Dallas Invents: 127 Patents Granted for Week of Nov. 16

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

Patents granted include:
• 7-Eleven's image-based action detection using contour dilation
• Anantak Robotics' autonomously moving machine and method for operating an autonomously moving machine
• AT&T's movable smart device for appliances
• Capital One's overlay of 3D augmented reality content on real-world objects using image segmentation
• Dogness Group's drinking cup for pets
• Lennox's carbon dioxide cooling system with subcooling
• Raytheon's tailored contact plan generation
• Storelli Bra's adjustable athletic bra
• Streamline Innovations' removing sulphur-based contaminants and nitrogen-based contaminants from water streams
• Toyota's increasing consumer confidence in autonomous vehicles
• USAA's self-charging unmanned vehicle

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 November 16, 2021 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES   14
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING       18
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY     4
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS           9
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING   3
G: PHYSICS   29
H: ELECTRICITY        43
DESIGN: 7


TOP  ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas)  21
Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (Houston)    8
Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)       8
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison)     4
Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)            3
Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin)           3
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)        3
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR)  3
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano)  3

UNASSIGNED           9


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Boon Loong Ng (Plano)     3
Eric Stephen Olson (Fort Worth)           3
Brian P. Johnson (Dallas)  2
Christopher S. L. Crawford (Sunnyvale)           2
David Andrew Prater (Hurst)      2
Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton)           2
Richard Sterling Broughton (Dallas)      2
Vijayalakshmi Devarajan (Plano)           2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Adjustable athletic bra
Patent No. 11172710 

Inventor(s): Claudio Storelli (New York, NY), Hendrik Mark Francis Schermers (Brooklyn, NY), Sarah Blaser (Brooklyn, NY), Thomas Vincent Marchesi (New York, NY)
Assignee(s): STORELLI BRA LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Gottlieb, Rackman Reisman, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16598256 on 10/10/2019 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: An adjustable athletic bra that provides support laterally (side to side), vertically (up and down), and in and out to provide stability in multiple directions.

[A41C] CORSETS; BRASSI»RES


Dual-layer insole apparatuses for diabetic foot lesion prevention and related methods
Patent No. 11172731 

Inventor(s): Metin Yavuz (Fort Worth, TX), Muthu B. J. Wijesundara (Austin, TX), Ryan Landrith (Austin, TX), Wei Carrigan (Austin, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the Universsity of Texas Systems (Austin, TX), The University of North Texas Health Science Center At Fort Worth (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Meunier Carlin Curfman LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16464443 on 11/28/2017 (1449 days app to issue)

Abstract: Dual-layer insole apparatuses for diabetic foot lesion prevention and related methods are provided. Some insole apparatuses have a body defining a plurality of cavities configured to be coupled to a fluid source. The fluid source can deliver fluid to vary internal pressures of the cavities. The body further defines an insole-shaped structure.

[A43B] CHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR


Table assembly with reversible leg assemblies
Patent No. 11172757 

Inventor(s): Jack Wayne Johnson (McKinney, TX), Matthew Dewey (Plano, TX), Michael Risdall (Minneapolis, MN), Robert Scharfenkamp (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): Smith System Manufacturing Company, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Price Heneveld LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16826804 on 03/23/2020 (603 days app to issue)

Abstract: A leg assembly for a table includes a support that is configured to couple to a table worksurface. A leg member engages the support and is movable with respect to the support such that the leg assembly is configured to support the table worksurface above a floor surface. A first friction reduction member is attached to a first end of the leg member. A second friction reduction member is configured to attach to a second end of the leg member. The first and second ends are configured to alternately engage the support from one another such that the leg member is reversibly received by the support and such that the first friction reduction member abuts the floor surface when the second end of the leg member engages the support, and the second friction reduction member abuts the floor surface when the first end of the leg member engages the support.

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


Dynamic locking device
Patent No. 11172938 

Inventor(s): Martin Masson (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Medtronic Xomed, Inc. (Jacksonville, FL)
Law Firm: Harness, Dickey Pierce, P.L.C. (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16298138 on 03/11/2019 (981 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surgical instrument including a tool, a handpiece, and a locking member. The handpiece includes both a coupling member configured to cooperate with the tool, and a driver for rotating the tool. The locking member is movable from an unlocked position to a locked position in response to centrifugal force generated during rotation of the locking member. The locking member is configured to secure the tool to the handpiece when in the locked position.

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


Dental system with hand piece for endodontic files
Patent No. 11173013 

Inventor(s): Joshua Maxwell (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Sheri Higgins Law, PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16656822 on 10/18/2019 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dental tool includes: a hand piece; an endodontic hand file; a stopper, wherein the stopper comprises a first hole for receiving a portion of the endodontic hand file; and a mechanical motion module that imparts mechanical motion to the endodontic hand file. A dental system includes: a hand piece; an endodontic file; and a stopper comprising at least two holes, wherein a first hole receives a portion of the endodontic file, and wherein a second hole receives a portion of a first tube for delivering a liquid to the endodontic file. The dental system can further include a second tube partially contained in a third hole of the stopper for suctioning liquids from a patient”s mouth. The dental system can also further include a mechanical motion module.

[A61C] DENTISTRY; APPARATUS OR METHODS FOR ORAL OR DENTAL HYGIENE (non-driven toothbrushes A46B; preparations for dentistry A61K 6/00; preparations for cleaning the teeth or mouth A61K 8/00, A61Q 11/00)


Convertible stem / fracture stem
Patent No. 11173037 

Inventor(s): Sumant Krishnan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Duane Morris LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16554013 on 08/28/2019 (811 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modular shoulder prosthesis is provided. The modular prosthesis includes a stem, an anatomic insert, and a reverse insert. The stem is a unitary body that includes a distal shaft portion and a proximal portion. The proximal portion includes a stem face configured to directly couple to both the anatomic insert and reverse insert. The stem face includes a first engagement feature configured to couple directly to the reverse insert and a second engagement feature configured to couple directly to the anatomic insert. The stem can also include a metaphyseal portion between the shaft portion and proximal portion designed for use in humeral fracture repair procedures. The metaphyseal portion can include a medial arm and two lateral arms extending between the shaft portion and proximal portion, A window can be defined between the medial arm and the lateral arms, and a gap can be formed between the lateral arms.

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


Modular power bases for wheelchairs
Patent No. 11173079 

Inventor(s): Douglas A. Moore (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16133198 on 09/17/2018 (1156 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modular power base for a wheelchair, the modular power base includes a leg module. The leg module includes an upper leg portion comprising a distal end and a proximal end. The proximal end is configured to be detachably and rotatably coupled to a seat portion of the wheelchair. The leg module also includes a lower leg portion having a first end and a second end, the first end of the lower leg portion being rotatably coupled to the distal end of the upper leg portion. The leg module also includes a first wheel rotatably coupled to the distal end of the upper leg portion and to the first end of the lower leg portion and a second wheel rotatably coupled to the second end of the lower leg portion.

[A61G] TRANSPORT, PERSONAL CONVEYANCES, OR ACCOMMODATION SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR PATIENTS OR DISABLED PERSONS (appliances for aiding patients or disabled persons to walk A61H 3/00); OPERATING TABLES OR CHAIRS; CHAIRS FOR DENTISTRY; FUNERAL DEVICES (embalming corpses A01N 1/00)


Administration of butyrate, beta-hydroxybutyrate, and related compounds in humans
Patent No. 11173138 

Inventor(s): Jacob Wilson (Tampa, FL), Ryan Lowery (Tampa, FL)
Assignee(s): Keto Patent Group, Inc. (Melissa, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15491924 on 04/19/2017 (1672 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, beta-hydroxybutyrate, related compounds, and/or one or more other compounds may be administered to an individual to cause weight loss, weight maintenance, elevate blood ketone levels, maintain blood ketone levels, reduce blood glucose levels, maintain blood glucose levels, improve energy, focus, mood, cognitive function, or aide with neurological or inflammatory disorders and/or combinations thereof. Other compounds may include short chain fatty acids, short chain triglycerides, medium chain fatty acids, medium chain triglycerides, long chain fatty acids, long chain triglycerides, berberine, metabolites of berberine (e.g., dihydroberberine), and/or combinations thereof.

[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)


Agents that engage antigen-presenting cells through dendritic cell asialoglycoprotein receptor (DC-ASGPR)
Patent No. 11173202 

Inventor(s): Dapeng Li (David, CA), SangKon Oh (Baltimore, MD)
Assignee(s): Baylor Research Institute (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16372832 on 04/02/2019 (959 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes compositions and methods for making and using anti DC-ASGPR antibodies that can, e.g., activate DCs and other cells.

[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)


Wound dressings and applications thereof
Patent No. 11173227 

Inventor(s): Kytai T. Nguyen (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX), THE PENN STATE RESEARCH FOUNDATION (University Park, PA)
Law Firm: Meunier Carlin Curfman LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14891862 on 05/21/2014 (2736 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one aspect, compositions and wound dressings are described herein. In some embodiments, a composition or wound dressing described herein comprises a mesh formed from a plurality of biodegradable polymer fibers; a first active agent dispersed in the biodegradable polymer fibers; a plurality of biodegradable polymer particles disposed in the mesh; and a second active agent dispersed in the biodegradable polymer particles. The particles can be disposed within the interiors of the fibers of the mesh or between the fibers of the mesh. In another aspect, a composition or wound dressing described herein comprises a first perforated mesh formed from a first plurality of biodegradable polymer fibers; and a second perforated mesh formed from a second plurality of biodegradable polymer fibers, wherein the second perforated mesh is disposed on the first perforated mesh in a stacked configuration and the first and second perforated meshes have different degrees of perforation.

[A61L] METHODS OR APPARATUS FOR STERILISING MATERIALS OR OBJECTS IN GENERAL; DISINFECTION, STERILISATION, OR DEODORISATION OF AIR; CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES; MATERIALS FOR BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES (preservation of bodies or disinfecting characterised by the agent employed A01N; preserving, e.g. sterilising, food or foodstuffs A23; preparations for medical, dental or toilet purposes A61K) [4]


Medicament delivery device
Patent No. 11173247 

Inventor(s): Andrew Nelson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Sanofi (Paris, , FR)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16317633 on 07/12/2017 (1588 days app to issue)

Abstract: A medicament delivery device includes a device housing for placing on the skin of a patient, the housing including a needle aperture; a needle for injecting a medicament, the needle arranged to pass through the needle aperture; and sensors configured to provide a signal when the housing is placed on the skin of the patient. The sensors are arranged around the needle aperture.

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


Methods for programming an implantable medical device and related systems and devices
Patent No. 11173311 

Inventor(s): Christopher S. L. Crawford (Sunnyvale, TX)
Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16179716 on 11/02/2018 (1110 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of programming an implantable medical device (IMD) to provide therapeutic operations for a patient, comprises: conducting a first communication session between the IMD with an external programming device when network connectivity for a remote server for medical device management is not available for the external programming device; receiving programming data by the IMD from the external programming device to provide therapeutic operations according to at least one instance of settings data during the first communication session, wherein the at least one instance of settings data is validated by a temporary key; conducting a second communication session between the IMD with an external device when network connectivity to the remote server for medical device management is available for the external device; and replacing validation data signed using the temporary key with the received validation data.

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


Implantable medical device with offline programming limitations and related methods of operations
Patent No. 11173313 

Inventor(s): Christopher S. L. Crawford (Sunnyvale, TX)
Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16179753 on 11/02/2018 (1110 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of programming an implantable medical device (IMD) to provide therapeutic operations for a patient, comprises: receiving first programming data by the IMD from the external programming device to provide therapeutic operations according to at least one instance of settings data during a first communication session; receiving second programming data by the IMD from the external programming device to define limitations of reprogramming during one or more subsequent offline programming sessions; conducting a second communication session between the IMD with an external programming device when network connectivity is not available; receiving third programming data by IMD from the external programming device to provide therapeutic operations according to at least one instance of settings data during the second communication session; and determining whether the third programming data is permitted according to limitations defined by the second programming data.

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


Quinazoline analogs as receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors
Patent No. 11174273 

Inventor(s): Eli Wallace (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Array Biopharma Inc. (Boulder, CO)
Law Firm: Viksnins Harris Padys Malen LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16264194 on 01/31/2019 (1020 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention includes methods of using compounds of Formula I as type I receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors and for the treatment of hyperproliferative diseases such as cancer.

