Dallas Invents: 74 Patents Granted for Week of Jan. 2

Patents secured this week include Abbott’s method for coating an implantable lens, Apple’s solution to improve coverage and cell edge performance in a mobile user communication system, Amazon’s system for reducing power consumption in a memory architecture, and Reliant Immune Diagnostics’ pregnancy test to assess disease risk.

Clockwise from upper left: NIKE, Apple, IBM, Taylor Made Golf, Mary Kay, Abbott Medical Optics, ROKA Sports, Amazon

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of Jan. 2, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

74 patents granted    Ranked No. 13 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

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 2

Allied Bioscience Inc. (Dallas) 2


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Jovan Hutton Pulitzer (Frisco) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

148 days
Three-dimensional NAND non-volatile memory and dram memory devices on a single substrate
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)

3,245 days
System and method for high-resolution storage of images
Enforcement Video, LLC (Allen)


Don’t miss Dallas Invents: Sign up for the Dallas Innovates e-newsletter. Patent information is provided by Joe Chiarella, founder of patent analytics company Patent Index and publisher of The Inventiveness IndexFor additional details on the patents granted below, search the USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database


UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

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Apparatus, system and method for providing a coating for an implanatable lens
Patent No. 9855134 

Inventor(s): Rakhi Jain (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Abbott Medical Optics Inc. (Santa Ana, CA)
Law Firm: Abbott Medical Optics Inc. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15137706 on 04/25/2016 (617 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus, system and method for coating an implantable lens. The apparatus, system and method may include at least one coating layer applied to at least one surface of the optic of the implantable lens, wherein the coating layer at least partially protects the optic at least during the implantation, and wherein the coating layer is removable following implantation. The coating layer may include a lubricant and/or medication and may be in the form of a biodegradable polymer and/or a film.

[A61F] FILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, E.G. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS (dental prosthetics A61C) [2006.01]


System and method for multifunctional magnetic coupling jet
Patent No. 9855188 

Inventor(s): Kevin Le (Richland Hills, TX), Thanh Le (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): Luraco Technologies, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14664416 on 03/20/2015 (1019 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus including a motor assembly having a motor. A jet assembly coupled to the motor assembly having an inlet and outlet aperture. An impeller configured to rotate causing a first fluid to flow into the inlet aperture and out the outlet aperture. A fluid guider that includes at least one wall member defining a first channel configured to guide the first fluid from the inlet aperture into the cavity. Additionally, the fluid guider includes at least one post defining a second channel extending through the post. The second channel configured to guide the first fluid from the cavity towards the outlet aperture and output the first fluid at an oblique angle with respect to a longitudinal axis of the post. A second fluid channel member configured to provide a second fluid out the outlet aperture. A light source configured to illuminate the first fluid.

[A61H] PHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY (electrotherapy, magnetotherapy, radiation therapy, ultrasound therapy A61N)


Processing of natural polysaccharides by selected non-pathogenic microorganisms and methods of making and using the same
Patent No. 9855288 

Inventor(s): Robert A. Sinnott (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): MANNATECH, INCORPORATED (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14795664 on 07/09/2015 (908 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes compositions and methods of making and using a dietary supplement manufactured from one or more natural polysaccharides previously incubated with a probiotic bacteria in a bioreactor system, wherein the bacteria process the polysaccharides and the resulting processed polysaccharide are provided in the nutritional supplement.

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


Contrast-enhanced golf club heads
Patent No. 9855473 

Inventor(s): Kevin Harper (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc. (Carlsbad, CA)
Law Firm: Klarquist Sparkman, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15607390 on 05/26/2017 (221 days app to issue)

Abstract: Golf club heads include white diffusing top surfaces to aid in club head alignment. Wood type club heads also include a dark diffusing club face so that a crown/face border is emphasized. Scorelines in wood type clubs can be provided with an intermediate contrast surface, and can be displaced from club face center to accommodate player perception when confronted with a white diffusing crown. Putter heads can include dark diffusing alignment lines, and iron-type club heads can include white diffusing surfaces at a sole portion of a club face, at a top line, or a top portion of a club face.

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


Golf clubs and golf club heads
Patent No. 9855477 

Inventor(s): David N. Franklin (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): NIKE, Inc. (Beaverton, OR)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14726220 on 05/29/2015 (949 days app to issue)

Abstract: Golf club heads include a face member with a face having a striking surface and a rear side opposite the striking surface, where a rear cavity is defined on the rear side of the face member, and a rear member is connected to the rear side of the face member, such that the rear member is at least partially received within the rear cavity. A resilient material is positioned between the rear member and the face member, and the head also includes an engagement member rigidly engaging the face member and the rear member at a point between the heel edge and the toe edge of the rear member. The engagement member has a rigidity greater than that of the resilient material and may form a sole area of rigid engagement between the face member and the rear member.

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


Treatment of plants, fruits and vegetables to increase growth, eliminate insects and increase shelf-life with aloe vera gel
Patent No. 9854811 

Inventor(s): Billy C. Coats (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Coats Agri Aloe, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13718845 on 12/18/2012 (1841 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes compositions and methods for the treatment of plants against pathogens, elimination of insects and to increase the shelf-life of fruits and vegetables that includes coating the plant with undiluted [i]aloe vera [/i]gel.

[A01N] PRESERVATION OF BODIES OF HUMANS OR ANIMALS OR PLANTS OR PARTS THEREOF (preservation of food or foodstuff A23); BIOCIDES, e.g. AS DISINFECTANTS, AS PESTICIDES OR AS HERBICIDES (preparations for medical, dental or toilet purposes which kill or prevent the growth or proliferation of unwanted organisms A61K); PEST REPELLANTS OR ATTRACTANTS; PLANT GROWTH REGULATORS (mixtures of pesticides with fertilisers C05G)


Swimwear design and construction
Patent No. 9854854 

Inventor(s): Kurt Robert Spenser (Burbank, CA), Robert Allen Canales (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ROKA SPORTS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15484707 on 04/11/2017 (266 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wetsuit is provided which comprises (a) a first central region comprising a first material and having a first thickness; and (b) a second lateral region comprising a second material and having a second thickness. The buoyancy per unit area of the first region is greater than the buoyancy per unit area of the second region.

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


Retractor device and method
Patent No. 9855027 

Inventor(s): Frank Larosa (Neptune, NJ), John Lovell (North Bergen, NJ), Sergey Fedorov (Plano, TX), Tara Ziolo (Hewitt, NJ)
Assignee(s): Blackstone Medical, Inc. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Baker McKenzie LLP (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14030546 on 09/18/2013 (1567 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a retractor device for retracting soft tissue to provide access to a surgical site. The retractor device includes a plurality of arms coupled to a frame and operatively coupled to a ring disposed at least partially within the frame. Related methods of using the retractor device are also described.

[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

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Methods of preparing self-decontaminating surfaces using quaternary silanes and titanium anatase sol
Patent No. 9855584 

Inventor(s): Craig Grossman (Point Roberts, WA), Mai Ngo (Tucson, AZ), Ronald Wysocki (Tucson, AZ)
Assignee(s): ALLIED BIOSCIENCE, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15432334 on 02/14/2017 (322 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method to prepare a self-decontaminating surface, where that method includes disposing a first coating on a surface, where that first coating comprises an organosilane, and disposing a second coating over the first coating, where the second coating comprises TiO[subscript]2[/subscript].

