Dallas Invents: 82 Patents Granted for Week of March 27

Patents granted include Endostim’s laparoscopic lead implantation method, Halliburton’s degradable balls for use in subterranean applications, Varidesk’s adjustable desk platform, and New York Air Brake’s train speed profiling system.

Patents this week were granted to Fujitsu, Nike, AT&T, Bell Helicopter, Frito-Lay, Cisco, SMU, and Endostim.

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of March. 27, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 10
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 6
Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas) 3
VCE IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC (Richardson) 3


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Michael R. Lopez (Dallas) 3
David Patton (Flower Mound) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

202 days
Video coding with large macroblocks
Assignee: Velos Media LLC (Plano)
Patent No.: 9930365

2,293 days
Arthroplasty systems and methods
Local inventor: Brady R. Shirley (Lewisville)
Assignee: ENGAGE MEDICAL HOLDINGS, LLC (Los Angeles, CA)
Patent No.: 9925051


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


UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Pneumatic-driven double-compression popping apparatus
Patent No. 9924738 

Inventor(s): David Wallice Graham (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14696919 on 04/27/2015 (1065 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is provided a double-compression, pneumatic-driven popping apparatus for making chip-like snack foods. The apparatus includes a first and second popping machine sections, each having a pneumatic-driven compression cylinder; and a mold plate coupled to the pneumatic cylinder and responsive to urging of the first pneumatic cylinder. A ring mold is located between the first and second machine sections and is subjected to compression by the first mold plate and the second mold plate. The apparatus has a pneumatic drive system including a compressed gas vessel, and a controller configured to control the pneumatic-driven compression cylinders independently through fast-acting control valves. During use, the apparatus applies pneumatic double-compression in a controlled manner such that a time interval between the first and the second compression steps is in the range of milliseconds, to produce a chip-like snack food product. NULL


Adjustable desk platform
Patent No. 9924793 

Inventor(s): Daniel G. Flaherty (Irving, TX), David Patton (Flower Mound, TX), Sheng C. Wang (Taichung, , TW)
Assignee(s): Varidesk, LLC (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15378736 on 12/14/2016 (468 days app to issue)

Abstract: An adjustable desk platform can include: an upper platform defining a substantially planar work surface; a base located beneath the upper platform, the base defining a bottom surface without legs that is adapted to sit on an existing desk; first and second sets of arms coupling the upper platform to the base, wherein the first and second sets of arms are adapted for movement of the upper platform substantially in parallel with the base between a fully raised position and a fully lowered position; and a user-operable locking mechanism associated with the upper platform, the locking mechanism adapted to releasably lock the upper platform in the fully raised position, and in at least one intermediate position between the fully raised position and the fully lowered position. Other features and embodiments are discussed.

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


Surgical bur with non-paired flutes
Patent No. 9924952 

Inventor(s): Donald E. Stearns (Fort Worth, TX), John W. Kulas (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Medtronic PS Medical, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Harness Dickey (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14992400 on 01/11/2016 (806 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surgical dissection tool for cutting bone and other tissue includes a cutting head having an outer surface having non-paired or an odd number of flutes formed therein. Each flute includes a rake surface intersecting with the outer surface to form a cutting edge, and a relief surface opposite the rake surface. The relief surface and the rake surface form a first angle. Each flute also includes a leading angled surface extending from the relief surface to a distal end portion of the cutting head, the leading angled surface and the rake surface forming a second angle substantially the same as the first angle.

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


Rotational thrombectomy wire with blocking device
Patent No. 9924957 

Inventor(s): James Erich Bressler (Langhorne, PA), James F. McGuckin, Jr. (Radnor, PA), John D. Leedle (Philadelphia, PA), Peter W. J. Hinchliffe (Campbell Hall, NJ)
Assignee(s): ARGON MEDICAL DEVICES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: IpHorgan Ltd (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14696416 on 04/25/2015 (1067 days app to issue)

Abstract: A thrombectomy apparatus for breaking up thrombus or other obstructive material in a lumen of a vascular graft or vessel. The apparatus includes a wire having a first configuration and a second deployed configuration, the wire having a straighter configuration in the first configuration. The wire is operatively connected to a motor for rotation of the wire to contact and break up the thrombus or other obstructive material. A blocking device at a distal portion of the apparatus is movable between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration, and is configured in the expanded configuration to block thrombus dislodged by rotation of the wire.

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


Arthroplasty systems and methods
Patent No. 9925051 

Inventor(s): Brady R. Shirley (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): ENGAGE MEDICAL HOLDINGS, LLC (Los Angeles, CA)
Law Firm: Maywood IP Law (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13328592 on 12/16/2011 (2293 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems for joint arthroplasty include prostheses which are secured to bone with sliding anchors. Examples include unicondylar and bicondylar knee prostheses for hemi-arthroplasty and total arthroplasty. Instruments guide the anchors into proper engagement with the prosthetic components. Methods of using the prostheses and instruments are disclosed.

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


Compounds and anti-tumor NQO1 substrates
Patent No. 9925180 

Inventor(s): David A. Boothman (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX), The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Urbana, IL)
Law Firm: Haukaas Fortius PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15454377 on 03/09/2017 (383 days app to issue)

Abstract: Compositions comprising Formula (I) can be selectively lethal toward a variety of different cancer cell types. The compositions are useful for the management, treatment, control, or adjunct treatment of diseases, where the selective lethality is beneficial in chemotherapeutic therapy.

[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)


Disinfecting methods and apparatus
Patent No. 9925285 

Inventor(s): Michael R. Lopez (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Inikoa Medical, Inc. (Newark, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15629494 on 06/21/2017 (279 days app to issue)

Abstract: A central venous catheter (CVC) that includes internal bacterial disinfecting capabilities. According to some implementations the CVC includes a main shaft that is configured for placement inside a patient and an infusion shaft. An optical fiber that includes a first portion and a second portion is configured to emit bacterial disinfecting light with the first portion residing inside at least one of the main shaft and infusion shaft. The CVC further includes a hub wherein the distal end of the infusion shaft is coupled to the proximal end of the main shaft by a conduit located inside the hub. The hub has a first channel that houses the second portion of the first optical fiber.

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


Disinfecting methods and apparatus
Patent No. 9925286 

Inventor(s): Michael R. Lopez (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Inikoa Medical, Inc. (Newark, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15631637 on 06/23/2017 (277 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one implementation an assembly is provided that includes a first and second optical fibers and a body that has respective first and second lumens in which at least a portion of the length of the first and second optical fiber reside. The first optical fiber is an end emitting fiber that is configured to end emit bacterial disinfecting light to disinfect at least a first portion of the body, and the second optical fiber is a radial emitting fiber that is configured to radially emit bacterial disinfecting light to disinfect at least a second portion of the body.

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


Disinfecting methods and apparatus
Patent No. 9925287 

Inventor(s): Michael R. Lopez (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Inikoa Medical, Inc. (Newark, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15631674 on 06/23/2017 (277 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one implementation an assembly is provided that includes an end emitting optical that is configured to end emit bacterial disinfecting light. A portion of the length of the end emitting optical fiber resides in a lumen of a body. The body has an internal disinfecting target area. The end emitted bacterial disinfecting light is configured to impinge on one or more surfaces disposed on or in the body, the one or more surfaces being configured to alter the trajectory of the bacterial disinfecting light so that the bacterial disinfecting light is directed toward the disinfecting target area via a designated disinfecting light pathway.

