vehicle. The electrical component includes a first and second components post configured to be coupled to first and second cables, respectively. The electrical post relocation has first and second relocation posts. The first relocation post is formed from a first electrical conductor and has a first end configured to be coupled to the first component post. A second end of the first relocation post is configured to be coupled to the first terminal fitting of the first cable. Similar to the first relocation post, the second relocation post is also formed from an electrical conductor. A first end of the second relocation post is configured to be coupled to the second component post, and a second end of the second relocation post is configured to be coupled to the second terminal.

[B61G] COUPLINGS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR RAILWAY VEHICLES; DRAUGHT OR BUFFING APPLIANCES SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR RAILWAY VEHICLES


 

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

Polymer dispersions
Patent No. 9944783 

Inventor(s): Matthias Junk (Alsbach-Hhnlein, , DE), Ulrich Desor (Idstein, , DE)
Assignee(s): CELANESE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Roberts Mlotkowski Safran Cole Calderon P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14948791 on 11/23/2015 (876 days app to issue)

Abstract: A polymer dispersion is produced by polymerization of at least two different ethylenically unsaturated monomers in at least first and second stages. The polymer produced in the first stage comprises 25 to 60% by weight of the total monomer composition and has a uniform glass transition temperature from 30 C. to 0 C. The polymer produced in the second stage comprises 40 to 75% by weight of the total monomer composition and has a variable monomer composition such that the second stage polymer has a non-uniform glass transition temperature which varies between a first value from 30 to +10 C. and second value of at least +70 C. Any polymer produced in further polymerization stages comprises no more than 10% by weight of the total monomer composition and the glass transition temperature of the hypothetical uniform copolymer produced by the total monomer composition is in the range from 0 C. to 25 C.

[C08L] COMPOSITIONS OF MACROMOLECULAR COMPOUNDS (compositions based on polymerisable monomers C08F, C08G; artificial filaments or fibres D01F; textile treating compositions D06) [2]


Constraining pyrite activity in shale
Patent No. 9944844 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Snider (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Smart Chemical Services, LP (Amarillo, TX)
Law Firm: Beck Thomas, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15058935 on 03/02/2016 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: Degeneration of shale caused by oxygen in aqueous drilling, fracturing and completion fluids is minimized by introducing imidazolines modified so that they will be attracted efficiently to pyrites in the shale, thereby forming a protective coating on the pyrites. Inhibiting oxidation of the pyrites sharply reduces physical degradation of the shale, and the generation of undesirable oxides, in the presence of drilling, fracturing and completion fluids carrying oxygen. The imidazoline is an ionic salt of a monocarboxylic acid.

[C09K] MATERIALS FOR APPLICATIONS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; APPLICATIONS OF MATERIALS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Chromosome 3p21.3 genes are tumor suppressors
Patent No. 9944951 

Inventor(s): John Dorrance Minna (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX), The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (Washington, DC)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13114921 on 05/24/2011 (2520 days app to issue)

Abstract: Tumor suppressor genes play a major role in the pathogenesis of human lung cancer and other cancers. Cytogenetic and allelotyping studies of fresh tumor and tumor-derived cell lines showed that cytogenetic changes and allele loss on the short arm of chromosome 3 (3p) are most frequently involved in about 90% of small cell lung cancers and greater than 50% of non-small cell lung cancers. A group of recessive oncogenes, Fus1, 101F6, Gene 21 (NPRL2), Gene 26 (CACNA2D2), Luca 1 (HYAL1), Luca 2 (HYAL2), PL6, 123F2 (RaSSFI), SEM A3 and Beta* (BLU), as defined by homozygous deletions in lung cancers, have been located and isolated at 3p21.3.

[C12N] MICROORGANISMS OR ENZYMES; COMPOSITIONS THEREOF (biocides, pest repellants or attractants, or plant growth regulators containing microorganisms, viruses, microbial fungi, enzymes, fermentates, or substances produced by, or extracted from, microorganisms or animal material A01N 63/00; medicinal preparations A61K; fertilisers C05F); PROPAGATING, PRESERVING, OR MAINTAINING MICROORGANISMS; MUTATION OR GENETIC ENGINEERING; CULTURE MEDIA (microbiological testing media C12Q 1/00) [3]


 

T E X T I L E S , P A P E R

Fabrication and application of nanofiber ribbons and sheets and twisted and non-twisted nanofiber yarns
Patent No. 9944529 

Inventor(s): Ali E. Aliev (Dallas, TX), Anvar A. Zakhidov (McKinney, TX), Chris Williams (Dallas, TX), Mei Zhang (Plano, TX), Ray H. Baughman (Dallas, TX), Sergey Li (Dallas, TX), Shaoli Fang (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15204737 on 07/07/2016 (649 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process of producing a yarn, ribbon or sheet that includes nanofibers in which the process includes forming a yarn, ribbon or sheet comprising nanofibers, and applying an enhancing agent comprising a polymer to the yarn, ribbon or sheet.

[D01F] CHEMICAL FEATURES IN THE MANUFACTURE OF MAN-MADE FILAMENTS, THREADS, FIBRES, BRISTLES OR RIBBONS; APPARATUS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF CARBON FILAMENTS [2]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Embedded poles for utility poles and structures
Patent No. 9945145 

Inventor(s): Guy L. Faries (Memphis, TN), Jonathan P. Girard (Collierville, TN), Mark H. Fairbairn (Red Wing, MN)
Assignee(s): TRINITY MEYER UTILITY STRUCTURES LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15597930 on 05/17/2017 (335 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embedded pole installation method including applying a rotational force to a leading pole and an intermediate pole. The leading pole comprises a first helical plate disposed on a first portion of the leading pole. The intermediate pole is coupled to a second portion of the leading pole and comprises a second helical plate disposed on a first portion of the intermediate pole. The diameter of the intermediate pole is greater than a diameter of the leading pole. Applying the rotational force embeds the first helical plate and the second helical plate into a foundation such that a second portion of the intermediate pole does not penetrate the foundation. The method further includes coupling a utility pole to the second portion of the intermediate pole.