[B05D] PROCESSES FOR APPLYING LIQUIDS OR OTHER FLUENT MATERIALS TO SURFACES, IN GENERAL (conveying articles or workpieces through baths of liquid B65G, e.g. B65G 49/02) [2]


Torque based method of limiting vertical axis augmentation
Patent No. 9856017 

Inventor(s): Eric O”Neill (Hurst, TX), Jignesh Patel (Trophy Club, TX), Joseph M. Schaeffer (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14297114 on 06/05/2014 (1307 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of limiting vertical axis augmentation in a rotorcraft, the method comprising: measuring a torque with a sensor; deriving a comparison of the torque to a lower torque limit, using a computer processor; and adjusting a vertical axis control command based upon the comparison of the torque to the lower torque limit.

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


Tiltrotor aircraft having tip rib mounted pylon assemblies
Patent No. 9856029 

Inventor(s): Andrew G. Baines (Fort Worth, TX), Christopher R. Jackson (Fort Worth, TX), James Elbert King (Fort Worth, TX), James Everett Kooiman (Fort Worth, TX), Jeffrey Matthew Williams (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15407486 on 01/17/2017 (350 days app to issue)

Abstract: A propulsion system for a tiltrotor aircraft includes an engine supported by the airframe and a fixed gearbox operably coupled to the engine. Inboard and outboard tip ribs extend above the wing and define slots. Inboard and outboard bearing cartridges are received in respective slots. The inboard and outboard bearing cartridges respectively include inboard and outboard bearing assemblies. A pylon assembly is rotatably coupled between the inboard and outboard bearing assemblies. The pylon assembly includes a spindle gearbox having an input gear, a mast operably coupled to the input gear and a proprotor assembly operable to rotate with the mast. The spindle gearbox is rotatable about a conversion axis to selectively operate the tiltrotor aircraft between helicopter and airplane modes. A common shaft, rotatable about the conversion axis, is configured to transfer torque from an output gear of the fixed gearbox to the input gear of the spindle gearbox.

[B64D] EQUIPMENT FOR FITTING IN OR TO AIRCRAFT; FLYING SUITS; PARACHUTES; ARRANGEMENTS OR MOUNTING OF POWER PLANTS OR PROPULSION TRANSMISSIONS IN AIRCRAFT


Hanger support
Patent No. 9856073 

Inventor(s): Keith B. Perron (Methuen, MA), Kevin Reilly (Worcester, MA)
Assignee(s): TECHNOLOGY CONTAINER CORP. (Desoto, TX)
Law Firm: Kriegsman Kriegsman (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14136122 on 12/20/2013 (1474 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hanger support includes a unitary structure defining a set of panels comprising a center panel, a first end panel extending from the center panel along a first longitudinal direction, and a second end panel extending from the center panel along a second longitudinal direction, the second longitudinal direction opposing the first longitudinal direction. The hanger support includes a first hinge joint disposed between the first end panel and the center panel, a second hinge joint disposed between the second end panel and the center panel and at least one set of openings defined by the center panel extending through a first planar surface and a second planar surface of the unitary structure, the at least one set of openings configured to receive a hook of a hanger.

[B65D] CONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES


Process for manufacturing a multi-layer shingle
Patent No. 9856649 

Inventor(s): Harlan Selway (Huntington Beach, CA)
Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker McKenzie LLP (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14837456 on 08/27/2015 (859 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment, a shingle manufacturing system comprises an entry pull roll for providing a substantially continuous sheet comprising shingle material, an adhesive applicator for applying a laminating adhesive to a surface of the sheet, and a cutting station for cutting the sheet, now carrying the laminating adhesive, into at least three longitudinal pieces.

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


 

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

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Oligo-benzamide compounds and their use
Patent No. 9856206 

Inventor(s): Ganesh Raj (Plano, TX), Jung-Mo Ahn (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Paker Highlander PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14932480 on 11/04/2015 (790 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes bis- and tris-benzamide compounds that block AR signaling and have anticancer activity. Uses for these compounds, and pharmaceutical compositions containing the same, also are provided.

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


Therapeutics targeting truncated adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) proteins
Patent No. 9856233 

Inventor(s): Jef De Brabander (Flower Mound, TX), Jerry W. Shay (Dallas, TX), Wentian Wang (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: McCarter English LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14482659 on 09/10/2014 (1210 days app to issue)

Abstract: The described invention provides small molecule anti-cancer compounds that selectively target and inhibit measurable biological activity of truncated APC proteins, an immortalized Human Colonic Epithelial Cell (HCEC) model, and pharmaceutical compositions comprising at least one of the small molecule anti-cancer compounds and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.

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


Composition and method to form a self decontaminating surface
Patent No. 9856360 

Inventor(s): Craig Grossman (Point Roberts, WA), Daniel Moros (New York, NY), Gavri Grossman (Point Roberts, WA)
Assignee(s): ALLIED BIOSCIENCE, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14932840 on 11/04/2015 (790 days app to issue)

Abstract:

[C08K] USE OF INORGANIC OR NON-MACROMOLECULAR ORGANIC SUBSTANCES AS COMPOUNDING INGREDIENTS (paints, inks, varnishes, dyes, polishes, adhesives C09) [2]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

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Capillary injection delivery system having tubing anchor
Patent No. 9856707 

Inventor(s): James Bracken (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Blank Rome LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14248941 on 04/09/2014 (1364 days app to issue)

Abstract: A capillary injection system delivers chemical with a capillary string to a targeted area in a wellbore such as adjacent a rod pump of a reciprocating pump system. The capillary string is disposed along the production string and delivers the chemical downhole. A tubing anchor disposed on the production string anchors the production string in tension in the casing. The tubing anchor has a mandrel coupled to the production string and has a housing disposed on the mandrel. The mandrel accommodates the capillary string outside thereof and defines a guide slot for controlling relative movement of the mandrel and the housing engaged with the guide slot. The housing has a slip movable outward from the mandrel. The mandrel is in a set condition is moved axially in the guide slot, and the slip is moved outward from the mandrel against the casing.

[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]


Automated relief valve control system and method
Patent No. 9857807 

Inventor(s): Brian C. Witkowski (Weatherford, TX), Matthew S. Baca (Forth Worth, TX)
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: 15005438 on 01/25/2016 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pressure relief valve system for use in a downhole operation may include a pressure relief valve configured to relieve pressure from high pressure tubing extending between a pump and a wellhead, and may include a sensor operably disposed to detect pressure in the high pressure tubing. The pressure relief valve system also may include a controller having a pressure threshold stored therein. The controller may be configured to receive data from the sensor and compare the detected pressure to the stored pressure threshold. A valve actuation system may be in communication with the pressure relief valve and in communication with the controller. The valve actuation system may be configured to change the state of the pressure relief valve from a closed state to an open state in response to a command signal from the controller.

