Dallas Invents: 93 Patents Granted for Week of Sept. 28

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 12 for patent activity out of 250 metros.

Patents granted include:
•  7-Eleven's detection of shelf interactions using a sensor array
•  American Airlines' graph network model to determine a gate pushback time
•  Atense's virus immune computer system and method
•  AT&T Intellectual Property, Cricket Wireless LLC's method for detecting and acting upon a violation of terms of service
•  Texas Instruments' financial transaction system with sensors and tamper detection
•  TMGCore's autonomous vehicle that can map a facility and navigate its way to a particular liquid cooling system

 

Dallas Fort Worth: U.S. Patents Granted in the Dallas Fort Worth region.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 Aug. 29, 2017 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

93 patents granted    Ranked No. 12 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES   10
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING  10
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY    2
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 3
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING     3
G: PHYSICS 29
H: ELECTRICITY   29

DESIGN: 6


TOP ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas)   20
Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)    5
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano)  4
Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (Houston)  3
Micron Technology Inc. (Boise, Id) 3
American Airlines Inc. (Fort Worth)    2
Lintec Of America Inc. (Richardson)    2
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Suwon-Si, KR)  2
Sandisk Technologies (Addison)    2

Unassigned 10


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm) 2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Self-contained universal mini terrarium
Patent No. 11129371 

Inventor(s): Nathan Alan Hollis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15959187 on 04/21/2018 (1256 days app to issue)

Abstract: A compact (such as a 477) decorative, self-contained, internet-connected low maintenance terrarium that is completely passive and contains no moving parts. The terrarium device is such that it can sustain itself, with no human maintenance necessary, for several weeks at a time. The terrarium has a computer processor, wireless connectivity, one or more LED lights, and a durable optical water sensor and reservoir design. The terrarium is configured with embedded and connected logic for full internet of things (IoT) functionality.

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


Fishing reel spool tool kit with spooler and de-spooler aspects
Patent No. 11129374 

Inventor(s): Jose Jaramillo (Mineral Wells, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Decker Jones, PC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16451779 on 06/25/2019 (826 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fishing reel de-spooler comprises a base member, a de-spooler drive shaft, and two or more extended members adapted to receive fishing line from a fishing reel. The de-spooler drive shaft is adapted for attachment to a chuck of a rotary drill and the plate member. The two or more extended members are removeably coupled to the plate member. The fishing reel spooler comprises an elongated plate member, a spooler drive shaft, and one or more handle receiving cup members adapted to receive a handle of a fishing reel. The elongated plate member is removeably coupled to the spooler drive shaft on a shaft side of the elongated plate member which is adapted to be coupled to the handle receiving cup members. The spooler drive shaft is adapted for attachment to a chuck of a rotary drill.

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


Heart rate estimation apparatus with state sequence optimization
Patent No. 11129538 

Inventor(s): David Patrick Magee (Allen, TX), Rajan Narasimha (Dallas, TX), Tarkesh Pande (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16442845 on 06/17/2019 (834 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include heart rate monitor systems and methods to estimate a patient heart rate or rate of another pulsed signal, in which rate hypotheses or states, are identified for a current time window according to digital sample values of the pulsed signal for a current sample time window, and a rate change value is computed for potential rate transitions between states of the current and previous time windows. Transition pair branch metric values are computed as a function of the rate change value and a frequency domain amplitude of the corresponding rate hypothesis for the current time window, and the pulsed signal rate estimate is determined according to a maximum path metric computed according to the branch metric value and a corresponding path metric value for the previous time window.

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


Trapping sheaths and guide catheters
Patent No. 11129964 

Inventor(s): Subhash Banerjee (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13801263 on 03/13/2013 (3121 days app to issue)

Abstract: Introducer sheaths and (e.g., guide) catheters with inflatable trapping elements for trapping and/or stabilizing devices (e.g., guidewires, catheters, and/or the like) in a primary lumen of the sheath or catheter. Such sheaths and catheters may be configured for endovascular, endoscopic, laparoscopic, and/or urological procedures.

[A61M] DEVICES FOR INTRODUCING MEDIA INTO, OR ONTO, THE BODY (introducing media into or onto the bodies of animals A61D 7/00; means for inserting tampons A61F 13/26; devices for administering food or medicines orally A61J; containers for collecting, storing or administering blood or medical fluids A61J 1/05); DEVICES FOR TRANSDUCING BODY MEDIA OR FOR TAKING MEDIA FROM THE BODY (surgery A61B; chemical aspects of surgical articles A61L; magnetotherapy using magnetic elements placed within the body A61N 2/10); DEVICES FOR PRODUCING OR ENDING SLEEP OR STUPOR [5]


Rotorcraft fall restraint protection attach points and mechanism systems
Patent No. 11130009 

Inventor(s): Bob Thornton (Balch Springs, TX), Brian Mesing (Fort Worth, TX), Chyau Tzeng (Arlington, TX), Daniel John Burns (Fort Worth, TX), David Platz (North Richland Hills, TX), Joseph Leachman (Keller, TX), Joshua Edler (Colleyv
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15343678 on 11/04/2016 (1789 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes a safety apparatus and method for protecting users during maintenance operations for a rotorcraft comprising: at least one permanent, semi-permanent, or detachable safety bar, strap, fastener, hook, or loop that is attached or attachable to a rotorcraft, wherein the safety bar, strap, fastener, hook, or loop is positioned in an area or surface between a windshield of the rotorcraft and a tail boom of the rotorcraft and is connectable to a user safety device to provide fall protection from the area or surface.

[A62B] DEVICES, APPARATUS OR METHODS FOR LIFE-SAVING (valves specially adapted for medical use A61M 39/00; composition of chemical substances used in respirators, gas-masks, breathing apparatus or the like A62D; rescuing from mountains or trees A63B 27/00, A63B 29/00; life-saving devices, apparatus or methods specially adapted for use in water B63C 9/00; divers’ equipment B63C 11/00; specially adapted for use with aircraft, e.g. parachutes or ejector seats, B64D; rescue devices peculiar to mining E21F 11/00)


Randomized exercise system
Patent No. 11130022 

Inventor(s): Matthew Fisher (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Offset Ventures, LLC (Whitestone, NY)
Law Firm: Akerman LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17083724 on 10/29/2020 (334 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one example, an exercise system includes a base, a vertical housing extending vertically outward from the base, a first weighted touchpoint moveably coupled to the vertical housing, a second weighted touchpoint moveably coupled to the vertical housing, and one or more weight systems configured to provide weight to the weighted touchpoints. The exercise system further includes a control system that determines randomized workouts that include a random selection of a muscle group, a weight amount, a weight differential, a number of sets of an exercise, and/or a number of repetitions in the set. The control system may also cause the weight system to adjust the weight of the weighted touchpoints based on the randomized workout.

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


Aerodynamic golf club head
Patent No. 11130026 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey J. Albertsen (Plano, TX), Marc Schmidt (Dallas, TX), Michael Scott Burnett (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC. (Carlsbad, CA)
Law Firm: Dawsey Co., LPA (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16707774 on 12/09/2019 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aerodynamic golf club head having crown attributes that impart beneficial aerodynamic properties.

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


Game contacting smart objects
Patent No. 11130053 

Inventor(s): Rhenae Andre Thompson (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Smith Woldesenbet Law Group, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16249221 on 01/16/2019 (986 days app to issue)

Abstract: An interactive game can include a first target object comprising a first body, a first controller, and a first sensor coupled to the first controller, where the first sensor measures a parameter that indicates when the first body is contacted. The interactive game can also include an initiating object, and a first player positioned a distance from the first target object, where the first player propels the initiating object toward the first target object. The first controller, based on the first parameter measured by the first sensor, can determine when the initiating object contacts the first target object and awards a point to the first player for contacting the first target object. The first controller can communicate a score of the first player to the first player.

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


Methods for inhibiting hematopoietic tumor cells with diphtheria tokin-interleukin-3 conjugates
Patent No. 11130792 

Inventor(s): Arthur E. Frankel (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Scott White Memorial Hospital (Temple, TX)
Law Firm: McNeill Baur PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16271456 on 02/08/2019 (963 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides methods for inhibiting interleukin-3 receptor-expressing cells, and, in particular, inhibiting the growth of such cells by using a diphtheria toxin-human interleukin-3 conjugate (DT-IL3) that is toxic to cells expressing the interleukin-3 receptor. In preferred embodiments, the DT-IL3 conjugate is a fusion protein comprising amino acids 1-388 of diphtheria toxin fused via a peptide linker to full-length, human interleukin-3. In certain embodiments, the methods of the present invention relate to the administration of a DT-IL3 conjugate to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and/or cancer stem cells in humans, which cells express one or more subunits of the interleukin-3 receptor. Exemplary cells include myeloid leukemia cancer stem cells. In other embodiments, the methods of the present invention relate to ex vivo purging of bone marrow or peripheral blood to remove cells that express one or more subunits of the interleukin-3 receptor such that the purged bone marrow or peripheral blood is suitable, e.g., for autologous stem cell transplantation to restore hematopoietic function.

