Dallas Invents: 97 Patents Granted for Week of Nov. 21

Patents secured range from Apple’s removable door for an electronic device and Fossil’s new wrist band to Match.com’s method for finding matches between users and Stripe Fitness’ exercise device for suspended body weight training.

Clockwise from upper left: Companies assigned patents include Stripe Fitness, Apple, Bank of America, Rolls-Royce Corporation, Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Fossil Group, Match.com, and Frito-Lay North America.

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. 21, 2017 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

97 patents granted    Ranked No. 10 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP 3 LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

1. SanDisk Technologies LLC, Plano (8)
2. Futurewei Technologies Inc., Plano (7)
3. Conduent Business Services LLC, Dallas (3)


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Christopher R Delzell, Plano (2)
Patrick Bosshart, Plano (2)
Paul Edward Smith, Jr., Rockwall (2)
Sorin N. Cismas, Southlake (2)
Venkata Siva N. Amulothu, Plano (2)
William Mark Richards, Flower Mound (2)


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

211 days
Method and system for gaming revenue
Patent No. 9824540
Assignee: Jackpot Rising Inc.

2,465 day
Method and apparatus for providing a search tool in connection with address management
Patent No. 9824163
Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy


Patent information is provided by Joe Chiarella, founder of patent analytics company Patent Index and publisher of The Inventiveness IndexFor additional details on the patents granted below, search the USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image DatabaseDon’t miss Dallas Invents: Sign up for the Dallas Innovates e-newsletter to get the patents each week.


UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

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Multipurpose positioning device for infants
Patent No. 9820907 

Inventor(s): Chrysty Sturdivant (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TARRY MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC. (Danbury, CT)
Law Firm: DeLio, Peterson Curcio, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15293866 on 10/14/2016 (403 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multipurpose infant positioning device that includes a lower pad with front and back surfaces, wings attached to lateral sides of the lower pad and a bottom flap attached to the bottom portion of the lower pad. At least one of the wings and bottom flap have fastening segments attached thereto for adjustably attaching these components to portions of the lower pad. The fastened wing and bottom flap are made of a material having sufficient resiliency to maintain and bring an infant back to flexed midline position within the infant positioning device. These infant positioning devices may further include a headpiece, brim, pocket at the back surface of the lower pad and a detachable readjustable multipurpose pillow for positioning the infant from and between supine, prone and side-lying positions, all while maintaining and reinforcing the flexed midline position of the infant for normal development.

[A47D] FURNITURE SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR CHILDREN (school benches or desks A47B 39/00, A47B 41/00)


Devices and methods for removal of calculus
Patent No. 9820762 

Inventor(s): Heather E. Beardsley (Arlington, TX), Jeffrey A. Cadeddu (Dallas, TX), Jeffrey Gahan (Dallas, TX), Jodi Antonelli (Dallas, TX), Margaret S. Pearle (Dallas, TX), Raul Fernandez (Arlington, TX), Stephen P. Faddegon (Dallas,
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14401548 on 05/16/2013 (1650 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices and methods for removal of calculus (including for example, kidney stones) are disclosed. In an embodiment, a device for removal of kidney stones includes a substantially sealable pouch that can be inserted into the kidney for capturing a kidney stone. The pouch is also designed to permit fragmentation of the kidney stone inside the pouch, while preventing kidney stone fragments from escaping from the pouch. As a result, the likelihood of dispersing stone fragments during fragmentation of a large stone is greatly lessened

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


Exercise device for suspended body weight training
Patent No. 9821188 

Inventor(s): Josh Dwork (Santa Rosa, CA), Matthew Dwork (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Stripe Fitness LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Ward Law Office LLC (23 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14819567 on 08/06/2015 (838 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pulley system of an exercise device for suspended weight training includes a first block with a first pulley, a second pulley, and a first attachment point. A second block is removably coupled to a weight and includes a third pulley and a second attachment point. A grip is configured to be held by a user while exercising and has a third attachment point. A line having a first line end is fixedly coupled to the grip and a second line end fixedly is coupled to a connection element. The connection element is configured to be selectively coupled to each of the first attachment point, the second attachment point, and the third attachment point, permits a user to reduce an effective amount of the weight lifted by the user with movement of the grip to a pre-selected fraction of the weight.

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


Data-driven state machine for user interactive displays
Patent No. 9821230 

Inventor(s): Andrew Foster (Irving, TX), Michael Capps (Dallas, TX), Peter Chapman (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Zynga Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15091932 on 04/06/2016 (594 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods may be used to provide and implement a state machine in a display software user interface environment, and used to handle events and actions associated with the state machine. In one example embodiment, a virtual display environment provided by an engine is interfaced with a state machine that is configured to interpret various state machine definitions corresponding to states occurring in the virtual display environment. The state machine definitions may be used to determine how a particular state of a virtual item in the display environment may be represented, interacted with, and transitioned into another state. Use of the state machine definitions may enable representation of complex scenarios for virtual objects and events in the display environment in a unified definition format, without requiring specialized programming or scripting commands to implement the scenarios.

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


Methods of treating ophthalmic diseases using NPR-B agonists
Patent No. 9822147 

Inventor(s): Iok-Hou Pang (Grand Prairie, TX), Mark R. Hellberg (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Shire Orphan Therapies GmbH (Berlin, , DE)
Law Firm: Proskauer Rose LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14939293 on 11/12/2015 (740 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are novel compounds having NPR-B agonistic activity. Preferred compounds are linear peptides containing 8-13 conventional or non-conventional L- or D-amino acid residues connected to one another via peptide bonds.

[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)


Method for harvesting cochineal wax from cochineal insects grown on an artificial medium
Patent No. 9822282 

Inventor(s): Connie M. Hendrickson (Irving, TX), Denise Lynn Merkle (Ft. Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Badderloch Woad, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Fortkort Houston PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14706396 on 05/07/2015 (929 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for obtaining cochineal wax is provided which comprises (a) harvesting cochineal insects from an artificial medium inoculated with the insects; (b) extracting cochineal wax from the insects with a liquid medium; and (c) isolating cochineal wax from the liquid medium.

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


Removable door for electronic device
Patent No. 9826649 

Inventor(s): Daniel L. McBroom (Leonard, TX)
Assignee(s): APPLE INC. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13631700 on 09/28/2012 (1880 days app to issue)

Abstract: A removable door for an electronic device. The door may include a spring plate having a first second surface, and a plurality of springs attached to a perimeter of the spring plate. The plurality of springs may engage a portion of an enclosure of the electronic device to retain at least the spring plate within an access opening formed in the enclosure. The door may also include a door cap covering the access opening formed in the enclosure. The door cap may include an interior surface connected to the first surface of the spring plate, and an exterior surface forming a portion of an outer surface of the enclosure. Additionally, the door may include a cover connected to the second surface of the spring plate. The cover may face an interior of the enclosure and separated from the door cap by the spring plate.

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


 

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

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Wet electrostatic precipitator and related methods
Patent No. 9821320 

Inventor(s): Henry V. Krigmont (Seal Beach, CA), Timothy W. Ellis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): RSR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: KL Gates LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14341873 on 07/28/2014 (1212 days app to issue)

Abstract: An emissions reduction stack includes a conditioning section, collector section utilizing a Wet Electrostatic Precipitator (WESP), and output section. A chemically active aqueous stream is introduced into an incoming process stream in order to saturate the stream and produce a fog stream wherein water is condensed on the surface of particulates. The process of condensation increases the efficiency of the particulate filtration process conducted by the WESP.

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


Wands for gas turbine engine cleaning
Patent No. 9821349 

Inventor(s): George F. Griffiths (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Rolls-Royce Corporation (Indianapolis, IN)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14749177 on 06/24/2015 (881 days app to issue)

Abstract: Wands are used as parts of cleaning systems to conduct cleaning agents into gas turbine engine cores. Wands according to the present disclosure include inlet assemblies adapted to connect to cleaning agents, dispensers adapted to discharge cleaners into gas turbine engines, and conduits that extend from the inlet assemblies to the dispensers.

[B08B] CLEANING IN GENERAL; PREVENTION OF FOULING IN GENERAL (brushes A46; devices for domestic or like cleaning A47L; separation of particles from liquids or gases B01D; separation of solids B03, B07; spraying or applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces in general B05; cleaning devices for conveyors B65G 45/10; concurrent cleaning, filling and closing of bottles B67C 7/00; inhibiting corrosion or incrustation in general C23; cleaning streets, permanent ways, beaches or land E01H; parts, details or accessories of swimming or splash baths or pools, specially adapted for cleaning E04H 4/16; preventing or removing electrostatic charges H05F)


High stretch ratio preforms and related containers and methods
Patent No. 9821505 

Inventor(s): Brandon W. Knight (Allen, TX), David A. Brunson (Raymore, MO), Patrick T. George (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): DR PEPPER/SEVEN UP, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Pizarro Allen PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14634468 on 02/27/2015 (998 days app to issue)

Abstract: A generally hollow preform for making a stretch blow-molded container may include a threaded finish portion; a neck portion depending from the finish portion; a transition portion depending from the neck portion; a main portion depending from the transition portion; and a closed, generally rounded tip portion depending from the main portion. The preform may include stretch ratios with respect to the container including an axial stretch ratio of about 3.0 to 3.5, a hoop stretch ratio of about 5.0 to 5.5, and a total stretch ratio of about 15 to 19.25. In some embodiments, high stretch ratios may be achieved with less material, yielding substantial cost savings.