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


Travel joint release devices and methods
Patent No. 9945189 

Inventor(s): Timothy Edward Harms (The Colony, TX), William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, L.L.P. (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14403414 on 05/31/2013 (1782 days app to issue)

Abstract: A travel joint comprises an outer housing, an inner mandrel slidingly disposed within the outer housing, and a release device positioned between the outer housing and the inner mandrel. The release device is configured to selectively prevent and allow relative axial movement between the outer housing and the inner mandrel in response to a fluid pressure supplied to the release device from a flowbore of the outer housing or a flowbore of the inner 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]


Sytems and methods for re-completing multi-zone wells
Patent No. 9945218 

Inventor(s): Abdel Wadood M. El-Rabaa (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (Spring, TX)
Law Firm: ExxonMobil Upstream Research CompanyLaw Department (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14405132 on 06/24/2013 (1758 days app to issue)

Abstract: The well includes a wellbore with a casing string that extends within the wellbore, defining a casing conduit including existing perforations. A re-completion liner extends within the casing conduit and defines a liner conduit therein, and an annular space extends between the re-completion liner and the casing string. Systems and methods include perforating the re-completion liner to create liner perforations and perforating the casing string to create re-completion perforations that are generally aligned with respective liner perforations, stimulating the subterranean formation by flowing a completing fluid through the plurality of liner perforations and re-completion perforations, controlling flow of a fluid within the annular space, and/or producing a reservoir fluid from the subterranean formation and through both the existing perforations and the re-completion perforations.

[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]


Automatic optimizing methods for reservoir testing
Patent No. 9945224 

Inventor(s): Dingding Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13876113 on 07/24/2012 (2093 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of determining a reservoir parameter of a subterranean formation comprising: initiating an initial pressure pulse in the subterranean formation; initiating a series of subsequent pressure pulses in the subterranean formation until the reservoir parameter may be determined, wherein each subsequent pressure pulse is optimized utilizing analytical and/or numerical simulation models; and determining the reservoir parameter.

[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

Pump fluid end with integrated web portion
Patent No. 9945362 

Inventor(s): Jacob A. Bayyouk (Richardson, TX), Johnny E. DeLeon (Arlington, TX), Scott Skurdalsvold (Qindao-shi, , CN)
Assignee(s): S.P.M. FLOW CONTROL, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13755884 on 01/31/2013 (1902 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fluid end block for attachment to a power end of a high pressure reciprocating pump includes a main body portion having an outwardly facing body forward face, an outwardly facing body rear face opposite the body forward face, and opposing side surfaces. A web portion protrudes outwardly from the outwardly facing body forward face. The web portion may have an outwardly facing web forward face and a curvilinear side surface. The web portion may be integral with the main body portion. A plurality of bosses protrude from the web forward face and having a forward facing end. The plurality of bosses may be integral with the main body portion and the web portion. A plunger bore extends through one of the plurality of bosses configured to receive a reciprocating plunger.

[F04B] POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES FOR LIQUIDS; PUMPS (engine fuel-injection pumps F02M; machines for liquids, or pumps, of rotary-piston or oscillating-piston type F04C; non-positive-displacement pumps F04D; pumping of fluid by direct contact of another fluid or by using inertia of fluid to be pumped F04F; crankshafts, crossheads, connecting-rods F16C; flywheels F16F; gearings for interconverting rotary motion and reciprocating motion in general F16H; pistons, piston-rods, cylinders, in general F16J; ion pumps H01J 41/12; electrodynamic pumps H02K 44/02)


System and apparatus for aerodynamically sealing surfaces
Patent No. 9945483 

Inventor(s): James K. Lash (Rhome, TX), Kent W. Benner (Fort Worth, TX), Roland A. Creswell (Fort Worth, TX), William Alfred Thomas, Jr. (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14269578 on 05/05/2014 (1443 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a first surface, a second surface, and a sealing system operable to provide an aerodynamic seal between the first surface and the second surface. The second surface may be a surface to be sealed. The sealing system includes a first member and a base. The first member includes a first portion and a bulb coupled to the first portion. The first portion has one or more projections and is adapted to couple the first member to the first surface. The base includes a plurality of feet, a plurality of arms, and an arched portion. The plurality of feet are adapted to be positioned against the second surface. The plurality of arms are adapted to accept the bulb. The arched portion forms a preloaded seal adapted to seal against the second surface when air pressure is exerted against a side of the base.

[F16J] PISTONS; CYLINDERS; PRESSURE VESSELS IN GENERAL; SEALINGS


Heating furnace using anti-stratification mode
Patent No. 9945567 

Inventor(s): Eric M. Perez (Hickory Creek, TX), Mark G. Beste (Grapevine, TX), Steven Schneider (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15006662 on 01/26/2016 (812 days app to issue)

Abstract: A heating control device comprising input/output ports, a memory, and a microprocessor. The microprocessor is configured to transmit a first electrical signal to operate an air circulation fan at a first speed and a heating unit in a first configuration to achieve a first temperature rise where less than all of the burners are active. The microprocessor is further configured to obtain a return air temperature, obtain a room air temperature, and determine a temperature difference between the return air temperature and the room air temperature. The microprocessor is further configured to compare the temperature difference to a temperature rise threshold and transmit a second electrical signal to transition the air circulation fan from the first speed to a second speed to achieve a second temperature rise that is less than the first temperature rise when the temperature difference is greater than the temperature rise threshold.

[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)


Icing protection for a heat pump
Patent No. 9945579 

Inventor(s): Robert B. Uselton (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14883964 on 10/15/2015 (915 days app to issue)

Abstract: A protective housing is provided for a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit having a fan therein. The fan comprises a plurality of blades, each blade having a proximal and distal end. The housing comprises a plurality of side panels, each side panel comprising openings enabling airflow into the housing. The housing further comprises an access panel that is coupled between two of the plurality of side panels wherein the access panel and the plurality of side panels form an enclosure. An orifice ring is mounted within the housing, wherein a running clearance between the distal end of the fan blades and the orifice ring has a first spacing. A cover fastens atop the enclosure, the cover comprising a grill having a plurality of grill members, wherein the grill members are separated by a second spacing, the second spacing being smaller than the first spacing.

