Dallas Invents: 76 Patents Granted for Week of Feb. 22

Newly granted patents include IBM's optical marker for drone cargo delivery, SoftLayer’s secure data entry, and University of Texas’ protection against/treatment of ionizing radiation.

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 Aug. 29, 2017 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 8
Sandisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 7
STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell) 3
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 2
Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano) 2


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

N/A


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

210 days
Cosmetic bottle
Inventors: Jenny DeMarco Staab (Frisco), Lauren Purkhiser (Addison)
Assignee: Mary Kay Inc. (Addison)
Patent No.: D0810580

4,452 days
Internet server access control and monitoring systems
Inventors: Andrew C. Payne (Lincoln, MA), George Winfield Treese (Newton, MA), Lawrence C. Stewart (Burlington, MA), Stephen Jeffrey Morris (Westford, MA), Thomas Mark Levergood (Hopkinton, MA)
Patent No.: 9900305
Assignee: Soverain IP, LLC (McKinney)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

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System for acceleration measurements and traumatic brain injury detection
Patent No. 9895099 

Inventor(s): Robert Rennaker (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Labatt, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14633996 on 02/27/2015 (1089 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention comprises apparatuses and methods of detecting impacts to the head. Accelerometers attached to a user”s head and neck or body is used to measure the differential acceleration of the head with respect to the neck or body. A differential acceleration exceeding a certain threshold may be indicative of the user suffering a traumatic brain injury.

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


Ankle tibia plates
Patent No. 9895180 

Inventor(s): Brian Carpenter (Ft. Worth, TX), Douglas W. Miller (Dallas, TX), Gregory Pomeroy (Cape Elizabeth, ME), John Early (Dallas, TX), Michael E. Brage (Laguna Woods, CA)
Assignee(s): OsteoMed LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14279225 on 05/15/2014 (1377 days app to issue)

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

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


Fluid transfer device
Patent No. 9895288 

Inventor(s): Emily Augustini (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Becton Dickinson and Company Limited (Dun Laoghaire, , IE)
Law Firm: The Webb Law Firm (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14688298 on 04/16/2015 (1041 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fluid transfer device includes a first portion having a first end and a second end. The first portion includes a first connector configured to be connected to a first container and including a cannula. The fluid transfer device includes a second portion having a first end and a second end. The second end of the first portion extends at least partially into the second end of the second portion. The second portion includes a second connector configured to be connected to a second container and a third connector spaced apart from the second connector. At least a portion of the first portion is axially and rotationally movable with respect to at least a portion of the second portion from a first position in which the first connector is aligned with the second connector to a second position in which the first connector is aligned with the third connector.

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


Protection against and treatment of ionizing radiation
Patent No. 9895413 

Inventor(s): Sanjay Awasthi (Arlington, TX), Sharad S. Singhal (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14312523 on 06/23/2014 (1338 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of preparing a proteoliposorne comprise the step of contacting a liposome with an effective portion of RalBP1 to create a proteoliposorne. RalBP1 is effective for the protection and treatment of mammals and the environment against the accumulation of toxic compounds, and prevents accumulation of one or more toxic compounds, reduces the concentration of toxic compounds, and protects against further contamination with one or more toxic compounds. In addition, RalBP1 is effective for the protection and treatment of mammals against the effects of ionizing radiation.

[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)


Pudendal and sacral nerve stimulation sweep algorithm and method
Patent No. 9895532 

Inventor(s): Norbert Kaula (Arvada, CO), Yohannes Iyassu (Denver, CO)
Assignee(s): NUVECTRA CORPORATION (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15229003 on 08/04/2016 (565 days app to issue)

Abstract: A medical system includes an implantable lead having a plurality of electrode contacts, a pulse generator coupled to the lead and configured to generate electrical pulses to be delivered to a patient through the plurality of electrode contacts, and an electronic programmer coupled to the pulse generator. The electronic programmer programs the pulse generator to generate the electrical pulses. The pulse generator is programmed to generate an electrical stimulation to be applied to the patient via one of the electrode contacts on the implantable lead. A determination is received as to whether the patient, in response to the electrical stimulation, exhibited a bellows response or a toes response. A stimulation parameter of the electrical stimulation is ramped up in response to a determination that the patient did not exhibit the bellows response or the toes response and that the patient did not feel pain in response to the electrical stimulation.

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


System and method for arranging equine competitions according to participant ability groupings
Patent No. 9895615 

Inventor(s): Rodney E. Miller (Stephenville, TX)
Assignee(s): EQUIBRAND CORPORATION (Granbury, TX)
Law Firm: Braxton, Hilton Perrone, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15473416 on 03/29/2017 (328 days app to issue)

Abstract: A timed equine race grouping system and method for organizing competitive events, such as a timed barrel race, by using prior performance data in prior similar events to determine the appropriate ability of each contestant and then forming ability groups such that the contestants are competing against other contestants having similar abilities.

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


Methods for treatment of oncological disorders using an epimetabolic shifter (coenzyme Q10)
Patent No. 9896731 

Inventor(s): John Patrick McCook (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Berg LLC (Nashville, TN)
Law Firm: McCarter English, LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14171419 on 02/03/2014 (1478 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and formulations for treating onocological disorders in humans using Coenzyme Q10 are described.

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


 

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

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Nozzle insert for an arc welding apparatus
Patent No. 9895763 

Inventor(s): Khalid Hassan (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Victor Equipment Company (Denton, TX)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14541069 on 11/13/2014 (1195 days app to issue)

Abstract: A consumable assembly for use in an arc welding apparatus is provided that includes a nozzle assembly having a nozzle body, an insulator disposed within the nozzle body, and a nozzle insert disposed within the insulator. The nozzle insert includes an internal gas diverter. A contact tip is disposed within the nozzle assembly and includes at least one aperture extending from an exterior portion to an internal cavity, an exit orifice, a distal end face, and an exterior surface extending between the at least one aperture and the distal end portion of the contact tip. The internal gas diverter directs a flow of shield gas exiting the at least one aperture along the exterior surface of the contact tip.

[B23K] SOLDERING OR UNSOLDERING; WELDING; CLADDING OR PLATING BY SOLDERING OR WELDING; CUTTING BY APPLYING HEAT LOCALLY, e.g. FLAME CUTTING; WORKING BY LASER BEAM (making metal-coated products by extruding metal B21C 23/22; building up linings or coverings by casting B22D 19/08; casting by dipping B22D 23/04; manufacture of composite layers by sintering metal powder B22F 7/00; arrangements on machine tools for copying or controlling B23Q; covering metals or covering materials with metals, not otherwise provided for C23C; burners F23D)


Minimally intrusive wingtip vortex wake mitigation using microvane arrays
Patent No. 9896192 

Inventor(s): Eric F. Charlton (Grapevine, TX), Neal D. Domel (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corroration (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Reising Ethington P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13324537 on 12/13/2011 (2261 days app to issue)

Abstract: An airfoil tip vortex mitigation arrangement comprising one or more flow directors configured and positioned to re-direct freestream air over a low pressure surface of an airfoil in such a way as to displace and weaken a main tip vortex generated at a tip of the airfoil.