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


 

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

 

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Signal responsive well test burner
Patent No. 9857078 

Inventor(s): Trace Wayne Cody (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14758325 on 02/01/2013 (1796 days app to issue)

Abstract: A well test burner system includes a plurality of burner nozzles. At least one of the burner nozzles includes a well product inlet, an air inlet, an air/well product mixture outlet, and an automatic valve. The automatic valve is responsive to a remote signal to cease flow of well product to the air/well product outlet.

[F23N] REGULATING OR CONTROLLING COMBUSTION (control devices specially adapted for combustion apparatus in which combustion takes place in a fluidised bed of fuel or other particles F23C 10/28; condition responsive controls for regulating combustion in domestic stoves with open fires for solid fuel F24B 1/187)


Cooking oven
Patent No. 9857082 

Inventor(s): Philip R. McKee (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): APPLIANCE INNOVATION, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Amster, Rothstein Ebenstein LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14823788 on 08/11/2015 (875 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for cooking food items in an oven is disclosed. A history of instant oven temperatures is initially obtained during a cook of a first food item. A salient representation of the oven temperature history is stored in a non-volatile memory. The salient representation includes multiple average oven temperatures, each selected to represent a summary of the instant oven temperatures at various specific time periods throughout the cook of the first food item. During a cook of a second food item that is substantially similar to the first cook item, the current cook settings are dynamically adjusted during the cook of the second food item based on the results of a comparison between the instant oven temperatures and the stored average oven temperatures in order to duplicate the result of the cook of the first item.

[F24C] OTHER DOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES; DETAILS OF DOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES, OF GENERAL APPLICATION (radiator stoves of the fluid-circulating type F24H)


 

P H Y S I C S

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Programmable smart thermostat
Patent No. 9857090 

Inventor(s): Daniel Castillo (Richardson, TX), Jayprakash Charavda (Irving, TX), Keith Mowery (Richardson, TX), Kyle Golden (Plano, TX), Melissa Amoros (Richardson, TX), Steve Lazar (San Antonio, CT), Sunil K. Khiani (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14712030 on 05/14/2015 (964 days app to issue)

Abstract: A home environment system includes a programmable thermostat and at least one server configured to communicate with the programmable thermostat via a wireless network. The at least one server is configured to receive information regarding work performed on at least one component of an HVAC system, generate a first report regarding the work performed, receive information regarding subsequent work performed on the at least one component of the HVAC system, generate a second report regarding the subsequent work performed, and perform a comparison between the first report and the second report. The at least one server is further configured to generate a comparison report that indicates differences between the first report and the second report and forward the generated comparison report to at least one of the programmable thermostat and at least one communication device.

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


Proximity focus imaging interferometer
Patent No. 9857223 

Inventor(s): Andre D. Cropper (Prosper, TX), David C. Mann (Frisco, TX), Randall W. Zywicki (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lando Anastasi, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14947238 on 11/20/2015 (774 days app to issue)

Abstract: An interferometer system comprising an optical detector including a substrate and a two-dimensional array of pixels disposed on the substrate is provided. The interferometer system may further comprise an interferometer disposed proximate the optical detector without an optical element between the interferometer and the optical detector. The interferometer may include a first plate positioned proximate the substrate and extending over the two-dimensional array of pixels, a second plate spaced apart from the first plate, the first and second plates defining an optical gap between them, and at least one actuatable spacer positioned between the first plate and the second plate and configured to space apart the first and second plates from one another and to selectively alter a thickness of the optical gap.

[G01J] MEASUREMENT OF INTENSITY, VELOCITY, SPECTRAL CONTENT, POLARISATION, PHASE OR PULSE CHARACTERISTICS OF INFRA-RED, VISIBLE OR ULTRA-VIOLET LIGHT; COLORIMETRY; RADIATION PYROMETRY [2]


Compositions and methods for prognosis and treatment of neoplasm
Patent No. 9857354 

Inventor(s): Padmashree C. G. Rida (Plano, TX), Ritu Aneja (Lilburn, GA)
Assignee(s): NOVAZOI THERANOSTICS, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14725862 on 05/29/2015 (949 days app to issue)

Abstract: A protocol for assessing the prognosis for a patient diagnosed with a neoplasm or suspected of having a neoplasm is provided herein. The protocol involves the steps of determining a mitotic cells to proliferating cells ratio (M:P ratio) in a neoplastic tissue sample obtained from the patient and producing a prognosis for the neoplasm based on the M:P ratio.

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


Arbovirus indicative birth defect risk test
Patent No. 9857372 

Inventor(s): Jovan Hutton Pulitzer (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Reliant Immune Diagnostics, LLC (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15295353 on 10/17/2016 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for providing immunoassay test results for multiple medical conditions, comprising a testing device having thereon an alignment target and having a plurality of immunoassay test strips, the plurality of immunoassay test strips each including a sample pad capable of receiving a biologic sample, a conjugate pad containing particles for conjugating with antibodies or antigens present in the biologic sample, and a membrane strip having a test line and a control line, wherein the test line and the control line are viewable, and a mobile device having a camera, a viewing screen, and a software application stored thereon, wherein the software application provides executable instructions to capture an image of the testing device, process an image to determine pixel count and line intensity of the test line of each of the plurality of immunoassay test strips, and present test results on the viewing screen.

[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)


Pregnancy test to assess disease risk
Patent No. 9857373 

Inventor(s): Jovan Hutton Pulitzer (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Reliant Immune Diagnostics, LLC (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15295398 on 10/17/2016 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for providing pregnancy testing in conjunction with disease risk testing, comprising a testing device having an alignment target and having a plurality of immunoassay test strips, the plurality of immunoassay test strips each including a sample pad, a conjugate pad containing particles for conjugating with antibodies or antigens present in the biologic sample, and a membrane strip having a test line and a control line, wherein the test line and the control line are viewable, and a mobile device having a camera, a viewing screen, and a software application stored thereon, wherein the software application provides executable instructions to determine a risk value for each of at least one disease risk tested using the biologic sample, assess the risk value for each of the at least one disease risk tested, and present, if immediate medical action is required, a medical action indicator on the viewing screen.

[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)


Measuring and reporting power received from guided surface waves
Patent No. 9857402 

Inventor(s): James D. Lilly (Silver Spring, MD), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Joseph F. Pinzone (Cornelius, NC), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH), Michael W. Miller (Rogers, AR), Stephen W. Wilson (Waxahachie, TX)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, L.L.C. (Waxahachie, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14847230 on 09/08/2015 (847 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various approaches for measuring and reporting the amount of electrical power consumed by an electrical load attached to a guided surface wave receive structure. A guided surface wave receive structure is configured to obtain electrical energy from a guided surface wave traveling along a terrestrial medium. An electrical load is coupled to the guided surface wave receive structure, the electrical load being experienced as a load at an excitation source coupled to a guided surface waveguide probe generating the guided surface wave. An electric power meter coupled to the electrical load and configured to measure the electrical load.

