Dallas Invents: 99 Patents Granted for Week of Jan. 25

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 10 for patent activity out of 250 metros.

Patents granted include:
Accenture's virtual objects in 3D environments
American Security Products' physical article exchange using a smart safe
Arm Ltd.'s tracking events of interest to mitigate attacks
Bank of America's interbot communication
BNSF's railroad virtual track block system
Capital One's payment card with removable insert and identification elements
Intellective AI's anomalous stationary object detection and reporting
Reliant Immune Diagnostics' code trigger telemedicine session
Siemens Healthcare's next-gen MRI spine evaluation
Textron Innovations' stowable wing aircraft with dual, fuselage-mounted engines

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of January 25, 2022 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES  5
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING     10
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY       3
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS           3
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING  4
G: PHYSICS        35
H: ELECTRICITY   33
DESIGN: 6


TOP ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas)     14
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR)          6
Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)          5
Capital One Services LLC (McLean, VA)      4
BNSF Railway Company (Fort Worth)        3
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano)         3
Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano)     3
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano)          3

UNASSIGNED     4


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Micah Price (Plano)        4
Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney)        3
Hongbo Si (Plano)           3
Qiaochu Tang (The Colony)          3
Jason Hoover (Grapevine)           2
Kurt A. Schroder (Coupland)        2
Lee D. Whetsel (Parker)  2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Clamshell induction cooking system
Patent No. 11229314 

Inventor(s): James K. Pool (Frisco, TX), Reinhard Metz (Wheaton, IL), Warren S. Graber (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): COOK TEK INDUCTION SYSTEMS, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15631311 on 06/23/2017 (1677 days app to issue)

Abstract: An induction cooking system including a first shell including a first housing, a first plate coupled to the first housing, and a first induction coil within the first housing. The induction cooking system also includes a second shell coupled to the first shell, the second shell including a second housing, a second plate coupled to the second housing, and a second induction coil within the second housing. The induction cooking system further includes a first temperature sensor for sensing a first plate temperature, a second temperature sensor for sensing a second plate temperature, and a controller. The controller is configured to receive the first plate temperature, receive the second plate temperature, adjust a first current supply to the first induction coil based on the first plate temperature, and adjust a second current supply to the second induction coil based on the second plate temperature.

[A47J] KITCHEN EQUIPMENT; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; APPARATUS FOR MAKING BEVERAGES [6]


System and method for next-generation MRI spine evaluation
Patent No. 11229377 

Inventor(s): David Liu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Siemens Healthcare GmbH (Erlangen, , DE)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16509981 on 07/12/2019 (928 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of visualizing spinal nerves includes receiving a 3D image volume depicting a spinal cord and a plurality of spinal nerves. For each spinal nerve, a 2D spinal nerve image is generated by defining a surface within the 3D volume comprising the spinal nerve. The surface is curved such that it passes through the spinal cord while encompassing the spinal nerve. Then, the 2D spinal nerve images are generated based on voxels on the surface included in the 3D volume. A visualization of the 2D spinal images is presented in a graphical user interface that allows each 2D spinal image to be viewed simultaneously.

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


Apparatus, system and method for manipulating a surgical catheter and working device with a single hand
Patent No. 11229782 

Inventor(s): Ford Albritton, IV (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Bell Nunnally Martin LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16568640 on 09/12/2019 (866 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that include a guide catheter apparatus insertable through a external body passage of a subject. The guide catheter apparatus includes a substantially rigid shaft and a handle. The shaft has a proximal opening, a distal opening, and a lumen extending between the proximal opening and the distal opening. The handle has a structure to allow a position of the guide catheter to be controlled by some or all of three fingers of one hand of an operator of the handle. The structure of the handle is adapted to permit the operator to position a thumb and index finger of the hand to manipulate a working device inserted into the lumen of the guide catheter, where the working device is manipulable via a portion of the working device immediately adjacent to the handle.

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


Inhibition of LET7I as a means to enhance the protective effect of progesterone against stroke
Patent No. 11230711 

Inventor(s): Chang Su (Lucas, TX), Meharvan Singh (Benbrook, TX), Trinh Nguyen (Humble, TX)
Assignee(s): UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Saliwanchik, Lloyd Eisenschenk (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16639139 on 08/13/2018 (1261 days app to issue)

Abstract: The subject invention provides methods of treating neurological disease or disorder, such as brain injuries, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), or other ischemic events that cause brain injury by inhibiting or down-regulating Let-7i activity or function. The disclosed methods may have the potential to extend the ”window of opportunity” for treatment of such injuries and enhance the effectiveness of existing therapeutics.

[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)


Glove with optimized safety markings
Patent No. 11229249 

Inventor(s): Eric Matthew Jaeger (Southlake, TX), Philip Shawn Norfolk (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): BRIGHTON-BEST INTERNATIONAL, INC. (Long Beach, CA)
Law Firm: Mauriel Kapouytian Woods LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15762914 on 09/23/2016 (1950 days app to issue)

Abstract: A glove with optimized safety markings designed to improve worker safety in hazardous environments by increasing the visibility of the glove in the work environment and more easily distinguishing between the front and back of the glove. A preferred embodiment has fluorescent yellow hazard stripes, fluorescent yellow triangular safety icon and black negative space within the safety icon, all on protective members. The protective members, black in color except for the fluorescent yellow portions, are attached to the glove back.
[A41D] OUTERWEAR; PROTECTIVE GARMENTS; ACCESSORIES (eye or ear protectors A61F 9/00, A61F 11/00; sweating suits A61H 36/00)


 

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

Scrubbing fluid and methods for using same
Patent No. 11229875 

Inventor(s): Brett Christopher Roberts (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): INEOS AMERICAS, LLC (Mobile, AL)
Law Firm: Roy Kiesel Ford Doody North, APLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17033044 on 09/25/2020 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: A scrubbing solution for removing contaminants, including particularly hydrogen sulfide, from a fluid. The scrubbing solution includes at least one scrubbing reagent which has a primary or secondary amine and an acid, which may be phosphoric acid. The fluid being scrubbed is passed through the scrubbing solution. The contaminants react with the scrubbing reagent securing them in the scrubbing solution. The fluid being scrubbed and the scrubbing solution are then separated. The scrubbing solution is heated and, if the scrubbing solution is under pressure, the pressure is reduced. The acid facilitates thorough removal of the contaminants, and especially the hydrogen sulfide, from the scrubbing solution. The scrubbing solution is then ready for reuse. Because the scrubbing solution is rendered substantially free of hydrogen sulfides, it can absorb other sulfide contaminants that might not otherwise be absorbed.

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


Chain reconditioning devices and methods
Patent No. 11229985 

Inventor(s): Larry Sewell (Moreno Valley, CA)
Assignee(s): DFA Dairy Brands IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Faegre Drinker Biddle Reath LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16391008 on 04/22/2019 (1009 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device is adapted to be coupled to a conveyor system and recondition at least one chain of the conveyor system. The device includes a base and at least one attachment element coupled to the base. The attachment element is adapted to detachably couple the device to the conveyor system. At least one reconditioning element is coupled to the base, and the reconditioning element is adapted to engage and recondition the chain as the chain moves relative to the reconditioning element. At least one biasing element is coupled to the reconditioning element, and the biasing element urges the reconditioning element away from the base and into engagement with the chain.

[B24B] MACHINES, DEVICES, OR PROCESSES FOR GRINDING OR POLISHING (by electro-erosion B23H; abrasive or related blasting B24C; electrolytic etching or polishing C25F 3/00); DRESSING OR CONDITIONING OF ABRADING SURFACES; FEEDING OF GRINDING, POLISHING, OR LAPPING AGENTS [2]


Method for performing delamination of a polymer film
Patent No. 11230036 

Inventor(s): Kurt A. Schroder (Coupland, TX), Rob Jacob Hendriks (Eindhoven, , NL)
Assignee(s): NCC NANO, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Russell Ng PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16307435 on 06/06/2016 (2059 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for delaminating a polymer film from a carrier plate is disclosed. The carrier plate is at least partially transparent and has deposited on it a pixelated pattern layer of light-absorptive material, upon which is deposited a layer of light-reflective material. A polymer film, which is to be delaminated, is deposited on the light-reflecting material layer. Next, a pulsed light source is utilized to irradiate through the carrier plate from the side opposite the polymer film to heat the light-absorptive material layer. The heated areas of the light-absorptive material layer, in turn, heat the polymer film through conduction at the interface between the light-absorptive material layer and the polymer film, thereby generating gas from the polymer film by its thermal decomposition, which allows the polymer film to be released from the carrier plate.

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


System and method for optimizing tool paths based on thermal/structural simulations of a part being produced via a 3D-printer
Patent No. 11230061 

Inventor(s): Louis Komzsik (Huntington Beach, CA), Lucia Mirabella (Plainsboro, NJ), Yunhua Fu (Monmouth Junction, NJ)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15768127 on 03/29/2016 (2128 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method is provided that facilitates optimizing tool paths based on thermal/structural simulations of a part produced via a 3D-printer. A processor may carry out a first simulation of the part being additively produced according to a first set of tool paths that correspond to instructions usable to drive the 3D-printer to produce the part. The first simulation may include: determining a hexahedral mesh of the part that includes a plurality of hexahedron elements; determining an order of the elements of the mesh to deposit for additively producing the part based on the first set of tool paths; and simulating an incremental deposit of each of the elements of the mesh in the order that the elements are determined to be deposited. For each incremental deposit of an additional respective element, thermal characteristics and structural deformation characteristics of the deposited elements are determined, in which some elements have a change in volume to account for a structural deformation of previously deposited adjacent elements.

