Dallas Invents: 87 Patents Granted for Week of March 19

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 9 for patents out of 250 metros.

Patents granted include:
Capital One's asset tracking systems
US Concrete's concrete with a reduced surface drying time
Toyota's integrated truck bed washing system
MoneyGram's promotion generation engine for a money transfer system
McAfee's system for calculating an object's trust level
Dr Pepper/Seven Up's sweet taste improving compositions

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of March 19, 2019 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES 
(NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 10
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 10
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 5
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 3
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 3
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 3
Celanese International Corporation (Irving) 2

UNASSIGNED 8


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS 
(NO. OF PATENTS) 

Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney) 2
Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine) 2
Justin Harmon (Dallas) 2
Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton) 2
Micah Price (Plano) 2


FIRST SEEN 
(EXAMPLES OF COMPANIES THAT MAY BE ORIGINATING A PATENT IN THE REGION FOR THE FIRST TIME, ACCORDING TO PATENT INDEX.)
 

En Rx Chemical
Patent No. 10232416
Corrugated and slotted injection system and method of use

FedEx Supply Chain Logistics
Patent No. 10234494
System and method for RF testing

Iron Armour
Patent No. D0843655
Comb base


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE
(NO. OF DAYS) 


161 days
Cosmetic compositions and methods of their use
Patent No.: 10231922-B2
Assignee: Mary Kay Inc. (Addison)
Inventors: David Gan (Southlake), Patricia Jacoby (Addison)


1,929 days

Controlling wellbore drilling systems
Patent No.: 10233739-B2
Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (Houston)
Inventors: Jason D. Dykstra (Carrollton), Yuzhen Xue (Carrollton)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Sweet taste improving compositions including naringenin
Patent No. 10231474 

Inventor(s): Gino E. Olcese (Allen, TX), Stacey K. Walton (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): DR PEPPER/SEVEN UP, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Pizarro Allen PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14271223 on 05/06/2014 (1778 days app to issue)

Abstract: A consumable composition may include naringenin at concentrations suitable to improve certain characteristics of the composition. Naringenin may, for example, be added to a composition or included in a sweetening composition that may be added therein to adjust sweetness attributes. For example, beverages that include one or more steviol glycosides may typically be deficient in upfront sweetness, and naringenin may be added therein to improve the temporal profile of sweetness delivery. NULL


System and method for robotic surgery
Patent No. 10231739 

Inventor(s): Peter M. Bonutti (Manalapan, FL)
Assignee(s): Bonutti Skeletal Innovations LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Fleit Gibbons Gutman Bongini Bianco PL (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16038279 on 07/18/2018 (244 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for performing surgery on a bone using a navigation subsystem having a locating device and a robotic subsystem having a cutting tool.

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


Portable monitoring system transport case
Patent No. 10231795 

Inventor(s): Kenneth R. Johnson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15730496 on 10/11/2017 (524 days app to issue)

Abstract: A portable transport system for containing and transporting monitoring system components includes a case for enclosing the monitoring system components. A collapsible desk assembly telescopes between a collapsed position wherein the entire collapsible desk assembly is substantially contained within the case and an open position. The collapsible desk assembly includes a desk shelf that extends outward from the collapsible desk assembly in the open position and folds down within the case in the collapsed position. A collapsible monitoring component assembly telescopes between a collapsed position wherein the entire collapsible monitoring component assembly is substantially contained within the case and an open position. The collapsible monitoring component assembly includes a component bracket mounting handle for interfacing the monitoring system components with the collapsible monitoring component assembly. The component bracket mounting handle moves the monitoring system components between a raised position and a lowered position. The collapsible desk assembly and the collapsible monitoring component assembly are contained substantially within the case in the collapsed position.

[A47F] SPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS, OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS


Cosmetic compositions and methods of their use
Patent No. 10231922 

Inventor(s): David Gan (Southlake, TX), Patricia Jacoby (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16155643 on 10/09/2018 (161 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a method for moisturizing skin. The method can include topically applying to skin in need thereof a composition comprising 0.01 to 3% by weight of [i]lactobacillus [/i]ferment, 0.001 to 1% by weight of [i]Ferula foetida [/i]root extract, 0.001 to 1% by weight of [i]Helianthus annuus [/i](sunflower) seed extract, 0.001 to 1% by weight of [i]Terminalia ferdinandiana [/i]fruit extract, and 0.1 to 3% by weight of niacinamide, wherein the skin in need thereof is dry skin.

[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)


Vacuum wound device
Patent No. 10232097 

Inventor(s): Steven Burdick (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Braxton Perrone, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14695755 on 04/24/2015 (1425 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for a vacuum wound device. The system includes a wound vacuum device. The vacuum device includes a compressible sponge, vacuum tubing, and a delivery tube sized to house the wound vacuum device. The wound vacuum device is connected to a vacuum pump which creates and delivers the vacuum.

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


Self contained stovetop fire suppressor with alert signal and method
Patent No. 10232202 

Inventor(s): Christopher M Stimek (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): WilliamsRDM, Inc (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Morani Patent Law, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15259028 on 09/07/2016 (923 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automatic stovetop fire suppressor with suppressor activation triggering an audible alert of a fire condition and method are provided herein. A plastic bottom lid is secured to a bottom of a can, forming a closed container. A fire suppressing agent and a sound board are housed within the closed container. As the fire suppressor actuator is triggered, the bottom lid lowers releasing the fire suppressing agent and tripping a sound board alert switch. A microcontroller generates a desired fire condition signal which is played across a low voltage magnetic transducer. The suppressor is user friendly, provides an automated release of fire suppressing agent in the presence of a stovetop fire, and emits a continuing audible alert signal until a user disables the same. The fire suppressing agent and battery powered sound board are stored in the closed from manufactured end to activation of the suppressor in a fire condition.

[A62C] FIRE-FIGHTING (fire-extinguishing compositions, use of chemical substances in extinguishing fires A62D 1/00; spraying, applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces in general B05; fire-fighting aircraft B64D 1/16; alarm arrangements G08B, e.g. fire alarms actuated by smoke or gases G08B 17/10)


Promotion generation engine for a money transfer system
Patent No. 10232268 

Inventor(s): Dorilyn Lee Sletten (Maple Grove, MN), Yassir Zouiten (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): MoneyGram International, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15948334 on 04/09/2018 (344 days app to issue)

Abstract: A money transfer system is promoted by providing a user access to a game or contest generated by a promotions engine computer. The user is directed to a customer relations portal accessible via an access device to participate in the game or contest. The customer relations portal comprising a server configured to manage the game or contest and associated with the promotions engine computer. A response is received from the user at the server related to the user”s participation in the game or contest. The server determines whether the user is to receive a reward or prize based on the response from the user, and an output is provided to the user on the access device indicating whether the user is to receive the reward or prize.

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


Detection of left turn across path/opposite direction oncoming objects
Patent No. 10232848 

Inventor(s): Rini Sherony (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: 15010400 on 01/29/2016 (1145 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle can be configured to operate relative to oncoming objects. The vehicle can sense to external environment of the vehicle. An oncoming object approaching the vehicle from an opposite direction can be detected. It can be determined whether the oncoming object intends to execute a left turn across the path of the vehicle. Such a determination can be performed in various ways. Responsive to determining that the oncoming object intends to execute a left turn across the path of the vehicle, a driving maneuver to avoid a collision with the oncoming object can be determined. The vehicle can be caused to implement the determined driving maneuver.

[A01B] SOIL WORKING IN AGRICULTURE OR FORESTRY; PARTS, DETAILS, OR ACCESSORIES OF AGRICULTURAL MACHINES OR IMPLEMENTS, IN GENERAL (making or covering furrows or holes for sowing, planting or manuring A01C 5/00; machines for harvesting root crops A01D; mowers convertible to soil working apparatus or capable of soil working A01D 42/04; mowers combined with soil working implements A01D 43/12; soil working for engineering purposes E01, E02, E21)


 

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

Water management for a vehicle
Patent No. 10232693 

Inventor(s): Bryce M. Wassa (Ann Arbor, MI), Paxton S. Williams (Milan, MI), Robert C. Day (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: 15711010 on 09/21/2017 (544 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle can include an A-pillar water management system. The system can include an inner body member of a vehicle. The system can include a channel member operatively connected to the inner body member. A channel can be defined at least partially by the channel member. The channel can open in a substantially vertically upward direction. The channel can have an open first end and a second end. The second end can be opposite the first end. The first end can be located closer to a front end of the vehicle than the second end. A seal, such as an A-pillar to front fender seal, can operatively engage the inner body member. The seal can extend in a substantially vertical direction. The channel can extend in a direction that is transverse to the seal. The channel can pass between the seal and the inner body member.

