Dallas Invents: 78 Patents Granted for Week of July 23

Patents granted include Sam Houston State University’s personal hygiene assistant device to help impaired users put on deodorant; Emerson Spalding Phipps’ double layer helmet to reduce impact from force; Board of Regents at UT Austin’s therapy for treating “neural deficits” from multiple sclerosis; and Zodiac Seat’s car mounting assemblies for personal electronic devices.

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Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include assigned patents granted to local entities or those with a North Texas inventor. As of June 12, 2018, unassigned patents with a local inventor are included. 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 July 23, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP 3 LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 5
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 4
Celanese International Corporation (Irving) 3
Sandisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 3
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 3
Securus Technologies Inc. (Carrollton) 3
STMicroelectronics Inc. (Coppell) 3

UNASSIGNED 5


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Matthew Smith (McKinney) 2
Sean David Peterson (Arlington) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

228 days
Tiltrotor aircraft having pillow block mounted pylon assemblies
Patent No.: 10029802
Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth)
Inventors: Andrew G. Baines (Southlake), Christopher R. Jackson (Kennedale), Daniel J. Sweigard (Euless), George Ryan Decker (Fort Worth), James Elbert King (N. Richland Hills), James Everett Kooiman (Fort Worth), Jeffr

2,630 days
Bioactive renal cells
Assignee: InRegen (Camana Bay, Grand Cayman, KY)
Inventor: Eric Werdin (Lewisville)
Patent No.: 10030242-B2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Personal hygiene assist device
Patent No. 10028566 

Inventor(s): Maureen Reynolds (Midlothian, TX)
Assignee(s): Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, TX)
Law Firm: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert Goetzel, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15399272 on 01/05/2017 (565 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, a personal hygiene assist system may assist an impaired user in using deodorant. The system may include a container comprising an opening on an upper first side, opposite to a lower second side. The opening may include a substantially oblong shape configured to hold at least a lower portion of a deodorant case. The lower portion of the deodorant case may include an activation mechanism which upon rotation exposes additional deodorant positioned in the deodorant case. In some embodiments, the system may include a handle coupled to a third side coupling the first and second sides. In some embodiments, the system may include an engaging mechanism positioned in the container and coupled to the handle. When the handle is rotated the engaging mechanism may engage and rotate the activation mechanism of the deodorant exposing additional deodorant positioned in the deodorant case.

[A45D] HAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT (wigs, toupees, or the like A41G 3/00, A41G 5/00; hairdressers’ chairs A47C 1/04; hair cutting appliances, razors B26B)


Snap-in bracket for slidable racks and method of use
Patent No. 10028578 

Inventor(s): Justin Corless (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Hardware Resources, Inc. (Bossier City, LA)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15458718 on 03/14/2017 (497 days app to issue)

Abstract: A snap-in mounting bracket with a generally ”U” shaped cross-section. A set of mounting holes are spaced along the web of the bracket and correspond to existing holes in prefabricated cabinets or closets over a range of industry standard sizes. A guide flange extends from the web proximate the middle of a first edge. End flanges curve around the ends of the first edge. A pair of spring flanges extend from the web on a second edge opposite the middle guide flange. A universal slide assembly is removably secured to the mounting bracket between the flanges. The end flanges and the spring tension of the spring flanges hold the slide assembly in place. Different closet organizer components such as tie racks, pant racks, and belt racks can be affixed to the slide assembly for slidable deployment along the vertical partition out of the closet.

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


Adjustable face plate mounting system and method of use
Patent No. 10028581 

Inventor(s): Alan Chen (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Hardware Resources, Inc. (Bossier City, LA)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15608815 on 05/30/2017 (420 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is an adjustable face plate mounting system for adjusting the position of a face plate attached to a pantry pullout apparatus. The system comprises a slotted bracket adjustably attached to the face plate, a standoff assembly attached to the pantry pullout apparatus and slidably engaged with the slotted bracket, a fastener fixedly attached to the pantry pullout apparatus, and a set crew movable within the fastener and abutting the slotted bracket. A first embodiment of the standoff assembly includes a pair of standoffs and coordinating removable fasteners. Another embodiment of the standoff assembly includes a single standoff and fastener paired with a pin. The face plate is adjustable in three dimensions with respect to the pantry pullout apparatus and surrounding cabinets.

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


Infant walker system
Patent No. 10028593 

Inventor(s): Micheal Mathews, Jr. (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14932247 on 11/04/2015 (993 days app to issue)

Abstract: A infant walker system includes a frame with a first top rail; a second top rail; a first leg attached to the first top rail and configured to elevate the first top rail at a distance relative to a ground surface; and a second leg attached to the second top rail and configured to elevate the second top rail at a distance relative to the ground surface. The system also includes a harness secured to the first top rail and the second top rail, the harness being configured to secure an infant at a predetermined height relative to the ground surface; a first sliding joint slidingly engaged with the first top rail; a second sliding joint slidingly engaged with the second top rail; a first strap attached to the harness and to the first sliding joint; and a second strap attached to the harness and to the second sliding joint.

[A47D] FURNITURE SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR CHILDREN (school benches or desks A47B 39/00, A47B 41/00)


Nuclear localization of GLP-1 stimulates myocardial regeneration and reverses heart failure
Patent No. 10028902 

Inventor(s): Paul A. Grayburn (Plano, TX), Shuyuan Chen (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Baylor Research Institute (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15034929 on 11/07/2014 (1355 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide methods and/or compositions useful for an individual in need of treatment of a cardiac-related medical condition. In particular cases, GLP-1 is employed in a ultrasound targeted microbubble destruction (UTMD) system for delivery to cardiac tissue, thereby stimulating myocardial regeneration and, in at least some cases, reversal of cardiomyopathy.

[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)


Endoscopic peripheral
Patent No. 10029079 

Inventor(s): Brian Dean Owens (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TREBLE INNOVATIONS (Springville, UT)
Law Firm: Goodhue, Coleman Owens, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13654409 on 10/17/2012 (2106 days app to issue)

Abstract: An endoscopic peripheral includes a first end including at least a camera and one or more lights. The endoscopic peripheral may also include a second end may include a plug to physical connect the endoscopic peripheral to a computing device or a wireless device. The endoscopic peripheral may also include a flexible cable for communicating content captured by the camera to the computing device or wireless device.

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


Methods and systems for therapy of multiple sclerosis
Patent No. 10029094 

Inventor(s): Michael P. Kilgard (Richardson, TX), Robert L. Rennaker, II (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14947797 on 11/20/2015 (977 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for treating neural deficits resulting from multiple sclerosis, involving assessing a subject”s motor, sensory, cognitive, or emotional deficits caused by multiple sclerosis; selecting a rehabilitative task based said deficits; determining the subject”s acceptable performance threshold for the rehabilitative task; and providing a paired training therapy. The paired training therapy comprises having the subject to perform a trial of the rehabilitative task; classifying the subject”s performance on the trial as either acceptable or unacceptable, wherein an acceptable performance is performance at or above the subject”s acceptable performance threshold, and an unacceptable performance is performance below the subject”s acceptable performance threshold; and reinforcing acceptable performance by selectively stimulating the subject”s vagus nerve after completion of the acceptable performance.

[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]


Protective member for a vehicle
Patent No. 10029633 

Inventor(s): Charles Edward Phipps (Dallas, TX), Emerson Spalding Phipps (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Emerson Spalding Phipps (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Locke Lord, LLP (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15343586 on 11/04/2016 (627 days app to issue)

Abstract: A protective member such as a helmet includes an outer layer and an inner layer interconnected by multiple connectors, such as extension springs, under tension along their longitudinal axis. The connectors absorb energy from an impact force by resisting further tension along their longitudinal axis and allow the outer layer and inner layer to move relative to each other. In the helmet application, the head of a user experiences less impact force, reduced change in momentum or position of the head and neck, reduced head and neck loads and reduced amounts of linear and rotational acceleration. The protective member can be used in numerous applications and environments, including for participants in sports, in applications including bumpers, passenger cabins, car seats and beds.

