Dallas Invents: 91 Patents Granted for Week of Sept. 19

Check out this week's ranking for inventive activity in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington.

DALLAS-ARLINGTON-FORT WORTH PATENTS, WEEK OF 9/19/17: Patents were granted to Fujitsu, Blackberry Limited, The Nielsen Company, Bank of America, Apple, Cisco, Brigham Young University, and Qorvo.

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of Sept. 19, 2017 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

91 patents granted    Ranked no. 10 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

ART CLASS OF PATENTS 091917


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

SanDisk Technologies LLC, Plano (13)  

Futurewei Technologies Inc. Plano (13) 

ST Microelectronics Coppell (2) 

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.  Fort Worth (2)


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Frank B. Stamps, Colleyville (2)


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

165 days
Method and apparatus for determining access point service capabilities
Patent No.9769743, Nokia Technologies (Inventor: Basavaraj Patil, Coppell)

2,342 days
Constant entrance hole perforating gun system and method,
Patent No. 9765601, Geodynamics Inc., Millsap, TX
(Inventors: David S Wesson,Fort Worth; John T Hardesty, Weatherford)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

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Method for performing surgical procedures using optical cutting guides
Patent No. 9763683 

Inventor(s): Peter M. Bonutti (Delray Beach, FL)
Assignee(s): Bonutti Skeletal Innovations LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Fleit Gibbons Gutman Bongini Bianco PL (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14725070 on 05/29/2015 (844 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for performing a surgical procedure on a patient using a robotic system and a navigation system. The robotic system includes a cutting tool. The navigation system has at least one locating device to track a portion of the patient during the surgical procedure. The navigation system provides information as to a position of the portion of the patient. An optical cutting guide is projected onto the portion of the patient to enable cutting of the portion of the patient with the cutting tool of the robotic system while the optical cutting guide is projected onto the portion of the patient.

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


Bone plate with a transfixation screw hole
Patent No. 9763716 

Inventor(s): Bruce R. Werber (Scottsdale, AZ), Lance Nathan Terrill (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): OsteoMed LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15147828 on 05/05/2016 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for securing bones together across a joint includes a transfixation screw and a plate. The plate includes an elongate spine having a transfixation screw hole disposed along the spine. The transfixation screw hole includes an inner surface configured to direct the transfixation screw through the transfixation screw hole such that the transfixation screw extends alongside the bridge portion at a trajectory configured to pass through a first position on the first bone and a second position on the second bone once the plate is placed across the joint. The transfixation screw includes a head configured to abut the inner surface of the transfixation screw hole and a shaft configured to contiguously extend through the first bone, across the joint, and into the second bone.

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


Bone screw
Patent No. 9763718 

Inventor(s): Steve Courtney (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Eminent Spine LLC (Georgetown, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13691975 on 12/03/2012 (1751 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bone screw is disclosed. A head includes a driver-receiving element formed thereon. A shank having a proximal portion, which is integrally connected to the head, and a distal portion maintains a constant diameter from the proximal portion to the distal portion. Three helical threads extend around the shank from the proximal portion to the distal portion. The three helical threads are symmetrically and helically aligned and advance uniformly along the length of the shank for each revolution to define a thread depth that remains constant along the length of the shank. The three helical threads respectively include three leads, which are offset by approximately 120 from each another. A tip is integrally connected to the distal portion of the shank and the tip intersects with a flute to define a self-tapping point.

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


Vein filter
Patent No. 9763766 

Inventor(s): James F. McGuckin, Jr. (Radnor, PA), John H. Thinnes, Jr. (Clinton, NJ), Lindsay L. Carter (Wayne, PA), Stephan A. DeFonzo (Wayne, PA)
Assignee(s): Argon Medical Devices, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: IpHorgan Ltd. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14880031 on 10/09/2015 (711 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vessel filter comprising a first region and a second region wherein the filter is movable between a collapsed position for delivery to the vessel and an expanded position for placement within the vessel. A first region has a filter portion having a converging region to direct particles toward the center of the filter and the second region is flared in the expanded position to have a transverse dimension increasing toward a second end portion opposite the first end portion. The second region includes a vessel engaging portion at the second end portion. The first region includes a plurality of spaced apart elongated struts with adjacent struts being joined.

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


Apparatus system and process for making a bakery product
Patent No. 9763455 

Inventor(s): Augusto Florindez (La Mirada, CA)
Assignee(s): Stewart Systems Baking, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Klemchuk LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13938492 on 07/10/2013 (1532 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system to make a bread loaf includes means for moving continuously pans along a predetermined path, each pan including at least one cavity sized and configured for making a bread loaf. Means conditioning continuously a batch of unconditioned dough reduces the size of air pockets therein to form a conditioned dough. Means continuously extrude the batch of conditioned dough at a controlled volumetric feed rate and at a controlled pressure to provide a constant stream of conditioned dough that is continuously cut into individual packets. The entire batch is converted into individual packets of conditioned dough corresponding to a predetermined number of bread loaves to be produced from the batch, with all the packets deposited individually in cavities of the pans within 10-20 minutes after mixing ingredients that make the batch.

[A21C] MACHINES OR EQUIPMENT FOR MAKING OR PROCESSING DOUGHS; HANDLING BAKED ARTICLES MADE FROM DOUGH


Contrast-enhanced golf club heads
Patent No. 9764204 

Inventor(s): Kevin Harper (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc. (Carlsbad, CA)
Law Firm: Klarquist Sparkman, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14302817 on 06/12/2014 (1195 days app to issue)

Abstract: Golf club heads include white diffusing top surfaces to aid in club head alignment. Wood type club heads also include a dark diffusing club face so that a crown/face border is emphasized. Scorelines in wood type clubs can be provided with an intermediate contrast surface, and can be displaced from club face center to accommodate player perception when confronted with a white diffusing crown. Putter heads can include dark diffusing alignment lines, and iron-type club heads can include white diffusing surfaces at a sole portion of a club face, at a top line, or a top portion of a club face.

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


 

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Friction bit joining of materials using a friction rivet
Patent No. 9764375 

Inventor(s): Rodney Dale Fleck (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): Brigham Young University (Provo, UT), Megastir Technologies LLC (Provo, UT)
Law Firm: Ray Quinney Nebeker, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14153814 on 01/13/2014 (1345 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method of joining at least two workpieces together using a friction rivet and a friction rivet cap that are friction stirred together after a cutting tip or cutting feature on the friction rivet cuts through workpieces and is then bonded to the friction rivet cap, and wherein the friction rivet cap may be excluded if the friction rivet includes a hollow in the cutting tip, the hollow being flared after the friction rivets cuts through the workpieces to thereby create an integral rivet cap in the end of the friction rivet.

[B23K] SOLDERING OR UNSOLDERING; WELDING; CLADDING OR PLATING BY SOLDERING OR WELDING; CUTTING BY APPLYING HEAT LOCALLY, e.g. FLAME CUTTING; WORKING BY LASER BEAM (making metal-coated products by extruding metal B21C 23/22; building up linings or coverings by casting B22D 19/08; casting by dipping B22D 23/04; manufacture of composite layers by sintering metal powder B22F 7/00; arrangements on machine tools for copying or controlling B23Q; covering metals or covering materials with metals, not otherwise provided for C23C; burners F23D)


Trailer for loading and unloading heat exchanger tube bundles
Patent No. 9764676 

Inventor(s): Thomas B. Boisture (Baytown, TX)
Assignee(s): Austin Industrial Services, LP (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14454233 on 08/07/2014 (1139 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved trailer for loading and unloading a heat exchanger tube bundle is disclosed. The trailer provides for the transport of tube bundles and includes seal pans which capture debris and other materials falling from the tube bundle during transport. The present invention also provides for the periodic placement of slideable supports under a bundle as it is pushed onto a trailer.

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


Railway track geometry defect modeling for predicting deterioration, derailment risk, and optimal repair
Patent No. 9764746 

Inventor(s): Dhaivat P. Parikh (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13962310 on 08/08/2013 (1503 days app to issue)

Abstract: Geo-defect repair modeling is provided. A method includes logically dividing a railroad network according to spatial and temporal dimensions with respect to historical data collected. The spatial dimensions include line segments of a specified length and the temporal dimensions include inspection run data for inspections performed for each of the line segments over a period of time. The method also includes creating a track deterioration model from the historical data, identifying geo-defects occurring at each inspection run from the track deterioration model, calculating a track deterioration condition from the track deterioration model by analyzing quantified changes in the geo-defects measured at each inspection run, and calculating a derailment risk based on track conditions determined from the inspection run data and the track deterioration condition. The method further includes determining a repair decision for each of the geo-defects based on the derailment risk and costs associated with previous comparable repairs.