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


Detection of concealed object on a body using radio frequency signatures on frequencies and polarizations
Patent No. 9857462 

Inventor(s): Howard C. Choe (Southlake, TX), Jacob Kim (Dallas, TX), John L. Tomich (Coppell, TX), Leslie A. Priebe (Plano, TX), Raymond Samaniego (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14435158 on 10/09/2013 (1546 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for detecting a concealed object in a target. The target may include a body and the concealed object. The method may include emitting radio frequency (RF) energy toward a direction of the target, receiving a scattered RF energy reflected from the target, generating a signal corresponding to the received scattered RF energy, comparing the signal with a plurality of stored RF scattering signatures, and detecting the concealed object when the signal matches one of a plurality of RF scattering signatures. Each of the RF scattering signatures may be associated with an object of interest.

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


Rolling beam splitter optical switching mechanism for combination and selection of detector illumination
Patent No. 9857585 

Inventor(s): Douglas J. Hartnett (The Colony, TX), Kirk A. Miller (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lando Anastasi, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14976009 on 12/21/2015 (743 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rolling beam splitter optical switching mechanism for combination and selection of detector illumination includes a housing and an immersed cube beam splitter supported by the housing. The beam splitter is configured to direct electromagnetic radiation in a first direction and a second direction. The switching mechanism further includes a drive assembly configured to rotate the housing and the beam splitter to change a direction of electromagnetic radiation directed by the beam splitter in the second direction.

[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]


Systems and methods for reducing power consumption in a memory architecture
Patent No. 9857864 

Inventor(s): Sathish Thoppay Egambaram (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Amazon Technologies, Inc. (Seattle, WA)
Law Firm: Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14527368 on 10/29/2014 (1161 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one or more embodiments of the disclosure, systems and methods for reducing power consumption in a memory architecture are provided. In one embodiment, a method may include determining a transition from a first power state to a second power state. The method may also include determining, using a page location identifier to access a page location table, a first dirty memory page indication. Furthermore, the method may include copying data stored in a first memory location in a volatile memory corresponding to the page location identifier to a second memory location in a non-volatile memory corresponding to the page location identifier. The method may also include deactivating the volatile memory.

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


Data folding in 3D nonvolatile memory
Patent No. 9858009 

Inventor(s): Aaron Lee (Mountain View, CA), Abhijeet Bhalerao (San Jose, CA), Dennis S. Ea (Hayward, CA), Ivan Baran (San Jose, CA), Mikhail Palityka (Ontario, , CA), Mrinal Kochar (San Jose, CA), Yew Yin Ng (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14923137 on 10/26/2015 (799 days app to issue)

Abstract: Data that is initially stored in Single Level Cell (SLC) blocks is subsequently copied (folded) to a Multi Level Cell (MLC) block where the data is stored in MLC format, the data copied in a minimum unit of a fold-set, the MLC block including a plurality of separately-selectable sets of NAND strings, data of an individual fold-set copied exclusively to two or more word lines of an individual separately-selectable set of NAND strings in the MLC block.

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


Colony desktop hive display: creating an extended desktop display from multiple mobile devices using near-field or other networking
Patent No. 9858031 

Inventor(s): Robert J. Torres (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts, LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13792420 on 03/11/2013 (1758 days app to issue)

Abstract: Computer-implemented methods, computer program products and computer systems that create a virtual extended display on mobile devices by providing a first device in a first location d at least a second device in a second location, followed by joining together the first and second devices within an aggregation session via a network. Logical data of visual content is shared between the first and second devices, and the viewed output display of the visual content split amongst the first and second device displays within the aggregation session. During the aggregation session, at least one of the devices therein is manipulated by movement or changing device parameters to virtually change the viewed output display of the visual content on the manipulated device.

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


Virtual credential adapter for use with virtual machines
Patent No. 9858110 

Inventor(s): Christine L. Eisenmann (Lewisville, TX), James W. Moody (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15240397 on 08/18/2016 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: Managing credential for use with virtual machines includes storing a first virtual credential adapter within a hypervisor executing within a host data processing system. The first virtual credential adapter maintains a credential for a computing resource. Using a processor of the host data processing system, associating the first virtual credential adapter with a first virtual machine. The first virtual credential adapter is associated, at most, with a single virtual machine at any time. Responsive to associating the first virtual credential adapter with the first virtual machine, the first virtual machine accesses the computing resource using the credential maintained by the first virtual credential adapter.

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


Creation of a provisioning environment based on probability of events
Patent No. 9858162 

Inventor(s): Patti Foley (Alvarado, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Bond Schoeneck King, PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14921145 on 10/23/2015 (802 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for dynamically assembling a mobile application includes the steps of: (i) receiving a first probability of a potential failure occurring within a first computing environment; (ii) comparing the first probability to a first threshold; (iii) automatically provisioning a first portion of a second computing environment in response to the first probability exceeding the first threshold; (iv) receiving a second probability of the potential failure occurring within the first computing environment; (v) comparing the second probability to a second threshold; and (vi) automatically provisioning a second portion of the second computing environment in response to the second probability exceeding the second threshold.

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


Methods, systems, and computer readable mediums for optimizing the deployment of application workloads in a converged infrastructure network environment
Patent No. 9858166 

Inventor(s): Changbin Gong (Sherborn, 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: 14468767 on 08/26/2014 (1225 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable mediums for determining a system performance indicator representative of the overall operation of a network system are disclosed. According to one example, a method includes receiving an application workload for deployment into a network environment including a plurality of converged infrastructures and determining an overall deployment optimization score for each of the plurality of converged infrastructures. The method further includes determining a component optimization score for each of a plurality of compute components in a converged infrastructure belonging to the plurality of converged infrastructures that is associated with the highest overall deployment optimization score and deploying the application workload to a compute component belonging to the plurality of compute components that is associated with the highest component optimization score.

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


Near-cache distribution of manifest among peer applications in in-memory data grid (IMDG) non structured query language (NO-SQL) environments
Patent No. 9858195 

Inventor(s): Kulvir S. Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Scully, Scott, Murphy Presser, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14566277 on 12/10/2014 (1119 days app to issue)

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

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


Dynamic assignment of groups of resources in a peripheral component interconnect express network
Patent No. 9858228 

Inventor(s): Robert Lasater (Menlo Park, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14822672 on 08/10/2015 (876 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for analyzing a PCIe network using a graph-theory based analysis are disclosed. A management CPU is coupled to the root complex of the PCIe system and is operable to survey potential CPU-resource combinations in a PCIe system and assign a group of PCIe resources to a CPU. A first switch and a second switch are coupled to the root node, and a first CPU and a first group of PCIe resources are coupled to the first switch. The management CPU assigns a group of PCIe resources to a CPU based on the isolation of the first and second CPUs or a distance between the first and second CPUs and the groups of PCIe resources. According to some embodiments, for potential pairs of devices and NTB/CPUs, the distance between components is assessed, possible alternative paths are identified, and the isolation of the pair is determined.

