Dallas Invents: 97 Patents Granted for Week of June 5

Patents granted include GXI Holdings' easy-to-use lawnmower with larger blades; Amazon’s thermal managing system for computing devices; Hulu’s video selecting system via diversity and relevance; and Jack Ten Suited’s new electronic card game apparatus.

Patents granted include GXI Holdings, LLC’s easy-to-use lawnmower with larger blades.

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 June. 5, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP  LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 7
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 5
Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas) 2
Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson) 2
STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell) 2


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Hengchun Mao (Allen) 2
Loudon Lee Campbell (Plano) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

131 days
Secure remote maintenance and support system, method, network entity and computer program product
Assignee: NCR Corporation (Atlanta, GA, US), Patent No. 9990869
{G06F} ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)

3,436 days
Modular display panel
Assignee: ULTRAVISION TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Dallas, TX, US), Patent No. 9992227


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Easy push lawnmower with large blade and gear reduction
Patent No. 9986684 

Inventor(s): Gordon W. Jackson (Clayton, NC), William R. Best (Dudley, NC)
Assignee(s): GXI Holdings, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Pass Intellectual Property, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14964004 on 12/09/2015 (909 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for providing larger blades on a lawnmower, while at the same time allowing the lawnmower to be easily handled. This is accomplished while maintaining legal rpm speeds for the cutting blade.

[A01D] HARVESTING; MOWING


Screen and use of therapeutics for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
Patent No. 9986723 

Inventor(s): Rolf A. Brekken (Dallas, TX), Thomas M. Wilkie (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14920195 on 10/22/2015 (957 days app to issue)

Abstract:

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


Termiticide flex plug system and method
Patent No. 9986728 

Inventor(s): Lary Adkins (Kennedale, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams (Local + 689 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14925483 on 10/28/2015 (951 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present application includes a system configured to simplify the application of plugs into holes created in concrete slabs during a termiticide treatment process. The system includes a flexible plug for insertion into the hole one or more times. A plug tip is coupled to a tool and selectively adjusted to a particular depth. A locating element is included to prevent the over protruding of the plug tip in the hole. The tool is used by the user to insert the plug tip into the hole wherein the depth is governed by the location of the locating element. The plug tips may be interchanged or adjusted in depth along with the locating element. Once the plug has been located properly, a patch is then applied to the remaining hole.

[A01M] CATCHING, TRAPPING OR SCARING OF ANIMALS (appliances for catching swarms or drone-catching A01K 57/00; fishing A01K 69/00-A01K 97/00; biocides, pest repellants or attractants A01N); APPARATUS FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF NOXIOUS ANIMALS OR NOXIOUS PLANTS


Personal item management apparatus
Patent No. 9986814 

Inventor(s): Jane Dunne Cooke (Dallas, TX), Mary Caroline Nix (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): THE BIG O, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15251118 on 08/30/2016 (644 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment personal item management apparatus includes a wearable band having a fixed circumference that defines a first outer diameter; and a clasp coupled to the wearable band, the clasp having a second outer diameter that is less than the first outer diameter and being adapted to couple a personal item to the wearable band. In an exemplary embodiment, the ratio of the second outer diameter to the first outer diameter is about 0.4.

[A45F] TRAVELLING OR CAMP EQUIPMENT; SACKS OR PACKS CARRIED ON THE BODY [2006.01]


Undermount drawer slide position adjustment apparatus and method of use
Patent No. 9986829 

Inventor(s): Greg Davis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Hardware Resources, Inc. (Bossier City, LA)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15458697 on 03/14/2017 (448 days app to issue)

Abstract: An undermount drawer slide mounting clip releasably attaches a drawer to a drawer rail assembly mounted in a cabinet carcass. The apparatus is capable of effecting positional adjustments of the drawer in three directions without removing the drawer from the cabinet carcass. The apparatus is comprised of a body slidingly engaged with a bonnet. A trigger pivotally connected between the body and the bonnet. A spring loaded catch slidable within the bonnet and acted on by the trigger to releasably attach the apparatus to a drawer rail assembly. A threaded spindle rotates within the base and adjusts the horizontal position of the drawer. A ramp adjustably connected to the base adjusts the vertical position of the drawer. A plunger extends from a housing connected to the body to adjacent the drawer rail assembly and adjusts the depth of the drawer.

[A47B] TABLES; DESKS; OFFICE FURNITURE; CABINETS; DRAWERS; GENERAL DETAILS OF FURNITURE (jointing of furniture F16B 12/00)


Apparatus and method for controlling movement of a capsule endoscope in digestive tract of a human body
Patent No. 9986898 

Inventor(s): Guohua Xiao (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ANKON TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD (Wuhan, , CN)
Law Firm: Treasure IP Group, LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14486061 on 09/15/2014 (1359 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for controlling movement of a capsule endoscope in a human GI track is disclosed. The system comprises a magnetic dipole for placement in human GI track, an external magnet in a sphere shape generating dipole magnetic field and applying external translational and or rotational magnetic field force to the capsule endoscope, and a control system for moving the external magnet to manipulate the object along the variable axis in a desired direction of movement.

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


Laryngoscope, laryngoscope arm and laryngoscope system
Patent No. 9986902 

Inventor(s): Amy Sheppard (Fort Worth, TX), Jay Tydlaska (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Dilon Technologies, Inc. (Newport News, VA)
Law Firm: Decker, Jones P.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15144413 on 05/02/2016 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: A laryngoscope and system are provided, the laryngoscope comprising a handle, an arm, a camera harness comprising a deployable camera, and a light. The arm comprises a first canal adapted to receive the camera upon deployment and a second canal adapted to transmit light from the handle into an oral cavity. The handle comprises a remote ejection element. The laryngoscope system comprises a handle capable of direct wireless communication with a display unit.

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


Programmable implant having curved or arced struts
Patent No. 9987137 

Inventor(s): Jessee Hunt (Plano, TX), Timothy Ganey (Tampa, FL)
Assignee(s): 4WEB, Inc. (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert Goetzel, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15695122 on 09/05/2017 (273 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments of implant systems and related apparatus, and methods of operating the same are described herein. In various embodiments, an implant for interfacing with a bone structure includes a web structure, including a space truss, configured to interface with human bone tissue. The space truss includes two or more planar truss units having a plurality of struts joined at nodes. Implants are optimized for the expected stress applied at the bone structure site.

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


Medical device for sleeve gastrectomy surgery
Patent No. 9987157 

Inventor(s): Todd McCarty (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): MW Support Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Law Office of Sam Sokhansanj PLLC (Local + 689 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15581586 on 04/28/2017 (403 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dual-purpose surgical bougie is disclosed for vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) procedures, and other related operations, that can serve the purpose of both operating as a guide or dilator for stapling and resecting a stomach and also securing, containing, and trans-orally extracting the resected stomach, thereby promoting faster patient recovery, minimizing and reducing the size and number of incisions, and further minimizing VSG procedure related complications, among other advantages. In one aspect of the disclosure described herein, the dual-purpose medical device can include a surgical bougie having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the bougie can be made of at least one of rubber, silicone, plastic, and metal. In addition, the bougie can include a channel or passage disposed within its central axis extending from its distal end to the proximal end, and a securement member coupled to the bougie. Here, the securement member can extend from the distal end of the flexible member, such that the securement member securely couples to a resected body tissue thereby allowing the bougie to trans-orally extract the resected body tissue.

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


Systems and method for treating eye diseases using retrograde blood flow
Patent No. 9987164 

Inventor(s): Jeff Franco (Plano, TX), Michael Calhoun (Lighthouse Point, FL), Robert M. Vidlund (Forest Lake, MN)
Assignee(s): J.D. Franco Co. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15681075 on 08/18/2017 (291 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, device, or system for treating eye disorders or conditions, comprising restoring or increasing blood flow or blood flow rate in an artery that supplies blood to or in the eye, thereby increasing the amount of nutrient(s) that reaches the eye or a portion thereof. The invention also includes methods, devices, or systems for treating eye disorders or conditions which use reverse flow or retrograde flow structures and systems during the treatment of the eye disease.

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


Medical/surgical lavage unit with a control assembly that can be set to a momentary on state or a constant on state
Patent No. 9987403 

Inventor(s): Chris Hunke (Dallas, TX), Neal Johnston (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Stryker Corporation (Kalamazoo, MI)
Law Firm: Howard Howard Attorneys PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14728030 on 06/02/2015 (1099 days app to issue)

Abstract: A medical/surgical lavage unit that includes a tip assembly with an irrigation tube and a suction tube. The irrigation tube is disposed within and axially offset from the suction tube. The suction tube has a lumen has with a relatively wide cross-sectional length that reduces clogging of waste in the lumen.

[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]


Antiseptic swab
Patent No. 9987474 

Inventor(s): Gordon E. Atkinson (Black Mountain, NC), Kyle S. Adams (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): iMed Technology, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Stevens Showalter, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15285760 on 10/05/2016 (608 days app to issue)

Abstract: A liquid dispensing device including an elongated handle having a hollow interior defining a fluid reservoir. A base member is affixed to a lower end of the handle and a frangible cover is secured over a bottom surface of the base member and forms a seal across an opening of the fluid reservoir. A swab head supports an absorbent sponge-like member and includes an upper side supporting a cover-rupturing member. A hinge segment is affixed to the base member and to the swab head, the hinge segment defining a pivot axis about which the swab head pivots to move the swab head from an open position with the cover-rupturing member spaced from the frangible cover to a closed position with the cover-rupturing member extending through the frangible cover and into the opening of the fluid reservoir.