[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)


 

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Transport communication
Patent No. 9945683 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14155451 on 01/15/2014 (1553 days app to issue)

Abstract: Transport communication comprising, associating a wireless device and a user, associating a transport and the wireless device, determining a characteristic of the user based on at least one of a user search history and a user preference selection, determining a probable route the transport based on at least one of a route history and an input destination and ranking at least one suggestion of a route deviation based at least one of the determined probable route and determined characteristic.

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


On-die measurement technique for I/O DC parameters V[subscript]OL [/subscript]and V[subscript]OH [/subscript]
Patent No. 9945888 

Inventor(s): Jayanth Mysore Thimmaiah (Bangalore, , IN), Prasad Naidu (Bangalore, , IN), Prashant Singhai (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14962686 on 12/08/2015 (861 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high output voltage V[subscript]OH [/subscript]level and a low output voltage V[subscript]OL [/subscript]level parametric test system may include test circuitry coupled to output nodes of input/output (I/O) driver circuits. The test circuitry may source and sink current to the output nodes while the I/O driver circuits are in pull down and pull up states, respectively, in order to generate output voltages on the output nodes. The parametric test system may compare the output voltages with a plurality of high and low reference levels to determine ranges of the output voltages. The ranges may be used to determine whether the I/O driver circuits pass the V[subscript]OH [/subscript]and V[subscript]OL [/subscript]test requirements. The V[subscript]OH[/subscript]/V[subscript]OL [/subscript]test system may be implemented on-chip with other components of the external device, which may eliminate the need to perform other parametric testing with external test equipment.

[G01R] MEASURING ELECTRIC VARIABLES; MEASURING MAGNETIC VARIABLES (indicating correct tuning of resonant circuits H03J 3/12)


Furnace control board architecture
Patent No. 9946239 

Inventor(s): Michael Engler (Lucas, TX), Stephen J. Vendt (Lewisville, TX), Takeshi Sakai (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14843620 on 09/02/2015 (958 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are disclosed that provide for a dual processor architecture in a furnace or HVAC controller. One processor can control non-safety-critical components and is operable to receive software updates. The other processor can control safety-critical components and is not capable of being updated. Safety-critical components can comprise a flame sensor, gas valve and an igniter.

[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)


Desktop consumer electronic device
Patent No. 9946315 

Inventor(s): Daniel L. McBroom (Leonard, TX), Michael D. McBroom (Leonard, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Downey Brand LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15637981 on 06/29/2017 (292 days app to issue)

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

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


Rewritable multibit non-volatile memory with soft decode optimization
Patent No. 9946468 

Inventor(s): Eran Sharon (Rishon Lezion, , IL), Idan Alrod (Herzliya, , IL), Kevin Michael Conley (San Jose, CA), Raul-Adrian Cernea (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15459578 on 03/15/2017 (398 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-volatile memory system including multi-level storage optimized for ramp sensing and soft decoding is provided. Sensing is performed at a higher bit resolution than an original user data encoding to improve the accuracy of reading state information from non-volatile storage elements. Higher resolution state information is used for decoding the original user data to improve read performance through improved error handling. Ramp sensing is utilized to determine state information by applying a continuous input scanning sense voltage that spans a range of read compare points. Full sequence programming is enabled as is interleaved coding of the user data over all of the data bit sets associated with the storage elements.

[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)


Efficiently managing unmapped blocks to extend life of solid state drive
Patent No. 9946473 

Inventor(s): Aaron K. Olbrich (Morgan Hill, CA), Divya Reddy (Milpitas, CA), Senthil M. Thangaraj (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15157369 on 05/17/2016 (700 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods disclosed herein allow for efficiently managing unmapped blocks to extend life of solid-state drives. In one aspect, a method includes: determining a quantity of unmapped storage units in the storage device and operating the storage device in a first mode of operation while the quantity satisfies a first threshold. The method also includes: changing to a second mode of operation if the quantity of unmapped storage units doesn”t satisfy the first threshold. While operating in the second mode of operation, the method includes: determining whether processing a write command would reduce the quantity of unmapped storage units to a quantity less than a second threshold. If processing the write command wouldn”t reduce the quantity of unmapped storage units to a quantity less than the second threshold, the method includes: accepting and processing the write command. Else, the method includes: forgoing acceptance and processing of the write command.

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


Efficiently managing unmapped blocks to extend life of solid state drive with low over-provisioning
Patent No. 9946483 

Inventor(s): Aaron K. Olbrich (Morgan Hill, CA), Divya Reddy (Milpitas, CA), Senthil M. Thangaraj (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15157367 on 05/17/2016 (700 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods disclosed herein allow for efficiently managing unmapped blocks to extend life of solid-state drives. In one aspect, a method includes: measuring a level of over-provisioning (”OP”) in a storage device and operating it in a first mode of operation while the OP satisfies a first threshold. The method also includes: changing to a second mode of operation if the OP does not satisfy the first threshold. While operating in the second mode of operation, the method includes: (i) determining an unmapped portion of a declared storage capacity of the storage device; and (ii) determining whether processing a write command would reduce the unmapped portion to less than a second threshold. If processing the write command wouldn”t reduce the unmapped portion to less than the second threshold, the method includes: accepting and processing the write command. Else, the method includes: forgoing acceptance and processing of the write command.

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


Conversion of interpretive language functions into web applications or services
Patent No. 9946520 

Inventor(s): Alex Cabello (Kahului, HI), Jeff Houchard (Kihei, HI)
Assignee(s): MATHNIMBUS INC. (Colleyville, TX)
Law Firm: Peacock Law P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15054989 on 02/26/2016 (781 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method (and concomitant apparatus and non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising machine readable code) for automatically deploying World Wide Web services from any function written in an interpretive computer language, comprising creating a new cloud workspace for a function written in an interpretive computer language, receiving the function and storing it in the cloud workspace, establishing an interpreter for the interpretive computer language, and allowing for execution of the function by the interpreter via the internet or an intranet.

