Dallas Invents: 97 Patents Granted for Week of Nov. 14

Patents were granted to AT&T, Paragon Furniture, Varidesk, Accenture Global Solutions, State Farm, Blue Calypso, Southern Methodist University, Google, and more.

Patents were granted to (clockwise from upper left) Accenture Global Solutions, Varidesk, Blue Calypso, Paragon Furniture, Google, Southern Methodist University, AT&T, State Farm, and more.

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 Nov. 14, 2017 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP 3 LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

1. SanDisk Technologies LLC, Plano (10)
2. Futurewei Technologies Inc. Plano (6)
3. Paragon Furniture Inc. Arlington (3) 


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Brent Mitchell Beggs (North Richland Hills) 3
Farid Khafizov (Plano) 3
Margarita Khafizova (Plano) 3
Anthony D. Viazis (Dallas) 2
Kevin E. Linehan (Rowlett) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

189 days
System and method using OAM spectroscopy leveraging fractional orbital angular momentum as signature to detect materials
Patent No. 9816923
Assignee: NXGEN PARTNERS IP LLC (Dallas)
Inventors: Roger Linquist (Dallas), Solyman Ashrafi (Plano)

3,649 days
Method and system for assisted object handling in dangerous environments
Patent No. 9815205
Assignee: SAFE-T-ARM LLC (Rowlett)
Inventors: Matthew B. Talpis (Austin), Robert L. Piccioni (Rowlett)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

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Pet toy with telescoping wand with metallic wire
Patent No. 9814215 

Inventor(s): Jack William Renforth (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): LITTLE BIG CAT, INC. (Beverly Hills, CA)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14641794 on 03/09/2015 (981 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pet toy includes a handle, a wire composed of a metallic material, a wire attachment apparatus coupled with a first end of the wire, an attachment mechanism coupled to a second end of the wire and structured to releasably couple to an object, and a telescoping pole having a first end coupled to the handle and a second end coupled to the wire attachment apparatus.

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


Modular shelving systems and methods
Patent No. 9814310 

Inventor(s): James Battley (Fort Worth, TX), Richard Kassanoff (Dallas, TX), Robert Larry Stewart (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Paragon Furniture, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14993992 on 01/12/2016 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modular shelving system may include a plurality of configurable components and methods of forming configuration assemblies from such components. The configuration assemblies of the modular shelving system may be paired with and coupled to other shelving units and/or furniture.

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


Chair system
Patent No. 9814316 

Inventor(s): Richard Kassanoff (Dallas, TX), Robert Larry Stewart (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Paragon Furniture, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14993841 on 01/12/2016 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: A chair system may include a plurality of components that may include a seating surface having seating handles, a backrest having a backrest handle, a kickstand base, and a support frame. The configuration may generally provide a lightweight, comfortable chair system that may be easily adjusted, lifted, transported, arranged and stacked by any user, while still providing substantial structural integrity.

[A47C] CHAIRS (seats specially adapted for vehicles B60N 2/00); SOFAS; BEDS (upholstery in general B68G)


Convertible furniture
Patent No. 9814321 

Inventor(s): Thomas A. Garland (Palmetto, FL)
Assignee(s): American Leather Operations, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Carlyle Sandridge Rice, LLP (16 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15057473 on 03/01/2016 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: Furniture convertible between a seating position and a bed position. The furniture may include a frame including spaced apart arms, a first section having a closed position and an open position, where, in the closed position, the first section is substantially horizontal between the spaced apart arms, and a second section separately moveable from the first section. The second section is movable from a folded position, where the second section is stored substantially within the frame, to an unfolded position, where the second section is unfolded outside of the frame and disposed adjacent to the first section in the closed position, thus forming a horizontal sleeping surface.

[A47C] CHAIRS (seats specially adapted for vehicles B60N 2/00); SOFAS; BEDS (upholstery in general B68G)


Intramedullary fracture fixation devices and methods
Patent No. 9814499 

Inventor(s): Brian Bradford Carpenter (Decatur, TX)
Assignee(s): ARTHREX, INC. (Naples, FL)
Law Firm: Carlson, Gaskey Olds, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14861355 on 09/22/2015 (784 days app to issue)

Abstract: An intramedullary bone fixation device is provided with an elongate body having a longitudinal axis and an actuator to deploy at least one gripper to engage an inner surface of the intramedullary space to anchor the fixation device to the bone. Methods of repairing a fracture of a bone are also disclosed. One such method comprises inserting a fixation device into an intramedullary space of the bone to place at least a portion of the fixation device on one side of the fracture, providing rigidity across the fracture, and operating an actuator to deploy at least one gripper to engage an inner surface of the intramedullary space to anchor the fixation device to the bone. Various configurations allow a segmented device body to lock in the intramedullary space before and/or after fixation of the bone.

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


Intervertebral disc prosthesis and method
Patent No. 9814594 

Inventor(s): Daniel Greenberg (Ramsey, NJ), James Klein (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Blackstone Medical, Inc. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Baker McKenzie LLP (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14954742 on 11/30/2015 (715 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to an intervertebral disc prosthesis for partially or totally replacing an organic intervertebral disc. The disc prosthesis includes an interbody device, a face plate and a pair of locking mechanisms for achieving dual fixation in the cephalad and caudal direction. Methods according to the present disclosure achieve such dual fixation in a single fixation step.

[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]


Cosmetic compositions
Patent No. 9814670 

Inventor(s): David Gan (Southlake, TX), Milagros Sanchez (Addison, TX), Wanli Zhao (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14959893 on 12/04/2015 (711 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are compositions and methods for their use that include a combination of [i]Rhododendron ferrugineum [/i](alpine rose) extract, [i]Oenothera biennis [/i](evening rose) extract, trifluoroacetyl tripeptide-2, and a cosmetic acceptable vehicle.

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


Compositions and methods for the treatment of macular degeneration
Patent No. 9814701 

Inventor(s): Gerald D. Cagle (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Aldeyra Therapeutics, Inc. (Lexington, MA)
Law Firm: Dechert LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13514769 on 12/09/2010 (2532 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is directed to topical ophthalmic compositions of a lipophilic compound and an oligomeric or polymeric carrier wherein the compositions are useful in the treatment and prevention of macular degeneration. The invention also includes methods of treating macular degeneration by using a topical ophthalmic composition of a lipophilic compound and an oligomeric or polymeric carrier.

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


Ocular formulations for drug-delivery and protection of the anterior segment of the eye
Patent No. 9814702 

Inventor(s): David P. Bingaman (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): PanOptica, Inc. (Bernardsville, NJ)
Law Firm: Cooley LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14857758 on 09/17/2015 (789 days app to issue)

Abstract:

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


Medical device with sliding frontal attachment and retractable needle
Patent No. 9814841 

Inventor(s): Mark Small (Heavener, OK), Ni Zhu (Plano, TX), Thomas J Shaw (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Retractable Technologies, Inc. (Little Elm, TX)
Law Firm: Ross Barnes LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14020440 on 09/06/2013 (1530 days app to issue)

Abstract: A medical device having a frontal attachment and a connector housing having or attachable to an associated medical apparatus, the frontal attachment slidably engaging the connector housing and having a forwardly projecting, rearwardly biased needle and a needle retraction assembly, and the connector housing having a needle retraction cavity laterally offset from the needle in a first position, the needle retraction cavity being selectively movable relative to the frontal attachment following use to reposition the needle retraction cavity into alignment with the needle to permit retraction.

[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]


Directional beam steering system and method to detect location and motion
Patent No. 9814972 

Inventor(s): Farshid Aryanfar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): QUALCOMM Incorporated (San Diego, CA)
Law Firm: Holland Hart LLP/Qualcomm (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14331144 on 07/14/2014 (1219 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of communicating data between a game console unit and at least one wireless mobile game controller is disclosed. The method includes establishing an uplink from the at least one mobile game controller to the game console unit via a first millimeter-wave wireless link, and establishing a downlink from the game console unit to the at least one wireless mobile game controller via a second millimeter wave wireless link.

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


System and method for advertising distribution through mobile social gaming
Patent No. 9814985 

Inventor(s): Andrew E. Levi (Dallas, TX), Bradley W. Bauer (Richardson, TX), Jean Pierre Dela Valdene (Dallas, TX), William Rushing (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Blue Calypso, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15132175 on 04/18/2016 (575 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for advertising through a social network by immersion of participants in a sponsored mobile game. A game application for the sponsored game is developed on a server and deployed on consumer devices connected to the server. The game application, operating on a smart phone, utilizes onboard GPS and camera subsystems to carry out and facilitate the game functions. A dashboard is provided for designing the game around an advertising campaign. The game application is syndicated and shared through a consumer”s social media community. The game is tracked by the server. Game information and rewards are delivered to participants during and after the game. In one aspect, the game involves a participant gathering digital permits prior to and during the game which are used to complete a tagging event with other participants. Rewards such as redeemable coupons are based on actions at sponsor locations.