[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]


Rotational spun material covered medical appliances and methods of manufacture
Patent No. 9987833 

Inventor(s): Bart Dolmatch (Dallas, TX), Zeke Eller (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC. (South Jordan, UT)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13742025 on 01/15/2013 (1967 days app to issue)

Abstract: A medical appliance or prosthesis may comprise one or more layers of rotational spun nanofibers, including rotational spun polymers. The rotational spun material may comprise layers including layers of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Rotational spun nanofiber mats of certain porosities may permit tissue ingrowth into or attachment to the prosthesis. Additionally, one or more cuffs may be configured to allow tissue ingrowth to anchor the prosthesis.

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


 

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

System and method to manufacture composite structures
Patent No. 9987772 

Inventor(s): Mahmood Shareef (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams (Local + 689 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13403561 on 02/23/2012 (2294 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of building a Pre-stressed composite part is described herein. The method includes: fabricating a Pre-stressed composite part with a Prepreg (Pre-impregnatedalready Resin coated fabric or tape) ply layup on tool or mandrel; laying conduits at desired locations and to be embedded with chopped fiber (metal or composite); inserting a steel cable into the conduit center and a calculated tension applied to the cable and held by jacks; filling the conduit with a special resin with hardener and allowing the resin to set until the cable is locked in the resin with the applied tension in the cable; removing jacks and leaving permanent anchors at both ends of conduit; applied cable tension creates compression in the part to take more tension for the loads and hence cable tension gives extra strength to the part.

[B29C] SHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF MATERIAL IN A PLASTIC STATE, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; AFTER-TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING (making preforms B29B 11/00; making laminated products by combining previously unconnected layers which become one product whose layers will remain together B32B 37/00-B32B 41/00) [4]


Automotive repair systems including handheld extruder
Patent No. 9987807 

Inventor(s): Dustin Harrier (Surprise, AZ)
Assignee(s): SERVICE KING PAINT AND BODY, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15630809 on 06/22/2017 (348 days app to issue)

Abstract: A repair system that includes a handheld device comprising a first extruder tip having an interior passageway extending between an inlet and a tip outlet, wherein the inlet is configured to receive a solid thermoplastic material and the tip outlet is configured to dispense a fluidic thermoplastic material; a nozzle surrounding the first extruder tip to form an annulus between an interior surface of the nozzle and an exterior surface of the first extruder tip; and a heater that is configured to heat the interior passageway of the first extruder tip such that the solid thermoplastic material becomes the fluidic thermoplastic material. In some embodiments, the repair system also includes a gas source in fluid communication with the annulus such that a skirt-shaped curtain of gas extends from the annulus and in a direction towards the tip outlet of the extruder tip.

[B05C] APPARATUS FOR APPLYING LIQUIDS OR OTHER FLUENT MATERIALS TO SURFACES, IN GENERAL (spraying apparatus, atomising apparatus, nozzles B05B; plant for applying liquids or other fluent materials to objects by electrostatic spraying B05B 5/08) [2]


Predictive cruise control system with advanced operator control and feedback
Patent No. 9988049 

Inventor(s): Andrew Paul Harbach (Argyle, TX), Wesley M. Mays (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): PACCAR Inc (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Christensen O”Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15206166 on 07/08/2016 (697 days app to issue)

Abstract: An on-board vehicle computer system for a vehicle includes at least one processing unit and a memory having stored therein computer-executable instructions configured to cause the on-board vehicle computer system to implement various aspects of a predictive cruise control (PCC) system. In one aspect, the computer system provides a plurality of available speed control bands in a PCC system, and the available speed control bands are selectable by an operator of the vehicle. In another aspect, the computer system provides an upper speed margin and a lower speed margin for a PCC system, and the upper and lower speed margins are adjustable by an operator of the vehicle. Related notifications may be presented via an operator interface (e.g., a touchscreen display provided in a vehicle dashboard or other easily accessible area).

[B60W] CONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT [2006.01]


System and method of rotating rotor blades from a distance
Patent No. 9989098 

Inventor(s): Brian Lafon (Johnson City, TN), Ricky Jenkins (Bluff City, TN), Robert Matson (Bluff City, TN), William Sumner (Kingsport, TN)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15440044 on 02/23/2017 (467 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one aspect, there is provided a rotary blade movement system including a retaining member configured to receive a rotor blade, a graspable arm, and a coupling mechanism operable to removably couple the retaining member to the graspable arm. The rotor blade movement system is configured to enable a user to adjust the position of the rotor blade by moving the graspable arm. The coupling mechanism can be a ball and socket joint. In one aspect, there is a method of rotating a rotor blade using a rotary blade movement system.

[B25J] MANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES (robotic devices for individually picking fruits, vegetables, hops or the like A01D 46/30; needle manipulators for surgery A61B 17/062; manipulators associated with rolling mills B21B 39/20; manipulators associated with forging machines B21J 13/10; means for holding wheels or parts thereof B60B 30/00; cranes B66C; arrangements for handling fuel or other materials which are used within nuclear reactors G21C 19/00; structural combination of manipulators with cells or rooms shielded against radiation G21F 7/06) [5]


 

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

Direct stereospecific synthesis of unprotected aziridines from olefins
Patent No. 9988349 

Inventor(s): Laszlo Kurti (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15109396 on 01/03/2015 (1249 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for the direct stereospecific conversion of structurally diverse mono-, di-, tri- and tetra-substituted olefins to NH, N-alkyl, N-cycloalkyl, or N-aralkyl aziridines using a hydroxylamine amination agent with transition metal catalyst. The method is operationally simple (i.e., one-pot), scalable and fast at ambient temperature.

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


Non-natural nucleosides as theranostic agents
Patent No. 9988680 

Inventor(s): Edward Motea (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
Law Firm: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell Tummino LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14342502 on 09/04/2012 (2100 days app to issue)

Abstract: A composition for monitoring DNA damage includes a 3-ethynyl-5-nitroindolyl-2-deoxyribose compound or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof and a detectable moiety with a click-reactive functional group that is complementary to the alkyne group of the compound.

[C12Q] MEASURING OR TESTING PROCESSES INVOLVING ENZYMES OR MICROORGANISMS (immunoassay G01N 33/53); COMPOSITIONS OR TEST PAPERS THEREFOR; PROCESSES OF PREPARING SUCH COMPOSITIONS; CONDITION-RESPONSIVE CONTROL IN MICROBIOLOGICAL OR ENZYMOLOGICAL PROCESSES [3]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Rooftop rainwater drainage assembly
Patent No. 9988818 

Inventor(s): James Tanghongs (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Sam Sokhansanj PLLC (Local + 689 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15463783 on 03/20/2017 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rooftop rainwater drainage assembly that is at least partially concealed from view from an exterior of a dwelling. In particular, the rooftop drainage assembly can include an opening spout secured to a roof deck region of a dwelling, and an elongated downspout having a first region disposed between an exterior wall and an interior wall of the dwelling and secured to the opening spout, thereby at least partially concealing the downspout from view from both the interior wall and exterior wall of the dwelling.

[E04D] ROOF COVERINGS; SKY-LIGHTS; GUTTERS; ROOF-WORKING TOOLS (coverings of outer walls by plaster or other porous material E04F 13/00)


Animal door interface system
Patent No. 9988826 

Inventor(s): Marshall G. Walls (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15470260 on 03/27/2017 (435 days app to issue)

Abstract: An animal door system includes a door forming a body having: a front surface; a back surface; a first side; and a second side. The system further includes a plurality of hinges secured to the second side; a handle extending through a thickness of the body and configured to manipulate a latch extending through the first side of the body; a latch blocker secured over the latch and rigidly attached to the first side of the body; an animal interface rigidly secured to the first side of the body and configured to protrude relative to the front surface of the body; and an adjustable door return device secured to the back surface of the body of the door, the adjustable door return device is configured to return the door to a closed position.

[E05B] LOCKS; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR; HANDCUFFS


Automatic choke optimization and selection for managed pressure drilling
Patent No. 9988866 

Inventor(s): Charles Michael Pool (Bedford, TX), Eric Miller (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14781967 on 12/12/2014 (1271 days app to issue)

Abstract: A choke valve assembly, system, and method can be used with a drill string in a wellbore to aid in controlling the bottom hole pressure during drilling of the wellbore. The choke valve assembly can have a primary choke and one or more supplemental chokes, where these choke valves each have a controllable range relative to the flow and pressure of drilling fluid passing through the assembly. A control unit can automatically actuate the primary choke and one or more supplemental chokes in order to both maintain the choke valves within their controllable ranges and concurrently maintain a consistent boom hole pressure in the connected wellbore.

[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]


Systems and methods of drilling control
Patent No. 9988880 

Inventor(s): Jason D. Dykstra (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14403119 on 07/12/2012 (2154 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system to optimize a drilling parameter of a drill string includes a drill string control subsystem. The system includes an optimization controller to coordinate operations of the drill string control subsystem during a drilling process at least in part by: determining a first optimized rate of penetration based on a drilling parameter model and a first drilling parameter estimate; providing a first set of commands to the drill string control subsystem based on the first optimized rate of penetration; determining a second drilling parameter estimate during the drilling process based, at least in part, on the drilling parameter model and feedback corresponding to the drill string control subsystem; determining a second optimized rate of penetration during the drilling process based on the second drilling parameter estimate; and providing a second set of commands to the drill string control subsystem based on the second optimized rate of penetration.

[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]


Gravel packing apparatus having locking jumper tubes
Patent No. 9988882 

Inventor(s): Brandon Thomas Least (Dallas, TX), Gregory Scott Cunningham (Grapevine, TX), Jan Veit (Plano, TX), Jean Marc Lopez (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15195647 on 06/28/2016 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gravel packing apparatus has first and second joints each including a sand control screen assembly a slurry delivery subassembly positioned exteriorly of the sand control screen assembly. Each slurry delivery subassembly includes a transport tube extending longitudinally along the sand control screen assembly. A jumper tube extends between and is sealably coupled to the transport tube of the first joint and the transport tube of the second joint. A first locking assembly is operably coupled between the jumper tube and the transport tube of the first joint and a second locking assembly is operably coupled between the jumper tube and the transport tube of the second joint.