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


System and method for kernel rootkit protection in a hypervisor environment
Patent No. 9946562 

Inventor(s): Amit Dang (Ghaziabad, , IN), Preet Mohinder (New Delhi, , IN), Vivek Srivastava (Gurgaon, , IN)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14748747 on 06/24/2015 (1028 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for rootkit protection in a hypervisor environment includes modules for creating a soft whitelist having entries corresponding to each guest kernel page of a guest operating system in a hypervisor environment, wherein each entry is a duplicate page of the corresponding guest kernel page, generating a page fault when a process attempts to access a guest kernel page, and redirecting the process to the corresponding duplicate page. If the page fault is a data page fault, the method includes fixing the page fault, and marking a page table entry corresponding to the guest kernel page as non-executable and writeable. If the page fault is an instruction page fault, the method includes marking a page table entry corresponding to the guest kernel page as read-only. Redirecting changing a machine page frame number in a shadow page table of the hypervisor to point to the corresponding duplicate page.

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


Systems and methods for storage error management
Patent No. 9946607 

Inventor(s): Eivind Sarto (Oakland, CA), Nisha Talagala (Livermore, CA), Shaohua Li (Shanghai, , CN), Swaminathan Sundararaman (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14878635 on 10/08/2015 (922 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage layer stores integrity data corresponding to data groups being written to a storage array. The storage layer validates stored data groups by use of the integrity data, independent of recovery information managed by the storage array. The storage layer preempts crash recovery operations of the storage array by validating a subset of the data groups. The storage layer identifies data groups to validate based on a location of a log append point within a storage address space of the storage array. The storage layer may be further configured to mitigate write hole conditions by, inter alia, reconstructing invalid data of a data group and/or retaining valid portions of the data group.

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


Smoothed dynamic modeling of user traveling preferences in a public transportation system
Patent No. 9946767 

Inventor(s): Boris Chidlovskii (Meylan, , FR)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15000560 on 01/19/2016 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for generating a list of trips on an associated transportation network, the list ranked in accordance with time-dependent modeling of passenger preferences. User preferences of choosing a specific public transportation service or change point are modeled by a set of latent variables. Any actual trip on the network is converted into a set of pairwise preferences implicitly made by the passenger during the trip. Sequences of services matrices and change points matrices from the retrieved set of trips and non-negative factorization of the services and change points matrices is performed to smooth the matrices. The set of pairwise preferences are used to learn a ranking function and the output of a journey planner is re-ranked using the ranking function.

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


System, method, apparatus, and computer program product for generating a power cabling plan for a computing system
Patent No. 9946814 

Inventor(s): Timothy Allen Cox (Bellingham, MA)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14460695 on 08/15/2014 (1341 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for generating a power cabling plan may include accessing a build plan. The build plan may identify a set of power drawing components and a set of PDUs. Each PDU may include at least one circuit. The method may further include iteratively assigning each of the power drawing components to at least one circuit based on an existing power load assigned to each circuit. The method may additionally include reassigning at least one power drawing component between circuits in a circuit pair if a difference in assigned power loads between circuits in any circuit pair is reducible. The method may also include generating a power cabling plan defining at least one assigned PDU port for each power drawing component. Each assigned PDU port may correspond to a circuit to which the power drawing component has been assigned.

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


System and method for analyzing information on a time chart using a touch screen interface
Patent No. 9946838 

Inventor(s): Margarita Khafizova (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14590886 on 01/06/2015 (1197 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure relate to a technique for analyzing data records using a touch screen interface. A touch event is received from the touch screen interface. In response to receiving the touch event, at least one data record is selected from a plurality of data records in a time chart, the time chart including at least one time line relating to at least one data object, the plurality of data records being plotted on the at least one time line based on a time parameter of each of the plurality of data records. Information relating to the selected at least one data record is processed based on the time parameter.

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


Device functionality control
Patent No. 9946868 

Inventor(s): Min Huang (Shanghai District, , CN), Vladimir Dimitrov Kostadinov (Sharon, MA), Xiaoping Jiang (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): Dresser, Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Paul Frank + Collins P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14881087 on 10/12/2015 (918 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and associated method for controlling access to features of a device are provided. The system includes a feature access component that maintains an access control register configured to store an access control parameter indicating whether a user has access to a feature of the device. Responsive to receiving a request to modify the access control register to enable or disable access to the feature, an access authentication parameter is set to an authentication key of the request and an access parameter is set to a value of the request (e.g., 1 ”Enable”). The access authentication parameter and access parameter are evaluated utilizing an authentication algorithm. Responsive to successfully authenticating the request, the access control register is modified based upon the value of the access parameter, such as to indicate that the user is now authorized to read and/or modify a parameter and/or invoke a service to execute.

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


Customer interaction manager on a point of sale computer
Patent No. 9946999 

Inventor(s): David Allen Turner (Fort Worth, TX), James Lee Fortuna (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): NCR Corporation (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Schwegman, Lundberg Woessner (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13690806 on 11/30/2012 (1964 days app to issue)

Abstract: An approach is provided for indirectly connecting a customer”s mobile smart device to a point of sale computer located at a business when the customer is making a purchase at the business. The customer”s mobile smart device and the POS computer communicate over the Internet with a customer interaction manager executing on an Internet server. This provides an easy to use interface for the customer and allows the customer to receive information and send requests to the business without having to wait for personnel working at the business to be available.

[G06G] ANALOGUE COMPUTERS (analogue optical computing devices G06E 3/00; computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Customer interaction manager
Patent No. 9947032 

Inventor(s): David Allen Turner (Fort Worth, TX), James Lee Fortuna (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): NCR Corporation (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Schwegman, Lundberg Woessner (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13690690 on 11/30/2012 (1964 days app to issue)

Abstract: An approach is provided for indirectly connecting a customer”s mobile smart device to computers located at a business when the customer is making a purchase at the business. The customer”s mobile smart device and the business”s computers communicate over the Internet with a customer interaction manager executing on an Internet server. This provides an easy to use interface for the customer and allows the customer to receive information and send requests to the business without having to wait for personnel working at the business to be available.