[A42B] HATS; HEAD COVERINGS (headbands, head-scarves A41D 20/00, A41D 23/00)


 

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

End effector cleaning devices and systems
Patent No. 10029273 

Inventor(s): Dan Eck (Springerton, IL), John Birkner (Evansville, IN), Mark Clayton (Elberfeld, IN), Mary Tumey (Vincennes, IN), Scott Huck (Evansville, IN)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15198650 on 06/30/2016 (754 days app to issue)

Abstract: An end effector cleaner for removing excess sealant from an end effector is provided. The end effector cleaner includes a first spool, a second spool, a medium for removing excess sealant from the end effector, a support member configured to support a portion of the medium, a motor for rotating the second spool, an advancement sensor for detecting a presence of the end effector and sending a signal for rotating the motor, and a roll sensor for detecting a dimension of the medium wound on at least one of the first spool and the second spool. One end of the medium is wound on the first spool and the other end of the medium is wound on the second spool, and the portion of the medium is positioned to receive excess sealant of the end effector.

[B05B] SPRAYING APPARATUS; ATOMISING APPARATUS; NOZZLES (spray-mixers with nozzles B01F 5/20; processes for applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces by spraying B05D) [2]


Transverse sonotrode design for ultrasonic welding
Patent No. 10029409 

Inventor(s): Glenn T. Jordan (Prosper, TX), Pak Meng Cham (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): EWI, Inc. (Edison Welding Institute, Inc.) (Columbus, OH)
Law Firm: Frost Brown Todd LLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15454867 on 03/09/2017 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ultrasonic welding system that includes an ultrasonic transducer configured to convert electricity to generate ultrasonic waves, wherein the waves propagate along a first direction from the transducer; and a sonotrode that includes a single-component body having nodal and anti-nodal regions, and configured to propagate ultrasonic waves received at a nodal region along a first direction; a plurality of redirecting features formed in the body and configured to cause received ultrasonic waves propagating along the first direction to propagate along a second direction, perpendicular to the first direction, upon encountering one or more of the redirecting features; wherein the body is further configured to stretch and compress along the second direction based on corresponding peaks and valleys of the waves propagating along the second direction; and at least one ultrasonic welding surface at an anti-nodal region of the body configured to oscillate based on the stretching and compressing, wherein opposing ends of the sonotrode comprise the nodal region, at least one of the opposing ends configured to receive the ultrasonic waves.

[B06B] GENERATING OR TRANSMITTING MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS IN GENERAL (for particular physical or chemical processes, see the relevant subclasses, e.g. B07B 1/40, B22C 19/06, B23Q 17/12, B24B 31/06, E01C 19/22; measurement of mechanical vibrations, including the combination of generation and measurement, G01H; systems using reflection or reradiation of acoustic waves G01S 15/00; generating seismic energy for prospecting G01V 1/02; control of mechanical vibrations G05D 19/00; methods or devices for transmitting, conducting or directing sound, in general G10K 11/00; synthesis of acoustic waves G10K 15/02; piezo-electric, electrostrictive or magnetostrictive elements H01L 41/00; motors with vibrating magnet, armature or coil H02K 33/00; motors using piezo-electric effect, electrostriction or magnetostriction H02N 2/00; generation of electrical oscillations H03B; electromechanical resonators as resonant circuit elements H03H; loudspeakers, microphones, gramophone pick-ups or like acoustic electromechanical transducers H04R) [2]


Retractable truck bed lighting system
Patent No. 10029611 

Inventor(s): Ethan Fassezke (Mason, MI), Ryan C. Harris (Saline, MI), Scott L. Frederick (Brighton, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15266108 on 09/15/2016 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein are various embodiments of a retractable truck bed lighting system. The lighting system may comprise an illumination device. The illumination device may comprise an upper portion and a lower portion coupled to the upper portion. The upper portion may comprise an upper body, a cap covering a top portion of the upper body, and a diffuser module comprising a light source set within a front wall of the upper body. The lower portion may comprise a lower body surrounding a first cavity, the upper portion fits within the first cavity when the upper portion is in a recessed position and the upper portion extends from the first cavity when the upper portion is in an extended position, and an extension mechanism coupled to the upper portion and the lower portion, the extension mechanism configured to extend the upper portion from the recessed position to the extended position.

[B60Q] ARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL [4]


Surrounding vehicle classification and path prediction
Patent No. 10029682 

Inventor(s): Pujitha Gunaratne (Windsor, , CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15003961 on 01/22/2016 (914 days app to issue)

Abstract: A host vehicle can be configured to monitor an external environment of the host vehicle using a sensor system. The host vehicle can detect an object in the external environment of the host vehicle. The object can be classified as a surrounding vehicle. The host vehicle can determine a driving behavior of the surrounding vehicle. The driving behavior can be based on any one of a predetermined vehicle characteristics and current driving characteristics of the surrounding vehicle. The predetermined vehicle characteristics can be based on a type of the surrounding vehicle. The current driving characteristics can be based on observations obtained by the sensor system. The host vehicle can predict a trajectory of the surrounding vehicle based on the determined driving behavior. The host vehicle can follow a safe path based on the predicted trajectory responsive to detecting one or more sensors in a failed state.

[B60W] CONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT [2006.01]


Adaptive passenger comfort enhancement in autonomous vehicles
Patent No. 10029698 

Inventor(s): Jian Li (Austin, TX), Lei Rao (Mountain View, CA), Ron-Chung Hu (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15213532 on 07/19/2016 (735 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for performing self-learning for adaptively achieving passenger comfort enhancement in an autonomous vehicle. The system comprises a plurality of sensor inputs. Each sensor input provides data representative of voice responses and image responses from a passenger in the vehicle. A controller is coupled to the plurality of sensor inputs. The controller generates and updates a reward function that includes a plurality of driving state transitions. The reward function is updated based on destination information and the data representative of the voice and image responses. The controller further generates a goal function that determines an optimized driving state transition updates the goal function based on the updated reward function and a previous goal function. The controller also generates a vehicle speed control signal, based on the updated goal function, to control the speed of the autonomous vehicle.

[B60W] CONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT [2006.01]


Personal electronic device mounting assemblies
Patent No. 10029792 

Inventor(s): Armando Valdes (Krum, TX), Garrett Wolfe (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Zodiac Seats US LLC (Gainesville, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14442316 on 11/12/2013 (1715 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein are personal electronics device mounting assemblies including a passenger seat and a case assembly comprising a case configured to receive a personal electronic device and a male structure pivotally coupled to the case. The personal electronic device mounting assemblies may also include a mounting assembly comprising a female slot structure and a support bracket structure, the female slot structure may be configured to releasably receive the male structure and the support bracket structure may be configured to attach to the passenger seat. The mounting assembly may be configured to provide support to the case when the male structure is in an extended position and the female slot structure has received the male structure.

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


Tiltrotor aircraft having pillow block mounted pylon assemblies
Patent No. 10029802 

Inventor(s): Andrew G. Baines (Southlake, TX), Christopher R. Jackson (Kennedale, TX), Daniel J. Sweigard (Euless, TX), George Ryan Decker (Fort Worth, TX), James Elbert King (N. Richland Hills, TX), James Everett Kooiman (Fort Worth, TX,
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15835617 on 12/08/2017 (228 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pedestal assembly for receiving a pylon assembly of a tiltrotor aircraft having a helicopter mode and an airplane mode, the tiltrotor aircraft having an airframe including a fuselage and a wing. The pedestal assembly includes an inboard pedestal supported by the airframe and positioned above the wing. The inboard pedestal includes an inboard bearing assembly disposed within an inboard pillow block housing. The pedestal assembly also includes an outboard pedestal supported by the airframe and positioned above the wing. The outboard pedestal includes an outboard bearing assembly disposed within an outboard pillow block housing. The inboard and outboard bearing assemblies are operable to receive the pylon assembly therein such that the pylon assembly is rotatably mounted between the inboard and outboard pedestals to selectively operate the tiltrotor aircraft between the helicopter mode and the airplane mode.