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


Laparoscopic lead implantation method
Patent No. 9925367 

Inventor(s): Ofer Glasberg (Zichron Ya”akov, , IL), Paul V. Goode (Round Rock, TX), Shai Policker (Redmond, WA), Virender K. Sharma (Paradise Valley, AZ)
Assignee(s): EndoStim, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Novel IP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14548855 on 11/20/2014 (1223 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of laparoscopically implanting an electrically stimulating lead proximate the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) of a patient includes delivering the lead through a port of a laparoscope inserted into the abdominal cavity of the patient through an incision in the abdominal wall. The stimulating electrode is implanted in or proximate the muscularis layer of the lower esophageal wall to treat esophageal reflux disease (GERD). The lead includes a needle and suture at its distal end for pulling the electrode into the muscular wall of the LES. Clips are applied to the suture attached to the distal end of the lead to prevent retrograde movement of the electrode. The lead also includes an anchoring member for anchoring the portion of the lead proximal to the electrode. The method and lead used with the method allow the surgeon to work within the confined anatomy present at the gastroesophageal junction and prevents backwards movement and dislodgment of the electrode. The implantation procedure can be combined with a hiatal hernia repair to repair the hernia and prevent recurrence of a hiatal hernia.

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


Golf clubs and golf club heads
Patent No. 9925433 

Inventor(s): Brian Kammerer (Fort Worth, TX), Joshua M. Boggs (Aledo, TX), Mario A. Lafortune (Fort Worth, TX), Robert M. Boyd (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): NIKE, Inc. (Beaverton, OR)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15194150 on 06/27/2016 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: Golf clubs according to at least some example aspects of this disclosure may include a golf club head and a shaft configured to engage with the golf club head which includes a grip engaged with the shaft. Further, the golf club may include a monitoring device, which includes a sensor and a transmitter. Additionally, the monitoring device may be configured to determine data related to the characteristics of a golf swing. Further, the monitoring device may be configured to transmit the data related to the characteristics of a golf swing to a remote computer.

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


Systems for air-borne cleaning of surfaces
Patent No. 9925959 

Inventor(s): Kyle Bailey (McKinney, TX), Ryan Wood (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): NUVINAIR, LLC (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15253315 on 08/31/2016 (573 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is provided a system and method of cleaning surfaces of an interior cabin space of a contamination comprising a microbial and viral load. The method includes the steps of sealing the interior cabin space and placing water, and a solid or gel pack, into a container and generating a vortex the container by rotating an impeller. The agitation causes the solid or gel pack to release a gaseous cleaning agent. An air-borne spray exiting from the container spreads throughout the interior cabin space to coat the surfaces to be cleaned within the interior cabin space. The cabin is maintained closed for an effective time period while the coating from the air-borne spray dwells on the surfaces to eliminate or substantially reduce the load of the contamination.

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


Recombinant VapA and VapC peptides and uses thereof
Patent No. 9926342 

Inventor(s): John R. Stephenson (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): SANTA CRUZ BIOTECHNOLOGY, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Cooper Dunham LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14210326 on 03/13/2014 (1475 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a recombinant protein comprising consecutive amino acids, the sequence of which is substantially identical to a sequence of amino acids present in a [i]Rhodococcus equi [/i]virulence-associated protein and compositions containing fusion proteins of the invention. The present invention also provides uses of the compositions in the manufacture of hyperimmune plasma against [i]Rhodococcus equi[/i], in producing a hyperimmune plasma against [i]Rhodococcus equi [/i]in protecting an animal against [i]Rhodococcus equi [/i]and in protecting a newborn animal against [i]Rhodococcus equi. [/i]

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


 

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

Intraocular lens (IOL) fabrication system and method
Patent No. 9925621 

Inventor(s): Josef F. Bille (Heidelberg, , DE), Ruth Sahler (Irvine, CA)
Assignee(s): PERFECT IP, LLP (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14928798 on 10/30/2015 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system/method allowing intraocular lens (IOL) fabrication using a femtosecond laser is disclosed. The system and method generate a stream of pulses at a rate of at least 1 million pulses per second and a pulse length of 300 femtoseconds or less to sculpt a polymeric material blank (PMB) to form an IOL. The high repetition rate and short pulse length combine to permit IOL fabrication in less than 10 minutes. During this fabrication procedure a lens may be formed within the IOL by incorporating a refractive index shaping (RIS) structure within the IOL. Additionally, IOL haptics may be formed during this IOL formation process. This combination of physical feature generation and RIS structure generation permits per-patient customization of the IOL as it relates to sphere, cylinder, asphericity, multifocality, and/or higher optical aberrations (HOAs).

[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)


System and method of post-cure processing of composite core
Patent No. 9925680 

Inventor(s): Levi H. Armstrong (Saginaw, TX), Phillip A. Kendrick (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Gorup. PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13914737 on 06/11/2013 (1750 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of cutting a wafer of composite core from a bulk composite core includes stabilizing the bulk composite core with a fixture, the bulk composite core having a plurality of tube members. The method also includes cutting through each of the tube members to create the wafer while the bulk composite core is stabilized by the fixture.

[B29C] SHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF MATERIAL IN A PLASTIC STATE, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; AFTER-TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING (making preforms B29B 11/00; making laminated products by combining previously unconnected layers which become one product whose layers will remain together B32B 37/00-B32B 41/00) [4]


Passenger seat with close-out shroud
Patent No. 9925895 

Inventor(s): Clifton S. Ellis (Fort Worth, TX), David A. Acuna (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Zodiac Seats US LLC (Gainesville, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15101033 on 12/17/2014 (1196 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described are close-out shrouds ([b]10[/b]) formed of a flame retardant material with at least one living hinge ([b]16[/b]). The flame retardant material is configured to substantially enclose an articulating opening to a cavity, and the at least one living hinge is configured to articulate through greater than 50,000 cycles before failure.

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


System and method for restraining a vehicle with integrated mandrel and track lock pin
Patent No. 9925907 

Inventor(s): Jerry W. Vande Sande (Dallas, TX), Robert J. Cencer (Tipton, MI)
Assignee(s): Trinity Parts Components, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15191772 on 06/24/2016 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle restraint system includes a strap assembly configured to be positioned on a portion of a tire of a vehicle to secure the vehicle to a track assembly. The strap assembly is also configured to be coupled to the track assembly on a first side of the tire. The system also includes a mandrel assembly operable to be coupled to the strap assembly on a second side of the tire, opposite the first side of the tire. The mandrel assembly is configured to engage the track assembly through a first hole in the track assembly. The system further includes a latch assembly configured to be coupled to the mandrel assembly. The latch assembly is also configured to create a coupling between the mandrel assembly and the track assembly.

[B60P] VEHICLES ADAPTED FOR LOAD TRANSPORTATION OR TO TRANSPORT, TO CARRY, OR TO COMPRISE SPECIAL LOADS OR OBJECTS (vehicles with special provisions for transporting patients or disabled persons, or their personal conveyances A61G 3/00)


Speed profiling for locomotive display and event recorder
Patent No. 9925993 

Inventor(s): Wade Goforth (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): New York Air Brake, LLC (Watertown, NY)
Law Firm: Bond Schoeneck and King PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15132411 on 04/19/2016 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: A train speed profiling system for use in connection with a train management system that can generate a virtual profile of a predetermined route having an estimated time of arrival at a destination based on data specific to the route and the actual train that will travel on the route. The virtual profile may be adjusted for any acceleration and any deceleration required by the train, and then optimized for reduced fuel consumption by reducing braking effort and improving coasting opportunities over the route if the estimated time of arrival is earlier than a desired time of arrival. The virtual profile may further be conformed so that the estimate time of arrival matches the desired time of arrival within a narrow threshold.

[B61L] GUIDING RAILWAY TRAFFIC; ENSURING THE SAFETY OF RAILWAY TRAFFIC (brakes or auxiliary equipment B61H, B61K; point or crossing construction E01B)


Acceleration smoothing holding overall kinetic energy control
Patent No. 9926076 

Inventor(s): Ashok Agnihotri (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION (Stratford, CT)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14699363 on 04/29/2015 (1063 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for controlling maneuverability of an aircraft includes receiving one or more signals indicative of commanded peak rotary acceleration at a first timeperiod; determining a signal indicative of an actual peak rotary acceleration for the first timeperiod in response to the receiving of the one or more signals for commanded pilot acceleration; and determining signals indicative of actual rotary acceleration for a second timeperiod.