[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

 

Discrete time rate-based model predictive control method for internal combustion engine air path control
Patent No. 9989001 

Inventor(s): Ilya Kolmanovsky (Novi, MI), Mike Huang (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14949723 on 11/23/2015 (925 days app to issue)

Abstract: A discrete time rate-based model predictive controller for air path control for a diesel engine regulates VGT position and EGR valve position to specified set points by coordinated control of intake manifold air pressure and EGR rate. The controller may be configured to measure or estimate at least one of the intake manifold pressure and EGR rate. A non-linear discrete time rate-based predictive model may be used, as developed by the controller.

[F02D] CONTROLLING COMBUSTION ENGINES (vehicle fittings, acting on a single sub-unit only, for automatically controlling vehicle speed B60K 31/00; conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function, road vehicle drive control systems for purposes other than the control of a single sub-unit B60W; cyclically operating valves for combustion engines F01L; controlling combustion engine lubrication F01M; cooling internal-combustion engines F01P; supplying combustion engines with combustible mixtures or constituents thereof, e.g. carburettors, injection pumps, F02M; starting of combustion engines F02N; controlling of ignition F02P; controlling gas-turbine plants, jet-propulsion plants, or combustion-product engine plants, see the relevant subclasses for these plants) [2006.01]


Methods and apparatus for sealing variable area fan nozzles of jet engines
Patent No. 9989009 

Inventor(s): David Alan Bakken (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): THE BOEING COMPANY (Chicago, IL)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13665188 on 10/31/2012 (2043 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for sealing variable area fan nozzles of jet engines are disclosed. An apparatus in accordance with the teachings of this disclosure includes a frame and a seal to be coupled to the frame. The seal to enclose petals of a variable area fan nozzle to substantially prevent airflow between the petals.

[F02K] JET-PROPULSION PLANTS (arrangement or mounting of jet-propulsion plants in land vehicles or vehicles in general B60K; arrangement or mounting of jet-propulsion plants in waterborne vessels B63H; controlling aircraft attitude, flight direction, or altitude by jet reaction B64C; arrangement or mounting of jet-propulsion plants in aircraft B64D; plants characterised by the power of the working fluid being divided between jet propulsion and another form of propulsion, e.g. propeller, F02B, F02C; features of jet-propulsion plants common to gas-turbine plants, air intakes or fuel supply control of air-breathing jet-propulsion plants F02C)


Offset valve bore in a reciprocating pump
Patent No. 9989044 

Inventor(s): Donald Mackenzie (Glasgow, , GB), Jacob A. Bayyouk (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): S.P.M. FLOW CONTROL, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15728180 on 10/09/2017 (239 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fluid end ([b]15[/b]) for a multiple reciprocating pump assembly ([b]12[/b]) comprises at least three plunger bores ([b]61[/b]) or ([b]91[/b]) each for receiving a reciprocating plunger ([b]35[/b]), each plunger bore having a plunger bore axis ([b]65[/b]) or ([b]95[/b]). Plunger bores being arranged across the fluid head to define a central plunger bore and lateral plunger bores located on either side of the central plunger bore. Fluid end ([b]15[/b]) has suction valve bores ([b]59[/b]) or ([b]89[/b]), each suction valve bore receiving a suction valve ([b]41[/b]) and having a suction valve bore axis ([b]63[/b]) or ([b]93[/b]). Discharge valve bores ([b]57[/b]) or ([b]87[/b]), each discharge valve bore receiving a discharge valve ([b]43[/b]) and having a discharge valve bore axis ([b]63[/b]) or ([b]93[/b]). The axes of at least one of suction and discharge valve bores is inwardly offset in the fluid end from its respective plunger bore axis.

[F04B] POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES FOR LIQUIDS; PUMPS (engine fuel-injection pumps F02M; machines for liquids, or pumps, of rotary-piston or oscillating-piston type F04C; non-positive-displacement pumps F04D; pumping of fluid by direct contact of another fluid or by using inertia of fluid to be pumped F04F; crankshafts, crossheads, connecting-rods F16C; flywheels F16F; gearings for interconverting rotary motion and reciprocating motion in general F16H; pistons, piston-rods, cylinders, in general F16J; ion pumps H01J 41/12; electrodynamic pumps H02K 44/02)


Valve positioner communication method and apparatus
Patent No. 9989167 

Inventor(s): Anatoly Podpaly (Sharon, MA), Justin Scott Shriver (Newton, MA)
Assignee(s): Dresser, Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Paul Frank + Collins P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14635068 on 03/02/2015 (1191 days app to issue)

Abstract: A valve positioning system controls a valve and exchanges information related to the valve. The valve positioning system includes a valve positioner in operative association with the valve such that the valve positioner receives status information related to the valve. The valve positioner includes one or more lights that are selectively illuminated in a predetermined order based on the status information. By selectively illuminating the one or more lights in the predetermined order, the valve positioner is optically transmits the status information to a computing device that is in a line of sight with the one or more lights of the valve positioner. A method of exchanging information related to a valve in a valve positioning system is also provided.

[F16K] VALVES; TAPS; COCKS; ACTUATING-FLOATS; DEVICES FOR VENTING OR AERATING


Friction stop device
Patent No. 9989191 

Inventor(s): Sebastian S. Delgadillo (Denton, TX), Ty W. Parker (Sanger, TX)
Assignee(s): Zodiac Seats US LLC (Gainesville, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14903106 on 07/09/2014 (1427 days app to issue)

Abstract: Deployment apparatus ([b]10[/b]) including a deployment object ([b]12[/b]), a deployment arm ([b]16[/b]) with a first end ([b]22[/b]) coupled to the deployment object and a second end ([b]24[/b]) having a pivot ([b]26[/b]), and a hinge assembly ([b]18[/b]) rotatably attached to the pivot of the deployment arm. The hinge assembly ([b]18[/b]) includes an enclosure ([b]44[/b]) and a friction stop device ([b]82[/b]) disposed within the enclosure such that the friction stop device includes a friction portion ([b]80[/b]) configured to be pressed against a lateral surface of the pivot ([b]26[/b]) of the deployment arm such that the friction portion provides a predetermined torque. The predetermined torque may be calculated based on maintaining a deployed angle of the deployment arm ([b]16[/b]) such that the deployment object ([b]12[/b]) is held in a raised deployed position.

[F16M] FRAMES, CASINGS, OR BEDS, OF ENGINES OR OTHER MACHINES OR APPARATUS, NOT SPECIFIC TO AN ENGINE, MACHINE, OR APPARATUS PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; STANDS OR SUPPORTS


Architectural lighting methods and apparatus
Patent No. 9989206 

Inventor(s): Scott Eddins (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): INCEPTION INNOVATIONS, LLC (Southlake, TX)
Law Firm: Booth Albanesi Schroeder PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14205219 on 03/11/2014 (1547 days app to issue)

Abstract: An enclosed lighting unit for use with light strips is provided to enable installation of architectural lighting. The lighting unit has cooperating base and cover which are assembled by hand. The unit encloses a channel supporting the light strips which maintain a clearance distance between the light sources and the cover.

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


Decorative light
Patent No. 9989227 

Inventor(s): Cheng-Chun Zhang (Shenzhen, , CN), Lio Yenwei Chang (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Gemmy Industries Corp. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15860125 on 01/02/2018 (154 days app to issue)

Abstract: A decorative light can include: a lamp case defining a hollow interior region and having an open front end; a beam splitter located inside the lamp case, the beam splitter defining an interior region; a lighting module located within the interior region of the beam splitter, the lighting module including a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) located thereon; a motor located inside the lamp case, the motor coupled to the beam splitter and adapted to rotate the beam splitter with respect to the lighting module; and a front lens mounted to the open front end of the lamp case. A convertible support stand for an outdoor lighting product is also discussed.

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


Automatic gas torch ignition in an oxygen rich environment
Patent No. 9989250 

Inventor(s): Brandon Hebert (Williamstown, VT), Chris Conway (Wilmot, NH), Darrin MacKenzie (Windsor, VT), Mike Wolfinger (Newbury, NH)
Assignee(s): Victor Equipment Company (Denton, TX)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12849029 on 08/03/2010 (2863 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of starting an auto-ignition gas torch includes increasing a flow of oxygen above zero and increasing a flow of fuel gas to a level lower than the flow of oxygen for improved start reliability. In one form, the flow of oxygen is from about two times to about six times higher than the flow of fuel gas.

[F23N] REGULATING OR CONTROLLING COMBUSTION (control devices specially adapted for combustion apparatus in which combustion takes place in a fluidised bed of fuel or other particles F23C 10/28; condition responsive controls for regulating combustion in domestic stoves with open fires for solid fuel F24B 1/187)


Compressor operation management in air conditioners
Patent No. 9989286 

Inventor(s): Eric Perez (Hickory Creek, TX), Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14109745 on 12/17/2013 (1631 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, an air conditioning system may include one or more compressors. The operation of the compressor(s) may be managed. For example, when an air conditioner is allowed to operate after being shut down, a first compressor may be allowed to operate and a wait time may elapse prior to starting at least one other compressor. When a compressor has multiple stages of operation, in some implementations, a first compressor may be allowed to operate at a low stage and a wait time may elapse prior to starting a higher stage of operation of the first compressor.

