Dallas Invents: 85 Patents Granted for Week of June 12

Patents granted include Toyota’s cloaking device to make an object seem transparent; Med Hab’s shoe sensor system to measure a runner’s gait; Google’s system for presenting multi-frame ads for mobile devices; and Kairos Social Solutions’s location-based social networking system that helps users select their favorite drink.   

An illustration from Toyota’s patent No. 9994154 depicts a cloaking device with cloaking region boundary planes. Each boundary plane includes “an outward facing mirror surface and an inward facing opaque surface.” [Illustration via USPTO]

Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include assigned patents granted to local entities or those with a North Texas inventor. As of June 12, 2018, unassigned patents with a local inventor are included. Patent activity can be an indicator of future economic growth, as well as the development of emerging markets and talent attraction. By tracking both inventors and assignees in the region, we aim to provide a broader view of the region’s inventive activity. Listings are organized by Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC). 

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of June 12, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

85 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) 5

Conduent Business Services LLC (Dallas) 4

McAfee, LLC (Plano) 4

SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano) 4

Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 4


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

David H. Lu (Irving) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

113 days
Beverage container label
Inventor: Ashlee Rivers (Bedford)
Unassigned
Design Patent No. D0820052

2,965 days
Dynamic creation, data population, and communication establishment across various mediums
Patent No. 09998552
Inventor: David Gerard Ledet (Allen)
Assignee: Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Rod attachment assembly for occipital plate
Patent No. 9993271 

Inventor(s): Michael Hammer (Pine Brook, NJ), Stephen Termyna (Boonton, NJ), Tara Ziolo (Hewitt, NJ)
Assignee(s): Blackstone Medical, Inc. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Baker McKenzie LLP (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15068860 on 03/14/2016 (820 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates, according to some embodiments, to orthopedic implantable device technology, and more specifically to implantable devices for use in stabilizing the occipitocervical junction and the cervical spine. For example, the disclosure relates to embodiments of an implantable orthopedic assembly generally comprising an occipital plate and one or more repositionable clamping assemblies for securing a stabilizing rod at a nonzero distance from a plate surface. One or more rails may extend laterally from a plate to support a clamping assemblies.

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


Systems and methods for increasing agmatine cellular uptake by oral administration
Patent No. 9993447 

Inventor(s): Dragos Alevizache (McKinney, TX), Jesse Windrix (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): JW Nutritional, LLC (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Klemchuk LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15263879 on 09/13/2016 (637 days app to issue)

Abstract: Formulations of hydrosoluble stable organic salts including, but not limited to, agmatine orotate, agmatine di-hydrochloride, agmatine phosphate, buffered agmatine or spray dried buffered agmatine base, whether alone or in combination with one another, are provided, as well as methods for making same. These agmatine salts may have improved solubility in aqueous and organic media and may have increased absorbability and/or tissue bioavailability in humans and animals when compared to agmatine sulfate. These formulations may be administered as a means for improving athletic performance, training resistance and/or cognitive function. These formulations also may increase cellular uptake of agmatine in an animal or human. Patent Class: {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)


Ophthalmic formulations of cetirizine and methods of use
Patent No. 9993471 

Inventor(s): George Minno (Windham, NH), Jackie Nice (Medford, MA), Mark Barry Abelson (Andover, MA), Matthew J. Chapin (Amesbury, MA), Paul Gomes (Andover, MA)
Assignee(s): NICOX OPHTHALMICS, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Arent Fox LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15456249 on 03/10/2017 (459 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides stable topical formulations of cetirizine that provide a comfortable formulation when instilled in the eye and is effective in the treatment of allergic conjunctivitis and/or allergic conjunctivitis. The invention further provides methods of treating allergic conjunctivitis and/or allergic rhinoconjunctivitis in a subject in need of such treatment by topical application of the cetirizine formulations of the invention directly to the eye. Patent Class: {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)


Recreational device with rotor assembly
Patent No. 9993694 

Inventor(s): William J. Warren (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carr Ferrell LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15640230 on 06/30/2017 (347 days app to issue)

Abstract: Recreational footballs with rotor assemblies are provided herein. An example recreational device includes a shell forming a prolate spheroid frame, a shaft disposed within the prolate spheroid frame and located along a central axis defined by the prolate spheroid frame, and one or more fan assemblies each having a plurality of blades, the one or more fan assemblies rotating around or in conjunction with the shaft, the one or more fan assemblies changing at least one aerodynamic aspect of flight of the recreational device when air passes through the prolate spheroid frame and across the plurality of blades of the one or more fan assemblies as the recreational device spirals during flight. Patent Class: {A63B] APPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT (apparatus for passive exercising, massage A61H)


Sports apparatus
Patent No. 9993710 

Inventor(s): Johnny McCoy (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: DLA Piper LLP (US) (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14847887 on 09/08/2015 (1008 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sports apparatus, comprising: at least two support columns, and at least two base structures coupled to the at least two support columns. At least one horizontal support bar is coupled to the at least two support columns. The at least one horizontal support bar is moveable and/or adjustable, and comprises at least two openings. At least one connector, disposed entirely below the lower surface of the at least one horizontal support bar, comprises at least two connecting point coupling the at least one connector to the at least one horizontal support bar at a lower surface of the at least one horizontal support bar by engaging with the at least two openings in the at least one horizontal support bar. Patent Class: {A63B] APPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT (apparatus for passive exercising, massage A61H)


 

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

Generating an identity document with personalization data and unique machine data
Patent No. 9994054 

Inventor(s): Gordon William Coulson (Ottawa, , CA), Gregory James Wetmore (Ottawa, , CA), Mark Andrew Joynes (Pakenham, , CA), Sharon Marie Boeyen (Stittsville, , CA)
Assignee(s): Entrust, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14828949 on 08/18/2015 (1029 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and methods for generating an identity document obtain unique machine data related to an identity document generation system. The apparatus and methods obtain personalization data related to an intended holder of the identity document. The apparatus and methods generate a unique machine and personalization data object that includes values of the unique machine data and the personalization data. The apparatus and methods digitally sign the unique machine and personalization data object. The apparatus and methods incorporate the signed unique machine and personalization data object into the identity document. Patent Class: {B41M] PRINTING, DUPLICATING, MARKING, OR COPYING PROCESSES; COLOUR PRINTING (correction of typographical errors B41J; processes for applying transfer pictures or the like B44C 1/16; fluid media for correction of typographical errors by coating C09D 10/00; printing textiles D06P)


Front bumper for UTV
Patent No. 9994163 

Inventor(s): Lance David Wheeler (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): Ryde Industries, LLC (Rockwall, TX)
Law Firm: Harper Bates Champion LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15148042 on 05/06/2016 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: A front bumper for a utility vehicle (”UTV”) may couple to the front of the UTV. The front bumper may include a cargo platform for providing additional cargo space to the UTV and for segregating items stored on the front bumper from items stored in the passenger area and/or a cargo bed on the back of the UTV. The front bumper may include a tool exchange system designed to store and hold various tools and equipment on the UTV, such as fishing poles, guns and chainsaws. An attachment rod may be used to couple the tool exchange system to the front bumper. Patent Class: {B60R] VEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for vehicles A62C 3/07)


Presenting travel settings for selection of nearby vehicle to follow
Patent No. 9994221 

Inventor(s): John-Michael McNew (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15209339 on 07/13/2016 (699 days app to issue)

Abstract: Arrangements described herein provide adaptive cruise control systems that present travel settings for one or more nearby vehicles. Location information for one or more nearby vehicles can be acquired. Travel settings for the one or more nearby vehicles can be acquired. The travel settings can include a set speed and a set distance for each of the one or more nearby vehicles. Arrangements described herein can present within the vehicle the travel settings for the one or more nearby vehicles. A vehicle to follow from the one or more nearby vehicles can be selected based on the displayed travel settings. Patent Class: {B60W] CONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT [2006.01]


Human-machine interface device and method for sensory augmentation in a vehicle environment
Patent No. 9994235 

Inventor(s): Danil V. Prokhorov (Canton, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15267548 on 09/16/2016 (634 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device and method for a human machine interface (HMI) device to provide sensory augmentation in a vehicle environment are disclosed. The device and method include receiving, via a vehicle network, location data relating to a vehicle obstacle identified by a vehicle sensor. With the location data, the device and method include identifying a haptic device of a plurality of haptic devices correlating to the location data and to a directional reference, wherein the plurality of haptic devices distributed in a defined-relation along a wearable band device and operable to convey directional information. With the haptic device being identified, the device and method include generating a haptic signal, by the haptic device, to define a vector relating to the vehicle obstacle with respect to the directional reference. Patent Class: {B60Q] ARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL [4]