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


Methods and systems for integrating a hub motor with a vehicle
Patent No. 11230197 

Inventor(s): Joshua D. Payne (Ann Arbor, MI), Shannon Alicia Wrobel (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16533959 on 08/07/2019 (902 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods described herein concern integrating a hub motor with a vehicle. One embodiment establishes a communication link between the hub motor and an electronic control unit (ECU) of the vehicle; transmits, from the hub motor to the ECU via the communication link, an identity of the hub motor; transmits, from the ECU to the hub motor via the communication link, an identity of the ECU and information regarding functionality supported by the ECU; reports, from the hub motor to the ECU via the communication link based at least in part on the identity of the ECU and the information regarding the functionality supported by the ECU, calibration data for the hub motor and information regarding the functionality supported by the hub motor; and adjusts, at the ECU, one or more characteristics of the vehicle in accordance with the calibration data and the functionality supported by the hub motor.

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


Railroad virtual track block system
Patent No. 11230307 

Inventor(s): Jerry Wade Specht (Lenexa, KS), Kent Robert Shue (Bonner Springs, KS), Mitchell Wayne Beard (Shawnee, KS), Ralph E. Young (Osawatomie, KS)
Assignee(s): BNSF Railway Company (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17302524 on 05/05/2021 (265 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of railroad track control includes partitioning a physical track block into a plurality of virtual track blocks, the physical track block defined by first and second insulated joints disposed at corresponding first and second ends of a length of railroad track. The presence of an electrical circuit discontinuity in one of the plurality of virtual track blocks; is detected and in response a corresponding virtual track block position code indicating the presence of the discontinuity in the one of the plurality of virtual track blocks is generated.

[B61L] GUIDING RAILWAY TRAFFIC; ENSURING THE SAFETY OF RAILWAY TRAFFIC (brakes or auxiliary equipment B61H, B61K; point or crossing construction E01B)


Railroad virtual track block system
Patent No. 11230308 

Inventor(s): Jerry Wade Specht (Lenexa, KS), Kent Robert Shue (Bonner Springs, KS), Mitchell Wayne Beard (Shawnee, KS), Ralph E. Young (Osawatomie, KS)
Assignee(s): BNSF Railway Company (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17302575 on 05/06/2021 (264 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of railroad track control includes partitioning a physical track block into a plurality of virtual track blocks, the physical track block defined by first and second insulated joints disposed at corresponding first and second ends of a length of railroad track. The presence of an electrical circuit discontinuity in one of the plurality of virtual track blocks; is detected and in response a corresponding virtual track block position code indicating the presence of the discontinuity in the one of the plurality of virtual track blocks is generated.

[B61L] GUIDING RAILWAY TRAFFIC; ENSURING THE SAFETY OF RAILWAY TRAFFIC (brakes or auxiliary equipment B61H, B61K; point or crossing construction E01B)


Avalanche slide detection system and method
Patent No. 11230311 

Inventor(s): Mitchell Beard (Shawnee, KS)
Assignee(s): BNSF Railway Company (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindler Schwartz, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17302426 on 05/03/2021 (267 days app to issue)

Abstract: An impact detection tower is disclosed that can facilitate a reliable method of avalanche detection, related to the maintenance and monitoring a railway system. The avalanche detection system can include a plurality of impact detection towers comprising sensors in operable communication with a gateway configured to utilize data transmitted from the sensors to determine if an avalanche has occurred. The gateway can be in operable connection with a human-machine interface to facilitate monitoring of the system by a railroad engineer.

[B61L] GUIDING RAILWAY TRAFFIC; ENSURING THE SAFETY OF RAILWAY TRAFFIC (brakes or auxiliary equipment B61H, B61K; point or crossing construction E01B)


Stowable wing aircraft with dual, fuselage-mounted engines
Patent No. 11230388 

Inventor(s): David Bockmiller (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15975738 on 05/09/2018 (1357 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides an aircraft that includes a fuselage and a rotatable wing disposed above the fuselage. At least one cross-wing driveshaft is disposed within the wing and is driven in rotation by a drive system connected to first and second engines that are located at respective sides of the fuselage beneath the wing. The drive system is so configured that one or both of the first engine and the second engine can drive the at least one cross-wing driveshaft in the event of failure of an engine.

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


Payment card with removable insert and identification elements
Patent No. 11232337 

Inventor(s): Micah Price (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16990320 on 08/11/2020 (532 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects described herein may allow for a payment card assembly including a payment card having a first surface, an opposed second surface, and an aperture extending through the payment card from the first surface to the second surface. An insert may be removably received in the aperture. Each of a plurality of identification elements may be configured to be removably received in the aperture and have an identification characteristic different than an identification characteristic of each of the other identification elements.

[B42D] BOOKS; BOOK COVERS; LOOSE LEAVES; PRINTED MATTER CHARACTERISED BY IDENTIFICATION OR SECURITY FEATURES; PRINTED MATTER OF SPECIAL FORMAT OR STYLE NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; DEVICES FOR USE THEREWITH AND NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; MOVABLE-STRIP WRITING OR READING APPARATUS


 

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

Compositions and methods for organ specific delivery of nucleic acids
Patent No. 11229609 

Inventor(s): Daniel J. Siegwart (Dallas, TX), Qiang Cheng (Dallas, TX), Tuo Wei (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17191895 on 03/04/2021 (327 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides compositions which shown preferential targeting or delivery of a nucleic acid composition to a particular organ. In some embodiments, the composition comprises a steroid or sterol, an ionizable cationic lipid, a phospholipid, a PEG lipid, and a permanently cationic lipid which may be used to deliver a nucleic acid.

[C07H] SUGARS; DERIVATIVES THEREOF; NUCLEOSIDES; NUCLEOTIDES; NUCLEIC ACIDS (derivatives of aldonic or saccharic acids C07C, C07D; aldonic acids, saccharic acids C07C 59/105, C07C 59/285; cyanohydrins C07C 255/16; glycals C07D; compounds of unknown constitution C07G; polysaccharides, derivatives thereof C08B; DNA or RNA concerning genetic engineering, vectors, e.g. plasmids, or their isolation, preparation or purification C12N 15/00; sugar industry C13) [2]


Method for manufacturing energetic material composites
Patent No. 11230509 

Inventor(s): Kurt A. Schroder (Coupland, TX), Ronald Ian Dass (Austin, TX)
Assignee(s): NCC NANO, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Russell Ng PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15448306 on 03/02/2017 (1790 days app to issue)

Abstract: An energetic material composite comprising fuel particles and a hydrated compound is disclosed. The energetic material composite is formed by dispersing fuel particles, which have a negative standard reduction potential relative to a standard hydrogen electrode, in a solvent containing dissolved hydrate, followed by a removal of solvent. When initiated, the fuel particles react with the water bound in the hydrated compound to release energy and hydrogen gas.

[C06B] EXPLOSIVE OR THERMIC COMPOSITIONS (blasting F42D); MANUFACTURE THEREOF; USE OF SINGLE SUBSTANCES AS EXPLOSIVES [2]


Method and system for electroplating a MEMS device
Patent No. 11230783 

Inventor(s): Donald Charles Abbott (Chartley, MA), Kathryn Ann Schuck (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16889513 on 06/01/2020 (603 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a method for electroplating a semiconductor device includes: forming a metal foil; forming an inert anode support; attaching the metal foil to the inert anode support to form an anode; forming a cathode using a semiconductor substrate; immersing the anode and the cathode within an electrolyte solution; forming a circuit with a current source, the anode and the cathode; generating a current through the circuit; and electroplating a metal from the electrolyte solution onto the semiconductor substrate.

[C25D] PROCESSES FOR THE ELECTROLYTIC OR ELECTROPHORETIC PRODUCTION OF COATINGS; ELECTROFORMING (manufacturing printed circuits by metal deposition H05K 3/18); JOINING WORKPIECES BY ELECTROLYSIS; APPARATUS THEREFOR (anodic or cathodic protection C23F 13/00; single-crystal growth C30B) [6]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Roofing system and method of use
Patent No. 11230842 

Inventor(s): Austin Thiebaud (Burleson, TX), Chelsey Thiebaud (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16598620 on 10/10/2019 (838 days app to issue)

Abstract: A roofing system includes a roofing panel, the roofing panel having a main body extending from a first side to a second side and from a top end to a bottom end, the roofing panel further having a first lip extending upward and away from the top end; and a second lip extending downward from the bottom end; a support having a body in the shape of a wedge, the body extending from a bottom to a top, the bottom has a thickness greater than the top; a roof structure; the support is positioned between the roof structure and the roofing panel; the bottom of the support aligns with the second lip of the roofing panel; and the support extends partially along a width of the roofing panel.

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


System and method for intelligent flow control system for production cementing returns
Patent No. 11230897 

Inventor(s): Matthew Brady Green (Norman, OK)
Assignee(s): SPM Oil Gas PC LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16137515 on 09/20/2018 (1223 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method of controlling and monitoring a cementing process injecting a cement slurry down a well that causes a return of a drilling fluid includes a first and second flowmeters disposed in the primary return conduit configured to generate a flow rate measurements of the returned drilling fluid, a first control valve receiving control signals from a microprocessor to regulate conducting the returned drilling fluid to a reservoir, a choke valve disposed downstream from the first and second flowmeters receiving control signals from a microprocessor to regulate diverting the returned drilling fluid in the primary return conduit in response to a detection of the presence of gas in the returned drilling fluid, and a mud-gas separator disposed in the primary return conduit configured to receive the diverted drilling fluid and separate the diverted drilling fluid into a mud component for return to the reservoir and a gas component for controlled burn off.