[B29B] PREPARATION OR PRETREATMENT OF THE MATERIAL TO BE SHAPED; MAKING GRANULES OR PREFORMS; RECOVERY OF PLASTICS OR OTHER CONSTITUENTS OF WASTE MATERIAL CONTAINING PLASTICS [4]


Folding shelf carriage
Patent No. 9821828 

Inventor(s): Don Richard Doyle (Waverly, AL), Shawn Michael Kahler (Heath, TX)
Assignee(s): Madix, Inc. (Terrell, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15235848 on 08/12/2016 (466 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for carrying and/or storing shelves which is capable of folding into a compact condition to minimize the footprint of the device when not in use for carrying or storing shelves. The apparatus includes a releasable transverse cross member extending between the side frames to form a base for supporting shelves.

[B62B] HAND-PROPELLED VEHICLES, e.g. HAND CARTS OR PERAMBULATORS; SLEDGES (characterised by animal propulsion B62C; propulsion of sledges by driver or engine B62M)


System and method for assisting in rotor speed control
Patent No. 9821908 

Inventor(s): Eric O”Neill (Great Mills, TX), Jignesh Patel (Trophy Club, TX), Joseph M. Schaeffer (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14297136 on 06/05/2014 (1265 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of assisting in rotor speed control in a rotorcraft can include measuring a rotor speed with a sensor; detecting a droop in the rotor speed beyond a lower droop limit; and commanding a decrease in collective in response to the rotor speed drooping beyond the lower droop limit. A system of assisting in rotor speed control in a rotorcraft, the system can include: a computer having a control law, the control law operable to generate a decrease collective command to an actuator in response to a rotor speed decreasing below a lower droop limit; wherein the lower droop limit is below a normal lower rotor speed range.

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


 

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

Preparations of hydrophobic therapeutic agents, methods of manufacture and use thereof
Patent No. 9822142 

Inventor(s): Ritesh V. Thekkedath (Dombivli, , IN), Shikha P. Barman (Bedford, MA), Thomas B. 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: 14399780 on 05/06/2013 (1660 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention further provides method of preparing nanocrystals 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).

[C07J] STEROIDS (seco-steroids C07C) [2]


Bonding tissues and cross-linking proteins with naphthalimide compounds
Patent No. 9822189 

Inventor(s): James L. Matthews (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ALUMEND LLC (Sioux Falls, SD)
Law Firm: Burns Levinson LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14843586 on 09/02/2015 (811 days app to issue)

Abstract: Naphthalimide compounds are used in tissue bonding and protein cross-linking applications. When activated by an activating agent, such as light in the 400-500 nm absorption range, the naphthalimide compounds form chemically-reactive species that cross-link proteins, bond connective tissues together, and bond tissues and other biomaterials together. A naphthalimide-labeled biomolecule, such as a naphthalimide-labeled chitosan, is also capable of bonding tissues without subsequent direct illumination of the contacted tissue area. The naphthalimide compounds may be used in tissue or arterial repair, stabilization of an expanded arterial wall after angioplasty, tethering pharmaceutical agents to tissue surfaces to provide local drug delivery, and for chemically bonding skin care products, sunscreens, and cosmetics to the skin.

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


Targeting BCL11A distal regulatory elements for fetal hemoglobin reinduction
Patent No. 9822355 

Inventor(s): Jian Xu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Children”s Medical Center Corporation (Boston, MA)
Law Firm: Nixon Peabody LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14647547 on 11/27/2013 (1455 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided herein are methods and compositions for increasing fetal hemoglobin levels in a cell by disrupting BCL11A expression at the genomic level. Also provided herein are methods and compositions relating to the treatment of hemoglobinopathies by reinduction of fetal hemoglobin levels.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

[PATENT BELOW, IMAGE VIA USPTO]

Toilet bowl water level indication
Patent No. 9822517 

Inventor(s): Michael J. D”Aurelio (Marietta, GA), Michael J. Schuster (Shorewood, IL)
Assignee(s): DANCO, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14531132 on 11/03/2014 (1114 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a toilet bowl water level gauge and associated methods. In one embodiment, the toilet bowl water level gauge comprises a gauge assembly having a stem with a float, and a sleeve, wherein the stem is inserted in the sleeve and slides through the sleeve. Also, the toilet bowl water level gauge comprises a support attached to the gauge assembly, the support being adapted to engage a rim of a toilet bowl. In addition, bowl level sensors are employed for automated calibration of an automated bowl fill system.

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


Rotary drill bit air/water separator
Patent No. 9822589 

Inventor(s): Austen Morgan Schwend (Troutville, VA), Gregory Wayne Peterson (Mesa, AZ), Srinidni Bangalore Gopalakrishna (Bengalura, , IN)
Assignee(s): Atlas Copco Secoroc LLC (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14561670 on 12/05/2014 (1082 days app to issue)

Abstract: An air/water separator including a first hollow member configured to receive a flow including an air and water mixture and a second hollow member configured to receive the flow from the first hollow member. An exit of the first hollow member extends into an opening of the second hollow member such that the exit of the first hollow member axially overlaps the opening of the second hollow member, thereby creating a first flow path from the interior of the first hollow member to the outside of the second hollow member including two turns about the exit of the first hollow member and opening of the second hollow member, and a second flow path from the first hollow member through the second hollow member.

[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]


Releasing a downhole tool
Patent No. 9822596 

Inventor(s): Bryan William Kasperski (Carrollton, TX), George Nathan Aldredge (Carrollton, TX), Matthew Craig Mlcak (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14430656 on 10/01/2012 (1877 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for releasing a well tool string from a wireline release tool includes initiating actuation of a linear actuator of the wireline release tool, the actuator coupled to an inner mandrel on which a retractable latch rides, the retractable latch including a profile formed on an outer surface of the latch that is coupled to the well tool string; actuating the actuator to move the inner mandrel of the wireline release tool to remove support of the profile by a ramp formed on the outer surface, the profile retracted toward the inner mandrel based on the movement of the inner mandrel; decoupling the profile from the well tool string based on retraction of the profile toward the inner mandrel; and moving the wireline release tool into a position to release the wireline release tool from the well tool string.

[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]


Downhole impact generation tool and methods of use
Patent No. 9822598 

Inventor(s): Todd Blaine Miller (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14344394 on 04/11/2013 (1685 days app to issue)

Abstract: An impact generator includes a housing having an uphole end and a downhole end and defining a chamber therein between the uphole and downhole ends. A mandrel is movably arranged at least partially within the chamber between an engaged configuration and a disengaged configuration, and a top sub is coupled to the housing at the uphole end and has an upper core extension arranged at least partially therein. The upper core extension is configured to move between a fixed position, where the mandrel is maintained in the engaged configuration, and an unfixed position, where the mandrel is able to move to the disengaged configuration. An impact tool is coupled to a distal end of the mandrel to deliver an impact force to a downhole obstruction when the mandrel is moved to the disengaged configuration.

[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]


Standing injection valve with hydraulically dampened valve closure
Patent No. 9822606 

Inventor(s): Jimmie Robert Williamson, Jr. (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14440306 on 05/19/2014 (1282 days app to issue)

Abstract: An injection valve assembly for use in a well, where pressurized gas or fluid from uphole in the well displaces a perforated valve head from a valve seat, allows for fluid flow of the pressurized gas or fluid into the valve head and further downhole in the well toward an electric submersible pump. A compression spring is coiled around a valve stem connected to the valve head, pushing the valve stem and valve head in an uphole direction opposite to the force from pressurized gas or fluid. The compression spring is in a chamber filled with hydraulic fluid, where the hydraulic fluid can pass through a dampening system assembly and a flow restrictor assembly, thereby regulating the speed at which the valve stem and valve head can move relative to the valve seat.

[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]


Control line damper for valves
Patent No. 9822607 

Inventor(s): James Dan Vick, Jr. (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14409842 on 07/12/2012 (1958 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole tool actuation system comprises a control line in fluid communication with a control fluid source, a first piston assembly comprising a first surface in fluid communication with the control line, and a damper piston assembly comprising a second surface in fluid communication with the first surface. The first piston assembly is configured to actuate the downhole 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]


Well tools operable via thermal expansion resulting from reactive materials
Patent No. 9822609 

Inventor(s): Donald G. Kyle (Plano, TX), Michael L. Fripp (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Chamberlain Hrdlicka (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14452588 on 08/06/2014 (1203 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of actuating a well tool can include releasing chemical energy from at least one portion of a reactive material, thermally expanding a substance in response to the released chemical energy, and applying pressure to a piston as a result of thermally expanding the substance, thereby actuating the well tool, with these steps being repeated for each of multiple actuations of the well tool. A well tool actuator can include a substance contained in a chamber, one or more portions of a reactive material from which chemical energy is released, and a piston to which pressure is applied due to thermal expansion of the substance in response to each release of chemical energy. A well tool actuator which can be actuated multiple times may include multiple portions of a gas generating reactive material, and a piston to which pressure is applied due to generation of the gas.