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


System for managing lubricant levels in tandem compressor assemblies of an HVAC system
Patent No. 9989288 

Inventor(s): Aylan Him (Coppell, TX), David Mackey (Addison, TX), Der-Kai Hung (Dallas, TX), Lin Hong (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15343258 on 11/04/2016 (578 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a control system for managing lubricant levels in tandem compressor assemblies of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. In transitioning from a partial load that operates a first compressor but not a second compressor of a tandem assembly to a full load that operates both the first and the second compressor, a controller of the HVAC system turns OFF both compressors of the tandem compressor assembly to allow time for lubricant levels to equalize between the first and the second compressor.

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


Mechanism and method to adjust size of balanced valve
Patent No. 9989977 

Inventor(s): Daniel G. Roper (Lucas, TX), Douglas James Scheffler (McKinney, TX), Harold J. McKinney (Durant, OK), Jason D. Journey (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15007803 on 01/27/2016 (860 days app to issue)

Abstract: A balanced valve trim, a regulator valve with a balanced valve trim, and methods for modifying a regulator valve with a balanced valve trim assembly to accommodate different volume flow rates through the regulator valve are disclosed.

[F16K] VALVES; TAPS; COCKS; ACTUATING-FLOATS; DEVICES FOR VENTING OR AERATING


 

P H Y S I C S

Trip reranking for a journey planner
Patent No. 9989372 

Inventor(s): Boris Chidlovskii (Meylan, , FR)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14533310 on 11/05/2014 (1308 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for re-ranking trips from a journey planner using real traveler preferences. A trip request is received that includes an origin, a destination and a departure time. An associated journey planner retrieves a list of candidate trips that correspond to the request. A ranking function, ascertained from actual trips that match the trip request and from which are determined real-world traveler preferences, is applied to the list of candidate trips output by the journey planner, thereby re-ranking the list of candidate trips to reflect real-world traveler”s experiences.

[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)


Magnetohydrodynamic microfluidic systems including modified electrodes and methods of using the same
Patent No. 9989452 

Inventor(s): Adair Claycomb (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Vogt IP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14951322 on 11/24/2015 (924 days app to issue)

Abstract: A magnetohydrodynamic microfluidic system and a method of pumping a fluid using a magnetohydrodynamic system are disclosed. The method includes applying at least one of an electric current and an electric voltage to a first modified electrode and a second electrode to generate an ionic current between the first modified electrode and the second electrode and to cause a current carrying species to move to or from the modified electrode, applying a magnetic field perpendicular to an ionic current vector, the magnetic field and the ionic current combining to induce flow of the fluid in a direction perpendicular to the magnetic field and the ionic current vector, and maintaining fluid flow by recharging the modified electrode.

[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)


High pressure rock core testing
Patent No. 9989512 

Inventor(s): Dennis J. Haggerty (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Chamberlain Hrdlicka (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14458871 on 08/13/2014 (1392 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of performing a rock core flow performance test includes increasing a pressure applied to at least one surface of the rock core to a first pressure, measuring the pressure on a wellbore facing axial end of the rock core to determine a time interval over which the measured pressure drops from a second pressure to a third pressure, and determining a high pressure production ratio of the rock core based on the time interval.

[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)


Using cloud-based data for virtualization of an industrial automation environment
Patent No. 9989958 

Inventor(s): Stephen Nawalaniec (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Mayfield Heights, OH)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14087977 on 11/22/2013 (1656 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cloud-based virtualization generation service collects industrial-automation-system-related data from multiple industrial automation systems of multiple industrial customers for storage and analysis on a cloud platform. A virtualization management component analyzes the data and generates a virtualized industrial automation system of the industrial automation system based on the analysis results. The virtualization management component updates the virtualized industrial automation system based on operation of, and user interactions with, the industrial automation system. The virtualization management component receives user interactions with the virtualized industrial automation system to facilitate remotely interacting with and/or controlling the industrial automation system and/or generates corresponding control signals that it sends to the industrial automation system to facilitate controlling operation of the industrial automation system. The virtualization management component also customizes a user”s view of the virtualized industrial automation system based on user”s role, authorization, or location.

[G05B] CONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS (fluid-pressure actuators or systems acting by means of fluids in general F15B; valves per se F16K; characterised by mechanical features only G05G; sensitive elements, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. G12B, subclasses of G01, H01; correcting units, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. H02K)


System level thermal management
Patent No. 9989980 

Inventor(s): Marcus-Alan Gilbert (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Seattle, WA)
Law Firm: KL Gates LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14828192 on 08/17/2015 (1023 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various examples are directed to providing thermal management to a computing device. The computing device may receive temperature state data describing a temperature state of the computing device. The temperature state may comprise a first temperature value at a first location at the computing device. The computing device may also receive use state data describing a first use state of the computing device. The first use state may comprise an initial operating condition of a first component of the computing device and an initial operating condition of a second component of the computing device. The computing device may determine that at least one temperature value at the computing device is out-of-range and select a second use state for the computing device. The second use state may comprise at least one of a new operating condition for the first component or a new operating condition of the second component.

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


Apparatus for the display of embedded information
Patent No. 9990030 

Inventor(s): Michael L. Weiner (Estero, FL)
Assignee(s): Edged Display Management LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Carr Ferrell LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14490906 on 09/19/2014 (1355 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for the electronic display of information, where the apparatus is a substrate incorporating a digital recording medium attached to or embedded within the substrate. The substrate further includes a flexible-substrate display located on an exposed surface of the substrate, where the display is a medium capable of selectively displaying one of at least two possible colors at each pixel location thereon in order to produce a substrate medium that may be modified in accordance with a user”s selection.

[G09G] ARRANGEMENTS OR CIRCUITS FOR CONTROL OF INDICATING DEVICES USING STATIC MEANS TO PRESENT VARIABLE INFORMATION (arrangements for transferring data between digital computers and displays G06F 3/14; static indicating arrangements comprising an association of a number of separate sources or light control cells G09F 9/00; static indicating arrangements comprising integral associations of a number of light sources H01J, H01K, H01L, H05B 33/12; scanning, transmission or reproduction of documents or the like, e.g. facsimile transmission, details thereof H04N 1/00) [5]


Computer-based apparatus and method for operating on data
Patent No. 9990104 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Shaun McNamara (Lehi, UT), Michael W. Hansen (Herriman, UT)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Simpson Simpson, PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14528212 on 10/30/2014 (1314 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-based apparatus, including: a memory element storing computer-readable instructions and at least one first data file; and a processor configured to execute the instructions to: display a second data file included in the at least one first data file, data fields for the second data file, and icons identifying operations applicable to first data in the second data file; accept a first input selecting a data field from the data fields for the second data file; accept a second input selecting an icon from the icons; associate the icon with the data field; generate a flowchart including the icon; display the flowchart on the GUI; generate second data by performing the operation for the icon on the first data; and replace the first data with the second data, or store the second data in a third data file included in the at least one first data file.

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


Memory system and method for increasing read parallelism of translation pages
Patent No. 9990145 

Inventor(s): Amir Shaharabany (Kochav Yair, , IL), Hadas Oshinsky (Kfar Saba, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14883143 on 10/14/2015 (965 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory system and method are provided for increasing read parallelism of translation pages. In one embodiment, a memory system is provided comprising a plurality of memory dies, where each memory die is configured with storage space for a portion of a logical-to-physical address map that is distributed among the plurality of memory dies. The memory system also comprises a controller in communication with the plurality of memory dies and configured to receive a plurality of requests to read a plurality of logical block addresses, determine which memory dies store portions of the logical-to-physical address map that contain the logical block addresses, and determine an order in which to read the portions of the logical-to-physical address map so that at least some of the portions that are stored in different memory dies are read in parallel. Other embodiments are provided.

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


Apparatus and method of data sequencing
Patent No. 9990146 

Inventor(s): Brian Walter O”Krafka (Austin, TX), Manavalan Krishnan (Fremont, CA), Niranjan Patre Neelakanta (Bangalore, , IN), Ramesh Chander (Bangalore, , IN), Tomy Ammuthan Cheru (Thrissur, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson Sheridan, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15014816 on 02/03/2016 (853 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a data sequencing engine configured to receive first data and an identification of a first data container associated with the first data and to allocate the first data to a first data stream of multiple data streams based on the identification. The apparatus further includes at least one memory configured to store the first data container. The data sequencing engine is further configured to cause the at least one memory to send data in the first data stream to a flash memory in response to detecting a data size of the first data stream satisfies a threshold.

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


Storage system and method for burst mode management using transfer RAM
Patent No. 9990158 

Inventor(s): Amir Shaharabany (Kochav Yair, , IL), Hadas Oshinsky (Kfar Saba, , IL), Tal Heller (Alonay Abba, , IL), Yoav Markus (Tel Aviv, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15189684 on 06/22/2016 (713 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage system uses consumption of transfer RAM as a trigger to enter and exit burst mode. In one embodiment, the storage system stores, in volatile memory, data to be written in non-volatile memory; monitors an allocation level of the volatile memory to determine a first amount of time that the allocation level is at a first level and a second amount of time that the allocation level is at second level; enters burst mode when a ratio of the first amount of time and the second amount of time is above a first threshold; and exits burst mode when the ratio of the first amount of time and the second amount of time is below a second threshold. Other embodiments are possible, and each of the embodiments can be used alone or together in combination.

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


System and method for creating and navigating a linear hypermedia resource program
Patent No. 9990174 

Inventor(s): Barry James Sullivan (Long Grove, IL), Bruce Edward Stuckman (Austin, TX), James Richard Morse (Plainfield, IL), Jordan Howard Light (Northbrook, IL), Kent E. Genin (Chicago, IL), Richard Omanson (Naperville, IL), Robert
Assignee(s): Hypermedia Navigation LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Garlick Markison (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15832482 on 12/05/2017 (182 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for creating and navigating linear hypermedia resource programs are disclosed. The system includes a distributed hypermedia resource network having a plurality of hypermedia resources residing on one or more remote information nodes. A common remote information node is in communication with a subscriber station and the remote information nodes in the distributed network. The common remote information node contains at least one linear hypermedia resource program consisting of pre-selected media elements from one or more hypermedia resources linked with exclusive linear links, each media element in the linear program having only one forward link to the next media element. The method includes the steps of downloading and displaying a media element in the linear program and responding to user commands to download and display the next media element in the linear program.

