Dallas Invents: 90 Patents Granted for Week of Aug. 14

Patents granted include Frito-Lay’s texture measurement apparatus; McAfee’s reputation scoring; Botsitter’s system for remote care of an animal; T-Mobile’s system for pairing with a mobile device; and Nestec’s pomegranate extract for treating fatty liver.

Botsitter’s patent #10049278 is system for remote care of an animal includes a robotic animal caregiver. Detail from Fig. 17 shows a smart collar that can determine geolocation and relay behavior information of an animal. [Illustration: USPTO, Patent 10049278]

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of Aug. 14, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 5

SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 4

McAfee, LLC (Plano) 3

Mary Kay Inc. (Addison) 2

Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton) 2

UNASSIGNED: 8


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Luke Keiser (Frisco) 2

Scott Passe (Forney) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

149 days
Screen interface for a mobile device apparatus
Assignee: Majen Tech, LLC (Longview)
Inventor: George Andrew Gordon (Frisco)
Patent No. 10051103

3,987 days
Bandwidth based licensing scheme for video, audio and/or multimedia content
Inventor: Charlie X. Yang (Sunnyvale)
Patent No. 10051238
Assignee: IMAGINE COMMUNICATIONS CORP. (Frisco)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Concave cover plate
Patent No. 10045487 

Inventor(s): Brian Robertson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15832142 on 12/05/2017 (252 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention comprises a removable cover plate assembly, which may be quickly attached, detached and adjusted to the exterior of a concave grate of a combine harvester in order to adjust the flow characteristics of the concave or separator grate assemblies. The cover plate assembly improves the threshing capability of the rasp bar threshing cylinder while simultaneously capturing additional threshed grain. Moreover, the cover plate assembly of the present invention enables a single set of concave grate assemblies to better harvest a wider variety of crop types.

[A01F] THRESHING (combines A01D 41/00); BALING OF STRAW, HAY OR THE LIKE; STATIONARY APPARATUS OR HAND TOOLS FOR FORMING OR BINDING STRAW, HAY OR THE LIKE INTO BUNDLES; CUTTING OF STRAW, HAY OR THE LIKE; STORING AGRICULTURAL OR HORTICULTURAL PRODUCE (arrangements for making or setting stacks in connection with harvesting A01D 85/00)


Synergistic herbicidal mixtures for glyphosate-resistant volunteer corn control
Patent No. 10045532 

Inventor(s): Ronald S. Jones, Jr. (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): VALENT U.S.A., CORPORATION (Walnut Creek, CA)
Law Firm: Wood, Phillips, Katz, Clark Mortimer (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15203962 on 07/07/2016 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for enhancing the herbicidal activity of 2-((3-(2-chloro-4-fluoro-5-(3-methyl-2,6-dioxo-4-(trifluoromethyl)-2,3-dihydropyrimidin-1(6H)-yl)phenoxy)pyridin-2-yl)oxy)acetic acid, methyl 2-((3-(2-chloro-4-fluoro-5-(3-methyl-2,6-dioxo-4-(trifluoromethyl)-2,3-dihydropyrimidin-1(6H)-yl)phenoxy)pyridin-2-yl)oxy)acetate, and ethyl [3-[2-chloro-4-fluoro-5-(1-methyl-6-trifluoromethyl-2,4-dioxo-1,2,3,4-tetrahydropyrimidin-3-yl)phenoxy]-2-pyridyloxy]acetate and to methods for controlling volunteer glyphosate-resistant corn comprising applying synergistic mixtures of 2-((3-(2-chloro-4-fluoro-5-(3-methyl-2,6-dioxo-4-(trifluoromethyl)-2,3-dihydropyrimidin-1(6H)-yl)phenoxy)pyridin-2-yl)oxy)acetic acid, methyl 2-((3-(2-chloro-4-fluoro-5-(3-methyl-2,6-dioxo-4-(trifluoromethyl)-2,3-dihydropyrimidin-1(6H)-yl)phenoxy)pyridin-2-yl)oxy)acetate, ethyl [3-[2-chloro-4-fluoro-5-(1-methyl-6-trifluoromethyl-2,4-dioxo-1,2,3,4-tetrahydropyrimidin-3-yl)phenoxy]-2-pyridyloxy]acetate, or a combination thereof and glyphosate, or a salt thereof, to an area where volunteer glyphosate-resistant corn is growing.

[A01N] PRESERVATION OF BODIES OF HUMANS OR ANIMALS OR PLANTS OR PARTS THEREOF (preservation of food or foodstuff A23); BIOCIDES, e.g. AS DISINFECTANTS, AS PESTICIDES OR AS HERBICIDES (preparations for medical, dental or toilet purposes which kill or prevent the growth or proliferation of unwanted organisms A61K); PEST REPELLANTS OR ATTRACTANTS; PLANT GROWTH REGULATORS (mixtures of pesticides with fertilisers C05G)


Hand sanitizing device and method of use
Patent No. 10045666 

Inventor(s): Darrell D. Dial (Fort Worth, TX), John M. Geesbreght (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15606949 on 05/26/2017 (445 days app to issue)

Abstract: A personal dispensing system allows a user to dispense a viscous liquid, such as a disinfectant liquid gel. The dispenser includes a mounting clip which can be worn on the belt of a user. The dispenser has a front sidewall with openings which allow the viscous liquid to be dispensed onto a user”s hands. The openings on the front sidewall of the container body and the viscosity of the liquid are selected so that the viscous liquid weeps out of the openings without dripping, or a hand pump can dispense the liquid. The front face of the device can also house a single horizontal roller or a number of roller balls for dispensing the viscous liquid.

[A47K] SANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (connecting to water supply or waste pipe, sinks E03C; water-closets E03D); TOILET ACCESSORIES (cosmetic equipment A45D)


Pomegranate skin extract for treating fatty liver
Patent No. 10046017 

Inventor(s): Weiguo Zhang (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Nestec S.A. (Vevey, , CH)
Law Firm: KL Gates LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15109723 on 01/09/2014 (1678 days app to issue)

Abstract: Use of a pomegranate skin extract for use in the treatment of metabolic syndrome, more particularly, fatty liver disease. More particularly, the pomegranate skin extract is used in inhibiting body weight gain in the prevention and/or the treatment of fatty liver disease in mammals.

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


Disinfecting methods and apparatus
Patent No. 10046070 

Inventor(s): Michael R. Lopez (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Inikoa Medical, Inc. (Newark, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15631629 on 06/23/2017 (417 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one implementation a central venous catheter is provided that include a main shaft and an infusion shaft. The main shaft has a proximal end, a distal end and a working lumen, the distal end configured for placement inside a patient. The infusion shaft has a proximal end, a distal end and a working lumen. The assembly further includes an optical fiber that is configured to emit bacterial disinfecting light. The distal end of the infusion shaft is coupled to the proximal end of the main shaft by a conduit located inside a hub. The conduit fluidly connects the working lumen of the infusion shaft with the working lumen of the main shaft. The hub has a channel that houses at least a portion of the length of the optical fiber.

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


Golf clubs and golf club heads
Patent No. 10046211 

Inventor(s): Brian Kammerer (Fort Worth, TX), David N. Franklin (Granbury, TX), Jamil Jacaman (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): NIKE, Inc. (Beaverton, OR)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14994786 on 01/13/2016 (944 days app to issue)

Abstract: A head for a ball striking device includes a face having a striking surface and a rear side located behind the face, a rear member connected to the rear side of the face member and having a front surface confronting the rear side of the face member, and a resilient material separating the rear member from the face member, such that the resilient member engages the rear member and the face member and is configured to transfer momentum between the face member and the rear member.

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


Door closing mechanism
Patent No. 10047555 

Inventor(s): David Link (Costa Mesa, CA), Hongkun Liang (Zhongshan, , CN)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15008063 on 01/27/2016 (930 days app to issue)

Abstract: A camming member for a door may have a camming surface which lifts the door as the door is traversed from an opened position to a closed position. The lifting movement of the door caused by the camming member facilitates one or more latches used to reinforce a periphery of the door to be engaged without further user intervention.

[A01K] ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; CARE OF BIRDS, FISHES, INSECTS; FISHING; REARING OR BREEDING ANIMALS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NEW BREEDS OF ANIMALS


Method and system for remote monitoring, care and maintenance of animals
Patent No. 10049278 

Inventor(s): Krystalka R. Womble (Dallas, TX), Robert L. Piccioni (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): Botsitter, LLC (Rowlett, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15365896 on 11/30/2016 (622 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for remote care of an animal includes a robotic animal caregiver that includes a housing, a wireless data communication system disposed within the housing and wirelessly communicatively coupled with an external data communications system, and a microprocessor in communication with the wireless data communication system disposed within the housing. The system further includes a smart collar to be worn by the animal operable to determine a geo-location and behavior information of the animal and communicate with the microprocessor.