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


Preparations of hydrophobic therapeutic agents, methods of manufacture and use thereof
Patent No. 9815865 

Inventor(s): Koushik Barman (Bedford, MA), Ritesh Vasudevan Thekkedath (Boston, MA), Shikha P. Barman (Bedford, MA), Thomas Bovard Leland (Bolton, MA), Thomas Cavanagh (New Canaan, CT), Tian Hao (Acton, MA)
Assignee(s): Nicox Ophthalmics, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Cooley LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14759133 on 11/13/2013 (1462 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention further provides method of preparing nanocrystals or microcrystals of a hydrophobic therapeutic agent such as fluticasone or triamcinolone, pharmaceutical compositions (e.g., topical or intranasal compositions) thereof and methods for treating and/or preventing the signs and/or symptoms of disorders such as blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction or skin inflammation or a respiratory disease (e.g., asthma).

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


 

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

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Filter elements, coalescing baffles, filtration vessel and methods
Patent No. 9815012 

Inventor(s): Daniel M. Cloud (Weatherford, TX), David Jack Burns (Mineral Wells, TX), Stephen Gregory Jeane (Mineral Wells, TX)
Assignee(s): PecoFacet (US), Inc. (Mineral Wells, TX)
Law Firm: Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14302606 on 06/12/2014 (1251 days app to issue)

Abstract: Improvements to filtration and vessels such as for filtration and coalescing of gas streams are shown. A filter element with a partial treated region and untreated region such as providing different surface energies or other filtration characteristics are provided. Various keying arrangements for compatibility and/or rotational locking are shown between the filtration vessel, a tubular coalescing baffle, and/or filter element. The tubular coalescing baffle also may include non-louvered pore structure, which provides for more even flow in a two stage type filtration vessel to prevent premature exiting and reduction of flow velocities along the second stage, and/or may additionally or alternatively include drainage apertures such as drain slot formed along a gravitational bottom or otherwise to facilitate additional drainage of coalesced liquid as opposed to letting such liquid be forced through fluid velocity toward the open end of the tubular baffle.

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


Method and system for assisted object handling in dangerous environments
Patent No. 9815205 

Inventor(s): Matthew B. Talpis (Austin, TX), Robert L. Piccioni (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): SAFE-T-ARM, LLC (Rowlett, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 11943570 on 11/20/2007 (3647 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for remote object handling including a public safety vehicle having a front portion. An articulated arm has a first end and a second end distinct from the first end, the arm being coupled to the front portion at the first end, and has at least one pivot disposed between the first end and the second end. A gripping element is removably coupled to the second end, wherein the gripping element is one of a pincer device, a hand device having at least three fingers or a shovel. A video camera is also coupled to the second end. An arm control is disposed within the vehicle and is operable to control the operation of the arm, the manipulator and the video camera, and a video interface is coupled to the video camera which is operable to display output from the video camera.

[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]


Multiple seat shipping container
Patent No. 9815615 

Inventor(s): Travis D. Doolittle (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Zodiac Seats US LLC (Gainesville, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14900882 on 08/08/2014 (1194 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a multiple seat shipping container ([b]100[/b]) that includes a bottom base structure ([b]101[/b]) configured to attach one or more first seats ([b]120[/b]), a forward wall ([b]103[/b]) with a lower portion ([b]103[/b][i]a[/i]) pivotally attached to a forward side of the bottom base structure, a top wall ([b]104[/b]) pivotally attached to an upper portion ([b]103[/b][i]b[/i]) of the forward wall, the top wall configured to attach one or more second seats ([b]121[/b]), and a rear wall ([b]105[/b]) attached to a rear side of the bottom base structure. The multiple seat shipping container is configured to fold into a box shape configuration such that the one or more second seats are suspended from the top wall adjacent to the one or more first seats.

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


Apparatus and method for spooling wire
Patent No. 9815658 

Inventor(s): John L. Rhoads (McKinney, TX), William T. Bigbee, Jr. (Melissa, TX)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14837813 on 08/27/2015 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for spooling wire including an inner flange assembly, wherein the inner flange assembly includes a first inner supporting wall and a second inner supporting wall, wherein the first inner supporting wall includes an inner locking hole. The apparatus including an outer flange assembly, wherein the inner flange assembly is capable of freely rotating relative to the outer flange assembly, and wherein the outer flange assembly includes a first outer supporting wall and a second outer supporting wall, wherein the first outer supporting wall includes an outer locking hole. The apparatus also including a locking plug for insertion into the inner and outer locking holes, wherein the inner flange assembly cannot freely rotate relative to the outer flange assembly when the locking plug is inserted into the inner and outer locking holes and wherein the locking plug, when inserted, extends between only one outer supporting wall and the adjacent inner supporting wall.

[B65H] HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES


 

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

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Process for generating oxygenated water
Patent No. 9815714 

Inventor(s): Phillip Laurence Franshaw (Eagle, WI)
Assignee(s): Slate Group, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Dunlap Codding, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13711303 on 12/11/2012 (1799 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for increasing the quantity of dissolved oxygen in water includes addition of an oxidant to the water to increase the oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) of the water to between about 400 and 850 mV, followed by electrolysis to generate oxygen gas. The voltage applied to the electrolytic cells during electrolysis is less than 300 mV. The dissolved oxygen content of the water exiting the electrolytic cell is about 90% of saturation to super saturation.

[C02F] TREATMENT OF WATER, WASTE WATER, SEWAGE, OR SLUDGE (processes for making harmful chemical substances harmless, or less harmful, by effecting a chemical change in the substances A62D 3/00; separation, settling tanks or filter devices B01D; special arrangements on waterborne vessels of installations for treating water, waste water or sewage, e.g. for producing fresh water, B63J; adding materials to water to prevent corrosion C23F; treating radioactively-contaminated liquids G21F 9/04) [3]


Low emission, high scrub VAE latex paints
Patent No. 9816001 

Inventor(s): Alexander Madl (Frankfurt am Main, , DE), Brett C. Beauregard (League City, TX), Elizabeth A. Poole (Spartanburg, SC), Harmin Mller (Hofheim, , DE), Jrg L. Schulte (Frankfurt, , DE), Kristy Jo Beckman (Houston, TX), Rajeev Farw
Assignee(s): CELANESE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Ferrells, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12584152 on 09/01/2009 (2996 days app to issue)

Abstract: A water-based, low-emission latex paint formulation includes a vinyl acetate/ethylene (VAE) latex including a VAE resin with from 80 to 95 weight % vinyl acetate residue and from 5 to 20 weight % ethylene residue, optionally including additional monomers as well as a pigment composition including inorganic solids selected from inorganic pigments, inorganic fillers and mixtures thereof present in an amount such that the paint formulation has a pigment volume concentration (PVC) of from 25% to 85%. The formulations are suitable for eggshell and flat latex paints and exhibit surprising durability.

[C09D] COATING COMPOSITIONS, e.g. PAINTS, VARNISHES OR LACQUERS; FILLING PASTES; CHEMICAL PAINT OR INK REMOVERS; INKS; CORRECTING FLUIDS; WOODSTAINS; PASTES OR SOLIDS FOR COLOURING OR PRINTING; USE OF MATERIALS THEREFOR (cosmetics A61K; processes for applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces, in general, B05D; staining wood B27K 5/02; glazes or vitreous enamels C03C; natural resins, French polish, drying-oils, driers, turpentine, per se, C09F; polishing compositions other than French polish, ski waxes C09G; adhesives or use of materials as adhesives C09J; materials for sealing or packing joints or covers C09K 3/10; materials for stopping leaks C09K 3/12; processes for the electrolytic or electrophoretic production of coatings C25D) [5]


[D] TEXTILES; PAPER


Fabrication and application of nanofiber ribbons and sheets and twisted and non-twisted nanofiber yarns
Patent No. 9815699 

Inventor(s): Ali E. Aliev (Dallas, TX), Anvar A. Zakhidov (McKinney, TX), Chris Williams (Dallas, TX), Mei Zhang (Plano, TX), Ray H. Baughman (Dallas, TX), Sergey Li (Dallas, TX), Shaoli Fang (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15299553 on 10/21/2016 (389 days app to issue)

Abstract: A nanofiber forest on a substrate can be patterned to produce a patterned assembly of nanofibers that can be drawn to form nanofiber sheets, ribbons, or yarns.