Strapped windshield assembly for rotorcraft
Patent No. 9994300 

Inventor(s): Christopher Marvin Rowe (Bristol, TN), Glen Rivers (Johnson City, TN), Jeremy Robert Schadler (North Richland Hills, TX), Lawrence Duane Lee (Piney Flats, TN), Robert Harmon (Piney Flats, TN), Tim Reed (Bluff City, TN), W
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15410993 on 01/20/2017 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: This description relates to a strapped windshield assembly for a rotorcraft. In some implementations, the rotorcraft includes an airframe, a windshield, and a plurality of independent straps connected to the airframe and the windshield, the straps operative to move independently with respect to one another. The independent movement of the straps allow relative movement of portions of the windshield in response to a strike. In some implementations, the straps are spaced every 4-6 inches along an edge of the windshield. In some implementations, the straps are over an edge of the windshield. The straps can have a modulus of elasticity of 8-12 millions of pounds per square inch (MSI). The windshield can include polycarbonate material. Patent Class: {B64D] EQUIPMENT FOR FITTING IN OR TO AIRCRAFT; FLYING SUITS; PARACHUTES; ARRANGEMENTS OR MOUNTING OF POWER PLANTS OR PROPULSION TRANSMISSIONS IN AIRCRAFT


Reclining passenger seat
Patent No. 9994321 

Inventor(s): John D. Allen (Sanger, TX), Josh T. Smith (Denton, TX), Raul G. Reyes (Denton, TX), Ty Parker (Sanger, TX)
Assignee(s): Zodiac Seats US LLC (Gainesville, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15127436 on 04/02/2015 (1167 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described is a passenger seat that includes a seat back with a lower portion disposed adjacent to the seat bottom, and recline mechanism configured to move the passenger seat between an upright position and a reclined position. The recline mechanism may move the passenger seat in two directions. The recline mechanism may include a plurality of corresponding members configured to interface with a plurality of elongate motion members. Patent Class: {B60N] VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (furniture construction A47)


 

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

Method for producing defect-free threads for large diameter beta solution treated and overaged titanium-alloy bolts
Patent No. 9994947 

Inventor(s): Todd David Walker (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION (Stratford, CT)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14711291 on 05/13/2015 (1126 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for producing a Ti-6Al-4V article, includes providing a work piece of a Ti-6Al-4V alloy having a beta-transus temperature; subjecting the work piece to a beta solution heat treatment process in a furnace with a vacuum at a temperature above the beta transus; quenching the work piece in the furnace using high pressure inert gas following the subjecting of the work piece in the beta solution heat treatment process; and subjecting the work piece to an overage heat treatment process in the furnace with a vacuum to overage the work piece following the quenching of the work piece. The work piece can be a bolt blank that is further manufactured into a titanium bolt with pre-machined wave form threads and wave form rolling process utilized to manufacture threads into the bolt blank. Patent Class: {C22F] CHANGING THE PHYSICAL STRUCTURE OF NON-FERROUS METALS OR NON-FERROUS ALLOYS (processes specific to heat treatment of ferrous alloys or steels and devices for heat treatment of metals or alloys C21D)


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Powered milling clamp for drill pipe
Patent No. 9995094 

Inventor(s): Caleb E. M. Fulks (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CONSOLIDATED RIG WORKS L.P. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14643700 on 03/10/2015 (1190 days app to issue)

Abstract: A powered clamp for transmitting torque to a drill pipe comprises an outer housing disposed around an axial central passage and connected to a plurality of carrier guides defining a plurality of radial slots. An inner housing defines a coaxial central passage, is rotatably connected to the outer housing, and defines a plurality of actuator slots having a spiral configuration relative to the centerline axis. A carrier is slidably disposed in each slot between the carrier guides and has a carrier pin extending into a respective one of the actuator slots. At least one powered linear actuator is connected between the outer and inner housing to selectively rotate the housings relative to one another. This rotation causes the carriers to move radially inward and outward as the carrier pins travel along the actuator slots, selectively gripping and releasing the drill pipe. Patent Class: {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]


Inflow control device that controls fluid through a tubing wall
Patent No. 9995109 

Inventor(s): Brandon T. Least (Carrollton, TX), Stephen M. Greci (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14912340 on 03/07/2015 (1193 days app to issue)

Abstract: An inflow control device (ICD) that may include a piston located in a flow passage, a barrier that prevents fluid flow through the ICD, and a shear device that prevents movement of the piston. A method of actuating one or more ICDs may include preventing actuation of the devices by maintaining a pressure in an interior of a well tool (or tubing string) below an actuation pressure of the devices, where each device may include a piston located within a flow passage, a barrier that prevents fluid flow through the ICD, and a shear device that initially prevents movement of the piston. The method may include increasing the pressure in the well tool (or tubing string) to be greater than or equal to the actuation pressure, thereby shearing the shear device and moving the piston. Patent Class: {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]


Boost assisted force balancing setting tool
Patent No. 9995115 

Inventor(s): Bryan Kasperski (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Chamberlain Hrdlicka (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14118381 on 01/10/2013 (1979 days app to issue)

Abstract: A setting tool is provided for positioning in a subterranean wellbore. The tool carries a pre-charged, pressurized chamber, preferably filled with inert gas. A force-balanced piston assembly, with the piston chamber initially at atmospheric pressure, is in selective fluid communication with the pressurized chamber. A release mechanism, rupture disc, or valve is selectively operable to open the pressurized chamber and allow fluid flow to the piston chamber. The pressurized gas drives the piston which, in turn, drives a power rod for setting a downhole tool. Preferably a flow restrictor is incorporated in the gas flow path to meter the fluid and control the setting speed. In a preferred embodiment, the pressurized chamber is opened by rupturing a disc. A pyrotechnic device, which qualifies as a non-explosive device and is triggered by a low-powered battery, drives a piercing member into and through the rupture disc. Patent Class: {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]


Drilling automation using stochastic optimal control
Patent No. 9995129 

Inventor(s): Jason Dykstra (Carrollton, TX), Yuzhen Xue (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15023105 on 10/21/2013 (1695 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example method for drilling automation may comprise generating a model of a drilling system based, at least in part, on a first set of downhole measurements. The model may accept drilling parameters of the drilling system as inputs. A rate of penetration for the drilling system may be determined based, at least in part on the model. The model may be simulated using a first set of values for the drilling parameters, and a control policy for the drilling system may be calculated based, at least in part, on the rate of penetration and the results of the simulation. A control signal to the drilling system may be generated based, at least in part, on the control policy. Patent Class: {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]


Simulating downhole flow through a perforation
Patent No. 9995136 

Inventor(s): Dennis Haggerty (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Chamberlain Hrdlicka (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15008068 on 01/27/2016 (867 days app to issue)

Abstract: A perforation test target is provided. The perforation test target includes a metal plate and a core sample adhered to the metal plate at one end. The perforation test target further including a first sleeve adhered to the core sample, where a flow impedance of each of a plurality of portions of the first sleeve is based on a predetermined impedance map. Patent Class: {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

 

Exhaust impingement cooling
Patent No. 9995181 

Inventor(s): Dan J. Baruzzini (Keller, TX), Neal D. Domel (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Reising Ethington P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13307741 on 11/30/2011 (2386 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exhaust impingement cooling device for reducing heating effects of an exhaust plume on an impinged surface. An exhaust nozzle exit screen is positioned across an exhaust plume flow path, and includes a plurality of flowpath diverging apertures that spread at least a portion of an exhaust plume that is being emitted along the exhaust plume flow path from an exhaust plume source. Flow control jets are arrayed within the exhaust plume flow path in respective positions where their operation will augment the flow of exhaust plume gases through the screen, thereby increasing the momentum and mixing of the exhaust plume with cooler ambient air. Patent Class: {F01D] NON-POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES OR ENGINES, e.g. STEAM TURBINES (combustion engines F02; machines or engines for liquids F03, F04; non-positive-displacement pumps F04D)