[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 jarring tool with electrical pass through
Patent No. 11230900 

Inventor(s): Antony F. Grattan (Arlington, TX), Douglas J. Streibich (Arlington, TX), Michael C. Robertson (Arlington, TX), Scott L. Hayes (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Robertson Intellectual Properties, LLC (Mansfield, TX)
Law Firm: Matthews, Lawson, McCutcheon Joseph, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16993020 on 08/13/2020 (530 days app to issue)

Abstract: A jarring tool includes a main body having a central bore extending therein, an upper connection at a proximal end of the main body for attaching the jarring tool to wireline or slickline, a lower portion at a distal end of main body, and a reciprocating hammer fixed at a first position within the central bore of the main body. The jarring tool further includes a central aperture extending along a length of the reciprocating hammer, an electrical connector extending from the upper connection and through the central aperture of the reciprocating hammer to at least the lower portion of the main body, and a release mechanism on the main body for releasing the reciprocating hammer from the first position and allowing reciprocating movement of the reciprocating hammer along the central bore. The electrical connector is configured to break when the reciprocating hammer is released from the first position.

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


 

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

 

Retainer nut locking apparatus and methods
Patent No. 11231064 

Inventor(s): Austin Chunn (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): FORUM US, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16575481 on 09/19/2019 (859 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to retainer nut locking apparatus and methods for fluid ends, and associated components thereof. In one implementation, a method of operating a fluid end includes installing a retainer nut assembly on a fluid end body by turning a retainer nut in an installation direction and into a bore formed in the fluid end body. The retainer nut has a first surface that faces away from the fluid end body and a second surface that faces that fluid end body. The method also includes rotating a locking tab in a locking direction and into contact with an inner surface of the fluid end body. The locking direction is opposite of the installation direction. The locking tab is disposed inside the bore and adjacent to the second surface of the retainer nut.

[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)


Acoustic panel with vapor chambers
Patent No. 11231234 

Inventor(s): Gaohua Zhu (Ann Arbor, MI), Tai-Yun Huang (Ann Arbor, MI), Takayuki Sugiyama (Ann Arbor, MI), Takumi J. Jinmon (Ann Arbor, MI), Yeongching Lin (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16172107 on 10/26/2018 (1187 days app to issue)

Abstract: An acoustic unit includes an acoustically septumized cell, and a vapor chamber attached across the cell. The vapor chamber is configured to employ vapor-liquid phase changing to help move heat past the cell.

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


Method of making a metal injection molded ammunition cartridge
Patent No. 11231257 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Singleton Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16800196 on 02/25/2020 (700 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a method of making a metal injection molded ammunition cartridge comprising the steps of: providing an ammunition cartridge mold comprising a bottom portion having a primer recess extending into the bottom portion adapted to receive a primer, a flash hole positioned in the primer recess through the bottom surface; side walls extending from the bottom portion to a nose end aperture, wherein a propellant chamber is formed between the nose end aperture and the bottom surface; injecting a metal composition into the ammunition cartridge mold to form a metal injection molded ammunition cartridge; and removing the metal injection molded ammunition cartridge from the ammunition cartridge mold.

[F42B] EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, e.g. FOR BLASTING; FIREWORKS; AMMUNITION (explosive compositions C06B; fuzes F42C; blasting F42D) [5]


Polymer ammunition and cartridge primer insert
Patent No. 11231258 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Singleton Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16744539 on 01/16/2020 (740 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a polymer ammunition cartridge having a primer insert having: a top surface; a bottom surface opposite the top surface; a coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, wherein the coupling element comprises an interior surface and an exterior surface, wherein the interior surface comprises: a transition region that transitions from the bottom surface to a second segment wherein the transition region has a radius of from 0.02 to 0.2; a first segment extending from the second segment and terminates at a tip, wherein the first segment has a first segment distance from 0.02 to 0.18 inches and the second segment has a second segment distance from 0.02 to 0.18 inches, wherein the second segment has a second segment angle from +3 to 3 degrees relative to the first segment angle and the first segment has a first segment angle from +6 to 6 degrees from perpendicular to the top surface; a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface; a primer flash aperture positioned in the primer recess through the bottom surface; and a flash aperture groove in the primer recess and positioned around the primer flash aperture and adapted to receive a polymer overmolding through the primer flash aperture.

[F42B] EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, e.g. FOR BLASTING; FIREWORKS; AMMUNITION (explosive compositions C06B; fuzes F42C; blasting F42D) [5]


 

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Systems and methods for analytical comparison and monitoring of aneurysms
Patent No. 11229367 

Inventor(s): Kristen Catherine Karman-Shoemake (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): IschemaView, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA)
Law Firm: Knobbe Martens Olson Bear, LLP (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16516140 on 07/18/2019 (922 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying growth of a cerebral aneurysm. The method includes forming a first virtual skeleton model from a first image segmentation and forming a second virtual skeleton model from a second image segmentation. The virtual skeleton models including a plurality of edges with each edge having a plurality of skeleton points. Each skeleton point is associated with a subset of a plurality of blood vessel surface points. The method includes identifying one or more second terminal points within the second virtual skeleton model and overlapping the first virtual skeleton model and the second virtual skeleton model by orienting the one or more first terminal points with the one or more second terminal points.

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


Target material sensing using resonant circuit with sensing capacitor and electrical isolation
Patent No. 11231221 

Inventor(s): Michael Seidl (Freising, , DE), Yichang Wang (Jiangsu, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16129956 on 09/13/2018 (1230 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a conductive element. The system also includes a resonant circuit having a sensing capacitor arranged such that an amount of target material in a sensing zone of the sensing capacitor changes a capacitance of the sensing capacitor, wherein the conductive element is electrically isolated from at least part of the resonant circuit. The system also includes a resonant circuit analyzer configured to detect a resonant frequency of the resonant circuit and to output a digitized analyzer signal based on the resonant frequency. The system also includes a processor configured to receive the digitized analyzer signal, to determine a target material estimate based on the digitized analyzer signal, and to output the target material estimate or a signal derived from the target material estimate to an output device.

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


Fluid level and composition sensor
Patent No. 11231310 

Inventor(s): Bobby David Strong (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): Tigmill Technologies, LLC (Farmers Branch, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15821520 on 11/22/2017 (1525 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fluid sensor system comprises a radio frequency transmitter with adjustable output power, a radio frequency detector proximal to the radio frequency transmitter; a constant current source, and a switch coupled between the radio frequency detector and the constant current source. A method of determining the identity of a fluid using the fluid sensor system includes immersing the sensor system in a first fluid, increasing a transmit power of a radio frequency (RF) transmitter of the fluid sensor system until an RF signal is detected by a RF detector of the fluid sensor system, and determining the transmit power of the RF transmitter that first resulted in a detection of the RF signal by the RF detector to be the transmit power that is required for detecting the RF signal in the first fluid.

[G01F] MEASURING VOLUME, VOLUME FLOW, MASS FLOW, OR LIQUID LEVEL; METERING BY VOLUME [5]


Sectional optical block
Patent No. 11231316 

Inventor(s): Kurt M. Chankaya (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16703273 on 12/04/2019 (783 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a first tube of a plurality of tubes, the first tube having a first end and a second end. The system further includes a light detector positioned at the second end of the first tube. The light detector is configured to detect an incoming light and determine light intensity information of the incoming light. The system further includes a material coupled to the first end of the first tube. The material is configured to change in transparency. The system further comprises a processor coupled to the light detector and the material. The processor is configured to receive the light intensity information from the light detector. The processor is further configured to determine that an intensity of the incoming light is above a threshold, and, in response to determining that the intensity is above the threshold, cause a change in transparency of the material.

[G01J] MEASUREMENT OF INTENSITY, VELOCITY, SPECTRAL CONTENT, POLARISATION, PHASE OR PULSE CHARACTERISTICS OF INFRA-RED, VISIBLE OR ULTRA-VIOLET LIGHT; COLORIMETRY; RADIATION PYROMETRY [2]


System and method for ozone concentration in liquids having a positive scaling factor
Patent No. 11231357 

Inventor(s): Dmitry Medvedev (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): OWS AGRI LIMITED (London, , GB)
Law Firm: Kacvinsky Daisak Bluni PLLC (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16767312 on 01/24/2018 (1462 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes an emitter comprising an ultraviolet light emitting diode (UV-LED) disposed on a first end of an optical cuvette. An extraction cuvette may hold a liquid having a positive Langelier saturation index (LSI), and having a quantity of ozone gas dissolved therein. Air may be bubbled through the liquid in the extraction cuvette, and may then be directed to the optical cuvette. A detector comprising an ultraviolet light sensor (UV sensor) can be disposed on a second end of the optical cuvette. The UV-LED may be a point source, and the emitter may generate a parallel beam of light. A concentration of ozone in the gas in the optical cuvette can be determined based on a diminution of the UV light beam passing therethrough. This concentration can then be used to determine an ozone concentration in the liquid contained in the extraction cuvette.

[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)


3D tap and scan port architectures
Patent No. 11231461 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17111133 on 12/03/2020 (418 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure describes die test architectures that can be implemented in a first, middle and last die of a die stack. The die test architectures are mainly the same, but for the exceptions mentioned in this disclosure.

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


Programmable test compression architecture input/output shift register coupled to SCI/SCO/PCO
Patent No. 11231463 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16869181 on 05/07/2020 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure describes novel methods and apparatuses for accessing test compression architectures (TCA) in a device using either a parallel or serial access technique. The serial access technique may be controlled by a device tester or by a JTAG controller. Further the disclosure provides an approach to access the TCA of a device when the device exists in a daisy-chain arrangement with other devices, such as in a customer”s system. Additional embodiments are also provided and described in the disclosure.