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


Systems and methods for data brick creation and use
Patent No. 9990213 

Inventor(s): Arnold S. Santos (Quezon, , PH), Joe M. Fenicle (Phoenix, AZ), Krishna K. Lingamneni (Phoenix, AZ), Martin D. Lantry (New River, AZ), Ron Sexton (Green Valley, AZ)
Assignee(s): Liberty Peak Ventures, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15131369 on 04/18/2016 (778 days app to issue)

Abstract: Data Brick is a state of the art solution to access the data through high speed data access mechanism that is exceptionally fast and is associated with low CPU consumption cost. The Data Brick stores relatively static reference data in the form of a programming language Load Module. The Load module contains the data can be launched into the application program memory and this data can be accessed very efficiently in a programming language program. Static application data that is accessed by multiple applications in a mainframe Batch environment is a prime candidate for the Data Brick.

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


Secure data entry
Patent No. 9990488 

Inventor(s): Chong Lee (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Softlayer Technologies, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts, LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15818910 on 11/21/2017 (196 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and associated computing device. A first arrangement of numeric characters 0-9 is displayed, on a touch screen of the computing device, for an entry of a confidential sequence of numeric characters by a user during display of the first arrangement of the numeric characters 0-9 in ten respective regions of the touch screen. Each region includes (i) a unique numeric character and (ii) a graphical design that does not include the unique numeric character. The graphical design in each region is a different graphical design in each region. Each region has a closed exterior boundary and is totally filled with the graphical design consisting of a background pattern or no pattern. A graphical characteristic is instantiated differently for each numeric character displayed in the first arrangement. User touches are received on the displayed first arrangement of the confidential sequence of numeric characters to authenticate or authorize the user.

[G09G] ARRANGEMENTS OR CIRCUITS FOR CONTROL OF INDICATING DEVICES USING STATIC MEANS TO PRESENT VARIABLE INFORMATION (arrangements for transferring data between digital computers and displays G06F 3/14; static indicating arrangements comprising an association of a number of separate sources or light control cells G09F 9/00; static indicating arrangements comprising integral associations of a number of light sources H01J, H01K, H01L, H05B 33/12; scanning, transmission or reproduction of documents or the like, e.g. facsimile transmission, details thereof H04N 1/00) [5]


Generic privilege escalation prevention
Patent No. 9990490 

Inventor(s): Bing Sun (Sunnyvale, CA), Chong Xu (Sunnyvale, CA), Jeff Hetzler (Manning, OR), Zheng Bu (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14941228 on 11/13/2015 (935 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus, method, computer readable storage medium are provided in one or more examples and comprise accessing an application, identifying an access token of the application, determining if the access token is a system token, and responsive to the access token failing to be a system token, enabling a runtime module.

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


Method and apparatus for settlement of processor based tournament competition
Patent No. 9990806 

Inventor(s): Malcolm B. Davis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15348492 on 11/10/2016 (572 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of providing or receiving value from or to a participant value in a game tournament wherein a plurality of participants play a casino-style game, includes calculating an expected value for the position of each participant in the tournament, the expected value based upon the number of wagering units held by the participant at the point in time, the number of wagering units held by each other participant in the tournament at the point in time and a payout table for the tournament.

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


Method and apparatus for electronic gaming
Patent No. 9990809 

Inventor(s): Robert Burnside (Houston, TX)
Assignee(s): Jack Ten Suited (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15446859 on 03/01/2017 (461 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for providing a card game is provided. Players are provided an option to enter one or more tournaments (for real monies or play monies). In an embodiment, a tournament lasts for a predetermined number of hands for a predetermined duration. As an example, a tournament duration may be defined by the number of players who bust out or complete a requisite number of hands by a predetermined date and time, or is defined by a specified number of players who bust out or complete the requisite number of hands. A tournament payout pool is determined based on the number of players who busted out or played in the tournament for a predetermined number of hands and duration.

[G07F] COIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS (coin sorting G07D 3/00; coin testing G07D 5/00) [7]


System for monitoring offender during correctional supervisory program
Patent No. 9990826 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15371525 on 12/07/2016 (545 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides details of a system for monitoring an offender during a correctional supervisory program. The system includes an offender communication device that transmit and receive communications via a communication and monitoring center. The offender communication device include a smart phone or tablet that obtains identity information including biometric information from an offender before a communication is transmitted or received. The offender communication device also stores data including metadata, metrics, or content of a communication and transmits the stored data to the communication and monitoring center. The communication and monitoring center transmits and receives communications from the offender communication device and another communication device. Further, the communication and monitoring center provides monitoring functionality to record a communication and determine that a location of an offender is in an authorized location based on rules and requirements of the correctional supervisory program.

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


Material detection on a road
Patent No. 9990853 

Inventor(s): David E. Simon (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15058801 on 03/02/2016 (825 days app to issue)

Abstract: A material detection system mountable to a ground vehicle. The material detection system includes a first range determination system (RDS) that includes a first electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitter configured to emit first EMR behind the ground vehicle within a first field of view (FOV), a first EMR receiver that is configured to receive first EMR reflections, and a first RDS processing device configured to generate first RDS data that identifies distances to reflective surfaces based on the first EMR reflections. A processing device is coupled to the first range determination system and is configured to determine, based at least in part on the first RDS data, that material exists on the road. The processing device is also configured to determine a location of the material, and cause the location to be communicated to a computing device that maintains a map that identifies locations of material larger than a predetermined threshold.

[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]


Modular display panel
Patent No. 9990869 

Inventor(s): William Y. Hall (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ULTRAVISION TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15880295 on 01/25/2018 (131 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to integrated modular display panels. In one embodiment, modular display panel includes a shell with a first thermally conductive material, a printed circuit board disposed in the shell, and a plurality of LEDs attached to a first side of the printed circuit board. A driver circuit is disposed in the shell and coupled to the plurality of LEDs from a second side of the printed circuit board. The panel further includes a power supply unit for powering the LEDs. The printed circuit board are disposed between the power supply unit and the plurality of LEDs. A second thermally conductive material is disposed between the power supply unit and an outer back side of the panel. A protective structure is disposed over the first side of the printed circuit board, where a display side of the panel, opposite the outer back side, is waterproof.

[G09F] DISPLAYING; ADVERTISING; SIGNS; LABELS OR NAME-PLATES; SEALS


System and method for monitoring a signage system of a transit vehicle
Patent No. 9990876 

Inventor(s): Larry T. Taylor (Blue Ridge, TX), Ramin Safavi (Plano, TX), Xiaoping Zhou (Plano, TX), Zhicun Gao (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Luminator Holding LP (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15350951 on 11/14/2016 (568 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sign-monitoring system includes at least one electronic sign and a controller comprising a processor and memory. The electronic sign includes a pixel array, the pixel array including a plurality of pixels. The electronic sign further includes an embedded controller coupled to the at least one electronic sign. The embedded controller develops diagnostic information for the at least one electronic sign, the diagnostic information including information related to a number of malfunctioning pixels in the plurality of pixels. The controller is communicably coupled to the embedded controller and receives at least a portion of the diagnostic information from the embedded controller. In addition, the controller assesses the at least a portion of the diagnostic information to develop health information. The assessment involves evaluating the information related to the number of malfunctioning pixels.

[G05B] CONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS (fluid-pressure actuators or systems acting by means of fluids in general F15B; valves per se F16K; characterised by mechanical features only G05G; sensitive elements, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. G12B, subclasses of G01, H01; correcting units, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. H02K)


Non-volatile semiconductor memory device adapted to store a multi-valued data in a single memory cell
Patent No. 9990987 

Inventor(s): Jian Chen (San Jose, CA), Tomoharu Tanaka (Yokohama, , JP)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15645182 on 07/10/2017 (330 days app to issue)

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

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


System, method, apparatus, and computer program product for enabling management of a plurality of computer components using a software framework
Patent No. 9992072 

Inventor(s): Ta-Ming Chen (Cary, NC), Todd Dolinsky (Chapel Hill, NC)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14703696 on 05/04/2015 (1128 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, apparatus, and computer program product for enabling management of a plurality of computing components, such as a converged infrastructure, through a software framework are disclosed. For example, a method in accordance with some example embodiments may include receiving an action target command that is comprised of target component identification information, action identification information and action parameters. The method may include invoking a registered hook and passing the action parameters to a function that is bound to the action and resolving the received target component identification information and the received action identification data. A command and command parameters may be transmitted to each of the identified computing components thereby causing the command to be performed on the computing components.

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


Secure data parser method and system
Patent No. 9992170 

Inventor(s): Rick L. Orsini (Flower Mound, TX), Roger S. Davenport (Campbell, TX)
Assignee(s): Security First Corp. (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)
Law Firm: Haley Guiliano LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13915081 on 06/11/2013 (1820 days app to issue)

Abstract: A secure data parser is provided that may be integrated into any suitable system for securely storing and communicating data. The secure data parser parses data and then splits the data into multiple portions that are stored or communicated distinctly. Encryption of the original data, the portions of data, or both may be employed for additional security. The secure data parser may be used to protect data in motion by splitting original data into portions of data that may be communicated using multiple communications paths.