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


 

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

Degradable balls for use in subterranean applications
Patent No. 9926483 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zachary Ryan Murphree (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14988421 on 01/05/2016 (812 days app to issue)

Abstract: Degradable balls for downhole use may include an incompliant degradable polymer and a compliant filler material, the incompliant degradable polymer having an elastic modulus of about 2 GPa or greater, and the compliant filler material having an elastic modulus of less than about 2 GPa. Such degradable balls may be useful in sealing segments of a wellbore and actuating wellbore tools.

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


Automatic ammonia hydroxide deployment system
Patent No. 9926631 

Inventor(s): Jung-Shiung Liau (New Taipei, , TW), Yu Sun (New Taipei, , TW)
Assignee(s): PMAX TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Maschoff Brennan (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14883510 on 10/14/2015 (895 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automatic ammonia hydroxide deployment system comprises an ammonia hydroxide deployment device and an automatic ammonia hydroxide deployment controlling device. The ammonia hydroxide deployment device includes a chamber for storing ammonia hydroxide, an ammonia pipe and a water pipe. The automatic ammonia hydroxide deployment controlling device includes an electrical conductivity meter, a liquid level sensor and an operating controller. The electrical conductivity meter is for detecting an electrical conductivity of the ammonia hydroxide in the chamber. The operating controller is configured to obtain an ammonia concentration of the ammonia hydroxide according to the electrical conductivity of the ammonia hydroxide. The operating controller adjusts ammonia gas flowing into the chamber according to whether the ammonia concentration is less than a predetermined threshold or not, and adjusts water flowing into the chamber according to whether the liquid level is lower than a predetermined lower threshold or not.

[C23F] NON-MECHANICAL REMOVAL OF METALLIC MATERIAL FROM SURFACES (working of metal by electro-erosion B23H; desurfacing by applying flames B23K 7/00; working metal by laser beam B23K 26/00); INHIBITING CORROSION OF METALLIC MATERIAL; INHIBITING INCRUSTATION IN GENERAL (treating metal surfaces or coating of metals by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25D, C25F); MULTI-STEP PROCESSES FOR SURFACE TREATMENT OF METALLIC MATERIAL INVOLVING AT LEAST ONE PROCESS PROVIDED FOR IN CLASS C23 AND AT LEAST ONE PROCESS COVERED BY SUBCLASS C21D OR C22F OR CLASS C25 [4]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Pressure responsive downhole tool having an adjustable shear thread retaining mechanism and related methods
Patent No. 9926750 

Inventor(s): Paul David Ringgenberg (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14767789 on 03/14/2013 (1839 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pressure responsive downhole tool comprises a threaded shearable retaining mechanism which performs the tension sleeve or shear pin function. The threaded shearable retaining mechanism comprises a pin and box thread that shears upon application of a predetermined pressure which may be adjusted based upon the amount of thread engagement. The pin thread may comprise indicators to indicate which thread engagement corresponds to what shear value. A keystone thread design may be utilized such that the thread would be retained along the threaded connection and not become lost in the well. Thus, the present invention allows for each pressure responsive tool to be custom tailored for a specific job.

[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]


Stress reactive valve
Patent No. 9926767 

Inventor(s): Adam Harold Martin (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14422211 on 08/20/2012 (2045 days app to issue)

Abstract: A stress reactive valve includes a valve body disposed in a subsea safety system or other elongated components of hydrocarbon production systems. The valve body includes a frangible or breakable material such that when the subsea safety system or other elongated system undergoes a stress, such as a bending stress, the frangible valve body can react to the stress by breaking and thereby establishing fluid communication or a fluid path across the valve body. In a first or unbroken condition of the valve body, the valve body prevents fluid communication between a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet. In a second or broken condition of the valve body, fluid communication is allowed between the fluid inlet and outlet. The fluid communication can be used to actuate a device, or the fluid pressure can be used as pilot pressure to actuate a pilot operated valve system.

[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]


Protection of electronic devices used with perforating guns
Patent No. 9926777 

Inventor(s): Edwin A. Eaton (Grapevine, TX), John D. Burleson (Denton, TX), John P. Rodgers (Southlake, TX), Patrick L. Walter (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Chamberlain Hrdlicka (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14125577 on 12/19/2012 (1924 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a sensing subassembly for use with a downhole tool comprises a housing, a cavity extending into the housing, a sensor disposed at least partially within the cavity, a shock mitigating member disposed between at least one end of the sensor and the housing, and at least one seal member disposed between the sensor and the housing. At least a portion of the sensor is in fluid communication with an exterior of the housing, and the shock mitigating member is configured to attenuate at least a portion of a shock wave between the housing and the sensor.

[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

Charge management for air conditioning
Patent No. 9927135 

Inventor(s): Der-Kai Hung (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15082545 on 03/28/2016 (729 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, an air conditioning system may automatically adjust an amount of refrigerant using an accumulator. The air conditioning system may operate in at least two operation modes including a cooling operation and a reheat operation. The amount of refrigerant allowed to flow to a condenser of the system may be based at least partially on the operating mode of the air conditioning system.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

NAD analogs and methods of using said NAD analogs in determining ribosylation of proteins with PARP mutants
Patent No. 9926340 

Inventor(s): Bryan A. Gibson (Dallas, TX), W. Lee Kraus (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Biolog Life Science Institute Forshungslabor und Biochemica-Vertrieb GmbH (Bremen, , DE), Cornell University (Ithica, NY), The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15088561 on 04/01/2016 (725 days app to issue)

Abstract:

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


Temperature sensor calibration of an entire wafer in a liquid bath
Patent No. 9927308 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Alvin Draper (Arlington, TX), Chad David Erickson (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: North Weber Baugh LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14709278 on 05/11/2015 (1051 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for calibrating sensors in a wafer is provided. The system includes a container for containing liquid and configured to accommodate the wafer in the liquid; a temperature controller for controlling a temperature of the liquid; and an electrical connection mechanism for receiving electrical signals to the sensors when the temperature of the liquid reaches a preset level during operation. The system also includes a device that receives the signals from the sensors and calibrates the sensors based on the temperature of the liquid and the received signals from the sensors.

[G01K] MEASURING TEMPERATURE; MEASURING QUANTITY OF HEAT; THERMALLY-SENSITIVE ELEMENTS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (radiation pyrometry G01J 5/00)


Composition, device and imaging system for analysis using chemiluminescent probes
Patent No. 9927447 

Inventor(s): Alexander R. Lippert (Dallas, TX), Katherine M. Krenek (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERISITY (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14741141 on 06/16/2015 (1015 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a method for the rapid monitoring of biological analytes in a point-of-care setting by providing a smart phone; providing a sample chamber; providing a sample; providing a dark box with a smartphone holder attached to the dark box top with the camera opening positioned about the aperture, adding a biological specimen suspected of containing a biological analyte in the sample chamber; adding a bis(2,4,6-trichlorophenyl) oxalate, an imidazole and a fluorophore to the sample chamber to react with the biological analyte; placing the sample chamber into the dark box; generating an emission from the fluorophore in response to the reaction with the biological analyte; and recording a set of time-lapse images of the emission with the smartphone.

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


Object identification system and method
Patent No. 9927477 

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: 14849193 on 09/09/2015 (930 days app to issue)

Abstract: An object identification system includes a guided surface waveguide probe that produces a guided surface wave that has a frequency-dependent illumination area in which one or more object identification tags are powered by the guided surface wave and outside of which other object identification tags are not powered by the guided surface wave; and a receiver at the illumination area, the receiver receiving return signals from the one or more object identification tags located in the illumination area, the return signals emitted by the object identification tags as an automated response to being powered by the guided surface wave.