[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]


Selective magnetic positioning tool
Patent No. 9822610 

Inventor(s): Christopher R Delzell (Plano, TX), William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14367135 on 07/31/2013 (1574 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of actuating a downhole component comprises positioning a magnetic positioning tool adjacent an actuable component within a wellbore, where the magnetic positioning tool comprises a plurality of magnets arranged in a first position, transitioning the plurality of magnets from the first position to a second position, detecting the plurality of magnets using a sensor associated with the actuable component, generating a signal indicative of the plurality of magnets being in the second position, and actuating the actuable component within the wellbore in response to the signal.

[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]


Junction-conveyed completion tooling and operations
Patent No. 9822612 

Inventor(s): David J. Steele (Arlington, TX), Matthew B. Stokes (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14786107 on 07/28/2014 (1212 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly and method for completion of lateral wellbores is disclosed. The completion assembly includes a junction fitting with main and lateral legs, and a lateral completion string and anchoring device connected to the downhole end of the lateral leg and the uphole end of the junction fitting, respectively. A working string, positioned within the lateral leg, anchoring device, and lateral completion string, includes a setting tool that is removably connected to the anchoring device and a completion tool assembly located within the lateral completion string. The completion assembly is run by the working string into the wellbore. After setting the anchoring device, the working string conveys the completion tool assembly within the lateral completion string for gravel packing, fracturing, frac-packing, acidizing, cementing, perforating, and inflating packers, for example. After wellbore completion, the completion tool assembly is removed through the lateral leg of the junction fitting.

[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]


Well flow control with acid actuator
Patent No. 9822619 

Inventor(s): Luke William Holderman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14654345 on 12/21/2012 (1796 days app to issue)

Abstract: A well production device includes a production tubing with a fluid passage between the exterior of the tubing and a center bore of the tubing. A fluid barrier is provided sealing the fluid passage. The device has a chamber comprising a dissolving fluid adapted to dissolve the fluid barrier when in contact with the fluid barrier and an actuator configured to release the dissolving fluid into contact with the fluid barrier in response to a signal.

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


Sealing element wear detection for wellbore devices
Patent No. 9822628 

Inventor(s): Charles Michael Pool (Bedford, TX), Christopher Allen Grace (Coppell, TX), Craig W. Godfrey (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14398032 on 10/23/2013 (1490 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system is provided that can include a rotating control device (RCD) with a sealing element and a force measurement device for measuring an axial force imparted to the sealing element. The system can also include a computing device that is communicatively coupled to the force measurement device for receiving the axial force measurements and from which the wear status of the sealing element can be determined.

[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]


Monitoring downhole parameters using MEMS
Patent No. 9822631 

Inventor(s): Ricky L. Covington (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14919975 on 10/22/2015 (761 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for measuring parameters related to wellsite operations comprises mixing Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) sensors with a wellbore servicing composition in surface wellbore operating equipment. The MEMS sensors are assigned a unique identified that may be used to track individual MEMS sensor as the MEMS sensors travel through the wellbore and may be used to correlate sensor measurements taken by the MEMS sensors with particular locations in the wellbore. The MEMS sensors may be active and transmit their respective identifiers and sensor data to the surface. Transmitting identifier and sensor data from a MEMS sensor to the surface wellbore operating equipment may be via one or more other MEMS sensors, downhole devices, and surface devices.

[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]


Acoustic telemetry with distributed acoustic sensing system
Patent No. 9823373 

Inventor(s): Neal G. Skinner (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Tumey L.L.P. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13672576 on 11/08/2012 (1839 days app to issue)

Abstract: An acoustic telemetry method for use with a subterranean well can include positioning a well tool in the well, the well tool including an acoustic transmitter and a sensor, and an acoustic receiver in the well receiving an acoustic signal transmitted by the transmitter, the acoustic signal including information representative of a measurement by the sensor. A system for use with a subterranean well can include a well tool positioned in the well, the well tool including an acoustic transmitter and a sensor, the acoustic transmitter transmits an acoustic signal including information representative of a measurement by the sensor to an acoustic receiver positioned in the well.

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


 

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Hydraulic pumping assembly, system and method
Patent No. 9822777 

Inventor(s): Ayodele Adeleye (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): i2r Solutions USA LLC (Keller, TX)
Law Firm: Corridor Law Group, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14680740 on 04/07/2015 (959 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hydraulic pumping assembly provides reciprocating motion to a sucker rod string coupled to a downhole pump. The pumping assembly includes a hydraulic cylinder, a cylinder rod, a telescoping cylinder sleeve for increasing the effective stroke length, and a cylinder base positioned below the hydraulic cylinder. The hydraulic cylinder includes a cylinder barrel, a cylinder head, a piston, and a port configured to direct hydraulic fluid to and from the cylinder barrel. The piston is coupled to the cylinder rod at an upper end of the rod. The cylinder rod slides within the cylinder sleeve, which passes slideably through the cylinder head. The cylinder sleeve moves between an extended position and a retracted position as the piston reciprocates within the cylinder barrel. The cylinder base accommodates the cylinder rod and the telescoping cylinder sleeve in a collapsed position.

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


Pet barrier fastener
Patent No. 9822807 

Inventor(s): David Link (Costa Mesa, CA), Hongkun Liang (Zhongshan, , CN)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14926601 on 10/29/2015 (754 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fastener system for use to assemble a pet barrier. The fastener system includes a body and a mountable member that is configured to attach two adjacent overlapping wire panels together to erect a pet barrier. Vertical grooves and horizontal grooves are disposed along the periphery of the interior surface of the body. The detents formed within the vertical grooves assist in retaining the vertical wire rods of the distal wire panel so that the body can hang onto the back side of the distal wire panel without the user having to hold it in place which facilitates the assembly of the pet barrier with only a single user. Thus, the fastener system allows a single user to assemble the pet barrier without the assistance of another person.

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


Valve seats for use in fracturing pumps
Patent No. 9822894 

Inventor(s): Jacob A. Bayyouk (Richardson, TX), Keith Peach (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): S.P.M. FLOW CONTROL, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14555020 on 11/26/2014 (1091 days app to issue)

Abstract: A valve seat at least partially formed of a ceramic material for use in a fracturing pump includes a first body and a second body. The first body is configured to be inserted into a fluid passageway of the fracturing pump. The first body has an outer diameter, D1. The second body extends radially from the first body and has an outer diameter, D2, greater than the outer diameter, D1, of the first body. The second body is at least partially formed of the ceramic material.

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


 

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Localized desalting systems and methods
Patent No. 9821321 

Inventor(s): Andrew Fischer (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): ABBOTT LABORATORIES (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15339023 on 10/31/2016 (386 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example apparatus, systems and methods to desalt a sample are disclosed. An example method includes introducing a sample into an apparatus, in which the apparatus includes a sensor coupled to a substrate and an electrode. The example method also includes applying, via the electrode, an electric potential to the sample to redistribute ions in the sample relative to the sensor.

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


Systems, apparatuses and methods for assessing soil heave
Patent No. 9822504 

Inventor(s): Anand Puppala (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Hirsch Westheimer, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14595189 on 01/12/2015 (1044 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of assessing soil heave includes providing a plurality of determined values of a shear modulus of soil, the determined values being values of the shear modulus of the soil at different times; and determining a change over time in the shear modulus of the soil, based on the plurality of determined values of the shear modulus of the soil. The soil may have been treated by adding a stabilizer to the soil. The soil may be hydrated. A system for assessing soil heave includes a bender element disposed in soil, for determining a change over time of a shear modulus of the soil, and a time domain reflectometer probe disposed in the soil, for determining a change over time of moisture content of the soil. The determined change over time of the shear modulus and the determined change over time of the moisture content are used to assess heaving of the soil.

[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)


Methods and apparatus for wellbore evaluation
Patent No. 9823374 

Inventor(s): Shawn Patrick McCafferty (Midlothian, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Gilliam IP PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14772028 on 04/09/2014 (1322 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wellbore tool string includes a combination of acoustic inspection tool(s) and electro-mechanical inspection tool(s). The tool string is configured to combine acoustic with electro-mechanic wellbore inspection to circumvent limitations that both technologies may be subject to in wellbore environments. Anomalous data from one or more acoustic tools can be correlated with data acquired by an electro-mechanical tool incorporated into the same tool string to determine wellbore conditions that may have adversely affected the operation of the acoustic tool(s).

[G01V] GEOPHYSICS; GRAVITATIONAL MEASUREMENTS; DETECTING MASSES OR OBJECTS; TAGS (means for indicating the location of accidentally buried, e.g. snow-buried, persons A63B 29/02) [6]


System, apparatus, and method for displaying an image with a wider field of view
Patent No. 9823474 

Inventor(s): D. Scott Dewald (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): AVEGANT CORP. (Belmont, CA)
Law Firm: HIPLegal LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14676996 on 04/02/2015 (964 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system ([b]100[/b]), apparatus ([b]110[/b]), and method ([b]900[/b]) for displaying an image ([b]880[/b]). The system ([b]100[/b]) can use an aspherical lens ([b]450[/b]) to direct light ([b]800[/b]) in the interim image ([b]850[/b]) towards the viewer ([b]96[/b]) of the final image ([b]880[/b]) displayed by the system ([b]100[/b]). Use of the aspherical lens ([b]450[/b]) expands the FOV ([b]860[/b]) accessible to the viewer ([b]96[/b]) and reduces exit pupil drift ([b]480[/b]).