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


Data labeling system and method operative with patient and clinician controller devices disposed in a remote care architecture
Patent No. 11133113 

Inventor(s): Douglas Alfred Lautner (Frisco, TX), James Nagle (Celina, TX), Scott DeBates (Frisco, TX), Tucker Tomlinson (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16901368 on 06/15/2020 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for facilitating remote care management involving a patient having an implantable medical device (IMD). Upon establishing a remote care session between a patient controller device and a clinician programmer, wherein the clinician and the patient are remotely located with respect to each other, input from the patient or the clinician may be received via a user interface control associated with a particular functionality or aspect of the remote care session, including audiovisual (AV) communications, remote therapy programming, and related context. Responsive to the user input, a dialog interface is effectuated at one of the patient controller device and/or the clinician programmer. A user characterization label is received via the dialog interface from the user, wherein the user characterization label is indicative of a subjective assessment of the particular functionality of the remote care session, which may be used in generating user-labeled data pertaining thereto.

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


 

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

Techniques for producing SMA materials and powders
Patent No. 11130176 

Inventor(s): Marcus Lynn Young (Oak Point, TX), Yoav Snirs (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): University of North Texas (Denton, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16335062 on 09/29/2017 (1460 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide improved techniques for creating SMA materials and SMA powders. SMA materials and powders formed may be used to form porous structures suitable for applications such as biomaterials, damping applications, actuators, and/or sensors. Embodiments for performing hydriding and dehydriding of SMA wires at low pressure and low temperature are provided. Methods may be used to produce a shape memory alloy (SMA) powder. Such methods may include hydriding a length SMA wire under low pressure for a period of time to produce a length of hydrided SMA wire, crushing the length of hydrided SMA wire to form a hydrided SMA powder, and dehydriding the hydrided SMA powder to form a dehydrided SMA powder.

[B22F] WORKING METALLIC POWDER; MANUFACTURE OF ARTICLES FROM METALLIC POWDER; MAKING METALLIC POWDER (making alloys by powder metallurgy C22C); APPARATUS OR DEVICES SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR METALLIC POWDER


Multi-material pivot return for shaving systems
Patent No. 11130248 

Inventor(s): Aaron G. Cantrell (Northampton, MA), Craig A. Provost (Newport Beach, CA), Douglas R. Kohring (Saco, ME), John W. Griffin (Moultonboro, NH), William E. Tucker (Plymouth, MA)
Assignee(s): SHAVELOGIC, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Leber IP Law (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16661195 on 10/23/2019 (706 days app to issue)

Abstract: Replaceable shaving assemblies are disclosed that include a blade unit, an interface element configured to removeably connect the blade unit to a handle, on which the blade unit is pivotably mounted, and a return element disposed between the blade unit and interface element. The return element provides resistance during shaving and positions the blade unit in a rest position when not in use.

[B26B] HAND-HELD CUTTING TOOLS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (for harvesting A01D; for horticulture, for forestry A01G; for butchering or meat treatment A22; for manufacturing or repairing footwear A43D; nail clippers or cutters A45D 29/02; kitchen equipment A47J; for surgical purposes A61B 17/00; for metal B23D; cutting by abrasive fluid jets B24C 5/02; plier-like tools with cutting edges B25B 7/22; pincers B25C 11/02; handles for hand implements, in general B25G; guillotine-type cutters B26D; for erasing B43L 19/00; for textile materials D06H)


Fuel efficiency system for a vehicle
Patent No. 11130370 

Inventor(s): Richard Bryan Wood (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): PACCAR Inc (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15954452 on 04/16/2018 (1261 days app to issue)

Abstract: Vehicle systems and components are set forth, which aim to reduce rolling friction caused in part by the contact between the vehicle”s tires and the ground surface over which the vehicle is traversing. These systems and/or components thereof may increase the overall fuel efficiency of a vehicle. In the examples provided, the systems and/or components change the tread contact patch of one or more tires during movement of the vehicle.

[B60C] VEHICLE TYRES (manufacture, repairing B29); TYRE INFLATION; TYRE CHANGING; CONNECTING VALVES TO INFLATABLE ELASTIC BODIES IN GENERAL; DEVICES OR ARRANGEMENTS RELATED TO TYRES (testing of tyres G01M 17/02) [5]


Rigid endcap for a duct system in a headliner
Patent No. 11130386 

Inventor(s): Chad Eric Anderson (Ypsilanti, MI), Logan R. Astrike (Dexter, MI), Skylar C. Watson (Williamston, MI), Toshinao Wada (Miyoshi, , JP)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16585738 on 09/27/2019 (732 days app to issue)

Abstract: A duct system, and more particularly, a rigid endcap of the duct system can be configured to prevent a register from being damaged and from being displaced upon a curtain side airbag deployment. The duct system can include a headliner defining an opening, and a soft duct operatively connected to the headliner. The duct system can include a rigid endcap operatively connected to the headliner and to the soft duct. An airflow channel can be defined by the headliner, the soft duct, and the rigid endcap. Additionally, the rigid endcap can define a terminal end of the airflow channel, and the opening can be located along the airflow channel directly below the rigid endcap.

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


Door service hole cover
Patent No. 11130392 

Inventor(s): Keith O”Brien (Highland, MI), Paxton S. Williams (Milan, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16417438 on 05/20/2019 (862 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and apparatus for a vehicle for improving occupant safety and covering a service hole of a door of the vehicle. The system includes a substantially flat body portion configured to cover the service hole. The system also includes a plurality of energy absorbers disposed across the body portion, each energy absorber having a top portion and one or more side walls surrounding the top portion and defining a cavity, each energy absorber having a closed end at the top portion and an open end opposite the closed end, each energy absorber configured to absorb energy and collapse when force is exerted by an object on the top portion, the object moving from the closed end toward the open end.

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


Integrated standard-compliant data acquisition device
Patent No. 11130406 

Inventor(s): Bryan A. Mueller (Frisco, TX), Mark R. Plagens (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: TIPS Group (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16744052 on 01/15/2020 (622 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated standard-compliant data acquisition device includes an electrically insulating package including a plurality of conductive leads and an integrated circuit (IC) disposed within the electrically insulating package and electrically coupled to at least some of the plurality of conductive leads. The IC includes a first multiplexer (MUX), a second MUX, a third MUX, an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), a plurality of registers, a fourth MUX, control logic, and communication circuitry. In operation, a first circuit value under a first condition can be determined and stored, a second circuit value under a second condition can be determined and stored, and the decision as to whether there is a fault condition can be mad by comparing the first circuit value and the second circuit value.

[B60L] PROPULSION OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES (arrangements or mounting of electrical propulsion units or of plural diverse prime-movers for mutual or common propulsion in vehicles B60K 1/00, B60K 6/20; arrangements or mounting of electrical gearing in vehicles B60K 17/12, B60K 17/14; preventing wheel slip by reducing power in rail vehicles B61C 15/08; dynamo-electric machines H02K; control or regulation of electric motors H02P); SUPPLYING ELECTRIC POWER FOR AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES (electric coupling devices combined with mechanical couplings of vehicles B60D 1/64; electric heating for vehicles B60H 1/00); ELECTRODYNAMIC BRAKE SYSTEMS FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL (control or regulation of electric motors H02P); MAGNETIC SUSPENSION OR LEVITATION FOR VEHICLES; MONITORING OPERATING VARIABLES OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES; ELECTRIC SAFETY DEVICES FOR ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES [4]


Band supported headrest
Patent No. 11130431 

Inventor(s): Daan Maria Lips (Denton, TX), Nguyen Foek Le (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Safran Seats USA LLC (Gainesville, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16080921 on 06/20/2016 (1926 days app to issue)

Abstract: A passenger seat headrest includes a frame and a support band. The frame includes a main portion, a first side wing connected to the main portion, and a second side wing connected to the main portion distal from the first side wing. The support band is connected to the frame and extends from the first side wing to the second side wing.

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


Strut shrink using accumulator as energy source
Patent No. 11130564 

Inventor(s): Adam J. Ditzler (Fort Worth, TX), William E Luce (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Goodrich Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15851169 on 12/21/2017 (1377 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for enabling aircraft shock strut shrink are provided. The system may comprise a shock strut comprising a shrink piston, an accumulator comprising a gas piston and a hydraulic chamber, wherein the gas piston is configured to apply gas pressure to the hydraulic chamber, and a first valve in fluid communication with the accumulator. The system may further comprise a second valve, wherein the second valve is in fluid communication with a vent, the pneumatic cylinder, and the gas piston, wherein the first valve is in fluid communication with the hydraulic chamber and the shrink piston.

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


Autonomous thrust vectoring ring wing pod
Patent No. 11130568 

Inventor(s): Carlos Fenny (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwa (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16183899 on 11/08/2018 (1055 days app to issue)

Abstract: An autonomous thrust vectoring ring wing pod is disclosed. A plurality of distributed propulsion element (thruster) layout within a self-articulating ring wing pod allows the pod to selectively control its thrust vector by controlling each propulsion element in the pod. This arrangement allows autonomous and independent control of the tilting of the ring wing relative to the aircraft. The ring wing pod acts as both a nacelle to house the propulsion elements as well as a lifting surface when in wing-borne flight. The autonomous thrust vectoring ring wing pod also provides superior aircraft attitude control in wing-borne flight, thus negating the need for conventional surface controls.