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


 

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

Periocular dressing system and composition
Patent No. 11173071 

Inventor(s): Ahmad H. Tawil (Dallas, TX), Ronald Mancini (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16290031 on 03/01/2019 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: A periocular dressing includes a base layer composed of a nonwoven material; a top layer having a composition bound to a polyurethane film, the composition including a hydrogel with a percentage by weight of bacitracin, the top layer to come into contact with a user”s skin; and a removable membrane secured over the top layer and to be removed; the polyurethane film of the top layer is adhesively secured to the base layer; and the top layer promotes vasoconstriction and antibacterial properties.

[B32B] LAYERED PRODUCTS, i.e. PRODUCTS BUILT-UP OF STRATA OF FLAT OR NON-FLAT, e.g. CELLULAR OR HONEYCOMB, FORM


Storing molecule within porous materials with a surface molecular barrier layer
Patent No. 11173470 

Inventor(s): Kui Tan (Plano, TX), Yves J. Chabal (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15729350 on 10/10/2017 (1498 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some aspects, the present disclosure provides compositions comprising a nanoporous material such as a metal organic framework and an amine containing compound. In some aspects, these compositions may be used to improve the affinity of a guest molecule to the nanoporous material relative a nanoporous material which had not been treated with the amine containing compound.

[B01J] CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROCESSES, e.g. CATALYSIS, COLLOID CHEMISTRY; THEIR RELEVANT APPARATUS (processes or apparatus for specific applications, see the relevant places for these processes or apparatus, e.g. F26B 3/08) [2]


Vibration attenuator
Patent No. 11173521 

Inventor(s): David Heverly (Arlington, TX), Frank Bradley Stamps (Colleyville, TX), Gary Miller (North Richland Hills, TX), Jouyoung Jason Choi (Southlake, TX), Michael R. Smith (Colleyville, TX), Michael Scott Seifert (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16284931 on 02/25/2019 (995 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vibration attenuator for a rotor is rotatable about a mast axis and has a frame configured for rotation about the mast axis relative to the rotor. A first mass is axially translatable in a first direction relative to the frame parallel to a first axis, and a first biasing force urges the first mass toward a first-mass rest position in which the first mass is symmetric about the mast axis. A second mass is axially translatable in a second direction relative to the frame parallel to a second axis, and a second biasing force urges the second mass toward a second-mass rest position in which the second mass is symmetric about the mast axis. A selected first or second mass moves radially outward from the rest position to oppose vibrations in the rotor.

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


Automated structural laser cleaning system
Patent No. 11173526 

Inventor(s): David Haynes Coleman (Weatherford, TX), Jeffrey P. Langevin (Fort Worth, TX), Michael Bryan Stoddard (Fort Worth, TX), Steven E. Twaddle (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16777296 on 01/30/2020 (656 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, systems and methods include using an automated laser system to remove a portion of a coating for nutplate installation. An automated laser system comprises a laser scanner and a laser head, wherein the laser head is coupled to the laser scanner. The laser head comprises a containment unit and a vacuum connector wherein the vacuum connector is disposed on a first side of the containment unit. The laser head further comprises a camera system, a light source, a first actuator, and a second actuator all disposed on a top surface of the containment unit. The laser head further comprises an end piece, wherein the second actuator is configured to displace the end piece.

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


Systems and methods for controlling a robotic manipulator or associated tool
Patent No. 11173597 

Inventor(s): Dinesh Rabindran (Cupertino, CA), Kollin M. Tierling (Los Alto Hills, CA), Simon P. DiMaio (San Carlos, CA)
Assignee(s): INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC. (Sunnyvale, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16185867 on 11/09/2018 (1103 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a robotic manipulator including a serial chain comprising a first joint, a first link, and a second link. The second link is between the first joint and the first link in the serial chain. The system further includes a processing unit including one or more processors. The processing unit is configured to receive first link data from a first sensor system located at the first link, generate a first joint state estimate of the first joint based on the first link data and a kinematic model of the robotic manipulator, and control the first joint based on the first joint state estimate.

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


Apparatus and method for adjusting the cutting thickness of a food cutting apparatus
Patent No. 11173622 

Inventor(s): Keith A. Barber (Plano, TX), Richard J. Ruegg (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16736037 on 01/07/2020 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for cutting food products is disclosed. The apparatus includes a cutting head comprising a cutting tool that is rotatable between a plurality of positions to change the cutting thickness of the cutting tool. The cutting head also includes a biasing element that biases the cutting tool in a position, and a moveable stop configured to cooperate with the biasing element to maintain the first cutting tool at any of the plurality of positions. The biasing element may be a mechanical spring.

[B26D] CUTTING; DETAILS COMMON TO MACHINES FOR PERFORATING, PUNCHING, CUTTING-OUT, STAMPING-OUT OR SEVERING (disintegrating by knives or other cutting or tearing members which chop material into fragments B02C 18/00; cutting by abrasive fluid jets B24C 5/02; hand-held cutting tools B26B) [5]


Systems and methods for rehabilitating, repairing, and replacing manholes and connected sewer lines
Patent No. 11173652 

Inventor(s): Edward Rau (Fort Worth, TX), Jim White (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Resinating, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: RegitzMauck PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15930520 on 05/13/2020 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is a method for rehabilitating, repairing, and replacing manholes and connected sewer lines. In some embodiments, a compressed liner is inserted through the manhole access hole or the connected sewer lines. Prior to insertion, the liner may be cut and/or folded to be compressed to a size that can fit through the manhole opening or the sewer lines. Once inserted in the manhole or sewer lines, the liner should be expanded, and if necessary, bonded together with a resin along the separation line. Next, a bonding material may be injected between the liner and a surface of the manhole or sewer line to seal any cracks or fissures in the brick or concrete wall and to seal the liner against the existing manhole or sewer line to improve structural integrity and longevity. A new corbel may then be installed and bonded to the liner.

[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]


Sinusoidal wheel
Patent No. 11173745 

Inventor(s): Robert Patrick (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Cionca IP Law P.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17156462 on 01/22/2021 (298 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wheel set assembly having a plurality of sinusoidal channeled wheels. The sinusoidal channeled wheels having a sinusoidal channel disposed around a circular exterior surface of each of the sinusoidal channeled wheels. The wheel set assembly allows for better maneuverability and longevity in comparison to other materials handling equipment wheels because of the sinusoidal channels. The sinusoidal channels also provide heat dissipation along with the ability to push debris out of the way of the materials handling equipment.

[B60B] VEHICLE WHEELS (making wheels or wheel parts by rolling B21H 1/00, by forging, hammering or pressing B21K 1/28); CASTORS; AXLES FOR WHEELS OR CASTORS; INCREASING WHEEL ADHESION


Systems and methods for optically cloaking objects using a photophoretic optical trap display
Patent No. 11173837 

Inventor(s): Ercan M. Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Paul Schmalenberg (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16270288 on 02/07/2019 (1013 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for optically cloaking an object includes a photophoretic optical trap display including a trap light source and an illumination light source; and a visual sensor at a first visual sensor location. The visual sensor captures an image of a scene, the trap light source is configured to generate a trap beam to control one or more of a position and an orientation of a scattering particle, and the illumination light source is configured to generate an illumination beam to illuminate the scattering particle to generate a reproduction image based on the image of the scene captured by the visual sensor.

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


System and method for calibrating a steering wheel neutral position
Patent No. 11173953 

Inventor(s): Akio Kimura (Novi, MI), Coh L. Yoshizaki (Wixom, 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: 16524997 on 07/29/2019 (841 days app to issue)

Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to calibrating a steering wheel in a steering system of a vehicle. In one embodiment, the disclosed calibration system detects an object in front of the vehicle based on first data generated by one or more front sensors of the vehicle, detects the object to the rear of the vehicle based on second data generated by one or more rear sensors of the vehicle, determines a trajectory of the object based on the first data and output data from a steering wheel sensor, determines an estimate position of the object based on the trajectory, determines that the second data indicates a difference exists between the estimate position of the object and an actual position of the object, and determines a correction offset adjustment to apply to the output data from the steering wheel sensor based on the difference.

[B62D] MOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS (steering, or guiding on a desired track, of agricultural machines or implements A01B 69/00; wheels, castors, axles, increasing wheel adhesion B60B; vehicle tyres, tyre inflation or tyre changing B60C; connections between vehicles of a train or the like B60D; vehicles for use on rail and road, amphibious or convertible vehicles B60F; suspension arrangements B60G; heating, cooling, ventilating or other air treating devices B60H; windows, windscreens, non-fixed roofs, doors or similar devices, protective coverings for vehicles not in use B60J; propulsion plant arrangements, auxiliary drives, transmissions, controls, instrumentation or dashboards B60K; electric equipment or propulsion of electrically-propelled vehicles B60L; power supply for electrically-propelled vehicles B60M; passenger accommodation not otherwise provided for B60N; adaptations for load transportation or to carry special loads or objects B60P; arrangement of signalling or lighting devices, the mounting or supporting thereof or circuits therefor, for vehicles in general B60Q; vehicles, vehicle fittings or vehicle parts, not otherwise provided for B60R; servicing, cleaning, repairing, supporting, lifting, or manoeuvring, not otherwise provided for B60S; brake arrangements, brake control systems or parts thereof B60T; air-cushion vehicles B60V; motorcycles, accessories therefor B62J, B62K; testing of vehicles G01M)


Failsafe multimode clutch assemblies for rotorcraft
Patent No. 11174013 

Inventor(s): David Andrew Prater (Hurst, TX), Eric Stephen Olson (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17037476 on 09/29/2020 (413 days app to issue)

Abstract: A failsafe multimode clutch assembly is positioned in a powertrain of a rotorcraft. The clutch assembly includes a freewheeling unit having input and output races. The freewheeling unit has a driving mode in which torque applied to the input race is transferred to the output race and an overrunning mode in which torque applied to the output race is not transferred to the input race. A bypass assembly has an engaged position that couples the input and output races of the freewheeling unit. An actuator assembly must be energized to shift the bypass assembly from the engaged position to a disengaged position. In the disengaged position, the overrunning mode of the freewheeling unit is enabled such that the clutch assembly is configured for unidirectional torque transfer. In the engaged position, the overrunning mode of the freewheeling unit is disabled such that the clutch assembly is configured for bidirectional torque transfer.

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


Failsafe multimode clutch assemblies for rotorcraft
Patent No. 11174014 

Inventor(s): Eric Stephen Olson (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17037512 on 09/29/2020 (413 days app to issue)

Abstract: A failsafe multimode clutch assembly is positioned in a powertrain of a rotorcraft. The clutch assembly includes a freewheeling unit having input and output races. The freewheeling unit has a driving mode in which torque applied to the input race is transferred to the output race and an overrunning mode in which torque applied to the output race is not transferred to the input race. A bypass assembly has an engaged position that couples the input and output races of the freewheeling unit. An actuator assembly must be energized to shift the bypass assembly from the engaged position to a disengaged position. In the disengaged position, the overrunning mode of the freewheeling unit is enabled such that the clutch assembly is configured for unidirectional torque transfer. In the engaged position, the overrunning mode of the freewheeling unit is disabled such that the clutch assembly is configured for bidirectional torque transfer.

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


Multimode clutch assemblies having engagement status sensors
Patent No. 11174015 

Inventor(s): Charles Eric Covington (Colleyville, TX), Chia-Wei Su (Lewisville, TX), David Andrew Prater (Hurst, TX), David Bryan Roberts (Bedford, TX), Douglas Andrew Goodwin (Fort Worth, TX), Eric Stephen Olson (Fort Worth, TX), Mic
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17063712 on 10/05/2020 (407 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multimode clutch assembly is positioned in a powertrain of a rotorcraft. The clutch assembly includes a freewheeling unit having a driving mode in which torque applied to the input race is transferred to the output race and an overrunning mode in which torque applied to the output race is not transferred to the input race. A bypass assembly has an engaged position that couples the input and output races of the freewheeling unit. An actuator assembly shifts the bypass assembly between engaged and disengaged positions. An engagement status sensor is configured to determine the engagement status of the bypass assembly. In the disengaged position, the overrunning mode of the freewheeling unit is enabled such that the clutch assembly is configured for unidirectional torque transfer. In the engaged position, the overrunning mode of the freewheeling unit is disabled such that the clutch assembly is configured for bidirectional torque transfer.