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


Head mounted display content capture and sharing
Patent No. 9823477 

Inventor(s): Tian Shen (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15144112 on 05/02/2016 (568 days app to issue)

Abstract: A virtual reality goggle includes a goggle shaped body having multiple cameras mounted thereon. A display is supported by the goggle shaped body. A support extends between sides of the goggle shaped body and includes multiple cameras. Circuitry is coupled to receive video from the multiple cameras, the video comprising a composite field of view of approximately 360 degrees about the goggle, the circuitry to couple to a wireless communication device to transmit the received video to networked processing services, and to receive stitched stereoscopic three dimensional virtual reality video from the networked processing services, the circuitry further coupled to provide the received stitched stereoscopic three dimensional virtual reality video for display.

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


Patterned poly silicon structure as top electric contact to MOS-type optical modulators
Patent No. 9823499 

Inventor(s): Hongmin Chen (Davis, CA), Qianfan Xu (San Jose, CA), Xiao Shen (San Bruno, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15336489 on 10/27/2016 (390 days app to issue)

Abstract: A metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) type semiconductor device, comprising a silicon substrate, a first cathode electrode and a second cathode electrode coupled to the silicon substrate and located on distal ends of the silicon substrate, a poly-silicon (Poly-Si) gate proximally located above the silicon substrate and between the first cathode electrode and the second cathode electrode, wherein the Poly-Si gate comprises a first post extending orthogonally relative to the silicon substrate comprising a first doped silicon slab, a second post extending orthogonally relative to the silicon substrate comprising a second doped silicon slab, wherein the second post is positioned so as to create a width between the first post and the second post, an anode electrode coupled to the first post and the second post and extending laterally from the first post to the second post, and a dielectric layer disposed between the first silicon substrate and the second silicon substrate.

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


Communications system, a HVAC system employing the same and a method of manufacturing a component for the HVAC system
Patent No. 9823674 

Inventor(s): Wojciech Grohman (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14454194 on 08/07/2014 (1202 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one aspect, the disclosure provides an HVAC system. In one embodiment, the HVAC system includes: (1) an air handler configured to condition and circulate air for the HVAC system, and (2) an air handler controller for the HVAC system configured to control operation of the air handler, the air handler controller including interface circuitry having a predetermined coupling impedance and configured to couple the air handler controller to components of the HVAC system via a communications network of the HVAC system, wherein a total of the predetermined coupling impedance and an end node coupling impedance at each of the components is substantially a defined maximum loading impedance for the communications network and wherein the end node coupling impedance of one of said plurality of end nodes is determined based on said predetermined coupling impedance and end node coupling impedances of remaining ones of the plurality of end nodes.

[G05D] SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES (for continuous casting of metals B22D 11/16; valves per se F16K; sensing non-electric variables, see the relevant subclasses of G01; for regulating electric or magnetic variables G05F)


Methods and devices for recording changes in visual stimuli observed through browser-based interfaces
Patent No. 9823808 

Inventor(s): Kenneth H. Crain (Irving, TX), William K. Vanover (Crowley, TX)
Assignee(s): RATEZE REMOTE MGMT LLC (Wilmington, DE)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14537822 on 11/10/2014 (1107 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention provides methods and devices that address problems encountered when attempting to accurately reconstruct visual stimuli being displayed to a user as they interact with online-content, typically through a browser interface. In one embodiment, the invention provides for the browser to maintain a record of selected technical parameters and relevant data that may impact the manner in which online-content is being displayed to the user, taking into consideration the current context in which the browser is being operated. In another embodiment, the invention is a device for recording events as reported from a browser interface. The events are recorded in a selected format and syntax to form a primary index of events and related outcomes which comprise the users interface experience. In operation, the devices detect events as detected at the browser interface. Next, the devices identify, categorize, and filter detected events as to their relevance to the visual stimuli being presented to the user. The devices then assign a unique identifier, preferably in the form of an alphanumeric string, to each relevant event. Furthermore, the devices record selected events into a log (along with their categorization), a unique identifier, and the time in which the event occurred. Yet another embodiment are devices that record changes in parameters that may impact the visual stimuli.

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


Configuration system and method for an integrated computing system
Patent No. 9823937 

Inventor(s): Jeffery J. Hayward (Lucas, TX), Michael Barcello (Pittsboro, NC)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14825105 on 08/12/2015 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated computing system configuration system includes a computing system that executes an engine select a plurality of component specifications associated with corresponding components to be implemented in a customized integrated computing system, and for each selected component, abstract the component specification according to its functionality to create a component classification, and validate the component classification according to its interoperability with other component specifications to create a validated component. The engine may then apply one or more rules to at least one of the validated components to verify that the customized integrated computing system meets one or more architectural standards, and when at least one of the rules are not met, perform one or more remedial operations such that the at least one rule is met.

[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. 9824007 

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: 14630552 on 02/24/2015 (1001 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods and/or devices are used to enable enhancing data integrity to protect against returning old versions of data. In one aspect, the method includes (1) receiving a write request from a host that specifies write data for a set of logical block addresses in a logical address space of the host, (2) mapping the set of logical block addresses to a set of physical addresses corresponding to physical pages of the storage device, and (3) performing one or more operations for each logical block specified by the set of logical block addresses, including: (a) generating metadata for the logical block, the metadata including a version number for the logical block, (b) storing the metadata, including the version number, in a header of a physical page in which the logical block is stored, and (c) storing the version number in a version data structure.

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


Multiple data channel memory module architecture
Patent No. 9824010 

Inventor(s): Michael K. Dugan (Richardson, TX), Tony M. Brewer (Plano, TX), William D. O”Leary (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15254975 on 09/01/2016 (446 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one example of the present disclosure, a system includes a computing element configured to provide requests for memory access operations and a memory module comprising a plurality of memories, a plurality of independent data channels, each of the independent data channels coupled to one of the plurality of memories, a plurality of internal address/control channels, each of the independent address/control channels coupled to one of the plurality of memories, and control logic coupled to the plurality of internal address/control channels and configured to receive and decode address and control information for a memory access operation, the control logic further configured to selectively provide the decoded address and control information to a selected internal address/control channel for a selected independent data channel of the plurality of independent data channels based on the received address and control information for the memory access operation.

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


Systems and methods for a de-duplication cache
Patent No. 9824018 

Inventor(s): Bhavesh Mehta (Sunnyvale, CA), Michael F. Brown (Campbell, CA), Prashanth Radhakrishnan (Sunnyvale, CA), Vikram Joshi (Los Gatos, CA), Yang Luan (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14834157 on 08/24/2015 (820 days app to issue)

Abstract: A de-duplication is configured to cache data for access by a plurality of different storage clients, such as virtual machines. A virtual machine may comprise a virtual machine de-duplication module configured to identify data for admission into the de-duplication cache. Data admitted into the de-duplication cache may be accessible by two or more storage clients. Metadata pertaining to the contents of the de-duplication cache may be persisted and/or transferred with respective storage clients such that the storage clients may access the contents of the de-duplication cache after rebooting, being power cycled, and/or being transferred between hosts.

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


Apparatus, system, and method for a storage area network
Patent No. 9824027 

Inventor(s): Bert Lagerstedt (Pleasant Grove, UT), David Atkisson (Draper, UT), David Flynn (Sandy, UT), John Strasser (Syracuse, UT), Jonathan Thatcher (Liberty Lake, WA), Michael Zappe (Arvada, UT)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13939927 on 07/11/2013 (1594 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and system are disclosed for a storage area network (”SAN”). In one embodiment, a computer system includes an internal storage device and an internal storage controller. In this embodiment, the internal storage controller is configured to implement a SAN that includes at least the internal storage device and a storage device external to the computer system. In this embodiment, the internal storage controller is further configured to service a storage request received from a client that involves data stored by the internal storage device. In this embodiment, the internal storage controller is configured to communicate with the external storage device via a network.

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


System and method for finding matches between users in a networked environment
Patent No. 9824123 

Inventor(s): Amarnath Thombre (Dallas, TX), Devaraj Sundaram (Dallas, TX), Ernesto Ochandio (Dallas, TX), Helen Fisher (New York, NY), Monica Klawitter (Dallas, TX), Sydney Lam (Dallas, TX), Todd Carrico (Melissa, TX)
Assignee(s): MATCH.COM, L.L.C. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14084723 on 11/20/2013 (1462 days app to issue)

Abstract: Finding a match for an end user on an online social platform is not a trivial task. To improve match making, various methods and systems are disclosed which are configured to compute heuristics for various end users, which help to predict the likelihood that two end users would ultimately engage in some form of communication with each other. The heuristics are used in an algorithm (i.e., a statistical/predictive model) for providing a set of matches to an end user. These heuristics may be computed based on varying forms of communication which indicate different levels of engagement between end users, and/or based on some other indication of how an end user may react to another end user.