[B61K] OTHER AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT FOR RAILWAYS (energy-storing brakes B61H; protection of permanent way against weather influences E01B; rail cleaning, snow ploughs E01H)


Methods for positioning multiple trimmable marine propulsion devices on a marine vessel
Patent No. 9764810 

Inventor(s): Brad E. Taylor (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bruswick Corporation (Lake Forest, IL)
Law Firm: Andrus Intellectual Property Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15147264 on 05/05/2016 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for positioning two or more trimmable marine propulsion devices coupled to a transom of a marine vessel includes identifying two propulsion devices located one on each of a port side and a starboard side of a centerline of the transom and spaced symmetrically with respect to the centerline. The two propulsion devices are defined as a first set and are associated with a first target trim position. The method also includes defining a second set of propulsion devices and associating the second set with a second target trim position. When in auto-trim mode, each propulsion device in a set of propulsion devices is actuated to its target trim position only if the actual trim positions of all propulsion devices in the set differ from the target trim position by at least a given amount. The propulsion devices may be actuated individually in response to a user sync command.

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


Vocational hood latch assembly
Patent No. 9765555 

Inventor(s): Nicholas J. Evans (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): PACCAR INC (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Christensen O”Connor Johnson (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14464398 on 08/20/2014 (1126 days app to issue)

Abstract: A latch assembly for a vehicle hood includes a hood mount securable to the hood. First and second recesses are formed in the hood mount. The latch assembly includes a cab mount assembly having a mounting bracket, a link, and a handle. The mounting bracket is securable to the cab, and the link has a first end rotatably coupled to the mounting bracket. The handle has a first end rotatably coupled to a second end of the link about a first axis. The handle further includes a trunnion extending laterally from each of two sides of the handle to define a second axis. As the latch assembly moves from an unlatched position to a latched position, each of the trunnions engages one of the first and second recesses in the hood mount so that the handle rotates relative to the hood mount about the second axis.

[B65D] CONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES


Surface fluid extraction and separator system
Patent No. 9765617 

Inventor(s): John Charles Gano (Carrollton, TX), Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, 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: 14436158 on 05/09/2014 (1229 days app to issue)

Abstract: A disclosed example embodiment of a fluid extraction system includes a fluid circuit fluidly coupled to a source of a fluid and configured to receive a fluid sample from the source, and a fluid separator arranged in the fluid circuit and configured to receive the fluid sample. The fluid separator includes a body that defines at least one fluid inlet, a flow chamber defined within the body, and is configured to receive and spin the fluid sample from the at least one fluid inlet. The fluid sample spirals inward and forms a vortex, and gases entrained within the fluid sample separate and migrate toward a center of the vortex. An outlet defined in the flow chamber provides a gas outlet that entrains and removes the gases and a liquid outlet receives and removes a remaining portion of the fluid sample.

[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]


System and method for vibration isolation
Patent No. 9765641 

Inventor(s): Frank B. Stamps (Colleyville, TX), Maurice D. Griffin (Euless, TX), Michael R. Smith (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13593113 on 08/23/2012 (1853 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment of the present disclosure, a system includes a first housing, a second housing, a seal, and a spring system. The first housing includes a first volume of fluid. The first housing is capable of connecting to a first element and to a second element, and is also capable of reducing an amount of movement transferred from the first element to the second element. The second housing is connected to the first housing. The second housing includes a second volume of fluid and a volume of gas. The first volume of fluid is in fluid communication with the second volume of fluid. The seal is capable of separating the second volume of fluid from the volume of gas. The spring system is capable of applying pressure to the first volume of fluid and the second volume of fluid.

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


Rotor hub damper for a rotorcraft
Patent No. 9765825 

Inventor(s): Daniel P. Sottiaux (Flower Mound, TX), Frank B. Stamps (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14135670 on 12/20/2013 (1369 days app to issue)

Abstract: A damper for a rotor hub for a rotorcraft can include a housing, a piston resiliently coupled to the housing with a first elastomeric member and a second elastomeric member, a plurality of conical members, a fluid, and an orifice.

[B60G] VEHICLE SUSPENSION ARRANGEMENTS (air-cushion vehicles B60V; connections between vehicle bodies and vehicle frames B62D 24/00) [5]


 

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Method for preparation of N-acetyl cysteine amide
Patent No. 9763902 

Inventor(s): John C. Warner (Wilmington, MA), John W. Lee (Wilmington, MA), Sambaiah Thota (Wilmington, MA), Srinavasa Cheruku (Wilmington, MA)
Assignee(s): NACUITY PHARMACEUTICALS, INC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15300092 on 03/27/2015 (907 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present application discloses an efficient process for the preparation of N-acetyl-L-cysteine amide (NACA) starting with N-acetyl-L-cysteine.

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


 

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Seals for closet collars
Patent No. 9765507 

Inventor(s): Michael J. Schuster (Shorewood, IL)
Assignee(s): DANCO, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14693472 on 04/22/2015 (881 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for providing a seal for a closet collar. A sealing assembly is positioned on a closet collar for a drain pipe. The sealing assembly may comprise a portion on which a sealing component is positioned. A toilet is positioned over the sealing assembly. The sealing assembly is compressed between the toilet and the closet collar, and a seal for the closet collar is formed.

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


Wrap-around stop collar and method of forming
Patent No. 9765576 

Inventor(s): Clayton Plucheck (Tomball, TX), Ira Eugene Hining (Houston, TX), Jean Buytaert (Mineral Wells, TX)
Assignee(s): ANTELOPE OIL TOOL MFG. CO. (Mineral Wells, TX)
Law Firm: MH2 Technology Law Group, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14461273 on 08/15/2014 (1131 days app to issue)

Abstract: A stop collar for a tubular and method for installing a stop collar on a tubular. The stop collar includes a flexible member extending circumferentially around the tubular more than once. A tension force on the flexible member causes the flexible member to apply a radially-inward gripping force on the tubular. The stop collar may also include a shield disposed around at least a portion of the flexible member, to protect the flexible member in a downhole environment. The stop collar may also or instead include an adhesive disposed radially between the flexible member and 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]


Constant entrance hole perforating gun system and method
Patent No. 9765601 

Inventor(s): David S Wesson (Fort Worth, TX), John T Hardesty (Weatherford, TX), Philip M Snider (Tomball, TX), Wenbo Yang (Kennedale, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15481683 on 04/07/2017 (165 days app to issue)

Abstract: A shaped charge that includes a case, a liner positioned within the case, and an explosive filled within the case. The liner is shaped with a subtended angle ranging from 100 to 120 about an apex, a radius, and an aspect ratio such that a jet formed with the explosive creates an entrance hole in a well casing. The jet creates a perforation tunnel in a hydrocarbon formation, wherein a diameter of the jet, a diameter of the entrance hole diameter, and a width and length of the perforation tunnel are substantially constant and unaffected with changes in design and environmental factors such as a thickness and composition of the well casing, position of the charge in the perforating gun, position of the perforating gun in the well casing, a water gap in the wellbore casing, and type of the hydrocarbon formation.

[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]


Flow rings for regulating flow in autonomous inflow control device assemblies
Patent No. 9765602 

Inventor(s): Aaron Bonner (Flower Mound, TX), David Alexander Smart (Dallas, TX), Jean Marc Lopez (Plano, TX), John Benjamin Cox (Carrollton, TX), William Ryan Huffer (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14383935 on 11/14/2013 (1405 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are wellbore flow control devices that allow on-site field adjustments to flow characteristics. One autonomous inflow control device (AICD) assembly includes a base pipe defining one or more flow ports and an interior, a first end ring and a second end ring each arranged about the base pipe, the second end ring being axially-offset from the first end ring such that a fluid compartment is defined therebetween, an AICD arranged within the fluid compartment and having at least one fluid inlet and an outlet configured to be in fluid communication with one of the one or more flow ports, and a flow ring arranged about the base pipe and in fluid communication with the AICD, the flow ring being operable to regulate a fluid flow into the interior of the base pipe and being accessible and manipulatable by a well operator on-site.

[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]


 

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Polyurea perimeter seal for an aircraft antenna or other aircraft part
Patent No. 9765888 

Inventor(s): Chad Knight (Dodd City, TX), Jeff Busby (Millsap, TX), Kent Boomer (Aledo, TX), Matt Boyd (Fort Worth, TX), Mike Dry (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): THE PATENT WELL LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker, LLP (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14799144 on 07/14/2015 (798 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sealant is provided for use on an aircraft or other vehicle. The sealant may be used with a gasket. The sealant is a perimeter seal that comprises a polyurea member. The polyurea member is a self-curing, two-component mix. It may cure to a hardness in the range of about 40 to 100 (Shore A). It may maintain an adequate peel strength to withstand multiple thermal and pressure cycling, and may have a working life, wherein it may be shaped, of less than about eleven minutes.