[A01K] ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; CARE OF BIRDS, FISHES, INSECTS; FISHING; REARING OR BREEDING ANIMALS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NEW BREEDS OF ANIMALS


 

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

Compatibilized immiscible polymer blends and molecular sieve membranes thereof
Patent No. 10046284 

Inventor(s): Chamaal Karunaweera (Richardson, TX), Inga H. Musselman (Dallas, TX), John P. Ferraris (Coppell, TX), Kenneth J. Balkus, Jr. (The Colony, TX), Nimanka Panapitiya (Dallas, TX), Sumudu Wijenayake (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15068314 on 03/11/2016 (886 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some aspects, the present disclosure provides a polymer composition which comprises two polymer molecules and a compatibilizing agent. In some embodiments, the polymer composition is useful for the preparation of membranes used in the separation of two or more gases. In some embodiments, the polymer composition comprises a polyimide polymer and a polybenzimidazole polymer which have been compatibilizing with a small molecule or a metal organic framework.

[B01D] SEPARATION (separating solids from solids by wet methods B03B, B03D, by pneumatic jigs or tables B03B, by other dry methods B07; magnetic or electrostatic separation of solid materials from solid materials or fluids, separation by high-voltage electric fields B03C; centrifuges B04B; vortex apparatus B04C; presses per se for squeezing-out liquid from liquid-containing material B30B 9/02) [5]


Magnetic separation of electrochemical cell materials
Patent No. 10046334 

Inventor(s): Joshua A. Montenegro (Dallas, TX), Timothy W. Ellis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): RSR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: KL Gates LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14879238 on 10/09/2015 (1040 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process and system for the separation of materials from electrochemical cells is disclosed. Electrode materials are removed from electrochemical cells and separated into constituent active materials using magnetic separation.

[B03C] MAGNETIC OR ELECTROSTATIC SEPARATION OF SOLID MATERIALS FROM SOLID MATERIALS OR FLUIDS; SEPARATION BY HIGH-VOLTAGE ELECTRIC FIELDS (filters making use of electricity or magnetism B01D 35/06; separating isotopes B01D 59/00; combinations of magnetic or electrostatic separation with separation of solids by other means B03B, B07B; separating sheets from piles B65H 3/00; magnets or magnet coils per se H01F) [5]


Skin stiffness characteristics and loft control production system and method with variable moisture content in input fiberglass media
Patent No. 10046477 

Inventor(s): Charles Douglas Spitler (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Superior Fibers, LLC (Reedsville, WV)
Law Firm: Bakos Kritzer (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15640302 on 06/30/2017 (410 days app to issue)

Abstract: A heating system is provided having a plurality of heated zones, with at least a first zone and a second zone. The first zone receives variable input moisture fiberglass over a first conveyor system and comprises a first compression system above the first conveyor system. Each zone has a fire box at the top and an exhaust stack. Heated air is up drafted through the bottom of the first zone, where the heated air flows from the bottom through the conveyor belt, through the fiberglass media, through the tensioned compression chain, and out the exhaust stack of the first zone. The first zone establishes fiberglass loft, with the second zone providing cure of the fiberglass.

[B27N] MANUFACTURE BY DRY PROCESSES OF ARTICLES, WITH OR WITHOUT ORGANIC BINDING AGENTS, MADE FROM PARTICLES OR FIBRES CONSISTING OF WOOD OR OTHER LIGNOCELLULOSIC OR LIKE ORGANIC MATERIAL (containing cementitious material B28B; shaping of substances in a plastic state B29C; fibreboards made from fibrous suspensions D21J; drying F26B 17/00) [4]


Rock face splitting apparatus and method
Patent No. 10046480 

Inventor(s): William H. Karau (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): PAVESTONE, LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14546188 on 11/18/2014 (1365 days app to issue)

Abstract: A splitting apparatus comprising a first splitting blade having a smooth top with a width X and a shoulder angle of less than the friction angle, relative to a point in the middle of the top, and a second splitting blade disposed opposite the first splitting blade, the second splitting blade having a smooth top with a width Y and a shoulder angle of less than the friction angle, relative to a point in the middle of the top.

[B28D] WORKING STONE OR STONE-LIKE MATERIALS (machinery for, or methods of, mining or quarrying E21C)


Security self-mailer
Patent No. 10046588 

Inventor(s): Charlie Coulter (Clarksville, TN)
Assignee(s): CRABAR/GBF, INC. (Midlothian, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15028776 on 10/07/2014 (1407 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mailer includes a sheet having a front face, a rear face, a top edge and a bottom edge substantially parallel to one another, a left edge and a right edge substantially parallel to one another and substantially perpendicular to the top and bottom edges. A first, a second, and a third fold line are substantially parallel to the top and bottom edges, extending between the left edge and the right edge, and dividing the sheet into a first panel, a second panel, a third panel and a fourth panel. A protected information area is on the front face of the second panel and spaced apart from the left edge, the right edge, the first fold line and the second fold line. Four blackouts are printed on various panels to cover the protected information area.

[B42D] BOOKS; BOOK COVERS; LOOSE LEAVES; PRINTED MATTER CHARACTERISED BY IDENTIFICATION OR SECURITY FEATURES; PRINTED MATTER OF SPECIAL FORMAT OR STYLE NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; DEVICES FOR USE THEREWITH AND NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; MOVABLE-STRIP WRITING OR READING APPARATUS


Advanced warning and risk evasion system and method
Patent No. 10046699 

Inventor(s): Kent Baumann (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): CRH Americas Materials, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Bell Nunnally Martin LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15682500 on 08/21/2017 (358 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention relates in general to the field of safety devices, and more particularly, but not by way of limitation, to systems and methods for providing advanced warning and risk evasion when hazardous conditions exist. In one embodiment, a vicinity monitoring unit is provided for monitoring, for example, oncoming traffic near a construction zone. In some embodiments, the vicinity monitoring unit may be mounted onto a construction vehicle to monitor nearby traffic and send a warning signal if hazardous conditions exist. In some embodiments, personnel tracking units may be worn by construction workers and the personnel tracking units may be in communication with the vicinity monitoring unit. In some embodiments, a base station is provided for monitoring activities taking place in or near a construction site including monitoring the locations of various personnel and vehicles within the construction site.

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


Method and apparatus for applying labels to cable
Patent No. 10046879 

Inventor(s): Robert Eugene Brooks (Pomona, CA)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15251784 on 08/30/2016 (714 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for attaching a label to a moving cable, the apparatus comprising: an attaching device for applying a label onto a moving cable and a roller for pressing the label against the moving cable, wherein the roller comprises a first roller for pressing one label against the moving cable, wherein the first roller comprises a U shape hollow portion and is mounted at an angle with the U shape hollow portion directly facing a side of the moving cable and wherein the label is formed into a U shape a first edge of the U shape longer than a second edge of the U shape; a first roll down roller for folding the second edge of the label against the moving cable and the first edge of the label; and a second roll down roller for folding the first edge of the label against the folded second edge of the label and wherein the first roll down roller is mounted to overlap the second roll down roller to overlap the label edges onto the moving cable.

[B32B] LAYERED PRODUCTS, i.e. PRODUCTS BUILT-UP OF STRATA OF FLAT OR NON-FLAT, e.g. CELLULAR OR HONEYCOMB, FORM


 

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

Glyceryl and glycol acid compounds
Patent No. 10045921 

Inventor(s): Anton A. Mentlik (Dallas, TX), James Swanzy (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15165772 on 05/26/2016 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract:

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


Systems and methods for cleanable and slip resistant tile
Patent No. 10047002 

Inventor(s): Aaron C. Dilbeck (Dallas, TX), Linda Robledo (Mesquite, TX), Norm Elias (Terrell, TX), Terry Adams (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mohawk Carpet Company (Calhoun, GA)
Law Firm: Troutman Sanders LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14444316 on 07/28/2014 (1478 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are tiles, coatings, and related methods that provide both high cleanability and high slip resistance. The coating can be a surface coating with a unique chemical make-up. The surface coating can also have particles suspended within it. During a firing process, the coating and particles can settle in such a manner that the surface structure of the coating, and thus the surface structure of the tile, is both easy to clean and slip-resistant.

[C03C] CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF GLASSES, GLAZES, OR VITREOUS ENAMELS; SURFACE TREATMENT OF GLASS; SURFACE TREATMENT OF FIBRES OR FILAMENTS FROM GLASS, MINERALS OR SLAGS; JOINING GLASS TO GLASS OR OTHER MATERIALS


Dihydro-6-azaphenalene derivatives for the treatment of CNS, oncological diseases and related disorders
Patent No. 10047089 

Inventor(s): Craig Rosenfeld (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Collaborative Medicinal Development, LLC (Sausalito, CA)
Law Firm: Cermak Nakajima McGowan LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14040393 on 09/27/2013 (1782 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, the present application discloses 2-aza-, 2-oxa- and 2-thia-2,3-dihydro-6-azaphenalene compounds and compositions, and methods for treating a neurological disease in a patient in need thereof using the compounds and compositions as disclosed herein.