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


Measurement of transceiver performance parameters in a radar system
Patent No. 11231484 

Inventor(s): Brian Paul Ginsburg (Allen, TX), Daniel Colum Breen (Richardson, TX), Karthik Ramasubramanian (Bangalore, , IN), Karthik Subburaj (Bangalore, , IN), Sandeep Rao (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16816588 on 03/12/2020 (684 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for monitoring of performance parameters of one or more receive channels and/or one or more transmit channels of a radar system-on-a-chip (SOC) are provided. The radar SOC may include a loopback path coupling at least one transmit channel to at least one receive channel to provide a test signal from the at least one transmit channel to the at least one receive channel when the radar SOC is operated in test mode. In some embodiments, the loopback path includes a combiner coupled to each of one or more transmit channels, a splitter coupled to each of one or more receive channels, and a single wire coupling an output of the combiner to an input of the splitter.

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


Methods and apparatus for narrowband ranging systems using coarse and fine delay estimation
Patent No. 11231493 

Inventor(s): David P. Magee (Allen, TX), Nirmal C. Warke (Saratoga, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16208306 on 12/03/2018 (1149 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example apparatus includes a transducer to receive a reference signal and a reflected signal, the reflected signal being the reference signal after being reflected of a target; a filter to generate a band-pass reference signal and a band-pass reflected signal by filtering (A) reference signal samples associated with the reference signal and (B) reflected signal samples associated with the reflected signal; a correlator to generate a first correlation by correlating the reference signal samples with the reflected signal samples and a second correlation by correlating the band-pass reference signal with the band-pass reflected signal; and a delay estimator to determine a distance to the target based on the first correlation (coarse delay) and the second correlation (fine delay) and output a signal including the distance to the target.

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


Systems and methods for providing an interactive user interface using a film and projector
Patent No. 11231803 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Michael Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17131886 on 12/23/2020 (398 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to interactive projection systems. In one implementation, an interactive projection system for a vehicle window may include a film having a plurality of sensors embedded therein, the plurality of sensors configured to detect local pressure disturbance on the film; a projector configured to project a user interface onto the film; and at least one processor. The at least one processor may be configured to perform operations, including receiving a detection of a local pressure disturbance from at least one of the plurality of sensors, based on a location of the detected local pressure disturbance, determining a change in the user interface, and transmitting a command to the projector to modify a projected user interface according to the determined change.

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


One-dimensional zero padding in a stream of matrix elements
Patent No. 11231929 

Inventor(s): Shyam Jagannathan (Bangalore, , IN), Son Hung Tran (Murphy, TX), Timothy David Anderson (University Park, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16420447 on 05/23/2019 (978 days app to issue)

Abstract: Software instructions are executed on a processor within a computer system to configure a steaming engine with stream parameters to define a multidimensional array. The stream parameters define a size for each dimension of the multidimensional array and a specified width for a selected dimension of the array. Data is fetched from a memory coupled to the streaming engine responsive to the stream parameters. A stream of vectors is formed for the multidimensional array responsive to the stream parameters from the data fetched from memory. When the selected dimension in the stream of vectors exceeds the specified width, the streaming engine inserts null elements into each portion of a respective vector for the selected dimension that exceeds the specified width in the stream of vectors. Stream vectors that are completely null are formed by the streaming engine without accessing the system memory for respective data.

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


Processor with variable pre-fetch threshold
Patent No. 11231933 

Inventor(s): Christian Wiencke (Garching, , DE), Johann Zipperer (Unterschleissheim, , DE)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16843998 on 04/09/2020 (656 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling pre-fetching in a processor. A processor includes an execution pipeline and an instruction pre-fetch unit. The execution pipeline is configured to execute instructions. The instruction pre-fetch unit is coupled to the execution pipeline. The instruction pre-fetch unit includes instruction storage to store pre-fetched instructions, and pre-fetch control logic. The pre-fetch control logic is configured to fetch instructions from memory and store the fetched instructions in the instruction storage. The pre-fetch control logic is also configured to provide instructions stored in the instruction storage to the execution pipeline for execution. The pre-fetch control logic is further configured set a maximum number of instruction words to be pre-fetched for execution subsequent to execution of an instruction currently being executed in the execution pipeline. The maximum number is based on a value contained in a pre-fetch threshold field of an instruction executed in the execution pipeline.

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


EMS assisted fault handling in virtual network function components
Patent No. 11231981 

Inventor(s): Keith William Melkild (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17103898 on 11/24/2020 (427 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation may include a method comprising one or more of receiving a heartbeat failure notification message when a VNFCI is in standby state, building, at a VNFCI, a next state request message with standby and heartbeat failure parameters, sending the next state request message to an EMS, retrieving, at the EMS, a peer VNFCI state when the next state request message is received, sending a next state response message to the VNFCI with active state when one or more of: a peer VNFCI admin state is not online, and when a peer VNFCI is not reachable when the peer VNFCI admin state is online, sending a next state response message with standby state when the peer operational state is active, and sending the next state response message with standby to the VNFCI when the request of current issues on resources associated with the VNFCI from the VNFM is received and there are critical issues at the EMS.

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


Process dedicated in-memory translation lookaside buffers (TLBs) (mTLBs) for augmenting memory management unit (MMU) TLB for translating virtual addresses (VAs) to physical addresses (PAs) in a processor-based system
Patent No. 11232042 

Inventor(s): Madhavan Thirukkurungudi Venkataraman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC (Redmond, WA)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16685320 on 11/15/2019 (802 days app to issue)

Abstract: Process dedicated in-memory translation lookaside buffers (TLBs) (mTLBs) for augmenting a memory management unit (MMU) TLB for translating virtual addresses (VAs) to physical addresses (PA) in a processor-based system is disclosed. In disclosed examples, a dedicated in-memory TLB is supported in system memory for each process so that one process”s cached page table entries do not displace another process”s cached page table entries. When a process is scheduled to execute in a central processing unit (CPU), the in-memory TLB address stored for such process can be used by page table walker circuit in the CPU MMU to access the dedicated in-memory TLB for executing the process to perform VA to PA translations in the event of a TLB miss to the MMU TLB. If a TLB miss occurs to the in-memory TLB, the page table walker circuit can walk the page table in the MMU.

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


Regressable differential data structures
Patent No. 11232071 

Inventor(s): Amit Agarwal (Bangalore, , IN), Rajeev Karri (Bangalore, , IN), Siddarth Wardhan (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): o9 Solutions, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16510577 on 07/12/2019 (928 days app to issue)

Abstract: A proposed modification to a record of a base data structure is identified, the records of the base data structure sorted by primary key. A type of modification of the proposed modification is identified. A record is added to a differential data structure of the type, the differential data structure record describing the proposed modification. A record is added to a delta data structure sorted by the primary key, the delta data structure record including the primary key value of the record, the type of the proposed modification, and a pointer to the record added to the differential data structure. Data can be fetched using the delta data structure to apply modifications to a set of records requested in the fetch and generate a modified set of records to be returned in a response to the request.

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


Methods and apparatus for a distributed database within a network
Patent No. 11232081 

Inventor(s): Leemon C. Baird, III (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Swirlds, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Cooley LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16718299 on 12/18/2019 (769 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, an apparatus includes an instance of a distributed database at a first compute device configured to be included within a set of compute devices that implement the distributed database. The apparatus also includes a processor configured to define a first event linked to a first set of events. The processor is configured to receive, from a second compute device from the set of compute devices, a signal representing a second event (1) defined by the second compute device and (2) linked to a second set of events. The processor is configured to identify an order associated with a third set of events based at least one a result of a protocol. The processor is configured to store in the instance of the distributed database the order associated with the third set of events.

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


Natural language keyword tag extraction
Patent No. 11232110 

Inventor(s): Avid Ghamsari (Frisco, TX), Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Kacvinsky Daisak Bluni PLLC (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16549530 on 08/23/2019 (886 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments are generally directed to techniques to provide specific vehicle recommendations to generic user requests. Various techniques, methods, systems, and apparatuses include utilizing one or more tags generated by application of a machine learning model to a data source, where the data source may include generic and specific language with respect to one or more automobiles or vehicles, to provide a recommendation for a particular automobile in response to a user request for a suggestion.

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


Schema viewer searching for a data analytics platform
Patent No. 11232120 

Inventor(s): Nylah Ann McClellan DePass (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): TABLEAU SOFTWARE, LLC (Seattle, WA)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16944076 on 07/30/2020 (544 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for analyzing data from data sources includes receiving user selection of a data source and displaying an interface that includes a schema region and a search box. Each data field in the schema region is associated with a respective system-defined object from the data source. The method also includes receiving user input in the search box. The user input includes a predefined contiguous string of characters specifying a search parameter. The method also includes, in response to the user input in the search box, filtering the data fields displayed in the schema region, thereby displaying only data fields whose data type matches the data type specified by the search parameter.

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


Tracking events of interest to mitigate attacks
Patent No. 11232196 

Inventor(s): Subbayya Chowdary Yanamadala (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ARM LIMITED (Cambridge, , GB)
Law Firm: Talem IP Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16409205 on 05/10/2019 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing device can include a comparator coupled to an I/O pin of the computing device; a storage unit coupled to the comparator; and a counter coupled to receive an output of the comparator, an output of the counter being coupled to a computation engine to provide a limit-exceeded signal to the computation engine, wherein the counter comprises a volatile counter and a nonvolatile storage, wherein the nonvolatile storage stores a bit for each top volatile count number of events identified by the volatile counter. The computing device can further include a backup power source coupled to the volatile counter; and readout circuitry and control logic coupled to the volatile counter and to the nonvolatile storage, the readout circuitry and control logic being configured to control operations of the volatile counter during an error event and determine a total number of events. The computing device can be a smart card.

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


Decentralized trust assessment
Patent No. 11232207 

Inventor(s): Michael Kevin McNair (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16149042 on 10/01/2018 (1212 days app to issue)

Abstract: A decentralized trust assessment system, comprising a neural network, a trust module, and a local subsystem, wherein the trust module controls whether a plurality of inputs to the local subsystem are trustworthy. The decentralized trust assessment system provides rotorcraft and tiltrotor aircraft with airborne systems able to detect bad and spoofed data from a wide variety of data streams.