[G06G] ANALOGUE COMPUTERS (analogue optical computing devices G06E 3/00; computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Lighting assembly with multiple lighting units
Patent No. 9947248 

Inventor(s): David Siucheong Auyeung (Carrollton, TX), Simon Magarill (Mountain View, CA), William Y. Hall (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Ultravision Technologies, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15676823 on 08/14/2017 (246 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lighting assembly includes an assembly body. A first lighting unit is attached to the assembly body. The first lighting unit includes a number of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and optical elements arranged over the LEDs such that each optical element overlies only one associated LED. The first lighting unit is configured to illuminate a substantially rectangular region. A second lighting unit is attached to the assembly body and spaced from the first lighting unit. The second lighting unit includes a number of LEDs and optical elements arranged over the plurality of LEDs such that each optical element overlies only one associated LED. The lighting assembly is configured to direct the light toward the substantially rectangular area such that the light illuminates the substantially rectangular area with a uniformity across the substantially rectangular area that achieves at most a 3:1 ratio of the average illumination to the minimum illumination.

[G09F] DISPLAYING; ADVERTISING; SIGNS; LABELS OR NAME-PLATES; SEALS


Programming techniques for non-volatile memories with charge trapping layers
Patent No. 9947395 

Inventor(s): Kenneth Louie (Sunnyvale, CA), Man Mui (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15486512 on 04/13/2017 (369 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are presented for the programming of a non-volatile memory in which multi-state memory cells use a charge trapping layer. When writing data onto a word lines, different data states are written individually, while programming inhibiting the other states, thereby breaking down the write operation into a number of sub-operations, one for each state to be written. This allows for improved timing and decreased power consumption.

[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)


Updating resistive memory
Patent No. 9947399 

Inventor(s): Ariel Navon (Revava, , IL), Didi Gur (Ofra, , IL), Eran Sharon (Rishon Lezion, , IL), Idan Alrod (Herzliya, , IL), Idan Goldenberg (Ramat Hasharon, , IL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14669731 on 03/26/2015 (1118 days app to issue)

Abstract: Data is initially programmed in a portion of ReRAM in parallel. Subsequently, one or more ReRAM cells in the portion are determined to contain first data that is to be modified while remaining ReRAM cells in the portion contain second data that is not to be modified. First conditions are applied to the one or more ReRAM cells thereby modifying the first data, while second conditions are applied to the remaining ReRAM cells, the second conditions maintaining the second data in the remaining ReRAM cells without significant change.

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


Peak current management in non-volatile storage
Patent No. 9947401 

Inventor(s): Alexander Bazarsky (Holon, , IL), Alon Eyal (Zichron Yaacov, , IL), Ariel Navon (Revava, , IL), Eran Sharon (Rishon Lezion, , IL), Judah Hahn (Ofra, , IL), Omer Fainzilber (Even Yehuda, , IL), Tz-Yi Liu (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15388154 on 12/22/2016 (481 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technology is described for keeping current (e.g., peak power supply current or ICC) in a non-volatile memory system within a target while maintaining high throughput. Programming conditions are adaptively changed at the sub-codeword level in order to keep power supply current of the memory system within a target. In one embodiment, a chunk of data that corresponds to a sub-codeword is written while consuming lower than normal programming current in order to keep power supply current within a target. The relatively low programming current may increase the expected raw BER. However, other portions of the codeword can be written with a higher than normal programming current, which results in a lower expected bit raw error rate for the memory cells that store that portion.

[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)


Techniques for programming of select gates in NAND memory
Patent No. 9947407 

Inventor(s): Hao Nguyen (San Jose, CA), Khanh Nguyen (Fremont, CA), Man Mui (Fremont, CA), Seungpil Lee (San Ramon, CA), Toru Ishigaki (Kanagawa, , JP), Yingda Dong (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15599850 on 05/19/2017 (333 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a non-volatile memory formed according to a NAND-type architecture that has, on one or both ends of the NAND strings, multiple select gates including some with programmable threshold voltages, a structure and corresponding for efficiently programming of such select gates. On the drain side, the end most of multiple drain select transistors is individually controllable and used for biasing purposes while one or more other drain side select gates are collectively programmed to set adjust their threshold voltage. Independently, on the source side, the end most of multiple source select transistors is individually controllable and used for biasing purposes while other source side select gates are collectively programmed to set adjust their threshold voltage.

[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)


Digital heritage notary
Patent No. 9948468 

Inventor(s): Alex Nayshtut (Gan Yavne, , IL), Avishay Sharaga (Bet Nehemya, , IL), Igor Muttik (Berkhamsted, , GB), Ned M. Smith (Beaverton, OR), Oleg Pogorelik (Lapid, , IL)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14582150 on 12/23/2014 (1211 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an example, a DHN (DHN) is provided for enabling grantees to access digitally-controlled assets of a principal. The principal (level [b]0[/b]) establishes a digital testament (DT), identifying one or more grantees on levels [b]1[/b]-n. Each grantee receives a digital heritage certificate (DHC), which may be based on the PKI certificate definition. The DHC includes a ”PREDECESSORS” field, identifying one or more predecessor certificates that must be revoked before the DHC is valid. All grantee DHCs have the principal”s level [b]0[/b], DHC as a predecessor certificate. Level n certificates may also be valid only if all certificates at level n[b]1[/b], have been revoked. In practice, a DHC may be revoked when a user of the certificate passes away, so that nth generation grantees inherit only when generation n[b]1[/b], has passed away.

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


Enabling delivery of protected content using unprotected delivery services
Patent No. 9948695 

Inventor(s): Rajesh J. Vale (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcatel Lucent (Boulogne-Billancourt, , FR)
Law Firm: RGIP LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13422447 on 03/16/2012 (2223 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and method configured to perform media file encryption. One example method may include retrieving a media file stored in a memory during a play time operation, executing the media file and receiving additional portions of the media file during the play time operation. The method may also include processing the media file and the additional portions of the media file to generate an output media and displaying the output media on a display of a user device.