[D01F] CHEMICAL FEATURES IN THE MANUFACTURE OF MAN-MADE FILAMENTS, THREADS, FIBRES, BRISTLES OR RIBBONS; APPARATUS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF CARBON FILAMENTS [2]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

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Seals for closet collars
Patent No. 9816261 

Inventor(s): Michael J. Schuster (Shorewood, IL)
Assignee(s): DANCO, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15407620 on 01/17/2017 (301 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various embodiments, an apparatus includes a toilet horn receptacle having an upper end and a lower end. A sealing rim is positioned at an upper end of the toilet horn receptacle, and at least a portion of the sealing rim extends inwardly from the upper end of the toilet horn receptacle towards a center axis of the sealing rim. A funnel extends from the lower end of the toilet horn receptacle, and a channel wall circumscribes the toilet horn receptacle. The channel wall and at least the toilet horn receptacle form a continuous annular receptacle. A foam sealing component is disposed in the continuous annular receptacle such that an inner wall of the foam sealing component circumscribes the toilet horn receptacle and such that the channel wall circumscribes at least a portion of an outer wall of the foam sealing component.

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


Multiple control line travel joint with injection line capability
Patent No. 9816330 

Inventor(s): Christopher Robert Delzell (Plano, TX), William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14432280 on 05/12/2014 (1282 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multiple control line travel joint is disclosed having at least one non-coiled, fluid control line and at least one internal control line, such as a hydraulic, electrical, or fiber optic control line. The fluid control line can include an upper control line that enters the travel joint at a top port and a lower control line that exits out a bottom port of the travel joint. The top port and bottom port can be fluidly coupled through a sealed chamber in the travel joint. The second control line can be coiled within the sealed chamber. As the travel joint expands and contracts, the sealed chamber expands and contracts while remaining sealed, maintaining sealed fluid coupling between the top port and the bottom port.

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


Decomposing isolation devices containing a buffering agent
Patent No. 9816340 

Inventor(s): Michael L. Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zachary R. Murphree (Carrollton, TX), Zachary W. Walton (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14406586 on 01/13/2014 (1401 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wellbore isolation device includes a substance; and a pH maintainer, wherein the pH maintainer maintains the pH of a wellbore fluid surrounding the isolation device at a desired pH or range of pH values for a desired period of time, and wherein the substance is capable of decomposing at the desired pH or range of pH values. A method of removing the wellbore isolation device includes placing the isolation device into the wellbore; and causing or allowing at least a portion of the substance to decompose.

[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]


Non-metallic slip assembly and related methods
Patent No. 9816347 

Inventor(s): Graham L. Chenault (Argyle, TX), Louis W. Chenault (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): FORUM US, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson Sheridan, L.L.P. (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14642927 on 03/10/2015 (980 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole isolation tool includes a mandrel made of non-metallic material, the mandrel comprising an isolation region at a first end of the mandrel, a shear sleeve adapter disposable on an outer surface of the isolation region, the shear sleeve adapter having holes aligned with holes in the outer surface of the isolation region, a slip assembly positioned around an outer surface of the mandrel, a packing element positioned around the outer surface of the mandrel, and a shoe positioned around the outer surface of the mandrel at a second end of the mandrel.

[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]


Subterranean tool with sealed electronic passage across multiple sections
Patent No. 9816360 

Inventor(s): David Abney (Rowlett, TX), Morgan Crow (Ovilla, TX)
Assignee(s): David L. Abney, Inc. (Seagoville, TX)
Law Firm: Scheef Stone, L.L.P. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14337443 on 07/22/2014 (1211 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention relates generally to oil and gas exploration and production and, more particularly, to a system and associated method for producing hydrocarbons from multiple layers of subterranean formations, and the mixing or comingling of such hydrocarbons as necessary or desired during the production process. A subterranean tool is disclosed, having a plurality of tubular sections connected by a novel non-threaded linear connection system. An electrical passage can then be provided within the cylinder wall of contiguous sections permitting connection of electronics in different sections of the tool. Bushings and seals located in the electrical passage maintain an atmospheric pressure environment for electrical components inside the tool.

[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

 

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Furnace header box having blocked condensation protection, a furnace including the header box and a blocked condensation protection system
Patent No. 9815154 

Inventor(s): Glenn W. Kowald (Carrollton, TX), Hans J. Paller (Double Oak, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15193631 on 06/27/2016 (505 days app to issue)

Abstract: A header box, a furnace and a blocked condensation protection system are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the header box includes: (1) a first channel having a first channel supply port positioned to be in fluid communication with an inlet of a combustion air blower and a first pressure port couplable to a first input of a pressure sensing device, the combustion air blower and the pressure sensing device associated with the cold end header box and (2) a second channel having a second channel supply port positioned to be in fluid communication with the inlet of the combustion air blower, a second pressure port couplable to a second input of the pressure sensing device and a pressure reference inlet, the second channel in fluid communication with the first channel and configured to have about a same pressure as the first channel when the pressure reference inlet is blocked.

[F28D] HEAT-EXCHANGE APPARATUS, NOT PROVIDED FOR IN ANOTHER SUBCLASS, IN WHICH THE HEAT-EXCHANGE MEDIA DO NOT COME INTO DIRECT CONTACT (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; fluid heaters having heat generating means and heat transferring means F24H; furnaces F27; details of heat-exchange apparatus of general application F28F); HEAT STORAGE PLANTS OR APPARATUS IN GENERAL [4]


Method, apparatus, header, and composition for ground heat exchange
Patent No. 9816023 

Inventor(s): Brandon A. Larson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Rygan Corp (Tulsa, OK)
Law Firm: Brown Patent Law, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12720052 on 03/09/2010 (2807 days app to issue)

Abstract: A subterranean ground heat exchange system, a method of installation, and a grout composition therefor. The grout composition is a pumpable slurry formed of from about 70 to about 85 parts by weight natural flake graphite and from about 30 to about 15 parts by weight bentonite. The solids content of the pumpable grout slurry is preferably at least 35% by weight and is more preferably at least 40% by weight. The ground exchange apparatus preferably utilizes an improved supply and return header comprised of supply and return ports which are provided through the vertically extending outer wall of a header housing. The header also includes an interior supply conduit which extends from the supply port into the interior of the header housing and includes a bend positioned in the interior of the housing for directing the heat transfer fluid downwardly.

[F28F] DETAILS OF HEAT-EXCHANGE OR HEAT-TRANSFER APPARATUS, OF GENERAL APPLICATION (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; water or air traps, air venting F16)


Seal carriers for ball valves, ball valve assemblies including such seal carriers, and related methods
Patent No. 9816625 

Inventor(s): Paul Warbey (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Magleby Cataxinos Greenwood, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13871995 on 04/26/2013 (1663 days app to issue)

Abstract: A seal carrier for a ball valve includes a carrier body to be located between a ball and a portion of a valve body. The carrier body may have an annular channel for carrying a ring seal in a side to be located proximate the ball. A spring is located at a peripheral portion of the carrier body. An end portion of the spring is configured to abut against the portion of the valve body, and the spring is configured to provide a compressive force between the portion of the valve body and the ball in a direction parallel with the direction of fluid flow through the ball valve assembly. A ball valve assembly may include such seal carriers. Methods of forming such seal carriers are also included.

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


Ice sensor for a heat pump
Patent No. 9816745 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Douglas (Lewisville, TX), Robert B. ”Dutch” Uselton (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Frost Brown Todd LLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13690561 on 11/30/2012 (1810 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, an ice sensor may include heater(s), ice accumulation surface(s), and/or temperature sensor(s). During operation, heat from a heater may be provided to an ice accumulation surface and a temperature sensor(s) may determine temperature(s) of the ice accumulation surface. A determination of whether ice is present on the ice sensor may be based at least partially on the determined temperature(s).

[F25D] REFRIGERATORS; COLD ROOMS; ICE-BOXES; COOLING OR FREEZING APPARATUS NOT COVERED BY ANY OTHER SUBCLASS (refrigerated showcases A47F 3/04; thermally-insulated vessels for domestic use A47J 41/00; refrigerated vehicles, see the appropriate subclasses of classes B60-B64; containers with thermal insulation in general B65D 81/38; 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; thermally-insulated vessels for liquefied or solidified gases F17C; air-conditioning or air-humidification F24F; refrigeration machines, plants, or systems F25B; cooling of instruments or comparable apparatus without refrigeration G12B; cooling of engines or pumps, see the relevant classes)


 

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High data-rate telemetry pulse detection with a Sagnac interferometer
Patent No. 9816374 

Inventor(s): Neal Gregory Skinner (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14440416 on 04/30/2014 (1294 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example telemetry signal detection apparatus may include a optical splitter, a light source optically coupled to the optical splitter, and a light detector optically coupled to the optical splitter. The apparatus further may include a reference loop optically coupled to the optical splitter and a sensor loop optically coupled to the reference loop and the optical splitter. The reference loop may be contained within a reference loop enclosure. The sensor loop and reference loop may comprise a zero-area Sagnac loop with folded optical fiber or dual fiber cable configurations.