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


Rotor blade folding system
Patent No. 11174017 

Inventor(s): Bryan Kenneth Baskin (Arlington, TX), Chris P. Butler (Frisco, TX), Robert D. Higbie (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16426781 on 05/30/2019 (901 days app to issue)

Abstract: A foldable rotor blade assembly includes a first section including a connector assembly including a plurality of through holes and a second section including a connector having a plurality of openings. The connector is receivable within a hollow interior of the first section. A plurality of fasteners insertable within the plurality of through holes and the plurality of openings. A fold assembly is operably coupled to both the first section and the second section. The fold assembly defines a blade fold axis about which the second section is rotatable to transform the rotor blade assembly between a normal configuration when the connector is received within the hollow interior of the first section, and a folded configuration when the connector has rotated outside of the hollow interior of the first section.

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


Anti-torque control using fixed blade pitch motors
Patent No. 11174018 

Inventor(s): Carlos Fenny (Fort Worth, TX), Erik John Oltheten (Fort Worth, TX), Thomas Dewey Parsons (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16886000 on 05/28/2020 (537 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes an a plurality of first variable speed motors mounted on a tail boom of the helicopter; one or more fixed pitch blades attached to each of the plurality of first variable speed motors; and wherein a speed of one or more of the plurality of first variable speed motors is varied to provide an anti-torque thrust.

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


Fluidic roll control systems for use in forward flight
Patent No. 11174020 

Inventor(s): Daniel Bryan Robertson (Southlake, TX), Kirk Landon Groninga (Keller, TX), Matthew Edward Louis (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16833635 on 03/29/2020 (597 days app to issue)

Abstract: An active flow control system for generating roll control moments for an aircraft during forward flight. The system includes right and left roll effectors disposed on a trailing edge of the wing. A pressurized air system includes a pressurized air source and a plurality of injectors operably associated with the right and left roll effectors that influence the path of airflow across the wing. Based upon which of the injectors is injecting pressurized air, the right and left roll effectors generate no roll control moment, generate a roll right control moment or generate a roll left control moment.

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


Systems and methods for use in welding pipe segments of a pipeline
Patent No. 11175099 

Inventor(s): Lawrence Sniderman (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): CRC-EVANS PIPELINE INTERNATIONAL, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16589637 on 10/01/2019 (777 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present application relates to a field system and methods that can be deployed in the application of pipe welding. The field system provides many embodiments relating to pipe welding systems and methods, that can be used in combination with one another, or individually. Such welding systems and methods, include, for example, internal welding systems and methods, tie-in welding system and methods, pipe inspection systems and methods, pipe handling systems and methods, internal pipe cooling systems and methods, non-destructive testing systems and methods, as well as remote interface and database systems and methods (uLog), to name a few. The application further relates to welded pipes that result from some or all of such processes.

[B23K] SOLDERING OR UNSOLDERING; WELDING; CLADDING OR PLATING BY SOLDERING OR WELDING; CUTTING BY APPLYING HEAT LOCALLY, e.g. FLAME CUTTING; WORKING BY LASER BEAM (making metal-coated products by extruding metal B21C 23/22; building up linings or coverings by casting B22D 19/08; casting by dipping B22D 23/04; manufacture of composite layers by sintering metal powder B22F 7/00; arrangements on machine tools for copying or controlling B23Q; covering metals or covering materials with metals, not otherwise provided for C23C; burners F23D)


Compact portable foldable solar panel support system and methods of use
Patent No. 11177765 

Inventor(s): Gregory K. Miller (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Sierra IP Law, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17187694 on 02/26/2021 (263 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for providing portable solar array support systems. Embodiments of the invention include an apparatus that holds four 60-cell rooftop-grade solar panels and folds up into a relatively small portable device that easily fits in a garage or shed. When open, the panels are displayed at near the nominal angle to the sun for the region. Adjustable angle supports are available in alternative embodiments. Embodiments of the foldable solar array system are constructed from steel components, and feature proprietary integrated hinges to minimize the size and complexity of the system. The hinges are specially-cut sections of steel angle iron that force a solid stop point in the open or closed positions. These may be 90 hinges on the panel arms and swing arms, and may be 180 hinges on panel-to-panel hinges. The panel-to-panel hinges also allow for an offset based on the thickness of the solar panels and make the solar panels lay flat when open and stack face to face when closed. The weight from the use of steel is useful to help stabilize the array in windy conditions. Additional weight and/or ground anchors can also be easily applied and are recommended for use in windy environments.

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


 

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

Compounds useful as inhibitors of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase and/or tryptophan dioxygenase
Patent No. 11173145 

Inventor(s): Naphtali Reyna (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16478076 on 01/16/2018 (1400 days app to issue)

Abstract: Compounds of formula (VII), which are useful as inhibitors of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase and/or tryptophan dioxygenase, are provided. Also provided are pharmaceutical compositions, kits comprising said compounds, and methods and uses pertaining to said compounds.

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


Removing sulphur-based contaminants and nitrogen-based contaminants from water streams
Patent No. 11174180 

Inventor(s): Billy G Clark (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Streamline Innovations, Inc. (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Anderson Gorecki LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16388594 on 04/18/2019 (943 days app to issue)

Abstract: A small-scale system for removing hydrogen sulfide and ammonia from a wastewater stream includes a sulfur recovery stage, an ammonia recovery stage, and a separation stage. Sulfur species are oxidized and converted into solid sulfur and solid sulfur species by exposure to a combination of chelated iron and oxidizer. The solid sulfur and solid sulfur species are removed by filtration to yield a sulfur-free stream to which oxidizer is added and electromagnetic radiation is inputted to break the NH bonds of the ammonia into amine radicals. The combination of additional oxidizer and electromagnetic radiation promotes the creation of water and nitrogen gas.

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


Organic-inorganic perovskite materials and methods of making the same
Patent No. 11174276 

Inventor(s): Mengjin Yang (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Golden, CO)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16640903 on 09/05/2018 (1168 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method that includes treating a liquid that includes a first precursor at a concentration C[subscript]1[/subscript], a second precursor at a concentration C[subscript]2[/subscript], a third precursor at a concentration C[subscript]3[/subscript], and an additive at a concentration C[subscript]4[/subscript], where the treating results in a perovskite, each of C[subscript]1[/subscript], C[subscript]2[/subscript], and C[subscript]3 [/subscript]are between 0.001 M and 100 M, inclusively, and at least one of C[subscript]4[/subscript]/C[subscript]1 [/subscript]or C[subscript]4[/subscript]/C[subscript]2 [/subscript]equals a ratio greater than or equal to zero

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


Nanophosphors for visible light enhancement
Patent No. 11174428 

Inventor(s): Lun Ma (Arlington, TX), Wei Chen (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): THE BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: FisherBroyles LLP (Local + 20 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16069086 on 01/12/2017 (1769 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are composite materials that comprise one or more nanophosphors capable of converting higher frequency, lower wavelength radiation into visible light. As used, the produced visible light enhances the amount of visible light already present from natural or artificial sources.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Adjustable rebar centralizer for use in a drilled shaft/bore hole
Patent No. 11174641 

Inventor(s): Stanley D. Agee (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Pieresearch1, LP (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16814816 on 03/10/2020 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for centering a reinforcing member within a drilled shaft/bore hole includes a first cage member and a second cage member. The first cage member is operable to surround a first half of the reinforcing member. The second cage member is operable to surround a second half of the reinforcing member. The second cage member is operably connected to the first cage member, and the first and second cage members have identical shapes.

[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]


Pressure cycle device
Patent No. 11174690 

Inventor(s): Christopher C. Hoelscher (Arlington, TX), Jason Karl Cook (Crowley, TX), Richard Ellis Robey (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16590578 on 10/02/2019 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided is a pressure cycle actuation assembly. The pressure cycle actuation assembly, in one aspect, includes a housing, a reciprocating piston located within the housing and defining first and second fluid chambers, and a check valve positioned between the first and second fluid chambers, the check valve permitting fluid flow from the first fluid chamber to the second fluid chamber but preventing fluid flow from the second fluid chamber to the first fluid chamber. The A pressure cycle actuation assembly, according to this aspect, further includes a flow restrictor positioned between the first and second fluid chambers, the flow restrictor restricting fluid flow between the first fluid chamber and the second fluid chamber, and a rotating collet coupled to the reciprocating piston, the rotating collet translating reciprocal axial motion of the reciprocating piston into one-direction rotation and axial lengthening or shortening of the rotating collet relative to the reciprocating piston.

[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]


Top set degradable wellbore isolation device
Patent No. 11174691 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zachary William Walton (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15750124 on 09/02/2015 (2267 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wellbore isolation device capable of being set from the top including one or more components capable of degrading when exposed to a wellbore environment. A method and system for providing zonal isolation in a wellbore that includes a downhole degradable top-setting wellbore isolation device.

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


Crown plug pulling tool with bailer feature
Patent No. 11174692 

Inventor(s): David Russ Larimore (Dallas, TX), Mark S. Holly (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: C. Tumey Law Group PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16960458 on 02/23/2019 (997 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to pulling tools and, more particularly, to incorporating a bailer feature in pulling tools. A pulling tool may be provided that includes a housing. The pulling tool may further include a tool engagement assembly securing in the housing with a distal end of the tool engagement assembly extending from the housing for engagement with a well tool. The pulling tool may further include a bailer chamber formed in the tool engagement assembly and in fluid communication with an exterior of the pulling tool through an opening in the distal end of the tool engagement assembly. The pulling tool may further include a valve positioned in the opening of the tool engagement assembly.

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


Well system with degradable plug
Patent No. 11174693 

Inventor(s): Jean Marc Lopez (Plano, TX), Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16390583 on 04/22/2019 (939 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole assembly is disclosed. The downhole assembly includes a tube disposed in a wellbore, and a shroud coupled to and disposed around the circumference of the tube to form an annulus between an inner surface of the shroud and an outer surface of the tube. The downhole assembly further includes a flow control device disposed in the annulus, and a degradable plug disposed in the annulus and positioned to prevent fluid flow between the annulus and the tube.

[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]


Rotating control device element reinforcement petals
Patent No. 11174698 

Inventor(s): Joseph Michael Karigan (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17126620 on 12/18/2020 (333 days app to issue)

Abstract: A reinforced seal for use in a rotating control device in a wellbore includes an annular elastomeric body and an internal support embedded within the elastomeric body and extending in an axial direction, the internal support comprising a plurality of overlapping petals. A system for sealing a drill string includes a rotating control device including the reinforced seal configured to accommodate the drill string therethrough.

[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 packer ring apparatus and method of assembling thereof
Patent No. 11174699 

Inventor(s): Geir Gjelstad (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16623857 on 07/31/2017 (1569 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole packer ring apparatus for use in a wellbore, comprising a first ring member and a second ring member. The first ring member has an end with a plurality of separated end tabs. The first ring member has an opening with an inner diameter sized to encircle a basepipe of the wellbore. The second ring member has a tapered interior surface and an end with an opening having an inner diameter sized to encircle the basepipe and connect to the first ring member such that the end tabs of the first ring member are locatable in the end opening of the second ring member and pressable against the tapered interior surface such that flexed portions of the end tabs engage with the basepipe.

[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]


Swellable metal for non-elastomeric O-rings, seal stacks, and gaskets
Patent No. 11174700 

Inventor(s): Michael L. Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX), Zachary William Walton (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16643804 on 11/13/2017 (1464 days app to issue)

Abstract: Swellable metal sealing elements and methods for forming a seal in a wellbore using said swellable metal sealing elements. An example method comprises providing a swellable metal sealing element selected from the group consisting of an O-ring, a gasket, or a seal stack; wherein the swellable metal sealing element is disposed in or around a downhole tool disposed in the wellbore. The method further comprises exposing the swellable metal sealing element to a brine and allowing or causing to allow the swellable metal sealing element to swell.