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


Abrasive preforms and manufacture and use methods
Patent No. 10030527 

Inventor(s): Eric W. Stratton (Mansfield, TX), Michael J. Minor (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): United Technologies Corporation (Farmington, CT)
Law Firm: Bachman LaPointe, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14755350 on 06/30/2015 (1120 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for applying an abrasive comprises: applying, to a substrate, the integral combination of: a self-braze material; and an abrasive embedded in the self-braze material; and securing the combination to the substrate.

[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)


 

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

Acesulfame potassium compositions and processes for producing same
Patent No. 10029998 

Inventor(s): Arvind Yadav (Hessen, , IN), Christoph Mollenkopf (Frankfurt am Main, , DE), Peter Groer (Babenhausen, , DE)
Assignee(s): Celanese International Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Dority Manning, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15704356 on 09/14/2017 (313 days app to issue)

Abstract: Compositions and processes for producing high purity acesulfame potassium are described. One process comprises the steps of forming a cyclic sulfur trioxide adduct; hydrolyzing the cyclic sulfur trioxide adduct to form an acesulfame-H composition comprising acesulfame-H; neutralizing the acesulfame-H in the acesulfame-H composition to form a crude acesulfame potassium composition comprising acesulfame potassium and less than 2800 wppm acetoacetamide-N-sulfonic acid, wherein the neutralizing step is conducted or maintained at a pH at or below 11.0; and treating the crude acesulfame potassium composition to form the finished acesulfame potassium composition comprising acesulfame potassium and less than 37 wppm acetoacetamide-N-sulfonic acid.

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


Acesulfame potassium compositions and processes for producing same
Patent No. 10029999 

Inventor(s): Arvind Yadav (Hessen, , IN), Christoph Mollenkopf (Frankfurt am Main, , DE), Peter Groer (Babenhausen, , DE)
Assignee(s): Celanese International Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Dority Manning, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15704386 on 09/14/2017 (313 days app to issue)

Abstract: Compositions and processes for producing high purity acesulfame potassium are described. One process comprises the steps of providing a crude acesulfame potassium composition comprising acesulfame potassium and acetoacetamide, concentrating the crude acesulfame potassium composition to form a water stream and an intermediate acesulfame potassium composition comprising acesulfame potassium and less than 33 wppm acetoacetamide, and separating the intermediate acesulfame potassium composition to form the finished acesulfame potassium composition comprising acesulfame potassium and less than 33 wppm acetoacetamide. The concentrating step is conducted at a temperature below 90 C. and the separating step is conducted at a temperature at or below 35 C.

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


Acesulfame potassium compositions and processes for producing same
Patent No. 10030000 

Inventor(s): Arvind Yadav (Hessen, , IN), Christoph Mollenkopf (Frankfurt am Main, , DE), Peter Groer (Babenhausen, , DE)
Assignee(s): Celanese International Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Dority Manning, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15704419 on 09/14/2017 (313 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process for producing acesulfame potassium, the process comprising the steps of providing a cyclizing agent composition comprising a cyclizing agent and a solvent and having an initial temperature, cooling the cyclizing agent composition to form a cooled cyclizing agent composition having a cooled temperature less than 35 C., reacting an acetoacetamide salt with the cyclizing agent in the cooled cyclizing agent composition to form a cyclic sulfur trioxide adduct composition comprising cyclic sulfur trioxide adduct; and, forming from the cyclic sulfur trioxide adduct in the cyclic sulfur trioxide adduct composition the finished acesulfame potassium composition comprising non-chlorinated acesulfame potassium and less than 39 wppm 5-chloro-acesulfame potassium. The cooled temperature is at least 2 C. less than the initial temperature.

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


Bioactive renal cells
Patent No. 10030242 

Inventor(s): Eric Werdin (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): InRegen (Camana Bay, Grand Cayman, , KY)
Law Firm: Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13697206 on 05/12/2011 (2630 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention concerns bioactive renal cell populations, renal cell constructs, and methods of making and using the same.

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


Methods and compositions for identifying yeast
Patent No. 10030278 

Inventor(s): Dennis G. Hooper (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): ADVATECT DIAGNOSTICS, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15291575 on 10/12/2016 (650 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention relates to a method of identifying a specific yeast species in patient tissue or body fluid. The method comprises the steps of extracting and recovering DNA of the yeast species from the patient tissue or body fluid, amplifying the DNA, hybridizing a probe to the DNA to specifically identify the yeast species, and specifically identifying the yeast species. The invention also relates to a method of identifying a yeast mycotoxin in patient tissue or body fluid. The method comprises the steps of extracting and recovering the yeast mycotoxin from the patient tissue or body fluid, contacting the yeast mycotoxin with an antibody directed against the yeast mycotoxin, and identifying the yeast myocotoxin. Both of these methods can he used to determine if a patient is at risk for or has developed a disease state related to a yeast infection, and to develop an effective treatment regimen for the patient.

[C12P] FERMENTATION OR ENZYME-USING PROCESSES TO SYNTHESISE A DESIRED CHEMICAL COMPOUND OR COMPOSITION OR TO SEPARATE OPTICAL ISOMERS FROM A RACEMIC MIXTURE [3]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Excavating tooth assembly with locking pin assembly
Patent No. 10030368 

Inventor(s): Mohamad Youssef Bilal (Little Elm, TX), Venkata Prakash Vegunta (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Hensley Industries, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15282363 on 09/30/2016 (662 days app to issue)

Abstract: A locking pin assembly for securing a ground engaging element to a support structure may include a body portion and may include a shaft portion disposed within the body portion and rotatable between a first position that mechanically inhibits removal of a ground engaging element from a support structure and a second position that permits removal of the ground engaging element from the support structure. A camshaft may be rotatably disposed within the shaft portion and may be arranged to cooperate with the shaft portion to rotate through a first range of motion and to apply a rotational force on the shaft portion through a second range of motion. A radially extending locking element may be configured to selectively mechanically interfere with one of the shaft portion and the body portion to selectively prevent rotation of the shaft portion relative to the body portion.

[E02F] DREDGING; SOIL-SHIFTING (winning peat E21C 49/00)


Formation aids for use in forming swimming pools and associated method
Patent No. 10030400 

Inventor(s): Brian Claffey (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Braxton Perrone, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14563654 on 12/08/2014 (1324 days app to issue)

Abstract: A formation aid, for use in the forming of receptacles in a swimming pool, includes a three-dimensional body having an essentially conical shape. The three-dimensional body of the formation aid includes a narrow end, for placement near an interior edge of the swimming pool during formation of the swimming pool; and a wide end, for placement remote from the interior edge of the swimming pool, in order to form a receptacle.

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


Compact hinge apparatus and method of use
Patent No. 10030427 

Inventor(s): Dennis McGregor (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Hardware Resources, Inc. (Bossier City, LA)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15191100 on 06/23/2016 (761 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a silent, soft-close compact hinge comprising of a hinge cup pivotally connected to a hinge body via a hinge arm. A set of coil springs biases the hinge to a closed position. A damping mechanism is removably attached to the hinge cup and acted on by the hinge arm. A set of spring sleeves are fitted to the coil springs to insulate the movement of the coil springs on the hinge arm providing the closing bias. The hinge body is comprised of three separate plates adjustably connected to each other with cam screws. The position of the hinge body with respect to the hinge arm is adjustable in three directions without the need for removal or loosening of mounting hardware used to attach the hinge body to a furniture piece.