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


Rotor hub for a rotorcraft
Patent No. 9896199 

Inventor(s): Christopher Foskey (Keller, TX), Drew Sutton (Hurst, TX), Frank B. Stamps (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14135941 on 12/20/2013 (1523 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotor hub can include a yoke, a mast, and one or more radially oriented actuators. The first radial actuator and the second radial actuator each have a piston configured to impart a translation of the yoke relative to the mast. The radial actuators are configured to attenuate in-plane whirling vibrations. The rotor hub can also have actuators coupled between the mast and the yoke for attenuating flapping and vertical vibrations.

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


 

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

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Aryl ethers and uses thereof
Patent No. 9896418 

Inventor(s): Bin Wang (Dallas, TX), Darryl David Dixon (Somerset, NJ), Eli M. Wallace (Richardson, TX), Hanbiao Yang (Coppell, TX), James P. Rizzi (Irving, TX), John A. Josey (Dallas, TX), Jonas Grina (Coppell, TX), Paul Wehn (Dal
Assignee(s): PELOTON THERAPEUTICS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15439494 on 02/22/2017 (363 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to HIF-2 inhibitors and methods of making and using them for treating cancer. Certain compounds were potent in HIF-2 scintillation proximity assay, luciferase assay, and VEGF ELISA assay, and led to tumor size reduction and regression in 786-O xenograft bearing mice in vivo.

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


Medical tube
Patent No. 9896576 

Inventor(s): Bin Zhang (Union, KY), Dirk Hair (Edmonton, , CA), Jeffrey C. Haley (Norwood, OH), Jose Reyes (Irving, TX), Sung Hye Kim (Erlanger, KY)
Assignee(s): Celanese EVA Performance Polymers Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Dority Manning, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15334374 on 10/26/2016 (482 days app to issue)

Abstract: A medical tube that contains a polymer composition that is generally flexible and biocompatible is provided. The polymer composition contains at least one ethylene vinyl acetate polymer and at least one viscoelastic additive. By selectively controlling specific aspects of the ethylene vinyl acetate polymer (e.g., vinyl acetate content, melt flow index, density, etc.), the viscoelastic additive, and the manner in which they are blended, the resulting composition can exhibit a reduced tendency to kink when formed into the medical tube.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

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Dual flush handle control
Patent No. 9896830 

Inventor(s): Douglas C. Saunders (Plainfield, IL), Duston E. A. Stutzman (Plainfield, IL), Michael J. Schuster (Joliet, IL)
Assignee(s): Danco, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas|Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14830060 on 08/19/2015 (916 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a dual flush handle system. A first handle lever is configured to rotate in a direction by a first predetermined angle of rotation to initiate a first flush of a toilet. A second handle lever is configured to rotate in the direction about a second predetermined angle of rotation to initiate a second flush of a toilet.

[E03D] WATER-CLOSETS OR URINALS WITH FLUSHING DEVICES; FLUSHING VALVES THEREFOR


Annulus pressure release running tool
Patent No. 9896895 

Inventor(s): Bryon David Mullen (Carrollton, TX), Christopher Robert Delzell (Plano, TX), Eddie Eddieberto Perez (Wylie, TX), William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14906841 on 06/30/2015 (966 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a downhole tool assembly extendable within a wellbore. A running tool axially interposes the downhole tool assembly and the conveyance and includes an elongate body providing an interior and one or more radial protrusions. A connection sub is disposed about the body and provides a releasable connection engageable with the downhole tool assembly. A torque sleeve is disposed about the body and at least a portion of the connection sub. A connection sub piston interposes the body and the connection sub and is axially movable between a supported position, where the connection sub piston radially supports the connection sub, and an unsupported position, where at least a portion of the connection sub is radially unsupported by the connection sub piston. Increasing pressure within an annulus between the running tool and the wellbore moves the connection sub piston from the supported position to the unsupported position.

[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]


Downhole adjustable steam injection mandrel
Patent No. 9896909 

Inventor(s): Jimmie Robert Williamson, Jr. (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14785813 on 05/15/2013 (1742 days app to issue)

Abstract: A steam injection mandrel comprises a housing generally defining an axial flow bore and comprising one or more ports, an inner mandrel disposed within the housing, and a slot formed in the inner mandrel. The slot transitions at least three hundred sixty degrees about the longitudinal axis of the housing, and the steam injection mandrel is configured to provide fluid communication between the axial flow bore and the one or more ports through the slot.

[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]


Ferrofluid tool for isolation of objects in a wellbore
Patent No. 9896910 

Inventor(s): Wesley Neil Ludwig (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14423562 on 12/30/2013 (1513 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tool for isolating objects in a wellbore using ferrofluids in a downhole system is provided. The downhole system can include a tool body, a source of ferrofluid, and a magnet. The magnet can magnetically couple with the ferrofluid from the source for arranging the ferrofluid adjacent to the tool body for isolating an object positioned in a wellbore from effects of fluids present in the wellbore.

[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]


Intelligent cement wiper plugs and casing collars
Patent No. 9896926 

Inventor(s): David Joe Steele (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14382623 on 09/26/2013 (1608 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are intelligent casing collars and cement wiper plugs used in wellbore cementing operations. A disclosed well system includes a casing string extending from a surface location within a wellbore, an annulus being defined between the casing string and the wellbore, a casing collar included in the casing string and having one or more sensors configured to measure at least one fluid property of a fluid present within the annulus, a cement wiper plug arranged within the casing string and communicably coupled to the casing collar such that measurement data obtained by the one or more sensors is conveyed to and received by the cement wiper plug, and a pulser associated with the cement wiper plug and configured to transmit pressure pulses to the surface location, wherein the pressure pulses correspond to the measurement data received from the one or more sensors.

[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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Continuously variable displacement engine
Patent No. 9896933 

Inventor(s): Michael J. Pastusek (Arlington, TX), Robert A. Knezek (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): AMERIBAND, LLC (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15403143 on 01/10/2017 (406 days app to issue)

Abstract: A variable-displacement engine comprises an engine block, power shaft and rotating cylinder block. Pistons and connecting rods mounted in the cylinder block connect to a wobble plate having a rotating ring portion and non-rotating ring portion connected to allow relative rotation therebetween while constraining the portions to remain parallel. The wobble plate defines an inclination plane, pivot axis and wobble plate angle . A piston control mechanism includes axial lift, control lever supported by the lift and by an anchor bearing, and links connecting the control lever to the wobble plate. Axial movement of the lift changes the axial position of the control lever pivot and changes the control lever angle, in turn changing, via the connecting links, the wobble plate angle and the axial position of the wobble plate pivot axis. This changes the piston displacement of the engine while maintaining substantially constant compression ratio.