[G01B] MEASURING LENGTH, THICKNESS OR SIMILAR LINEAR DIMENSIONS; MEASURING ANGLES; MEASURING AREAS; MEASURING IRREGULARITIES OF SURFACES OR CONTOURS


System and method using OAM spectroscopy leveraging fractional orbital angular momentum as signature to detect materials
Patent No. 9816923 

Inventor(s): Roger Linquist (Dallas, TX), Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NXGEN PARTNERS IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15590372 on 05/09/2017 (189 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus detects a material within a sample using signal generation circuitry that generates an orbital angular momentum (OAM) twisted light beam having at least one orbital angular momentum applied thereto. The signal generation circuitry applies the at least one OAM twisted light beam to the sample. The OAM twisted light beam includes at least one fractional OAM state, at least one intensity signature and at least one phase signature unique to the material within the sample. A detector receives the OAM twisted light beam after the OAM twisted light beam passes through the sample and detects the material responsive to a presence of a unique combination of the at least one fractional OAM state, the at least one intensity signature and the at least one phase signature.

[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)


Electro-optic current sensor with high dynamic range and accuracy
Patent No. 9817038 

Inventor(s): Philip B. Davis (Richardson, TX), Theodore C. Konetski (Azle, TX), Ye Li (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): GRIDVIEW OPTICAL SOLUTIONS, LLC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Steptoe Johnson LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15389752 on 12/23/2016 (326 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical sensor that senses current by directing polarized light across an airgap that is orthogonal to a direction of current running through a conductor. The sensor includes a prism having a high Verdet constant for high sensitivity to magnetic fields, which cause an angle of polarization of the polarized light to be rotated as an indication of the magnitude of current. A polarizing beamsplitter having a low Verdet constant is mounted to the prism so that incoming light that is traveling in a direction orthogonal to the magnetic field being sensed across the airgap is insensitive to unwanted magnetic fields produced by nearby conductors. The distance the light travels in this orthogonal direction is minimized, reducing the overall volume of the sensor, making a compact sensor highly sensitive to magnetic fields of interest, largely insensitive to unwanted magnetic fields, and having a very high dynamic range for sensing current.

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


System and method for precision collaborative targeting
Patent No. 9817099 

Inventor(s): Nathan D. Culbertson (Melissa, TX), Timothy G. Brauer (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12271481 on 11/14/2008 (3287 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for precision collaborative targeting includes determining information indicative of a current location and of a known remote location. A first distance is determined from the current location to the known remote location. A sensor is slewed towards an unknown remote location, the sensor being initially directed from the current location to the known remote location. The distance from the current location to the unknown remote location is measured. Information indicative of the location of the unknown remote location is determined from the amount of slewing and the distance from the current location to the unknown remote location.

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


Systems and methods for site-based irrigation control
Patent No. 9817380 

Inventor(s): Lex M. Mason, Sr. (Dallas, TX), Venkataramu L. Bangalore (Plano, TX), William C. Savelle, Jr. (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Telsco Industries, Inc. (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14641044 on 03/06/2015 (984 days app to issue)

Abstract: An irrigation system is contained at a particular site, where the site may be a commercial address or a residential address. The system includes a weather station that generates temperature data, precipitation data, and any other useful data that might be used by other components of the system. The system also includes an irrigation controller that uses electrical signals to open and close valves, thereby turning sprinklers on and off, whether zone-by-zone or sprinkler-by-sprinkler. The system further includes a host device which communicates with the weather station and with the irrigation controller. The host device includes a computer processor and one or more wireless interfaces. The host device receives the weather data from the weather station and calculates an amount of desired irrigation, generating an irrigation schedule. The host device then controls the irrigation controller according to the generated irrigation schedule.

[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)


Adaptive USB port controller
Patent No. 9817458 

Inventor(s): John H. Carpenter, Jr. (Allen, TX), Narasimhan Trichy (Plano, TX), Sanjeeva Pindi (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Active-Semi, Inc. (, , VG)
Law Firm: Imperium Patent Works (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14720968 on 05/25/2015 (904 days app to issue)

Abstract: An adaptive USB port controller is disclosed. In an exemplary embodiment, a system comprises a source, a power adapter, a USB port controller, a USB plug and cable, and a device. In one example, the device includes a rechargeable battery. After connecting the device to the USB port controller via the USB plug and cable, a reconfigurable module within the USB port controller sets a power mode by: (1) configuring an impedance network to present impedance modes that indicate available power modes, (2) detecting voltages on one or more of the USB conductors in response to each impedance mode, and (3) comparing the detected voltages to reference voltage levels to set one of multiple power modes. The reconfigurable module then controls the power adapter to transfer power according to the determined power mode.

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


Method and apparatus for determining a valid sequence of touch events on a touch sensitive device
Patent No. 9817519 

Inventor(s): Farid Khafizov (Plano, TX), Margarita Khafizova (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15364570 on 11/30/2016 (349 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure relate to a technique for determining a valid sequence of touch events on a touch sensitive device. A first sequence of touch events is received, a proximity between any two touch events of the first sequence of touch events being greater than a proximity threshold. A second sequence of touch events is received. The touch events from the first and the second sequence are combined if a time difference between the first and the second sequence of touch events is below a time threshold and a proximity between the first and the second sequence of touch events is less than the proximity threshold. A valid sequence of touch events is determined if a combined pressure of the first and the second sequence of touch events is greater than a pressure threshold.

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


Block management in non-volatile memory system with non-blocking control sync system
Patent No. 9817593 

Inventor(s): Einat Lev (Rehovot, , IL), Karin Inbar (Ramat-Hasharon, , IL), Michael Yonin (Tel Aviv, , IL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15207212 on 07/11/2016 (491 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a non-volatile memory system, the controller maintains in its volatile memory two free block lists for the assignment of memory circuit blocks when writing user and system data. Copies of the free block lists are maintained in the non-volatile memory. While allocating blocks from a first of the free block lists, the controller can update a second of the free block lists as part of a control sync operation preparing control data stored in non-volatile memory. This allows the memory system to operate in a non-blocking manner during the control sync. Once the second free block lists is prepared and the control sync completed, the second block can subsequently be used for block allocations and a control sync operation can be done to update the first block.

[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)


Systems and methods of storing data associated with content of a data storage device
Patent No. 9817605 

Inventor(s): Itai Dror (Omer, , IL), Michael Fellner (Beer-Sheva, , IL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14155617 on 01/15/2014 (1399 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method performed in a host device includes receiving an input based on a user-visible code associated with a data storage device. The user-visible code corresponds to an identifier of the data storage device. The method includes sending first data associated with the identifier to a server via a network and receiving, from the server at a first time, a copy of second data identifying content stored in the data storage device. The second data is stored in a network-based storage device associated with the server. The method includes displaying, via a user interface of the host device, an indication of the content of the data storage device to enable the content of the data storage device to be identified at the host device independently of whether the data storage device is coupled to the host device.

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


Empathetic image selection
Patent No. 9817625 

Inventor(s): Marlentae A. Johnson (Irving, TX), Michael A. Lau (Arlington, TX), Roberto R. Rodriguez (Irving, TX), Romelia H. Flores (Keller, TX), Ronald J. Rutkowski (Irving, TX), Travis W. Chun (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15298638 on 10/20/2016 (390 days app to issue)

Abstract: An approach is provided for selecting and displaying image(s). A user and user profile information corresponding to the user are identified. A sentiment of the user is identified. Based on the user profile information, an association between the identified sentiment of the user and sentiment(s) is determined. The sentiment(s) are included in a plurality of sentiments conveyed by a plurality of images. Image(s) included in the plurality of images are determined to convey the sentiment(s). Based on the association between the identified sentiment of the user and the sentiment(s) and the image(s) conveying the sentiment(s), the image(s) are selected from the plurality of images. The selected image(s) are displayed.

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


Processing multiple audio signals on a device
Patent No. 9817635 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Netwotk LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15052417 on 02/24/2016 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: At least one processor that performs at least one of determine at least two audio signals, determine at least one directionality of at least one audio source from the at least two audio signals, determine at least one timing of the at least one audio source from the at least two audio signals, generate at least one context for the at least two audio signals based on the at least one directionality and the at least one timing of the at least two audio signals, and provide at least one user interface based on the generated at least one context.

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


Apparatus and method of offloading processing from a data storage device to a host device
Patent No. 9817749 

Inventor(s): Dimitris C. Pantelakis (Santa Clara, CA), Manuel Antonio D”Abreu (El Dorado Hills, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson Sheridan, LLP (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14096979 on 12/04/2013 (1441 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage device includes non-volatile memory and a controller. A method performed in the data storage device includes sending an instruction to a host device to cause the host device to perform one or more specified computations. The method further includes receiving a response from the host device. The response is based on execution of the one or more specified computations.