Mastless wind turbine for power generation
Patent No. 9995275 

Inventor(s): Steven C. Hench (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15368303 on 12/02/2016 (557 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mastless vertical axis wind turbine that comprises a plurality of sails that rotate about a vertical axis under the influence of wind. A platform is connected to and in tension with the plurality of sails at one or more points about the bottom of the plurality of the sails. Also, an external frame is connected to and in tension with the plurality of sails at one or more points about the top of the plurality of the sails. The external frame itself comprises a plurality of legs that converge above the plurality of sails at a central point about the vertical axis of rotation and extend beyond the path swept by the plurality of sails. A coupling mechanism connects one or more of the plurality of legs to the plurality of sails and allows the sails to rotate about the vertical axis of rotation while the legs remain stationary. Patent Class: {F03D] WIND MOTORS


Seal ring backup devices and methods for preventing extrusion
Patent No. 9995394 

Inventor(s): Jeremy Buc Slay (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13352829 on 01/18/2012 (2337 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to seal ring back-up devices suitable for use on glands in sealing systems. In particular, the present invention relates to seal ring back-up devices that have been designed to fit into essentially all types of glands and close extrusion gaps. Some embodiments of the present invention provide a seal ring back-up device having an annular body having an inner diameter, an outer diameter, and a scarf cut; and where the annular body is configured to fit a gland and engage a seal ring. Patent Class: {F16J] PISTONS; CYLINDERS; PRESSURE VESSELS IN GENERAL; SEALINGS


 

P H Y S I C S

Positioning system and methods for use with automated hair cutting systems
Patent No. 9993058 

Inventor(s): Matthew W. Krenik (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14525998 on 10/28/2014 (1323 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of positioning systems and methods for use with grooming systems are disclosed herein. One embodiment of a grooming system comprises a moveable grooming device; a positioning device, and a system interface for determining positioning of the moveable grooming device relative to the positioning device. The positioning device comprises a frame having a front, a first side, and a second side; a plurality of frame supports; and a plurality of positioning interfaces. The moveable grooming device comprises at least one sensor for interfacing with the plurality of positioning interfaces. The system interface is configured to interface the plurality of positioning interfaces with the at least one positioning sensor to establish an origin position of the at least one sensor and moveable grooming device; compute a plurality of positioning ranges; and select at least two positioning ranges for calibrating one or more positions of the moveable grooming device. Patent Class: {G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


System and method for monitoring a runner”S gait
Patent No. 9993181 

Inventor(s): Johnny Ross (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): Med Hab, LLC (Mansfield, TX)
Law Firm: Karich Associates (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14709541 on 05/12/2015 (1127 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sensor system for performing gait analysis of a person includes a sensor system that includes a pair of sensor insoles that include a plurality of force sensors, an accelerometer, and a transmitter for transmitting data to a portable electronic device. A monitoring program operably installed on the portable electronic device performs the following steps: receiving a desired cadence; receiving the data from the sensor insoles; determining an actual cadence of the person”s footsteps based upon the data received; and comparing the actual cadence with the desired cadence. Patent Class: {G01L] MEASURING FORCE, STRESS, TORQUE, WORK, MECHANICAL POWER, MECHANICAL EFFICIENCY, OR FLUID PRESSURE (weighing G01G) [4]


Computer vision system for ambient long-term gait assessment
Patent No. 9993182 

Inventor(s): Beilei Xu (Penfield, NY), Hao Wu (Pittsford, NY), Robert P. Loce (Webster, NY), Wencheng Wu (Webster, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15283629 on 10/03/2016 (617 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for gait analysis of a subject performed periodically over time to detect changes in one or more gait characteristics. The method includes detecting and identifying a subject and analyzing the gait of the subject on a plurality of occasions. Analyzing the gait of the subject includes, a detecting body parts, generating a joint model depicting the location of the at least one joint in each of the at least two frames, using the joint model to segment a gait cycle for the at least one joint, and comparing the gait cycle to a threshold value to detect abnormal gait. Patent Class: {G06K] RECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS (printing per se B41J)


Vision-assist systems and methods for assisting visually impaired users with navigating an environment using simultaneous audio outputs
Patent No. 9993384 

Inventor(s): Robert Francis Tow (Los Gatos, CA), Tiffany Chen (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15619795 on 06/12/2017 (365 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for assisting a visually impaired user with navigating an environment. The system and method include determining a first navigational path to a first target destination and a second navigational path to a second target destination and providing the user with directional information in the form a first audio output associated with the first target destination and a second audio output associated with the second target destination. The system and method vary an audio characteristic of the first audio output in relation to the current orientation of the user with respect to the first navigational path and vary an audio characteristic of the second audio output in relation to the current orientation of the user with respect to the second navigational path. The system and method control the audio output unit to simultaneously output the first audio output and the second audio output. Patent Class: {G01C] MEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY (measuring liquid level G01F; radio navigation, determining distance or velocity by use of propagation effects, e.g. Doppler effect, propagation time, of radio waves, analogous arrangements using other waves G01S)


Apparatuses and methods for making an object appear transparent
Patent No. 9994154 

Inventor(s): Debasish Banerjee (Ann Arbor, MI), Mayu Takagi (Aichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15423170 on 02/02/2017 (495 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cloaking device includes cloaking region boundary planes oriented non-planar to each other, each of the cloaking region boundary planes having an outward facing mirror surface and an inward facing opaque surface. The cloaking device includes a cloaking region bounded at least partially by the inward facing opaque surfaces of the cloaking region boundary planes. Light from an object positioned on the object-side of the cloaking device and obscured by the CR has a first optical path through the cloaking device and light from the object not obscured by the CR has a second optical path through the cloaking device. A first matching medium is positioned between the object-side and the image-side in the second optical path and increases the second optical path length such that an optical path difference between the first optical path length and the second optical path length is reduced. Patent Class: {G02B] OPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS (G02F takes precedence; optical elements specially adapted for use in lighting devices or systems thereof F21V 1/00-F21V 13/00; measuring-instruments, see the relevant subclass of class G01, e.g. optical rangefinders G01C; testing of optical elements, systems, or apparatus G01M 11/00; spectacles G02C; apparatus or arrangements for taking photographs or for projecting or viewing them G03B; sound lenses G10K 11/30; electron and ion “optics” H01J; X-ray “optics” H01J, H05G 1/00; optical elements structurally combined with electric discharge tubes H01J 5/16, H01J 29/89, H01J 37/22; microwave “optics” H01Q; combination of optical elements with television receivers H04N 5/72; optical systems or arrangements in colour television systems H04N 9/00; heating arrangements specially adapted for transparent or reflecting areas H05B 3/84) [7]


Diverting flow in a kill mud circulation system to regulate kill mud pressure
Patent No. 9995097 

Inventor(s): Cody Neal Butler (Dallas, TX), Nancy Suzan Davis (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14752366 on 06/26/2015 (1082 days app to issue)

Abstract: Killing a well by diverting flow in a drilling fluid circulation system to maintain kill mud pressure in a discharge piping during the well kill operation. It is determined that a target pressure of the kill mud in the discharge piping is not satisfied by a pressure of the kill mud discharged by a pump into the discharge piping. In response, a pressure of the kill mud is adjusted by at least partially opening a pressure control device to release kill mud into a bypass piping. Patent Class: {G01V] GEOPHYSICS; GRAVITATIONAL MEASUREMENTS; DETECTING MASSES OR OBJECTS; TAGS (means for indicating the location of accidentally buried, e.g. snow-buried, persons A63B 29/02) [6]


Determining the quantity of a taggant in a liquid sample
Patent No. 9995681 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey L. Conroy (Allen, TX), Olusola Soyemi (Little Elm, TX), Paul J. Cronin (Allen, TX), Philip B. Forshee (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Authentix, Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14808041 on 07/24/2015 (1054 days app to issue)

Abstract: Device and methods for detecting/quantifying a fluorescent taggant in a liquid sample. Generally, the liquid samples are fuels having low concentrations (measured in ppb) of a fluorescent taggant. The detection/quantification generates a predicted concentration of the fluorescent tagging compound using a process selected from the group of a multivariate process, a background subtraction process, or a combination of both. The invention addresses the detection of an adulteration of gasoline and diesel fuels. Patent Class: {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)


Connector for transitioning multi-core fiber to plural single core fibers
Patent No. 9995885 