[F01B] MACHINES OR ENGINES, IN GENERAL OR OF POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT TYPE, e.g. STEAM ENGINES (of rotary-piston or oscillating-piston type F01C; of non-positive-displacement type F01D; combustion engines F02; internal-combustion aspects of reciprocating-piston engines F02B 57/00, F02B 59/00; machines for liquids F03, F04; crankshafts, crossheads, connecting-rods F16C; flywheels F16F; gearings for interconverting rotary motion and reciprocating motion in general F16H; pistons, piston-rods, cylinders, for engines in general F16J)


Attachment of composite lug to composite structural tube
Patent No. 9897122 

Inventor(s): William E. Luce (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Goodrich Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14720359 on 05/22/2015 (1005 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure describes lug clusters for composite tubes and methods for making such lug clusters. Lug clusters of the present disclosure may include a first side, a second side, and a saddle. The saddle may be placed in adjacent contact with a tube and a filament may be wound around the lug cluster and tube. The wound lug cluster and tube may be resin transfer molded. Machining may follow to remove material and finalize the shape of the lug cluster and/or tube. Thus, a lug cluster may be attached to a composite tube.

[F16B] DEVICES FOR FASTENING OR SECURING CONSTRUCTIONAL ELEMENTS OR MACHINE PARTS TOGETHER, e.g. NAILS, BOLTS, CIRCLIPS, CLAMPS, CLIPS OR WEDGES; JOINTS OR JOINTING (couplings for transmitting rotation F16D)


Moving light with follow spot
Patent No. 9897297 

Inventor(s): David Friedersdorff (Dallas, TX), James Bornhorst (Dallas, TX), Russell Mahaffey (Dallas, TX), Rusty Brutsche (Dallas, TX), Steve Washington (Dallas, TX), Ted Samuelson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Production Resource Group, LLC (New Windsor, NY)
Law Firm: Law Offices of Scott C Harris, Inc. (Local + 289 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14499214 on 09/28/2014 (1241 days app to issue)

Abstract: A luminaire that has multiple removable handles thereon, and can operate in multiple different modes, including a mode where a manual follow spot can occur. To operate in the manual follow spot mode, the luminaire is placed into a free moving mode in which it can be moved, and then the luminaire is moved using the removable handles to manually place the luminaire in a desired location. Then, the luminaire is commanded to remain in that desired location by turning on breaks or the like. In the manual movement mode, movement of the luminaire is manually controlled and not remotely controlled and all of at least color, gobo, beam size and other parameters are remotely controlled.

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


Economizer having source-specific damper blade assemblies and heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit employing the same
Patent No. 9897340 

Inventor(s): Erroll Eaton (McKinney, TX), Jonathan Douglas (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15364415 on 11/30/2016 (447 days app to issue)

Abstract: An economizer having a first air inlet, a second air inlet and an air outlet, a method of operating an economizer and a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system employing the economizer. In one embodiment, the economizer includes: (1) a first damper blade assembly in fluid communication with the first air inlet and the air outlet and having a first plurality of damper blades configured to move in parallel and (2) a second damper blade assembly in fluid communication with the second air inlet and the air outlet and having a second plurality of damper blades configured to move in opposition.

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


Transcritical carbon dioxide refrigeration system with multiple ejectors
Patent No. 9897363 

Inventor(s): Augusto J. Pereira Zimmermann (Stone Mountain, GA)
Assignee(s): Heatcraft Refrigeration Products LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14542704 on 11/17/2014 (1191 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present application provides a carbon dioxide based refrigeration system. The carbon dioxide based refrigeration system may include a mid temperature cycle with a mid temperature ejector, a low temperature cycle with a low temperature ejector, and a gas cooler/condenser in communication with the mid temperature cycle and the low temperature cycle.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

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System and method for combining disparate commercial transactions under a single identification mechanism
Patent No. 9898733 

Inventor(s): Dickson Perry (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Excentus Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14560605 on 12/04/2014 (1174 days app to issue)

Abstract: A single swipe system is constructed that allows a person to use a single financial card to receive loyalty benefits (or conduct other non-payment operations) concurrently with a payment transaction. In one embodiment, the user simply swipes his/her financial card and the processing system then concurrently processes a non-payment transaction along with a payment transaction. In some situations, the non-payment transaction can be blended into the payment transaction to allow for discounts and other awards from one or more databases other than the payment processing database. In one embodiment, a single swipe of a financial card connects the consumer with one or more loyalty systems and the consumer can select from the ones desired during the course of payment processing. Discounts and other advantages can be applied to the payment transaction, all based upon a single entry of the consumer”s ID.

[G07F] COIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS (coin sorting G07D 3/00; coin testing G07D 5/00) [7]


Optical marker for delivery drone cargo delivery
Patent No. 9898638 

Inventor(s): Gregory S. Jones (Lewisville, TX), John S. Pannell (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15004142 on 01/22/2016 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: At least one image captured by an image capture device of a delivery drone can be processed to identify at least one optical marker contained in the image. The optical marker can display at least one machine readable optical label, or alphanumeric characters, indicating a cargo recipient. Responsive to identifying the optical marker, image processing on the image can be performed to generate data corresponding to the machine readable optical label or alphanumeric characters. Whether the data corresponds to an intended cargo recipient of a cargo being carried by the delivery drone can be determined. Responsive to determining that the data corresponding to the machine readable optical label or alphanumeric characters corresponds to the intended cargo recipient of the cargo being carried by the delivery drone, the delivery drone can be initiated to deliver the cargo at a specific location indicated by the optical marker.

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


Disinfecting methods and apparatus
Patent No. 9895460 

Inventor(s): Michael R. Lopez (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): INIKOA MEDICAL, INC. (Newark, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15631686 on 06/23/2017 (242 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly for detecting a substance on an outer surface of a shaft. According to one implementation the assembly includes an elongate shaft having an outer surface and a radially emitting fiber spirally disposed inside the elongate shaft. A plurality of through holes are located between the radially emitting fiber and the outer surface with the through holes being longitudinally spaced-apart from one another. A laser under the control of a controller is optically coupled with the radially emitting fiber. The controller is configured to cause the laser to deliver pulsed light with a pulsed width into the radially emitting fiber. The longitudinal distance between adjacent through holes are such that the pulse width is shorter than a time for the light to travel between the adjacent through holes.

[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)


Flow-through sensor
Patent No. 9897600 

Inventor(s): Kevin M. Marr (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Brigham Young Univerisity (Provo, UT)
Law Firm: Brake Hughes Bellermann LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14945234 on 11/18/2015 (825 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one general aspect, a flow-through sensor can include a carbon nanotube structure including a parallel array of micro-channels, a catalyst coupled to an inner surface of at least one of the micro-channels, and a functionalizing material disposed within the micro-channels.

[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)


Electronic assembly with thermal channel and method of manufacture thereof
Patent No. 9898056 

Inventor(s): David Lee Dean (Litchfield Park, AZ), Dennis Bennett (Gilbert, AZ), Robert W. Ellis (Phoenix, AZ)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13922136 on 06/19/2013 (1707 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic assembly and method of manufacturing includes: an airflow bracket having a circular rail and an airflow tab, the airflow bracket electrically coupling the circular rail and the airflow tab; a top board attached to the circular rail for electrically coupling the top board and the circular rail; and a bottom board attached to the circular rail for electrically coupling the top board and the circular rail, the bottom board positioned to form a thermal channel between the top board and the bottom board for directing air through a vent opening of the circular rail.