[B60J] WINDOWS, WINDSCREENS, NON-FIXED ROOFS, DOORS, OR SIMILAR DEVICES FOR VEHICLES; REMOVABLE EXTERNAL PROTECTIVE COVERINGS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES (fastening, suspending, closing, or opening of such devices E05)


Spatiotemporal displays for set speed deviation of a vehicle
Patent No. 10232711 

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: 15173598 on 06/03/2016 (1019 days app to issue)

Abstract: Arrangements described herein can display a set speed deviation for a vehicle using spatiotemporal patterns. A set speed and an actual speed for a vehicle can be acquired. A deviation between the set speed and the actual speed of the vehicle can be determined. Responsive to determining the deviation between the predetermined set speed and the actual speed, a spatiotemporal pattern can be displayed within the vehicle. The spatiotemporal pattern can indicate to a user the deviation between the set speed and the actual speed via the spatiotemporal pattern. In one or more arrangements, the spatiotemporal pattern can be a repeating wave pattern.

[B60K] ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PROPULSION UNITS OR OF TRANSMISSIONS IN VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PLURAL DIVERSE PRIME-MOVERS IN VEHICLES; AUXILIARY DRIVES FOR VEHICLES; INSTRUMENTATION OR DASHBOARDS FOR VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH COOLING, AIR INTAKE, GAS EXHAUST OR FUEL SUPPLY OF PROPULSION UNITS IN VEHICLES [2006.01]


Adaptive truck bed storage
Patent No. 10232783 

Inventor(s): Adam D. Holmstrom (Pinckney, MI), Scott L. Frederick (Brighton, MI), Scott P. Robison (Dexter, 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: 15602214 on 05/23/2017 (665 days app to issue)

Abstract: Arrangements described herein include adaptable storage systems for vehicle truck beds, and methods for controlling such systems. The system can include a panel having one or more wheel well cutouts. One or more wheel well covers can be operatively connected to the panel. A lift can be included that can selectively move the panel in an elevational direction between a top position and a bottom position. The wheel well cover(s) can be adaptive relative to the wheel wells to allow substantially unimpeded movement of the panel between the top position and the bottom position. Further, the wheel well cover(s) can substantially cover a wheel well cutout when the panel is in the top position.

[B60R] VEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for vehicles A62C 3/07)


Secure storage device
Patent No. 10232790 

Inventor(s): John B. Adrain (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Bodi Law LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16031853 on 07/10/2018 (252 days app to issue)

Abstract: A secure storage device is presented. The secure storage device comprises walls, a bottom, a door and an opening for forming an interior chamber for storage. The device may be constructed of a variety of materials, including but not limited to aluminum, steel, impact-resistant materials, and bullet-proof materials. It at least one embodiment, the secure storage device is configured to act as a sun visor for a vehicle for securely storing a weapon.

[B60R] VEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for vehicles A62C 3/07)


Truck bed integrated fold-out table
Patent No. 10232793 

Inventor(s): Adam D. Holmstrom (Pinckney, MI), Scott L. Frederick (Brighton, MI), Scott P. Robison (Dexter, 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: 15590564 on 05/09/2017 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: A foldable table structure is structured to be mountable on a vehicle. The table structure includes a first panel structured to form a first portion of a table top when the table structure is in a deployed condition, a second panel structured to form a second portion of a table top when the table structure is in a deployed condition, and at least one first support. Each of the at least one first support, the first panel, and the second panel are rotatably connected to at least one other of the at least one first support, the first panel, and the second panel, such that the first panel is rotatable to reside along a first side of the at least one first support, and such that the second panel is rotatable to reside along a second side of the at least one first support opposite the first side.

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


Energy-absorbing connecting structure for bumper reinforcements
Patent No. 10232811 

Inventor(s): Paxton S. Williams (Milan, 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: 15434424 on 02/16/2017 (761 days app to issue)

Abstract: A connecting structure is structured to connect a vehicle bumper reinforcement to another portion of a vehicle. The connecting structure includes a first portion having a first part structured for connection to the bumper reinforcement and a second part structured for connection to the other portion of the vehicle. A second portion is coupled to the first portion, the second portion also having a first part structured for connection to the bumper reinforcement, and a second part structured for connection to the other portion of the vehicle. At least one fold is positioned along an edge of the second portion. Through connections between the connecting structure and the bumper reinforcement, collision energy acting on the bumper reinforcement is transmitted to the at least one fold, which then acts to absorb the collision energy acting on the bumper reinforcement.

[B60R] VEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for vehicles A62C 3/07)


Inflatable vehicle occupant positioning system
Patent No. 10232814 

Inventor(s): Danil V. Prokhorov (Canton, MI), Umesh N. Gandhi (Farmington Hills, 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: 15440042 on 02/23/2017 (754 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle occupant positioning system includes at least one inflatable bladder structured and positioned so as to urge a portion of the body of the vehicle occupant in a predetermined direction when the bladder is inflated.

[B60R] VEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for vehicles A62C 3/07)


Integrated truck bed washing
Patent No. 10232830 

Inventor(s): Adam D. Holmstrom (Pinckney, MI), Scott L. Frederick (Brighton, MI), Scott P. Robison (Dexter, 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: 15635497 on 06/28/2017 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: Arrangements described herein include washing systems for vehicle truck beds. The system can include one or more nozzles and one or more conduits operatively connected to the truck bed. In some arrangements, the conduits can be formed integrally with the truck bed, such as being molded with an inner panel of the truck bed. The system further includes a fluid inlet operatively connected to the vehicle that is in fluid communication with the one or more conduits. When a fluid is supplied in the fluid inlet it can be routed to the one or more nozzles for spraying into the truck bed.

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


Saddle system for use in the rail transport of large towers
Patent No. 10232862 

Inventor(s): Jamie V. Johnson (Euless, TX), Scott C. Landrum (Southlake, TX), T. Christopher King (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): BNSF Logistics, LLC (Springdale, AR)
Law Firm: Dan Brown Law Office (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15410964 on 01/20/2017 (788 days app to issue)

Abstract: A saddle and foot stop mounting system for large tower sections transported by rail. A locating assembly, including a key rail assembly and a foot stop assembly are used in conjunction with movable saddles. The foot stop assembly includes a locating key for engaging one of plural key fixtures along the key rail, which defines plural mounting locations for the foot stop. Used in conjunction with the movable saddles, this system accommodates a wide range of tower section sizes and weights.

[B61D] BODY DETAILS OR KINDS OF RAILWAY VEHICLES (vehicles in general B60; adaptation of vehicles to special systems B61B; underframes B61F)


High stiffness hub assembly for proprotor systems
Patent No. 10232932 

Inventor(s): Frank Bradley Stamps (Fort Worth, TX), Jouyoung Jason Choi (Fort Worth, TX), Richard Erler Rauber (Fort Worth, TX), Tyler Wayne Baldwin (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15466825 on 03/22/2017 (727 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high stiffness hub assembly for a proprotor system operable to rotate with a mast of a tiltrotor aircraft having helicopter and airplane flight modes. The hub assembly includes a yoke and a constant velocity joint assembly. The yoke has four blade arms each adapted to hold a proprotor blade. The constant velocity joint assembly provides a torque path from the mast to the yoke that includes a trunnion assembly, four drive links and four pillow blocks. The trunnion assembly is coupled to the mast and has four outwardly extending trunnions. Each drive link has a leading bearing coupled to one of the trunnions and a trailing bearing coupled to one of the pillow blocks. Each pillow block is independently mounted between an upper surface of the yoke and a hub plate with two connection members that extend through the yoke and the pillow block.

[B63H] MARINE PROPULSION OR STEERING (propulsion of air-cushion vehicles B60V 1/14; peculiar to submarines, other than nuclear propulsion, B63G; peculiar to torpedoes F42B 19/00)


Damper
Patent No. 10232936 

Inventor(s): Michael Seifert (Southlake, TX), Peter Quinn Romano (Buffalo, NY), Thomas Parham (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15359305 on 11/22/2016 (847 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes a damper assembly, method and kit to provide dampening to an airframe comprising: a mass to dampen the vibration of the airframe; one or more wire rope isolators having a first and a second portion, wherein the mass is attached to the one or more wire rope isolators and the mass is isolated from the airframe by the one or more wire rope isolators; and a first fastener and a second fastener, wherein the first fasteners attaches to the first portion of the wire rope isolator to the mass, and the second fastener attaches the second portion of the wire rope isolator to the airframe to dampen vibration of the airframe.

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


Aircraft having a fault tolerant distributed propulsion system
Patent No. 10232950 

Inventor(s): John Richard McCullough (Fort Worth, TX), Paul K. Oldroyd (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15200273 on 07/01/2016 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiment, an aircraft includes a flying frame having an airframe, a distributed propulsion system attached to the airframe, the distributed propulsion system including a plurality of propulsion assemblies and a flight control system operably associated with the distributed propulsion system. The flying frame has a vertical takeoff and landing mode and a forward flight mode. The flight control system is operable to independently control the propulsion assemblies. The flight control system is also operable to detect faults in individual propulsion assemblies and to perform corrective action responsive to detected faults at a distributed propulsion system level.