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


Data integrity enhancement to protect against returning old versions of data
Patent No. 9817752 

Inventor(s): Girish B. Desai (Cupertino, CA), William L. Guthrie (Santa Cruz, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14630557 on 02/24/2015 (994 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods and/or devices are used to enhance data integrity to protect against returning old versions of data. In one aspect, a method includes (1) receiving a write request from a host that specifies write data for a set of logical block addresses, (2) mapping, using a mapping table, the set of logical block addresses to a set of physical addresses, where the mapping table includes a plurality of subsets, and (3) performing operations for each subset of the mapping table that includes at least one entry corresponding to a logical block specified by the set of logical block addresses, including: (a) generating metadata for the subset, the metadata including a version number for the subset, (b) calculating a Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) checksum for the subset, and (c) storing the version number for the subset and the CRC checksum for the subset in a version data structure.

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


Methods, systems, and computer readable media for optimization of host sequential reads or writes based on volume of data transfer
Patent No. 9817761 

Inventor(s): Koren Ben-Shemesh (Jerusalem, , IL), Yan Nosovitsky (Heraeliya, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13345499 on 01/06/2012 (2139 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for optimization of host sequential reads based on volume of data includes, at a mass data storage device, pre-fetching a first volume of predicted data associated with an identified read data stream from a data store into a buffer memory different from the data store. A request for data from the read data stream is received from a host. In response, the requested data is provided to the host from the buffer memory. While providing the requested data to the host from the buffer memory, it is determined whether a threshold volume of data has been provided to the host from the data buffer memory. If so, a second volume of predicted data associated with the identified read data stream is pre-fetched from the data store and into the buffer memory. If not, additional predicted data is not pre-fetched from the data store.

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


Attribute category enhanced search
Patent No. 9817863 

Inventor(s): Farid Khafizov (Plano, TX), Margarita Khafizova (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15157068 on 05/17/2016 (546 days app to issue)

Abstract: Performing a user initiated search query is disclosed and comprises receiving user input comprising description details of at least one desired object, retrieving a plurality of objects from a database sharing one or more of the description details of the user input, constructing a tree data structure based on the description details of the plurality of objects, the tree data structure comprising one or more attributes related to each of the plurality of objects retrieved, displaying visual images associated with the retrieved plurality of objects, the visual images matching at least one of the attributes related to the plurality of objects, and receiving a user selection of one or more of the visual images.

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


Methods and systems for automated data characterization and extraction
Patent No. 9817875 

Inventor(s): Andres Quiroz Hernandez (Rochester, NY), Julien Jean Lucien Bourdaillet (Rochester, NY), Yasmine Charif (Rochester, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: MH2 Technology Law Group LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14526109 on 10/28/2014 (1113 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for characterizing textual data by generating a first data abstraction based on a set of textual data. The first data abstraction can be presented to a user, and the user can provide instructions to make changes to the first data abstraction to generate a second data abstraction. The textual data can be extracted and characterized from the set of textual data using the second data abstraction.

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


System and method for search with the aid of images associated with product categories
Patent No. 9817901 

Inventor(s): Farid Khafizov (Plano, TX), Margarita Khafizova (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15296672 on 10/18/2016 (392 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present application describes performing a user initiated search query comprising receiving user input comprising description details of at least one desired object, retrieving a plurality of objects from a database sharing one or more of the description details of the user input, retrieving an image of the at least one desired object based on one or more of the plurality of objects, generating a contour of the image and comparing the generated contour with other related contours of other images stored in the database, displaying all of the available contours of all of the images that match the generated contour, receiving a selection of one of the available contours from the user and performing the search query based on the user selected contour.

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


Multi-mode protected content wrapper
Patent No. 9817954 

Inventor(s): Michael Charles Raley (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CONTENTGUARD HOLDINGS, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Rimon, P.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14837648 on 08/27/2015 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, apparatus, media and data structure for rendering a wrapper. The wrapper includes at least one data structure in a format that is renderable by a standard rendering engine and containing censored content comprising source content identification information. When the wrapper is opened by a standard rendering engine, the censored content is rendered. When opened by a trusted rendering engine, the source content is rendered.

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


Protecting hidden content in integrated circuits
Patent No. 9818000 

Inventor(s): Jennifer L. Dworak (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14666295 on 03/23/2015 (967 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit has a first scan cell segment, a second scan cell segment connected to one or more hidden content, and a scan cell circuit connected to the first scan cell segment and the second scan cell segment. The scan cell circuit alternatively provides access to the first scan cell segment and the second scan cell segment based on a state of the scan cell circuit.

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


Metrics based design method and system
Patent No. 9818068 

Inventor(s): Ram Viswanathan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13078214 on 04/01/2011 (2419 days app to issue)

Abstract: A metrics based design method and system is disclosed. The method includes receiving by a computer processor, an informational model comprising data objects, attributes, and relationships associated with a service. The data objects comprise sub-objects. The computer processor receives business affinity (BA) band data associated with the data objects, threshold levels associated with the business affinity (BA) band data, business affinity (BA) levels associated with the business affinity (BA) band data, and service interface operation parameters. The computer processor computes a business affinity (BA) for the informational model based on the business affinity (BA) band data, the threshold levels, the business affinity (BA) levels, and the service interface operation parameters. The computer processor computes a data variation percentage and a reusability count. The computer processor performs: a nested level computation for service valency, a factorization process for computing service valency, and a data element count.

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


Method for using electronic metadata to verify insurance claims
Patent No. 9818157 

Inventor(s): Christopher E. Gay (Dallas, TX), Thomas A. McCall (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY (Bloomington, IL)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12365047 on 02/03/2009 (3206 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving a digital file from a customer, extracting metadata from the file, and verifying the metadata prior to accepting the digital file. The method may include verifying that a representation of a required physical token appears in the digital file.

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


Birth registration
Patent No. 9818165 

Inventor(s): Denise L. Fletcher (Simsbury, CT)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Gibb Riley, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13856722 on 04/04/2013 (1685 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for registering a birth includes a processor and storage device. A location of a user is determined, using a first location detection method. The location of the user is verified, using a second location detection method. A security key is established with a registration authority according to the location. A birth registration report is generated in compliance with the birth registration requirements according to the location. The birth registration report comprises identification of the location, a picture of the newborn child, and a time stamp that identifies a time and date of the birth. The birth registration report is encrypted according to the security key, which prevents altering the birth registration report. The birth registration report is transmitted in encrypted format to a registrar of birth records for the location. The birth registration report is stored in encrypted format on a computerized device.

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


Systems and methods for categorizing messages
Patent No. 9819633 

Inventor(s): Adam Matthew Root (Dallas, TX), Coral Adelaide Herman (Dallas, TX), Hal Bryant Helms (Lewisville, TX), Hal Patrick Helms (Dallas, TX), Juan Francisco Leal (Irving, TX), Wesley James Robinson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Social Compass, LLC (Boulder, CO)
Law Firm: Holland Hart LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14743766 on 06/18/2015 (880 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods of the present disclosure are directed to categorizing messages. A first server can receive, from a second server maintaining a plurality of social media messages, a message. The first server can categorize the message under a first category or a second category. The first server can process the message and determine a frequency of each of the words included in the processed message. The first server determines, using a probabilistic engine executing on the first server, a relevancy score of the modified message indicating a level of relevance between the message and the first category based on the determined frequency of each of the words. The first server, responsive to determining that the relevancy score satisfies a threshold, can categorize the message under the first category.

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


 

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Carrier density-based tunable filter
Patent No. 9817251 

Inventor(s): Dekun Liu (Wuhan, , CN), Jianmin Gong (San Jose, CA), Jing Hu (Shenzhen, , CN), Liqiang Yu (Shenzhen, , CN), Shengping Li (Wuhan, , CN), Xuejin Yan (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15144559 on 05/02/2016 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical filter comprising a first distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) layer, a second DBR layer, and an intrinsic semiconductor layer positioned between the first DBR layer and the second DBR layer, with the intrinsic semiconductor layer providing a passband wavelength for the optical filter based on a carrier density of the intrinsic semiconductor layer.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Integrated robotics and access management for target systems
Patent No. 9817967 

Inventor(s): Krishna M. Dasari (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): ACCENTURE GLOBAL SOLUTIONS LIMITED (Dublin, , IE)
Law Firm: Mannava Kang, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15406559 on 01/13/2017 (305 days app to issue)

Abstract: An access management robot facilitation system facilitates a robot to execute access management tasks on a target system.

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


High current, low equivalent series resistance printed circuit board coil for power transfer application
Patent No. 9818527 

Inventor(s): Jorge Zabaco (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14586384 on 12/30/2014 (1050 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for a multilayer printed circuit board (PCB) coil, comprising: a first coil layer of a PCB; a plurality of vias coupled to and distributed to cover substantially the surface of the first coil layer within the PCB; and a second coil layer of the PCB and coupled to the vias to cover substantially the surface of the second coil layer, wherein the vias are positioned between the first coil layer and the second coil layer and enable substantially high current and low equivalent series resistance (ESR) for the multilayer PCB coil.