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


Method and apparatus for providing a search tool in connection with address management
Patent No. 9824163 

Inventor(s): Thinh Nguyenphu (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Nokia Technologies Oy (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13031447 on 02/21/2011 (2465 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for providing a search tool for use in connection with address book management may include receiving an indication of an address book update event associated with a contact of an address book of a user, causing performance, via a processor, of a search responsive to receipt of the indication, and enabling modification of contact information associated with the contact based on the search results. A corresponding apparatus and computer program product are also provided.

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


Conversational virtual healthcare assistant
Patent No. 9824188 

Inventor(s): Victor O”Brien Morrison (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Next IT Corporation (Spokane Valley, WA)
Law Firm: Lee Hayes, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14446153 on 07/29/2014 (1211 days app to issue)

Abstract: A conversation user interface enables patients to better understand their healthcare by integrating diagnosis, treatment, medication management, and payment, through a system that uses a virtual assistant to engage in conversation with the patient. The conversation user interface conveys a visual representation of a conversation between the virtual assistant and the patient. An identity of the patient, including preferences and medical records, is maintained throughout all interactions so that each aspect of this integrated system has access to the same information. The conversation user interface presents allows the patient to interact with the virtual assistant using natural language commands to receive information and complete task related to his or her healthcare.

[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]


Audience-based sensitive information handling for shared collaborative documents
Patent No. 9824237 

Inventor(s): Kulvir S. Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15448988 on 03/03/2017 (263 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for providing audience-based redaction of sensitive information in an electronic document may include receiving a request from a computing device to access an electronic document, retrieving the electronic document, identifying the user(s) associated with the computing device, determining an access level for each user associated with the computing device, determining the lowest access level for the user(s) associated with the computing device, generating a rendering of the electronic document for display on the computing device based on the lowest access level for the user(s) associated with the computing device, and providing the rendering of the electronic document to the computing device for display. When generating the rendering of the electronic document for display, sensitive information in the electronic document is typically redacted based on the lowest access level for the user(s) associated with the computing device.

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


Exploiting color for license plate recognition
Patent No. 9824289 

Inventor(s): Martin S. Maltz (Rochester, NY), Vladimir Kozitsky (Rochester, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Ortiz Lopez, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14960627 on 12/07/2015 (715 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for exploiting color for object recognition. A color gradient for each pixel in a gradient image of an object can be calculated. The gradient image can be binarized to produce an image having white walls around characters and other structures. A connected component analysis operation can be performed with respect to black regions in the image to determine bounding boxes for characters and other pictorial elements in the image and thereafter identify character candidates from the image utilizing character metrics. Non-character colors can then be eliminated from the image utilizing an outlier rejection.

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


High resolution free-view interpolation of planar structure
Patent No. 9824486 

Inventor(s): Chang Wen Chen (Amhurst, NY), Dongqing Zhang (Plainsboro, NJ), Hong Heather Yu (Princeton Jct, NJ), Jie Hu (Amhurst, NY)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14572524 on 12/16/2014 (1071 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system is proposed to create a generative model to interpolate any view of a planar scene given a sequence of reference views and a synthesis view that is optimized by the marginalization of photometric regulation, and geometric registration parameters. According to one aspect of the claimed subject matter, a technique is proposed to combine information from varying input camera poses. Planar homography based image super resolution in free view interpolation for planar structure is applied to the combined information. Non-redundant information is combined in such a manner that the high resolution and free view problems in traditional 2D based image-based rendering techniques are overcome.

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


Automatic calendric physical access
Patent No. 9824515 

Inventor(s): Gregory O. Harp (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Scott P. Zimmerman, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14666361 on 03/24/2015 (973 days app to issue)

Abstract: Physical access to secure areas is automatically performed based on presence or detection of a wireless device. When a wireless cellular device is detected by a network serving a secure building, a unique identifier of the wireless cellular device is obtained. The identifier of the wireless cellular device may be compared to electronic calendars. If a matching calendar entry is determined, then the wireless cellular device is calendared to meet an employee or tenant inside the building. Physical access may thus be automatically granted, based on possession of a recognized cellular device.

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


Method and system for gaming revenue
Patent No. 9824540 

Inventor(s): William Garrett Webb (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Jackpot Rising Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15495276 on 04/24/2017 (211 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system comprises integrating a contest framework into a game. The contest framework at least comprises means for communicating with a transactional server, a plurality of listeners being configured to monitor interactions during a play of the game for communication to the transactional server, and means for displaying notifications from the transactional server. The transactional server is at least configured for processing received interactions in conjunction with a progressive jackpot contest associated with the game and communicating notifications regarding the processing to the contest framework. A communicating with the transactional server at least comprises associating the game with a progressive jackpot contest and setting parameters for the progressive jackpot contest.

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


System and method for using alarm system zones for remote or mobile objects
Patent No. 9824575 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey O. Smith (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Numerex Corp. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: King Spalding LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14721472 on 05/26/2015 (910 days app to issue)

Abstract: An alarm system for monitoring a local premises and multiple remote objects is described. The system includes sensors in the local premises, an alarm panel connected to the sensors in the local premises, and remote objects having alarm systems in communication with the alarm panel. The remote objects are assigned a zone in the alarm panel to represent the remote object, such that an alarm condition at the remote object is reported as an alarm condition in the assigned zone.

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


Creating assessment model for educational assessment system
Patent No. 9824604 

Inventor(s): Dennis L Venable (Marion, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jones Robb, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13602375 on 09/04/2012 (1904 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, a system, and a computer program product for creating an assessment model are disclosed. Marked regions in an electronic document are identified. Thereafter, mark-ups within the marked regions are identified. Based on the identified marked regions and mark-ups the assessment model is created.

[G09B] EDUCATIONAL OR DEMONSTRATION APPLIANCES; APPLIANCES FOR TEACHING, OR COMMUNICATING WITH, THE BLIND, DEAF OR MUTE; MODELS; PLANETARIA; GLOBES; MAPS; DIAGRAMS


Control head with electroluminescent panel in land mobile radio
Patent No. 9824635 

Inventor(s): Dulie Reavill (Crowley, TX), Troy Frandsen (Denton, TX), William Earl Dunnigan (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): E.F. Johnson Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14989664 on 01/06/2016 (685 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary land mobile radio control head and method are provided. In one embodiment, the control head has the capability to utilize halo light of the control head to implement a multi-function indicator that communicates a state of the land mobile radio. In another embodiment, the control head has the capability to provide buffer images constructed from data received from the land mobile radio into a video stream for rendering on an electroluminescent display. In another embodiment, the control head provides the capability for a user to modify a configuration stored on the land mobile radio that defines one of several display modes to be utilized in generating data for use in forming images to be rendered on an electroluminescent display.

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


Systems and methods of generating shaped random bits
Patent No. 9824760 

Inventor(s): David Rozman (Kiryat-Malakhi, , IL), Eran Sharon (Rishon Lezion, , IL), Ishai Ilani (Dolev, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14812464 on 07/29/2015 (846 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a non-volatile memory and a controller coupled to the non-volatile memory. The controller is configured to initiate writing of first data to a first portion of a group of storage elements of the non-volatile memory. The controller is further configured to initiate writing of shaped dummy data to a second portion of the group of storage elements.

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


Virtual critical path (VCP) system and associated methods
Patent No. 9825638 

Inventor(s): Leonid Minz (Beer Sheva, , IL), Michael Tomashev (Ashdod, , IL), Suzanna Zilberman (Beer Sheva, , IL), Yair Baram (Meitar, , IL), Yan Dumchin (Beer Sheva, , IL), Yevgeny Kaplan (Beer Sheva, , IL)
Assignee(s): Sandisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14198374 on 03/05/2014 (1357 days app to issue)

Abstract: A virtual critical path (VCP) circuit is defined separate from an actual critical path circuit. The VCP operates in accordance with a special clock signal. The actual critical path circuit operates in accordance with a system clock signal. The VCP circuit has a signal timing characteristic substantially equal to that of the actual critical path circuit. The VCP circuit includes computational circuitry defined to compute an output value based on an input value, and comparison circuitry defined to compare the output value with an expected result value. A match between the output value computed by the VCP circuit and the expected result value indicates that a frequency of the special clock signal is acceptable. The VCP circuit is used to determine a maximum acceptable frequency of the special clock signal. A frequency of the system clock signal is then set to the maximum acceptable frequency of the special clock signal.

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


Systems for automated forensic data capture
Patent No. 9825763 

Inventor(s): Manu J. Kurian (Dallas, TX), Sorin N. Cismas (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14942564 on 11/16/2015 (736 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems for the automated capture of forensic data information are presented. An example system may receive an access/modification request directed to a data item(s), generate an initial data capture record for the data item(s), and send the record to an isolated, secure data preservation module before granting the request. After the access/modification, the system may generate a post-access data capture record and send it to the preservation module. The system may determine the content of the generated records, based on, e.g., content of the data item(s), before generation. For example, the system may determine a first content type for records where data item(s) include critical data, and a second content type for records that do not, to, e.g., efficiently allocate system resources while minimizing any disruption to an accessing user. The system may also utilize different encryption and decryption key techniques based on, e.g., the content of the data item(s).