[E05D] HINGES OR OTHER SUSPENSION DEVICES FOR DOORS, WINDOWS, OR WINGS (pivotal connections in general F16C 11/00)


Method for manufacturing insulated sectional door with extruded spacers
Patent No. 10030433 

Inventor(s): Charles A. Haba (Massillon, OH), Dwayne J. Kornish (Navarre, OH), Jim Mast (Mt. Hope, OH), Randy Lukesh (Mt. Hope, OH)
Assignee(s): Overhead Door Corporation (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15092066 on 04/06/2016 (839 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is disclosed for making an improved insulated door panel having an outer and inner spaced apart skins and an internal foam core. The insulated door panel includes a first spacer disposed between a top end of the outer skin and a top end of the inner skin and a second spacer disposed between a bottom end of the outer skin and a bottom end of the inner skin. The first and second spacers include first and second protrusions, respectively, on an inner face of the first and second spacers. The first and second protrusions secure the first and second spacers to the foam core.

[E06B] FIXED OR MOVABLE CLOSURES FOR OPENINGS IN BUILDINGS, VEHICLES, FENCES, OR LIKE ENCLOSURES, IN GENERAL, e.g. DOORS, WINDOWS, BLINDS, GATES (shades or blinds for greenhouses A01G 9/22; curtains A47H; lids for car boots or bonnets B62D 25/10; sky-lights E04B 7/18; sunshades, awnings E04F 10/00)


Frangible plug to control flow through a completion
Patent No. 10030472 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14435975 on 02/25/2014 (1610 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tubing string can include a plug blocking fluid flow through a port. The plug can be a frangible component or include a frangible component. When the frangible component is broken, fluid is allowed to flow through the port. An object is releasable from downwell and breaks the frangible component as the object travels towards the surface of the well, propelled by the production fluid. Fluid flow through the port can cause a sleeve to open or close additional ports. Fluid flow through the port can allow for optimized production from 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]


Stacked piston safety valve with different piston diameters
Patent No. 10030475 

Inventor(s): James Dan Vick, Jr. (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14648944 on 02/14/2013 (1986 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects are directed to a subsurface safety valve. The subsurface safety valve includes a closure mechanism and a piston assembly for actuating the closure mechanism. The piston assembly includes a first piston disposed in a first chamber, a second piston disposed in a second chamber adjacent to the first chamber, and first and second control lines. The second chamber has a second diameter that is smaller than a first diameter of the first chamber. The first control line selectively communicates pressure to the first piston in a downhole direction. The first piston applies force to the second piston in response to pressure being communicated to the first piston. The force can cause the closure mechanism to be actuated. The second control line communicates a second pressure to the first piston in an uphole direction that reduces an amount of force for displacing the second piston an uphole direction.

[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]


Shifting sleeves with mechanical lockout features
Patent No. 10030477 

Inventor(s): Joshua Max Hornsby (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14410733 on 01/30/2014 (1636 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects are directed to devices designed to lock shifting sleeves. In a particular aspect, there is provided a shifting sleeve with a mechanical lockout feature, comprising: a shifting sleeve comprising a shifting profile and a locking feature; a housing comprising a corresponding locking feature, wherein application of pressure or torque or both to the shifting profile of the shifting sleeve causes movement of the shifting sleeve and a mechanical lock with the housing.

[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]


Method and apparatus for a wellbore assembly
Patent No. 10030481 

Inventor(s): Paul James Wilson (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson Sheridan, L.L.P. (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14575239 on 12/18/2014 (1314 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for a wellbore assembly. The wellbore assembly may comprise a conveyance member including at least one of a continuous spooled rod, a wireline, and a slickline; an accumulator system connected to the conveyance member; and a setting tool connected to the accumulator system. The accumulator system may be configured to supply a fluid pressure to actuate the setting tool. A method of operating a wellbore tool may comprise lowering a wellbore assembly into a wellbore using a conveyance member including at least one of a continuous spooled rod, a wireline, and a slickline, wherein the wellbore assembly includes an accumulator system and a setting tool. The method may comprise actuating the accumulator system to provide a fluid pressure to the setting tool. The method may comprise actuating the setting tool using the fluid pressure.

[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]


Select fire switch form factor system and method
Patent No. 10030487 

Inventor(s): James A Rollins (Lipan, TX), John T Hardesty (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15044936 on 02/16/2016 (889 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wellbore select fire switch retaining member system and method with an integrated through wire and ground wire in a switch sub. The system/method includes a retaining member that has a form factor acceptable by a conventional switch sub. The retaining member incorporates an electrical connection to the center pin of a pressure switch. The system further includes a secondary piston aligned with a piston in the switch (switch piston) so that external pressure is fully acted upon the entire switch piston creating a reliable switch connection. Another system includes an integrated retaining member and switch module having a form factor compatible with existing switch subs. The integrated module inputs include a ground wire and a through wire and the outputs include a ground wire, through wire and an arming wire.

[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

 

Weapon interface system and delivery platform employing the same
Patent No. 10029791 

Inventor(s): John P. Volpi (Garland, TX), Joseph Edward Tepera (Muenster, TX), Steven D. Roemerman (Highland Village, TX)
Assignee(s): Lone Star IP Holdings, LP (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Boisburn Hofman, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15412118 on 01/23/2017 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: A weapon interface system, and methods of operating the same. The weapon interface system is coupled to an electrical interconnection system of a delivery platform and a weapon system coupled to a rack system. The weapon interface system includes a translation interface configured to provide an interface between the electrical interconnection system and an inductive power and data circuit. The weapon interface system also includes a weapon coupler, coupled to the translation interface, configured to provide an inductive coupling to the weapon system to provide mission information thereto.

[F41F] APPARATUS FOR LAUNCHING PROJECTILES OR MISSILES FROM BARRELS, e.g. CANNONS (smallarms F41C); LAUNCHERS FOR ROCKETS OR TORPEDOES; HARPOON GUNS (functional features or details common to both smallarms and ordnance, mountings therefor F41A; projecting missiles without use of explosive or combustible propellant charge F41B) [5]


Sterile liquid pump with single use elements
Patent No. 10030674 

Inventor(s): C. Anthony Cox (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Dan Brown Law Office (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14961083 on 12/07/2015 (960 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sterile liquid pump, having replaceable single use components, with a first and second chamber, and a gas valve assembly to selectively communicate gas pressure and vacuum with the chambers, and a resilient tubing liquid manifold loop with a sequence of four ports located within a manifold receiver that supports four pinch actuators aligned to engage and selectively pinch-off flow through the manifold between adjacent pairs ports, and, a controller that operates the valve assembly to alternatingly couple pressure and vacuum to the pump chambers, and that also operates to alternatingly actuate pairs of the pinch actuators to sequentially pump fluid from pump chambers under gas pressure, and through an opposing pair of ports in the resilient tubing manifold.

[F04F] PUMPING OF FLUID BY DIRECT CONTACT OF ANOTHER FLUID OR BY USING INERTIA OF FLUID TO BE PUMPED (containers or packages with special means for dispensing liquid or semi-liquid contents by internal gaseous pressure B65D 83/14); SIPHONS [2]


System and method for marksmanship training
Patent No. 10030937 

Inventor(s): James L. Northrup (Dallas, TX), Robert P. Northrup (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Shooting Simulator, LLC (Yantis, TX)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14686398 on 04/14/2015 (1197 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for simulating lead of a target includes a network, a simulation administrator and a user device connected to the network, a database connected to the simulation administrator, and a set of position trackers positioned at a simulator site. The user device includes a virtual reality unit and a computer connected to the set of virtual reality unit and to the network. A generated target is simulated. The target and the user are tracked to generate a phantom target and a phantom halo. The phantom target and the phantom halo are displayed on the virtual reality unit at a lead distance and a drop distance from the target as viewed through the virtual reality unit.