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


Cloud service control and management architecture expanded to interface the network stratum
Patent No. 9948696 

Inventor(s): Young Lee (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14303824 on 06/13/2014 (1404 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a method comprising: transmitting, by a cloud service control gateway (CSCG) positioned in an application stratum, a resource query to a network control gateway (NCG) positioned in a network stratum, wherein the resource query comprises a source address, a destination address list, and a network resource requirement. Also disclosed is a method comprising: receiving, by a network control gateway (NCG) positioned in a network stratum, a resource query from a cloud service control gateway (CSCG) positioned in an application stratum, wherein the resource query comprises source address, a destination address list, and a network resource requirement. Also disclosed is a method comprising: receiving, by a network control gateway (NCG) positioned in a network stratum, a resource reservation request from a cloud service control gateway (CSCG) positioned in an application stratum, wherein the resource reservation request comprises a destination address list and a first network resource requirement.

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


System and method for migrating an agent server to an agent client device
Patent No. 9948712 

Inventor(s): Mark Gerard (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): OL SECURITY LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (Dover, DE)
Law Firm: Schwabe, Williamson Wyatt (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15187596 on 06/20/2016 (666 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a network of mobile agents, data integrity can be improved by providing an agent server that can migrate between devices operating in the region of interest (ROI). The agent server distributes agent clients onto devices in the ROI and provides agent server services to the agent clients, including receiving and storing data from the agents. When the agent server device is to leave the ROI, the agent server can migrate to any device executing an agent client and continue to provide the agent server services, including data collection and aggregation, from the device to which the agent server has migrated.

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


Faster state transitioning for continuous adjustable 3Deeps filter spectacles using multi-layered variable tint materials
Patent No. 9948922 

Inventor(s): Kenneth Martin Jacobs (New York, NY), Ronald Steven Karpf (Corvallis, OR)
Assignee(s): VISUAL EFFECT INNOVATIONS, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15683623 on 08/22/2017 (238 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electrically controlled spectacle includes a spectacle frame and optoelectronic lenses housed in the frame. The lenses include a left lens and a right lens, each of the optoelectrical lenses having a plurality of states, wherein the state of the left lens is independent of the state of the right lens. The electrically controlled spectacle also includes a control unit housed in the frame, the control unit being adapted to control the state of each of the lenses independently.

[G02C] SPECTACLES; SUNGLASSES OR GOGGLES INSOFAR AS THEY HAVE THE SAME FEATURES AS SPECTACLES; CONTACT LENSES


 

E L E C T R I C I T Y

Three dimensional non-volatile memory with separate source lines
Patent No. 9947682 

Inventor(s): Alexander Chu (San Francisco, CA), Nima Mokhlesi (Los Altos, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14923824 on 10/27/2015 (903 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three dimensional stacked non-volatile memory device comprises alternating dielectric layers and conductive layers in a stack, a plurality of bit lines below the stack, and a plurality of source lines above the stack. There is a separate source line for each bit line. Each source lines is connected to a different subset of NAND strings. Each bit line is connected to a different subset of NAND strings. Multiple data states are verified concurrently. Reading is performed sequentially for the data states. The data states are programmed concurrently with memory cells being programmed to lower data states having their programming slowed by applying appropriate source line voltages and bit line voltages.

[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]


SOI FinFET transistor with strained channel
Patent No. 9947772 

Inventor(s): John H. Zhang (Altamont, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14231466 on 03/31/2014 (1478 days app to issue)

Abstract: Stress is introduced into the channel of an SOI FinFET device by transfer directly from a metal gate. In SOI devices in particular, stress transfer efficiency from the metal gate to the channel is nearly 100%. Either tensile or compressive stress can be applied to the fin channel by choosing different materials to be used in the gate stack as the bulk gate material, a gate liner, or a work function material, or by varying processing parameters during deposition of the gate or work function materials. P-gates and N-gates are therefore formed separately. Gate materials suitable for use as stressors include tungsten (W) for NFETs and titanium nitride (TiN) for PFETs. An optical planarization material assists in patterning the stress-inducing metal gates. A simplified process flow is disclosed in which isolation regions are formed without need for a separate mask layer, and gate sidewall spacers are not used.

[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]


Subterranean antenna including antenna element and coaxial line therein and related methods
Patent No. 9948007 

Inventor(s): Brian Wright (Indialantic, FL), Daniel L. Dickey (Rowlett, TX), Raymond Hewit (Palm Bay, FL)
Assignee(s): CONTINENTAL ELECTRONICS CORPORATION (Dallas, TX), HARRIS CORPORATION (Melbourne, FL)
Law Firm: Allen, Dyer, Doppelt + Gilchrist, P.A. Attorneys at Law (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13525877 on 06/18/2012 (2129 days app to issue)

Abstract: An antenna assembly may be positioned within a wellbore in a subterranean formation. The antenna assembly includes a tubular antenna element to be positioned within the wellbore, and an RF coaxial transmission line to be positioned within the tubular antenna element. The RF coaxial transmission line includes a series of coaxial sections coupled together in end-to-end relation, each coaxial section including an inner conductor, an outer conductor surrounding the inner conductor, and a dielectric therebetween. Each of the outer conductors has opposing threaded ends defining overlapping mechanical threaded joints with adjacent outer conductors.

[H05B] ELECTRIC HEATING; ELECTRIC LIGHTING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Method and technique to control MEMS DVC control waveform for lifetime enhancement
Patent No. 9948212 

Inventor(s): James Douglas Huffman (McKinney, TX), Richard L. Knipe (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CAVENDISH KINETICS, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14889118 on 05/16/2014 (1432 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a method of operating a MEMS DVC while minimizing impact of the MEMS device on contact surfaces. By reducing the drive voltage upon the pull-in movement of the MEMS device, the acceleration of the MEMS device towards the contact surface is reduced and thus, the impact velocity is reduced and less damage of the MEMS DVC device occurs.