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


Flying wing aircraft having a two-dimensional thrust array
Patent No. 11130569 

Inventor(s): Dakota Charles Easley (Hurst, TX), Levi Charles Hefner (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16031771 on 07/10/2018 (1176 days app to issue)

Abstract: An unmanned aircraft system having a flying wing orientation includes an airframe having leading and trailing edges, a two-dimensional thrust array coupled to the leading edge, a power system and a flight control system operable to independently control the speed of each propulsion assembly of the two-dimensional thrust array. In the flying wing orientation, the two-dimensional distributed thrust array provides airspeed control responsive to collectively changing the speed of each propulsion assembly, pitch authority responsive to differentially changing the speed of the propulsion assemblies above the airframe relative to the propulsion assemblies below the airframe, roll authority responsive to differentially changing the speed of the propulsion assemblies rotating clockwise relative to the propulsion assemblies rotating counterclockwise and yaw authority responsive to differentially changing the speed of the propulsion assemblies on a port side of the airframe relative to the propulsion assemblies on a starboard side of the airframe.

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


 

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

CYP-eicosanoid derivatives
Patent No. 11130772 

Inventor(s): John Russell Falck (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Agris Von Natzmer, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15113139 on 01/21/2015 (2442 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to compounds according to general formula (I) which are analogues of epoxymetabolites produced by cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes from omega-3 (n-3) polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). The present invention further relates to compositions containing one or more of these compounds and to the use of these compounds or compositions for the treatment or prevention of conditions and diseases associated with inflammation, proliferation, hypertension, coagulation, immune function, pathologic angiogenesis, heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias.

[C07F] ACYCLIC, CARBOCYCLIC, OR HETEROCYCLIC COMPOUNDS CONTAINING ELEMENTS OTHER THAN CARBON, HYDROGEN, HALOGEN, OXYGEN, NITROGEN, SULFUR, SELENIUM OR TELLURIUM (metal-containing porphyrins C07D 487/22; macromolecular compounds C08)


Aminated dextrin compounds and subterranean treatment methods using the same
Patent No. 11130905 

Inventor(s): Ashoka V. R. Madduri (Belmont, MA), Charles R. Landis (The Woodlands, TX), Christopher P. Gardner (Cresson, TX), Curtis J. Rodencal (Cresson, TX), Kristopher Megahan (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): Integrity Bio-Chemicals, LLC (Cresson, TX)
Law Firm: Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16482524 on 07/11/2019 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: Interactions between aqueous fluids and clay-containing subterranean formations may be problematic due to issues associated with clay destabilization and migration. Functionalized dextrin compounds that are partially oxidized and bear at least one amine group at an oxidation site may promote clay stabilization for more effective treatment of a subterranean formation. Subterranean treatment methods may comprise: providing a clay stabilizing composition comprising an amine-functionalized dextrin compound, the amine-functionalized dextrin compound comprising 2 to about 20 glucose units linked together with (1,4) glycosidic bonds, and a portion of the glucose units being oxidatively opened and functionalized with at least one amine group at a site of oxidative opening; introducing the clay stabilizing composition into a subterranean formation bearing a clay-containing mineral; and interacting the amine-functionalized dextrin compound with the clay-containing mineral to affect stabilization thereof.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Self-locking coupler
Patent No. 11131152 

Inventor(s): Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15779022 on 03/28/2016 (2010 days app to issue)

Abstract: Self locking couplers, methods to couple adjacent tubing sections, and self-locking coupling assemblies are presented. In one embodiment, the self-locking coupler includes a coupling shroud having an external interface proximate to a first end of the coupling shroud and a set of collet fingers that extends from the first end of the coupling shroud. The self-locking coupler also includes a locking sleeve having an internal interface that complements the external interface of the coupling shroud. The locking sleeve is movable from a first position on the external interface to a second position on the external interface. As the locking sleeve moves from the first position to the second position, the locking sleeve compresses the set of collet fingers into a cavity of a first seal ring coupled to a first tubing section to secure the coupling shroud to the first tubing section.

[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]


Shuttle valve for autonomous fluid flow device
Patent No. 11131161 

Inventor(s): Hadi Arabnejad Khanouki (Dallas, TX), Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: C. Tumey Law Group PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16440558 on 06/13/2019 (838 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fluid control system may comprise a flow control device including one or more floats attached within the flow control device, an outlet within the flow control device that is connected to the one or more floats, a regulatory valve that is fluidly connected to the flow control device, and a blocking element placed within the regulatory valve. An autonomous flow control system may comprise a first flow control device attached to a production tubing at a first location in a wellbore, a second flow control device attached to the production tubing at a second location in the wellbore, a first set of floats attached within the first flow control device, and a second set of floats attached within the second flow control device.

[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]


Oriented detection perforating device
Patent No. 11131168 

Inventor(s): Cameron Scott Badii (Fort Worth, TX), Christopher C Hoelscher (Arlington, TX), Richard Ellis Robey (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16436507 on 06/10/2019 (841 days app to issue)

Abstract: A perforating system and method includes a perforating gun with shaped charges and an orientation device. The orientation device provides an orientation datum. Sensors associated with the perforating gun detect relative alignment of each perforating gun as compared to the orientation datum. A detonation signal can be either sent or not sent to the perforating gun in response to the signal received from the orientation sensor.

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


 

M E C H A N I C A L  E N G I N E E R I N G
LIGHTING | HEATING | WEAPONS | BLASTING

 

Dual-use nut-cage system
Patent No. 11131336 

Inventor(s): Bruce Bennett Bacon, Jr. (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16398122 on 04/29/2019 (883 days app to issue)

Abstract: A nut-cage system has a nut cage having a base plate and two wings extending from the base plate on opposite sides of the base plate. The wings and base plate form a U-shape, each wing having a slot formed therein, and a fastener aperture is formed through the base plate. A snap-in threaded nut has a pair of tabs extending from a base thereof. A clip-retained threaded nut has a flange extending from a base thereof and is configured for use with a retainer clip. The slots are sized for receiving the tabs of the snap-in nut when the snap-in nut is installed in the nut cage and for receiving portions of the retainer clip when the clip-retained nut and retainer clip are installed in the nut cage, thereby retaining a selected one of the nuts within the cage.

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


Vibration attenuating fluid mount with partitioned compensator
Patent No. 11131363 

Inventor(s): Craig Turner (Lewisville, TX), Frank Bradley Stamps (Colleyville, TX), Maurice Griffin (Euless, TX), Michael Reaugh Smith (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schw (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15785114 on 10/16/2017 (1443 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vibration attenuating fluid mount with a partitioned compensator includes an inner member, an outer member, a flexible member having a castellated transition between a fluid passageway and at least one operating chamber. A membrane may be disposed in a volume compensator in fluid communication with one or more operating chambers. The inner member and outer member may be connected via a castellated connection, a swaged lock ring, or a split-lock ring.

[F16F] SPRINGS; SHOCK-ABSORBERS; MEANS FOR DAMPING VIBRATION


Optical display with spatial light modulator
Patent No. 11131796 

Inventor(s): Stephen Aldridge Shaw (Plano, TX), Terry Alan Bartlett (Dallas, TX), Vivek Kumar Thakur (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16428680 on 05/31/2019 (851 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described examples include a display having a first light source configured to provide a first light and a second light source configured to provide a second light. The display also having a spatial light modulator configured to produce a first modulated light by modulating the first light and configured to produce a second modulated light by modulating the second light. The display also having a first diffractive optical element configured to receive the first modulated light and configured to provide a first image having a first characteristic to display optics; and a second diffractive optical element configured to receive the second modulated light and configured to provide a second image having a second characteristic to the display optics.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Computational risk modeling system and method for pipeline operation and integrity management
Patent No. 11131419 

Inventor(s): Shuyong Paul Du (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Loza Loza, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16798229 on 02/21/2020 (585 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for operation and integrity management of a pipeline stores field data obtained from an operational system, and in-line data obtained from an in-line inspection vehicle and external data from a video camera on an external companion device. The system performs data processing on the in-line data and field data to generate input for risk modeling and performs risk modeling of the pipeline using the input to predict a risk of one of a plurality of failure mode states at a portion of the pipeline. The system may initiate risk monitoring for the portion of the pipeline by the operational system and the in-line inspection vehicle.

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


System and method for selecting a point of interest based on wait time
Patent No. 11131556 

Inventor(s): Nishikant Narayan Puranik (Frisco, TX), Prince R. Remegio (Lewisville, TX), Roger Akira Kyle (Lewisville, TX), Scott A. Friedman (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Erlanger, KY)
Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15899712 on 02/20/2018 (1316 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for selecting a point of interest are provided. The method includes receiving a user request from a vehicle user, determining a wait time for each of a plurality of points of interest, identifying a point of interest from the plurality points of interest based on the user request and the determined wait times at the plurality of points of interest, receiving a user input from the vehicle user, and updating navigation directions of a vehicle based on the identified point of interest when the user input includes an acknowledgment of the identified point of interest.