[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]


Mechanical barriers for downhole degradation and debris control
Patent No. 11174709 

Inventor(s): Aihua Liang (Plano, TX), David Joe Steele (Arlington, TX), Srinivasa Prasanna Vemuri (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16088507 on 12/08/2017 (1439 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method to protect downhole tools and equipment used in transporting fluids with erosional and/or corrosive characteristics is disclosed according to one or more embodiments. The protection assembly engages with a latch coupling or other surface in need of protection to form a barrier between the latch coupling surface and any erosional or corrosive fluids. The protection assembly comprises a barrier sleeve portion and a support sleeve portion disposed in the barrier sleeve. The support sleeve is moveable between a first and second position within the barrier sleeve. In a first position of the support sleeve, collet fingers in the barrier sleeve may flex to allow movement through the latch coupling while in a second position of the support sleeve, the collet fingers may not flex and the barrier sleeve is engaged and protecting the latch coupling.

[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

 

Anti-symmetric spring
Patent No. 11174912 

Inventor(s): Tyler Wayne Baldwin (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16176585 on 10/31/2018 (1112 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes a torsion spring including a middle plate having a first attachment point displaced from the geometric center of the middle plate; a first elastomeric element secured to a first side of the middle plate and having an opening coincident with the first attachment point of the middle plate; a second elastomeric element secured to a second side of the middle plate and having an opening coincident with the first attachment point of the middle plate; a first outer plate secured to the first elastomeric element and having an opening coincident with the first attachment point of the middle plate; and a second outer plate secured to the second elastomeric element, having an opening coincident with the attachment point of the middle plate.

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


Gate valve and method of repairing same
Patent No. 11174958 

Inventor(s): Lorne Randall Moseley (Renton, LA), Robert Timothy Greer (Minden, LA)
Assignee(s): Jet Oilfield Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Kim IP Law Group LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16292156 on 03/04/2019 (988 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gate valve for controlling flow of a fluid therethrough is provided. The gate valve includes a valve body having an outer surface, a bore, a valve cavity, a first seat pocket, a second seat pocket, and first and second fluid ports extending from the outer surface to the first and second seat pockets, respectively. First and second seats are positioned respectively within the first and second seat pockets. The seats include circumferential fluid channels and one or more conduits in fluid communication with the fluid ports for permitting a repair fluid to be injected into the ports to the faces of the seats. A gate is slidably positioned within the valve cavity between the first seat and the second seat for controlling flow of a fluid through the valve. Sand shields are also provided at the rear of the seats to capture particulates and to bias the seats against the gate.

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


Carbon dioxide cooling system with subcooling
Patent No. 11175073 

Inventor(s): Robert B. Uselton (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14955359 on 12/01/2015 (2177 days app to issue)

Abstract: A subcooling controller includes a sensor and a processor. The sensor measures one or more of a temperature external to a first heat exchanger that removes heat from carbon dioxide refrigerant, a temperature of the carbon dioxide refrigerant, and a pressure of the carbon dioxide refrigerant. The processor determines that one or more of the measured temperature external to the first heat exchanger, the temperature of the carbon dioxide refrigerant, and the pressure of the carbon dioxide refrigerant is above a threshold and in response to that determination, activates a subcooling system. The subcooling system includes a condenser, a second heat exchanger, and a compressor. The condenser removes heat from a second refrigerant. The second heat removes heat from the carbon dioxide refrigerant stored in a flash tank. The compressor compresses the second refrigerant from the second heat exchanger and sends the second refrigerant to the condenser.

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


 

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Self-charging unmanned vehicle
Patent No. 11174023 

Inventor(s): Kade Scott (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16390747 on 04/22/2019 (939 days app to issue)

Abstract: Unmanned vehicles can be terrestrial, aerial, nautical, or multi-mode. Unmanned vehicles may efficiently accomplish tasks by autonomously charging or replacing its power source.

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


MEMS gyroscope control circuit
Patent No. 11175138 

Inventor(s): Chao-Ming Tsai (Southlake, TX), David McClure (Carrollton, TX), Deyou Fang (Frisco, TX), Milad Alwardi (Allen, TX), Yamu Hu (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16452850 on 06/26/2019 (874 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microelectromechanical system (MEMS) gyroscope includes a driving mass and a driving circuit that operates to drive the driving mass in a mechanical oscillation at a resonant drive frequency. An oscillator generates a system clock that is independent of and asynchronous to the resonant drive frequency. A clock generator circuit outputs a first clock and a second clock that are derived from the system clock. The drive loop of the driving circuit including an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) circuit that is clocked by the first clock and a digital signal processing (DSP) circuit that is clocked by the second clock.

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


Autonomously moving machine and method for operating an autonomously moving machine
Patent No. 11175146 

Inventor(s): Manuj Naman (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Anantak Robotics Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15976546 on 05/10/2018 (1286 days app to issue)

Abstract: An autonomous machine and a method for operating the autonomous machine are disclosed. In an embodiment, the method includes receiving first sensor data from a first plurality of sensors supported by the machine, the first sensors covering a scene in a vicinity of the machine, generating a virtual map frame comprising a plurality of gravity patches and mapping the gravity patches and the first sensor data.

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


Pedestrian and vehicle route optimization
Patent No. 11175153 

Inventor(s): Alex Pham (San Jose, CA), Jacob Morrow (Carrollton, TX), Jerry Tipper (Plano, TX), Nutonya Lynn Parker (Dallas, TX), Ratan Kumar Gone (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16546142 on 08/20/2019 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a route optimization system. The route optimization system includes a sensor configured to detect a location of one or more pedestrians. The route optimization system includes a processor. The processor is coupled to the sensor and configured to obtain a start location and a destination location for a vehicle or a personal device. The processor is configured to determine pedestrian traffic flow between the start location and the destination location based on the location of the one or more pedestrians. The processor is configured to determine multiple routes between the start location and the destination location and determine an optimal route based on the pedestrian traffic flow. The processor is configured to provide the optimal route to a user.

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


IC analog boundary scan cell, digital cell, comparator, analog switches
Patent No. 11175339 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16904142 on 06/17/2020 (517 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel method and apparatus for improving interposers that connected stacked die assemblies to system substrates. The improvement includes the addition of IEEE 1141.1 circuitry within interposers to allow simplifying interconnect testing of digital and analog signal connections between the interposer and system substrate it is attached too. The improvement also includes the additional 1141.1 controlled circuitry that allows real time monitoring of voltage supply and ground buses in the interposer. The improvement also includes the additional of 1141.1 controlled circuitry that allows real time monitoring of functional digital and analog input and output signals in the interposer. The improvement also provides the ability to selectively serially link the 1141.1 circuitry in the interposer with 1141.1 circuitry in the die of the stack.

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


Time-varying template for improved short-distance performance in coded ultrasonic ranging
Patent No. 11175402 

Inventor(s): Anand Gopalan (Plano, TX), Lei Ding (Plano, TX), Srinath Mathur Ramaswamy (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16694506 on 11/25/2019 (722 days app to issue)

Abstract: Ultrasonic ranging systems and methods that emit coded bursts and correlate transduced acoustical echoes of the bursts with a receive template characterizing a burst code to determine time-of-flight information use receive templates of time-variable length to improve short-range object detection. The template length is based on a time index measured from the start of the burst emission. The detection can account for a dead zone of transducer ringing following a burst. A time-variable gain that is also based on the time index can be applied to the correlated signal. The length and gain can be adjusted with reduced temporal frequency to reduce computation cost.

[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


Head-mounted progressive lens simulator
Patent No. 11175518 

Inventor(s): Gergely T. Zimanyi (Berkeley, CA)
Assignee(s): NEUROLENS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Neurolens, Inc. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16293687 on 03/06/2019 (986 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Progressive Lens Simulator comprises an Eye Tracker, for tracking an eye axis direction to determine a gaze distance, an Off-Axis Progressive Lens Simulator, for generating an Off-Axis progressive lens simulation; and an Axial Power-Distance Simulator, for simulating a progressive lens power in the eye axis direction. The Progressive Lens Simulator can alternatively include an Integrated Progressive Lens Simulator, for creating a Comprehensive Progressive Lens Simulation. The Progressive Lens Simulator can be Head-mounted. A Guided Lens Design Exploration System for the Progressive Lens Simulator can include a Progressive Lens Simulator, a Feedback-Control Interface, and a Progressive Lens Design processor, to generate a modified progressive lens simulation for the patient after a guided modification of the progressive lens design. A Deep Learning Method for an Artificial Intelligence Engine can be used for a Progressive Lens Design Processor. Embodiments include a multi-station system of Progressive Lens Simulators and a Central Supervision Station.

[G02C] SPECTACLES; SUNGLASSES OR GOGGLES INSOFAR AS THEY HAVE THE SAME FEATURES AS SPECTACLES; CONTACT LENSES


Methods and systems for high dynamic range image projectors
Patent No. 11175577 

Inventor(s): Duane Scott Dewald (Plano, TX), Nathan Wainwright (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16516183 on 07/18/2019 (852 days app to issue)

Abstract: Projection systems and/or methods for efficient use of light by recycling a portion of the light energy for future use are disclosed. In one embodiment, a projection display system is disclosed comprising a light source; an integrating rod that receives light from said light source at a proximal end that comprise a reflective surface which may reflecting/recycle light down said integrating rod; of reflecting light down said integrating rod; a relay optical system, said relay optical system further comprising optical elements that are capable of moving the focal plane of the projector display system; and a modulator comprising at least one moveable mirror that reflects light received from the integrating rod in either a projection direction or a light recycling direction.

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


Increasing consumer confidence in autonomous vehicles
Patent No. 11175669 

Inventor(s): Chris Risberg (Flower Mound, TX), Katsumi Nagata (Foster City, CA), Ryan Wiesenberg (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16529664 on 08/01/2019 (838 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a confidence enhancement system. The confidence enhancement system includes a navigation unit configured to obtain navigational map information including a current location of the vehicle. The confidence enhancement system includes a sensor configured to obtain sensor data. The confidence enhancement system includes an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is coupled to the navigation unit and the sensor. The electronic control unit is configured to determine a confidence score. The confidence score is related to safe operation of the autonomous driving of the vehicle based on the current location of the vehicle and the sensor data. The electronic control unit is configured to determine that the confidence score exceeds a confidence threshold and indicate that autonomous driving is safe at the current location.

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


Automatic input/output voltage control
Patent No. 11175685 

Inventor(s): Richard Edwin Hubbard (Allen, TX), Richard Sterling Broughton (Dallas, TX), Vijayalakshmi Devarajan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16914938 on 06/29/2020 (505 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit includes an input terminal, an input buffer circuit, an interface voltage control circuit, an output voltage selection circuit, an output driver circuit, and an output terminal. The input buffer circuit is coupled to the input terminal. The interface voltage control circuit is coupled to the input terminal. The output voltage selection circuit is coupled to the interface voltage control circuit. The output driver circuit is coupled to the output voltage selection circuit. The output terminal is coupled to the output driver circuit.

[G05F] SYSTEMS FOR REGULATING ELECTRIC OR MAGNETIC VARIABLES (regulating the timing or recurrence frequency of pulses in radar or radio navigation systems G01S; regulation of current or voltage, specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces G04G 19/02; closed-loop systems for regulating non-electric variables by electric means G05D; regulating power supply of digital computers G06F 1/26; for obtaining desired operating characteristics of electromagnets with armatures H01F 7/18; regulating electric power distribution networks H02J; regulating the charging of batteries H02J 7/00; regulating of the output of static converters, e.g. switching regulators, H02M; regulation of the output of electric generators H02N, H02P 9/00; controlling transformers, reactors or choke coils H02P 13/00; regulating frequency response, gain, maximum output, amplitude or bandwidth of amplifiers H03G; regulating tuning of resonant circuits H03J; controlling generators of electronic oscillations or pulses H03L; regulating characteristics of transmission lines H04B; controlling electric light sources H05B 37/02, H05B 39/04, H05B 41/36; electric control of X-ray apparatus H05G 1/30) [5]


Managing memory commands in a memory subsystem by adjusting a maximum number of low priority commands in a DRAM controller
Patent No. 11175859 

Inventor(s): Patrick A. La Fratta (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): MICRON TECHNOLOGY, INC. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Nicholson De Vos Webster Elliott LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16929008 on 07/14/2020 (490 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is described for managing issuance of memory commands. The method includes determining whether a number of high priority commands from a cache controller meets a first threshold. In response to meeting the first threshold, a second threshold, which indicates a maximum number of low priority commands allowed in a low latency memory command queue, is set to a first value. In response to not meeting the first threshold, the second threshold is set to a second value. The method further selects a memory command for issuance from the cache controller command queue, wherein the memory command is a high priority memory command when the number of low priority memory commands stored in the low latency memory controller command queue meets the second threshold and is a low priority memory command when the number of low priority memory commands does not meet the second threshold.