[H02N] ELECTRIC MACHINES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Multi-user multiple-input and multiple-output for digital subscriber line
Patent No. 9948371 

Inventor(s): Amir H. Fazlollahi (San Jose, CA), Xiang Wang (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15148698 on 05/06/2016 (711 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented in a network element (NE), comprising obtaining, via a processor of the NE, a plurality of encoded signals associated with a plurality of downstream (DS) channels in a network, wherein the plurality of DS channels form a plurality of DS multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) groups, performing, via the processor, MIMO pre-coding on the plurality of encoded signals according to the plurality of DS MIMO groups, performing, via the processor, crosstalk pre-coding on the plurality of encoded signals jointly after performing the MIMO pre-coding to produce a plurality of output signals, and transmitting, via transmitters of the NE, synchronously the plurality of output signals to a plurality of remote NEs via the plurality of DS channels.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Extending data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS) provisioning of ethernet passive optical network (EPON) (DPoE) to EPON over coax (EPoC) multicast key management
Patent No. 9948457 

Inventor(s): Fanglin Sun (Shenzhen, , CN), Guangsheng Wu (Shenzhen, , CN), Jim Chen (Corona, CA), Li Zhang (Shenzhen, , CN), Yanbin Sun (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15587054 on 05/04/2017 (348 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical line terminal (OLT) including a processor coupled to a transmitter. The processor is configured to send a first encrypted fiber to coax unit (FCU) message containing an optical domain multicast key to an FCU via an optical network. The optical domain multicast key is associated with encryption in an optical domain associated with the optical network. The processor is also configured to send a second encrypted FCU message containing an electrical domain multicast key to the FCU, and to send an encrypted coax network unit (CNU) message containing the electrical domain multicast key to a CNU via the FCU and a coaxial network. The electrical domain multicast key is associated with encryption in an electrical domain associated with the coaxial network. The first and second encrypted FCU messages and the encrypted CNU message may be operations, administration and maintenance (OAM) messages.

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


Robotic document feeder
Patent No. 9948802 

Inventor(s): Ashish Thapa (Irving, TX), Brian Gross (Wyomissing, PA), Dale Remmers (Plano, TX), Dalton McFarling (Fairview, TX), Hiep Nguyen (McKinney, TX), Ravi Gattamaraju (Richardson, TX), Thomas Allen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mentalix, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Smitha Mathews Harper Bates Champion LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15189950 on 06/22/2016 (664 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system may include a robotic arm and a Bernoulli cup assembly powered by a vacuum source and coupled to the robotic arm. The Bernoulli cup assembly may lift a document, and the robotic arm may move the Bernoulli cup assembly with the lifted document to a document scanner for imaging the document. The system may further include an input bin, a base supported by a platform and disposed over an imaging surface of the document scanner, and an output bin. A method may include lifting a document from an input bin via suction pressure using a Bernoulli cup assembly, robotically moving the Bernoulli cup assembly with the lifted document to a document scanner, and scanning the document. The method may further include robotically moving the Bernoulli cup assembly with the lifted document away from the document scanner, and de-activating the suction pressure to release the document.

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


Asynchronous multimode focal plane array
Patent No. 9948880 

Inventor(s): Joshua Lund (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (Princeton, NJ)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15226822 on 08/02/2016 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multimode pixel of a pixel array is provided. The multimode pixel includes a photodetector, an image sensing circuit, a pulse detection circuit, and an image readout path coupled between the image sensing circuit and at least one readout conductor of the pixel array to transmit image signals from the image sensing circuit to the at least one readout conductor. The multimode pixel further includes a pulse readout path different from the image readout path, wherein the pulse readout path is coupled between the pulse detection circuit and the at least one readout conductor to transmit pulse data from the pulse detection circuit to the at least one readout conductor, and wherein the image readout path is controlled independently from the pulse readout path.

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


Cognitive geofencing
Patent No. 9949074 

Inventor(s): Swaminathan Chandrasekaran (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15219165 on 07/25/2016 (631 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing device and method is usable to determine a cognitive geofence according to a plurality of data points. The computing device may analyze the plurality of data points to determine an emotional state of a user of a user equipment and a cognitive environment in an area proximate to the user of the user equipment. The computing device may determine the cognitive geofence based at least in part on the emotional state of the user of the user equipment and the cognitive environment in the area proximate to the user of the user equipment. After determining the cognitive geofence, the computing device may transmit the determined cognitive geofence to a terminal device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Avoiding formation of a call loop resulting from handling of a mobile terminated call in parallel with a location update in a wireless communication network
Patent No. 9949110 

Inventor(s): Lu Tian (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcatel Lucent (Boulogne-Billancourt, , FR)
Law Firm: Tong, Rea, Bentley Kim, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15267641 on 09/16/2016 (578 days app to issue)

Abstract: A call loop avoidance capability is provided for preventing formation of a call loop resulting from handling of a mobile terminated (MT) call in parallel with a location update for a mobile device (MD) in a wireless communication network. The call loop avoidance capability prevents formation of a call loop between an old mobility and call management entity (MCME) and a new MCME when delivery of an MT call to an MD is performed while the MD is in the process of moving from the old MCME to the new MCME using a location update procedure. An enhanced call routing procedure supports direct delivery of the MT call from the new MCME to the MD (rather than delivery of the MT call by the new MCME to the MD via the old MCME) in order to prevent formation of a call loop between the old MCME and the new MCME.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for managing access to a wireless communication network
Patent No. 9949117 

Inventor(s): Paul Edward Smith, Jr. (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14473028 on 08/29/2014 (1327 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method including initiating, by a system comprising a processor, a third generation partnership project link between a mobile user equipment and a mobile management entity of a mobile packet core of a mobile communication network, initiating a non-tunneling link between stationary user equipment and a stationary packet core of the mobile communication network, and transmitting packet data from the stationary user equipment to a service through the stationary packet core via the non-tunneling link. Other embodiments are disclosed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Ultra-broadband virtualized telecom and internet
Patent No. 9949133 

Inventor(s): Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NXGEN PARTNERS IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15664764 on 07/31/2017 (260 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system provides a connection between a core network and at least one user device responsive to an application or service being used by the at least one user device. The system includes a dynamically configurable network including a plurality of control layers for connecting the core network and the at least one user device. At least one server implements the dynamically configurable network. The at least one server is configured to select a first slice portion of the plurality of control layers of the dynamically configurable network to support operation of a first application or service and to select a second slice portion of the plurality of control layers of the configurable network to support operation of a second application or service.