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


System and method for perception-based selection of features in a geometric model of a part
Patent No. 11232237 

Inventor(s): Adam Faeth (Ames, IA), Sashank Ganti (Waukee, IA)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16309328 on 07/28/2016 (2007 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system may cause a display device to display a graphical representation of a geometric model of a part having a plurality of features that are individually selectable in a work space of a graphical user interface and may receive a selection input representative of a command to select one or more features of the geometric model. The system may also determine at least one displayed characteristic capable of being visually perceived by a user that the geometric model or a portion thereof has with respect to the workspace in terms of size, orientation, and/or position. Also, the system may carry out a first selection from among either a coarser selection of the features or a finer selection of the features of the geometric model based on an input location and based on the determined at least one displayed characteristic of the geometric model or portion thereof.

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


Systems and methods for designing new materials for superlubricity
Patent No. 11232241 

Inventor(s): Diana Berman (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): UChicago Argonne, LLC (Chicago, IL)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16036039 on 07/16/2018 (1289 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for designing new materials for superlubricity comprises developing, on a computational system, a computational supercell comprising x unit cells of a base material, each unit cell comprising y atoms of the base material. The computational system replaces randomly chosen z atoms of the base material with an impurity atom of an impurity material to form a candidate material. The computational system determines volumetric strain of the candidate material. In response to the volumetric strain exceeding a predetermined threshold, the computational system determines that the candidate material has superlubricity. The computational system displays the candidate material to a user if the candidate material has superlubricity.

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


Layout-friendly test pattern decompressor
Patent No. 11232246 

Inventor(s): Janusz Rajski (West Linn, OR), Jeffrey Mayer (Wilsonville, OR), Mark A. Kassab (Wilsonville, OR), Nilanjan Mukherjee (Wilsonville, OR), Yu Huang (West Linn, OR)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17082462 on 10/28/2020 (454 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit comprises: a register configured to be a linear finite state machine and comprising storage elements, injection devices, one or more input channels for injecting variables using the injection devices, and one or more feedback devices; a plurality of phase shifters, each of the plurality of phase shifters configured to receive signals from a unique segment of the register; scan chains, serial inputs of the scan chains configured to receive signals from outputs of the plurality of phase shifters, wherein the one or more input channels are coupled to the injection devices at injection points in the register, each of the injection points being assigned to one of the one or more input channels based on lifespan values for the injection points, the injection points being determined based on one or more predetermined requirements.

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


Systems and methods for generating a summary of a multi-speaker conversation
Patent No. 11232266 

Inventor(s): Aleksandr Iakubovich (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing inc. (Basking Ridige, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17133127 on 12/23/2020 (398 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system may separate a transcript of a conversation into a first section corresponding to a first speaker in the conversation, and a second section corresponding to a second speaker in the conversation. The system may process, based on delimiters and punctuation marks, the first section and the second section to form a first speaker transcript and a second speaker transcript; determine, based on one or more topic models, a first set of key terms associated with the first speaker transcript and a second set of key terms associated with the second speaker transcript. The system may generate, based on a common set of key terms associated with the first set and the second of key terms, a first transcript summary of the first speaker transcript and a second transcript summary of the second speaker transcript; and generate a summary based on the first and the second transcript summaries.

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


Intelligent dynamic authentication and event processing system
Patent No. 11232445 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16117136 on 08/30/2018 (1244 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems for dynamic authentication and event processing are provided. In some examples, a system may receive a request to process an event. In response to receiving the request to process the event, the system may transfer an amount of funds associated with the event from a first account of a first user who is a party to the event to a second account. The system may generate a profile for each user who is a party to the event. In some examples, the information in a profile may be anonymized. Users who are parties to the event may use the profiles to authenticate and authorize or cancel the event. In some examples, a notification may be transmitted to the system that the event is authorized for processing. The amount of funds may be transferred from the second account to a third account associated with a second user who is a party to the event. If the event is cancelled, the funds may be transferred from the second, temporary account to the first account. In some examples, after the event has been processed or cancelled, the profiles may be deleted.

[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]


System for processing real-time customer experience feedback with filtering and messaging subsystems and standardized information storage
Patent No. 11232467 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey L. Wohlwend (Plano, TX), Matthew L. Berg (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Westwood Capital Partners, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Hemingway Hansen, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16568017 on 09/11/2019 (867 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention supports the entry of customer experience feedback into the system, which then conducts real-time automated filtering and evaluation of feedback entered by the customer and supports the transmission of real-time notifications to selected personnel based on feedback evaluation in a flexible messaging and workflow system. The present invention supports that ability to obtain constructive feedback, either good or bad, regarding a customer”s experience while the customer is still at the service provider or retail sales location and supports the ability to obtain feedback after the customer has left the service provider or retail sales location through follow-up messages.

[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]


Vehicle recommendations weighted by user-valued features
Patent No. 11232507 

Inventor(s): Avid Ghamsari (Plano, TX), Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16909508 on 06/23/2020 (581 days app to issue)

Abstract: Computer-implemented methods, computer systems, and computer readable media for determining, sorting, or determining and sorting a set of items. The method includes receiving, via a user device, parameter values from a user and receiving parameter weights. The method further includes determining a sort score for each vehicle of a set of vehicles based on the received parameter values and parameter weights, and sorting the set of vehicles based on the sort score of each vehicle of the set of vehicles.

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


Systems and methods for using EGL with an OpenGL API and a Vulkan graphics driver
Patent No. 11232535 

Inventor(s): Daniel Herring (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Chanel One Holdings Inc. (Tampa, FL)
Law Firm: Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17004770 on 08/27/2020 (516 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for using an EGL driver to create a renderable surface for an OpenGL API is provided. The EGL driver and the OpenGL API can be used with a Vulkan graphics driver, a memory, at least one processor, and a module stored in the memory including computer instruction code that is executable by the at least on processor. The method includes creating an EGL display structure; initializing the EGL display structure by querying the Vulkan driver for attributes of a physical display; choosing an EGL configuring matching the provided attributes; and creating the EGL surface. A non-transitory computer readable medium having an EGL driver with computer instruction code that is executable by a processor to create a renderable surface for an OpenGL API is also provided.

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


Digital fingerprints generated from coil brazing
Patent No. 11232552 

Inventor(s): Satish Seshayya (Plano, TX), Vinay R. Thatigutla (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17035585 on 09/28/2020 (484 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system is configured to receive video footage of evaporator coil slabs after they exit an automated coil brazer. The system is further configured to convert the video footage to greyscale. The system is further configured to isolate frames from the greyscale video footage. Each frame comprises an image of a different evaporator coil slab. The system is further configured to identify a plurality of feature points in a first frame and a plurality of feature points in a second frame. The system is then configured to determine that a subset of features points in each frame are rotationally invariant. The system is further configured to generate a first digital fingerprint for each frame from a binary feature vector for each point in the subset of feature points determined to be rotationally invariant.

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


Device for and method of determining a pose of a camera
Patent No. 11232583 

Inventor(s): Rajesh Narasimha (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15081130 on 03/25/2016 (2132 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of determining a pose of a camera is described. The method comprises analyzing changes in an image detected by the camera using a plurality of sensors of the camera; determining if a pose of the camera is incorrect; determining which sensors of the plurality of sensors are providing the most reliable image data; and analyzing data from the sensors providing the most reliable image data.

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


Rendering virtual objects in 3D environments
Patent No. 11232639 

Inventor(s): Joshua Opel (Flower Mound, TX), Theo E. Christensen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Accenture Global Solutions Limited (Dublin, , IE)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16986038 on 08/05/2020 (538 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, devices, and other techniques for placing and rendering virtual objects in three-dimensional environments. The techniques include providing, by a device, a view of an environment of a first user. A first computing system associated with the first user receives an instruction to display, within the view of the environment of the first user, a virtual marker at a specified position of the environment of the first user, the specified position derived from a second user”s interaction with a three-dimensional (3D) model of at least a portion of the environment of the first user. The device displays, within the view of the environment of the first user, the virtual marker at the specified position of the environment of the first user.

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


Physical article exchange using a safe
Patent No. 11232669 

Inventor(s): Donald Ray McKay, Jr. (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): American Security Products Co. (Fontana, CA)
Law Firm: SoCal IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16562205 on 09/05/2019 (873 days app to issue)

Abstract: There are disclosed devices, system and methods for automatic exchange of change for cash using a smart safe. The safe has a computing device for receiving a selection from a merchant to exchange cash for change having a total value, and an identification of the denominations of the coins and cash of the change desired. The safe has a secure chamber for receiving cash deposits from the merchant and a sensor for counting the secured cash. The computing device sends an exchange agent the selection from the merchant to exchange the cash with the change, and the identification of the denominations of the change desired. A courier is contacted, retrieves the cash deposited, and exchanges the change for the equal value of cash.

[G07D] HANDLING OF COINS OR OF PAPER CURRENCY OR SIMILAR VALUABLE PAPERS, e.g. TESTING, SORTING BY DENOMINATIONS, COUNTING, DISPENSING, CHANGING OR DEPOSITING [2]


Auto-precharge for a memory bank stack
Patent No. 11232830 

Inventor(s): Harish V. Gadamsetty (Allen, TX), Kallol Mazumder (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17119226 on 12/11/2020 (410 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices and methods include a command interface configured to receive commands, such as a write with an automatic precharge. A bank-specific decoder decodes the write with an automatic precharge command for a corresponding memory bank and outputs a write auto-precharge (WrAP) signal. This WrAP signal has not been adjusted for a write recovery time for the memory bank. Accordingly, bank processing circuitry in a bank receiving the WrAP signal uses the WrAP to cause its internal lockout circuitry to apply a tWR lockout based at least in part on a mode register setting and on the WrAP signal indicating receipt of the write with an automatic precharge command.