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


Systems and methods of memory reads
Patent No. 9898229 

Inventor(s): Alexander Bazarsky (Holon, , IL), Ariel Navon (Revava, , IL), Gadi Vishne (Petach-Tikva, , IL), Joshua Lehmann (Modiin, , IL), Judah Gamliel Hahn (Ofra, , IL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15223595 on 07/29/2016 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data storage device includes a non-volatile memory and a controller coupled to the non-volatile memory. The controller is configured to initiate a read operation to retrieve data from the non-volatile memory. The controller is also configured to suspend the read operation and to determine context information associated with the suspended read operation. The controller is further configured, in response to detecting a condition indicating that the read operation is to resume, to resume the suspended read operation using the context information.

[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)


Dynamically updating APIS based on updated configuration file of a computing system
Patent No. 9898273 

Inventor(s): Arthur O. Beall, III (Sachse, TX), Wei Dong (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14978050 on 12/22/2015 (791 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve systems and methods for providing extensibility of one or more APIs of a computing system management interface to allow a user of the management interface to dynamically generate new interfaces for data attributes from one or more underlying hardware components of the computing system. In one particular embodiment, a management interface is configured to receive a configuration file from a user of the system through a user interface. The configuration file may define or otherwise indicate a type of API utilized by the management interface to communicate with components of the computing system and receive information concerning those components. The configuration file may also cause the management interface to update the identified API according to the update. By dynamically updating the number and type of APIs utilized by the management interface, the user may obtain information concerning the components of the computing system otherwise not previously available.

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


Method and system for dynamic word line based configuration of a three-dimensional memory device
Patent No. 9898364 

Inventor(s): Aaron K. Olbrich (Morgan Hill, CA), James M. Higgins (Chandler, AZ), Navneeth Kankani (Fremont, CA), Neil R. Darragh (Edinburgh, , GB), Robert W. Ellis (Phoenix, AZ), Steven Sprouse (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14543813 on 11/17/2014 (1191 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory controller configures a plurality of word lines associated with a respective block of a 3D memory device in a first configuration, where the first configuration includes a set of configuration parameters for each word line of the plurality of word lines determined at least in part on the vertical positions of each word line relative to a substrate of the 3D memory device and, while the plurality of word lines are configured in the first configuration, writes data to and reads data from the respective block. For the respective block, the memory controller: adjusts a first parameter in the respective set of configuration parameters corresponding to a respective word line of the plurality of word lines in response to detecting a first trigger condition as to the respective word line and, after adjusting the first parameter, writes data to and reads data from the respective word line.

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


Computer implemented system and method, and computer program product, for generic source control for orchestration workflows
Patent No. 9898471 

Inventor(s): Gilbert Lau (Cupertino, CA), Michael Tan (Palo Alto, CA), Peng Liu (Milpitas, CA), Richard Kirchhofer (Raleigh, NC)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14827122 on 08/14/2015 (921 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for generic source control for orchestration workflows. An example method may include receiving orchestration workflow information from an orchestration workflow engine. The received orchestration workflow information may be in a native file format. The received orchestration workflow information may be converted from a native file format to a predefined format. A request to check in the converted orchestration workflow information may be received, and responsive to receiving the request, the converted orchestration workflow information is stored in a source control system. A request to check out the converted orchestration workflow information may be received from a client computer, and, responsive to receiving the request, orchestration workflow change information may be generated, which indicate changes that have been made to the orchestration workflow information. The orchestration workflow change information may be sent to the client computer.

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


Managing lock or latch in concurrent execution of queries
Patent No. 9898476 

Inventor(s): Aniket Adnaik (Sunnyvale, CA), Masood Mortazavi (San Jose, CA), Mengmeng Chen (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14161388 on 01/22/2014 (1490 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various disclosed embodiments include methods and systems for managing lock or latch chains in concurrent execution of database queries. A method includes receiving a plurality of transactions, each transaction associated with one or more queuing requests. The method includes, for each transaction, determining one or more partition sets. Each partition set corresponds to one or more database partitions needed for the transaction. The one or more database partitions are included within a partitioned database. The method includes, for each transaction, determining one or more queues needed for the transaction and storing a bitmap representation of the one or more queues needed for the transaction. The one or more queues needed for the transaction correspond to the one or more database partitions needed for the transaction.

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


Secure data entry
Patent No. 9898597 

Inventor(s): Chong Lee (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Softlayer Technologies, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts, LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15396928 on 01/03/2017 (413 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and associated computing device, A first arrangement of numeric characters 0-9 is displayed, on a touch screen of the computing device, for an entry of a confidential sequence of numeric characters by a user during display of the first arrangement of the numeric characters 0-9 in ten respective regions of the touch screen. Each region includes (i) a unique numeric character and (ii) a graphical design that does not include the unique numeric character. The graphical design in each region is a different graphical design in each region. Each region has a closed exterior boundary and is totally filled with the graphical design consisting of a background pattern or no pattern. A graphical characteristic is instantiated differently for each numeric character displayed in the first arrangement. User touches are received on the displayed first arrangement of the confidential sequence of numeric characters to authenticate or authorize the user.

[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]


Computing device independent and transferable game level design and other objects
Patent No. 9898801 

Inventor(s): Carey Leigh Lotzer (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Networks LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15635027 on 06/27/2017 (238 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system which employs a method of creating transferable map schemas, storing the map schemas to storage devices, receiving target device settings, re-sampling the map schemas to fit the target devices using the target device settings, delivering the re-sampled map schemas to the target devices is described. Thereby providing the innovation that map schemas may be accessed by more than one type of device, the method by which maps are scaled from a created map dimension with given details to either a larger map having the ability to be utilized on a more capable playing device or to a map or a smaller map having the ability to be utilized on a less capable device without losing the important game-specific required data is also described.

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


System and method for modeling buildings and building products
Patent No. 9898862 

Inventor(s): Daipayan Bhattacharya (Santa Monica, CA), Daniel Frank (North Vancouver, , CA), Edwin Hathaway (Santa Monica, CA), Tony Cholfe (Innisfil, , CA)
Assignee(s): Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13421624 on 03/15/2012 (2168 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes causing a building model for a modeled building to be presented on a client computer. The building model includes a three-dimensional scene. The three-dimensional scene includes an individual rendering of at least selected building components for the modeled building. The method further includes permitting a user of the client computer to perform a virtual walkthrough of the three-dimensional scene. In addition, the method includes receiving a user change to the three-dimensional scene via a graphical user interface (GUI) component. Furthermore, the method includes dynamically changing the building model in accordance with the user change. The dynamically changing includes individually modifying an appearance of at least one building component of the at least selected building components in the three-dimensional scene.