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


Message encryption system
Patent No. 9992179 

Inventor(s): Bryan Adam Joyner (Plano, TX), David Vincent Care (Dallas, TX), Kelly Sue Morrison (Dallas, TX), Patrick Stephen Trantham (Mesquite, TX)
Assignee(s): ZixCorp Systems, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15012490 on 02/01/2016 (855 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a plurality of mail encryption gateways and a router. Each mail encryption gateway encrypts email according to an encryption policy of a customer. The router stores a plurality of sender policy framework (SPF) records. The router also receives an email and compares a source IP address of the email with the plurality of SPF records. The router determines that the source IP address corresponds to an SPF record of the plurality of SPF records and in response to that determination, determines that a Simple Mail Transfer Protocol From Field of the email comprises a domain of a cloud provider corresponding to the SPF record. In response to that determination, the router determines that a Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension From Field of the email comprises a domain of a customer and in response to that determination, routes the email to a mail encryption gateway.

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


Secure remote maintenance and support system, method, network entity and computer program product
Patent No. 9992227 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Alderson (Fort Worth, TX), David Turner (Keller, TX), Donald Davidson (Keller, TX), Erika Thomas (Little Elm, TX), James Fortuna (Dallas, TX), Jason Henriksen (Hurst, TX), Jeff Hughes (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): NCR Corporation (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Schwegman, Lundberg Woessner (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12349945 on 01/07/2009 (3436 days app to issue)

Abstract: A remote, secure maintenance and support system, method, network entity and computer program product are provided. The system can include site terminal(s) and/or a site server (collectively ”site device(s)”), a data center in communication with the site device(s) over a first secure tunnel, and at least one client terminal in communication with the data center over a second secure tunnel. The site device(s) can be configured to periodically transmit to the data center one or more error messages over the first secure tunnel. The data center can, in turn, be configured to make the error messages accessible to at least one authorized technician operating one of the client terminals. The client terminal can be configured to retrieve at least one of the error messages over the second secure tunnel and to take an action associated with resolving the error message.

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


 

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Object detection and analysis via unmanned aerial vehicle
Patent No. 9989965 

Inventor(s): Mark Cuban (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): MOTIONLOFT, INC. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Hogan Lovells US LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14831739 on 08/20/2015 (1020 days app to issue)

Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can include one or more cameras for capturing image data within a field of view that depends in part upon the location and orientation of the UAV. At least a portion of the image data can be processed on the UAV to locate objects of interest, such as people or cars, and use that information to determine where to fly the drone in order to capture higher quality image data of those or other such objects. Once identified, the objects of interest can be counted, and the density, movement, location, and behavior of those objects identified. This can help to determine occurrences such as traffic congestion or unusual patterns of pedestrian movement, as well as to locate persons, fires, or other such objects. The data can also be analyzed by a remote system or service that has additional resources to provide more accurate results.

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


Systems and methods for acquiring, accessing, and analyzing investigative information
Patent No. 9990683 

Inventor(s): James S. Sidler (Lubbock, TX), John J. Viola (Frisco, TX), Michelle L. Polozola (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15135199 on 04/21/2016 (775 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods which provide availability of information on a network wide basis, with the network or information technology (IT) fabric spanning a wide range of institutions and other sources of information, including correctional facilities, without regard to which jurisdiction the source of information belongs, e.g. police, courts, federal investigation agencies, public databases etcetera. Embodiments provide an electronic based capability to identify useful information and for locating, collecting, compiling, aggregating, distilling, and/or reporting robust data.

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


Integrated magnetic assemblies and methods of assembling same
Patent No. 9991043 

Inventor(s): Arturo Silva (Allen, TX), Jouni Timo Uusitalo (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
Law Firm: General Electric Company (26 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14206560 on 03/12/2014 (1546 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated magnetic assembly includes a magnetic core, an input winding inductively coupled to the magnetic core, a first output winding inductively coupled to the magnetic core, and a second output winding inductively coupled to the magnetic core. The magnetic core includes first and second non-winding legs, and first and second winding legs. The first and second non-winding legs are spaced apart from one another, and the magnetic core defines an opening between the first and second non-winding legs. The input winding extends through the opening between the first and second non-winding legs, and is wound around each of the first and second winding legs. The first output winding is wound around the first winding leg. The second output winding is wound around the second winding leg.

[H01F] MAGNETS; INDUCTANCES; TRANSFORMERS; SELECTION OF MATERIALS FOR THEIR MAGNETIC PROPERTIES [2]


Air-cavity package with enhanced package integration level and thermal performance
Patent No. 9991181 

Inventor(s): Kevin J. Anderson (Plano, TX), Tarak A. Railkar (Plano, TX), Walid M. Meliane (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15409885 on 01/19/2017 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an air-cavity package, which includes a bottom substrate, a top substrate, a perimeter wall, a bottom electronic component, a top electronic component, and an external electronic component. The perimeter wall extends from a periphery of a lower side of the top substrate to a periphery of an upper side of the bottom substrate to form a cavity. The bottom electronic component is mounted on the upper side of the bottom substrate and exposed to the cavity. The top electronic component is mounted on the lower side of the top substrate and exposed to the cavity. And the external electronic component is mounted on an upper side of the top substrate, which is opposite the lower side of the top substrate and not exposed to the cavity.

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


Three-dimensional memory device with discrete self-aligned charge storage elements and method of making thereof
Patent No. 9991277 

Inventor(s): Kengo Kajiwara (Yokkaichi, , JP), Masanori Tsutsumi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15361842 on 11/28/2016 (554 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory opening can be formed through an alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers over a substrate. A material layer stack containing, from outside to inside, an aluminum oxide tunneling dielectric layer, a silicon-containing tunneling dielectric layer, and a vertical semiconductor channel is formed within the memory opening. After forming backside recesses by removing the sacrificial material layers, charge trapping material portions are formed on physically exposed surfaces of the aluminum oxide tunneling dielectric layer by employing a selective silicon nitride deposition process. A backside blocking dielectric layer and electrically conductive layers are formed in the backside recesses. The charge trapping material portions are discrete silicon nitride portions located at levels of the electrically conductive layers and vertically spaced from one another by the insulating layers.

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


Multi-tier three-dimensional memory devices containing annular dielectric spacers within memory openings and methods of making the same
Patent No. 9991280 

Inventor(s): Dai Iwata (Yokkaichi, , JP), Hiroyuki Kinoshita (Yokkaichi, , JP), Hiroyuki Ogawa (Yokkaichi, , JP), Jin Liu (Milpitas, CA), Jiyin Xu (Yokkaichi, , JP), Kazutaka Yoshizawa (Yokkaichi, , JP), Kazuya Tokunaga (Yokkaichi, , JP), Mar
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15434544 on 02/16/2017 (474 days app to issue)

Abstract: An annular dielectric spacer can be formed at a level of a joint-level dielectric material layer between vertically neighboring pairs of alternating stacks of insulating layers and spacer material layers. After formation of a memory opening through multiple alternating stacks and formation of a memory film therein, an anisotropic etch can be performed to remove a horizontal bottom portion of the memory film. The annular dielectric spacer can protect underlying portions of the memory film during the anisotropic etch. In addition, a silicon nitride barrier may be employed to suppress hydrogen diffusion at an edge region of peripheral devices.

[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 passive devices at a buried source line level and method of making thereof
Patent No. 9991282 

Inventor(s): Hiroyuki Ogawa (Yokkaichi, , JP), Kento Kitamura (Yokkaichi, , JP), Satoshi Shimizu (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yasuo Kasagi (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15843659 on 12/15/2017 (172 days app to issue)

Abstract: A layer stack including a lower semiconductor layer, a lower dielectric layer, and a spacer material layer is formed over a semiconductor substrate, and the spacer material layer is patterned to form spacer line structures. An upper dielectric layer and an upper semiconductor layer are formed, followed by formation of an alternating stack of insulating layers and spacer material layers. Memory stack structures are formed through the alternating stack, the upper semiconductor layer, and the dielectric material layer. The upper semiconductor layer, the upper dielectric layer, and the lower semiconductor layer can be patterned to form a buried source layer and at least one passive device. Each passive device can include a lower semiconductor plate, a dielectric material plate, and an upper semiconductor plate. Each passive device can be a resistor or a capacitor.

[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]


Hybrid bonded image sensor and method of operating such image sensor
Patent No. 9991306 

Inventor(s): Jaroslav Hynecek (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: Polansky Associates, P.L.L.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15154739 on 05/13/2016 (753 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one form, a hybrid bonded image sensor comprises a photodiode chip, a circuit carrying chip, and an interconnection. The photodiode chip provides charge to a first floating diffusion in response to incident light, wherein the first floating diffusion is coupled to a first terminal on a first surface of the photodiode chip. The circuit carrying chip has a first terminal aligned with the first terminal of the photodiode chip, the circuit carrying chip forming an output voltage based on charge transferred on the first floating diffusion sensed from the first terminal thereof. The interconnection connects the first terminal of the photodiode chip to the first terminal of the circuit carrying chip.

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


Method of making a semiconductor device using a dummy gate
Patent No. 9991351 

Inventor(s): Nicolas Loubet (Guiderland, NY), Prasanna Khare (Schenectady, NY)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15331714 on 10/21/2016 (592 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of making a semiconductor device includes forming a fin mask layer on a semiconductor layer, forming a dummy gate over the fin mask layer, and forming source and drain regions on opposite sides of the dummy gate. The dummy gate is removed and the underlying fin mask layer is used to define a plurality of fins in the semiconductor layer. A gate is formed over the plurality of fins.