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


Code trigger telemedicine session
Patent No. 11232872 

Inventor(s): Jovan Hutton Pulitzer (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): RELIANT IMMUNE DIAGNOSTICS, INC. (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16674181 on 11/05/2019 (812 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for creating a unique transaction ID (UTID) securely representing a medical diagnostic transaction between a user/patient and a telemedicine professional is provided. The system includes a first central office database configured to store medical information and profile information for a plurality of users/patients, a second central office database configured to store UTIDs, a memory, and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor is configured to receive test information, initiate generation of a UTID for the new diagnostic transaction, analyze the received test information to determine if the test information indicates a positive or a negative result, transfer the analysis results back to the user/patient”s MU, and receive from the MU a request for a telemedicine professional session. NULL


Method and apparatus for simplifying extension mobility login into call control server using headset connected to IP phone
Patent No. 11233870 

Inventor(s): Alberto J. Montilla Bravo (Allen, TX), Basant Kumar Basavaraj (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16792578 on 02/17/2020 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: A call control entity (”entity”) communicates with Internet Protocol (IP) phones. Upon receiving from an IP phone a headset connect message indicating that a headset is connected to the IP phone and including a headset identifier of the headset, the entity determines whether there is stored in a call control database a mapping between the headset identifier and a user identifier associated with a user, the mapping configured to provide access to an existing IP phone configuration profile in the call control database. If the mapping exist, the entity completes an extension mobility auto login of the user through the IP phone, which results in acquiring the user identifier from the IP phone. Responsive to completing the extension mobility auto login, the entity accesses the existing IP phone configuration profile based on the user identifier and the mapping, and configures the IP phone with the existing IP phone configuration profile.

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


 

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Method of manufacturing an integrated circuit with buried power rail
Patent No. 11233008 

Inventor(s): Mark S. Rodder (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16562291 on 09/05/2019 (873 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of manufacturing an integrated circuit having buried power rails includes forming a first dielectric layer on an upper surface of a first semiconductor substrate, forming a series of power rail trenches in an upper surface of the first dielectric layer, forming the buried power rails in the series of power rail trenches, forming a second dielectric layer on the upper surface of the first dielectric layer and upper surfaces of the buried power rails, forming a third dielectric layer on a donor wafer, bonding the third dielectric layer to the second dielectric layer, and forming a series of semiconductor devices, vias, and metal interconnects on or in the donor wafer. The buried power rails are encapsulated by the first dielectric layer and the second dielectric layer, and the buried power rails are below the plurality of semiconductor devices.

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


Ex-situ manufacture of metal micro-wires and FIB placement in IC circuits
Patent No. 11233017 

Inventor(s): Edward J. Pryor, III (Royse City, TX), Jeffrey L. Large (Richardson, TX), Mary Coles (Dallas, TX), Michael Lee Dawson (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16592102 on 10/03/2019 (845 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit package includes a first conductive element that is fabricated as part of the integrated circuit package and a micro-wire having a first end coupled to the first conductive element. The micro-wire has been fabricated ex-situ and is of a metal having a diameter of 10 microns or less.

[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]


Merged power pad for improving integrated circuit power delivery
Patent No. 11233025 

Inventor(s): Hong Liu (Shanghai, , CN), Hongquan Sun (Beijing, , CN), Hongying Zhang (Shanghai, , CN), Jinghua Zhu (Dongguan, , CN), Jun Xia (Shenzhen, , CN), Liming Zhao (Shanghai, , CN), Shiqun Gu (San Diego, CA), Shuangfu Wang (Shanghai,
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15880451 on 01/25/2018 (1461 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit package and a system including the integrated circuit package as well as a process for assembling the integrated circuit package are provided to improve integrated circuit power delivery. The integrated circuit package includes a first die having a plurality of pads formed in the first die and exposed on a top surface of the first die, at least one post on the first die, and a substrate including one or more redistribution layers. Each post in the at least one post spans at least two pads on the first die utilized for power distribution, and the first die is connected to the substrate via the at least one post.

[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]


Flip-chip on leadframe having partially etched landing sites
Patent No. 11233031 

Inventor(s): Bernard Kaebin Andres Ancheta (Quirino, , PH), Edgar Dorotayo Balidoy (Benguet, , PH), Gloria Bibal Manaois (Baguio, , PH), Ronaldo Marasigan Arguelles (Baguio, , PH)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14964248 on 12/09/2015 (2239 days app to issue)

Abstract: A flip-chip on leadframe package includes a leadframe having a plurality of leads with each lead including an inner leadfinger portion, wherein at least a landing region of all of the inner leadfinger portions are in a single common level (or plane) and include etched areas providing bump pads having concave landing sites (landing sites). A semiconductor die (die) having an active top side surface with functional circuitry including bond pads has bumps or pillars thereon. An area of the landing sites is greater than an area of the bumps or pillars. A distal end of the bumps or pillars is within and electrically coupling to the landing sites. A mold material encapsulates the die and at least a portion of the inner leadfinger portions. The package can be a leaded package or a leadless package.

[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]


Pre-assembled cell site sector
Patent No. 11233315 

Inventor(s): Deepak Kumar Sivanandan (Mckinney, TX), Walter Mark Hendrix (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15188335 on 06/21/2016 (2044 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pre-assembled cell sector radio assembly, which may be assembled and tested prior to shipment to the field, is provided. A cell sector radio assembly includes a frame, the frame including a first vertical frame element and a plurality of equipment mounts welded to the first vertical frame element; at least one cellular base station antenna mounted on the frame; at least one cellular radio, mounted on one of the plurality of equipment mounts; and RF cables connecting the cellular radio to the cellular base station antenna. The pre-assembled cell sector radio assembly may further include a backhaul termination (such as optical fiber) and power distribution unit mounted on one of the plurality of equipment mounts, and/or a filter unit mounted on one of the plurality of equipment mounts.

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


Methods and apparatus to bypass sensed signals in power converters
Patent No. 11233451 

Inventor(s): Janne Matias Pahkala (Oulu, , FI), Juha Olavi Hauru (Oulu, , FI), Jussi Matti Aleksi Srkk (Oulunsalo, , FI)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16428563 on 05/31/2019 (970 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to bypass sensed signals in power converters. The disclosed methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture provide an apparatus to bypass sensed signals in power converters, the apparatus comprising: a first single shot circuit to, during runtime of a power converter, generate a clock signal based on an adaptive delay, the adaptive delay based on a count value of a counter; a pulse comparator coupled to an adaptation pulse generator, the pulse comparator to, during runtime of the power converter: compare a first duration of the adaptation pulse to a second duration of a reference pulse; and adjust the count value of the counter; and a ready detector coupled to the pulse comparator, the ready detector to, in response to a trigger event, transmit, during runtime of the power converter, the count value to a second single shot circuit.

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


Controlled magnetic resonance in high efficiency high frequency resonant power conversion
Patent No. 11233459 

Inventor(s): Hengchun Mao (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Quanten Technologies Limited (Road Town, , VG)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16904199 on 06/17/2020 (587 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes magnetically coupling a first coil of a wireless power transfer system to a second coil of the wireless power transfer system, wherein the first coil is coupled to a first resonant tank comprising a first variable capacitance network, and the second coil is coupled a second resonant tank comprising a second variable capacitance network, and adjusting a capacitance of at least one of the first variable capacitance network and the second variable capacitance network to regulate an output voltage of the wireless power transfer system.

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


Power amplifier (PA)-filter output power tuning
Patent No. 11233492 

Inventor(s): Dale Robert Anderson (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Wilson Electronics, LLC (St. George, UT)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16893038 on 06/04/2020 (600 days app to issue)

Abstract: A technology is described for a repeater. A repeater can comprise a first port; a second port; a first-direction amplification and filtering path coupled between the first port and the second port; a multiplexer coupled between: the first-direction amplification and filtering path; and the second port; and a power amplifier (PA) coupled between the first port and the multiplexer. The repeater can further comprise an adjustable matching network coupled between the PA and the multiplexer, wherein the adjustable matching network is actively adjusted to match an impedance of an output of the PA at a selected channel over a frequency range for a first-direction signal with an impedance of an input of the multiplexer over the selected channel over the frequency range for a first-direction signal.

[H03G] CONTROL OF AMPLIFICATION (impedance networks, e.g. attenuators, H03H; control of transmission in lines H04B 3/04)


Capacitive touch sensor and method
Patent No. 11233508 

Inventor(s): Hao Meng (Shanghai, , CN), Ji Ru Jun (Shanghai, , CN), Shen Ge (Shanghai, , CN), Xu Kang Cheng (Shanghai, , CN), Zhang Jun (Shanghai, , CN), Zhou Yi (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16735878 on 01/07/2020 (749 days app to issue)

Abstract: A capacitive touch sensor is disclosed for use with input signal. The capacitive touch sensor includes a number n of input/output lines. Each of the number n of input/output lines is electrically disconnected from every other of the number n of input/output lines. Each of the number n of input/output lines is arranged to cross every other of the number n of input/output lines. Each of a number of positions includes one of the number n of input/output lines crossing another of the number n of input/output lines.