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


Through-memory-level via structures for a three-dimensional memory device
Patent No. 9818693 

Inventor(s): Fumiaki Toyama (Cupertino, CA), Hiroyuki Ogawa (Yokkaichi, , JP), James Kai (Santa Clara, CA), Jin Liu (Milpitas, CA), Jixin Yu (Milpitas, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Yoko Furihata (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yuki Mizutan
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15269017 on 09/19/2016 (421 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three dimensional NAND memory device includes word line driver devices located on or over a substrate, an alternating stack of word lines and insulating layers located over the word line driver devices, a plurality of memory stack structures extending through the alternating stack, each memory stack structure including a memory film and a vertical semiconductor channel, and through-memory-level via structures which electrically couple the word lines in a first memory block to the word line driver devices. The through-memory-level via structures extend through a through-memory-level via region located between a staircase region of the first memory block and a staircase region of another memory block.

[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]


Through-memory-level via structures for a three-dimensional memory device
Patent No. 9818759 

Inventor(s): Hiroyuki Ogawa (Yokkaichi, , JP), James Kai (Santa Clara, CA), Jin Liu (Milpitas, CA), Jixin Yu (Milpitas, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Yoko Furihata (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15268946 on 09/19/2016 (421 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three dimensional NAND memory device includes word line driver devices located on or over a substrate, an alternating stack of word lines and insulating layers located over the word line driver devices, a plurality of memory stack structures extending through the alternating stack, each memory stack structure including a memory film and a vertical semiconductor channel, and through-memory-level via structures which electrically couple the word lines in a first memory block to the word line driver devices. The through-memory-level via structures extend through a through-memory-level via region located between a staircase region of the first memory block and a staircase region of another memory block.

[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]


Vertical thin film transistors in non-volatile storage systems
Patent No. 9818798 

Inventor(s): Hiroaki Iuchi (Nagoya, , JP), Naoki Takeguchi (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15173104 on 06/03/2016 (529 days app to issue)

Abstract: Three-dimensional (3D) non-volatile memory arrays having a vertically-oriented thin film transistor (TFT) select device and method of fabricating are described. The vertically-oriented TFT may be used as a vertical bit line selection device to couple a global bit line to a vertical bit line. A select device pillar includes a body and upper and lower source/drain regions. At least one gate is separated horizontally from the select device pillar by a gate dielectric. Each gate is formed over the gate dielectric and a base that extends horizontally at least partially between adjacent pillars. The base is formed with notches filled with the gate dielectric. The select device is fabricated using a conformally deposited base dielectric material and conformal hard mask layer that is formed with a larger bottom thickness than horizontal thickness. The base thickness is defined by the deposition thickness, rather than an uncontrolled etch back.

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


Resistive three-dimensional memory device with heterostructure semiconductor local bit line and method of making thereof
Patent No. 9818801 

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Petti (Mountain View, CA), Masaaki Higashitani (Cupertino, CA), Perumal Ratnam (Fremont, CA), Peter Rabkin (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15293971 on 10/14/2016 (396 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional resistive memory device includes an alternating stack of electrically conductive layers and insulating layers. Resistive memory elements are provided between the electrically conductive layers and a semiconductor local bit line. The semiconductor local bit line includes a heterostructure of an inner semiconductor material layer having an inner-material band gap and an outer semiconductor material layer having an outer-material band gap that is narrower than the inner-material band. A gate dielectric is located between a gate electrode and the inner semiconductor material layer.

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


Size-controllable opening and method of making same
Patent No. 9818930 

Inventor(s): John Hongguang Zhang (Fishkill, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14938432 on 11/11/2015 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: A support structure includes an internal cavity. An elastic membrane extends to divide the internal cavity into a first chamber and a second chamber. The elastic membrane includes a nanometric-sized pin hole extending there through to interconnect the first chamber to the second chamber. The elastic membrane is formed of a first electrode film and a second electrode film separated by a piezo insulating film. Electrical connection leads are provided to support application of a bias current to the first and second electrode films of the elastic membrane. In response to an applied bias current, the elastic membrane deforms by bending in a direction towards one of the first and second chambers so as to produce an increase in a diameter of the pin hole.

[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]


Time delay unit comprising a spirally wound meandering line pattern
Patent No. 9819068 

Inventor(s): Patrick J. Kocurek (Allen, TX), Robert S. Isom (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14482077 on 09/10/2014 (1161 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic stripline circuit includes a flexible dielectric film having a three-dimensional coiled shape that defines a spiraled inner core. At least one electrically conductive signal trace is formed on a first surface of the flexible dielectric film. The signal trace extends along a signal path to define a trace length configured to control a time delay of a coiled time delay unit.

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


Lensed base station antennas
Patent No. 9819094 

Inventor(s): Igor E. Timofeev (Dallas, TX), Kevin E. Linehan (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina (Hickory, NC), Matsing Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, , SG)
Law Firm: Myes Bigel, P.A. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14480936 on 09/09/2014 (1162 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lensed antenna system is provided. The lensed antenna system includes a first column of radiating elements having a first longitudinal axis and a first azimuth angle, and, optionally, a second column of radiating elements having a second longitudinal axis and a second azimuth angle, and a radio frequency lens. The radio frequency lens has a third longitudinal axis. The radio frequency lens is disposed such that the longitudinal axes of the first and second columns of radiating elements are aligned with the longitudinal axis of the radio frequency lens, and such that the azimuth angles of the beams produced by the columns of radiating elements are directed at the radio frequency lens. The multiple beam antenna system further includes a radome housing the columns of radiating elements and the radio frequency lens. There may be more or fewer than two columns of radiating elements.

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


Active antenna sub-array structures
Patent No. 9819096 

Inventor(s): Kevin E. Linehan (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13538883 on 06/29/2012 (1964 days app to issue)

Abstract: An antenna comprising a plurality of sub-arrays and methods and structure for restoring performance after a transceiver failure is provided. Each sub-array may include a power divider/combiner network, a first radiating element coupled to a first port of the power divider/combiner network, a second radiating element coupled to a second port of the power divider/combiner network, and a transceiver coupled to a third port of the power divider/combiner network. An adjustable power supply may be coupled to each transceiver, the adjustable power supply having current monitors to detect at least one failure state of a transceiver, and a power compensation mode to increase absolute power to a transceiver in a non-failed state. The adjustable power supply provides a first voltage in normal operation and a second voltage, where the second voltage is higher than the first voltage in power compensation mode.

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


RJ-45 communication plug with plug blades received in apertures in a front edge of a printed circuit board
Patent No. 9819131 

Inventor(s): Richard A. Schumacher (Dallas, TX), Scott Lynn Michaelis (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15333228 on 10/25/2016 (385 days app to issue)

Abstract: Communications plugs are provided which include a printed circuit board having a plurality of elongated conductive traces and a plurality of plug blades. Each plug blade has a first section that extends along a top surface of the printed circuit board and a second section that extends along a front edge of the printed circuit board. Additionally, each plug blade may have a thickness that is at least twice the thickness of the elongated conductive traces. The plug blades may be low profile plug blades that are manufactured separately from the printed circuit board.

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


Electrical accessories and associated methods of use and manufacture
Patent No. 9819167 

Inventor(s): Randy Deon Kummer (Villa Rica, GA)
Assignee(s): Cantex, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Miles Stockbridge P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14068588 on 10/31/2013 (1475 days app to issue)

Abstract: Electrical accessories and associated methods of use and manufacture are provided. In one embodiment, an electrical accessory can be provided. The electrical accessory can include a frame including two side walls in parallel relation to each other, and two end walls in parallel relation to each other, and disposed between the two side walls. The electrical accessory can also include at least one positioning arm mounted to at least one of the end walls, wherein the at least one positioning arm comprises a support leg mounted to the at least one end wall, and a prong substantially perpendicular to the at least one positioning arm, wherein a side wall portion of an adjacent electrical accessory can be positioned between the prong and at least one side wall.

[H02G] INSTALLATION OF ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES, OR OF COMBINED OPTICAL AND ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES (insulated conductors or cables with arrangements for facilitating mounting or securing H01B 7/40; distribution points incorporating switches H02B; guiding telephone cords H04M 1/15; cable ducts or mountings for telephone or telegraph exchange installations H04Q 1/06)


Method and circuit for PVT stabilization of dynamic amplifiers
Patent No. 9819314 

Inventor(s): Hai Huang (Richardson, TX), Yun Chiu (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Spruce Law Group, LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15421256 on 01/31/2017 (287 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pipelined SAR ADC includes a first stage and passive residue transfer is used to boost a conversion speed. Owing to the passive residue transfer, the first stage may be released during a residue amplification phase, cutting down a large part of the first-stage timing budget. An asynchronous timing scheme may also be adopted in both the first- and second-stage SAR ADCs to maximize the overall conversion speed. Lastly, a dynamic amplifier with proposed PVT stabilization technique may be employed to further save power consumption and improve the conversion speed simultaneously.