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


Semantic parsing using deep neural networks for predicting canonical forms
Patent No. 9858263 

Inventor(s): Chunyang Xiao (Grenoble, , FR), Claire Gardent (Paris, , FR), Marc Dymetman (Grenoble, , FR)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15147222 on 05/05/2016 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for predicting a canonical form for an input text sequence includes predicting the canonical form with a neural network model. The model includes an encoder, which generates a first representation of the input text sequence based on a representation of n-grams in the text sequence and a second representation of the input text sequence generated by a first neural network. The model also includes a decoder which sequentially predicts terms of the canonical form based on the first and second representations and a predicted prefix of the canonical form. The canonical form can be used, for example, to query a knowledge base or to generate a next utterance in a discourse.

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


Computing cross-correlations for sparse data
Patent No. 9858304 

Inventor(s): David U. Fluckiger (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14671614 on 03/27/2015 (1012 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for computing a cross-correlation between a first sequence and a second sequence includes: generating a first index vector based on the first sequence, the first index vector including a plurality of first elements, the first index vector excluding indices of zero valued elements of the first sequence; generating a second index vector based on the second sequence, the second index vector including a plurality of second elements, the second index vector excluding indices of zero valued elements of the second sequence; computing, on a processor, a plurality of pairwise differences between each of first elements of the first index vector and each of the second elements of the second index vector; and binning, on the processor, the plurality of pairwise differences to generate the cross-correlation of the first sequence and the second sequence.

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


Enhancing security of a mobile device using pre-authentication sequences
Patent No. 9858409 

Inventor(s): Stacey Ramos (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Martin Associates, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14949515 on 11/23/2015 (771 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile device includes a pre-authentication mechanism that allows a user to define a pre-authentication sequence that includes actions such as movement of the device, taps on the screen, key presses, etc., or any suitable combination of these. Correctly entering the pre-authentication sequence gives the user access to the main authentication screen for the device, while a failure to enter the pre-authentication sequence correctly keeps the device locked. Multiple pre-authentication sequences can be defined, each having a corresponding sleep time threshold. This requires the user to enter the appropriate authentication information corresponding to the time the device has been asleep. Multiple pre-authentication sequences can also be defined, each having corresponding authentication information. Thus, the authentication information the user needs to enter can be a function of the corresponding pre-authentication sequence.

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


Secure payments with untrusted devices
Patent No. 9858560 

Inventor(s): Donald Wood Loomis, III (Coppell, TX), Edward Tangkwai Ma (Plano, TX), Robert Michael Muchsel (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: North Weber Baugh LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13535969 on 06/28/2012 (2014 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention relate to a point-of-sale (POS) system, and more particularly, to systems, devices and methods of making secure payments using a mobile device in addition to a POS terminal that may be an insecure payment device exposed to various tamper attempts under certain circumstances. The mobile device is involved in a trusted transaction between a central financial entity, e.g., a bank, and the payment terminal, such that the insecure payment terminal may be further authenticated based on rolling codes, two-way or three-way authentication, or an off-line mode enabled by incorporation of the mobile device. Although either of the mobile device and the payment terminal provides limited security, a POS system incorporating both of them demonstrates an enhanced level of security.

[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]


Bit plane memory system
Patent No. 9858902 

Inventor(s): Bradley William Walker (Dallas, TX), Matthew John Fritz (Salida, CO)
Assignee(s): BRASS ROOTS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14656143 on 03/12/2015 (1027 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data processing system comprising a transpose system configured to receive video ordered pixel data and to generate bit plane blocks of data. A write buffer configured to receive the bit plane blocks of data and to generate bit plane data frames. A memory controller configured to receive the bit plane data frames and to write a first bit plane data frame to a memory while simultaneously reading a second bit plane data frame from memory. A read buffer configured to receive the second bit plane data frame and to convert the second bit plane data frame to a digital display device format.

[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]


Three-dimensional NAND non-volatile memory and dram memory devices on a single substrate
Patent No. 9859004 

Inventor(s): Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15670344 on 08/07/2017 (148 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided that includes forming a three-dimensional NAND stacked non-volatile memory array on a substrate, and forming a DRAM memory array on the substrate. The three-dimensional NAND stacked non-volatile memory array and the DRAM memory array are formed using a single integrated circuit fabrication process.

[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)


 

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Fast convergence for failures of large scale virtual ethernet segments in EVPN and PBB-EVPN
Patent No. 9858150 

Inventor(s): Vi Vu (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Polsinelli LLP (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14750311 on 06/25/2015 (922 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for fast convergence for virtual ethernet segments in EVPN and PBB-EVPN networks are disclosed. A first provider edge (PE) device can receive one or more advertising messages corresponding to one or more virtual ethernet segments, wherein each of the one or more advertising messages can include a port identifier. The first PE device maintains a table including the one or more virtual ethernet segments and the corresponding port identifier. The first PE device can receive a failure message from a second PE device that identifies a first port on the second PE device, and identifies, based on the table, at least one affected virtual ethernet segment that is associated with the first port. The first PE device can remove any routes that are associated with the at least one affected virtual ethernet segment and trigger mass designated-forwarding election for impacted virtual ethernet segments.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Amorphous silicon layer in memory device which reduces neighboring word line interference
Patent No. 9859298 

Inventor(s): Jayavel Pachamuthu (San Jose, CA), Liang Pang (Fremont, CA), Yingda Dong (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15190574 on 06/23/2016 (558 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for fabricating a memory device which has reduced neighboring word line interference, and a corresponding memory device. The memory device comprises a stack of alternating conductive and dielectric layers, where the conductive layers form word lines or control gates of memory cells. In one aspect, rounding off of the control gate layers due to inadvertent oxidation during fabrication is avoided. An amorphous silicon layer is deposited along the sidewall of the memory holes, adjacent to the control gate layers. Si[subscript]3[/subscript]N[subscript]4 [/subscript]is deposited along the amorphous silicon layer and oxidized in the memory hole to form SiO[subscript]2[/subscript]. The amorphous silicon layer acts as an oxidation barrier for the sacrificial material of the control gate layers. The amorphous silicon layer is subsequently oxidized to also form SiO[subscript]2[/subscript]. The two SiO[subscript]2 [/subscript]layers together form a blocking oxide layer.

[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]


Three-dimensional memory device with vertical semiconductor bit lines located in recesses and method of making thereof
Patent No. 9859337 

Inventor(s): Abhijit Bandyopadhyay (San Jose, CA), Christopher J. Petti (Mountain View, CA), Perumal Ratnam (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15207042 on 07/11/2016 (540 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of electrically conductive layers and insulating layers located over a top surface of a substrate, semiconductor local bit lines extending perpendicular to the top surface of the substrate, and resistivity switching memory elements located at each overlap region between the electrically conductive layers and the semiconductor local bit lines. Each of the semiconductor local bit lines includes a plurality of drain regions located at each level of the electrically conductive layers, and having a doping of a first conductivity type, and a semiconductor channel vertically extending from a level of a bottommost electrically conductive layer within the alternating stack to a level of a topmost electrically conductive layer within the alternating stack, and contacting the plurality of drain regions within the semiconductor local bit line.