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


Composition and method for delivery of living cells in a dry mode having a surface layer
Patent No. 10047339 

Inventor(s): Ramiro Trevino (McKinney, TX), Steven R. Ellis (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): DRYLET, LLC (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich Rosati (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15066956 on 03/10/2016 (887 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention generally relates to compositions and methods of delivering living cells in a dry mode, wherein the compositions include a surface layer disposed on the outer surface of the composition that is permeable to carbon dioxide and oxygen. The compositions may be used to deliver living cells to a delivery point without the use of expensive refrigerants such as dry ice or liquid nitrogen.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Frangible post for highway barrier end terminals
Patent No. 10047488 

Inventor(s): Patrick A. Leonhardt (Rocklin, CA)
Assignee(s): ENERGY ABSORPTION SYSTEMS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14059704 on 10/22/2013 (1757 days app to issue)

Abstract: A frangible post captures and holds a cable anchor to a guardrail. The post breaks when struck by a vehicle, releasing the cable. The frangible post may include hinge members, which bias the post so that weakened sections are put in tension when the post is struck, thereby ensuring that the post breaks cleanly and the cable is released when the post is struck. A method of releasing a cable anchor includes impacting the post, biasing the weakened sections so that they are in tension, breaking the post, and releasing the cable anchor. The post may be configured with a notch to engage the cable anchor, which is then released from the notch as the post is broken.

[E01F] ADDITIONAL WORK, SUCH AS EQUIPPING ROADS OR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PLATFORMS, HELICOPTER LANDING STAGES, SIGNS, SNOW FENCES, OR THE LIKE


Dual flush activation
Patent No. 10047509 

Inventor(s): Douglas C. Saunders (Plainfield, IL), Duston E. A. Stutzman (Plainfield, IL), Michael J. Schuster (Joliet, IL)
Assignee(s): Danco, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas| Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12986729 on 01/07/2011 (2776 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for dual flush activation. In one embodiment, an assembly includes a handle assembly; and a transfer box configured to detachably connect to an actuation control box of the dual flush toilet system. The transfer box is configured to translate a rotational motion of the handle assembly into a linear motion accepted by the actuation control box to initiate a flush mode of the dual flush toilet system. In another embodiment, an assembly includes a dual-input actuation control box configured to detachably connect to a rotary handle assembly and a push button assembly. The dual-input transfer box is configured to translate a rotational motion of the rotary handle assembly and a liner motion of the push button assembly into a linear motion to initiate a flush mode of the dual flush toilet system.

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


Suspended wall track system
Patent No. 10047521 

Inventor(s): Arthur S. Hernandez, Sr. (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15018720 on 02/08/2016 (918 days app to issue)

Abstract: A interior partition includes a suspended wall track system that includes suspended wall track frame that aligns and receives an interior wall material to create a non-load bearing wall structure. The suspended wall track system may further include a suspended wall track frame that is fitted within a suspended ceiling track hanging from a ceiling floor with an unobstructed interstitial spacing between the suspended ceiling track and the ceiling floor.

[E04B] GENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS; WALLS, e.g. PARTITIONS; ROOFS; FLOORS; CEILINGS; INSULATION OR OTHER PROTECTION OF BUILDINGS (border constructions of openings in walls, floors, or ceilings E06B 1/00)


Device for leveling and aligning tiles and method for leveling and aligning tiles
Patent No. 10047530 

Inventor(s): Clinton D. Bunch (Sunnyvale, TX), Joshua A. Bunch (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15345802 on 11/08/2016 (644 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device for leveling and aligning tiles and method for leveling and aligning tiles are disclosed. In one embodiment, the leveling device includes a body and two spaced and parallel strip members extending transversely from the body. Each of the spaced and parallel strip members extend to the front and rear of the body. Two opposing lateral open windows are formed in the body. A breakaway section is defined along the body. A wedge device is provided for penetrating one or more of the two opposing lateral open windows and exerting a force on the tiles for leveling them relative to each other.

[E04F] FINISHING WORK ON BUILDINGS, e.g. STAIRS, FLOORS (windows, doors E06B)


Pressure control in drilling operations with choke position determined by Cv curve
Patent No. 10047578 

Inventor(s): Cody N. Butler (Dallas, TX), Nancy S. Davis (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Chamberlain Hrdlicka (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14412631 on 07/02/2012 (2234 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of controlling pressure in a wellbore can include determining a desired position for a choke, the determining being based on a Cv curve for the choke, and adjusting the choke to the desired position, thereby producing a desired backpressure. A wellbore drilling system can include a choke which variably restricts flow of fluid from the wellbore, and a control system which compares actual and desired wellbore pressures and, in response to a difference between the actual and desired wellbore pressures, adjusts the choke to a predetermined position which corresponds to a desired Cv of the choke. A method of controlling pressure in a wellbore can include comparing an actual wellbore pressure to a desired wellbore pressure and, in response to a difference between the actual and desired wellbore pressures, adjusting a choke to a predetermined position, the predetermined position corresponding to a desired Cv of the choke.

[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]


Sealing a downhole tool
Patent No. 10047585 

Inventor(s): Brad Richard Pickle (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14433289 on 10/05/2012 (2139 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for sealing an annulus between a well tool and a tubular include moving the well tool through a wellbore in a run-in position, the well tool including a seal and a sleeve carried on the mandrel, and covering, in the run-in position, an exterior surface of the seal opposite an interior surface of the seal that faces the mandrel; landing the well tool in a tubular that includes a shoulder on an inner surface of the tubular and a seal bore on the inner surface of the tubular, the sleeve adjacent the shoulder upon landing the well tool; and receiving a force that moves a portion of the well tool further downhole to expose at least a part of the seal to the inner surface of the tubular to create a seal between an exterior surface of the well tool and the inner surface of the tubular.

[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]


Automatic release valve for a bumper spring
Patent No. 10047589 

Inventor(s): Garrett S. Boyd (Godley, TX), Mitchell A. Boyd (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): Flowco Production Solutions, LLC (Spring, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15015411 on 02/04/2016 (922 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automatic release valve assembly for a bumper spring, comprising a hollow cylindrical valve seat sleeve having a plurality of flow ports and flow passages disposed in the sidewalls thereof; a valve ball sized to engage by contact with a robust valve seat; a multiple coil spring disposed over the sleeve portion of the valve seat sleeve; wherein the valve seat sleeve, ball, and coil spring are enclosed within a hollow cylindrical housing. The housing includes within its bore a central region of a plurality of parallel, elongated and interleaved grooves and ridges to permit released fluid to flow and to stabilize the operation of the valve assembly.

[E21B] EARTH OR ROCK DRILLING (mining, quarrying E21C; making shafts, driving galleries or tunnels E21D); OBTAINING OIL, GAS, WATER, SOLUBLE OR MELTABLE MATERIALS OR A SLURRY OF MINERALS FROM WELLS [5]


Ferrofluid tool for influencing electrically conductive paths in a wellbore
Patent No. 10047590 

Inventor(s): Wesley Neil Ludwig (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14424351 on 12/30/2013 (1688 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tool for influencing electrically conductive paths using ferrofluids in a downhole system. The downhole system can include a tool body, a source of ferrofluid, and a magnet. The magnet can provide a magnetic field that influences an electrically conductive path within an annulus between the tool body and a wellbore formation by arranging the ferrofluid from the source in the annulus.

[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

 

Set screw apparatus
Patent No. 10047782 

Inventor(s): Andrew Richardson (Chanhassen, MN), Erik Jagger (Deephaven, MN), Shahn S. Sage (Andover, MN), Tom Walch (Centerville, MN)
Assignee(s): NUVECTRA CORPORATION (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14735234 on 06/10/2015 (1161 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various examples, a set screw apparatus includes a set screw including a set screw body. An abutment extends radially outwardly from the set screw body and longitudinally separated from a threaded set screw area of a first length by an unthreaded set screw area of a second length of the set screw body. A block includes a bore. A threaded block area includes a third length, wherein the abutment inhibits movement of the set screw past the threaded block area and removal of the set screw from the bore. The third length is shorter than the second length so that an entirety of the threaded block area can be disposed within the unthreaded set screw area, such that the set screw is freely rotatable within the bore, but retained within the bore, if turned in a first direction with respect to the block.

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


Thermal securing set screws
Patent No. 10047785 

Inventor(s): Liam Andrew Aitken (Grapevine, TX), Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14363101 on 05/21/2013 (1911 days app to issue)

Abstract: A metal fastener is provided having a first threaded screw portion for engaging a complementary threaded portion of a bore of a metal member at a first temperature, and a sealing portion disposed proximal a distal end of the first screw portion, the sealing portion having a greater coefficient of thermal expansion than the metal member, wherein the sealing portion is configured to thermally expand and provide a seal between the sealing portion and an inner circumference of the bore at a second temperature higher than the first temperature, such that the first screw portion of the fastener is immobile relative to the bore at the second temperature.

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


Light bulb replacement apparatus and system
Patent No. 10047934 

Inventor(s): Thomas Anthony Nevitt (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15642870 on 07/06/2017 (404 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lighting apparatus includes an elongated housing defining an elongated chamber. The housing is mountable at first end to a structure. A fixture includes a receptacle that receives a light bulb. The fixture is configured to be slidably inserted into the housing from inside the structure and positioned within the elongated chamber of the elongated housing outside the structure. An alternate lighting apparatus includes a mounting apparatus having a housing including a receptacle for receiving a light bulb and a body portion connected to the housing. The mounting apparatus is positionable in a first position inside the structure and configured for receiving a light bulb inside the structure, and the mounting apparatus is postionable in a second position wherein the mounting apparatus with the housing and the received light bulb is slidably inserted through a bore in a wall of the structure and the housing is positioned outside the structure.