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


Reconfiguring an addressing mechanism for a system on chip to bypass a defective branch unit
Patent No. 11176006 

Inventor(s): Callum Stewart (Livingston, , GB)
Assignee(s): SIEMENS INDUSTRY SOFTWARE INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Lempia Summerfield Katz LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16994373 on 08/14/2020 (459 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of reconfiguring an addressing mechanism in a system-on-chip comprising system circuitry and monitoring circuitry having tree-structured units for routing communications through the system, includes sending a discovery message, receiving discovery responses from the units, each discovery response identifying the number of individually addressable entities in that unit and those units in the branch above that unit; in response to not receiving a response from one or more units, determining that one of those units is defective; enabling a crosslink between a first unit in the same branch as the defective unit and a second unit in an adjacent branch; sending a further discovery message; receiving a further discovery response from the second unit identifying the number of individually addressable entities in that second unit, those units in the branch above that second unit, the first unit, and those units in the branch above the first unit; and reconfiguring the address of the crosslink so as to cause a subsequent communication to an individually addressable entity in the defective unit”s branch to be routed via the adjacent branch and the crosslink, thereby bypassing the defective unit.

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


Managing potential faults for speculative page table access
Patent No. 11176055 

Inventor(s): David Albert Carlson (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): Marvell Asia Pte, Ltd. (Singapore, , SG)
Law Firm: Young Basile Hanlon MacFarlane, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16532654 on 08/06/2019 (833 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pipeline in a processor core includes: at least one stage that decodes instructions including load instructions that retrieve data stored at respective virtual addresses, at least one stage that issues at least some decoded load instructions out-of-order, and at least one stage that initiates at least one prefetch operation. Copies of page table entries mapping virtual addresses to physical addresses are stored in a TLB. Managing misses in the TLB includes: handling a load instruction issued out-of-order using a hardware page table walker, after a miss in the TLB, handling a prefetch operation using the hardware page table walker, after a miss in the TLB, and handling any software-calling faults triggered by out-of-order load instructions handled by the hardware page table walker differently from any software-calling faults triggered by prefetch operations handled by the hardware page table walker.

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


Integrated circuit with combined interrupt and serial data output
Patent No. 11176067 

Inventor(s): Mark Edward Wentroble (Plano, TX), Richard Edwin Hubbard (Lavon, TX), Richard Sterling Broughton (Dallas, TX), Vijayalakshmi Devarajan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16909396 on 06/23/2020 (511 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit includes a combined serial data output and interrupt output terminal, a serial communication control circuit; an interrupt generation circuit, and an output circuit. The output circuit includes a serial data input, an interrupt input, and a combined serial data and interrupt output. The serial data input is coupled to a serial data output of the serial communication circuit. The interrupt input is coupled to an interrupt output of the interrupt generation circuit. The combined serial data and interrupt output is coupled to the combined serial data output and interrupt output terminal.

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


Dynamic server pool data segmentation using dynamic ordinal partition key without locks
Patent No. 11176088 

Inventor(s): Rama Venkata S. Kavali (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16985326 on 08/05/2020 (468 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects described herein may relate to a data processing engine that executes on a computing device in order to store data from one or more feed files, which may be heterogeneous, to a destination data structure on a designated computing device. Because the files may be huge in size, it is important that the files be stored in a manner in order to reduce the time to move the data and to support an efficient mechanism for recovering from errors. A feed file may be dynamically partitioned into groups of contiguous rows based on a dynamic partitioning key, where data chunks are loaded into a plurality of clone tables and subsequently moved into a destination data structure. The data processing engine may determine a row size for the clone files and request for resources from a computing cloud to obtain those resources.

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


Data access control using data block level decryption
Patent No. 11176264 

Inventor(s): Manu J. Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16545216 on 08/20/2019 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: An information security system that includes a data control engine configured to receive a data request identifying a first reference tag that is associated with a data file. The data control engine is further configured to identify a first set of encrypted data blocks that are linked with the reference tag and location information for the first set of encrypted data blocks from a data information table. The data control engine is further configured to extract the first set of data blocks from a memory based on the location information. The data control engine is further configured to identify access keys associated with the first set of encrypted data blocks from the data information table and to decrypt the first set of encrypted data blocks using the identified access keys. The data control engine is further configured to reconstruct the data file using the decrypted first set of data blocks.

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


System and method for validation of photonics device layout designs
Patent No. 11176309 

Inventor(s): Nadine Shehad (Cairo, , EG), Nermeen Mohamed Hossam (Nasr, , EG)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16994830 on 08/17/2020 (456 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for validation of photonics device layout designs. A method includes receiving, by a computer system, a rule deck and a layout design. The layout design includes silicon photonics (SiP) structures. The method includes performing a verification process to produce verification results. The verification results include violations and the violations include SiP violations. The method includes performing SiP spacing filtering to filter the SiP violations into true SiP violations and false SiP violations. The method includes storing the true SiP violations in a result database.

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


Medical network
Patent No. 11176318 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey L. Edgington (Keller, TX), Lee A. Carbonell (Flower Mound, TX), Pandian Mariadoss (Allen, TX), Tsz Shing Cheng (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts, LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15599028 on 05/18/2017 (1643 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and tools for sharing medical costs between prospective patients seeking treatment, and existing patients of a medical network. Prospective patients may actively query medical costs for specific conditions and treatments for the specific conditions previously experienced by existing patients. Existing patients contributing to the documents accessible by the medical network may upload anonymous versions of EOBs, medical bills and medical documents to the medical network in exchange for rewards. The prospective patients may communicate and query the desired information using natural language inputs to instruct a client computing system to search the medical network for relevant treatment information. The prospective patient may use natural language commands or other inputs to filter the query results by condition, location, cost, quality of service, service provider, insurance provider, or any other parameter that may be detailed by the medical documents accessible through the medical network.

[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 and method for person re-identification using overhead view images
Patent No. 11176382 

Inventor(s): Aaron Michael Burry (Ontario, NY), Arko Barman (Houston, TX), Robert P. Loce (Webster, NY), Wencheng Wu (Rochester, NY)
Assignee(s): CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15450974 on 03/06/2017 (1716 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium and apparatus for performing a person re-identification using an overhead view image are disclosed. For example, the method includes receiving a plurality of overhead view images, detecting a target person in one or more of the plurality of overhead view images, creating a probe image of the target person, receiving a selection of the probe image containing the target person, selecting one or more of the plurality of processed images that has a similar distortion profile as a distortion profile of the probe image based on a radial distance of the target person from a center of a respective overhead view image of the plurality overhead view images used to generate the probe image and performing the person-re-identification of the target person using the one or more of the plurality of processed images that are selected.

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


System and method for prediction of protein-ligand interactions and their bioactivity
Patent No. 11176462 

Inventor(s): [circumflex over (Z)]ygimantas Joys (Hove, , GB), Alwin Bucher (Cambridge, , GB), Aurimas Pabrinkis (London, , GB), Charles Dazler Knuff (Dallas, TX), Cooper Stergis Jamieson (Venice, CA), Mikhail Demtchenko (London, , GB), Orest
Assignee(s): Ro5 Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Galvin Patent Law LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17171494 on 02/09/2021 (280 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for computationally tractable prediction of protein-ligand interactions and their bioactivity. According to an embodiment, the system and method comprise two machine learning processing streams and concatenating their outputs. One of the machine learning streams is trained using information about ligands and their bioactivity interactions with proteins. The other machine learning stream is trained using information about proteins and their bioactivity interactions with ligands. After the machine learning algorithms for each stream have been trained, they can be used to predict the bioactivity of a given protein-ligand pair by inputting a specified ligand into the ligand processing stream and a specified protein into the protein processing stream. The machine learning algorithms of each stream predict possible protein-ligand bioactivity interactions based on the training data.

[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)


Multi-channel tracking and control system
Patent No. 11176505 

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: 16736141 on 01/07/2020 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: Arrangements for providing multi-channel tracking and control are provided. In some examples, a request for a quantity of product may be received. The request may be processed and the order transmitted to a destination. During shipping, tracking of the order may be performed to determine whether an order has arrived at a destination. In some examples, quality data may be captured at the destination to determine whether a portion of the order was damaged or destroyed during shipping. In some arrangements, upon detecting delivery of the order the system may generate one or more instructions to update an inventory of the requesting entity based on delivery of the order. In some examples, machine learning may be used to predict when an entity may submit a subsequent request for product, a recommended amount of product, and the like. This information may be transmitted to a requesting entity to simplify future processing requests.

[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 providing a direct marketing campaign planning environment
Patent No. 11176570 

Inventor(s): Venkat R. Achanta (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Experian Information Solutions, Inc. (Costa Mesa, CA)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16907060 on 06/19/2020 (515 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of system are disclosed in which selection strategies for a direct marketing campaign that identify consumers from a credit bureau or other consumer database can be planned, tested, and/or refined on a stable subset of the credit database. In some embodiments, once refined, consumer selection criteria may be used to execute the direct marketing campaign on the full consumer/credit database, which is preferably updated approximately twice weekly. In one preferred embodiment, the data for the test database represents a random sampling of approximately 10% of the full database and the sampling is regenerated approximately weekly in order to provide a stable set of data on which campaign developers may test their campaign. For each consumer in the sampling, the environment may allow a client to access and use both attributes calculated by the credit bureau and proprietary attributes and data owned by the client. The system allows for a plurality of clients to use the system substantially simultaneously while protecting the privacy and integrity of the client”s proprietary data and results.

[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]


Image and object detection enhancement based on lighting profiles
Patent No. 11176647 

Inventor(s): David B. Auner (South Lyon, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jordan IP Law, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16710636 on 12/11/2019 (706 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems may provide for technology to identify one or more light sources. The technology generates a light reflection profile associated with the one or more light sources. The light reflection profile is to predict one or more of reflection characteristics of light emitted from the one or more light sources or identify at least one characteristic of the one or more light sources. The technology further one or more of adjusts a first image based on the light reflection profile or identify one or more characteristics of a first object in the first image based on the light reflection profile.

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


Image-based action detection using contour dilation
Patent No. 11176686 

Inventor(s): Deepanjan Paul (Plano, TX), Sailesh Bharathwaaj Krishnamurthy (Irving, TX), Sarath Vakacharla (Irving, TX), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): 7-ELEVEN, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16664332 on 10/25/2019 (753 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a sensor, a weight sensor, and a tracking subsystem. The tracking subsystem receives an image feed of top-view images generated by the sensor and weight measurements from the weight sensor. The tracking subsystem detects an event associated with an item being removed from a rack in which the weight sensor is installed. The tracking subsystem determines that a first person and a second person may be associated with the event. In response, the tracking subsystem dilates contours associated with the first and second person from a first depth to a second depth until the contours enter a zone adjacent to the rack. A number of iterations is determined for each contour to enter the zone adjacent to the rack. If the first person”s contour enters the zone in fewer iterations, the item is assigned to the first person.

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


Overlaying 3D augmented reality content on real-world objects using image segmentation
Patent No. 11176758 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Olalekan Awoyemi (Prosper, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Staevan Duckworth (The Colony, TX), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Kacvinsky Daisak Bluni PLLC (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17114983 on 12/08/2020 (343 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments are generally directed to techniques of overlaying a virtual object on a physical object in augmented reality (AR). A computing device may receive one or more images of the physical object, perform analysis on the images (such as image segmentation) to generate a digital outline, and determine a position and a scale of the physical object based at least in part on the digital outline. The computing device may configure (e.g., rotate, scale) a 3D model of the physical object to match the determined position and scale of the physical object. The computing device may place or overlay a 3D virtual object on the physical object in AR based on a predefined location relation between the 3D virtual object and the 3D model of the physical object, and further, generate a composite view of the placement or overlay.