[F16J] PISTONS; CYLINDERS; PRESSURE VESSELS IN GENERAL; SEALINGS


CNG fueling system
Patent No. 9765930 

Inventor(s): Richard Poorman (Diana, TX)
Assignee(s): J-W POWER COMPANY (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13756092 on 01/31/2013 (1692 days app to issue)

Abstract: A compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling system has a single compressor, a storage tank configured to receive CNG from the compressor, and a CNG feedback to the compressor from the storage tank.

[F17C] VESSELS FOR CONTAINING OR STORING COMPRESSED, LIQUEFIED, OR SOLIDIFIED GASES; FIXED-CAPACITY GAS-HOLDERS; FILLING VESSELS WITH, OR DISCHARGING FROM VESSELS, COMPRESSED, LIQUEFIED, OR SOLIDIFIED GASES (storing fluids in natural or artificial cavities or chambers in the earth B65G 5/00; construction or assembling of bulk storage containers employing civil-engineering techniques E04H 7/00; variable-capacity gas-holders F17B; liquefaction or refrigeration machines, plants, or systems F25)


Furnace, a method for operating a furnace and a furnace controller configured for the same
Patent No. 9765965 

Inventor(s): Darcy Q. Easterling (Flower Mound, TX), Glenn W. Kowald (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15091956 on 04/06/2016 (531 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller for a gas furnace, a computer-usable medium for implementing a method and a gas furnace are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the controller includes: (1) an interface configured to receive a heating call and (2) a processor configured to enable an inducer of the gas furnace at a low speed based on the heating call and ignite the gas furnace at a high fire operation when determining a low fire pressure switch of the gas furnace is open.

[F24H] FLUID HEATERS, e.g. WATER OR AIR HEATERS, HAVING HEAT-GENERATING MEANS, IN GENERAL (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; tube furnaces for thermal non-catalytic cracking C10G 9/20; devices, e.g. valves, for venting and aerating enclosures F16K 24/00; steam traps or like apparatus F16T; steam generation F22; combustion apparatus F23; domestic stoves or ranges F24B, F24C; domestic- or space-heating systems F24D; furnaces, kilns, ovens, retorts F27; heat-exchangers F28; electric heating elements or arrangements H05B)


Modular, self-contained, mobile clean room
Patent No. 9765980 

Inventor(s): David M. Shanahan (Dallas, TX), Philip B. Maples (Pilot Point, TX)
Assignee(s): G-CON MANUFACTURING, INC. (College Station, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14858857 on 09/18/2015 (732 days app to issue)

Abstract: Biosafety units, methods of making, and sealing the same are disclosed herein. The units comprise at least one controlled air, sealable, sterilizable cleanroom; and a mechanical system room adjacent to the cleanroom comprising: at least two air handling units in a support room adjacent the cleanroom that provide redundant air to the cleanroom with at least Class 100,000 air purity, the air handling units connected to a one or more supply ducts to the cleanroom, and an exhaust duct in communication with the cleanroom and the air handling unit exhaust, wherein a pressure gradient is formed between the cleanroom and the exterior of the structure; and at least two power supplies that provide redundant power to electrical outlets in the cleanroom, wherein the at least two power supplies are connectable to one or more external power sources and the structure is pre-validatable or validated for pharmaceutical manufacturing.

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


 

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Eyewear with improved floatation and impact resistance
Patent No. 9766478 

Inventor(s): Jeff Gibson (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Amphibia Spiris, LLC (Caverolton, TX)
Law Firm: Harvey Law, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14455864 on 08/08/2014 (1138 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention relates to eyewear capable of floating above the surface in water and thus easy to spot in open bodies of water. This invention further relates to eyewear comprising an arrangement of modular pods to enable sustain floatation above the surface of water. The invention further relates to modular pods for floating eyewear that comprise an impact-resistant structure.

[G02C] SPECTACLES; SUNGLASSES OR GOGGLES INSOFAR AS THEY HAVE THE SAME FEATURES AS SPECTACLES; CONTACT LENSES


Systems and methods for managing storage endurance
Patent No. 9766819 

Inventor(s): Gary Janik (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14661971 on 03/18/2015 (916 days app to issue)

Abstract: Storage divisions of a non-volatile storage medium may have a writable state and an unwritable state. Storage divisions may be reclaimed by, inter alia, resetting the storage division from an unwritable state to a writable state. Writable storage divisions may be used to service incoming storage requests. If no writable storage divisions are available, requests may stall. One or more storage divisions may be held in a writable state to avoid stall conditions. This, however, may increase the erase dwell time of the storage divisions, which can result in increased wear and reduce the usable life of the storage device. Storage divisions may be prepared for use such that the storage divisions are transitioned to a writable state such that erase dwell time of the storage divisions is reduced, and the storage divisions are available as needed to service incoming requests.

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


Resource overprovisioning in a virtual machine environment
Patent No. 9766939 

Inventor(s): Farid Khafizov (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15295589 on 10/17/2016 (337 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, methods, and computer programs for overprovisioning resources are disclosed. Resource usage statistics may be gathered for a plurality of client virtual machines (”VMs”). Statistical characteristics of resource usage by the plurality of client VMs may be calculated. It may also be determined which of the plurality of client VMs requesting resources to allocate resources to, as well as an amount of the resources to allocate, in a given time slot based on the calculated statistical characteristics.

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


Data storage device and method for storing multiple codewords and redundancy information at a word line
Patent No. 9766976 

Inventor(s): Manuel Antonio d”Abreu (El Dorado Hills, CA), Zongwang Li (Dublin, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14733184 on 06/08/2015 (834 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes generating a first error correcting code (ECC) codeword and a second ECC codeword. The method further includes generating redundancy information based on at least a portion of the first ECC codeword and further based on at least a portion of the second ECC codeword. The method further includes storing the first ECC codeword, the second ECC codeword, and the redundancy information at a word line of a memory of a data storage device.

[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)


Storage device failover
Patent No. 9766992 

Inventor(s): Bart Van Assche (Merelbeke, , BE), Ranjan Gupta (Salt Lake City, UT), Robert Wipfel (Draper, UT)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14231051 on 03/31/2014 (1268 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to storage device failover. In one embodiment, a plurality of storage devices are represented as cluster resources to a cluster resource manager that manages cluster resources on a plurality of cluster nodes. An indication may be received that a failover operation is requested with respect to one of the plurality of storage devices. In response to the indication, the cluster resource manager may initiate the failover operation. In some embodiments, the failover operation includes changing a first access state of the storage device and a second access state of another storage device. In such an embodiment, the storage device and the other storage device may be associated with a logical unit number. In some embodiments, the storage device is located within a first of the plurality of cluster nodes; the other storage device is located within a second of the plurality of cluster nodes.

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


Memory device with volatile and non-volatile media
Patent No. 9767017 

Inventor(s): David Flynn (Sandy, UT), Nisha Talagala (Livermore, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14465631 on 08/21/2014 (1125 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for providing a memory device with volatile and non-volatile media. A volatile memory medium is on a circuit board configured to be installed on a memory bus of a processor. A non-volatile memory medium is on the same circuit board. A mapping module is configured to selectively store data in either the volatile memory medium or the non-volatile memory medium. The data is provided by way of one or more commands from the processor.

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


Systems and methods for cache endurance
Patent No. 9767032 

Inventor(s): Gregory N. Gillis (Riverton, UT), Jingpei Yang (San Jose, CA), Ned D. Plasson (Park City, UT), Nisha Talagala (Livermore, CA), Robert Wood (Niwot, CO), Swaminathan Sundararaman (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14098281 on 12/05/2013 (1384 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cache and/or storage module may be configured to reduce write amplification in a cache storage. Cache layer write amplification (CLWA) may occur due to an over-permissive admission policy. The cache module may be configured to reduce CLWA by configuring admission policies to avoid unnecessary writes. Admission policies may be predicated on access and/or sequentiality metrics. Flash layer write amplification (FLWA) may arise due to the write-once properties of the storage medium. FLWA may be reduced by delegating cache eviction functionality to the underlying storage layer. The cache and storage layers may be configured to communicate coordination information, which may be leveraged to improve the performance of cache and/or storage operations.

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


Method and apparatus for scalable low latency solid state drive interface
Patent No. 9767058 

Inventor(s): Yiren Huang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13460695 on 04/30/2012 (1968 days app to issue)

Abstract: A solid state drive (SSD) apparatus including a plurality of solid state drives, a channel-interleaved interface operably coupled to the solid state drives, and a Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) bridge operably coupled to the channel-interleaved interface.

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


Predefined input for clinician programmer data entry
Patent No. 9767255 

Inventor(s): Norbert Kaula (Arvada, CO), Paul Landers (Broomfield, CO), Seth Kaufman (Louisville, CO), Yohannes Iyassu (Denver, CO)
Assignee(s): NUVECTRA CORPORATION (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14010942 on 08/27/2013 (1484 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure involves a method of entering data in a portable electronic device. A request is received from a healthcare professional to perform data entry in an input field. The request is received via a touch-sensitive user interface of the portable electronic device. In response to the request, a plurality of predefined suggestions is displayed as candidates for the data entry. A selection of one of the plurality of predefined suggestions by the healthcare professional is then detected. Thereafter, the selected predefined suggestion is automatically entered as the data entry in the input field.