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


Self-aligned isolation dielectric structures for a three-dimensional memory device
Patent No. 9859363 

Inventor(s): Chenche Huang (Campbell, CA), Chun-Ming Wang (Fremont, CA), Daxin Mao (Cupertino, CA), Jixin Yu (Milpitas, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Kota Funayama (Yokkaichi, , JP), Lauren Matsumoto (Milpitas, CA), Makoto Yo
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15155639 on 05/16/2016 (596 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of dividing drain select gate electrodes in a three-dimensional vertical memory device is provided. An alternating stack of insulating layers and spacer material layers is formed over a substrate. A first insulating cap layer is formed over the alternating stack. A plurality of memory stack structures is formed through the alternating stack and the first insulating cap layer. The first insulating cap layer is vertically recessed, and a conformal material layer is formed over protruding portions of the memory stack structures. Spacer portions are formed by an anisotropic etch of the conformal material layer such that the sidewalls of the spacer portions having protruding portions. A self-aligned separator trench with non-uniform sidewalls having protruding portions is formed through an upper portion of the alternating stack by etching the upper portions of the alternating stack between the spacer portions.

[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]


Field effect transistor with elevated active regions and methods of manufacturing the same
Patent No. 9859422 

Inventor(s): Akira Inoue (Yokohama, , JP), Fumiaki Toyama (Cupertino, CA), 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: 14723868 on 05/28/2015 (950 days app to issue)

Abstract: A field effect transistor having a higher breakdown voltage can be provided by forming a contiguous dielectric material layer over gate stacks, forming via cavities laterally spaced from the gate stacks, selectively depositing a single crystalline semiconductor material, and converting upper portions of the deposited single crystalline semiconductor material into elevated source/drain regions. Lower portions of the selectively deposited single crystalline semiconductor material in the via cavities can have a doping of a lesser concentration, thereby effectively increasing the distance between two steep junctions at edges of a source region and a drain region. Optionally, embedded active regions for additional devices can be formed prior to formation of the contiguous dielectric material layer. Raised active regions contacting a top surface of a substrate can be formed simultaneously with formation of the elevated active regions that are vertically spaced from the top surface.

[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]


Hetero-channel FinFET
Patent No. 9859423 

Inventor(s): Chun-chen Yeh (Clifton Park, NY), Qing Liu (Watervliet, NY), Ruilong Xie (Schenectady, NY), Xiuyu Cai (Niskayuna, NY)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14587655 on 12/31/2014 (1098 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hetero-channel FinFET device provides enhanced switching performance over a FinFET device having a silicon channel, and is easier to integrate into a fabrication process than is a FinFET device having a germanium channel. A FinFET device featuring the heterogeneous Si/SiGe channel includes a fin having a central region made of silicon and sidewall regions made of SiGe. A hetero-channel pFET device in particular has higher carrier mobility and less gate-induced drain leakage current than either a silicon device or a SiGe device. The hetero-channel FinFET permits the SiGe portion of the channel to have a Ge concentration in the range of about 25-40% and permits the fin height to exceed 40 nm while remaining stable.

[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]


Conductive gasket assembly for a corrugated roof of a train car
Patent No. 9859699 

Inventor(s): Kent Boomer (Aledo, TX), Matt Panfil (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): THE PATENT WELL, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15063866 on 03/08/2016 (665 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electrically conductive assembly for providing a low electrical resistance contact between an antenna and the corrugated roof of a train. The assembly comprises a gel and skeletal gasket member which has an electrically conductive skeleton encapsulated in a tacky gel. Multiple foam and gel members, typically made up of compressible at least partially open cell foam, are laid in the troughs and are thick enough, such that the top surface of the foam and gel members is about equal to or slightly higher than the top surfaces of the ridges of the corrugated train roof. The antenna is then laid atop the gel and gasket member and bolted to the roof with fasteners in such a manner that the tacky flowable gel at least partially squeezes out the edges of the gel and gasket member as the antenna is compressed downward while the fasteners are snugged up. This compression allows the electrically conductive skeletal member to provide contact between the antenna and the roof, the roof typically metallic and that results in a decrease of EMI (electromagnetic interference).

[H02G] INSTALLATION OF ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES, OR OF COMBINED OPTICAL AND ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES (insulated conductors or cables with arrangements for facilitating mounting or securing H01B 7/40; distribution points incorporating switches H02B; guiding telephone cords H04M 1/15; cable ducts or mountings for telephone or telegraph exchange installations H04Q 1/06)


Simultaneous multifrequency receive circuits
Patent No. 9859707 

Inventor(s): James D. Lilly (Silver Spring, MD), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Joseph F. Pinzone (Cornelius, NC), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Waxahachie, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14848599 on 09/09/2015 (846 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various receive circuits by which to receive a plurality of guided surface waves transmitted by a plurality of guided surface waveguide probes over a surface of a terrestrial medium according to various embodiments.

[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)


Current sense apparatus for battery charger systems
Patent No. 9859733 

Inventor(s): James Allen Kohout (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Active-Semi (BVI), Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14842497 on 09/01/2015 (854 days app to issue)

Abstract: A current sense apparatus comprises a first switch having a first terminal connected to a power source and a second terminal connected to a battery, a second switch comprising a gate connected to a gate of the first switch and a first terminal connected to the first terminal of the first switch, a first operational amplifier having a first input connected to the second terminal of the first switch and a second input connected to a second terminal of the second switch, a second operational amplifier having an output connected to the gate of the first switch, a first input coupled to the first terminal of the first switch and a second input coupled to the second terminal of the first switch and a reference voltage source connected to one input of the second operational amplifier.

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


Loop delay optimization for multi-voltage self-synchronous systems
Patent No. 9859874 

Inventor(s): Shiv Harit Mathur (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14927694 on 10/30/2015 (795 days app to issue)

Abstract: A clock-receiving system may receive a host clock signal on a communications bus from a clock-sending system. Circuitry of a critical path of the clock-receiving system may communicate the clock signal to a multiplexer configured directly behind output driver circuitry. Core logic circuitry and data path circuitry may communicate pairs of phase-shifted data signals to the multiplexer. The multiplexer may use the clock signal and the pairs of phase-shifted data signals to generate an output pair of data signals, and send the output pair of data signals to the output driver circuitry. In turn, the output driver circuitry may generate an output data signal for communication on the communications bus. The clock-receiving system may enable the critical path and use the multiplexer to generate the output data signal when in a low operating voltage mode.

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


Method and apparatus to clip incoming signals in opposing directions when in an off state
Patent No. 9859879 

Inventor(s): Michael Jennings (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Knowles Electronics, LLC (Itasca, IL)
Law Firm: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14852054 on 09/11/2015 (844 days app to issue)

Abstract: A MOSFET active-disable switch is configured to clip an incoming signal in opposing directions when in an off state. By one approach the clipping is symmetrical and accordingly the switch clips both positive and negative peaks of the incoming signal. In many application settings it is useful for the clipping to serve to decrease a predetermined kind of resultant distortion such as even order distortion. In the on state this MOSFET active-disable switch is configured to not clip the incoming signal in opposing directions.