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


Receiver and time-of-flight system with high dynamic range having a coupling capacitor respectively connected to a photodiode and a sigma delta analog to digital converter
Patent No. 11233525 

Inventor(s): Jagannathan Venkataraman (Bangalore, , IN), Prabu Sankar Thirugnanam (Chennai, , IN), Raja Reddy Patukuri (Nizamabad, , IN), Sandeep Kesrimal Oswal (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16748849 on 01/22/2020 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides a receiver with high dynamic range. The receiver includes a photodiode that generates a current signal. A coupling capacitor is coupled to the photodiode, and generates a modulation signal in response to the current signal received from the photodiode. A sigma delta analog to digital converter (ADC) is coupled to the coupling capacitor, and generates a digital data in response to the modulation signal. A digital mixer is coupled to the sigma delta ADC, and generates an in-phase component and a quadrature component corresponding to the digital data. A processor is coupled to the digital mixer, and processes the in-phase component and the quadrature component corresponding to the digital data.

[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]


Multi-user precoders based on partial reciprocity
Patent No. 11233550 

Inventor(s): Ahmed Atef Ibrahim (Plano, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Yeqing Hu (Allen, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16802373 on 02/26/2020 (699 days app to issue)

Abstract: A base station for generating multi-user precoders. The base station includes a transceiver configured to receive sounding reference signals (SRSs) from a set of user equipments (UEs), and a processor configured to select, for one or more UEs in the set of UEs, one or more codewords from an uplink codebook based on a correlation between the one or more codewords and the one or more SRSs; determine, using a composite downlink codebook, downlink codewords for the selected uplink codewords, respectively, the composite downlink codebook mapping uplink codewords to downlink codewords based on steering angles derived from the uplink codewords; transmit a set of pre-coded channel state information reference signals (CSI-RSs) to the one or more UEs, wherein the pre-coded CSI-RSs are pre-coded based on the determined downlink codewords; and identify a downlink channel matrix based on CSI feedback from the one or more UEs and the pre-coded CSI-RSs.

[H03D] DEMODULATION OR TRANSFERENCE OF MODULATION FROM ONE CARRIER TO ANOTHER (masers, lasers H01S; circuits capable of acting both as modulator and demodulator H03C, e.g. balanced modulators H03C 1/54; details applicable to both modulators and frequency-changers H03C; demodulating pulses which have been modulated with a continuously-variable signal H03K 9/00; transforming types of pulse modulation H03K 11/00; relay systems, e.g. repeater stations H04B 7/14; demodulators adapted for digitally modulated-carrier systems H04L 27/00; synchronous demodulators adapted for colour television H04N 9/66)


Devices, systems and methods for determining a proximity of a peripheral BLE device
Patent No. 11233588 

Inventor(s): Katsumi Nagata (Foster City, CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16701859 on 12/03/2019 (784 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are disclosed. A device includes one or more processors and one or more non-transitory memory modules storing machine-readable instructions that, when executed, cause the one or more processors to receive a plurality of Bluetooth low energy (BLE) signals from a plurality of peripheral devices, and, for each of the plurality of peripheral devices, determine a count of the BLE signals received within a period of time. When executed, the machine-readable instructions cause the one or more processors to determine a threshold count value based on the count of each of the plurality of peripheral devices, and determine a proximity of the plurality of peripheral devices with respect to the device based on a comparison of the count of each of the plurality of peripheral devices and the threshold count value.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Signal strength prediction based on line of sight analysis
Patent No. 11233593 

Inventor(s): Zhen Wan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16216539 on 12/11/2018 (1141 days app to issue)

Abstract: Architectures and techniques are presented that can provide point-to-point analysis to generate an improved signal strength prediction (SSP) based on, e.g., earth surface image data processing and analysis to draw conclusions of line of sight (LOS) along the propagation path between a BTS or another AP transmitter and CPE receiver. For exampleGS image data and/or elevation data of locations are identified to correspond to signal propagation between the transmitter and receiver can be analyzed for LOS signal quality at a fixed location, in addition to the statistical model prediction of the RF signal quality. As a result, foliage or terrain that obstructs the LOS can be identified and utilized to improve SSP by eliminating the additional pathloss due to LOS obstructions. Such can provide a significant improvement to SSP results that are conventionally predicted by statistical models rather than a point-to-point analysis.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Code block segmentation and configuration for concatenated turbo and RS coding
Patent No. 11233602 

Inventor(s): June Chul Roh (Allen, TX), Pierre Bartand (Antibes, , FR)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16298560 on 03/11/2019 (1051 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for performing code block segmentation for wireless transmission using concatenated forward error correction encoding includes receiving a transport block of data for transmission having a transport block size, along with one or more parameters that define a target code rate. A number N of inner code blocks needed to transmit the transport block is determined. A number M-outer code blocks may be calculated based on the number of inner code blocks and on encoding parameters for the outer code blocks. The transport block may then be segmented and encoded according to the calculated encoding parameters.

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


Method and apparatus for configuration of resource sensing in NR V2X resource allocation
Patent No. 11233607 

Inventor(s): Chao He (Allen, TX), Hongbo Si (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16847416 on 04/13/2020 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for a user equipment (UE) to provide hybrid automatic repeat request acknowledgement (HARQ-ACK) information includes transmitting physical sidelink shared channels (PSSCHs), where each of the PSSCH transmissions provides a transport block (TB); receiving physical sidelink feedback channels (PSFCHs); and generating values for HARQ-ACK information bits from the PSFCH receptions. The PSFCH receptions correspond to the PSSCH transmissions and the values of the HARQ-ACK information bits correspond to the TBs in the PSSCH transmissions. The method further includes generating a HARQ-ACK codeword that includes the values of the HARQ-ACK information bits arranged in a predetermined order and transmitting the HARQ-ACK codeword in a physical uplink control channel (PUCCH).

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


System and method for network topology management
Patent No. 11233722 

Inventor(s): Jian Wang (Beijing, , CN), Nathan Edward Tenny (Portland, OR)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16033687 on 07/12/2018 (1293 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a device includes measuring a radio condition for channels between the device and each of a plurality of candidate serving nodes, thereby producing radio condition measurements, adjusting for each of the plurality of candidate serving nodes, an associated radio condition measurement in accordance with stratum information of the candidate serving node, and selecting a serving node from the plurality of candidate serving nodes in accordance with the adjusted radio condition measurements.

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


Systems and methods for acquiring an internet protocol network address of a user equipment in networks
Patent No. 11233883 

Inventor(s): Sameer Muhammad Farooqi (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16815640 on 03/11/2020 (685 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may determine that an application server requires an IPv6 address of a user equipment, and may provide, to another network device, a request for the IPv6 address of the user equipment, wherein the request includes data identifying an IP address of the network device and a port of the network device, and wherein the request is to cause the other network device to provide the request for the IPv6 address to the user equipment via a SMS request message, and receive, from the user equipment, data identifying the IPv6 address and a port of the user equipment via a SMS response message. The network device may receive, from the other network device, a response that includes the data identifying the IPv6 address and the port of the user equipment, and may store the data identifying the IPv6 address and the port of the user equipment.

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


Systems and methods for detecting inmate to inmate conference calls
Patent No. 11233896 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16989399 on 08/10/2020 (533 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for detecting inmate to inmate conference calls in a correctional facility is disclosed herein. The system includes a database and a conference call detection server, wherein the conference call detection server is configured to monitor a plurality of inmate communications, convert an audio signal of each inmate communication to a frequency domain signal, identify frequency data comprising one or more frequency peaks and corresponding frequency values in the frequency domain signal for each inmate communication, generate a record comprising the frequency data for each inmate communication, resulting in a plurality of records, store the plurality of records in the database, detect an inmate to inmate conference call by matching a frequency subset of a new inmate communication with frequency data in a detected record in the database, and verify the inmate to inmate conference call by matching audio with voice biometric samples.

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


Interbot communication
Patent No. 11233904 

Inventor(s): Maruthi Z. Shanmugam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17325381 on 05/20/2021 (250 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus and methods for gathering information from layered bots. The apparatus may be configured to run an instance of a user-facing bot. The platform may be configured to send to a selected support bot a back-end query. The platform may be configured to receive from the selected support bot an ”OPEN” conversation status for the conversation. The platform may be configured to receive, after receiving the ”OPEN” conversation status: a response to the back-end query; and a status update for the conversation status. The status update may be ”WAITING”. The platform may be configured to repeat (a) through (c) below until the status update is ”CLOSED”: (a) acquire from the user a responsive supplemental fact; (b) transmit to the contact bot the responsive supplemental fact; (c) receive from the contact bot: a response to the supplemental fact; and a status update for the conversation status.

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


Anomalous stationary object detection and reporting
Patent No. 11233976 

Inventor(s): Gang Xu (Katy, TX), Wesley Kenneth Cobb (The Woodlands, TX)
Assignee(s): Intellective AI, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Cooley LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17101272 on 11/23/2020 (428 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for analyzing a scene depicted in an input stream of video frames captured by a video camera. The techniques include receiving data for an object within the scene and determining whether the object has remained substantially stationary within the scene for at least a threshold period. If the object is determined to have remained stationary for at least the threshold period, a rareness score is calculated for the object to indicate a likelihood of the object being stationary to the observed degree at the observed location. The rareness score may use a learning model to take into account previous stationary and/or non-stationary behavior of objects within the scene. In general, the learning model may be updated based on observed stationary and/or non-stationary behaviors of the objects. If the rareness score meets reporting conditions, the stationary object event may be reported.

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


Facilitation of collaborative monitoring of an event
Patent No. 11233979 

Inventor(s): Sangar Dowlatkhah (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16905160 on 06/18/2020 (586 days app to issue)

Abstract: A collaborative video camera system of an edge node can be used to track and predict objects, locations of the objects, and events associated therewith. For example, multiple cameras can be utilized to determine the direction in which an object is heading. This data can be used to activate and/or dispatch other cameras that may be at or near the predicted location of the object. Additionally, sound associated with the object can be used to predict and/or active cameras that are at or near the predicted location of the object.