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


Managing contactless communications
Patent No. 9819396 

Inventor(s): Jason S. Qian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): GOOGLE INC. (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: Johnson, Marcou Isaacs, LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14925964 on 10/28/2015 (748 days app to issue)

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

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


High-speed pluggable optical transceivers with advanced functionality
Patent No. 9819416 

Inventor(s): Adam R. Hotchkiss (Dallas, TX), Gabriel E. Cardona (Dallas, TX), Salam Elahmadi (Dallas, TX), Siraj Nour Elahmadi (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Menara Networks, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Clements Bernard Walker PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15346994 on 11/09/2016 (370 days app to issue)

Abstract: Integrated performance monitoring (PM); optical layer operations, administration, maintenance, and provisioning (OAMP); alarming; amplification, and the like is described in optical transceivers, such as multi-source agreement (MSA)-defined modules. A pluggable optical transceiver defined by an MSA agreement can include advanced integrated functions for carrier-grade operation which preserves the existing MSA specifications allowing the pluggable optical transceiver to operate with any compliant MSA host device with advanced features and functionality, such as Forward Error Correction (FEC), framing, and OAMP directly on the pluggable optical transceiver. The advanced integrated can be implemented by the pluggable optical transceiver separate and independent from the host device.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Polarization state aligner (PSA)
Patent No. 9819420 

Inventor(s): Fei Zhu (Coral Gables, FL), Yangjing Wen (Cupertino, CA), Yu Sheng Bai (Los Altos Hills, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technolgies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15057379 on 03/01/2016 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system comprises: a polarization state aligner (PSA) comprising: an input port; a first polarization beam splitter (PBS) coupled to the input port; a first phase shifter (PS) coupled to the first PBS; a first polarization rotator (PR) coupled to the first PBS; a first beam splitter (BS) coupled to the first PS and the first PR; a first output port coupled to the first BS; and a second output port coupled to the first BS.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Low-complexity multi-symbol log-likelihood ratio (LLR) calculation
Patent No. 9819423 

Inventor(s): Clarence Kan (Bridgewater, NJ), Wei-Ren Peng (Santa Clara, CA), Yan Cui (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14990004 on 01/07/2016 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprising a receiver configured to receive a super-symbol comprising a first modulation symbol and a second modulation symbol, wherein the first modulation symbol comprises a first modulation format, and wherein the second modulation symbol comprises a second modulation format, and a processor coupled to the receiver and configured to select, for the first modulation symbol, a first nearest candidate symbol from a first set of candidate symbols associated with the first modulation format, select, for the second modulation symbol, a second nearest candidate symbol independent of the first nearest candidate symbol from a second set of candidate symbols associated with the second modulation format, and determine a soft decision value for a first hit in the super-symbol according to the first nearest candidate symbol and the second nearest candidate symbol.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Rogue optical network unit mitigation in passive optical networks
Patent No. 9819437 

Inventor(s): Bo Gao (Wuhan, , CN), Frank Effenberger (Colts Neck, NJ), Jianhe Gao (Wuhan, , CN), Yuanqiu Luo (Cranbury, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15379650 on 12/15/2016 (334 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical line terminal (OLT) comprises a target OLT channel termination (CT), and a source OLT CT in communication with the target OLT CT, wherein the source OLT CT is configured to exchange tuning messages with the target OLT CT to initiate upstream wavelength tuning of an optical network unit (ONU), wherein the source OLT CT is configured to transmit a tuning request to the ONU after the tuning messages have been exchanged and to receive a tuning acknowledgement message from the ONU indicating that the tuning request will be executed, wherein the source OLT CT is configured to transmit a broadcast notification message to all OLT CTs within the OLT, except for the source OLT CT, after receipt of the tuning acknowledge message from the ONU, and wherein the broadcast notification message includes a tuning time of the ONU.

[H04J] MULTIPLEX COMMUNICATION (peculiar to transmission of digital information H04L 5/00; systems for the simultaneous or sequential transmission of more than one television signal H04N 7/08; in exchanges H04Q 11/00)


Transmitter for spatial modulation in a high-efficiency wireless local-area network
Patent No. 9819527 

Inventor(s): Ahmed Gamal Helmy Mohamed (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Intel IP Corporation (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14975190 on 12/18/2015 (697 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transmitter for spatial modulation in a high-efficiency wireless local-area network is disclosed. An apparatus is disclosed that comprises memory and circuitry coupled to the memory. The processing circuitry configured to split a data bitstream between an antenna bitstream and a symbol bitstream, encode the data bitstream into a plurality of orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) symbols from a signal constellation, encode the antenna bitstream into a plurality of antenna indices from a space constellation, map symbols of the plurality of symbols to a plurality of subcarriers of a channel and associate the symbols with an index of the plurality of indices. The processing circuitry may be configured to configure the access point for transmission of the symbols on the channel in accordance with an associated one of the antenna indices.

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


Open shortest path first for temporal tunnel services
Patent No. 9819580 

Inventor(s): Huaimo Chen (Bolton, MA), Renwei Li (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15095748 on 04/11/2016 (582 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network element (NE) in a network, comprising a memory configured to store time-based traffic engineering (TE) information associated with network resource reservations on a link attached to the NE in a series of time intervals each having a predetermined start time and a predetermined end time, and a processor coupled to the memory and configured to reserve, at a first current time, a network resource for a temporal tunnel service (TTS) on the link to carry traffic during a scheduled time interval subsequent to the first current time, wherein the scheduled time interval comprises a scheduled start time and a scheduled end time, and update, at the first current time, the time-based TE information in the scheduled time interval according to the network resource reserved to produce a first updated TE information in the scheduled time interval.

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


Homomorphic encryption in a healthcare network environment, system and methods
Patent No. 9819650 

Inventor(s): Harsh Kupwade-Patil (Plano, TX), Ravi Seshadri (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NANTHEALTH, INC. (Culver City, CA)
Law Firm: Stetina Brunda Garred and Brucker (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14805417 on 07/21/2015 (847 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for homomorphic encryption in a healthcare network environment is provided and includes receiving digital data over the healthcare network at a data custodian server in a plurality of formats from various data sources, encrypting the data according to a homomorphic encryption scheme, receiving a query at the data custodian server from a data consumer device concerning a portion of the encrypted data, initiating a secure homomorphic work session between the data custodian server and the data consumer device, generating a homomorphic work space associated with the homomorphic work session, compiling, by the data custodian server, a results set satisfying the query, loading the results set into the homomorphic work space, and building an application programming interface (API) compatible with the results set, the API facilitating encrypted analysis on the results set in the homomorphic work space.

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


System and method to correlate local media URIs between web browsers
Patent No. 9819720 

Inventor(s): Li Li (Bridgewater, NJ), Wen Chen (Kearny, NJ), Wu Chou (Basking Ridge, NJ), Zhe Wang (Piscataway, NJ)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14514163 on 10/14/2014 (1127 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various disclosed embodiments include methods and systems for correlating local media uniform resource identifiers (URIs) between a first web browser of a first user device and a second web browser of a second user device. The method comprises establishing a session between the first web browser, the second web browser, and a server. The method comprises performing an action related to a first URI on the first web browser. The method comprises encoding the performed action as a resource description framework (RDF) graph including the first URI and sending the RDF graph to the server. The method comprises translating the received RDF graph to a second RDF graph including a second URI based on a mirror predicate stored in the server. The method comprises sending the second RDF graph to the second browser.

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


Management and dissemination of information from a controlled-environment facility
Patent No. 9819756 

Inventor(s): Katie Welker-Muraguri (Plano, TX), Luke Keiser (Frisco, TX), Matthew Smith (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15278794 on 09/28/2016 (412 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for dissemination of information from a controlled-environment facility may offer a non-resident and/or resident an option to subscribe to notifications about a particular resident of a controlled-environment facility and/or notifications about the controlled-environment facility. Identification and contact information may be accepted from the non-resident to establish the non-resident as a paid or non-paid subscriber to notifications about the resident and/or the controlled-environment facility. A determination may be made, or an indication may be received from a controlled-environment facility administration and management system, when information about the resident hosted by the controlled-environment administration and management system changes and/or when a change is made to information about the controlled-environment facility. As a result, the subscriber is contacted and notified of the change(s).