[G01C] MEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY (measuring liquid level G01F; radio navigation, determining distance or velocity by use of propagation effects, e.g. Doppler effect, propagation time, of radio waves, analogous arrangements using other waves G01S)


Piezoelectric thin-film sensor and use thereof
Patent No. 11131589 

Inventor(s): Wei-Yan Shih (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15947429 on 04/06/2018 (1271 days app to issue)

Abstract: A piezoelectric sensor comprises a support structure, a channel extending through the support structure, a sensing material stack coupled to the support structure and extending over the channel, and a filler material disposed within the channel and over the sensing material stack. The sensing material stack comprises an structural layer, a first electrode layer disposed on the structural layer, a piezoelectric material disposed in a piezoelectric layer on the first electrode, and a second electrode disposed on the piezoelectric layer opposite the first electrode layer.

[G01L] MEASURING FORCE, STRESS, TORQUE, WORK, MECHANICAL POWER, MECHANICAL EFFICIENCY, OR FLUID PRESSURE (weighing G01G) [4]


Detecting and repairing damage to building materials
Patent No. 11131597 

Inventor(s): Bradly Jay Billman (Celina, TX), Cory Matheson (Celina, TX), Gianna Weingarden (Richardson, TX), Nicole Ferretti (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15386600 on 12/21/2016 (1742 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium for receiving an indication of damage to a building from a sensor network associated with the building, where the sensor network is responsive to damage to the building. Determining a location and an extent of the damage to the building based on the indication of damage. Automatically coordinating a repair for the damage in response to determining the location and the extent of the damage.

[G01M] TESTING STATIC OR DYNAMIC BALANCE OF MACHINES OR STRUCTURES; TESTING OF STRUCTURES OR APPARATUS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Partially synchronized multilateration or trilateration method and system for positional finding using RF
Patent No. 11131744 

Inventor(s): Felix Markhovsky (Dallas, TX), Michael John Buynak (Dallas, TX), Russ Markhovsky (Dallas, TX), Truman Prevatt (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): POLTE CORPORATION (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15900654 on 02/20/2018 (1316 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for determining a location of one or more user equipment (UE) in a wireless system can comprise receiving reference signals via a location management unit having two or more co-located channels, wherein the two or more co-located channels are tightly synchronized with each other and utilizing the received reference signals to calculate a location of at least one UE among the one or more UE. Embodiments include multichannel synchronization with a standard deviation of less than or equal 10 ns. Embodiments can include two LMUs, with each LMU having internal synchronization, or one LMU with tightly synchronized signals.

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


Antenna configuration for parking assist radar
Patent No. 11131761 

Inventor(s): Sandeep Rao (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16897309 on 06/10/2020 (475 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of estimating position of an obstacle of a plurality of obstacles with a radar apparatus. An azimuth frequency, an elevation frequency and a range of the obstacle are estimated to generate an estimated azimuth frequency, an estimated elevation frequency and an estimated range of the obstacle. A metric is estimated from one or more of the estimated azimuth frequency, the estimated elevation frequency and the estimated range of the obstacle. The metric is compared to a threshold to detect an error in at least one of the estimated azimuth frequency and the estimated elevation frequency. On error detection, a sign of at least one of the estimated azimuth frequency and the estimated elevation frequency is inverted to generate a true estimated azimuth frequency and a true estimated elevation frequency respectively.

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


Method and apparatus for automotive parking assistance using radar sensors
Patent No. 11131768 

Inventor(s): Chih-Ming Hung (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Han IP PLLC (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15712313 on 09/22/2017 (1467 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses pertaining to automotive parking assistance using radar sensors are described. A processor controls a plurality of radar sensors to transmit radio frequency (RF) signals and receive reflected signals reflected by an object such that each of the radar sensors individually transmits a respective RF signal and receive a respective reflected signal reflected by the object. The processor or the radar sensor detects one or more aspects of the object based on the respective reflected signals received by the plurality of radar sensors.

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


Multi-fiber cable
Patent No. 11131817 

Inventor(s): David Zhi Chen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Go!Foton Holdings, Inc. (Somerset, NJ)
Law Firm: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz Mentlik, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16729637 on 12/30/2019 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-fiber cable includes a plurality of optical fibers and an adhesive. The adhesive may be applied along a longitudinal length of the multi-fiber cable in a continuous or substantially continuous manner. The adhesive may be applied in a continuous curved shape, such as sinusoidal. The multi-fiber cable may further include an outer sheath and/or a strength member. The multi-fiber cable may be formed using an adhesive dispenser and a curing device. The curving device may be a light guide coupled to the adhesive dispenser.

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


Thermochromic display with conductive structures
Patent No. 11131870 

Inventor(s): Jaeah Lee (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): LINTEC OF AMERICA, INC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Greenblum Bernstein, P.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16364974 on 03/26/2019 (917 days app to issue)

Abstract: Thermochromic displays that accomplish a thermochromic transition in less than 100 milliseconds are described. This rapid response time is accomplished by including conductive structures within the thermochromic display and placing the conductive structures in direct contact with and/or proximate to a thermochromic layer. The conductive structures can be disposed between the thermochromic layer and a film that carries the message to be produced. Because of the high thermal conductivity of the conductive structures, heat can be conducted to and/or conducted away from the thermochromic layer much more rapidly than in the absence of conductive structures.

[G02F] DEVICES OR ARRANGEMENTS, THE OPTICAL OPERATION OF WHICH IS MODIFIED BY CHANGING THE OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF THE MEDIUM OF THE DEVICES OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CONTROL OF THE INTENSITY, COLOUR, PHASE, POLARISATION OR DIRECTION OF LIGHT, e.g. SWITCHING, GATING, MODULATING OR DEMODULATING; TECHNIQUES OR PROCEDURES FOR THE OPERATION THEREOF; FREQUENCY-CHANGING; NON-LINEAR OPTICS; OPTICAL LOGIC ELEMENTS; OPTICAL ANALOGUE/DIGITAL CONVERTERS [4]


Photographic light generating panel
Patent No. 11131904 

Inventor(s): Xavier DeLaPaz (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: bobharter.com (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17032079 on 09/25/2020 (368 days app to issue)

Abstract: A photographic light generating panel includes, in some examples, front and rear support rings that are selectively foldable from an open position with a circular shape to a coiled position in which the front and rear support rings are each coiled into two or more loops. The light generating panel also includes a flexible rear panel having an outer edge that is coupled along a periphery of the rear support ring, a flexible front panel having an outer edge that is coupled along a periphery of the front support ring, an optional annular covering fabric layer coupled between the periphery of the front support ring and the periphery of the rear support ring, and multiple light emitting diodes (LEDs) between the front and rear panels. Light from the LEDs reflects off the rear panel toward the front panel, which disperses the light.

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


Device sweeper
Patent No. 11131907 

Inventor(s): Marcio Dias Lima (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): LINTEC OF AMERICA, INC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Greenblum Bernstein, P.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16721071 on 12/19/2019 (649 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for manufacturing an apparatus for supplying a sweeping motion for a device such as a camera are disclosed. The apparatus includes a stationary rod and a rotational rod arranged parallel to the stationary rod at a fixed distance from the stationary rod. The apparatus includes a device disposed on the rotational rod and a plurality of linear artificial muscle actuators arranged between the stationary and rotational rods and perpendicular to central axes of the stationary and rotational rods. Actuation of a top-portion of the plurality of linear artificial muscle actuators rotates the rotational rod in a first direction, and an actuation of a bottom-portion of the plurality of linear artificial muscle actuators rotates the rotational rod in a second direction opposite to the first direction.

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


Compute through power loss hardware approach for processing device having nonvolatile logic memory
Patent No. 11132050 

Inventor(s): Michael Zwerg (Dallas, TX), Steven Craig Bartling (Plano, TX), Sudhanshu Khanna (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16451260 on 06/25/2019 (826 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing device apparatus facilitates use of a deep low power mode that includes powering off the device”s CPU by including a hardware implemented process to trigger storage of data from the device”s volatile storage elements in non-volatile memory in response to entering the low power mode. A hardware based power management unit controls the process including interrupting a normal processing order of the CPU and triggering the storage of the data in the non-volatile memory. In response to a wake-up event, the device is triggered to restore the data stored in the non-volatile memory to the volatile memory prior to execution of a wake up process for the CPU from the low power mode. The device includes a power storage element such as a capacitor that holds sufficient energy to complete the non-volatile data storage task prior to entering the low power mode.

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


Interconnect systems and methods using memory links to send packetized data between different data handling devices of different memory domains
Patent No. 11132127 

Inventor(s): John D. Leidel (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: TraskBritt (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16109327 on 08/22/2018 (1133 days app to issue)

Abstract: System on a Chip (SoC) devices include two packetized memory buses for conveying local memory packets and system interconnect packets. In an in-situ configuration of a data processing system two or more SoCs are coupled with one or more hybrid memory cubes (HMCs). The memory packets enable communication with local HMCs in a given SoC”s memory domain. The system interconnect packets enable communication between SoCs and communication between memory domains. In a dedicated routing configuration each SoC in a system has its own memory domain to address local HMCs and a separate system interconnect domain to address HMC hubs, HMC memory devices, or other SoC devices connected in the system interconnect domain.