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


Method of formulating perovskite solar cell materials
Patent No. 9991457 

Inventor(s): Jerred A. Chute (Dallas, TX), Michael D. Irwin (Dallas, TX), Vivek V. Dhas (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): HEE Solar, L.L.C. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15068187 on 03/11/2016 (816 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for preparing photoactive perovskite materials. The method comprises the step of preparing a lead halide precursor ink. Preparing a lead halide precursor ink comprises the steps of: introducing a lead halide into a vessel, introducing a first solvent to the vessel, and contacting the lead halide with the first solvent to dissolve the lead halide. The method further comprises depositing the lead halide precursor ink onto a substrate, drying the lead halide precursor ink to form a thin film, annealing the thin film, and rinsing the thin film with a second solvent and a salt.

[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]


Zero voltage switching half-bridge converters
Patent No. 9991742 

Inventor(s): Hengchun Mao (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): NuVolta Technologies (Milpitas, CA)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14835537 on 08/25/2015 (1015 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power converter comprises a primary switch network coupled to a power source, wherein the primary switch network comprises a plurality of power switches, a controller configured to generate gate drive signals for the plurality of power switches, a secondary rectifier coupled to an output, a first transformer having a first winding coupled to the primary switch network, a second winding coupled to the secondary rectifier and a third winding coupled to the controller and a second transformer having a fourth winding coupled to the primary switch network, a fifth winding coupled to the secondary rectifier and a sixth winding coupled to the controller, wherein a voltage signal from the third winding and/or the sixth winding is processed to provide a feedback of a voltage at the output.

[H01F] MAGNETS; INDUCTANCES; TRANSFORMERS; SELECTION OF MATERIALS FOR THEIR MAGNETIC PROPERTIES [2]


Harmonic reduction apparatus for wireless power transfer systems
Patent No. 9991779 

Inventor(s): Hengchun Mao (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): NuVolta Technologies (Milpitas, CA)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14590908 on 01/06/2015 (1246 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device comprises a switch network coupled to a power source, wherein the switch network comprises a plurality of power switches, a transmitter resonant tank coupled to the plurality of power switches, wherein the transmitter resonant tank comprises a primary resonant capacitor, a transmitter coil coupled to the transmitter resonant tank and a harmonic reduction apparatus coupled between the switch network and the transmitter coil, wherein the harmonic reduction apparatus is configured to attenuate at least one undesired frequency component.

[H01F] MAGNETS; INDUCTANCES; TRANSFORMERS; SELECTION OF MATERIALS FOR THEIR MAGNETIC PROPERTIES [2]


Optical receiver with optical transmitter-specific dispersion post-compensation
Patent No. 9991960 

Inventor(s): Frank Effenberger (Colts Neck, NJ), Xiang Liu (Marlboro, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15722948 on 10/02/2017 (246 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises a polarization-diversity optical hybrid that converts an optical signal into a plurality of optical signals comprising a first polarization component and a second polarization component orthogonal to the first polarization component, one or more detectors that convert the plurality of optical signals into a plurality of first analog electrical signals, DC blocking elements that remove DC signal components to output a plurality of second analog electrical signals, analog to digital converters (ADCs) coupled to the DC blocking elements that convert the plurality of second analog electrical signals into a plurality of digital signals, and a digital signal processing (DSP) unit coupled to the ADCs. The DSP is configured to perform a fiber dispersion compensation on the plurality of digital signals and add DC offsets to output a plurality of DC-restored compensated digital signals.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and terminal device for reducing image distortion
Patent No. 9991994 

Inventor(s): Eric Sung (Greensboro, NC), Hong Jiang (Kernersville, NC), Wael Al-Qaq (Oak Ridge, NC), Zhihang Zhang (Cary, NC)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15427830 on 02/08/2017 (482 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and terminal device for reducing an image distortion are provided. The terminal device generates a radio frequency signal from a first path that includes first and second low pass filters of in-phase and quadrature phase paths, produces a decomposed signal having in-phase and quadrature phase components in digital form based on the radio frequency signal, and determines a phase mismatch between the in-phase and quadrature phase components. Then the terminal device generates a bandwidth adjustment value based on the determined phase mismatch, further generates, based on the bandwidth adjustment value, first and second bandwidth control signals; and adjusts a bandwidth of first and second low pass filters based on the first and second bandwidth control signals to reduce the phase mismatch.

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


Scheduling for orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) transmissions in a wireless local area network (WLAN)
Patent No. 9991996 

Inventor(s): George A. Vlantis (Sunnyvale, CA), Liwen Chu (San Ramon, CA)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15006191 on 01/26/2016 (861 days app to issue)

Abstract: An access point (AP) contends for a medium during a contention period in order to obtain exclusive control of the medium for a certain time period that may include one or more transmission opportunities. The AP and client stations (STAs) communicate during the time period using orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) techniques with scheduled use (i.e., allocation) of sub-channels of the medium. The AP controls this scheduling for down-link and up-link communications by sending control signaling to inform the STAs of the resource allocation schedule which specifies STAs involved in the OFDMA communications along with the sub-channel identification bandwidth allocated to each STA. The control signaling may be a combination of physical layer (PHY) and medium access control layer (MAC) communicated information.

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


Method and apparatus for transmitting uplink control information in multi-carrier wireless communication system
Patent No. 9992007 

Inventor(s): Farooq Khan (Richardson, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd (, , KR)
Law Firm: The Farrell Law Firm, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15589556 on 05/08/2017 (393 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for transmitting and receiving Uplink Control Information (UCI) in a wireless communication system. The method includes generating the UCI including at least one of channel quality indicator (CQI) information and hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ) information; identifying, if the terminal is configured with a plurality of serving cells, a serving cell among the plurality of serving cells based on information on a cell index of the serving cell; and transmitting the UCI on a physical uplink shared channel (PUSCH) of the identified serving cell.

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


Multi-tiered protection platform
Patent No. 9992163 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX), Sorin N. Cismas (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14968334 on 12/14/2015 (904 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-tier platform provides security at a perimeter of a computer system, where an intermediate layer interacts between a web layer and an application layer. A data request that is associated with a data set is received at the web layer and passed to the intermediate layer. The intermediate layer determines the authoritative source for the data set and whether the data set has a static or dynamic value. If the value is static, the intermediate layer accesses the value stored at the intermediate layer. However, if the value is dynamic, the intermediate layer queries the source registered to the data set, obtains the value from the authoritative source, and returns the dynamic value via the web layer, where the registered source may be internal or external to the computer system. Consequently, the intermediate layer may function as an aggregate layer that supports both database and messaging services.

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


High-safety user multi-authentication system and method
Patent No. 9992193 

Inventor(s): Kuang-Yao Lee (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Bacon Thomas, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15132501 on 04/19/2016 (777 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high-safety user multi-authentication system, comprising: a server having a user habit information and a key generator for generating a real key corresponding to the user habit information and at least one bait key; and a user application unit disposed on a communication device having a user interface, a key receiving unit for receiving the real key and the at least one bait key from the server, an OTP (one time password) generator for generating a real OTP based on the real key and at least one bait OTP based on the at least one bait key; wherein the real OTP is provided to the user interface when the communication device is operated according to the user habit information.

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


System and method for intrusion detection and suppression in a wireless server environment
Patent No. 9992210 

Inventor(s): Chad Michael Rowlee (Hixson, TN), James Albert Luckett, Jr. (Dallas, TX), Robert Michael Brooks, Jr. (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): MYTH INNOVATIONS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14728977 on 06/02/2015 (1099 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for data communications includes a port scan detector, a decoy port system, a data packet hash manager, an encapsulated artificial intelligence system and an offensive code system configured to implant offensive code in the sending device and to control operation of the sending device if the sending device is the hostile device, if the sending device is not operating the has increment system and if the data communications are not consistent with the levelling algorithm.

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


Preserving S1-AP UE contexts on SCTP failover
Patent No. 9992240 

Inventor(s): Loudon Lee Campbell (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15041922 on 02/11/2016 (845 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to some embodiments, a method in a network node of a wireless communication network comprises determining that a plurality of S1-AP UE contexts maintained by the network node remain valid after a SCTP failure; generating an S1 Setup Request message comprising an indication that the UE contexts remain valid; and communicating the S1 Setup Request message to a MME. In particular embodiments, a method in an MME comprises receiving an S1 Setup Request message from a network node comprising an indication that UE contexts maintained by the network node remain valid after a SCTP failure. The MME determines a plurality of UE contexts maintained by the MME remain valid after a SCTP failure; generates an S1 Setup Response message comprising an indication that UE contexts maintained by the MME remain valid; and communicates the S1 Setup Response message to the network node.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Dynamically managing a system of servers
Patent No. 9992275 

Inventor(s): Fang Wang (Plano, TX), Naveen Narayan (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts, LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15488633 on 04/17/2017 (414 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for managing servers. A message received by a first server specifies multiple servers to be updated via an update. The message identifies a server type of each specified server, an old server name of each specified server prior to the update, and a corresponding new server name of each specified server after the update. First servers of the multiple servers are identified. Second servers that have a corresponding old server name within a local configuration of the first server are identified. For each server of the second servers, local configuration changes are scheduled to update the corresponding old server names with corresponding new server names at corresponding specified times. Each corresponding old server name is replaced with corresponding new server names.

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


Simplified control input to a mobile device
Patent No. 9992320 

Inventor(s): Ian C. Schmehl (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker L.L.P. (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15701349 on 09/11/2017 (267 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating a mobile device includes receiving, from a motion sensor, motion information indicative of mobile device motion, recognizing a motion pattern indicated by the motion information, identifying a particular function corresponding to the motion pattern, and determining whether the particular function comprises a function for remotely controlling a remotely controlled device. Responsive to determining the particular function is a function for remotely controlling a remotely controlled device, a remote control command corresponding to the particular function is wirelessly sent to the remotely controlled device. If the particular function is a function for remotely controlling a remotely controlled device, the particular function is executed via a wireless network.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for managing conference calls
Patent No. 9992347 

Inventor(s): Anup D Karnalkar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15436979 on 02/20/2017 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to retrieve from an address book a communication identifier for each of a plurality of participants, determine from the address book a conferencing type for each of the plurality of participants, and initiate according to the conference type and the communication identifier of each participant a Voice over Internet Protocol conference call directed to communication devices of the plurality of participants. Other embodiments are disclosed.