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


System for managing lubricant levels in tandem compressor assemblies of an HVAC system
Patent No. 10047965 

Inventor(s): Aylan Him (Coppell, TX), David Mackey (Addison, TX), Der-Kai Hung (Dallas, TX), Hong Lin (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14860274 on 09/21/2015 (1058 days app to issue)

Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system comprises a plurality of sensors, a plurality of tandem compressor assemblies that each comprise a first compressor and a second compressor, and a controller communicatively coupled to the plurality of sensors and the plurality of tandem compressor assemblies. The controller determines an increase in a cooling demand of a structure associated with the HVAC system based on data received from at least one of the plurality of sensors. Also, the controller compares an ambient temperature outside of the structure to a first threshold. In response to determining that the ambient temperature is greater than the first threshold, the controller operates the HVAC system in a first mode and in response to determining that the ambient temperature is less than the first threshold, the controller operates the HVAC system in a second mode.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Adjustable position pitot probe mount
Patent No. 10048103 

Inventor(s): Brad John Roberts (Fort Worth, TX), David Bryan Roberts (Bedford, TX), Troy Thomas Bushmire (Saginaw, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15273762 on 09/23/2016 (690 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes an adjustable Pitot tube and method for using the same for operating or flight testing an aircraft comprising: a Pitot probe; a streamline tube connected to the Pitot probe; a mount on the aircraft connected to the streamline tube, wherein the streamline tube can at least one of rotate about an axis of the mount, or the streamline tube can move the Pitot probe closer to, or away from, a skin of the aircraft.

[G01F] MEASURING VOLUME, VOLUME FLOW, MASS FLOW, OR LIQUID LEVEL; METERING BY VOLUME [5]


Quantitative texture measurement apparatus and method
Patent No. 10048232 

Inventor(s): Chen C. Shao (Plano, TX), Enrique Michel-Sanchez (Dallas, TX), Ou Bai (Plano, TX), Scott Fagan (Dallas, TX), Scott G. Richardson (Gainesville, TX), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Dallas, TX), Wilfred Marcellien Bourg, Jr. (Melissa,
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15380622 on 12/15/2016 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: A photo acoustic non-destructive measurement apparatus and method for quantitatively measuring texture of a food snack is disclosed. The apparatus includes a laser generating tool, an acoustic capturing device, and a data processing unit. The laser generating tool directs a laser towards a food snack placed on a surface and creates pressure waves that propagate through the air and produce an acoustic signal. The acoustic capturing device records and forwards the signal to a data processing unit. The data processing unit further comprises a digital signal processing module that processes the received acoustic signal. A statistical processing module further filters the acoustic signal from the data processing unit and generates a quantitative acoustic model for texture attributes such as hardness and fracturability. The quantitative model is correlated with a qualitative texture measurement from a descriptive expert panel. Texture of food snacks are quantitatively measured with the quantitative acoustic model.

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


Non-dichroic omnidirectional structural color
Patent No. 10048415 

Inventor(s): Debasish Banerjee (Ann Arbor, MI), Masahiko Ishii (Okazaki, , JP), Minjuan Zhang (Ann Arbor, MI), Paul Kohlmann (Windsor, CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15457136 on 03/13/2017 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-dichroic omnidirectional structural color multilayer structure. The non-dichroic omnidirectional structural color multilayer structure has an absorbing layer, a first layer extending across the absorbing layer, and a second layer extending across the first layer. The multilayer structure can reflect a narrow band of electromagnetic radiation that has a width of less than 500 nanometers and a center wavelength shift of less than 200 nanometers when the multilayer structure is viewed from angles between 0 and 45 degrees. In addition, the absorbing layer can block electromagnetic radiation reflected off of a surface that is proximate to the multilayer structure and thereby afford for a ”pure” color that is not contaminated by reflected light from surrounding surfaces.

[G02B] OPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS (G02F takes precedence; optical elements specially adapted for use in lighting devices or systems thereof F21V 1/00-F21V 13/00; measuring-instruments, see the relevant subclass of class G01, e.g. optical rangefinders G01C; testing of optical elements, systems, or apparatus G01M 11/00; spectacles G02C; apparatus or arrangements for taking photographs or for projecting or viewing them G03B; sound lenses G10K 11/30; electron and ion “optics” H01J; X-ray “optics” H01J, H05G 1/00; optical elements structurally combined with electric discharge tubes H01J 5/16, H01J 29/89, H01J 37/22; microwave “optics” H01Q; combination of optical elements with television receivers H04N 5/72; optical systems or arrangements in colour television systems H04N 9/00; heating arrangements specially adapted for transparent or reflecting areas H05B 3/84) [7]


Expanded beam connector concepts
Patent No. 10048449 

Inventor(s): Gary F. Gibbs (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Muncy, Geissler, Olds Lowe, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15462846 on 03/18/2017 (514 days app to issue)

Abstract: A terminus for a fiber optic cable includes a ferrule. In one embodiment, an optical fiber of the cable passes through a central bore of the ferrule and is attached to a lens seated in a conical or cylindrical seat formed in an end surface of the ferrule by an epoxy. In a second embodiment, an optical fiber of the cable passes through the central bore of the ferrule. Next, a cap sleeve with a lens therein is slid over and attached to the ferrule such that the lens abuts or is attached to the optical fiber. In either embodiment, an inspection slot may optionally be formed in the ferrule and/or the cap sleeve to allow a technician to inspect the state of the attachment and/or abutment and/or spacing of the optical fiber and the lens.

[G02B] OPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS (G02F takes precedence; optical elements specially adapted for use in lighting devices or systems thereof F21V 1/00-F21V 13/00; measuring-instruments, see the relevant subclass of class G01, e.g. optical rangefinders G01C; testing of optical elements, systems, or apparatus G01M 11/00; spectacles G02C; apparatus or arrangements for taking photographs or for projecting or viewing them G03B; sound lenses G10K 11/30; electron and ion “optics” H01J; X-ray “optics” H01J, H05G 1/00; optical elements structurally combined with electric discharge tubes H01J 5/16, H01J 29/89, H01J 37/22; microwave “optics” H01Q; combination of optical elements with television receivers H04N 5/72; optical systems or arrangements in colour television systems H04N 9/00; heating arrangements specially adapted for transparent or reflecting areas H05B 3/84) [7]


Data retention in a memory block based on local heating
Patent No. 10048898 

Inventor(s): Niles Yang (Mountain View, CA), Xinde Hu (San Jose, CA), Zhenlei Shen (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14739863 on 06/15/2015 (1156 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage device with a memory may include memory block leveling that improves data retention by considering localized temperature. A block”s distance from a heat source may result in variance of data retention. The localized temperature may be used to improve data retention through a relocation, refreshing, or leveling of blocks that considers their physical location on the die and/or in the package.

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


Data management in a storage system
Patent No. 10049037 

Inventor(s): Bernardo Rub (Sudbury, MA), James Fitzpatrick (Sudbury, MA), John Scaramuzzo (Pleasanton, CA), Robert W. Ellis (Phoenix, AZ)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Enterprise IP LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Morgna, Lewis Bockius LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14105002 on 12/12/2013 (1706 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage system, and a method of data management in the storage system, with non-volatile memory device characteristics determined during an inspection of non-volatile memory devices before a runtime operation of a storage device in the storage system including: a controller in the storage system: a drive-level control unit configured for an update of operational capabilities based on the non-volatile memory device characteristics during the runtime operation of the storage device and for a group of the non-volatile memory devices based on the operational capabilities; and a memory control unit, coupled to the drive-level control unit, the memory control unit configured to receive the operational capabilities for control of the non-volatile memory devices.

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


Virtual register file
Patent No. 10049054 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey C. Rogers (Frisco, TX), John D. Leidel (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Brooks, Cameron Huebsch, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15085631 on 03/30/2016 (867 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is related to a virtual register file. Source code can be compiled to include references to a virtual register file for data subject to a logical operation. The references can be dereferenced at runtime to obtain physical addresses of memory device elements according to the virtual register file. The logical operation can be performed in the memory device on data stored in the memory device elements.

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


Universal peripheral connector
Patent No. 10049066 

Inventor(s): Luis Estable (Gatineau, , CA), Marcelo Varanda (Kanata, , CA), Thanh Vinh Vuong (Kitchener, , CA)
Assignee(s): Fundamental Innovation Systems International LLC (Flower Mound, TX)
Law Firm: Botos Churchill IP Law LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14815229 on 07/31/2015 (1110 days app to issue)

Abstract: A universal connector apparatus for a mobile device and in communication with the mobile device, the apparatus comprising: at least one universal serial bus (USB) connector providing at least one connection; at least one USB host controller configured to control the at least one USB connection; a microprocessor configured to control the at least one USB host controller, the microprocessor having an operating system; a USB device control interface on the mobile device configured to communicate and control the universal connector apparatus; and a USB driver configured to operate within the operating system to enable the mobile device to connect to one or more peripherals via the at least one USB connector.