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


Systems and methods for writing zeros to a memory array
Patent No. 11132142 

Inventor(s): Byung S. Moon (Plano, TX), Gary L. Howe (Plano, TX), Harish N. Venkata (Allen, TX), Myung Ho Bae (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17063463 on 10/05/2020 (358 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device may include a first wordline and a second wordline, each having multiple memory cells. The memory device may also include control circuitry to facilitate writing a data pattern to the memory cells of the first wordline and facilitate copying the data pattern from the first wordline to the second wordline. Copying the first wordline to the second wordline may include activating the second wordline such that the first wordline and the second wordline are simultaneously active. A memory cell of the first wordline may be written a data value of the data pattern, and the memory cell may drive, at least partially, a corresponding memory cell of the second wordline with the data value.

[G11C] STATIC STORES (information storage based on relative movement between record carrier and transducer G11B; semiconductor devices for storage H01L, e.g. H01L 27/108-H01L 27/11597; pulse technique in general H03K, e.g. electronic switches H03K 17/00)


System and method for synchronizing instruction execution between a central processor and a coprocessor
Patent No. 11132203 

Inventor(s): Armin Stingl (Munich, , DE), Christian Wiencke (Garching, , DE), Jeroen Vliegen (Fahrenzhausen, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14459416 on 08/14/2014 (2602 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device that includes a central processor and a coprocessor coupled to the central processor. The central processor includes a plurality of registers and is configured to decode a first set of instructions. The first set of instructions includes a command instruction and an identity of a destination register. The coprocessor is configured to receive the command instruction from the central processor, execute the command instruction, and write a result of the command instruction in the destination register. The central processor is further configured to set a register tag for the destination register at the time the central processor decodes the first set of instructions and to clear the register tag at the time the result is written in the destination register.

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


Thread priority management in a multi-threaded, self-scheduling processor
Patent No. 11132233 

Inventor(s): Tony M. Brewer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Gamburd Law Group LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16399791 on 04/30/2019 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: Representative apparatus, method, and system embodiments are disclosed for a self-scheduling processor which also provides additional functionality. Representative embodiments include a self-scheduling processor, comprising: a processor core adapted to execute a received instruction; and a core control circuit adapted to automatically schedule an instruction for execution by the processor core in response to a received work descriptor data packet. In another embodiment, the core control circuit is also adapted to schedule a fiber create instruction for execution by the processor core, to reserve a predetermined amount of memory space in a thread control memory to store return arguments, and to generate one or more work descriptor data packets to another processor or hybrid threading fabric circuit for execution of a corresponding plurality of execution threads. Event processing, data path management, system calls, memory requests, and other new instructions are also disclosed.

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


High level instructions with lower-level assembly code style primitives within a memory appliance for accessing memory
Patent No. 11132328 

Inventor(s): Keith Lowery (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): RAMBUS, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Lowenstein Sandler LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14539740 on 11/12/2014 (2512 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of processing memory instructions including receiving a memory related command from a client system in communication with a memory appliance via a communication protocol, wherein the memory appliance comprises a processor, a memory unit controller and a plurality of memory devices coupled to said memory unit controller. The memory related command is translated by the processor into a plurality of commands that are formatted to perform prescribed data manipulation operations on data of the plurality of memory devices stored in data structures. The plurality of primitive commands is executed on data stored in the memory devices to produce a result, wherein the executing is performed by the memory unit controller. A direct memory transfer of the result is established over the communication protocol to a network.

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


Methods for combinatorial constraint in topology optimization using shape transformation
Patent No. 11132478 

Inventor(s): Kazuhiro Saitou (Ann Arbor, MI), Tsuyoshi Nomura (Novi, MI), Yuqing Zhou (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16164021 on 10/18/2018 (1076 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for combinatorial choice in topology optimization are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of performing combinatorial choice in a non-linear programming problem for designing a structure includes establishing, by one or more processors, a set of K variables, wherein the set of K variables defines an K-dimensional unit cube in a normal coordinate system. The K-dimensional unit cube includes a plurality of desired vertices representing a plurality of desired combinations that satisfy a constraint and a plurality of undesired vertices representing a plurality of undesired combinations that do not satisfy the constraint. The method further includes transforming the K-dimensional unit cube into a transformed shape in a transformed coordinate system using a shape function. Values of the set of K variables cannot have a combination represented by the plurality of undesired combinations.

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


Virtual asset tagging and augmented camera display system and method of use
Patent No. 11132519 

Inventor(s): Kyle Bateman (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16288570 on 02/28/2019 (943 days app to issue)

Abstract: An asset tagging and monitoring system includes a smart device having a camera, a GPS, and a touch screen display; a server to communicate with the smart device to receive and store data; a tagging platform accessible from the smart device and to communicate with the camera, the mobile platform provides activating the camera to provide a visual representation of an area on the touch screen display; receiving user input to designate a first asset present within the area; creating a virtual asset tag associated with the first asset, the virtual asset tag having data associated therewith; assigning a position to the virtual asset tag, the position determined via the smart device; and creating an augmented display from the camera, the augmented display having a virtual asset tags displayed thereon, each of the virtual asset tags being associated with a tangible or intangible asset.

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


Detecting shelf interactions using a sensor array
Patent No. 11132550 

Inventor(s): Crystal Maung (Dallas, TX), Deepanjan Paul (Plano, TX), Sailesh Bharathwaaj Krishnamurthy (Irving, TX), Sarath Vakacharla (Irving, TX), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Celina, TX), Trong Nghia Nguyen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): 7-Eleven, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16663766 on 10/25/2019 (704 days app to issue)

Abstract: An object tracking system includes a sensor and a tracking system. The sensor is configured to capture a frame of at least a portion of a rack within a global plane for a space. The tracking system is configured to receive the frame, to detect an object within a zone of the frame, and to determine a pixel location for the object. The tracking system is further configured to identify a zone and a shelf of the rack based on the pixel location, to identify an item based on the identified zone and the identified shelf of the rack, and to add the identified item to a digital cart associated with a person.

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


Camera system to detect unusual circumstances and activities while driving
Patent No. 11132562 

Inventor(s): Katsumi Nagata (Foster City, CA), Shojiro Takeuchi (Saratoga, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16446539 on 06/19/2019 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a detection system. The detection system includes a memory configured to store image data and a first camera configured to capture first image data including a first set of objects in the environment when the vehicle is moving. The electronic control unit is configured to obtain, from the first camera, the first image data including the first set of objects, determine a motion of an object of the first set of objects based on the first image data, and determine that the motion of the object will be different than a baseline motion for the object. The electronic control unit is configured to record and capture, in the memory and using the camera, the first image data for a time period before and after the determination that the motion of the object will be different than the baseline motion.

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


Hardware accelerator for integral image computation
Patent No. 11132569 

Inventor(s): Aishwarya Dubey (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16420152 on 05/22/2019 (860 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hardware accelerator for computing integral image values of an image is provided that includes a plurality of row computation components configurable to operate in parallel to compute row sum values of respective rows of a row block of the image. The hardware accelerator is further configured to compute integral image values for the row block using the row sum values and block pivots.

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


Employee scheduling system providing transparency
Patent No. 11132630 

Inventor(s): Craig Endres (Goodyear, AZ), Hadi W. Purnomo (Phoenix, AZ), Owen D. Perrine (Scottsdale, AZ), Richard Till (Phoenix, AZ), Timothy L. Jacobs (Tempe, AZ)
Assignee(s): AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15468475 on 03/24/2017 (1649 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method of generating an transparent optimized shift schedule for a plurality of crew members that includes receiving a plurality of shift bids from the plurality of crew members, with each of the shift bids to be either classified as awarded or rejected, optimizing the transparent optimized shift schedule; and presenting, to each crewmember from the plurality of crewmembers who submitted a shift bid classified as a rejected shift bid, the reason code associated with his or her rejected shift bid; wherein presenting, to each crewmember from the plurality of crewmembers who submitted a shift bid classified as a rejected shift bid, his or her shift assignment from the optimized shift schedule and a reason code associated with his or her rejected shift bid provides transparency as to why each rejected shift bid was rejected.

[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]


Tamper detection
Patent No. 11132659 

Inventor(s): Amritpal Singh Mundra (Allen, TX), Erkan Bilhan (Dallas, TX), Rajitha Padakanti (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14799341 on 07/14/2015 (2268 days app to issue)

Abstract: A financial transaction system includes sensors, a tamper detection module, and circuitry configurable to control which sensors are used, and the circuitry is configurable after the tamper detection module has been manufactured.

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


Computerized optimization of customer service queue based on customer device detection
Patent No. 11132696 

Inventor(s): Sunilkumar Kothi Reddy (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16845476 on 04/10/2020 (536 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide systems, methods, and apparatus systems, methods, and apparatus that provide computerized optimization of a customer service queue based on customer device detection technologies. In an exemplary embodiment, a system that provides computerized optimization of a customer service queue may include device detection technology communicatively connected to a customer assistance server, a customer assistance client device (e.g., a customer representative device), and a customer device. Device detection technology may detect a device and transmit data associated with the detected device to a customer assistance subsystem. A customer assistance subsystem may generate an optimal representative and position within a customer service queue for the customer device. A notification about the optimal match may be transmitted to a customer and/or customer representative. And, following the assistance, a survey may be conducted to update variables used to generate an optimal match.