[H03K] PULSE TECHNIQUE (measuring pulse characteristics G01R; modulating sinusoidal oscillations with pulses H03C; transmission of digital information H04L; discriminator circuits detecting phase difference between two signals by counting or integrating cycles of oscillation H03D 3/04; automatic control, starting, synchronisation or stabilisation of generators of electronic oscillations or pulses where the type of generator is irrelevant or unspecified H03L; coding, decoding or code conversion, in general H03M) [4]


System and method for communication using orbital angular momentum with multiple layer overlay modulation
Patent No. 9859981 

Inventor(s): Nima Ashrafi (Plano, TX), Roger Linquist (Dallas, TX), 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: 15632533 on 06/26/2017 (190 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes first signal processing circuitry to transmit a signal including a plurality of data streams over a link. The first signal processing circuitry generates a plurality of composite data streams by overlaying at least one first data signal of the plurality of data signals in a first data layer with at least one second data signal of the plurality of data signals in a second data layer. Second circuitry processes the plurality of composite data streams to associate with each of the plurality of composite data streams a function to provide minimization of a time-bandwidth product of the plurality of composite data streams to enable transmission of each of the plurality of composite data streams on the link at a same time.

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


Schedule subscription system with variable restrictions
Patent No. 9860001 

Inventor(s): Darren Grant Davis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): iHeartMedia Management Services, Inc. (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Garlick Markison (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15435606 on 02/17/2017 (319 days app to issue)

Abstract: A subscription system includes a national subscription server capable of tracking which local stations subscribe to particular radio station music formats, for example AC middays, Top 40 afternoons, morning programs, or overnight Contemporary AC. A local music scheduler can query the subscription server for a log of nationally scheduled content to fill one or more dayparts of a local broadcast schedule. The subscription system can determine where to obtain the requested log, and provide the log to the local scheduler for insertion into a particular daypart of the local clock, while leaving the remaining dayparts free for local scheduling. Trusted subscribers can also be permitted to alter portions of log of nationally scheduled items. Inserting the log of nationally scheduled items into the local clock provides local awareness of both local and national media items scheduled for broadcast.

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


Time domain ingress noise detection and cancellation
Patent No. 9860078 

Inventor(s): Chuan Niu (Xi”an, , CN), Fan Wang (Wuhan, , CN), Syed Habib Rahman (Santa Clara, CA), Tao Ouyang (Wuhan, , CN), Xiaoshu Si (Wuhan, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14966244 on 12/11/2015 (753 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus, comprising a receiver configured to receive a primary signal that comprises a narrowband noise component and a broadband noise component, a processor coupled to the receiver and configured to determine, in a time domain, an estimate of the narrowband noise component in real-time, determine a cancelled output signal in real-time that comprises an estimate of the broadband noise component, and determine an estimate of a power level of the narrowband noise component in real-time.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Multipath switching using per-hop virtual local area network classification
Patent No. 9860160 

Inventor(s): Amit Kumar Aggarwal (Duluth, GA), Jonathan Evans (Dunwoody, GA), Lee Johnson (Lawrenceville, GA)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14984620 on 12/30/2015 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for multipath switching using per-hop virtual local area network (VLAN) remapping is disclosed. In the method and apparatus, a data packet is forwarded for transmission over one of a first port and a second port. The device identifies a VLAN ID of the data packet as a second VLAN ID and changes the second VLAN ID to a first VLAN ID. Then one or more criteria of a classification set entry for forwarding the data packet over the second port are evaluated. The data packet is forwarded over the second port if the criteria are met and the data packet is associated with the second VLAN ID. Alternatively, the data packet is forwarded over the first port and is associated with the first VLAN ID if a dynamic entry specifies the data packet is to be forwarded over the first port.

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


System and method for computing a backup ingress of a point-to-multipoint label switched path
Patent No. 9860161 

Inventor(s): Huaimo Chen (Bolton, MA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14846022 on 09/04/2015 (851 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of Path Computation Element (PCE) Communication Protocol (PCEP) communication includes sending, to a path computation element (PCE), a request to compute a backup ingress node for a Point-to-Multipoint (P2MP) Label Switched Path (LSP) in a network, and receiving, from the PCE, the backup ingress node for the P2MP LSP in accordance with the request.

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


Stateful connection processing in a security device cluster
Patent No. 9860209 

Inventor(s): Andrew E. Ossipov (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14709777 on 05/12/2015 (966 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method operable in a security device cluster having a plurality of security devices each configured to receive respective data flows. The method includes receiving a first segment of a flow at a first security device of the plurality of security devices, sending the first segment of the flow toward a destination node without the first security device of the plurality of security devices asserting ownership over the flow, receiving, from the destination node, a second segment of the flow at a second security device of the plurality of security devices, the second segment of the flow being responsive to the first segment, asserting, by the second security device of the plurality of security devices, ownership over the flow, and forwarding, from the first security device, packets of the flow subsequently received by the first security device to the second security device.

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


System and method for virtual desktop infrastructure user level virtual channel
Patent No. 9860307 

Inventor(s): Guangsong Xia (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14516199 on 10/16/2014 (1174 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments for provided for using virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) user level virtual channels (VCs) which allows client data prioritization within a Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) connection to a client. An embodiment method includes establishing a communication module at a user level of operation of a server, and establishing a TCP connection between the server and a client device. Additionally, the server establishes, at the user level of operation, a plurality of VCs for a plurality of respective services provided to the client device. The communication module at the user level communicates with service modules running at the server for executing the services. The data of the VCs are arranged into a plurality of respective priority queues according to priority of the services. The communication module exchanges the data of the services in the VCs on the TCP connection with the client device according to the priority queues.

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


Selectively providing content to users located within a virtual perimeter
Patent No. 9860366 

Inventor(s): Subil M. Abraham (Plano, TX), Vivek K. Palvia (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15491062 on 04/19/2017 (258 days app to issue)

Abstract: A present physical location of a mobile device can be identified based on wireless communication between the mobile device and at least one beacon. Responsive to determining that the mobile device is located at a particular physical location, location rules associated with the particular physical location can be retrieved, content assigned to the particular physical location can be identified, content that the mobile device is authorized to access via a network maintained for the physical location while the mobile device still is located at the particular physical location can be selected, and a message can be communicated to the mobile device. The message can specify an authorization for the mobile device to access the selected content using at least one application installed on the mobile device while the mobile device still is located at the particular physical location.

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


Method for indicating the context of a call to a called party
Patent No. 9860374 

Inventor(s): Steven M. Belz (Sunnyvale, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15257352 on 09/06/2016 (483 days app to issue)

Abstract: In embodiments of the disclosed technology, a plurality of ratings of websites is received, wherein each rating is associated with a category and a rater and each rater is associated with at least one group. A selection of a category is received from the user, wherein the user is associated with at least one group. One website location (or a plurality of website locations) is provided in the category to the user based on at least one rating of the plurality of ratings provided by at least one of the raters, wherein at least one group associated with the rater and at least one the group associated with the user are the same group.