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


Systems and methods for position determination in GPS-denied situations
Patent No. 9927526 

Inventor(s): Enrique Sernik (Merrimack, NH)
Assignee(s): Elbit Systems of America, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14495617 on 09/24/2014 (1280 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for calculating a position of a receiver. The method includes determining a first position of the receiver at a first time using data from satellites and determining a second position of the receiver at a second time using the first position and data from a non-satellite sensor. The method also includes calculating the positions of the satellites at the second time and comparing, for each satellite, the calculated position with a known position at the second time.

[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


Retention assembly
Patent No. 9927834 

Inventor(s): Pinche Tsai (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Patent Department (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15317116 on 07/30/2014 (1336 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example implementations relate to a retention assembly. One example retention assembly includes a support member extending from a printed circuit board. The support member includes a body region having a slot and a first flange extending from the body region. The retention assembly also includes a locking member slidably coupled to the support member via the slot. The locking member includes a second flange. The second flange includes a protruded region, and wherein the protruded region and the first flange are to secure a proximal end of expansion module.

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


Methods, systems and computer readable media for intelligent fetching of data storage device commands from submission queues
Patent No. 9927983 

Inventor(s): Amir Segev (Meitar, , IL), Noga Harari Shechter (Lehavim, , IL), Shay Benisty (Beer Sheva, , IL), Tal Sharifie (Lehavim, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Loza Loza, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14868373 on 09/28/2015 (911 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media for intelligent fetching of storage device commands from submission queues are disclosed. On method is implemented in a data storage device including a controller and a memory. The method includes collecting submission queue command statistics; monitoring resource state of the data storage device. The method further includes using the submission queue command statistics and the resource state to select a submission queue from which a next data storage device command should be fetched. The method further includes fetching the command from the selected submission queue. The method further includes providing the command to command processing logic.

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


Data storage device with temperature sensor and temperature calibration circuitry and method of operating same
Patent No. 9927986 

Inventor(s): Avichay Hodes (Kfar Ben Nun, , IL), Judah Gamliel Hahn (Ofra, , IL), Vered Kelner (Moshav Gan Haim, , IL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15054613 on 02/26/2016 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data storage device includes a non-volatile memory, a temperature sensor, and temperature calibration circuitry coupled to the temperature sensor. The temperature calibration circuitry is configured to cause memory operations to be performed on storage elements of the non-volatile memory, to determine a temperature metric based on temperature readings from the temperature sensor in response to initiation of the memory operations, and to modify a temperature threshold based on the temperature metric.

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


Adaptive multi-phase erase
Patent No. 9927987 

Inventor(s): Alexandra Bauche (San Jose, CA), Nian Niles Yang (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14929179 on 10/30/2015 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: The various implementations described herein include systems, methods and/or devices used to enable multi-phase erasure in a storage device. The method includes performing an erase operation on a portion of one or more non-volatile memory devices, by performing a sequence of erase phase operations until an erase operation stop condition is satisfied. Each erase phase operation includes: performing an erase phase on the portion of the non-volatile memory devices using an erase voltage, and determining an erase phase statistic for the erase phase. For each erase phase operation in the sequence of erase phase operations, other than a first erase phase operation, the erase voltage used when performing the erase phase operation is equal to the erase voltage used when performing a prior erase phase operation in the sequence of erase phase operations plus an erase voltage increment based on the erase phase statistic for the prior erase phase operation.

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


Methods, systems, and computer readable media for automatically and selectively enabling burst mode operation in a storage device
Patent No. 9927997 

Inventor(s): David Filderman (Kirvat Yam, , IL), Samia Hussein Abbas (Abu Sinan Village, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Loza Loza, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14977559 on 12/21/2015 (827 days app to issue)

Abstract: The subject matter described herein relates to methods, systems, and computer readable media for automatically and selectively enabling burst mode operation in a storage device. One method includes monitoring data written by a host device to a storage device. The method further includes determining whether the data is of a type for which burst mode operation of the storage device is indicated. The method further includes, in response to determining that the data is of a type for which burst mode operation is indicated, automatically enabling burst mode operation of the storage device.

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


Methods, systems, and computer readable mediums for defining and updating a virtual computing system comprising distributed resource components
Patent No. 9928097 

Inventor(s): Neeloy Bhattacharyya (North Las Vegas, NV), Praphul Krottapalli (Cary, NC)
Assignee(s): VCE IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor Hunt, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14852970 on 09/14/2015 (925 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable mediums for defining and updating a virtual converged infrastructure system comprising distributed resource components are disclosed. According to one method, the method includes identifying resource components collectively contained in a plurality of computing systems interconnected to form a computing system network. The method further includes generating an index that specifies a plurality of candidate virtual computing systems, wherein each of the candidate virtual computing systems includes resource components from two or more of the computing systems and utilizing the index to select a virtual computing system from among the candidate virtual computing systems. The method also includes applying identification data corresponding to resource components of the selected virtual computing system as input to a certified computing configuration to identify a level of compliance of the selected virtual computing system.

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


Methods, systems, and computer readable mediums for managing distributed computing systems using an event driven framework
Patent No. 9928103 

Inventor(s): Akshaya Mahapatra (San Jose, CA), Dirk Nathaniel Milotz (San Jose, CA), Gilbert Lau (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): VCE IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor Hunt, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14986269 on 12/31/2015 (817 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable mediums for managing distributed computing systems using an event driven framework are disclosed. In some examples, a method includes receiving, at an event handler executing on a distributed computing system, events from various sources executing on the distributed computing system. The method includes consolidating, at an event consolidator executing on the distributed computing system, the events into a consolidated event. The method includes determining, at a script executor executing on the distributed computing system, that a script is configured to be executed in response to receiving the consolidated event and, in response, executing the script.

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


System and method for topology-aware job scheduling and backfilling in an HPC environment
Patent No. 9928114 

Inventor(s): Anthony N. Richoux (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15449150 on 03/03/2017 (389 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for job management in an HPC environment includes determining an unallocated subset from a plurality of HPC nodes, with each of the unallocated HPC nodes comprising an integrated fabric. An HPC job is selected from a job queue and executed using at least a portion of the unallocated subset of nodes.

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


Method and system for improving swap performance
Patent No. 9928169 

Inventor(s): Alon Marcu (Tel Mond, , IL), Leon Romanovsky (Haifa, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14272238 on 05/07/2014 (1420 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for improving swap performance are provided. In one embodiment, a computing device is provided with a volatile memory and a non-volatile memory, wherein the non-volatile memory has a first swap area with multi-level cell (MLC) memory and a second swap area with single-level cell (SLC) memory. One of the characteristics of SLC memory is that data is written more quickly in the SLC memory than the MLC memory. A determination is made whether the computing device is operating in normal mode or burst mode. If it is determined that the computing device is operating in normal mode, data is moved from the volatile memory to the first swap area during a swap operation. If it is determined that the computing device is operating in burst mode, data is moved from the volatile memory to the second swap area during a swap operation.

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


System and method for product optimization
Patent No. 9928238 

Inventor(s): Mike McGuire (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Andrews Distributing Company, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15198803 on 06/30/2016 (635 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes maintaining product sales information according to a data model. The data model includes a consumer-demographics naming convention, a retail-provider-type naming convention, and a product-naming convention. The maintaining includes indexing the product sales information by consumer-demographics information, by retail-provider-type information, and by product-categorization information. The method further includes receiving raw sales information and translating the raw sales information into the data model. In addition the method includes storing the translated raw sales information as part of the product sales information. Furthermore, the method includes receiving a request for aggregation of at least a portion of the product sales information. The request specifies an intersection of the product-categorization information, the consumer-demographic information, and the retail-provider-type information. The method also includes, responsive to the request, aggregating the at least a portion of the product sales information.