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


Creating and using service control functions
Patent No. 9825813 

Inventor(s): Paul Edward Smith, Jr. (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14529465 on 10/31/2014 (1117 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for creating and using service control functions. The service control functions can detect a message via an adapter function. The message can relate to a service controlled by the service control functions. Service policies can be accessed. The service policies can include message handling policies and can be accessed to determine if a policy relating to the message exists. If a determination is made that the policy exists, the message and the policy can be analyzed to determine an action to take with respect to the message, and the action can be initiated.

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


System and method for virtual parallel resource management
Patent No. 9825876 

Inventor(s): Rajaraman Krishnan (Chennai, , IN), Satish Gundabathula (Irving, TX), Sivakumar Chaturvedi (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Damaka, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15166375 on 05/27/2016 (543 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved system and method are disclosed for providing virtual parallel access to a shared resource. In one example, the method includes receiving a request from a device to take control of the shared resource. After determining that another device is currently in control of the shared resource, a timer is started. Control of the shared resource will automatically pass from the device currently in control to the requesting device when the timer expires. Input received from the device currently in control is executed. Input received from the device that has requested control is buffered and executed once control is transferred.

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


Systems and methods for securing data using multi-factor or keyed dispersal
Patent No. 9825927 

Inventor(s): Rick L. Orsini (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Security First Corp. (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)
Law Firm: Haley Guiliano LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14750562 on 06/25/2015 (880 days app to issue)

Abstract: A secure data parser is provided that may be integrated into any suitable system for securely storing and communicating data. The secure data parser parses data and then splits the data into multiple portions that are stored or communicated distinctly. Encryption of the original data, the portions of data, or both may be employed for additional security. The secure data parser may be used to protect data in motion by splitting original data into portions of data, that may be communicated using multiple communications paths. A keyed information dispersal algorithm (keyed IDA) may also be used. The key for the keyed IDA may additionally be protected by an external workgroup key, resulting in a multi-factor secret sharing scheme.

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


System for tracking and validation of an entity in a process data network
Patent No. 9825931 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15050084 on 02/22/2016 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a system, method, or computer program product for generating and using a block chain distributed network for tracking and validating a user identification morphing over time. The block chain database comprises a distributed ledger that is updated with real-time identification information including an initial identification of the user. Subsequent identifications are stored and changes or morphs in identification, such as signatures, physical attributes, or locations of the user are identified. User facts are correlated with the identifications to build a timeline for the user. Subsequently, the system generates authentication questions based off of the timeline generated. The authentication questions allow for authentication of a user into a third party system.

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


 

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Selective magnetic positioning tool
Patent No. 9822611 

Inventor(s): Christopher R Delzell (Plano, TX), William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14367141 on 07/31/2013 (1574 days app to issue)

Abstract: An actuation device comprises a housing, and a plurality of permanent magnets disposed about the housing. The plurality of permanent magnets is configured to selectively transition between a first position and a second position. The plurality of permanent magnets is configured to provide a stronger magnetic field strength outside the housing than inside the housing in the first position, and wherein the plurality of permanent magnets is configured to provide a stronger magnetic field strength inside the housing than outside the housing in the second.

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


Three-dimensional memory device containing a lateral source contact and method of making the same
Patent No. 9824966 

Inventor(s): James Kai (Santa Clara, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Rahul Sharangpani (Fremont, CA), Senaka Kanakamedala (Milpitas, CA), Yanli Zhang (San Jose, CA), Yao-Sheng Lee (Tampa, FL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15235864 on 08/12/2016 (466 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sacrificial film and an alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers are sequentially formed over a substrate. A memory stack structure including a memory film and a vertical semiconductor channel is formed through the alternating stack and the sacrificial film on the substrate. A source level cavity is formed by introducing an etchant or a reactant through a backside trench and removing the sacrificial film. After removal of an annular portion of the memory film, a portion of the vertical semiconductor channel is converted into an annular source region by introducing electrical dopants into the channel. A source contact layer is formed in the source level cavity and directly on the annular source region. The sacrificial material layers are replaced with electrically conductive layers. The annular source region and the source contact layer can provide low source contact resistance in a three-dimensional NAND memory device.

[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]


Process for word line connections in 3D memory
Patent No. 9825048 

Inventor(s): Raul Adrian Cernea (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14825433 on 08/13/2015 (831 days app to issue)

Abstract: A 3D memory has multiple memory layers stacked on top of a substrate. Word lines in different memory layers are connected respectively to different columns of contact pads in the substrate directly under the multiple memory layers. The connection is accomplished by creating vertical shifts above each contact pad and creating a vertical word line VIA connecting to the contact pad. For a given memory layer and its column of vertical word line VIAs, an auxiliary vertical shaft down to the memory layer is formed between each vertical word line VIA and an adjacent word line. The auxiliary vertical shaft is contiguous with the vertical shift allowing access to the vertical word line VIA. The auxiliary vertical shaft also enables excavating a lateral space between the word line and the vertical word line VIA. Filling the space with a conductive material completes a conductive path from the word line to the contact pad.

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


Three dimensional NAND device containing fluorine doped layer and method of making thereof
Patent No. 9825051 

Inventor(s): Jayavel Pachamuthu (San Jose, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, 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: 14521050 on 10/22/2014 (1126 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of making a monolithic three dimensional NAND string comprising forming a stack of alternating layers of a first material and a second material different from the first material over a substrate, forming an at least one front side opening in the stack and forming at least a portion of a memory film in the at least one front side opening. The method also includes forming a semiconductor channel in the at least one front side opening and doping at least one of the memory film and the semiconductor channel with fluorine in-situ during deposition or by annealing in a fluorine containing atmosphere.

[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]


FinFETs suitable for use in a high density SRAM cell
Patent No. 9825055 

Inventor(s): John H. Zhang (Altamont, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14802996 on 07/17/2015 (858 days app to issue)

Abstract: Single gate and dual gate FinFET devices suitable for use in an SRAM memory array have respective fins, source regions, and drain regions that are formed from portions of a single, contiguous layer on the semiconductor substrate, so that STI is unnecessary. Pairs of FinFETs can be configured as dependent-gate devices wherein adjacent channels are controlled by a common gate, or as independent-gate devices wherein one channel is controlled by two gates. Metal interconnects coupling a plurality of the FinFET devices are made of a same material as the gate electrodes. Such structural and material commonalities help to reduce costs of manufacturing high-density memory arrays.

[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]


Dual-mode photosensitive pixel with gain stage
Patent No. 9825189 

Inventor(s): Joshua Lund (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (Princeton, NJ)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14684021 on 04/10/2015 (956 days app to issue)

Abstract: A photosensitive pixel with gain stage is disclosed. The photosensitive pixel with gain stage may receive an input light stimulus and output a corresponding output voltage in response to the input light stimulus. The output voltage may correspond linearly to the magnitude of the input light stimulus over a linear operating region and logarithmically to the magnitude of the input light stimulus over a logarithmic operating region. In this manner, the photosensitive pixel with gain stage may be both sensitive to input light stimuli over the linear operating region and may exhibit dynamic range enabling non-saturated response to input light stimuli over the logarithmic operating region.

[H01J] ELECTRIC DISCHARGE TUBES OR DISCHARGE LAMPS (spark-gaps H01T; arc lamps with consumable electrodes H05B; particle accelerators H05H)


Vibration optimizing intelligent phase locked loop
Patent No. 9825639 

Inventor(s): Matthew J. Koeth (Plano, TX), Michael R. Patrizi (Allen, TX), Nathan R. Francis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Daly, Crowley, Mofford Durkee, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15058438 on 03/02/2016 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is directed towards systems and method for actively tuning a phase locked loop based on vibration excitation levels experienced by the phase locked loop. A bandwidth of the phase locked loop can be actively increased or decreased based upon a detected vibration level. In an embodiment, the phase locked loop includes a controllable oscillator, an output module, a filter module and a detector. The filter module can be configured to receive a bandwidth control signal to modify a bandwidth of the phase locked loop based on a vibration signal. In an embodiment, the vibration signal corresponds to a vibration level experienced by the phased locked loop. The detector can be configured to receive a PLL output signal from the output module and to receive a PLL input signal.

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


High speed comparator with digitally calibrated threshold
Patent No. 9825642 

Inventor(s): Balaji Narendran Chellappa (Dallas, TX), Paul Aymeric Fontaine (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NVIDIA Corporation (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Artegis Law Group, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15237565 on 08/15/2016 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: A subsystem configured to implement an analog to digital converter that includes a high speed comparator with an embedded reference voltage level that functions as a calibrated threshold. A calibration element applies power to a reference voltage system. The calibration element then selects a differential analog voltage and applies the differential analog voltage to the inputs of the comparator. A digitally coded signal then configures an array of switches that connect complements of integrated resistors to each input of the comparator so that the switching point of the comparator occurs coincident with the applied differential analog reference voltage, nulling out the effect of the applied differential analog voltage and comparator errors. The calibration element then removes power from the reference voltage system. As a result, the comparator is configured with an embedded threshold that equals the differential analog reference voltage.