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


Method and system for creating a display with a distributed aperture system
Patent No. 9992413 

Inventor(s): Gregory S. Hawkins (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Burns Levinson, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14858101 on 09/18/2015 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for displaying images captured by a distributed aperture system (DAS) includes determining a display line of sight (LOS) and display field of view (FOV) corresponding to an operator display of a DAS, mapping the display LOS and the display FOV to a set of sensors of a plurality of sensors of the DAS, for each sensor of the set of sensors: identifying a set of sensor elements that define a minimum image capture area corresponding to the display LOS and the display FOV, processing image data collected by the identified set of sensor elements; and generating an image for the operator display from the processed image data.

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


Image decoding method, image coding method, image decoding apparatus, image coding apparatus, and image coding and decoding apparatus
Patent No. 9992505 

Inventor(s): Matthias Narroschke (Schaafheim, , DE), Semih Esenlik (Nazilli, , TR), Thomas Wedi (The Hague, , NL)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15591381 on 05/10/2017 (391 days app to issue)

Abstract: An image decoding method for decoding a bitstream including a coded signal resulting from coding slices into which an image is partitioned and each of which includes coding units, includes decoding the coded signal, wherein each of the slices is either a normal slice having, in a slice header, information used for another slice or a dependent slice which is decoded using information included in a slice header of another slice, the image includes rows each of which includes coding units, and when the normal slice starts at a position other than the beginning of the first row, the second row immediately following the first row does not start with the dependent slice.

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


Selecting recommendations in a video delivery system using diversity and relevance
Patent No. 9992523 

Inventor(s): Hanning Zhou (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): HULU, LLC (Santa Monica, CA)
Law Firm: Fountainhead Law Group P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15399490 on 01/05/2017 (516 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method receives a candidate set of recommendations for video entities on a video delivery service in response to receiving a request to generate a page of an interface. A number for each recommendation is generated that represents a relevance rating of the respective recommendation minus a similarity rating between the respective recommendation and recommendations from the candidate set of recommendations that are added to a subset of recommendations. A recommendation is added to the subset of recommendations that has a maximum probability of being relevant to the user and diverse from the recommendations in the subset of recommendations based on the number. The method then updates the number for recommendations in the candidate set of recommendations based on adding the recommendation to the subset of recommendations. This process is iteratively performed and the subset of recommendations in the page of the interface is provided to a client device.

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


Method for performing configurable actions based upon mobile device detection
Patent No. 9992646 

Inventor(s): Dany Sylvain (Gatineau, , CA), David Lothrop (Carp, , CA)
Assignee(s): GENBAND US LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13941163 on 07/12/2013 (1789 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for performing configurable actions based upon the detection of one or more mobile devices includes receiving from a detection point an identifier for each of one or more mobile devices detected within a detection perimeter associated with the detection point. The identifiers are then filtered to determine a change in status for each of the one or more mobile devices. An action is then performed based upon at least one of the determined changes in status for each of the one or more mobile devices.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method of releasing resources in a telecommuncations network
Patent No. 9992694 

Inventor(s): Loudon Lee Campbell (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14547330 on 11/19/2014 (1294 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and node for releasing resources in a telecommunications network. The method begins by a node assigning a resource-Identification (ID) to an internal resource within the node. At least one internal resource is allocated by the node for a specific Packet Data Network (PDN) connection. Next, a first message containing a resource-ID of the allocated internal resource is sent to one or more peer nodes. The peer nodes store the received resource-ID from the first message. When a node determines that a malfunction of the allocated internal resource of the node occurs, the node sends a second message containing the resource-ID of the malfunctioning internal resource to the peer nodes. The peer nodes then tear down the PDN connection.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for distributed mobility management with GPRS tunneling protocol
Patent No. 9992721 

Inventor(s): Hinghung Anthony Chan (Plano, TX), Kaippallimalil Mathew John (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14581407 on 12/23/2014 (1260 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus is configured to perform a method for mobility management. The method includes establishing a first Packet Data Network (PDN) connection between a user equipment (UE) and a first Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW) associated with a first group of Serving Gateways (SGW) within a first geographical area; establishing communication with a handover destination SGW associated with a second PGW, the second PGW associated with a second group of SGWs within a second geographical area; and upon a determination that the UE moves from the first geographical area to the second geographical area, establishing a General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) Tunneling Protocol (GTP) tunnel connection between the first PGW and the handover destination SGW, and updating the first PDN connection to use the GTP tunnel connection between the first PGW and the handover destination SGW.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Mechanisms to optimize and align discontinuous reception configuration of device to-device capable user equipment
Patent No. 9992744 

Inventor(s): Kathiravetpillai Sivanesan (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Green, Howard Mughal LLP. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14581205 on 12/23/2014 (1260 days app to issue)

Abstract: An Evolved Node-B (eNB) to communicate with a User Equipment (UE) on a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, the eNB comprising: a first logic to determine whether a UE is capable of receiving and transmitting data at substantially the same time or receiving data at two different frequencies at the same time; and a second logic to configure for the UE a Discontinuous Reception (DRX) configuration such that a DRX ON duration overlaps with a discovery opportunity duration (DOD) according to the determination from the first logic. In another example, the eNB comprises: logic to configure for the UE a DRX configuration such that a DRX ON duration window abuts with a DOD window according to the determination from the first logic. In another example, the eNB operable to perform a method comprising: configuring, for a UE, a DRX configuration such that a DRX ON duration overlaps with a DOD.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for resource allocation device-to-device for open discovery
Patent No. 9992779 

Inventor(s): Hossein Bagheri (Urbana, IL), Mazin Ali Al-Shalash (Frisco, TX), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15387108 on 12/21/2016 (531 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a mobile device adapted for device-to-device (D2D) communications includes determining a utilization measure for discovery resources (DRs) allocated for D2D discovery in a communications system, and sending a utilization measure report to an evolved NodeB (eNB) when a reporting criterion is satisfied, wherein the utilization measure report is configured to prompt an adjustment to a number of DRs allocated for D2D discovery when an adjustment condition is met.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for supporting inter-band carrier aggregation with different UL/DL TDD configurations
Patent No. 9992794 

Inventor(s): Jun Li (Richardson, TX), Yiping Wang (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14928127 on 10/30/2015 (949 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some implementations, a method of wireless communications between a wireless communications network and wireless user equipment includes receiving, using a primary Time Division Duplex (TDD) configuration, data on a primary component carrier in a first frequency band. Using a secondary TDD configuration, data on a secondary component carrier is received in a second frequency band different from the first frequency band. A Hybrid Automatic Repeat Request (HARQ) for data received on the secondary component carrier is transmitted using a supplemental TDD configuration. A transmission or retransmission on the secondary component carrier uses a supplemental TDD configuration as well. The supplemental TDD configuration is different from the secondary TDD configuration. Furthermore, an uplink supplemental configuration may be different from a downlink supplemental configuration.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for managing contention in a wireless communications system
Patent No. 9992796 

Inventor(s): Bin Chen (Schaumburg, IL), George Calcev (Hoffman Estates, IL), Lin Cai (Schaumburg, IL)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13623769 on 09/20/2012 (2084 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for transmitting to an access point includes receiving a selection condition and a selection contention period from the access point, and comparing the selection condition to a selection parameter. The method also includes contending for use of a transmission medium during the selection contention period if the selection parameter meets the selection condition.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Magnetically enhanced electrical signal conduction apparatus and methods
Patent No. 9992869 

Inventor(s): Ricky David Schultz (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): MAGNETIC INNOVATIONS LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15090285 on 04/04/2016 (792 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus and methods for magnetically enhanced electrical signal conduction are disclosed. An embodiment electrical connector comprises a connector body, a first active signal contact mechanically attached to and at least partially disposed within the connector body, a ground contact mechanically attached to the connector body, an insulator mechanically separating and electrically isolating the first active signal contact and the ground contact, and a first permanent magnet electrically connected to the first active signal contact. An embodiment electrical cable comprises an elongated insulating sheath, a first active signal electrical conductor disposed within the sheath, a first connector body mechanically attached to a first end of the sheath, a first active signal contact mechanically attached to the first connector body, and electrically connected to the first active signal electrical conductor, and a first permanent magnet electrically connected to the first active signal electrical conductor.

[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)


Detachable crank and slider circuit pack ejector
Patent No. 9992896 

Inventor(s): Rick Payne (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FLEXTRONICS AP, LLC (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Volpe and Koenig, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14447219 on 07/30/2014 (1406 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mechanism for connecting a first object, such as a chassis and/or motherboard, to a second object, such as a faceplate and/or daughterboard. A first link may be connected to the first object and a second link may be connected to the second object. The second link may have a slot and the first link may have a pin which is releasably connectable to the slot to form a pivot connecting the first link to the second link. The pin may be releasable from the slot at a first point of travel of the pivot and the pin may not be releasable from the slot at a second point of travel of the pivot. The first link may include a first retaining lobe and the second link may include a second retaining lobe disposed to interlock with the first retaining lobe.

[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)


DESIGN PATENTS

Docking station with wireless speakers for an electronic device
Patent No. D819643 

Inventor(s): Jim Qimin Hu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Ni, Wang Massand, PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29580879 on 10/13/2016 (600 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Horse bucket and lid
Patent No. D819897 

Inventor(s): Donna Felton (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Karich Associates (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29592044 on 01/26/2017 (495 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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