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


System and method for creating, processing, and distributing images that serve as portals enabling communication with persons who have interacted with the images
Patent No. 9928352 

Inventor(s): Claude A. Bailey (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TAUTACHROME, INC. (Oro Valley, AZ)
Law Firm: Bacon Thomas, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14821602 on 08/07/2015 (963 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for processing, storage, distribution, and interaction with electronic images created or captured by mobile devices having network communications capabilities, such as smartphones, allows a user whose image-displaying device includes enhanced viewer software to use an image displayed on the image-displaying device as a portal for communication with others who have interacted with the image, including authors and facilitators of the image. Watermarking and security measures are provided to enable source and content verification of a displayed image so that user morphing of imagery can be tracked to maintain stability of image-based interaction and so that malicious imagery tamper can be prevented.

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


Side window detection through use of spatial probability maps
Patent No. 9928424 

Inventor(s): Beilei Xu (Penfield, NY), Orhan Bulan (Webster, NY), Peter Paul (Penfield, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Ortiz Lopez, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15049568 on 02/22/2016 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and processor-readable media for detecting the side window of a vehicle. A spatial probability map can be calculated, which includes data indicative of likely side window locations of a vehicle in an image. A side window detector can be run with respect to the image of the vehicle to determine detection scores. The detection scores can be weighted based on the spatial probability map. A detected region of interest can be extracted from the image as extracted image patch. An image classification can then be performed with respect to the extracted patch to provide a classification that indicates whether or not a passenger is in the vehicle or no-passenger is in the vehicle.

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


Lexicon-free, matching-based word-image recognition
Patent No. 9928436 

Inventor(s): Albert Gordo Soldevila (Grenoble, , FR), Jon Almazan (Grenoble, , FR)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Gibb Riley, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14794479 on 07/08/2015 (993 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems recognize alphanumeric characters in an image by computing individual representations of every character of an alphabet at every character position within a certain word transcription length. These methods and systems embed the individual representations of each alphabet character in a common vectorial subspace (using a matrix) and embed a received image of an alphanumeric word into the common vectorial subspace (using the matrix). Such methods and systems compute the utility value of the embedded alphabet characters at every one of the character positions with respect to the embedded alphanumeric character image; and compute the best transcription alphabet character of every one of the image characters based on the utility value of each embedded alphabet character at each character position. Such methods and systems then assign the best transcription alphabet character for each of the character positions to produce a recognized alphanumeric word within the received image.

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


High accuracy localization system and method for retail store profiling via product image recognition and its corresponding dimension database
Patent No. 9928438 

Inventor(s): Charles D. Rizzolo (Fairport, NY), Dennis L. Venable (Marion, NY), Thomas F. Wade (Rochester, NY), Wencheng Wu (Rochester, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15066507 on 03/10/2016 (747 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for profiling a location of an image capture device in a region of interest. The method comprises acquiring an image captured by an image capture device. The method comprises acquiring a reported position and pose of the image capture device. The method comprises processing the captured image to detect an object in the captured image. The method comprises identifying a set of interest points characterizing the captured object. The method comprises generating a relative position and pose of the interest points based on dimensional information associated with the captured object. The method comprises computing an estimated position and pose of the image capture device to the object using the reported position and pose of the image capture device and the relative position of the interest points. The method comprises computing the estimated position and pose of the mobile imaging device based on the estimated distance. The method comprises updating the reported position and pose of the image capture device to the estimated position.

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


Markerless multi-user, multi-object augmented reality on mobile devices
Patent No. 9928656 

Inventor(s): Jinwei Gu (Princeton, NJ), Wei Jiang (Princeton, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14852247 on 09/11/2015 (928 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and devices permit a user to insert multiple virtual objects into a real world video scene. Some inserted objects may be statically tied to the scene, while other objects are designated as moving with certain moving objects in the scene. Markers are not used to insert the virtual objects. Users of separate mobile devices can share their inserted virtual objects to create a multi-user, multi-object augmented reality (AR) experience.

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


Sensor and transmission control circuit in adaptive interface package
Patent No. 9928726 

Inventor(s): Francis S. Zajac (Mountain View, CA), James Peverill (Canton, MA), Tony Bachta (Goffstown, NH)
Assignee(s): FTC Sensors, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15156598 on 05/17/2016 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: A programmable interface module includes a linear power regulator to control and provide power to interfaced components on an as needed basis. The interface module is implemented in, for example, a sensor pack and multiplexed to a plurality of sensor modules. In a first mode, the linear voltage regulator provides a relatively small amount of power which allows a sensor module to output a signal responsive to detecting an environmental condition (e.g., gamma or x-ray radiation, extreme temperatures, etc.). The interface module can switch the linear voltage regulator to a second mode in which the linear voltage regulator ramps up the amount of power provided to a detecting sensor module. The sensor module can then provide a level indicative of a concentration or intensity of the environmental condition. If the level surpasses a predetermined threshold, the sensor pack can output an alert signal to security server.

[G08B] SIGNALLING OR CALLING SYSTEMS; ORDER TELEGRAPHS; ALARM SYSTEMS


System and method for testing chip-on-glass bonding quality
Patent No. 9928767 

Inventor(s): Chuanning Chen (Shenzhen, , CN), Guangrong Wu (Shenzhen, , CN), Guoping Luo (Espoo, , FI), Jose Garcia (La Mesa, CA), Qian Han (San Diego, CA), Shunlin Chen (Shenzhen, , CN), Steven R. Loza (Menifee, CA), Xiangan Zhu (San Die
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14988361 on 01/05/2016 (812 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method of testing chip-on-glass (COG) bonding quality automatically includes a glass panel comprising two test pads, the test pads electrically interconnected, a display driver comprising an input node and an output node, and an adhesive layer between the glass panel and the display driver, the adhesive layer binding the glass panel with the display driver, the adhesive layer comprising conductive portions across the adhesive layer between the glass panel and the display driver, wherein the input node, the output node, the two test pads, and the conductive portions are electrically connected to form an electrical testing loop, the electrical testing loop configured to measure a voltage drop across the conductive portions.

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


Reducing an amount of captured network traffic data to analyze
Patent No. 9929930 

Inventor(s): John P. Curtin (Richardson, TX), Vignesh Janakiraman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NetScout Systems Texas, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15000963 on 01/19/2016 (798 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for monitoring a communication network is provided. The method includes capturing network data from network traffic of the communication network by a plurality of probes monitoring the communication network. The method further includes detecting by lightweight analysis a data packet of the captured network data that includes information related to a transactional procedure failure transacted by an end-user device and determining an identity of the end-user device. The method further includes sharing the identity of the end-user device with other probes of the plurality of probes, adding the end-user device”s identity to respective whitelists associated with the probes of the plurality of probes, and performing, for end-user device identities included in the respective whitelists, detailed analysis of network data during a predetermined time period.

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


Tenant-based management system and method for distributed computing environments
Patent No. 9929969 

Inventor(s): Praphul Krottapalli (Cary, NC), Sanjay Basu (Frisco, TX), Venkatesh S. Madhipatla (Westford, MA)
Assignee(s): VCA IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14587847 on 12/31/2014 (1182 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tenant-based distributed computing environment management system includes a service that is executed on a computing system to allocate a subset of the resources for use by each of a plurality of tenants, and generate a plurality of tags for each resource in the subset in which each tag includes tenant information associated with the tenant to whom the subset of resources are allocated. The service may then identify, for at least one of the tenants, the subset of resources allocated to the tenant, and transmit information associated with the identified subset of resources to a computing device of the tenant.

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


 

E L E C T R I C I T Y

System and method for supporting mobile unit connectivity for computer server to process specific orders
Patent No. 9928539 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey L. Wohlwend (Plano, TX), Peter J. Walsh, Jr. (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Connect720 Technologies, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Hemingway Hansen, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14694645 on 04/23/2015 (1069 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is an applications gateway that offers multiple functions and features for specific geographic venue locations, while providing easy access to advertising, purchasing, and redemption opportunities for that specific geographic venue location. Venue locations can be stadiums, shopping malls, amusement parks, open air spaces where people can congregate, and/or buildings, which most often require the presence of a concentration of people. The venue location may correlate to the location of the hand-held mobile unit or it may be a remote geographic venue location not near the location of the hand-held mobile unit. Access to the gateway application is through a hand-held mobile unit, which can include a mobile phone, smartphone device, or portable computer having a wireless radio transmission connection. (e.g. iPhone, Droid, iPad, Slate, etc.)