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


System for providing temporary speed restrictions to locomotives
Patent No. 9819781 

Inventor(s): Greg Hrebek (Flower Mound, TX), John Brand (Flower Mound, TX), Wade Goforth (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): New York Air Brake, LLC (Watertown, NY)
Law Firm: Bond Schoeneck King, PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15151615 on 05/11/2016 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for automatically updating route information to a locomotive that includes a route computer and voice radio encoder that merges data representing temporary changes in a route with a voice radio call placed by a dispatcher to a locomotive engineer. A voice radio decoder coupled to the locomotive cab voice radio extracts the data representing the temporary changes from the voice radio signal and provides the data directed to the energy management system so that there is no need for the engineer to manually enter the temporary data.

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


Mobile device inhibitor
Patent No. 9819787 

Inventor(s): Alfonso Jones (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14451739 on 08/05/2014 (1197 days app to issue)

Abstract: To block calls and other mobile device network activities in a vehicle while the vehicle is being operated, a vehicle cellphone inhibitor system is provided. A femtocell device can be provided to reroute communications between a cellular network and the mobile device through the femtocell device. The vehicle cellphone inhibitor system can selectively block calls or other network operations on the mobile device that are routed through the femtocell device on the mobile device while leaving the mobile device otherwise operational. The blocking can be activated whenever the vehicle is moving, which can be determined via GPS, accelerometers, or a connection via the vehicle”s electronic control unit (”ECU”) utilizing vehicle data to determine whether the vehicle is in motion or being operated.

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


Modular fashion accessory
Patent No. 9819850 

Inventor(s): Ella Taran Katz (Sunnyvale, CA), Grace Hina Lee (San Francisco, CA), Jung Geun Tak (Millbrae, CA), Kyle Nathen Swen (San Carlos, CA), Yaron Bar (Los Gatos, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14678511 on 04/03/2015 (956 days app to issue)

Abstract: A particular apparatus includes a first electronic component, a second electronic component, and a connecting element that is detachably connectable to the first electronic component and to the second electronic component. The first electronic component is connectable via the connecting element to the second electronic component to form a wearable item. The first electronic component includes a camera, the second electronic component includes an energy storage component, and the first electronic component is configured to receive power from the second electronic component via the connecting element.

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


Camera using preview image to select exposure
Patent No. 9819852 

Inventor(s): Kenichi Nakajima (Kanagawa, , JP), Robert J. Parada (Rochester, NY), Tetsuji Uezono (Kanagawa, , JP), Wayne E. Prentice (Honeoye Falls, NY), William V. Fintel (Rochester, NY)
Assignee(s): MONUMENT PEAK VENTURES, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13798692 on 03/13/2013 (1707 days app to issue)

Abstract: A digital camera comprises an image sensor for providing initial sensor image data and final sensor image data; a lens for exposing the image of a scene onto the image sensor; an exposure control system for adjusting an exposure level of a final image on the image sensor in response to a scene type; and a processor for processing the initial sensor image data to select one of a plurality of scene types, and to process the final sensor image data in response to the scene type.

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


Remote control device signal distribution
Patent No. 9819989 

Inventor(s): Steven M. Belz (Sunnyvale, 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: 14860052 on 09/21/2015 (785 days app to issue)

Abstract: Signals from a remote control device may be received in a first viewing area and retransmitted to a second viewing area to control customer premises equipment (CPE) devices in the second viewing area. In some embodiments, signals are translated for compatibility with the CPE devices in the second viewing area. A repeater in the first viewing area may receive infrared signals encoded with a remote control command and retransmit the remote control command with an RF signal to a receiver in the second viewing area. The repeater may be incorporated into a multimedia processing resource such as a set-top box.

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


Joint optimization of a radio access network and a distributed antenna system
Patent No. 9820172 

Inventor(s): Maurice D”Souza (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Fogg Powers LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15431263 on 02/13/2017 (274 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain features relate to systems and methods for jointly optimizing a radio access network (RAN) and distributed antenna system (DAS). A joint RAN-DAS self-optimizing network (SON) entity can determine target parameters based on parameters specific to the DAS and parameters specific to the RAN. The joint RAN-DAS-SON entity can optimize the RAN and DAS using the target parameters. Jointly optimizing the RAN and the DAS can improve the capacity characteristics, coverage characteristics, or the performance characteristics of the RAN and DAS. In some aspects, the joint RAN-DAS-SON entity can optimize the RAN and DAS by re-allocating power levels of downlink signals transmitted by remote units of the DAS to compensate for underutilized carrier signals in situations of low traffic load.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Wireless local area network access controlled by cellular communications
Patent No. 9820217 

Inventor(s): Rias Muhamed (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Greenblum Bernstein, P.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14695925 on 04/24/2015 (935 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless local area network access point includes a memory that stores a program for enabling a separate dual mode device to access a wireless local area network through the wireless local area network access point, a processor that executes the program, and a transmitter that transmits a beacon signal that identifies the wireless local area network. The wireless local area network access point receives instructions to allow the separate dual mode device to access the wireless local area network, in response to the separate dual mode device transmitting information about the wireless local area network access point and about the dual mode device via a cellular network distinct from the wireless local area network. The wireless local area network access point provides access to the wireless local area network to the separate dual mode device in response to receiving the instructions.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Proactive upstream scheduling for flows in a point-to-multipoint communications network
Patent No. 9820275 

Inventor(s): Hang Jin (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15130629 on 04/15/2016 (578 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided in one example embodiment and includes predicting a user average data rate for a cable modem; establishing a minimum bandwidth grant size and a maximum bandwidth grant size for the cable modem based on the predicted user average data rate; receiving from the cable modem a request for a particular amount of bandwidth; performing an overgrant if the particular amount of bandwidth is less than the minimum bandwidth grant size, in which the overgrant comprises granting to the cable modem more than the requested particular amount of bandwidth; and performing an undergrant if the particular amount of bandwidth is greater than the maximum bandwidth grant size, in which the undergrant comprises granting to the cable modem less than the requested particular amount of bandwidth.

[H04K] SECRET COMMUNICATION; JAMMING OF COMMUNICATION


DESIGN PATENTS

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Chair shell
Patent No. D802348 

Inventor(s): Chris Brandel (Chicago, IL), Dan Rucker (Chicago, IL), Daniel Grabowski (East Grand Rapids, MI), Matthew Banach (Gurnee, IL), Michael J. Sawadski (Mount Prospect, IL)
Assignee(s): Paragon Furniture, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29551392 on 01/13/2016 (671 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Leg extender
Patent No. D802405 

Inventor(s): David Patton (Flower Mound, TX), Lio Yenwei Chang (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Varidesk, LLC (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29582631 on 10/28/2016 (382 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cosmetic bottle
Patent No. D802428 

Inventor(s): Jenny DeMarco Staab (Frisco, TX), Lauren Purkhiser (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29537054 on 08/21/2015 (816 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Spray bottle assembly
Patent No. D802439 

Inventor(s): Narasimha Rao Kothapalli (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): EID Parry (Indian) Limited (Tamil Nadu, , IN), Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (Mumbai, , IN)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29554808 on 02/16/2016 (637 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Heavy truck center grille bar
Patent No. D802503 

Inventor(s): David Leetz (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): PACCAR Inc (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Christensen O”Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29558442 on 03/17/2016 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Beverage brewer display screen with graphical user interface
Patent No. D802611 

Inventor(s): Adam Roth Mangold (Salt Lake City, UT), Tymer T. Tilton (Salt Lake City, UT)
Assignee(s): ALPHA DOMINCHE HOLDINGS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Phillips Ryther Winchester (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29561309 on 04/14/2016 (579 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Orthodontic bracket
Patent No. D802772 

Inventor(s): Anthony D. Viazis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ORALECT LICENSING, LTD. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29580248 on 10/06/2016 (404 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Orthodontic bracket
Patent No. D802773 

Inventor(s): Anthony D. Viazis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ORALECT LICENSING, LTD. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29580250 on 10/06/2016 (404 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Diagnostic analyzer
Patent No. D802785 

Inventor(s): Christina A Barton (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): ABBOTT LABORATORIES (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: McAndrews, Held Malloy, Ltd. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29549330 on 12/21/2015 (694 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Bottle
Patent No. D802852 

Inventor(s): Nicholas Baker (Fort Worth, TX), Vas Obeyesekere (Seattle, WA)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29548240 on 12/11/2015 (704 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cart
Patent No. D802868 

Inventor(s): Brent Mitchell Beggs (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): ZIBRA, LLC (Mooresville, NC)
Law Firm: Tillman Wright, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29550896 on 01/07/2016 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cart
Patent No. D802869 

Inventor(s): Brent Mitchell Beggs (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): ZIBRA, LLC (Mooresville, NC)
Law Firm: Tillman Wright, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29550898 on 01/07/2016 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cart
Patent No. D802870 

Inventor(s): Brent Mitchell Beggs (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): ZIBRA, LLC (Mooresville, NC)
Law Firm: Tillman Wright, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29550899 on 01/07/2016 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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