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


Method for dynamically assigning question priority based on question extraction and domain dictionary
Patent No. 10049153 

Inventor(s): Swaminathan Chandrasekaran (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Terrile, Cannatti Chambers, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14640373 on 03/06/2015 (1257 days app to issue)

Abstract: An approach is provided dynamically prioritizing question requests based on extracted question data. In the approach, performed by an information handling system, a number of question requests to a question and answering (QA) system are received from a computer network, and a plurality of question priority parameters are identified, including one or more question topics and a plurality question context parameters, by performing natural language processing (NLP) analysis of each question request. The approach determines a target priority value for each question request based on the plurality of question priority parameters identified for said question request. By evaluating the target priority values for the plurality of question requests, processing of the question requests is prioritized by applying an artificial intelligence (AI) learned models and rule-based logic at the information handling system to evaluate the target priority values for the plurality of question requests.

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


System for mending through automated processes
Patent No. 10049155 

Inventor(s): Seyamak Amin (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15001918 on 01/20/2016 (937 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for transforming historical data collected in response to one or more triggering events, in order to classify textual values. Embodiments access a plurality of textual values from historical transaction data; identify one or more distinct patterns within the plurality of textual values; group the textual values based on the one or more distinct patterns, thereby forming one or more clusters; apply a similarity gauge to the textual values of each of the clusters to determine similarity or dissimilarity among the textual values of each cluster; and filter the textual values of each cluster to determine which textual values belong in each cluster, wherein the textual values that belong are cluster values. Some embodiments also remove undesired characters from the textual values, and in some cases identifying the distinct patterns includes comparing pronunciations and/or phonetics of the textual values.

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


Bioinformatics systems, apparatuses, and methods for performing secondary and/or tertiary processing
Patent No. 10049179 

Inventor(s): Michael Ruehle (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): EDICO GENOME, CORP. (La Jolla, CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15643381 on 07/06/2017 (404 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for executing a bioinformatics analysis on genetic sequence data is provided. Particularly, a genomics analysis platform for executing a sequence analysis pipeline is provided. The genomics analysis platform includes one or more of a first integrated circuit, where each first integrated circuit forms a central processing unit (CPU) that is responsive to one or more software algorithms that are configured to instruct the CPU to perform a first set of genomic processing steps of the sequence analysis pipeline. Additionally, a second integrated circuit is also provided, where each second integrated circuit forming a field programmable gate array (FPGA), the FPGA being configured by firmware to arrange a set of hardwired digital logic circuits that are interconnected by a plurality of physical interconnects to perform a second set of genomic processing steps of the sequence analysis pipeline, the set of hardwired digital logic circuits of each FPGA being arranged as a set of processing engines to perform the second set of genomic processing steps. A shared memory is also provided.

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


Systems and methods for electronic payment instrument repository
Patent No. 10049354 

Inventor(s): Leah Phillips Kenyon (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): FISERV, INC. (Brookfield, WI)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15624968 on 06/16/2017 (424 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods that receive one or more images and based at least in part on the received images, identify information associated with a payment instrument. The information associated with the payment instrument may be stored in a payment instrument repository, such as an electronic wallet (eWallet), associated with a user. The eWallet may be accessed by the user to add, delete, or modify payment instruments and associated information in the eWallet. The eWallet may further be used by the use to initiate a financial transaction using one or more of the payment instruments associated with the eWallet.

[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]


Equipment management system
Patent No. 10049365 

Inventor(s): David Earl Doser, Jr. (Fenton, MO), Tommy Lee Davis, Jr. (Florrisant, MO)
Assignee(s): PROVA GROUP, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13758933 on 02/04/2013 (2017 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method of managing equipment is disclosed. The system incorporates a tagging device to attach identification tags to each piece of equipment. A scanning device is used to read the identification tags and relay this information to an equipment server. An input device is used to input information to the equipment server. The equipment server runs the equipment management program. The system flags a potential asset assigned to an asset creating individual. Equipment is designated an asset after use in an asset creating event.

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


System and apparatus for assessing reach, engagement, conversation or other social metrics based on domain tailored evaluation of social media exposure
Patent No. 10049371 

Inventor(s): Eric Jonathan Swayne (Denton, TX), Kyle Allen Nelson (Dallas, TX), Powell McVay Kinney (Dallas, TX), Shawn Timothy Spieth (Dallas, TX), Victor Vincent Savelli (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): MVPINDEX, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Sprinkle IP Law Group (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14498840 on 09/26/2014 (1418 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide a social media analytics platform. An entity may be configured with respect to the platform and a number of social media accounts, and other data such as aliases or search terms associated with the entity. Data is collected at certain intervals from the various online sites, including social media sites, using the various disparate and proprietary interfaces and data models provided by the sites and the configurations for the social media accounts associated with an entity. Using this data obtained from these online sites one or more scores can be calculated or update based on the data, where the score(s) may serve to quantify a facet of the entity”s social media exposure and may serve to be domain specific to the entity. The scores for each of the indices for an entity can thus serve to quantify facets of an entity”s social media exposure.

[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]


Physical security system for computer terminals
Patent No. 10049533 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15860332 on 01/02/2018 (224 days app to issue)

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

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


Synthesized voice authentication engine
Patent No. 10049673 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX), Saritha Vrittamani (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15382889 on 12/19/2016 (603 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for creating a synthetic voice identifier may include a plurality of synthesized voice authorization (SVA) devices and a biometric combinatory device (BCD). The SVAs may be communicatively coupled to the BCD via a network and may communicate utilizing a markup language. The SVA devices may capture an audio signal of a voice of a user, modify the audio signal with a randomized audio frequency signal to generate a modified audio signal, and communicate, the modified audio signal as a synthesized voice signal associated with the user. The BCD may receive biometric information corresponding to a user, the biometric information comprising at least audio information associated with a voice of the user, receive, at an integration module, location information corresponding to a location of the user, combine, the location information and audio signal information associated with the user to generate a synthesized voice identifier associated with the user, and communicate the synthesized voice identifier to a remote device for use in an authentication process of the user.

[G10L] SPEECH ANALYSIS OR SYNTHESIS; SPEECH RECOGNITION; SPEECH OR VOICE PROCESSING; SPEECH OR AUDIO CODING OR DECODING [4]


Word line dependent pass voltages in non-volatile memory
Patent No. 10049758 

Inventor(s): Xiying Costa (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15204257 on 07/07/2016 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: Sensing in non-volatile memory is performed using bias conditions that are dependent on the position of a selected memory cell within a group of non-volatile memory cells. During sensing, a selected memory cell receives a reference voltage while the remaining memory cells receive a read or verify pass voltage. For at least a subset of the unselected memory cells, the pass voltage that is applied is dependent upon the position of the selected memory cell in the group. As programming progresses from a memory cell at a first end of a NAND string toward a memory cell at a second end of the NAND string, for example, the pass voltage for at least a subset of the unselected memory cells that have already been subjected to programming may be increased. This technique may reduce the effects of an increased channel resistance that occurs as more memory cells are programmed.

[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)


Neural network learning methods to identify network ports responsible for packet loss or delay
Patent No. 10050853 

Inventor(s): Calvin Wan (Richardson, TX), Jacky Kuo (Richardson, TX), Max Simmons (Richardson, TX), Vamseedhar Reddyvariraja (Richardson, TX), Xi Liu (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): FUJITSU LIMITED (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15247385 on 08/25/2016 (719 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computational method and system for identifying bad ports in a network may use a neural network learning function based on available network path data that is already collected. In this manner, bad ports in the network may be identified without having to measure each individual port using sensors.

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


Enterprise reputations for uniform resource locators
Patent No. 10050980 

Inventor(s): James Bean (Portland, OR), Joel R. Spurlock (Portland, OR), Ramnath Venugopalan (Webster, NY)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14752909 on 06/27/2015 (1144 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is disclosed in an example a computing apparatus configured to operate as an enterprise threat intelligence server, and including: a network interface configured to communicatively couple to a network; and one or more logic elements providing a reputation engine, operable for: receiving a first uniform resource locator (URL) identifier; determining that a first URL identified by the first URL identifier has an unknown enterprise reputation; and establishing a baseline reputation for the URL. There is further disclosed a method of providing the reputation engine, and one or more computer-readable mediums having stored thereon executable instructions for providing the reputation engine.

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


Non-invasive whitelisting
Patent No. 10050993 

Inventor(s): Amritanshu Johri (Haryana, , IN), Balbir Singh (Gurgaon, , IN), Jaskaran Khurana (New Delhi, , IN), Ratnesh Pandey (Uttar Pradesh, , IN)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14495692 on 09/24/2014 (1420 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an example, there is disclosed a security architecture for enhanced, non-invasive whitelisting of executable objects. When an executable object tries to perform an action, a security engine seamlessly intercepts the action and determines whether the action is whitelisted, blacklisted, or graylisted, assigning the action a corresponding security score. Whitelisted actions may be allowed, blacklisted actions may be disallowed, and graylisted actions may require additional verification from a user. Because the score is assigned to the combination of the executable object and the action, false positives may be avoided, such as those that may occur when an executable object is prefetched but has not yet tried to perform any useful work.