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


Reversible redaction and tokenization computing system
Patent No. 9767307 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX), Sorin N. Cismas (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14950790 on 11/24/2015 (665 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing system for redacting and/or tokenizing non-public information of electronic documents stored in a database may include a data redaction computing device and/or a data tokenization computing device, a first database storing a plurality of electronic documents, and a second database storing computer executable instructions for analyzing information associated with the plurality of electronic documents stored in the first database. The computer executable instructions may cause the data redaction/tokenization computing device to identify non-public information in one or more of the plurality of electronic documents and/or at least one of a document type, a source of the electronic document, and a destination to which the electronic document is to be communicated. Based on this analysis, the data redaction/tokenization computing device may modify the electronic document to redact and/or tokenize the non-public information based on the computer executable instructions retrieved from the second database.

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


Learning emotional states using personalized calibration tasks
Patent No. 9767349 

Inventor(s): Raja Bala (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): XEROX CORPORATION (Norwalk, CT)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15149284 on 05/09/2016 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for determining an emotional state of a subject taking an assessment. The method includes eliciting predicted facial expressions from a subject administered questions each intended to elicit a certain facial expression that conveys a baseline characteristic of the subject; receiving a video sequence capturing the subject answering the questions; determining an observable physical behavior experienced by the subject across a series of frames corresponding to the sample question; associating the observed behavior with the emotional state that corresponds with the facial expression; and training a classifier using the associations. The method includes receiving a second video sequence capturing the subject during an assessment and applying features extracted from the second image data to the classifier for determining the emotional state of the subject in response to an assessment item administered during the assessment.

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


Methods for selecting, ordering and purchasing glass products
Patent No. 9767502 

Inventor(s): Edwin Hathaway (Santa Monica, CA), Mateo Neri (Agoura Hills, CA), Ronald J. Spellich (Rolling Meadows, IL)
Assignee(s): Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14077302 on 11/12/2013 (1407 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to a system, apparatus and method for facilitating the selection, purchasing and ordering glass products. The apparatus includes a processor which is controlled by software to facilitate a selection process which integrates the comparison of glass products and their properties, as well as, including particular properties of particular components of a glass product. The apparatus can work with a user input device and is programmed to display graphics associated with selections and potential selections for glass products. The system and method providing selection menus for display on a display device and an animation graphic associated with a selection presented to the user. The system, apparatus, and method integrates the glass product selection information, and makes selections for the user, based on the user”s previous choices and specified target performances to present to the user potential glass products.

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


Systems and methods for computer vision background estimation using foreground-aware statistical models
Patent No. 9767570 

Inventor(s): Edgar A Bernal (Webster, NY), Qun Li (Webster, NY), Robert P Loce (Webster, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14262360 on 04/25/2014 (1243 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for background modeling in a computer vision system for enabling foreground object detection. A video acquisition model receives video data from a sequence of frames. A fit test module identifies a foreground object from the video data and defines a foreground mask representative of the identified foreground object. A foreground-aware background estimation module defines a first background model from the video data and then further defines an updated background model from an association of a current frame of the video data, the first background model and the foreground mask.

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


Systems and methods for 3D point cloud processing
Patent No. 9767572 

Inventor(s): Richard W. Ely (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14701801 on 05/01/2015 (872 days app to issue)

Abstract: Generally discussed herein are systems, apparatuses, and methods for moving object detection. In one or more embodiments, a method can include computing a central value for each color of each pixel in a series of frames from a static imaging device to create a static reference frame, computing a difference between pixel values of a first frame captured after the series of frames by the static imaging device and a central value of a corresponding pixel value in the static reference frame, comparing the computed differences to a difference threshold, aggregating contiguous pixels corresponding to differences greater than the difference threshold into contiguous segments of pixels, and determining if the contiguous segments correspond to a moving object by registering the contiguous segments to pixels of a frame preceding the first frame.

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


Systems and methods for context based information delivery using augmented reality
Patent No. 9767615 

Inventor(s): Thomas G. Ribardo, Jr. (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14692290 on 04/21/2015 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: Generally discussed herein are systems, apparatuses, and methods for providing contextually relevant augmented reality (AR) to a wearable device. In one or more embodiments, a method can include extracting features of one or more objects in a location in a field of view of a camera of a wearable device, retrieving a three dimensional model of the location based on the extracted features, assessing a situation of a user associated with the wearable device, modifying the three dimensional model based on the assessed user situation, and presenting, using the wearable device, at least a portion of the modified three dimensional model.

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


Method and apparatus for providing vehicle security
Patent No. 9767627 

Inventor(s): Jason Aurele Soroko (Timmins, , CA)
Assignee(s): Entrust, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14795072 on 07/09/2015 (803 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods are disclosed that utilize a vehicle user”s input to provide logical context of legitimate vehicle usage through a remote access device to defend the vehicle from theft. As such, an additional level of security is employed and may be used in addition to other security and theft prevention technologies of the vehicle. In one example, a legitimate automobile operator signals the context of the vehicle”s state to a hardware security module in the vehicle. The states include, for example, to disallow all diagnostic system access or to allow diagnostic access for servicing.

[G07C] TIME OR ATTENDANCE REGISTERS; REGISTERING OR INDICATING THE WORKING OF MACHINES; GENERATING RANDOM NUMBERS; VOTING OR LOTTERY APPARATUS; ARRANGEMENTS, SYSTEMS OR APPARATUS FOR CHECKING NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE (identification of persons A61B 5/117; indicating or recording apparatus for measuring in general, analogous apparatus but in which the input is not a variable to be measured, e.g. a hand operation, G01D; clocks, clock mechanisms G04B, G04C; time-interval measuring G04F; counting mechanisms per se G06M)


Apparatuses and methods for storing a data value in a sensing circuitry element
Patent No. 9767864 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX), Guy S. Perry (Plano, TX), Harish N. Venkata (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Brooks, Cameron Huebsch, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15216256 on 07/21/2016 (425 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure includes apparatuses and methods related to storing a data value in a sensing circuitry element. An example method comprises sensing a first data value with a sense amplifier of a sensing circuitry element, moving a second data value from a first storage location of a compute component to a second storage location of the compute component, and storing, in the first storage location, a third data value resulting from a logical operation performed on the first data value and the second data value. The logical operation can be performed by logic circuitry of the sensing circuitry element.

[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)


Scan chain circuits in non-volatile memory
Patent No. 9767905 

Inventor(s): Kesheng Wang (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14919154 on 10/21/2015 (699 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bit scan circuit includes N scan blocks corresponding with an N-bit string of binary data. The string is scanned using an input clock signal to count the number of bits having a predetermined binary value. Each scan block includes a single latch to transfer the corresponding bit and to indicate reset. The scan blocks are organized into groups. Each group is enabled by a corresponding token signal. The token signal for each group is asserted after each preceding scan block indicates a pass value. When enabled by its token signal, the first scan block in a group is reset by a first clock signal. A second scan block in the group is enabled for reset after the first scan block indicates the pass value. The second scan block in the group is reset by a second clock signal having pulses that precede corresponding pulses from the first clock signal.

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


Three dimensional memory device having well contact pillar and method of making thereof
Patent No. 9768186 

Inventor(s): Fumiaki Toyama (Cupertino, CA), Hiroyuki Ogawa (Yokkaichi, , JP), Ryoichi Honma (Yokkaichi, , JP), Seiji Shimabukuro (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yuki Mizutani (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15216941 on 07/22/2016 (424 days app to issue)

Abstract: A monolithic three dimensional memory device includes a semiconductor substrate having a major surface and a doped well region of a first conductivity type extending substantially parallel to the major surface of the semiconductor substrate, a plurality of NAND memory strings extending substantially perpendicular to the major surface of the semiconductor substrate, and a plurality of substantially pillar-shaped support members extending substantially perpendicular to the major surface of the semiconductor substrate, each support member including an electrically insulating outer material surrounding an electrically conductive core material that extends substantially perpendicular to the major surface of the semiconductor substrate and electrically contacting the doped well region.

[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)


Method of selectively depositing floating gate material in a memory device
Patent No. 9768270 

Inventor(s): Atsushi Suyama (San Jose, CA), Hiroyuki Kinoshita (San Jose, CA), Kensuke Yamaguchi (Kuwana, , JP), Marika Gunji-Yoneoka (Sunnyvale, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Rahul Sharangpani (Fremont, CA), Shigehisa Inoue
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14840474 on 08/31/2015 (750 days app to issue)

Abstract: Undesirable metal contamination from a selective metal deposition process can be minimized or eliminated by employing a first material layer on a bevel and a back side of a substrate, while providing a second material layer only on a front side of the substrate. The first material layer and the second material layer are selected such that a selective deposition process of a metal material provides a metal material portion only on the second material layer, while no deposition occurs on the first material layer or isolated islands of the metal material are formed on the first material layer. Any residual metal material can be removed from the bevel and the back side by a wet etch to reduce or prevent metal contamination from the deposited metal material.