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


Mobile computing device for use in controlling wirelessly controlled vehicles
Patent No. 11176809 

Inventor(s): Ari Krupnik (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16921547 on 07/06/2020 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for utilizing a mobile computing device (e.g., such as a mobile phone) for use in controlling a model vehicle are described. Consistent with some embodiments, a mobile computing device provides various user controls for generating signals that are communicated to a radio transmitter device coupled with the mobile computing device, and ultimately broadcast to a receiver residing at a model vehicle. With some embodiments, the mobile computing device may be integrated with a controller housing which provides separate user controls, such that a combination of user controls present on the mobile computing device and the controller housing can be used to control a model vehicle.

[G08C] TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS FOR MEASURED VALUES, CONTROL OR SIMILAR SIGNALS (fluid pressure transmission systems F15B; mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member into a different variable G01D 5/00; mechanical control systems G05G) [4]


Host vehicle warning systems and methods
Patent No. 11176820 

Inventor(s): Eduard VanderSmitte (McKinney, TX), Khushboo Singh (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16700172 on 12/02/2019 (715 days app to issue)

Abstract: A host vehicle warning system includes one or more processors, one or more host vehicle status sensors, one or more approaching vehicle sensors, one or more user interface devices, and one or more memory modules. The one or more host vehicle status sensors output a status signal that a host vehicle is stopped in traffic. The one or more approaching vehicle sensors output a driving condition signal indicative of a driving condition of an approaching vehicle. The one or more user interface devices output a warning to a user of the host vehicle. The one or more memory modules store logic that cause the one or more processors to determine that the host vehicle is stopped in traffic, detect the driving condition of the approaching vehicle, determine whether the driving condition of the approaching vehicle is reckless, and output the warning in response to determining the approaching vehicle is reckless.

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


Programming memory cells using encoded TLC-fine
Patent No. 11177002 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (Fremont, CA), Ravi Kumar (Redwood City, CA), Xue Pitner (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16916285 on 06/30/2020 (504 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage device including control circuitry, communicatively coupled to a non-volatile memory, configured to receive a parity bit that has been stored using a data structure, and to receive a first subset of host data that includes block data relating to a set of memory cells. The control circuitry may be configured to perform a read operation to identify a second subset of host data that includes additional block data relating to the set of memory cells. The control circuitry may be configured to decode the second subset of host data using the parity bit. The control circuitry may be configured to perform a write operation to write the block data to at least one or more memory cells that are part of the set of memory cells.

[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)


Secure data parser method and system
Patent No. 11178116 

Inventor(s): Rick L. Orsini (Flower Mound, TX), Roger S. Davenport (Campbell, TX)
Assignee(s): Security First Corp. (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15977748 on 05/11/2018 (1285 days app to issue)

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

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


 

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Display inserts, overlays, and graphical user interfaces for multimedia systems
Patent No. 11173517 

Inventor(s): Alvin R. McQuarters (Euless, TX), Amir Ansari (Plano, TX), George A. Cowgill (Farmersville, TX), Jude P. Ramayya (Wylie, TX), Leon E. Nicholls (Plano, TX), Ramprakash Masina (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): KIP PROD P1 LP (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16460148 on 07/02/2019 (868 days app to issue)

Abstract: A disclosed digital media device operational at user premises to receive media signals from a media source for presentation via endpoint devices such as a television display. The digital media device can include gateway and digital media management functionality and can be referred to as a gateway and digital media device. The device offers application services obtained over a wide area network and a user premises network. The digital media device may form a composite signal from the media signal and application service information, for example, for a composite audio and/or video signal for television type presentation to the user. The digital media device may receive a selection signal based on the presentation, for transmission to the application service provider device or to the media source. The media device also offers a GUI presenting a moveable arrangement of icons for selectively accessing application services.

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


Multi-lead adapter
Patent No. 11177195 

Inventor(s): Abram M. Castro (Carrollton, TX), Sreenivasan K. Koduri (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16394564 on 04/25/2019 (936 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, a device comprises an electronic component having multiple electrical connectors, the multiple electrical connectors configured to couple to a printed circuit board (PCB) and having a first footprint. The device also comprises a multi-lead adapter comprising multiple rows of leads arranged in parallel, the leads in the rows configured to couple to the electrical connectors of the electronic component and having a second footprint that has a different size than the first footprint.

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


Semiconductor package with solder standoff
Patent No. 11177197 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Almeria Noquil (Plano, TX), Lance Cole Wright (Allen, TX), Osvaldo Jorge Lopez (Annandale, NJ), Satyendra Singh Chauhan (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16581971 on 09/25/2019 (783 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor package includes a leadframe including a die pad and a plurality of lead terminals. A vertical semiconductor device is attached on a first side by a die attach material to the die pad. A first clip is on the first vertical device that is solder connected to a terminal of the first vertical device on a second side opposite to the first side providing a first solder bonded interface, wherein the first clip is connected to at least a first of the lead terminals. The first solder bonded interface includes a first protruding surface standoff therein that extends from a surface on the second side of the first vertical device to physically contact the first clip.

[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]


Photo-sensitive silicon package embedding self-powered electronic system
Patent No. 11177246 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Almeria Noquil (Bethlehem, PA), Osvaldo Jorge Lopez (Annandale, NJ), Simon John Molloy (Allentown, PA), Thomas Eugene Grebs (Bethlehem, PA), Walter Hans Paul Schroen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16546475 on 08/21/2019 (818 days app to issue)

Abstract: A self-powered electronic system comprises a first chip of single-crystalline semiconductor embedded in a second chip of single-crystalline semiconductor shaped as a container bordered by ridges. The assembled chips are nested and form an electronic device assembled, in turn, in a slab of weakly p-doped low-grade silicon shaped as a container bordered by ridges. The flat side of the slab includes a heavily n-doped region forming a pn-junction with the p-type bulk. A metal-filled deep silicon via through the p-type ridge connects the n-region with the terminal on the ridge surface as cathode of the photovoltaic cell with the p-region as anode. The voltage across the pn-junction serves as power source of the device.

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


Circuit overvoltage protection
Patent No. 11177251 

Inventor(s): Karim Thomas Taghizadeh Kaschani (Freising, , DE), Robert Callaghan Taft (Munich, , DE), Tobias Hoehn (Munich, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16780933 on 02/04/2020 (651 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic circuit includes an electronic device, an input/output terminal, and a protection device. The electronic device includes a signal terminal to receive an input signal. The input/output terminal is configured to receive the input signal from a source external to the electronic circuit. The protection device is coupled to the electronic device and to the input/output terminal. The protection device is configured to protect the electronic device from voltage of the input signal exceeding a threshold. The protection device includes a first semiconductor region, a first contact, and a second contact. The first contact connects the first semiconductor region to the input/output terminal. The second contact connects the first semiconductor region to the signal terminal of the electronic device.

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


Transistor with integrated capacitor
Patent No. 11177253 

Inventor(s): Christopher Boguslaw Kocon (Mountain Top, PA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16185657 on 11/09/2018 (1103 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device includes a MOS transistor with a source and a drain, and a capacitor with a first plate connected directly to the source, and a second plate connected directly to the drain. A method to fabricate an electronic device includes fabricating a MOS transistor on or in a semiconductor structure, and fabricating a capacitor having a first plate connected directly to a source of the MOS transistor, and a second plate connected directly to a drain of the MOS transistor.

[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]


Word line architecture for three dimensional NAND flash memory
Patent No. 11177277 

Inventor(s): Hiroki Yabe (Kanagawa, , JP), Koichiro Hayashi (Kanagawa, , JP), Naoki Ookuma (Kanagawa, , JP), Takuya Ariki (Kanagawa, , JP), Toru Miwa (Kanagawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16675800 on 11/06/2019 (741 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-volatile memory apparatus is provided and includes a substrate having a major surface extending longitudinally. A stack of first and second sets of word lines and insulating layers extends along and over the major surface longitudinally and alternating with and overlying one another vertically to define a device region. The first and second sets of word lines each respectively extends longitudinally beyond a first and second side of the device region a decreasing longitudinal distance from the device region as a vertical distance from the major surface increases to define first and second stepped contact regions. Word line contacts extend vertically in the first and second stepped contact regions. The second set of word lines in the first stepped contact region do not contact the word line contacts and the first set of word lines in the second stepped contact region do not contact the word line contacts.

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


Three-dimensional memory device including wrap around word lines and methods of forming the same
Patent No. 11177280 

Inventor(s): Adarsh Rajashekhar (Santa Clara, CA), Fei Zhou (San Jose, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Rahul Sharangpani (Fremont, CA), Yanli Zhang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16877328 on 05/18/2020 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming a three-dimensional memory device includes forming an alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers over a substrate, forming a memory opening through the alternating stack, forming lateral recesses at levels of the sacrificial material layers around the memory opening, forming a vertical stack of discrete clam-shaped semiconductor liners in the lateral recesses, replacing the vertical stack of discrete clam-shaped semiconductor liners with a vertical stack of inner clam-shaped metallic liners, forming a vertical stack of discrete charge storage elements on the vertical sack of inner clam-shaped metallic liners, forming a tunneling dielectric layer and a vertical semiconductor channel over the vertical stack of discrete charge storage elements and the vertical stack of inner clam-shaped metallic liners, and replacing each of the sacrificial material layers with an electrically conductive layer.

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


Ferroelectric memory devices containing a two-dimensional charge carrier gas channel and methods of making the same
Patent No. 11177284 

Inventor(s): Alan Kalitsov (San Jose, CA), Masaaki Higashitani (Cupertino, CA), Peter Rabkin (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16798643 on 02/24/2020 (631 days app to issue)

Abstract: A ferroelectric memory device includes a two-dimensional electron gas channel, a gate electrode, and a ferroelectric element located between the gate electrode and the two-dimensional electron gas channel.

[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]


HEMT having conduction barrier between drain fingertip and source
Patent No. 11177378 

Inventor(s): Chang Soo Suh (Allen, TX), Jungwoo Joh (Allen, TX), Naveen Tipirneni (Plano, TX), Sameer Pendharkar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16895111 on 06/08/2020 (526 days app to issue)

Abstract: A High Electron Mobility Transistor (HEMT) includes an active layer on a substrate, and a Group IIIA-N barrier layer on the active layer. An isolation region is through the barrier layer to provide at least one isolated active area including the barrier layer on the active layer. A gate is over the barrier layer. A drain includes at least one drain finger including a fingertip having a drain contact extending into the barrier layer to contact to the active layer and a source having a source contact extending into the barrier layer to contact to the active layer. The source forms a loop that encircles the drain. The isolation region includes a portion positioned between the source and drain contact so that there is a conduction barrier in a length direction between the drain contact of the fingertip and the source.

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


Broadband stacked patch radiating elements and related phased array antennas
Patent No. 11177572 

Inventor(s): Michael L. Brobston (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16924461 on 07/09/2020 (495 days app to issue)

Abstract: A stacked patch radiating element includes a dielectric substrate, a ground plane on a first surface of the dielectric substrate, a patch radiator on a second surface of the dielectric substrate, a feed that is configured to connect the patch radiator to a transmission line, a solder layer on the patch radiator opposite the dielectric substrate, and a parasitic radiating element on the solder layer opposite the patch radiator. The parasitic radiating element includes a metal layer on the solder, a parasitic radiator dielectric substrate on the first metal layer opposite the solder, and a parasitic radiator on the parasitic radiator dielectric substrate opposite the first metal layer.

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


Techniques for high-speed communications through slip rings using modulation and multipath signaling
Patent No. 11177619 

Inventor(s): Alan G. Stuessy (McKinney, TX), William L. Cram (Wolfe City, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16661851 on 10/23/2019 (755 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transmitter is configured to generate a signal carrying data. A signal splitter is configured to generate multiple copies of the signal. A slip ring includes first and second portions, one configured to rotate relative to the other. The slip ring also includes a first interface associated with the first portion and configured to receive the multiple copies of the signal. The slip ring further includes a second interface associated with the second portion. In addition, the slip ring includes multiple electrical pathways electrically coupling the first and second interfaces, where at least some of the electrical pathways are configured to transport the multiple copies of the signal from the first interface to the second interface. A signal combiner is configured to receive the multiple copies of the signal from the second interface and to generate a recovered signal. A receiver is configured to recover the data from the recovered signal.