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


Scented drawstring bag
Patent No. 10233016 

Inventor(s): Brad A. Cobler (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Poly-America, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15659868 on 07/26/2017 (601 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is directed to a thermoplastic bag comprised of a front panel and a back panel. The front panel and back panel are generally joined along a first side edge, a second side edge, and a bottom edge of the respective front panel and back panel. The front panel has a distal edge with the distal edge folded over the front panel to provide a hem and an overlap area immediately below the first hem. The overlap encapsulates a scent carrier that provides a scent to the thermoplastic bag.

[B65F] GATHERING OR REMOVAL OF DOMESTIC OR LIKE REFUSE (disinfecting refuse A61L; refuse disintegrators B02C; sorting refuse B03B, B07B; handcarts for transporting refuse receptacles B62B; sack holders B65B 67/00; converting refuse into fertilisers C05F; converting refuse into solid fuels C10L; sewers, cesspools E03F; arrangements in buildings for the disposal of refuse E04F 17/10; refuse-consuming furnaces F23G)


Structures for packaging stress-sensitive micro-electro-mechanical system stacked onto electronic circuit chip
Patent No. 10233074 

Inventor(s): Ayumu Kuroda (Beppu Oita-Ken, , JP), Benjamin Cook (Rockwall, TX), Brian E. Goodlin (Plano, TX), Genki Yano (Beppu Oita-Ken, , JP), Karen Kirmse (Richardson, TX), Kurt Peter Wachtler (Richardson, TX), Makoto Yoshino (Beppu Oi
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15867563 on 01/10/2018 (433 days app to issue)

Abstract: A packaged micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) device ([b]100[/b]) comprises a circuitry chip ([b]101[/b]) attached to the pad ([b]110[/b]) of a substrate with leads ([b]111[/b]), and a MEMS ([b]150[/b]) vertically attached to the chip surface by a layer ([b]140[/b]) of low modulus silicone compound. On the chip surface, the MEMS device is surrounded by a polyimide ring ([b]130[/b]) with a surface phobic to silicone compounds. A dome-shaped glob ([b]160[/b]) of cured low modulus silicone material covers the MEMS and the MEMS terminal bonding wire spans ([b]180[/b]); the glob is restricted to the chip surface area inside the polyimide ring and has a surface non-adhesive to epoxy-based molding compounds. A package ([b]190[/b]) of polymeric molding compound encapsulates the vertical assembly of the glob embedding the MEMS, the circuitry chip, and portions of the substrate; the molding compound is non-adhering to the glob surface yet adhering to all other surfaces.

[B81B] MICROSTRUCTURAL DEVICES OR SYSTEMS, e.g. MICROMECHANICAL DEVICES (piezo-electric, electrostrictive or magnetostrictive elements per se H01L 41/00) [7]


Changing vehicle component settings to retain cargo within the vehicle
Patent No. 10234875 

Inventor(s): Charan S. Lota (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: 15332715 on 10/24/2016 (876 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for retaining cargo. A system for retaining cargo may comprise a sensor and a system controller. The system controller may be configured to determine presence of cargo in a vehicle; determine dimensions of the cargo based, at least in part, on data received from the sensor; determine a storage location for the cargo based, at least in part, on one or more of: the dimensions of the cargo, interior dimensions of the vehicle, and interior components of the vehicle; determine a first position for a first one of the interior components, the first position determined based, at least in part, on one or more of: the storage location, and a location for retaining the cargo for transport; create a first message indicating the storage location for the cargo and the position for the first one of the interior components; and transmit the message.

[B65G] TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS (packaging B65B; handling thin or filamentary materials, e.g. paper sheets or thread, B65H; cranes B66C; portable or mobile lifting or hauling appliances, e.g. hoists, B66D; devices for lifting or lowering goods for loading or unloading purposes, e.g. fork-lift trucks, B66F 9/00; emptying bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels or similar containers, not otherwise provided for, B67C 9/00; delivering or transferring liquids B67D; filling or discharging vessels for liquefied, solidified or compressed gases F17C; pipe-line systems for fluids F17D)


 

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

Concrete having reduced surface drying time and cementitious compositions and methods for manufacturing same
Patent No. 10233119 

Inventor(s): Alana Grace Guzzetta (San Jose, CA), Raymond C. Turpin, Jr. (Atlanta, GA), Ryan Allen Henkensiefken (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): US Concrete, Inc. (Euless, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15200655 on 07/01/2016 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: Cementitious compositions and methods for preparing and using the cementitious compositions to yield hardened concrete. The cementitious compositions yield hardened concrete having reduced or attenuated water vapor emission and lower internal relative humidity (IRH). Cementitious compositions are characterized by the property of rapid surface drying while maintaining good workability, particularly when using porous lightweight aggregates that absorb substantial amounts of water. Methods of decreasing water availability and increasing surface drying of concrete, including lightweight concrete, are provided. A water soluble ionic salt may be used to sequester water within the pores and capillaries of the cement paste and/or porous lightweight aggreate by modifying the colligative propertie of pore water. The salt may be added directly to concrete or the concrete mix water, or, alternatively, aggregates may be infused with a water-salt solution to provide treated porous aggregates having improved water saturation and water retention.

[C04B] LIME; MAGNESIA; SLAG; CEMENTS; COMPOSITIONS THEREOF, e.g. MORTARS, CONCRETE OR LIKE BUILDING MATERIALS; ARTIFICIAL STONE; CERAMICS (devitrified glass-ceramics C03C 10/00); REFRACTORIES (alloys based on refractory metals C22C); TREATMENT OF NATURAL STONE [4]


Acesulfame potassium compositions and processes for producing same
Patent No. 10233163 

Inventor(s): Arvind Yadav (Hessen, , IN), Christoph Mollenkopf (Frankfurt am Main, , DE), Peter Groer (Babenhausen, , DE)
Assignee(s): Celanese International Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Dority Manning, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16014431 on 06/21/2018 (271 days app to issue)

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

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


Acesulfame potassium compositions and processes for producing same
Patent No. 10233164 

Inventor(s): Arvind Yadav (Hessen, , IN), Christoph Mollenkopf (Frankfurt am Main, , DE), Peter Groer (Babenhausen, , DE)
Assignee(s): Celanese International Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Dority Manning, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16014471 on 06/21/2018 (271 days app to issue)

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

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Corrugated and slotted injection system and method of use
Patent No. 10232416 

Inventor(s): Erik R. Piatt (Lantana, TX), Lance I. Robinson (Parrish, FL)
Assignee(s): En Rx Chemical, Inc. (Argyle, TX)
Law Firm: Smith Hopen, P. A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15066811 on 03/10/2016 (1104 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device and method for collecting liquid from an underground source or remediating an environmental contaminant from soil or aquifers. The device includes injection tubing having one or more holes, disposed within a corrugated conduit and sieve. An injection channel is provided on the corrugated conduit allowing liquid to flow around the injection system. The injection system can be used in vertical or horizontal well settings. The device is inserted into contaminated soil or an aquifer, and a remediation composition is injected into the soil or aquifer using the injection tubing of the device. One or more of the devices are placed into a well bore, with multiple devices allowing for adaptive, directional injection of the remediation composition.

[E03F] SEWERS; CESSPOOLS


Drill bit
Patent No. 10233696 

Inventor(s): Christopher M. Casad (Benbrook, TX)
Assignee(s): Ulterra Drilling Technologies, L.P. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14742339 on 06/17/2015 (1371 days app to issue)

Abstract: A drag bit includes a blade extending from the bit body and supporting inner cutters proximate the longitudinal axis and outer cutters spaced from the longitudinal axis. The inner cutters are rotationally offset from the outer cutters. During operation the inner cutters deposit cut material in a channel that is contiguous with a channel that receives material cut by the outer cutters. The cutters and the contiguous channels flush agglomerating material from the slots.

[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]


Well screen assembly including an erosion resistant screen section
Patent No. 10233734 

Inventor(s): Brandon Thomas Least (Dallas, TX), Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14904524 on 12/31/2013 (1904 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly, comprising a production tubing having at least one flow port defined therein; a well screen arranged about the production tubing and in fluid communication with the at least one flow port; and an erosion resistant screen section arranged about the production tubing uphole from the well screen and in fluid communication with the at least one flow port.

[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]


Controlling wellbore drilling systems
Patent No. 10233739 

Inventor(s): Jason D. Dykstra (Carrollton, TX), Yuzhen Xue (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15036029 on 12/06/2013 (1929 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for controlling downhole drilling equipment include determining a nominal model of downhole drilling dynamics based on sensor measurements from the downhole drilling equipment; determining an uncertainty for the nominal model of downhole drilling dynamics; determining, based on the uncertainty for the nominal model of downhole drilling dynamics, a set of models that deviate from the nominal model of downhole drilling dynamics; and generating a virtual controller for the downhole drilling equipment based on the nominal model and the set of models that deviate from the nominal model.

[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

 

Direct LED lighting system and method
Patent No. 10234098 

Inventor(s): Dan Kelleher (Plano, TX), Derek B. Vinson (Frisco, TX), George Berman (Dallas, TX), John F. Barr (Garland, TX), Kent Solberg (Murphy, TX), Labon Ruth (Highland Village, TX), Marty Masias (Tom Bean, TX), Ramin Safavi (
Assignee(s): Luminator Holding LP (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14823763 on 08/11/2015 (1316 days app to issue)

Abstract: A direct lighting system and method is provided that includes a plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) secured within a light fixture. The lighting system further includes a diffusive transmissive element adapted to transmit light from the LEDs therethrough and provide diffused light to an area requiring illumination.