[F41G] WEAPON SIGHTS; AIMING (optical aspects thereof G02B)


 

P H Y S I C S

System and method for detection of surrounding vehicle lane departure
Patent No. 10030978 

Inventor(s): Vladimeros Vladimerou (Ypsilanti, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14997550 on 01/17/2016 (919 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lane departure detection computing device for a lane departure detection system is described. The computing device includes one or more processors for controlling operation of the computing device, and a memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more processors. The one or more processors are configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to calculate a first path geometry relating to a first vehicle traveling in a first lane, calculate a second path geometry relating to a second vehicle traveling in a second lane different from the first lane, evaluate coextensive portions of the first path and the second path for parallelism, and, if the coextensive portions of the first path and the second path evaluated for parallelism are not parallel, determine that one of the first vehicle and the second vehicle is executing a lane departure.

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


Object identification system and method
Patent No. 10031208 

Inventor(s): James D. Lilly (Silver Spring, MD), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Joseph F. Pinzone (Cornelius, NC), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Tucker Ellis LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14849244 on 09/09/2015 (1049 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of tracking an object including producing a guided surface wave with a guided surface waveguide probe, the guided surface wave having sufficient energy density to power object identification tags across an area of interest; receiving return signals from a tag of interest at plural receivers, the tag of interest associated with an object and the receivers that receive the return signals change over time as the tag moves with the associated object in the area of interest; and identifying a series of geolocations at which the object was present as a function of time according to the received reply signals from the tag.

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


Contextual knobs for in-vehicle system control
Patent No. 10031592 

Inventor(s): Steve Basra (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (Torrance, CA)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15194763 on 06/28/2016 (756 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein is a control console. The control console may have a first contextual knob configured to control a first system, a display encompassing the first contextual knob, and a control module configured to update a first portion of the display responsive to detecting a first input. The first portion of the display may be adjacent to the first contextual knob.

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


System and method to buffer data
Patent No. 10031850 

Inventor(s): Reuven Elhamias (Kfar Vradim, , IL)
Assignee(s): Sandisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13154751 on 06/07/2011 (2604 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data storage device includes a controller, a non-volatile memory, and a buffer accessible to the controller. The buffer is configured to store data retrieved from the non-volatile memory to be accessible to a host device in response to receiving from the host device one or more requests for read access to the non-volatile memory while the data storage device is operatively coupled to the host device. The controller is configured to read an indicator of cached data in response to receiving a request for read access to the non-volatile memory. The request includes a data identifier. In response to the indicator of cached data not indicating that data corresponding to the data identifier is in the buffer, the controller is configured to retrieve data corresponding to the data identifier as well as additional data from the non-volatile memory and to write the data corresponding to the data identifier and the additional data to the buffer. The controller is configured to update the indicator of cached data in response to retrieved data from the non-volatile memory being written to the buffer.

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


File system and method of file access
Patent No. 10031918 

Inventor(s): Bahman Qawami (San Jose, CA), Haluk Tanik (Mountain View, CA), Po Yuan (Milpitas, CA), Robert Chang (Danville, CA), Xian Jun Liu (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14138670 on 12/23/2013 (1674 days app to issue)

Abstract: A file system and method of file access are disclosed. In a particular embodiment, a method is performed at a host device coupled to a data storage device, where the host device includes a memory storing a file data structure. The host device receives a request to open a file and, in response to the request, retrieves location data of the file from the file data structure. The host device reads data of the file from the data storage device based on the location data and extracts metadata from the data of the file.

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


System and method for database query
Patent No. 10031940 

Inventor(s): Cheng Zhu (San Jose, CA), Guogen Zhang (San Jose, CA), Yonghua Ding (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14864289 on 09/24/2015 (1034 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving, by a database system, a query statement and forming a runtime plan tree in accordance with the query statement. The method also includes traversing the runtime plan tree including determining whether a function node of the runtime plan tree is qualified for just-in-time (JIT) compilation. Additionally, the method includes, upon determining that the function node is a qualified for JIT compilation producing a string key in accordance with a function of the function node and determining whether a compiled object corresponding to the string key is stored in a compiled object cache.

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


System and method for virtual partition monitoring
Patent No. 10032024 

Inventor(s): Gregory W. Dalcher (Tigard, OR), Jonathan L. Edwards (Portland, OR)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15082060 on 03/28/2016 (848 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided in one example embodiment that includes receiving in an external handler an event notification associated with an event in a virtual partition. A thread in the process in the virtual partition that caused the event can be parked. Other threads and processes may be allowed to resume while a security handler evaluates the event for potential threats. A helper agent within the virtual partition may be instructed to execute a task, such as collecting and assembling event context within the virtual partition, and results based on the task can be returned to the external handler. A policy action can be taken based on the results returned by the helper agent, which may include, for example, instructing the helper agent to terminate the process that caused the event.

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


Virtual showroom system and method
Patent No. 10032215 

Inventor(s): Tomima L. Edmark (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Braxton Perrone, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14069857 on 11/01/2013 (1726 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a network server with enhanced graphics and improved methods for displaying articles offered for purchase, to allow a purchaser to fully evaluate the article while shopping ”on-line.” In a particular embodiment, a virtual showroom associated with the network server may be provided, for displaying first and second articles. A first electronic image representing the first article and a second electronic image representing the second article may also be provided. The second article may be complementary to the first article, such that the second article may be worn in conjunction with the first article. In another embodiment, a user may have the option to overlay the first electronic image with the second electronic image. In a particular embodiment, the second electronic image may include an at least partially translucent depiction of a substantial portion of the second article.

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


Systems and methods for facilitating tracking a target in an imaged scene
Patent No. 10032284 

Inventor(s): Craig R Franklin (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Burns Levinson, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15165166 on 05/26/2016 (789 days app to issue)

Abstract: In systems and methods disclosed herein, a transform may be determined for a given target object and background in an image between a native color space of the image and a second multi-dimensional color space representing a preferred color space for a tracker. The transform may then be applied to convert a plurality of pixels in the imaged scene to the second multi-dimensional color space thereby advantageously increasing a perceived contrast by the tracker between the target object and the background.

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


Vehicle systems and methods for presenting penetration metric information on a route
Patent No. 10032374 

Inventor(s): John-Michael McNew (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15210290 on 07/14/2016 (740 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems for presenting dedicated short range communication (DSRC) penetration metric information on route are provided. A system for DSRC presenting penetration metric information on route includes a screen, one or more processors, one or more memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or more processors, and machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules. When executed by the one or more processors, the machine readable instructions may cause the system to generate at least one route between a start location and a destination, receive, from a cloud server, DSRC penetration metric information related to the at least one route, select one route among the least one route based on the DSRC penetration metric information, and display the selected route along with the DSRC penetration metric information for the selected route on the screen.

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


System and method of managing data in a non-volatile memory having a staging sub-drive
Patent No. 10032488 

Inventor(s): Gulzar A. Kathawala (Fremont, CA), Jack Edward Frayer (Boulder Creek, CA), Kroum S. Stoev (Pleasanton, CA), Liam Michael Parker (Edinburgh, , GB), Sergey Anatolievich Gorobets (Edinburgh, , GB)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15394311 on 12/29/2016 (572 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for managing data in a non-volatile memory. The system may include a non-volatile memory having multiple non-volatile memory sub-drives, including a staging sub-drive to receive all data from a host and a plurality of other sub-drives each associated with a respective data temperature range. A controller of the memory system is configured to route all incoming host data only to the staging sub-drive and during garbage collection each individual piece of valid data from a selected source block in a selected source sub-drive is routed to a respective one of the sub-drives. The method may include only routing host data to the staging sub-drive and only relocating valid data to sub-drives other than the staging sub-drive based on a determined temperature of valid data and a unique temperature range associated with sub-drives other than the staging sub-drive in the non-volatile memory system.