[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)


Method for modifying device-specific variable error correction settings
Patent No. 9768808 

Inventor(s): Aaron K. Olbrich (Morgan Hill, CA), James Fitzpatrick (Sudbury, MA), Neil R. Darragh (Edinburgh, , GB), Steven T. Sprouse (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14885883 on 10/16/2015 (704 days app to issue)

Abstract: The various implementations described herein include systems, methods and/or devices for modifying an error correction format of a respective memory portion of non-volatile memory in a storage device. In one aspect, the method includes, for respective memory portions of the non-volatile memory, obtaining a performance metric of the respective memory portion, and modifying a current error correction format in accordance with the measured performance metric, the current error correction format corresponding to a code rate, codeword structure, and error correction type. Furthermore, data is stored, and errors are detected and corrected, in the respective memory portion in accordance with the modified error correction format. The current and modified error correction formats are distinct, and comprise two of a sequence of predefined error correction formats, wherein a plurality of the sequence of predefined error correction formats have a same number of error correction bits and different numbers of data bits.

[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)


Method and apparatus for policy based routing in information centric networking based home networks
Patent No. 9769034 

Inventor(s): Asit Chakraborti (Pleasanton, CA), Guo-Qiang Wang (Santa Clara, CA), Ravishankar Ravindran (San Jose, CA), Trisha Biswas (Raleigh, NC), Xinwen Zhang (San Ramon, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13732072 on 12/31/2012 (1723 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network node, comprising a receiver configured to receive a request for a service, wherein the request comprises a hierarchically structured name comprising a root and a suffix, a data storage component comprising a network synchronized policy rule associated with a service name root, wherein the network synchronized policy rule is applied to any request for a service whose name comprises a root matching the service name root, and a processor coupled to the receiver and to the data storage component, wherein the processor is configured to apply the network synchronized policy rule to the request, wherein the processor is configured to synchronize service definitions and service policies with other nodes in a network based on the name of the service, and wherein the network synchronized policy rule is synchronized with the other nodes in the network using name-based routing.

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


Port assignment of network devices reference and management
Patent No. 9769036 

Inventor(s): Colin Ferguson (Watertown, MA), Denis Sweeney (Los Gatos, CA)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 14 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14521789 on 10/23/2014 (1062 days app to issue)

Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure involve an apparatus, device, component, and/or method for management of port assignments of networking devices connected to a network and reference materials associated with the port assignments. In one embodiment, a reference material is provided that illustrates the port assignments for one or more networking devices. The reference material may include a full-color illustration of the network device and a port label near each communication port of the network device. The port label may include a description of the port, a port reference number, and a color-coded reference that provides a quick indication of the type of traffic associated with the port. In addition, one embodiment of the present disclosure may automatically populate the reference material based on information obtained from a network administrator or from the network itself.

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


Impact analysis of service modifications in a service oriented architecture
Patent No. 9769249 

Inventor(s): Ian Corcoran (Roanoke, TX)
Assignee(s): FMR LLC (Boston, MA)
Law Firm: Proskauer Rose LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14608535 on 01/29/2015 (964 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes accessing information indicative of a service on which to perform impact analysis; generating, by one or more processing devices, a service definition that is indicative of how an application locally utilizes the service; searching, by the one or more processing devices based on the service definition, a plurality of application code bases for one or more references to the service; identifying, based on searching, which applications utilize the service; and determining, by the one or more processing devices based on the identified application code basis, an impact of a modification to the service.

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


 

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Apparatus for replenishing a vehicle energy source
Patent No. 9764652 

Inventor(s): Paul E. I. Pounds (Brisbane, , AU)
Assignee(s): Olaeris, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Dodd Law Group, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15437829 on 02/21/2017 (210 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, devices, and apparatus for replenishing vehicle resources. Vehicles can be aligned with and docked to replenishment devices. In one aspect, a flying vehicle (e.g., an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)) is aligned onto electrical recharging contacts. The flying vehicles fuel level or battery charge can be replenished with minimal, if any, human intervention. Vehicle docking (e.g., landing), alignment, and replenishment can be performed automatically. A circular ring or shaped surface of a vehicle can engage with a conical sloping surface of a docking apparatus as a vehicle moves towards and/or into the docking apparatus. The conical sloping surface shape aligns the vehicle with recharge contacts or a refueling probe at the base of the docking apparatus.

[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)


Mobile device camera viewfinder punch through effect
Patent No. 9766803 

Inventor(s): Anthony Mazzola (Ramona, CA), Robert McCarthy (Escondido, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14985814 on 12/31/2015 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an example embodiment, an application is executed on a mobile device, causing generation of application graphical output in an application layer. The application layer is rendered on a touchscreen display. A first gesture of a user is detected, and in response to the first gesture a viewfinder layer is generated, the viewfinder layer containing real-time image data from the embedded camera via a camera service. A composite of the application layer, the viewfinder layer, and a transparency mask is rendered so that a portion of the viewfinder layer is visible and a portion of the application layer is visible on the touchscreen display at the same time. Then a second gesture by the user is detected, and in response to the second gesture, viewfinder data from the viewfinder layer is captured and the viewfinder layer and transparency mask are removed.

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


Secure cloud data sharing
Patent No. 9767299 

Inventor(s): John D. Heintz (Austin, TX), Thomas Drennan Selgas (Athens, TX)
Assignee(s): MyMail Technology, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14203821 on 03/11/2014 (1288 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for sharing an encrypted file stored on a cloud server is disclosed. In certain embodiments, the method includes generating a file key associated with the encrypted file stored in the cloud server; generating a share message, the share message including the generated file key and identifying a recipient user and the encrypted file stored in the cloud server; encrypting the file key using an identification key of the recipient user to generate a share key; storing the share key in the cloud server; notifying the recipient user of the encrypted file and share key stored on the cloud server; retrieving the encrypted file and the share key from the cloud server; decrypting the share key using the identification key of the recipient user to reconstruct the file key; and using the reconstructed file key to decrypt the encrypted file.

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


Isolation regions for SOI devices
Patent No. 9768055 

Inventor(s): Bruce Doris (Slingerlands, NY), Maud Vinet (Rives, , FR), Nicolas Loubet (Guilderland, NY), Prasanna Khare (Schenectady, NY), Qing Liu (Guilderland, NY), Shom Ponoth (Gaithersburg, MD)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Allen, Dyer, Doppelt Gilchrist, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13590836 on 08/21/2012 (1855 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device may include a substrate, a buried oxide (BOX) layer overlying the substrate, at least one semiconductor device overlying the BOX layer, and at least one shallow trench isolation (STI) region in the substrate and adjacent the at least one semiconductor device. The at least one STI region defines a sidewall surface with the substrate and may include an oxide layer lining a bottom portion of the sidewall surface, a nitride layer lining a top portion of the sidewall surface above the bottom portion, and an insulating material within the nitride and oxide layers.

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


Method for forming low parasitic capacitance source and drain contacts
Patent No. 9768062 

Inventor(s): Mark S. Rodder (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15276748 on 09/26/2016 (358 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for forming a low parasitic capacitance contact to a source-drain structure of a fin field effect transistor device. In some embodiments the method includes etching a long trench down to the source-drain structure, the trench being sufficiently long to extend across all the of source-drain regions of the device. A conductive layer is formed on the source-drain structure, and the trench is filled with a first fill material. A second, narrower trench is opened along a portion of the length of the first trench, and filled with a second fill material. The first fill material may be conductive, and may form the contact. If the first fill material is not conductive, a third trench may be opened, in the portion of the first trench not filled with the second fill material, and filled with a conductive material, to form the contact.

[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]


Self aligned via in integrated circuit
Patent No. 9768113 

Inventor(s): Douglas M. Trickett (Altamont, NY), Joe Lee (Albany, NY), Lars W. Liebmann (Poughquag, NY), Mehmet Yilmaz (Ankara, , TR), Terry A. Spooner (Clifton Park, NY), Yann Mignot (Slingerlands, NY), Yannick Feurprier (Watervliet, N
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15152981 on 05/12/2016 (495 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for forming a via in an integrated circuit comprises patterning a first opening in a first hardmask, the first hardmask disposed on a first organic self-planarizing polymer (OPL) layer, removing an exposed portion of the first OPL layer to define a cavity, removing an exposed portion of a second hardmask in the cavity, removing an exposed portion of a first dielectric layer disposed under the second hardmask to further define the cavity, removing an exposed portion of a first cap layer in the cavity, removing an exposed portion of a second dielectric layer to further define the cavity, removing an exposed portion of a second cap layer to further define the cavity, removing an exposed portion of a liner layer over a second conductive material in the cavity, and depositing a conductive material in the cavity.