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


Decorative light
Patent No. 10234118 

Inventor(s): Cheng-Chun Zhang (Shenzhen, , CN), Lio Yenwei Chang (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Gemmy Industries Corp. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16000514 on 06/05/2018 (287 days app to issue)

Abstract: A decorative light including a beam splitter located inside a lamp case, the beam splitter defining an interior region; a lighting module located within the interior region of the beam splitter, the lighting module including a light emitting diode (LED) located thereon and a cover including a cutout, pattern, or image, the cover aligned with the LED; and a motor located inside the lamp case and configured to rotate the beam splitter. The light beam is projected from the LED and through the cover to generate a light shape. The light shape is projected through the beam splitter onto an exterior surface. A method for projecting a light shape with a decorative light is also discussed.

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


Power source for a rotating light emitting diode driver mount
Patent No. 10234128 

Inventor(s): Scott Engberg (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): CHM Industries, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15884597 on 01/31/2018 (412 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power source includes a housing formed of a front face and a plurality of side walls extending from the front face; the front face and the plurality of side walls define a compartment. A first ballast is secured to a first side wall of the plurality of side walls, and a second ballast is secured to a second side wall of the plurality of side walls that is disposed opposite the first side wall. A first set of passive cooling fins extends from the first side wall, and a second set of passive cooling fins extends from the second side wall.

[F21S] NON-PORTABLE LIGHTING DEVICES; SYSTEMS THEREOF [7]


Lighted tumbler holder
Patent No. 10234132 

Inventor(s): Gregory Lee Horne (Euless, TX), Jimmy Prieto (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): Alliance Sports Group, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: Thorpe North Western LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15876317 on 01/22/2018 (421 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lighted holding device is disclosed having at least one ring, having a hollow center, an outside surface, and an inside surface, said ring configured to receive a beverage container therein. The ring has a handle coupled thereto and a light source disposed opposite the handle. The device also has a power source coupled to the light source and a switch coupled to the power source and the light source.

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


HVAC systems having improved four-way valve reheat control
Patent No. 10234149 

Inventor(s): Malcolm Lloyd Alford (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Hubbard Johnston, PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15197735 on 06/29/2016 (993 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one instance, a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system includes a four-way reheat valve and is configured to accesses pressures within a conduit network to facilitate control of the reheat valve. The four-way reheat valve includes a piston valve slide within a main valve chamber and a pilot valve fluidly coupled to the main valve chamber and a compressor-suction conduit fluidly coupled to the four-way valve and to a compressor. The system also includes a flow-restricting device disposed on the conduit downstream of the four-way valve and a pilot conduit coupled to the conduit downstream of the flow-restricting device and coupled to the pilot valve for assisting with movement of the piston valve slide.

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


Convertible holster-and-benchrest assembly
Patent No. 10234235 

Inventor(s): Stephen Mark Higgins (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Scheef Stone, L.L.P. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14957240 on 12/02/2015 (1203 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus operates as both a holster and a benchrest for a handgun. The apparatus comprises first and second end walls, and a supporting pad secured between the first and second end walls. As a holster, the first and second end walls and the supporting pad define a cradle adapted for holstering a handgun. The holster may also be flipped upside-down and then operated as a benchrest. When the assembly is operating as a benchrest, a barrel rest may be inserted into a barrel-rest receiver slot on the top-side of the assembly. The barrel rest has a U-channel adapted for supporting the barrel of a handgun. The supporting pad further provides a surface for supporting the grip of the handgun.

[F41A] FUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS COMMON TO BOTH SMALLARMS AND ORDNANCE, e.g. CANNONS; MOUNTINGS FOR SMALLARMS OR ORDNANCE [5]


System and method for marksmanship training
Patent No. 10234240 

Inventor(s): James L. Northrup (Dallas, TX), Peter F. Blakeley (Yantis, TX), Robert P. Northrup (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Shooting Simulator, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14969302 on 12/15/2015 (1190 days app to issue)

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

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


Polymer ammunition having a primer insert with a primer pocket groove
Patent No. 10234249 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): True Velocity IP Holdings, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15937117 on 03/27/2018 (357 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides an ammunition having a primer insert having a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a extraction flange that extends circumferentially about an outer edge of the top surface; a coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, wherein the substantially cylindrical coupling element is adapted to receive a polymer overmolding; a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, wherein the primer recess comprises a recess bottom and a circular recess side wall; a primer flash aperture through the recess bottom that extends through the bottom surface, wherein the primer flash aperture is adapted to receive a polymer overmolding to form a flash hole; and a groove in the primer recess positioned around the primer flash aperture adapted to receive a polymer overmolding, wherein the groove extends at least partially over the bottom surface and the circular recess side wall and the groove is adapted to receive polymer through the primer flash aperture and over the bottom surface and the circular recess side wall.

[F42B] EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, e.g. FOR BLASTING; FIREWORKS; AMMUNITION (explosive compositions C06B; fuzes F42C; blasting F42D) [5]


Method of making a polymer ammunition cartridge having a metal injection molded primer insert
Patent No. 10234253 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): True Velocity, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14748554 on 06/24/2015 (1364 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a method of making a polymer ammunition cartridge having a metal injection molded primer insert.

[F42B] EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, e.g. FOR BLASTING; FIREWORKS; AMMUNITION (explosive compositions C06B; fuzes F42C; blasting F42D) [5]


 

P H Y S I C S

Emergency response re-router
Patent No. 10234298 

Inventor(s): Kulvir S. Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15841422 on 12/14/2017 (460 days app to issue)

Abstract: Emergency response re-routing is provided. Event information is received, wherein the event information identifies a first location. Emergency resources available at the first location are determined. At least one entity in an area surrounding the first location is identified. A notification is issued to at least one entity in an area surrounding the first location, wherein the notification identifies one or more resources required at the first location.

[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)


Ring oscillators for temperature detection in wideband supply noise environments
Patent No. 10234336 

Inventor(s): Bhavin Odedara (Bangalore, , IN), Jayanth Mysore Thimmaiah (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks, Gilson Lione (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14867734 on 09/28/2015 (1268 days app to issue)

Abstract: A temperature identification system may include temperature sensing circuitry and a temperature measurement module. The temperature sensing circuitry may include a ring oscillator that generates a ring oscillator output signal having a frequency that varies depending on an operating temperature on the ring oscillator. A frequency divider circuit may divide the frequency of the ring oscillator output signal such that two or more cycles of a noise component of supply voltage are averaged, which may reduce the impact that the noise has on the frequency of the ring oscillator output signal. In some embodiments, a regulator may supply a regulated voltage to the ring oscillator. The regulator may reduce the impact of the noise for low frequency components of the noise, while the frequency divider may reduce the impact for high frequency of the noise.

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


System and method for RF testing
Patent No. 10234494 

Inventor(s): Carlos Valmonte Jimenez (Keller, TX), Fredrick Oluoch Onyango (Keller, TX), Jimmie Paul Partee (Double Oak, TX)
Assignee(s): FEDEX SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS ELECTRONICS, INC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15251890 on 08/30/2016 (931 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for testing radio frequency (RF) characteristics of a wireless device includes a test fixture. The test fixture includes a base plate that receives a wireless device, and a back plate that receives an RF antenna and positions the RF antenna relative to the wireless device. Additionally, the system includes test equipment that in operation performs RF testing on the wireless device using the RF antenna to determine RF characteristics of the wireless device.

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


Measurement of transceiver performance parameters in a radar system
Patent No. 10234542 

Inventor(s): Brian Paul Ginsburg (Allen, TX), Daniel Colum Breen (Richardson, TX), Karthik Ramasubramanian (Bangalore, , IN), Karthik Subburaj (Bangalore, , IN), Sandeep Rao (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14870129 on 09/30/2015 (1266 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for monitoring of performance parameters of one or more receive channels and/or one or more transmit channels of a radar system-on-a-chip (SOC) are provided. The radar SOC may include a loopback path coupling at least one transmit channel to at least one receive channel to provide a test signal from the at least one transmit channel to the at least one receive channel when the radar SOC is operated in test mode. In some embodiments, the loopback path includes a combiner coupled to each of one or more transmit channels, a splitter coupled to each of one or more receive channels, and a single wire coupling an output of the combiner to an input of the splitter.

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


Single and multi-modulator projector systems with global dimming
Patent No. 10234754 

Inventor(s): Douglas J. Darrow (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15937482 on 03/27/2018 (357 days app to issue)

Abstract: Projector display systems comprising a light dimmer and first modulator are disclosed. The light dimmer may comprise an adjustable iris, adjustable light sources and/or LCD stack that is capable of lowering the luminance of the light source illuminated the first modulator. The first modulator may comprise a plurality of analog mirrors (e.g. MEMS array) and the second modulator may comprise a plurality of mirrors (e.g., DMD array). The display system may further comprise a controller that sends control signals to the light dimmer and first modulator. The display system may render a desired dynamic range for rendering a projected image by a combination of such control signals.