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Multiple configuration switching assembly
Patent No. 9928982 

Inventor(s): Archit Agarwal (Rajasthan, , IN), Christopher Kenneth Wyatt (Bradenton, FL), Patrick Wellington Mills (Bradenton, FL)
Assignee(s): LABINAL, LLC (Denton, TX)
Law Firm: Rankin, Hill Clark LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14621952 on 02/13/2015 (1138 days app to issue)

Abstract: A switching assembly includes an operating assembly and a fixed contact assembly including a first fixed contact, a second fixed contact, a third fixed contact, a fourth fixed contact, and a number of terminals. The number of terminals includes a first terminal, a second terminal, and a third terminal. The switching assembly also includes a movable contact assembly that includes a first movable contact and a second movable contact. The first movable contact is movable between a first position and a second position. The second movable contact is movable between a first position and a second position. The operating assembly is coupled to the movable contact assembly and moves the first and second movable contact assemblies between the first and second positions. The switching assembly also includes a shunt assembly including a number of shunts. The shunt assembly is configured in one of a series configuration or a parallel configuration.

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


Through-substrate via (TSV) testing
Patent No. 9929064 

Inventor(s): Jason M. Brown (Allen, TX), Venkatraghavan Bringivijayaraghavan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14877360 on 10/07/2015 (902 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments comprise apparatuses and methods for testing and repairing through-substrate vias in a stack of interconnected dice. In various embodiments, an apparatus is provided that includes a number of through-substrate vias to couple to one or more devices, at least one redundant through-substrate via to allow a repair of the apparatus, and a pair of pull-up devices coupled to the through-substrate vias and the redundant through-substrate via to provide a high-data value to the first end of the respective through-substrate vias. A test register is coupled the second end of each of the through-substrate vias and the redundant through-substrate via to store a received version of the high-data value. A comparator compares the high-data value with the received version of the high-data value to test the through-substrate vias for short-circuit connections. Other apparatuses and methods are disclosed.

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


Three-dimensional memory device having non-uniform spacing among memory stack structures and method of making thereof
Patent No. 9929174 

Inventor(s): Akihiro Ueda (Yokkaichi, , JP), Fumiaki Toyama (Cupertino, CA), Fumitaka Amano (Yokkaichi, , JP), Hiroyuki Ogawa (Yokkaichi, , JP), Kota Funayama (Yokkaichi, , JP), Masaaki Higashitani (Cupertino, CA), Yuki Mizutani (San Jose, CA
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15337235 on 10/28/2016 (515 days app to issue)

Abstract: An alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers is formed over a substrate. Memory stack structures including a memory film and a vertical semiconductor channel are formed through the alternating stack in an array configuration. Backside trenches extending along a lengthwise direction are formed through the alternating stack. Backside recesses are formed by removing the sacrificial material layers. Filling of the backside recesses with electrically conductive layers can be performed without voids or with minimal voids by arranging the memory stack structures with a non-uniform pitch. The non-uniform pitch may be along the direction perpendicular to the lengthwise direction such that the nearest neighbor distance among the memory stack structures is at a minimum between the backside trenches. Alternatively or additionally, the pitch may be modulated along the lengthwise direction to provide wider spacing regions that extend perpendicular to the lengthwise direction.

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


Method for making a semiconductor device with sidewal spacers for confinig epitaxial growth
Patent No. 9929253 

Inventor(s): Chun-Chen Yeh (Clifton Park, NY), Qing Liu (Watervliet, NY), Ruilong Xie (Niskayuna, NY), Xiuyu Cai (Niskayuna, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15178853 on 06/10/2016 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for making a semiconductor device includes forming laterally spaced-apart semiconductor fins above a substrate. At least one dielectric layer is formed adjacent an end portion of the semiconductor fins and within the space between adjacent semiconductor fins. A pair of sidewall spacers is formed adjacent outermost semiconductor fins at the end portion of the semiconductor fins. The at least one dielectric layer and end portion of the semiconductor fins between the pair of sidewall spacers are removed. Source/drain regions are formed between the pair of sidewall spacers.

[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]


Low profile wideband planar antenna element with integrated baluns
Patent No. 9929470 

Inventor(s): George Zohn Hutcheson (Richardson, TX), Maurio Batista Grando (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): L-3 Communications Corporation (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Egan Peterman Enders Huston (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15143442 on 04/29/2016 (697 days app to issue)

Abstract: An antenna assembly for use in a tile architecture antenna system. The antenna assembly comprises: i) a first substrate layer having a first surface; ii) a first antenna disposed in an X-Y plane on the first surface of the first substrate layer; iii) a second substrate layer having a first surface, the second substrate layer displaced in the Z-direction with respect to the X-Y plane on the first surface of the first substrate layer; and iv) a first tuning balun disposed on the first surface of the second substrate layer and coupled to the first antenna by means of a first feed via. The antenna assembly further comprises a first transmission line disposed on the first surface of the second substrate layer. The first transmission line is coupled to the first antenna by means of a second feed via.

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


Wireless power transfer system and method
Patent No. 9929595 

Inventor(s): Hengchun Mao (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): NuVolta Technologies (Milpitas, CA)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14834289 on 08/24/2015 (946 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system comprises a primary switch network coupled to a power source, wherein the primary switch network comprises a plurality of power switches, a primary resonant tank coupled to the plurality of power switches, wherein a resonant capacitor of the primary resonant tank is formed by a first variable capacitance network, and wherein the first variable capacitance network is modulated to improve soft switching of the plurality of power switches through reducing a voltage level and a current level of a switch at a turn-on instant and a primary coil coupled to the primary resonant tank.

[H01F] MAGNETS; INDUCTANCES; TRANSFORMERS; SELECTION OF MATERIALS FOR THEIR MAGNETIC PROPERTIES [2]


Power adaptive dual mode card emulation system for NFC and RFID application
Patent No. 9929779 

Inventor(s): Cheng-Hsien Hung (Dallas, TX), Haiyu Huang (Dallas, TX), Shiau Chwun George Pwu (Frisco, TX), Thomas Michael Maguire (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: North Weber Baugh LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15352972 on 11/16/2016 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: An adaptive dual mode card emulation system (in Card Emulation Mode or PICC design) within an NFC device is disclosed to solve the strong field power delivering issue and also achieve longer communication range. The NFC device may be a NFC tag or an electronic device (such as a smartphone) operated in a card emulation mode. The NFC device comprises an antenna used for wireless communication. The adaptive dual mode card emulation system comprises a passive load modulation (PLM) module, an active load modulation (ALM) module and an automatic power control (APC) module. The APC module couples to both the ALM and PLM modules and selectably enables the ALM or PLM module depending on the strength of received carrier signal sent from an NFC reader.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Device, network, and method for communications with fast adaptive transmission and reception
Patent No. 9929839 

Inventor(s): Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Qian Cheng (Aurora, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14819294 on 08/05/2015 (965 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is disclosed including a method for adaptive reception, the method. The method includes receiving, by a user equipment (UE), an indicator from a first component carrier, the indicator indicating whether a second component carrier is in the On state. Receiving, by the UE, from the second component carrier a subframe wherein a reference signal is provided at a first symbol position of the subframe in a majority of subcarriers of the subframe. The second component carrier and the UE are then synchronized based on the reference signals. The UE then initiates a data link with the second component carrier.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for full duplex link adaptation in a full duplex communications system
Patent No. 9929852 

Inventor(s): Bin Liu (San Diego, CA), Jian Wang (Beijing, , CN), Lili Zhang (Beijing, , CN), Richard Stirling-Gallacher (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14818030 on 08/04/2015 (966 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a communications controller adapted for full duplex (FD) operation includes receiving a measurement report from a user equipment served by the communications controller, the measurement report indicating a first power margin between a current transmit power and a transmit power break point and a second power margin between the current transmit power and a maximum transmit power capable of supporting FD operation, performing FD link adaptation (LA) in accordance with the first power margin and the second power margin to adjust one or more FD configuration parameters of a link between the communications controller and the user equipment, wherein the link includes a downlink and an uplink, and instructing the user equipment to communicate over the link in accordance with the one or more FD configuration parameters.