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


Techniques for handout of an active session from a first network to a second network
Patent No. 9949172 

Inventor(s): Anuradha Sridhar (Plano, TX), Matthew Christopher Perry (Plano, TX), Shan Jen Chiou (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Sonus Networks, Inc. (Westford, MA)
Law Firm: Straub Straub (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15015964 on 02/04/2016 (803 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes establishing a first session (e.g., a Wi-Fi call) via a first connection to a first network, where the connection to the first network is provided by a first receiver of the mobile device, and monitoring a characteristic of the first connection to the first network. The method includes determining whether the characteristic satisfies a threshold. When the characteristic does not satisfy the threshold, the method includes activating a second receiver of the mobile device, establishing a second connection to a second network, and initiating a handover procedure to transfer the first session from the first network to the second network. The second connection to the second network is provided by the second receiver of the mobile device. As a result of the handover procedure, the first session may be merged with or transferred to a second session (e.g., a cellular call) provided via the second network.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for allocating and acquiring ACK/NACK resources in a mobile communication system
Patent No. 9949250 

Inventor(s): Aris Papasakellariou (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd (, , KR)
Law Firm: The Farrell Law Firm, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14697084 on 04/27/2015 (1086 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for receiving ACK/NACK information by a base station. The method includes transmitting data and control information to at least one UE, the control information being transmitted on a downlink control channel including at least one CCE; transmitting information related to cyclic shift values of a sequence used for transmission of the ACK/NACK information in an RB, wherein the ACK/NACK information and CQI are multiplexed in the RB; checking a resource for reception of ACK/NACK information mapped to the at least one CCE based on the information related to cyclic shift values and a mapping rule between CCEs and a resource for reception of the ACK/NACK information, wherein the resource for reception of the ACK/NACK information is identified by a cyclic shift index, an orthogonal sequence index, and a resource block index; and receiving the ACK/NACK information for the transmitted data using the checked resource.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Apparatus and method for transmit power control command transmission
Patent No. 9949260 

Inventor(s): Carmela Cozzo (San Diego, CA), Peng Zhang (Shanghai, , CN), Yueying Zhao (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies Co., Ltd. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15331788 on 10/21/2016 (543 days app to issue)

Abstract: A user equipment (UE) performing transmit power control (TPC) transmission slot assignment includes a receiver, a determining means and a slot allocator. The UE receives one or more TPC commands from two or more radio links, determines a TPC combining period in accordance with a primary slot position, wherein a primary TPC symbol transmission of the primary radio link is present at the primary slot position; a slot allocator that allocates a secondary slot position for a secondary TPC symbol transmission of the secondary radio link in accordance with the TPC combining period. A method and a radio base station are also included herein.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for digital communications with interference avoidance
Patent No. 9949285 

Inventor(s): Yunsong Yang (San Diego, CA), Zhigang Rong (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14968484 on 12/14/2015 (855 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for communicating in a wireless communications system includes receiving an indicator indicating a utilization of network resources for carrying an acknowledgement information, and determining whether the station is permitted to transmit a packet. The method includes when the station is permitted to transmit the packet, determining a first location of a first network resource in accordance with the indicator, and transmitting the packet at the first location of the first network resource.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods and apparatus for enabling further L1 enhancements in LTE heterogeneous networks
Patent No. 9949289 

Inventor(s): Yi Song (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15376234 on 12/12/2016 (491 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network element in a first cell in a wireless telecommunication network is provided. The network element comprises a processor configured such that the network element provides uplink and downlink grants in the first cell, wherein the first cell is a low-power cell within the coverage area of a second, high-power cell, and wherein the first cell acts as a secondary cell and the second cell acts as a primary cell in a carrier aggregation mode, and wherein at least one uplink control signal is received by one of only the first cell or both the first cell and the second cell.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Front rack cable management system and apparatus
Patent No. 9949400 

Inventor(s): George Yi (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14688957 on 04/16/2015 (1097 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, appartuses and devices are used for front cable management of equipment modules mounted in equipment racks. One aspect is directed to an apparatus for front cable management generally including a cable management device for a rack-mounted equipment module supported in an equipment rack. The cable management device generally includes an articulated arm assembly movable between a retracted operational position and a service position extending forwardly out from the equipment rack. Another aspect is directed to a system for front cable management generally including an equipment rack and a rack-mount support for movably positioning a rack-mount equipment module on the equipment rack. The rack-mount support generally includes a front end configured to receive a cable management device for routing cables from a cable zone of the equipment rack to a front end of the rack-mount support.

[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

Wine straw
Patent No. D815479 

Inventor(s): Craig A. Clarke (Kernersville, NC), Scott D. Scardino (Charlotte, NC), Thomas A. Lockwood (Clemmons, NC)
Assignee(s): Vetesco, LLC (Denton, TX)
Law Firm: Schwartz Law Firm, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29599266 on 03/31/2017 (382 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Top plate and water diverter
Patent No. D815716 

Inventor(s): James Frank Timbs (Winona, MS), Jason Louis Doubleday (Tillatoba, MS), Michael Jon Denley (Calhoun City, MS)
Assignee(s): Advanced Distributor Products LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Hubbard Johnston, PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29584568 on 11/15/2016 (518 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Therapy unit assembly
Patent No. D815726 

Inventor(s): Carrie Lee Childress (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Smith Nephew, Inc. (Memphis, TN)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29574016 on 08/11/2016 (614 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Device for applying negative pressure to a wound
Patent No. D815727 

Inventor(s): Carrie Lee Childress (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Smith Nephew, Inc. (Memphis, TN)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29574022 on 08/11/2016 (614 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Litter scoop
Patent No. D815782 

Inventor(s): David Veness (Fort Worth, TX), Sarah Leick (Farmers Branch, TX), Sunil Pinto (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29557482 on 03/09/2016 (769 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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