[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]


High isolation switch
Patent No. 9768165 

Inventor(s): Kent Jaeger (Cary, IL), Lawrence Connell (Naperville, IL)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15256154 on 09/02/2016 (382 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment integrated circuit includes a switch and a conductive line over the switch. The switch includes a gate, a first source/drain region at a top surface of a semiconductor substrate, and a second source/drain region at the top surface of the semiconductor substrate. The first source/drain region and the second source/drain region are disposed on opposing sides of the gate. At least a portion of the first conductive line is aligned with the gate, and the first conductive line is electrically coupled to ground.

[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]


Methods and apparatus for three-dimensional nonvolatile memory
Patent No. 9768180 

Inventor(s): Guangle Zhou (San Jose, CA), Tanmay Kumar (Pleasanton, CA), Yangyin Chen (Heverlee, , BE), Yubao Li (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15338372 on 10/29/2016 (325 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided that includes forming a dielectric material above a substrate, forming a hole in the dielectric material, the hole disposed in a first direction, forming a word line layer above the substrate via the hole, the word line layer disposed in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, the word line layer including a first conductive material having a first work function, forming a nonvolatile memory material on a sidewall of the hole, the nonvolatile memory material including a semiconductor material layer and a conductive oxide material layer, forming a local bit line in the hole, the local bit line including a second conductive material having a second work function, wherein the first work function is greater than the second work function, and forming a memory cell comprising the nonvolatile memory material at an intersection of the local bit line and the word line layer.

[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]


Source line formation and structure
Patent No. 9768183 

Inventor(s): Hidehito Koseki (Yokkaichi, , JP), Hidetoshi Nakamoto (Yokkaichi, , JP), Keita Kumamoto (Yokkaichi, , JP), Noritaka Fukuo (Yokkaichi, , JP), Shunsuke Akimoto (Yokkaichi, , JP), Takuya Futase (Yokkaichi, , JP), Tomoyasu Kakegawa (Yokk
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14713579 on 05/15/2015 (858 days app to issue)

Abstract: An initial etch forms a trench over first contact areas of a plurality of NAND strings, the initial etch also forming individual openings over second contact areas of the plurality of NAND strings. Material is added in the trench to reduce an area of exposed bottom surface of the trench while maintaining the individual openings without substantial reduction of bottom surface area. Subsequent further etching extends the trench and the plurality of individual openings.

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


Three-dimensional memory device containing annular etch-stop spacer and method of making thereof
Patent No. 9768192 

Inventor(s): Tadashi Nakamura (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15071575 on 03/16/2016 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: An etch-stop annular spacer can be formed around a protruding portion of a sacrificial pillar structure that fills a lower memory opening through a first insulating cap layer and through an underlying first alternating stack of first insulating layers and first spacer layers. The etch-stop layer comprises a material that is different from the material of the sacrificial pillar structure. After formation of a second insulating cap layer, a second alternating stack of second insulating layers and second spacer layers can be formed over the sacrificial pillar structure. An upper memory opening is formed though the second alternating stack by an anisotropic etch that employs the etch-stop annular spacer as an etch stop. A memory opening is formed by removing the sacrificial pillar structure underneath the upper memory opening selective to the etch-stop annular spacer. A memory stack structure without a convex protrusion can be formed in the memory opening.

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


Method to form strained channel in thin box SOI structures by elastic strain relaxation of the substrate
Patent No. 9768299 

Inventor(s): Pierre Morin (Albany, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14977077 on 12/21/2015 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and structures for forming strained-channel FETs are described. A strain-inducing layer may be formed under stress in a silicon-on-insulator substrate below the insulator. Stress-relief cuts may be formed in the strain-inducing layer to relieve stress in the strain-inducing layer. The relief of stress can impart strain to an adjacent semiconductor layer. Strained-channel, fully-depleted SOI FETs and strained-channel finFETs may be formed from the adjacent semiconductor layer. The amount and type of strain may be controlled by etch depths and geometries of the stress-relief cuts and choice of materials for the strain-inducing layer.

[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]


Shoot-through prevention in switched-mode power supplies
Patent No. 9768703 

Inventor(s): Zaohong Yang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Blank Rome LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14985040 on 12/30/2015 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that operates a flyback converter. During activation of a synchronous rectifier (SR) controller on a secondary side of the power converter, the system temporarily disables driving of a gate of a metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) by the SR controller to enable synchronization of the SR controller to a switching frequency on a primary side of the power converter. After driving of the gate of the MOSFET by the SR controller has been disabled for a pre-specified period, the system enables driving of the gate of the MOSFET by the SR controller.

[H02M] APPARATUS FOR CONVERSION BETWEEN AC AND AC, BETWEEN AC AND DC, OR BETWEEN DC AND DC, AND FOR USE WITH MAINS OR SIMILAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS; CONVERSION OF DC OR AC INPUT POWER INTO SURGE OUTPUT POWER; CONTROL OR REGULATION THEREOF (conversion of current or voltage specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces with no moving parts G04G 19/02; systems for regulating electric or magnetic variables in general, e.g. using transformers, reactors or choke coils, combination of such systems with static converters G05F; for digital computers G06F 1/00; transformers H01F; connection or control of one converter with regard to conjoint operation with a similar or other source of supply H02J; dynamo-electric converters H02K 47/00; controlling transformers, reactors or choke coils, control or regulation of electric motors, generators or dynamo-electric converters H02P; pulse generators H03K) [5]


Bias circuit for a high power radio frequency switching device
Patent No. 9768770 

Inventor(s): Charles F. Campbell (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14196987 on 03/04/2014 (1295 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments provide a switching circuit including a transistor and a bias circuit. The transistor may transition between an off state and an on state responsive to a control signal received at a control terminal. The bias circuit may be coupled between the control terminal and a gate terminal of the transistor. The bias circuit may include a gate resistor coupled between the gate terminal and the control terminal. The bias circuit may further include one or more diodes coupled in parallel with the gate resistor between the gate terminal and the control terminal to allow leakage current to pass from the gate terminal through the one or more diodes. In some embodiments, the bias circuit may include a switch coupled with the one or more diodes to selectively couple the one or more diodes in parallel with the gate resistor when the transistor is off.

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


On-the-fly syndrome and syndrome weight computation architecture for LDPC decoding
Patent No. 9768807 

Inventor(s): Eran Sharon (Rishon Lezion, , IL), Xinmiao Zhang (Seattle, WA), Yuri Ryabinin (Beer Sheva, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14840821 on 08/31/2015 (750 days app to issue)

Abstract: A decoder includes syndrome storage and a first barrel shifter configured to bit-shift hard decision bit data to generate shifted data that is aligned with a set of syndromes from the syndrome storage. The decoder also includes a first syndrome update circuit coupled to the first barrel shifter and configured to process the set of syndromes based on the shifted data to generate an updated version of the set of syndromes. The decoder may also be configured to perform on-the-fly syndrome weight computation.

[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]


Methods and systems for superchannel power pre-emphasis
Patent No. 9768878 

Inventor(s): Inwoong Kim (Allen, TX), Motoyoshi Sekiya (Richardson, TX), Olga Vassilieva (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14714973 on 05/18/2015 (855 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for superchannel power pre-emphasis may adjust power levels of selected subcarriers of the superchannel. The power pre-emphasis may be performed at a transmission stage using a laser source, a variable optical attenuator, or a wavelength selective switch. The power pre-emphasis may be performed in-line at a reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer node. The power pre-emphasis may be performed using feedback control based on a receiver output. The power pre-emphasis may be performed using feedforward control based on optical path computations.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Over-the-air isolation testing
Patent No. 9768893 

Inventor(s): Kevin Canady (Plano, TX), Michael Shen (Plano, TX), Mike Ludwig (Plano, TX), Richard Wank (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Spirent Communications, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA)
Law Firm: Haynes Beffel Wolfeld LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15353697 on 11/16/2016 (307 days app to issue)

Abstract: A unique method/device for isolating the over-the-air segment within a mobile communications network is provided. A coordinated set of tests is run to isolate problems in an end-to-end network including over-the-air segment, wired, and core network segments. Test results are compared to identify which segment or components within a segment is failing. The testing device executes the same test in two differentiated modes. In one mode, the device acts as a mobile client device identified by subscriber identification data that communicates with the network base station over-the-air using the standard control and data protocols of the mobile network. In another mode, the testing device, identified by the same subscriber identification data, acts like the combination of the same Mobile Client Device(s) and a Network Base Station using a wired interface that is equivalent to the wired interface that connects the network base station to the rest of the wired network.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Flexible grid TWDM-PON architecture and intelligent set-up for TWDM-PON
Patent No. 9768903 