Inventor(s): Bradley Billman (Sachse, TX), Gary F. Gibbs (Wylie, TX), Paul F. Kolesar (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Muncy, Geissler, Olds Lowe, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15248264 on 08/26/2016 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system connects multiple cores within one fiber, e.g., a multi-core fiber (MCF), to multiple fibers with single-cores. The single-core fibers can then be terminated by traditional envelopes, such as a single core LC envelope. A connector holds the single-core fibers into a pattern that matches a pattern of all, or a sub group, of the individual cores of the MCF. The single-core fibers may all be terminated to individual connectors to form a fanout or breakout cable. Alternatively, the single-core fibers may extend to another connector wherein the single-core fibers are regrouped into a pattern to mate with the cores of another MCF, hence forming a jumper. One or more of the single core fibers may be terminated along the length of the jumper to form a jumper with one or more tap accesses. Patent Class: {G02B] OPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS (G02F takes precedence; optical elements specially adapted for use in lighting devices or systems thereof F21V 1/00-F21V 13/00; measuring-instruments, see the relevant subclass of class G01, e.g. optical rangefinders G01C; testing of optical elements, systems, or apparatus G01M 11/00; spectacles G02C; apparatus or arrangements for taking photographs or for projecting or viewing them G03B; sound lenses G10K 11/30; electron and ion “optics” H01J; X-ray “optics” H01J, H05G 1/00; optical elements structurally combined with electric discharge tubes H01J 5/16, H01J 29/89, H01J 37/22; microwave “optics” H01Q; combination of optical elements with television receivers H04N 5/72; optical systems or arrangements in colour television systems H04N 9/00; heating arrangements specially adapted for transparent or reflecting areas H05B 3/84) [7]


Data register copying for non-volatile storage array operations
Patent No. 9996280 

Inventor(s): Jingwen Ouyang (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15071100 on 03/15/2016 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for data register copying for a non-volatile storage array. An apparatus may include an array of non-volatile storage cells. A set of write buffer data registers may be configured to store target data for a program operation for an array. Write buffer data registers may communicate target data to corresponding columns of an array. A set of shadow data registers may be configured to receive target data from peripheral circuitry for an array. A portion of target data received by a shadow data register may be copied to a corresponding write buffer data register while the shadow data register receives the portion of the target data. Patent Class: {G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Page swapping in virtual machine environment
Patent No. 9996370 

Inventor(s): Farid Khafizov (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13860581 on 04/11/2013 (1888 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are examples of memory allocation and reallocation for virtual machines operating in a shared memory configuration creating a swap file for at least one virtual machine. One example method may include allocating guest physical memory to the swap file to permit the at least one virtual machine to access host physical memory previously occupied by the guest physical memory. The example method may also include determining whether an amount of available host physical memory is below a minimum acceptable level threshold, and if so then freeing at least one page of host physical memory and intercepting a memory access attempt performed by the at least one virtual machine and allocating host physical memory to the virtual machine responsive to the memory access attempt. Patent Class: {G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Systems and methods for managing the execution of processing jobs
Patent No. 9996388 

Inventor(s): Margarita Khafizova (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15471342 on 03/28/2017 (441 days app to issue)

Abstract: The illustrative embodiments described herein provide systems and methods for managing the execution of processing jobs. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a processing job associated with a set of processing job parameters. The processing job is sent from a user interfacing device associated with a user. The method also includes determining a processing job priority for the processing job using the set of processing job parameters, identifying a destination processing device capable of executing the processing job using the set of processing job parameters, and initiating execution of the processing job at the destination processing device to form processed data in response to determining to execute the processing job based on the processing job priority. Patent Class: {G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Data transfer rate adjustment
Patent No. 9996486 

Inventor(s): Mahmud Asfur (Bat-Yam, , IL), Mordekhay Zehavi (Raanana, , IL), Rustam Freidel (Kfar Vradim, , IL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14925638 on 10/28/2015 (958 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage device may be configured to adjust a frequency of a clock signal. The clock signal may be associated with a data transfer rate of data to be communicated between a controller and a memory of the storage device. In some implementations, the frequency maybe adjusted responsive to at least one of a supply voltage provided to the storage device, a temperature of the storage device, or a physical characteristic of the storage device. Patent Class: {G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


System for creating managing and displaying multi-frame based ads on mobile devices
Patent No. 9996509 

Inventor(s): Craig Lawrence Warner (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Google LLC (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14042330 on 09/30/2013 (1716 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes, but is not limited to any combination of: determining a plurality of third-party content elements based in part on information associated with a request for third-party content. The request for third-party content may be received from a web browser displaying a first webpage to a user. A first element from the plurality of determined third-party content elements is transmitted to the web browser. Upon receiving from the web browser a second request for third-party content including user interaction data with the first element, data associated with the determined plurality of third-party content elements is updated based at least in part on the user interaction data. A second third-party element from the plurality of updated third-party content elements is transmitted to the web browser. Patent Class: {G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Managing database object placement on multiple storage devices
Patent No. 9996564 

Inventor(s): Mustafa Canim (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Fleit Gibbons Gutman Bongini Bianco PL (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14849744 on 09/10/2015 (1006 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, information processing system, and computer program storage product optimize the placement of database objects on a multiplicity of storage devices. A set of database objects are placed on a first storage device in a multiplicity of storage devices. Each storage device comprises differing characteristics. A query workload is run on the set of database objects that have been placed on the first storage device. Profiling information associated with the query workload that is running is collected. A subset of database objects is selected from the set of the database objects to be stored on a second storage device. The subset of database objects is stored on the second storage device and all remaining database objects in the set of database objects on the first storage device. Patent Class: {G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Skeleton I/O generation for early ESD analysis
Patent No. 9996655 

Inventor(s): Anand Sharma (Bangalore, , IN), Rajeswara Rao Bandaru (Bangalore, , IN), Shiv Harit Mathur (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15172974 on 06/03/2016 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: A design flow of an integrated circuit may include a skeleton input/output (I/O) generation stage during which information about ESD protection circuitry and rails but not functional circuitry of the I/O cells of the integrated circuit is generated. The information may be used in an ESD analysis stage to generate performance characteristics of the ESD protection circuitry. Results of the ESD analysis may then be used to design optimized ESD protection circuitry along with the rest of the circuit components of the I/O cells. In this way, the design of ESD protection circuitry may be optimized without having to redo a completed I/O cell design and significantly delay the design flow before tapeout. Patent Class: {G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Binary translation of a trusted binary with input tagging
Patent No. 9996690 

Inventor(s): Bin Xing (Hillsboro, OR), Dmitri Rubakha (Santa Clara, CA), Jason Martin (Beaverton, OR), Micah J. Sheller (Hillsboro, OR), Ned M. Smith (Beaverton, OR), Samir Shah (Santa Clara, CA), Somnath Chakrabarti (Portland, OR
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14583620 on 12/27/2014 (1263 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an example, a computing device includes a trusted execution environment (TEE), including an enclave. The enclave may include both a binary translation engine (BTE) and an input verification engine (IVE). In one embodiment, the IVE receives a trusted binary as an input, and analyzes the trusted binary to identify functions, classes, and variables that perform input/output operations. To ensure the security of these interfaces, those operations may be performed within the enclave. The IVE tags the trusted binary and provides the binary to the BTE. The BTE then translates the trusted binary into a second format, including designating the tagged portion for execution within the enclave. The BTE may also sign the new binary in the second format and export it out of the enclave. Patent Class: {G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Interrogator and interrogation system employing the same
Patent No. 9996717 

Inventor(s): Jimmy D. Laferney (Frisco, TX), John P. Volpi (Garland, TX), William C. Montgomery (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): Medical IP Holdings LP (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Boisbrun Hofman, PLLC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15589014 on 05/08/2017 (400 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is directed to an interrogator, method of discerning metal and radio frequency identification (RFID) objects, and an interrogation system employing the same. In one embodiment, the interrogator includes a metal sensing subsystem configured to provide a first signal having a signature representing a presence of a metal object, and a RFID sensing subsystem configured to provide a second signal having a signature representing a presence of a RFID object. The interrogator also includes a control and processing subsystem configured to discern a presence of at least one of the metal and RFID objects from one of the first and second signals. Patent Class: {G08B] SIGNALLING OR CALLING SYSTEMS; ORDER TELEGRAPHS; ALARM SYSTEMS


Method and system for automatically recognizing facial expressions via algorithmic periocular localization
Patent No. 9996737 

Inventor(s): Edgar A. Bernal (Webster, NY), Matthew Adam Shreve (Mountain View, CA), Michael C. Mongeon (Walworth, NY), Robert P. Loce (Webster, NY), Wencheng Wu (Webster, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15460848 on 03/16/2017 (453 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure provides a method and system for automatically recognizing facial expressions at variable resolutions of video. According to one exemplary method, facial expressions are detected, extracted and classified from a video sequence based on an automatic localization of the periocular region associated with a detected and extracted face. Patent Class: {G06K] RECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS (printing per se B41J)