[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]


Managing advertising inventory
Patent No. 11132705 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Dalton Porter (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Media Inc. (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 11088263 on 03/24/2005 (6032 days app to issue)

Abstract: The amount of dynamic content consumed by an audience at one or more locations in one or more content sites may be determined. This information may then be used by an inventory management system to forecast or estimate the future available advertising inventory at the locations. When the entity receives an insertion order, the entity may use the forecasted advertising inventory to help determine the locations to which the campaign should be allocated and when the advertising campaign should be scheduled so that the requirements of the advertising campaign can be met.

[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]


Asymmetric normalized correlation layer for deep neural network feature matching
Patent No. 11132772 

Inventor(s): Chenchi Luo (Plano, TX), George Q. Chen (Plano, TX), Gyeongmin Choe (Plano, TX), Kaimo Lin (Richardson, TX), Yingmao Li (Allen, TX), Youngjun Yoo (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16712882 on 12/12/2019 (656 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes obtaining a first image of a scene using a first image sensor of an electronic device and a second image of the scene using a second image sensor of the electronic device. The method also includes generating a first feature map from the first image and a second feature map from the second image. The method further includes generating a third feature map based on the first feature map, the second feature map, and an asymmetric search window. The method additionally includes generating a depth map by restoring spatial resolution to the third feature map.

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


Acquiring vacant parking spot
Patent No. 11132899 

Inventor(s): Aghyad Saleh (Grand Prairie, TX), Devang H. Parekh (Dallas, TX), Joshua C. Batie (Frisco, TX), Louis Brugman (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16831783 on 03/26/2020 (551 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of querying, by a transport, a plurality of transports within a parking area for a parking spot to be vacated, receiving, by the transport, verification to vacate the parking spots from the plurality of transports within the parking area, and determining, by the transport, locations of the parking spots to be vacated based on the verifications.

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


Using a graph network model to determine a gate pushback time
Patent No. 11132908 

Inventor(s): Bo Zhang (Bridgeville, PA), Hakan Ergan (Pittsburgh, PA), Ilhan Ince (Baltimore, MD), Lourdmareddy Gumireddy (Sewickley, PA)
Assignee(s): American Airlines, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16242211 on 01/08/2019 (994 days app to issue)

Abstract: A departure sequencing system models airport operations and provides suggested gate pushback times for aircraft. In various embodiments, a departure sequencing system includes an airport state analyzer, a taxi-out predictor, and a pushback optimizer. The departure sequencing system may utilize stochastic models, and resolve aircraft conflicts using a business rules engine. Via use of the departure sequencing system, taxi times may be reduced, taxi fuel burn may be reduced, and airport throughput may be increased.

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


Message recipient discrimination using start-of-packet delimiters
Patent No. RE048754 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Deric Wayne Waters (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16568009 on 09/11/2019 (748 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for operating a communication system comprising three or more communication transceivers. In illustrative embodiments, multiple unique start-of-packet delimiters are maintained. A data packet to be transmitted is constructed using a specified one of the plurality of start-of-packet delimiters to demarcate the start of said data packet. The chosen start-of-packet delimiter reflects one or more transceivers that are intended recipients of said data packet. When a data packet is received by a transceiver, the start-of-packet delimiter of the received data packet is compared to one or more valid start-of-packet delimiters for the receiving transceiver. If the start-of-packet delimiter of the received data packet matches a valid start-of-packet delimiter for the receiving transceiver, the data packet is accepted, otherwise it is rejected. Patent Class: N/A


 

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Virus immune computer system and method
Patent No. 11132438 

Inventor(s): John Almeida (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATENSE, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16827818 on 03/24/2020 (553 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus prevents hacker code from infecting an application program by requiring decryption of the application program prior to running the application program on a computer. The method includes steps of: providing a security device that is a separate unit from components necessary to operate the computer; storing a symmetric private key on the security device; using the device symmetric private key to produce an encrypted application program upon first installation; thereafter decrypting that part of the encrypted application program needed implement a command to run the application program; and, decrypting, on the fly, only those follow-on parts of the encrypted application program needed to perform functions called for during operation of the application program.

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


Integrated power-ground reverse wiring protection circuit
Patent No. 11133143 

Inventor(s): Kevin Ryan Duke (McKinney, TX), Masahiro Yoshioka (Allen, TX), Muhammad Yusuf Ali (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16585259 on 09/27/2019 (732 days app to issue)

Abstract: A two-wire current loop system includes a current loop with a transmitter and a host. The system also includes a monolithic integrated circuit included with the transmitter. The monolithic integrated circuit includes: 1) a power supply terminal coupled to the current loop; 2) a loop ground terminal coupled to the current loop and configured to output a current to the current loop; 3) device circuitry with a power supply node and an internal ground node, wherein the power supply node is coupled to the power supply terminal; and 4) a reverse wiring protection circuit coupled between the internal ground node of the device circuitry and the loop ground terminal.

[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]


Mold heel crack problem reduction
Patent No. 11133199 

Inventor(s): Arvin Abellera Dela Cruz (Benguet, , PH), Manengway Bumal-o Bangaan (Benguet, , PH), Reynaldo Malandac Maniacup (Benguet, , PH), Rosil Pascual Siloy (Benguet, , PH)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16540334 on 08/14/2019 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor package is provided which addresses problems of mold cap heel cracking. The package may made by using a cavity die and a gate insertion tool. The gate insertion tool, which fits into the cavity die, has an elongated body and includes a nozzle head with an edge which is contoured in relation to a mold cap formed on a substrate. The edge defines a curved border, for the mold cap, from a plane above the substrate to a plane lying on the substrate. The nozzle head includes a slot, for admitting a cull runner tip, centered on an axis of the elongated body.

[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 horizontal and vertical word line interconnections and methods of forming the same
Patent No. 11133252 

Inventor(s): Hirofumi Tokita (Yokkaichi, , JP), Koichi Ito (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yoshinobu Tanaka (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16782307 on 02/05/2020 (601 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming a three-dimensional memory device includes forming a vertically alternating sequence of insulating layers and spacer material layers over a substrate, such that the spacer material layers are formed as, or are subsequently replaced with, electrically conductive layers, iteratively performing a first set of non-offset layer patterning processing steps at least twice to form a first part of a terrace region including a set of stepped surfaces which extend in a first horizontal direction, and performing a second set of offset layer patterning processing steps to form a second part of the terrace region and to form a stepped vertical cross-sectional profile for patterned surfaces of the vertically alternating sequence along a second horizontal direction which is perpendicular to the first horizontal direction.

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


Three-dimensional memory device having support-die-assisted source power distribution and method of making thereof
Patent No. 11133297 

Inventor(s): Akio Nishida (Yokkaichi, , JP), Fumiaki Toyama (Cupertino, CA), Kwang-Ho Kim (Pleasanton, CA), Masaaki Higashitani (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16669888 on 10/31/2019 (698 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory-containing die includes a three-dimensional memory array, a memory dielectric material layer located on a first side of the three-dimensional memory array, and memory-side bonding pads. A logic die includes a peripheral circuitry configured to control operation of the three-dimensional memory array, logic dielectric material layers located on a first side of the peripheral circuitry, and logic-side bonding pads included in the logic dielectric material layers. The logic-side bonding pads includes a pad-level mesh structure electrically connected to a source power supply circuit within the peripheral circuitry and containing an array of discrete openings therethrough, and discrete logic-side bonding pads. The logic-side bonding pads are bonded to a respective one, or a respective subset, of the memory-side bonding pads. The pad-level mesh structure can be used as a component of a source power distribution network.

[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]


Integrated tensile strained silicon NFET and compressive strained silicon-germanium PFET implemented in FinFET technology
Patent No. 11133331 

Inventor(s): Pierre Morin (Kessel-Lo, , BE), Qing Liu (Irvine, CA)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16180223 on 11/05/2018 (1058 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tensile strained silicon layer is patterned to form a first group of fins in a first substrate area and a second group of fins in a second substrate area. The second group of fins is covered with a tensile strained material, and an anneal is performed to relax the tensile strained silicon semiconductor material in the second group of fins and produce relaxed silicon semiconductor fins in the second area. The first group of fins is covered with a mask, and silicon-germanium material is provided on the relaxed silicon semiconductor fins. Germanium from the silicon germanium material is then driven into the relaxed silicon semiconductor fins to produce compressive strained silicon-germanium semiconductor fins in the second substrate area (from which p-channel finFET devices are formed). The mask is removed to reveal tensile strained silicon semiconductor fins in the first substrate area (from which n-channel finFET devices are formed).