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


Sensing amplifier to detect the memory cell current transition
Patent No. 10032489 

Inventor(s): Xiaoxia Wu (Milpitas, CA), Yingchang Chen (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15459857 on 03/15/2017 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure provides a method and apparatus for detecting a transition of a memory cell current from a first state to a second state. An example apparatus includes a memory cell, a supplemental current source, a comparator, a reference voltage and a reference current source in a configuration that allows for real time detection of the transition of a memory cell. Detection of a memory cell current transition is captured when the output of the comparator transitions from one state to a second state in response to a sensing voltage exceeding the reference voltage.

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


Techniques for determining local interconnect defects
Patent No. 10032524 

Inventor(s): Jagdish Sabde (Fremont, CA), Jayavel Pachamuthu (San Jose, CA), Sagar Magia (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14712078 on 05/14/2015 (1167 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are presented for the determination defects in non-volatile arrays, particularly those having a 3D or BiCS type of arrangement where NAND strings run in a vertical direction relative to the substrate. In such an arrangement, the NAND strings are formed along memory holes and connected to global bit lines, and are separated into blocks or sub-blocks by vertical local interconnects, such as for source lines, and connected to a corresponding global line. To determine defective blocks, a reference current is determined based on the amount of current drawn by the local interconnects when a high voltage is applied and all of the blocks are de-selected. The amount of leakage current is determined when a selected block is biased to ground and the high voltage is applied to the interconnects. By comparing the reference current to the leakage current, a determination can be made on whether the selected block has defects related to the local interconnect structure.

[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)


Type-to-type analysis for cloud computing technical components with translation scripts
Patent No. 10033597 

Inventor(s): Sean David Peterson (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Accenture Global Services Limited (Dublin, , IE)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15343307 on 11/04/2016 (627 days app to issue)

Abstract: Cloud computing has emerged as an extremely popular implementation option for a wide range of computing services. However, provisioning services into the cloud is an extremely difficult technical challenge. This is due in part to the regular emergence of new cloud service providers, as well as the routine changing and reconfiguration of the disparate computing platforms, services, assets, supported technical components, and other features offered by the service providers. An analysis architecture determines how to map a particular technical component into the execution environment of any particular service provider with the aid of translation scripts.

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


Type-to-type analysis for cloud computing technical components with translation through a reference type
Patent No. 10033598 

Inventor(s): Sean David Peterson (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Accenture Global Services Limited (Dublin, , IE)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15343324 on 11/04/2016 (627 days app to issue)

Abstract: Cloud computing has emerged as an extremely popular implementation option for a wide range of computing services. However, provisioning services into the cloud is an extremely difficult technical challenge. This is due in part to the regular emergence of new cloud service providers, as well as the routine changing and reconfiguration of the disparate computing platforms, services, assets, supported technical components, and other features offered by the service providers. An analysis architecture determines how to map a particular technical component into the execution environment of any particular service provider, including translation through a reference type.

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


Intermediate process for integrating external social network incidents into an incident management pipeline
Patent No. 10033599 

Inventor(s): Hari Krishna Menon (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14960154 on 12/04/2015 (963 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of quantifying resolution times through external networks includes receiving, from an external network, a transmission indicating an incident. The transmission includes a first time at which an indication of the incident was posted to the external network. The method may also include generating an incident record associated with the incident, submitting the incident record to an incident management process to resolve the incident, and receiving an indication that the incident is resolved. The method may additionally include submitting a request to the external network to post the indication that the incident is resolved, and receiving, from the external network, a second time at which the indication that the incident is resolved was posted by the external network.

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


Systems and methods for processing SIP message flows
Patent No. 10033770 

Inventor(s): Ian Macfarlane (Stittsville, , CA), Paul Phillips (Westboro, MA), Sumit Garg (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): GENBAND US LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14087311 on 11/22/2013 (1705 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for modifying a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) messages. The method includes providing a scripting-type computer programming language that includes contexts that reference pre-defined portions of data of a SIP message and variables that store data associated with a SIP message flow. An interface for configuring rules to be executed when processing SIP messages is provided. Each rule includes an action that describes a modification to be made to a particular SIP message. When a SIP message is received, it is parsed to determine at least a context of a portion of the message. The parsing includes associating the portion of the message with a particular context. It is then determined whether a rule should be applied to the data associated referenced by the contexts, and if so, the SIP message is modified based on the actions associated with the rule.

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


Methods and systems for multiple channel authentication
Patent No. 10033861 

Inventor(s): Minya Liang (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15684813 on 08/23/2017 (335 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for multiple channel authentication are described. In one embodiment, a request for an interaction is initiated from within a mobile application. The request may include authentication information and contextual information relating to a current exchange between the mobile application and an organization. The user may be authenticated with the authentication information and the request may be routed to a representative based on the contextual information to continue the exchange.

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


 

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Internally generated DFT stepped hysteresis sweep for electrostatic MEMS
Patent No. 10029914 

Inventor(s): James Douglas Huffman (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CAVENDISH KINETICS, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Patterson Sheridan, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14916884 on 04/23/2015 (1188 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a mechanism for testing a MEMS hysteresis. A power management circuit may be coupled to the electrodes that cause the movable plate that is disposed between the electrodes in a MEMS device to move. The power management circuit may utilize a charge pump, a comparator and a resistor ladder.

[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]


Gateway for cloud-based secure storage
Patent No. 10031679 

Inventor(s): Rick L. Orsini (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Security First Corp. (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)
Law Firm: Haley Guiliano LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14949370 on 11/23/2015 (974 days app to issue)

Abstract: The systems and methods disclosed herein transparently provide an improved scalable cloud-based dynamically adjustable or configurable storage volume. In one aspect, a gateway provides a dynamically or configurably adjustable storage volume, including a local cache. The storage volume may be transparently adjusted for the amount of data that needs to be stored using available local or cloud-based storage. The gateway may use caching techniques and block clustering to provide gains in access latency compared to existing gateway systems, while providing scalable off-premises storage.

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


Three-dimensional chip-to-wafer integration
Patent No. 10032749 

Inventor(s): Amit S. Kelkar (Flower Mound, TX), Hien D. Nguyen (The Colony, TX), Karthik Thambidurai (Plano, TX), Viren Khandekar (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Advent, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14942708 on 11/16/2015 (981 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit device is disclosed that includes a semiconductor substrate and a die attached to the semiconductor substrate. A conductive pillar is connected to at least one of the semiconductor substrate or the die. An overmold is molded onto the semiconductor substrate over the die, and the conductive pillar extends through the overmold.

[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]


Bridging local semiconductor interconnects
Patent No. 10032794 

Inventor(s): Chieh-Yu Lin (Hopewell Junction, NY), Wai-Kin Li (Beacon, NY), Yannick Daurelle (Crolles, , FR)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: ZIP Group PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15795283 on 10/27/2017 (270 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a plurality of gates formed upon a semiconductor substrate that includes a plurality of outer active areas (e.g. CMOS/PMOS areas, source/drain regions, etc.) and one or more inner active areas. An isolator is formed upon one or more inner gates associated with the one or more inner active areas. A contact bar electrically connects the outer active areas and/or outer gates and is formed upon the isolator. The isolator electrically insulates the contact bar from the one or more inner active areas and/or the one or more inner gates.