System and method for automatic gait cycle segmentation
Patent No. 9996739 

Inventor(s): Beilei Xu (Penfield, NY), Hao Wu (Pittsford, NY), Robert P. Loce (Webster, NY), Wencheng Wu (Webster, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15283663 on 10/03/2016 (617 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for gait analysis of a subject. The method includes obtaining visual data from an image capture device positioned in front of or behind the subject, the plurality of image frames capturing at least one gait cycle of the gait of the subject, detecting one or more prescribed features within the plurality of image frames, analyzing each of the plurality of image frames to detect cross-frame stability of the one or more prescribed features, and segmenting the gait of the subject into at least one gait cycle based at least in part on the detected cross-frame stability of the one or more prescribed features. Patent Class: {G06K] RECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS (printing per se B41J)


Devices, system, and method of selecting, displaying, and purchasing favorite drinks of a user within a location-based virtual social networking context
Patent No. 9996816 

Inventor(s): Dae Yong No (Plano, TX), Jin Chul Kim (Flower Mound, TX), Tailim Song (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Kairos Social Solutions, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Sul Lee PLLC (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14492140 on 09/22/2014 (1359 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of selecting, displaying, and purchasing favorite drinks of a user within a location-based virtual social networking context is disclosed. A mobile computing device of a first user is used to perform a digital check-in to a venue that is within a physical proximity of the first user. After the digital check-in, a digital menu that contains a list of drinks available at the venue is accessed. The digital menu is displayed to the first user via a screen of the mobile computing device. In response to selection from the first user, one or more drinks from the digital menu are designated as preferred drinks of the first user. The first user”s preference of the one or more drinks is electronically communicated to another electronic device. Patent Class: {G06Q] DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [2006.01]


Customer interaction manager on a mobile smart device
Patent No. 9996828 

Inventor(s): David Allen Turner (Fort Worth, TX), James Lee Fortuna (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): NCR Corporation (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Schwegman, Lundberg Woessner (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13690742 on 11/30/2012 (2020 days app to issue)

Abstract: An approach is provided for indirectly connecting a customer”s mobile smart device to computers located at a business when the customer is making a purchase at the business. The customer”s mobile smart device and the business”s computers communicate over the Internet with a customer interaction manager executing on an Internet server. This provides an easy to use interface for the customer and allows the customer to receive information and send requests to the business without having to wait for personnel working at the business to be available. Patent Class: {G06Q] DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [2006.01]


Global emergency and disaster transmission
Patent No. 9997040 

Inventor(s): Basil F. Pinzone, Jr. (Newbury, OH), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Joseph F. Pinzone (Cornelius, NC), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH), Michael J. D”Aurelio (Marietta, GA)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14847310 on 09/08/2015 (1008 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a disaster warning device with a guided surface wave receive structure, an impedance matching network, a power circuit, a data processing circuit, and a warning output. The power circuit and the data processing circuit may be coupled to the guided surface wave receive structure. The power circuit may supply electrical energy to power to the data processing circuit and warning output. The power circuit may receive power from a guided surface wave. The data processing circuitry may receive data communications from a guided surface wave. Patent Class: {G08B] SIGNALLING OR CALLING SYSTEMS; ORDER TELEGRAPHS; ALARM SYSTEMS


Lifetime mixed level non-volatile memory system
Patent No. 9997240 

Inventor(s): G. R. Mohan Rao (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Greenthread, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14950553 on 11/24/2015 (931 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller for managing at least one MLC non-volatile memory module and at least one SLC non-volatile memory module. The flash controller is adapted to determine if a range of addresses listed by an entry and mapped to said at least one MLC non-volatile memory module fails a data integrity test. In the event of such a failure, the controller remaps said entry to an equivalent range of addresses of said at least one SLC non-volatile memory module. The flash controller is further adapted to determine which of the blocks in the MLC and SLC non-volatile memory modules are accessed most frequently and allocating those blocks that receive frequent writes to the SLC non-volatile memory module and those blocks that receive infrequent writes to the MLC non-volatile memory module. Patent Class: {G11C] STATIC STORES (information storage based on relative movement between record carrier and transducer G11B; semiconductor devices for storage H01L, e.g. H01L 27/108-H01L 27/11597; pulse technique in general H03K, e.g. electronic switches H03K 17/00)


Using non-volatile memory bad blocks
Patent No. 9997258 

Inventor(s): Rohit Sehgal (San Jose, CA), Zachary Shepard (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15150765 on 05/10/2016 (763 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for using bad blocks in a memory system is proposed. The system includes accessing an identification of a plurality of bad blocks and corresponding error codes which, for example, were generated during a manufacturing test and stored on the memory integrated circuit. The system determines which blocks of the plurality of bad blocks to test for being still usable and which blocks of the plurality of bad blocks not to test for being still usable based on corresponding error codes. For each bad block that should be tested, a test from a plurality of tests is chosen based on the corresponding error code in order to determine if the bad block is still usable. Those blocks determined to be still usable are subsequently used to store non-mission critical information. Patent Class: {G11C] STATIC STORES (information storage based on relative movement between record carrier and transducer G11B; semiconductor devices for storage H01L, e.g. H01L 27/108-H01L 27/11597; pulse technique in general H03K, e.g. electronic switches H03K 17/00)


System and method for improved handshake protocol
Patent No. 9998545 

Inventor(s): Qin Ye (Plano, TX), Robert W. Peterson (Plano, TX), Thomas T. Wheeler (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network, LLC (, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13078945 on 04/02/2011 (2628 days app to issue)

Abstract: In order to enable a dynamic handshake procedure, a client device is configured with a list of handshake contributors. The client device initiates a handshake by determining the handshake contributors and writing properties of the handshake contributors in a client handshake, which is then sent to a server device. The client handshake is processed at the server device by invoking an appropriate handler, which handles the handshake result. The server can also send its contributors and their properties to the client. Once the client receives the properties, the client can call an appropriate handler to handle the properties. Connections may be created based on the exchanged properties. New contributors and contributor handlers may be added to both the client and server devices. Patent Class: {G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Dynamic creation, data population, and communication establishment across various mediums
Patent No. 9998552 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12770981 on 04/30/2010 (2965 days app to issue)

Abstract: On various networked mediums such as web pages, blogs and social networking pages, a user presence can be enhanced by automatically creating a medium. An application on a personal computing device of the user can execute to query local and remote user data, such as webpage ads a user has clicked on, internet surfing history, emails, calendar events, etc. The application processes query responses to determine the current interests of a user to suggest a topic of the medium to the user. The application then creates a medium with a topic and populates the medium with content generated from the query responses such as webpage links, photos, etc. Automatic and configurable updates of the medium can also be performed by processing the local and/or remote user data. Notifications to acquaintances about the medium and updates can also be automated. Patent Class: {G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


 

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Image-based techniques for audio content
Patent No. 9997169 

Inventor(s): Steven Belz (Sunnyvale, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15254685 on 09/01/2016 (649 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a device from a first media device, audio data and image information indicating vibrations of an object. The vibrations are caused by sound in vicinity of the object. The method includes generating audio information based on the image information. The method includes filtering the audio data based on the audio information to generate audio content associated with the first media device. The method further includes transmitting the audio content from the device to a second media device. Patent Class: {H04N] PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION [4]


Device architecture and method for precision enhancement of vertical semiconductor devices
Patent No. 9997455 

Inventor(s): Thomas E. Harrington, III (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): D3 Semiconductor LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15451074 on 03/06/2017 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: Improvement of key electrical specifications of vertical semiconductor devices, usually found in the class of devices known as discrete semiconductors, has a direct impact on the performance achievement and power efficiency of the systems in which these devices are used. Imprecise vertical device specifications cause system builders to either screen incoming devices for their required specification targets or to design their system with lower performance or lower efficiency than desired. Disclosed is an architecture and method for achieving a desired target specification for a vertical semiconductor device. Precise trimming of threshold voltage improves targeting of both on-resistance and switching time. Precise trimming of gate resistance also improves targeting of switching time. Precise trimming of a device”s effective width improves targeting of both on-resistance and current-carrying capability. Device parametrics are trimmed to improve a single device, or a parametric specification is targeted to match specifications on two or more devices. Patent Class: {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]