[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]


Integrated circuit with thermoelectric power supply
Patent No. 11133350 

Inventor(s): Henry Litzmann Edwards (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 12790688 on 05/28/2010 (4141 days app to issue)

Abstract: Thermoelectric generator elements and associated circuit elements are simultaneously formed using a common semiconductor device fabrication process to provide an integrated circuit including a dynamically reconfigurable thermoelectric generator array on a common chip or die substrate. A switch logic circuit formed together with the thermoelectric generator elements is configured to control series and parallel connections of the thermoelectric generator elements is the array in response to changes in circuit demand or changes in the available ambient energy source. In an example implementation, the number of generators connected in series may be varied dynamically to provide a stable voltage source, and the number of generators connected in parallel may be varied dynamically to provide a stable current source.

[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]


Semiconductor substrate with integrated inductive component
Patent No. 11133375 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Daniel Carothers (Lucas, TX), Roberto Giampiero Massolini (Pavia, , IT)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16905197 on 06/18/2020 (467 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an integrated circuit (IC), a semiconductor substrate has a first side and an opposite second side. The second side has a trench. Circuitry is on the first side. An inductive structure is within the trench. The inductive structure is connected to the circuitry through vias in the semiconductor substrate. The semiconductor substrate is mounted on a package substrate. At least a portion of the inductive structure contacts the package substrate. The circuitry is coupled to the inductive structure through wires to the package substrate.

[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]


Integrated beam scraper and power dump
Patent No. 11133640 

Inventor(s): Adam R. Girard (Blue Ridge, TX), Timothy C. Anderson (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16433077 on 06/06/2019 (845 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a base that includes a raised surface and a first opening through the raised surface. The apparatus also includes a cover configured to be coupled to the base in order to form a cavity, where the cover includes a second opening through the cover. The raised surface is configured to allow passage of a first portion of optical energy through the first opening and to reflect a second portion of the optical energy. Portions of the cover and the base surrounding the cavity are configured to absorb the reflected second portion of the optical energy. The base may further include one or more baffles positioned around the raised surface, and/or the cover may further include one or more baffles positioned around the second opening.

[H01S] DEVICES USING STIMULATED EMISSION


Bootstrap circuit for gate driver
Patent No. 11133797 

Inventor(s): Wei Wu (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): DIODES INCORPORATED (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17103853 on 11/24/2020 (308 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bootstrap diode circuit includes an anode for coupling to a power supply voltage terminal and a cathode for coupling to a bootstrap voltage terminal. The bootstrap diode circuit also includes a high-voltage p-type metal-oxide-semiconductor (PMOS) transistor, having a source forming the cathode of the bootstrap diode circuit and a drain forming the anode of the bootstrap diode circuit. The high-voltage PMOS transistor has a breakdown voltage higher in magnitude than a voltage drop between a maximum bootstrap voltage and the power supply voltage.

[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]


Repeater for an open-drain communication system using a current detector and a control logic circuit
Patent No. 11133802 

Inventor(s): Christopher Lewis Kraft (Richardson, TX), Tatsuyuki Nihei (Wylie, TX), Vikas Suma Vinay (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16869619 on 05/08/2020 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure generally relates to repeaters, and, in particular, repeaters for open-drain systems. In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises a first port, a second port, a current detector, a transistor, and a control logic circuit. A current detector input of the current detector is coupled to the first port. A transistor channel electrode of the transistor is coupled to the second port. A control logic circuit input of the control logic circuit is coupled to the current detector output, and a control logic circuit output of the control logic circuit is coupled to a transistor control electrode of the transistor.

[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]


Stackable timer
Patent No. 11133804 

Inventor(s): Rakesh Hariharan (Bangalore, , IN), Sumantha Manoor Madhyastha (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17127167 on 12/18/2020 (284 days app to issue)

Abstract: An system-on-a-chip (”SoC”) is provided. In some examples, the SoC includes a processor and a plurality of timer circuit blocks including at least a first timer circuit block and a second timer circuit block. Each of the plurality of timer circuit blocks may be selectively coupled by at least one of a first programmable matrix and a second programmable matrix. In some examples, the first programmable matrix may be configured to couple a second trigger input of the first timer circuit block with a first trigger output of the second timer circuit block. In some examples, the second programmable matrix is configured to couple a second fault input of the first timer circuit block with a first fault output of the second timer circuit block.

[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]


Phase-locked loop slip detector
Patent No. 11133807 

Inventor(s): Jiankun Hu (Plano, TX), Shailesh Ganapat Ghotgalkar (Bengaluru, , IN), Venkatseema Das (Bengaluru, , IN), Wei Fu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16703232 on 12/04/2019 (664 days app to issue)

Abstract: A phase-locked loop (PLL) includes a phase-frequency detector (PFD) having a first PFD input, a second PFD input, and a PFD output. The PFD is configured to generate a first signal on the PFD output. The first signal comprises pulses having pulse widths indicative of a phase difference between signals on the first and second PFD inputs. A low pass filter (LPF) has an LPF input and an LPF output. The LPF input is coupled to the PFD output. A flip-flop has a clock input and a flip-flop output. The clock input is coupled to the LPF output. A lock-slip control circuit is coupled to the flip-flop output and to the first PFD input. The lock-slip control circuit is configured to determine phase-lock and phase-slip based at least in part on a signal on the flip-flop output.

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


Interpolation digital-to-analog converter (DAC)
Patent No. 11133818 

Inventor(s): Jun Zhang (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instmments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16908936 on 06/23/2020 (462 days app to issue)

Abstract: A integrated circuit device includes digital-to-analog converter (DAC) circuitry including a resistor DAC that includes a resistor-two-resistor DAC configured to receive a first sub-word that includes a most significant bit (MSB) of a digital input signal and to output an analog output signal representative of the first sub-word, a resistor ladder configured to receive the analog output signal and a second sub-word that includes an intermediate significant bit (ISB) of the digital input signal and to generate an analog interpolated signal. The resistor ladder includes a plurality of resistor elements connected in series with one another to define a plurality of tap nodes, wherein a respective tap node is arranged between every two adjacent ones of the resistor elements, and a switching circuit having plurality of switches, wherein each switch is configured to selectively connect a respective one of the tap nodes to an output of the resistor ladder to generate the analog interpolated signal.

[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]


Overload recovery method in sigma delta modulators
Patent No. 11133820 

Inventor(s): Binan Wang (Tucson, AZ)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16829037 on 03/25/2020 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: A delta sigma modulator includes two adders, an integrator stage, a reconfigurable local resonator, an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), and a digital-to-analog converter (DAC). A first adder receives an analog input signal at an additive input, and the integrator stage receives an output from the first adder and generates an integrated signal. The reconfigurable local resonator receives the integrated signal and generates a resonator output signal. A second adder receives the resonator output signal, the integrated signal, and the input signal. The ADC receives an output from the second adder and generates a digital output signal which can be provided to other circuits. The DAC receives the digital output signal, and generates and provides a feedback signal to a subtractive input of the first adder. The reconfigurable local resonator acts as a resonator, but reconfigures to act as a low pass filter in response to overload conditions.

[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]


Data transmission via power line
Patent No. 11133841 

Inventor(s): Gary Chard (Murphy, TX), Mark Alan McAdams (Plano, TX), Suzanne Mary Vining (Plano, TX), Win Naing Maung (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16778864 on 01/31/2020 (606 days app to issue)

Abstract: At least some aspects of the present disclosure provide for a method. In some examples, the method includes receiving 2-line data in an embedded Universal Serial Bus (eUSB) format. The method further includes encoding the 2-line data into a single signal. The single signal comprises a first symbol corresponding to a first state change of the 2-line data and a second symbol corresponding to a second state change of the 2-line data.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Validating and securing caller identification to prevent identity spoofing
Patent No. 11133938 

Inventor(s): Lulia Ann Barakat (McKinney, TX), Michael Stovenour (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16387024 on 04/17/2019 (895 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device receives call information associated with a call from a first user device to a second user device, where the first user device is associated with a first network, and the second user device is associated with a second network separate from the first network. The call information includes a caller identification and is received via an originating network device of the first network. The device determines whether the caller identification is verified, and adds authentication information to the call information when the caller identification is verified. The device receives the call information and the authentication information from a terminating network device of the first network, and removes the authentication information from the call information. The device adds a cryptographic signature to the call information, and causes the call information and the cryptographic signature to be provided to the second network for routing to the second user device.

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


Devices, systems and methods for optimizing workload performance of user facing web applications during high load events
Patent No. 11134028 

Inventor(s): Chase Michael Pipes (Irving, TX), SaiRamesh J Rao Konduri (Irving, TX), Sunil Chandrashekara Shanthi (Irving, TX), Venkat Vasu Rayapudi (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): NM NEVADA TRUST (Las Vegas, NV)
Law Firm: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16396260 on 04/26/2019 (886 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are devices, systems, apparatuses, methods, products, and other implementations for optimizing system performance of user facing web applications with load testing scripts. According to some embodiments, the system includes an analytics engine and a workload model including one or more load variables. The workload model generates a distribution of values for each of the one or more load variables. The system further includes a script engine and a load test controller that controls load generators to simulate internet traffic to a website. The load test controller determines an amount of computer resources needed to meet a high load scenario based on the performance of the system in response to the simulated internet traffic to the website.