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


Electronic fuse
Patent No. 11177643 

Inventor(s): Balzs Kelenvlgyi (Budapest, , HU), Karl-Heinz Steinmetz (Durmersheim, , DE), Taraka Rama Chandra Reddy Kambham (Freising, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16580576 on 09/24/2019 (784 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a current monitor, an electronic switch, an energy harvester, and a load controller. The current monitor monitors current drawn by a load coupled to the device and generate an alert signal in response to the monitored current exceeding a predefined threshold value. The electronic switch decouples a battery from the load in response to the alert signal, the electronic switch being electrically disconnected from a negative terminal of the battery coupled to the device. The energy harvester stores energy from the battery while the load is drawing current from the battery. The load controller receives, from the energy harvester, the stored energy from the energy harvester and generates a voltage to power the current monitor to reset the alert signal while the battery is decoupled from the load.

[H02H] EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS (indicating or signalling undesired working conditions G01R, e.g. G01R 31/00, G08B; locating faults along lines G01R 31/08; emergency protective devices H01H)


Overvoltage protection circuit
Patent No. 11177650 

Inventor(s): Karim Thomas Taghizadeh Kaschani (Freising, , DE), Karthikeyan Krishnamourthy (Moosburg an der Isar, , DE), Viola Schaffer (Freising, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16536825 on 08/09/2019 (830 days app to issue)

Abstract: An overvoltage protection circuit includes an input terminal, an output terminal, a clamp transistor, and a selector circuit. The clamp transistor is configured to control current flow between the input terminal and the output terminal. The clamp transistor includes a first terminal coupled to the input terminal, a second terminal coupled to the output terminal. The selector circuit is configured to control a resistance of the clamp transistor based on a voltage at the input terminal. The selector circuit includes a first terminal coupled to the first terminal of the clamp transistor, a second terminal coupled to the second terminal of the clamp transistor, and a third terminal coupled to a third terminal of the clamp transistor.

[H02H] EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS (indicating or signalling undesired working conditions G01R, e.g. G01R 31/00, G08B; locating faults along lines G01R 31/08; emergency protective devices H01H)


Adaptive and efficient standby power supply scheme for next generation low power automotive systems
Patent No. 11177729 

Inventor(s): Alaa Eldin Y El Sherif (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NXP USA, Inc. (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16385508 on 04/16/2019 (945 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system are provided for supplying power with an LDO linear voltage regulator ([b]110[/b]) having an LDO power supply ([b]114, 115[/b]) and a load switch ([b]116[/b]) by connecting a power supply voltage ([b]102, 104[/b]) to a main core ([b]121[/b]) and a standby core ([b]122[/b]) in a multi-core low power microcontroller ([b]120[/b]) during an active mode so that the standby core receives a first supply voltage that tracks the power supply voltage during the active mode, and upon detecting a standby mode for the multi-core low power microcontroller, disconnecting the power supply voltage from the standby core and connecting a low dropout (LDO) linear power supply voltage to the standby core during the standby mode so that the standby core receives the LDO linear power supply voltage as a second supply voltage during the standby mode.

[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]


Switching control for power converters
Patent No. 11177737 

Inventor(s): Brigitte Hauke (Freising, , DE), Christian Schmoeller (Freising, , DE), Milos Acanski (Freising, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16897839 on 06/10/2020 (524 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a described example, a circuit includes a mode control circuit having an input and a mode control output. The mode control output is adapted to be coupled to a mode input of a DC-to-DC power converter. The mode control circuit is configured to provide a mode control signal at the mode control output. The mode control signal has a frequency and a duty cycle for causing the power converter to operate within an inaudible frequency range by transitioning the power converter between a power save mode and a pulse width modulation (PWM) mode. The mode control circuit is configured to control the duty cycle responsive to the input of the mode control 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]


Digital on-time generation for buck converter
Patent No. 11177738 

Inventor(s): Janne Matias Pahkala (Oulu, , FI), Juha Olavi Hauru (Oulu, , FI)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16945499 on 07/31/2020 (473 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a phase frequency detector having a detector output and first and second inputs, the phase frequency detector configured to provide a phase difference signal at the detector output responsive to the first and second inputs. The apparatus also includes a gain controller having a controller input and a controller output, the controller input coupled to the detector output, and the gain controller configured to provide a digital value at the controller output responsive to the phase difference signal and a duty cycle. The apparatus also includes a pulse generator having a generator output and first and second generator inputs, the first generator input coupled to the controller output, the second generator input coupled to the second detector input, the pulse generator configured to provide a generator signal at the generator output responsive to the digital value and the second generator input.

[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]


Digital predistortion calibration
Patent No. 11177778 

Inventor(s): Harish Kumar Ramesh (Bangalore, , IN), John Roshan Samuel Chandran (Bangalore, , IN), Lakshmi Bala Krishna Manoja Vinnakota (Richardson, TX), Raghu Ganesan (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17148304 on 01/13/2021 (307 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for digital predistortion (DPD) calibration in a wireless communication device is provided that includes transmitting, by transmission circuitry of the wireless communication device, a plurality of pulses, where each pulse corresponds to an amplitude step in a pattern of amplitude steps, where the amplitude steps are separated by silence gaps, receiving each pulse in receiver circuitry of the wireless communication device, generating, by an accumulator component of the wireless communication device, an accumulated sample for each pulse based on a plurality of samples output by the receiver circuitry for the pulse, and computing, by a processor of the wireless communication device, amplitude dependent gain (AM/AM) and amplitude dependent phase shift (AM/PM) values for each accumulated sample.

[H03F] AMPLIFIERS (measuring, testing G01R; optical parametric amplifiers G02F; circuit arrangements with secondary emission tubes H01J 43/30; masers, lasers H01S; dynamo-electric amplifiers H02K; control of amplification H03G; coupling arrangements independent of the nature of the amplifier, voltage dividers H03H; amplifiers capable only of dealing with pulses H03K; repeater circuits in transmission lines H04B 3/36, H04B 3/58; application of speech amplifiers in telephonic communication H04M 1/60, H04M 3/40)


Pulse width modulated amplifier
Patent No. 11177785 

Inventor(s): Jasjot Singh Chadha (Bengaluru, , IN), Mohit Chawla (Bangalore, , IN), Shaik Asif Basha (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17024994 on 09/18/2020 (424 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pulse width modulated (PWM) amplifier includes a synchronization logic circuit having a first input configured to receive a bridge control signal and having a second input configured to receive a clock signal. The synchronization logic circuit is configured to provide a slope switch signal and a reference switch signal. The PWM amplifier includes a ramp generator having a first input configured to receive a first voltage supply and having a second input configured to receive a second voltage supply and having a third input configured to receive the reference switch signal and having a fourth input configured to receive the slope switch signal. The ramp generator is configured to provide a ramp signal having a first slope responsive to the slope switch signal in a first state and having a second slope responsive to the slope switch signal in a second state and to provide the clock signal.

[H03F] AMPLIFIERS (measuring, testing G01R; optical parametric amplifiers G02F; circuit arrangements with secondary emission tubes H01J 43/30; masers, lasers H01S; dynamo-electric amplifiers H02K; control of amplification H03G; coupling arrangements independent of the nature of the amplifier, voltage dividers H03H; amplifiers capable only of dealing with pulses H03K; repeater circuits in transmission lines H04B 3/36, H04B 3/58; application of speech amplifiers in telephonic communication H04M 1/60, H04M 3/40)


Threshold tracking power-on-reset circuit
Patent No. 11177803 

Inventor(s): Divya Kaur (Delhi, , IN), Rajat Chauhan (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17038100 on 09/30/2020 (412 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power-on-reset (POR) circuit includes an NFET branch and a PFET branch. The NFET branch includes: an n-channel field effect transistor (NFET) having a first threshold voltage; and a first quiescent bias current source coupled between a supply terminal and the NFET. The PFET branch includes: a p-channel field effect transistor (PFET) having a second threshold voltage; and a second quiescent bias current source coupled between a ground terminal and the PFET. The POR circuit is configured to provide a POR signal at an output terminal based on: the first threshold voltage or the second threshold voltage, whichever is larger; and a voltage margin. The output terminal is coupled between the PFET branch and the second quiescent bias current source.

[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]


Cockpit and cabin LiFi power and data
Patent No. 11177880 

Inventor(s): Daniel Donley (Bedford, TX), Glenn Sahagun (Irving, TX), Michael Hull (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16557604 on 08/30/2019 (809 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are directed to systems and methods for utilizing aircraft cockpit and cabin lighting to provide both power and data transmission to occupants. Data and power may be transmitted on non-visible and/or visible spectrums. The visible light may be used independently for aircraft illumination. Data for the cockpit allows for quick upload and download of flight planning and maintenance data to an electronic flight bag. The electronic flight bag may also be able to receive power from cockpit and cabin lighting during flight.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Methods for energy-efficient unicast and multicast transmission in a wireless communication system
Patent No. 11177919 

Inventor(s): Anthony Edet Ekpenyong (Houston, TX), Eko Nugroho Onggosanusi (Allen, TX), Ralf Matthias Bendlin (Plano, TX), Runhua Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14158569 on 01/17/2014 (2860 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for time multiplexing subframes on a serving cell to a user equipment, wherein one set of subframes operate with the legacy LTE transmission format and one set of subframes operate with an evolved transmission format comprising reduced density CRS transmission without a PDCCH control region.

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


Information on reference signal structure for neighboring cell measurements
Patent No. 11177921 

Inventor(s): David Astely (Bromma, , SE), Erik Dahlman (Bromma, , SE), Stefan Parkvall (Bromma, , SE)
Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16572906 on 09/17/2019 (791 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile terminal camps in a first cell associated with a first reference signal with a first physical structure that relates to a first Time Division Duplex (TDD) allocation of sub-frames for uplink and downlink transmission. The first reference signal is carried by the downlink sub-frames. The mobile terminal detects a broadcast indication of a second physical structure for carrying a second reference signal that relates to a second allocation of sub-frames for uplink and downlink transmissions that differs from the first allocation. The downlink sub-frames according to the second allocation carry the second reference signal. The mobile terminal measures the second reference signal of a neighbor cell as carried by the second physical structure.

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


Quantum entropy distributed via software defined perimeter connections
Patent No. 11177946 

Inventor(s): Gina L. Otts (Flower Mound, TX), Mohammed M. Rahman (Allen, TX), William F. Copeland (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16448882 on 06/21/2019 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer device may include a memory storing instructions and processor configured to execute the instructions to receive a request for quantum random numbers from a client device. The processor may be further configured to establish a secure communication channel with the client device; obtain a stream of quantum random numbers from a quantum random number generator appliance; and provide a set of quantum random numbers from the obtained stream of quantum random numbers to the client device via the established secure communication channel.

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


Movable smart device for appliances
Patent No. 11177975 

Inventor(s): Kristin Patterson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15180897 on 06/13/2016 (1982 days app to issue)

Abstract: A movable device and a method for monitoring an operation cycle of an appliance are disclosed. For example, the movable device includes an operational detection component to receive operational feedback of the appliance, wherein the operational feedback comprises a vibration of the appliance and an audible signal of the appliance, a wireless interface to establish a wireless connection with a mobile endpoint device, a processor in communication with the operational detection component to determine when the appliance is in the operation cycle based upon the operational feedback and to generate a notification message that is sent to the mobile endpoint device when the appliance has completed the operation cycle, a housing enclosing the operation detection component, the wireless interface and the processor and a connection component coupled to the housing to removably couple the apparatus to the appliance.

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


System and method for providing explicit feedback in the uplink
Patent No. 11177982 

Inventor(s): Bin Liu (San Diego, CA), Hongcheng Zhuang (Shenzhen, , CN), Nathan Edward Tenny (San Diego, CA), Pengfei Xia (San Diego, CA), Richard Stirling-Gallacher (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16871876 on 05/11/2020 (554 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for transmitting feedback includes generating explicit channel feedback for a plurality of transmit beam-receive beam combinations (TRBCs) between the user device and a transmit-receive point (TRP), generating a modified resource in accordance with explicit feedback configuration information, the modified resource configured to convey the explicit channel feedback, wherein an explicit channel feedback associated with each TRBC is conveyed on a different data symbol of the modified resource, and transmitting the modified resource to the TRP using a single TRBC.