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


Physical security system for computer terminals
Patent No. 9898901 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15365424 on 11/30/2016 (447 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer terminal located in an environment may include an actuator, retractable privacy barrier attached to the computer terminal by the actuator, a display, a memory, a processor, and a terminal application stored in the memory. The actuator is typically configured to extend the retractable privacy barrier to thereby reduce viewability of the computer terminal. The terminal application is typically configured for initiating an interactive session with a user, determining that a trigger event has occurred, and in response to determining that the trigger event has occurred, transmitting a control signal to the actuator, the control signal causing the actuator to extend the retractable privacy barrier. The present invention is further configured for monitoring one or more parameters of the environment, and displaying, via the display, data associated with the one or more parameters of the environment.

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


Write abort detection for multi-state memories
Patent No. 9899077 

Inventor(s): Aaron Lee (Mountain View, CA), Abhijeet Manohar (Bangalore, , IN), Cynthia Hua-Ling Hsu (Milpitas, CA), Deepanshu Dutta (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15588968 on 05/08/2017 (288 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are presented to determine whether a multi-state memory device suffers has a write operation aborted prior to its completion. In an example where all the word lines of a memory block is first programmed to an intermediate level (such as 2 bits per cells) before then being fully written (such as 4 bits per cell), after determining that intermediate programming pass completed, the block is searched using the read level for the highest multi-state to find the last fully programmed word line, after which the next word line is checked with the lowest state”s read level to determine whether the full programming had begun on this word line. In an example where each word line is fully written before beginning the next word line of the block, after determining the first erased word line, the preceding word line is checked as the highest state to see if programming completed and, if not, checked at the lowest read level to see if programming began.

[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)


Collecting and using quality of experience information
Patent No. 9900225 

Inventor(s): Michael Q. Iapalucci (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15442809 on 02/27/2017 (358 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for collecting and using quality of experience information. A server computer executing a quality of experience management service can receive a request for quality of experience display data. The server computer can obtain location data defining a geographic location of a user device and analyze quality of experience information defining a quality of experience of an application program associated with the user device. The server computer can generate the quality of experience display data based upon the quality of experience information, and provide the quality of experience display data to the user device.

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


Internet server access control and monitoring systems
Patent No. 9900305 

Inventor(s): Andrew C. Payne (Lincoln, MA), George Winfield Treese (Newton, MA), Lawrence C. Stewart (Burlington, MA), Stephen Jeffrey Morris (Westford, MA), Thomas Mark Levergood (Hopkinton, MA)
Assignee(s): Soverain IP, LLC (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 11300245 on 12/13/2005 (4452 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention relates to methods for controlling and monitoring access to network servers. In particular, the process described in the invention includes client-server sessions over the Internet. In this environment, when the user attempts to access an access-controlled file, the server subjects the request to a secondary server which determines whether the client has an authorization or valid account. Upon such verification, the user is provided with a session identification which allows the user to access to the requested file as well as any other files within the present protection domain.

[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]


Taxi trip meter system with indication of fare and distance violations
Patent No. RE046727 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): David Pomerantz (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Fare Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Washam PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14723731 on 05/28/2015 (999 days app to issue)

Abstract: A taxi trip meter system includes a taximeter and a location sensor connected to a computer loaded with street information and driver evaluation software. In a first embodiment, the estimated shortest route and distance between the starting and ending points of a trip are determined. If the estimated shortest trip distance is exceeded by an actual trip distance by a permissible margin, a distance violation is indicated. An actual average speed is calculated based on an actual trip duration and the actually traveled distance. If an estimated average speed limit for the actual route is exceeded by the actual average speed, a speed violation is indicated. In a second embodiment, an estimated taxi fare is calculated based on the estimated shortest route. If the estimated taxi fare is exceeded by an actual taxi fare calculated by the taximeter by a permissible margin, a fare violation is indicated. Patent Class: N/A


 

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Magnetic presence detection of a smartphone
Patent No. 9900055 

Inventor(s): Pascal Roux (Chabeuil, , FR)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Ortiz Lopez, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15421634 on 02/01/2017 (384 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for magnetic presence detection. A magnetic proximity detector is associated with a tag, wherein the tag transmits particular data when a mobile device is detected by the magnetic proximity detector, which can avoid needless battery consumption by the tag and/or the mobile device. A filter can be employed to filter out noisy magnetic signals so as to enhance a detection capability by the magnetic proximity detector and facilitate detection of the mobile device by the magnetic proximity detector.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Protective circuit for an apparatus
Patent No. 9899170 

Inventor(s): Thomas L. Hopkins (Mundelein, IL)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15044762 on 02/16/2016 (735 days app to issue)

Abstract: A protective circuit for an apparatus includes an accelerometer having an output and a microcontroller coupled to the output of the accelerometer. The protective circuit also includes a switch for controlling the apparatus coupled to an output of the microcontroller and a load coupled to the switch. A power source is coupled to the load and the switch. In operation the microcontroller is cable of sending a signal to the switch to turn of power to the load when a dangerous condition as detected from the accelerometer data has occurred.

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


Fabrication of silicon germanium-on-insulator finFET
Patent No. 9899253 

Inventor(s): Bruce Doris (Slingerlands, NY), Hong He (Schenectady, NY), Qing Liu (Watervliet, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15262034 on 09/12/2016 (526 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of making a structurally stable SiGe-on-insulator FinFET employs a silicon nitride liner to prevent de-stabilizing oxidation at the base of a SiGe fin. The silicon nitride liner blocks access of oxygen to the lower corners of the fin to facilitate fabrication of a high-concentration SiGe fin. The silicon nitride liner is effective as an oxide barrier even if its thickness is less than about 5 nm. Use of the SiN liner provides structural stability for fins that have higher germanium content, in the range of 25-55% germanium concentration.

[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]


Top-side cooling of RF products in air cavity composite packages
Patent No. 9899292 

Inventor(s): Anthony Chiu (Richardson, TX), Craig Steinbeiser (Allen, TX), John Beall (Richardson, TX), Oleh Krutko (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15231922 on 08/09/2016 (560 days app to issue)

Abstract: Top-side cooling of Radio Frequency (RF) products in air cavity packages is provided. According to one aspect, an air cavity package comprises a substrate, a RF component mounted to the substrate, and a lid structure comprising a first material and being mounted to the substrate that covers the RF component such that a cavity is formed within the lid structure and about the RF component. At least one opening is provided in a top portion of the lid. The air cavity package also comprises a heat transfer structure comprising a second material and comprising a heat path extending from the top surface of the substrate through the opening(s) in the lid to the top outer surface of the air cavity package to provide a top-side thermal interface. In one embodiment, the lid is comprised of a molded material that absorbs RF signals and the heat transfer structure is metal.

[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]


Wire bonded wide I/O semiconductor device
Patent No. 9899347 

Inventor(s): Chih-Chin Liao (Changhua, , TW), Gokul Kumar (San Jose, CA), Hem Takiar (Fremont, CA), Michael Mostovoy (San Ramon, CA), Ning Ye (San Jose, CA), Venkatesh P. Ramachandra (San Jose, CA), Vinayak Ghatawade (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15454194 on 03/09/2017 (348 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wide I/O semiconductor device is disclosed including a memory die stack wire bonded to an interface chip. The stack of memory die may be wire bonded to the interface chip using a wire bond scheme optimized for die-to-die connection and optimized for the large number of wire bond connections in a wide I/O semiconductor device. This method can achieve significant BW increase by improving packaging yield and costs, not possible with current packaging schemes.