[G03B] APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OR FOR PROJECTING OR VIEWING THEM; APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS EMPLOYING ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR (optical parts of such apparatus G02B; photosensitive materials or processes for photographic purposes G03C; apparatus for processing exposed photographic materials G03D) [4]


Low voltage current mode bandgap circuit and method
Patent No. 10234889 

Inventor(s): Asif Qaiyum (Freising, , DE), Matthias Arnold (Zolling, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14950960 on 11/24/2015 (1211 days app to issue)

Abstract: A proportional to absolute temperature (PTAT) generator, for example, generates a PTAT current (IPTAT) and a VBE (voltage base-to-emitter) in a first regulation loop. A voltage-to-current converter is operable to generate a complementary to absolute temperature current (ICTAT). The IPTAT and ICTAT are summed to obtain a zero temperature coefficient current (IZTC). One ICTAT and one resistor are used to generate the IZTC signal.

[G05F] SYSTEMS FOR REGULATING ELECTRIC OR MAGNETIC VARIABLES (regulating the timing or recurrence frequency of pulses in radar or radio navigation systems G01S; regulation of current or voltage, specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces G04G 19/02; closed-loop systems for regulating non-electric variables by electric means G05D; regulating power supply of digital computers G06F 1/26; for obtaining desired operating characteristics of electromagnets with armatures H01F 7/18; regulating electric power distribution networks H02J; regulating the charging of batteries H02J 7/00; regulating of the output of static converters, e.g. switching regulators, H02M; regulation of the output of electric generators H02N, H02P 9/00; controlling transformers, reactors or choke coils H02P 13/00; regulating frequency response, gain, maximum output, amplitude or bandwidth of amplifiers H03G; regulating tuning of resonant circuits H03J; controlling generators of electronic oscillations or pulses H03L; regulating characteristics of transmission lines H04B; controlling electric light sources H05B 37/02, H05B 39/04, H05B 41/36; electric control of X-ray apparatus H05G 1/30) [5]


Method and apparatus for a multiple-processor system
Patent No. 10234932 

Inventor(s): Tongzeng Yang (San Diego, CA), Wei Chen (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14806547 on 07/22/2015 (1336 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure describes methods, systems, and computer program products for a multiple-processor system. The multiple-processor system includes a plurality of central processing unit (CPU) cores. Each of the plurality of CPU cores is configured to operate in at least one of a plurality of CPU states. The plurality of CPU states includes a low-voltage memory retention (NAP) state, an active state, and a shut-off state. The NAP state includes a sleep state that retains state memory. The multiple-processor system also includes a voltage regulator that is configured to provide a NAP voltage to the plurality of CPU cores. The NAP voltage is sufficient for at least one of the plurality of CPU cores to retain state information and the NAP voltage is lower than an active state voltage. The multiple-processor system further includes a plurality of state control switches. Each of the plurality of state control switches connects the voltage regulator to one of the plurality of CPU cores.

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


Meta-data block within a non-volatile memory device
Patent No. 10235078 

Inventor(s): Greg Astfalk (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: International IP Law Group, PLLC (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15518209 on 10/31/2014 (1600 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example implementations relate to a method of tracking data in a non-volatile memory device (NVM) device. A meta-data block from the NVM device is obtained, where the meta-data block includes meta-data. The meta-data block from the NVM device is used to track an associated data object, meta-data in the data block, a user data block, a meta-data block, or an additional data block. The meta-data block from the NVM device is used to point to the associated data object, the meta-data in the data block, the user data block, the meta-data block, or the additional data block. The meta-data block from the NVM device is further used to link the associated data object, the meta-data in the data block, the user data block, the meta-data block, or the additional data block.

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


Methods, systems and computer readable media for submission queue pointer management
Patent No. 10235102 

Inventor(s): Elkana Richter (Tene-Omarim, , IL), Shay Benisty (Beer Sheva, , IL), Tal Sharifie (Lehavim, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14929387 on 11/01/2015 (1234 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media for submission queue pointer management are disclosed. One method is implemented in a data storage device including a controller and a memory. The method includes fetching a plurality of commands from a submission queue. The method further includes parsing at least one of the commands. The method further includes, in response to successful parsing of at least one of the commands and prior to executing all of the commands, notifying a host to advance a head entry pointer for the submission queue by a number of entries corresponding to a number of the commands successfully parsed.

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


Code quality evaluation and user interfaces
Patent No. 10235166 

Inventor(s): Marc Hudak (Plano, TX), Michael D. Barnard (Frisco, TX), Phanikrishna Hari (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: DLA Piper LLP US (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16149944 on 10/02/2018 (168 days app to issue)

Abstract: A processor may generate a UI. The processor may instantiate a plurality of collectors. Each collector may be configured to collect data in real time from a separate one of a plurality of data sources. Each data source may include a different type of data relating to at least one of a plurality of software delivery pipeline tasks. The processor may separately and continuously collect data from each of the plurality of data sources using the plurality of collectors. The processor may separately and continuously analyze the stored data from each of the plurality of data sources to generate a plurality of code quality metrics for the plurality of software delivery pipeline tasks. The processor may continuously report the plurality of code quality metrics through the UI.

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


Method and system for preemptible coprocessing
Patent No. 10235207 

Inventor(s): Leonardo E. Reiter (Allen, TX), Stephen M. Hebert (Houston, TX)
Assignee(s): Nimbix, Inc. (Anna, TX)
Law Firm: Campbell Stephenson LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15281155 on 09/30/2016 (900 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems supporting preemptible coprocessing are disclosed. The method includes executing at least a portion of a first compute job, and executing at least a portion of a second compute job. The method further includes, prior to completing execution of the at least the portion of the second compute job, interrupting the execution of the second compute job, and scheduling at least a portion of a third compute job.

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


Pre-read voltage pulse for first read error handling
Patent No. 10235294 

Inventor(s): Ching-Huang Lu (Fremont, CA), Piyush Sagdeo (San Jose, CA), Swaroop Kaza (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15959445 on 04/23/2018 (330 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and techniques are described for performing a pre-read operation in preparation for a read operation in a memory device. The pre-read operation transitions the memory cells from a first read condition to a second read condition so that their threshold voltages will be in a desired, predictable range when the read occurs. The pre-read operation can involve maintaining voltages on a selected word line and unselected word lines at specified levels and for a specified duration which is relatively long compared to a duration of the read operation. The word line voltages, in combination with bit line and source line voltages, provide the channels of a NAND string in a conductive state and gradually transitions the memory cells to the second read condition.

[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)


Online dynamic solution retrieval based on automatic keyword selection during customer dialogue
Patent No. 10235411 

Inventor(s): Nikolaos Lagos (Grenoble, , FR), Salah At-Mokhtar (Meylan, , FR)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14733600 on 06/08/2015 (1380 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method provide assistance to an agent in responding to a customer query. A dialog including communications between a customer and an agent is displayed to an agent on a display device. During the dialog, keywords are extracted from at least one of the customer”s text communications. This includes identifying keywords that are found in a set of terms extracted from a knowledge base. A search query is generated, based on the extracted keywords. Results of the search query are retrieved from at least one of the knowledge base and an external website. The results are displayed on the display device contemporaneously with at least a portion of the text communications, allowing the agent to quickly copy and paste text from one of the results into his response without having to leave the window in which the communications are displayed.

[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]


System and methodologies for occupant monitoring utilizing digital neuromorphic (NM) data and fovea tracking
Patent No. 10235565 

Inventor(s): Edmund Dawes Zink (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Audi AG (, , DE), Posrche AG (, , DE), Volkswagen AG (, , DE)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15726883 on 10/06/2017 (529 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and methodologies for neuromorphic vision simulate conventional analog NM system functionality and generate digital NM image data that facilitate improved object detection, classification, and tracking so as to detect and predict movement of a vehicle occupant.

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


Machine learning artificial intelligence system for identifying vehicles
Patent No. 10235602 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Michael Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15948286 on 04/09/2018 (344 days app to issue)

Abstract: An artificial intelligence system for identifying attributes in an image. The system may include a processor in communication with a client device; and a storage medium. The storage medium may store instructions that, when executed, configure the processor to perform operations including: extracting first features; categorizing the first images in a first group or a second group; modifying first metadata associated with each image in the first images to include a binary label; calculating a classification function; classifying a second plurality of images using the classification function; extracting second features from the second images classified in the first group; categorizing the second images in the first group by attribute; calculating an attribute identification function that identifies attributes of the second images; and identifying at least one attribute associated with a client image using the attribute identification function, the client image being received from the client device.