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


System and method for coherent detection with digital signal procession
Patent No. 9825707 

Inventor(s): Hung-Chang Chien (Rockaway, NJ), Jianjun Yu (Basking Ridge, NJ), Jianqiang Li (Morristown, NJ), Zhensheng Jia (Morganville, NJ)
Assignee(s): ZTE (USA) Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Drinker Biddle Reath LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14377685 on 02/08/2013 (1747 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the present invention include apparatus and methods for transmitting and receiving signals in communication systems. A multicarrier generator generates a multicarrier signal. An optical demultiplexer separates the multicarrier signal into separate multicarrier signals. At least one QPSK modulator modulates signals from the separate multicarrier signals. An optical multiplexer combines the QPSK modulated signals into a multiplexed signal. The multiplexed signal is then transmitted.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Interference management in a wireless network
Patent No. 9825741 

Inventor(s): Yi Song (Plano, TX), Yi Yu (Irving, TX), Zhijun Cai (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13360399 on 01/27/2012 (2125 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for interference management at a network element within a wireless telecommunications network, and the network element and user equipment, the method coordinating transmission of cell specific resource elements with at least one other network element; and transmitting the cell specific resource element to a user equipment concurrent to a resource element transmission from the at least one other network element. Also a method for interference avoidance at a network element operating within a wireless telecommunications network, and the user equipment and network element, the method receiving interference information from a user equipment; providing the interference information to at least one interfering network element; and precoding transmissions to the use equipment for interference cancellation.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Using an SDN controller for contemporaneous measurement of physical and virtualized environments
Patent No. 9825832 

Inventor(s): Venkata Siva N. Amulothu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts, LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15225461 on 08/01/2016 (477 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and associated systems for using a software-defined network (SDN) controller to automatically test cloud performance. A bandwidth measuring and optimizing system associated with the SDN controller detects a triggering condition and, in response, directs a network-management tool to measure a bandwidth of a segment of a physical infrastructure of a network and directs the SDN controller to provision a virtual machine that then measures a bandwidth of a corresponding segment of virtual infrastructure that is overlaid upon the physical segment. In some embodiments, these two tests are synchronized so as to concurrently measure physical and virtual bandwidths while the same test data passes through the virtual infrastructure segment. The measured bandwidth of the virtual segment is then compared to the measured bandwidth of the physical segment in order to determine an efficiency of the virtual network.

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


Using an SDN controller for synchronized performance measurement of virtualized environments
Patent No. 9825833 

Inventor(s): Venkata Siva N. Amulothu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts, LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15225897 on 08/02/2016 (476 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and associated systems for using a software-defined network (SDN) controller to automatically test cloud performance. A bandwidth measuring and optimizing system associated with the SDN controller detects a triggering condition and, in response, directs a network-management tool to measure a bandwidth of a segment of a physical infrastructure of a network and directs the SDN controller to provision a virtual machine that then measures a bandwidth of a corresponding segment of virtual infrastructure that is overlaid upon the physical segment. In some embodiments, these two tests are synchronized so as to concurrently measure physical and virtual bandwidths while the same test data passes through the virtual infrastructure segment. The measured bandwidth of the virtual segment is then compared to the measured bandwidth of the physical segment in order to determine an efficiency of the virtual network.

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


Network topology of hierarchical ring with recursive shortcuts
Patent No. 9825844 

Inventor(s): Iulin Lih (San Jose, CA), William Lynch (Los Altos, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15365460 on 11/30/2016 (356 days app to issue)

Abstract: An interconnection system comprising a plurality of nodes, each comprising at least two ports, and a plurality of links configured to interconnect ports among the nodes to form a hierarchical multi-level ring topology, wherein the ring topology comprises a plurality of levels of rings including a base ring and at least two hierarchical shortcut rings, and wherein each node connected to a higher-level shortcut ring is also connected to all lower-level rings including the base ring.

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


Service function chaining in a packet network
Patent No. 9825856 

Inventor(s): Linda Dunbar (Plano, TX), Lucy Yong (Georgetown, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14584932 on 12/29/2014 (1058 days app to issue)

Abstract: Service function chaining is a sequence of service function instances that traffic flows need to traverse through in order. Those service function instances are not required to reside on the direct path and traffic flow, but steered through network nodes. Service function instances and network nodes process the packets that carry a service function chain (SFC) header. The packets are encapsulated by a virtual network overlay header and forwarded through the service function instances in an SFC. The SFC header in specific format will prompt the network nodes to re-route the packets in the traffic flow using destination based forwarding or path based forwarding method in the packet network as well as an SDN controller and/or in-band control plane, and able to carry the metadata with the packets.

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


Flow-driven forwarding architecture for information centric networks
Patent No. 9825860 

Inventor(s): Aytac Azgin (Santa Clara, CA), Guo-Qiang Wang (Santa Clara, CA), Ravishankar Ravindran (San Ramon, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14724472 on 05/28/2015 (908 days app to issue)

Abstract: A flow-driven forwarding strategy includes receiving an Interest packet, where the interest packet includes a flow state indicator. The content associated with the Interest packet is checked to determine whether that content is locally stored. Another check is performed to determine whether any previously received Interest packet has requested the content. In response to the content not being locally stored and no related Interest packet has been previously received, the flow state indicator is checked in the Interest packet. In response to the flow state indicator indicating that the Interest packet is associated with an active flow, forwarding information is extracted from a flow state table if a hop count has a value of zero or from the Interest packet if the hop count has a value greater than zero. The Interest packet is then forwarded to a next hop in accordance with the forwarding information.

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


Packet header field extraction
Patent No. 9825862 

Inventor(s): Patrick Bosshart (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BAREFOOT NETWORKS, INC. (Palo Alto, CA)
Law Firm: Adeli LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14836850 on 08/26/2015 (818 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for processing a packet for a pipeline of a hardware switch. The pipeline, in some embodiments, includes several different stages that match against packet header fields and modify packet header fields. The method receives a packet that includes a set of packet headers. The method then populates, for each packet header in the set of packet headers, (i) a first set of registers with packet header field values of the packet header that are used in the pipeline, and (ii) a second set of registers with packet header field values of the packet header that are not used in the pipeline.

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


Supporting software defined networking with application layer traffic optimization
Patent No. 9825867 

Inventor(s): Haiyong Xie (Union City, CA), Hongtao Yin (Fremont, CA), Ting Zou (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15134495 on 04/21/2016 (579 days app to issue)

Abstract: An Application Layer Traffic Optimization (ALTO) node comprising a processor configured to import a first set of network information from one or more software defined networking (SDN) nodes, aggregate the network information received from the SDN nodes, calculate a plurality of traffic optimization decisions based on the aggregated network information, and forward the traffic optimization decisions to the SDN nodes. Also disclosed is a method for optimizing traffic using a SDN node and an Application Layer Traffic Optimization (ALTO) node, the method comprising receiving a request for network resources from a node, obtaining a plurality of traffic optimization information from the ALTO node, negotiating one or more paths with a second SDN node using the traffic optimization information received from the ALTO node, constructing the paths, and sending a response to the node that indicates the node may forward packets via one of the paths.

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


Secure radio information transfer over mobile radio bearer
Patent No. 9825923 

Inventor(s): Swaminathan Arunachalam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Harrington Smith (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14783621 on 04/12/2013 (1684 days app to issue)

Abstract: Providing secure radio information transfer over a mobile radio bearer by generating one or more secret keys, applying symmetric encryption to unencrypted radio information to generate encrypted radio information, applying a keyed hash operation to the unencrypted radio information using the generated one or more secret keys to generate a message digest, and transmitting both the encrypted radio information and the message digest over a network.

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


Gateway facilitating document transactions and related methods
Patent No. 9825935 

Inventor(s): Anirban Mondal (Bangalore, , IN), Atul Singh (Bangalore, , IN), Deepthi Chander (Cochin, , IN), Koustuv Dasgupta (Bangalore, , IN), Kovendhan Ponnavaikko (Chennai, , IN), Mark Johnston (Silverton, OR), Nischal Murthy Piratla (Fremo
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jones Robb, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14175025 on 02/07/2014 (1383 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure disclose gateway facilitating document transactions and related methods. Specifically, the disclosure discloses a gateway facilitating document transactions within a third party workflow. The gateway includes a front-end module and a controller. The front-end module is configured for providing one or more interfaces to a user to perform a document transaction, the one or more interfaces being configured for allowing the user to login into a document banking account of the user; displaying one or more documents available in the document banking account of the user; and allowing the user to select one or more documents for the transaction. The controller, interacting with the front-end module, and being configured for authenticating the third party, and the user for the document transaction; and based on the authentication, transferring the one or more documents selected by the user from the document banking account of the user to a document banking account of the third party.