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


System and method for interactive projection
Patent No. 11233981 

Inventor(s): Stephen Howard (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Omni Consumer Products, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14985044 on 12/30/2015 (2218 days app to issue)

Abstract: An interactive projection system and method comprising a camera/projector unit having a computer processor connected via a network to a content server and content database. The system projects interactive trigger areas on a three-dimensional object. Specific content stored on the content server or locally in the memory of the computer processor is associated with each trigger area. A user interacts with the trigger areas and the system projects informational or entertainment content about the object on the surface of the object.

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


Methods and apparatus to generate reference signatures from streaming media
Patent No. 11234029 

Inventor(s): Nigel Smith (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): The Nielsen Company (US), LLC (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15679862 on 08/17/2017 (1622 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to generate reference signatures from streaming media through the collection of metadata, generation of audio signatures, and association of the metadata with the generated audio signatures. The disclosure consists of a media monitor that collects metadata and generates audio signatures at a household and a central processing facility that generates reference signatures therefrom.

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


Method and apparatus for location based broadcast channel selection and update for mobile devices
Patent No. 11234038 

Inventor(s): Manoj Kumar Das (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Charter Communications Operating, LLC (St. Louis, MO)
Law Firm: Young Basile Hanlon MacFarlane, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17035859 on 09/29/2020 (483 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and apparatus for location based broadcast channel selection and update for mobile devices. The location based broadcast channel selection and update method includes determining a location of a mobile device. The location is checked against a current location area. A query is sent to a license server with the location if the location is beyond the current location area. A list of television broadcast channels associated with the location is sent by the license server and the received list of television broadcast channels are mapped against the current list of television broadcast channels. The mobile device is reconfigured with the mapped list of television broadcast channels.

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


Video providing textual content system and method
Patent No. 11234052 

Inventor(s): Steve Bakke (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: The Law Firm of H. Dale Langley, Jr., PC (Local + 217 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17124911 on 12/17/2020 (404 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for interacting with a video includes a processor, a video decoder communicatively connected to the processor, a storage communicatively connected to the demultiplexer, the storage contains at least one video file having more than one video frame, at least one of the video frame including at least one respective metadata segment of the video frame, and an input device communicatively connected to the processor. The processor, responsive to the input device, processes the at least one of the video frame including the at least one respective metadata segment, controlling selection of another of the more than one video frame for the video decoder.

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


System and method for updating user equipment capability
Patent No. 11234119 

Inventor(s): Haibo Xu (Beijing, , CN), Jian Wang (Beijing, , CN), Nathan Edward Tenny (Poway, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15691940 on 08/31/2017 (1608 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a user equipment (UE) includes detecting an occurrence of an overheating condition in the UE, and based thereon, determining a first set of operating capabilities of the UE from a second set of operating capabilities of the UE, where the first and second set of operating capabilities are associated with a connection between the UE and a network entity, and where the first set of operating capabilities is a reduction in operating capability of the UE when compared to the second set of operating capabilities, triggering a transfer of UE capability information associated with the first set of operating capabilities, and applying, by the UE, the first set of operating capabilities to the connection.

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


Method and apparatus for wideband PRACH configuration for NR unlicensed
Patent No. 11234136 

Inventor(s): Hongbo Si (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16946361 on 06/18/2020 (586 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system supporting a shared spectrum channel access is provided. The method comprises: receiving, from a base station (BS), a set of higher layer parameters including a subcarrier spacing of a physical random access channel (PRACH) preamble, a logical root index (i[subscript]log[/subscript]) for the PRACH preamble, and an index (zeroCorrelationZoneConfg); determining a sequence length (L[subscript]RA[/subscript]) for the PRACH preamble based on the subcarrier spacing of the PRACH preamble; determining a physical root index (i[subscript]phy[/subscript]) for the PRACH preamble based on the logical root index (i[subscript]log[/subscript]); determining a cyclic shift (N[subscript]CS[/subscript]) for the PRACH preamble based on the index (zeroCorrelationZoneConfg); generating the PRACH preamble based on the determined sequence length L[subscript]RA[/subscript], the determined physical root index i[subscript]phy[/subscript], and the determined cyclic shift N[subscript]CS[/subscript]; and transmitting, to the base station (BS) over the shared spectrum channel, the PRACH preamble.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for congestion control on mobile edge networks
Patent No. 11234159 

Inventor(s): Parry Cornell Booker (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16593063 on 10/04/2019 (844 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network device receives, from a congestion controller, traffic policy information associated with a data stream between a sender and a receiver, where the traffic policy information includes a maximum round trip delay time (RTT) and a maximum throughput rate (Rate). The network device obtains a receiver advertised window size (RWND) for the receiver for the data stream. The network device modifies the RWND based on the RTT and the Rate to produce a modified receiver window size (RWND) and sends the RWND to the sender for use in controlling congestion on the data stream between the sender and the receiver.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and system for network slice usage service
Patent No. 11234161 

Inventor(s): Parry Cornell Booker (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16835810 on 03/31/2020 (665 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, a device, and a non-transitory storage medium are described in which a network slice usage service is provided. The network slice usage service may allow a network device to obtain a network slice usage value of a network slice. The network device may be implemented as a network data analytics function (NWDAF). The network slice usage value may be provided by an access and mobility management function (AMF). The network device may calculate a network slice load value based on the network slice usage value. The network device may also provide the network slice load value to other network devices of a core network, such as a network slice selection function (NSSF) and/or a policy control function (PCF).

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for power saving signal design in NR
Patent No. 11234191 

Inventor(s): Hongbo Si (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15929584 on 05/11/2020 (624 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a user equipment (UE) for power saving is provided. The method comprises receiving, from a serving cell, a set of configurations, receiving a power saving signal (PoSS) from a first downlink channel based on the received set of configurations, acquiring a first part of information for power saving from the PoSS, receiving, based on the received set of configurations, a second downlink channel that is a control channel, and acquiring a second part of information for the power saving from the received second downlink channel.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for providing broadcast/multicast services
Patent No. 11234214 

Inventor(s): Devaki Chandramouli (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16096081 on 04/28/2016 (2098 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide methods, apparatus and computer program products for providing broadcast/multicast services. A method at least partially implemented at an application server comprises transmitting a resource request message to a first broadcast/multicast control node (BM-CN), requesting an allocation of broadcast resource for delivering a multimedia broadcast/multicast service (MBMS) user service; transmitting a further resource request message to a second BM-CN, requesting a further allocation of broadcast resource for delivering the MBMS user service; receiving a first response message from the first BM-CN and a second response message from the second BM-CN, the first response message indicating a first broadcast resource allocated by the first BM-CN for the MBMS user service, and the second response message indicating a second broadcast resource allocated by the second BM-CN for the MBMS user service; and indicating information about the second broadcast resource to the first BM-CN and/or indicating information about the first broadcast resource to the second BM-CN. Methods at the BM-CN and a RAN network node, and corresponding apparatus are also provided.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method of radio resource management for radio access networks
Patent No. 11234287 

Inventor(s): Amir Saghir (Frisco, TX), Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16876339 on 05/18/2020 (617 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method provide for receiving, at a radio access network (RAN), a radio resource connection (RRC) connection request from user equipment (UE) in a disconnected/idle state; allocating signaling radio bearer (SRB) resources to the UE; sending an initial UE message to a core network; receiving an initial context set-up from the core network; establishing an RRC session with the UE in an RRC connected state; storing the context information; detecting inactivity in the RRC session while the UE is in the RRC connected state; suspending the RRC session and transitioning the UE device from the RRC connected state to an RRC inactive state based on the inactivity; determining a congested/overloaded state in the RAN; receiving an RRC resume request from the UE; and determining, using the stored context information, whether the UE is to be granted prioritized access to the RAN and transitioned to the RRC connected state.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for cell selection and reselection based on user equipment (”UE”) access level
Patent No. 11234292 

Inventor(s): Bibi M. Hakimzadeh (Fort Worth, TX), Christopher Jermaine Sheppard (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16859979 on 04/27/2020 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system described herein may provide a technique for providing high priority access to one or more particular priority cells implemented by a base station of a radio access network (”RAN”) associated with a wireless telecommunications network. A first group of User Equipment (”UEs”) may be High Priority Access (”HPA”) UEs, and a second group of UEs may be non-HPA UEs. In response to triggering events, system broadcast messages and/or Radio Resource Control (”RRC”) release messages may be used to cause HPA UEs to connect to the priority cells, and may cause non-HPA UEs to connect to other (e.g., non-priority) cells implemented by the base station.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


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Display screen with graphical user interface
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Inventor(s): Edward Jack Edgington, Jr. (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Recognition Concepts, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29729761 on 03/30/2020 (666 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Display panel or portion thereof with graphical user interface
Patent No. D941839 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Edward Ruediger (McKinney, TX), John A. Gotcher (Prosper, TX), Matthew Schon Bogue (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Magic Leap, Inc. (Plantation, FL)
Law Firm: Vista IP Law Group, LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29733540 on 05/04/2020 (631 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Display screen with graphical user interface for an infusion device
Patent No. D941863 

Inventor(s): Claire Knight (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): CareFusion 303, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29749247 on 09/03/2020 (509 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Monitoring device
Patent No. D942022 

Inventor(s): Brian Eaton (Crawford, TX), Carrie Ann Ives (Richardson, TX), H. Michael Willey (Garland, TX), Paulina Mosley (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Berenson Consulting Group Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Hitchcock Evert LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29738165 on 06/15/2020 (589 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Reversible hair restraint
Patent No. D942075 

Inventor(s): Olivia Golden (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29712675 on 11/11/2019 (806 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pallet
Patent No. D942109 

Inventor(s): Jeffry L. Wilkerson (Grapevine, TX), Michael A. McGregor (Lewisville, TX), Paul D. Phillips (Frisco, TX), Victor A. Sahm, III (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Southwest Agri-Plastics, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29730592 on 04/06/2020 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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