Modular interconnects for gate-all-around transistors
Patent No. 9997463 

Inventor(s): John H. Zhang (Altamont, NY)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15191359 on 06/23/2016 (719 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modular interconnect structure facilitates building complex, yet compact, integrated circuits from vertical GAA FETs. The modular interconnect structure includes annular metal contacts to the transistor terminals, sectors of stacked discs extending radially outward from the vertical nanowires, and vias in the form of rods. Extension tabs mounted onto the radial sector interconnects permit signals to fan out from each transistor terminal. Adjacent interconnects are linked by linear segments. Unlike conventional integrated circuits, the modular interconnects as described herein are formed at the same time as the transistors. Vertical GAA NAND and NOR gates provide building blocks for creating all types of logic gates to carry out any desired Boolean logic function. Stacked vertical GAA FETs are made possible by the modular interconnect structure. The modular interconnect structure permits a variety of specialized vertical GAA devices to be integrated on a silicon substrate using standard CMOS processes. Patent Class: {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]


Modular small cell architecture
Patent No. 9997825 

Inventor(s): Walter Mark Hendrix (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15216019 on 07/21/2016 (691 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless communication system is provided. The system includes a common module, is shaped as a sector of a cylinder and has a power supply. A sector radio module is coupled to the power supply and includes an access radio and an access antenna. The access antenna is configured to serve a sector of not more than 180, and is also shaped as a sector of a cylinder. Patent Class: {H04M] TELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION (circuits for controlling other apparatus via a telephone cable and not involving telephone switching apparatus G08)


Wideband array antenna and manufacturing methods
Patent No. 9997827 

Inventor(s): Daniel T. McGrath (Mckinney, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15059663 on 03/03/2016 (831 days app to issue)

Abstract: A base block of a flare antenna may be made by: forming a ground plane on a base insulating layer; forming an intermediate insulating layer over the ground plane; patterning radiating and shorting traces on the intermediate insulating layer; forming a top insulating layer over the radiating and shorting traces; forming a top metallization layer; connecting the top metallization layer to the ground plane with vias passing through the intermediate insulating layer; and forming a via that contacts the radiating trace and passes through the ground plane and is not in electrical contact with the top metallization layer or the ground plane. Patent Class: {H01Q] AERIALS (radiators or aerials for microwave heating H05B 6/72)


Electrical charging devices and assemblies
Patent No. 9997882 

Inventor(s): William J. Warren (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carr Ferrell LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15697307 on 09/06/2017 (279 days app to issue)

Abstract: Electrical charging devices and assemblies are provided herein. An example apparatus includes a cradle configured to receive and retain an electronic device, side rail tracks extending below the cradle, an electronics tray defining a recess that receives an interchangeable electronics assembly, the interchangeable electronics assembly having electrical conductors, means for electrically coupling the interchangeable electronics assembly with the electronic device, when the electronics tray is coupled with the side rail tracks, and the interchangeable electronics assembly being disposed inside the recess such that the electrical conductors protrude from the electronics tray. Patent Class: {H01R] ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS (switches, fuses H01H; coupling devices of the waveguide type H01P 5/00; switching arrangements for the supply or distribution of electric power H02B; installations of electric cables or lines, or of combined optical and electric cables or lines, or of auxiliary apparatus H02G; printed means for providing electric connections to or between printed circuits H05K)


Optical phase-sensitive amplifier with fiber bragg grating phase shifter
Patent No. 9997887 

Inventor(s): Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano, TX), Youichi Akasaka (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FUJITSU LIMITED (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15426811 on 02/07/2017 (490 days app to issue)

Abstract: Fiber Bragg gratings (FBG) may be used to perform phase adjustment for optimal phase-sensitive amplification. Specifically, FBGs may be used between the idler stage and the amplification stage of an optical phase-sensitive amplifier for phase shifting or tuning. The phase shifting or tuning may be applied to at least one of an input optical signal, an idler signal, and an optical pump. A feedback control loop may be used in the phase-sensitive optical amplifier with respect to an output optical signal for optimal phase adjustment. Patent Class: {H01S] DEVICES USING STIMULATED EMISSION


Load buss assembly and method of manufacturing the same
Patent No. 9997895 

Inventor(s): James M. McCormick (Bradenton, FL), Patrick W. Mills (Bradenton, FL), Richard G. Benshoff (Sarasota, FL)
Assignee(s): LABINAL, LLC (Denton, TX)
Law Firm: Rankin, Hill Clark LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14413605 on 03/19/2013 (1911 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of manufacturing a load buss array assembly includes placing a plurality of load conductors within a thermally conductive substrate, placing a portion of a load connector within the thermally conductive substrate, and electrically connecting the load conductors to the portion of the load connector within the thermally conductive substrate. Patent Class: {H02B] BOARDS, SUBSTATIONS, OR SWITCHING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SUPPLY OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER (basic electric elements, their assembly, including the mounting in enclosures or on bases, or the mounting of covers thereon, see the subclasses for such elements, e.g. transformers H01F, switches, fuses H01H, line connectors H01R; installation of electric cables or lines, or of combined optical and electric cables or lines, or other conductors for supply or distribution H02G)


Resonant converters and methods
Patent No. 9998018 

Inventor(s): Dianbo Fu (Frisco, TX), Hengchun Mao (Plano, TX), Heping Dai (Plano, TX), Wensong Yu (Blackburg, VA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15289345 on 10/10/2016 (610 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multilevel LLC resonant converter comprises a first capacitor and a second capacitor connected in series providing a mid-voltage point of an input dc power source, a resonant tank connected in series with a primary side of a transformer, a first transistor and a second transistor connected in series, wherein a common node of the first transistor and the second transistor is connected to the mid-voltage point through a first isolation switch and a third transistor and a fourth transistor connected in series, wherein a common node of the third transistor and the fourth transistor is connected to the mid-voltage point through a second isolation switch. Patent Class: {H02M] APPARATUS FOR CONVERSION BETWEEN AC AND AC, BETWEEN AC AND DC, OR BETWEEN DC AND DC, AND FOR USE WITH MAINS OR SIMILAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS; CONVERSION OF DC OR AC INPUT POWER INTO SURGE OUTPUT POWER; CONTROL OR REGULATION THEREOF (conversion of current or voltage specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces with no moving parts G04G 19/02; systems for regulating electric or magnetic variables in general, e.g. using transformers, reactors or choke coils, combination of such systems with static converters G05F; for digital computers G06F 1/00; transformers H01F; connection or control of one converter with regard to conjoint operation with a similar or other source of supply H02J; dynamo-electric converters H02K 47/00; controlling transformers, reactors or choke coils, control or regulation of electric motors, generators or dynamo-electric converters H02P; pulse generators H03K) [5]


NFC antenna for wearable application
Patent No. 9998182 

Inventor(s): Ping Shi (San Diego, CA), Wei Huang (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15012220 on 02/01/2016 (862 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems are provided that include NFC antennas for applications in wearable mobile communication devices. In one aspect, a wearable mobile communication device includes an electronics block, or electronics body, including a processing unit for near field communications; and an adjustable strap configured to retain the electronics block when worn by a wearer. The strap includes a conductive material connected to form a coil with at least one turn and separated by a non-conductive material that configured to fill a gap between turns of the coil. The coil is electrically connected to the electronics block and comprises a near field communication (NFC) antenna. Patent Class: {H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for combining MIMO and mode-division multiplexing
Patent No. 9998187 

Inventor(s): Roger D. Linquist (Dallas, TX), Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NXGEN PARTNERS IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15216474 on 07/21/2016 (691 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communications system includes first signal processing circuitry for receiving a plurality of input data streams and applying a different orthogonal function to each of the plurality of input data streams. Second signal processing circuitry processes each of the plurality of input data streams having the different orthogonal function applied thereto to locate a first group of the plurality of input data streams having a first orthogonal function applied thereto onto a carrier signal and locates a second group of the plurality of input data streams having a second orthogonal function applied thereto onto the carrier signal. A transmitter transmits the carrier signal including the first group of the plurality of input data streams having the first orthogonal function applied thereto and the second group of the plurality of input data streams having the second orthogonal function applied thereto over a plurality of communications links from a plurality of transmitting antennas. Patent Class: {H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Automated radio frequency testing management system
Patent No. 9998239 