[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]


Fin-FET resonant body transistor
Patent No. 9899363 

Inventor(s): Bichoy Bahr (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. (Grand Cayman, , KY)
Law Firm: Heslin Rothenberg Farley Mesiti P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15632927 on 06/26/2017 (239 days app to issue)

Abstract: Circuit structures including a FinFET resonant body transistor are disclosed. One circuit structure includes: a plurality of fins over a substrate and a plurality of gate structures over the plurality of fins, the plurality of gate structures comprising at least one voltage sensing gate, and at least two of the plurality of fins comprising multiple pn-junctions disposed on opposing sides of the at least one voltage sensing gate, the multiple pn-junctions being fabricated to operate as driving units; at least one phononic crystal, wherein the at least one phononic crystal is arranged to confine vibrational energy arising from electrically induced mechanical stresses in the fins comprising driving units; and, wherein the electrically induced mechanical stresses modulate carrier mobility in the at least one voltage sensing gate to produce a current extractable by the circuit structure.

[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]


3D NAND device with five-folded memory stack structure configuration
Patent No. 9899399 

Inventor(s): Hiroyuki Ogawa (Yokkaichi, , JP), Hiroyuki Tanaka (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15174030 on 06/06/2016 (624 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional semiconductor device includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate, memory stack structures extending through the alternating stack and arranged in at least five rows that extend along a first horizontal direction, contact via structures arranged in a same number of rows as the memory stack structures and overlying the memory stack structures, each of the contact via structures being electrically connected to a semiconductor channel of a respective memory stack structure, bit lines contacting a respective contact via structure and extending along a second horizontal direction that is different from the first horizontal direction, and a pair of wall-shaped via structures extending through the alternating stack and laterally extending along the first horizontal direction.

[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]


Charge storage region in non-volatile memory
Patent No. 9899410 

Inventor(s): Ching-Huang Lu (Fremont, CA), Hoon Cho (Sunnyvale, CA), Jun Wan (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15376925 on 12/13/2016 (434 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein is a non-volatile storage system with memory cells having a charge storage region that may be configured to store a higher density of charges (e.g., electrons) in the middle than nearer to the control gate or channel. The charge storage region has a middle charge storage material that stores a higher density of charges than two outer charge storage materials that are nearer to the control gate or channel, in one aspect. The charge storage region of one aspect has oxide regions between the middle charge storage material and the two outer charge storage materials. The oxide regions of one embodiment are thin (e.g., less than one nanometer) such that during operation charges may easily pass through the oxide regions. The non-volatile memory cell programs quickly and has high data retention.

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


Method to make self-aligned vertical field effect transistor
Patent No. 9899529 

Inventor(s): Mark Rodder (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15195886 on 06/28/2016 (602 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for making a self-aligned vertical nanosheet field effect transistor. A vertical trench is etched in a layered structure including a plurality of layers, using reactive ion etching, and filled, using an epitaxial process, with a vertical semiconductor nanosheet. A sacrificial layer from among the plurality of layers is etched out and replaced with a conductive (e.g., metal) gate layer coated with a high-dielectric-constant dielectric material. Two other layers from among the plurality of layers, one above and one below the gate layer, are doped, and act as dopant donors for a diffusion process that forms two PN junctions in the vertical semiconductor nanosheet.

[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]


Stacked low loss stripline circulator
Patent No. 9899717 

Inventor(s): John M. Bedinger (Garland, TX), Sankerlingam Rajendran (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Daly, Crowley, Mofford Durkee, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14881853 on 10/13/2015 (861 days app to issue)

Abstract: A stacked stripline circulator includes a first ferrite disc, a second ferrite disc, a first substrate having a metalized edge with the first ferrite disc disposed in the first substrate, a second substrate having a metalized edge with the second ferrite disc disposed in the second substrate, a first metalized pattern defining ports of a circulator disposed on the first substrate, the first metalized pattern comprising copper, a second metalized pattern defining ports of a circulator disposed on the second substrate, the second metalized pattern comprising copper, and a bonding ring bonding the metalized edge of the first substrate with the metalized edge of the second substrate.

[H01P] WAVEGUIDES; RESONATORS, LINES OR OTHER DEVICES OF THE WAVEGUIDE TYPE (operating at optical frequencies G02B)


Global electrical power multiplication
Patent No. 9899718 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Waxahachie, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15237999 on 08/16/2016 (553 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various examples are provided for global electrical power multiplication. In one example, a global power multiplier includes first and second guided surface waveguide probes separated by a distance equal to a quarter wavelength of a defined frequency and configured to launch synchronized guided surface waves along a surface of a lossy conducting medium at the defined frequency; and at least one excitation source configured to excite the first and second guided surface waveguide probes at the defined frequency, where the excitation of the second guided surface waveguide probe at the defined frequency is 90 degrees out of phase with respect to the excitation of the first guided surface waveguide probe. In another example, a method includes launching synchronized guided surface waves along a surface of a lossy conducting medium by exciting first and second guided surface waveguide probes to produce a traveling wave propagating along the surface.

[H01P] WAVEGUIDES; RESONATORS, LINES OR OTHER DEVICES OF THE WAVEGUIDE TYPE (operating at optical frequencies G02B)


Apparatus and methods for connecting and disconnecting threaded connectors
Patent No. 9899787 

Inventor(s): Richard Baumler (Heath, TX)
Assignee(s): L-3 Communications Integrated Systems L.P. (Greenville, TX)
Law Firm: Egan Peterman Enders Huston (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14325268 on 07/07/2014 (1324 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus and methods that may be employed to install or remove a threaded connector by allowing a cable or tubing segment attached to the threaded connector to pass through an open pass-through area that is defined to extend through the tool so as to allow the threaded connector to be tightened and/or loosened relative to the fitting by turning the connector a full revolution or more while the cable or tubing is attached to the connector and extending through the tool.

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


Voltage regulator with dynamic charge pump control
Patent No. 9899912 

Inventor(s): Anand Veeravalli Raghupathy (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Vidatronic, Inc. (College Station, TX)
Law Firm: Liang Legal Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15250777 on 08/29/2016 (540 days app to issue)

Abstract: A charge pump driven Linear Voltage Regulator (LVR) system with a cascoded n-type output pass device includes an error amplifier; a voltage feedback network; a dynamically controlled charge pump block that is ON only when required and OFF otherwise; a gate drive system configured to ensure that the charge pump drives only gate of a cascode transistor and no DC or static current load such that a voltage is preserved for a duration; and a filter at the charge pump output to reduce an impact of the switching noise of the charge pump on the regulator output, wherein the filter is outside a main servo loop of the regulator, wherein an n-type pass element and/or cascode element in the cascoded n-type output pass device comprises at least one of a Metal Oxide Semiconductor (MOS) Field Effect Transistor (FET), a bipolar junction transistor, an LDMOS, or a FinFET device.