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


Load-balancing server for data transformation modules
Patent No. 10051047 

Inventor(s): Brenda S. Ikerd (Prairieville, LA), Cynthia G. Nicholas (Lake Orion, MI), Dan B. Ayala (San Ramon, CA), Kiran Kumar Kodeboina (Freemont, CA)
Assignee(s): ATOS DIGITAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Miles Stockbridge P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14885012 on 10/16/2015 (1033 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein may be directed to a load-balancing server. In some embodiments, the load-balancing server comprises: at least one memory comprising instructions; at least one processing device configured for executing the instructions; and a load-balancing module, coupled to the at least one memory, the at least one processing device, and at least one data transformation module, and configured for: determining a first amount of computing resources for allocating to the at least one data transformation module using a load-balancing technique, wherein the at least one data transformation module is coupled to the at least one memory, the at least one processing device, and the load-balancing module.

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


Screen interface for a mobile device apparatus
Patent No. 10051103 

Inventor(s): George Andrew Gordon (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Majen Tech, LLC (Longview, TX)
Law Firm: The Caldwell Firm, LLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15924272 on 03/18/2018 (149 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided to: receive, utilizing the touchscreen, an indication of a second touch input for trace path-based selection of a first photo of a second set of multiple of the plurality of photos in the grid; in response to the receipt of the indication of the second touch input for trace path-based selection of the first photo of the second set of multiple of the plurality of photos in the grid, cause selection of the first photo of the second set of multiple of the plurality of photos in the grid, change at least one visual aspect of the first photo of the second set of multiple of the plurality of photos in the grid, add a check mark icon to the first photo of the second set of multiple of the plurality of photos in the grid; receive, utilizing the touchscreen, an indication of a continuation of the second touch input for trace path-based selection of a second photo of the second set of multiple of the plurality of photos in the grid; and in response to the receipt of the indication of the continuation of the second touch input for trace path-based selection of the second photo of the second set of multiple of the plurality of photos in the grid, cause selection of the second photo of the second set of multiple of the plurality of photos in the grid, change at least one visual aspect of the second photo of the second set of multiple of the plurality of photos in the grid, and add a check mark icon to the second photo of the seco

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


Television system with aided user program searching
Patent No. 10051299 

Inventor(s): Timothy B. Demers (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): ROVI GUIDES, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Haley Guiliano LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15697946 on 09/07/2017 (341 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system having an adaptive browse feature and an adaptive flip feature is provided. The adaptative browse and flip features may be selected to receive program viewing suggestions. The system may provide a suggestion by displaying an adaptive browse region or adaptative flip region including a program suggestion. The system identifies programs to suggest based on a user=s viewing activity. The system uses different algorithms that are user-selectable and user-adjustable identify program suggestions. The system may query a program guide database to build a list of programs having attributes similar to the attributes of the current program or the last viewed program. The system may use an adaptive learning algorithm such as a neural network. The neural network may be trained by the program guide by monitoring user-viewing activity. Each algorithm may be personalized for multiple users.

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


Method and system for guiding a person to a location
Patent No. 10051411 

Inventor(s): David S Breed (Miami Beach, FL)
Assignee(s): AMERICAN VEHICULAR SCIENCES LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: McAndrews, Held Malloy, Ltd. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14931441 on 11/03/2015 (1015 days app to issue)

Abstract: Method and system for guiding a person to a location includes providing a processor, coupling an operator control such as a user interface to the processor to enable the person to enter a phone number which is provided to the processor, the processor being arranged to determine a physical location associated with the entered phone number, and guiding the person to the physical location associated with the entered phone number as determined by the processor. The method may be implemented in a vehicle context whereby the processor is arranged on a vehicle and the person is guided to the physical location by controlling a steering system, a throttle and/or brakes of the vehicle to automatically guide the vehicle to the physical location. Alternatively, the person may be guided to the physical location by providing audible and/or visual directions to the person operating the vehicle.

[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)


Messaging devices and methods
Patent No. 10051505 

Inventor(s): David Andersen (Dillon, CO), J. Roy Pottle (Wellesley, MA), Jamie Gordon Nichol (Arlington, MA), John F. Nagel (Southlake, TX), Peter C. Barnett (Mason, OH), Sangsoo Kim (Seoul, , KR)
Assignee(s): American Messaging Services, LLC (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Ulmer Berne LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15681518 on 08/21/2017 (358 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic messaging device includes a receiver configured to receive a message at one of a first operational frequency and second operational frequency. The messaging device can added to a message distribution group comprising a plurality of existing messaging devices. A test communication can be sent through a coupling to test an operation of the messaging device and confirming the addition of the messaging device to the message distribution group without communicating with the existing messaging devices.

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


Programming non-volatile storage using binary and multi-state programming processes
Patent No. RE046995 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Nima Mokhlesi (Los Gatos, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14231561 on 03/31/2014 (1597 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-volatile storage system stores data by programming the data as binary data into blocks that have not yet been programmed with multi-state data and have not yet been programmed with binary data X times. The system transfers data from multiple blocks (source blocks) of binary data to one block (target block) of multi-state data using a multi-state programming process, where the target block has been previously programmed with binary data X times (or less than X times). Patent Class: N/A


 

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Systems and methods for dynamically identifying a patient support surface and patient monitoring
Patent No. 10045716 

Inventor(s): Derek del Carpio (Corinth, TX), Kenneth Chapman (Charlotte, NC), Matt Clark (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): CareView Communications, Inc. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Meister Seelig Fein LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15409002 on 01/18/2017 (573 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various patient monitoring systems can include a sensor configured to collect three dimensional information. The systems can identify a location of a patient support surface based on the three dimensional information. The systems can set a two dimensional planar threshold based on the patient support surface. The systems can identify a patient location above the patient support surface based on the three dimensional information and compare the patient location to the two dimensional planar threshold. Exceeding the threshold can be indicative of a high risk of a patient fall. An alert can be generated based on the threshold being exceeded. The systems can repeat the identification of the patient support surface location and the setting of the threshold to account for changes in the patient area.

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


Public safety smart belt
Patent No. 10046732 

Inventor(s): Robert Louis Piccioni (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15831292 on 12/04/2017 (253 days app to issue)

Abstract: A smart belt system to be worn by a person comprising an elongated belt, a microprocessor coupled to the belt, a bus disposed within the belt configured to conduct electricity configured for providing electricity to the microprocessor and any device coupled to the bus, and a rechargeable power supply coupled to the belt and configured for providing electrical power to the microprocessor and any device electrically coupled to the bus.

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


Optical device for fuel filter debris
Patent No. 10049444 

Inventor(s): Eric White (Fort Worth, TX), Kyle Alson McGehee (Aledo, TX), Mike Ivor Jones (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15080856 on 03/25/2016 (872 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fuel filter inspection method includes capturing an image of a fuel filter sample using an imaging device and sending the captured image to an image processor. The method further includes the image processor receiving the captured image, thresholding the captured image to generate a binary image, determining sizes for a plurality of particles present in the binary image, comparing the size of each of particle of the plurality of particles to a particle size threshold, and quantifying the number of particles of the plurality of plurality of particles with a size greater than the particle size threshold. The method further includes the image processor comparing the number of particles of the plurality of particles with a size greater than the particle size threshold to a particle count threshold, and modifying a graphical user interface to indicate a state of the fuel filter sample based on the comparison.

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


Covert infrared monitoring and recording of images and video in controlled-environment facilities
Patent No. 10049543 

Inventor(s): Luke Keiser (Frisco, TX), Scott Passe (Forney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15296752 on 10/18/2016 (665 days app to issue)

Abstract: An infrared image and/or a video of one or more residents of a controlled-environment facility is captured using an imaging device of a controlled-environment facility resident communication and/or media device disposed within the controlled-environment facility when the device is not being used in a communication session. The imaging device of the controlled-environment facility resident communication and/or media device is capable of operation with an infrared light source. The infrared image or video may be stored and/or presented to an entity associated with the controlled-environment facility, such as personnel of the facility, a facility administration system, etc. Capturing the image may include turning on at least one infrared light source on the device and/or turning off any indication that the capturing is taking place. The device may be located in a resident sleeping area and a bed check may be performed by the entity or device, using the infrared image.

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


Three-dimensional memory device having drain select level isolation structure and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10050054 

Inventor(s): James Kai (Santa Clara, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Rahul Sharangpani (Fremont, CA), Senaka Kanakamedala (San Jose, CA), 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: 15286063 on 10/05/2016 (678 days app to issue)

Abstract: A layer stack including an alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers is formed over a substrate. After formation of memory stack structures, backside trenches are formed through the layer stack. The sacrificial material layers are replaced with electrically conductive layers. Drain select level dielectric isolation structures are formed through drain select level of the stack after formation of the electrically conductive layers. The drain select level dielectric isolation structures laterally separate portions of conductive layers that are employed as drain select level gate electrodes for the memory stack structures.

[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]


Resistive memory device including a lateral air gap around a memory element and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10050194 

Inventor(s): Chu-Chen Fu (San Ramon, CA), Federico Nardi (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: 15478637 on 04/04/2017 (497 days app to issue)

Abstract: First electrically conductive lines can be formed over a substrate. A two-dimensional array of vertical stacks can be formed, each of which includes a first electrode, an in-process resistive memory material portion, and a second electrode over the first electrically conductive line. The sidewalls of the in-process resistive memory material portions are laterally recessed with respect to sidewalls of the first electrode and the second electrode to form resistive memory material portions having reduced lateral dimensions. A dielectric material layer is formed by an anisotropic deposition to form annular cavities that laterally surround a respective one of the resistive memory material portions. Second electrically conductive lines can be formed on the second electrodes.