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


Computing device independent and transferable game level design and other objects
Patent No. 10235739 

Inventor(s): Carey Leigh Lotzer (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15899968 on 02/20/2018 (392 days app to issue)

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

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


Asset tracking systems
Patent No. 10235762 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Michael Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Troutman Sanders LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16128682 on 09/12/2018 (188 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed technology includes image-based systems and methods for object tracking within an asset area. Some exemplary methods include receiving, from an ingress detector, an ingress indication of a first object entering an asset area and receiving, from one or more image capture devices positioned to view respective portions of the asset area, data indicative of a plurality of captured images. The methods also include performing, by at least one processor, object classification of the first object based on the ingress indication, one or more of at least one of the plurality of captured images, and an identification signal detected by the ingress detector. The methods further include determining a first object location of the first object based at least in part on the object classification and outputting an indication of the first object location.

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


Autonomous operation capability configuration for a vehicle
Patent No. 10235881 

Inventor(s): Tomoki Nishi (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: 15663245 on 07/28/2017 (599 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and device for configuring an autonomous operation capability of a vehicle are disclosed. A first dataset is identified relating to a plurality of vehicles, wherein the vehicle is one of the plurality of vehicles. A state value function is produced for the autonomous vehicle capability in relation to the first dataset. A second dataset is identified relating to a portion of the plurality of vehicles, wherein the portion of the plurality of vehicles includes the vehicle. A policy control gain is optimized for the autonomous vehicle capability in relation to the second dataset. The autonomous vehicle capability is operable to generate an autonomous vehicle action for progressing to a next state based on the state value function in cooperation with the policy control gain.

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


String instrument picking system
Patent No. 10235977 

Inventor(s): Terry Davis (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15682866 on 08/22/2017 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: A guitar picking device includes a first securement body, having a first lip to secure around a first finger; a second securement body, having a second lip to secure around a second finger; and a guitar pick secured between the first securement body and the second securement body; the guitar pick faces away from a user”s knuckles when the first securement body and the second securement body are secured around the first and second finger.

[G10D] STRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; WIND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACCORDIONS OR CONCERTINAS; PERCUSSION MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (non-musical aspects of musical toy instruments A63H 5/00; organs, harmoniums or like musical instruments with associated blowing apparatus G10B; pianos, harpsichords, spinets or similar stringed musical instruments with one or more keyboards G10C; automatic musical instruments G10F; electrophonic musical instruments G10H; instruments in which the tones are generated by electromechanical means or electronic generators, or in which the tones are synthesised from a data store G10H)


Non-volatile semiconductor memory device adapted to store a multi-valued data in a single memory cell
Patent No. 10236058 

Inventor(s): Jian Chen (San Jose, CA), Tomoharu Tanaka (Yokohama-shi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15973644 on 05/08/2018 (315 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-volatile semiconductor memory device includes an electrically data rewritable non-volatile semiconductor memory cell and a write circuit for writing data in the memory cell, the write circuit writing a data in the memory cells by supplying a write voltage Vpgm and a write control voltage VBL to the memory cell, continuing the writing of the data in the memory cell by changing the value of the write control voltage VBL in response to an advent of a first write state of the memory cell and inhibiting any operation of writing a data to the memory cell by further changing the value of the write control voltage VBL to Vdd in response to an advent of a second write state of the memory cell.

[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)


Electronic device with a fuse read mechanism
Patent No. 10236072 

Inventor(s): Raghukiran Sreeramaneni (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16022549 on 06/28/2018 (264 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating an electronic device includes: precharging a fuse read node to an intermediate voltage less than an input voltage, wherein the fuse read node connects a fuse array and a fuse read circuit, the fuse array including a fuse cell configured to store information and the fuse read circuit configured to read the stored information; connecting the fuse cell to the fuse read node for reading the information; and determining, with the fuse read circuit, the information from the fuse cell based on changes to the intermediate voltage at the fuse read node.

[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)


Switched-capacitor charge pump with reduced diode threshold voltage and on state resistance
Patent No. 10236768 

Inventor(s): Wern Ming Koe (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): GLOBALFOUNDARIES INC. (Grand Cayman, , KY)
Law Firm: Roberts Mlotkowski Safran Cole Calderon, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15599596 on 05/19/2017 (669 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a structure which includes a diode-based Dickson charge pump which is configured to use an independent multi-gate device to reduce a threshold voltage of a plurality of transistor diodes during a charging and pumping phase.

[G05F] SYSTEMS FOR REGULATING ELECTRIC OR MAGNETIC VARIABLES (regulating the timing or recurrence frequency of pulses in radar or radio navigation systems G01S; regulation of current or voltage, specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces G04G 19/02; closed-loop systems for regulating non-electric variables by electric means G05D; regulating power supply of digital computers G06F 1/26; for obtaining desired operating characteristics of electromagnets with armatures H01F 7/18; regulating electric power distribution networks H02J; regulating the charging of batteries H02J 7/00; regulating of the output of static converters, e.g. switching regulators, H02M; regulation of the output of electric generators H02N, H02P 9/00; controlling transformers, reactors or choke coils H02P 13/00; regulating frequency response, gain, maximum output, amplitude or bandwidth of amplifiers H03G; regulating tuning of resonant circuits H03J; controlling generators of electronic oscillations or pulses H03L; regulating characteristics of transmission lines H04B; controlling electric light sources H05B 37/02, H05B 39/04, H05B 41/36; electric control of X-ray apparatus H05G 1/30) [5]


Systems and methods for social network assistance
Patent No. 10237225 

Inventor(s): Annette G. Hernandez (Keller, TX), Gaurav H. Nasit (Irving, TX), Murali M. Ande (Flower Mound, TX), Paul I. P. Piemonti (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): American Airlines, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14323222 on 07/03/2014 (1720 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer based system for social network assistance is disclosed. Via use of the system and related methods, a high-volume social media account (for example, an airline Twitter account) may be managed to enable prompt and thorough responses to incoming social media messages. In this manner, customer issues and feedback may be more effectively addressed, resulting in improved customer satisfaction and goodwill associated with the owner of the high-volume social media account.

[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]


Association functionality in a mobile monitoring device
Patent No. 10237632 

Inventor(s): Barry John McCleland (Southlake, TX), Eugene Christiaan van Beljon (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero Perle, L.L.P. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15823094 on 11/27/2017 (477 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile monitoring device for continual remote monitoring of a condition is provided. The device includes a sensor module for producing sensor module data including inertial navigation data. A first transceiver component receives network manager data including inertial navigation data from a local network manager and may transmit sensor module data to the network manager for remote monitoring by a server. An associator component establishes an association with the local network manager if inertial navigation data of the sensor module and local network manager approximate each other and dissolves the association of the inertial navigation data of the sensor module and local network manager does not approximate each other. An inertial navigation component incrementally estimates a geographical location of the monitoring device using the previously received geographical location data and subsequent sensor module inertial navigation data.

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


 

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On-pitch drain select level isolation structure for three-dimensional memory device and method of making the same
Patent No. 10236300 

Inventor(s): Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Masanori Tsutsumi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Sayako Nagamine (Yokkaichi, , JP), Shinsuke Yada (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yanli Zhang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15784549 on 10/16/2017 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory structure includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate, an array of memory stack structures extending through the alternating stack, an array of drain select level assemblies overlying the alternating stack and having a same periodicity as the array of memory stack structures, drain select gate electrodes laterally surrounding respective rows of the drain select level assemblies, and a drain select level isolation strip located between a neighboring pair of drain select gate electrodes and including a pair of lengthwise sidewalls. Each of the pair of lengthwise sidewalls includes a laterally alternating sequence of planar sidewall portions and convex sidewall portions.

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


Three-slotted antenna apparatus and method
Patent No. 10236559 

Inventor(s): Chulmin Han (San Diego, CA), Hongwei Liu (San Diego, CA), Wee Kian Toh (San Diego, CA), Wei Huang (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15488308 on 04/14/2017 (704 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and associated method are provided involving a housing having a periphery configured to operate as a second antenna, a third antenna, and a fourth antenna. The periphery includes a top wall having a first slot formed therein, a first side wall having a second slot formed therein, and a second side wall having a third slot formed therein. The top wall is arranged between the first side wall and the second side wall, and a top portion of the periphery is defined between the second slot and the third slot. The top portion is divided into a first top side portion and a second top side portion via the first slot. Further, the first top side portion operates as the second antenna, and the second top side portion operates as both the third antenna and the fourth antenna.

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


Foldable segmented structure and deployable reflector antenna comprised thereof
Patent No. 10236590 

Inventor(s): Jeremiah Sanders (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of the Air Force (Washington, DC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15387555 on 12/21/2016 (818 days app to issue)

Abstract: A foldable segmented structure includes a substantially center portion and a plurality of strut assemblies radially disposed around the center portion. Each strut assembly includes an inner and outer strut. The inner strut includes a first end portion rotatably coupled at the center portion and a second end portion rotatably coupled to the outer strut at an intermediate portion of the strut assembly. The intermediate portion is spaced apart from the center portion. At least one shell segment is disposed on at least one of the inner and outer strut. Each inner strut is configured to rotatably articulate about the first end portion in a first angular direction. Each outer strut is configured to rotatably articulate about the second end portion in a second angular direction opposite to the first angular direction to form an axially extending structure from the center portion to the intermediate portion in a stowed configuration.