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


Multi-gate vertical field effect transistor with channel strips laterally confined by gate dielectric layers, and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10032908 

Inventor(s): Abhijit Bandyopadhyay (San Jose, CA), Christopher Petti (Mountain View, CA), Guangle Zhou (Fremont, CA), Juan Saenz (Mountain View, CA), Perumal Ratnam (Fremont, CA), Tanmay Kumar (Pleasanton, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15400244 on 01/06/2017 (564 days app to issue)

Abstract: A matrix rail structure is formed over a substrate. The matrix rail structure includes a pair of lengthwise sidewalls that extend along a first horizontal direction and comprises, or is at least partially subsequently replaced with, a set of at least one gate electrode rail extending along the first horizontal direction and straight-sidewalled gate dielectrics. A pair of vertical semiconductor channel strips and a pair of laterally-undulating gate dielectrics can be formed on sidewalls of the matrix rail structure for each vertical field effect transistor. At least one laterally-undulating gate electrode extending along the first horizontal direction is formed on the laterally-undulating gate dielectrics. Bottom active regions and top active regions are formed at end portions of the vertical semiconductor channel strips. The vertical field effect transistors can be formed as a two-dimensional array, and may be employed as access transistors for a three-dimensional memory device.

[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]


Semiconductor integrated structure having an epitaxial SiGe layer extending from silicon-containing regions formed between segments of oxide regions
Patent No. 10032912 

Inventor(s): Hong He (Schenectady, NY), Jody Fronheiser (Delmar, NY), Juntao Li (Cohoes, NY), Kangguo Cheng (Schenectady, NY), Nicolas Loubet (Guilderland, NY), Pierre Morin (Albany, NY), Ruilong Xie (Schenectady, NY), Shogo Mochi
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14588221 on 12/31/2014 (1301 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modified silicon substrate having a substantially defect-free strain relaxed buffer layer of SiGe is suitable for use as a foundation on which to construct a high performance CMOS FinFET device. The substantially defect-free SiGe strain-relaxed buffer layer can be formed by making cuts in, or segmenting, a strained epitaxial film, causing edges of the film segments to experience an elastic strain relaxation. When the segments are small enough, the overall film is relaxed so that the film is substantially without dislocation defects. Once the substantially defect-free strain-relaxed buffer layer is formed, strained channel layers can be grown epitaxially from the relaxed SRB layer. The strained channel layers are then patterned to create fins for a FinFET device. In one embodiment, dual strained channel layers are formeda tensilely strained layer for NFET devices, and a compressively strained layer for PFET devices.

[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]


Apparatus and method for utilizing a component with a helical antenna for communicating RF signals
Patent No. 10033092 

Inventor(s): Hongwei Liu (San Diego, CA), Kiran Vanjani (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14806548 on 07/22/2015 (1098 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for utilizing a component with a helical antenna for communicating radio frequency (RF) signals. Included is a housing and a component coupled to the housing. Further provided is a helical antenna coupled to the component. In use, the helical antenna serves to communicate RF signals.

[H01Q] AERIALS (radiators or aerials for microwave heating H05B 6/72)


Wideband twin beam antenna array
Patent No. 10033111 

Inventor(s): Gangyi Deng (Allen, TX), Igor E. Timofeev (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14329503 on 07/11/2014 (1474 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wideband antenna includes a plurality of radiating elements arranged in an array and a feed network. The feed network includes at least one frequency dependent power divider for varying the amplitude of a signal provided to at least two of the plurality of radiating elements as a function of a frequency of a signal. The feed network may further comprise a plurality of inputs and the antenna may produce a plurality of beams. The frequency dependent divider may comprise a power divider having a first output and a second output, a 90 hybrid, having a first input coupled to the first output of the power divider, and a second input, and a delay line, coupled between the second output of the power divider and the second input of the 90 hybrid.

[H01Q] AERIALS (radiators or aerials for microwave heating H05B 6/72)


Object identification system and method
Patent No. 10033197 

Inventor(s): James D. Lilly (Silver Spring, MD), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Joseph F. Pinzone (Cornelius, NC), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Tucker Ellis LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14849164 on 09/09/2015 (1049 days app to issue)

Abstract: An object identification system includes a guided surface waveguide probe that produces a guided surface wave; and an object identification tag having a receive structure and a tag circuit, the tag circuit coupled to the receive structure and electrically powered as a load on the probe by conversion of the guided surface wave to electrical current at the receive structure, the tag circuit configured to emit a return signal containing a tag identifier when electrically powered by presence of the guided surface wave.

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


Double saliency exterior rotor switched reluctance machine with increasing and decreasing flux linkages and permanent magnets
Patent No. 10033233 

Inventor(s): Babak Fahimi (Arlington, TX), Wei Wang (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14318115 on 06/27/2014 (1488 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exterior rotor switched reluctance machine includes a stator, a rotor adjacent the stator and adjacent a housing, the housing connected to the stator. The stator further includes a back iron, a set of stator poles connected to the back iron and a set of windings disposed between the set of stator poles. The rotor, connected to a shaft and rotatively coupled to the stator, further includes a set of rotor segments. The set of windings includes a set of phases, each phase experiencing a flux linkage that varies with an angular position of the rotor. The apparatus operates as a motor in response to selectively energizing the set of phases with a set of current pulses. The apparatus operates as a generator in response to rotating the shaft.

[H02K] DYNAMO-ELECTRIC MACHINES (dynamo-electric relays H01H 53/00; conversion of DC or AC input power into surge output power H02M 9/00)


Vacuum gap generators and motors
Patent No. 10033236 

Inventor(s): Arthur Philip Schuetze (Fort Worth, TX), Kurt M. Chankaya (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14803999 on 07/20/2015 (1100 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a generator or an alternating current (AC) motor includes a stator and a rotor. The rotor is configured to rotate at least partially within the stator or around the stator and is separated from the stator by a gap having a partial vacuum. The rotor includes a shaft configured to permit a flow of coolant and a plurality of microchannels formed within the rotor. The microchannels are fluidly coupled to the shaft and are configured to permit the coolant to pass from the shaft through at least a portion of the rotor in order to provide cooling for the rotor.

[H02K] DYNAMO-ELECTRIC MACHINES (dynamo-electric relays H01H 53/00; conversion of DC or AC input power into surge output power H02M 9/00)


Multifunction control RF array interface
Patent No. 10033425 

Inventor(s): David Nail (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): L-3 Communications Corporation (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Egan Peterman Enders Huston (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14992502 on 01/11/2016 (925 days app to issue)

Abstract: A control interface circuitry configured to control an array element of a phased array antenna system. The control interface circuitry comprises: 1) a first RF combiner network for transceiving first RF signals with first transmit/receive path circuitry in the array element; and 2) a central controller configured to communicate with control logic circuitry in the array element, the control logic circuitry controlling operation of the first transmit/receive path circuitry. During Data mode, the central controller transfers control data to the control logic circuitry via the first RF combiner network. During RF mode, the first RF combiner network transceives the first RF signals with the first transmit/receive path circuitry. The control interface circuitry further comprises: iii) a second RF combiner network for receiving second RF signals from second receive path circuitry in the array element. During Data mode, the central controller transfers a clock signal to the control logic circuitry via the second RF combiner network. During RF mode, the second RF combiner network receives the second RF signals from the second receive path circuitry.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for generation of coherent and frequency-lock optical subcarriers
Patent No. 10033467 

Inventor(s): Hung-Chang Chien (Rockaway, NJ), Jianjun Yu (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Assignee(s): ZTB (USA) Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Drinker Biddle Reath LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14113012 on 04/25/2012 (2281 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating sub-carriers is disclosed. Coherent optical sub-carriers with sub-carrier spacing are generated for carrying an orthogonal frequency division multiplexed (OFDM) signal. Multiple peaks are generated by cascading multiple phase modulators driven by different radio frequency sources.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and system for HARQ operation and scheduling in joint TDD and FDD carrier aggregation
Patent No. 10033512 

Inventor(s): Yiping Wang (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15198137 on 06/30/2016 (754 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method at a user equipment for hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ) operation, the user equipment operating on a primary carrier having a first duplex mode and on at least one secondary carrier having a second duplex mode, the method using HARQ timing of the first duplex mode if the timing of the first duplex mode promotes acknowledgement opportunities over using HARQ timing of the second duplex mode; and using HARQ timing of the second duplex mode if the timing of the second duplex mode promotes acknowledgement opportunities over using HARQ timing of the first duplex mode.