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


Situation responsive audio system
Patent No. 9899980 

Inventor(s): David Steinhoff (Kennedale, TX), James M. McCollough (Arlington, TX), Ottis Lynn Morgan (Arlington, TX), Thomas W. Brooks (Hurst, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15426085 on 02/07/2017 (378 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of controlling an audio system includes generating a situation response model for a situation parameter, determining a situation parameter value, and at least one of (1) providing an audio system output as a function of the situation response model and the situation parameter value and (2) receiving an audio system input as a function of the situation response model and the situation parameter value.

[H03G] CONTROL OF AMPLIFICATION (impedance networks, e.g. attenuators, H03H; control of transmission in lines H04B 3/04)


Transmitter harmonics calibration to improve transmit linearity
Patent No. 9900030 

Inventor(s): Hong Jiang (Kernersville, NC), Jamil Forrester (Summerfield, NC), Wael Al-Qaq (Oak Ridge, NC), Zhihang Zhang (Cary, NC)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15097898 on 04/13/2016 (678 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises: radio frequency (RF) transceiver circuitry for electrical coupling to an antenna and including: a local oscillator (LO) circuit configured to generate a LO signal, and a mixer circuit configured to mix a CW tone signal with the LO signal; a measurement receiver path configured to measure an antenna signal, wherein the antenna signal includes the CW tone signal mixed with the LO signal; and baseband processing circuitry electrically coupled to the measurement receiver path and configured to adjust a clock duty ratio of the LO signal to reduce one or more counter intermodulation (CIM) signals in the antenna signal.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for a power line modem
Patent No. 9900051 

Inventor(s): Oleg Logvinov (East Brunswick, NJ)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14825979 on 08/13/2015 (922 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a method of operating an electronic system includes detecting an incoming transmission on a power line, and modifying a switching behavior of a switched-mode power supply coupled to the power line upon detecting the incoming transmission. Modifying reduces the level of interference produced by the switched-mode power supply.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method for calibration of a MIMO array based on an opportunistic signal
Patent No. 9900112 

Inventor(s): Arkady Molev Shteiman (Basking Ridge, NJ), Xiao-Feng Qi (Westfield, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Zilka-Kotab, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15449765 on 03/03/2017 (354 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system, and computer-readable medium are provided for calibrating elements of a MIMO array. The method includes the steps of receiving samples of a signal from a plurality of antenna units included in the MIMO array, generating an antenna domain channel estimate based on the samples of the signal received from each antenna unit, estimating a set of spatial parameters based on the antenna domain channel estimate, generating a reconstructed channel based on the estimated set of spatial parameters, comparing the antenna domain channel estimate and the reconstructed channel to determine errors associated with a set of mismatch parameters for each antenna unit, and adjusting the set of mismatch parameters based on the errors. Each antenna unit in the plurality of antenna units is configured to sample the signal based on a clock corresponding with the antenna unit.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Apparatus, system, and method for reducing a number of intersymbol interference components to be suppressed
Patent No. 9900121 

Inventor(s): Hiroshi Takatori (Sacramento, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Zilka-Kotab, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15260117 on 09/08/2016 (530 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method are provided for reducing a number of intersymbol interference components to be suppressed. Included is a receiver path with a linear equalizer configured to: receive a signal pulse including a data component and a first number of post-cursor intersymbol interference components, delay and process the signal pulse such that the signal pulse includes a second number of post-cursor intersymbol interference components which is less than the first number of post-cursor intersymbol interference components, and produce an output signal that includes the data component and the second number of post-cursor intersymbol interference components. The receiver path further includes a decision feedback equalizer in electrical communication with the linear equalizer. The decision feedback equalizer is configured to: receive the output signal from the linear equalizer, and suppress the second number of the post-cursor intersymbol interference components of the output signal.

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


Shared resource watermarking and management
Patent No. 9900261 

Inventor(s): William DeWeese (Haltom City, TX)
Assignee(s): AirWatch LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13907932 on 06/02/2013 (1724 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system and non-transitory computer-readable medium product are provided for shared resource watermarking and management. In the context of a method, a method is provided that includes identifying requests to share resources from a device and identifying a watermark template. The method further includes associating the watermark template with the resources, and authorizing the request to share the resources from the device.

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


Low-latency secure segment encryption and authentication interface
Patent No. 9900289 

Inventor(s): Alexander Giladi (Princeton, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15231161 on 08/08/2016 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprising a memory, a processor coupled to the memory and configured to obtain a Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) (DASH) Media Presentation Description (MPD) from an HTTP server, wherein the MPD describes a media presentation as at least one encrypted segment, and wherein the encrypted segment is associated with an availability time and a decryption key, and pre-fetch the decryption key associated with the encrypted segment by requesting the decryption key from a key server prior to the availability time of the encrypted segment.

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


Methods, systems, and computer readable media for providing legacy devices access to a session initiation protocol (SIP) based network
Patent No. 9900351 

Inventor(s): Richard C. Taylor (Manotick, , CA)
Assignee(s): GENBAND US LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13187269 on 07/20/2011 (2407 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media for providing legacy devices access to a session initiation protocol (SIP) based network are disclosed. One exemplary system comprises a session initiation protocol (SIP) based access proxy element communicatively coupled to a SIP based network that includes a registration engine configured to create a mapped entry in a database that associates an assigned SIP registration identifier to an identifier corresponding to a legacy endpoint device and configured to register the legacy endpoint device into the SIP based network using the assigned SIP registration identifier. The SIP based access proxy element further includes a session management module configured to establish a communications session involving the registered legacy endpoint device by interworking between a legacy control protocol and a SIP based call control protocol using the mapped entry in the database.

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


System and method for detecting and controlling contraband devices in a controlled environment
Patent No. 9900428 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15286294 on 10/05/2016 (503 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides details of a system and method for detecting and monitoring a contraband device including communication devices by utilizing a combination of mobile devices, fixed monitoring devices, and a contraband monitoring center. The mobile devices include smart phones or tablets that are borrowed, rented, or purchased by an inmate from a correctional facility. These mobile devices are configured to detect, monitor, and intervene in the communications of target devices. Further, the mobile devices are configured to communicate with fixed monitoring devices located throughout the correctional facility in performing intervention operations. The contraband monitoring center may also be utilized in the coordination, monitoring, and intervention of target devices.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Multi-stream video switching with selective optimized composite
Patent No. 9900553 

Inventor(s): Stephen R. Whynot (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Avaya Inc. (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Sheridan Ross P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15395984 on 12/30/2016 (417 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of facilitating a multi-participant communication session with an efficient use of network bandwidth and processing resources is described. The processing resources are made available to the session participants via a switching fabric and composites of less active session participants can be used to minimize the bandwidth utilization between a media server and endpoints.