[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]


Filter assemblies, tuning elements and method of tuning a filter
Patent No. 10050323 

Inventor(s): Sammit Patel (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Italy S.R.L. (, , IT)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15349559 on 11/11/2016 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides filter assemblies, tuning elements and a method of tuning a filter. A filter assembly includes a housing having a top cover, a bottom cover and at least one sidewall, the top cover, the bottom cover and the at least one sidewall defining an internal cavity, the housing configured to receive first through third radio frequency (”RF”) transmission lines; a top metal sheet mounted within the internal cavity that has a plurality of openings that form a first hole pattern; and a bottom metal sheet mounted within the internal cavity that has a plurality of openings that form a second hole pattern. The top and bottom metal sheets are vertically spaced-apart from each other in a vertically stacked relationship within the internal cavity. The top metal sheet and the bottom metal sheet each include at least one resonator.

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


Communications jack having a flexible printed circuit board with a crosstalk compensation circuit and a slit
Patent No. 10050385 

Inventor(s): Amid I. Hashim (Plano, TX), Brian J. Fitzpatrick (McKinney, TX), Wayne D. Larsen (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15649663 on 07/14/2017 (396 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication jack has a housing with a printed circuit board mounted partially within the housing, a plurality of jackwire contacts mounted on the printed circuit board and a flexible printed circuit board mounted on at least two of the jackwire contacts, wherein the flexible printed circuit board includes a crosstalk compensation circuit and has at least one fold and/or slit.

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


List manipulation circuits
Patent No. 10050641 

Inventor(s): Chris Michael Brueggen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Patent Department (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15467750 on 03/23/2017 (509 days app to issue)

Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to very large-scale integration (VLSI) list manipulation circuits. In accordance with some examples disclosed herein, a list manipulation circuit may include a progressive population count circuit to generate population count values. The population count values may be fed into various types of circuits, such as list conversion circuits, list compactor circuits, and list reordering circuits.

[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]


System and method for pairing a UICC card with a particular mobile communications device
Patent No. 10050657 

Inventor(s): Mesut Guven (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): T-Mobile USA, Inc. (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Han Santos, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15352352 on 11/15/2016 (637 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method pairs a mobile communications device card with a mobile device responsive to an actuation of the mobile device. The mobile communications device card determines if the mobile device has Bearer Independent Protocol (BIP) capability responsive to a downloaded mobile device profile. An over-the-air inquiry to a network providing wireless services to the mobile device requests an approval of an association of the mobile communications device card with the mobile device if the mobile device has BIP capability. The mobile communications device card determines if the mobile device profile is associated with a same service provider that is identified by the mobile communications device card responsive to a determination the mobile device does not have BIP capability or responsive to determining that a first identifier associated with a mobile device and a second identifier associated with the mobile communications device card do not match. The mobile communications device card disables operation of a user interface associated with the mobile device responsive to a determination that the mobile device is not associated with the same service provider as the mobile communications device card.

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


Integrated network devices utilizing low-power technologies
Patent No. 10050668 

Inventor(s): Luke Keiser (Frisco, TX), Scott Passe (Forney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13452584 on 04/20/2012 (2307 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for integrated network devices utilizing low-power technologies are disclosed. In some embodiments, a method may include receiving, over one or more pairs of low-voltage wires (e.g., telephone wires, intercom wires, security system wiring, etc.), an electrical current sufficient to power an electronic device disposed within a controlled-environment facility (e.g., a jail, prison, etc.). The method may also include performing an electronic operation within the facility and transmitting, to a communication system serving the facility over the low-voltage wire(s), information related to the operation. In some implementations, the electronic device may be a mobile phone detection apparatus, a wireless access point, and/or a surveillance device. The method may also include, during a first time interval, using the electrical current to store a charge in a battery, and, during a second time interval, using the current in addition to the charge stored in the battery to perform the operation.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Optical transceiver using duplex media, self-homodyne detection (SHD), coherent detection, and uncooled laser
Patent No. 10050713 

Inventor(s): Fei Zhu (San Jose, CA), Yan Cui (Sunnyvale, CA), Yu Sheng Bai (Los Altos Hills, CA), Zhihong Li (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15055204 on 02/26/2016 (900 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises an uncooled laser; a splitter coupled to the laser; a first wavelength component coupled to the splitter; a local oscillator (LO) port coupled to the first wavelength component; a modulator coupled to the splitter; a second wavelength component coupled to the modulator; and a signal port coupled to the second wavelength component. A method comprises emitting an input light; splitting the input light into a first local oscillator (LO) optical signal and a first unmodulated optical signal; modulating the first unmodulated optical signal using polarization-multiplexed, high-order modulation to produce a first modulated optical signal; transmitting the first LO optical signal to a first duplex fiber; and transmitting the first modulated optical signal to a second duplex fiber.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Optical transmission device and optical transmission system
Patent No. 10050716 

Inventor(s): Ryosuke Goto (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FUJITSU LIMITED (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Staas Halsey LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15048407 on 02/19/2016 (907 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical transmission device includes: a first receiver that receives a first optical signal transmitted by a first sub carrier included in a super channel; a second receiver that receives a second optical signal transmitted by a second sub carrier included in the super channel; and an optical delay device that delays the first optical signal, based on path lengths of respective transmission paths along which the first optical signal and the second optical signal are transmitted.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Low noise colorless, directionless, contentionless reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer
Patent No. 10050738 

Inventor(s): Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano, TX), Youichi Akasaka (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15412872 on 01/23/2017 (568 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for implementing a low noise CDC ROADM include incorporating individual stages of an optical PSA before and after WSSs included in the CDC ROADM. The WSSs may be used to route the pump and idler signals, as well as to perform phase tuning for optimal phase-sensitive amplification.

[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)


System and method for orthogonal frequency division multiple access power-saving poll transmission
Patent No. 10050746 

Inventor(s): Yunsong Yang (San Diego, CA), Zhigang Rong (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14959856 on 12/04/2015 (984 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for communicating in a wireless communications system includes receiving a first frame including a paging bitmap and a timing offset indicator, determining whether the station is permitted to transmit a packet according to the paging bitmap, and when the station is permitted to transmit the packet, determine a location of a network resource in accordance with a station identifier and the timing offset indicator, and transmitting, by the station, the packet in accordance with the location of the network resource.

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


End-to-end (E2E) tunnel based on shortest point-to-point (P2P) path computation
Patent No. 10050806 

Inventor(s): Huaimo Chen (Bolton, MA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15370920 on 12/06/2016 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented in a parent controller including receiving a request to compute a shortest end-to-end (E2E) path from source to destination through network domains managed by child controllers, receiving path segments and costs computed by the child controllers, wherein the path segments identify in-edge nodes, out-edge nodes, and inter-domain links, generating a candidate list using the path segments and costs received from the child controllers, constructing a shortest path tree (SPT) from the source to the destination through the network domains by repeatedly removing one of the out-edge nodes corresponding to the path segment in the candidate list having a lowest cost and adding the one of the out-edge nodes to the SPT until the destination is reached, determining the shortest E2E path based on the SPT, and transmitting tunnel creation messages to the child controllers to create a tunnel along the shortest E2E path.

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


Multi-dimensional reputation scoring
Patent No. 10050917 

Inventor(s): Aarjav Jyotindra Neeta Trivedi (Atlanta, GA), Alejandro Manuel Hernandez (Cartersville, GA), Dmitri Alperovitch (Gaithersburg, MD), Jeremy Gould (Atlanta, GA), Jonathan Alexander Zdziarski (Bedford, NH), Lamar Lorenzo Willis
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14306189 on 06/16/2014 (1520 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for assigning reputation to communications entities include collecting communications data from distributed agents, aggregating the communications data, analyzing the communications data and identifying relationships between communications entities based upon the communications data.

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


Presence-based credential updating
Patent No. 10050948 

Inventor(s): Stig Lagerstedt (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): ASSA ABLOY AB (, , SE)
Law Firm: Sheridan Ross P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14416323 on 07/26/2013 (1845 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for updating access permissions of users in an access control system are described. The access permissions are capable of being updated based on rules and thresholds that include as at least one variable presence or contextual information associated with a user. The presence or contextual information associated with a user may be analyzed to trigger a credential update process for that user or other users within the access control system.

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


Computer program product and apparatus for multi-path remediation
Patent No. 10050988 

Inventor(s): Brett M. Oliphant (Plano, TX), John P. Blignaut (West Lafayette, IN)
Assignee(s): SecurityProfiling, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: The Caldwell Firm, LLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14816931 on 08/03/2015 (1107 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for a database associating a plurality of device vulnerabilities to which computing devices can be subject with a plurality of remediation techniques that collectively remediate the plurality of device vulnerabilities. Each of the device vulnerabilities is associated with at least one remediation technique. Each remediation technique associated with a particular device vulnerability remediates that particular vulnerability. Further, each remediation technique has a remediation type are selected from the type group consisting of patch, policy setting, and configuration option. Still yet, a first one of the device vulnerabilities is associated with at least two alternative remediation techniques.