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


System and method for high-resolution storage of images
Patent No. 9860536 

Inventor(s): Andrew Cilia (McKinney, TX), Robert V. Vanman (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Enforcement Video, LLC (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12371189 on 02/13/2009 (3245 days app to issue)

Abstract: An image-creation method includes capturing an image as digital data, locating an area of interest of the captured image, extracting, from the digital data, at least some data corresponding to the located area of interest, digitally magnifying the extracted at least some data to yield digitally magnified data, and combining the digitally magnified data with at least some of the digital data of the captured image to yield combined data.

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


Method and apparatus for initiating a playback pause operation on one device and resuming playback on another playback device
Patent No. 9860590 

Inventor(s): Tracy Elliot (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (St. Louis, MO)
Law Firm: Straub Straub (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15153003 on 05/12/2016 (600 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus that support implementing a pause, e.g., of a broadcast, on a device, recording the paused program and resuming playback of the paused program on a device associated with a user”s account, are described. The pause function allows a user to pause a broadcast on a device and initiate recording of the paused program, e.g., to network storage. The pause initiating device displays a pause indicator indicating that the program output has been paused. A user logging into the user”s account from a device other than the device from which the pause was initiated is presented an opportunity to resume the paused playback. Playback is resumed from the pause point on the playback device from which a resume signal is received. Upon resumption of playback on a device other than the device from which the pause was initiated, the pause indicator on the pause initiating device is removed.

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


Upstream wavelength calibration in optical networks
Patent No. 9860618 

Inventor(s): Dekun Liu (Wuhan, , CN), Frank Effenberger (Colts Neck, NJ), Jianhe Gao (Wuhan, , CN), Yuanqiu Luo (Cranbury, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14867673 on 09/28/2015 (827 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical line terminal (OLT) comprises a processor configured to designate an extended quiet window having a start time and a stop time. The processor may be further configured to suspend upstream transmission during the extended quiet window. The OLT further comprises a transmitter that transmits a serial number (SN) grant to an optical network unit (ONU) during the extended quiet window. Upon receiving the SN grant, the ONU may transmit a plurality of calibration request messages during the extended quiet window. Each of the calibration request messages correspond to a different attempt wavelength. The OLT may receive one of the calibration request messages at a successful attempt wavelength. The OLT transmits a calibration response message identifying the successful attempt wavelength.

[H04Q] SELECTING (switches, relays, selectors H01H; wireless communication networks H04W) [2009.01]


Relay techniques suitable for user equipment in downlink
Patent No. 9860711 

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: 13126226 on 10/30/2009 (2986 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a solution to improve coverage and cell edge performance in a mobile user communication system is the use of fixed relays, which are pieces of infrastructure without a wired backhaul connection. The relays transmit or ”relay” downlink messages between the base station (BS) and mobile stations (MSs) through a multi-hop communication. The present invention is a method and system for supporting a multiple user mobile broadband communication network that includes relay techniques suitable for user equipment in the downlink communication to the user equipment.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Communicating location specific emergency information to a mobile device
Patent No. 9860724 

Inventor(s): Christian E. Loza (Denton, TX), Hung Tack Kwan (Grand Prairie, TX), Mathews Thomas (Flower Mound, TX), Olivia G. Loza (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14953693 on 11/30/2015 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: An occurrence of an emergency situation pertinent to people presently located within a venue can be identified. Responsive to identifying the emergency situation pertinent to the people located within the venue, location specific emergency information can be automatically communicated to a first mobile device. The location specific emergency information can describe an emergency plan for exiting the venue from a present location of the first mobile device within the venue. The location specific emergency information can be configured to be presented by the first mobile device to a user of the first mobile device to safely guide the user from the present location to an exit of the venue.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Low power chaining
Patent No. 9860726 

Inventor(s): Rudolph Louis Mappus, IV (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Baker Hostetler LLP (15 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15362347 on 11/28/2016 (400 days app to issue)

Abstract: A group of low power transceiver devices may create a private wireless network. In a private communication network, each device may monitor neighboring devices and transmit a low power signal on a periodic basis. At any time, if a device breaks away from the private communication network, the device determines its location and then transmits its location to one or more devices in the group at a high transmit power level. The policy governing communication and alerts of the group of low power transceiver devices may change based on location.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods, systems, and products for security services
Patent No. 9860728 

Inventor(s): Robert Best (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Scott P. Zimmerman, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15643555 on 07/07/2017 (179 days app to issue)

Abstract: Security systems are warned of earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. When an early warning system detects a natural disaster, the early warning system alerts a central server. The early warning system alerts the central server to the natural event and its associated geographic area. The central server may then consult a database and determine the security systems operating in a vicinity of the geographic area experiencing the natural event. The central server may thus warn the security systems of the natural event. The security systems may then implement pre-programmed procedures to protect life and property during earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters.

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


Test apparatus, radio communication test apparatus, method for testing and computer program product
Patent No. 9860774 

Inventor(s): Andreas Roessler (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Rohde Schwarz GmbH Co. KG (Mnchen, , DE)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor Hunt, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14829195 on 08/18/2015 (868 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to a for testing user equipment. The test apparatus comprises an emulation module which is configured to emulate the functionality of a first user equipment and to establish a D2D link between the first user equipment and an externally arranged second user equipment which forms a user equipment under test. The test apparatus also comprises a test module which is configured to test at least one second user equipment after being connected to the emulated first user equipment of the emulation module via the established D2D communication link. The present invention further relates to a radio communication test apparatus, a method for testing user equipment and a computer program product.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for making and disseminating local policy decisions in a software programmable radio network
Patent No. 9860779 

Inventor(s): Jiangnan Jason Chen (Hawthorn Woods, IL), Peter J. McCann (Bridgewater, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14860438 on 09/21/2015 (834 days app to issue)

Abstract: A described embodiment includes a method for managing operational components on wireless base station including providing a base station. The base station includes a software defined network (SDN) configured to support at least one virtual machine. A computing platform is provided that is in communication with the base station. The computing platform includes at least one virtual machine management unit. The virtual machine management unit configures the at least one virtual machine on the base station to perform at least one function of a base station.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Reconfiguring mobile services based on shared control signaling load information
Patent No. 9860788 

Inventor(s): Hongyan Lei (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (At, GA), ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14558966 on 12/03/2014 (1126 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining a first indication of a signaling load of a first wireless access node. The first wireless access node also receives, from a second wireless access node, a second indication of a signaling load of the second wireless access node. The first and second indications of signaling loads are based on coordination of first and second network traffic of first and second groups of mobile devices in wireless communication, respectively, with the first and second wireless access nodes. One of the first or second network traffic is identified in response to one of the first indication, the second indication, or both. A redirection of the one of the first network traffic or the second network traffic is also initiated in response to one of the first indication, the second indication, or both. Other embodiments are disclosed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


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Bottle with cap
Patent No. D806550 

Inventor(s): Jenny DeMarco (Frisco, TX), Priscilla Ober (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29515950 on 01/28/2015 (1070 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Collapsible hitch mounted vehicle stairs
Patent No. D806625 

Inventor(s): David King (Allen, TX), Patrick Hoffman (Arlington, TX), Thomas Murphy (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): RADIO SYSTEMS CORPORATION (Knoxville, TN)
Law Firm: Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell Berkowitz, PC (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29558336 on 03/16/2016 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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