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


Encapsulating commands within a control wrapper for multiple level review
Patent No. 9825963 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX), Sorin N. Cismas (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14816236 on 08/03/2015 (841 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for reviewing inputted commands and preventing the execution of accidentally or maliciously entered adverse commands are disclosed. These commands may be operating system commands, resource commands, device commands, application commands, and so on. Some aspects of the disclosure provide ways to approve commands prior to their execution, or validate commands subsequent to their execution. In some aspects, execution of the command may be undone or reversed if the command is not successfully validated. Commands may be encapsulated in a control wrapper to identify commands subject to pre-execution approval process and/or the post-execution validation, and criteria regarding the commands or the user entering the commands may be used to determine whether pre-execution approval and/or post-execution validation is required. Indications of approval or denial of a command may be transmitted to other computing devices to reduce or eliminate malicious or accidental activity.

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


Configuring a switch for extracting packet header fields
Patent No. 9826071 

Inventor(s): Patrick Bosshart (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BAREFOOT NETWORKS, INC. (Palo Alto, CA)
Law Firm: Adeli LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14836855 on 08/26/2015 (818 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for generating configuration data for configuring a hardware switch is described. The method receives a description of functionality for the hardware switch. Based on the description, the method generates sets of match and action entries to configure the hardware switch to process packets. The method then determines, for each packet header field in a parse graph that specifies instructions for a parser of the switch to extract packet header fields from packets, whether the packet header field is used or modified by at least one match or action entry. The method generates for the parser of the hardware switch configuration data that instructs the parser to extract (i) packet header fields used or modified by at least one match or action entry to a first set of registers and (ii) packet header fields not used by any match or action entries to a second set of registers.

[H04Q] SELECTING (switches, relays, selectors H01H; wireless communication networks H04W) [2009.01]


Decoding method and apparatuses with candidate motion vectors
Patent No. 9826249 

Inventor(s): Hisao Sasai (Osaka, , JP), Kyoko Tanikawa (Osaka, , JP), Takahiro Nishi (Nara, , JP), Toru Matsunobu (Osaka, , JP), Toshiyasu Sugio (Osaka, , JP), Youji Shibahara (Tokyo, , JP)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15140962 on 04/28/2016 (572 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments for deriving a motion vector for a current block of a picture are provided. One or more first type of candidates is derived for the motion vector of the current block, with each of the one or more first type of candidates being derived from a motion vector of a first block. A second type of candidate is derived for the motion vector of the current block when a total number of the one or more first type of candidates is less than a threshold value, with the second type of candidate being different from the one or more first type of candidates. The motion vector of the current block is selected, from among the one or more first type of candidates and the second type of candidate, for decoding the current block.

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


Apparatus and method for managing a presentation of media content
Patent No. 9826269 

Inventor(s): Anup D Karnalkar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15298294 on 10/20/2016 (397 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to detect a media device operating externally to the communication device actively engaged in presenting media content, detect an incoming communication session initiated by another communication device, present a notice identifying the media device and the media content being presented by the media device, detect a directive to modify an operation of the media device to mitigate interrupting a communication session with the other communication device, and instruct the media device to modify its operation according to the directive. Other embodiments are disclosed.

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


Device handshake/discovery for inter-device communication in wireless communication systems
Patent No. 9826381 

Inventor(s): Yi Song (Irving, TX), Zhijun Cai (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13622137 on 09/18/2012 (1890 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses for inter-device communication in wireless communication systems are provided. A user equipment (UE) may initiate a direct inter-device communication link between UEs located in proximity. The UEs participating in the inter-device communications may perform a device handshake procedure or a device discovery procedure to set up appropriate transmission parameters for the communication over the inter-device communication link. A device-to-device radio network temporary identification (DD-RNTI) may be used for the inter-device communication link. Long term evolution (LTE) downlink or uplink radio resources may be used for communications over the inter-device communication link.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for transferring wireless network access passwords
Patent No. 9826397 

Inventor(s): James Goss (Grapevine, TX), John Baker (Southlake, TX), Prasanna J. Satarasinghe (McKinney, TX), Vladimir Alperovich (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): INTEL CORPORATION (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14509312 on 10/08/2014 (1140 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides an access node for transferring and/or assigning network passwords. The access node includes a first interface for sending and receiving communication of a first type to and from a first node operating in a wireless local area network (WLAN). The access node also includes a second interface for sending and receiving communication of a second type to and from a second node in a mobile network, such as a GSM/GPRS network. The access node further includes a short messaging service (SMS) module for sending and receiving. SMS messages to the second node carrying an OTP allocated. The access node also includes a mechanism to verify a precondition before the OTP is sent to the second node.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Cellular backhaul coverage algorithms
Patent No. 9826414 

Inventor(s): Michael D. Taylor (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): T-Mobile USA, Inc. (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Lee Hayes, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14982581 on 12/29/2015 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for designing cellular backhaul networks are disclosed. The system can include an Adaptive Graph Minimum Spanning Tree (AG-MST) algorithm to identify and connect stranded cellular sites at minimum cost. The system can compare pending bids for new connections such as, for example, new microwave or fiber optic links at stranded sites to provide new connectivity. The system can design a network that connects the maximum number of stranded sites at the minimum average cost per site.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Channel bandwidth indication and TXOP protection
Patent No. 9826434 

Inventor(s): George A. Vlantis (Sunnyvale, CA), Liwen Chu (San Ramon, CA)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13710321 on 12/10/2012 (1807 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for the operation of wireless communication networks, in which communication channels can have possibly overlapping bandwidths of different sizes, including sensor networks operating by the IEEE 802.11ah standard. A first method of signaling to negotiate the channel bandwidth conveys the needed information in the SIG field of the PPDUs of duplicate RTS/CTS frames, and uses the SIG field of PPDUs of duplicated data, control and management frames to perform transmit opportunity protection. A second method of signaling to negotiate the channel bandwidth conveys the needed information in the scrambling sequence field of PPDUs of duplicate RTS, and uses the scrambling sequence field of PPDUs of duplicated data, control and management frames to perform transmit opportunity protection.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Facilitation of mobility management across various radio technologies
Patent No. 9826436 

Inventor(s): Paul Edward Smith, Jr. (Rockwall, 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: 14500518 on 09/29/2014 (1149 days app to issue)

Abstract: A more efficient network can be achieved using software-defined networking to configure routing tables to route data traffic to and from proper cells. User equipment address data and network device internet protocol address data can be utilized to define locators specific to a user equipment device in relation to various network devices. For instance, broadcasted network address data representative of a mobile device identifier address can be received by a first network device from the mobile device, wherein the mobile device identifier address comprises network address data related to an internet protocol address of a second network device, the first network device can determine a third network device capable of a communication with the mobile device, and the communication with the mobile device can be routed by the first network device to the third network device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for providing extending femtocell coverage
Patent No. 9826457 

Inventor(s): Christopher Martin Edward Osborn (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network, LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14982686 on 12/29/2015 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: Femtocell coverage can be extended across a coverage area by providing a cluster of femtocell access points (FAPs). Each FAP is independently registered with a core network and provisioned with a location area code common to each FAP. At hand-in from the macrocell network, an association is made between the mobile station and the hand-in FAP, which becomes an anchor FAP for the duration of the mobile station”s presence within the cluster. Calls between the mobile station and the core network are routed via a servicing FAP of the cluster and the anchor FAP.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for user-specific quality of service scheduling in wireless systems
Patent No. 9826541 

Inventor(s): Zygmunt J. Haas (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)
Law Firm: Smith Hopen, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14755841 on 06/30/2015 (875 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a novel rate adaptation algorithm and QoS-aware MAC scheduling system and method that either maximizes user satisfaction or maximizes spectrum utilization while maintaining user satisfaction by trading off the spectral resource allocations of connections for the application-level QoS based on the user-specific requirements. An adaptive scheduler is presented that incorporates user specific QoS requirements in the spectral allocation of resources.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


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Snack food product
Patent No. D802880 

Inventor(s): John Mampra Mathew (Plano, TX), Joshua S. Rivner (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Frito-Law North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29571217 on 07/15/2016 (494 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Turtle container
Patent No. D803063 

Inventor(s): Maciej Matuszczak (Woodstock, GA)
Assignee(s): Palmer Surf LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Bates Bates, LLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29570659 on 07/11/2016 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Wrist band
Patent No. D803079 

Inventor(s): Adam Mack (Menlo Park, CA), Diana Chang (San Francisco, CA), James Toggweiler (San Francisco, CA), Kyle Hartelt (San Francisco, CA), Ryan Geraghty (San Francisco, CA), Tim Chang (San Jose, CA), Timothy Golnik (San Francis
Assignee(s): Fossil Group, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Cooley LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29541090 on 09/30/2015 (783 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Medical face mask
Patent No. D803391 

Inventor(s): George D. Reese (North Richland Hills, TX), Michael L. Bowen (North Richland Hills, TX), Rex D. Reese (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): Prestige Ameritech, Ltd. (North Richland Hills, TX)
Law Firm: BKDowd Law, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29570343 on 07/07/2016 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Harp wrist plate design
Patent No. D803402 

Inventor(s): Dan A. Zlotolow (Wyndmoor, PA), Jonathan Tueting (Madison, WI), Joseph Pepin (Sachse, TX), Luan Kadiasi (Garland, TX), Nicholas Monks (Frisco, TX), Philip Roos (Plano, TX), Raymond B. Raven, III (Pasadena, CA)
Assignee(s): OsteoMed LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29580105 on 10/05/2016 (412 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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