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


Isolating and disabling unauthorized applications
Patent No. 11134062 

Inventor(s): Varadharajan Candhadai Ramaswamy (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16899657 on 06/12/2020 (473 days app to issue)

Abstract: Typically, a business desires to track and monitor all applications run on its servers. Nonetheless, one or more unauthorized applications may be running on the business”s servers, exposing the business to potential regulatory liability and security breaches. Apparatus and methods are provided for isolating and disabling one or more unauthorized applications running on a server. The apparatus may comprise a system including a content-filtering web proxy server configured to filter outgoing requests and data associated with the requests. The system may also include a remediation framework configured to monitor request data in a proxy log stored by the proxy server. The remediation framework may be triggered to perform remedial action when the remediation framework determines that a request and associated data, as stored in the proxy log, meets predetermined conditions. The remediation framework, when triggered, may execute steps to truncate functionality of the unauthorized applications.

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


Multi-pass video encoding
Patent No. 11134252 

Inventor(s): Arun Shankar Kudana (Bangalore, , IN), Soyeb Nagori (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16911984 on 06/25/2020 (460 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods and computer readable mediums are presented for encoding a stream of input video frames, in which the input video frames are down sampled and the down sampled frames are encoded in a first encoding pass to generate a set of first pass coded frames forming a single first pass I frame and a plurality of first pass P frames formed into first pass sub-groups of pictures (SUB-GOPs). First pass encoding statistics are generated for individual first pass SUB-GOPs, and the statistics are used to encode the input video frames in a second encoding pass to generate a set of second pass coded frames.

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


Deblocking filtering control
Patent No. 11134277 

Inventor(s): Andrey Norkin (Solna, , SE), Kenneth Andersson (Gvle, , SE), Rickard Sjberg (Stockholm, , SE)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16847616 on 04/13/2020 (533 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first filter decision value is calculated for a block of pixels in a video frame based on pixel values of pixels in a first line of pixels in the block. A second filter decision value is also calculated for the block based on pixel values of pixels in a corresponding first line of pixels in a neighboring block in the video frame. The first filter decision value is used to determine how many pixels in a line of pixels in the block to filter relative to a block boundary between the block and the neighboring block. The second filter decision value is used to determine how many pixels in a corresponding line of pixels in the neighboring block to filter relative to the block boundary.

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


Video input port
Patent No. 11134297 

Inventor(s): Christopher James Broadhurst (Carp, , CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15840920 on 12/13/2017 (1385 days app to issue)

Abstract: In the described examples, a video integrated circuit (IC) chip includes a video input port (VIP) that receives a video stream. The video IC chip also includes a processing unit coupled to a non-transitory memory and is configured to detect the presence of a data stream provided to the VIP, cause the VIP to switch a target partition for the data stream from a given partition in the memory to another partition in the memory and to write the data stream to the other partition in the memory.

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


Hearing aid and method for use of same
Patent No. 11134347 

Inventor(s): Laslo Olah (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Institute of Science, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16959972 on 01/07/2019 (995 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hearing aid ([b]10[/b]) and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, the hearing ([b]10[/b]) includes a body ([b]112[/b]) that at least partially conforms to the contours of the external ear and is sized to engage therewith. Various electronic components are contained within the body ([b]112[/b]), including an electronic signal processor ([b]130[/b]) that is programmed with a preferred hearing range, which may be an about 10 Hz frequency to an about 30 Hz frequency range of sound corresponding to highest hearing capacity of a patient. Sound received at the hearing aid ([b]10[/b]) is converted to the preferred hearing range prior to output.

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


Network backhaul access
Patent No. 11134425 

Inventor(s): John Green (Wylie, TX), Vincent Charles Graffagnino (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): Oceus Networks, LLC (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16798975 on 02/24/2020 (582 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication system can provide an independent mobile cellular network to devices within a covered area. In addition, the system can determine whether user equipment within a covered area of the communication system are to have backhaul access to another communication system and/or whether to adjust the point of presence of the user equipment.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for detecting and acting upon a violation of terms of service
Patent No. 11134430 

Inventor(s): Mark Austin (Allen, TX), Rajeev Garg (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), Cricket Wireless LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16215076 on 12/10/2018 (1023 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining whether a past throughput of past traffic communicated between a communication device and a communication network meets a first threshold value, resulting in a first determination; responsive to the first determination being that the past throughput meets the first threshold, transmitting an instruction to the communication device to restrict a first subsequent throughput of first subsequent traffic to no greater than a second threshold value; determining whether the first subsequent throughput has been restricted, resulting in a second determination; and responsive to the second determination being that the first subsequent throughput has not been restricted, taking one or more actions to enforce a second subsequent throughput of second subsequent traffic to no greater than a third threshold value, wherein the third threshold value is lower than the second threshold value. Other embodiments are disclosed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for beam recovery in next generation wireless systems
Patent No. 11134492 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Li Guo (Allen, TX), Md. Saifur Rahman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15945589 on 04/04/2018 (1273 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a user equipment (UE) for a beam failure recovery procedure in a wireless communication system is provided. The method comprises receiving, from a base station (BS), at least one beam failure detection reference signal (RS) and at least one new candidate beam RS over a downlink channel; identifying a set of RS resources including an index for the at least one beam failure detection RS; identifying a set of RS resources including an index for the at least one new candidate beam RS; identifying a dedicated control-resource set (CORESET) received from the BS for a beam failure recovery request; transmitting, to the BS, the beam failure recovery request associated with a quality measurement of the at least one beam failure detection RS over a physical random access channel (PRACH); and receiving, from the BS, a beam failure response in response to the beam failure recovery request based on the dedicated CORESET indicated to the UE.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for UE random access over wide bandwidth with subset restriction
Patent No. 11134521 

Inventor(s): Bin Liu (San Diego, CA), Pengfei Xia (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15660769 on 07/26/2017 (1525 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to some embodiments, a base station (BS) transmits a first allocation of a plurality of channel subsets to user equipments (UEs) for contention transmission of the UEs to the BS. The first allocation allocates one or more channel subsets to each UE so that each UE can only contend for channels within a channel subset allocated to the UE using a contention-based mechanism. In response to receipt of the first allocation, one or more UEs send requests to the BS requesting for access of channels for uplink transmissions determined by the one or more UEs. The BS determines, based on at least the requests sent by the UEs, channels to be allocated to the UEs for performing uplink transmissions, and sends a second allocation indicating the allocated channels. The UEs then perform uplink transmissions based on the second allocation.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods and systems for maintaining the illumination intensity of light emitting diodes
Patent No. 11134547 

Inventor(s): George Berman (Dallas, TX), Jim Coker (Allen, TX), John B. Gunter (Flower Mound, TX), Vadim Zlotnikov (Dallas, TX), Valeriy K. Berger (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Luminator Holding LP (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16708933 on 12/10/2019 (658 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for maintaining the illumination intensity of one or more LEDs above a minimal intensity level. The systems and methods may include: (1) a current regulator for regulating the current in a circuit; (2) a voltage source for applying current to a circuit; (3) an LED with a minimal intensity level that correlates to a set-point temperature; and (4) a thermal sensor that is in proximity to the LED and adapted to sense a temperature proximal to the LED. The thermal sensor may transmit a signal to the current regulator if the sensed temperature exceeds the set-point temperature. Thereafter, the current regulator may take steps to regulate the current in order to maintain the LED illumination intensity above the minimal intensity level.

[H05B] ELECTRIC HEATING; ELECTRIC LIGHTING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


External robotic system for liquid immersion cooling platform
Patent No. 11134586 

Inventor(s): Jacob Mertel (Plano, TX), John David Enright (Plano, TX), Taylor Monnig (Plano, TX), William Hadala (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TMGCore, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17094939 on 11/11/2020 (321 days app to issue)

Abstract: An autonomous vehicle is disclosed which can map a facility and navigate its way to a particular liquid cooling system. The vehicle can be in communication with a central server, which can control the vehicle. The vehicle can align itself against the liquid cooling system and receive a computing device on a platform of the vehicle. The platform can be lowered and secured in an enclosure of the vehicle. Then, the vehicle can transport the computing device to a storage facility.

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


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Adapter for supporting base mount
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Inventor(s): Gavin Stener (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Wild West Investments, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29725174 on 02/22/2020 (584 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Mantle clip
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Inventor(s): Jeffery J. Kacines (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Roger N. Chauza, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29687925 on 04/17/2019 (895 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Display screen with graphical user interface
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Inventor(s): Courtney Dion Caldwell (McKinney, TX), Tyrone Caldwell (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Nolte Lackenbach Siegel (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29733387 on 05/01/2020 (515 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Oral hygiene device
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Inventor(s): Colin G. Cameron (Haslet, TX), Sherri McFarland (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): PhotoDynamic Inc. (Halifax, , CA)
Law Firm: Riverside Law LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29706480 on 09/20/2019 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Hair curling case
Patent No. D932101 

Inventor(s): Kevin Hoye (Dallas, TX), Steven D. Davis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Cali-Curl, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29704962 on 09/09/2019 (750 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet toy
Patent No. D932116 

Inventor(s): Josiah Wilhelm (Columbia Station, OH)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29782207 on 05/05/2021 (146 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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