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


Low power high dynamic range active mixer based microwave downconverter with high isolation
Patent No. 10236826 

Inventor(s): Apoorva Bhatia (Lucknow, , IN), Subhashish Mukherjee (Bengaluru, , IN), Yogesh Darwhekar (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16000972 on 06/06/2018 (286 days app to issue)

Abstract: A down converter, including first and second biasing circuits, mixer, and transformer coupled to receive amplifier output signal. The first and second biasing circuits each include a biasing transistor and a first and second node, respectively. Mixer includes first and second transistors coupled to first node and third and fourth transistors coupled to second node. The second and fourth transistors are coupled to a third node. The first and third transistors are coupled to a fourth node. Mixer also includes a first resistor coupled to the fourth node and a supply voltage node and a second resistor coupled to the third node and a supply voltage node. Transformer includes a primary winding coupled to receive the amplifier output signal and to a supply voltage and a secondary winding coupled to mixer and first biasing circuit at first node and coupled to mixer and second biasing circuit at second node.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Isolator device with common-mode voltage regulation
Patent No. 10236878 

Inventor(s): Jikai Chen (Allen, TX), Yanli Fan (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15997913 on 06/05/2018 (287 days app to issue)

Abstract: An isolator device ([b]200[/b]) includes a differential transmitter, a differential receiver, and a pair of differential signal lines between the differential transmitter and the differential receiver. The isolator device also comprises isolation circuitry along the pair of differential signal lines, wherein the isolation circuitry includes a transmitter-side capacitor for each differential signal line, a receiver-side capacitor for each differential signal line, and at least one common-mode voltage regulation component.

[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]


Loss of lock detector
Patent No. 10236897 

Inventor(s): Abishek Manian (Santa Clara, CA), Robin Gupta (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16045930 on 07/26/2018 (236 days app to issue)

Abstract: A loss of lock detection circuit includes detection circuitry and pulse accumulation circuitry. The detection circuitry includes a first flip-flop, a second flip-flop, and a third flip-flop. The first flip-flop is configured to synchronize a data stream to a first edge of a clock signal. The second flip-flop is configured to synchronize the data stream to a second edge of the clock signal. The third flip-flop is clocked by the data stream, and is configured to store a combined output of the first flip-flop and the second flip-flop at an edge of the data stream. The pulse accumulation circuitry is coupled to the detection circuitry. The pulse accumulation circuitry is configured to collect pulses generated by the third flip-flop.

[H03L] AUTOMATIC CONTROL, STARTING, SYNCHRONISATION, OR STABILISATION OF GENERATORS OF ELECTRONIC OSCILLATIONS OR PULSES (of dynamo-electric generators H02P) [3]


Capacitive mismatch measurement
Patent No. 10236900 

Inventor(s): Robert Stanley Grondalski (Allen, TX), Steven John Loveless (Sachse, TX), Tathagata Chatterjee (Allen, TX), Yuguo Wang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15836976 on 12/11/2017 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: An analog-to-digital converter (ADC) comprising successive approximation circuitry, a capacitive analog-to-digital converter (CDAC), and capacitor mismatch measurement circuitry. The successive approximation circuitry is configured to control conversion of an analog signal to a digital value. The CDAC is coupled to the successive approximation circuitry. The CDAC includes a plurality of capacitors. The capacitor mismatch measurement circuitry is coupled to the CDAC. The capacitor mismatch measurement circuitry includes a first oscillator circuit, a second oscillator circuit, and counter circuitry. The first oscillator circuit is configured to oscillate at a frequency determined by a capacitance of one of the capacitors. The second oscillator circuit is configured to generate a predetermined time interval. The counter circuitry is configured to count a number of cycles of oscillation of the first oscillator in the predetermined time interval.

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


Analog-to-digital converter
Patent No. 10236902 

Inventor(s): Rahul Vijay Kulkarni (Bengaluru, , IN), Shridhar More (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15874100 on 01/18/2018 (425 days app to issue)

Abstract: An analog-to-digital converter includes an input terminal, a digital-to-analog converter, a comparator, and successive approximation circuitry. The input terminal is configured to receive a multi-bit digital threshold value from circuitry external to the analog-to-digital converter. The successive approximation circuitry is coupled to the comparator and the digital-to-analog converter. The successive approximation circuitry is configured to operate in a comparison mode and a conversion mode, and to provide the multi-bit digital threshold value to the digital-to-analog converter while operating in the comparison mode. The comparator is coupled to the digital-to-analog converter and the successive approximation circuitry. The comparator is configured to output a signal that indicates whether an analog input signal exceeds an analog threshold signal corresponding to the multi-bit digital threshold value.

[H03M] CODING, DECODING OR CODE CONVERSION, IN GENERAL (using fluidic means F15C 4/00; optical analogue/digital converters G02F 7/00; coding, decoding or code conversion, specially adapted for particular applications, see the relevant subclasses, e.g. G01D, G01R, G06F, G06T, G09G, G10L, G11B, G11C, H04B, H04L, H04M, H04N; ciphering or deciphering for cryptography or other purposes involving the need for secrecy G09C) [4]


Bit-order modification for different memory areas of a storage device
Patent No. 10236909 

Inventor(s): Alexander Bazarsky (Holon, , IL), Eran Sharon (Rishon Lezion, , IL), Idan Alrod (Herzeliya, , IL), Idan Goldenberg (Ramat Hasharon, , IL), Rami Rom (Zichron-Yaacov, , IL), Ran Zamir (Ramat Gan, , IL), Stella Achtenberg (Netanya, ,
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15475666 on 03/31/2017 (718 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage device may program data differently for different memory areas of a memory. In some embodiments, the storage device may use different codebooks for different memory areas. In other embodiments, the storage device may modify bit orders differently for different memory areas. What codebook the storage device uses or what bit order modification the storage device performs for a particular memory area may depend on the bad storage locations specific to that memory area. Where different codebooks are used, optimal codebooks may be selected from a library, or codebooks may be modified based on the bad storage locations of the memory areas.

[H03M] CODING, DECODING OR CODE CONVERSION, IN GENERAL (using fluidic means F15C 4/00; optical analogue/digital converters G02F 7/00; coding, decoding or code conversion, specially adapted for particular applications, see the relevant subclasses, e.g. G01D, G01R, G06F, G06T, G09G, G10L, G11B, G11C, H04B, H04L, H04M, H04N; ciphering or deciphering for cryptography or other purposes involving the need for secrecy G09C) [4]


Multi-length cyclic prefix for OFDM transmission in PLC channels
Patent No. 10236934 

Inventor(s): Anand G. Dabak (Plano, TX), Il-Han Kim (Dallas, TX), Tarkesh Pande (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15695983 on 09/05/2017 (560 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide multiple cyclic prefix lengths for either both the data-payload and frame control header or only the data payload. Frame control header (FCH) and data symbols have an associated cyclic prefix. A table is transmitted in the FCH symbols, which includes a cyclic prefix field to identify the cyclic prefix length used in the data payload. A receiver may know the cyclic prefix length used in the FCH symbols in one embodiment. In other embodiments, the receiver does not know the FCH cyclic prefix length and, therefore, attempts to decode the FCH symbols using different possible cyclic prefix lengths until the FCH symbols are successfully decoded.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Managing contactless communications
Patent No. 10236937 

Inventor(s): Jason S. Qian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): GOOGLE LLC (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: Johnson, Marcou Isaacs, LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15795796 on 10/27/2017 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: Communicating via near field communication (NFC) between a reader and an application on an NFC-enabled device. A point of sale (POS) device and a consumer”s mobile communication device establish an NFC session in accordance with each of the protocol layers of both International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 14443 and ISO/IEC 7816 standards. A commerce application executing on the consumer”s mobile communication device at a protocol layer above the ISO/IEC 14443 and ISO/IEC 7816 standards communicates a plurality of NFC application protocol data units (APDUs) to the POS device. At least one such APDU includes a consumer identifier. The consumer identifier includes a portion identifying the commerce application.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for CSI feedback in a MIMO wireless communication system with elevation beamforming
Patent No. 10236963 

Inventor(s): Runhua Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15447303 on 03/02/2017 (747 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating a communication system is disclosed. The method includes transmitting a plurality of channel state information reference signal (CSI-RS) sub-resources and a plurality of mode configuration signals to a remote transceiver. The method further includes receiving channel state information (CSI) signals according to the mode configuration signals for the respective sub-resources.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Inter-radio communications for scheduling or allocating time-varying frequency resources
Patent No. 10237004 

Inventor(s): Mohammad Karim (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL SALES PTE. LIMITED (Singapore, , SG)
Law Firm: Xsensus/Broadcom (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15192520 on 06/24/2016 (998 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes circuitry configured to determine characteristics of jammer signals associated with a first wireless protocol of another device. An amount of interference between the jammer signals and a first received signal at the device associated with a second wireless protocol is determined, and the jammer signals are filtered from the second received signal when the amount of interference between the jammer signals and the first received signal is greater than a first predetermined threshold.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Apparatus for voice assistant, location tagging, multi-media capture, transmission, speech to text conversion, photo/video image/object recognition, creation of searchable metatags/contextual tags, storage and search retrieval
Patent No. 10237067 

Inventor(s): Michael F. Malone (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): MyPort Technologies, Inc. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15824087 on 11/28/2017 (476 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention relates to a network interface device. A first capture device interfaces with a first external information source to capture first external information. A processor processes the captured first external information and stores it in a first media. The processor initiates the storage of the first captured information at an initial time and completes storage of the first captured information at a completion time, thus providing a stored defined set of first captured information. A transmitter transmits the defined set of stored captured information to a remote location on a network. A remote processing system is disposed at the remote node on the network and includes a database and a receiver for receiving the transmitted defined set of first captured information. A data converter is operable to convert the received defined set of first captured information to a second format. The database stores the set of converted captured information.