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


Scheduling mechanisms in full duplex cable network environments
Patent No. 10033542 

Inventor(s): Hang Jin (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15052466 on 02/24/2016 (881 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example method for scheduling in full duplex cable network environments is provided and includes categorizing a plurality of cable modems in a cable network into interference groups, scheduling upstream transmissions and downstream receptions for cable modems in each interference group, such that no cable modem of any one interference group transmits upstream in a frequency range simultaneously as another cable modem in the same interference group receives downstream in the frequency range, generating scheduling information of the scheduling, and transmitting the scheduling information to the cable modems.

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


System and method for mobile network function virtualization
Patent No. 10033595 

Inventor(s): Farhad Sunavala (San Ramon, CA), Galen Kim Davis (Sunnyvale, CA), Hongbo Tian (Beijing, , CN), Honglin Li (Fremont, CA), Houxiao Han (Beijing, , CN), Mark X. Huang (San Jose, CA), Mehdi Sif (San Francisco, CA), Prakash Ra
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14470558 on 08/27/2014 (1427 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for mobile network function virtualization (MNFV) includes creating an evolved packet core (EPC) cluster and associating a sub-network with the EPC cluster. The method also includes booting a virtual machine (VM) and attaching the VM to the EPC.

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


Method and system for creating a certificate to authenticate a user identity
Patent No. 10033720 

Inventor(s): Li Li (Bridgewater, NJ), Tao Cai (Shenzhen, , CN), Wu Chou (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14723350 on 05/27/2015 (1154 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for creating a certificate to authenticate a user identity at a web browser includes receiving a login request including a first user identity for a user and generating a first browser-signed certificate using public and secret keys associating the first user identity to the web browser. The first browser-signed certificate is sent to a first identity provider server and in response a first server-signed certificate is received from the first identity provider server. The first server-signed certificate associates the first user identity to the first identity provider server. A final certificate is generated by merging the first browser-signed certificate with the first server-signed certificate.

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


Identical conversation detection method and apparatus
Patent No. 10033857 

Inventor(s): Jay Gainsboro (Framingham, MA), Lee Weinstein (Arlington, MA)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14605889 on 01/26/2015 (1275 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automated system is disclosed for detecting situations in which identical segments of conversation appear within two different recordings. The system automatically detects where within each of two audio recordings an identical conversation segment begins and ends, thus enabling detection of conversations where multiple prison inmates participated in a conference call.

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


Overt and covert capture of images of controlled-environment facility residents using intelligent controlled-environment facility resident communications and/or media devices
Patent No. 10033965 

Inventor(s): Alice J. Clements (Coppell, TX), Matthew Smith (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15468098 on 03/23/2017 (488 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controlled-environment facility resident communication and/or media device enables a controlled-environment facility resident to carry-out one task on the device, and provides a visual indication, to the resident, that an overt image and/or video is being captured during this task. Conversely, a covert image and/or video of a user is captured while the controlled-environment facility resident communication and/or media device is in use for another task, without providing the user the same or other visual indication that the covert image is being captured.

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


Decoded picture buffer management
Patent No. 10034018 

Inventor(s): Ye-Kui Wang (San Diego, CA), Ying Chen (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13622972 on 09/19/2012 (2134 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are described related to output and removal of decoded pictures from a decoded picture buffer (DPB). The example techniques may remove a decoded picture from the DPB prior to coding a current picture. For instance, the example techniques may remove the decoded picture if that decoded picture is not identified in the reference picture set of the current picture.

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


TOF based gain control
Patent No. 10034111 

Inventor(s): Dominique Paul Barbier (Scotts Valley, CA), Xiaoyong Yang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15593103 on 05/11/2017 (439 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a gain control system that receives a signal and outputs a modulated signal. The signal modulation is based on a gain that is based on a detected distance between the gain control system and a user. The distance is detected with a ranging sensor which generates ranging data for a field of view, and then the gain control system analyzes the ranging data to identify the user, with a higher signal gain for the user at a greater distance and a lower signal gain for the user at a lesser distance.

[H04R] LOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS (producing sounds with frequency not determined by supply frequency G10K) [6]


Remote flood zone determination method, system, and computer program product
Patent No. 10034125 

Inventor(s): Brian P. Catalano (Plano, TX), Leonardo Paneque (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FLOODSEARCH LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: ATFirm PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14297637 on 06/06/2014 (1509 days app to issue)

Abstract: This patent discloses methods and systems for remotely requesting a flood zone determination from a mobile device such as a smart phone. The methods and systems use the GPS receiver in the mobile device to determine the exact latitude and longitude of the user”s location, thus eliminating the need for geocoding, eliminating errors introduced by manual data entry, and eliminating the need for the time consuming manual determination processes required, for example, for non-standard-addressed locations and for structures located near a 100-year flood zone.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Creation and use of mobile communications device identities
Patent No. 10034153 

Inventor(s): Mark Baker (Palm Bay, FL), Matthew Smith (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14946030 on 11/19/2015 (978 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for creation of a device identity (ID) for mobile communications devices may capture equipment identification information and subscriber identification information for mobile communications devices and combine them to create a device identity for each pairing of equipment identification information and subscriber identification information captured. Such mobile communications devices, may be operating in association with a controlled-environment facility and the equipment identification information and subscriber identification information are captured by a controlled-environment facility mobile communications managed access system (central access point) and/or by a controlled-environment facility contraband mobile communications device assessment system (access point(s)). Thus, the device identity for each pairing of equipment identification information and subscriber identification information may be for mobile communication devices operating in association with the controlled-environment facility, including contraband communications devices operating within the facility.

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


Extending a wireless coverage area in an unlicensed frequency band of a small cell using remote radio heads
Patent No. 10034176 

Inventor(s): Michael Schabel (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcatel Lucent (Boulogne-Billancourt, , FR), Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. (Murray Hill, NJ)
Law Firm: Davidson Sheehan LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15056167 on 02/29/2016 (876 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller in a wireless communication system includes a transceiver to receive channel activity reports from a first node and a plurality of second nodes that are connected to the first node. The first node supports wireless communication over one or more first channels of a licensed frequency band and second channels of an unlicensed frequency band. The second node supports wireless communication over the second channels of the unlicensed frequency band. The controller also includes a processor to allocate a subset of the second channels to the first node and the plurality of second nodes based on the channel activity reports.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

Snack food product
Patent No. D823571 

Inventor(s): John Mampra Mathew (Plano, TX), Sanjay Sarang (Dayton, OH), Sevugan Palaniappan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens and Cahoon, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29571958 on 07/22/2016 (732 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Scrub brush
Patent No. D823603 

Inventor(s): Charles R. Ballard (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Cramer Patent Design, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29565182 on 05/18/2016 (797 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Radiofrequency treatment probe for treating vaginal laxity
Patent No. D824028 

Inventor(s): Kevin D. O”Brien (Coppell, TX), Paul R. Herchman, Jr. (Grapevine, TX), Red Alinsod (Laguna Beach, CA)
Assignee(s): THERMIGEN, LLC (Southlake, TX)
Law Firm: Hoxie Associates LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29601592 on 04/24/2017 (456 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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