Inventor(s): Carlos Jimenez (Keller, TX), Clark Humphrey (Fort Worth, TX), Gregory Frenzel (Fort Worth, TX), Ken Nguyen (Fort Worth, TX), Robert Ripperden (Fort Worth, TX), Scott Wittrock (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): FedEx Supply Chain Logistics Electronics, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15654466 on 07/19/2017 (328 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include an automated RF testing management system that is configured to control a plurality of RF testing units, each having multiple test ports for performing RF testing of various electronic devices. Advantages of the disclosed embodiments include cost savings, increase productivity, and ease of configuration and maintenance. Patent Class: {H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Second order intercept point (IP2) calibration for wireless receivers
Patent No. 9998242 

Inventor(s): Hong Jiang (Kernersville, NC), Jian Liang (Greensoboro, NC), Zhihang Zhang (Cary, NC)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15244675 on 08/23/2016 (658 days app to issue)

Abstract: IP2 calibration efficiency can be improved by passing the calibration signal through the transceiver”s duplexer instead of inserting the calibration signal directly onto transceivers receive circuit. Passing the calibration signal through the duplexer may reduce IP2 calibration periods for transceivers having less-permeable duplexers, or duplexers that provide better than average separation between the RX and TX circuits. IP2 calibration inefficiencies can also be reduced by using a binary-like search when computing the in-phase and quadrature-phase path correction coefficients of the IP2 correction code. Patent Class: {H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for finding point-to-multipoint label switched path crossing multiple domains
Patent No. 9998353 

Inventor(s): Huaimo Chen (Bolton, MA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14470054 on 08/27/2014 (1385 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus associated with a first domain, the apparatus comprising a processor configured to compute a portion of a Point-to-Multipoint (P2MP) path, wherein the P2MP path spans a plurality of domains including the first domain, wherein the apparatus does not require knowledge of a core tree of domains to compute the portion of the P2MP path. Patent Class: {H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Zone routing system
Patent No. 9998368 

Inventor(s): Huaimo Chen (Bolton, MA), Renwei Li (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14737142 on 06/11/2015 (1097 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for zone routing, comprising a transmitter, a receiver, and a processor coupled to the transmitter and the receiver, wherein the processor is configured to determine a path through a network, wherein the path extends from an ingress edge node of the network to a first egress edge node of the network, obtain a global identifier (ID) for identifying a label-switched path (LSP) along the path, send, via the transmitter, a first LSP creation request message to the first egress edge node requesting creation of the LSP, wherein the first LSP creation request message comprises the global ID, and receive, via the receiver, a LSP creation response message from the ingress edge node indicating a creation status of the LSP in response to the first LSP creation request message. Patent Class: {H04J] MULTIPLEX COMMUNICATION (peculiar to transmission of digital information H04L 5/00; systems for the simultaneous or sequential transmission of more than one television signal H04N 7/08; in exchanges H04Q 11/00)


User-controlled network video management
Patent No. 9998382 

Inventor(s): David H. Lu (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker L.L.P. (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14727508 on 06/01/2015 (1107 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process and system for user-controlled configuration of an Internet protocol network. The user may supply input for generating a network classification profile, which includes a number of classes of service (COSs) for prioritizing network traffic, including video transmission. A quality of service (QOS) may be measured and compared with a COS for video transmission. Depending on the measured QOS, a network alert may be issued and a priority of packets associated with the COS for video transmission may be increased. Patent Class: {H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Workload capsule generation and processing
Patent No. 9998395 

Inventor(s): Christopher Gaudlip (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): EMC IP Holding Company LLC (Hopkinton, MA)
Law Firm: Ryan, Mason Lewis, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14870899 on 09/30/2015 (986 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises at least one processing platform having one or more processing devices. The processing platform is configured to generate a plurality of workload capsules for transmission to a broker device over a network. A given one of the workload capsules comprises a self-contained and independent workload to be performed by another processing platform as determined by the broker device in accordance with one or more attributes specified in the workload capsule and one or more criteria specified in the workload capsule. The given workload capsule further comprises a process description identifying at least one of server resources, storage resources, network resources and physical security resources to be utilized by the other processing platform in performing the workload. The broker device may be part of a central compute depository platform that receives workload capsules from multiple source devices over the network. Patent Class: {H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Enterprise-wide security for computer devices
Patent No. 9998478 

Inventor(s): Majid Shahbazi (Oakton, VA)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14499754 on 09/29/2014 (1352 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for securing data in mobile devices ({b]104{/b]) includes a computing mode ({b]102{/b]) and a plurality of mobile devices ({b]104{/b]). A node security program ({b]202{/b]) executed in the computing node ({b]102{/b]) interfaces with a device security program ({b]204{/b]) executed at a mobile device ({b]104{/b]). The computing node ({b]102{/b]) is responsible for managing the security based on a node security profile ({b]208{/b]) interpreted by a node security program ({b]202{/b]) executed in the computing node ({b]102{/b]). A device discovery method and arrangement ({b]106{/b]) also detects and locates various information ({b]120{/b]) about the mobile devices ({b]104{/b]) based on a scan profile ({b]206{/b]). Patent Class: {H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Vertex-centric service function chaining in multi-domain networks
Patent No. 9998563 

Inventor(s): Inwoong Kim (Allen, TX), Paparao Palacharla (Richardson, TX), Qiong Zhang (Plano, TX), Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FUJITSU LIMITED (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15175940 on 06/07/2016 (735 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for performing vertex-centric service function chaining in multi-domain networks are disclosed. A resource orchestration framework of a multi-domain network may include vertices representing physical nodes and edges representing physical links in the network. A sole resource orchestrator (in a centralized system) or multiple resource orchestrators (each associated with a respective domain in a distributed system) may coordinate execution of a common compute function on multiple vertices to identify candidate service function chain solutions to a service function chain request. The request may specify a fixed-ordered chain or a flexible-ordered chain. The compute function may, during each of multiple supersteps, determine whether a partially mapped chain can be extended on a given vertex, send a controller message to a neighbor vertex with which it has a qualified link, or return a completed chain, which may be selected for execution, dependent on applicable policies. Patent Class: {H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


System, method, and computer readable medium for establishing communication between devices
Patent No. 9998592 

Inventor(s): Kevin V. Nguyen (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15445594 on 02/28/2017 (469 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and computer readable medium for establishing communication between two devices comprises connecting, by a first computer, to an open source Private Branch Exchange (PBX) platform via a port, receiving a phone number sent by a first one of the two devices at the open source PBX platform, invoking an interface module by the open source PBX platform, where the interface module resides on the open source PBX platform, and building a Calling Name request by the interface module related to the received phone number. Patent Class: {H04M] TELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION (circuits for controlling other apparatus via a telephone cable and not involving telephone switching apparatus G08)


Methods and systems for automatically recognizing actions in a call center environment using screen capture technology
Patent No. 9998598 

Inventor(s): Eric Michael Gross (Rochester, NY), Isaiah Lorenzo Simmons, Jr. (Rochester, NY), Jagadeesh Chandra Bose Rantham Prabhakara (Karnataka, , IN), Jennifer Watts-Perotti (Pittsford, NY), Jinhui Yao (Pittsford, NY), Madhavi Bangalore
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fox Rothschild LLP (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15479678 on 04/05/2017 (433 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for recognizing processes performed by a call center agent during a session may collect input data by initiating a screen capture logging thread to capture screen shots of a desktop of the electronic device during a session. The system analyzes the input data to generate one or more events, generates a mid-level event log comprising one or more of the events, and performs action recognition on the mid-level event log to ascertain one or more actions that were performed within the one or more graphical user interfaces by the call center agent during the session. Patent Class: {H04M] TELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION (circuits for controlling other apparatus via a telephone cable and not involving telephone switching apparatus G08)


Service orchestration to support a cloud-based, multi-party video conferencing service in a virtual overlay network environment
Patent No. 9998709 

Inventor(s): David H. Lu (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15483011 on 04/10/2017 (428 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to service orchestration to support cloud-based, multi-party video conferencing service in a virtual overlay network environment. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a video conferencing service orchestrator can receive, from a user device, a service request for the cloud-based, multi-party video conferencing service orchestrated by the video conferencing service orchestrator. In response to the service request, the video conferencing service orchestrator can provide, to the user device, virtual network layer system software and a virtual machine container for installation on the user device. The virtual network layer system software can implement a network function to provide an interface between the user device and a service controller during a video conference. A conference image particular to the type of video conference can be installed on the virtual machine container to implement the video conference for the user device. Patent Class: {H04N] PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION [4]