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


Multi-beam MIMO antenna systems and methods
Patent No. 10237107 

Inventor(s): Igor Timofeev (Dallas, TX), Serguei Matitsine (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Matsing, Inc. (Irvine, CA)
Law Firm: Fish IP Law, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15867393 on 01/10/2018 (433 days app to issue)

Abstract: This application proposes multi-beam antenna systems using spherical lens with high isolation between antenna ports and compatible to 22, 44, 88 MIMO transceivers. Several compact multi-band, multi-beam solutions (with wideband operation, 40%+, in each band) are achieved by creating dual-band radiators movable on a track around one or more spherical lenses and by placing lower band radiators between spherical lenses. By using secondary lenses for high band radiators, coupling between low band and high band radiators is reduced. Beam tilt range and side lobe suppression are improved through phase shifting and/or a rotational angle of radiators. A wide beam tilt range (0-40 degree) can be achieved via the proposed multi-beam antenna systems. Each beam can be independently tilted. Based on proposed single and multi-lens antenna solutions, cell coverage improvements and stadium tribune coverage optimization are also achieved, together with a reduction in interference.

[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)


Role based configuration and management tool based on SNMP and LDAP
Patent No. 10237115 

Inventor(s): Aaron McKay (Plano, TX), Alvin Yoon Lee (Dallas, TX), David Helsley (McKinney, TX), Faisal Rabbani (Euless, TX), Kenneth Ellington (Carrollton, TX), Lawrence Lee (McKinney, TX), Leland Townsend (Plano, TX), Ronnie Mat
Assignee(s): CA, Inc. (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14937261 on 11/10/2015 (1225 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is described for determining automatically, via a network protocol, a system topology of a network system, wherein the network system comprises a plurality of network components, wherein each of the network components support a directory protocol, and wherein the system topology comprises a respective address of each of the plurality of network components. The system topology is mapped via the directory protocol. Finally, a role-based access credential is configured for a user, via the directory protocol, wherein the role-based access credential determines which of the plurality of network components are accessible to the user.

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


Maximize network capacity policy with heavy-tailed traffic
Patent No. 10237194 

Inventor(s): Ian F. Akyildiz (Alpharetta, GA), Min Luo (Cumming, GA), Shih-Chun Lin (Alpharetta, GA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14989170 on 01/06/2016 (1168 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network element (NE) comprising a receiver configured to receive packets from a plurality of flows, and a processor coupled to the receiver and configured to perform classification on the plurality of flows according to arrivals of the packets to classify the plurality of flows into a heavy-tailed (HT) class and a light-tailed (LT) class assign scheduling weights to the plurality of flows according to the classification, and select a scheduling policy to forward the packets of the plurality of flows according to the scheduling weights.

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


System and method for communicating with inmates in a privileged communication
Patent No. 10237273 

Inventor(s): Stephen L. Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15822832 on 11/27/2017 (477 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for with an inmate in a privileged communication are disclosed. A communication system includes a portal subsystem that determines whether a communication should be monitored, or not, based on received information, including access information, from a first communication device. Based on the determination, the communication system bypasses a monitoring subsystem and stores and/or transmits the communication to a second communication device by way of a non-monitoring subsystem.

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


Prevalence-based reputations
Patent No. 10237303 

Inventor(s): Kenneth D. Simone, Jr. (Allen, TX), Paul A. Whitehurst (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14913437 on 12/20/2013 (1915 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an example, there is disclosed a method and system for calculating an object”s trust level for security purposes based on prevalence in a context-aware network. In an embodiment, as objects are accessed, a client queries a domain master such as a reputation server to evaluate the object”s reputation. The domain master may maintain a prevalence-based reputation database, which may be updated as new clients report object prevalences.

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


Identical conversation detection method and apparatus
Patent No. 10237399 

Inventor(s): Jay Gainsboro (Framingham, MA), Ken Sinclair (Waban, MA), Lee Weinstein (Arlington, MA)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14674715 on 03/31/2015 (1449 days app to issue)

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

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


Cognitive geofencing
Patent No. 10237685 

Inventor(s): Swaminathan Chandrasekaran (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15885556 on 01/31/2018 (412 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing device and method is usable to determine a cognitive geofence according to a plurality of data points. The computing device may analyze the plurality of data points to determine an emotional state of a user of a user equipment and a cognitive environment in an area proximate to the user of the user equipment. The computing device may determine the cognitive geofence based at least in part on the emotional state of the user of the user equipment and the cognitive environment in the area proximate to the user of the user equipment. After determining the cognitive geofence, the computing device may transmit the determined cognitive geofence to a terminal device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for multi-SIM profiles or embedded SIM
Patent No. 10237722 

Inventor(s): Jian Chen (Plano, TX), Lei Li (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15066540 on 03/10/2016 (1104 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses that select initial subscriber information module (SIM) profile via a mobile device are described. Multiple SIM profiles including a first SIM profile and a second SIM profile can be stored on a SIM card for the mobile device. The mobile device may attempt to connect to a first network via the first SIM profile. In response to a failure to connect to the first network according to the first SIM profile, the mobile device can access the second SIM profile to connect to a second network according to the second SIM profile. In an embodiment, this logic continues to the next SIM profiles stored on the SIM card for the mobile device until it is successfully connected to a network.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Semi-persistent scheduled resource release procedure in a mobile communication network
Patent No. 10237888 

Inventor(s): Alexander Golitschek Edler Von Elbwart (Darmstadt, , DE), Christian Wengerter (Kleinheubach, , DE), Joachim Lohr (Wiesbaden, , DE), Martin Feuersanger (Bremen, , DE)
Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15854929 on 12/27/2017 (447 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semi-persistent resource scheduling (SPS) allocation of a user equipment is deactivated in an LTE-based mobile communication system without requiring changes to the Physical layer-to-MAC layer interface and/or changes to PDCCH formats agreed by the 3GPP. A combination of NDI value and MCS index is defined that commands release of SPS resources. An alternative solution proposed defines a special transport block size that when signaled in a PDCCH commands release of SPS resources.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for relay device discovery
Patent No. 10237897 

Inventor(s): Guorong Li (Beijing, , CN), Nathan Edward Tenny (Poway, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15483367 on 04/10/2017 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for establishing relay services includes transmitting a random access parameter to a network node indicating a request for relaying services, the transmitting of the random access parameter initiates a first random access procedure, receiving, by the RD, a random access response including a relay indicator indicating one or more candidate relay devices, wherein receiving the relay indicator terminates the first random access procedure, and searching for a relay device in accordance with the relay indicator included in the random access response.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

One piece baby garment with zipper cover
Patent No. D843082 

Inventor(s): Stephanie Parker (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: QuickChore Corp. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29627680 on 11/29/2017 (475 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Jeans with leg pocket
Patent No. D843085 

Inventor(s): Marilyn L. Cole (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Quickpatents, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29625204 on 11/07/2017 (497 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Phone case
Patent No. D843108 

Inventor(s): David C. Munson (San Antonio, TX)
Assignee(s): SADDLEBACK LEATHER COMPANY, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29626327 on 11/16/2017 (488 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Adaptor rail for supporting an electronic device
Patent No. D843199 

Inventor(s): Gavin Stener (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Wild West Investments, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Dentons US LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29663170 on 09/12/2018 (188 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Diagnostic analyzer
Patent No. D843251 

Inventor(s): Christina A Barton (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): ABBOTT LABORATORIES (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: McAndrews, Held Malloy, Ltd. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29622463 on 10/17/2017 (518 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Eyeglasses
Patent No. D843439 

Inventor(s): Justin Harmon (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Costa Del Mar, Inc. (Daytona Beach, FL)
Law Firm: Malloy Malloy, P.L. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29632172 on 01/05/2018 (438 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Eyeglasses
Patent No. D843440 

Inventor(s): Justin Harmon (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Costa Del Mar, Inc. (Daytona Beach, FL)
Law Firm: Malloy Malloy, P.L. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29621635 on 10/10/2017 (525 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Comb base
Patent No. D843655 

Inventor(s): Steven D. Davis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Iron Armour, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29609790 on 07/05/2017 (622 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cosmetic compact
Patent No. D843660 

Inventor(s): Alexa Hanna (Addison, TX), Jenny DeMarco Staab (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29627406 on 11/27/2017 (477 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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