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


System and method for generalized view morphing over a multi-camera mesh
Patent No. 9900583 

Inventor(s): James M. A. Begole (Santa Clara, CA), Jinwei Gu (Bridgewater, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14561027 on 12/04/2014 (1174 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus is configured to perform a method for generalized view morphing. The method includes determining a camera plane based on a predetermined view point of a virtual camera associated with a desired virtual image, the camera plane comprising at least three real cameras; pre-warping at least three image planes such that all of the image planes are parallel to the camera plane, each image plane associated with one of the real cameras positioned in the camera plane; determining a virtual image plane by performing a linear interpolation morphing on the at least three image planes; and post-warping the virtual image plane to a predetermined pose.

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


Building network hub with occupancy awareness
Patent No. 9900729 

Inventor(s): Wojciech Grohman (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): SQ Mind Inc (Little Elm, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14791490 on 07/06/2015 (960 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device for enabling Internet access over a wireless short-range communications network that comprises the means to detect and identify the occupants of the room the device resides in, includes a safety mode to prevent unauthorized device reprogramming and works in conjunction with a smart device application to improve accuracy of its occupancy detection capabilities.

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


Prediction of performance indicators in cellular networks
Patent No. 9900790 

Inventor(s): Baoling Sheen (Kildeer, IL), Ji Wang (Bridgewater, NJ), Jin Yang (Bridgewater, NJ), Wenwen Zhao (Davis, CA), Ying Li (Hillsborough, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15373177 on 12/08/2016 (439 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method of predicting cellular network performance based on observed performance indicator data from cells in the cellular network. The method includes accessing a set of observed performance indicator data, the performance indicator data including a time sequenced measure of performance indicators for the cellular network. The method then classifies the observed performance data based on a cell as one of a high load growth cell and a high load non-growth cell. Based on the classification of the cell, the method computes a future value of at least one performance indicator using a predictive model based on testing data for the cell in the observed performance indicator data. The predictive model is derived from training data in the observed performance indicator data. An indication of the future value of the at least one of the performance indicators is output when the future value exceeds an alarm value.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Communicating data using a local wireless access network node
Patent No. 9900820 

Inventor(s): Yi Song (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Trop Pruner Hu, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14923029 on 10/26/2015 (848 days app to issue)

Abstract: A local wireless access network node receives a request to offload at least a portion of data traffic for a user equipment from a macro wireless access network node to the local wireless access network node, where the user equipment is to maintain a wireless connection to the macro wireless access network node after the offload. The local wireless access network node sends a response to indicate whether the local wireless access node has accepted or denied the request.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for adaptive transmissions in wireless network
Patent No. 9900872 

Inventor(s): Bingyu Qu (Rolling Meadows, IL), Hossein Bagheri (Arlington Heights, IL), Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Qian Cheng (Aurora, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14254691 on 04/16/2014 (1406 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for cell adaptation includes receiving, by a user equipment (UE), one or more transmission parameters for a transition reference signal (TRS). One or more cells is transitioned between a reduced activity mode and an active transmission and reception mode in accordance with the TRS. The method further includes the UE determining whether or not to transmit the TRS in accordance with one or more TRS transmission criteria, and the UE transmitting the TRS in accordance with the one or more transmission parameters.

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


Transmission apparatus and transmission method using a plurality of divided frequency bands in a communication band
Patent No. 9900890 

Inventor(s): Kentaro Miyano (Osaka, , JP), Takaaki Kishigami (Tokyo, , JP), Yoichi Nakagawa (Tokyo, , JP)
Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14577814 on 12/19/2014 (1159 days app to issue)

Abstract: A radio communication apparatus capable of alleviating a burden in setting a transmission format and suppressing increases in the scale of the apparatus. In this apparatus, space multiplexing adaptability detection section detects space multiplexing transmission adaptability for divided bands obtained by dividing a communication band to which Ns subcarrier signals belong in multicarrier transmission and to which a plurality of subcarrier signals belong, and outputs the detection results. Transmission format setting section sets a transmission format when carrying out radio transmission based on the detection results from space multiplexing adaptability detection section.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for avoiding in-device coexistence interference
Patent No. 9900895 

Inventor(s): Changhoi Koo (Plano, TX), Jun Li (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13877208 on 10/01/2010 (2699 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system and device are provided for avoiding in-device coexistence interference between different radio technologies deployed in adjacent bands on the same device by controlling and separating the LTE signaling and the non-LTE signaling using dedicated time intervals to separate LTE signaling from non-LTE signaling. In addition, coexistence mode handover procedures are provided which use threshold-based triggering events to avoid coexistence interference and to prevent ping-pong effects by establishing a ”keeping time” parameter so that a non-interfering network node does not switch back to an interfering network node after handoff. Coexistence interference is also avoided by providing a hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ) mechanism which accounts for coexistence interference by providing a fixed or variable on-interval parameter and an activity parameter indicating whether non-LTE activity is present to maximize a time interval for non-LTE devices without interference from LTE activity on the same device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for random access to radio services
Patent No. 9900915 

Inventor(s): Atsushi Matsumoto (Ishikawa, , JP), Daichi Imamura (Kanagawa, , JP), Sadaki Futagi (Ishikawa, , JP), Takashi Iwai (Ishikawa, , JP), Tomofumi Takata (Ishikawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15485337 on 04/12/2017 (314 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus for use in a mobile radio station includes a memory to store a table of adaptable associations between control information and code sequences. A data processor detects a condition and dynamically adapts one or more of the associations in the table stored in memory between control information and code sequences depending on the detected condition. A transmitter transmits one of the code sequences selected based on the dynamically adapted one or more of the associations.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Temperature compensation in optical sensing system
Patent No. 9900953 

Inventor(s): Alain Potteck (Montreal, , CA), James P. Cusey (Dallas, TX), Tri-Tue Truong (Ville Mont-Royal, , CA)
Assignee(s): TT ELECTRONICS PLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15168858 on 05/31/2016 (630 days app to issue)

Abstract: A temperature compensation circuit for a light source (e.g., light emitting diode (LED)) whose radiant energy output decreases when ambient temperature increases includes a first circuit element for generating a first current that increases proportional to an increase in the ambient temperature, and a second circuit element for generating a second current that is first order independent of the ambient temperature. The circuit further includes a weighted current adder for generating a third current by combining the first and second currents with first and second weights applied to the first and second currents respectively. The circuit further includes a third circuit element responsive to the third current for supplying a fourth current to the light source to maintain a radiant energy output of the light source constant independent of the ambient temperature.

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


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Snack food product
Patent No. D810392 

Inventor(s): John Mampra Mathew (Plano, TX), Sevugan Palaniappan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29581905 on 10/24/2016 (484 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Fluid container
Patent No. D810570 

Inventor(s): C J Comu (Dallas, TX), Chrystal Haag-Morris (Farmers Branch, TX), J. Mervyn Price (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Earthwater PLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29594929 on 02/23/2017 (362 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cosmetic bottle
Patent No. D810580 

Inventor(s): Jenny DeMarco Staab (Frisco, TX), Lauren Purkhiser (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29611781 on 07/25/2017 (210 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet toy
Patent No. D811020 

Inventor(s): Kyle Burger (Seattle, WA), Ryan Wills (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29572983 on 08/02/2016 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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