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


Auto detection and prevention of loop, segmentation and traffic outage in a G.8032 ring network
Patent No. 9929878 

Inventor(s): Maitreya Mukhopadhyay (Allen, TX), Michael Colven (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15266711 on 09/15/2016 (558 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for managing an Ethernet ring protection switching (ERPS) protocol in an Ethernet network. The method includes receiving an administrative data packet at a first network element; determining whether the administrative data packet contains an ERPS membership setting from a second network element; when the administrative data packet contains the ERPS membership setting from the second network element, comparing an ERPS membership setting at the first network element to the ERPS membership setting from the second network element; and performing an action when the ERPS membership setting at the first network element is different than the ERPS membership setting from the second network element.

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


Method and system for optimizing a communication network feature prior to implementing a new service
Patent No. 9929908 

Inventor(s): Kanapathipillai Ketheesan (San Francisco, CA), Marc Bensadoun (Berkeley, CA)
Assignee(s): NetScout Systems Texas, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14796180 on 07/10/2015 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, device and system for method of optimizing a feature of a communication network prior to implementing a future service is provided. A plurality of network nodes in the communication network is assigned to a network cluster. At least one value for a respective key performance indicator (KPI) for data exchanged between the network nodes in the network cluster is determined, where the data is associated with a first communication service. And a need for an optimization of a feature of the communication network in response to the value for the KPI being outside of a range, prior to implementation of a second communication service is determined.

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


System and method for virtual network abstraction and switching
Patent No. 9929919 

Inventor(s): Katherine Zhao (San Jose, CA), Lin Han (San Jose, CA), Qianglin Quintin Zhao (Boxborough, MA), Renwei Li (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14067704 on 10/30/2013 (1609 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are provided herein to enable single level network abstraction for a service across one or more domains. The embodiments use a single network ID to identify a service and a corresponding virtual network topology across any number of domains at a physical network. A virtual network topology can be abstracted for each service, based on the physical underlying network topology. A network controller determines, for a service, the virtual network topology within a physical network, and binds the service to the virtual network topology via a virtual network ID, which defines a single forwarding domain of the virtual network topology across the physical network. The virtual network ID is then indicated to the nodes of the virtual network topology, thus enabling the nodes to identify and forward traffic for the service, within the single forwarding domain, between end clients from edge to edge of the physical network.

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


Capacity management system and method for a computing resource
Patent No. 9929926 

Inventor(s): Deborah C. Umbach (Sudbury, MA), Jonathan P. Streete (San Jose, CA), Samir Mehra (Lexington, MA)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14575532 on 12/18/2014 (1195 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a capacity management system includes an application that is executable by a computing unit to monitor a consumption level of a computing resource, and identify each instance in which the consumption level crosses beyond at least one specified threshold level. Each instance defines a usage event which is then stored in the storage medium by the application. Each usage event is then stored in a computer-readable storage medium.

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


Hash-based overlay routing architecture for information centric networks
Patent No. 9929954 

Inventor(s): Aytac Azgin (Santa Clara, CA), Ravishankar Ravindran (San Ramon, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14880780 on 10/12/2015 (897 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented in a network element (NE) configured to operate in an information centric network (ICN), the method comprising creating a minimum spanning tree for an overlay cluster to which the NE is assigned within a host domain, wherein the minimum spanning tree comprises a root corresponding to the NE and a plurality of member nodes assigned to the overlay cluster; and broadcasting a hash cluster setup (HCS) message to the member nodes, wherein the HCS message comprises source path routing information for the overlay cluster and hop limit values corresponding to distances within the ICN between the NE and each of the member nodes.

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


Preservation of a TTL parameter in a network element
Patent No. 9929966 

Inventor(s): Albert V. Smith (Richardson, TX), Joseph Nguyen (Flower Mound, TX), Nasir Iqbal Amanullah (Plano, TX), Tintooda Nakakes (Plano, TX), Xinxin Sun (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14590826 on 01/06/2015 (1176 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a system having multiple internal Internet protocol (IP) stacks, such as a network element, a value of a time-to-live (TTL) parameter may not be changed by an ingress IP stack. An indication of internal forwarding within the system may be used. An egress IP stack may decrement the value of the TTL parameter. A public network address for the system may be used for response packets to diagnostic packets received by the system.

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


Control of out-of-band multipath connections
Patent No. 9930013 

Inventor(s): Andrew E. Ossipov (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14541445 on 11/14/2014 (1229 days app to issue)

Abstract: An intermediate device (such as a firewall) is disposed between first and second devices (such as a client and a server device, respectively). Communications between the first and second devices are intercepted in both directions by the intermediate device, which spoofs the receiving device by modifying messages sent by the transmitting device. The modified message uses a key held by the intermediate device instead of a key belonging to the sending device.

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


Controlled environment secure media streaming system
Patent No. 9930042 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15593970 on 05/12/2017 (319 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Controlled Environment Secure Media Streaming System manages the delivery of content to Secured Devices. Cloud Services provide content to Integration Hub. The Integration Hub interfaces with various cloud services providers and prepares content for consumption by a resident of a secured facility. Integration Hub utilizes Content Filter to inspect content received from cloud service providers for suitability for use in a secured environment. Once content is retrieved, filtered, formatted, and packaged by Integration Hub, the content is stored in Data Warehouse. Secured Devices request content from the Distribution Hub, the Distribution Hub retrieves the content from the Data Warehouse, and then Distribution Flub manages the transfer of content to the Secured Devices. In some embodiments, Distribution Hub utilizes Content Filter to determine whether or not a particular Secured Device can access particular content.

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


Utilizing VoIP codec negotiation during a controlled environment call
Patent No. 9930088 

Inventor(s): Stephen Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15630759 on 06/22/2017 (278 days app to issue)

Abstract: Controlled-environment communication systems are increasingly using voice over internet protocol (VoIP) to serve their users. VoIP allows voice to be sent in packetized form, where audio is encoded using one of several codecs. Because of bandwidth constraints, particularly during peak call times, codecs may be used which sacrifice audio quality for bandwidth efficiency. As a result, several features of communication systems, including critical security features. The present disclosure provides details for systems and methods by which a controlled-environment communication system may shift between codecs to perform security-related features or to alleviate bandwidth considerations. This involves the special formatting of control-signaling messages, including session initiation protocol (SIP) and session description protocol (SDP) messaging.

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


Systems and methods for identification and action on attempted controlled-environment facility resident communications with internet-protocol phone numbers
Patent No. 9930171 

Inventor(s): Isaac Parampottil (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15195204 on 06/28/2016 (637 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controlled-environment facility communications management system, and/or the like, receives an indication of an electronic communication request with a telephone number initiated by, or to, a resident of a controlled environment facility. The controlled-environment facility communications management system, and/or the like, accesses a line information database and determines, based on the contents of the line information database, whether the telephone number is an Internet Protocol (IP) telephone number. The controlled-environment facility communications management system, and/or the like, takes action with respect to the electronic communication in response to identification of the telephone number as an IP telephone number.