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


Lane adaptation in high-speed serial links
Patent No. 11177986 

Inventor(s): Aravind Ganesan (Bangalore, , IN), Harshavardhan Adepu (Bengarulu, , IN), Rakesh Chikkanayakanahalli Manjunath (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17205456 on 03/18/2021 (243 days app to issue)

Abstract: Adaptive equalizer circuitry including both a continuous time equalizer (CTE) and a discrete time equalizer (DTE) and a method of jointly adapting the CTE and DTE in lane adaptation. Jointly adaptation of the CTE and DTE is performed by adapting the DTE at each of a plurality of filter characteristic settings of the CTE and determining a figure of merit for signals filtered by the CTE and DTE at that condition. Adaptation of the DTE may be performed by dynamically adjusting a convergence coefficient based on a history of error gradients. After a figure of merit is determined for each of the plurality of CTE filter characteristics, a CTE filter characteristic setting is then selected based on those figure of merit values, for example at a CTE setting near a midpoint of an acceptable region of figure of merit values.

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


Systems and methods of specifying service level criteria
Patent No. 11178029 

Inventor(s): Ashish Rajput (Irving, TX), Guy Briggs (Coppell, TX), Lalit Pant (Irving, TX), Michael C. Rieser (Allen, TX), Michael G. Christiansen (Plano, TX), Palanisamy A. Gounder (Irving, TX), S Sridhar (Irving, TX), Shamika S.
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16656635 on 10/18/2019 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems and articles of manufacture to generate file transfer monitoring criteria are disclosed. An example method obtains a file transfer log file from a first network entity and obtains from the transfer log file, file transfer metadata that is associated with file transfer activity between the first network entity and a second network entity. The file transfer metadata is used to generate a file transfer monitoring criterion that is associated with selectively monitoring the file transfer activity between the first network entity and the second network entity. Service level criteria associated with the file transfer event is automatically updated based on the file transfer monitoring criterion.

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


Tailored contact plan generation
Patent No. 11178047 

Inventor(s): Mac Allen Cody (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16742368 on 01/14/2020 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system generates a tailored contact plan using a set of contact commands that represent a contact plan of communication opportunities between nodes in a network, an identification of restricted nodes in the network, and an identification of a target node. The system processes the records in the contact plan by writing a record to the tailored contact plan when the record is not a contact command; or writing the record to the tailored contact plan when the record includes the contact command, and a source node in the record is not a restricted node or the source node in the record is the target node; or writing the record to the tailored contact plan when the record includes the contact command and the destination node in the record is the target node. The target node uses the tailored contact plan to route data through the network.

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


Secure computer-implemented authentication
Patent No. 11178139 

Inventor(s): Hoang Trung Vo (Little Elm, TX), Huihui Wu (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16111770 on 08/24/2018 (1180 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary method comprises generating receiving an authentication request from a graphical user interface on a first computing device; generating a first encrypted media element; displaying the encrypted media element on the GUI; receiving a second encrypted media element from a second computing device; upon determining that the first and second encrypted media elements have a positive match, querying an identification value associated with the second computing device; receiving the identification value associated with the second computing device; upon the identification value matching a data record within a database, determining an account associated with the data record within the database; and authenticating the first computing device by granting the first computing device access to the account associated with the second computing device.

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


Method and apparatus for automated determination between proxied and bypassed proxy connections
Patent No. 11178229 

Inventor(s): Gabe Rosas (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): VMWARE, INC. (Palo Alto, CA)
Law Firm: Loza Loza, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16523938 on 07/26/2019 (844 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and computer-implemented method in a cloud architecture including a mixed network having local objects in a local network and external objects in an external network, wherein the external objects are accessed through proxy communications, uses a proxy inventory to determine whether a connection from a first computing object to a second computing object should be excluded from a proxy. The connection from the first computing object to the second computing object is performed based on the determination.

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


System and method for detecting and controlling contraband devices in a controlled environment
Patent No. 11178273 

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: 16884901 on 05/27/2020 (538 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides details of a system and method for detecting and monitoring a contraband device including communication devices by utilizing a combination of mobile devices, fixed monitoring devices, and a contraband monitoring center. The mobile devices include smart phones or tablets that are borrowed, rented, or purchased by an inmate from a correctional facility. These mobile devices are configured to detect, monitor, and intervene in the communications of target devices. Further, the mobile devices are configured to communicate with fixed monitoring devices located throughout the correctional facility in performing intervention operations. The contraband monitoring center may also be utilized in the coordination, monitoring, and intervention of target devices.

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


Digital boresighting laser range finder to imaging device
Patent No. 11178332 

Inventor(s): Joshua Lund (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (Princeton, NJ)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15863111 on 01/05/2018 (1411 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of digitally boresighting includes finding a laser spot in a field of view of an imaging device that has an optical center, wherein the laser spot is generated by a laser, determining an offset vector between the laser spot in the field of view and the optical center, and correcting for boresight misalignment of the laser and imaging device in the image on a display using the offset vector.

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


Altering device capture settings through user feedback
Patent No. 11178336 

Inventor(s): Jose Luis Alejandro Villegas Palencia (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16867609 on 05/06/2020 (559 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment for photographic capture setting modification is provided. The embodiment may include capturing user feedback of a photograph. The embodiment may include identifying user preferences for one or more device parameters based on image recognition and machine learning of the photograph and the captured user feedback, respectively. The embodiment may further include generating a corpus. The embodiment may also include, in response to determining a user is preparing to capture a photograph, deriving one or more viewfinder tags for a scene currently within a viewfinder of a capture device. The embodiment may further include identifying one or more device parameters based on a matching of the one or more derived viewfinder tags and the one or more contextual tags. The embodiment may also include, in response to determining current user settings of the one or more identified device parameters do not match the identified user preferences, performing an action.

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


Adaptive coding unit (CU) partitioning based on image statistics
Patent No. 11178407 

Inventor(s): Hyung Joon Kim (Johns Creek, GA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14083423 on 11/18/2013 (2920 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for determining coding unit (CU) partitioning of a largest coding unit (LCU) of a picture is provided that includes computing a first statistical measure and a second statistical measure for the LCU, selecting the LCU as the CU partitioning when the first statistical measure does not exceed a first threshold and the second statistical measure does not exceed a second threshold, and selecting CUs in one or more lower layers of a CU hierarchy of the LCU to form the CU partitioning when the first statistical measure exceeds the first threshold and/or the second statistical measure exceeds the second threshold.

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


Geolocationing system and method for use of same
Patent No. 11178515 

Inventor(s): Raymond S. Horton (McKinney, TX), Thomas R. Miller (Plano, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17085869 on 10/30/2020 (382 days app to issue)

Abstract: A geolocationing system and method for providing awareness in a multi-space environment, such as a hospitality environment or educational environment, are presented. In one embodiment of the geolocationing system, a vertical and horizontal array of gateway devices is provided. Each gateway device includes a gateway device identification providing an accurately-known fixed location within the multi-space environment. Each gateway device includes a wireless transceiver that receives a beacon signal from a proximate wireless-enabled personal locator device. The gateway devices, in turn, send gateway signals to a server, which determines estimated location of the wireless-enabled personal locator device with time of arrival modeling.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Power saving medium access in congested network environments
Patent No. 11178566 

Inventor(s): Oran Naftali (Petah Tikva, , IL), Oren Shani (Kfar Saba, , IL), Uri Weinrib (Iod, , IL)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15816731 on 11/17/2017 (1460 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Wi-Fi device in a WLAN network includes a processor and a transceiver adapted to be coupled to an antenna, and a power saving medium access in congested network environments algorithm that is activated after a Wi-Fi connection is established with its access point (AP). A Traffic Indication Map (TIM) bitmap in a TIM information element received in a beacon frame from the AP is analyzed to determine whether more than a predetermined number of bits (X) are set to indicate the AP has 1 buffered frame for ones of the Wi-Fi devices to conclude whether the WLAN is in a congested environment. When in a congested environment, transmissions responsive to the beacon are postponed by entering a sleep mode for a random period of time (P). After P expires, the sleep mode is exited and a poll frame is transmitted to the AP to try to gain medium access.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Ranging-specific MAC service and PIB attributes for IEEE 802.15.4Z
Patent No. 11178591 

Inventor(s): Aditya V. Padaki (Richardson, TX), Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Zheda Li (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16737771 on 01/08/2020 (678 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network entity and a method of the network entity in a wireless communication system supporting ranging capability are provided. The network entity and the method comprise: identifying, by a higher layer of the network entity, a ranging reply time node list (RrtiNodeList) indicating a list of neighbor network entities for which ranging reply time instantaneous information elements (RRTI IEs) are requested along with receive ranging counter values; generating, by the higher layer of the network entity, a MCPS-DATA.request primitive including the RrtiNodeList; transmitting, to a MAC layer of the network entity, the generated MCPS-DATA.request primitive; and transmitting, to another network entity in the list of neighboring network entities, MAC data including ranging information, the RRTI, and ranging measurement information IEs (RMI IEs), wherein the MAC layer of the network entity is further configured to transmit, to the higher layer of the network entity, an MCPS-DATA.confirm primitive.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Device configuration for time sensitive network bridge
Patent No. 11178592 

Inventor(s): Jayshree Bharatia (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Ofinno, LLC (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16788412 on 02/12/2020 (643 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless device sends to an access and mobility management function (AMF), a message comprising a time sensitive networking (TSN) bridge capability support parameter that indicates that the wireless device supports a TSN bridge functionality. The wireless device receives, from the AMF and based on the TSN bridge capability support parameter, a configuration update message comprising at least one route configuration rule. The wireless device sends, to the AMF, a request to establish a protocol data unit (PDU) session, the request comprising one or more configuration parameters determined based on the at least one route configuration rule.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Network topology initialization protocol for wireless mesh network
Patent No. 11178662 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Hao Chen (Allen, TX), Jianhua Mo (Garland, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Wenxun Qiu (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16181272 on 11/05/2018 (1107 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a network entity for communicating with a mesh network is provided. The method comprises receiving, from a communication node in the mesh network, information including a network topology of the mesh network and an angle separation of antenna panels of a plurality of communication nodes in the mesh network; identifying a value associated with a number of links of each communication node of the plurality of communication nodes in the mesh network; determining whether a number of available channels is greater than or equal to the value plus one; identifying at least one potential connection of the plurality of communication nodes based on a threshold and the network topology of the mesh network when the number of available channels is less than the value plus one; and transmitting, to the communication node in the mesh network, a channel allocation decision based on the at least one potential connection of the communication node.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for determining a resource selection technique
Patent No. 11178667 

Inventor(s): George Calcev (Hoffman Estates, IL), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16290319 on 03/01/2019 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication in a wireless network, the method includes determining, by a first User Equipment (UE), a V2X carrier load in a coverage area of a base station, and transmitting, by the first UE, a data message over an air interface using either a random resource selection technique or a resource sensing multiple access technique based on the V2X carrier load in the coverage area of the base station.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus of broadcast signals and channels for system information transmission
Patent No. 11178668 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Hongbo Si (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16506961 on 07/09/2019 (861 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for receiving a broadcasting signal in a wireless communication system. The method comprises receiving, from a base station (BS), a physical broadcasting channel (PBCH) content over a PBCH, and determining the PBCH content including a payload, wherein the payload includes uncommon information within a transmission time interval (TTI) of the PBCH that comprises at least a portion of a 10-bit system frame number (SFN), a half frame index within a radio frame, and at least part of a synchronization signal (SS) block time index.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for data communicating in a wireless communication system
Patent No. 11178670 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: The Farrell Law Firm, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16633387 on 08/07/2018 (1197 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of controlling communication in a network [b]1[/b] is provided. The network [b]1[/b] comprises a first transmission/reception point (TRP) [b]10[/b]A associated with a first user equipment (UE) device [b]20[/b]A and a second TRP [b]10[/b]B associated with a second UE device [b]20[/b]B. The method comprises determining a beam pair link (BPL) [b]30[/b] between the first TRP [b]10[/b]A and the first UE device [b]20[/b]A and a transmission path therebetween, based at least in part on cross-link interference (CLI) from the transmission between the second TRP [b]10[/b]B and the second UE device [b]20[/b]B.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


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