Inventor(s): Feng Wang (Bedminster, NJ), Xuejin Yan (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15218811 on 07/25/2016 (421 days app to issue)

Abstract: An approach to proving a flexible grid architecture for time and wavelength division multiplexed passive optical networks is described. One embodiment includes an optical transmitter array configured to transmit an optical signal, an optical combiner coupled to the optical transmitter array configured to receive unlocked wavelengths from the optical transmitter array and output a single optical signal, and an optical amplifier coupled to the optical combiner configured to boost downstream optical power. In some embodiments, a WDM filter is coupled to the optical amplifier, and a tunable optical network unit (ONU) coupled to the WDM filter is configured to transmit and receive the optical signals. In still other embodiments, a cyclic demultiplexer is coupled to the optical splitter and connects to an optical receiver array configured to receive optical signals.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Optical line terminal (OLT) support of optical network unit (ONU) calibration
Patent No. 9768905 

Inventor(s): Bo Gao (Wuhan, , CN), Dekun Liu (Wuhan, , CN), Jianhe Gao (Wuhan, , CN), Xuming Wu (Wuhan, , CN), Yuanqiu Luo (Cranbury, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14713550 on 05/15/2015 (858 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical line terminal (OLT) channel termination (CT) comprises a receiver configured to receive an upstream message which comprises a correlation tag from an optical network unit (ONU), wherein the correlation tag represents a unique number, a processor coupled to the receiver and configured to process the upstream message, and generate a downstream message based on the upstream message, wherein the downstream message comprises the correlation tag, and a transmitter coupled to the processor and configured to transmit the downstream message to the ONU.

[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)


High dimensional (HiDi) radio environment characterization and representation
Patent No. 9768928 

Inventor(s): Guosen Yue (Edison, NJ), Xiao-Feng Qi (Westfield, NJ)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15382325 on 12/16/2016 (277 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device comprises a memory that stores instructions executed by one or more processors to obtain a plurality of received signals transmitted by a user equipment from a plurality of antenna elements in a cellular network. A plurality of complex channel values are calculated in an angle domain for a horizontal arrival angle and a vertical arrival angle per a received ray in a plurality of received rays in response to the plurality of received signals. A frequency-offset estimation is calculated and applied to the plurality of complex channel values. The plurality of offset complex channel values are transformed to a plurality of channel values in a time domain. A time-offset estimation is calculated and applied to the plurality of channel values. An expected value of the plurality of channel values is obtained to obtain a power angle delay profile for the geographical location of the user equipment.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for identifying interference type in time division duplex systems
Patent No. 9768929 

Inventor(s): Jun Li (Richardson, TX), Yiping Wang (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13725497 on 12/21/2012 (1733 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus at an evolved Node B (eNB) and user equipment (UE) in cells operating in time division duplex with a first configuration and having a neighbor cell eNB operating in time division duplex with a second configuration, the methods and apparatus: identifying potential eNB-to-eNB; UE-to-UE; eNB-to-UE; and UE-to-eNB interference. Further methods and apparatus to report interference including enumerated interference types to neighbor cell eNBs. Further, methods and apparatus for interference mitigation.

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


Wireless mesh network including resilient backhaul links and WLAN traffic local switching
Patent No. 9769063 

Inventor(s): Yanxin Na (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15174037 on 06/06/2016 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless mesh network includes mesh access points (mesh APs) and a root access point (RAP) forming a root of a tree of the mesh APs in which the mesh APs are linked back to the RAP through parent-child relationships over wireless backhaul links. A mesh AP provides access to the mesh network via connections to wireless clients in one or more wireless local area networks (WLANs) served by the mesh AP. The mesh AP stores mappings between the one or more WLANs served by the mesh AP and one or more virtual local area networks (VLANs) configured on a wired network and to which the WLANs are assigned. The mesh AP receives mappings between the VLANs configured on the wired network and WLANs served by the mesh AP as known by the RAP. If the stored mappings and the received mappings differ, the mesh AP updates the stored mappings with the received mappings that differ from the stored mappings.

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


Establishing and protecting label switched paths across topology-transparent zones
Patent No. 9769066 

Inventor(s): Huaimo Chen (Bolton, MA), Renwei Li (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14333024 on 07/16/2014 (1161 days app to issue)

Abstract: A label switched path (LSP) establishing method that includes receiving a first path message from a network node outside of a topology-transparent zone (TTZ) along a path for the LSP, computing a TTZ path through the TTZ from the network component to an egress TTZ edge node along the LSP, sending a second path message to a TTZ internal node along the TTZ path, receiving a first reservation (RESV) message from the TTZ internal node that includes a label allocated for the egress TTZ edge node, and sending a second RESV message that includes a label allocated for the network component and the label allocated for the egress TTZ edge node to the network node.

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


Method and apparatus for scalable content routing and mobility in named data networks
Patent No. 9769072 

Inventor(s): Asit Chakraborti (Pleasanton, CA), Guo-Qiang Wang (Santa Clara, CA), Ravishankar Ravindran (San Ramon, CA), Xinwen Zhang (San Ramon, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15360128 on 11/23/2016 (300 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various disclosed embodiments include methods, systems, and computer-readable media for named data network (NDN) inter/intra-domain mobility. A complete de-coupling of identity and addressing space is established. This provides separation of control and forwarding allowing rich policy based routing, using SDN principles, as well as policy based global resolution. In one embodiment, the de-coupling of identity from location is achieved by a changeable forwarding label field in a header that can have nodal/domain/global scope. This disclosure provides content routing/mobility to be handled with a high degree of flexibility. This disclosure also provides mobility as a service for a component of a name space.

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


System and method for servicing one or more user equipments through one or more streams
Patent No. 9769228 

Inventor(s): Hao Bi (Lake Zurich, IL), Yishen Sun (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14692052 on 04/21/2015 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment method for operating a network entity servicing one or more user equipments (UEs) includes transmitting a data file through one or more streams, wherein each of the one or more streams are carried on a multiple-user accessible channel. A configuration communication is provided to the one or more UEs regarding a relationship between content of the data file and the one or more streams such that each of the one or more UEs can receive the data file at different time instances according to the configuration communication.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture to monitor mobile devices
Patent No. 9769294 

Inventor(s): Alejandro Gutierrez (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Nielsen Company (US), LLC (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15084922 on 03/30/2016 (538 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to monitor mobile devices are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a shell having a form factor dimensioned to receive a mobile device; and a near-field interceptor coupled to the shell, the near-field interceptor to capture data communicated via a near-field energy field between a first near-field communication device of the mobile device and a second near field communication device external to the mobile device.

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


Authentication and control of incoming communication
Patent No. 9769310 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14946265 on 11/19/2015 (670 days app to issue)

Abstract: An incoming communication processing system and method is disclosed for providing communication and data services to residents of a controlled facility. Specifically, the incoming communication processing system allows outside parties to initiate communications to residents of a controlled facility. The incoming communication processing system may work in conjunction with or separately from an outgoing communication processing system. Many restrictions and safeguards may be implemented within the incoming communication system in order to prevent improper use.

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


Mechanism for dynamic signaling of encoder capabilities
Patent No. 9769320 

Inventor(s): Daniel Cohn (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15003221 on 01/21/2016 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for dynamically signaling encoder capabilities of vocoders of corresponding communication nodes. In one embodiment, during a call between a first communication node and a second communication node, a control node (e.g., base station controller or mobile switching center) for the first communication node sends capability information for a voice encoder of a vocoder of the first communication node to a control node for the second communication node. As a result, the second communication node is enabled to select and request a preferred encoder mode for the voice encoder of the vocoder of the first communication node based on the capabilities of the voice encoder of the vocoder of the first communication node.

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


Pulse detection bandpass filter with gain stage
Patent No. 9769400 

Inventor(s): Joshua Lund (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (Princeton, NJ)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14997184 on 01/15/2016 (613 days app to issue)

Abstract: An imaging pixel is provided. The imaging pixel includes a photodetector that outputs charge signals in response to incident light and laser pulses and a high-frequency path. A detector biasing circuit is further provided that biases high-frequency signals of the charge signals that are associated with the laser pulses to follow the high frequency path. The detector biasing circuit effectively filters low-frequency signal components of the charge signals from following the high-frequency path.

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


Methods and apparatus for independent decryption of encrypted video frames
Patent No. 9769506 

Inventor(s): Gerard M. X. Fernando (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): ZTE (USA) Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14005249 on 03/15/2012 (2014 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for generating an encrypted video bitstream include encrypting media data using a plurality of encryption keys and generating metadata associated with the encrypted media data. The metadata includes a first list based on the plurality of encryption keys and a second list based on initialization vector/feedback vector (IV/FV) information to facilitate independent decryption of at least one encrypted video frame included in the encrypted media data.