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


Method and system for recommending services to requestors
Patent No. 10051064 

Inventor(s): Aditya Hegde (Bangalore, , IN), Shruti Kunde (Mumbai, , IN), Tridib Mukherjee (Bangalore, , IN), Varun Sharma (Kolkata, , IN)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jones Robb, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15189359 on 06/22/2016 (783 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and a system for recommending services to a requestor over a communication network. A request comprising one or more keywords and one or more service level agreements (SLAs), is received from a requestor computing device over the communication network, to process one or more tasks. One or more first services from one or more available services are selected based on the request. For a first service from the one or more first services, a first score and a second score is determined. The one or more first services are ranked based on the first score and the second score. A recommendation of the one or more first services is transmitted to the requestor based on the ranking.

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


High dynamic range and global shutter image sensor pixels having charge overflow signal detecting structures
Patent No. 10051214 

Inventor(s): Jaroslav Hynecek (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: Treyz Law Group, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15618899 on 06/09/2017 (431 days app to issue)

Abstract: An image sensor may include an array of image sensor pixels. Each pixel may have a photodiode, a charge storage region, and a charge overflow circuit. The charge storage region may be used to operate the image sensor array in global shutter mode. During high light level illumination, the charge overflow circuit may divert charge away from the photodiode such that only a predetermined portion of the accumulated charge remains in the photodiode. During low light level illumination all of the accumulated charge may be stored in the pixel photodiode. The charge overflow circuit may include a transistor and a resistor or capacitor. By implementing a charge overflow circuit, the size of the charge storage region may be reduced while still preserving the high dynamic range and low noise of the image sensor during all light illumination conditions.

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


Bandwidth based licensing scheme for video, audio and/or multimedia content
Patent No. 10051238 

Inventor(s): Charlie X. Yang (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): IMAGINE COMMUNICATIONS CORP. (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell Tummino LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 11901205 on 09/14/2007 (3987 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for licensing service providers to process video, audio and/or multimedia content using a video processing device. A license key indicative of a license for an amount of bandwidth is generated. The license key is used at the video processing device to enforce the license based on whether there is sufficient licensed bandwidth available to accommodate a newly created output transport stream. If there is sufficient licensed bandwidth available, processing of the newly created output transport stream is allowed. If there is insufficient licensed bandwidth available, processing of the newly created output transport stream is denied. The service providers are charged a license fee to use the video processing equipment based on the licensed bandwidth.

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


On-screen television input management
Patent No. 10051325 

Inventor(s): Alan G. Brown (Manhattan Beach, CA), Christopher M. Kurpinski (Berkely, MI), Damien Stolarz (Los Angeles, CA), Leo Chen (Ontario, CA), Stephen Brown (Thousand Oaks, CA)
Assignee(s): Contemporary Display LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Tolar Law Group, PC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15236749 on 08/15/2016 (729 days app to issue)

Abstract: A television system that provides an on screen display menu system that allows a user to select from available input source using a graphical user interface. The television system also automatically adapts to the type on input signal selected for display. The television system and on screen display menu also support interaction between the television system and attached devices to unify the control of such devices including attached personal computers through the remote control of the television system.

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


Telecommunications audio endpoints
Patent No. 10051353 

Inventor(s): Kevin Lee Hughes (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15454212 on 03/09/2017 (523 days app to issue)

Abstract: Presented herein is an audio endpoint for telecommunication operations, sometimes referred to herein as a ”telecommunications audio endpoint” or, more, simply as an ”audio endpoint.” According to at least one example, the audio endpoint presented herein includes a base, a speaker, a speaker waveguide, a microphone waveguide, and two or more microphones. The base is configured to engage a support surface (i.e., a table) and the speaker is configured to emit sounds (i.e., fire) in a direction of the base. The speaker waveguide is disposed between the speaker and the microphone waveguide, while the microphone waveguide is disposed between the speaker waveguide and the base. The two or more microphones are disposed within the microphone waveguide and are proximate to the base. In general, the speaker waveguide is configured to guide sounds output by the speaker in general radially (outward) directions.

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


System and method for mobility support selection
Patent No. 10051508 

Inventor(s): Hinghung Anthony Chan (Plano, TX), XinPeng Wei (Beijing, , CN)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14933629 on 11/05/2015 (1013 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for mobility support selection includes determining a mobility class of a first application executing on a device, and determining if a subset of a plurality of available mobility support techniques associated with the entity one of meets and exceeds requirements of the mobility class of the first application. When the subset of the plurality of available mobility support techniques associated with the entity one of meets and exceeds the requirements of the mobility class of the first application, the method comprises selecting a mobility support technique from the subset of the plurality of available mobility support techniques, and sharing information related to the selected mobility support technique with other entities.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for data communication in a decentralized and power efficient manner
Patent No. 10051566 

Inventor(s): Ji Chen (Shenzhen, , CN), Xiaoxian Li (Shenzhen, , CN), Yunsong Yang (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15094526 on 04/08/2016 (858 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a first station configured for transmitting data includes generating a first frame including an identifier associated with a second station and a first timing information associated with a first time period for transmitting the data to the second station, the first time period occurring after a paging window. The method includes while within the paging window, attempting to obtain access to a channel, when the first station has not obtained access to the channel, modifying the first time period and the first timing information if the first station has received a second frame including a second timing information associated with a second time period, when the first station has obtained access to the channel, transmitting the first frame; and after the paging window, transmitting the data during the first time period if the first station was able to transmit the first frame.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Facilitation of channel selection within a wireless network
Patent No. 10051608 

Inventor(s): Jerome Hetrick (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14937251 on 11/10/2015 (1008 days app to issue)

Abstract: A more efficient network can be achieved using channel allocation strategies within a wireless network. A network device can receive several data points from a mobile device including resource request data, access condition data, and location data. Once the network device has received the aforementioned data points, the network device can identify channels that are conducive to a heightened quality of service for a resource being requested based on a signal attenuation associated with the channel. The network device can then facilitate a channel selection in response to an assessment of the data points and identifying a channel for the resource.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Random access method and apparatus of UE in mobile communication system
Patent No. 10051614 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Jefferson IP Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15790675 on 10/23/2017 (295 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and an apparatus for performing random access and uplink transmission of a User Equipment (UE) supporting Carrier Aggregation (CA) are provided. The method includes determining whether a Scheduling Request (SR) is pending, determining, when the SR is pending, whether an uplink transmission resource is available in a current Transmission Time Interval (TTI), determining, when the uplink transmission resource is not available, whether a Physical Uplink Control Channel (PUCCH) resource is configured for transmission of the SR, and initiating, when the PUCCH resource is not configured, a random access process in a primary cell. The random access method and apparatus of the present invention is advantageous to reduce the waste of transmission resources.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Channel allocation system for protected service areas
Patent No. 10051632 

Inventor(s): Neil Keon (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Airity, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: IP Legal Services, LLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15414594 on 01/24/2017 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described embodiments, a channel allocation system, such as a white space channel allocation system, employs a server processor and database to record communication characteristics of incumbent service providers licensed or otherwise registered to operate within certain frequency spectrum. The channel allocation system allows registration of licensed service providers, or access to existing licensed service provider databases, to obtain required information of communication characteristics to form protected service contours. Based on the protected service contours, the availability of channels in areas is pre-computed. In addition, unlicensed or unregistered users, such as TV band devices (TVBDs), register with the channel allocation system and request channel lists of channels to operate on with a query. The system performs an iterative search of areas with successively finer resolution and identifies channels that might be included in a channel list in response to the query.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Printed circuit board with coextensive electrical connectors and contact pad areas
Patent No. 10051733 

Inventor(s): Cheeman Yu (Madison, WI), Chih-Chin Liao (Changhua, , TW), Chin-Tien Chiu (Taichung, , TW), Han-Shiao Chen (Taichung, , TW), Hem Takiar (Fremont, CA), Ken Jian Ming Wang (San Francisco, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14684619 on 04/13/2015 (1219 days app to issue)

Abstract: A printed circuit board is disclosed having coextensive electrical connectors and contact pad areas. Areas of the contact pads where the traces and/or vias are located may be etched away to ensure electrical isolation between the traces, vias and contact pads.

[H05K] PRINTED CIRCUITS; CASINGS OR CONSTRUCTIONAL DETAILS OF ELECTRIC APPARATUS; MANUFACTURE OF ASSEMBLAGES OF ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS (details of instruments or comparable details of other apparatus not otherwise provided for G12B; thin-film or thick-film circuits H01L 27/01, H01L 27/13; non-printed means for electric connections to or between printed circuits H01R; casings for, or constructional details of, particular types of apparatus, see the relevant subclasses; processes involving only a single technical art, e.g. heating, spraying, for which provision exists elsewhere, see the relevant classes)


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Inventor(s): Troy Horning (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29567389 on 06/08/2016 (797 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


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Inventor(s): Jenny DeMarco Staab (Frisco, TX), Tammy Schriewer (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29605730 on 05/30/2017 (441 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Battery pack
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Inventor(s): Atticus Daravong (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29594757 on 02/22/2017 (538 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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