Reference picture signaling and decoded picture buffer management
Patent No. 9998757 

Inventor(s): Ye-Kui Wang (San Diego, CA), Ying Chen (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13623768 on 09/20/2012 (2091 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are described related to performing random access starting from a random access point picture that is not an instantaneous decoder refresh picture. Some techniques are also related to reducing the amount of information that is signaled for long-term reference pictures of a reference picture set. Additional techniques are also related to decoded picture buffer management, such as removing decoded pictures based on a temporal identification value. Patent Class: {H04N] PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION [4]


Compression of signals, images and video for multimedia, communications and other applications
Patent No. 9998763 

Inventor(s): Roger D. Linquist (Dallas, TX), Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NxGen Partners IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Munk Wilson Mandala, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15087540 on 03/31/2016 (803 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for transmitting compressed image data includes an encoder, responsive to received image data representing an image, for minimizing a space-spatial frequency of the image data by applying a predetermined orthogonal function thereto to generate a mathematical representation of the image data and extracting coefficients of the mathematical representation of the image data. A transmitter transmits the coefficients of the image data from a first location to a second location. A receiver receives the transmitted coefficients of the image data at the second location from the first location. A decoder recreates the mathematical representation of the image data at the second location responsive to the received coefficients and the predetermined orthogonal function and generates the image data from the recreated mathematical representation of the image data. Patent Class: {H04N] PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION [4]


Allowing presentation control of immediate content interrupting digital television channel programming
Patent No. 9998780 

Inventor(s): Mathews Thomas (Flower Mound, TX), Tassanee K. Supakkul (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: CRGO Law (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13441988 on 04/09/2012 (2255 days app to issue)

Abstract: A channel programming associated with a channel can be selected. The channel can be associated with a programming broadcasting system. The channel programming can be displayed upon a presentation device. An immediate content from a content delivery entity interrupting the presentation of the channel programming can be received. The channel programming and the immediate content can be simultaneously presented on the presentation device. Patent Class: {H04N] PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION [4]


Inferring user equipment location data based on sector transition
Patent No. 9998876 

Inventor(s): Herani Soewarto Brotman (Frisco, TX), Rudolph Mappus (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15221568 on 07/27/2016 (685 days app to issue)

Abstract: Determining a location of a user equipment (UE) based on historical location data and historical sector transition data is disclosed. A correlation between historic location information and a historic sector transition can be determined. The correlation can be stored in a searchable data set. A location of a current UE can be inferred based on a sector transition of the current UE. The sector transition of the current UE can be searched against eh data set to indicate a likely location of the current UE based on historical information. The searchable data set can be based on sparse location data enabling location determinations for a current UE that can otherwise lack location services. Moreover, an order of a sector transition can imbue a directionality to stored location information such that a likely location in a sector can be correlated to a transition from a prior sector of a network session of the UE. Patent Class: {H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method, apparatus, and computer readable medium for switching between lower energy and higher energy wireless communication techniques
Patent No. 9998905 

Inventor(s): David J. McCall (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Intel IP Corporation (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15496567 on 04/25/2017 (413 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and computer-readable media for a wireless communication device switching between lower energy and higher energy wireless communication techniques are disclosed. The wireless communication device includes processing circuitry to: receive a packet in accordance with a lower energy wireless peer-to-peer (P2P) network communication technique from a service provider wireless device, wherein the packet indicates one or more services provided by the service provider wireless device. The processing circuitry may be further to: determine to switch to a higher energy wireless P2P communication technique to communicate with the service provider wireless device based on a determination that a target service is provided by the service provider wireless device. The processing circuitry may be further to: perform a connectivity setup with the provider wireless device to use the target service in accordance with the higher energy wireless P2P communication technique. Patent Class: {H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and arrangement in a wireless communication network
Patent No. 9998948 

Inventor(s): Janne Peisa (Espoo, , FI), Johan Torsner (Masaby, , FI), Michael Meyer (Aachen, , DE)
Assignee(s): Unwired Planet, LLC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15621605 on 06/13/2017 (364 days app to issue)

Abstract: Method and arrangement in a first node for requesting a status report from a second node. The first node and the second node are both comprised within a wireless communication network. The status report comprises positive and/or negative acknowledgement of data sent from the first node, to be received by the second node. The first node comprises a first counter configured to count the number of transmitted Protocol Data Units, PDUs, and a second counter configured to count the number of transmitted data bytes. The method and arrangements comprises initialising the first and the second counter to zero, transmitting data to be received by the second node, comparing the value of the first and the second counters with a first threshold limit value and a second threshold limit value and requesting a status report from the second node if any of the threshold limit values is reached or exceeded. Patent Class: {H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Communicating radio resource configuration information
Patent No. 9998973 

Inventor(s): Yi Song (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Trop, Pruner Hu, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14833767 on 08/24/2015 (1023 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first wireless access network node receives common radio resource configuration information of a second wireless access network node. A data offload request is sent to the second wireless access network node to perform a data offload for a user equipment (UE) attached to the first wireless access network node. Patent Class: {H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Discontinuous reception configuration
Patent No. 9998997 

Inventor(s): Yiping Wang (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Trop, Pruner Hu, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15297295 on 10/19/2016 (601 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network node sends, to a user equipment (UE), signaling comprising: first information specifying a current uplink-downlink configuration to use responsive to a dynamic uplink-downlink configuration change, and second information specifying a set of discontinuous reception (DRX) parameters to control DRX operation at the UE in response to the dynamic uplink-downlink configuration change. Patent Class: {H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and device for carrier activation in carrier aggregation system
Patent No. 9999044 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Jefferson IP Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14009963 on 04/05/2012 (2259 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a device for cell activation in a carrier aggregation system, and the method for activating a cell of a terminal according to one embodiment of the present invention comprises: a step for receiving an activation message of a first cell; a step for activating the first cell when the message of the first cell is received; an information obtaining step for obtaining uplink activation information of the first cell; and a transmission determination step for determining whether to execute an uplink transmission according to the uplink activation information. According to an embodiment of the present invention, efficient carrier management plan can be provided. Patent Class: {H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Signaling adapted CSI-RS periodicities in active antenna systems
Patent No. 9999073 

Inventor(s): Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14943957 on 11/17/2015 (938 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method in a network node is disclosed. The method comprises grouping a plurality of antenna ports corresponding to a plurality of channel state information reference signals (CSI-RS) into at least a first CSI-RS antenna port group and a second CSI-RS antenna port group, and determining, based at least in part on one or more criteria, a first transmission periodicity for the first CSI-RS antenna port group and a second transmission periodicity for the second CSI-RS antenna port group. The method further comprises transmitting, to one or more user equipment, the CSI-RS corresponding to the antenna ports in the first CSI-RS antenna port group according to the determined first transmission periodicity, and transmitting, to the one or more user equipment, the CSI-RS corresponding to the antenna ports in the second CSI-RS antenna port group according to the determined second transmission periodicity. Patent Class: {H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

Beverage container label
Patent No. D820052 

Inventor(s): Ashlee Rivers (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29637449 on 02/19/2018 (113 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Wearable sensor ring
Patent No. D820124 

Inventor(s): Vahram Mouradian (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Sensogram Technologes, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: RatnerPrestia (Local + 4378 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29594537 on 02/20/2017 (477 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Display screen with animated graphical user interface
Patent No. D820310 

Inventor(s): David L. Graumann (Portland, OR), Rahuldeva Ghosh (Portland, OR), Ranjit S. Narjala (Hillsboro, OR)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29600136 on 04/10/2017 (428 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Display screen with animated graphical user interface
Patent No. D820317 

Inventor(s): David L. Graumann (Portland, OR), Rahuldeva Ghosh (Portland, OR), Ranjit S. Narjala (Hillsboro, OR)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29600142 on 04/10/2017 (428 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Shirt clip assembly for camera
Patent No. D820342 

Inventor(s): Dwight David Harms (Little Elm, TX), Timothy Francis Hall (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Trinity Innovative Solutions, LLC (Little Elm, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29546788 on 11/25/2015 (930 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Body surfing board
Patent No. D820375 

Inventor(s): William J. Warren (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carr Ferrell LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29598438 on 03/26/2017 (443 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Headlamp reflector
Patent No. D820510 

Inventor(s): Scott M. Conway (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): PACCAR Inc (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Christensen O”Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29599070 on 03/30/2017 (439 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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