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


Imaging pixel subarray with shared pulse detection
Patent No. 9930280 

Inventor(s): Joshua Lund (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (Princeton, NJ)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14987524 on 01/04/2016 (813 days app to issue)

Abstract: An imaging and pulse detection (IPD) pixel array includes a plurality of imaging pixels arranged in a plurality of rows and columns. Each imaging pixel includes a respective photodetector that outputs signals in response to incident light and input laser pulses. The signals include imaging signals that correspond to the incident light and pulse signals that correspond to the input laser pulses. The IPD array further includes an isolation circuit associated with each of the respective imaging pixels, each isolation circuit outputting filtered output pulse signals in response to receiving the signals from the associated imaging pixel, the filtered output pulse signals corresponding to the pulse signals. The IPD array further includes a single pulse detection circuit that toggles between a charged and uncharged state corresponding to a pulse being received from at least one of the isolation circuits.

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


System and method for using a set-top box application to diagnose customer premises equipment
Patent No. 9930328 

Inventor(s): Nathan L. Edwards (The Colony, TX), Sean T. Hamrick (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15420294 on 01/31/2017 (420 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device having a test module configured to connect with a server through a cellular telephone network and a wireless area network. The test module is also configured to initiate, in the server, a diagnostic test of an interactive television network and a media processor. The test module is further configured to receive information indicating problems with the television network and the media processor, and to display the information on a display.

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


Intra prediction in lossless coding in HEVC
Patent No. 9930362 

Inventor(s): Haoping Yu (Carmel, IN), Minqiang Jiang (Campbell, CA), Wen Gao (West Windsor, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13866468 on 04/19/2013 (1803 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for improved prediction in boundary samples in prediction units (PUs) in pixel based prediction. The method includes computing predicted values for a plurality of border pixels in a PU using corresponding left, upper, and upper left adjacent neighboring pixels in the PU. The method further includes computing predicted values for a second plurality of pixels in the PU using sample based angular prediction (SAP). The second plurality of pixels includes all other pixels in the PU besides the plurality of border pixels.

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


Video coding with large macroblocks
Patent No. 9930365 

Inventor(s): Marta Karczewicz (San Diego, CA), Peisong Chen (San Diego, CA), Yan Ye (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15696263 on 09/06/2017 (202 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are described for encoding and decoding digital video data using macroblocks that are larger than the macroblocks prescribed by conventional video encoding and decoding standards. For example, the techniques include encoding and decoding a video stream using macroblocks comprising greater than 1616 pixels. In one example, an apparatus includes a video encoder configured to encode a coded unit comprising a plurality of video blocks, wherein at least one of the plurality of video blocks comprises a size of more than 1616 pixels and to generate syntax information for the coded unit that includes a maximum size value, wherein the maximum size value indicates a size of a largest one of the plurality of video blocks in the coded unit. The syntax information may also include a minimum size value. In this manner, the encoder may indicate to a decoder the proper syntax decoder to apply to the coded unit.

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


Individualization of migration between telephony systems
Patent No. 9930428 

Inventor(s): Dennis J. Behrens (Solon, OH)
Assignee(s): INNERWIRELESS, INC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Medley, Behrens Lewis, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15138334 on 04/26/2016 (700 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to controlling migration of a source endpoint in a source telephony system to a destination endpoint in a destination telephony system. The source endpoint is deactivated and the destination endpoint is activated as part of the migration. The migration of endpoints between the source telephony system and the destination telephony system can be performed in an individualized manner. Source information that specifies a state of the source endpoint is retrieved from the source telephony system and destination information that specifies a state of the destination endpoint is retrieved from the destination telephony system. Moreover, a validation is performed concerning whether the source endpoint is migratable to the destination endpoint based on the source information and the destination information. Subsequent to validating that the source endpoint is migratable to the destination endpoint, the migration is performed to deactivate the source endpoint and activate the destination endpoint.

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


Land mobile radio dispatch console
Patent No. 9930500 

Inventor(s): Arindam Roy (Plano, TX), Gary Matthew Witulski (Fort Worth, TX), Jonathan Nathan Yanez (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): E.P. Johnson Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15489448 on 04/17/2017 (344 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary land mobile radio dispatch console and method are provided. In one embodiment, the console has the capability to process and handle Requests To Talk (RTT) and emergencies. In another embodiment, the console has the capability to provide a history. In another embodiment, the console provides the capability for operators to configure and save patches of predefined groups for later use. In another embodiment, the console includes a telephone interconnect interface component, and combinations of features mentioned above.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Joint scheduler for integrated Wi-Fi and LTE-U wireless access point
Patent No. 9930535 

Inventor(s): Ahmadreza Hedayat (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14451930 on 08/05/2014 (1330 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless access point (AP) configured to operate in accordance with both Wi-Fi and Long-Term Evolution (LTE-U) standards/protocols jointly schedules transmit opportunities for Wi-Fi and LTE-U frames. The AP assigns one of multiple, prioritized, Wi-Fi access categories to each Wi-Fi transmit frame based on a type of data in the transmit frame. The AP also assigns to each LTE-U transmit frame an LTE-U access category prioritized relative to the Wi-Fi access categories. The AP schedules Wi-Fi and LTE-U transmit opportunities for the Wi-Fi transmit frames and the LTE-U transmit frames, respectively, in the shared channel bandwidth based on the prioritized Wi-Fi and LTE-U access categories.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Apparatus, computer program, and method for acceleration of a handover upon mobile device signal degradation
Patent No. 9930576 

Inventor(s): Julia Wang (San Diego, CA), Limei Wang (San Diego, CA), Tongzeng Yang (San Diego, CA), Yumin Tang (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Zilka-Kotab, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15208543 on 07/12/2016 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus, computer program, and method are provided for acceleration of a handover if mobile communication device signaling is degrading. Signal information is received in connection with a mobile communication device being serviced by a cell of a network. It is determined whether the signal information indicates that at least one aspect of a signaling in connection with the mobile communication device is degrading. An acceleration of a handover is conditionally caused in connection with the mobile communication device, if it is determined that the signal information indicates that the at least one aspect of the signaling in connection with the mobile communication device is degrading.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Device, network, and method for communications with dynamic adaptation
Patent No. 9930626 

Inventor(s): Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Qian Cheng (Aurora, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14708086 on 05/08/2015 (1054 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment communication system and method adaptively use a secondary cell under the control of a primary cell for communicating with a user device. The secondary cell and the user device communicate based on instructions provided to both by the primary cell. To reduce interference and minimize power usage, the communications channel for the secondary cell is normally off.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Evolved packet core (EPC) paging for access points
Patent No. 9930637 

Inventor(s): Devaki Chandramouli (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS OY (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15087009 on 03/31/2016 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer program products of EPC paging for access points are provided. One method includes receiving, by a mobility management entity (MME), wireless local area network (WLAN) capability information of a user equipment (UE), including the WLAN capability information of the UE in a ”UE radio capability information for paging” information element (IE), and providing the UE radio capability information to an evolved node B (eNB). The eNB decides, based on the received WLAN capability information, whether to page the UE via E-UTRAN or to notify the UE via WLAN.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for processing buffer status reports in random access procedures
Patent No. 9930690 

Inventor(s): Mazin Ali Al-Shalash (Frisco, TX), Zhenzhen Cao (Beijing, , CN)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14934011 on 11/05/2015 (873 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for requesting communications resources by a user equipment (UE) includes determining that a proximity-based service (ProSe) buffer status report (BSR) trigger condition has been met, determining that a cellular BSR trigger condition has been met, generating a media access control (MAC) protocol data unit (PDU) message comprising only one of a ProSe BSR and a cellular BSR, and sending the MAC PDU message to an evolved NodeB (eNB).

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

Cabinet
Patent No. D813574 

Inventor(s): David Patton (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Varidesk, LLC (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29583105 on 11/02/2016 (510 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Therapy unit assembly
Patent No. D814016 

Inventor(s): Carrie Lee Childress (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Smith Nephew Inc. (Memphis, TN)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29575187 on 08/23/2016 (581 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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