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


Media appliance and method for use of same
Patent No. 9769519 

Inventor(s): Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14997941 on 01/18/2016 (610 days app to issue)

Abstract: A media appliance and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, a housing is adapted to be mounted within a wall. A panel forms a front portion of the housing and the panel includes vents and the panel may be mounted substantially flush with the wall. A media player, which includes a set-top box, is disposed within the housing. A pair of ports, disposed within openings defined by the housing, are configured to receive respective connectors. The pair of ports are coupled to the media player and one port is configured for providing a connection to a television and the other port is configured for providing a connection to an external source of signal for the television, as well as power for the media player.

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


Method and system for adaptive virtual broadcasting of digital content
Patent No. 9769536 

Inventor(s): Mattias Bergstrom (Puerto de la Cruz, , ES)
Assignee(s): SYSTEM73, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Mayer Brown LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14848268 on 09/08/2015 (742 days app to issue)

Abstract: The virtual broadcast system of the present invention optimizes the routing of digital content among nodes along overlay networks that are dynamically reconfigured based upon forecasts of frequently-changing congestion levels of component interconnections within an underlying network. In the context of delivering streaming video over the Internet to large numbers of concurrent users, the present invention makes efficient use of the limited capacity of congested ASN peering points by employing deep learning techniques to forecast congestion levels across those ASN peering points and, based on those forecasts, to optimize the routing of video content along dynamically reconfigured overlay networks. The virtual broadcast system handles unscheduled as well as scheduled events, streams live as well as pre-recorded events, and streams those events in real time with minimal delay in a highly scalable fashion that maintains a consistent QoE among large numbers of concurrent viewers.

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


Consumer-configurable alternative advertising reception with incentives
Patent No. 9769539 

Inventor(s): Kulvir S. Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Lee Law, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14016601 on 09/03/2013 (1477 days app to issue)

Abstract: An indication from a user is detected by a first content viewing device to transfer an advertisement delivered to the first content viewing device as part of streamed audio and video (A/V) content to an alternative content viewing device. A determination is made, based upon user-specific advertising configuration information, as to whether the user is authorized to perform advertisement deferral during the streamed A/V content. The advertisement is configured as an incentivized deferred advertisement to be viewed by the user at a later time using the alternative content viewing device in response to determining that the user is authorized to perform advertisement deferral during the streamed A/V content. The configured incentivized deferred advertisement is transferred to the alternative content viewing device.

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


Optimized short message transport
Patent No. 9769592 

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14834216 on 08/24/2015 (757 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for transferring data using optimized short message transport includes receiving at a first network node an attach request message. The attach request message includes short-message data. The first network node receives from a second network node a short-message data response message. The short-message data response message includes at least one of an address for a short message service center, an indication that indicates no mobile-terminated message is pending for the UE, or a short-message entity destination address.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Mobile cellular networks
Patent No. 9769674 

Inventor(s): Chris Hill (Plano, TX), Joseph L. Uelk (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): OCEUS NETWORKS INC. (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15263155 on 09/12/2016 (372 days app to issue)

Abstract: Multiple mobile cellular network (MCN) communication systems can be networked together to form a network of MCN communication systems (NOM). Each MCN communication system within the NOM can operate as an independent cellular network to provide communications between user equipment within a covered area. The MCN can be managed by a network management control center (NMCC). The NMCC can be configured generate coverage maps of the NOM and NMC system coverage areas.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for optimizing cell specific antenna configuration parameters
Patent No. 9769689 

Inventor(s): James Matthew (Bellemead, NJ), Jin Yang (Bridgewater, NJ), Nandu Gopalakrishnan (Chatham, NJ), Yan Xin (Princeton, NJ), Yongxi Tan (Hillsborough, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14963062 on 12/08/2015 (651 days app to issue)

Abstract: Adjusting cell specific antenna configuration parameters includes receiving, at each of a plurality of radio access nodes in a network, measurement reports from a plurality of user equipment devices. Base incremental adjustments to configuration parameters of one or more antennas are performed at each radio access node in response to the measurement reports. Additional measurement reports are received from the plurality of user equipment devices after the incremental adjustments. Base incremental adjustments to the configuration parameters of the one or more antennas at the radio access nodes continue to be performed in response to the measurement reports after previous incremental adjustments until an improvement limit has occurred. Biased random adjustments to the configuration parameters of the one or more antennas at the radio access nodes are performed in response to the improvement limit until a desired optimum result is achieved.

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


Method and apparatus for determining access point service capabilities
Patent No. 9769743 

Inventor(s): Basavaraj Patil (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Nokia Technologies Oy (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13642357 on 04/21/2011 (2343 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for determining access point service capabilities may include identifying, at a mobile terminal, an access point to which the mobile terminal is capable of establishing a connection, determining, prior to authentication between the mobile terminal and the access point, whether the access point supports a particular service or connection, and enabling a connection determination to be made at the mobile terminal regarding whether to connect to the access point based on whether the access point supports the particular service or connection. A corresponding computer program product and apparatuses are also provided.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Power management for distributed antenna system
Patent No. 9769744 

Inventor(s): Matthew T. Melester (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Fogg Powers LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14592549 on 01/08/2015 (985 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects involve power management subsystems for a distributed antenna system (”DAS”) or other telecommunication system. The power management subsystem can include a measurement module and an optimization module. The measurement module can monitor a utilization metric for a remote unit in the DAS or other telecommunication system. The power optimization module can determine whether the remote unit is underutilized based on the monitored utilization metric. The power optimization module can configure the remote unit for a low-power operation in response to determining that the remote unit is underutilized.

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


System and method for direct mobile communications power control
Patent No. 9769765 

Inventor(s): Young Hoon Kwon (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: 15394478 on 12/29/2016 (264 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for transmitting to a direct mobile communications (DMC) device by a user equipment operating in both a cellular mode and a DMC mode includes estimating a first pathloss of a first channel from the user equipment to a base station according to a difference between a known base station transmit power level and a received base station power level, and estimating a second pathloss of a second channel from the user equipment to the DMC device according to a difference between a known DMC device transmit power level and a received DMC device power level. The method also includes setting a transmit power level for transmission to the DMC device according to the first pathloss and the second pathloss, and transmitting a signal to the DMC device at the transmit power level.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Mobility in enterprise networks
Patent No. 9769855 

Inventor(s): Zeev V. Lubenski (North Andover, MA)
Assignee(s): GENBAND US LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14144579 on 12/31/2013 (1358 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of methods and systems for mobility in enterprise networks are presented. The methods and systems described herein provide a mobile wireless device with access to both an enterprise network and an external network by establishing a proxy connection between a gateway component of the enterprise network and a gateway component of the external network. Such embodiments may maintain the security of the enterprise network. Additionally, such embodiments may not require modification of the User Equipment (UE) or of components of the external network. Indeed, the methods and systems may operate transparently to both the UE and to components of the external network.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for allocating network resources
Patent No. 9769857 

Inventor(s): Anthony C. K. Soong (Plano, TX), Brian Classon (Palatine, IL), Deping Liu (Schaumburg, IL), Philippe Sartori (Algonquin, IL), Vipul Desai (Palatine, IL), 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: 13406266 on 02/27/2012 (2031 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a user equipment (UE) in a UE group including at least two UEs includes receiving, from a communications controller, network resources information about an allocation of a first set of network resources to the UE group and a transmission indication, where the transmission indication indicates that the UE is selected to transmit in a second set of network resources that is a subset of the first set of network resources. The method further includes transmitting, to other UEs in the UE group utilizing a direct mobile communications (DMC) link associated with the communications controller, a first message including a control indicator in a first subset of the second set of network resources, the control indicator indicating scheduling information for a second subset of the second set of network resources.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


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Ceramic bonding tool with textured tip
Patent No. D797826 

Inventor(s): Cesar Alfaro (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): CoorsTek, Inc. (Golden, CO)
Law Firm: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29516521 on 02/03/2015 (959 days app to issue)


Commercial beverage brewer
Patent No.  D797487

Inventor(s): Adam Roth Mangold (Salt Lake City, UT), Tymer T. Tilton (Salt Lake City, UT)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29561306 on 04/14/2016 (523) days app to issue
Assignee(s): ALPHA DOMINCHE HOLDINGS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Phillips Ryther Winchester (1 non-local offices)


Transducer mount
Patent No.  D797860  

Inventor(s): Adam Cole Ewing (McKinney, TX), Jory Sprowl (Wolfe City, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29547021 on 11/30/2015 (659) Days App to Issue
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: CARR Law Firm PLLC (Local + 4 other metros) Patent Class: N/A Abstract:  No Abstract


Baseball trophy candle
Patent No.  D797962

Inventor(s): John Voss (Allen, TX)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29538332 on 09/02/2015 (748) Days App to Issue
Assignee(s): Voss Solo 401k Trust (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)

 

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